Friday/Weekend Thread

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Friday/Weekend Thread
15
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 9:05am

Good morning ladies, the weekend is upon us!  How will you be spending it?

Photobucket

Pages

Avatar for turtleemom
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-25-2007
Mon, 02-04-2013 - 9:37am

Hope you get the job! 

We are also holding off on finalizing vacation plans   I just got wind that the group that organized the Barirer Island trip last year is doing a similar trip this year, but in North Carolina.  She also does a DC trip and one to Disney so I nee to be patient and see what group rates she offers.  It might be a better deal. 

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 02-04-2013 - 9:15am
Yes, the state used to help out with AP tests also, but that got cut last year, so I am shelling out $89 each for 3 tests this year, but I guess depending on how well she does it gets her out of some courses at out of state tuition costs, its a bargain...
Photobucket
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-03-2012
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 4:39pm

We paid full price CC tuition for dual enrollment.  It was about $300/semester for the class, and the book was $30 or something.  But after seeing just how much "real" tuition is- we got a bargain :)  The school used to help out with that.  But with budget problems, the help the school system did with dual-enrollment was the first thing to go.  A few years ago you didn't even have to pay for AP tests- those were covered in full.  Not anymore.  I think Kristen took 4 of them, and they were $87 a piece.  :(

We'd have to wait until her spring break in March if we want her to do her taxes.  We are going to see her the end of Feb, but it's a one night thing.  We go up Friday night, see her concert- probably take her (and maybe this guy she's kind of seeing- I don't know) out for food.  Sat morning we've got to drive to JMU for Becca's All-State audition.  I'd love to do the Thursday night one- but then Becca misses a whole day of school.  And she's kind of freaking out over Algebra 2 right now.  SIGH.

Cheryl

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 3:50pm

I told Jordyn last year I was going to make her sit down and fill out the tax forms with me, just so she could see how it was done.  But she was so busy last year we never got around to it and I did it quick.  This year I was thinking the same thing, but agian, she is so darned busy.  I've already had to "schedule her services" to do facepainting at Emma's birthday party in April.  I am not sure yet which weekend we are going to do it, but luckily she is done with cheer by then and prom isn't until the weekend after the 2 I was thinking for Emma's party.   However, I just looked up the acrobatic and tumbling schedule, I know she'll plan on being up at Baylor to watch them when Oregon comes to town to compete, luckily that's easter weekend.  However, the National competition is in Texas again this year, but its the weekend of Prom.  Jodyn is going to be so disappointed, she and her BFF wanted to plan a big prom weekend thing.  I probably should mention it to her so she knows...

Thanks for the info on the dual enrollment.  I hadn't even planned on bothering to see if it was deductible this year as we only spent $75 and books, so I figured it wasn't worth it.  But $700, wow!!  But I guess in the grand scheme of things to not pay regular tuition for it, still better...

Photobucket
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-03-2012
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 2:59pm

Chelle- glad the interview went well!

Cheryl

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-03-2012
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 2:58pm

Taxes.  Yay. 

I looked online.  Yes, we can use some sort of credit for Kristen's school, she's a 1st time student, she's at least 1/2 time and she's at an accredited school.  But then there was something about not being able to take some of the credit if money paid was from a Coverdell account.  And it was- but it was a Coverdell my MIL set up for her, and there's not a whole lot left in there (one more semester's worth).  I don't know.  We use Turbo Tax so hopefully that will tell us.  And we can't file until the middle of Feb- at least that's what Yahoo said since we've got education credits.  We'd take a part of the refund and just funnel it back into her college account.  That is- if we get to take this credit. 

Oh yeah and I learned something.  Dual-enrollment classes are NOT considered in this.  Why?  The kid- even though they're taking a college course- is still a high school student and you have to be a college student in order to qualify.  That I got right off the IRS website- I was curious.  Kind of stinks, we paid $700 for those 2 dual-enrollment English classes Kristen took.  Plus the books. 

We could do Kristen's taxes too, I'm sure they'd take no time at all.  She's not going to get a whole lot back, and I'm just wondering if maybe she should do them. 

Paid bills today.  Fun fun.  Called the mortgage company b/c it's the first payment after our refinance and I thought we were getting money taken out 2x/ month.  Nope- only once.  I guess we could change it- I don't know if I want to or not. 

