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18 April 2019 @ 10:42 am
After the fallout...  
I've finally recovered from the major deadline stress that started off this week.

I got my Idol story finished and posted on Tuesday. It's here, with a link to the poll and all 5 (only 5!) entries at the bottom. Please read and vote for your favorites!

Monday was the last slog through Tax Hell. I wound up buying TurboTax (after already paying for H & R Block's tax software), which made things a little easier. But from the other "Devil you know" perspective, at least I understood the convolutions of the previous tax code. This year, it was, "What the hell happened to Schedule A?" And "How did this Residentical Energy Credit wind up being zero?" and so on. I did a LOT of Googling on Monday, finding answers to those and various other questions about California tax code. Most of this was to make sure TurboTax wasn't doing something wrong, or that I hadn't misunderstood the nuances of some classification of income/deductions. /o\

I e-filed the federal return around 5:30 pm, and put the Cal return in the box at the post office at 9:30 pm. Latest return ever! \o?

Fortunately, I made it through without having to take up jake67 on her really sweet offer to help, but I felt better knowing her support was there if I needed it. Thank you! ♥

In biking news, I mostly alternated days of outside biking with garage-biking, thanks to the wind and Monday's rain. I'm closing in on the end of Burn Notice Season 3, in which Chris Vance is both dangerous and delightful.

The weather forecast is clear for dayyyyyyyys now, though it's also getting warmer. Has all the late rain wiped out our planting window for Spring? Mostly REplanting, TBH, for all the things that either died from last summer's heat or this winter's cold or the excess sogginess of the rain itself... We may have a few viable weeks left, though those random Spring windstorms can dry out new plants and kill them. Really, sometimes it's amazing that ANY kind of landscaping ever gets off the ground here. :(

We watched most of Thor: The Dark World last weekend. Most, because I was channel-surfing one day and saw it listed, so I started the recording late. Fun overall, though we never saw the first one, so parts were a little confusing. I didn't spot Zachary Levi in it, though I did notice Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje. Kat Denning's character was oddly annoying. Mainly, we waited for Tom Hiddleston to show up. Having seen Ragnarok and now this movie, I totally understand why Thor/Loki slash is a thing. :O

So what are YOUR weekend plans? I keep forgetting Easter is coming. I bought the candy and did Easter baskets weeks ago when the kids were here. So inside my brain, Easter has already happened...

realpestilencerealpestilence on April 19th, 2019 12:43 am (UTC)
I guess I'm lucky when it comes to doing taxes because I don't have anything to claim. No house, no dependents, I made .04 cents on my savings account interest by December. I could have claimed my charitable donations, but I usually don't-I give because I want to, not to deduct it. So it's very strait forward for me-here's how much I made, nope nope nope, down the list.

I was just getting ready to file my taxes when my internet went down. Turns out the gas company cut a cable that took it out for half the town! So I was a little panicky. They got it back up later that day, but I was working, so I didn't file until I got home, racing against the clock, fighting my printer. Turned it in half an hour late (!), so I hope it's still ok...never done that before. That's what I get for waiting. I loathe tax season, so much anxiety.

I've never seen the Thor movies. He doesn't really hold any interest for me as more than a side character in the Avengers franchise.

I'm going to visit my family for Easter. I have the day off & will be able to stay overnight, & then drive back i time to go to work Monday. Not as nice as being in the same town, but 2 hours away sure as heck beats 11-13 hours away!
jake67jakejake67jake on April 19th, 2019 02:38 am (UTC)

If you're getting a refund, the IRS is happy to keep your money and there is no penalty for late filing. :)

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2019 05:39 am (UTC)
Oh, boy-- what a terrible time to lose your internet! I'm glad you got things back up and made it in (probably close enough).

I didn't intend to wait so long. I'd started over a month ago, but the H & R Block software was NOT good. I slowed down and stalled out over, before buing TurboTax the same as always.

It's funny about the gas company killing the Internet, in that they're always the ones spray-painting stuff on roads and pavement, warning people not to dig without checking. Irony! It really slaps back hard. :O

I'm not really an Avengers or other superhero fan. I like Batman. I like Iron Man. That's about it-- apart from the Winter Soldier movie and a few other exceptions. Thor surprised me in Ragnarok-- the way humor spawns around him, largely because he lacks it himself. ;)

Seeing your family will be nice! I hope you have a great time. :)
jake67jakejake67jake on April 19th, 2019 02:38 am (UTC)

Glad you got it done!!! This year was a majpr disaster for most filers!!!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2019 08:08 am (UTC)
It seems as if the only thing worse than the previous tax code was trying to figure out the new one!

Thanks so much for the offer of help. It gave me strength! :)
uselesstinrelicuselesstinrelic on April 19th, 2019 06:09 pm (UTC)
What sorts of things are you planting/replanting? I don't do much gardening, but I have an herb box and had to replant almost everything in there (some mint survived, sage, and the chives, but everything else needed redoing for the same reasons you listed!)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2019 07:46 pm (UTC)
Some of it will be new landscaping we added last year that didn't make it. :O

We used to have these three huge trees in the front yard, and they each had rings of azaleas around them. Then they reached the end of their lifespan and had to be removed. Most of the azaleas died when the shade went away, and plants in other parts of the yard died for the same reason! So, I've been re-landscaping those areas trying to accomodate the new sun (here, scorch) pattern with things that are more sun-tolerant.

And in Sacramento, the whole "full sun/partial sun/partial shade" recommended for a given plant is always iffy. Too much shade, and they don't bloom. Too much sun, and they may die from the heat. But you usually can't tell until you've tried. And sometimes you'll plant two as aesthetic balance, and one of them randomly dies. \o?

I'm trying to replant bare spots according to size, color, etc., and also remove a lot of the gazillion paperwhite and white gladiola bulbs in the front yard. Those bulbs make it hard to put down landscaping fabric to suppress weeds, and we have so many trees that leafblowers remove bark mulch or chunks pretty easily.

So, hopefuls? Tall blue salvia, yellow milkweed (a dismal failure last year), lantana in pink, yellow, and lavendar, penstemon... I tried out various things of specific colors last year, and some didn't like the climate, and others proved to need a lot of deadheading which is kind of a pain.

An herb box would be more my style! Because it's small, and the dirt is not usually questionable. ;)

Do you ever grow tomatoes in there, or are the plants so big they eat the entire box?