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January 28th, 2016 at 10:57 am

Quitting spit tobacco .... check
My daughter's scholarship .... check

Actually, I found a new forum. It's basically the same as the old one I was on a few years ago. In fact some of the articles, and the basic culture are the same. My guess is that the old one folded, and this new one was resurrected by former members under a new url, and the old url is still out there. Too bad there wasn't something to direct me to this new one. So my posts about quitting will become less, because I've found this new outlet. But I'll probably speak up about it every now and then just to let you all know I'm still quit.

The thing about using sugar free chewing gum as an alternative ... my kids can bum a piece off of me. Yesterday DD2 got two pieces, and DD1 and DS2 one piece each. So it's going to get more difficult to keep track on my mental spread sheet.

Honestly, I've got to start winding down this budding chewing gum habit. It's not as damaging, it's not as expensive, but it's a habit that costs money. I mean I honestly almost always have gum in my mouth now, at work, at home, at church - almost all the time. That's the difference when your habit is socially acceptable. The mentality of satisfying a craving just doesn't seem right, no matter how harmless, and comparatively inexpensive the new habit is.

And here I thought I wasn't going to blog about quitting today....

We should be ready to complete our income taxes now. I think all our papers are in. It's just a matter of finding the time to sit down and get them done.

This will be our fourth year of claiming the adoption credit. I think the credit can be claimed over five tax years. An accountant goes to our church, and I asked him to make sure. He wasn't sure. He says he can only remember doing one adoption credit before, and that's back when it was fully refundable - this accountant is about 5-10 years younger than I am. He said that he could look for me, and I told him no to worry about it.

I've not blogged at all about the Flint water crisis. I know it's made quite a few national headlines. Flint is a bit more than an hour west of me. I drive through Flint on the interstate every time I drive to Lansing, and Flint is about half way. It's a very sad situation. It's almost unbelievable that something like that could happen in 2016.

4 Responses to “Oh, what to blog about...”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I have been watching the Flint crisis, too, since I have family in Michigan (not Flint). I can hardly believe something like this was allowed to happen.

  2. Livingalmostlarge Says:

    Make you wonder what else is being hidden by the government. Right after where we live all data on water was published for every town in the area.

  3. mjrube94 Says:

    I watched a news program about Flint last night. It is incredible that this is happening in the US. It will be a long time, and take a lot of money, to begin to fix this.

  4. snafu Says:

    Erin Brockovich was on Late Night [Colbert} , explaining the Flint water issue is nation-wide but not yet publicized. She suggests everyone call their supplier to confirm their water source and delivery. Is it possible these children's diseases could be linked to poisoned water? There is insufficient data.

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