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Saturday morning, grey and wet

And I'm baking croissants. I haven't baked croissants, or any kind of bread, for a long time. I must be having something to smile about, although I can't imagine what it might be:

  • I'm still stuck in my old job with no sign of any employment closer to home on the horizon. The problem is that The Hague, as the governmental and diplomatic capital of The Netherlands, offers very little opportunity for employment outside of these two avenues -- and all the ministeries are downsizing and/or reorging, no doubt to set a good example. This means that at the moment, it is extremely hard, if not downright impossible, to join the civil service. Only when no successful applicant can be found within the service, will they advertise outside it...and even then, it's tricky. I was getting ready to send in my letter of application and cv for a particular position the other day, when a chance encounter with my sister showed me the futility of that: as chance would have it, she'd been offered that very job that very same day, when they'd already started shortlisting outsiders for an interview -- and she accepted it.
  • I still haven't given the new medical insurance stuff much thought, and if I don't get a move on within the next 2 weeks, I may lose out on a better deal than the one I'll be lumbered with.
  • I keep tearing holes in my clothes, or popping buttons. I suspect this may have something to do with my expanding waistline, which in turn may have been caused by my sudden reliance on chocolate and sugared almonds.
  • My LJ keeps being reverted back to read-only mode, which pisses me off no end.
  • And in EastEnders, while I'm happy that Pauline Fowler's getting married again after a decade or almost of widowhood, I hate hate hate that Pat's succeeded in blackmailing Patrick into sleeping with her and that after a token protest -"I love my wife, you know"-, he can't seem to get enough of her; or that they're suddenly turning Sonia into a lezzie, just when it seemed she and Martin were getting back on track again. Ultimately, I think that's what's wrong with the soap these days: it's all about the characters' romantic entanglements, and there are no juicy or controversial storylines to get into anymore.

On the plus side, I'm going out tonight.



( 19 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
Feb. 11th, 2006 09:41 am (UTC)
I think jobs seem to have evaporated lately.
Feb. 11th, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)
For you as well, eh? Sorry, love. I do believe you're having an even harder time of it than I am. What a pair we make!
Feb. 11th, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
I can't find anything to apply for, and when I do try to expand my options a bit, I get weeded out of the running by the agencies!
Feb. 11th, 2006 11:44 am (UTC)
Again, I'm sorry to hear it, and can only keep my fingers crossed that things will improve soon. And though it may not be ideal, at least the temping should keep you afloat, shouldn't it?
Feb. 11th, 2006 11:57 am (UTC)
Not really, it's getting very tight financially now. I'm not earning enough to pay the bills, it's all going on the credit card.
Feb. 11th, 2006 12:11 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. Perhaps I should start to get real, because the way I've been behaving at work and towards Jobsworth recently...I had this idea at the back of my mind that I could always switch to temping if I hadn't found anything by the time he got enough of me and my lackadaisical attitude. I never considered that the temping might be anything but short term, and if you're having difficulty finding a job with all your experience and qualifications...it doesn't inspire confidence in my own prospects, really. :-(
Feb. 11th, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
I never thought I was this unemployable. I have always found it hard to find jobs especially decent jobs I've wanted to do.

The agencies don't think I'm being unrealistic, yet nothing happens.
Feb. 11th, 2006 12:24 pm (UTC)
Well, you know I'm wishing and willing it to fervently, don't you? Maybe if we all think positive thoughts, it will happen before long.
Feb. 11th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Fingers crossed.
Feb. 12th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)
I hope you had fun going out at least.

Feb. 12th, 2006 10:20 am (UTC)
Thank you. I did, actually - went for a curry with an old friend from uni, and unloaded all my trials and tribulations on him, but jokingly. Laughter really is the best medicine! ;-)
Feb. 12th, 2006 08:06 am (UTC)
::many hugs with all that::
Only when no successful applicant can be found within the service, will they advertise outside it...and even then, it's tricky.
I worked in similar situation in Germany and the jobs that went outside were the ones that no-one internally would apply for. It's really a tough situation. I do hope something good comes along, but goodness knows I'm having enough trouble too as it is. Eurgh.
Feb. 12th, 2006 10:23 am (UTC)
I hope things will turn around for you soon. In the meantime, let's both keep trying!
Feb. 16th, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
The Pat and Patrick thing is terrible! Poor Yolande! And the Sonia storyline is ridiculous. Easties has really gone down the pan in recent years :(

Hope all is ok, doesn't Jules being in NY bring back those tour memories? *is nostalgic*...
Feb. 16th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)
The Pat and Patrick thing is terrible! Poor Yolande!

Amen, sister. And of course Pat's always been a bit of a horndog, but this is insane behaviour on her part.

And the Sonia storyline is ridiculous. Easties has really gone down the pan in recent years :(

Yes, it has. I think it started when Steve Owen suddenly got turned into a gangster for a few episodes in which he teamed up with the Gold Blend woman. Things haven't been up to their usual standard since.

The arrival of the Slaters, the return of Dirty Den, and that of Phil and Peggy just haven't done the show any good at all -- but I was sort of resigned to having to accept a lower standard and didn't really care anymore...until they started to mess with one of my favourite characters. I like Sonia, and Sonia/Martin, and I don't know why they should suddenly want to ruin all that. Although I have heard rumours that James Alexandrou is actually off to study drama in New York...

And speaking of NYC -- isn't Jules lucky, going to see our boys again tonight? I can't wait to read her report tomorrow!
Feb. 17th, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
Relocated to a new site. Stop by some time for a natter...

Mar. 3rd, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)
Just had a peek at your blog and am enjoying it, but must say that I'm surprised you're watching EE again, I thought you'd given it up years ago! I know I wish that I'd given it up years ago, after Ferreira's father left and kidney crisis occured, it's been downhill ever since. I hung in there for Den and mini Den, but they're gone now too and I wonder why I even bother??? It's a real chore to make myself watch them now. But I must be an optimist to hope for an improvement that never seems to come...
Tell your mother HI from Texas, I think of you both often! xx from Lisa D in Houston
Mar. 3rd, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Easties!
I'm surprised you're watching EE again

To be honest, I never really stopped. But the days of my dropping everything or staying in to watch EE, and being upset if I missed one, are long gone.

Nice to hear from you again! I sent you a card for Christmas, but only realised in speaking to Mum around New Year that I had sent it to your old address in Stafford. Oh well, better luck next time, eh?

I'll tell Mum you said hi. She'll no doubt say hi back, so...'hi!';-)
Mar. 3rd, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Easties!
Oh ok, I thought you'd dumped it for Buffy the Vampire or something. I dump EE for Big Brother when it's on. But since I download EE anyway i will eventually get caught up and don't miss episodes, not that I'm all that bothered to catch up. It's something good to have on when I'm getting ready in the morning and don't need to sit in front of, I can listen from the bathroom while I curl my hair and make-up and still follow the show.

My parents still live in Stafford, so I got your card, thanks! But they just bought a new house this week so don't send anymore to that address! ;)

Hasta luego!
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