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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.

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gamiila
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!
bogwitch
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!
gamiila
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?
bogwitch
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.
gamiila
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. :-(
bogwitch
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.
gamiila
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.
bogwitch
Feb. 11th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Fingers crossed.

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