Saturday, March 10, 2007

Idle

I locked my keys in my car today. With it running.

Okay, so I was at Pentagon City Mall and not out in the middle of nowhere on the side of the road, and I have AAA, and my mom was with me, and the weather was relatively nice, and the locksmith came in less than two hours and got me into my car without damaging anything. But still, boy do I feel stupid.

When we got home, my dad went online and bought me an extra door-opening keyfob thing. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it to make sure that I don't lock it in my car along with the original set of keys. I'm going to have to come up with something.

Anyway, this has been spring break week, which sadly ends tomorrow. I'm somewhat irritated that the daylight savings switch happens during the break, but also somewhat happy because that extra hour of daylight in the evening is going to be very nice. And it won't make much of a difference that it'll get light later in the mornings, because I now (finally!) have put curtains up in my bedroom. Or rather, one of my friends put them up for me. I shouldn't take the credit for that.

My dad and I have spent much of the past two days doing my taxes. I get money back from the federal government — yay! — but not that much — also yay! (because it means I didn't loan the government money interest-free) — but owe both Pennsylvania and Virginia taxes as well as Pittsburgh city taxes. Now, I worked for a bank that was located in Pittsburgh, and correctly printed my Pittsburgh address on my paychecks. Pittsburgh city tax is a flat 3%. Yet the bank deducted 1% instead. So I'm going to end up taking pretty much all of my federal refund and distributing it to various state and city governments. Fine, okay, I'm glad I don't owe. But it's a little irritating to have to go through all this paperwork to end up with nothing. Although it's better than last year, when I had to pay the city of Pittsburgh $348.50. The only reason I don't totally resent it is that I know how badly they need the money.

I've had a good break overall. I haven't accomplished much, which has been nice. I've cooked and baked some (pasta carbonara, some sort of Italian breaded chicken, pineapple upside down cake, blondies, tofu pitas with homemade tzatziki), watched a bunch of movies (can't remember what most of them were, but I finally saw The Shawshank Redemption), played Dance Dance Revolution twice, went hiking in Shenandoah National Park, and spent some time with my family. And yeah, I got some reading done. But altogether, it's been relaxing, probably largely because I haven't thought about con law for a good week.

3 Comments:

Blogger kristina said...

My sister once told me about a locked-car theory of calling someone with your extra keyfob and having them click it next to the phone so the car would hear it. Glad to hear that you had a good relaxing time in A-town--will see you in a month or so!

3/11/07, 9:21 PM  
Blogger Jordashe said...

Don't shortchange yourself! You got a AAA in DDR! On Flashdance! What A Feeling!

3/12/07, 9:05 PM  
Blogger Lexi said...

I've totally locked my keys in the car with the engine running before, in the parking lot of a Wendy's when I had to get back to school for an exam. Awesome. These things happen.

3/22/07, 11:35 AM  

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