Not To Be Trusted With Knives











{January 10, 2009}   Random Stuff
  • I’m only blog 3 postings away from 1000!  And as soon as I hit “publish” on this one, I’ll be only 2 postings away!
  • I now have a cleaning person!  Based on a recommendation from Nancy, I have a cleaning person who comes to my apartment and scrubs my kitchen and bathroom and leaves my place all shiny and fresh smelling. I think my life may be officially complete.
  • I’m going to get an accountant to do my taxes this year. My tax situation has now officially crossed the line of “too complicated for me to do in my sleep”1 and so I think it’s time for professional help.
  • If you are a Vancity member, be sure to check out the Vote Action website to learn more about the Action Slate candidates for Vancity Board of Directors. And if you aren’t a Vancity member, you should become one because Vancity is a wicked good credit union. And then tell them that I told you to be a member, because then they will give me money.
  • And finally, a question for you: My parents gave me $200 for Christmas – what should I spend it on? I usually just put birthday and/or Christmas money into my regular account with the idea I’ll get myself something nice and then I don’t and I just end up spending it on groceries or rent. And I’m pretty sure my parents want me to get myself something nice, not groceries. But I can’t decide what to get – any ideas?

1My tax years up until 2006 were “I’m a student. I make very, very little money. I pay huge  tuition fees –> You pay no taxes!” 2007 was my first non-student year, but I was able to handle my tax return via Quicken. 2008, however, I got all uppity with my working multiple jobs plus consulting and it makes my head hurt to even think about it.

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shihtzustaff says:

Or you could be a rebel and not file for several years. It is kind of like adding a little brinksmanship to your life.



Kalev says:

You should buy something nice for me… because that’s obviously what your parents’ intended! 😛



Kalev says:

(Don’t ask me where that apostrophe came from… I hang my head in shame!)



Beth says:

And I was so totally going to spend my Christmas money on you until I saw that apostrophe. My parents don’t stand for typographical errors.



Kalev says:

Ha ha ha… you’re a total whackadoo!



Stacia says:

You got $200 and you don’t know what to spend it on!!! Boots, woman! Really nice boots.



Rebecca says:

Oooh! I second Stacia’s suggestion!



Kalev says:

NO. MORE. FOOTWEAR!



jennerosity says:

Have you started a tax-free savings account yet? That $200 could get put in there and be used as a savings plan for vacations. Or more boots are good too 😉



Beth says:

I started one of those ING Direct early tax-free savings accounts (the one where they paid you double the interest for Oct-Dec 2008 to pay your taxes and then it rolled over to a real tax-free savings account on Jan 1). So I’ve already maxed out my TFSA. Plus, I want to spend it on something and not just stick in the bank like I always do. I may just have to keep my eye out for some nice boots.



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