The Friday gathering: Tax time


I think I’ve finally received all of the necessary tax forms, so this weekend I’ll head over to TurboTax online and do my taxes. I generally do my taxes the weekend after I receive my W-2s from my employer, but this year I had to wait a little longer to receive all of the forms from my advertisers here on Gather Little by Little. I’m  a little nervous that I might have to pay this year due to the extra income. I sure hope not, but we’ll see!

The Friday gathering – Cutting back

Our Snow

This week was a much quieter and less stressful week than the last. We had a winter storm move in from the north and blanketed our mountain area with 3-4 inches of snow and it was beautiful. We hunkered down and enjoyed just spending some time at home relaxing.

The Friday gathering – Not the week I planned edition


This week sure didn’t turn out like I thought it would. I expected a fairly routine and quiet week where I would have some time to get caught up on a few things at the “day job” and be able to knock out two client blog consulting projects I’ve been working on. Well, things didn’t turn out the way I expected, as they often don’t.

On Tuesday we unfortunately had a critical software application fail. We worked non-stop until 2:15am to resolve it.   Talk about stressful! I then had to be back up at 5:00am to get my boys to school and prepare for an 8:30am meeting I had. The whole day seems like a haze.

The Friday gathering – White coat syndrome?


Last week ago I went to the hand surgeon for a follow up on my broken finger. As part of the visit they check my weight, temperature and blood pressure. My blood pressure was little high, 142 over 105. The lower number was their concern. For those that may not be familiar, 120 over 80 is ideal.

This isn’t the first time this has happened, each time time I visit the doctor my blood pressure is a little high. Doctors call this white coat syndrome. To be honest, visiting the doctor doesn’t bother me in the least bit. I don’t feel nervous or anxious, but for some reason my blood pressure seems to be high.

The Friday Gathering – 1 degree edition

The thermometer outside on our deck says 1 degree this morning. That is the coldest temperature I’ve ever been in while living in North Carolina. My auxiliary heating coils are on as the heat pump can’t keep up, I have the baseboard heater on upstairs to keep my kids warm, and a radiator heater in the garage for the dogs. I can almost hear the electric companies cash register going “cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-ching“. It will be very interesting to see what this months electric bill looks like compared to last. But, I shouldn’t complain. I used to live in Burlington VT, and accu-weather says it’s -15 there. Man, I sure don’t miss that.

The Friday Gathering – 2009 New Year Edition


I have to be honest, I’m not a big fan of the whole “new year” concept. To me January 1st is just another day, no different than December 31st or any other day of the year. I realize many people consider this to be a fresh start and a time to re-energize themselves, set new resolutions and start with a clean slate. Call me a curmudgeon, but you can do this on any day, it certainly doesn’t have occur on the first day of some man-made time schedule.

I recently posted the following on twitter:

The Friday gathering – Finally Christmas Vacation!


As of yesterday, I finally started my Christmas vacation. I was supposed to start on Monday, but due to some ongoing issues at work, I needed to hang out an extra few days. I’m off until January 5th, a little more than two weeks. We don’t take a great deal of vacation and when we do it’s seldom more than 1 week at a time, except for during Christmas where I generally try to take 2-3 weeks off.

The Friday gathering – Finger update edition


Nothing like a broken finger to make you appreciate our health care. I visited a hand surgeon earlier this week in Asheville, NC. The news thus far was good. He said it was a very bad break, but at this point didn’t look like it would need surgery. I have a follow-up appointment next week where he said we would know for sure.

The Friday Gathering – Learning new things edition

I love learning new things. Our new home here in the mountains has given me an opportunity to learn all kinds of new things. Most of it so far as been around our house and the different “technologies” it uses compared to our old house:  For example:

  • We now have a heat pump where we had gas heat before. I knew very little about heat pumps before.
  • Our new home has a septic system instead of city sewer. First time having a septic system, so been reading up. A bit gross, but necessary knowledge…otherwise you get gross problems!

The Friday gathering – ouch edition

My boys had been planning a big family football game the day of Thanksgiving. All of the kids and adults where going to play according to the plan. On Wednesday, my boys were out in my in-laws backyard practicing and my wife encouraged me to go out and play with them.

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