August 30, 2006

Birthday activities

So, Monday was my 30th birthday.

The day itself was a bit mixed — some parts good, some not so fun. To start off, I did get one semi-unexpected present — my wallet, returned to me in the mail!

See, the Friday before last I had my purse stolen while I was at the IKEA in North York. This was, of course, highly irritating (to say the least), but it ended up better than I expected. First, the purse itself was found by someone else and returned to me that evening, although it was missing my wallet, cell phone, and prescription sunglasses. So, I cancelled my credit cards (no charges had been put on any of them) and resigned myself to having to replace all of my government ID — even more annoying than usual, since we’ve just moved provinces, and all of my ID was in transition. Most important, my health care card from New Brunswick couldn’t be replaced, since I am no longer resident there… but I won’t have OHIP coverage until the end of the 3-month waiting period (November, after the baby’s due!).

Anyway, while I was trying to sort that out (and waiting until Monday to get in touch with the gov’t offices) I got a phone call on Sunday from someone in Niagara Falls, New York — who had found my wallet! I don’t know how it got there, all the way from Toronto, but it still had all the gov’t ID in it — giving the person who found it enough information to contact me. That same thoughtful person said he’d put it in the mail for me the next day — and clearly did so, since on Monday morning, my first birthday present was my wallet, with everything important still in it. Hurray for full provincial medical coverage!

However, this triggered the rest of my not-so-fun day. With my temporary driver’s license and SIN card returned to me, it was time to do some other important errands — registering my car, and sorting out some problems with my Employment Insurance application. This is already a long blog entry, so I won’t go through the details — but it involved two visits to the vehicle licensing office, two visits to mechanics, and an hour at the EI office filling out redundant forms. And at the end of the day (spent entirely on these errands) I hadn’t registered the car, and I still don’t have any EI money.

This was very irritating. I may have cried somewhere along the way (yes, I’m a little emotional these days). However, some perspective was achieved when I heard the news coverage of the Katrina anniversary, and of Kofi Annan’s visit to the worst-hit areas of Lebanon. My problems are pretty minor.

Also, I’ve decided that, clearly, the universe was trying to point out to me that now that I’m 30, I really can’t escape the fact that I’m an adult, and that adult life is characterised by unending bureaucracy and irritating responsibilities. Feel free to assure me that this isn’t true!

The day wasn’t all irritating, though — it ended with a nice dinner and a Cary Grant movie. And ice cream. Which will improve any day!

(PS: I started some new knitting! It’s not baby stuff, though. I’ll blog about it soon…)

Posted by Aven at August 30, 2006 12:23 AM

Happy Belated Birthday Hun! We have to get together soon, I want to see that baby belly!

Posted by: Dani at August 30, 2006 07:16 AM

Happy birthday! I’m so glad that you got your wallet back. Good luck on those errands too!

Posted by: Maryann at August 30, 2006 09:10 AM

Happy (belated) birthday.

And I hate to not-be reassuring but yes, adult life does include dealing with unending bureaucracy and irritating responsibilities. But if you’re lucky, that’s only a couple days a month.

and your “allowance” is bigger.
and no one can tell you when to go to bed.
and no one can tell you to turn out the lights just as you’re getting to the interesting part of the book.
and if you really, really loathe cauliflower, no one can force you to eat it.

Posted by: fillyjonk at August 30, 2006 09:25 AM

Oh dear the highs and lows of being an adult…
Happy birthday, sending best wishes for lots of joy and happiness.

Posted by: Paula at August 30, 2006 10:20 AM

Lots of excitement for your birthday! I’m glad you got your wallet back…government ID is the WORST to replace!

Posted by: Chelle at August 30, 2006 10:34 AM

Happy belated birthday! How wonderful that you received at least some of your stolen stuff back. What a frustrating set of experiences.

Posted by: toni at August 30, 2006 11:55 AM

Oh Aven, that sucks. I’m so glad it was returned to you with your id intact.

I had my wallet stolen ON MY BIRTHDAY one year. When I called to cancel my credit card the agent asked, “Can I get your birthdate, please?” to which I responded, or rather wailed, “Todaaaay!!”. Luckily my wallet was returned when the thief dropped it in a mailbox. The post office called me and my husband went to pick it up from them.

Happy Belated Birthday. Isn’t it fun being an adult? Sigh.

Posted by: Steph VW at August 30, 2006 01:21 PM

Adult life is also characterized by the freedom to have chocolate for breakfast if you so choose. It helps make up for the bureaucracy.

Happy birthday!

Posted by: S. Worthen at August 30, 2006 04:21 PM

Happy belated birthday Aven. I’m so happy you got all your i.d. back. What a lovely person in Niagara Falls to contact you and send you back your wallet. Some people are just really, really sweet and others would just as soon search it for money and throw it in the trash.

I had a bad case of identity theft when a lady from (the Bell) called, telling me my line was about to be disconnected and she wanted to clear up some personal info with me. I should have known she wasn’t on the up and up when she called on the weekend. After getting my personal info, she proceeded to put $500 on my credit card for internet personal ads. How fraudulent eh?

You’re so lucky this didn’t happen to you right after your baby was born though..or you might have just really flipped out.

Hope you’re feeling better after your movie and dinner :)

Posted by: jan at August 30, 2006 05:00 PM

Happy Birthday. I’m sorry it wasn’t so great to start off with.

I would still be worried about identity theft since your wallet did make it across the border. I would be sure to report it stolen and see what you can do to get everything as protected as it could be.

A friend has her wallet stolen about 3 years ago and still occasionally deals with identity theft issues (as far away as Arkansa and Hawaii).

And yes, Hooray for medical coverage!

Posted by: Steph at August 30, 2006 10:07 PM

Happy Belated Birthday!

It’s sso encouraging to hear a nice story - your wallet returned! And yes, bureaucracy is always with us.

Posted by: Carrie K at August 31, 2006 01:40 PM

Aw how awful. I’m so sorry you had all those terribly annoying and frustrating things happen (you really had your purse stolen at the north york Ikea? ick, I’m there at least once a month, DREADFUL to think these things happen) At least your birthday ended well. Some late happy birthday wishes to you!

Posted by: Shannon at September 1, 2006 11:00 PM

Happy Birthday Glad you got your wallet back. Hope the 30’s are a great for you as they were for me!

Posted by: Barb at September 2, 2006 06:42 AM

I have had a history of crummy birthdays, so I can totally relate to your less-than-stellar thirtieth. For two reasons, I can sympathize for the ridiculous bureaucracy-woes; first, I used to work for HRSDC (now Service Canada) in EI. It’s a mess, and it’s te government department that is pretty much the gateway into the civil service for people without specific professional training, meaning that rules are often enforced to the letter of the law, because people aren’t always 100% sure of their jobs/powers/responsibilities; moreover, just be glad that you’re not having to procure a set of United States ID as a ‘resident alien.’ Ugh.

Posted by: Matt Dinan at September 2, 2006 08:54 PM