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Girl On A Mountain with a Chicken 3.0

I’m a 25 year old almost graduated graduate student.

I’m neck deep in a thesis on Black Beauty.

I still have boots, ropes, cowboy hats, bridles, and all sorts of horsey accoutrements adorning my room.

I’m cash poor and horse rich.

Fresh bread, barn smell, and good leather sustain me.

I want gardens, open spaces, horse kisses, fresh food, good books, self-reliance, farmers markets, mountain vistas, and homemade pies to be what people think about when they think of me.

I want to be more than a dreamer, I want to be a doer.


Girl On A Mountain with a Chicken 2.0

I’m a 23 year old grad student, getting my MA in Literature.

I managed to find a graduate program even less practical than my undergraduate one.

But it will allow me to read the Saddle Club and Thoroughbred book series for my thesis.

There’s cowboy boots, Annie Oakley perfume, and a rope in my room.

And a hamster named Cowboy.

I’m a part time wrangler, part time student, part time job hunter, and full time lover of baked goods.

I have a crush on open spaces, blue skies, the smell of horse necks, and the feel of old leather.

Many of my friends from Los Angeles have never heard of Ft. Collins.

I can have lunch in Wyoming.

I will have a house with acreage, a garden, plucky chickens, warm dogs, and good barn cats.

There will also be horses.

And a goat co-op.

I dream big.


I’m a 22 year old college graduate.

I put my communication design degree to good use by becoming a wrangler/ ski bum.

I live on a 600 acre ranch in Beautiful, Colorado.

I want a chicken coop.

And a goat co-op.

There’s a bear head in my living room.

And a deer hoof coat rack.

I am happiest on the back of a horse, in the woods, or in the kitchen.

My friends are disgusted by the amount of plaid I own.

I yearn for a breakfast nook and kitchen herb garden.

I’m an aspiring blogger, artist, photographer, musician, and cook.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2009 5:26 pm

    Just found your blog, and I say, you go girl. I’m 42 and been there and love it and ain’t going to stop for a while. Keep it up. I’d rather they say I’m crazy than leave my mountain and horses and move into an office.
    Gin at

  2. February 17, 2009 2:08 pm

    HA! this was great!

  3. February 25, 2009 3:39 pm

    I appreciate your blog – your last blog made me very grateful, and I was feeling a bit blue. I finally got my horse farm, complete with chickens (about 44), two horses, and two cats. You’ll get there. Also, I adore my Farmhouse Cookbook – best cast off book that found it’s way to me.

    Good luck, and keep riding!

  4. March 16, 2009 10:41 pm

    You made me laugh, and want to hear so much more! I wonder what the percentage actually is of people who know what they wanna be when they grow up? 🙂

  5. March 30, 2009 8:55 am

    I love your site. Keep it up !

  6. May 5, 2009 8:37 pm

    Having lots of fun looking through your site – now that I finally found it (Thanks Gin!) We of the under 40 crowd have to keep spreading the insanity (and love of beasites & plaid) to the rest of our generation… Keep writing!

  7. Karin permalink
    May 13, 2009 2:44 am

    I just found your site through Gin’s. I put my political science degree to use in an art gallery! Love your site!

  8. October 8, 2010 7:33 pm

    Just found your blog. I think I’m certainly going to be able to relate. Also? I have a friend who went to college in Ft. Collins, so you are already cool. Rock on lady.

  9. January 4, 2012 9:33 pm

    Oh man! I love your blog! I spent my 11-14 year old years volunteering at “Happy Trails Riding Stable” where I traded filling in gopher holes with manure for a chance to ride. It’s a love and addiction I’m never far from falling into again. Well done managing academia and equine-landia: )

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