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25th June, 2003. 9:39 pm. Late-ish

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I'm home alone now, with the baby of course. Sweet lil Emma finally went to sleep after crying all day long for no apparent reason, but I am the expert and got the little sucker to shut up. I don't know why my parents thought it was a good idea to leave their 15 year old daughter home alone with their 2.5 week old baby, but it's my mum's 30th birthday.

But my day started off really awful. I went down to the stables and Tiger was acting all nervous and jumpy, and he was cold, but really sweaty, so I called the vet, and she tested him out. Apparently, he tested positive for morphine, so someone nearly killed my angel. His health check for this weekend's regionals, and obviously he didn't pass, so no regionals for us this year. It's a real pity because he was doing marvelously in all of his shows and races.

All in all, listening U2 calms me down greatly, don't ask why. But this is one of my favy songs (intelligent people would look and see that I'm listening to "With or Without You"). It's so relaxing. That and I see the baby all nice and cozy in her basinette, and Bella is sleeping on her little doggy bed all curled up. She and I went on a 4 mile run today, so she's exhausted.

[blows kisses]
.Rache

Current mood: Subdude.
Current music: U2-"With or Without You".

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24th June, 2003. 4:56 pm. All Boredly Now...

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Emma has been crying non-stop all day. My poor mom. She is exhausted, but she has been like sitting in Emma's room all day tending to her. I guess this is her chance to do things right after me, being that I was born when she was almost 15. Sometimes I wonder if I'd be any different had I not been an "unfortunate incident" and had been an expected baby. I have to say probably.

I didn't end up going to the dressage show because it's been kinda cold here all day. I've been hovering around the web all day, working on another web page, and finishing another one of mine. I really need to get more of a life.

I'm also depressed because one of my best friends (who I knew in England), is moving from Hillsborough all the way to New York. Right now we are at least within driving distance, but in about 5 days we won't be. All of my misfortune.

Everything in my life is suddenly changing, and not in a good way. It took me these last couple weeks to realize that the age difference between me and my little sister is greater than the distance between me and my mom, and it kinda freaked me out. But not only that, everything that is familiar to me is back in England. I also feel like I am thick or something because it was just the other day that I learned that to be "Knocked up" in America is some totally disturbing thing whereas in England it's to call upon someone. Oh well, I guess I don't get to choose my life.
[blows kisses]

Your Ever Wondering.
.Rache

Current mood: bored.
Current music: Norah Jones-"Come Away With Me".

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24th June, 2003. 9:37 am. Howdy!

I've been at my friend's house in Hillsborough for the last few days at a dance competiition. It was really neat actually, because at the end there is a huge finale and it was sooooo fabby! I have four firsts, two seconds, and an overall 1st place! I won group jazz, jazz trio, tap duets, and jazz solo, and I got second in tap solo and tap trio.

Tiger was misbehaving while I was gone apparently. The girl who was taking care of him, Jenna, couldn't get him to calm down at all, which is really out of character for him. Luckily, I went out to the stables this morning, and he was just fine.

At mid-point today I am going to go watch my friend Maggie in a dressage show. I hate watching shows like open class, dressage, halter, etc. They just seem on the dullish side. I'm over and out early today.
[blows kisses]
.Rache

Current mood: bouncy.
Current music: Matchbox 20.

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15th June, 2003. 7:55 am. Hahaha...

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Tip of the morning to ya. It's kinda cold over here in Oregon land, but I'm sure my REAL home in jolly England is just peachy. On a brighter note, I've been up since 5:30 out at the stables training Tiger. He's just not getting the feel of this whole new climate thing. I have to say I don't like it either.

Emma is so cute! My parents hate the name, they were opting for Desirae, so I put it back on the possibilities just to make them happy, but there is no way my sister would be a Desirae. My second choice was Jennifer, but I liked Emma better. Unfortunately, they gave her the second name, so my little sister is officially Emma Noelle. Poor child. At least her name is better than Rachel Mae. I was holding her yesterday and she looked up at me and it just melted my heart. She is absolutely amazing.

Last night my new dance studio put on a big show, and it was really fun. I take two dance classes, Tap level 6 and Jazz level 5, so it was all good. I was only in one act being that I've only been dancing with this studio for like 5 weeks, and that wasn't enough time to do two of them, so my Jazz class did this amazing dance to "Eyes Like Yours." Our costumes were kinda like belly dancer outfits, long silky skirts (mine was dark blue with a see-through purple. hard to explain) and the tops were short with 3/4 length sleeves and criss-cross backs. I love being on stage.

There is this really cute guy at my dance studio (and I've seen him at my school too), and he is so incredibly sweet. He is just to die for, I won't elaborate because lots of people read this. Haha.
TTFN (Ta Ta for Now)
[blows kisses]
.Rache

Current mood: accomplished.
Current music: U2-"With or Without You".

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14th June, 2003. 3:01 pm. BABY!!!

I am so excited! I just got home from the hospital after practically living there for the last couple days! My baby sister was born at 8am this morning. I have decided to name her Emma, no matter how cruel anyone thinks it is. My other choices were Jennifer and Desirae, but I just didn't like either of those quite to the extent of Emma, so SHE'S HERE! I can't believe that she was actually a whole week late, and it's been a miserable one at that. Her due date was the 7th of June and it's now the 14th, but I don't care!

