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Okay, I've stewed enough in my own juices. It was the headache brought on by squinting at the fill-in forms on the job-search websites and the fact that I keep having to admit that I don't know what the hell I'm doing.

When you live in a place for 7.5 years, and you walk the walk and talk the talk, you might be quite naturally forgiven for thinking that you are 100% assimilated and that you blend in like the blendiest of blenders. I was practically BORN here, if you know what I mean. But then shock, caped and masked, comes along and with a yank, pulls the tablecloth out from under your dishes and when the spinning settles you realize that you're not sure what restaurant you're in.

Ha! How was THAT for a fucked-up metaphor?

Because I never had to seriously job hunt in Sweden, I've discovered the following things about my Swedish: I don't know the technical terms for many job-related things, many more than I suspected, when I'm trying to translate from English to Swedish, although if I saw them in Swedish first it wouldn't be a problem. I don't know what my degree translates to in the Swedish system. I write like an advanced 10-year-old (well, maybe it's a little better than that, but not much). suck

Edited to Add That People Are SO Nice: I just had a call from an AWC member who gave me a lead on a possible job, after reading my news on our club's message board.

Bonus Point Answer: The Sure Thing
mood: tired
music: the blank shiny spaces of my brain


Aaaah, that would be why I couldn't place it. Never seen it!

As for feeling wobbley, don't forget that anyone being made redundant (look around the office) is feeling exactly the same way. You underestimate your talents. Just because your written Swedish isn't flawless, don't beat yourself up. Get people to check things for you. Learn from those mistakes, but give yourself a break! :) Don't be so hard on yourself. And best of luck with the lead! :)


fank ewe :D *stops beating self about head because Donna said so*

Good! Cuz you wouldn't like me when I'm angry! I can be mean and scary and stuff! ;)


Hey there, apologies from me, I've been too wrapped up in silly me stuff to keep up to date and so missed your news about the job. So sorry, sounds like a big shock for everyone involved. I hope you have no problem finding something new, and better, soon.

Thanks, you :) I know that everyone has busy lives and stuff going on, so I don't expect everyone on my friends list to drop what they're doing and huddle around to commiserate with me. Hope things are well for you!

I have this great dictionary that is specifically business-related terms. And I've translated many IT articles from Swedish to English. If you'd like some help, let me know...I'd be happy to! :)

I meant more that my mind goes completely blank, when it comes to job-hunting terms. I know what the Swedish words mean when I see them in context, but when I'm trying to translate them TO Swedish I'm getting braincramps. I will definitely call on you for help though if I need it with business-related terms in the future :)

And re this newest job lead, don't forget that most positions in Sweden are filled through contacts, not the employment office! Start networking more!

I am! I am! :)

Life is interesting because we are always discovering more and more about ourselves (and how we respond to any situation)
*hands you chocolate and Bob Marley cds*

Is that the gorgeous lamp you couldn't find a pic of?! WOW. I love that as a userpic. I feel like YOU are shining light on me and my entries with your comments :)


It is one of the lamps of the gallery/artist that I saw in Portland last Thursday. I love it. There is one I love even more that I haven't been able to locate a pic of.
I am inspired by these lamps. I want to learn how to make the paper for the shades and the shades, how to wire lamps, how to to metal work and make stands for floor lamps. (I don't think I want to do these things enough to actually pursue them, but it's fun dreaming.)

That lamp does give the feeling of some power or someone shining out, doesn't it?

Hey, Liz, I'm here, reading your entries and sending you courage and self-confidence. N and I were having a conversation the other day about how important it is to be able to tolerate ambiguity and not being good at something, long enough for one's self-confidence about the ABILITY to learn, the skill of learning, to kick in. I'm with ya, gal.

That means a lot, Trish :) It's nice knowing people have my back.

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