Who says procrastination doesn’t pay?

So, I’ve been dawdling on getting my ‘other state’ taxes printed off and mailed in.  I’m getting a small refund, so it wasn’t anything to do with dread.  I had printed some of the documents for my tax records, and my ink cartridge was out.

I took it on a thumb drive to someplace that was absolutely not my work, and printed it.  That ink cartridge was running out.  Now, I went into someplace that was not the supply/break room and got another, but I just didn’t bother with printing another.  We got another for the printer at home as well, but I still hadn’t gotten around to printing it.

Yesterday, I get an email inviting me to check out this state’s e-file website.  Hmmm, it looks like I can set up an account, even though I’ve been steered wrong by them before.  Today I remembered to go to the site, set up an account and e-filed my taxes.  I think since I’m now in their ‘virtual filers’, this could mean next year I can file them all by Turbo Tax in one fell swoop.  Sweet!

See, if I would have printed them immediately, I would be waiting weeks for a check.  Procrastination works.

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Published in: on February 17, 2009 at 10:42 pm  Comments (2)  

Thoughts for Monday

I talked to my mom this evening.  She, my uncle, and one of his coworkers will all be going to the same line in the factory.  It’s a job my mom had previously worked for around 20 years, but it’s been about 12 years since the last time she worked at it.  Hopefully it will all come back to her, like riding a bicycle.  And hopefully, all the shifting will settle down and no one else will be displaced.

I finally got myself in gear and made our reservation for Greencastle.  We were going to try a new place, but I didn’t get it booked in time, so we’re back to our usual place.  I could use a fiber fair right about now.   Don’t ask about the Parrots roving, it’s at a standstill.

I’m going to be taking one more html course, then next up – SQL!  There should be about three classes of that.  Not sure what the next master’s course will be, but I have to start thinking of my final project.

I know, the first person who comes up with a good idea for my final project will win a handspun skein of yarn!*

*I must be able to complete and successfully defend the project before prize will be awarded.

Published in: on February 16, 2009 at 9:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

It’s tough to do blog posts in February

The gray month of February is half over.  Spring surely can’t be far off.

Taxes are done in our household.  Ramblin’s were very nice by comparison.

I’m still liking my html class.

We bought a new crockpot because the old one had developed a crack.  Ramblin is going to epoxy the old one for me, and it will become a dyepot.  Epoxy wouldn’t be good for food, but it will be just fine for yarn and fiber.

Mom still doesn’t know anything at this point as far as her work goes.  She’s off this week, and they are supposed to be coming up with some options.

There’s a month before summer and fall registration begins at work, so theoretically this is our ‘slow time’.  It sure doesn’t seem like it, and will feel even less like it with a person gone.

Published in: on February 15, 2009 at 10:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy Heart Day!

Published in: on February 14, 2009 at 10:32 am  Comments (1)  

Recession hits home

I just got a call from my mom – her work called her, my uncle, and a few more people in and told them they are doing away with their jobs.  As of today.

They have been given the option to go to another job in the plant, probably for less pay.    They are both over 50, so finding a new career really isn’t an option right now.  The trick is my mom may not be able to do most of those jobs with her health conditions.  She could actually get disability, but really couldn’t take it before, due to her financial situation of supporting her disabled brother.

Oh, and it was my uncle’s birthday today.

Published in: on February 13, 2009 at 7:06 pm  Comments (1)  

A taxing experience

I’m done with my taxes.  And I feel like it aged me five years.  I do them online, or I would probably be stark-raving mad by this time.

And I get to e-file federal and my state, but the state, that shall remain nameless, that will not let any non-residents e-file after making you believe you can on their website, requires me to print out several pages and snail mail them.

My taxes really aren’t that difficult, in comparison to some people.  But I have interest, the pattern sales, tuition, student loan interest, and oh yes, did I mention I live in one state and work in another?  Fun, nothing but fun.  My whole return to print for my records?  36 pages.  I’m not that complicated, why are my taxes?

The good news is I come out ahead.  I would hate to put myself through all of this and then have the added insult to injury of getting a bill.  Although to not have to go through this experience, I think I would just as soon give up the refund.

I have a friend (not yet arrested) that goes on the theory that since she would qualify for a refund and not owe any money, she just doesn’t file.  Yes, you read that right, she doesn’t file.  I’m pretty sure that’s illegal, but the IRS hasn’t shown up on her doorstep yet.  Mind-boggling.

When I do Ramblin’s taxes this weekend, it will seem like a walk in the park.

Published in: on February 12, 2009 at 10:24 pm  Comments (1)  

Socks on Sunday

Pale green socks?  Done.

Hedgerows in Sundara sock Mint Over Chamomile

Hedgerows in Sundara sock Mint Over Chamomile

Loopy Loves You socks?  Begun.

Loopy Loves You in Temptedd Good Grrl

Loopy Loves You in Temptedd Good Grrl

That’s a bit bright (but bright is good!), the yarn picture before is more accurate.  That’s one of the hazards of late afternoon photo-ing.

I don’t think I mentioned it before, but remember my joy of us finally being back to full staff at my work?  Yeah, well come this Thursday, we’ll be back to one person short.  A co-worker is getting married on Tuesday, working Wednesday, then Saturday she’s leaving for Texas.  Her fiance is in the military, and they were uncertain exactly what their timeline would be.  Now we know, and it’s quick.

