I have yet to finish my thoughts about Singapore and Bali and yet I’m back at work in the thick of it. So that will have to wait. I loved having a vacation, and yet I also loved coming back to my home and my kids and my work. I am fortunate in that it is fun to be adventurous, but I always have something to come back. Ah, how I love my girls. And how I love my work! It’s such a great feeling to be involved in something so enjoyable and so challenging at the same time. There is always so much to do, it is a stretch to keep up on top of it all, but it is nice to feel like I have a positive impact on something.
Today was a good day, I had my taxes done. I have always done them myself – I used to do them by hand and then I used Turbotax. But with the divorce I decided to pay someone to do them and as I no longer have a house and the mortgage interest to itemize deductions, I feared what my tax bill would be. Instead it was a pleasant surprise – I claimed one kid and head of the household and it’s even better than claiming as married. Who knew? And I brought the paperwork so they could get started on my ex’s return as well.
I feel very grateful that L. and I get along so well. He has really been good around scheduling around my travel time, and I accommodate him as well as I can. We had gotten together earlier to go over tax stuff and coordinate our returns, and he brought his girlfriend over. She’s a writer and a bit subversive and I really like her. Is it weird to approve of your ex’s girlfriend? But I trust her with my kids and she’s the type of person I would hang out with.
And today, at the tax place, my new accountant had such a great vibe. She was blonde and wore glasses, with super chunky earrings and underground jewelry and as soon as I met her, I immediately liked her. Every once in awhile, I meet someone and there is that spark of camaraderie – the feeling that I recognize you though I know we’ve never met before – sadly the only words we often have is that “They’re so cool,” but it is a feeling of kinship that goes beyond that. I LOVE meeting people like that, it just makes my day. Because I am still looking for my tribe and I think making new friends and being a better friend is going to be my theme this year.