One for you, nineteen for me

Sunday, March 29, 2009

I know you're all itching to hear how it went with the tax professional yesterday, so here's the scoop: excellently!

Our last two visits to the tax professional left us in small panics about getting our taxes paid. Since I work for myself and have no money automatically deducted, we always owed. (Also because I couldn't get my act together with the whole quarterly-estimated-payments thing.) This year, though, I was very good, and at the end of my meeting yesterday, we just about came out even. After paying the tax pro himself, we stand to get back about a hundred bucks. That's pretty damn perfect.

See, sure, everyone likes to get their tax refund. It's like free money, after all. But in reality it's the government paying back an interest-free loan you made to them over the course of the whole year. That doesn't seem fair! So the ideal situation, I think, is ours: I deduct my own taxes, put them into a savings account, and only pay what I have to. It really worked out great! My goal for next year is a big fat "zero" at the end of the appointment. Or better yet, the exact amount the tax pro charges.

(Of course, as it happens our government needs all the interest-free loans it can get right now, so maybe I'm thinking about this wrong.)

In other news, if Sam and Beth ever wake up from this nap, we're going out to lunch today. I'm supposed to be thinking of a place to go, but all I can come up with are burger places, like The Nook, Blue Door, Groveland Tap, Highland Grill . . . and I have a feeling Beth won't be feeling any of those. My guess is she will suggest Tanpopo, the Japanese noodle shop she swoons over. I like it too, very much, but I am just obsessed with burgers lately. Maybe I'm anemic.

After lunch, I'm doing some write-time, though I think it's will have to be 100% Eric Stevens work. He's got this basketball title due on Tuesday, and it just refuses to write itself.

Oh, and finally, my next break from WoW begins Wednesday. Why do I keep scheduling my last day to be on server-maintenance day?! Why?!


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Alea said...

Oooh I've been to the Highland Grill, it was rather good. Also it's right by a great Half Price Books location!

March 29, 2009 at 11:55 AM
Steve Brezenoff said...

Ha ha! Right around the corner!

The Elvis Burger there is so amazing. And they're very cool about babies, which is a nice plus.

March 29, 2009 at 11:57 AM
Alea said...

I ate there end of Dec, I can't remember what I ate but it was darn good! I love that Half Price books location, it's HUGE!

March 29, 2009 at 12:01 PM
Susan said...

Don't you love it when your spouse puts you in charge of deciding where to go to eat and you know whatever you decide will be vetoed? :) Can't go wrong with the Highland Grill, though!

March 29, 2009 at 12:13 PM
Beth said...

for the record, i did not veto his choice of the highland grill, and it was delicious. and sam again drank some of my water. however, also for the record, in the interest of honesty, if tanpopo was open on sundays i would have suggested that.

March 29, 2009 at 3:22 PM
Kangaroo B said...


It's Kangaroo B. I hope you read this, I can't get on facebook. The school is sending me to the twin cities tonight in order to beat the storm. I don't fly out until 5 pm tomorrow.

If we could get together, that would rule. I'm having a little email trouble but it should be ok later. my real email address is:

[my last name]

I don't want to put my cell online. But send me your number.



March 30, 2009 at 10:21 AM