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March 26th, 2018 at 06:26 am

Work is still insane and covered by a black cloud. The latest is that on top of 1/2 my (very small) office being very ill or recently out on bereavement, now someone else's spouse has a brain tumor. The odds of that have to be unreal. (We did also lose an employee to brain cancer around the same time my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor).

Work situation is still the same. I know less than nothing.

--Employer has a health diagnosis and is being open about the situation with clients. *phew* I can share, but it's just another post for another day.

--I was wise not to hold my breath about sale of business. It did go through but it dragged on forever. Heard a rumor at some point it was falling through.

--In the end, the sale was complete about 9 days ago. Saying that I know "less than nothing" sums it up. I know the name of the company, and I know they don't pay OT. This was the extent of what I was told 2 months ago (& the OT, only because I asked about that specifically. & let's be clear, it's not like none of us have asked any questions since then). The only new news is that it's official they don't intend to hire anyone to help us. Though my old employer did *most* the individual (seasonal) tax work (& has been unable to work at all). We completely lack leadership or communication. I suppose the "plan" is to just pile up tax forms being mailed in and not do them and not tell clients we don't have the manpower? That seems to be the extent of the plan. We covered all the in-person appointments and had been told to this point we'd get a temp. (At the time that was first mentioned, 2 months ago, I thought that sounded like a joke. A 60-day temp to do all this work? So it just gets more ridiculous as time goes on).

--I am feeling more and more likely that I just walk out with no notice. I just don't know if I walk out when the angry clients start to mob us, when someone else quits, or when I am told I need to be working 100 hours per week. Probably some combo of all of the above. The other good employees are all on the verge of walking out.

I thought it was reasonable to wait and see with new employer, but first impressions are pretty dismal. I think it's pretty clear I never expected much more. & that was with *any* new employer, but this situation had seemed more promising. I decided this weekend that my job search should probably take precedent over keeping this job. It's moot as I wouldn't have had any time whatsoever to job search the past 2 months. But I am wrapping up my old employer's client meetings this week and at least I have time in my day if an interesting job pops up. I will start perusing job listings. I did look some in Jan/Feb but it was way too premature to walk out at that point. At this point, I am ready to start applying for other jobs. I wanted to give the new employer more than 9 days, but they need to throw us a bone.

I really don't even want to talk to about work, but that catches you up to speed.

I was going to post more but I've run out of time.

Craziness All Around

March 4th, 2018 at 06:01 am

This was our neighborhood on Monday:



For reference, I don't even own an ice scraper. So this was random, and completely terrifying to drive in. (That is all hail and ice).

I guess this pretty much sums up work too. It's hard to imagine it getting any more ridiculous. We only have 6 people. My employer carries the entire individual tax practice (er, carried) but is unable to work. This is why my workload is completely absurd right now. Another employee suddenly lost a parent and is out on leave. Another one will lose her parent any day (she's been out dealing with her mom's health issues). It would be almost comical if it wasn't all death and illness.

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I've been sick all of the past week. Probably the flu. No one in my house particularly gets sick, so to be sick for so long is a LOT. I am sure I have been under a wee bit of extra stress. I won't do anything but sleep today (I am mostly over it, but have a BIG week/month to rest up for).

My calendar had filled up last week but I had to skip pretty much everything. We had won tickets to a basketball game at the "new" arena (I haven't seen it yet). Generally not our thing, but the tickets were in a suite and we hadn't been to the newer arena, so we had wanted to go. In the end, we didn't go because I Was not up to it. So that was a bummer. Lord knows I could use a change in scenery.

The one thing I made it out to was an information night put on by the group that is conducting the autism study that MM is participating in. They served some amazing food and the whole thing was really interesting. They are about 2 years into a 5-year study. They were saying that a problem with a lot of the studies is they pull from very specific populations (like mostly choosing their participants from hospitals where people come in because they need more intervention). This is a large study, in contrast, with a more general sample size. In the end, they are finding that a lot of past study findings (smaller studies) are not statistically significant given the size and population of their study. They are also using brain imaging on the participants, with a general goal to see how brain development occurs in the normal population versus the autistic population. They have not taken their second data points yet, so they haven't made much progress yet on that part of the study, but they are already noticing distinct differences in brain function between the autistic and control groups. It is exciting to hear that they are already learning so much in the process. They did mention that they were collecting so much data that it could be used in future studies as well.

Financially, not much to report. Funneling everything into cash right now. Should know more in March or April. I already paid all the bills the first of the month (per usual) and so don't have to think about anything financial for another month. I guess the exception is I have to finish funding our IRAs for 2017. Will do so next pay day.