The overuse of paper by credit card companies and government departments upsets me. Somehow bald mass mailed bad news is worse then personalised bad news.
A while ago I opted to receive online only correspondence from Centrelink. For those of you who are not from these parts, the closest equivalent to Centrelink in the UK used to be the DHSS and is now the DWP. If there is a US equivalent I have no idea. Dealing with government departments is unpleasant – Googleing government departments is not dissimilar to picking scabs.
This morning I opened a Centrelink letter and immediately went into shock. The letter said essentially that I owed the Australian Government $8,500.00.
Good news this was not and so I telephoned Centrelink immediately.
“You do know what this is about, don’t you?” Rachel on the other end of the phone said in an ominous tone.
“Yes” I said.
“No” I said.
“I am in shock” I said “how can I owe you so much money?”
“You’ve not lodged your tax return for 2009 to 2010” Rachel said sternly.
At that point I burst loudly into tears. I couldn’t help it because I had lodged my tax return – 3 months ago. Turns out that the ATO hasn’t processed it yet.
“You’ll have to stop crying now” Rachel told me a little less sternly “I can’t understand a word you are saying“.
Have you ever had that feeling where you are teetering on the edge between sanity and volcanic madness? That was the point I was at speaking to Rachel today.
And then miraculously things started to change for the better.
Watch this space.
Meantime I have been comforting myself wearing – black and white.
And on the Shoe Save Stats – Sally Ann Soames… or something
Shoe Save 75 – Olivia Morris for Top Shop – Hessian and Patent Leather Peep Toe Mules.
Shoe Save 76 – Elle Effe Penguin Brogues last worn here
Number of Pairs of Shoes Left to Save: 29
Number of Shoe Save Days: 26