Taxing Tasks

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Whenever I finish my taxes each April, I vow to organize my write offs on a regular basis, so I’m not in data entry hell beforehand. Yet every single year, I find myself unable to deal with the receipts until the month before.

I already know my 2011 March is going to be cuckoo, so I’m tackling the shoeboxes early.

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Food is the only shiny glimmer of light throughout this tedious task!

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Cereal with almond milk, 1/2 a banana, a clementine – I mistakenly called these Puffins the other day but they’re actually Shredded Oats:

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And they are delightful – maybe my new favorite?

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A sprinkle of hemp seeds – couldn’t taste them, but I know from Christy’s guest post how nutritious they are!

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Filling too, because a bowl of cereal doesn’t usually hold me over for more than 4 hours.

I have my monthly massage scheduled soon, plus dinner out I’d like to be hungry for, so I opted for a lighter lunchtime nibble.

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Huge organic Ambrosia apple with a PB & J Cereal Bar

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Yes, the tree is still up.

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But I’ve a feeling it’s coming down soon, so I’ll share with you my new favorite ornament before it does:

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Abe’s parents sent this wooden pizza paddle from Pepe’s, our favorite pizza place! It’s so cute. I want to make teeny tiny pies on it.

Speaking of pizza, check out Vegan Pizza Day for a chance to win 3 lbs. of vegan cheese!!!

Back to the shoebox…

  • http://www.running-foodie.com/ Megan (Running Foodie)

    No worries, our tree is still up too :)

  • http://superduperfantastic.net/ suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic]

    Last year I was super lazy about taxes, so I ended up filing an extension. I’m hoping that I am in better shape this year to get everything done in time. :)

  • http://thewannabechef.net Evan Thomas

    We still have our tree up, too. I’m kind of wondering if my parents will ever take it down…

  • http://coffeeandthepaper.wordpress.com coffeeandthepaper

    Eek! Good luck with your taxes! I started doing mine a couple of years ago, and so far it’s not to bad, but I don’t have a lot to do yet.

  • http://www.saywhatyouneedtosayblog.com Lauren

    Ugh, good luck with that. It sounds terrible but definitely worth doing.

  • http://thenondairyqueen.blogspot.com/ Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)

    Haha, I do the same thing every year. I feel so stupid every year that I don’t hold up to my tax promise! Although, I blame my disorganization this year on the fact that the year went by so quickly!

  • http://www.healthymadeeasy.blogspot.com Tina

    I JUST did a post about hemp seeds and some hemp products I reviewed! I love hemp milk and hemp milk based ice creams. And yes, my tree is still up too. I don’t want to take it down because 1. its a pain in the butt and 2. it means the holidays are REALLY over :(

  • http://thehappinessinhealth.com Jessie

    I love that cereal! It’s my favorite ever, and I often have it as a nighttime snack before bed.

    Pepe’s is on of my favorite pizza places! I forgot you used to live in Middletown. Did you ever go to Sally’s?

  • http://www.nettlenomad.com Rachael

    Kudos to your head start. This is the first year I have to actually do my taxes; I used to file as a war tax resistor, which meant tons of paperwork and hell for my HR department (made up for with copious amounts of baked goods). Those were the days…

  • Wendy lee

    I think the idea of having Julius look over your tax receipts is an excellent idea. Maybe you can send him to accounting classes.

  • http://www.cksmetalart.blogspot.com Cindy

    Thank you for making me feel better about my small stack of receipts I’ve not organized.

  • http://bakingnbooks.wordpress.com bakebooks

    I LOVE that you still have your tree up. I still have my lights up …and they’re staying up! The Holidays are the only “light” in my life – so I must take what I can get…

    Oh God – taxes! Eeps. I’m scared to death of this year because I’m going to have to pay in money…I switched jobs that doesn’t take out taxes already – so this is going to scare the pants right off of me…should have been saving….but that’s impossible when your trying to pay down debt!

  • Gail

    I am so impressed that you are starting your taxes now…..but after all these years I think I shall continue being Last Minute Minnie.

  • Danielle @ myfoodideas

    love the ornament! i wanna go to Pepe’s!

  • http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com Monet

    Oh taxes…I don’t even want to think about those! Do you like the ambrosia apples a lot? I’m so partial to pink ladies that I don’t branch out. Let me know how the compare! Take care, sweet girl.

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      i love pink ladies as well! this was my first time with an ambrosia that i can remember – i’m no apple expert, but i think they’re pretty similar – crisp and sweet. i mean, i wouldn’t be able to tell the difference in a taste test!

  • http://healthycoconut.wordpress.com Healthy Coconut

    Coming from an accountant, yes…please do organize your receipts before you visit your CPA during tax season, lol!

    I bought from Target this $1 receipt organizer that has all sorts of tabs, perfect way to stay semi-organized throughout the year.

    Does the cereal taste like the Quaker brand?

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      i’ve never had the quaker brand so i’m not sure, but it’s what i’d imagine the cereal to taste like!

  • http://lowandbhold.wordpress.com lowandbhold

    Ugh, taxes. I hate them and mine aren’t even that hard. I never get money back though. EVER!

  • http://freckledfoodie.wordpress.com/ Freckled Foodie

    i’ve gotta find some barbaras! :)

  • http://healthnut-em.blogspot.com emily

    Good luck with the taxes! I hate doing mine!

    Julius is super cute. :)

  • http://thescenefromme.com TheSceneFromMe

    Thanksfully my husband does all those tedious things associated with taxes for me!
    The tree is beautiful, I don’t blame you for leaving it up :)

  • http://kitchenmeditation.com Roxan

    Omg, that box of receipts is insane! I think I would have a nervous breakdown if I had to do that.

    And I’ve never had a Barbara’s cereal other than Puffins! I’ll have to try this one. Is it as addicting as puffins? I can seriously eat a whole box of puffins in one sitting. They’re so light and airy ;]

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      Definitely as addictive as Puffins – they are airy, but heartier – if that makes any sense….

  • http://saltytooth.wordpress.com saltytooth

    How funny! My tree is also still up, I kind of don’t want to take it down…but I also don’t want to turn into “those people.” :)

  • http://edenseats.wordpress.com edenseats

    Its so sad, I saw trees dumped everywhere around la. at least I know none of them were yours.
    You are so responsible with the tax stuff! you should be an accountant (semi kidding, its not as thrillinga s being an actor, of course)

  • http://inanoyster.com Pearl Lee

    Lynn! Julius is SO cute. what breed is he?

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      he’s a jack russell terrorist, i mean, terrier