Already wrapped up the first month of 2012. Crazy!
This week at work was alright. The IRS, in their infinite wisdom, thought it would be a good idea to institute a new computer system at the START of tax season this year. I mean, really...wouldn't you think that would be the best time to try out something new?
Anyway, thanks to said new system locking down, and thanks to so many people trying to file in that first week of tax season, the IRS had a delay with the first round of refunds. Awesome. So we spent this week telling people about the delay and trying to direct them to news stories about it, and to the IRS website, so they would stop screeching at us for holding onto their money. Mad peeps. Understandably so, I guess...but it's not our fault. SO STOP YELLING AT ME. :)
**Side Note - You would not believe the insane amount of identity theft/social security number scams that we have seen so far this year! For those who may not be aware (and really, I honestly can't believe their are folks out there that don't know this, but...), there is NO valid organization that will call you and ask for your social security over the phone. NONE. ZIP. ZERO. If you are ever contacted by a school/organization/credit company/etc., they should already have your ss# if you are doing any sort of transaction with them. Verify the last 4 digits if necessary, but nevereverevereverevereverevereverever give out that information over the phone! Oh, and also...websites that are promising a "tax credit" or a "stimulus" of ANY kind are lying to you. Just so you know. **
Next week will be the busiest, craziest, worst week of the season. After that, hopefully my hours will start dwindling down and I can get back home. The boys are doing well with their school. Both of them have just about wrapped up their homeschool social studies and science portions of T4L for the year. Not surprisingly. That's what happens when they are left to their own devices, lol, they do the fun parts and skip language arts and math.
When I'm done with the tax thing, we will work on finding some new experiments and projects for them to work on. Maybe go back through the T4L activities and pick out topics that they enjoyed and expand on them.
This week will much the same. Work, sleep, whine, repeat. :D
The boys will push through with school. With Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and President's Day in February, they are enjoying working on the special holiday word lists in their spelling curriculum. We had a lot of fun, trying to see who in the house (adults included, lol!) could come close to spelling "Punxsutawney Phil" correctly. We all failed. Braeden was very perturbed that we even asked him to try. "What kinda name is that anyway?!"
I do so love my kids. :D