We survived tax day and the damage is about what I expected, a bit more than last year which I'm not really sure why, so will look closer when the filing papers come back from the accountant. DH did make a lot less last year, but the timing of when he had some 2019 bonus money actually paid out in January of last year (which is 1099'd), an extra 27th paycheck for me in 2020 because of how the pay dates fell, fewer business deductions, and no education credit increased our taxable income. As I think Hawaii Plan said yesterday, we are OK paying our share of taxes, and believe they are important for continuing a a certain quality of life for society as a whole. It's the chunk at once that is a hard swallow. We do plan for this though, so no one will be doing without this spring, even if we tighten a bit to cover the overage. With that shared, I use Fridays as sort of recap of my life, my activities, and plans in the form of my Friday W's.
What's top of mind: on a world stage, but happening locally is the upcoming trial of Derek Chauvan, who's actions that led to the death of George Floyd and resulted in a world response to systemic racism. Jury selection starts next week. I rarely need to be in downtown Minneapolis, even when not working from home, but knowing this is setting off more pain for the community is gut wrenching. The issue of racial equity has flared up large in my work setting, catalyzed by responses to the pending trial, but really ongoing issues for decades.
Where I've been: Banner week in my life as I both got out for movie night at my daughters, walks outside in the nice weather, my Kohl's pick-up and quick shop, and grocery shopping last night. Woo-wee, I don't know how I have ever been so run off my feet with social commitments. That's what I'm calling grocery shopping these days.
Where I'm going: Our daughter invited us for dinner on Saturday night at her house. I'm bringing cookies for desert and/or the brownie's I still have frozen in the freezer. I'm not sure what she's going to make but she's a good cook and will sure beat needing to cook again myself.
By Zoom, I have book club tonight. I might run over to the liquor store and restock my hard seltzers before I log in. With Sunday perhaps hitting 60, maybe we will go for a rooftop or outdoor drink somewhere. I miss happy hour with friends and this would be a taste of that.
What I'm eating: Too much! Menu has already been different than planned as I try and use up what we have, and bought different things than originally intended at the store. Monday's burger was my meal highlight of the week.