Food for Tax PreparationPosted: February 7, 2012
It’s tax time again – the time of year when I complain endlessly. Ask any professional who has worked on our returns. I spend half the time complaining about how I hate to do taxes and the other half confessing I have forgotten to bring x, y or (z)ero of the documents the preparer feels are essential.
This year will be different. I will not ask for an extension; I will even file long months before April 15. I will use comfort food to keep me going. There has to be food that makes the tax prep job easier and more palatable. I’m not even going to look on-line because I know what will be there: protein (lean protein), fruits, vegetables and plenty of water for hydrating. Good for the virtuous organized people; they probably haven’t already lost their W-2 before the end of January.
Finally it’s “TP” day – that’s Tax Preparation Day; really what were you thinking?
Here’s an overview of TP Day
A quick scan of the list of items I’m looking for and then breakfast. Waffle House Chili with extra McIlhenny Tabasco® Sauce sounds about right. Plenty of saltine crackers and a few hamburger dill slices as a nod to my bodies need for vegetables.
Now to work, but hours later I find myself distracted by a Rugby match on TV and a scrum between who knows who. Since I don’t have the vaguest idea what a scrum is and suddenly find it more interesting than last year’s receipts it’s obviously time to stop and have more brain food.
In the back of the refrigerator I can just glimpse the last remnant from the biscuit marathon but even on TP Day I am not that desperate. Even the dogs aren’t their usual greedy selves and looked at the now very hard biscuit suspiciously too–but they still ate it. They did demand a better snack in the future and longer walks as repayment for disposing of the biscuit.
A salad! What a nutritious idea. Good for me! Doing taxes and eating right. A fiesta salad with extra Fritos®, grated cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, jalapenos and yes, chili. This should get the afternoon off to a great start.
And it did, the missing W-2 has appeared and the junk drawer is a lot cleaner.
Finally It’s Done
Its dark outside and family members have been tiptoeing about all day. Ok that’s not exactly truthful; most just left the house and now are starting to creep in and peep cautiously around the bedroom door. It’s safe: I still have hair and nothing has been tossed out the window (or through it). No destruction and I have found everything that’s on my list. There will probably be something missing when I get to the professional but for now it’s done and I predict there will be a glass or two of wine in my future. Does wine go with chili? Guess it’s time to find out.