Well, I took a look at the online account stuff, and I can see that the US Treasury has deposited the check that I sent to pay my federal taxes. That confirms a few different relief-inducing things:
- I put the returns in the correct envelopes (I thought I did, but you know how you always obsess about these things).
- The federal return actually arrived (I already got notification about the Alabama return through Registered Mail tracking).
- The return I actually owed money on has been received.
Half a week later… and if anything, the extremes of my feelings are worse instead of better. If given the chance, I’m not sure whether I’d throttle her or thank her. There’s not much room for anything in between right now. Either way, I’m pretty sure I’d be bawling while doing it.
I know she wasn’t happy, though. I hope she finds happiness. That’s the honest truth.
I said that I didn’t know which, but I do want to say “thank you” for the best 14+ years of my life (so far).
Now that I have some time, I figure I should let everyone know that I was rear-ended this morning. Me and the other driver were both unhurt. No one else was in our cars, and our two cars were the only ones involved. Honestly, it was very minor. What the other driver gave as his description matched mine.
I had a realization while I was driving to work this morning…one of those points where you experience something and think, “This is going to be important later. I need to mark it.” Since this web log is my place for recording stuff like that, you (my 5 readers) are about to get an “earful”.
Continue reading Marking the point in time
I figured it was a good idea to post about this for a couple of reasons. One is that my web log tends to serve as a set of “reference points” for my memory: a way to anchor events to definite times for when I go back and see them later. Like I’ve said before, I realize that this web log is mostly for me. However, I do know that a few other people keep an eye on it, and when a positive event happens in my life, it’s nice to share it with those people (especially right now when positive things are fairly rare in my life). Anyway, the “positive event” is that I’ve realized I’m in a good mood this morning. That’s all. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but I bet there are at least 3 or 4 people out there who will cheer when they see this.
The following started as an email reply to a good friend who offered the sincere belief that time spent around friendly people I know at an activity I used to participate in would be a “cure” for depression. The more I wrote, the more I realized it should probably be shared with anyone I know who cares to read it. So, here goes…
Continue reading My search for solace
added July 4, 2014: I noticed that this never got published. I’m not sure why not, but my first guess is that I was still working on it a bit at a time. Well, even without the wreck, I wouldn’t be able to remember the emotional details that I was shooting for. So, I’m just going to come up with an approximate date and go ahead and publish it. –Jeff
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I’ve been trying to figure out how to write about my recent awesome vacation to San Francisco. I realized that if I concentrated on what I did, it would sound like an elementary school report. Instead, I’m going to give a shot at talking about how I felt about some of the things I did and saw. If nothing else, it will be more original. 🙂
Continue reading San Francisco Vacation Musings
Just over 2 years ago, I posted here about an old friend I had gotten back in touch with after many years. This last week while I was on vacation Amy helped me get a picture that’s about 18 years in the making:
The long chat outside the Ferry Building was so worth the sunburn. 🙂
I’ll begin this with the short story about a really good start. From last October to this past Thursday, I’ve lost a total of 23 pounds. That marked the completion of my first intermediate goal: losing 10% of my starting weight. The picture really says it:
Continue reading A Gradual Victory
Quick note: this post is really part 2 of a multi-part post about my experience in the Huntsville Master Chorale. If you haven’t read the first post, go do it now. 🙂
So, I left off at just about the point that I was beginning to believe that I could handle this new music by the time the concert came around.
Continue reading What Solo?!?