Anyway, I can't donate $ this year to animal charities. And I can't foster instead. And I can't donate my time in some other specific-and-only-this way to make up for the lack of $ donation because boundaries are not appreciated in animal rescue and somehow I will end doing more than I can handle.
I just have to deal with the guilt. This unexpected tax bill has really sent me into a tailspin. I thought all year I was on the upswing financially, or at least on a slight incline. I thought I was getting to be a little less of a loser. I guess I was wrong. It's very discouraging.