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14 April 2004 @ 10:45 am
Still seem to be updating this thing a little less often than I should, but ahwell! Life goes on, as per usual...some good, some bad, some just very busy.

First of note, enveri and I got Spots Illustrated fully up and running! She still wants to tweak the layouts, and I have some tweaks to make to the backend code, but overall it seems pretty happy. Thanks to haikujaguar and dracosphynx for providing some good examples...Had to teach myself PHP for this, and they gave some very useful launching points and ideas! Been great to see Genet's muse revving up again, too.

Tax time rolls around again. $354 federal, $2 state this year, both owed. Better than some, worse than others, and I'm curious why I owe proportionally more this year than last, what with the big 2003 tax break ;) (I think I might've actually jumped a tax bracket, since I got both a promotion and a raise, which might explain it :P)

Things at home have been pleasant. I've been using Saturday afternoons when Genet's at her gaming group to keep the apartment clean, and am discovering how much easier it is to maintain when done weekly than when done in a binge every few months ;) I've also taken up Battlefield 1942 and Command and Conquer: Generals, if anyone out there is ever up for a game ;)

Got a hugely busy weekend coming up...company arriving tomorrow, leaving Sunday, followed by lunch with captain18, then some volunteer work in the afternoon!

Something good: I think we've broken Marcus of his toilet paper chewing habits when we're out. That was getting expensive, he was destroying a roll most days!

Something bad: The annual Thomas Jefferson Muzzle Awards have come out. The award itself is a good thing (awarded to those who have greatly advanced the cause of stifling free speech), but most of the recipients fall firmly in the Something Bad category.

Something disturbing: Butt monsters!
Current Mood: energeticenergetic
The clearest night is the coldest.: Get Some!octantis on April 14th, 2004 05:30 pm (UTC)
I haven't played Generals or Battlefield in a while, but I'd be up for playing them again, they're some good times. Been a while since I played Generals, actually... I'll have to get the disc back from someone I lent it to. I suspect I'll get my ass kicked at C&C. >_> Then again, with out respective time zones, it might be difficult to meet anyway.

Have you tried the Desert Combat mod for Battlefield? Truely amazing total conversion. www.desertcombat.com
Brendan: Cardroho on April 16th, 2004 05:04 pm (UTC)
Heh, nice icon ;)

I'm really lousy at both games, so no worries about getting your butt kicked. And yeah, been playing lots of the Desert Combat mod, it's great! I'm up for a game sometime, a 2 hour difference shouldn't be insurmountable...I sometimes play with shadowstalkerw and points, too, so we could try to get a whole team together for something :)
Aurethaureth on April 14th, 2004 07:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the tax thing is rather odd. I got back $500 last year, this year I owe slightly over a hundred. My pay only increased a little bit....I should go back and see just how much tax I paid last year as opposed to this year.

Next year, I'll be getting myself a nice refund check, courtesy of Massive Homeownership Tax Breaks. It won't quite make up for the Massive Homeownership Expenses, though. ;)
TuftEarstuftears on April 14th, 2004 08:16 pm (UTC)
(re: Spots Illustrated) Looks good!
Giachetta Rigogliosa "Magnavixen" Ruciomagnavixen on April 16th, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC)
My taxes seem to turned out nicely this year.. HUGE state refund and a sizable federal one, upped by the fact that my 401(k) not only trimmed me down a bracket, but I was juuust barely eligible to claim 10% of the investment as a deduction. :D Couple that with 100% match on the first 3% of income and I wuv wuv wuv 401k.

Spots Illustrated has some lovely art indeed! Roho looks super-cute as always. Those beeg fennec ears. :)