Friday, January 29, 2010
So here's what happened - I called the IRS, actually got someone nice, and she removed one of the situations, gave me reason to sigh with relief over another situation, and there's a third situation that we won't know about until after they process the 4th quarter. But even if it doesn't work out as I hope, it won't be as big of a deal as what I thought it could've been.
So now that that's over with, and my 4th quarter processing is done (at least the stuff that's due at the end of Jan.) I have such a weight off. But I have to say, knowing that this little experience is a possible foreshadowing of a tax accounting career has thrown some serious doubt on my career choice. Call me a wimp if you want! I have dealt with the IRS a lot in the last couple of years, but this one was more of a wake-up call and is not something I want forever.
As done as I'm feeling with it all right now, I'm so lost as to what else to do. Geoff suggested a few things but nothing is really sticking right now. I'd rather do something that can build on the accounting degree so that it doesn't go to waste, and there are numerous things out there, I'm sure. I just don't know.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
This morning I was met with a surprise at work that nearly had me in tears... okay maybe it did have me in tears. Ah. Some days, like today, I wonder what the heck am I doing in accounting, I'm not cut out for it. I hate living with the knowledge that something awful is always going to pop up that I didn't - couldn't have - known about, and then feel like I should've known about it. I really, really hate that. I'm such a stickler about details - paranoid, even - and sometimes it still isn't enough. I do not want to have that kind of stress for the rest of my life. Though there are parts about it that I do enjoy, thinking about it, what else would I even do? If I wanted to change careers or do something else, I don't know anything else; I've always done accounting or --type stuff. I've pigeon-holed myself enough that anything else I try to start will be started from square one. I don't even know what my interests are outside of accounting, at least with regard to career-related skills. (Blogging and weekend naps are not going to earn a paycheck). Sigh.
Geoff has class tonight so I'm going to try and clean up for next couple of hours. Even though I really don't feel like doing anything.
St. George would be nice. Nice to read a book by the pool or sit in the hot tub or lazily go shopping or drive through the canyon. Geoff and I are both getting the Vegas bug again too. Maybe sometime in the next few weeks. Maybe for Valentine's day?
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I worked until 8 tonight. That's a long day for mwah. Only a few more days to go - I'm thinking everything will pull through. A lot of loose ends came together today, which was good and lightens my burden quite a bit. I'll have lots of overtime on this coming paycheck and the one after that - even with my day off.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Because when I was five I dreamed that my head got chopped off and I thought it was the coolest thing ever, okay!?
Ha ha!! Well I guess it does coincide with his love for gory movies. He wondered aloud why he wasn't psychologically evaluated. Later in the car, we were play-fighting and he was pretending to punch me and I said, "Why do you pretend to hurt me all the time?" And he said in mock defense, "because when I was five I had a dream that my head got chopped off and I thought it was the coolest thing ever, okay!?" Also, he still loves spicy food, onions, funny textures, and Larry. (Oops, not Larry!) I love this man.
The trip went well. I thoroughly enjoyed being in everyone's company.
Thursday night, Geoff left class a couple hours early and we hit the road by 8:00. We were in Boise by 1:30 a.m. and stopped at a hotel for a couple hours of sleep. We were up and away again by 7:30 the next morning, and in Pendleton, OR before noon the next day. We were too early to check in to our hotel, so we drove a little further to Stanfield and visited Grandma Lemmon. She is just the sweetest lady. She was a lot more talkative than the last time I'd seen her, too. She was making a lot of jokes and having a nice time. It was really so great to see her.
Then we had nowhere to go for awhile, so we pulled into a gas station parking lot in Umatilla and put our pillows over our faces and fell asleep for an hour. I'm sure we looked so trashy but we were so wiped out. Upon waking, we went to Geoff's mom's house and visited for awhile. We met Geoff's soon-to-be sister-in-law, Heather, who is our age. She was super super nice. Even Denise's fiance was way more talkative than the first time I'd met him (I think he was post-surgery at that time and a little loopy on painkillers way back then.) There were a bunch more people there too that we've never met - some of his family and friends, who were all so nice. We felt right at home even though we hardly knew anybody.
We left and met Geoff's dad at a restaurant, ordered dessert and exchanged Christmas gifts and chatted for a good three hours almost. It was such a nice talk, and I really can't say how great it was to see him and just talk for forever. He had a recent injury on the job, but he seemed like he's doing very well too, which was good for Geoff and me. I love Geoff's family so much. They are such great people.
