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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What's in a Last Name?

So for almost the last year or so I've been working on a family tree and I have to say I sort of have fallen in with my mother's maiden name Maciejowksa (or Maciejowski if you are male.) There is a lot of history behind it. Like how we are descended from the cardinals and such in Poland back in the 1400s? Yea, pretty cool. Or the 'Maciejowski Bible'. And because it was a noble family, who married other noble families, it means that a lot of the marraiges and children were recorded.

I plan on doing a whole long post about family history and my journey with learning more about my family history. But for now, I ask a question to you all.

I am thinking about perhaps changing my last name back to Maciejowska when I become of legal age. Now does that seem reasonable, or does that make me like my 2nd great grandmother who was so snobbish she made her husband take her last name in order to keep the Maciejowski name going? Hmmm...

The Family Historian,

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Searching for Illustrator Soulmate

Hello there everyone!

Just a short little post. Well really I suppose you could say it is a 'wanted' ad.

I'm looking for an artist/illustrator who would be interested in illustrating a short story I wrote and hope to self publish, as well as perhaps work with me on some future projects. (Children's books, etc...)

I am willing to pay for such services or work out a deal, but let's be honest. I'm nowhere near rich.

If you are interested or someone you know may be, you can contact me at


Sunday, January 13, 2013


I don't usually write about dreams but the one I had the other night got my thought process working and I felt the need to blog about it.

Let me give you a brief summary.

I dreamt that I was returning Sharlie to the field one day and I saw Casper standing in the pasture watching us, not too far away. As I was leading her into the field, one of the barn owners came up (I don't remember who) and told me to say goodbye to Casper. I asked why. 'Because you won't be using him anymore' they replied. Again, I asked why but I felt the realization hit me. Oh
"Because he isn't Casper anymore, he is Little Britches."
I turned to look at Casper, eyes blurred with tears, but he was gone. Just gone.

While the ending is significant in itself- the way how I feel like Casper can dissapear at any moment, gone from my life (though never from my heart) by forces I can't control... I found the line "Because he isn't Casper anymore, he is Little Britches." heartwrenching and thought provoking at once.

Casper was originally called Little Britches before I started working with him, and some still call him that. After I got to know him I realized what an injustice his name was to his personality. What do you think of when you hear 'Little Britches'? I thought of a push-button pony who was bomb proof and won lots of blue ribbons in the jumping classes with little kids.

Well Casper is the opposite of that. So I set out to see what name would suit him, and more importantly one he approved of. As I got to know him, I found many similarities in his behavior as that of Casper, Pat's stallion. Also, after reading Pat's biography ('Raise Your Hand if You Love Horses') there was a brief description as to how his stallion earned his name. Don't quote me on it as I don't have a copy of the book onhand, but I believe it was something along the lines of "He could be friendly but not be there fully." Oh dear, that was an awful summary. That was not what Pat said at all!

Anyway, in my own words. Casper earned his name because of three reasons. First of all, he was so similar to Pat's stallion in look and personality, secondly a...tribute(?) to Parelli, and third and most importantly because he was like a ghost. Both physcially and mentally he could be there one second and gone the next. He could be there with you in one way and off in another realm in the other. I have had more of a mental connection with Casper from across the pasture sometimes than having him right beside me. Curios, isn't it? (Also, Casper approved the name. There were others like Jack Daniels and such, a little more rough and rugged which he liked...but not as much as Casper.)

So anyway. I realized after I woke up that with me, Casper was...Casper. However if he was to be taken away from me he would become Little Britches again, even if it was against his will.

Interpret it as you like. The change of name could reference two different stages of his life. It could indicate the two different types of people. I have my own interpretation but I can't share it here.

Just think about it okay? What makes Casper Casper, and not Little Britches? I can name a dozen.

On a sidenote, don't worry too much about the dream. This last week has been a particularly stressful nail-biting one at the stables for me when we were afraid Casper's fate hung in the balance. Well, it has been for the last few months but it reached the tipping point for a moment before it inched back again. In a way, I sort of want it to all be resolved...but of course, in our favor.

