Thursday, April 16, 2015

Well Then

It looks like it was my mistake, but one in I.D., not necessararily math. We'll know more when the amended paperwork comes through. Whew.

Also, hurrah for professionalism. I think the I.R.S. needs more money, not less, if only to give a raise to the employee who helped me straighten out this kerfluffle. Which reminds me, I need to compose a note of thanks and send it off.

Put me down as that rare breed of folks who's had nothing but positive experiences with both the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Internal Revenue Service. Now mind you, that might change in the future - crud happens, even the best employees have down days, etc. - but they do a job that we as a society have deemed necessary, and they're often doing it after their higher-ups have played politics with both budget and p.r.. As somebody, and I'll have to check out whom, once said, Getting mad at the I.R.S. is like getting angry at the grocery store clerk because the price of eggs went up. Ya wanna get peeved at the way the whole tax code is bonkers? Go growl at your congresscritter. They made the laws that the I.R.S. is bound to enforce.

Monday, April 13, 2015

expletives deleted

IRS says we're only entitled to half of what my math said we're entitled to. Actually, I'll take their word for this because presumably they understand the forms better than I do. But ouch, that hurts. My crazy is because I've been doing our taxes for years and they've just been getting more complicated. I'm a reasonably intelligent human being but this has gotten ridiculous. Our money flow doesn't change that much from year to year but the paperwork for handling not-making-much-money has gotten multiplied. I wish the Feds would just do the taxes for people under a certain income since they already have the information (seriously, if they've got enough info to know I didn't dot an i or cross a t and I didn't carry the 1 or subtract the 0, then they've got enough info to do my taxes without me having to do the April 15th Hokey Pokey).

Gah. Feel miserable. DBS was so counting on that money :(.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Plans For Saturday: Get Wrapped Up Like A Mummy

I'm not sure how much this is going to cost me, though.

I am too large to fit the dress forms I can afford. Heck, even if I were fighting fit and at my doctor's preferred weight for me I probably wouldn't be able to use a conventional form, since I'm unconventionally shaped (i.e. like a real woman).

So, the solution appears to be that I make my own. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, the last time I tried it my husband got really bored half-way through the process. Who could blame him? Wrapping your spouse in paper tape is just not as much fun as it sounds. Also, this is when I realized that I really had gained a huge amount of weight and that the shape that I was carrying around in my head did not match the shape that emerged from that first round of dress-form making. I won't say I cried, but it certainly shook me up quite a bit.

That half-formed form got thrown away. It's a small house, and already cluttered, and if I wasn't going to use the thing, then it needed to go away, so away it went.

Well, my January of Project Expectations decided that sewing-for-me was going to be a priority. If that's going to be the case, then a dress form is needed. And if I can't afford a professional dress form, then a dress form must be made. I'm not going to make the poor spouse go through that again, so I'm going to have to bribe Banshees. I'm not sure my budget is up to it.