Get the Party Started!
Yesterday, I shared a card using the Balloon Adventures Bundle. Here’s a fabulous video from Stampin’ Up! showing more ways to use the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies.
I hope you watch – and enjoy! – the video. My stamp room has been a little neglected the past few days, so I’m thrilled that Stampin’ Up! had this video available for me to blog. And I needed to see it as well. There are so many things you can do with these thinlits that I would have missed without the video. I love Brandi’s tip about cutting out all the thinlits to see how they work, because I can’t always tell what a die is going to do until I use it.
I told you about my fun shopping trip with Mike in my blog yesterday. When we got home, I realized that it was the end of January – which means not only are the quarterly payroll taxes due, but so are W2s, 1099s and all those other pesky tax forms. Taxes actually make my stomach hurt. When I work with numbers, they have to add up exactly, so I check and double check, and it’s very tedious. I’d much rather be creative – but, sadly, the IRS frowns on this. They just don’t appreciate it when you’re creative with numbers. Go figure. So – I got all the numbers ready so I could enter them and e-file today.
Life never goes the way you planned, so I’m finishing my e-filing tomorrow. (After, of course, I take two cars to the shop to get the yearly inspections done.) I’ve known for months that my car will need to be inspected before the end of January. Why did I wait until the 31st? Maybe because I know I have a “back-up” car. Still – I don’t have “back-up” taxes. You’d think I would have added all the numbers earlier – at least for the quarterlies. Because every quarter I wait until the last few days and then drive everyone a little bit crazy while I frantically work to get them in on time. Every quarter I say, “I’m not doing this next time.” And every quarter, I do. It’s a sickness. Or maybe it’s because I want to put off the stomach ache as long as I can.
I’m sure a good psychologist would have fun analyzing this. My analysis is I just want to have fun in the moment and create beautiful memories. There are days that I plan to work on the not-so-fun stuff, and then I’ll get an invitation to go to the park with Amelia and Wesley. The taxes? The car? They can wait. But that little girl will only be two years old for seven more months.
Another thing I put off was buying new “athletic shoes.” My athletic shoes were at least 15 years old. My son Jon kept saying, “Mom, you need new ones. Those are horrible for you!” When I was a kid, you bought “sneakers.” These days there are lifting shoes, walking shoes, aerobic shoes, running shoes, cross training shoes, and more. Good grief! I just want something to put on with sweats or leggings at 6:30 a.m. when I go to pick up Amelia. And, of course, to wear when I get on the treadmill if it’s too cold to wear flip flops or go barefoot.
I’ve looked at new shoes, but so many of the shoes these days are crazy colors – and I’m just not a crazy color kinda girl. On our shopping trip yesterday, I found a pair that were mostly black. There’s a little teal (one of my fave colors!), but they’re really black, and they worked with the leggings I bought – or so my new friend Shirley – forgot to mention her in my Monday blog – said. I’ve had these shoes on all day – and I have to say, I feel 15 years younger. After an hour or two in my old shoes, I was ready to kick them off and put on my slippers or flip flops. These babies are amazing! I put them on at 6:30 a.m. It’s almost midnight. I could easily do 30-60 minutes on the treadmill. Why did I wait so long for this?
I think my friend who’s fighting for her life right now would be the first to say, “Live in the moment – and realize what’s really important.” If I’m a day late with taxes, I may have to pay a penalty. But if I miss a day with my granddaughter – that’s an opportunity I will regret forever. So – spend the time with your loved ones. Buy the shoes. Dance, sing the songs, and eat the chocolate (all of which I did today). Don’t waste a minute of the party that is “Life,” because you don’t want regrets when you get to the end of it.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Go out and live today!