December 22, 2006

"Oh George, George Dear..."

Found at so anyway...

Which Character from It's A Wonderful Life Are You?

You are Mary Bailey
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In case y'all didn't know, Frinklin just happened to take part in the radio stage play of It's a Wonderful Life here in Tacoma with the Horatio Theater. He played a number of parts including the Announcer, Mr. Potter, Uncle Billy, and several minor roles. The show was great fun to watch and was reviewed in the paper positively. Can't wait to see the next one!

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December 19, 2006

No, no, no, no, no...

Snow, ice, floods, wind, and now...this?

Someone should really tell Fox "News" it was actually just a steam plume.

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December 16, 2006


The Frinklin-Ensie household is finally back online after the ginormous windstorm that struck Thursday evening. We lost our cable (and thus the internet, TV, and phone) on Thursday afternoon, and our power followed about 1 AM early Friday morning. We were lucky enough to have lights and heat again by early afternoon Friday, and it appears the cable came back sometime around 6 PM today.

We weathered the storm far luckier than some, having giant dogs and plenty of cats to keep us warm, a gas fireplace without an electric starter, and a gas water heater. Currently, the houses across the street from us still don't have power, and Tacoma Public Utilities is saying it may be another day to get everyone up and running. Reports are there are 6500 people still without power here and temps are already in the mid 20s.

Seattle City Lights had 175,000 customers without power on Friday morning. Puget Sound Energy had over 700,000. The town of Gig Harbor only has 30,000 subscribers on their power system, and 28,000 of them were without power after the storm ended. It's been amazing to see the destruction this storm has brought just to our neighborhood.

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When I took the below shots a couple of blocks from my own house I had no idea that this tree came from fellow Tacoma blogger James' front yard. You can see his own pictures at Tacomaness.
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December 13, 2006

I Believe I Have the Vapors...!

It's no big secret that I LOVE tax time. In fact, I freak out about half way through January, waiting for all of the reports and paperwork to show up so that I can get our taxes done. Waiting for the California state refund to show up manually almost gave me an anurysm - I actually called the state twice to find out if my paperwork had been filed and my check issued yet (for those wanting to know, I spent 36 minutes on hold total).

This October I won a drawing for free H&R Block tax classes. Fortunately I dropped the phone before all the screaming started or I could have deafened the woman on the other end of the line. Due to unfortunate scheduling conflicts (sister's stupid wedding planning!) I had to decline. But come next Fall, I will be a lean, mean tax filing machine!

And now! I have discovered something, so unbelievable, so taxgasmic - I bring you - the SALES TAX DEDUCTION!

What do taxpayers in Washington, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming all have in common? Residents of these states get to deduct their sales tax from their federal taxes in addition to not having a State income tax! *

Why am I so excited about this? Because we in the Ensie-Frinklin household this year have purchased a NEW CAR! And because we will be itemizing like crazy people, what with the first full year of mortgage paying, and the fact that I now have a home office. And there are student loans. And a giant clothing donation made when I realized that I was being followed by the clothes of college 12 years (and 30 lbs.) past.

Oh yes, there will be deductions this year. Oh yes.

*I am a teensy bit PO'd at the fact that no one mentioned this whole thing earlier as I have spent an ass-load this year on retail items. I would have saved every single receipt. Fortunately I DO have the receipts saved for the furniture we bought, as well as the new TV. So, not all is lost. So, F-you Federal Government for not making me aware of that all important provision attached to the American Jobs Creation Act. I suppose I could re-file, now that I don't have any of those old receipts saved.

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Lets Say Thanks

This is pretty cool.

It's fast, easy, and free.

Let's Say Thanks.

Thanks Xerox.

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December 08, 2006

Bad Quiz

So I tried out the same quiz Eden did here and ended up with an even lamer answer:

What is your Pagan Familiar

You have a familiar that I have not yet listed. I will update soon, so check back. I am sorry that you have to wait, but I promise that when I actually have enough time to type up more answers, your will be on here!
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If you're going to have a quiz, at least complete all the answers!

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