Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Broken record blog
One day off out of 18 is not enough dangit. It sure did feel good though to do nothing on Monday. Even a nothing day is filled with activities though, like working out (it had been almost three weeks and I can sure feel it now!) and taking Georgie out on walks and to the doggie park. His behavior at the doggie park has changed and instead of boycotting me and pretending my existence is invisible once inside, he now keeps tabs on me and counts on playing a few rounds of fetch. If I walk around looking for an old tennis ball to throw him (there's always one around somewhere, or at the very least a stick) he will walk alongside me "looking" for one too, tail wagging all the while. It makes me smile. This blog certainly has turned into a dog journal of late but I suppose you all prefer that to my poop journal phases I occasionally subject you to.
Here's our clusterfuck of the week. The government sent back the check for the penalties and interest we had been assessed (we mailed a check, they didn't receive it, we didn't notice, they didn't tell us until four months later, and hence the penalties and interest) because I had dated it for 2009 instead of 2010. They requested a new check with the correct date. And here we thought they hadn't cashed that check and were going to let us off on the penalty part. (When we submitted the original check we had requested clemency for the penalties and interest since it was a first time offense and the fact that we always pay on time so we were hoping that they'd just let it go. Apparently not.) Anyway, I sent the check and then Monday we received a letter saying our penalties had been expunged and that our $300 bill had been reduced to $11. Yippee right? Well, no. I went down there today to pay the $11 in person and they told me that the $300 check would be cashed anyway and we'd then have a credit with them. "Or you could stop payment on the check. We don't charge anything for the returned check, though your bank will," said the nice agent to me. So that's what I did. Watch, the bank will clear the check before the stop payment goes through (it takes 24hrs and $12.50 to do it at my bank). That was an eye-glazing-over inducing paragraph, wasn't it?
We're having a humdinger of a heat wave up here. Surely it must be the last at this stage. Our average high for this week is 72 degrees (22C) and it's been close to 90 (32) all week. They're saying it won't break until the weekend. Our A/C is working wonderfully and keeping the house at a nice steady 74. It is my favorite appliance today.
Not much else going on and general contentedness reigns. For that, I am deeply grateful. Have a lovely day.