I’ve been very frustrated today by a brick wall I seem to run into a lot. My husband works during the day. I stay home. I raise kids, I take care of the house, I take care of our family, and I also handle our financial stuff. Randy works during the day, I handle the family “business.”
Except that I can’t get information from MidAmerican without special permission. (which we’ve done now.) Same with DirecTV, Qwest, and pretty much every other place that sends us bills.
But the most frustrating? Randy’s 401(k) plan, which doesn’t necessarily need a whole lot of day-to-day management, but does need a tweak now and again. And our Health Savings Plan. Which DOES need day-to-day management because, well, we have lots of medical bills this year. We should be able to handle this stuff online, but I can’t access our online account, and it’s a very long story, but after over a half hour on the phone with them this morning, it boils down to that they cannot help me figure out why I can’t access our online account (even though I have the account number, password, and PIN), and they can’t send me the forms I need to submit a request for reimbursement because Randy has to make that request. It’s just a form!!
And, furthermore, Randy cannot call and give blanket permission for them to talk to me. He has to call every time. Which is not going to work very well since they’re only open during the times Randy’s at work and I don’t have three-way calling.
It just seems that, in so many small ways, the world is set up in a way that is very housewife-unfriendly, you know?