Sometimes I purposefully put off doing dumb tasks JUST SO I can bask in the communal supportiveness of the 1 Thing posts on Thursdays. And your 1 Thing titles can be so great; like a year ago you used a Cat Power lyric, and sometimes I still hum "once I wanted to be the greatest at 1 Thing" on Thursdays when I see the new post is up. My 1 Thing this week was to finish my taxes; I owe $330ish, unfortunately. The federal government always takes out too little from my paycheck and the state too much, but the state owes me a lot less this year than it has in the past. I guess I'm not poor enough for DC. This is probably appropriate seeing as $330 will not wipe out half my savings, but ... still. It's really irritating to write that big check and then think about how huge businesses who make 1000x what I do literally pay 0 taxes. Why my little law-abiding, worker-bee, government-respecting self??? Haha now you're going to feel guilty for the rest of time if you don't continue this. LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE YOU'LL BE FAILING
I came down with a chest cold yesterday, have been sleeping badly on top of that, and gave up buying clothes, books, and makeup for Lent, so ... I'm basically planning on staying in, sleeping a ton, and spending no money. I will be going to my dad and stepmom's for their dog's birthday party (haha) but that's free. I'll probably buy $20 worth of groceries, order $25 of takeout on Sunday, and $15 at the pharmacy, because if this cough gets any grosser my generic Vicks Vapo-rub isn't gonna cut it. Total: $60
Friday: $4 latte, then went to a small house party with a bottle of wine I already had. Saturday: Yoga class; $29 for some groceries and nail polish at Target; $8 for lunch at Five Guys; $91 online from Sephora, then stayed in. Sunday: Yoga class, $17 on fancy beer, and $7 on a few groceries so I could feed myself during the snow. Total: $156. Estimate was $142, so that's not too bad.
@Caitlin with a C I mean, they make me hate being single somewhat less, but considering they're French class and yoga class, there's next to no possibility of meeting guys there and they take up time that I could be using to date (or at least, to let myself emotionally recharge after a date). It's a false dichotomy, I know, but it feels like my choice is between "do fun stuff and be a cool person and die alone!" and "give up the things you like to do in favor of forging a connection with another human being!"
@calamity LOL just kidding, H&R block tells me I owe the government $2,400. Which is manifestly wrong, so I'll be doing some wrangling on that front this weekend ...
@LookUponMyWorks Haha I know. I mean, I might be capable of more if I quit going to yoga and taking French classes in the evenings and generally doing all the things that are supposed to be making me an interesting person that someone would want to date in the first place (and that, you know, make me not hate my life). Sounds like a plan!
@Stina Yeah, I've been using OKCupid - unfortunately I don't really have the temperament for dating around in that meeting and dating just one new person at a time pretty much wipes me out mentally/emotionally. Trying to counteract that natural tendency, but damn does it exhaust me. I feel like I'm meant to be a serial monogamist, but my terrible romantic luck is negating that possibility, haha ...
I put another $500 into my catch-all savings account, bringing the total up to $2,500.77. Since it's both my vacation fund and my "don't starve if you lose your job" fund, I do not have a goal beyond putting away at least $500 a month. I might be able to add another $200, but that depends on whether H&R Block was right in telling me that I owe the government $400. My income went up the exact same amount in 2012 as it did in 2013 and I ended up paying only $40, so I'm a little skeptical, if not exactly optimistic ...
@PicNic why is brunch a contentious issue??? sometimes brunch is my REASON FOR LIVING, and there is no price too high for that
The estimate doesn't start til you leave work right? Because ... in the past half hour I have ordered concert tickets for me and two friends, a bouquet for my mom's birthday on Sunday, and a glittery Beyonce tank top. Anyway, tonight I have a prepaid yoga class and DESPITE THE FACT that I called Sephora yesterday (it was my 1 Thing!) about the free birthday gift that is supposed to automatically show up in my cart whenever I place an order during my birthday month, it's STILL NOT THERE. I tried in two browsers on this computer as well as their app, and I'd try on my phone's browser too except none of the "Sign in" links will work. I am not schlepping out to Georgetown in this weather, so tonight after my yoga class, I have to call and annoy them again. And I was hoping to purchase the other $102 of products in my cart before I had to be accountable for them here! Anyway, those are my exciting evening plans. Tomorrow I'm going to another yoga class, shelling out $15 for a few groceries, and despite a long gchat earlier this week w/ a friend about how sick I am of going to the same places over and over and how I will die alone, it looks like I'm going to a house party full of people with the wrong sexual orientation for me. $10 for something to bring there, I guess. $15 for takeout or some Target nail polish on Sunday and yet another yoga class, because I've already paid and I have to fill up my days somehow. Total costs: $142 and my eternal shame over how whiny this is