ninj: (Default)
( Jan. 25th, 2012 05:31 pm)
Being unemployed is a drag. I mean what are you supposed to do with your day? It's really bad. I want a job. But I did what no one should do-I got used to certain income level. I'm earning unemployment for the next few months and lets just say taking a job that pays less than $12 an hour would not be worth it. Which in Texas is most entry level jobs.

As it turns out an MBA doesn't do you much good finding a job. For two main reasons.

1. No concentration. I didn't get an MBA with an HR emphasis for example. I just got a general MBA. So as a result I don't know very specific HR laws. I took an HR class and it was very general. So this puts me out of the running for all the HR jobs, accounting jobs etc.

2. No experience. I can't go into a Housing Authority here. I applied for one, and got rejected for a position higher than the one I had held in Fresno. I applied for entry level, but I haven't heard on those jobs. I want to go into the oil and gas industry-but they require experience, in that specific industry.

Now many of you may be reeling in shock after reading that last sentence. The oil and gas industry you say? It's nothing like the media portrays it. Nothing. And I have talked to people who work in the industry, and I have researched companies and I am ashamed of myself. Because I took what the media has always said and didn't consider the bias. When the Deepwater Horizon blew up I didn't research offshore drilling. I have now. It's not a perfect industry (no industry is) and clearly we (as a nation) have an oil dependency problem, but that doesn't make the industry itself a bad industry or the people who work it bad people. I hope I can find a job there.

They make a lot of money, but they always give a lot back to their employees. And the big company around here gives a lot back to the community too. I realize that people who work in the industry have their own bias and of course they like it when it's paying their bills, however, I think the important thing I learned is always, always to do my own research.

My dogs are getting spoiled with me being home all day all the time. I don't know what River is going to do when I go back to work. She freaks out if she's alone in the house. Since we're living with my parents someone is almost always home one way or the other. She tore up one foot on New Year's Eve with the fireworks and it's just starting to heal. She almost did more damage Sunday when I took my Mom to the airport and no one was home for about an hour and half. We have bought her Benadryl for the storms. She gets a full adult dose to keep her from loosing her mind during the thunder.

Haley is hanging in their despite the vets estimation just after Thanksgiving that she had one month to live. She coughs a lot and it's pretty clear that her heartbeat is not right, but she eats a lot and seems happy so I don't feel like we're hurting her by letting her live.

Since I live in Texas now where it is legal to say this-I have two ferrets and two dogs. If I every talk about my pack of animals that's what I mean. The ferrets are illegal in the state of CA which is why they may have been mentioned in less than detail.

Rachel Alexandra dropped her Curlin foal on Sunday. She had a cute colt that was 125 pounds. Mom and the colt are doing well. Zenyatta is due to foal in early March. Rachel Alexandra is scheduled to be bred to Bernardini this year which is the sire of the foal Zenyatta is carrying currently. Bernadini is also the sire of Zenyatta's half sister Eblouissante who starts her racing career this year.
ninj: (The Fool)
( Sep. 29th, 2010 06:13 am)
Real Quiet was a small horse for a Thoroughbred. Bought for a insanely low price as a two year year old as a three year old he went on to win big. Bob Baffert trained this three year old nicknamed 'The Fish' to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. He lost the Belmont to Victory Gallop by a nose. He was a gentle soul as far as racehorses go.

Yesterday at age 15 Real Quite crushed his shoulder. They don't know how he injured himself.After evaluation he was euthanized. Although not very successful as a sire he did father some champions. Real Quiet is the second horse to attempt the Triple Crown that I remember. He cemented my love of West Coast horses as a young age. I get all silly over horses, and I hope he rests in peace.

The second goodbye is not a death, thank goodness. However, Rachel Alexandra was retired from horse racing yesterday. After not a very good season the 2009 Horse of the Year will be moving on to relaxing pastures and motherhood. Next year she will be bred to champion Curlin.

