I’ve done a lot of little stuff on the Miley since I last updated this Trailer Reno series. I attacked all the hinges with WD-40, screwed back in a sheet of metal that was starting to detach, and added some rubber mats to the ramp. Most of it was pretty straight forward, the only thing I learned is that self-drilling screws are THE BEST and that my drill is WEAK.
The Miley’s been on the back burner since Raglan and I have been hitching a ride with SellerH lately, but earlier this week SundaeO decided that she wanted to move her pony back to her house. Her family doesn’t have a horse trailer and they wanted to move Sundae before they had to pay board again, so I volunteered my murder box for the fifteen minute drive south.
Last month, when I went to move Raglan to 10M, one of my trailer’s tires was flat. I pumped it back up with a portable air compressor, but I was pretty sure the tire had a slow leak I was going to have to address at some point. When I went to hook up my trailer on Wednesday the same tire was flat again. I pumped air back into it so that I could get Sundae moved, but since the trailer was already hooked up and I had some extra time I figured I should get it fixed sooner rather than later.
I thought I was just going to get the leak patched up, but when the guy working the counter at my local Discount Tire came outside to look at the trailer his eyes nearly bugged out of his head. Apparently the Miley’s tires were from the 90s and no modern tire shop would patch twenty-year-old tires.
I really didn’t want to pay for new tires on the Miley since I don’t plan to keep it for a long time, but he quoted me $425 for a full set (including a free upgrade to a better model of tire) so I figured why not? It’s always a plus to be able to say that a trailer has brand new tires when you go to sell it, and I can just tack the price of the tires onto how much I’m eventually going to list the trailer for. In the mean time, it’s nice to have the peace of mind that comes with a brand new set of tires.
Get ready to get personal! I first found out about this blog hop on Hello My Livia! It’s been fun finding out more about all of the equestrians that write the blogs that I follow. At first it was hard to think of five things, let alone thirty, but then all of a sudden my fingers just started flying. 😅
1. I’ve lived in Washington my whole life. Some days I hate the rain and the dismal winters and the mud, but most of the time I can’t imagine living somewhere without the temperate climate and the trees and the valleys and the mountains and the water all right in one area.
2. I’m a bastard child. My mother got pregnant with me when she was twenty-five. My biological father has never been a part of my life. I was four or five when my mom married my dad.
3. I have a scar on the back of my head from where I accidentally fell off of the bed as a kid. I probably should have gotten stitches, but I don’t think we had the money for the emergency room back then.
4. I’m afraid of getting stuck in small, enclosed spaces. My aunt took me to see the Mount St. Helens lava caves when I was a kid and there was a narrow cave you could crawl into and it was TERRIFYING.
5. No one else in my family likes horses. My dad’s never had an interest and my mom is terrified of them. Like she almost burst into tears when I asked her to go into Ezhno’s stall and put a halter on him.
6. As a child I vowed never to ride English. The one time I tried it I didn’t tighten the girth up enough and I was cantering around the arena and my whole saddle slid off of the side. “NEVER AGAIN,” I said.
7. I scored a 2100 on my SATs. I’ve always been at the top when it comes to standardized testing—not that it did me any good when it came to mental health or real life experiences.
8. I got my associate’s degree at 17. Washington state has a program called Running Start that lets high school juniors/seniors take their classes at a local community college. If you stay organized and get all of the right credits you can graduate from high school with your AA.
9. I used to work in IT making $50,000 a year. I started out making tech deliveries and moving equipment at Boeing, then I got a couple of IT certifications and ended up working for a small hosting company.
10. I bought a condo when I was 19. I got into a relationship right after high school. We lived together for a little over a year and then I made the (young and dumb) decision to go halfsies on a condo with him.
11. I left my fiancé on Christmas in 2015. He bought out my half of the condo and we went our separate ways—THANK GOD. I don’t regret my small foray into adulthood, but I’m glad I got out when I did.
12. I live at home with my parents and my childhood best friend. I moved back home after my break up and then a year and a half later my best friend graduated college and moved in with us, too.
13. I have my TEFL certificate. I almost decided to travel internationally while teaching English to students in countries like Thailand, Vietnam, or Ecuador, but ponies and family kept me here.
14. I tutor four days a week for a local Native American tribe. Teaching kids can be frustrating, but it’s also very rewarding—especially in such a small, tightly knit community.
15. My income isn’t very far above the poverty threshold. Part time tutors don’t make a lot of dough.
16. I review books professionally. Have you just finished self-publishing your novel? I write reviews for IndieReader, a website dedicated to improving the credibility and discoverability of independent authors.
17. I write for a video game website. Poke around on Sidequest and you might find a couple of video game reviews posted under my name, but feature pieces are my favorite thing to write.
18. I’m 80% straight, 20% gay. I think I fall under the category of “bicurious”? A lot of people see that I chopped all of my hair off and jump straight to lesbian. It’s silly to judge based on appearance!
19. I know how to pole dance. I took a class with some friends during a bachelorette party, then we all ended up buying a whole package of lessons. I even have a pole in my bedroom.
20. I have a very outgoing betta fish named Frita. She lives in a big, spherical punch bowl on top of a wooden pedestal in my bedroom. She’s got a pineapple to hide in and a little #FISH decoration.
21. I go to the movies at least once a week. Everyone in my family has a MoviePass, so we keep track of what’s coming out every week and take advantage of free movies whenever we’re bored.
22. I’m part of a weekly writing club. I’m not sure any writing actually gets done, but it’s nice to sit in our kitschy little coffee shop and complain at each other about life’s trials and tribulations.
23. I’ve written four novels. None of them have been published—in fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve deleted them all by now, except for one that I have squirreled away as a hard copy that’s waiting to be rewritten.
24. I got my camera from a friend that was upgrading models. I traded her some accessories for her new camera (a tripod and a shutter release) for her old D40 camera body and voila, photography!
25. My phone is a Samsung S8+. I only break out the big camera for horse shows, so most of the photos on my Instagram were taken with my cell. I’m almost due for an upgrade…
26. I map every week out in my Passion Planner. This is my first year using a Passion Planner and I LOVE IT. It’s so colorful and organized, plus it keeps me very aware of my goals.
27. My favorite foods have Asian origins. Gimme dat sushi and rice and pho and miso soup and baozi and banh mi and satay and rice noodles and bok choy and cabbage and yum.
28. I’ll choose a good cake over a slice of pie every time. I don’t love flaky, buttery crust. I want squishy cake, yummy frosting (not overly sugary, though), and some sort of filling. GIVE ME THAT TIRAMISU.
29. I have a tattoo of a D-ring snaffle on the back of my neck. It’s my only tattoo thus far, but I have plans for full sleeves when I’m in a spot where I can afford them.
30. I’m going to Dallas this June. My trainer and a couple of her 4-H kids (+ their moms) are going down to the APHA Youth World Championships to spectate and I’m tagging along!