We’re wishing her all the best, and bracing for the worst for us.  In this unstable economy, which was bad enough in higher ed in the state I work without everything else, we’re not guaranteed a replacement for her, even though we are a rapidly growing area.  Every time someone leaves, the formal process is to request the position remain and once approved, it can be advertised.  Up until now, that’s just been a formality.

Now however, with higher ed tossed in with k-12 for the money, belts are tighter.  And, we’re about to see a shift in funding from being based on enrollments to based on success rates.  Great, you say, that makes the college accountable.  Does it, or does it encourage grade inflation?  Johnny might be working at D level, but if he’s at C level, we get money; if not, no money.  It’s a wonderful idea in theory.  It just gets messy in practice.

I’m going to go knit heart socks, and not think about the state of education.

Published in: on February 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Helloooooooo Color!!!!

Warning: extreme in-your-face yarn pictures

Well, I said I wanted color, didn’t I?

JulieSpins yarns

JulieSpins yarns

Dark Pomegranate luxury sock yarn

Dark Pomegranate luxury sock yarn

Grapelicious merino sock yarn - cause you know I didnt have any purple sock yarn

Grapelicious merino sock yarn - 'cause you know I didn't have any purple sock yarn

That alone would be reason enough to rejoice.  But that’s not all I got in the mail today.  Or, more accurately, it was, but that wasn’t all the yarn that came in the mail today.  My wonderful sweetheart got me a Valentine’s present, and even let me open it early.

Loopy Loves You kit

Loopy Loves You kit

This little number came up for sale at The Loopy Ewe, and I must confess, I loved it.  I love Valentine’s Day.  Even when everyone else without a boyfriend was bah-humbugging and wearing black, I still loved the Day of Hearts.  But, I had already bought yarn the day before, and felt like that was enough damage for the week.  Our dear Ragged, who has been through the wringer with the ice storm was able to get one, to go along with the Malabrigo she so richly deserved.

But I resisted.  I was filling Ramblin in on the Sneak Up and mentioned the kit.  He asked if I was going to get one, and I said it was very cute, but no.  A few minutes later, he tells me I have one on the way, with a sock blocker to boot.  Keep in mind, I would have been perfectly fine without getting one, and that most dear man certainly knows his girl doesn’t ‘need’ any more yarn.  But I am completely delighted with this little collection of love-themed goodies.  Moreso than any candy, flowers, or jewelry could possibly inspire.

I mean, come on, look at this face.

Loopy zipper pull

Loopy zipper pull

And look at this color.

Tempted Gool Grrl Loopy Loves You sock yarn

Tempted Gool Grrl Loopy Loves You sock yarn

What’s not to love?  Loopy Loves You, and Needles Loves Ramblin.  If you don’t have someone worth gushing over, you picked the wrong horse, Chester.

This evening was spent enjoying the Asian Culture Night at the college where I work.  We got to sample authentic Asian cuisine (kimchee can be HOT) and watch students give musical and informational presentations, with a finale by Khac Chi.

This weekend promises to be warmer than it has been in a long time.  And since we have no pressing plans, I’m hoping we can enjoy it while it lasts.

I feel bad about leaving these poor much-maligned socks until the end, but they will hopefully be finished this weekend.  It’s not their fault they were light green in February.

Green Tea Socks

Green Tea Socks

Happy Weekend, everyone!

Published in: on February 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm  Comments (2)  

Color me blah

Snow – still here.  It was melting, right up until the point that it became god-awful cold.  But theoretically we are going to get above freezing on Friday.  Come on, Friday.

Also on Friday, we will be going to the Asian Culture Night at my work.  It will be the first Ramblin and I have attended.  Rudy, Brando, the kiddlins and their friends will also be in attendance as the seasoned veterans.  It should be an evening of good food, entertainment, and possibly some education thrown in. (you know how colleges are – pushin’ learnin’ all the time)

Knitting – the knitting.  Sigh.  Colorless.  Pretty, but colorless, just like snow.  I’m not even taking pictures of it.  But I do have some beautiful things on the way, courtesy of my mad Internet yarn-stalking skillz and my sweetie’s sneakiness.

The color cannot get here soon enough.

Published in: on February 4, 2009 at 9:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Super Sunday, and I hear there was a game, too.

Well, here we are watching the Super Bowl.  The best thing about it so far has been our food.  Normally, we root for the underdog, but this year, there’s not a clear underdog, so we’ve alternately rooted for each side.

I think this whole winter weather thing has me completely out of whack with my knitting.  I can’t settle on a project to focus on.  I knit a few rows of this, a couple more rows on that.  And I started another project yesterday.  And brought in yarn from the yarn room to start something else.

We’ve had word from family and friends from the south.  Conditions are improving, slowly but surely.  Cynical and Ragged have power restored; Ramblin’s family now has a generator, thanks to Rudy and Brando, and now have cell phone service.

I can’t even pick a topic to stay on for this post, so I guess I will sign off for now.

Published in: on February 1, 2009 at 9:11 pm  Comments (1)