School is finally out and I am really piped about it all. American schools are dull, well at least the one I've been to. It is so monotonous it's almost not worth attending. Could just be me. Finals were hard especially in blodge and trig. I'm not sure how I live to see this day.

Tiger and I had a Barrel comp. yesterday and we brought home a second place, which isn't bad. Not up to his usually standards, but there was this bloody marvy TB that was massive and he was ripping around the barrels like I've never seen a horse do. He place ahead of Tiger by almost 3 seconds!

My training with Ciao Bella is doing well, and she is almost ready for the shows, but she is young and antsy, so that won't be happening really soon. I have to go for now, I just came back to the house for a quick bite because hospital food is unedible, so kisses to you all [blows kisses].
.Rache

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26th May, 2003. 8:44 pm. Ugh...

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Hecticity rules my life. The baby is due in 2 weeks, and I am down to 3 names: Emma, Jennifer, and Addie. I still can't choose which though. [sigh] This will be a hard one. I guess I'll have to wait until she's born to determine her name.

While on the subject of names, it turns out that my nickname, Rache, is actually spelled Rach. But that makes no sense because in order for the long "a" to be pronounced, you need the "e" at the end. Crazy. And for those of you who can't figure it out, my nickname is pronounce exactly like my name, but without the "l". Pretty simple.

Today is Memorial Day, so have a happy one everybody! It's actually almost over, but we didn't have school today which is a plus. I have 13 days left of freshman year, 3 of those days are finals, so technically I have 10 days left of instruction.

I also spent a ton of time at the barn with Tiger today. I'm considering doing a Cross Country race with him. A friend of mine, Maggie, thinks that I should do dressage, but that's like an English riding thing, and I hate english riding. Western is much more fun. Besides, then you can do fun stuff like Barrel Racing and Cross Country (unless you can do that in English too). Huh. Most people would think I like english better just because I am from England. Funny the way some things work.

Did I mention that I saw Bruce Almighty? It was the most fabby movie EVER! Which proves my point that Jennifer Aniston is like the best! I am also a total 'Friends' addict, so that would explain a lot. I was laughing so hard through that whole movie, I had tears in my eyes and my stomach hurt so badly. Over and out for tonight! [blows kisses]
.Rache

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24th May, 2003. 9:19 am. Good Morning...

I have been up since 6 (yes, that is when I usually get up on weekends), and I'm feeling mighty perky right now cause I've been out to the stables and had a great ride on Tiger. He's such a sweetie. I also just got off the phone with this super nice girl Hannah that goes to my school, and we are going to go see Bruce Almighty today! I am so excited because I love Jim Carrey and I especially love Jennifer Aniston, so all is good...

No new news (talk about alliteration) on the baby front. I still haven't totally decided on a name yet, but I am crossing out Carlyn and Desirae [makes x's over said names]. My favy is still Emma and my next is Jennifer, but I like all the others a lot too. This may come down to me drawing a name out of a hat, but I shouldn't cause this is my sister's name. I don't want her to end up with someting as cruel as Rachel (my name). I mean, I realize that a lot of people name their kid Rachel, but I just [shudders] don't really like it.

Yesterday I did absolutely nothing, it was really sad. I was working on some html for someone on the web (which is part of what I do). Actually when I say I did "nothing" I guess that is nothing in additional to the usual which includes: going to the stable, walking/training Bella, babysitting my cousins Alex, Riley, and Jordan, going for a run, going to dance class, and working on html for random people on the web. So I guess "nothing" is a lot.

But today, after the movie, Hannah and I are going SHOPPING! Yay! I need some new clothes, desperately. And I have like 200 dollars saved up which is even more fabulous. Pac Sun and Anchor Blue, here I come. And as I love to say...Cheerio, Au Revior, and Ciao [blows kisses]
.Rache

Current mood: happy.
Current music: Goo Goo Dolls-"Black Balloon".

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20th May, 2003. 5:48 pm. New Day

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I'm really hyped right now. Not only am I listening to my favorite song, but I'm looking through a baby name book because I get to name my little sister! That is so unbelievable! She's due in 3 weeks and I can't wait. I probably should have started on this whole baby name thing earlier, but I didn't. I started out with a list of over 200 names that I liked, and I have it semi-narrowed down. My favorite name is still Emma, but my friends are saying that would be cruel, simply because my name is Rachel, and they think that that is to closely related to the tv show "Friends" (which is the marviest show ever). But anyway, my list is now at Emma, Mackenzie, Desirae, Addie, Jennifer, and Carlyn. I can't decide.

Over this weekend, Tiger (my beloved gelding whos registered as TG Roman Hollywood) and I had another show in walk/trot western pleasure. He was in 6 classes and our show record was 6 of 6! I guess my baby is loved in America as well as England. Poor fellow. He had to endure a week without me because he arrived here in Oregon a week before I did.

I'm signing out for this evening beacuse I have to go eat dinner and do this and that. I'm also going out to the stable this evening for a little ride. But really quickly, as a house warming gift to me from my parents, they got me a puppy! She's a pure bred border collie, so I can get back into showing. My last show girl Bella Noche, died a few months ago. Anyway, my puppy's name is going to be Ciao Bella in remembrance of Bella. [sniffles]. See you later. [blows kisses]
.Rache

Current mood: amused.
Current music: Match Box 20's "Unwell".

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