I’ve been using the queue to stagger my simblr posts.
Except that means that I have 26 queued posts between my blog and where I’m up to in my game.
So DRAMA just unfolded, but no one will know about it for over a week! (at 3 posts per day).
(I’m trying not to do spoilery text posts again, lol)
I have 9 followers now, which is kinda cool.
I’m really tired and grumpy today. The kitten (still unnamed) is growing fast and is quickly learning how to be annoying. Its actually big enough to walk from one end of the room to the other now, but it only seems to want to do it one way… that is, it will walk from its litter box, food and bed to our bed, but not the other way around. If it wants to get from our bed to its food it demands we ferry it over by meowing loudly and if we’re asleep, scratching us until we wake up.
Long story short, the bloody thing woke me up every two hours last night while my coward girlfriend fled to the spare room and slept soundly. I have a scratch on my face.
I’m really regretting letting her have it sleep in the bed. I need better boundaries. I’m also regretting my love of low-to-the-ground beds. (In other news, its vision has improved - it no longer stares around blindly, we’ve got it some chicken jerky to chew on so it doesn’t chew on us / power cords, its almost got the hang of autonomously using the litter tray, but it still can’t really seem to understand solid food. I’m like, you can chew the chicken jerky, why can’t you chew this finely diced mince? WHY? I’m still using a toothbrush to brush it, but I’m supplementing that with a lice comb to remove fleas and dirt - its a bit chilly for even sponge baths some days)
Meanwhile, my austudy payments have been cancelled. In Australia full time students receive a payment from the government while they are studying to help them make ends meet. Its a blessing honestly, but it means dealing with Centrelink (now ‘Human Services’) who are just the worst kind of bureaucrats wet dream.
Anyway, when I applied for Austudy I had to choose between going into a whole lot of detail about my mental health and personal life and history including getting statements from health professionals and other witnesses, or sign a statement saying that its not any of centrelinks business. Not being in the best frame of mind at the time it did not occur to me that this might be some kind of trick and I signed the statement. Anyway, due to that statement I was told I would not be granted Austudy for the full term of my study, only for the first 2 years. (Of a three year degree).
So, my payments have been cancelled. I’ve had two years to mentally prepare for this event, so I’m not even that worried. Yesterday I received my final payment - $77 instead of $500, but hey, who needs to eat? This morning I fired up their website to apply for a different payment. (Newstart, which is a kind of unemployment benefit).
Unfortunately this is where the problem begins. Because I’m a full time student the only payment I’m eligible to apply for is Austudy. But they wont give me Austudy. But the only payment I can apply for is Austudy. Yeah. Looptastic.
So I applied for Austudy - if they reject my claim maybe then I can get Newstart instead? If they don’t reject my claim, even better.
The very worst part about the application though?
They need the name, date of birth, phone number, and current address of my ex-fiance. The one I broke up with in 2006. They wonder why no one wants to report relationships to them. I’ll tell you why - because if you report a relationship to them, not only do they reduce your payments, they want you to give them the start and end dates of the relationship and that persons current contact details on every fucking application you make to them for the rest of your life. Funnily enough, I don’t know his contact details. I don’t even know what country he’s living in at the moment. I don’t know what name he’s going by. He’s a Hindu from South India, their naming conventions are different to ours, so at the time, in Australia at least, he was registered as (his name) (his dads name) in most places, but I know he wanted to change his ‘Western’ name to be (his nickname) (his dads first initial) (his maternal grandfathers name), so he could well be going by that name by now. It has been SEVEN years after all.
I have reported that relationship to centrelink so many times now. I don’t have the exact dates of our beginning and end, and this morning I was having trouble remembered what year he was born (I have trouble remembering how old *I* am, and what year my CURRENT girlfriend is born in, so you know, I’m surprised I remembered his birthday at all).
They must store that information. I know they must, because they know they have to keep asking for it! It keeps popping up “You have previously registered a relationship with us, please provide the following information about that”
Meanwhile, I was planning on doing stuff today but everyone is getting last minute cancels because I’m really peeved and grumpy and will NOT be good company for anyone. I’d like to fire up the sims, but my current Legacy game is glitching again and its just… so frustrating. Usually I’d pull out my active family and dump them in a new save file, but my child-sims are all friends with the children of the sims who populate the town at the beginning of a game, so it would be like taking them back in time to before their friends parents got married, and before their mum moved to town.
So maybe I’ll just play with the modding tools some more. I’ve pretty much decided that I’m not that keen on creating a new skin texture after all. I’m pretty happy with how the robokitty face texture looks now that I’ve combined it with my face overlay and eye textures, and neuroticrobots body skins have always been good enough for me.
I am however, considering trying out making a hair texture, or even trying to fix some of the base game hair meshes. This involves learning to use milkshape in addition to my exciting adventures into GIMP.