Tale of Mommy Hibernation

You’re Pregnant?  Congratulations!  I’ll call you in 15 years.

Many of my friends went into Mommy Hibernation when the first Baby was born.  This is the reality that your entire life is now focused on feeding schedules, naptime, and poop.  This phase can last a few years, or in rare cases it can be permanent going from helicopter Mommy to helicopter Granny.Baby feet

2015-12-24 16.49.42At first, it was really emotionally hard to lose my friends.  I did not realize it was a hibernation, I thought it was permanent!  I tried to stay connected, making the effort.  I endured horrific Baby showers, Smash cake for 1 year olds, and overall lack of topics for conversation.  I tried to look interested in the latest diaper genie and poop disposal systems, but it was obviously not a topic that I could contribute to.  I enjoyed shopping for pretty dresses and cute tee shirts, but it is hard to feel engaged over a few outfits.  Every time I was shown Baby pictures, I eagerly whipped out cute photos of my Dog, apparently it is not the same. Continue reading “Tale of Mommy Hibernation”

5 Easy Steps for Income Taxes DIY or Hire a Professional

5 easy steps for doing your own taxes, plus advice on when to hire professionals.

Doing TaxesWhen I started filing taxes decades ago, it was a tedious process of convoluted tax tables and writing the information on the correct tax forms by hand.  There were separate instructions on exactly how to staple the W-2 income statements correctly to the exact page.  Annual returns were manually entered into the IRS system, introducing another person to make a mistake.  I remember double checking everything I had written before sealing the envelope, mailing my return, then waiting weeks and weeks for my refund check or correction letter.  While attending University for my Finance degree, I took many accounting classes, and worked for several accountants over the years, including an independent tax firm.  Admittedly, I have a complex tax return, and I pay a professional (after I have completed a preliminary return on my own) to file my taxes. Continue reading “5 Easy Steps for Income Taxes DIY or Hire a Professional”