In real life-that post is coming. When time magically falls out of the sky and my day gets longer.
I know my coverage has not been as intense this year, BUT I did not forget that the Kentucky Derby, and I have been following the news. So far, so good.

My top three picks for winning by choice are
1. Lookin at Lucky (come on he's a Baffert horse)
2. Sidney's Candy
3. Devil May Care (go ladies!)

My top three from a more realistic outlook
1. Sidney's Candy
2. Ice Box
3. Lookin at Lucy

I of course want to go with my West coast horses. Spending time at Santa Anita is fun. I really have been enjoying my visits there.

In other news Rachel Alexandra ran her second race of the season and lost again. I'm worried this means they may retire her. Of course she only lost by like a neck or something. I'm going to be watching the race replay later tonight. She's such a pretty mare. I don't want her to retire, but I want to know what's going on. She just dominated last year so I feel like this is really strange. Nothing about her rider or trainer changed. I guess we'll see what happens.

Blind hat draw and order of finish tomorrow.
ninj: Miss Jaffacake gets credit for making the icon (Torchwood Snark)
( Jan. 22nd, 2010 07:09 pm)
This week has been a good one, for I have been gifted with lots of wonderful things. Okay, most of these wonderful things are horse related things, and the stuff that happened today was not so good, but still read below.

RACHEL ALEXANDRA is Horse Of The Year. A GIRL HORSE. Take that all you stupid male horse fans. This year was dominated by the filly Rachel Alexandra and the mare Zenyatta. I actually, had a moment where I was disappointed because it wasn't Zenyatta. Then I had to pinch myself over and over because while there still hasn't been a Triple Crown winner in my lifetime I also never thought there would be a year when I could say that the two top contenders for HotY would be female. Zenyatta was named best older female horse and Summer Bird was best three year old male.

So, that was pretty sweet in and of itself, BUT THEN IT GOT BETTER. As you know, I recently went to Santa Anita to see the great and undefeated Zenyatta in a farewell parade. Where she obligingly showed off for the fans while on low dose tranqs because she thinks going out onto the track is serious business and they didn't want her getting too excited. They frequently have to tranq her when taking her out because she wants to run. Not at all fitting for a mare who is supposed to go and get knocked up any day. Her owners, being the horse fans that they are, and her trainer being clearly in love with this mare UNRETIRED HER. That's right. Look out 2010 Zenyatta is coming at you!

Plus now both Zenyatta's people and Rachel's people WANT to see them run together. This is like a dream. No wait, when it actually happens then it will be a dream. It will be huge. It is a race I want to have happen so badly. Various tracks are already putting up huge amounts of money if they can lure them both to the track for the same race. Oh, how I hope this will happen.

Now, I apologize for all the random caps locks, but this is really a big thing for me as I've been a horse racing fan for years and I am sick and I mean sick of seeing females discounted. When they discuss a horses breeding it's immediate sire, damn and damn's sire. that's 2 males and 1 female for every horse. Clearly, breeding only comes from the Sire. I was at the Irish National Stud and they said it's just because the guys run more. harumph. I can tell you years from now when Zenyatta actually does retire I will want to know when one of her foals and heck even grandfoals steps out onto that track. So I am looking forward to this next year of horse racing.

In the disturbing news for Friday I was awoken this morning, but the sound of the willow trees outside my apartment being killed. The 2 big willow trees that screened our apartment from the building across from it and keep us cool in summer were brutally annihilated today. I want to charge my complex for the difference in my electric bill this summer as I will now have to air condition more. Those trees were a big part of why I liked this place so much as they offered some much need privacy. In slightly ironic news: today we got new upstairs neighbors who chose their unit out of all the empty units in our complex because of the nice privacy proving willow trees. I'm sure they're thrilled.

