I’m not really a big fan of Valentine’s Day for couples… I grew up believeing it was a day for single people to confess their love (anonymously or not) to someone. A day to ask somebody to be your Valentine, or just sent somebody you’d been admiring from afar a sweet card or gift. When did the day get hijacked by couples, who should be being nice to each other on every day of the year anyway! Having said that, I did make Jan a Valentine’s card this year. I spotted it in my magazine and I just couldn’t resist. And because I’d already written his anniversary card when I bought the magazine, it had to be a Valentine’s card. Here’s the not quite finished product – I still need to complete the orange border and then make the stitching into an actual card, but I ran out of time last night so I’ll do it quickly this evening before he gets home from work…
And now for some Friday letters…
Dear cancer. I wish you would sod off and leave my family alone!
Dear Grandpa. It looks like I’m probably never going to see you again. I just hope you know that I love you.
Dear rain. You can get lost and all! We had quite enough of you last year.
Dear Germany. I love you, but I wish you wouldn’t make it so difficult for me to get to my home! While England is technically not that far away, none of the airports close to me do I direct flight, so getting to Newcastle means 5 hours of travelling at the very least (assuming my flights actually match up… usually the journey is made even longer by a two-hour wait time between connections).
Dear family. I really wish I was with you right now. Thanks for keeping me updated!
That’s all from me this week. Sorry it’s so depressing… sometimes living abroad really sucks. If I disappear for a few days, it’s probably because I’ve had to go to a funeral at short notice…
Just as I was about to go to bed last night, I received a phone call with some not very nice news from home. As I’m sure you can guess, I’m very tired today. On top of that, I’m incredibly busy at work again, so I probably won’t find the time or the energy for a proper blog post any time soon. Instead you’ll have to make do with some links to interesting/amusing things I’ve discovered on the Internet recently. Meanwhile, I shall eat my lunch as quickly as possible and get back to entering corrections in a translation. Woe, woe, woe, etc.
I would love to say that I didn’t write once over the long weekend because I was having such a fantastic time doing wonderfully exciting things. Unfortunately, the truth is I was just too lazy. Shame really… at least then I’d have had some good news to offer you. As it is I guess we’ll just skip straight to the bad.
I arrived at work this morning only to be told my boss can no longer afford to continue paying me. The business has been doing fairly badly for a few months, we had already had a few crisis talks… and now things have reached a point where measures have to be taken… or in other words the most dispensable employee has to go. That would be me. Officially I still have a job until 15th June (two weeks notice you see) but won’t actually be going back to work (well maybe to drop something off but not going there to do any work), partly because.. well, there is no work. And partly because I still have lots of holiday to take.
So there you have it. I’ve been to the employment agency today. Got lots of forms to fill in, a form for my boss to fill in… and found out that because I haven’t been paying into the so-called “unemployment insurance” for a whole year (didn’t pay any at my first internship and have only been at this place for 10 months) I’m not entitled to Arbeitslosengeld I (unemployment benefit I… or the one where you get a bit more money) but instead will have to apply for Arbeitslosengeld II – unemployment benefit II. Also known as a subsistence allowance. Meaning they give you the amount the government claims is enough to live in (despite the fact that those who are receiving unemployment benefit II are officially below the poverty line!)
So it’s back to the drawing board… searching for non-existent jobs, trying to make my CV look interesting, (hopefully) being invited to job interviews.
Am also looking into the possibility of going freelance. I have an appointment to discuss it (and what I would have to do) with an adviser at the job centre on 29th June.
And until then? Well, I guess my days of defiant spending have now been ended for a while. I only hope I can afford to keep my flat…