It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like 1 Thing

Thursdays are a great day to do that 1 thing you need to do but don’t want to do but need to do. 

I didn’t call the IRS last week. I didn’t call the IRS this week. I just realized I could theoretically call the IRS right this second and did a full body shudder at that. Instead what I’m going to do is I’m going to look in my email and find the name of an accountant that a friend sent to me, oh, EONS AGO, and I’m going to email that accountant and I’m going to say: Can you help me re-do my taxes and also can I pay you a few hundred dollars to make it so that I no longer owe the government a few thousand dollars? Hold please I’m doing this right now.

Ugh, I only have his phone number that should be illegal.

Okay I just called him and left a message. I had a coughing fit while leaving him the message. Do you think that makes him more or less likely to call me back?


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Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

As usual, multiple one things:

My work one thing is to finish a write-up I am working on.

My home one thing is to reorganize my important documents file and pull out my old passport photocopies so that I can use them when I apply for a new one.

My personal one thing is to remind my SSO to figure out his family’s Christmas plans so we can finalize ours. Ugh. The holidays stress me out so, so very much.

aetataureate (#1,310)

It does make you like Miranda in the one where she calls Steve to ask him on a date and coughs instead. “…Oh, it’s Miranda? [BEEP]”

PicNic (#3,760)

my one thing will probably happen this weekend – I need to find the letter from my doctor that says my vitamin D is low and tells me which vitamin to get (they come in like 1,000, 4,000, and I seem to remember her saying she wants some patients to take 10,000. I have no idea).

My other kind of important has-to-happen this weekend thing is to find the little card with my bank number information from the new account I just opened with the credit union at my job so I can set up the split direct deposit on Monday for next Friday’s paycheck.

I don’t know why I keep losing everything. I’m starting to worry these 2 things are Lost Forever but I really hope not.

CL (#3,590)

@PicNic uh, wouldn’t the direct deposit info be easily found online? all you should need is your bank account number and the bank’s routing number…

PicNic (#3,760)

@CL oh no no – I know how to do the direct deposit on the work/paycheck side of things.

I wen to the credit union and opened the account and they were like “hey, this is your account number on this little piece of paper. now go online and officially register your new account” and then I was like yeah I’ll do that laaaater… and then I lost the card. and spilled a bottle of water on the pamphlet with the instructions. If I can’t find it over the weekend I’ll have to just go back to the credit union and say “hey, this is my SSN. I started to open an acct with you, and you have $10 from me. but now I don’t know what’s happening.”

themegnapkin (#444)

I FINALLY called a plumber to check out my drain that’s been clogged for ages. And I’m about to call the pharmacy about a prescription.

echolikebells (#3,272)

My one thing is just to try to reserve as much of my energy as possible so I can make it through this weekend. It’s gala weekend at my NPO and the past month has been draining in a way that gets worse every day. We’re finally in the home stretch and now I just need to make it to Sunday. Then it will be over!!!!

echolikebells (#3,272)

@echolikebells OH, my other one thing, that I’m going to go do RIGHT NOW: email a professor who wrote a recommendation for me two years ago and try to make enough of a reconnection that they’ll write for me again. I’ve been terrible about keeping in touch and so I’ve been avoiding doing this for three weeks but I need at least one former professor to write a rec for my grad school applications.

SO. That’s a thing I’m going to do.

(Please provide advice, I’m scared.)

bgprincipessa (#699)

@echolikebells oh god, that second thing is terrifying.

amglory89 (#3,588)

@echolikebells having recently been in the same position, my advice is to go in person if you can. Profs are more likely to remember a face than a name and if they wrote one in the past for you, they are likely to do so again

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@echolikebells Provide prof with resume/CV and a little “here’s what I’ve been up to!” blurb. She/he probably will dust off the rec she/he wrote two years ago for you, add in a few sentences about how you’re succeeding at life and call it a done deal. All the profs I worked with in my previous job kept files going back years with the recs they’d written, and it was not unusual for them to hear from students years out.

