Sep. 24th, 2017

me rn

Slept like crap Friday night. Up early Saturday to get to work by 8am. Voting started at 9, closed at 7pm, stayed to do reconciliation and packing up until just past 10. That's fourteen, count them, fourteen, hours, and then I had to walk back up the hill, check in with everyone to see what the results were looking like so far (not great but could theoretically swing a bit more left still), and ended up taking some lorazepam and going to bed around midnight.

Oh, and it was daylight savings so we lost an hour. I. AM. SHATTERED.

Today and tomorrow off, then on Tues I head in to the electorate headquarters to investigate any double votes, etc. My schedule is Tues-Fri, then Sat-Mon off, then Tues on and that's about where they're predicting to finish up hopefully.

Anyway on Knowhere Ianto's doing some tribble modelling to predict how screwed they are, Caithe is pondering at which point they turn cannibalistic, Maya is sulking a bit, Angela is weirdly insulted by them and slicing them up with her ribbons if they get too close, Elsa is prepping weapons, Storm is securing her gardens as much as possible, and Sam is sort of hibernating since his metabolism requires either a lot of food or a lot of sleep. His drone is still guarding any caches the tribbles might be able to get to and it set to pew pew them.

On Displaced Maya's chill with helping with the party stuff, Aracely's thrilled to visit New York again and wants to try all the snacks people sell from food carts and see all the animals, America's sort of *thinking emoji* about Kate maybe having secret powers, Laura's been working at the bar and the gym and possibly chatting with Jason Todd a bit, Angela is working on an accounting of her life and possessions in the hopes she'll find some kind of goal or motivation. Etc.

Oct. 1st, 2009


My god. I have learned so much. So. fucking. much.

Oct. 27th, 2007


Dear [info]keieeeye,

On your medical certificate your Doctor recommended that we could contact you to provide you with services towards your eventual return to employment. We have scheduled a seminar for:-

Time: 1pm
Date: Wednesday 7th November 2007
Location: [Local] Service Centre

During this seminar you will be introduced to a number of external agencies, who will describe what service they provide and what assistance they may be able to give you. These agencies include Workwise, Studylink, Workbridge and Job Connect, amongst others.

We will meet with you again after the seminar on an individual basis and an appointment for this will be arranged.

Yours sincerely,
Incompetent fucknugget.


Now, it is true, my doctor did recommend they could contact me to provide me with some services blah blah blah. However, that was several months ago. In fact, I believe it was the third last form that was sent in. They didn't actually contact me at all after that form - I had to make an appointment myself with my case manager, who then had to refer me to the people on the unemployment side, as he was on the disability/sickness side, and then I managed to get into a seminar.

Oh, and then my brain broke a lot, my medication got increased twice and then switched entirely, and for the last form or two the doctor has been clearly ticking the box that says no, I am not capable of going back to work.

Why do they ignore me when I do want to work, and schedule me for seminars when I can't?


Sep. 28th, 2007


I despise with a passion NZ Couriers. They have this policy where they won't ring doorbells. Because they might be broken. Instead, they knock on the door.

This is all well and good, but this is a two storey, five bedroom house, and I cannot hear people knocking on the door. I can barely hear the phone ringing if I have music playing at any decent volume and the door is closed. However, the door bell is rigged so that downstairs you can hear the actual bell, and upstairs you hear a loud, annoying buzzing noise.

At any rate, they dropped by yesterday, knocked on the door, decided no one was home and left a "While you were out..." card on the doorstep because they also don't leave parcels at unattended houses. (A fairly reasonable policy, despite the fact that the main door of our house is at the back, and neither door can be seen from the street, though the other main companies will leave parcels if they don't have instructions for sign on receipt.)

Which means I had to call them :( I hate telephones. But they said it can be re-delivered on Monday at 11.30ish, so I will write that down and make sure to be in the living room around then so I will actually hear the door.


Jun. 25th, 2007

The IN2WRK course facilitator Judy came into the computer room while I was tapping away with my 70-80 qpm typing speed, then later when she was going through my cover letters before I enveloped them she suggested I would be a perfect receptionist. I was like, "Yeaaaaaahhh, I hate telephones." So, not so much.

Mailed out 14 CVs, anyway, and went off early because there really wasn't much else to do after that.

I need to do last night's 30_something.

Jun. 21st, 2007

I'm about to go re-dye my hair.

But first I want to say, why's everyone ragging on the guys that [allegedly, just to follow procedure, as they haven't been convicted - yet] killed Aaron Hall? I mean, seriously, apparently he told one of them to suck his cock! And you totally know that after five hours he was going to get up and rape them in the arse, so a six hour beating is totally reasonable.

