I received a curious letter from HM Revenue and Customs. Apparently, they are changing the way they are going to collect Class 2 National Insurance. Before, when registering as self-employed, people automatically received a bill in the mail regardless if they were liable or not. And they had to apply for Small Earnings Exception certificate or ask for money back, if they knew how much they have overpaid and so on. Now, it seems, Class 2 is going to be calculated automatically by a computer, along with other taxies, when you submit your Self Assessment return, once a year. Which makes sense. It is only a couple of additional lines of programming code in the online software people use for Self Assessment on government’s website. Given the current what already became a long-term economic crises, they were probably paying more in people's salaries for processing Small Earnings Exception certificate applications than collecting in those taxes anyway.
I didn't find anything to verify this on an official government’s website, but I found more info here: http://www.tax.org.uk/tax-policy/newsdesk/2015/class_2_NIC_reform_changes
I guess I didn't stick to my new year's resolution about blogging more. We are battling with cold, Jim drugged home from office, again. Every single flu we had over the years he brought home from work. I get the impression his office is ridden with diseased people full to the brim with infections. I am coping and he had a full-blown man's flu, when he couldn't eat or get up. He lost a lot of weight. Even now, after couple of weeks, he still cant shake of cough.
I watched a bunch of movies and tv episodes and half read a book called Inside the Machine: An Illustrated Introduction to Microprocessors and Computer Architecture by Jon Stokes. I have an university degree in Management Information Systems. But this degree is more about business than computers. Sort of like: how to replace a thousands of people with one soleless software and the like. I have only an approximate idea about what is inside the computer, but I was always curious to learn more about this. So, when I saw this book, I couldn’t resist it. The first 3 chapters give general knowledge about how pc processors work and the rest of the book compares details of different specific microprocessors. I didn't read in details past first 3 chapters as by then my curiosity was satisfied. The book is oversimplified and examples and illustrations are overdetailed, so absolutely anyone can understand it. I would recommend it to anyone, who like to learn as leisure-time and are curious how computers work.
I haven't blogged for a while. The highlights of my year so far are as following. The first week of this new year I was mostly relaxing, admiring and trying out my gifts. During last week I have done a lot of sewing. Over the end of last year and beginning of this year I have reduced the stash of my fabrics considerably and turned them into something useful and lovely. I have made several pyjama pants and leggings. Those are things that I mostly live in, so they are very useful.
May the coming year bring you all the happiness you truly deserve.
Our holiday is quite and stress-free, except that Jim seems to be getting the flu. I have got lots of lovely presents :) , mostly craft supplies from my wish list.
The passing year was nice, quite, with very little stress, compared to years before. I feel that I have gained more self-confidence and heavily detoxed my life in many aspects. The sales in my shop All the Cutest Cats seem to have picked up, especially before this Christmas, and I am very happy about it. I enjoyed lots of hobbies, tried new things, and picked up cross-stitch again. All in all it was a good year and we are happy at the moment.