I’m not sure if it’s because I’m turning the big 4-Oh this year (I’m convinced the Oh is short for Oh my god – how have I been here on this planet 40 years already??) or simply a natural progression of a state of being but quite frankly more and more aspects of life are falling into the “Small Stuff” folder of my perspective on life. You know…that “Small Stuff” folder of things that you don’t sweat anymore? As the storage space of that folder increases daily I’ve noticed a nifty little correlation between that and the increasing pleasure I get in just “being in the moment” as they say.
I skipped all of March for writing here. For once I don’t think it was a time pressure or motivational thing. I think it was simply because I was having a hard time trying to reconcile the ultimately fairly altruistic character of my profession and my mostly pretty happy go lucky nature with the seemingly, increasingly insurmountable mountain of negativity and apathy of students and staff. Combine that with the also continually depressing decisions, actions and statements uttered by a government I did not choose and it’s not any wonder that my writing mojo may have deserted me for a while. No one is ever really entirely happy with their government, whether they chose it or not. However this one is the first one that’s actually been distressing enough to incite in me the desire to express my discontent loudly and publicly with participation in strike action and marches. So whilst the “Small Stuff” folder is huge the “Things that Make Me Mad” folder has taken on a more streamlined yet vastly more pertinent look.
So with that paragraph of grumpy malcontent done I’m moving on to the things that I’m reveling in. All unsurprisingly enough related to Tim, the dogs and my favourite fictional stories.
Savvy had some fun in Victoria with me at the 3rd Border Colllie Nationals (the last two I attended with Raven and Cypher in 2006 and then adding Spryte back in 2009) – with a win in Excellent Snooker and a 4th and a 2nd place in the show ring. I was pretty happy she did so well in what was for us our biggest show competition out. Even better I bit the bullet and showed her myself.
For a girl who has not done a whole heap of shows I was quite impressed by the way she showed so well and for so long. I’m sure she must have been thinking I was taking the longest route possible to get to the agility ring! Here’s a pic of where we’re both more comfortable.
We had some brilliant runs in agility but alas it was the day of one fault wonders – she dropped one bar in Masters Jumping and I pulled her off a jump in Masters Agility. We got it together for Excellent Snooker but that’s about as far as we got. She’s such a good time girl though I find it impossible not to just grin at her just about all the time we’re playing together and I know we’ll soon have those Masters titles. I keep forgetting she had just about an entire year off from this sport.
Colt came along as well (mostly because his grandmother was still in recovery time from the c-section back in Feb) and I had absolutely no expectations of him whatsoever. At just on 19 months old I figured the trip would be a good dress rehearsal for the Qld Nationals and just an all round good experience for him to have. He took it all in stride and managed to finish with a couple of rosettes of his own! A 2nd place in Novice Gamblers and a 2nd Place in Novice Strat Pairs with his Dad’s owner Kelly Gill steering young Cash to a successful partnership. We had one fault in his Novice Jumping (he refused a tyre which I couldn’t blame him for since he’d just about taken the whole thing out with his head in his Novice Snooker attempt) and Novice Agility had him feeling the freedom of wide turns and picking his own course. Michael Goulding of Michael Goulding Photography got some great shots of him and these are his first office agility photos.
As you can see he’s tending to overestimate his required jumping effort currently so we are working on this. Nice to know bar knocking won’t be a problem though! He did get his first quallie last week at Cloverdale with a good run on a very nice Novice Jumping course. First quallie and a first place.
If you’re friends with me on Facebook you can view the video of that run here.
I bought a bike about a month ago now. A real one not a stationary one. It’s a Giant Cypress DX and I’m really quite enjoying it. As are the dogs. Get up early enough and we can do a couple of laps of our local lakes with nothing but the birds, the crisp chill of early morning and a usually pretty aesthetically appealing sunrise. My feet stay pain free, the dogs get a good work out in sprinting and gaiting and with Cypher always the frisbee retrieving and it’s nice to be outdoors without having to allow for the careless or inconsiderate dog owners who just let them roam with no actual recall to speak of. If I bike each of them separately it’s a good hour and a half of exercise for me too. Cypher has now learnt the art of delivering the frisbee to hand whilst the bike is still in motion which is quite a neat trick. He thinks he’s pretty funny shoving it in my hand and then twisting it away but he’s quickly come to the conclusion that with me on the bike he doesn’t get enough retrieves of said frisbee in unless he gives it up pretty quick. Smart boy that one. Probably should get around to doing some Rally Obedience with him just for fun.
We have just about finalised the plans on the new house. I find myself feeling both extremes of absolute excitement and completely terrified when considering these future plans. The house has just about everything we could want, the block is perfect and I cannot wait to get started on the construction of my very own outdoor agility training arena. It’s been a while coming and it will be no doubt a while more. But I imagine by Christmas next year it will be all done and dusted. The mere thought of moving though (after over 10 years in the one place) has me just about reaching for the valium already.
In the meantime this year is still packed to the gills with lots of fun things. June has our ANKC Nationals – can’t believe it’s been nearly 2 years since the last ones in Sydney but there it is – just a few short weeks away. I’m doing a couple (most likely the last for a very long time) of conventions, one for the TV show that remains forever the love of my TV life and one that covers EVERY type of fiction ever made in the July school holidays. August will see Daisy and David come out to Australia, stopping in for her yearly trip to Perth, to check on our progress in this game we play and offer her always motivating tutelage. Next thing you know it will be September with a trip for the holidays planned at the end and beginning of October. After that I think I will become the most grounded person I know. The house building will be in full swing and as anyone involved with building a house will know – there is much to do, see, discuss, decide and consider. My passions, as always, remain unwavering – my teaching, my dogs, my agility and my escapisms (TV, books, movies) and as I am stomping down the path to that vaguely disconcerting date that signifies my presence here has reached exactly 40 years I remind myself that in the big scheme of this relatively small universe I am only here for less than a blink of an eye so I better make sure I revel in it, no matter how fleeting it may be.
And on that note I’m off to play with the dogs outside – hooray for holidays!