Some good things in the last week, some not:
Good: I had done our taxes over spring break, but then last Wednesday, Tax Day, I mailed two envelopes to the IRS: our revised taxes from 2011 and 2012. With the fall of DOMA, the government said that same-sex couples could redo the previous three years' taxes if we wanted (i.e., if it's in our financial interest to do so). It took me a few hours and lots of puzzling to figure out the proper forms, but in the end, I succeeded -- a bureaucratic success, a financial success (we're getting over $2000 back!), and a moral success.
Bad: D. had a bad weekend, in an unbloggable way (because it's not my story to tell), and when she's unhappy, I'm unhappy.
Good: Because I'm a good spouse, today I brought home from Trader Joe's good beer, chocolate, and tulips, and I picked up delicious burritos for dinner. Sensory comforts may not solve problems, but they certainly make it easier to bear up underneath said problems. She's definitely having a better night tonight.
Bad: I had my B'Nei Mitzvah class this morning, and we took turns reading our Hebrew lessons out loud and translating ... and I was terrible! I stumbled my way through the reading, and my mind went blank about vocabulary, and then I got nervous and embarrassed and started doing even worse. I may be in the advanced beginner group, but I'm definitely the worst one in that group. This is not my preferred ranking! I was really bummed out after class, but now I'm going to try to make it motivate me so that I'll avoid future embarrassment of the same kind. I know what I need to do: brief episodes of studying every day instead of cramming on the weekends. Now I just need to make myself do it.
Good: I don't always love a post-apocalyptic YA novel, but I read Veronica Roth's Divergent this weekend, and I really liked it. Fortunately, I also checked out from the library the remaining two books in the trilogy, so I can start the next one tonight.