Confession time: You or anyone else can think whatever you like about Casper. That he is a brat, a waste of space, a nice little pony- but not worth the time, or you could even think he is the most adorable little pony in the world. In ALL cases you are wrong. He is not a brat. He is proud and dignified. He is not a waste of space. He has a life and soul and heart and mind and is just as important and valued as you or me. And he is not an adorable little pony, and most certainly not one for children. He hardly puts up with me as I am still learning with him. I think the only reason he still allows me to ride is that he knows I'm trying my hardest to do what is best for him...and let's face it, its me or someone else. He is not adorable. He is handsome, marvelous, stunning. He is not little. He is intelligent, important and five times more clever than you and I combined.

So forgive me, but for Casper's sake...He should remain Casper.

No more bad dreams please, okay Tooth Fairy?

Cheers, Julia

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Wise and Fair Skin

I have been suffering from acne and spots since the 7th grade.  I don't have the magic cure. I actually haven't been very successful when it comes to managing my skin. However I have a few things I've noticed work better than others.

For a long term everyday guide:

What is your acne telling you? - This helped me out realize what the different parts of my face meant and I realized it also made loads of sense as I had begun noticing a pattern, but this was the key I needed to figure it out.

Rinse face with water every day.


(I noticed eating grapes everyday helped a lot.)

Quick and Easy:

Salt Water treatment - I tried this for the first time tonight actually and I was amazed it worked! However I'm interested to see the long term effects. Though if you need this for an imminent event I (think) I would recommend it.


The Montagne Jeunesse face masks (I find them at CVS and Target)- I use this and/or a Polish brand (don't know name) about once a month or for special events.

Doxycycline, prescribed by dermatologist. I take it once a day and it is an anti-inflamitory.

Pull hair out of face as much as you can, especially if you are breaking out.

Refrain from touching or playing with your hair and touching your face as much as possible.

Change your pillow cases at least once a week.

In the shower:

I use an apricot scrub, CVS's owm brand. - I use it probably every other day in the shower, or depending on how badly my skin needs it.

**for rashes:
I recently had an allergic reaction to a cream my dermatologist prescribed. My face became swollen, red and bumpy where I had applied it. First applied a wet/damp cold to cool down the face. Then a lot of rinsing with cold water whether in the shower or with a cloth. Then I also used gentle moisturizer and sunscreen once in the morning for the day.

Intense Evenings:
Usually means face mask, long shower, snacking on plenty of healthy foods, drinking lots of water, and tonight: salt water treatment.

This is all I can think of at the moment. This is more reference notes for myself, but also people have asked in the past and I haven't been able to give a proper answer. So here you go! :)
Julia the Spotted.

Friday, January 4, 2013

I am Katie and Katie is I (Horton hears a Who)

 I don't think you realize just how much this gifset represents me! I even make the same face as the one in the last frame!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

...and Looking Forward (2013)

As for the new year, I don't know if I want it to be better than 2012. I certainly don't want it to be worse! What I'm trying to say is that I'll be happy if it stays at about the same balance of good and bad. Except maybe a little more good and a little less barn drama?

2013 is going to be a very interesting year. I'll be turning 17, that awkward age between 16 and 18 where you are kind of an adult but not really. I'll hopefully be doing some traveling, whether to Europe or other places in the USA. I'll be looking at universities and then applying for them in the fall. I hopefully will be graduating in December, done with high school forever.

What is coming up for Sharlie, Casper and I? What will happen with my writing career? If you think about it, a year of unknown is terribly daunting and terrifying.

Alright, so by now I've come up with a few new year resolutions.

-My plan with Cinderella Wolf is have it completely edited and begin sending it off to publishers.

-I would like to be able to trot on Casper in full tack and not have him panic.

-I would like to be able to canter Sharlie without her bucking (and for me to have the confidence to ask her to canter).

- Stay in touch with extended family much more.

-I will be a little more active, a little more fit. If only so that when I try and mount Casper it isn't so embarrassing. :)

-Hell, maybe even a little romance would be nice? ;)

-Definitive read more. Way more.

I can set goals and make plans, but I have a terrible habit of not doing them. I'm going to try my best though.

I don't think 2013 will be all that different. Too much is still the same in the world for things to change drastically. I can say I want to see gay marriage legalized nation wide as it deserves to be. I can say I want to start being treated more like an adult, especially when it comes to horses. But will that happen? Probably not.

So since the people around me won't change or evolve or make themselves better...I will. So there.

Have a lovely new year everyone.

xoxo Julia