Becca is 16 tomorrow.  She wants to go ice skating with a couple of her friends- then out to eat.  Then next weekend she wants to have another group of kids over to stay the night.  Whatever.  The girls are from 2 different high schools, and neither group knows each other.  If she wants it next weekend, she's going to have to have them come after the orchestra fundraiser. 

Oh yeah that.  This year's board is SO unorganized.  It started off with them having none of the Sophomores in Chamber (and there's a couple of them) not put on the email list- so the trip they did in November- I didn't even know we owed money for it until a week before the kids left.  There has been NOTHING sent to us about the fund-raiser next week.  Becca doesn't even have any tickets for it.  I don't know if she was supposed to get them or what.  Becca said I should run for a board position next year.  I had a friend who was treasurer- and all she did the year she was in charge of it was complain.  Really don't know if I want that kind of drama in my life LOL.

Cheryl

Avatar for 3EggsnAL
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-06-2012
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 2:43pm

I have no idea how we are getting our refund so quick honestly.  This is the first time I have have filed this early. I e-filed and chose direct deposit. I know doing that makes it come faster alone. 

I don't worry the Gatorade and my kids drinking it cause they don't drink it a lot. Just when sick and for sports sometimes. It's seen as a treat cause they hardly ever have it. 

We may not be going to DC after all.  I was finding it hard getting a hotel during the time we wanted for 5 people, turns out there is a March for Marriage that week of the kids Spring break.  It might have to wait till next year.  But also if I get this job I think we need to stay close so I only have a few days to make up instead of a whole week. 

In my earlier post I forgot to mention at Natalie's appointment yesterday her doctor decided to put her in a foot cast. He's hoping this will immobilize her enough to get whatever is goin on in there to heal. So she walks around with a purple cast. 

I am definitely feeling so much better today. I am willing to say my worst was last night. I am so glad it did not get bad. Thank goodness for my flu shot. 

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 10:42am

I lived on Mt. Dew for about 15 years straight, especially to get me through college and working full time when Jordyn was little.  I had no idea until about a year ago when I finally got a doctor to tell me why I was so darn tired all the time and found out I had a severe thyroid problem.  After I started doing all the research I was AMAZED at what I found.  I still have one on occassion now, usually in times of high stress, but I am amazed at how much better I feel overall having given it up and changed my other eating habits.  I wish I had known this years ago, and now if I could get Jordyn to stop drinking so much of it!!!

Photobucket
Avatar for turtleemom
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-25-2007
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 10:37am

Good morning!  DH just got back from dropping Buffy at the vet.  Now he is off to a client site.  If he's done by noon, we're all headed to an afternoon of bowling.  Afterwards, I'll bring Frodo to the vet for his ears and both pups will come home with me. 

Saturday Zeph is volunteering at the lab at Fermi Lab.  I'm a little surprised that a mom (of the teen volunteer group) is providing food for the kids.  We don't do bake sales or potlucks or eat homemade food from people we don't know.  The volunteer coordinator thinks I'm a whack-a-doodle, but so be it.  Zeph hasn't decided if he's packing his own lunch or coming home after the morning shift.

Sunday I think we are going to take advantage of a Superbowl Strike offer at the eat in movie theater.  Laundry, the floors, and the bathrooms all need to be cleaned also plus grocery shopping sometime.   Hoping DH can get taxes figured out too. 

Avatar for turtleemom
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-25-2007
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 10:35am

Wow, when we file electronically it always takes a few weeks to get our money.  What did you use to get it posted to your account so quickly? 

It's good that you interviewed well despite being sick.  Hope everyone in your home is feeling better soon.

By the way, I checked Expedia for hotel prices- rather than going off of Trip Advisor - and I did find some in Quantico and Alexandria for around $100.  I'm glad you mentioned they were out there.  It let us see that we would be getting a low rate but 'paying' in time driving, the hassle of finding daily parking garages, etc.  DC sounds like a marvelous walking city so now I realize the price of being in the center of it all would give us the vacation experience we want.   I'm waiting to hear back from a travel agent about a Disney quote (trying to get free dining) before we make a destination decision. 

Pages