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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Higher and Higher

My sweet Conrad took me to Gringo's for dinner last night. It's this chain in Houston- they own the Mexican Gringo's and the Cajun Gringeaux's restaurants- clever, eh? They have this wonderful thing there called Citrus Tea, makes my heart sing! It's really probably just tea and lemonade but they give you a cherry in it and that makes all the difference in the world.

Conrad took me out because I got a raise yesterday. My company is really, really neat because they REQUIRE a yearly review, always in February and in March, the raises come in. It's a very neat process and unlike some other places I've been, you don't always wonder if you're ever going to get a review again. Anyway, I was VERY pleased and I know I'm doing a good job and am valued here and it makes it worth getting up and coming in - in the morning.... and it's always nice to know where you stand, what you are doing right, what you should improve on, etc... So Conrad took me out to celebrate.

Whilst at dinner, we talked about just things, money, etc... and he had been to his tax man earlier in the day. WOW, did you know in this country you are pretty much punished for being married? Our joint incomes are going to push us into another tax bracket, so he has to go meet with his guy again in June to see where he is (he is a commissioned salesperson) and see whether we need to file married joint or married separate.... because apparently this will effect his deductions, etc... UNBELIEVABLE. The tax man was advising him about both of us maxing out our 401K's and getting all the pre-taxable income help we could, which I understand and which, of course, we will do. The thing is, I don't think you should have to be punished for being married and I'm not really fond of having to pay more taxes just because we make more money... I think it should be a straight _____ % that everyone pays. Ridiculous....

This weekend I will be out and about looking for wedding programs. They are SO expensive to have made... so I'm doing it myself. They'll at least be what I want then... I just can't decide if we're going to do pictures or not... and if we do, are they good pics- like professional. Are they good pics- but ones we've taken out on vacation or something - or are they silly, stupid pics? I don't know... still thinking on it.

I think he would want this one:







and I am more apt to go with something a little nicer, a little prettier... like one of the ones we took in Hawaii....


3 comments:

Rebecca said...

The tax laws are archaic. They were made that way because back when women did not work as much, when marrieds filed jointly it looked like two people had low paying jobs rather than one high paying job and not enough taxes were withheld. I thought the laws had been changed though and the marriage penalty was repealed? I guess I am wrong.

The Tomball Three said...

I think PENALTY was repealed yes- but the two incomes push us into a higher tax bracket... so there-in lies the problem...

and because conrad is 100% commission- he has a lot of write offs and deductions that may not matter at all.

Toni said...

Go with the silly picture. You cant take life too seriously.