Monday, September 17, 2012

My take on taxes

If u order a copy of the us tax code, you have to pay for 16845 pages. Who pays who doesn't pay state, federal, local....whatever. Democrats have some propaganda, republicans have some propaganda...blah blah blah.
There is one thing I know for sure - if the tax code were fair and just it would not be 16,845 pages. Keep it simple stupid. If you can't fit it in one page it is too complicated to be transparent and fair. That is true for every legal document I can think of.

There are lies, damn lies and statistics....right. So the politics in the US are ridiculous right now...there are no statesmen who actually care about integrity and honor..both sides care about spinning numbers and spewing propaganda trying to England people into some kind of nonsensical us vs them instead of Americans thoughtfully and respectfully discussing issues. I am pretty sure that Romney is not a Nazi....regardless of what Obama says. I am pretty sure Obama isn't a Muslim terrorist.

I am also pretty sure that any honest statesman who might be interested in serving our nation would never run for political office because it would make them sick. It makes me sick. Can I just vote for Ron Paul...at least he tells it like it is and wants some transparency!

An idea

I was trying to be still today and pray. I have had a lot on my mind and a whole lot in my life ...too much in my life for about as long as I can remember. I suspect that I may spread myself too thin in order to have an excuse for not mastering one thing. I was thinking about that. In fact, I was sure that was where my epiphany was going....cutting back, learning to relax...blah blah blah.

It went in a totally different direction. Well, maybe not totally! I am a goal directed person. I set goals, I make lists, I schedule things. I have many areas of my life where this strategy works....mainly anything related to school or work. We have been trying to follow the Dave Ramsey thing doing the same goal directed thing....only the goals I have been setting are the wrong kinds of goals! We have been writing monthly cash flow plans and financial blueprints....over and over. However, just when we start getting traction......we make the same old mistakes and screw up. That is because our goal isn't to have a super looking budget....our goal is to change our behavior. We are awesome at changing our money strategy...but not at changing our hearts. So in addition to money goals...I need a heart changing plan with achievable short term and long term goals that I can make a list and check items off of the list. So I ask myself...what can one do to facilitate a changed heart....ok yeah....duh....time in prayer. Dave Ramsey, himself, recommends proverbs. So I decided that I will make a list, a goal to read through one proverb day and really figure out what it means to me. I know that this super awesome owners manual for life will hold something new for me everyday.

While I was thinking about my turn the intangible heart changing goal into a something I can put on a list. I was scrolling through the most important things in my life to see if there was some way to extrapolate this idea to other areas. I came up with a doozy...one that I think might change my life in a very very real way. But I am still working on it!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The worst blogger

I have totally turned into the worst blogger...maybe it is because I am so busy.  I have a list of about 100 things I have to do...in addition I am on call right now and thankfully at home.  Tomorrow I am heading out for a week of locums.  UG...I so loathe every second I have to leave home to make extra money.  I am not exactly sure what my problem is that I can't just live within my means!
In addition, one of our monthly bills just jumped from the world of interest only to paying principle...which is good because it will get paid off faster...but sucks because it more than doubled.  One of our tenants is moving out which puts us back in a bind to get a new rentor for one of our houses we couldn't sell in Birmingham.  UG...did I mention UG.
I know I am grateful and blessed for the opportunity to work extra hours and make extra money...it is blessing not a curse.   That being said...I am getting old and tired!  I just want to chill with my peeps.

Peeps..what happening with them....oh big news...Benjamin is finally potty trained...yeah!!!!!! He had to stay home from school (4K) for one whole week and he decided he was going to be potty trained so he could go back to school....yeah!  He is as hilarious as ever.  I know this age doesn't last and that makes me just a little bit sad because there is nothing as sweet as my little Ben carrying around his yellow blanket and the 3 small cow stuffed animals Keith won for him out of the claw machine.

Zoe is rocking the good behavior at school.  She is having some difficulty with writing her name and really anything.  She just sits there and stares at the paper.  Then starts to cry.  She refuses to even try to write anything...very frustrating.  A little over a year ago we had an OT eval and they said she fell within the std deviation, but showed some issues with fine motor and I wonder if this is an expression of that.  Keith doesn't really think that is it so I am not going to obsess about whether or not we need to get a new OT eval.  Poor Keith doesn't need another appointment he is responsible for getting kids to! haha. 

Zeb is doing great in school - he has had a killer cold the last week.  Not much to report on Zebby.

Alex got her first report card.  Everyday after school we say...Alex do you have homework and she says...no I did it at school with Jimmy (her aid).  Somehow she is getting an A in math, but she is getting a 57% in Lang Arts and a 74% in Social studies...someone is about to do homework everyday whether they have it or not! haha.  There is a parent teacher conference in someone's near future. 

Lilianna has been super tired the last couple of days because I have been working nights and Keith has been letting her stay up and watch Harry Potter movies...bad dad! haha.  Lily's school this year has been totally rocking!  We have a workbox with folders for each subject, each day and Lily can pull them out and work on the assignments with minimal prodding.  There are several online assignments, a couple of workbooks and lots of reading.  We are totally rocking this year...I do believe we have our homeschool groove on ...finally!  I feel super organized and I think she is really enjoying the classes this year.  She even said that she thinks she is learning more this year because of the new way we are organizing it. 

Violet...what can I say....she won't sleep!  augh! just like every other child biologically related to me!  It will catch up to her when she is 40yo..that's all I can say.  She is in charge.  We put some tennis shoes on her today and let her walk around outside in the yard for a while...it was her first adventure walking outside.  She is a cutie and boy is her dad wrapped around her finger.  Unfortunately, Zeb gave her his cold and she is miserable tonight.  I really, really, really hate leaving Violet when I have to leave.  I figure one of these days my leaving will just break her heart and she won't love me anymore...I will come back and instead of giving me a super big smiley hug she will just kind of grunt at me and walk away. 

I am off to bed...I have to pack and drive about 10 hours tomorrow.  yipee.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

40yo

Today I turned 40...wow.  I had to work - I was on call.  Work has been kicking my butt lately..this week has sucked.  Violet has been keeping us up all night and all day...I feel about 100yo.

The kids were soooo excited that it was my birthday.  They worked on songs and dances to perform for me all day.  They colored me presents and crafted dolls out of papertowels, markers and rubberbands.  They are so sweet.  A little over the top with their energy level and excitement about the whole thing. 

The kids also helped Keith back and frost a 4 layer butter cake with chocolate frosting....yumm.  Zeb ate his ginormous 4 layer piece and said..."I don't like cake anymore...my stomach hurts"  it was kind of hilarious.  This was after he ate 3 hotdogs...he may blow up tonight!

I need a week of vacation to just sleep in and let Keith sleep in...he is more worn out than me...he is much older than me after all...hahahhahahha (one year!)

Life is good....and 40 is the new 30.

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