My Week: Doin’ the Unsavory Deed

Sunday started as Sundays usually do. I shot myself in the leg. I didn’t even try to get the last bit of B-12 out of the vial. It had been touch and go the Sunday before and I didn’t want to try it again and not be successful. So…I used the new vial that only had one dose gone out of it. Something else that was different—I didn’t hit a vein. I was still carrying the evidence of doing that and I didn’t want to have a matching set.

DD called and we had a good visit. She and merm were going to an open house later that afternoon so we didn’t talk terribly long. I haven’t heard whether they liked the house or not. It’s closer to merm’s work which would be the main reason for the move.

I’m back, full swing, into walking. However, I got to thinking about my neighbor’s leaving for a job in Florida on Wednesday so, on Tuesday evening, I chose to make Super Duper Gut Bombs to share with her rather than get the rest of my 10k in. Almost at dark, I surprised her with four of the Bombs to take on the trip.

Monday, I’d called the bank about my 1098 for 2011 and it was in the mailbox on Wednesday. That was the last of the documentation I needed for doin’ the unsavory deed—filing my income tax. I’d bought a little folder thingy on my last trip to Wally World so I had everything filed in it that I’d need. Getting all my paperwork out, I started TaxACT downloading. I could do it online with TaxACT but I prefer having the program on my computer. When the download completed, I installed it and got busy.

I arranged my papers in the order I thought I’d need them and I was pretty much right. I filled in the required fields and then got down to the nitty-gritty. After getting everything where it was supposed to be, I went back through a couple of times just to make sure I’d gotten all my numbers right. Looked good. Then I ran the alerts. OOPS! Forgot something! I took care of that and it increased my refund considerably. If it hadn’t been for TaxACT, I would have been out that money. Printing off the forms, I went over them once again for good measure. Everything checked out. I took a deep breath and clicked on E-file. A few steps later and I got my confirmation that my return had been sent to the IRS. All done for another year.

This is, no doubt, the last year I’ll get a refund. Or have to pay like I did in 2011. That’s if I don’t have to get a job as a Walmart greeter. Then I’m sure I’d make so much I might have to float a loan just to pay the excess.

Let’s change the subject. There were a few (very few) days when I could get out in the sun. It’s been so unseasonably warm it’s sorta scary. I like it that I’m not having to use as much electricity as I did last year but I’m still in the learning phase of living on a strict budget. I don’t know yet what it might do to my bank account in the long run. This is a case of “time will tell”.

One of my friends from church (not to be confused with the Church Lady) called me from the university market one day to see if I needed anything. That was SO NICE! There were a couple of things I asked her to pick up for me. She brought them to me at church this morning.

Speaking of church, it felt a little cooler than usual but it may have been because I had short sleeves under my jacket. I lived through it, anyway.

I’m not sure what the subject was this morning because the speaker spoke very softly and not always into the microphone. He was a pleasant sort with a nice smile, anyway. One of these days, I may have to break down and get me a hearing aid. Would that be deductible as a medical expense?

There was one piece of unsettling news during the announcements. The main topic at the business meeting tomorrow morning will be the closing of the church school. Next year, there would be only three students and that’s less than the minimum required to keep the school open. I’ve supported the school financially over the years but I’m afraid I can’t supply them with students. I hate to see it go away. There’s been a school since before DD started second grade. That was a long time ago.

Well, I’ll have to be at the business meeting by 9:30 (8:30 there) so that means I’ll have to get up earlier than I did this morning. I had set the alarm last night but I guess I must’ve slept through it—if it went off. Twinkle will start her serenade if she hears the alarm so it may well be it malfunctioned. Who knows?

I just looked up the ad for the Pig and there are navel oranges 8 lubs for $3.99. That should make the trip worthwhile. I haven’t seen Genese for a long time, too, so I just may have to go bug her. We’ll see…I’ve been on a roll winning at Wordscraper so I maybe I should look out for an attack.

6 Responses to My Week: Doin’ the Unsavory Deed

  1. Genese February 19, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    “… I may have to break down and get me a hearing aid. Would that be deductible as a medical expense?”

    Short answer — yes. But.. (yes there’s a ‘but’) Medical expenses are deductible if they are in excess of 7.5% of adjusted gross income. That excess is then added to all other deductions. The total is deductible if it exceeds the standard deduction allowed.

    I miss tax season. I’ve actually done a return for a friend this year. I think after 26 years, it’s in my blood.

    I’ve missed you bugging me, too.

    • Tommie February 19, 2012 at 6:47 am #

      I don’t guess it makes much difference, anyway, since I wouldn’t have paid in anything.

      You can have your tax returns! My sister trained to do them but I’ll combat Alzheimer’s with Wordscraper, thank you.

      Should I bring some paperclips?

  2. Natasha February 23, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    I would like to know:

    1. What kind of B-12 you use and where you buy it/

    2. I understand you had problems with hair thinning. How did you solve this one.

    Thank you in advance.

    • Tommie February 23, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

      I get a 30 dose vial of cyanocobalamin injectable from the pharmacy. My doctor prescribes it. The syringes can be bought OTC.

      My hair has always been thin and baby fine. It may be a tad thicker since I’ve been injecting B-12. I really can’t tell, though.

  3. Natasha February 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    Thank you. I heard that the cyanocobalamin has some toxicity but you seem to be doing fine on it.

    • Tommie February 24, 2012 at 8:07 am #

      Methyl is preferable to cyano but methyl isn’t stable. The body has to convert cyano to methyl before it can be used. I was taking sublingual methylcobalamin but it didn’t bring my levels up the way injections do.

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