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Holy crap, it's been a while since I updated this. Not surprising, since I often start blogs and then drop them because things like Facebook make talking about my life pretty convenient. But there's still something so nice about personal blogs, so eh, may as well return to this.

Though sadly, not much has really happened in my life since I stopped updating. Still unemployed, still on Social Assistance, still doing the same old stuff I was doing before.

...This entry got boring quickly...

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In the middle of reading Mercedes Lackey's Closer to the Chest. It's okay so far, about the same quality I've come to expect from her recent Valdemar novels, which is to say that the moralizing has gotten extremely unsubtle compared to her earlier works. It's always a shame to see a beloved author's books go so far downhill, though that being said, it's not like they've declined so far that I won't read them. I just don't get the same enjoyment from them that I once did, and I find the blatant moralizing to be very annoying, but I'll still read them as quick comfort reads, so I suppose that says something.

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Came down with a cold yesterday. Sore throat and very inflamed sinuses today. I blame the snowstorm yesterday. I know that really isn't the cause, since whatever I caught must have had time to incubate, but lousy weather usually tips my immunity over the edge and lets things flourish where otherwise I might be able to resist, so probably the storm at least had the effect of making it worse.

Plus today there's a pervading chill that's keeping snow on the ground, and that's not helping matters.

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A total of 9 items showed up for review today, which is probably the most I've ever gotten at one time. A few require only minimal testing, so I was able to get 2 reviews done tonight, and I'll probably be able to do another 2 tomorrow, too. So that's good. Really, I'll probably be able to get reviews written for them all by the end of the week.

Of course, I know there's more stuff coming, but still. I want to be able to keep somewhat on top of things, and 2 reviews a night isn't that taxing.

If only I could find a way to make money doing this. I saw somebody earlier today say she once had a reviewing gig that paid $10 per review, which doesn't sound like much, but if I got everything I received today reviewed by the end of the week, that would be $90 in my pocket, at that rate. And right now, that would be a fantastic boost to my bank account.
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On Friday morning, I have an appointment with social services to see what I qualify for, if anything. I have my fingers crossed for a bit of help, even if it's just a bit. Financial help would be wonderful right now.

I'm not so fond of the way they do medical and dental coverage, however. It's not so much insurance as they only cover people who have need, and it's not automatic when you're on social assistance for other things. For them to approve me for dental help to get a bunch of cavities filled, they require a quote from a dentist to show how much it will cost, which will help them determine how much they can help me with.

Which sounds fine, until you realise that just getting that quote means an appointment with the dentist, which costs money, which may or may not be reimbursed in the end. I might go to the dentist and pay $100, find out I need $2000 worth of work done, then find out that social assistance only covers up to $500, which means that the remaining $1600 is on me to pay, and that's before I even find out if I can get assistance to help me pay for things like groceries and rent.

It's great that they might be able to help. But before I find that out, I'll need to spend money I don't really have, just to explore the possibility of getting help. It seems like it would be much easier to just give a semi-tolerable insurance plan to people on social assistance, so that if an emergency happens (and yes, dental emergencies do happen), then the person in question doesn't need to worry about delaying treatment or wondering how they're even going to pay for something because the program in place to help people isn't actually that helpful in those matters.

It's frustrating.

But I suppose there's not much point in worrying about it until Friday, when I have my appointment, and then I can find out what's what. Right now, even a little bit of help, even a few hundred dollars a month, would go a long way to making my life a lot easier.

The joys of being unable to find work, combined with generally having been too sick to do so in the first place, but not so sick that you qualify for disability.

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