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Old 11-28-2007, 12:00 PM   #31
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i've always tried to remember that you're supposed to give gifts because you want to, not because you have to. so then, it really is about the thought, and not the cost of the gift.

i like k.t.e.'s suggestion about a personal note with the bottle of wine. it's an all around feel good gift.

so long as you don't have to share the wine...
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Old 11-28-2007, 12:20 PM   #32
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You've inspired me to bake. I usually bake alot or Christmas an or gifts, but sharing a kitchen with my mother had made me want to steer clear, but baking is my stress relief, and a personal gift and probably the least expensive I can do to.

I agree the ridiculousness of Christmas splurging is too much. I'm bowing out this year, DH and I bought a new saddle for the horse a couple of months ago and said that was Christmas :) If you can scrimp with a loved one you can scrimp with the others too.:))
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Old 11-29-2007, 09:10 AM   #33
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As everyone has said baked goods-- you really cant go wrong with. Where I used to work the first year I worked there I baked choc chip cookies as a treat, then I did it the following year and it became expected of me. One year I didn't have time everyone wanted to know where the cookis were,and how dare I not make them (joking of course)
It made me feel good to know people looked forward to my cookies so start a tradition. Where I worked closed last March and as it gets closer to Christmas I'm really missing my co workers and all the joking about my cooking.
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Old 11-29-2007, 10:06 AM   #34
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Mikki, could you send some of them a mini batch each of your cookies? It would surely put a smile on their faces, which in turn would put one on yours.
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Old 11-29-2007, 10:39 AM   #35
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I'm going to make some for the two good freinds I still keep in contact with,so that will help,but it was a warehouse with 65 employees so I dont have any addresses. They were just a nice bunch of people to work with and most of them picked on me like I was a sister. The biggest joke was that I burned all the cookies(never burned any though),thats why I brought them in because they said I had to get rid of them somehow. That was the first job I really liked and I'm still unemployed because the job market around here stinks!!!
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Old 11-30-2007, 05:34 AM   #36
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Mikki, feel like emigrating or trying for a working visa?

Don't know if there are any jobs in your chosen field/occupation but there are jobs a plenty here. There is a mining boom in the north of our state and heaps of people are throwing in there regular jobs to work there on a fly-in/fly-out basis, like two weeks on, one week off. Big bucks there. But that has left huge holes in all the other employment fields. We have a doctor, nurse, teacher and police shortage as well as heaps and heaps of retail and hospitality positions available. Every shopping centre you walk through has adverts in almost all their stores. Even the fast food outlets are suffering. On the radio this morning, they said that several outlets from different chains had to shut because of no staff! Others were open but with substantial waits for food.

About the only jobs that we aren't short of are politicians and their support staff, after the recent federal election!! LOL
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Bilby, wish I could do something like that,but I still have a child at home to take care of. In three years she graduates then maybe I can find a career for me insteas of what works for the family. The only places looking for work here are the fast food places and the wages are just enough for high school students to have fun on. I'm not giving up though someone will hire me eventually,hopefully we can stay afloat until then.
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Mikki, I knew that it the likelihood of you packing up and relocating was quite remote. I know I couldn't just up and move and I don't have kids! But sometimes you say these things to people and it is just the sort of opportunity they are looking for.

It is very tough having a reduced income. I have been off work since 05 when I was just too sick to continue any longer. I was lucky cos I had an insurance policy that has given me a guaranteed income while I have been off and haven't had to live on sickness benefits but it is not the same as money from work. It's still a struggle just not as bad as it could have been. At one point, I was looking at selling Mary Kay cosmetics again (I did it in my early 20's for a bit), just to be able to work in a more sustainable way than going to an office every day. But I just wasn't really up to that either.

WA is only in the situation with the jobs because of a couple of our overseas contracts. It wasn't like this a few years ago. Wish I could send you one of the jobs from here!!! Good luck with the search. I hope something turns up for you very soon. :)
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Old 11-30-2007, 09:21 AM   #39
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There is a mining boom in the north of our state ... But that has left huge holes in all the other employment fields.
not to mention the ground, eh?

mikki, c'mon downstate. plenty of work 'round here.

the only miners you'll find, however, are golddiggers.
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not to mention the ground, eh?
Very cute!!
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