May 16 – Gratitude Day 14

Checking the mail is a small bright spot in my day. It is unclear why I enjoy it so much – Publisher’s Clearing House isn’t sending me a lot of checks. The daily haul is usually a few catalogs I can’t afford to look at and some bills I’d rather not pay. But I still like it.

Today I didn’t like it so much when I received a letter from the IRS saying that they didn’t receive ANY of the taxes I paid last year. They wanted me to send the entire amount by June 4.

Underemployment is NOT the time to get such a letter. 

Luckily, it turns out that the IRS is just hopelessly confused. Reassuring, right? They had applied ALL of my tax payments to my ex-husband’s taxes.  Because surely, when I sent them checks with my SSN on them, I meant to pay his taxes. I’m nice like that.

Today I am grateful for:

1) The fact that I do not, in fact, owe any additional taxes. The man I talked to said they would wave the fines since this was the first time I missed a payment. Um…thanks, but did you miss the part where I didn’t??

2) I rocked library inventory at the middle school today. They were impressed by my speed and grasp of the alphabet. Volunteer work is good for confidence.

3) Carry over from yesterday – my friend helped me figure out how I can learn Photoshop for significantly less than I originally thought.  Yay for learning.  Yay for cheapness.

4) Interview-ish conversation tomorrow with an agency I am interested in working with. Yay!

5) I believe I haven’t been grateful for my children in a few days. I HAVE been, but I haven’t mentioned it here.  So there, I did.

About Kristen

Me: Kristen, 40-something (there's no need to be more specific), suburban mom of 2, working girl, therapeutic writer Addictions: Iced Coffee, FOMO resulting in twitchy compulsion to check FB/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest in an unending loop, texting, hugging my children, yelling at my dog

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