I am not a procrastinator. Nope! Never have been. As a Capricorn I believe in getting the yucky stuff out-of-the-way so I can savor the good stuff.
This is true of food (always save the best for last unless my niece is eyeing up the chocolate bunny ears), chores or even activities. Except that it’s really hard to get all the traveling out-of-the-way so you can enjoy a vacation. After all, you have to get back somehow.
There are very few things that I really put off. Off the top of my head I can think of only two. One is taxes. I hate taxes. I thought when I retired they would get easier and they did, sort of but not completely.
I still can’t do a 1040EZ. The last time I did one of those was when I was six. After that I had to list the purchase and sale price of all my toys along with the cost basis and note if it was a wash sale.
If you don’t understand that, I envy you. I admire all you folks who throw things in a trash bag and trot off to the accountant, grabbing a pizza and a beer afterward.
I’m a Capricorn. I am way too cheap to do that when I have the know-how. Getting married didn’t help. Somehow I am the one with the tax baggage. The beloved husband is plain and simple. All his assets are in the basement and look like tools or guitars.
The government doesn’t know about them and doesn’t care.
On the other hand, the government likes to know what I am doing. I switched banks once and my accounts were frozen for a week. “They” said it was a government reg. I am not talking big money here but the thought of an account in the Cayman’s did look enticing at the time.
Perhaps I look like a drug king. Or maybe a money launderer. Do they come in an old lady size weighing 110 pounds?
I think not!
This year, my on-line software said I was due a federal refund of $20K. I know that’s not true. I track stuff in my head and I’m pretty accurate. I haven’t balanced my checkbook in decades but I always know how much is there. Exactly! I have never overdrawn or bounced checks.
I can also calculate discounts at sales in my head. Some of us have real talents here. They may be useless in business but they come in handy somewhere.
Note this skill does not apply to dividing restaurant checks equally. You always have to have a finance person along to do that. It may have to do with alcohol consumption but I’m not sure….
I knew there was a mistake – a really stupid mistake. It took me an hour but I found it. I listed one of my deductions at well over $1.5 million. You would think that the software would flag that. You have to watch those pesky decimal points!
The really great news is that I am done! I am drinking a celebratory Starbucks mocha latte. The sun is shining and tomorrow will be warm again.
Here’s to hoping spring sticks around this time. Life is good.