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22 September 2016 @ 08:49 pm
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This poor journal has been horribly neglected lately! I've sat here a few times, thinking about posting, then I get distracted and ooh look a cloud wander off to something else....

Had a bit of a weird experience in Target today. Browsing through the shirts, looking for my size in one particular style when another shopper came up and started chatting. Okay, that doesn't happen often, but it isn't that weird. What WAS weird was how, after I'd wandered off across about half the store, she came barrelling up to me, waving some random shirt she'd found, and calling out "I found this, it's in your size!". I thanked her, saying thanks but no, thanks, and she replied "But it's the size you were looking for!" She actually seemed offended when I explained that I didn't really like the one she was brandishing. Odd odd odd.

Finally got around to doing my tax return last weekend. The format has changed; it's been online for the last ten years but it's been quite streamlined with a lot of the information pre-filled. As a result, I managed to miss declaring a capital gain from the sale of some shares, and had to lodge an amendment almost as soon as I'd hit the lodgement button the first time. With the first submission I was looking at quite a handy little refund; after the amendment I'm still getting a refund but nowhere near as much. Just enough, in fact, to pay for the mixer I bought on the expectation of a refund! Which is good enough, really.
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byslantedlight: young love (imbeiaiel)byslantedlight on September 22nd, 2016 09:06 pm (UTC)
Hello! It's nice to see you - I'd been thinking about how quiet you'd been, and hoping it was just busy-ness! I know how it goes though, we get lots of clouds around my way, too... *g*

Rats for the almost too-whizzy new tax site, but at least it still turned out to be a refund, I guess... Hurrah for your new mixer though - what kind of wonderful things will you make with it? *g*
miwahni: Sherlock John eatingmiwahni on September 24th, 2016 12:38 am (UTC)
Hi! *waves back*. I usually manage to keep up with my flist, but actually posting something here seems to be put off and put off.

I have had a lot of fun with the mixer; mainly cakes, so far, including a triple layer jaffa cake for my son's birthday. But even things like whipping cream are so much easier. I did have a brilliant mixer back when I first got married - had to layby it and pay it off over six months - and the minute it was out of warranty the motor blew up. I took it back to the factory but they said it wasn't worth repairing *sigh*. So all these years I've done without. It's nice to have one again! Especially as the kids come over for dinner every Sunday night now.
mrua7mrua7 on September 22nd, 2016 09:48 pm (UTC)
Scary lady with shirt....good thing you said 'thanks but no thanks." There's strange stalkers out there, and you never know when they're going to target someone.

Me being the paranoid type would have made sure she didn't follow me out of the story. Yikes!

Doing taxes....(lets out a scream) Maybe stop and have a nice soothing glass of wine before you continue with that.

Glad to see you back on LJ!
miwahni: Sherlock horror facemiwahni on September 24th, 2016 12:41 am (UTC)
That lady seriously weirded me out. I took myself off to the other side of the store until I was sure she'd gone.

Doing my tax was an interesting experience. The new "simplified" system relies on you remembering your various deductibles etc, instead of the old system which prompted with questions such as "did you have any capital gains this year". I guess I need to keep better records in future.
mrua7mrua7 on September 24th, 2016 05:03 am (UTC)
I'm blessed that the amount of what I receive for disability is under the threshold (buy quote a bit( and therefore I'm not required to file taxes.

When I was working and had a decent income, I had someone do my taxes for me. What they charged was very reasonable.
miwahnimiwahni on October 3rd, 2016 10:09 am (UTC)
The kids are always at me to get my return done by a tax agent but I've always been more than happy to do it myself. Now that I'm familiar with the new format, I know not to rely on the form prompts but to keep a list of my income and deductions, just so I don't forget again.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on October 2nd, 2016 05:45 pm (UTC)
I haven't been round much myself so... yeah.

The Target thing is really odd. I think sometimes people just hope to keep the conversation going.
miwahnimiwahni on October 3rd, 2016 10:07 am (UTC)
You've had a lot going on in your life, I know.

I wondered if she were lonely, to be honest, and just wanted a chat. Still weirded me out though.