I woke up to the normal nightmares and tried to feign sleep so the dogs would stay put. I was so good at it that I gained 15 more minutes sleep. Up and at 'em, I fed everyone and jumped on the rowing machine. Surprisingly, there have been no OMG moments where I couldn't move, but that's another story.
My goal for the day, which sometimes is pretty small, was to drive to the UPS store and pick up my mail. I knew my tax returns would be forthcoming and Monday is the deadline. Since even TAX offices don't work Saturdays, the papers allowing on-line filing needed to be signed and returned.
I got the biggest shock of my life when I opened the folder. It caused such distress that I froze in my tracks. Even the girls in the store asked if I was okay. #@!%$#!&%#$&#!! I owe THAT much??? That's enough to purchase the newest, fanciest 4-wheel drive 3/4 ton high-in-the-sky truck and pay CASH!!! That's more than I make in an entire year!!! I called my accountant.
Here's the thing ..... in laymen's terms. You know that little bit of depreciation you get to write off each year when you have a rental? All of that comes back to bite you in the butt when you sell it. Basically, you now have to pay tax on every bit of that and MORE at a much higher rate than normal!! It's the BIG ONE Elizabeth!!
Unfortunately I stayed upright and now faced the worst task imaginable for me ... I had to write those lousy checks to IRS and Franchise Tax Board. You just can't imagine the bad words going through my head at that point!!
I might as well write out the checks and get them in the mail while I'm here and save a trip to the post office. The girls felt sorry for me and gave me the stamps free, as well as faxing the paperwork for free. Everything done, I headed home.
It was THEN that I discovered just how distraught I really was. Can you guess? I wrote the checks out of the wrong account, and since I watched the mail lady pick up the bag from the UPS store, I knew there was no going back.
Could it get any worse??? I finally calmed down enough to figure out a way around this mess I just put myself in. I drove all the way back to town to the bank that had the money ... got a cashier's check made out to me, then drove clear across town to the second bank that the checks were from. Usually, they won't credit the money to your account immediately ... not until the check (even a cashier's check) clears the bank.
Lucky for me, they took pity on my plight and credited it immediately. WHEW!!! Disaster averted!! I just should have stayed in bed today!!
In an effort to distract myself and maybe make me feel a little better about the whole deal, I decided to bake a cake and eat all of it in one sitting!! I'm sure you all know what this is ... my favorite cast iron skillet ... and it's upside down!!
While scrounging around in my cabinets, I discovered a large can of pineapple that I'm sure I would never use .... except for pineapple upside down cake. This time I drug out my grandmother's cookbook. With no cherries in sight, I substituted pecans from Arizona. I didn't quite eat the entire thing .... a quarter of it however, went straight into my mouth and it's all IRS's fault!!!
The only good point of the entire day, aside from the cake, was my renewal of mail services with the UPS store. After the first year, you get a discount!! The only ray of sunshine in an otherwise horrible, cloudy, hailing, thunder and lighting day!! An entire year for $86.00. How cool is THAT?
Yup, some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed!! Now instead of 30 minutes on the rowing machine, I'll have to spend 60 to pay for the cake!!