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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.


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.

7 Responses to “Craziness All Around”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    We saw the hail photos on the news and couldn't imagine even being out in it. Did it do a lot of damage to vehicles and buildings? Yikes!

  2. Dido Says:

    Oh my, that weather IS intense for Northern California. Yikes!

    Sorry to hear you are sick--I'm sure the stress of the extra workload has something to do with it. I hope you get better quickly and get some rest. Any possibility of a temp hire to help with the workload? That's how I got my start in the accounting world--I worked for H & R Block for the first couple of months of 2010 (where I spent as much time on HRB's dime studying for part 4 of the CPA exam as I did actually doing taxes), then a local CPA firm had one of their seasonal workers accept a full-time permanent position, so I got her job for the rest of tax season. I left after April 15, but by April 25th, they'd called me back for part-time work and I ended up being with that firm for 1.5 years (full-time tax season, part-time the rest of the year, but that's when my mom was dying and I was flying back & forth between where I live in PA and Los Angeles, where my mom lived, so it was an ideal position in many ways). It sounds like some seasonal help thru CareerLink or Accountemps might make things more survivable. In any case, this too shall pass! Good luck, good health!

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    Hope you feel better soon, and yeah, that's crazy weather for your neck of the woods.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    We had hail three times on Monday, too, probably part of the same storm, but nowhere near as intense up here. I'm sorry you have been sick. Is MM autistic or is he part of the control group?

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    @rob - it was a very fine/small hail (it's just never cold enough here to accumulate at all!) and so probably not much beyond car accidents. But the schools do have a lot of portable classrooms and I know there was significant damage from the weight of the ice. (Is all I heard about specifically).

    @LR, MM is part of the control group.

    @Dido - We were told in late January that we would be hiring a temp (around 2/15). I think it's a joke to hire *one temp* to replace employer. But here we are in March! & we don't even have the one freaking temp. It's just only one of my million frustrations at the moment. If I quit, it's because I don't see any other choice. (Is why I keep saying I have not ruled out quitting out of frustration. It's not like I would quit lightly, but this whole thing has been a total nightmare).

  6. Bluebird Says:

    I'm so sorry about the work situation. I've been thrown into chaos during my career and it's not fun. The good news is that you've financially prepared for such an event and will be ok!

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That is quite some weather!
    Hope you feel better soon and that things settle down at work soon (get less crazy)

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