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Stress, Food & Taxes February 24, 2011

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We messed up last year when we emptied our IRAs. We knew there were penalties, but were misinformed as to just how big they were. So, I ended up asking for help doing my taxes this year. It took over four hours at H&R Block and much frustration on my part, but we settled it out for less than I’d managed to get TurboTax to agree to. Will still have to dip into what little savings we have left to pay, but better than it could have been.

I find, on my alkaline eating plan, I stress eat more healthily than I used to. It’s not always alkaline, but sometimes it is that, too. I had spelt waffles after taxes, as well as spelt toast and almond butter. I also had Raisin’ Cane’s chicken and toast. But not too terrible.

Today I made guacamole for myself, first time ever. A recipe a friend brought back from Texas involving cubing the avocado, and squeezing an orange and a lime over it. Yummy. Didn’t have salty chips, so I just added a little extra sea salt.

Everything else is going along as per normal. Job stress and searches, money stress and budgeting, health’s doing fairly well. Got to see the my brother’s kids last weekend and all the cousins. We had a good time, played with toys, Mario and Munchkin. A very good afternoon with everyone.

Life is good. Life goes on. Always more to learn, see and do.

Valentine’s Day February 17, 2011

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This Monday was Valentine’s Day. A day with all sorts of strange history and traditions and lore. But, for me, it is a day to celebrate love, loved ones and family. This year, for me, it was a day of gratitude. I thanked my parents for their shining example of love and marriage. I thanked my husband for making my life so full and wonderful. And I thanked some good friends for all they have given and taught me. It was a day of laughter, love and affection. And I now also say thank you to everyone else in my life. I have amazing friends and family all around me, and I am forever grateful.

What else?

Nephew’s birthday party is this weekend, more time with the family, and his extended family. It will be a chaotic mixing of the cousins, full of cake, ice cream and wrapping paper. I am looking forward to it, my brother’s kids are adorable.

Submitted a couple stories on Monday, already got one rejection back. I go through cycles of ditching all my old stories and starting over now and then. I really like the two I’m currently promoting the most, but it might be time to file them away.

Picked back up with Elance again. Though I’m having trouble finding jobs to apply to this week. Anyone need an editor/Wordpress monkey? Resume available upon request. 😉 I really do like how Elance has things set up, but I need a few successful jobs and good feedback to get credibility.

I have to find someplace to do my taxes for me, way too many forms and too much confusion this year. I’ve never seen so many different 1099 forms. And I disagree with TurboTax. Thinking Liberty Tax or H&R Block. Any suggestions?

Okay, I think that’s about it for this week. Take care, kind readers. 🙂

Hurray for TurboTax February 4, 2010

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Finally got all our paperwork and had a free afternoon. I sat down today and did our taxes. We owe the state a little bit, but we’re getting quite a good chunk back from the Federal Government. We’ll be able to get everything on an even keel, and maybe even get a nice thing or two we’ve been putting off. We’ll definitely be able to get a comfort buffer back in the checking account. And I’ll feel good about getting back into investing. I love numbers, especially when they all balance out nice and happy.

I’ve had some great fun working on Bookup’s membership site. It’s not quite ready, yet, but it’s going along and we’re figuring it out. I heart WordPress, just in case you didn’t know. I need to learn a little bit more about making Themes, or at least making Themes work for me, but Mike is far less concerned by the Membership side looking pretty than he is getting it to work. He’s also beta testing a new product version that, when the kinks are all out, will be a great asset.

Big storm set to arrive tomorrow, ah Ohio in February. 🙂