First and foremost, I’ve been feeling very uninspired inre: blog posts. So please please please speak up if there’s some subject you want covered. I don’t want to go back to scrambling at the last minute for post ideas, but more importantly I like to know that I’m addressing my audience’s interests.
Speaking of which… Despite a fair amount of requests for accounts of Tinder adventures, the actual post I compiled didn’t do all that well in terms of hits/comments. So I probably won’t be doing more of those.
If you want to keep up with my Tinder (mis)adventures, you can follow the blog’s Facebook page or Twitter account. (For what it’s worth, I’m a bit more in-depth — read: naughtier — on Twitter.) The updates go over like gangbusters there, so I’ll continue to update those accounts with the latest and usually-not-so-greatest dating world tales.
That said, if anything particularly egregious/hilarious happens, I’ll try to link to Twitter/Facebook posts about it in the spending diaries. But overall, the people seem to have spoken (or, in this case, not spoken) and Tinder tales are “meh” in terms of interest. Which is fair enough, given that this is at least allegedly personal finance blog.
But a last few notes on dating in general: Tinder is being a little less awful to me lately. While I’ve had some pretty hilariously awful opening lines, gross turns of phrase (accompanied by backlash from the shattered fragile male ego to some polite feedback) and slightly icky conversation enders, I’ve also managed to meet a couple decent guys and reconnect with one — via Tinder — from before Darryl and I went exclusive.
I did even go out with someone that I (gasp) met in person. He was at a party my friend Kevin threw. But I don’t think that’s going anywhere. He’s a ton of fun, but I’m just not as attracted to him physically as I’d initially thought.
By which I mean, the outfit he was wearing when we met made him look maybe 10-15 lbs overweight. Which was, frankly, already a bit of a stretch for me (hypocritical though it is because I’m 10-15 lbs overweight). I’m afraid all the pretty ripped young thangs have made me extra shallow lately.
But as it turns out, he’s actually about 40 lbs overweight, though he does wear it pretty well. I got a better look on the date, and… Yeah, I just don’t think it’s tenable long-term. No matter how great a time we had.
Trust me, I’m very annoyed with myself, but you can’t help who you’re attracted to.
In day-to-day life, I got all of my fourth quarter tax stuff (individual state, individual federal, FICA, state unemployment, state withholding and federal unemployment) all mailed off in a timely fashion. Now I just need to start compiling numbers for my business taxes and pay H&R Block a painful $500 to do my return.
My goal for this year is to be very careful with funds in 2020 — last year, I had to transfer some money into my business account from my personal one, making it hopelessly complicated — so that I can maybe use TaxAct for next year’s returns. That’d save me around $440. But who’s counting?
I’m actually incredibly paranoid about owing money on my federal return this year. I don’t feel like I paid enough. But I based the number on my 2018 tax numbers. And while my blog made a bit more than expected this year, I also put $11,000 more into my SEP than in initial my calculations and made a little less on the guest house rental (thanks to repairs and a couple months’ vacancy).
So I think I’ll be okay. If not… Well, it’ll suck but I have the money in savings, and since I paid at least as much as I owed last year, I won’t owe any penalties for underpayment.
This is what I keep repeating to myself when my anxiety flares.
Other than that…
Work continues apace. It’s still a pretty cushy job, answering customer emails from the comfort of my living room and being able to take breaks as needed.
In health news, I’ve started working out again. I just added the lighter ankle weights (1.5 lbs each vs 5 lbs each). I’ll work my way back up. Also, I’m trying to get back on my diet. Varying degrees of success there but I have lost a pound or two (beyond water weight) already, so that’s promising.
In socialization news, my trivia group is trying to get back into going to weekly events. We didn’t really do anything trivia-wise in December, though we did have two game nights.
Also, I’m trying to go to more MeetUp events, though there haven’t been a ton of great options lately. I do have book club in early February. And I’m sure my friend Kevin will throw another party soon.
Finally, obviously finances are going great, but you read enough about that in my last monthly financial update.
And that’s about all the news that’s fit to print.
So yeah… If there’s a topic you want covered, leave a comment and I’ll do my best to write something up if I think it’s remotely viable. Other than that, I guess just tell me how your lives are going.