GAINING MORE TIME
I gave up the ghost on finding my driver's license and replaced it at the local AAA. I am happy to report that the process was super easy, and the $3 surcharge for doing it at AAA was well worth it. Even though I brought all the documents they listed on the website, they really only needed my birth certificate and marriage certificate. But if I hadn't brought everything....I would have needed it. Oh well. My only slight disappointment was that they used the picture that was on file. I did my hair and my make-up all extra special nice, figuring I would have to get a new picture. At least the old one isn't terrible....just a bummer.
This whole process took me less than 30 minutes...which includes gathering my documents, and the drive to and from AAA (I was in the office about 15 min). Had I gone to the DMV....this would have easily been an hour or more.
This has turned into a major time-suck. The office is about 25 min (with city driving and the horrible parking garage), from either my house or office. My appointment in February....turned into 2 more appointments in February (and one of those turned into 2.5 hrs!). Then another one yesterday (and the office got a new computer system, and lets just say it wasn't going well)....another 2 hrs. Plus, I keep ending up in rush hour traffic because my appointments end so late, which then throws off dinner (I got home after 6pm last night, and it would have taken me a hour to make dinner....and the kids couldn't wait that long....so we got pizza). Well, now I have to come back 2 more times! But I couldn't schedule those yet because they have to call my insurance.
I schedule the appointments at the end of the day so it doesn't disrupt work too much. The doctor is only in this office on certain days, one of which the office opens later in the morning to accommodate staff meetings, so I can't make the appointment for the morning, or it ends up screwing up my work schedule. But this whole thing has added up to a huge hassle.
I have spent hours and hours on this. It was supposed to be one appointment as a check-up. I love my doctor....and she has been through thick and thin with me. She calls me her V.I.P., and due to previous health things...I am a famous name around there. (Seriously...one of the doctors wrote a paper and gave a presentation on me!) She is very thorough. But good grief....my one hour check up has turned into close to close to 11 hrs now....with more to go.
I am also in this stage right now where it seems everything requires a phone call. A bill is wrong. Something else is wrong. I need to schedule an appointment. I need to RE-schedule an appointment. I am constantly needing to make phone calls.
Well....businesses have business hours. And part one of the time-issues rant is that I WORK! I can't sit on the phone all day. I have to stagger my calls around, or try and make them from the car on my way home. And when I have to schedule an appointment...it becomes difficult because I WORK! So do lots of people...and we all need those same hours for an appointment. If I want a 1pm appointment for something....sure. I need the last appointment, or first appointment.....it is getting blood from a turnip. A 1pm appointment usually ends up in missing a half day of work....um. no.
Plus, there is always the lovely person on the other end who may or may not be helpful in the situation. Called the mortgage company when they took out a double mortgage insurance payment.....not helpful. When the trash guys didn't pick up our trash last week....that turned into 2 phone calls....not helpful. Dentist who managed to get me in the next day for a cleaning....super helpful!
I need a 36 hour day.....someone get on that for me, ok?