Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Merry Chrimbo

We're making the best of Christmas this year, but it won't be as merry as it has been in the past. Money is very tight, with MLYW still out of work and my job finishing in just 7 days time (and I'll only be paid for 4 of those).

There's a sniff of a possible short-term contract for me which might materialise in the 2nd week of the New Year (fingers, toes and everything else crossed), so I think I should look upon the first week of January as an enforced holiday - unless I can find anyone who needs holiday cover for their Oracle databases!

Our entire family decided has decided to forego Xmas presents this year altogether. Though I'm sure that my nephew Tom will still have a bundle of things to open on Christmas morning. While it will be odd not to have a pile of gaily-wrapped gifts to open on December 25th, that's more than balanced by not having to brave the shopping hoards and it's been great not to have to spend money which can be saved for more essential purchases; like the mortgage payments, or a new, uncracked windscreen...

Anyhoo - it's all been a bit depressing of late, hence the lack of posting recently. I'm sure things will pick up in 2009. We've already made plans in January to meet up with friends we haven't seen for a year or two. We've neglected old friends of late (though it's a two-way street!) and 2009 is going to be the year of catching-up with people - so beware!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Gissa job!

At work my current contract is coming to an end on 31st December, so I'm now looking for a new contract beginning in January.

There's a small possibility that my current employer may be able to offer me a full-time position in 5 or 6 months, which would be nice, so I'm keeping my eye out for a short-term contract to tide me over until then.

To that end, I've set-up a new blog on which I'm going to blog some work-related stuff - with any luck it will function as a shop window.

I've got my fingers crossed that something comes along quickly. We've had a bad year financially, with MLYW being out of work since May, so I can't afford to not have a job for even a week in the New Year.

In the meantime, even this atheist will be praying to Saint Camelot, patron of the lottery...