Perhaps you are a bit black and blue from the experience.
Believe me, you are not alone. But don't fight the feeling. Go with it.
Own it! After all, it's unlikely you'll own very much else after you write that big check to the IRS.
Take charge and complete the following lesson:
Step 1. Start with the appropriate dinner plates - they should announce the type of dinner you are now able
to afford after filing your taxes.
Step 2. Add 1040 placecards and mood-appropriate placemats (black).
Step 3. Since you no longer have the real thing, print your own money and apply it toward new napkin rings. (This skill may come in handy if you're audited and suddenly need more cash.)
Step 4. Pretend everything is hunky-dory because you are part of the 1% and have your own money tree.
Continue your delusions by singing along with
Step 5. Keeping one foot planted firmly in reality, sit down to a Hamburger Helper or Top Ramon entree with a green salad grown from your own garden.
Step 6. If you filed jointly, create this arrangement for two, and enjoy the whole depressing experience with your partner. After all, misery does love company.
White dinner plates (acting as chargers): Apilco, Williams-Sonoma
White salad plates: Apilco, Williams-Sonoma
Blue Plate Special plates: The Original Red Plate Co., Red, White and Blue Boutique, Newport, CA.
Black bowls: no markings, Yard Sale
Blue and White Flatware: Pottery Barn Outdoor Flatware, Pottery Barn (I hate these! The spoons are too big.)
Money tree: terra cotta planter, bamboo stem, styrofoam ball, dollar bills, straight pins