Love & Loathe – Week of 02/20


* Taxes. I’m bemoaning and missing the “once upon a time” when our taxes were so easy that I could do them myself in an afternoon and get a hefty refund for the effort. Hopefully, likely not next year, but the year after, our taxes will be that way again. Accountants are wonderful, and well worth it when taxes are complicated, but the pocketbook and my attitude pay the price.

* When a 4 month old waterproof watch decides it’s not going to be waterproof anymore. I was lap swimming the other night (what else is new), checked my watch to see when I could change to a different stroke and saw a bubble of water inside the plastic. Water in electronic devices=never good.


* Popcorn and milk. A friend of mine says she likes popcorn and a can of soda, has to be soda for her. I get that, but for me that’s just OK. Or popcorn and hot cocoa… that’s OK, too. But when it gets right down to it, and I’m serious about it, it’s popcorn and a glass of really cold milk that does it for me.

* Having a cat on my lap. Or two. The more the merrier!

* Only two weeks until I get to see my mom. Hooray for mom visits!

* My bosses are back in the office tomorrow (for a day or two). Yay! I’ll be super busy, but so happy to see them.

* My SportCount. As a result of my waterproof watch dying, I recalled that I had one of these SportCount things. I had one of the original models back in 2007, but after a couple months it developed a defective button. Their customer service guy mailed me a new model, but the new model didn’t have a “pause” button on it. At that time, I wasn’t able to lap swim without stopping to catch my breath. Now, I can swim nonstop for hours on end (seriously), and so the new model is perfect for me. So happy!

* Competent vendors. We have our new back yard fence installed now and I just think it’s the most wonderful thing. Also, these vendors actually did the work without damaging anything back there or, you know, injuring themselves. Remarkable.

One Last Thing:

My mom likes to tell stories about when I was a little girl, one of the foremost traits I exhibited was an uncanny knack for planning ahead. I would make my own lunches the night before. I would pick my clothes out for the next day the night before. I still do those things, in case you were wondering, I’m just that kind of person, I guess.

But the specific story my mom likes to tell as an example of this, is how one night, mid-winter in Oklahoma, I wanted a piece of toast, so I went and opened the door and headed to get the bread. “Why’d you open the door? It’s cold out there.” She said to me. I, in my 5 year old wisdom replied, “I’m going to make some toast.” As it happened, our toaster would always burn the toast, no matter what setting you put it on, it burned the bread. Of course, after the toast was burnt, the door to the trailer would get opened to air the place out. She then realized I had linked the two, and by opening the door ahead of time, I was planning ahead for the inevitable.

Lately it seems that I’m going through a phase where, no matter what I’m doing or how careful I am, I always manage to slice my finger. In fact, one day last week, I cut myself one night and then the next day, I “paper cut” the same place with a file folder. As I wrapped a tissue around it, I thought, you know something? When I go to cut things, I should just put the band-aid on before I do it. Maybe spare myself a cut?

So tell me, how do these people do this without ending up with a bunch of cuts on their hands?



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14 responses to “Love & Loathe – Week of 02/20

    • At $140, I guess they’re more than serious about their shucking skills. But there are pictures of people shucking oysters who aren’t wearing a glove…

  1. Taxes, schmaxes. So sorry they had to be so complicated this year. Ours are complicated, too. 😦

    Popcorn and milk? Yyyeccchhhh! I’d rather Oreos and OJ any day!

    I’m definitely not a plan-ahead type. But I’m a P and you’re a J, Myers-Briggsly-speaking, right? Love the story about the toast!!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    • I hate complicated taxes… 😦

      LOL, you still remember the oreos and OJ?
      I love milk with salty stuff, or with super spicy stuff. So, yep, milk and popcorn. Mmmm. πŸ˜›

      Yep, Myer-Briggs, I’m a “J.” So is Tony. It’s wonderful for both of us to be “J.” *happy sigh*

  2. What I want to know is if you still fight the urge to open the door when you cook toast?

  3. Yea, the smart shuckers (and meat cutters) use the no slice gloves.
    The cat photo? – sure makes it look like a funny lap.

    • Those no slice gloves could come in very handy. I had no idea such a thing even existed. Although, I did see some pictures of people shucking with no glove at all. They must be very confident.
      LOL — I am always pretzeling myself into weird sitting positions. That one, well, Indian-style seating presented a leg for each cat.

  4. I’ve been doing taxes with Tax Cut software for a few years. Hour or two and I’m done. With eFiling, it means I got my refund already. Love it! But I agree if its complicated pay an expert.

    Those guys aren’t cutting themselves because they’re wearing chain mail gloves. Get yourself a pair of those and you won’t cut your fingers any more either. Very proactive!

    • I was using TurboTax, then I went to TaxAct, but then it got waaaay too complicated when Tony came on board.

      I am intrigued by the metal gloves. Really intrigued. Although, I’d definitely have to save up for it, at $140. Wow. But you know, some of the shuckers don’t wear a glove. How do they get away with no cuts?

  5. py

    The planning part is so revealing that you have a preference for Judging indeed!
    I wish you more of the good things in life. πŸ™‚

  6. Caryl Driver

    Planning ahead would mean putting the band aid on first? Ha!
    Purple pillow. Purple lap. Guess Tug will share with no opposition?
    Love you,

    • Ha! I didn’t even notice the correlation between the color of their pillow and my jammies that night. πŸ™‚ Nope, no opposition from Tug. It wouldn’t have been able to happen a couple weeks ago, though, that’s for sure.