After my indoor triathlon last week, I really thought that my weekends would slow down a little. For the past few weeks, I ran, swam, and went to breakdance on Saturdays, which usually meant I usually had enough time to change into activity-appropriate clothes before heading out to my next commitment. Even without all of those things this weekend, I still managed to find more than enough ways to keep myself occupied.
After Wacky 5K packet pickup at Sports Authority on Saturday, I planned to head straight up to Andersonville in my quest to find preserved lemons. However, I’ve been in the market for riding boots since September or October, and since DSW is directly across the street from Sports Authority, I figured I’d stop in and see what they had available. I didn’t find any riding boots, but I did find some baller new cross trainers.
OBSESSED. I’ve desperately needed new shoes for hip hop/breakdance/strength training/every activity that’s not running for a long time–as in, the soles are literally falling off the shoes I’ve been wearing for all of these non-running activities. These Reeboks were marked down from $100 to $30, so obviously I wasn’t about to say no to that, especially when I legitimately needed new shoes.
I needed preserved lemons for the Moroccan Quinoa I brought to book club on Sunday, and though it’s possible that I could’ve found these at maybe the Whole Foods in Lincoln Park, I knew for a fact that they sold them at Middle East Bakery and Grocery, so I figured it’d be a lot easier to go up there where I could for sure find them rather than wander around that monstrosity of a Whole Foods in a potentially fruitless quest (bad pun 😛 ). I’m a HUGE fan of Middle Eastern food, and this little hole-in-the-wall grocery store had an incredible selection for being such a small place. Most importantly, in addition to preserved lemons they also sold freshly baked pita bread, which I most definitely bought and enjoyed for lunch on Saturday.
My Saturday night was both low key and thrilling. Low key in the sense that I stayed in, thrilling in the sense that I FINALLY finished my 2012 taxes. I’ve spent most of my free evenings (which, realistically, are pretty few and far between) for the past three weeks trying to figure out my state tax situation, and it’s been the opposite of a good time. I am never, ever moving from one state to another and working in both of those states during the same calendar year. Woof. Trying to figure out what had to be counted where was a nightmare. The whole experience was really incredibly frustrating, especially because I knew nothing about income taxes heading into it. All these schedules and forms and financial terms–I’m completely in the dark, and honestly, I feel kind of cheated in my education. It seems pretty useless to me that I could carry on a long and intricate discussion detailing the differences between Spanish and English literature but, until a few weeks ago, had never seen a 1040 in my life. You would think that a $134,000 liberal arts college education could in some way, I don’t know, prepare me for the real world. Is that really so much to ask? Because while perhaps my History of Science class made me a well-rounded, more educated human being, most of that knowledge is downright useless. I get the purpose of general education requirements, but it seems like both my money for college and taxpayer dollars everywhere for public education would be put better use to teaching students real, applicable skills to survive in the real world where things like taxes and insurances and 401(k)s and credit reports exist rather than filling our heads with all sorts of mundane details we won’t remember or even need to remember beyond the final exam, you know? I was telling my dad this (my dad taught high school for 40 years), and he said his high school used to have a personal economics class where they did teach those things, but once MEAPs and MMEs (standardized testing in Michigan) came into existence, they had to drop those classes and replace them with Macro- and Microeconomics. WHY?? Am I the only person who finds that to be SO illogical?
Anyway. Moral of the story: my taxes are finally done, and I’m stoked.
On Sunday afternoon, I headed to Erin’s for book club!
I normally have a pretty big breakfast on Sunday mornings and I also normally eat a decent amount of food after races, but I didn’t want to eat much other than my standard slice of toast + peanut butter before the race and didn’t have time to eat much after the race, so I was STARVING by the time book club rolled around. Fortunately, this gave me a chance to sample just about everything.
Food club book club is the best 🙂 I love how it gives me the chance so many foods I never would try on my own. Everyone should be lucky enough to have so many good cooks to hang out with once a month.
What did you do this weekend?
Did you learn about personal finance or have any other sort of practical, “real world” education in school?