It's one of those weeks where I have to plough through lots of life Admin. Chores. Crap that's got to be done or you get fined/something bad happens.
Admin comes in peaks and troughs. There'll be months where you don't see the back of a bank queue or a notice from the NHS asking you to appear for your next pap smear.
They do that here. They send you letters to book an appointment for a pap smear. I think it's a nice touch.
"Dear Miss O'Toast. It's that time of year again! Please schedule your next consultation for a (then in the perforated line)...PAP SMEAR....Yours truly, The NHS."
Very responsible and significantly only something something you'll expect from a first world country like England.
Anyway, so I tend to leave Admin for as long as I can until it builds up significantly enough to warrant writing off an entire weekend to do it.
My list looks a little bit like this:
Sort out equity. (Jesus, you have no idea. Stocks/shares. Trading windows. And with that comes the inevitable question from "free" money. Do I use it to buy an amazing [Audi] car? Or do I put it in a high yield savings trust for my future child's elocution lessons/private education?
Car or tertiary car or tertiary car or tertiary. Car or Mulberry handbags or tertiary.
The latter. Obviously because it's the "right" thing to do. Wince.)
Research best savings accounts (Interest rates in this country are raally raally bad. My future child won't be going to Eton any time soon.)
Register at new doctor
In the UK, you can't just willy nilly go to any doctor. You have to register and prove you live in the same postcode as the doctor's practice. I still [illegally] visit my old doctor on the other side of Battersea when I need, say, flu medication. But it's a shit practice, and it services the council estates that surround it. I need to register at the one closest to our house, as it's closer, and it's 8000% cleaner.
Once registered, get on the pill
Oh my flat, flying focaccia bread. Managed to successfully dodge the pill since I came off it in 2005. Now, I was told by my endometriosis surgeon that it's better for me to be on it back in January. I am only doing this in July because I'm scared it will turn me into a psycho bitch from hell. (So where's the change then?). But for the sake of my ovaries, I'm going to try it again. Anyone who deals with me here on out is brave and virtuous.
Pay the cleaner
Don't forget to draw money on the way home
It occurred to me that this list of Admin is very boring and grown up. Gah. Equity, cleaners, pills and high yield ISA savings accounts?
Just seven years ago at the tender age of 25 my 'admin' would look more like this:
Buy party supplies on way home (vodka, chips, mixer)
Pay traffic fines (I never did. Until I got subpoenaed.)
Buy airtime (R30 everytime. Enough for two phone calls.)
Send an email with holiday snaps to friends/family (Facebook hadn't really hit South Africa yet in 2006)
Get photos printed (Dude. Real photo prints for real photo albums/scrap books, which I'd studiously make after holidays)
Get Zoo Lake Bowling Club membership (R10. You got to park inside.)
.....Back to learning about the stock exchange.