April 13, 2010
White Dog rode along to pick up the completed taxes from the accountant and to share the good news! The solar energy tax credit provided a windfall refund for our family which normally operates at a "break even" tax filing. We rushed home to celebrate with Quinn, who was less than moved...until we broke out the chicken jerky! We judiciously avoided overreacting and decided to wait until the check was firmly in hand before we splurged on lamb shanks for dinner, but promised White Dog that the very day the bank notifies Steve of the refund deposit we would indulge. Quinn, our chowhound, waits at the door already because one thing he has learned is that celebrations at our house always include great food! Meantime, White Dog has pulled the dog supply and treat catalogs out of the recycle pile and is busily leafing through them, turning down corners to mark "necessities" that the refund will buy. Right next to her, Steve is on his laptop drooling over new cars. I am afraid both are going to be mightily disappointed and practicality will win out.