Saturday was more yoga, some work and then cross country schooling at Sandy Hills. It had warmed up a bit, but the
Sunday, Sally was at Full Gallop, so after a couple of hours of work while I waited for it to warm up a little, I met Caitlin for a dressage lesson. It was quite pleasantly warm and the wind had headed for some alternate venue (possibly Chicago from what I heard later). We had a great dressage lesson, with much use of the half step approach to get Keegan's trot more correct. His canter transitions were quite good. Caitlin said she thought that his trot was going to be quite good once he figured out what to do with his front legs when he was actively pushing from behind. So that was a great success. We also had lunch and time for more horse gossip.
After another relatively uneventful trip home (the flight was about 30 minutes late), I watched a little of the Pro Bowl. Nick Foles ended up being the MVP which is pretty good for a 2nd year, third round pick. I totally missed the Grammys somehow, but heard about it through friends and facebook. I was glad to hear Macklemore won best new artist and heard the singing might not have been the best, but the thought behind having same-sex marriages serended by Same Love definitely was. I also liked seeing Darius Rucker win best country solo and the Skyfall soundtrack win.
Yesterday was my birthday. I started the day with a spin class at Body Cycle Studio. I miss getting there regularly so it was nice to be in the city for Russell's class on a Monday morning. Then Henry and I had breakfast at the Four Seasons. Perfect way to start the day. Work was pretty usual and then dinner at a new BYOB in Philly called Entree. It was fairly good and the bottle of Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose was fabulous as always.
As I kicked off my new year (fairly coincident with the Chinese New Year of the Horse) on my yoga mat, it was easy to feel thankful for the blessings of wonderful friends and family, engaging work, rewarding hobbies (that bring more friends) and hopeful that the year to come will bring more of the same and excellent adventures to report in this space.