Karen R Savage

Professional Voice Talent, Amateur Actor and Knitter

Month: April 2005

So helpful!

Grr! I’m really pissed off at the people in payroll right now. Why? I’m glad you asked! See, because I work full-time at the university, I get tuition remission as one of my benefits (which means I don’t have to pay for my master’s degree). But at the graduate level, it’s taxable above a certain amount. Basically, come fall semester, they tell the IRS that instead of making, say, $1000 a week, I’m making, for example, $1500, and the IRS then takes out more taxes. Vell… with the amounts they were taking out, I quickly decided that I could only take three classes per year, which meant it was going to take me much longer than I’d expected to finish my degree (I went into it thinking I’d be able to take six classes per year – the maximum amount allowed under tuition remission).

Well as I was trying to figure out how much the tax amount would be this year (oh, because apart from everything else, they’ve totally messed up on taking it out both years I’ve done this, and instead of spreading it out over four months, have waited till the last two, so I still had no idea how much the amount was really supposed to be), the head of payroll very casually mentioned, “Well, you know, if you want, you can estimate the amount of the tuition remission and have the extra taxes spread out over the whole year.”

*blink* I- huh? I can?? Oh, this is nice! Thanks for waiting two and a half YEARS to tell me this!! If they’d told me from the start, I’d be finishing this year! *grumble mutter mumble*

Fridays rock!

I would just like to say, “IT’S FRIDAY! WOOHOO!” Dances around the library like a crazy person. At least there aren’t any patrons in right now.

Just needed to get that out of my system. For some reason, while this week has gone by fairly quickly and it hasn’t been a bad week, each day has seemed to drag on forever and I’m just glad it’s finally over.

Going to a conference tomorrow morning and while I am looking forward to it, and to spending time with the friend I’m going with, there’s just something… unholy? Yeah, that’s a good word for it, unholy about having to set the alarm to get up early on a Saturday.

Random quote of the day:
“When I see a spade I call it a spade.”
“I’m glad to say I have never seen a spade.”
From Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

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