Monday, July 18, 2011

Rode Hard, Put Away Wet

Did y’all miss me?

Sorry about the lack of posts; as I’m sure you’ve guessed, I was a little busy last week. I barely had time to sleep, much less type. I think I got … maybe 20 hours of sleep total from Tuesday through Sunday?

Which would explain why I slept in until 2 p.m. today. I’ve only just now finished unloading the truck, and have only made the most minimal efforts to unpack. I gave myself an extra day off work to recover, and I’m taking advantage of it. My only plans for today were to lounge around the house and eat as much ice cream as I can stand. (Check, and check.)

I have lots of stuff to show everyone, so I’m hoping (but not promising) to make daily posts this week to cover the craziness in full. I had a blast, for the most part, though there were a few things, as always, to complain about.

Unlike the folks elsewhere on the Internet, the hotel will not be one of my complaints. There were some annoyances, but it is what it is, and expecting drastic physical improvements in less than a year seems a little bit too much to ask. Seriously: it’s a ginormous complex on a half dozen levels, built nearly fifty years ago, in multiple stages, on the side of a hill, in a high traffic area. It’s going to take a while to get the job done, is what I’m saying. Next year, we can talk.

(Besides, some of the condition issues are part of the ambiance, by now.)

Anyhoo, today y’all get to see one of the many fabulous things I got to bring home with me - one of the few things I did unpack, just because he’s so special to me: my volunteer model!

A bay ("lavender") roan Silver, named Nottingham. I believe his model number was 711430; I wrote it down somewhere, but it’s on something I haven’t unpacked yet. I think there were 137 pieces produced, more or less. (Yeah, I know, another roan. Good thing I love them so!)

Contrary to popular opinion, I do not hate the Silver mold: I am just annoyed by his overuse. The only other ones I have in my collection currently are the gloss bay Valentino (because he’s beautiful) and the Skullduggery (because I love the Halloween horses.) I’d like a few others - especially the Silver Filigree, or the Hobo - but I’m not in any hurry. I think there were a few Pegasus Silvers in the NPOD this year, but I wasn’t especially motivated to toss one in my buy pile.

No worries: my NPOD pile was still plenty big, and plenty good, but we’ll get to that later in the week. I have to still unpack it all, y’know.

(And before I forget: h/t to "Tumnus" for the upgrade. You are also awesome.)


GWR said...

Nottingham is lovely! Congrats, can't wait to see your NPOD loot!

Stockstill Stables said...

He is lovely, love the mold, love the color. I only have one Silver mold and thats the Appy treasure hunt model my hubby gave me.

eva said...

I like Nottingham! He's even prettier than the rose grey Silver (a personal favorite of mine along with Skullduggery and The Merry Widow, all of which I don't have, but whatever). Glad you had a good time and I saw your Toad there. I still think he's really cute looking.

Julie said...

It's collectors like you that make this hobby great. Wabi-Sabi Has a special stall in my Breyer Barn. Hope to see you next year. :3

Vicky said...

Thanks for posting his name. No one at the open show could tell us what it was. I'd have liked a different model, but he is ok. Doubt I'll keep mine.

Candace said...

It was a pleasure to meet you this year! Nottingham is lovely. Oh how I wish I could volunteer. Unfortunately work won't allow me to know if I can make it or not every year. I have to hang on a thread till about the week before. Can't wait to see the rest of your loot! I managed to get a Time's Square. My ride doesn't believe in being up before 6am. So we were too late for all the REAL treasures.

Helen said...

I'm glad you like your volunteer model. That's a beautiful color! I'm looking forward to hearing what BreyerFest was like.

englishspot2003 said...

I would just like to say that you are a lunatic and thanks for letting me touch your Cigar, lol.