Monthly Archives: November 2013

this worked

… so I’m saving it here so I can use it again next year. There’s no way I could have managed Thanksgiving dinner without scheduling every step, I would have taken a break because I thought I had time and then had to do 20 things at once and it would have been stressful. As it happened, it went off pretty much like clockwork and we had a nice dinner, so yay! Happy Thanksgiving.♥

4.00: prep pie crust
4.10: chill pie crust -5:10
4.30: prep apples, let rest -5:10
5.15: assemble pie
5.25: prep turkey & carrots
5.40: into the oven -6.40
5.45: peel potatoes
6.00: boil potatoes -6.35
6.15: prep salad
6.25: corn muffins
6.30: start peas & corn
6.40: turkey out, pie in
6.45: mash potatoes
6.50: start gravy
assemble salad
put out nuts & berries
set table
6.55: cut bread
pour wine
light candles
7.00: dinner


Welcome to the job center, how may we crush your soul today?

So I signed up at the local job center today, that was… um. Maybe they mean well? But boy have I seen this vibe before, the one you get when you apply for WIC or TANF or a spot in the cheap daycare; the crappy fluorescent lighting, the despair-colored linoleum, the cheap chairs and the general sense of we-don’t-respect-you that soaks into any place set up by the state to help those who need it.

I went in in the morning and they sent me away because I didn’t have my Meldebescheinigung (an official document showing my registered address) and then when I went back with it they didn’t even look at it. They also told me to bring my resumé, and gave me a form to fill out – a list of past jobs and educational achievements! I didn’t complete the form because I had some questions about US/German equivalencies. I figured I could finish it while waiting to talk to an agent but no, I had to fill out the form completely and get in line again so they could send me up to a waiting room, where I sure was bored! Gee, if only there were something to pass the time, maybe some forms to fill out.

Then an agent came to collect me and as we walked to her desk the furniture got nicer and windows appeared, and she was polite and explained everything carefully and told me what would happen next and the shift in atmosphere was kind of a shock. Like if you can get past the fakely-helpful-receptionist-barrier you will be Accepted As Human, or something. It’s just weird.

Anyway. I have some more forms to fill out, and an advisor will contact me to make an appointment, and that’s another step taken. Which I suppose is a good thing. Because if I don’t find useful work soonish I may need to seek treatment for depression, and that would be just reeeeally really expensive.

Song du jour of the day: I Need a Dollar, by Aloe Blacc. Love this guy’s voice, he reminds me of Bill Withers.


absent due to FUBBAL!

On weekdays I’m taking this fairly exhausting German class and running this fairly exhausting family, so I tend to remember the blogs on the weekends. Saturdays are generally dedicated to knitting – I usually intend to go to Stitch n Bitch, though I never actually make it – so Sunday would be the logical day for this blog. Tragically (whee!) Mr Husband’s birthday gift for me this year was the NFL Gamepass so I can watch ALL the football games! Okay, there are 15 games each weekend right now so I’m not catching them all, but I’m working on it!

When I don’t have a migraine. Or an attack of despair at my continuing joblessness. Both are getting more frequent, neither is at all interesting, so really, perhaps it’s just as well that I’m not blogging.

So, you know. Watch this space. BRB, and all that. I promise, if anything not-depressing happens, I’ll let you know.

Song du jour of the day: Martha, by Tom Waits