Just finished doing our taxes. Another milestone reached... We are now "married filing jointly." Just for kicks, I did a test run with married filing separate, and I would have owed the IRS $1100, so this milestone is just fine with me. Still, I can't figure it out. According to our return, we made quite a lot of money last year. Yet, we're still "struggling." Okay, we're not struggling like a lot of people struggle, far from it, but buying a house, car, anything like that is SO far off. What I'm most pissed about is that we gave about $20000 last year to the government. That's ridiculous. But the good news is that we're getting a mediocre refund (I had to pay the state last year--theoretically, this equates to me PAYING to go to work if you think about it), and that it will go a long way towards our house fund.
Speaking of houses!!!! We're making plans. As of now, we are almost definitely moving back to my beloved Indianapolis when Eric finishes up with school. We've been doing a lot of looking, spending hours at a time looking at places online, and it appears as though roughly 80% of the homes in Indy are for sale. SO many, and so cheap. It's all relative. We pay so much now for this little place that we'll actually be saving money by becoming homeowners in Indy, even with taxes built in. I am very excited, not only to be entering a new phase of life with my sweetie, but to be moving closer to the fam and finally being able to add some new members to the household...
Yes, we're dog-crazy. That's what I was talking about with the new members. Babies??? Maybe a little later, though if Megan and Alan Freudigmann wanted to send Kirra over for a night or two, I could definitely handle that. She's a cutie. For right now, we're in love with every single dog we see, and the Pedigree commercials on television make me cry. As a result of our stepped-up money saving efforts, we also have a little extra to donate to dog-related causes. Check out www.bestfriends.org. Such a special place. National Geographic Channel has a new show called Dogtown that is about Best Friends. It's on Friday evenings at 9:00, and I highly recommend it.
Anyway, we're going to get a dog ASAP. Two, probably. Or maybe three. If there are dogs who are particularly bonded, we're totally psyched about giving them all a good home. We've decided on a couple names, for the golden retriever--her name will be Jose Jones (after a Pixies song), and we'll call her Jo for short. Another, perhaps a Bernese Mountain Dog, will be named Morrissey, after my main man (former lead singer of The Smiths and current musical badass), and we will call her Moz for short. And finally, though this is up in the air, we may call the third dog Roberta (after Robert Smith, lead singer of The Cure). Clearly, we've been thinking about this. But then again, perhaps we'll change our minds when we see their little faces.
Speaking of little faces, check this out! This special little sweetie is my new sister, Maddie. Not to be confused with my niece Maddie. By chance, my parents came into contact with a couple who needed to find a new home for Maddie here, and they have been waiting for some time to get a dog. She's a good girl, by all accounts, and is in love with my dad--he's a lady-killer, as we all know. She's "big-boned" in the long-standing tradition of Glover dogs. I can't wait to meet her, and I'm sure that we will have loads of fun together. No dog could ever replace our Shiner, but we have a lot of doggy-love to give, and she will be a great addition to the family.
Eric has started back up with school, and as usual, is ambivalent about it. We're attempting to not psych ourselves out of enjoying our last year in Boston with the planning for a move. But even at the best of times, Eric really hates school. Thank goodness that there are no more math classes involved.
Mythbusters are about to blow up a one-ton bomb, and that sounds like something I'd be interested in. Hope you're all doing well!