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03/28/2006

I still have to work full time

One of my long-time dreams hasn't been fulfilled yet: being my own boss, or at least working only part time for some other person.

I hoped, since the USA has only around 4% unemployment, I would be able to find a part time job that isn't total crap. Maybe even one that I could use my three languages for. But so far that didn't work out. It took three months to find a job that would pay reasonable money to be able to support myself and my family. And, being a new immigrant, I couldn't be too picky either.

 But that doesn't mean I'll be giving up on my dream! I'll keep working away on my 40+ hours job - with eyes and ears wide open for possible chances coming my way. 

03/27/2006

My first day on a new job

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I had been looking around for a while. Ads on job-offer-websites, ads in the paper, job postings on several big companies' websites...... Finally I was hired by a staffing company: Office Team. And they sent me out on my first assignment with one of their customers: Lincoln Foodservice Products.

Today was my first day at work. Full time, with a one month commitment to start with. My title is *Administrative Assistant* and I report to the General Manager of Merco Savory.

Something completely different from what I've been doing before, back in Germany. I think it will be fun, once I get a computer, a telephone, and some real work to do.

03/10/2006

The house is our's

Today was that big day: closing on our house at the title company. Boy was that exciting! This is the nicest house I've ever lived in in my life. And it's officially our's now. Even Tom dared to get excited about it after a while.

We went over there right away, invited Penny and Nancy over for some chili. Well, they brought the chili. And Tom carried me over the threshold (after I reminded him that this was supposed to be done).

It'll take a while until we get used to the idea of this huge place actually being all our's to live in.  

Work for me.... at least a little

I don't know if it's going to be like *dishwasher to millionaire* for me, but at least I got to do the dishes a little today.

I had been approved for the sub list of NWACS's food department, and today I was called in for the first time for two and a half hours.

Very exciting! Hand out 12 little fish nuggets, or *pb & j* sandwiches, or just yoghurt to about 250 kids. In between I had to help out at the dishwasher taking stuff out, flipping the trays over so they would dry, then get them out of the way fast to make room for more stuff coming out of the machine.

03/09/2006

210 minutes of power outage

medium_kerzen.jpgOne of the things you don't get very often in Germany is a power outage. Here in Indiana we get that quite frequently. Probably because all power lines are just hanging around outside, up on some posts. Not like in Germany, where most of them are burried under ground. It was around 5:00 p.m. when it happened. I thought I had just blown a fuse, like so many times before - but this time it wasn't my fault.

So we sat there with lots of candles on, having a romantic supper in the dark, just waiting for the power to come back on.

And when it finally did, I actually thought somehow it had been nicer without. No noisy TV on, nothing to do except sit there and talk. I hope we get some more of this soon.

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