Monday, April 14, 2014

Okay ...FINE! and Surgery Update

 Never Surrender: Don't get buried by your Travel Nurse taxes!

I SURRENDER!

I'm going to bring all my tax prep to the ACCOUNTANT'S  tomorrow afternoon and so ...as much as I loathe doing this ...this year ...I am waving the white flag of SURRENDER for doing our taxes.  I hate admitting defeat ...especially when I've done so much ...and I just know there is a simple answer (s) right in front of me.  But my husband retired last winter and even though I have the 1099R right in front of me certain things are not clear to me.  Not only that ...(I must be misunderstanding this), in one section they are saying we spent 2,157.00  LESS for health/dental insurance premiums than what we actually paid as evidenced by their own explanation of retirement expenses earlier in the year.  On the 1099R they have the figure under ROTH contributions OR insurance.  My instincts tell me this is not the health insurance premiums.  (mistakes do happen tho) But then there are other sections with financial figures also not clear.  So between federal and state ...I just want to be sure it's right.  Then NEXT year I will know what to do again.  I will be sure to ask precise questions when I meet with him after his work is complete.  Also this time my delay in tackling this is hurting because now we will be paying for the extension too.  C'est la vie.  I'm going to cut myself some slack.  I admit I don't have the same drive to tackle it and am also happy to wash my hands of it.  I know ...walking paradox ...I am.  :)  I just want to get through the knee stuff and feel like myself again.

And about that ...I spoke with the scheduler today and she removed me off the schedule because as I stated in my previous post I need to see what they tell me on Thursday at the hospital and hopefully it will be a non event that will not suck up a lot of time and I can pursue this ...although now it will be in MAY. What a terrific scheduler she is!  Pleasant, supportive and understanding.  I was concerned they'd think I wasn't serious and I absolutely am!  She didn't cell back because she misunderstood what I said in the message last week and that there was a need to change the surgery date.  And she didn't realize the vascular doc also sent a report to them.  So ...soon ...this will be happening.  My next call will be for the date and I just want to get in there and DO this!

 To be continued ...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tea Time For Tax Time and Surgery Scheduling Snafu



Later ...as I sit down to face the paperwork (sorting - although I did do most of that last month - YAY!), I am going to enjoy a nice cup of tea.  This is a picture of the Chai Latte tea I had yesterday.  I would've preferred less sweetness, but it was still a treat.  Tea is relaxing.  I LOVE coffee and do relax with that ...but tea ...is comforting, soothing and relaxing.   Just perfect for the undercurrent of stress I'm feeling over doing the taxes this year.   :)


Darned TAX time!

Tomorrow was supposed to be 2 weeks from surgery day.  More on that when I can.   Well I'll just say that on Thursday, I have to do something medically I was not planning on and don't know what to expect or  how involved it is. Which is also why the surgery is a little up in the air ...for the 28th.  (It's possible if  I can get the PAT/pre-surgery class done in time for pcp to send clearance.  But if I have to continue with some kind of program at this place then I don't think it will be doable.  Close but no cigar.  The only perk in it is it is at my favorite hospital and so I will check out their gift shop on the way out. (Sometimes a SeaSpray's just gotta make lemonade out of lemons - just saying. :) It's a nice little gift shop and they may have jewelery or something I might like.  I've almost always rewarded myself with a little something from there after enduring some kind of test or procedure.  This isn't a test but a potential treatment for something.  I'm still hoping it will just be a short evaluation and no big deal and something she just shows me to do ...or maybe I won't even have to. 

Btw - I really liked the vascular doc.  What a nice doctor!  And the good news is he didn't see the need to do any vascular testing of any kind - YAY!   He just gave me a script to do this.  But ...he mentioned maybe 2 weeks with this and that is what interferes with surgery.  I have no idea what to expect.

