Dealing with the Burdens of Life...


~Accept that some days your the pigeon, and some days your the statue.


~Always keep your words soft & sweet, in case you have to eat them.


~Always read stuff that will make you look good in case you die in the middle of it.


~Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.

~If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

~If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

~It may be that your sole purpose in life is to simply serve as a warning to others.

~Never buy a car you can't push.

~Never put both your feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

~Since it's the early bird that gets the worm, sleep late.

~The second mouse gets the cheese.

~When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

~Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

~You may one be one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

~Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

~We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty, and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, yet they all live together in the same box.

~A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Ohh...Taxes!

Yes, it's after 3am and I am still up. Why is that? Because I decided that I wanted to start working on my taxes and hopefully get them filed asap. I am planning to use Turbo Tax this year because so many have stated how well it works. You see, in previous years I have always used H & R Block's online software, and it seemed to work just fine, well at least that's what I thought.

So anyhow, I can't find my printed copy from last year, so I log in to the H & R Block site to access my return there. Now, I guess I'm not one to pay a great deal of attention to everything, including my tax return. I assumed that the information I put in there, for example my dependents, would just be where they were intended to be. Well apparently not, because as I was looking over my return I realized that the only child listed as a dependent was my youngest, Alyssa. The other two aren't even anywhere on my taxes, nowhere.

Now I think that I need to file an amended return, especially since it probably would benefit me in terms of the earned income credit and maybe even the child tax credit, that would have been incorrect beings that I have 3 kids not 1. But I don't even know if an issue like that is cause for an amended return or not? And I am not paying $20 to H & R Block just so I can ask one of their tax advisers. Maybe you know? If so, please share.

You know it's stuff like this that really gives me a headache. Just a bit more work and another thing that is piled on to my must-do list. That and the fact that I really need to set up a system of keeping all my receipts and what not organized for tax time. Being a home business owner we can write off every expense pretty much that pertains to our business, as well as some home related costs as well. You have to keep all of your receipts and such to do so, and I have the majority of it, but it's all just kind of thrown together and it has to be itemized pertaining to the category it falls in.

So that's why I am up at 3:30am...and hopefully will be heading off to bed in just a few.

The Britney Spears Drama...

You'd have to be blind not to see all the headlines in regards to Britney Spears. It's terrible. I could care less about what new issue she is facing, but this morning as I was online, I came across the most recent happenings, in that Britney was taken to the hospital. I'm not sure why I even clicked on the link to the video, but either way, I did and what I saw was a bit disturbing. I mean as the ambulance was trying to leave, Britney in tow, there were so many reporters and photographers surrounding them trying to get that first good picture of Britney's meltdown. They would be right in front of the slowly moving ambulance as it etched forward, almost to the point of running them over. Good thing it wasn't a true emergency in that they needed to rush anywhere.

Like I said, I could care less about what is going on in her personal life. But in that same regard, I think it's terrible the way that she is constantly in the face of the public. There is absolutely no privacy, ever. Every single time she attempts to go anywhere, she is completely surrounded by photographers. I can't imagine living life that way. And to add to the trouble, imagine going through your very own personal crisis, and having each and every detail picked apart and spread throughout the world. How could anyone possibly get better with all of that to deal with?

She may not make the best choices, and yes she does need some help. But for goodness sake, give her the peace to do so. We all make our own mistakes, the only difference is that ours are not broadcast for everyone to see. We can put them behind us, but with Britney, it seems to be a never ending, constant reminder of everything that she does wrong.

I'm not completely sure that I wouldn't behave in the same manner if I was in her shoes? Well maybe not the exact same, but I would have gone nutso a long time ago I'm sure.

I have no excuse...

As you can see, it has been a while since I last posted here, actually since before Christmas even. So for a real brief update, all has gone well. Christmas day was actually really nice. We usually travel out of town to any number of family gatherings, of which I would prefer not too. And this year, we simply stayed home and enjoyed the day. The kids opened presents, my mom and her husband came over, as well as the children's father. So everyone was here with them, I think they liked all the attention. It was funny though...they took their time opening all of their gifts. Usually they would rip them open one after the other, without giving much thought to what they got until they were completely finished with all the un-wrapping, but this year it was as if everyone was calm and there were no time restraints, so it would happen when it happened. That was nice.

I got a new microwave from Junior. I guess he thought my old one, of which I had for the last 10 years, was finally done serving it's purpose. So that was unexpected but appreciated.

As for New Years Celebrations, again it was rather uneventful. I am not the type of person who cares too much for big crowds and the bar scene. We stayed in, watched the ball drop on tv, and just hung out. Oh, and I did drink a bit all by my lonesome, but that's okay to do every now and then. New Years is a time that I love and hate all at the same time. I love the new beginnings, yet I often spend at least a little bit of time looking back with regrets.

But here we are...it's 2008. I'm not one big on New Year's resolutions, but I do have my own little plan or idea set in place. I have decided to simply do a little bit each day to better myself and our current situation. Whether that be to adjust my schedule so that I post more frequently here, as well as on my other blog. Or that I do a little something just for me every now and then. Whatever it is, I am working toward making life a little bit better each day.