Tax Day

Traditionally April 15th is Tax Day in the United States. However thanks to some holiday which is observed in Washington DC the deadline for filing income taxes has been pushed to April 18th this year.

My income taxes have been filed for weeks so the most taxing issue in my life is my continuing calf pain hindering my ability to walk and exercise; this has become seriously distressing to me. [post PT update: My calves did well this morning, but they are still sore. Now what’s distressing is the Icy-Hot I rubbed on my legs after showering. Owie!]

I Need To Learn How To Let Go
Recently some things have happened which have permanently damaged some of my possessions. I, being a perfectionist who tries to never let bad things happen to his stuff, cannot stand this. At the same time I can do nothing to repair the items in question so I really need to let go.

The trouble is that every time I use, or look at these now-damaged things I will get frustrated. Some of the items could be replaced, but I really don’t want to spend the money doing so.

Breathe deeply.
Repeat “They are only possessions.”
Breathe deeply.

The Frustration Of Flying
There are so many things to hate about flying these days, the first of which is timing the purchase of tickets. In planning for a June Raleigh trip I started looking in to airline fares last night. There are two potential weekends for traveling to Raleigh and to my surprise the first attempt to find flights yielded a $139 round-trip. Great, right? Well it would have been had I actually purchased a ticket. But instead I started checking into fares for the other potential weekend only to find that flying that weekend would cost $194.

I decided to “make sure” the weekend with the $139 would be the one on which I wanted to travel. This morning I convinced myself that my first choice would work so I went back to purchase flights and of course today the fares for both potential weekend are now $240 round-trip.

I guess I’ll now have to check back until the prices drop again, and if they don’t I’ll work out a way to drive instead.

So Much Downloading, All Of It Legal
Apple released a ton of new code yesterday — iOS 4.3.2, Xcode 4.3.2, and some smaller Safari and security updates. It seemed as if I spent the entire night downloading patches and updates for my Apple products. Every time I spend nights doing things like this I shudder at the thought of impending bandwidth limits that will be put in place.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – frustrated, sore
Current Music – listening to the latest “Gardenfork Radio” podcast
Website Of The Day – Have you heard of Thrillist yet? Today’s link is for the Atlanta edition, but they also target other cities around the country.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – not checking at the moment

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)

Vegetarian Days – 2
Carnivorous Days – 12

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

April Goals
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run at least once
– Lose two pounds
Go out on a date with someone else
– Read an entire book, specifically The Mole People: Life In The Tunnels Beneath New York City

2011 Goals [will be a little more fluid than in past years]
– Reduce my weight by 25 pounds based on the my weight as measured on February 1st
Completely read the book Daily Negations which I received as a Christmas gift.
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business — one which does not get penalized.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than two one half-marathon
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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7 Responses to Tax Day

  1. Martha says:

    Tomorrow is Emancipation Day, but it is celebrated today. I ‘done’ with mine but since I owe, I’ve put off filing until the last minute. I’ll get around to it probably Sunday.

    Did anyone get an email from Betsy today? I got one with a YouTube link, it just looks funny….so I haven’t clicked on it and I wont until I hear back from her.

  2. Ah, Emancipation Day. Of course! 🙂

    I have to say that I immediately deleted the email because it was so generic sounding. Betsy, if it was a funny video that you wanted us to see please let us know here.

    My busy schedule has led me to forget to list out all of the fun things happening in Atlanta this weekend (assuming we all make it through tonight’s storms). As for me I’m going to be doing something I love which has been taking a lot of my time lately — write Objective-C code. Nerd up!

  3. Barb says:

    I actually have Turbo Tax set up to pay my federal taxes today – I like this e-file thing when it should just send the money today.

    I’ve been trying to find a plane ticket to Iowa for late June, to go to Cedar Rapids it is about $550, to go to Moline, IL (Air-Tran, usually cheaper) is at least $350 & then I have to rent a car. I guess my family will have to be mad at me again for not showing, I just can’t spend that kind of money for a weekend. Hopefully there will be some sort of special.

  4. Martha says:

    I doubt I’ll get around to doing any of the ‘fun’ things happening this weekend either. I’m not expecting to do much of anything after tomorrow. Plus I’m sort of sick and it looks like rain at the start of the race, good times, good times 😉

    I’m still waiting on money to be moved to my account so I can pay my taxes, if it’s not there by Monday I’ll have to put it on my credit card.

  5. Barb says:

    oh yeah Martha – good luck & have fun at that Sweetwater 50k.
    I know Sal & Marty are running it too (of course).

    We are planting the garden saturday, hopefully a bike ride, and then sunday is a skinny tire friendly Wheelhopper that starts out in Stone Mountain somewhere.

  6. Betsy says:

    oops. late to the party. HERE! Watch it and I’m sorry for the generic sounding subject title.

  7. Steve says:

    Better late than never.. very cute.


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