Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Oh, won't you stay just a little bit longer?

Okay, go ahead - pelt me with your snowballs. I know most of you are pining for spring, but I'm going to say it anyway: I love winter!

Today's brilliant blue sky and fresh snow!
Thanks to all of the snow, this bunker now has one large room and two antechambers. Cool, eh? Even the cat likes it!

The hill in the backyard is prepped for more sledding,

More snow means more snow angels.... 

...and creative alternatives to snowboarding.

So, I say, let it snow! (Okay...just not in May.)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Do the taxes or wash the dishes?

My newly organized office space.

Aaaaahhh...that time of year.  

There really is a yucky scale - a This-task-is-unpleasant-but-not-as-unpleasant-as-that-task kind of scale. I’m talking taxes and housecleaning.

If I could afford it, I’d hire a housekeeper. But since it’s tax time, cleaning seems to land just above taxes on the Scale of Stuff I Don’t Like To Do, But Hey, It’s Gotta Get Done.

A friend texted me the other day. “I’m going to work on financials today. I have to fold the laundry. I think I’ll fold the laundry first.” Then later, “I think I’m going to organize my daughter’s bedroom.”

Yes, preparing taxes can cause trepidation, anxiety, fear and suddenly those undesirable tasks left unattended day after day, week after week, suddenly seem urgent and of utmost importance.  The upside to this form of procrastination: your house gets cleaner and the dog gets a bath, the downside – you still have to get your taxes done.

But just think: Once you get that darn paperwork out of the way, the sun will shine brighter and the flowers will peek through the snow just for YOU! Okay, maybe not, but you’ll feel a lot better and you can get back to the usual order of business of neglecting the plants and ignoring the dust bunnies.

Happy Tax Preparation!