Wednesday, February 22, 2006
You know things are really bad financially when your rationing out food. You eat less.... not because your dieting or fasting but so that your spouse has more to eat.

Yesterday we did more job hunting and came up with nothing. Eric's father called out of the blue to "Make an appointment for meeting us in person"

"Maybe..your father can help us?"

"Don't hold your breath", Eric said shaking his head.


We had a gift certificate for the electronics department of Saturn. It was a birthday present from a friend we never used. So last night we picked up the T.V. box set for "LOST" - (My bestfriend recommended this show)

I was really captivated and instantly drawn in. Somehow this was exactly the show we needed to see right now. These characters are trapped, struggling and trying to get by with little. It's all about being resourceful and sticking together.

I liked the observations on fear, and how you can't succumb to it.

It's hard.

Right now I have to confess, I'm a little afraid.

Running, running
As fast as we can
I really hope you make it
(Do you think we'll make it?)
We're running
Keep holding my hand
It's so we don't... get separated
posted by Clarity25 at 3:34 AM |


At February 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous 

It'll get better when you return to the states. Keep your chin up. I'm thinking about you guys.

At February 22, 2006, Anonymous Ricky 

As talented as you two are, I can't imagine you not finding something,even in Germany. There's always hope Ms. Clarity. And if nothing else you could always sell your designs at You'd make a killing just from your diaryland fans.... ;) Good-luck and take care.

At February 22, 2006, Anonymous alice 

Just remember its only a couple of months. You will survive this rough patch and laugh about it later.
I know I keep saying that but you will.
Ive been there. Ive been eating ramen noodles and popcorn(because it was free from my work,a gourmet popcorn store!) gosh we were so poor we used to go to art shows just to eat some "good" food like cheese and grapes!!
Hang in there!

At February 22, 2006, Anonymous Jen 

I was checking out, which Ricky suggested you could do..I think its a great idea! You are very talented and I would love to buy a t-shirt or something with one of your drawings on it! Maybe you should look into it.. I know its not an OMG amount of money, but with your talent and your great friends from D-land, I'm sure we could help you out a little! Please at least think about it, I would love to give any help I possibly could!

At February 22, 2006, Anonymous laura 

that is a beautiful picture of you Clarity. Maybe you guys shoud try somethinge extreme like "we'll sketch your portrait for 2$" an set up a little stool and sketch pad on the corner.

At February 22, 2006, Anonymous Sarah 

I just checked out Cafepress too. You should really sign up for that and open a shop. Scan some of your old paintings and have them printed on cups + T-shirts. I'd buy one, the profits wouldn't be HUGE but anything helps right? Something to consider!

At February 22, 2006, Anonymous alice 

Oh yeah...Lost is addictive like no other show...everything has a meaning! EVERYTHING! Its nuts.
There are sites devoted to disecting each episode and some things that you would never be able to see without a pause button are revealed!
We downloaded all of season 1 and watched in nonstop. We finished just as the second season was starting.

At February 22, 2006, Anonymous yelayna 

Things will turn out ok. *hugs* I know it feels rubbish at the moment but it'll be fine... might be an idea though that cafe press thing - use your "Diaryland Notoriety" and talent to get you some cash - worth a try at least!!!

Otherwise... there's always eBay. I'm trying to get up the guts to sell my corsets on there - they are a huge investment getting no love or use and I really could do with the extra cash, so when i feel brave I'm going to do that. It’s hassle though, and I'm afraid I'll sell £170 of goods for £1.70 by mistake!

At February 22, 2006, Anonymous Jenn 

You two will think of something, things will turn around. And I'm with everyone else - that cafepress idea sounds like a good one. ♥

At February 22, 2006, Anonymous autum 

hey, ebay's a good idea! maybe you guys could sell some of that furniture you posted a while back that you didn't want to move? or maybe some art work? i've had friends who've made some cash from there.

or maybe ric could play that trumpet on the street with a cup next to him for change? :o) just kidding! good luck!!

At February 22, 2006, Blogger MamaKBear 

Oh sweetie! I would be scared too if I were in your shoes!

I've been that broke before...ever been on the Ramen Noodle diet??? Not fun, but at least it's something to eat, and it's cheap. Dunno if they have them in Germany though.

You've got some great suggestions there for some money-making. Check into the CafePress thing, and definitely ebay might be an option.

I can't wait 'til the both of you are safe and sound here in the States!

At February 22, 2006, Blogger Stacia 

I hope things start looking up for you guys. There's a lot of people sending happy thoughts your way.

At February 23, 2006, Anonymous vicola 

Hi Clarity. Try to keep positive, things WILL get better. A couple of things I learned while well and truly broke, if you go a local market at the end of the day they will be either selling of cheap or giving away veg that can't be kept till the next market and carcasses from chickens (don't know if you're veggie or not). If you boil up the carcass it makes stock, then you take out the bones and put the veggies in. It makes soup and you can make loads of it for virtually nothing. Believe me, you can live off htat for months and if you're vegetarian it's even cheaper!! Also if you make t-shirts, jewellery or in your case pictures, photos and set out a little stall in the street people will buy them. People buy all sorts. Good luck and remember, something always comes along before you hit the bottom. Love Vicola

At February 23, 2006, Blogger Kathleen 

Need me to send Ramen noodles over? And you can always sell your scarves and I can make more...except for the pretty soft blue one. I found that yarn up north. ;-) All others can be remade!

And there's nothing wrong w/being afraid. I'd say it's pretty darn normal. And I hope and pray that Eric's dad surprises all of us!

*hugs* as always.

At February 23, 2006, Anonymous xanti 

((Hugs)) I'm sorry things are so tight right now, and you're perfectly justified in being scared. I think cafepress would be a good idea, and I do suggest you keep beating the bushes for jobs. There has to be something. There just has to be. It won't be too much longer until you'll both be back stateside. Take care and don't fall into a depressed hole like I did this past summer when I found myself unemployed, even though I have to admit that is the easier route. Stay positive and maybe things will work out!

At February 24, 2006, Anonymous Celine 

You didn't update yesterday. Are you guys doing alright? Don't give up hope. The situation will get better. Please keep us updated on how things are going. Try Ebay, Portrait jobs and see if you can locate a temp agency.