OK, I know I've been a wee bit of a downer lately--even though I have every reason to be grateful and optimistic--and I want to reassure everyone I'm going to get over it soon, because the days are longer, the black-tailed deer have returned to my field, and the farmer's market begins any week now, so what's not to cheer up about?
- Property taxes, the unfabulous part about being a homeowner, are due no later than April 10th. Even though I put money aside every month, it is always a nasty shock when the due date rolls around.
- Personal income taxes are, in case you didn't know, due on April 15th, and this little rural doctor didn't pay enough in estimated quarterlies last year, so I'm going to have to send Uncle Sam a pound of my flesh in the form of a big fat check.
- I'm turning 41 on the 20th, which is not a big deal, but isn't very inspiring either. I mean, who hires a live band for their forty-first birthday?
- Heads up, soon-to-be-licensed doctors: Your California medical license expires on the last day of your birth month every other year. For me, this is the other year, so I'm $800+ in the hole, which--after paying #1 and #2--feels like salt in a festering wound.
- Today I discovered that my driver's license expires on my birthday this year. Did I realize this? No. The good news is I can renew by mail. The bad news is, I get to keep my extra-geeky, sleep-deprived, post-Night Float D.L photo for another five years.
- Whoops--I have to recertify in ACLS today. I've tested in ACLS half a dozen times, but it always stresses me out. I think I'm emotionally scarred for life by the time I let a MegaCode patient slip into asystole during my intern year. Doesn't help that all the privileging people at my various places of work have been on me like vultures for my renewal card. Amazing how people are nice as pie to you until your PPD and ACLS are overdue.
- I'm working seventeen hospitalist shifts this month, not because I want to, but because a) our staffing agency can't staff us properly and b) I need the income. These two truths really take the sizzle out of my steak, if you know what I mean.