Monthly Archives: March 2009

Chance is coming home to Houston!

chancespindletopChance is coming home to Magnolia, Texas.  I am so excited.  I wish I could be there to greet him!  However, I will be at work getting ready to Grand Open a new Academy store on Bunker Hill and Interstate 10.  It is a beauty of a store.  As most of y’all know, I am an Assistant Store Manager of Academy and the Apparel Manager.  Academy is an awesome company.  I am fortunate to work for them as they are a stable and sound company.  I have been working every day since last Tuesday helping to get this store open.  I will not be off till Sunday.  Whew, that will be 11 straight days of work-something I haven’t done in a while.  Yes, Academy gives us work -life balance;  however, it is not every day you grand open a new store –85000 square feet—it will be big! and we have an awesome staff! so come out and visit us this Friday when we open or come to our Grand Opening Celebration on March 13.  We have lots of great events planned so come visit us.

I am looking forward to Sunday when I am finally off and I can visit Chance at his new home at Goslin-Nix Training Center in Magnolia.  

I discovered I can not live without horses in my life on a very frequent basic!!!  They need to be near me.  I just moved back to Houston from College Station.  I was in CS for just a little more than a year and I was driving 2 hours once every two weeks to visit my horses.  I was okay with the commute for a while.  After a while, I was going stir crazy in my apt. because I didn’t have the horses nearby.  The horses are my stress buster! They are my therapy! They probably cost just as much as therapy!  Ha!  However, I prefer horse therapy over people therapy.  I love to be outside! I enjoy the physical exercise which we all know is good for the mind and soul!  I miss riding, period!!!!!  No ifs and or buts!!!  I guess you can say I am addicted!!!!!!   Riding is very challenging and I am constantly working to improve my riding……riding is continuous education, there is no such thing as a perfect rider, we are all constantly striving to improve our “art form” and build that harmonious relationship with our horses.  I always love a big challenge and I get bored real easy.  I guess that’s why I always like riding challenging horses and different horses.  I also used to love to start young horses.  Now, that’s a challenge!!!

Chance is being moved from Optimum Training center in Buda, Texas where he has been for the last two years.  Tanya, his trainer had done a beautiful job in “finishing him.”  Believe me, she had her work cut our for her and I thank her for rising to the challenge because Chance is now a very successful winning  Half Arabian Hunter horse.


I just couldn’t take riding twice a month anymore, thus Chance will be nearby.  Now, I will be able to ride  2 or 3 times a week!!!! Whoo! Hoo!

I always learned alot from all the trainers I have been with over the last 15 years.  They are all unique and they all have their own personal way of training horses.  It really amazes me, the special gift they have with the horses.  It take a special person to train horse.  The trainers have lots of patience, and determination.  It is alot of hard work.  So, Thank your trainer today!  Thus, I am looking forward to working with Jennifer and her “methods of training horses and instructing riders.”

Chance , I can’t wait to see you on Sunday, when you nicker when you hear me call your name.  Jennifer, I am looking forward to the instructions and being a part of Goslin-Nix. Tanya and Matt, Thanks for past two years, it was a wonderful trip,  I received lots of compliments on Chance over the past two years and it is thanks to your hard work and care!!


As always, Have a sunny day! Susanna

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Cochlear Celebration 2009

I am so excited.  Two weeks from tomorrow, I will be in Sunny California- the land of dreams, hope and endless sunshine for the Cochlear Celebration put on by Cochlear Americas.

The Celebration starts on Thursday.   I am going up on Tuesday, so I can do some sightseeing and possibly stargazing??? of Hollywood and all its tourist traps, such as the Mann Theatre, Mulholland Blvd, the legendary Hollywood sign, etc with a visit to Universal Studios.  On Thursday, I hope to hit the beaches, Venice, Marina DelRey and Santa Monica.  At least that’s the plan, anyway. 

I am going to Celebration with a group of ladies who all wear cochlear implants and are passionate about spreading the positive word about cochlear implants.

The Celebration starts Thursday evening with an ice cream social which gives us an opportunity to meet others with cochlear implants.  Then, there will be two full days of workshops including an expo. 

Friday evening will include a volunteer reception which I had been invited.  I look forward to meeting other volunteers and learning how they share their passion of cochlear implants.

Saturday evening will include a trip to Dsneyland! for our very own private party! Whoo! Hoo!

Sunday, we will conclude with a farewell breakfast and say goodbye to all the many new friends I  made over the weekend.  However, I  know I will not go home without lots of incredible memories and many email addresses.

I went to Celebration in 2007 at San Antonio, Tx.  It was a trip to be cherished especially Professor Graeme Clark’s presentation which  was awe inspiring!

Come join us in California, it will be a trip you will never forget.

When I come back from Celebration, I will share my trip with you!

As always,  Have a sunny day! Susanna

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Houston Hearing Loss Association Happenings 2009

Well, Houston HLA  is off to a great start for 2009.  We moved to another venue and changed the time.  As a result of this dynamic change, we had a tremendous increase in visitors and guests at our February meeting.  

It was even more exciting when we outgrew our meeting room at our new location, the first time out meeting there! 

All in all, the February meeting was very interesting.  For our February program, we had a panel of people who were related to someone with hearing loss.  Teri Wathen was the moderator.  Teri asked various questions to the different members of the panel — most questions were related to “what is life like living with a person who is hard of hearing?’   The responses were varied, as their own experiences were unique.  Thus, the different insight was helpful to the audience, because their is no one solution to dealing with hearing loss and communicating with those that are hard of hearing.   Some comments made us laugh, others made us think and then some comments made us realize we had been throught the same experiences.  All in all, it was a great program.  Afterwards, we had time to visit and socialize with current members and visit with new prospective members. 

Houston Hla members have also been working real hard to put on an awesome education workshop on March 7, 2009 called “Do you hear what I hear.”  Jesse Petty spearheaded this workshop and it will include a welcome by Mayor Bill White and include 2 programs by renown hard of hearing speaker and actress, Gael Hannan.   It will also include other various workshops related to hearing loss during the morning and afternoon. 

In addition, the workshop will have free hearing screenings and vendors will be on site as well.

Most importanly, this workshop is free!!!!!!!!  Register and RSVP online and you will receive a free lunch at  

This workshop will be at St.Luke’s United Methodist church at 3471 Westheimer at Edloe Hn. Tx. 77027

We also have some other exciting programs for the Spring, so come check out our meetings the second saturday of the month at 930 am at ST.Luk’es.

March:  “Dare to Be Different”  Presentation about a Lady and her 2 golden boys (Arabian Horses)  who all overcame physical disabilities to be Champions in Life and the Show Ring.  Furthermore, Susanna shares how ALD’s help her compete in the show ring.  It is a motivational, inspirational and educational presentation.

April:  We will have an Outstanding Presentation from a Leading Forensic Scientist, more details to come.

May:  Another insightful Presentation from a Lady who will teach us awesome lipreading skills.

June:  We will takE off for the National HLAA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

By the way, hearing people are more than welcome to attend our meetings.  The more people we share hearing loss with, the better off we all are!

Put us on your calendar, it will be worth your while to be a part of this organization or at least visit.  We  look forward to meeting you!

As always, Have a sunny day!  Susanna

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