Sunday, January 30, 2005

Whoops, did I forget to do that?

Here I am, trying to start my tax paperwork so that I can get my refund ASAP. I find that Turbo Tax is very helpful. You can do it all on line; then say "nah, I don't feel like paying for this", delete it, and you can take to someone else to screw it up for you instead. Truly though, it is helpful. It gives you prompts to remind you of all those deductions that you may not realize you can take.

For me, it was the yearly car registration. Of course, this also prompted me to check to see if I had renewed the cars yet (Feb 1 is the expiration date). So here I am, sifting through mounds of papers, saved through out the year in the hopes that some piece will be my saving grace, my refund magic.

Instead, I found the registration forms, neatly filed away unpaid. Whoops. I remembered receiving them, but I could have sworn I paid for them already. Although that would explain why I haven't received my new registration stickers. Luckily, they have online access for us forgetful folks. They don't do it out of the goodness of their hearts; mind you, there is an additional fee involved (actually 2 different fees). At least it is done. Let's just hope it goes through in time.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005


Have you ever had a secret that you were just dying to tell, but couldn't? That's me. Right now, I am planning something that will completely surprise my man. I'd love to tell you what it is, but he sometimes reads this. It's very involved and will take months to achieve. All I'll say is that everyone but him is in on the surprise.

I feel better telling at least that much.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Secrets of the sink

I live in a new home, just under a year old. One of the benefits of a newly built home is that it is covered by a warranty, and everything is free to be fixed, you just have to call it in. Of course, after the year is up, you are pretty much on your own. So, I went through the house recently and listed every possible thing that I could think of and called Dave, our home repair guy.

The first thing on our list - the guest room sink. It's my son's bathroom and has been leaking for sometime, unbeknownst to me. I had noticed that the toilet paper he used often had a funny color to it, but I honestly thought that it was due to poor aim by him. I don't use the bathroom, so I let it go without investigation. Come to find out, the sink gushed water everytime he put the faucet on high. We store the extra rolls under the sink and they had been dripped on and then leached the color from the woodwork.

The plumbers came out to fix the sink. They decide I needed a new one, and had to take out the old one. I'm in the other room, reading a book, enjoying the first day back to school after break. I hear "Ma'am, could you look at this please? This is a child's bathroom isn't it?" My head races to try to figure out what could be down that drain to make him ask me this. I look over his shoulder, seeing just the pipe with water in it.

"What, what is it, I don't see anything"
"Ma'am, why is this water black?"
"I guess it is, isn't it."

Think, think, think. What has gone down this drain, what could have possible made it black? Then it hits me. My dear son had been painting a few days back and had decided to make a finger painting. It's just the paint washed down the drain. Whew, nothing dangerous. Once I told the plumber, he seemed to visibly relax. I can't help but wonder what he thought it could be.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Join Lightspeed panel

If you notice at the bottom of my blog, there is banner to join lightspeed. I highly recommend this site, since you get to give opinions on a variety of subjects, which gives you points which you then redeem for cash.

Giving my two cents and getting paid for that, well I love it. Plus, they don't sell your info to anyone else. Another positive - when you request you money, it comes within a week (at least the US affiliate does, I'm not sure about the other countries). Yes, it is available to you my worldwide friends!

Monday, January 03, 2005

How to contact any company

For those of you who have ever had trouble with a company or product, but didn't know where to write/call/threaten go to
to find the address/phone number.

Corporate America beware: I've got your number and I'm not afraid to use it!