Thursday, November 13, 2003

sulfur, gasoline, and flowers

Seriously, this is ridiculous that my life's been so bleh recently. So much so that I'm barely scraping by with one post a week. The only things that made my recent time any bit worthwhile were my riding lesson this Sat. and the upcoming Kuo Family Reunion.

I honestly think my utter lack of inspiration is directly due to the fact that redvsblue.com has taken a hiatus to produce their first DVD (which you should buy). The pressure to compensate for the sudden loss of the gold mine of a time sink is too much to bear!

Anyways, so my riding lesson this Sat. was so exciting because it was one of those lessons where everything just clicked. For three weeks, I rode a horse named Bean who was a great athlete but really hated me. He was really picky about everything I did and would complain about everything I did wrong. By the third week, I was really frustrated at my seeming halt in progress and wrote my instructor to see if this was her desired result. She said that having patience to nail down fundamentals would pay off in the long run, so I grit my teeth and kept at it. However, I didn't need to last Sat. because after three weeks of running into the same problems over and over again with Bean, I got put on a horse name Levi and rode like I've never done before. I wish everyone else knew how hard it was to do something so simple on a horse like trotting or cantering. Three weeks of frustration paid off incredibly. I think a big part of it was that Bean was such a pain that riding Levi seemed like a breeze. Just to give you an idea of what Levi's like, he's big, furry, and very friendly. Levi's basically a big dog and carries the nick name of Sir Sloth. Anyways, without going into further detail (since none of you'd care), it was a testiment to the benefits of patience and perseverence.

In other news, the Kuo's (25+ of us) are gathering for a family reunion this winter in Los Angeles. It should be a total blast because I haven't seen that much family in so long. We even have the newest member of The Next Generation coming with us, little Syndney. It's times like these that I wish my kids would have this many aunts, uncles, and cousins to play with. Unfortuantely, there's only my sister and I and we're only planning on having around two kids each. It's too bad because being a part of such a great extended family is absolutely wonderful.