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Merry Monday - A beautiful day for taxes

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With French done, I have a lot of other things to catch up on. It seems like I have Mount Everest ahead of me, but I'm just going through the list one at a time. I've gotten a couple of things done and some started.

Renovations

Before the weekend, my new kitchen floor was installed. After the credits that Jiffy gave me, install cost less than $40. The old floor was light grey peel and stick tile, which was peeling itself up on the edges. Because I couldn't get all the glue up from the floor underneath the peel and stick, I needed to put new floor in. Oh, I started peeling it up with a hair dryer. I really don't recommend that. It doesn't get hot enough to work well. It was taking around 20 minutes each tile with the hair dryer. With a proper heat gun, a couple hours for the whole floor.

Old floors:

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New floor:

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It looks like slate. It's one piece of Tarkett vinyl. A little soft for moving appliances around on, so be careful if you go with it. I have a little indent from my fridge that I'm annoyed about. You can only see it in the morning from the bathroom, when the light hits a certain way, but it's there and I know it so it bugs me. This floor was less than $200 including the install and since I had to buy more than I needed due to the manufacturer only having 12 foot rolls, I have enough left for my bathroom someday.

Writing

On Saturday, I finished the Steampunk Romance story I've been working on for Eighth Ripple Press. It's in and I'm waiting to hear what needs editing. I was stuck until I was told the word count didn't have to be exactly in the range. Then it was like my brain figured out exactly what needed to happen to finish the story. So I'm a few hundred words short, but happy to be on the next stage of the project.

Other than this, I'm taking a little break while I do some things like taxes and visit my family for Easter.

Taxes

Can I just say that I'm so thoroughly pleased with CRA this year? Seriously. Their online option to link with my tax software actually worked and I didn't have to put most of my income slips in. This was especially helpful since one of my former employers never gave me my T4. I was freaking out because my option was not to put anything or kind of guess. Neither of those felt right to me. I was going to call them, but then it just worked out!

I was proactive at the start of the year and had a beautiful spreadsheet where I had been adding up my car related expenses like fuel receipts. Do you think I could find it? Nope. Had to start over. Otherwise it's going OK though. Now that my package has arrived, I can go out to my car and get the rest of the paper I need from there to maybe finish them today.

I suppose I should get back at it.

Salut,
R~

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