It’s been nearly a month since I last wrote! Here is what’s up.
We’ll get a net tax refund this year. I’ve really struggle to estimate our tax bill this year (apparently). I assumed T’s paycheck would be posted in 2014, but later realized it would be the first few days of January. I only considered the fact that we wouldn’t get the 401k contribution, but forgot that we also wouldn’t have the associated income. At any rate, we have most of our infos in Turbotax, so I’m pretty sure this time. I think. That frees up the $3k I had set aside to pay our taxes, as well as whatever refund we get. We’ll owe to California (as always) and we’ll have a federal refund that will cover it.
We’re getting a puppy! I had some buffer in our budget, and we decided now is the time to add a new family member. This likely will impact our vacation plans. I knew I was serious about a puppy when I realized I was willing to delay/forgo an intended vacation in order to accommodate a puppy into our life. 🙂
(It is coming from a very reputable breeder, and no, I’m not accepting opinions on why we should rescue. We are absolutely NOT supporting a puppy mill or a breeder whose puppies end up in rescue.)
Drainage work is supposedly starting next week, but the date isn’t confirmed yet. It is the most recent project in our series of home maintenance projects that the average person would never see (furnace, bathroom fans, and now drainage). Can’t wait to do the roof in a few years! (<— sarcasm)
We’ve made no other real progress on the house. We haven’t been home many weekends so far, but I’m hoping to get some minor things (hedges, picture hanging) done this weekend. We still haven’t even got a desk.
New job is great! I mean, I’m still new and figuring out the work. But I like the people a lot, the project will be interesting, the commute is amazing, the hours are reasonable, and I really have no complaints. And…. Dubai next week – woo hoo!
Reasons you were not promoted totally not related to gender. Related: I was asked last week if this was “my first big job”. I tried really hard not to roll my eyes. At least I wasn’t mistaken for an intern or student. Gah.
You must watch this. Apparently there is some back story about the dancer being a rebel that is also perhaps interesting, but I only cared about watching the dancing.