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My vision is to create a business from my garden, so that I can afford to leave my job, have the garden as income, and paint and write. I also want my customers to read the story of my garden, look at pictures, and get an idea of the process of the work of the garden.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Well, I've landed a long-term temp job at a major pharmaceutical company, and it will last for one year. Apparently, they have to let you go after a year, due to some savvy temps suing Microsoft a while back and winning--they were temp status for years and years, trying to be absorbed into the company, but always having to stay temp with no benefits.

So now large companies hire temps--cheaper than a permanent position, and they let you go after one year. Luckily, I will be making enough to pay for our health insurance. Believe me, I am grateful, because I have been interviewing for permanent jobs, but haven't been hired.

Now I can breathe for a while. A sense of security. We can pay the mortgage and the health insurance. I am exploring a couple of other things to do on the side to bring in extra money, also. Home health care worker, for one--to do on weekend evenings or nights, and I am going to explore a home-party-type of business run by Crayola--can use my art background. I am afraid to do this, but I will at least explore it by getting information. I already signed up with the home health care agency, and my friends have gotten the forms so they can recommend me. I expect them to call me soon.

I will still have time to paint. I am definite about that. I get up very early, and can work for an hour to an hour and a half in my studio in the dawn before I go out to work. I am committing to 14 hours a week painting.

We are going to NY on Sunday and Monday to see the expert in my husband's illness. I think we are both nervous about that.

I am excited about the new temp job--I enjoyed my interviews, and I will be doing some internet research, and uploading stuff to the internet, as well as usual admin stuff--answering phones, and doing calendar work and other support work. The company is very large, and they might have a fitness center. I already did my research for local AA meetings, one in the early morning, and one at noontime. Now I will research Al-anon, also. There is a printmaking school nearby, and I am going to take a class in March.

We are talking to some people tomorrow who might be interested in buying our place.

Latest fantasies--moving to Portland, Maine, or moving to Paris for a year.

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