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15 April 2008 @ 12:22 pm
The Taxman Cometh...  
I spent far too much of the weekend doing battle with the Taxman. I'd thought I was going to have to file an extension because of missing W-2s from the state EDD (the agency that pays my husband Disability). Then I discovered that I can't file an extension in California— if I owe taxes, I have to make an estimated payment. Which means getting all the taxes done anyway to see if I DO owe.

I'd already checked the IRS website to see if the Disability payments were taxable. The answer seemed to be "Maybe. Probably yes." So, I assembled all the receipts from Disability and added those up, trying to figure out why the number of days paid did not match the expected salary (still no answer there).

I did, however, discover that the agency that distributes W-2s for California is— wait for it— the same agency that's paying the Disability! *headdesk*

Okay. Wrangled all my data to the ground (including daycare payment info— ALWAYS a major pain), ran it through TurboTax, am owed some money both state and federal, and am thisClose to being done except for the W-2. So rather than file a federal extension, I thought I'd get my husband to call EDD and ask them to fax the W-2. The woman he talked to said that the income isn't taxable by anyone. But... but... that's where I was two weeks ago! *grumbles like a grumbling thing* I see e-file in my future. Tonight.

I bicycled on Saturday (89F, and earlier last week I had on tights and an earband because it was 63F). I ran on Monday (66F with major wind, spent some time choking from an itchy throat). And I bordered on getting repetitive-stress-injury to my "strumming" wrist from Guitar Hero II! I'm on-tour on "Hard" now, and some of those songs ARE hard. Fast, lots of chords, and excessive use of the wimpy pinky finger. Plus, on "Hard" you can't skip the songs you don't like playing. :(

We saw Street Kings Saturday night (about 3 stars, great performances, very violent). And we're watching The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency via torrent thanks to thelana's pimpage. The main character is SO earnest and cute...

In fic news, I finally finished the crackFic I've been working on for gekizetsu's birthday. \o/ I have a Dean story to polish and a longer Sam/Dean still to finish, plus a secret-fandom thingy. But now it's time to sink my teeth into my beta-duties for awhile.

 
 
 
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: smilie priyankathelana on April 15th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
And we're watching The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency via torrent thanks to thelana's pimpage. The main character is SO earnest and cute...

Yay. Love it!

And you poor thing. I know how much you don't like beta duty :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 15th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Yay. Love it!
I think we're about half-way through. I love that character-- she makes the story for me. And her issue-laden secretary cracks me up. :D

I know how much you don't like beta duty :D
This one is the Sweet Charity story, which has been rewritten now and I need to get on top of the review. It's been sitting far too long while I deluded myself with the idea that my own Sweet Charity story would be imminently finished (ha!) I sort of expected to do it this weekend, but the tax thing ate my brain. And my time. :0
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 18th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
We've finished it now. I really enjoyed it, and I loved the main actress (and her secretary with that endless set of issues). Also the mechanic.

And the scenery and atmosphere? Wonderful. :D
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: maths thingyastrothsknot on April 15th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
I quite sure none of the first part of that post was in English
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 15th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
The W-2s and the EDD and the IRS?

It's only in beaurocrat-ese, which is a language we are forced to speak at times, whether we want to or not. ;)

I prefer algebra, myself. :D
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: SucreGlassEmotionbadboy_fangirl on April 15th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Not to sound like a mom, but this is why you shouldn't procrastinate--doing your taxes the day before they're due? Zowee. I couldn't handle the stress. I hope you have one of those squeeze balls. *g*

Thanks for the slight review on Street Kings. Are you a person who typically enjoys a Keanu Reeves movie, or are the performances you're talking about that are good everyone else's? I saw that Amaury is in that.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 15th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
I usually don't wait until the last minute. This is the first year I've gone down to the wire! Though it was later than usual last year too-- fanfic writing has made a procrastinator out of me. Darn the Internets!

Are you a person who typically enjoys a Keanu Reeves movie, or are the performances you're talking about that are good everyone else's?
I actually am always surprised by a good Keanu Reeves performance. I don't consider him a terribly impressive actor, but perhaps I've been overly harsh. It's the monotone delivery (and the awful reading of Shakespeare in "My Own Private Idaho") that have lowered my opinion of him, I suppose. "Lake House," for instance, surprised me. He was fantastic in that.

So, Reeves was very good in this, Forest Whitaker was good, the actor who plays the father on "Everybody Hates Chris" was good (this movie is a character-actor extravaganza), Amaury was wonderful, Jay Mohr and the Northern-Exposure guy were fine (smaller roles), Hugh Laurie was good. There were no bad performances, really. And I loved our glimpse of Cedric the Entertainer. :)
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Hawtbadboy_fangirl on April 16th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
I'm sure my love for Keanu in my younger years was based exclusively on his beauty--which may I say, he just gets better with age--but he certainly has had a few performances in recent years that show his growth as an actor.

Did you ever see Hardball? That's one of my faves of his. I liked The Lake House too. I will have to see Street Kings for sure!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 16th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen Hardball (it doesn't even sound familiar). Street Kings was a good movie for him, definitely. Not kidding about the violence and bloodiness, though.
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: LincBangbangbadboy_fangirl on April 16th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Hardball is from 2001 or 2002, I think. He's a loser guy who gets roped in to coaching little league in the projects of Chicago. It's a sweet movie, funny and poignant. PG-13 though, so not too graphic, though it could be disturbing to kids.

I imagine the violence for Street Kings is like The Departed? I always cover my eyes through those kinds of movies anyway.