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12 April 2010 @ 02:18 pm
Sorry to be so absentee... aGAIN...  
I spent a lot of this weekend messing around with taxes. We got copies of some key missing paperwork last week, and I made headway through the snarl of declaring a lump-sum Soc Sec payment, an IRA distribution from my M-I-L, why we have two Mortgage Interest forms (oh yeah—we refinanced last year. D'OH!), and then ground to a halt over where and how to report a 2009 repayment of Disability income that was reported as income in 2008. That resulted in some quality time with the IRS today:

Poll #1550373 Your government at work (U.S. version)

Mock the IRS' hold music?

Are you nuts? Talk about jinxing yourself...
Poke the fucking bear.

I've got my answers now (and it was a lot of work for the IRS agent to figure it out, so I don't feel so bad). I'll be trying to shoehorn the finishing touches in tonight between House, 24, and Castle (L&O: Classic via DVR).

I haven't done much writing lately, and one of the main reasons (I hate admitting this) is because I let myself get sucked back into the Spider Solitaire PC game while on Spring Break. Before my other computer died, I wound up deleting all "easy" access to it and saving it in a buried part of my "Temp" folder— it was that bad.

Guess what I'll be doing after I post this? I've got work to finish, I have to bike in the garage (more rain—whee), and the addiction is obviously out of control.

Speaking of which, since Dead Like Me is my current garage-viewing... I'd forgotten how disturbingly weird Crystal is. The germ warfare is bad enough, but the combination of the beehive and '50s glasses and the dead-eyed stare really gets to you. I still hate Daisy Adair every bit as much as the first time around, and still have a soft spot for Mason even though he's an idiot. I hadn't noticed before that Rube is living-but-not-living in his apartment, with the dust clothes over all the furniture. Also, who prepares gourmet meals on a hotplate? And I still pity Joy Lass for having the children she did. I can't help but think that part of her personality was shaped by her incredibly prickly and unloving daughters (and her own absentee mother). She's a pill, but I can understand how she got that way. :0

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brigid_tannerbrigid_tanner on April 13th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
Not touching that poll, cause I just sent my stuff off today ;0

I LOVE spider solitaire! LOL! That's my break-time game at work. Happy I haven't found a version I like as well for my Mac, or I'd be playing all the time at home.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on April 13th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
Not touching that poll, cause I just sent my stuff off today ;0
:D My "Estimated wait time of 15 minutes" went up to about 30, followed by another 15 of the person checking various references, so I heard that music a LOT. It's both perky and soothing, and it's on a very tight loop. :0

I love spider solitaire too much! It's really addictive-- kind of a Zen thing, almost.

Which is exactly the problem... ;)
cindytsuki_no_bara on April 13th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
poor mason - he was too dumb to live.

er. literally.

i kinda warmed up to daisy in the one episode where the gremlins all took the day off and the reapers spent their time doing paperwork, and you find out daisy's last thought was something like "will anyone ever love me?" and mason was nice to her in an unskeevy way and i felt bad for her.

i finally filed my taxes tonight so i will TOTALLY mock irs hold music. >:D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on April 13th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
poor mason - he was too dumb to live.
SO true. He was very sweet, despite his non-stop drug habit, but SO dumb.

I liked that Daisy (like Betty) wanted to make people's last memories happy ones. It seems at odds with her character, though, because she's SUCH a self-centered user. And such a sleazy sexual past, which she seemed oddly proud of. :\

The IRS hold music deserves mocking! Even after that conversation today, the reworking of my taxes according to "Try taking the deduction" vs. "Try taking the credit, which involves redoing last year's taxes and claiming the difference as a credit" nearly made me nuts this evening. Tax code spaghetti!

Edited at 2010-04-13 06:36 am (UTC)
cindytsuki_no_bara on April 13th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
after a while i started to think that daisy's pride in her sexual past was a cover-up, and she was just trying to hide how insecure she really was. i mean, if all these men slept with her, they must've liked her, right? and she was desirable, right? and someone loved her, right? that kind of thing. when in reality, she was just another pretty wannabe starlet in a city full of them, no more or less exciting than the next blonde girl.

which isn't to say i liked her, because a lot of the time i didn't, but i think there might've been more to her than just "self-centered promiscuous actress".

but mason was my favorite. :D so sweet, but man, such a dumbass. and kiffany, i liked her a lot.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Psycho Penguinhalfshellvenus on April 13th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
. i mean, if all these men slept with her, they must've liked her, right? and she was desirable, right?
But she didn't sleep with them. As she made clear, again and again (ugh), she blew them, which is as one-sided as things get. In fact, she once blew the wrong guy under a crafts table because she was wrong about which pair of legs that appendage was attached to.

I don't understand taking pride in that at all. It announces to the world that you're an idiot who let yourself be used by other people again and again (because guys will let pretty much anyone blow them). Double yuck.

but mason was my favorite. :D so sweet, but man, such a dumbass.
Plus, Mason as the world saw him while living was adorable. Reaper-Mason's Exterior-View Body was skeavy-looking (just like Millie really did look like a crack-addict), but the 'real' Mason was irresistible! Despite the dumb...

I just finished the episode where Roxy rage-reaps the guy who tries to assault her over a parking ticket. That's definitely my favorite Roxy episode. :)
space_raider182 on April 13th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
Um, Law and Order via DVR? Yeah. That's about four hours of my every day right there. That's all I have to say.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on April 13th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
:D I love Law & Order. SVU has been my favorite for awhile, but I loved the Chris Noth/Jerry Orbach days of L&O Classic (and I really like Anthony Anderson and Jeremy Sisto as partners-- their characters are very similar in some ways, and yet they still mesh).

Thanks to a writing challenge comm, writers_choice, I now know that there seems to be a Law & Order: UK series. Can't imagine how that would be-- still gritty,, like the U.S. ones?
space_raider182 on April 13th, 2010 06:23 am (UTC)
Anthony Anderson and Jeremy Sisto are my current fav, but they're also the newest duo aren't they? Still, they are great together.
Ha, and somehow I imagine being able to make a drinking game out of UK L&O involving taking a shot every time tea is offered by a witness getting interviewed at their home.