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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 07:26 am
The only thing less thrilling than Tax Day is having a dentist appointment on Tax Day.

I managed to finish e-filing on the afternoon of the 14th, after several days spent checking all the numbers TaxACT spit out, because on the first run it over-reported my state income by about $90,000 thanks to a glitch in how it transferred the information from my federal form 8949. OH OKAY THANKS.

When all was said and done, I owed less overall than I did last year, which was a relief, but with more state and less federal. When I went to authorize a direct debit from the state, the instructions said, "at least three days from the filing date, but no later than 4/15." So I put in 4/15, and it yelled at me about it not being three days out and wouldn't let me proceed until I changed it to 4/17. If the state comes after me for a late penalty, I will tell them to collect it from the TaxACT people.

At least they notified me that my state return was accepted. I didn't even get that satisfaction last year. Sheesh.

So after I got my teeth cleaned and ran a few errands, I came home to find Robby had completely dismantled the upstairs office so he could move things around, and I had a panic attack, because moving my stuff around without discussing it with me first is NOT OK. I like how the shelves are arranged now that he's done, but in the aftermath, it's even more egregious how much crap I have piled up there that I need to get rid of. I spent most of the evening boxing up the kids' outgrown clothes, which is NOT how I'd planned to spend my time.

Other things I need to do with the rest of my week include making uncomfortable phone calls, hemming my Easter outfit, and reading the comic books Mack lent me a few months ago. Hopefully next week will be less stressful. In the meantime, at least I have a Nickel Creek concert to look forward to tonight.
Monday, April 14th, 2014 08:13 pm
So I'm mainlining Big Bang Theory both in an effort to catch up and to inspire the epic Penny/Amy fic I need to write for a big bang. Nothing for the big bang idea, however, I do have two new poly ideas for Penny/Amy/Sheldon where the Sheldon/Penny side is purely platonic/buddies, the Sheldon/Amy is asexual/intelectual/emotion, and the Amy/Penny is emotional/sexual. Granted, this is my ideal OTP for the fandom, so yay for that.
Thursday, April 10th, 2014 12:25 am
It's an airlock!

yes, I am pathetic.
Monday, April 7th, 2014 04:30 pm
Saturday was the Spring Fling festival at Connor's school. This was our fourth year attending, and we more or less have it down to a science now - Will spends about an hour playing games and then sits down to read a book while waiting for Connor to ride his favorite ride umpteen times in a row. Since Connor was too tall this year to ride the kiddie coaster, he spent most of his time in the ferris wheel. Also, for the second time this year, I won a silent auction basket - this time it was Godiva chocolate products, which I plan to share with friends.

We were able to get Connor to leave the festival relatively early in the afternoon because he'd been invited to a classmate's birthday party at Pump It Up, the local inflatable party place. We've been there several times, but for this party they switched over to blacklights and gave everyone glow necklaces, so that was interesting. Then we took the kids to my mom's house so that Robby and I could go to the symphony, where Jennifer Koh and her mentor were playing the Bach Concerto for Two Violins and also a modern piece that was commissioned for them. So that was excellent.

After church on Sunday, I braved the rain to drive downtown for a concert by the Georgia Tech Chamber Choir, who were singing Monteverdi's Vespers. It was lovely, but a bit long with no intermission, and I admit I dozed off a couple of times. After that, I browsed at Barnes & Noble for a while, then met H&P for dinner and a movie. We saw Winter Soldier in IMAX, which was pretty awesome.

The rain continued overnight, and we woke up to news of widespread flooding which delayed the start of school by a couple of hours. So that was officially about as much excitement as I could stand. The weather has it in for us this year. On the bright side, all the rain has cleared out the oak pollen, which had been aggravating Connor's allergies something fierce. We're scheduled to check in with his allergist tomorrow.
Sunday, April 6th, 2014 02:58 pm
Hyperbole and a Half: Trophy of Adulthood

I have definitely achieved my trophy today. And yesterday. And the day before, too. In fact, I'm doing pretty well this week overall.
Friday, April 4th, 2014 03:16 pm
Will came home from GRC on Tuesday talking about a game called Alchemy that he wanted to download on the iPad. It's a cute premise: you're given the four basic elements and try combining them in different ways to create new items. There are something like 400 possible creations, and he's found about half of them so far.

I immediately thought about creating a database app for keeping track of what combinations had been tried and what could be done with different elements. So I put one together with a few hours of work on Wednesday and Thursday. Will loves it, and I was excited to show him the kinds of things it was possible to create when you can write your own software.

Of course, now that I do a web search for "Zed's Alchemy" I discover several other web sites that have already done all the work for us, but the fun is in the discovery. I laughed out loud for several minutes when I discovered that combining "life" with "mushroom" gave me a 1UP mushroom. Some of the combinations are very whimsical, but that's part of the charm.
Friday, April 4th, 2014 08:55 pm
and also I'm suddenly interested in BPAL.

These two things have nothing to do with one another (by which I mean at this moment in time they have everything)