I feel like I've said this 100 times already, but I seriously think January is the most boring month; either that or I've become extremely boring. Either way, there's not been much going on which means I don't have much to tell you about. The majority of my conversations this month have been with my dog. Maybe I'm really going insane.
So, I filed my taxes today and I'm getting back a teeny tiny return from the federal government and just a tiny return from the great state of Alabama which is a heck of a lot better than having to pay a tiny or even a teeny tiny amount. This was the first year I've done my own taxes since I was a teenager. My friend Meri helped me figure out what numbers needed to go where and then I was able to submit and e-file. Who knew it was so easy? I'm sure it's more difficult for others. The funny thing about it is I spent about $67 filing on my own whereas in the past I've only had to pay the accountant $45. Oh well, at least it's done and I don't have to worry about that for another year.
Here's the thing I don't understand about people and taxes - why do some people wait until the very last minute to get this done? I'm guessing it's just procrastination or laziness or the fear of having to pay the government, I just like to go ahead and get it done so I can get my money back as soon as possible. On the occasions when I have had to pay, I always mail the payment close to the deadline, but if I am getting some money back, then send it on back ASAP is what I say.
In other news, I ordered the current season of Downton Abbey a few weeks ago and it was released on Tuesday and arrived at my house on the same day thanks to the magic of Amazon Prime. I thought I might try and refrain from watching the yet unseen in the United States episodes; but, alas, my willpower failed me and I promptly popped the discs in the player and watched three straight episodes. They were awesome and it was hard not to tweet about what I was seeing on my screen. I've got one more episode and the Christmas special to watch this evening and then, sadly, that's another season in the books for me. I can't wait for all my friends to see these next few episodes so I can finally discuss what's happening with someone!
There's a new Masterpiece Mystery that started a couple of weeks ago called Grantchester. It comes on after Downton and I must say I have really enjoyed it. We saw a preview of this show and some other new ones when we went to see Downton at the Space and Rocket Center and they all look really interesting. I'm not sure they will catch on like Downton has, but hopefully PBS will have some success with this new lot of shows.
I'm also really enjoying State of Affairs on NBC. It's like a Homeland for network television. Each week there's another twist and it all revolves around the CIA. I gotta be honest, watching these types of shows makes me think I missed my calling. I'm confident I would have made an outstanding CIA agent.
This week one of my favorite shows says farewell. Parenthood ends its five year run on Thursday night and I will undoubtedly need a whole box of tissues to make it through the last episode. Considering I have literally cried in every episode of this series, I am quite sure I will cry from start to finish during the one hour show. It's so good and I'm so sad it's ending.
To be honest, I could probably write on and on and on about television; but, I won't embarrass myself by letting you all know how many shows I watch and love and instead I'll just wrap things up here. What about y'all? Is there any show out there that you absolutely must see every week?
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