At least, that's my new theory.
I've been severely stressing about the work and finances situation, about having the possibility of 3 weeks over Christmas with no income. Thinking about rent paying, gift buying, food buying even. So, I just got a phone call with a job offer. A permanent one.
The large car distributor I did some temp work for some months back told me they were sad to see me go at the time, and asked me to leave my details with them in case a permanent job offer came up. They've now merged and expanded, and have a me shaped opening. I told them the dollars I want, and that I'd need to give a couple of weeks notice where I am now, and they have gone off to do their sums. The immediate verdict was that it was entirely possible.
I've become disenchanted with where I'm working at the moment, they never came back to me with an offer when I told them about another possible job offer I received last week and they don't seem to care about my Christmas employment situation. While the environment at the other place is not as young and fun as this one, the workload is more manageable and the permanency is what I need. I won't have accrued any leave in time for a Christmas closure at this other place, but I would at least get paid for the public holidays.
So now we wait. Cross everything please!