Tl;dr : don’t be scurd, just get in touch!

Stina (#686)

@echolikebells amglory89 and LookUponMyWorks are both correct. Profs get plenty of requests from students for recommendations and many times on a lot flimsier basis than “has written letter before for them”.

echolikebells (#3,272)

@Stina @amglory89 @LookUponMyWorks You are all wonderful. I wanted to connect with her in person, but she is researching abroad this semester and won’t return before the deadline. That being said, I tried to give her a couple of identifiers to help remember me, the here’s what I’ve been up to blurb, and attached my resume. I’m still feeling very nervous! But we had a very good working relationship when I was a student in the department, so hopefully all goes well.

Now to figure out whether I’d rather connect with an old work supervisor or repeat this process with another professor for my third letter (current boss is writing one, thankfully). Who knew this would be the hardest and scariest part in the admissions process when returning to school with a gap between grad school and undergrad???

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@echolikebells Go you!

Can a work-mate not submit a rec for you?

planforamiracle (#4,034)

ughhh I feel too busy this week to do one thing; I can barely manage laundry and feeding myself and sleeping.
My one thing then, is to brainstorm some sentences about my current job, for my resume. My performance review is also coming up so I will also think/write a bit about what I want to be doing in my job.

annpan (#3,219)

I called the bank to change my contact information (ugh) and scheduled a dentist appointment that was approximately 2 years overdue! It felt horrible while I was doing it, then wonderful when it was over, but now I feel rather empty: what does one do when the perennial items at the top of my to-do list have been crossed-off?? Will my procrastination tactics even feel good now that there’s not a horrible alternative (i.e. two phone calls that took 3 minutes each) that I’m avoiding???? AHH

Allison (#4,509)

I should probably email my friends and go “so…Thanksgiving?” on the off chance any of them are going home for the holiday instead of staying. And so we can divide up dishes.

joyballz (#2,000)

I have things this week! I needed a new credit card bc it’s lost in my apartment which has been great, but now I need it so I reordered that yesterday after putting it off for weeks. Next thing is to request new insurance cards. Calling this afternoon. Promise!

andnowlights (#2,902)

@joyballz I lost mine in my apartment too, and finding it is my one thing. Well, along with about 300 other things, but as long as get ONE thing done, it’s okay.

RiffRandell (#4,774)

For about 2 weeks my car has been yelling “Change Oil Soon!” so that seems wise. I am working from home, so instead of wasting gas I’m looking up oil change places and plotting my trip tomorrow afternoon. I also WILL upload my recent vacation pictures.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@RiffRandell it totally depends on where you live, but there are usually groupons in the $25-$35 range for an oil change, which can be a bargain.

RiffRandell (#4,774)

@LookUponMyWorks The hunt begins…

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

I’m so ashamed….but my one thing is the one thing which has been my one thing for a while: GET RENTER’S INSURANCE!!!

I had questions about the quotes I received. Those questions were answered. Now I just need to choose.

andnowlights (#2,902)

@LookUponMyWorks We talked about this last week. DO IT NOW! I paid for mine last night. I finally gave up and made the husband choose one/ we chose the cheapest one. The thought of leaving my stuff uninsured around my stupid neighbors was enough to just make me do it. Imagine every time you leave the house that someone might set things on fire/rob you. Made me anxious every time I left the house.

Fear Biter (#981)

@LookUponMyWorks This is my one thing too! Although I have not even asked for quotes. Do you mind if I ask how you started the process? I have not ever had renters insurance, despite being a full-fledged renting grownup for over a decade. I have no idea where to even begin.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@andnowlights You are so bossy. I like it.

