It’s raining outside, melting away the multitude of inches of snow we got last night. A dreary day to say the least. I can almost hear Snoopy typing that infamous phrase “it was a dark and stormy night..”. Not quite night but close enough with the dark clouds. It’s weather like this that I find depressing if it continues non-stop. This is probably one of the big reasons why I shouldn’t move to a place like Vancouver or Halifax; too much rain. I suppose one good side-effect is that I’d read more and write more but that’s about it. I did have a doctor’s appointment today but ended up canceling it. It’s resulted in me changing some plans. I was going to see about having surgery around the beginning or mid-May but now may put that off until mid-late August, simply because it’ll be easier to plan that far in advance. I won’t be able to see my doctor until April 1 because of my schedule: I have 8 weeks back-to-back of teaching. Unlike my job previously in support, where I had a flexible time-schedule I don’t have as much luxury for this because of the need to have a set time for classes (mostly 9-5 EST).
The real downside to this is a summer still in a binder but that’s ok. It’ll give me the winter to heal some and perhaps get the tattoo I want next summer. Perhaps it’ll work out better in the long run as it may give the economy a chance to recover some and perhaps give me more options for other avenues of income. I’m very lucky and grateful for the fact that I still have a job and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere. And even more thankful that it’s a job I enjoy doing a lot. I’ve been watching the Dow Jones and the news a lot recently, hoping that the turn-around might come sooner. Watching Obama’s activity of late, it’s starting to feel like a real possibility. Today, hopefully, he’ll pass through a massive stimilus package that will target the creation of jobs through infrastructure, health and education avenues. Some would certainly be short term, quick stuff while others longer term. I suspect that my company might get some side-effects to it as the US Fed has a lot of interest in what we do, all good for us in the long run.
The other part that’s interesting is the tax rebate. It does make me wonder if I will qualify for it. I’m still waiting for Revenue Canada to finish my taxes from 2007 and this will be my first year filing here in the US. I have to admit that I’m kinda nervous, scared and well, confused. In Canada I can literally file taxes on a single sheet. Here… OY! I may try to find some software or online website where I can do this. I don’t have much fancy stuff but have to contemplate whether I can declare some of my cigars as a business expense (I do often pick up cigars just to review on my website); whether rent is a tax-deducation; what medical expenses I can claim and what travel expenses, if any, I can also claim.
I can see why there are so many CPAs in the country and am surprised there aren’t more printing presses to publish all the various tax documents. Anyways… nutshell stuff:
Transition: going well. The T is starting to show development in other places (damn males in the family are hairy!). My voice still flutuates but it’s interesting and fun to be called “sir” or “mr” when on the phone with a still feminine name. Name change will probably be put off for a while yet. I was going to go to my support group tonight but I’m wussing out because of the crappy weather. It’s ok as I have found some nice online forums that I’m finding support with.
Job: it’s there and I’m happy
Love life: perfection. Yes, yes. I’m a romantic. That ain’t going to change any time soon. Now, not to say we don’t have our occassional glitches or arguments or what-have-you (usually over who has the last piece of chocolate or what show to watch on TV) but it’s filled more often with laughter, giggles and snark.
Budget: Meh. I need to work on this more.
Weight: See budget. Pushing out my surgery will give me more time to settle back into a better routine and lose weight. I do have to get more active again and still need to figure out some kind of bicycling schedule. I may have to limit it to weekends (say 2-3 hours each day) and on Mondays when I don’t have to travel (and the occassional Friday I don’t have to travel). The plus side would be to bring my camera with me to take more pictures.
So that’s the quick update. I did see that rants go well for discussion. Perhaps I should have more..