I didn't sleep well last night, I felt like I tossed and turned all night. I must have, because the kittens didn't come cuddle until 5:50 a.m. even though I'm sure at least one of them was sleeping with me. The new pillow isn't helping at all and I didn't even use it last night.
It was foggy this morning when I drove my son to school and my mind felt foggy too, due to the bad sleep, but one thought was clear: today is the last day of February and my last day to try and knock some February goals off my list!
So let's get to it...
TO DO LIST
- Work on shopping list
- Fold the laundry
- Put the laundry away
- Research state park for a hike this weekend
- Give a driving lesson to my son with the stick shift (next week)
- Mop bathroom
- Clean bathroom ceiling
Vacuum living roomDONE Make my bedDONE Turn bread heels into bread crumbs- We ended up eating them! Earn Microsoft Rewards creditsDONE Input weight into WHBRHCDONE
- Sort coupons
Set 15 minute timer and try to accomplish as many chores as possible in that timeDONE Do the dishes by hand, drain/dry in the dishwasher (AFTER DINNER)DONE
- Watch "Spy in the Wild"
Clean fridge- DONE
- Sweep/mop the downstairs bathroom
- Vacuum the upstairs bedrooms - Swept mine
Vacuum living roomDONE Vacuum the exercise roomDONE Sweep the cat roomDONE Sweep the breezewayDONE
- Make a dermatologist appointment for Youngest Son (after pediatrician apt)
- Back up external drive to its own external drive!
- Start a list of the electric outlets that I want to get replaced
Do my foot exercisesDONE
- Exercise at least 35 minutes on my bike (weekdays only)
- Read one of the library books
Clean upstairs litter boxDONE
- Add Osmocote plant food to rose and hibiscus bushes
- Put away the clipped articles from Kiplinger's magazine
- Read new issue of Kiplinger's in progress
- Wash kitchen windows
Vacuum the fridge's coilsDONE
- Inventory the pantry
- Inventory the freezers
Reorganize the gardening supplies area in breezewayDONE
- Purge file cabinet Finished the bottom drawer
- Take RaceTrac surveys
- Take my measurements
- Look into transplanting hyacinths in garden - Moved them outside since Explorer has started to jump on mantelpiece :(
- Scrub patio pavers with bleach (wear old clothes and shoes, gloves and goggles)
- Finish decluttering exercise room shelves
- Call my bank to consolidate my IRA accounts
Sit down with my daughter and show her how to file her taxesDONE Start on our tax returnFILED!
- Schedule an outing to P.E.A.R. Park and ask them about the trees from my backyard or look at the Audubon site that Pixel shared.
- Write letter to my great aunt, with pictures
- Mail letter to my great aunt
- Schedule credit card payment
Summarize February Food Expenses and postDONE
- Update French blog
- Mend sliding door window screen
- Finalize and mail letter to UPS CEO (add Amazon's comparison)
- Plant and water the tree
- Youngest Son packed a lunch to take to school.
- I packed leftovers for Greg to take to work.
- Despite my fatigue and the fog and my being impatient (see: "Failures"), the school drop-off went, in fact, well :)
- I opened the windows as soon as I got home from the drop-off. Starting today it will keep on getting warmer so I don't expect that I'll be able to have them open past noon-ish :(
- I started working on Swagbucks when I first got up by playing some videos. At 10:30 a.m. I have earned 41 SB out of the 99 SB I need for my 1st goal. I won't pretend that I'll try to reach it, but I don't mind running the videos.
- As soon as I finished opening the windows this morning, do you know what I did? No, I didn't go sit outside on the patio. No, I didn't sit down to have breakfast. I.... (drum roll)... gathered all my tax folders and commandeered the kitchen table (I left a small spot for Greg to have breakfast) and started working on our tax return! Woohoo, me! I was really dreading it and starting on it was a February goal so I figured that I should just jump right in. Greg left for work as I was already growling at the instructions... taxes, fatigue, I have PMS, the kittens kept on jumping on the table and counters so they could better see what I was doing... he was quite happy to be able to escape to the office today! I feel bad for my daughter, whose room is right above the kitchen, because there was much yelling going on this morning, between the stupidly complicated tax return and the kittens' behavior! I'm doing the taxes by hand again this year so I can save the TurboTax charge (last year, I got frustrated with them because their software wouldn't let me correct a number that I had input incorrectly, no matter what I did).
- A few minutes after Greg's departure, I called him to say I probably wouldn't be able to finish them today because we didn't get a 1099-B from our brokerage firm and their instructions said that if we were to get one, we'd get it in "early March". I had no idea whether we would get one or not (we did last year) so I figured I should stop and wait.
- However, I thought better of it immediately and decided to keep going. I figured that if we weren't going to get the form, at least the taxes would be done and if we did, at least I would have gotten the practice again. In the middle of continuing (I hate Schedule D and the various stupid worksheets with a passion!), I decided to send the brokerage firm an email to ask whether our account would be getting a 1099-B or not. Then I finished the taxes. Barring any huge mistake that I might have made (knock on wood), it looks like we might get a nice return. But I suck at math, which is why I'll redo it again and then redo the calculations for Greg and then maybe it won't be such a nice one :)
- Once I was done, I checked my email and they had replied that we won't be getting a 1099-B so wow, if so I'm very close to being done with our taxes and really hoping I didn't make a mistake! I'm taking a break (worked on those for almost 3 hours!) and then will have to continue.
