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01 April 2007 @ 06:56 pm
Lots of things all crammed into one catch-up post...  
Update on my Grandmother...

First of all, an update on my 94 year old Grandmother... As sad as it may seem, the once vibrant and spunky woman was recently admitted to a care home. :( She doesn't want to undergo surgery for her gall stones and while it seems like a relatively small problem, she'll get attacks of pain from them that are so bad that she can't move. :( My relatives are shutting down the functions (telephone, electricity, etc.) at her home (where she lived alone up until now) and it's VERY sad, but it sounds like my Grandmother has just given up... :( Good thoughts, prayers, anything you might be able to spare for her would be greatly appreciated...

Taxes... Bleh.

Mark & I went to get our taxes done on Saturday and found that we owe about twice as much as we did last year... Our income hasn't changed that much, but we found that there could've been a mistake in the reporting on the W2 from Mark's company... The W2 seemed to have reported his GROSS income instead of his net (which means that basically his 401(k) contributions are being taxed twice - once now and when he takes it out at retirement.) He's going to speak with them about it tomorrow, but even then, it doesn't look promising that we'll be looking at a refund... Bleh. :P

Due South

On a VERY different note, I wanted to thank you all for your wonderful TV suggestions to me in my last post. Since I finished "Six Feet Under", I really needed another series that I could watch. lindasings suggested "Slings & Arrows" - which is a Canadian series about a theatre troope and stars Paul Gross as a washed up actor. :) I'd remembered Paul very vaguely from his days on "Due South" - which got me interested in buying the season 3 & 4 DVD set of the show - and I've been watching it ever since. :)

"Due South" wasn't the best show on TV - certainly not as substantial in content as "Six Feet Under" nor was it as gritty - but in a way, that was really part of its charm. Speaking of which, I was surprised to find that it was MUCH more heartfelt than I remember it being when the first season aired on CBS years ago. It also feels a little dated - especially when Fraser and Ray pull out their huge cell phones :), but it's a sweet show that I've missed seeing. Besides, getting the chance to gaze at Paul Gross and Callum Keith Rennie in their younger days is certainly a treat. :) Whatever the case, it's been an enjoyable journey for me to re-live the show and to see seasons 3 & 4 (which I don't believe were ever shown in the US.)

And I don't know what it is about this man, but something about him is just SOOO attractive. He's not classically good looking - by any stretch of the imagination, but something about him as Ray in the show is just really... hot. :)

And I loved the fact that he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn without wearing his glasses. :)

Does anyone else remember this show??

Web Stuff

Finally, I'm working on some other ideas for that new site that I've been working on... one of which will force me to get out my books and re-learn Flash... Please wish me luck - Flash and I don't get along quite as well as we should. :P

Hope you all had a lovely weekend. I'm off to work on the sites and maybe squeeze in another episode of "Due South" before dinner. :)
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ajayne on April 2nd, 2007 05:52 am (UTC)
Ugh, taxes. :( We haven't done ours yet, but most likely we'll be paying too. We have to pay every year even if I have basically no income.

I am sorry to hear your grandma is giving up like that. *HUGS* I am sending well wishes and thoughts to you and your family.
Sheri: Sydney *SIGH*shutterbug93 on April 3rd, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
We always seem to have to pay. :( Mark is going to check with his employer to see if he can straighten out the mistake... Still a refund is probably not a possibility at this point. :(

Thanks for your good thoughts, Andrea! They're very appreciated!
waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on April 2nd, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry about your Grandma. I know a woman who's about 97 with a similar problem, and she has found that by *very* careful control of her diet she has far fewer attacks of pain and can function much better - perhaps your Grandma can manage as well.

Re. Due South: you're hearing from a woman who went to Canada to search for red-coated Mounties - twice! I even saw the Musical Ride on Canada Day with my daughter. Yes, I do have the fannish tendencies! Loved the show, but always missed the original Ray.
Sheri: Ray 01shutterbug93 on April 3rd, 2007 08:02 am (UTC)
Thanks for your comments for my grandmother. She's a really tough woman for 94 so we're hoping that she will be able to manage the pain - the sad part is that she seems to have given up. :P

Due South is such a cute show... I'm enjoying watching it and it certainly has its great episodes. And because I only bought the last two seasons (couldn't find the others at Borders) I don't remember the original Ray too much - only the little clip in the beginning of the first episode of season 3.

I really began to like RayK after "Strange Bedfellows" in Season 3 - where he revealed how wounded he was over Stella... *SIGH* Callum Rennie is SOOO... *SIGH*
Daniel the California Highway Guycahwyguy on April 2nd, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
Good luck on the tax stuff. You can get them to issue a corrected W2, and hopefully (at some point) file an amended 1040 to get back the overpayment.

I'm about to send something to First Hawaii Title Co in Kahului to change the title on our timeshare into the right trust. That should make tax stuff easier for us next year.

Don't know what to say on your grandmother, other than start treasuring the memories. I hope her pain eases.

Good to hear from you.
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on April 3rd, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
Thanks for the luck on the tax stuff, we're certainly going to need it. :P

Thanks for your comments about my Grandmother.
Mme Bahorel: tatammebahorel on April 2nd, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
It only takes an extra moment to be polite *g*.

I only saw the two seasons that were shown on CBS because we didn't get TNT. I never saw RayK. But Paul Gross as Hamlet is the first professional Shakespeare I ever saw. (and for the record, his Hamlet was NOT like Geoffrey Tennant's Hamlet - Paul was a very fragile Hamlet, always on the verge of tears. Admittedly, most of what we see of Geoffrey's Hamlet isn't Hamlet so much as Geoffrey having a nervous breakdown. But you can tell it isn't the same.)

The sad thing about Slings and Arrows is that each series is only 6 eps. I think first series is the best, but there are definite highlights to all three. Still, I really want Kate and Jack to come back! They are the best younger pairing, and it would make Geoffrey happy for Jack to come back. (he can now, since it's been enough time for him to have finished his movie studio contract, and I know Jack wants to work with Geoffrey again.) Yes, I am obsessed with this show.
Sheri: Ray 01shutterbug93 on April 3rd, 2007 08:09 am (UTC)
I didn't initially like RayK too much, but then he grew on me. I have to admit not remembering the original Ray too much, it had been a while since I'd seen the show on CBS and my DVD set only has the last two seasons. Warmed up to him right after "Strange Bedfellows" in Season 3, though - something about a man SO in love and pining over a woman he can't have is so attractive.

Slings & Arrows is next on my list to watch. I have the first season DVD here, but I was too caught up in Due South this past weekend to see it. I'll probably get to it next weekend.
karmastyxkarmastyx on April 2nd, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your grandma. I will continue to keep her in good thoughts. HUGS... I was just about to send you an e-mail to see how you were. I miss ya!
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on April 3rd, 2007 08:15 am (UTC)
Thanks for your comments and good thoughts for my Grandmother, Laura and thanks for thinking about me. I miss you!
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on April 2nd, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother. She doesn't need to go through such pain at 94 years old! Sending you and her my very positive thoughts!
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on April 3rd, 2007 08:18 am (UTC)
Thanks for your comment and positive thoughts for my Grandmother. It's so sad that she's given up the way she has, she's really a strong woman. :(
kathyselden on April 2nd, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry to hear this about your gram. She's in my prayers!
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on April 3rd, 2007 08:19 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, Ashley. Big HUGS to you!
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Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on April 3rd, 2007 08:45 am (UTC)
It's got to be one of the worst times of the year! :(

Thank you so much for your prayers for my Grandmother, Angela. I really appreciate all your support! Big HUGS!