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  1. NT So - how did YOU celebrate?

    My husband said that this was the smoothest end of tax season that he has seen in our 28 years together. I'm not sure what I did differently, but I hope that I can keep it up. I did start using him earlier in the season as my receptionist for signing so that I could work harder without all of the distractions.
  2. NT So - how did YOU celebrate?

    We just stayed home and watched some tv. Tomorrow, we will go somewhere, because I haven't left the place in almost two weeks. I don't want to splurge and eat something bad for me until after my physical on Friday.
  3. I'm as done as I'm going to be!

    I could work harder and later tonight, but I have everything done that I had promised and am actually in a good mood for the first last day of tax season in many years! I owe a lot of that happiness and sanity to the amazing people on this site. I think it's partly age, I've finally learned that I don't have to let the stress kill me and make me miserable. I have prepared more returns by now than the last four years and am so relieved. I have a lot of extensions, but none that were not expecting it. I won't take tomorrow off, because I do want to wrap up a few returns and start on payroll and property tax returns. I have a ton of work to get done and so much planning for our London trip by 4/29. I am sure that I will renew sometime with ATX for next year, because I had a good year and I'm too old to want to learn new stuff. Thanks to all of you for the humor, the acceptance and the new stuff that I learn here every day. I hope that everyone has a great summer and peaks in here once in awhile, because I will still be here all year. Now I'm going to try to take a nap! Bonnie
  4. Rant: Client's that don't set up their voicemail

    I will have to check and see if Cox offers something like that. Thanks!
  5. Rant: Client's that don't set up their voicemail

    I should text more, but every time that I do, some Bozo calls me at 7 AM on my cell phone, just because they have the number. I only text my client's that aren't apt to abuse having my cell phone. I keep getting text to land line calls from the kids that don't understand that I actually have two land lines in my house.
  6. I can't believe how many people I've called and they haven't set up their voicemail. I do not want to continually call them, because it just ticks me off! Everything ticks me off right now, I guess. Bonnie
  7. NT - my eyes are falling out

    This is good to know about floaters. I have not seen any lights, but I have one that is so big that I have to really look at numbers carefully and straight on to make sure that I am seeing correctly. It sits right in the middle of my vision and just drives me crazy. I went to the ophthalmologist and she said that she will watch it, but that there's nothing short of surgery to get rid of it.
  8. I am going to cry or scream!

    Abby, Carbonite backs up automatically to the cloud. My Windows backup does not work at all. It broke when Windows downloaded 10 on my machine, evern though I told them no constantly. Then they had to remote in and put it back to Windows 7 Pro. Backup never worked again. Easeus is a separate backup program that I use to backup to flash drives and external hard drives.
  9. Hello...and Former Client Needs Help

    I am appalled! I don't know how anyone can treat another human being, especially a client, like that.
  10. I am going to cry or scream!

    Good News! I have my computer back. They think that it may have been a Windows update that went crazy last night. I knew that there was one there, but I had not told it that it was OK to update. They did it for me today and everything is working. I am paranoid, but I am definitely getting my extensions done early. The really nice thing is that they didn't even charge me. They said that there was no sign of the hard drive failing and that if it happens again, to unplug everything but the essentials and see if they are causing a boot problem. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts. The Serenity prayer did come in handy even after I got up and running. We found another carpet beetle in the house after we have spent probably 36-40 hours total moving furniture, pulling up carpet and spraying everywhere. We had not seen one in over a month. I told my husband that this time, it's not Pinterest, we get an exterminator and find someone to watch the cats Lion, I really feel for you. I hope that your computer makes it through the next few days and that your hip replacement goes well when you find the time.
  11. I am going to cry or scream!

    I did learn that about Carbonite. I back up additionally to a folder in my docs. Will that work? I have a plan with Carbonite and I will have to read to see if I can break it in the middle. I suppose I should export them, also to a external hard drive. I back up daily with Easeus to one.
  12. I am going to cry or scream!

    Thanks. I hope that it's hardware and an easy fix. I just hope that Carbonite and/Easeus restore easily if that's what I need to do.
  13. I am going to cry or scream!

    Last night when I shut down my computer, it took forever and then I got a blue screen. I did what it said and shut it of. I turned it back on and it started just fine. This morning I turned it on and it stuck at the splash screen. I called my IT guys and it's on its way to the computer hospital. I hope that it's an easy fix, because I really don't want to tell everyone that is left that they have to go on extension. I'm so upset. I was booking right along and was way ahead of last year.
  14. Unrented Rental Property in Puerto Rico Deductible?

    I am also glad to see that my thoughts on this exact situation were actually correct. I warned my client that using a HELOC on his current home to purchase a rental house would not have deductible interest because of the new law in 2018. He did not like my interpretation and went ahead and did it. He will not be happy when he has his 2018 taxes prepared, unless he goes to someone else.
  15. N/T - Random thoughts & stuff

    I was talking to my sister the other night and Siri on her Ipad said something. My sister said "Siri shut up you (insert very innapropriate word)" and Siri replied, "There's no need for that". We died laughing. I swear these things really are getting their own thoughts.