I also was forced to flee to Border's to avoid the sounds of the willow tree death going on outside my door. I read trashy romance novels as I am sometimes prone to doing (I will never buy them, and sometimes they make me laugh) and apparently if you read romance novels in a book store it leads to middle aged men hitting on you. And you have to be very blunt for me to get that you might be hitting on me. It made me profoundly uncomfortable. So since the guy would not take the hint and leave me to read my paranormal romance in peace I fled. To all single guys out there: do not try and hook up with girls reading in bookstores. DO NOT. I hate that I'm timid, aka raised well. Because while I really wanted to tell him to get the hell away from me, I went for coldly polite instead. Because I was raised to not be a bitch. But don't get me wrong readers, he was not inappropriate. I would not have stood for that, but if you know me I just don't do well around guys in general.

And I just realized I now have to go to Target and get shampoo for my husband. Because I forgot earlier. *sighs*

Also dear readers, rec me books. preferable paperback-but really I'll take anything.
Has anyone read the Dexter books? I love the show, and I read the opening chapter of the first one, but it was so much like the show...is it worth a purchase anyway?

ETA: I should read previous entries and get my timelines straight. I posted about Zenyatta before this. However, I'm not going to delete my glee, because Zenyatta coming back is that huge.
ninj: (Generation Kill)
( Sep. 7th, 2009 09:40 pm)
So sadly some unhappy news on the Rachel Alexandra front: no more racing in 2009. She's not injured I guess they're just giving her a break. I know she's not going to run in the Breeder's Cup, but come on there are other races for super filly to run in. Baffert, on the other hand is burning up CA tracks with his two year olds. However, this is sad trend with Baffert in that he trains super 2 year olds that never seem to make it to three year olds super stars. I miss the days when he ruled the crown.

To my list of things I will be watching this fall I should add Castle. I enjoyed it a lot last spring and I plan to keep on enjoying it.

If anyone is looking for a good mini series about the war in Iraq there are not words enough for me to recommend Generation Kill. You can watch HBO's seven episode mini series of amazingness or you can read Evan Wright's book. I plan on getting the book once I have disposable income. Which may be never. Please see new icon for GK love.
ninj: Yee! Dork Icon (Spike)
( Sep. 6th, 2009 08:40 am)
Rachel Alexandra won the Woodward yesterday against the boys again. The fifth grade 1 race in a row. Fillies are really burning up the racing world. I would give so much to see her and Zenyatta race against each other. Or, in a really cool world they could rule the Breeder's Cup in October by having Zenyatta run the in the Distaff (Zenyatta does not run against boys) and Rachel in the Classic and they could win win win. Oh yes. Sadly, Rachel is not running in any Breeder's Cup race because she doesn't like the surface. So this Woodward was no easy win for Rachel either. She only won by a nose or so, but it was sweet, wire to wire and Macho Again couldn't catch her neither could Da'tara. Some familiar names in that field. So this makes my weekend.

Also on the up is still Leverage. I don't talk about it as much because it's cute and fun and not a show I'm obsessing over but I like it a lot. So much love for Elliot, Hardison, and Parker. This will be the last week of Leverage for awhile. Summer TV is ending and fall TV is not close enough.

Things I Will Be Watching This Fall
1. Dollhouse-I like it enough to watch the second season especially after Ephitaph 1 and with all the BSG cast members they're going to have me thinks it will be amazing.
2. Not Sarah Connor because people are stupid and cancel the show I'm really going to miss
3. NCIS-MAYBE. I've heard spoilers that make me really unhappy with this show. I mean as in I may stop watching on my own personal principles of not supporting a show that treats women the way this show does and thinks that it's okay. There is no excuse for a show that constantly promotes that women will always die over men due to being incompetent, traitors, and that because they're feminine they're deaths are more upsetting. I just think it's disgusting and it's really making me not enjoy the show anymore.

I think it's it. Woe is me for there is almost no fall TV. Ideas?

One more week until True Blood is over and I can swear myself off of such shows. yay. But I will miss Eric and Pam and they're snarkiness. Oh Teacup Humans. I laughed my ass off.
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