Thursday, January 30, 2014

Achievements

Today was the day that I passed my aunt Alysa in Candy Crush.

Now what am I supposed to do with my life?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Reason #317

Why I don't like using my stove:

When I turn on the oven, the creepy crawlies all come out.  Without failure, I have to scream and call Caleb to kill at least 3-5 bugs every time I turn on the oven.

Gross.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Filing

Every year, I am the weird-o who wants to file her taxes (and now Caleb's with mine) the day after New Year's.  Who doesn't want their own money back?  And I try to make sure that I'll get at least something back each year.

But then I have to play the waiting game.  It always surprises me when my W-2 isn't ready, or when my tax information from my student loans or bank account aren't ready until mid to late January.

I'm sure there are more complex processes that go on than I realize, but here's my reasoning:  You've known the tax formulas all year long and had all the information from my earnings/payments all year long.  You've kept strict records; in fact it's probably all in a software program that does all the work for you.  Why does it take 15-31 days to compile that information and make it available to me?  Why does it not become available on January 1st, by 5AM?

Am I missing something?  Why have we come this far in technology, if it's wasted?  I am not a fool - I know it doesn't take that long to compile that info!

Unless it does.  Then tell me and I'll quit whining.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Lies & Hyperboles

Weather forecasters.

Storm "Hercules".  Did you know that the snowstorms out here get named?  A storm gets announced, it gets a name, it is anticipated, it is warned against, people everywhere at work and at church are in hysterics, and then it comes.

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And then all hell breaks loose.

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Oh wait, no it doesn't.

3 inches of already-melting snow does not constitute mass chaos and cancelled school people!

(Though broken boilers and heat systems down do - at least for cancelling school.)

It also does not deserve 2 hours of morning press coverage!

But thank you, weather forecasters, for freaking everyone out so much that my drive to work was virtually empty.  No cars on the road for me!  No ice either....or snow....

**Hercules came last week, but similar circumstances happened this morning where the weatherwomen spent every opportunity they could last night warning of impending doom from the freezing rain that supposedly came.

Also, there is enough salt on the road.  Really.  When it becomes a hazard in and of itself because my car is sliding on the over-abundance of salt, it is enough.  Stop with the salt.

Thank you.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

2013 in Review: A Look Ahead

Let's be real.  All my goals are saved on my dead computer that hasn't been turned on in months.  So that's not happening.

So going over the goals that are saved in my head, I probably accomplished 3.  So we'll make up some goals to go along with what I did last year.

1.  Read lots of books on my list:  This one I did quite well!  Among the works that I read:  Anna Karenina, No-No Boy, When the Emperor was Divine, A Thousand Splendid Suns (highly recommend), Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (uh....someone was on drugs), and a few others that I can't remember right now.  I'm currently reading Out of Africa, and hopefully it won't take me too long to finish it.

2.  Move somewhere awesome.   Well I clearly accomplished this one.  Living only 60 minutes from our nation's capital, 10 minutes from the place where The Star Spangled Banner was penned, 3 hours from the Statue of Liberty, and a day's drive from many church historical sites is pretty awesome, I'd say.

3.  Go see awesome places.  CHECK!  We went to Manhattan two weekends ago and got a personal tour of the Rockefeller plaza, and got to ride to the "Top of the Rock" (and paid dearly for both as well).  We also went to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Fredericksburg, Virginia; and the National Mall in D.C.  Before moving to Baltimore we also took a trip with Caleb's family to see Mesa Verde, Colorado, where there are old cliff dwellings.  We got to climb up inside and through them as well.  We also went to Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, and saw an ancient dwelling place which was built based on astronomy.  I also went on the probably the hardest hike of my life, between 8-10 miles long.  The length was not the hard part - the fact that we brought only one bottle of water to share between the two of us in 100+ degree weather with zero shade, and drank it all by 4 miles in was the stupid hard part.  Thought I was gonna pass out on that one. Fun times.  We concluded that trip with a hike to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.  Oh yeah.  We took a trip to the Dominican Republic for a week and a half, with two separate trips to resorts.  No big deal.  * I should probably try to remember all these awesome trips from last year as we buckle down into a new year and try to save money. *

4.  Get a new job.  Almost didn't make this one, but I'm so so so glad that I did.  I have been so much happier since getting this new job.  I feel so spoiled with it, and can't believe my good fortune.  We have been very blessed.

5.  Be awesome.  Done!

Things I need to work on this year:  attending the temple more, read the Book of Mormon together with Caleb, live within a budget, take family names to the temple, and be awesomer than last year (if that's even possible).