- The CVS Consumer Advisory Panel sent me a survey. I qualified for it and was able to complete it so I should be getting a $10 ECB Reward in the next couple of weeks.
- While I was doing my chores, I started wondering about my Amazon packages so I pulled up the MyUPS notices and they said the packages had been delivered at 4:27 p.m. yesterday. Heck no, I'm 99.9% sure that I checked the front door, where I found them presently, last night and again this morning. (We actually have 2 front doors, the one to what looks to be the main part of the house, that we never use, and the one in the front covered porch at the top of the driveway, which is the one we use). But at least I have my packages.
- I told my daughter that I wanted to show her how to file her taxes today so we spent some time going over that.
- I helped her reinstall the wifi printer's drivers on her laptop as she was having problems connecting to it.
- For lunch, I had the last of the butternut squash soup, the leftover salad from last night, and an egg and avocado sandwich. Dessert was 2 clementines and a cupcake.
- I transferred $166.66 to Savings, as my goal is to put $2,000 in our regular emergency savings in 2017. (We have "Catastrophic Savings" set aside at a different bank, which equal to 12 months of barebone expenses, in case Greg were to lose his job or become incapacitated), and "Emergency Savings", which is our regular savings account, which we use for car and house repairs, for instance, that we can't "cash flow" out of checking).
- I went to redo our tax forms so Greg could sign them tonight. Only I realized that I had miscalculated some stuff, and then I started doubting whether I should fill out some forms or not, so I decided to check what TurboTax told me after all. It took me another hour to get everything imported and reviewed. I'm glad I did it as they told me that even though Greg's IRA contribution isn't deductible, I could deduct mine since I wasn't covered by a retirement plan (woohoo!). And also I had miscalculated our total income and I was going to fill out schedule D when, in fact, we weren't required to do it this year. Woo! I called Greg to get his OK to file. We're going to be getting $5,700 back... since I always fear that we're going to owe something, that was very nice! I had set our allowances to 0 on his W-4 so we would have fewer chances of owing anything. Next year we won't be claiming my daughter so it'll be a different story.
- I entered my current weight into Walgreens' Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices and earned 20 BR points.
- For dinner, I cooked a box of spaghetti (60 cents at Publix), meatballs (bought on BOGO with coupons) and a loaf of garlic bread (free after coupons). It was delicious! I really want another piece of bread, though.
- We finished watching Season 1 of "The Jim Gaffigan Show" tonight. I'm glad it's over, it was excruciating. But I had bought it so I felt I ought to watch it.
- Greg and I agreed to send our tax refund to the mortgage company when we get it!
- to take my son to school
- and tolls for Greg's commute
- for my daughter to go to her college class
- I realized this morning that I really need to be more patient when I do the school drop-off. I wasn't listening to classical music today and my lack of patience manifested itself when I grumbled between my teeth about the stupid driver in front of me that was accelerating and braking in an odd pattern, taking turns way too slowly (like a turtle!) etc. When we got to the school drop-off, instead of a student coming out of the passenger side of the car, it was an older woman (about my age)... and then the driver exited too and it was a young teen. Doh! I had been driving behind a teen learning how to drive!!! I should know better as I'm teaching Youngest Son how to drive (although I don't feel comfortable with him driving to school in the mornings yet). I was instantly ashamed of having cursed her (to myself in the car). Yeah, I need to be more patient in the mornings!
MONEY SPENT TODAY
- Tax Filing: $24.99 (TurboTax)
- Tolls: $25.00 (Greg's Sunpass replenished itself)
- I earned $10 in ECBs by completing a CVS Advisory Panel survey (should get it in a couple of weeks)
- Fed the kittens
- Packed Greg's lunch
- Prepped his breakfast
- Worked on Swagbucks
- Dropped Youngest Son off at school
- Aired out the house
- Worked on our tax return
- Emailed the brokerage firm
- Turned the timer on for 15 minutes but did chores longer than that!
- Made my bed
- Cleaned the upstairs litter box
- Swept the upstairs landing
- Swept my bedroom
- Finished cleaning out the bottom drawer of the file cabinet
- Turned the AC back on
- Reorganized the gardening supplies area
- Swept the exercise room, the hall, the breezeway, the cat room, and the laundry room
- Cleaned the fridge's coils
- Cleaned the fridge
- Showed my daughter how to do her taxes
- Filed my taxes with TurboTax
- Organized tax paperwork and left myself notes for next year
- Brought the trash cans back up from the curb
- Texted Oldest Son to wish him good luck on a big audition I heard he was having
- Worked on my February Goal Recap post
- Cooked dinner
- For all the birds singing in the neighborhood this morning. I love that we can hear so many of them.
- For checking TurboTax and not stubbornly insisting on trying to file by hand this year :) I would have missed that I could deduct my own IRA contributions!
Have you done your taxes yet?