Skip to main content

Taxes – done – check! Next up, tax-related despair…

Yup, $30 later and our taxes are now officially DONE.  I have been whining (in my head only) and putting it off and dreading every step – round up the papers, paying the fee to pay online, ie not have to get off my bottom to file taxes (with the bonus of getting a refund usually within 2 weeks).  Still.  From the start of paper-gathering to the final acknowledgement that the government has received our returns:  maybe two hours.  Probably a bit less.

Next up, tuition payment, aka begging at the schools’ doorsteps.

Oh, and also re-begging for our free City of Toronto “welcome policy” status, which expires in August now.

Begging, begging, always begging.

I figured out a couple of weeks ago that of the two paycheques Ted brings home a month, we eat one and pay bills with the other.

Any money I receive (Child Tax Benefit, Canada Pension Plan (= big kids’ orphan benefit), plus Universal Child Care), adds up to about a third paycheque.  No idea where that one goes.  Tuition, insurance, gas and transportation (ie all those pretty TTC student tickets), probably gobble pretty much all of that.

Rent, you ask?  Mortgage?  Yup.  No idea where that’s supposed to come from.  Sometimes I feel like such a spoiled JAP (that’s Jewish American Princess where I come from, just to be utterly clear) because my father bought me a house.

Then I look around and realize it’s not a very good house, more of a hovel, the kind of mould-ridden hovel that makes us all sick… and so my integrity is intact, even if we have zero padding in case any kind of emergency – or another car accident – should ever strike.  Chas v’shalom.

But at least our taxes are done, which means our Child Tax Benefit payments will hopefully continue, if not in time for July (eek – my fault, or Pesach’s fault for coming before tax time this year) then at least for the rest of the year.

Popular posts from this blog

לימודי קודש/Limudei Kodesh Copywork & Activity Printables

Welcome to my Limudei Kodesh / Jewish Studies copywork and activity printables page.  As of June 2013, I am slowly but surely moving all my printables over to 4shared because Google Docs / Drive is just too flaky for me. What you’ll find here: Weekly Parsha Copywork More Parsha Activities More Chumash / Tanach Activities Yom Tov Copywork & Activities Tefillah Copywork Pirkei Avos / Pirkei Avot Jewish Preschool Resources Other printables! For General Studies printables and activities, including Hebrew-English science resources and more, click here . For Miscellaneous homeschool helps and printables, click here . If you use any of my worksheets, activities or printables, please leave a comment or email me at Jay3fer “at” gmail “dot” com, to link to your blog, to tell me what you’re doing with it, or just to say hi!  If you want to use them in a school, camp or co-op setting, please email me (remove the X’s) for rates. If you just want to say Thank You, here’s a

Hebrew/ עברית & English General Studies Printables

For Jewish Studies, including weekly parsha resources and copywork, click here . If you use any of my worksheets, activities or printables, please leave a comment or email me at Jay3fer “at” gmail “dot” com, to link to your blog, to tell me what you’re doing with it, or just to say hi!  If you want to use them in a school, camp or co-op setting, please email me (remove the X’s) for rates. If you enjoy these resources, please consider buying my weekly parsha book, The Family Torah :  the story of the Torah, written to be read aloud – or any of my other wonderful Jewish books for kids and families . English Worksheets & Printables: (For Hebrew, click here ) Science :  Plants, Animals, Human Body Math   Ambleside :  Composers, Artists History Geography Language & Literature     Science General Poems for Elemental Science .  Original Poems written by ME, because the ones that came with Elemental Science were so awful.  Three pages are included:  one page with two po

Ancient Auction Secret: If Chinese auctions are racist, why do Jews love them so much?

Ah, Jews, Jews, Jews, Jews.  You sure do love your Chinese auctions, don’t you? It seems that even in an era of political correctness, within certain circles, this term just will not die . And frankly, I’m mortified. I’m not Chinese, but I have family who is Chinese.  Some are Korean, as well.  I guess this makes us more ethnically diverse than many Jews, but I suspect most Jewish families are moving in this direction.  Still.  Even if we don’t know a single Chinese person, we should still stop calling it that. First of all… is it actually racist to call it a Chinese auction? I figured I’d let Chinese people decide.  But when I turned to Google to find out how Chinese people feel about Chinese auctions, what I found was mostly… nothing.  Silence.  I did find some debate (presumably among non-Chinese people) over whether it was too far in the direction of political correctness to refer to these as a “silent auction” or (as in some parts of the States) a “tricky tray.”  (Ok