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Talk to Me About Barn Sitting

Talk to Me About Barn Sitting

Today I need to dip into the knowledge pool that are my awesome blog readers, and get y’alls advice on something. Specifically — barn sitting. As I approach my last month in Austin, and subsequent last month of working, I’m starting to think about what I’ll do for side money in California. The first year of my school does not include a TA position. While I’m super fortunate to have a fellowship and parental support, I’ll need to work part…

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Things That Happened

Things That Happened

It’s been a weird week over in Tex-ass. We’re getting slammed with rain again. Normally I’m not really anti-rain, but I have a pretty vested interest in riding right now and with no indoor the week forecast doesn’t look hopeful. Plus, when I woke up this morning my house seems to have succumbed to strange plumbing issues again. My shower went from 100% fine to gurgling and not draining within a 24 hour period. I won’t go into details since…

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Power Blazer

Power Blazer

I have a new secret weapon. Weeks ago, I had a moment where I wasn’t having as much of a personal financial crisis. All summer I’ve desperately needed a new pair of jeans, so once I could breathe a bit easier I trotted off to Nordstrom Rack to see if I could find any pants. Sidenote – why is pant shopping the worst? I can buy breeches much easier than I can buy regular people pants. My breeches are also much…

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Graphic Ponehs

Graphic Ponehs

Once upon a time I made my living entirely from graphic design.  This is shocking, because I’m a mediocre designer at best.  These days I do more project management/content UI/writing than design, but for a brief point in my career there was a magical time where I was paid to draw ponies on the computer for a living. Draw ponies.  On the computer.  For a living.  Squee! Recently I stumbled across a lot of these assets, some I did for…

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My Job at the Cult – The Departure

My Job at the Cult – The Departure

You’re probably going to be shocked, but I was job hunting for the last 3 months of my 6 month stint at my job at the cult.  I took any interview I could get (including some really awful positions) to try and get out of there, and finally something worked out.  It wasn’t even a good position, but it was most likely not in a cult.  At the time, that was enough for me. Before I had another job offer, I…

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My Job at the Cult – The Promotion

My Job at the Cult – The Promotion

Given the turbulent environment at the cult, you’d think there wouldn’t be much room for upward growth.  In contrary, they actually gave promotions out like candy. Unlike candy, promotions weren’t very sweet.  It was more of a curse than a blessing really, because they did not typically come with any raise.  I knew several people who received a lot more responsibility, often switching departments or roles entirely, to bring the same amount of bacon home at the end of the day….

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My Job at the Cult – Financial Freedom

My Job at the Cult – Financial Freedom

On the first day I showed up for work at the cult, I was given a homework assignment. “We require everyone who works here to read this Dave Ramsey book.  Financial independence is very important to us,” the HR person said as he handed me the book.  “There will be a quiz,” he added. Now there’s nothing wrong with Dave Ramsey and I know a lot of people love him, but this immediately turned me off from anything DR.  I…

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My Job at the Cult – DISC Profiles

My Job at the Cult – DISC Profiles

My interview for the job that shall not be named was interesting on many different levels, but one of those levels was the DISC personality test I was given.  Maybe my job career thus far has been old school, but I’d never been asked to take a personality test for a job before.  The one they had me take was the DISC profile, which as explained by Wikipedia: DISC is a behaviour assessment tool based on the DISC theory of…

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My Job at the Cult – The Huddle

My Job at the Cult – The Huddle

About four years ago, I started a job at what I know just refer to as “the cult.”  You’re probably thinking, how could a job be a cult?  I could write enough on that topic for an entire novel, but for the blog I’ll break it down into chunks. All you need to know starting out is that they hired kids as young as possible (preferred high school graduates over college graduates), paid them less than fair wages and tricked them…

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Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed

I’ve been spoiled for most of 2013.  Although my job is never slack by any means, all of my responsibilities clipped along at a reasonable pace.  That’s been ramping up as we march towards 3rd quarter, and last week was pretty hellish to say the least. That’s not the reason for my absence from the blog though, I got a last minute deal on a plane ticket to go to North Carolina and visit family for father’s day weekend. There…

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Big Girl Pants

Big Girl Pants

It’s been a rather stressful week month career at work lately.  In January I was thrilled to receive a promotion, which has greatly improved my quality of life salary wise but now I am realizing that when people give you more money they expect you to do more work, and we still haven’t been able to find the right employee for me to manage and help out with my task list.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love my job…

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Crash and Burn

Crash and Burn

My hard drive crashed at work this morning.  Know how much fun that is?  About as much fun as stall rest.  Or your horse throwing a shoe.  Or your division getting cancelled at the show.  I could go on… So to celebrate, I share with you my favorite crash pictures.  I used to have a better selection of amateur crash shots from my years of a on the rail photographer at a local show circuit, but I think those are…

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