Especially since everyone in Crothersville knows he was gay.

btw, please don't hit on me, male or female, coz I'm not really into anyone at the moment so I'll probably get my friends to cream you, okay?


We are making CVs tomorrow and then going over interview skills in the afternoon. The guy at EB Games in town said I could bring my CV in and talk to the manager, I didn't think it was a good idea to be coldcalling cafes during the lunch rush so I didn't check anywhere else.

Jun. 20th, 2007


I had my P&A seminar this morning and got to sit down with a case worker to do all the setting up stuff and things. She managed to get me booked in for the IN2WRK course that runs from tomorrow (Thurs 21st) through til next Weds 27th. Starting at 9am unfortunately but that's okay - my getting up time has been slowly creeping up to about 9.30 instead of 9, so it'll be good for me to kick that.

They'll help me write a CV, teach me interview skills, things like that. On the forms I said I had appropriate clothes for interviews but then I realised I only have like one pair of plain black pants, so maybe I'll bring that up when we cover it and see what they think. WINZ has something called a Work Start Grant that covers the cost of buying clothes for job interviews if they think it's not enough.

She also said that they can pay for the costs of my medical visits (last year it was covered by health insurance, but I decided not to continue with the plan that covered visits and prescriptions, just emergencies and things) and gave me the forms for the Disability Allowance to bring next time I go to the doctor.

Tomorrow and Friday it runs until 3pm and I have a lunch hour at 12-1. There isn't really much for me to do in town that doesn't cost money, so I'll probably end up bringing some snacks and playing Emerald for a while. There is an EB Games in town but I don't think I'll be tempted - if I buy D/P at EB, all my reasons for doing that are because of loyalty to the branch at Eastgate Mall, so buying it at the one in town would be counterproductive. (Though, if they happen to have a copy of the DS browser... Eastgate only has the Lite version. Considering how long the Lite's been out it's a longshot, but I might get lucky.)

I'm kind of wrung out, emotionally. Nekarra came on to tell me she's not well so I don't have to show her around today. That's okay - I'll get some quests done instead before it's time to cook dinner. Something low stress.

ETA: I just noticed something really special about this bag of licorice. Here, food packets generally have a super-condensed list of ingredients that's just the bits that are common allergies (wheat, soy, gluten, etc). On this bag? "contains: gluten, soy, liquorice."

If you can't figure that out, maybe you deserve an allergic reaction...

Jun. 19th, 2007

Going to this planning&assessment seminar tomorrow. Then I have an appointment to come home and show someone around the MUD a bit. I'm not actually entirely sure what that means, I guess.. show her where the newbie areas are and what eq is good? And temples probably. The temple system is good to know. Then I have to cook dinner.

Also, I got more red dye today, so I have to do that... at some point. Possibly I'll do it after House tonight since I'm going out tomorrow with my awful regrowth.

I think I might go out to the other room with my DS instead of turning my heater on in here and wasting electricity. I need to push the levels of my whole party up before I fight the second leader. Diamond and Pearl are out on Thursday, but my account went into overdraft when my health insurance went out, so even though it's back in credit now I'll wait until next week to get a video game that I don't really need.

They don't seem to have charged me anything for it, at least. They offered to up my credit limit on my Mastercard the other day as well, but I don't think I need a way to get another two thousand dollars in debt.

Jun. 11th, 2007

I has a Nintendo

I went on an Epic Journey today. Well, to the doctors, but it sort of got a lot more complicated than it should have been, since first I forgot the incredibly important form I needed filled out, and I was running five minutes early - until I went a few stops further on the bus to WINZ to get a new form, and ran back down to the doctor's office, where I was fifteen minutes late.

Luckily Dr Salkeld agreed to see me anyway, filled out the form and prescribed some ointment for chilblains, though while this would have taken about five minutes with Dr Gardner, it took about half an hour with her. But that was okay, because she was sweet, and I completely managed not to break out in tears in her office.

After that I went BACK to the WINZ office to get my client number looked up and ask about a referral to Workbridge. The guy at the desk made me an appointment to see him on Wednesday about that.

There was a truck vs car at the intersection by the office, it was very exciting. If you're wondering, the truck won. It didn't look like anyone was hurt, otherwise it would be... less exciting.

But anyway, I came home with a sore ankle, and I had a package! And it is my DS! Wrapped in vast quantities of bubble wrap and sellotape, so I had to take a pair of scissors to it, but I reigned victorious over the damnable things. Woohoo.

Now I are play with this thingie and make it go.