small misery vent

so, after a lovely week spent hanging out in new mexico with my mom & stepdad (details when i’m feeling positive again), i have paid for it…

i came back to discover that my bank card had been blocked.  why?  because the energy company had auto-deducted 13000 euros from it.  obviously that’s a mistake – no one can use that much gas in 3 months.  the bank people were very nice about it, but won’t be able to get the card unblocked for 2 days.  in the meantime, there were a bunch of bills that needed paying because their auto payments had been blocked.  fortunately, there is still money at our old bank, so i paid them with that account. 

the energy company has promised to get back to me today, but here it’s mid-afternoon and no word yet.  argh.

work is insane, as we get ready for our big conference.  on the super duper plus side, my most wonderful assistant is back from her long vacation, and is her fantastically efficient self! 

but on the bad side, all the travel & stress with finances & work etc seems to have prematurely brought back my weird mystery skin condition which has the dermatologist confused.  it’s on its way to a mighty big flare-up, and i have no meds left because it usually only comes about every 3 months, and it’s only been about 1 1/2 months.  i have an appointment on thursday which i had to fight with the damn receptionist to get (long story that i don’t even want to think about), but by then i’ll have pus and sores all over.  nasty shit.  with any luck, though, they’ll get a better sense of what’s going on when they can see it at its worst.

basically i feel like crap, there’s a shitload to do, tons of bureaucratic nightmares to navigate, and all i want is to curl up on the sofa with my cat and hours and hours of buffy. 

sorry for the venting.

for anyone expecting to see me out in the next week or possibly two, it’s unlikely.  sorry.


  1. Yikes! But I don’t think you could use that much gas if you set fire to the house and used the gas to feed the fire while you were gone. Maybe the previous owner never paid their gas bill?

    It’s out of your hands, so as long as nobody’s sending bailiffs over, why worry about it?

    1. And there’s a great opening at KochxBos gallery this Saturday, up the street from S_______’s place, and another party on Stubnitz this Saturday, not to mention Messer Chups, a fantastic Russian/German surf guitar band that plays monster movie videos, at OT301 (Friday I think). Sadly, I can’t go to any of these, since we’ll be in Maastricht. So please go and tell me how it was!

      1. oh those both sound great! unfortunately, the way this skin thing works, at that stage i’ll be barely able to leave my bed. 😦 sadness. argh. if i can go, i will!

  2. ugh! that sucks. feel better.

    warning: i’ll be quizzing you about new mexico soon, as I’ve booked a flight to ABQ for april.

    btw, it’s manda

    1. 13,000??? I have to ask – do you use the “automatic payment” scheme or acceptgiro….I have always declined to use automatic payments out of fear something like this would happen (I’ve heard horror stories of UPC just taking out random money from accounts!)….

    2. hi manda,
      πŸ™‚ i know you’re the panda…. heh.
      unfortunately, i know nothing about albuquerque… my parents live in las cruces, so i don’t even fly into abq to get there. i seem to remember SOMEONE talking to me about it recently, though… if i remember who it was, i’ll be sure to grill them about it!

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