Feb 8, 2010

Marvelous Monday Update 2/8/2010

TAXES DONE... FOR ANOTHER YEAR
Working in the accounting field (Yes, I do taxes) has given me certain resources that enable me to find answers I might not have ever known. I prepare my own taxes knowing that if I get into a bind, I can get help. So, I worked on my tax prep for '09 thinking I'd get about the same refund as last year since nothing had changed. I have to say this is the first time in all the years I've done tax prep that I looked at my numbers and literally freaked out that *something* was seriously wrong. My projected refund was twice the amount I expected. Unbeknownst to be, I'm eligible for the newly improved education credit! I checked my return 3 times to make sure it was right! Had I known about the credit, I wouldn't have adjusted my withholding for the Making Work Pay Credit! Umm... yeah, I work in accounting.


WEATHER
I just want to say that Nancy jinxed me when she commented on the weather last week. The day *after* she commented on my blog, it SNOWED! Thanks, Nancy. Love you, too. It snowed enough that I spent over an hour before work, shoveling and blowing.


GIVEAWAY
Lainey's Stitching Hoose is hosting a Valentine's giveaway. Click on over if you'd like to check it out.


STITCHY STUFF
I have another finish to announce! Presenting....

Design: Love
Designer: The Stitcherhood
Fabric: 14ct white aida
Fibers: Rainbow Gallery Splendor Silk
#911 Christmas Red
Alterations: Added the border on the
right side and beaded the heart.


SCHOOL
I had tests in both my classes last week.

I was quite peturbed when my Ethics instructor informed us that we were going to take the test at the END of class (9pm). Prior to the test, he lectured on two chapters (which weren't on the test) and we had our usual discussion on current events we each have to bring to class each week. When one gets up at 5:30am, one does *not* want to wait until 9pm to take a test over 6 chapters. I think I did OK on the test... I was the second one to finish it, and then I was outta there!

I spent two evenings working on my online IA II test, even emailed the instructor twice with questions. When we submit our answers, we get immediate gratification (or disappointment). I scrolled through my graded test... 10 correct... *whew* at least 50% right so far... *scroll, scroll*.... 13 correct... 75% correct... one wrong... *scroll some more*... the rest correct! Woo Hoo!! I got a 95%. I then went back to look over my calculations and made a STUPID error which I definitely know better since I working in the accounting field.

I'll find out my results for the Ethics test on Thursday. I hope I did OK, it's worth 25% of my grade.

37 comments:

Debbie Jo said...

Love the card,,you did a great job on it. So glad your school work is coming along for you. I know you did well on your Ethics test.

Carolyn NC said...

What prof gives the test at the end of class after lecturing??? Weird. Congrats on the good grades. Love your card finish - so cute! And the weather...not much anyone can say, except send condolences LOL. Hope it clears up soon. We've had cold and a snow...time to move on to spring!!!

Donna said...

Goes to show even those in the "field" can be surprised when it comes to taxes!
Love the card. It is just so cute!

Cyndi Harris ~ said...

WhoooHooo! Congrats on your rebate!! That's great news. And your LOVE finish is really cute too.

too_busy_to_stitch said...

Hope you do OK Meari! Sure you will though :o) I know what you mean - sometimes we get our tests at 9pm - at the end of a session. Not good. Just about ready to go home by then! Off to Drafting Finanacial Statements (for publicly listed companies) in an hour. No test this week though :o)

Emily said...

Good luck on the results for your Ethics test. That beaded heart is great!!, love how it stand out above the stitching.

Barb said...

The Love piece is so cute. We have been pretty lucky when it comes to storms so far this winter. We only had 1 or 2 really bad ones, but one is suppose to come in tonight -Wed. so we'll see.

Debra said...

your card is really cute, congrats on your finish. Do you really work in the accounting field, LOL! Sorry, I just had to say that.

Carolyn's Crafts said...

Love the card! Education credit, hmmm I'll have to make sure I see if I qualify!
Congrats on your online test and here's to crossing my fingers for you on the ethics test!

Kelly said...

Great job on the card Meari!

Carol said...

I knew you would do well on your test, Meari! Congratulations :)

And the little Valentine's card is so sweet!

Anonymous said...

Your cube and card are adorable! Makes me want to do something for valentine's day, if I only had the time!

We did a double take on our taxes this year too. That education credit really does make a difference.

Hoping the weather forecasters are wrong and that the snowstorm will just evaporate! They are calling for 9-12 inches in my area because the two weather systems are going to merge together right over us.

I'm so ready for spring!

Pam in IL

Carol said...

Interesting seeing how the same design looks so different based on the finish card vs cube.

So does the better tax return mean we will be seeing you go BIG time buying for stash :)

Good luck with the test results.

Rachel S said...

Yay for the tax return!

Love the card.

Anonymous said...

I love the card you made with the Love design. It looks great.

Congrats on your test result! As far as the Ethics test goes, I totally agree that 9pm is too late to be doing a test, even if you didn't get up so early! I can't believe that anyone can be at their best at that time of the day.I hope you get a good result.

Hugs,
Lynette

Elaine said...

Well done on your test result. Love the card finish.
Thanks for mentioning my giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I love that card, Meari! Congrats on your test too.

Berly

Gabi said...

Congrats on your tax refund (hope you'll get it soon). The card is adorable. Crossing fingers here that the test will turn out well. Horrible to have to do such a test after such a long day.

AFwife99 said...

The stitching looks good. At least you figured out why your return was different than expected instead of just say ok, and going with it. Hope your spring weather is coming soon.

Julie M said...

Love the Love card and I'm with you on freaking out over the taxes. We paid in last year and this year we get money back and although we have someone prepare our taxes I still questioned it.

zoomcity said...

I love this card, well done.

Blu said...

Good job acing the test!
Your card is lovely!

Alberta said...

Despite the white stuff falling from the skies, you had a great week! Love the Love card

Vicki in CO said...

Nice job on the card! I'm sure you did great on the test...I have faith in you!

Nancy M said...

Paybacks are hell, we are now under a warning and getting at least 8" tomorrow. I think you wished it on me! School is just yuck in my opinion. And to do a 9 pm test, just isn't right. Love the card. You get so clever. I went to Sam's to buy our tax software and $70??? Trying to find someone who has already bought it and hasn't used their 5 federal files!!!

Anonymous said...

That is a lovely card. Glad you are getting back more than you expected on your taxes. You did great on your test.

Marl

Mylene said...

The card is lovely. I am sure you did well on the test.

silentsgirl said...

That is a fantastic finish for the Love piece. I adore how the edges are completely clean with no snippets showing. Your life is so incredibly busy - I would need roller skates (and lots of caffeine) to keep up with you.

Shelley said...

Your card is adorable. I hope the snow is not treating you as bad as the news shows. Stay safe and warm.

Chiloe said...

At least, you will be able to have more money than you will not have saved otherwise ;-)

Cute finish !!!

I wish you well for your tests ;-) You rock, anyway :-)

mbroider said...

Hey am happy you are getting some more refund:))

EvalinaMaria said...

Congrats on a great mark and filing your taxes! Love your stitching as always.

Kristin said...

Your Love piece is beautiful.

Yay for big tax returns!

Thanks for the heads up about the giveaway.

Lucy said...

The love card is adorable!

Katrien said...

lovely card

Jenna said...

Very nice finish! I love the beaded heart.

Angela said...

too cool! Brava
angela, from rome Italy