On Friday, we hung out with my friend R and her daughter K, who will be 3 in June. For much of the visit, K would jab a finger in the direction of Anjali and ask "Is THAT your baby?" I was tempted to reply "What baby? I don't see no baby!", but I suspected that R would not appreciate me messing with her kid's head, so I resisted.
The weekend was good - I got quite a few things done and even began our taxes. The situation is interesting - Little Income with Many Deductions equals Big Refund. Who knew? Furthermore, if there was ever a year to have a baby, 2007 was THE year. Normally, I would be dismayed with such a Big Refund, but since last year was an odd year, I could not have planned for it. I really prefer to pay or receive $500. I loathe Big Refunds - lending the government our money interest-free is not my thing at all. It blows my mind when folks purposely set up their W4 to ensure a Big Refund. Hello! Pay yourself that money and earn some interest!!
The Super Bowl was good, but mostly in that Average Jane and Surrender Dorothy descended upon my house like a pack of rabid locusts. The game was meh and the commercials were boring. But there was wine and food, which always seems to make a situation brighter, no? Jane brought her pomegranate salsa and Oh.My.Lord. It was so good - it is indescribable. Was it the mandarin oranges? The fresh cilantro? The pomegranate seeds? The sprinkling of crack cocaine dust? Get thyself directly over to her site and copy the recipe. You need it. Trust me on this.
The other day reminded me of something I have been meaning to post. It is my Organization Tip #437829 and it is one by which I absolutely swear:
I used to have a complicated system for filing bills and receipts. Now? After bills are paid, I staple them all together - every few months, I shred the earlier months. No biggie. Receipts? A little more stressful because I am a complete bitch when it comes to dissatisfaction with products. If it breaks or does not deliver as promised, I want my money back. My solution for keeping receipts is simple and it works quite well - I have been doing this for nearly 4 years now. About once a week or so, I empty my wallet of receipts and simply put them in the letter holder thingie you see above. This keeps them in a general chronological order. Every so often, I pull out the oldest receipts and shred them. It takes less than 5 minutes. To find a receipt generally takes less than 5 minutes. Easy to maintain and I feel good knowing that if I ever need a receipt it is there.