Monday, March 11, 2013
Our taxes are complicated because Philip is a licensed minister and we have multiple income streams (small business things that we do ourselves).
I'd love to go on a rant here about how taxes shouldn't be this complicated, but instead I shall use my allotted rant time to say:
There is no reason in the world why the nice little tax guy in his little cubicle should be warning us we need to have health insurance or we'll have to pay a fee. NO REASON. No reason, except it's the law of the land now. Thank you, stupid voters, stupid congress and stupid Supreme Court for increasing the government's reach into my life. (Yes, "stupid" is about as strong of language I will allow myself to use.)
*We left the girls home while we did the tax thing. The baby, OK, 2 yr old, was in bed. Sweet Pea was doing educational type things on the computer. I told the oldest two to do math and history.
When we came back they'd dressed the baby, read books to the baby, sorted the laundry, read the history chapter, set up Barbie World in my living room, and one girl had finished Math. One girl had, so far, written her name on the paper.
But the baby was dressed and the laundry was sorted, so who can complain?
*Speaking of taxes: this might be a helpful post if your blog made money last year. (Mine did not. Which is just as well because I think our tax guy's head might have exploded if we had added One More Thing.) Tax Questions: Blogging Income and Deductions by Sarah Tucker.
* Made Me Laugh: A REAL house tour. Oh, decorating blogs, if only you were this honest.
*And, because it is warming up in some parts of the country (including our part yesterday, although today is cool and rainy again), I shall post this, in honor of the fact that I will soon not be dressing to cover every square inch of exposed skin:
No, I do not "need some sun". Yes, I know I'm probably the palest person you've ever met. I'm good with that.
* Pregnancy update: Braxton Hicks. A lot. Active baby boy. Very. Comments, annoying, about "ready to pop" or "So when you going to get that baby out": multiple at church yesterday. Thanks, everyone, I know I'm huge. But there are 8 weeks to go and it's already old. So: stop. (On the other hand, two different people told me my top was cute and that I look great. Let's aim for those kinds of comments, mmmkay?)
*I've started replacing my jewelry collection. Some people have generously given me some things (which I need to blog about properly, later). I re-ordered my Isaiah necklace which came in the mail Friday. (I love it so much. I feel 50% better just having it in my possession.) I won an eBay auction for one of my favorite necklaces Saturday afternoon. Obviously, I can't afford to replace everything that was lost and many of my favorite things are irreplaceable (things people had made for me, things I'd had since I was young). But it's a start, right?
So, questions for you: what's your favorite piece of jewelry, your favorite place to shop for jewelry, and what things do you think should make my list of "must own jewelry"? Feel free to provide links. My birthday is only 2 months away and I want to be prepared.
What's going on with you this Monday?
This post is linked to Random Monday at Not Inadequate.