TIRED

Between my lingering cold, the freezing weather, the snow, and the amount of work I have, it’s been a long week. It’s not even over yet! There’s still Friday to go! Time used to fly by but it seems like this month had just dragged on forever.

I’m going to bed now.

SNOW DAY

The knew from the second I woke up that today was not going to be a good day for a lot of people. It was very quiet when I woke up, that quiet that can only happen when a thick layer of snow on the ground absorbs all the sound. Through the slits in my blinds all I could see was white. It had snowed a lot overnight.

Roads, sidewalks, buses, cars, and trains were a mess all day, especially in the morning. My co-workers stayed at home and worked from there. Some brave, possibly foolish people tried to actually get to work. Some of them had their commutes tripled in time. Some had their cars get stuck along the way. The cafeteria closed early because barely any people were there and it didn’t make sense for all the staff to stick around for a hellish commute home. Eventually everyone at the studio got sent home early because it started to snow again in the late afternoon.

There is a potential for a small snowfall overnight but nothing like last night. It’s already much warmer now than 24 hour ago. It’s hovering around freezing now, which seems balmy compared to the -14 windchill of yesterday. I am preparing to go to work tomorrow.

EVEN COLDER

When I stepped outside to go home from work this evening, the temperatures were about -7 degrees Celsius with a windchill of -14. I don’t think I’ve felt so cold in Vancouver before. I was only outside for at most ten minutes before my bus arrived but I was chilled to the bone by that time. I was honestly amazed at how cold it was.

After I arrived home to a freezing apartment, I put one of my thermometers near one of my living room windows. It currently reads 5 degrees right now. That is without any heat on. That’s pretty cold. Do not fear, I have my heat on in my bedroom. It would stupid not to in these temperatures.

The fun doesn’t end here. It’s supposed to snow overnight with accumulations of 10 to 15 cm by morning. I can’t wait to see what the commute will be like tomorrow.

COLD

It’s currently hovering around -7 degrees Celsius and it’s damn cold for Vancouver. It usually never gets this cold around here. With the wind chill, we’re looking at around -14 tonight and tomorrow morning. I think I’m well enough to go to work tomorrow but man, the bone-chilling cold is going to make it a harsh morning.

More snow is going to be in the forecast tomorrow night as well!

SICK

I caught a cold near the end of last week and I started feeling its effects late Thursday evening. Things were still manageable on Friday and I was able to get to work but it all went downhill pretty quickly after I got home that day. My weekend was somewhat miserable, dealing with nasal congestion and a slight cough. It did not help that it’s currently freezing in the great Vancouver area. It seemed like a bad idea to try to fight a cold while in a freezing apartment, so I reluctantly turned on the heat.

I’m still feeling fairly awful, so coupled with the considerable snowfall that doused the city tonight, it’s looking like I’ll be taking a sick day tomorrow.

SNOW?

There’s a snow fall warning out for the greater Vancouver area tonight. The forecast calls for 2 to 5 cm of snow in my area, with a potential for 25 cm in areas of higher elevation. It’s currently about 3 degrees and dry though in my neighbourhood. No precipitation of any kind is coming down, though off in the distance, it looks like there might may be some rain in the next municipality.

I expect that when I wake up, there will be no snow or barely any and that I will have to go to work. Bummer.

STINKY FARTS

I had really bad gas this evening and by bad, I don’t mean necessarily by volume (though there was a bit of that). I expelled some very malodorous gas tonight, much worse than usual. I can only guess what it came from but my dinner was quite simple. I had pan-fried tilapia, stir-fried gai lan, and steamed rice. It couldn’t have been the rice. There were no sauces involved. The tilapia and gai lan were cooked in avocado oil. They say that some veggies can give you bad gas but I’ve had gai lan so many times in my life and it usually never elicits such a reaction. I’ve also had tilapia before, without any harm. Maybe it was a bad piece of fish? I’ve also never had anything prepared with avocado oil before but I eat avocados all the time.

As I prepare for sleep, this remains a mystery to me. My foul wind continues to blow into the night.

MONDAYS

Today sucked big time. I had lots of trouble getting to sleep last night. I don’t think I fell asleep until 4am or so. I might have been dehydrated, I might have been thinking about work too much, or I might have just gotten used to staying up late for about two weeks. Whatever it was, I did not get much rest.

I actually felt somewhat fine in the morning, probably due to all the rest I got during the holidays. It was only in the afternoon that my energy started to wane considerably. At one point around 3pm, I believe I even fell asleep for a split-second while at my desk.

I’m going to bed now.

TAX TIME

Last year, my tax income return yielded a nasty surprise, I owed the government more money that I’d ever owed before. Every single year since I’ve filed, I normally get a refund, except for that one year where I owed $60. In 2019, however, I wound up owing several thousands of dollars. It was a tough pill to swallow since I could have avoided this by just sheltering more of my money into additional RRSP contributions.

After paying the hefty bill, I consulted with a financial advisor as to how I could avoid the same fate from happening in 2020. Her advice was pretty simple, contribute enough into an RRSP so that I wouldn’t get dinged again. My mistake was doing my taxes after the last day in February of 2019. The contribution window for that tax year was over by then and I could prevent anything from happening. The advisor suggested I start doing my taxes as soon as possible, even if I wasn’t planning on filing immediately, just to get a picture of my tax situation.

So, just a few days into 2020, I did my taxes, albeit very roughly. I downloaded a free tax program and gathered all my tax info: last pay stub for 2019, total RRSP contributions for 2019, charitable donations for the year, and interest received for all my savings accounts. Most of the info was accurate and would be the exact numbers for when I file for real. The toughest part was not having my T4 form. I had ballpark that entire form, with its many boxes, some of which I had no idea what their purpose was or how to calculate it. For example, there’s a box for “pensions adjustment”. Even after Googling the term, I had no idea how to calculate it. I just had to guess based on previous years (of which that amount changed for whatever reason).

Using the above best-guess scenario, I let the program crunch the numbers and according to it, I came up with a paltry refund of about $100. Seeing as how that amount is so small and since my numbers aren’t entirely correct, it stands to reason that I might even owe a bit of money but I’m guessing it’s not the thousands like last year. To play it safe, I decided to contribute several thousands more into my RRSP. That should be processed on Monday.

Once my T4 form has been released to me, I’ll redo the calculations again. I believe T4s will be available before the end of February, so I’ll have a final chance to correct things.