Friday, October 31, 2008

Genetic Potential

As a business student studying accounting, I spend the first five to ten minutes of each class talking about the economic/financial crisis and the bailout, etc...I am kind of tired of hearing about a lot of it. Recently we have talked about Prop. 8 a lot. In my income tax class I heard a perspective that was new and very interesting to me. I apologize if I get a little geeky, but hey I am practically an accountant, right?

My professor, Katherine Black, Esq.(seriously she is a CPA and a tax attorney, we can either can her Kathy Black esquire or oh captain my captain), talked about the tax consequences of the decision. Same sex couples currently cannot file as married filing jointly, which is by far the best tax position one can have, except in really weird situations. If same sex marriage are recognized then there would be nothing to keep same sex couples from having the associated tax breaks. Tax is not fair. Tax is very discriminatory. For example, if you are blind you get an additional standard deduction. People that are deaf receive no such deduction. Can you say which is a worse disability?

The tax law in general gives deductions and reduced rates to married individuals, people who have children, and people raising children. People who write tax laws, legislators, are the people who benefit from them. They are writing laws that make sure they get paid and have money for all the projects they have promised etc... The reason they give breaks to married people and people with children is because of the genetic potential of these people. The children involved in these relationships grow up and pay more taxes. Children from traditional households also tend to grow up and get married and have children. The tax law is written to encourage more tax. They just want to get paid. If same sex marriage couples adopt children, one of them can file as head-of-household which is second only to married filing jointly. They are being rewarded for raising future taxpayers.

I thought this was an interesting take on the situation. Just thought I would share.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pumpkins

Ryan's Pumpkin

Megan's Pumpkin



Reed's Pumpkin (Notice it has mommy pumpkin's eyes and daddy pumpkin's nose)



Pumpkin Family

Monday, October 13, 2008

Reed has a room!

We were finally able to put together a room for Reed. Ryan's mom and dad brought up the crib and changing table from Janelle (thanks) and we finally brought in all the gifts we received from the baby shower. My mom made the crib set (super cute) as well as the quilt you see on our bed. We are kind of squished, but it's working way better than we thought it would! Hooray!

Reed's half

Our half

Kind of a full room shot...You get the idea


Crib friends

Close-up of the quilt my mom made. Cute!

A little help?

I am writing to you to ask for your help. I am currently in my capstone class for my Editing minor here at BYU. Our focus is on magazine editing, and so we have a semester-long project of creating a magazine. My group has created a magazine called "Savvy Spaces": it is a home improvement/decorating magazine geared primarily toward a female audience that is young, hip, and living in less-than-permanent domestic spaces, but nevertheless wanting to make those spaces feel more like home in creative, inexpensive ways. This is where you come in! We are asking our friends who would fit into this demographic to share their ideas about how to personalize a living space in a fun but wallet-friendly way. I know you all have great ideas, so this is what I would like to ask of you, if possible:

Your Name:
Your Location:
Your Job:
Your Item (The way you have personalized your space in a fun but wallet-friendly way):

Please write a brief paragraph explaining the following: How did you find this item? (or) How did you make this item/come up with this idea? How does it personalize your space and make it "savvy"?

If you can, please also send a picture of you with your item, and I will let you know if we decide to include it in the magazine. Thank you so much for your help!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Hey Macarena!

Megan and I were just talking and I found out that her first CD was a single of the Macarena. Seriously, it really was. Kind of embarrassing. I laughed heartily and then thought about my first CD. My first CD was Sgt. Peppers by the Beatles. What was your first CD? Isn't it funny that our kids will ask themselves what was the first song they downloaded onto their 20 terabyte blue-ray playing ipods. Awesome.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Mysterious...

While I was walking to work today I noticed a pancake lying in the dirt by the sidewalk. It was kind of weird, but I didn't think a lot about it and continued on my way to work.

Then, as I was walking home, I noticed the same pancake in the same spot--but with bites taken out of it. Human-looking bites. Hmmmm....