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Paperwork. I'm drowning in paperwork.

I seriously think that bureaucracy, and the paperwork it engenders, will be the downfall of society, or at least my sanity.

Turns out Nu is overdue for some of her vaccinations. Did they tell me this when I took her in Saturday? Nooooo. Did they tell me this when I took her in *for vaccinations* in January? Nooooo. I discovered it purely by chance, going through her file folder and noticing that it said VACCINES OVERDUE on her receipts. Of course, the vet's office had lost her permanent file, so maybe they didn't notice, though something in their computer did.... and also in the file folder was a reminder postcard sent in March, which somehow got filed without being read or processed. So technically the fault is mine for not reading my paperwork thoroughly enough. But goddammit, I *can't*. There's too much. This is one postcard in the dozen or so pieces of mail we get every day, half of which is trash but still requires time to filter out. And while my file folder for my cat sounds nice and organized, it's among the dozens and dozens of folders I have for paperwork that never makes it in there anyway, so even when I pull the folder it doesn't have the information I need. I have an old retirement account with some statements from 2001, but nothing current, nor do I have any idea how to get ahold of the information or even prove that the account is mine. Every single one of these issues could probably be solved with sufficient time on the phone with a person, but I can't do that myself, so that's more time I have to ask of Andrei, except that I have to give them spoken permission for him to speak on my behalf, which raises the logistical overhead still more, and it's like this for EVERY DAMN THING. Every appointment, every bill, every bank account, every new thing which comes down the pike before the old ones can be cleared away.


And in the meantime I have a sick cat who has been going outside without her rabies and FelV shots for the last three months and I DIDN'T KNOW.


I want off the grid. I want to have a big bonfire of all the paperwork in the house. I want to throw the TV off a cliff and drive a truck over the file cabinets. Fuck keeping reciepts and bill statements and endless reams of "I might need it if I get audited" BULLSHIT. It's all FUCKING BULLSHIT.

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worldmegan
May. 9th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
::pets::

::psychic burning of all things paperwork::

::pets::
ex_leopardp
May. 9th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Poor kitty.

But hey, that's ADD for you. I can NEVER remember that stuff!

And I hear you on the wanting to burn endless amounts of paperwork! Grrr!!
I am so on that bandwagon.

stillraven
May. 10th, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
We'll all get our shit together someday--hopefully just in time to make that move off the grid.
;)
alegria_a
May. 10th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
Maybe what I do can help you out - I have an Excel spreadsheet with a different sheet for each pet. I basically made one and copied it, of course. :) Each sheet has a section on vital information (name, chip maker and ID, coloring, birthdate, etc.), a section on care locations (where adopted from, vet, emergency clinic, etc.), and then a section on everything medical done to the animal (adoption, shots, checkups, eye infections, weight, etc.). This makes it very easy to keep up on everything, and means my paper file is only rarely looked at (mostly receipts, Curzon's pedigree, and some old adoption paperwork). The only thing I have to keep up with outside of the file is making sure I've got the dog's current rabies certificates with my passport for our trips to BC.

I don't have much of a suggestion for the rest of it, however, because I'm just as bad. I basically look at my statement and go "whee money!" and that's abou it. The only other thing I keep up with is a notebook with all service records for the Subaru, 'cause I want to have a record in case we ever make a warranty claim.

You might look into seeing if any of these companies have online help or things like that. Lots of groups offer realtime chat nowadays, and that would certainly be far more convenient for you than the phone.
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