Once upon a time, many years ago, we had our taxes done in late March and were
unpleasantly surprised stunned by how much we owed. I don’t remember the circumstances now or why we were so caught off guard by it, but it changed the way we plan our taxtime. We now always have our tax appointment in the first part of January. It works out well because most people don’t want an appointment in January so our tax accountant schedules us early and we know exactly what to expect three months before anything is due. We try to come as close to even-steven as possible so we never expect a big refund. We just don’t want a big bill!
All that to say, it’s been tax prep time around here the past few days and I’m looking forward to being done. I’ve also been weeding out files, old receipts, etc. which means dust. Here’s the odd thing. I have a dust allergy, but haven’t sneezed at all. My throat, however, is a mess today. The lovely EoE even infiltrates my taxes.
So, all that to say, we’re getting our taxes done this week and I’m looking forward to being finished and writing more unit studies like the two I did in the past week – Presidents’ Day Unit Study and Black History Month Unit Study. It’s way more interesting that calculating mileage and receipts.
Someone in a Facebook group recommended a different way to do Bible reading for the year and I’m going to try it. I’ve read through the Bible chronologically and I HIGHLY recommend it if you’ve never done it. It gave me a much clearer picture of how it all fits together. But I knew I would struggle to keep up with something ambitious like that this year so I confess I didn’t have a plan at all for the year.
But I’m going to try her idea!
You choose twelve books of the Bible, one for each month. And then you read and re-read whichever book you choose for that month. I like that! It gives you the opportunity to become very acquainted with a particular book and recognize themes the more you read through it. Since it’s already January 10 and I’m getting a late start, I’m going to begin with a shorter book and one I’m already fairly familiar with – Colossians.
I won’t even try to guess what I’ll read the next eleven months. I’ll see where life goes and choose each month.
Have you heard of Red Copper cookware? I hadn’t, but apparently it’s all over television. My mom had a square one similar to this round one that I tried when we visited over Christmas. It’s AMAZING. I use it to cook my meat for each meal and NOTHING sticks. It cooks bacon incredibly well. She gave it to me to bring home and I couldn’t be happier with it.
Now I have to decide if I want to order more pieces. I’ve been having a really hard time with cookware the past year. My twenty plus year old Farberware finally gave out. I tried some moderately inexpensive T-Fal non-stick pots and pans that began chipping within six months. I then bought new Farberware when I had a bunch of discount codes and Kohls cash to use. Within a month of use, the pots started doing all kinds of weird things on the bottom so they all went back. Farberware today is not what it was a few decades ago. I was very disappointed. So I’m using a hodge podge of cooking things including the few T-Fal items that haven’t started to chip yet. I’m kind of at a loss. Any suggestions for someone with a small budget?
I have an instant pot and every week I think I’m going to start using it more, but it intimidates me. I don’t know why. It just does. I have this weird thing with new and complicated appliances. And the instant pot seems complicated to me. I know there are people who use it daily or multiple times a day. It just seems like One. More. Thing. to figure out and deal with and I don’t want to figure out and deal with anything else. Do you have a favorite instant pot recipe or website?