Friday, February 28, 2014

Photo-Finish Friday: Another Taxing Situation

Several years ago, i found this:

The caption reads:  "I always wait until the last minute.  I do my best work under pressure." 

Unlike the guy on the front, i do not like waiting until the last minute when it comes to taxes.  Last year, Grandpa's good friend and CPA, who also does our taxes, got our tax packets to us so early that i had it back to him with all the pertinent information by Valentine's Day.

This year, the packets weren't sent out until late last week.  With my handy organizer/planner, though, i was ready.  As anything that might be tax related comes in all through the year, i tuck it into the appropriate pockets of the above organizer, and once i get the packet, i sit and put it all together.

Today, the packet is back on its way to the CPA, and except for answering any questions he may call me about, i am done with my taxes.  It always feels good to be done.

Photo-Finish Friday is the brainchild of Leah at The Goat's Lunch Pail.

Today is:

Car Keys and Small Change Day -- ???

Dia de Andalucia -- Andalucia, Spain

DNA Day -- anniversary of the day in 1953 when Watson and Crick determined the double helix structure of DNA

Februalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (purification of Rome performed by citizens making sacrifices to the dead)

Floral Design Day -- a day to acknowledge this art form, sponsored by Rittners Floral School
Kalevala Day -- Finland (Finnish Culture Day)

Maha Shivaratri -- Hindu (festival of Shiva; local observances and government official days off will vary)

National Chocolate Souffle' Day

National Science Day -- India

National Tooth Fairy Day - and/or August 22, depending on whom you ask

Nylon Day -- the first aliphatic polyamides were produced on this day in 1935

Peace Memorial Day -- Taiwan

Public Sleeping Day -- this one even has a wikiHow page

Rare Disease Day -- International (information can be found here and here)

Read Me Day -- local and national celebrities, with community volunteers, are encouraged to visit classrooms and read to children

St. Hedwig of Poland's Day (Patron of queens)

St. Romanus' Day (Patron of the mentally ill; against drowning, insanity)

Teacher's Day -- Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Jordan; Libya; Morocco; Oman; Saudi Arabia; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen

Anniversaries Today:

University of Pittsburgh is chartered, 1787

Birthdays Today (Also includes Feb. 29 Birthdays)

Ali Larter, 1976
Robert Sean Leonard, 1969
John Tuturro, 1957
Gilbert Gottfried, 1955
Bernadette, Peters, 1948
Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith, 1945
Brian Jones, 1942
Mario Andretti, 1940
Tommy Tune, 1939
Gavin MacLeod, 1930
Frank Gehry, 1929
Svetiana Allilueva, 1926
Charles Durning, 1923
Zero Mostel, 1915
Earl Scheib, 1907
Milton Caniff, 1907
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, 1906
Vincente Minnelli, 1903
Linus Pauling, 1901
Ben Heckt, 1894
Charles Blondin, 1824
John Tenniel, 1820
Mary Lyon, 1797
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, 1533

Antonio Sabato, Jr., 1972
Tony Robbins, 1960
Gretchen Christopher, 1940
Jack Lousma, 1936
Dinah Shore, 1916
Jimmy Dorsey, 1904
William Wellman, 1896
Herman Hollerith, 1860

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"On Golden Pond"(Play), 1979
"La Reine de Saba"(Opera), 1862
"The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling"(Publication date), 1749

Today in History:

Coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty's rule over China, BC202
The first edition of Henry Fieldings' "Tom Jones" is published, 1749
John Wesley charters the Methodist Church, 1784
The first commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) is chartered, 1827
Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Québec), 1838
Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor, 1849
The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire, 1870
The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone, 1885
The USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched, 1893
Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force, 1897
Egypt regains independence from Britain, but British troops remain, 1922
DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents Nylon, 1935
Basketball is televised for the first time, 1940
In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives, 1947
James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA; the formal announcement takes place on April 25 following publication in April Nature (pub. April 2), 1953
The first-ever color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public, 1954
The United States and People's Republic of China sign the Shanghai Communiqué, 1972
Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum, 1980
GRB 970228, a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, strikes the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way, 1997
First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace, 1998
Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (300-mile) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947, 2004
Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft, 2007
Egypt annunces the discovery of a granite head from a statue of King Tut's grandfather, Amenhotep III, 2010


  1. Our is done also except for some paperwork from my husband's business partner. My husband make no money from his "business" but it keeps him busy!

  2. good for you. i need a cpa's help this year, i'm afraid. *sigh*

  3. Go you on your taxes.
    Meanwhile, thanks for the linklove.

  4. Hubby is working on our taxes too. Ours are way too simple for a CPA so hubby uses Turbo Tax. Works for us.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

  5. I have done 4 tax returns so far this year, and none of them were my own. People be calling me, asking for favors. Next year I charge them $10 each! Either that, or I insist they feed me free snacks.

  6. What a great organizer! We don't like to wait until the last minute either. I'm surprised at how many people do. It must be so stressful! Blech.

  7. Few things feel as good as completing one's taxes, especially if you're expecting a refund.

  8. I used to love to do my taxes when I was a single mom, but now my son is over 18 and I don't get a big return. Kind of ruins the fun. Good on you for being done. I haven't started. Public sleeping day sounds about my speed.


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