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How my Day Started in an Aggravating Fashion and How It Got Better

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Today was one of those days where I wish I had never gotten out of bed.

It's tax season, I had to clean my house because my mom might come visit, the weather is icky, I had to file my own taxes, and my hubby has tendonitis in his left leg and stayed home from work today to go to the doctor, so he's limping around and feeling cruddy and unable to help me do much. I'm STRESSIN'!

When I sat down to check my e-mail this morning, there was a frantic e-mail from my only bookkeeping client, freaking out over how the accountant wants to charge her $2,000 to do her taxes since she spent the last quarter of the year in another country and he would need to outsource the international taxes to someone qualified to do it. They went back and forth via e-mail almost the whole day 'arguing' with each message being CC'ed to me. She asked him to lower his fees because she lost her full time job in August. (Yet another case of 'you don't need to charge me what you're worth because I'm poor'.) She then sent me a private e-mail asking me if I would file her taxes for her at H&R Block. (Let me get this straight: Your CPA told you that you needed a specialist in international taxes and your next line of thinking is to send your bookkeeper to H&R Block?! This woman is seriously lacking in logic. This is beside the fact she never told myself or the accountant that she was LIVING IN ANOTHER COUNTRY FROM AUGUST ON.)

Then I ask the accountant about my 1099, which should have been in my hands today, or at least postmarked today. He told me I could do it myself if I could get a form. I would have to buy a 50 pack of forms for $27.99 for ONE 1099! Luckily I found a place where I could file and print them online and it only cost me $3.49.) Nothing like running to every Staples and Office Max you know on the last day 1099s are supposed to be distributed and finding you can only purchase $28 worth of forms. Talk about last minute.

ANYHOO. So I think we have it straightened out and she's going to find a new accountant. Or file an extension and go to H&R Block when she gets back into the country in April. Whatever, it's out of my hands.

I was planning on making mushroom swiss burgers tonight but realized I had forgotten to defrost the meat. I was really looking forward to that burger and I had undereaten during the day due to the anxiety of all this drama going on, so I took my hubby to Five Guys. I had a single cheeseburger with mushrooms, onions and ketchup and half a regular order of fries with a Coke zero AND fit it in my calorie range for the day. Plus, I really sat there and ate it slowly and enjoyed the heck out of it. No regrets!

While we're eating I get a text from my mom saying she isn't coming to visit this weekend, as she's traveling to the funeral with other people and they don't want to make the detour. SO NOW I DON'T HAVE TO CLEAN MY APARTMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!! Yay!!!!!!!!! *happy dance*

So I'm feeling a bit better by now that I got the 1099 taken care of and my client has calmed down a bit. So I decide now that I have my 1099 I'm going to file my personal tax returns and get them out of the way. I'd already filled out most of the info just needed a few last things for Turbo Tax. E-filed that. So I decide to tackle my state return. I study the packet for about a half hour and get completely overwhelmed doing it by hand, so I go online and check it out there. A little less intuitive than Turbo Tax but it's FREE instead of the ridiculous $36 Turbo Tax charges. I'm only getting back $139 and you want to take $36 of it! Hell to the no! Anyway, I figured it out so now our personal taxes are done.

I finally feel like I can relax this weekend without worrying about so many things.

Did 30DS last night. Not sore today but I can guarantee I'll be sore tomorrow. I decided to do some extra stretching afterwards to maybe ward off the DOMS a little bit. Hoping it helps.

No real exercise tonight, but I feel like I must have worried away at least 100 calories.

Hopefully tomorrow I can have a nice relaxed blog and not be so erratic, but it calms me down a bit to write stuff down, so I do it.

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    You made the best out of the day! Well done!
    1751 days ago
    I'm not waving it in your face, but thank goodness we don't have that silly state tax nonsense in Tx! Our sales, gas, etc taxes are all just a little higher, and we don't have to mess with paperwork.

    I spent a summer up in Wisconsin my freshman year of college. I went to go work up somewhere where I wasn't required to be spanish bilingual to get a job. (Couldn't find one.. ended up working at a grocery store deli.. lol). When we finished our tax form for WI, I was supposed to get 60 bucks back, and I NEVER saw any of it! What a pain!

    I'm glad you were able to enjoy some 5guys and still stay in range! It's so tough with that place. I had a food day very similar to yours not too long ago. I ended the day like 800 cal under my minimum, so I was able to swing 5guys and end at my max for the day! lol
    1751 days ago
    What a day... I'm stressed out just reading. Good job on not turning to food. emoticon
    1751 days ago
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    Good Lord chick! What a day! I am glad it got better for you.

    Just think, if we could worry calories away...I would be a stick person!!!!

    1751 days ago
    Funny how we always want to clean our house when mom comes..My mom's been gone now for years but used to do the same and now do it when my only sister calls and says she is coming..strangely I don't do it for friends and other family members..and so glad you got all the tax stuff taken care of. I understand about the international filing as 2 sons work off the coast of Africa on drilling ships so they are considered international..but their company files for them so no headaches anymore. At first hey were going to H&R Block but the people there had no idea what to do so they had to hire a special accountant who knew that kind of stuff but now their company takes care of it so no problem now. Take time four yourself this weekend. Relax and rest.
    1752 days ago
    Mmmmm Five Guys!

    Glad that everything turned out OK. And you get a weekend to relax.
    1752 days ago
    That kind of day (stress+5 Guys) could've easily turned into a day of emotional eating, but you handled it all like a BOSS! You're simply awesome. Way to go!
    1752 days ago
    Mmmmmmmm Five Guys.
    1752 days ago
    When I first saw that you were having a bad day because of tax season, I pictured a frazzled you trying to get all of your tax "stuff" together, NOT what you were actually doing! No wonder you were frazzled!! You have, however, inspired me to go about getting my stuff together tomorrow. It will be Feb.1, after all, and there's no time like the present!
    1752 days ago
    Good job on getting the taxes done, I need to get on with filing mine.
    1752 days ago
    I'm glad your day got better!
    1752 days ago
    Yeeeeeeech, I hate tax season, or as I frequently mistype - taz season aka that special time of year when everyone blurbles around in a tizzy like the Tazmanian Devil of cartoon fame. I'm glad things balanced out, and I'm glad you enjoyed a nice burger within range! Great job.
    1752 days ago
    Congratulations on holding it all together. No stress eating going on here. Woo Hoo!
    1752 days ago
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