And I have emailed State Farm and offered to give them all my money/$11.75 per month for the privilege of providing me coverage.

andnowlights (#2,902)

@LookUponMyWorks Oh, yeah, I guess I am bossy. Oops! Not sorry, though, ha ha. That is a way cheaper rate than the one State Farm gave me! I think they said $171 yr/$14.24 a month. We ended up at AAA for $130, paid in one lump sum because monthly bills annoy the heck out of me. But yay for being insured!

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@Fear Biter Here’s how I started the process (and drew it out for over a month):

1. Visit various insurance websites, and request quote for coverage. Be prepared to tell them some basics, like where you live, do you have smoke detectors, burglar alarm system, etc. I think I got quotes from State Farm, Nationwide and one or two other places.

2. Receive quotes via email. Think “oh cool! I’ll choose a policy tonight.”

3.Do not choose a policy that night or any night after for over a month. Feel guilt and anxiety about this.

4. Finally email State Farm and tell them you’ll take ’em up on the offer.

Lily Rowan (#70)

@LookUponMyWorks I think you forgot step 3.5: Receive increasingly urgent/panicked emails from the insurance companies that sent you quotes.

@Fear Biter, I am taken to understand that if you have car insurance, you can get a deal with the same company on renter’s.

NB: I have been a renter for many many years and have never managed to actually get insurance. So.

Fear Biter (#981)

@LookUponMyWorks, @Lily Rowan Thanks so much! I guess I just have to get my act together and do some legwork instead of passively waiting on my couch for insurance quotes to arrive. Sigh! I probably wouldn’t even bother, except my lease technically requires me to obtain it. However, it says I was supposed to provide proof within 30 days of occupancy and I am now at 90+ days and no one has bothered to ask about it, so maybe it doesn’t matter?

Lily Rowan (#70)

@Fear Biter Oh yeah! That’s why I got those quotes — because of my lease. But I never got the insurance and they never asked for it, so.

But I am just lucky that nothing bad has happened in my apartment! You should have renter’s insurance!!

deadlydinos (#5,228)

so many things. can the one thing be to make a list of all the things to do, this weekend?
-fix cardigan that has literally been buttonless since 2010.
-fix/adjust tire pressure
-organize childhood room (yikes)
-see if i can roll my work 401k into another account i have—-i’m quittin’!!! but still want to put that $$ in a safe, inaccessible place.

andnowlights (#2,902)

@deadlydinos I’ve had “fix buttons on red cardigan” on my to-do list for like, 2 months now. It’s missing one and I just can’t bring myself to care enough to actually fix it, because I’d have to replace ALL of them and it’s just irritating.

planforamiracle (#4,034)

@deadlydinos re: button replacement. last winter a button fell off my winter coat right at the end of the season. I left the coat on a chair in the living room for 2 months to see if I could get myself to do it. Then I put it away for the summer. I completed 2 WAY more involved sewing projects during this time.
I just got the coat back out since the time to wear it is approaching. I AM SEWING IT ON TONIGHT DAMMIT! You’ve inspired me :)

Stina (#686)

This is a “to do” rather than a done, but I need to call the lady who ran a neighboring free Thanksgiving dinner to get advice on our own.

andnowlights (#2,902)

I need to find my credit card. It’s somewhere in the apartment, I just don’t know where and I needed that one yesterday because it’s a Visa and some places don’t take AmEx (which is my card of choice). I also need to finalize plans with my friend and her kids on Saturday. And I need to sleep for like, ever.

Really, I need to get a grip on my life. I feel out of control, which is mostly the anxiety talking, but there are things I can get done to lesson all the feelings.

cawcawphony (#2,990)

Apparently bitching about my student loan servicer (I keep using that word, but am not at all confident about it) on this site worked- I called them this morning to deal with 2 things, and it wasn’t bad! I don’t even have to bother an old boss to fill out a form for the third time due to my own mistakes, thus ensuring I will never be rehired there.

I also went to the post office and mailed something to Canada ($1.10!). I did it Tuesday too, but it is closed 1:30-2:00. Who knew?

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