Got a job!

Do you remember last fall when I was burned out, exhausted, unable to cope?  And I asked my bosses for a 6 month sabbatical, during which time I would do the tax program, and only the tax program, then take off a couple of months before coming back, and when I came back I would do the job on my job description, and only that one?  Not the three or four others that I also was trying to do?

Remember how they said no, that just wouldn’t work for them?  And how I was so fried I felt I had no option but to quit?  They were surprised but didn’t change their minds, except to say they would pay me to do the tax program?  I operated on the assumption that when tax season ended, so would my employment.  I was OK with that.  More so than was A, who does our bookkeeping.  🙂  But I knew we had some savings, and would survive, if not thrive.

Just before tax season ended, those same bosses posted my job.  The one I wanted to do, without all the other stuff attached.

I applied.  I interviewed.  I negotiated as best I could for the salary/benefits package I wanted.  We reached an agreement on that front, although not as much as the bookkeeper and I would have liked, it is a fair deal.

I start Monday.  At my old place of employment, with my old boss, in my old seat.  I won’t have as much responsibility, I won’t be an exempt employee, and I will have to work on Fridays. I think I can live with all of that.  Because I think I will get home at a decent hour, and if I work a 50 or 60 hour week, I will get paid for those extra hours.  I hope it won’t happen, though, because while I am very happy to be back, I do still wish I got that month or two off.  But other than that, I actually got everything I asked for last fall, that they said they could not possibly do.

Pretty good!

So, when I post my Friday list, it will likely be the last one for a while. Maybe I will change to weekend lists? Or maybe just save the concept for those rare Fridays I have off in the future..

Of course, I will still buy lottery tickets.  Hope springs eternal!

Reasons to celebrate!

Two days until Spring! I can’t wait. It is hard to believe that although it is 0 here to start the day (but may well climb to 30!) that spring is just a couple of days away.

Also hard to believe that two years ago today, it was 70 degrees.

Average high for this day in this area is 35. So two years ago, we were 35 degrees above average, this year we are 35 degrees below average. You can see how averages don’t really tell the story.

However – the real reasons to celebrate?
-I needed SUNGLASSES driving to work today.
-We have more than TWELVE HOURS of daylight now (12 hours and three minutes, to be exact)!
-Cold nights and warm days mean.. MAPLE SYRUP! I love maple syrup. is there anything better on vanilla ice cream?
-One month from today, we will be heading south. Where, by the way, I expect to see flowers. Green stuff on ground and trees. NO MORE SNOW. I am bringing shorts, sandals, bathing suit and painting my toenails.

So get cracking, Spring, it is your time to shine.