March 19th, 2002


Only Tuesday

I feel tired enough for it to be the end of the week. I think those Monday night rehearsals take a lot out of me, on top of the ambitious (for me) hikes over the weekend.

Today I want to get a smog check so I will be ready to complete my registration - online!! love it!! Too bad I can't do the smog check online. And I have Mary's taxes to do. Then a FIRM video and that's enough.

how to justify spending

Here's a good one. I know that this week I will have to drop about $400 taking care of my body and mind. Podiatrist, therapist, dentist. So I have been thinking, if I have to spend that I may hesitate longer about buying a new camera, which I very very much want. It is better that I buy the camera NOW and worry about the cost later...good one, yes?

I did half a loaf. I actually want two cameras: one decent digital and one small pocket camera with good features. I have been investigating and feeling the digitals and the little guys and today I threw down my debit card for one of the pocket cameras. Not too cheap but I am going to love it love it on my hikes especially but also when I am visiting my children. The last little camera I had was very restricted, limited, and irritated me a lot. This one promises to be a little bit of heaven.

I usually look at buying special things in terms of "how long the high will last". I say, "This new dress is worth about a week" or "this video camera is probably good for a few months at least". I suspect this camera is good for six months or more. That is, I will experience that high whenever I use it for quite a while, and even after the initial period there will still be some warm and fuzzy stuff when I pull it out. That's my guess. Worth the money, in those terms.
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I am preparing Mary's taxes. I need more information about how much child care cost her and the name and ID of the child care provider. I don't know much about the student aid she got and need to enter that somewhere. It gets messy even when it is such a simple return. Annoying. I also am perplexed. The employer who paid Mary the greatest amount of money, over $10,000, did not withhold any federal taxes. I wonder why. I wonder if she claimed two exemptions or something.

Mary has gotten out of the habit of checking email and that is making me crazy too.