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kimberlyfdr
kimberlyfdr
KimberlyFDR
Sun, Feb. 19th, 2017 08:16 pm
Taxes Done, Planning Commences

It seems like every year I spend longer on my taxes for less of a refund. I itemize like crazy, trying to maximize my money back, but it never seems to help. I did my filing earlier than usual this year (on Saturday) and spent a total of 5 hours going through paperwork and filing a whole lot of extra forms.

My refund's a bit less than it was last year, probably because I didn't have a full year of double tuition, but at least the money back will help with my graduation trip planning. I've been trying to find a good vacation to take to celebrate graduating college. Think I've found a good 2-week journey that will cover a few places I've never been and experiences I've never had, but want to get the whole thing booked and guaranteed before I get my hopes up. Just wanna have a good celebration of myself :D

Also, it's very un-February-like weather around NC. Weekends are hovering around 75 degrees, weekdays between 65 and 70 degrees. It's been great to have the windows and doors open, but it feels like we missed winter entirely because of the mild temperatures. Aside from the one snow event in January we haven't had a long trend of cold temperatures or winter weather. Oh well, maybe in 2018.

And I'm making great progress on my novel. Only four more chapters to go before it's editing time! Looking forward to having my agent read it. One thing I love about delving into Liam and Mikael's backstory is the fact that all those nods to their history in the other novel get to be expanded on. And there's some surprises for me when they reveal things I never knew. Ah, my lovely characters. Always taking on a life of their own and leaving me to transcribe.

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helenkacan
helenkacan
Helenka
Mon, Feb. 20th, 2017 06:29 am (UTC)

Have fun planning your reward/vacation to ?????

BTW, any time you feel nostalgic for winter, just find the pics you posted a few years ago where you were snowed in. But I certainly do understand the bewilderment to mind and body when the temps do not match the calendar. Yesterday, we were at 57F and I was a very happy camper.


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kimberlyfdr
kimberlyfdr
KimberlyFDR
Wed, Feb. 22nd, 2017 07:24 pm (UTC)

Have fun planning your reward/vacation to ?????

I'm still waiting for confirmation of the booking, but if everything gets set I'm going to be doing 2 days in Toronto, 4 days on the sleeper train across Canada, 2 days in Vancouver, and 7 days on a cruise up to Alaska and back to Vancouver. I've never been anywhere up north except Toronto, so I'm excited. Crossed fingers that nothing goes wrong in booking :)


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helenkacan
helenkacan
Helenka
Thu, Feb. 23rd, 2017 04:51 am (UTC)

OMG. Imagine all the shades of green that add up to my envy.

Don't be too surprised that the train may pass through some of the most breathtaking scenery when it's the Dead. Of. Night. I know. Marketing fail. But just the sybaritic lethargy of it all seems so restorative to the soul.

I don't know what you have planned for Vancouver (and two days is cutting it short); however, if you have a couple of hours (round trip) to catch a regular city bus to Capilano Canyon in North Vancouver, you should (if you're not fearful of heights). Walking across the suspension bridge (I kept going back and forth) was exhilarating. Now they've also added an Edgewalk to a cliff face. Look for pics on the web.

We now return you to my regularly-scheduled dose of envy for the Alaska cruise. [I have friends currently going through Panama and it is so unbearably hot. Ugh. I'd rather imagine all the fresh cool air of the PNW.]


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cbtreks
cbtreks
cbtreks
Sat, Apr. 29th, 2017 02:26 pm (UTC)

What a nice-looking journal! (I miss having a paper journal and really like how you'v done yours. Maybe I should take it up again.)


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kimberlyfdr
kimberlyfdr
KimberlyFDR
Sat, Apr. 29th, 2017 02:36 pm (UTC)

Thanks! I'm enjoying it. Quite therapeutic when I was dealing with travel woes to and from Vegas this past week :)


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