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Right now, I am….

-happy that I almost finished my taxes yesterday morning.

-a little embarrassed that I’ve taken this long to get around to it.

-relieved that I’m going to end up owing less than I thought I would.

pennies for coinstar

(My blogging income is really hard to predict, and I had a sneaking suspicion that the estimated taxes I paid weren’t going to be enough.)

-really, really glad that I set aside a bunch of my income for tax time, just in case.   I saved a lot more than I’m going to owe, which means it feels a little like I’m getting a refund because I’ll have plenty left over after I pay my tax bill.

-planning to write bigger estimated tax checks this year!

-thankful for Turbo Tax, because there is no way that I could ever in a million years tackle my self-employment taxes without it.

-delighted that it’s Friday.   At this time of year, we’re all getting a little burnt out on schoolwork, and that makes us look forward to the weekends a little more than we do in, say, October.


-pleased that relief is coming because we’re going to be done with a number of subjects before the end of April.

(Because we don’t have all the random days off here and there that public schools do, we often can finish off entire books in mid-spring.)

(Unfortunately, geometry is not one of the subjects that will be done before the end of April.   Boo.)

-kind of relieved that my family’s birthday celebrations are done for now.   In the last six weeks or so, Mr. FG, Zoe, Sonia, and Lisey have all had birthdays.   I have fun making their days special, of course, but I’m not going to complain about there being five months before Joshua’s birthday rolls around.   😉

birthday cake


(My birthday is coming up this month, but that totally doesn’t count because Mr. FG and the kids are the ones who do things to make my day special. 🙂 )

-feeling pretty good about turning 36.   I feel a little surprised that I’m entering the last half of my thirties (like, “Hmm.   How did this happen??   Surely I am not grown up enough to be this age!”).   But I do have a couple of teenagers here and we’ll celebrate our 17th anniversary this year, so I suppose I shouldn’t feel surprised.

I know people start to feel a little unnerved when they’re getting close to 40, but I dunno…I’m not too bothered by it.   That could change in the next few years, mind you, but I don’t think it will.

-pleased with my newest My Publisher book, which arrived yesterday.   I’m working backward to catch up with unscrapbooked photos, and I’m back to summer of 2011.


It’s crazy how much littler my kids look in pictures from just a few years ago, and that makes it a lot of fun to sort through these older photo files as I make the books.

(Here’s my unsponsored review of My Publisher, in case you’re interested.)

-thinking I’d better go start on my day.   I’ve got lots to squeeze in today, so I’d better get on it.


If you’d like to join me in doing a “Right Now” kind of thing (it’s fun!), feel free to do so in the comments.   Five items make a good number for a comment.



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Saturday 5th of April 2014

I love your posts! I just wanted to pass on an experience that totally changed how I feel about aging. I was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after my 39th birthday. I spent most of that year in and out of surgery and chemo. Believe me, it felt (still feels) like a HUGE Blessing to be able to turn 40. I am half way to 42, and I am thankful for every day. Growing older is something not everyone is blessed to do. Have a very happy weekend!


Saturday 5th of April 2014

Just wanted to mention Williams Sonoma has 20% off baking pans, plus you can get free shipping on orders over $49.

A frugal family's journey

Saturday 5th of April 2014

Right now I'm:

-The only one awake in the house, but enjoying quite time reading a few blog posts. -Feeling blessed for things and people I have in my life. -Feeling a little hungry but know eating something this late is the worst thing I can do for my diet. -Thinking of all the things I want and need to do the weekend.


Friday 4th of April 2014

I turn 36 on April 22. I don't think there's a better time to turn 36 than April! :)


Friday 4th of April 2014

- exhausted after a VERY long week at work but... - relieved that my husband offered to make dinner! Thank God for understanding husbands :)

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