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Customer Service - an essay (sort of)

 I was talking with a friend on Saturday and she was complaining about how customer service has gone downhill.

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So Annoyed!

 I finally got my first royalty cheque from Amazon and banked it. Swearing ahead ...Collapse )

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Sad News

 My dad's auntie passed away last night. We got the news from my cousin this morning.

My aunt was only five years older than my dad. She was my grandmother's baby sister (there were more than 20 years between them). We were fairly close for a long time. I remember a lot of years we would go to visit her as she lived in the same place for over 40 years and it was about ten minutes' drive from where I grew up. Even after my dad passed away, I would make time to go and see her, until I moved hundreds of kilometres away.

Five years ago she ended up in hospital with a bad fall and was diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimers' Disease. She was placed in a home as my cousin couldn't look after her. A few months ago, doctors told my cousin her mother was in the final stages of the disease.

I feel a little guilty about the fact that I hadn't seen her since July last year. Even then, she didn't even know who I was, although she was doing her best to hide that fact. It's really hard to deal with, and very painful, especially for my cousin when her mother began to get to the stage where she didn't even know her. 

My family isn't really that close. We can go for years without seeing each other. I still have issues with my brother, but I'm glad I'm close with my mother. With all my struggles over the past few years, I've come to count on her. It would be so hard if she were to have the same problems as my aunt (although they're not blood-related). 

I will miss my aunt but in a way, as awful as it sounds, I'm relieved as it has been quite a stress on my cousin. 

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Job

 I just heard back from the newspaper in the South Island. Sadly, I missed out but he said if it was any consolation, I was one of two they had to decide on.

It's the closest I've come to a journalism role in the past few years so I can't see it as a negative. 

In a lot of ways, I wasn't looking forward to having to move all the way down the South Island - about 900+ kms from where I live now. So I'm disappointed but not horribly so. 

Onwards and upwards. I could have an interview on Thursday for an administration role, so we'll see how that goes. It's only part-time but who knows what will happen. 

Random thoughts

 I was reading something on another forum to do with Obamacare. Read more...Collapse )

Job status

 I still have no job but I just had a phone interview about a job for a reporter down in the South Island. 

Keep everything crossed for me. Fingers, toes, internal organs.... haha

Job search and other stuff

 I'm still job hunting. I sent out 18 applications in the past week. Read more...Collapse )

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Phew! Another book done!

From the Ashes is done! Well, the first draft at least. Read more...Collapse )

Going from bad to worse

 Why is it that when I ask for help I never seem to get it? 

I posted asking people to help me find someone who can do an assessment on the flat I rent. I posted a simple message asking for a contact as I don't want the owner of the property to find out what I'm doing. I've been told this place is badly neglected and needs a lot of work, which I already knew, but I wanted someone to give me a written report and an estimate on what actually needs to be done and the cost. Then I want to take that f***ing bitch to court. If she wants to raise my rent, then she's in for a fight. She's let this place go and refuses to spend money to maintain it or to make it secure. I live in am area known for high crime and previous gang activity and if that stupid woman thinks she can base the rent on the value of other properties without taking these things into account then I'm going to fight her tooth and nail. The trouble is, I can't afford to pay a builder anything and there is no way I can pay for any of the maintenance work to be done. 

I'm so angry at the world right now. No one seems to give a shit.

Oh, and I am still waiting on my goddamn royalty cheque from Amazon. According to my stats, I reached the threshold at the end of July and they were supposed to have sent the cheque at the end of August. That was six f***ing weeks ago! You cannot tell me it takes more than six weeks for something to get to New Zealand from the US! Especially just an envelope. Unless customs have decided to hold it up, but for what? JFC it's $100 not thousands of dollars. 

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Why Me?

 Just when I thought things were going to get better I get news that the owner of the property I rent wants to put the rent up to what she feels is 'market rent'. I don't know where she's getting her stats from but the amount of rent I'm paying now is way above what this place is worth. Especially if she's not willing to pay money to get things fixed.

I'm pissed off. Really pissed off. I can go to the Tenancy Tribunal and ask for a review but I doubt things will go my way, knowing my luck. 

I've already contacted my case manager at the welfare office and asked her to put in an application for government housing - I don't have a choice now. I don't want to be homeless.

I've got a job interview tomorrow for a part-time job which is all well and good but it won't help the finances. 

This sucks!

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