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A Sick Cousin, Church Issues, A Character Update, and Unemployment

September 19, 2006 at 6:12 PM

One of my cousins on my mother's side of the family (he's the youngest of five grandchildren; I'm the eldest of the five) nearly died last week, only a few days after his 12th birthday, when he was just fine. He was taken to Children's Hospital on September 14 (I was at work at the time) when he became gravely ill due to diabetic ketoacidosis. Aside from an increased appetite earlier in the year (which was overlooked, as his parents thought this was due to adolescence), he showed no signs of diabetes prior to this, and now he will have to live with this for the rest of his life =(


Issues at the church have become worse, and quite a few people (including some that went to the two churches - back when they were still separate, and long before the new church was built - for their entire lives) have left, though they said they may come back if these issues are resolved. Plus, I have to put up with my parents arguing with others constantly over these issues. Hopefully they'll be able to resolve them before it gets worse...


Trying to be a little upbeat now: some more work on the character page for Wolfey has been done (minor template revisions, a revised watch design, and some description changes). At this point in time, it's pretty much finished, and I'm going to work on getting his backstory ready =)

Also, once again, I'm unemployed (at least until the elections), and read on to see what I did for the last few weeks of work:

For the week of August 21 to August 25:

  • Monday: I continued the work I was doing the week before (stamping the issue date on the licenses), and then switched to doing just stamping and sealing of envelopes so things could get done quicker (everyone was asked to just do certain tasks now, instead of all the tasks in order).
  • Tuesday: I did the same work as yesterday, except now I separated application papers (each half goes to a separate office), and out-of-state licenses can be accepted today.
  • Wednesday: I continued with the same work as yesterday.
  • Thursday: Again, I did what I was doing the day before. I also got an extra box of licenses done, in an attempt to get all of the licenses stamped before going on vacation.
  • Friday: This time, the whole day was spent separating the application papers and stamping/sealing envelopes, as there were more people here today to work on the application envelopes.

For the week of August 27 to September 2:

  • Monday: I continued to stamp licenses, and checked a few more applications.
  • Tuesday: Again, more licenses were stamped (almost all of them are done now), and more applications were checked.
  • Wednesday: Even more applications were checked, but now all of the licenses are stamped! I checked some envelopes with the time I had left.
  • Thursday: I continued to check envelopes.
  • Friday: Again, I checked more envelopes.

For the week of September 11 to September 15:

  • Monday: I'm still checking even more envelopes...
  • Tuesday: ...and it's still going. Most of the applications are unsold ones now - they weren't cut that well, so it takes a long time to separate them.
  • Wednesday: Finally...all of the envelopes have been checked! I then worked a bit on going over voided/missing check numbers to ensure the amounts were correct, and then started work on checking envelopes one last time, before they're mailed out. This time around I just have to ensure there's a return address (stamping one if there isn't), postage stamp (putting one on if it's missing), mailing address, and properly-sealed flap (running a finger over loose ones, followed by taping them shut if they're still loose), so it shouldn't take too long.
  • Thursday: All of the envelopes have been checked again! Some of the other people left (they did their job), but one stayed to help me with labeling some Tax Collector papers. After that was done, I stamped paper hunting books with the Treasurer's name and office, and sorted a few checks before I left, my job there now finished.


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