After the posting of Thursday at 2am, that day myself and a group of people went to the Hello Work office in Yokohama to find out about unemployment benefit. They were useless. That afternoon I got two phone calls asking my to come in for interviews.
I spent Thursday night sleepless, then got up at 6.30am to go on a stealth mission to gather my belongings from school, just in case we were not allowed into the building for some reason. That was a success. I went back later to look at the contract, was forced to wait for an hour to look at it, while students were waiting in the lobby ready to be taught, I didn't sign it. So i went home, jobless, payless and soon to be homeless.
Friday, I spent in a bit of a miserable funk until my friend Mikey called me and cheered me up.
The weekend. I had a job interview on Saturday at the British School in Omotesando (near Shibuya). They offered me a job teaching at elementary school one day a week, a at the school two days teaching IELTS and TOEIC classes. Interestingly, none of these classes is running at the moment, so I'll have a hand in planning and implementing them I hope. They did offer me full time, but I thought for the mean time I would do 3 days and find work elsewhere to cover the rest. I'm loathe to put all my eggs in one basket, as it were.
Saturday night, I had an impromptu date. We went to a fabulous little wine bar which I would never have known existed, and will probably never be able to find again. The wine was good, and so was the company.
Sunday I had a well-deserved day of bumming around.
Monday - job interview and private classes.
Tuesday - training for teaching Grade 5, private class
Weds - training for teaching Grade 6, voice test (for more better-paid work).
Today, I spent getting the bulk of the packing done. I've been doing bits all week, but I needed a solid day to get things done. My friend Audrey came to keep my company and motivate. Then later, two other friends came over to help off-load some boxes. They've got a big navy house down in Yokosuka, so have plenty of storage space. So I'm left with kitchen, bathroom, clothes and a sofa to deal with. Will pack most of the clothes tomorrow, do the bathroom and most of the kitchen. Then I'm away for a day or so in Ina (free car ride) to get away from everything.
I have a suspicion I may crack once I get away. While I'm here, I'm stupidly motivated and constantly on edge. I haven't had time to do anything but what needs to get done, so I've not really let the reality of the situation sink in just yet. But, at least I'll be among friends.
Housing wise, still nowhere to live, but I have temporary places to stay. Am looking to move in somewhere around June as I need a month with no rent, otherwise I will have no money left to feed myself before my first paycheck. Am considering a shared house in Ikebukuro. It might be nice to have people to come home to, rather than just an empty room...