March 24th, 2010

20111112, Marilee

Taxes Mailed

When I finished online last night, I moved the tax paperwork, a slate to hold the paperwork on while I wrote, and my printing calculator over to the recliner. Spirit came to sit in my lap and stepped on just about everything, and on the front of the fed page. I had to redo it, so I moved back to the desk. All the other years she sat with cats that she liked better than she liked me, so it took me a bit longer than usual to move things around and redo a page. I paid the feds $31 and VA $8. The calculator ran out of power and I put new batteries in, and then it ran out of paper and I went to get a roll from the fridge and that box was empty. I would never leave an empty box in there, so I'm not sure what happened. I ordered a new box today, but I could get it only from an "antique" dealer along with rolls for other calculators. The one box is probably enough since I've had the calculator for about 35 years, and used just the one box through that.

I had to get up after each section of the paper to do things around the house because Lucila was coming today (put dishes in the dishwasher, etc.) and poor Spirit kept having to get off my lap again. Fortunately, when Lucila came today, Spirit and I slept in the recliner.

When Lucila first came, I talked to her about moving things around under the sink. She said she was cleaning out down there and didn't remember where things went. I talked to her again about not cleaning in drawers or under sinks without asking me, but I heard her opening a kitchen drawer before I went to sleep. I haven't figured out why.

Spirit and I slept more after Lucila left and then I went and mailed my tax envelopes. Tonight I'm going to work on the papers the city gets so I don't pay property tax (legally disabled and low income) and then tomorrow I'll have it notarized at City Hall (free) and then take it down the hall to drop it off at Revenue.

A number of House members who voted Yes for the Health Care Reform bill have been threatened or had their offices damaged. Here in Virginia, the attacker cut the gas line at the house of the brother of the House member. Yes, an idiot.

Remember when I wrote about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and HeLa cells? The FDA has asked doctors to stop using Rotarix because the cell cultures are damaged. Those are almost certainly cell cultures started with HeLa.