I can't believe the different cancellations and rescheduling with different specialists and not just because of me, but also the doctors.  And now this.  Actually I mentioned I was glad that we finally met after all of our mutual cancellations and he was so sweet and all apologetic.  I quickly reassured him that I understood and that it was me too. Gosh ...he's a DOCTOR! Need I say more?  I 100% understand when they meed to change things and/or keep me waiting.  I think most people are dense when they get angry at the doctor.  And certainly not appreciative.   Anyway, they say praise God for the delays.  But now I'm bummed because it is so close to summer.  I wasn't sorry I canceled the October appointment because I really thought I would be doing the surgery by February the latest. Regardless ...I AM doing this surgery! It has to be done.  And I have to get PAST all this stuff.  I am so tired of it all.  And this level of chronic pain is extremely draining at this point.  And discouraging. Admittedly, I came home Tuesday afternoon feeling really down because it seems that I finally get myself psyched (even tho I lamented about time going too fast), and then a wrench thrown into it ...again.  In a way ...it's kind of odd.  How I kept getting delays for different reasons.  I'm thinking maybe the time just wasn't right for some reason.  And I have just given this all to God and asked him to work out all the scheduling and the day of the surgery.  I'm happy with my choice for an orthopedic surgeon.  He specializes in hip and knee replacements.  I've heard good things about him and also the ortho wing in that hospital.  He even did bilateral hip replacements for my dentist who also reassured me of how good the surgeon is.  And this dentist also teaches at that hospital and so I think he'd know of the orthopedic doctor's reputation.  Plus ...he chose him for himself.   There's no higher testimony than that.  :)

Well ...I was going to vent about doing the taxes this year.  But now I think I will just go empty the dishwasher and go back to the paperwork part while catching up on some shows I've taped.  Specifically Shark tank and The Five.  :)  I did everything BUT the taxes once I signed out of the tax program today.  :)  But there are some changes this time around and if I have to, I will just bring it all to an accountant.  I just hate PAYING him though when I've done all the ground work.  Seriously ...I tally all the receipts and have them all categorized.  Okay I still have to do that part but the point is I do allll the work.  I have called him in the past. The last time ...he told me he enjoys my stressing over some of the things when I don't know for sure what to do.  But this is his profession.  I haven't  spoken with him since April 2004 and I don't feel right about that now. I do have a couple of other people to call tomorrow and so maybe my answers will be clearer after speaking with them.

Or maybe I will see it all more clearly when I wake up EARLY ...all bright eyed and bushy tailed and tackle this with the eastern sun coming in the windows.  And I'll have the house to myself without any distractions.

And now it's tea time.  :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Clarity Without Focus? (Revised w/correction - boiled chicken in vascular office)

I recently switched out fall/winter dishes for spring summer dishes and lined this cabinet.  I have so much to do that I probably should've focused elsewhere.  Felt good to be done with it tho.  :)
 
Surgery - 3 weeks from today.

Taxes due -  8 days from today.


Vascular appt with new doctor (finally!)  - 14.5 hrs from now.  (I'd be grateful for any prayers sent my way for a good report and surgical clearance. :)

Make Homemade chicken soup for dear m-i-l just coming down with a cold - 15 hours from now.

Ha ha!  CORRECTION!  Unless I will be making that homemade chicken soup in the middle of the vascular exam ...in which case it would then be medical office made chicken soup ...I will commence making said soup approximately 17 or so hours from the initial writing of this post.  Eh ...math was never my strong suit.  :)

SeaSpray, lifting raw chicken out of bag - "Excuse me?  Dr vascular Doc ...where is the office stove so that I might boil this chicken?"  ;)
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Nesting instinct strong.  Feeling like I have so much to do... to be ready.  I know I'm seeing with eyes that feel challenged by time ...feeling like there isn't enough time to do all I want to do.  Why is it that when we feel like we don't have enough time ...we can suddenly see with such clarity as opposed to when we are mindless about time? And yet ...simultaneously feel challenged by a lack of focus?

Ha!  I've often said that I am a walking paradox.

And apparently ...also quite proficient at procrastination.

Which in turn exacerbates the paradox of clarity without focus.

Just saying.  :)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Morning Surprise and Sweetest Compliment (They made my day :)

 

This morning our son, Chris, surprised me with a new Keurig coffee machine.  (Very Nice!)  It's an early birthday present.  And with a box of mixed beverages ...coffee, tea and hot chocolate.  Totally unexpected and certainly most thoughtful and very APPRECIATED.  :)

And I loved the expression on his face when he was directing me over to his surprise for me.   Even the big yellow sign he made.  I enjoy surprises and even the thought of surprising someone else.  Such fun!    Thank you Chris!  :)


Then a while later ...I was putting my makeup on and just about done when little 3 year old Myles looked up at me and said,

"Your pink lipstick is beautiful."

Awww ...THANK YOU Myles!

A minute or so later...

"You look BEAUTIFUL Mum mum!" (Emphasis his)

Oh Myles ...you're so SWEET!  Come here so I can give you a big hug!  :)

I shall always remember his sweet words and sincere and adorable expression as he looked up at me.  He totally melted my heart ...not to mention caused me to light up with a bright smile ...in awww of his thoughtfulness.  :)

And this reminds me of another favorite memory ...a similar one involving our youngest son when he was 4.

Here is the link to that sweet story: http://seaspray-itsawonderfullife.blogspot.com/2014/04/mommy-when-you-wear-makeup-posted-again.htmlhttp://seaspray-itsawonderfullife.blogspot.com/2014/04/mommy-when-you-wear-makeup-posted-again.html

Mommy, when you wear makeup... (Posted again from a few years ago)


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"Mommy, when you wear makeup - you look like a bouquet of flowers."  (Christopher - 4yrs old)

One afternoon when I was getting ready for work up at the hospital, our then 4 year old son, Chris walked into the bathroom. He wanted to be with me because he knew that I would be leaving soon, so he sat down and talked with me while watching me apply my makeup. (I can still see him there, so cute looking up at me with his big warm brown eyes.) I remember smiling at something he said and turned to look at him.

He then ever so sweetly said "Mommy, when you wear makeup - you look like a bouquet of flowers." I stopped what I was doing and went right over to him and gave him a big hug and told him that was such a NICE thing to say and that I loved him so much. He was smiling so broadly after that and I could see that he felt good about what he had said to me. It was a special moment in time - the kind of moment that touches us to our very soul, leaving an eternal impression within our hearts - the kind of moments that really matter.

Our precious son truly amazed me and warmed my heart that day. :)

One afternoon when I was getting ready for work up at the hospital, our then 4 year old son, Chris walked into the bathroom. He wanted to be with me because he knew that I would be leaving soon, so he sat down and talked with me while watching me apply my makeup. (I can still see him there, so cute looking up at me with his big warm brown eyes.) I remember smiling at something he said and turned to look at him.

He then ever so sweetly said "Mommy, when you wear makeup - you look like a bouquet of flowers." I stopped what I was doing and went right over to him and gave him a big hug and told him that was such a NICE thing to say and that I loved him so much. He was smiling so broadly after that and I could see that he felt good about what he had said to me. It was a special moment in time - the kind of moment that touches us to our very soul, leaving an eternal impression within our hearts - the kind of moments that really matter.

Our precious son truly amazed me and warmed my heart that day. :)


(I'm posting this now because I accidentally deleted it from it's original posting a few years ago.  I was linking this to my current post and yet somehow deleted it from that date instead. ?)

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Fool's Day


 This is what some coworkers did to younger son while they worked late last night.  When he got to work this morning ...everything on his desk, in his area was put in reverse.  Hahahahahaha!  He thought it was funny ...but he had a lot of work to get done.  I appreciate his letting me share this in my blog.  :)

As I wrote in my previous post ...it was quite the busy day.  Wrenna reminded me it was April Fool's day and so I asked her if she would like to play a joke on her dad when he came home after work.  Her eyes lit up as she exclaimed, "YES!", along with her notorious impish smile when she is up to something.

  That little girl has a sense of humor.  Shades of her dad she is.  :)  And his apple didn't fall far from my tree either.  Just saying. :)

So when her dad walked in the door, she dove under the table.  Then I told him she walked home.  He immediately knew what we were up to and went along with it.  Then she popped up from under the table and shouted, " April Fool!"  Perfectly proud of herself, eyes bright... she was laughing so hard that her little face was pink.  Awww.  So cute ...and funny.

Here is a post about my BEST April Fool's joke:  http://seaspray-itsawonderfullife.blogspot.com/2011/04/parts-i-ii-cheesed-cream-cheese.html

I do love a good joke.  I even love the thought of the plot.  It cracks me up just thinking about people chuckling to themselves as they execute the plan.  Providing no one is hurt by it.  But good ...clean ...clever fun?  Go for it!  :)