After that, we went back to Geoff's mom's for dinner and spent some time talking to the ten-year old girl that was there (the daughter of some of the people.) She was so dang funny. She kept eating all of these raw peppers, and she just kept eating and eating them until her mom made her stop, then she ate ice-cream and tons and tons of carrots and cucumber. She asked us each what our favorite bug is and told us about her friend, who has this friend, who has this friend, who swallowed a lightening bug once and it crawled back out his throat. (So she said). And she only had one of her ears pierced because the other one healed and she just never got around to taking the other earring out. Then she gave everyone a hug goodbye. She was so funny. Anyway, we were back at our hotel in Pendleton and asleep by 10 p.m.
Got up way early the next morning and back to Geoff's mom's for breakfast, then we went to the church to set up chairs and tables for the ceremony. They had four cakes - three from Costco and one that her friend had made her. A lot of people showed up - they have a huge family. The ceremony itself was only about 2 minutes long, then the realization of now Geoff has step-family. Crazy! Anyway, we saw a lot of people there too that we haven't seen in forever! Not since our wedding!
Chris, Angela and Nicholas came just in time for the ceremony - they'd driven straight from the coast. (Chris is Geoff's brother, Nicholas is their kid; he's eight). Geoff and Nicholas and I played basketball after the chairs were cleaned up. The five of us met Geoff's dad for dinner about an hour later at a nice restaurant, and talked about Chris's funny Ambien stories and how Geoff got knocked out by a small kid when they were younger and earned him the nickname "the one-punch kid." Ha ha! We laughed a lot. After dinner, Chris and Angela left to party with some friends and we babysat Nicholas for the rest of the night. We took him bowling and played two games. He showed us his Michael Jackson dance at the bowling alley. He's so funny; he acts like he's shy but he has absolutely no problem showing off. He let me make a video of his dance: (Will try to post on the next post, if I can get it to work).
Geoff and I cancelled our second night in Pendleton and got a hotel room where Chris and Angela were staying so we could be closer to Umatilla. Angela pulled some strings and got us a great deal on a nice room! So after the bowling alley, we went back to our hotel room and I laid down on the bed while Geoff and Nicholas put his telescope together. They took it out to the back of the hotel where it was dark and looked at the moon. I came out to see, it was pretty cool. Geoff asked Nicholas what he wanted to be when he grew up, and he said either a fire fighter or a garbage man. (ha!) When asked why a fire fighter, he said because you get to help people, and when asked why a garbage man, he said because of the money. (Ha ha! Like we're talking to a little grown up. He was so funny).
I fell asleep on the bed again while they came back and took the telescope apart again and put it away. I could hear them watching bully beatdown (an incredibly cheesy show on the "man channel") as I fell asleep. I was told later that I talked in my sleep, telling Geoff it was okay if he ordered room service because I was hungry - Nicholas got a kick out of that. We all kind of dozed off until C & A picked him up at 3 a.m. and then we went back to sleep for a couple more hours.
Sunday morning, we had breakfast with the new Mr. & Mrs. Brown, Chris and Angela, and Don's sister and brother in-law. We fueled up and were on our way again by 9 a.m. PST (10 a.m. our time). That is a long-a$$ drive! We agreed if we ever move any further south, we will be flying up there intead of driving. Poor Geoff drove most of the way because I kept getting tired, but we made it home by 8 p.m., which is pretty good time. We listened to NPR writing shorts for the Utah portion of the drivel; it was interesting. And the roads were kind, the whole way. We hit a minor snowstorm in Idaho, but it didn't stick to the roads.
So even though we are still trying to catch up on sleep, we did have a great time spending time with family. I really, really enjoyed it so much.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I can't not make a love-list now. Here's a love list for my sweetheart: in no order of importance
- That he still holds the door open for me
- Singing "duets" together and trying to get the harmonies right, (most of the time we fail miserably but we do it with style)
- That he always willingly says yes when I ask him to rub my back
- The cuteness of his starstruck-ness
- How goofy he will act just to get a laugh out of me
- That he is constantly making me laugh
- That he loves being a teacher and does a good job
- How good he is with kids (will make a wonderful father one day)
- That we can be spontaneous together
- That he shows love and patience even when I'm being difficult and immature
- Cuddling with him
- He still texts to say I Miss You
- When he cleans the kitchen, which is most of the time
- His love for reading, anything and everything, all the time
- His passion for helping other people
- Him for being there for me when I'm having a breakdown or just need someone to be with
- For always thinking of nice things to do for me
He's just such a good man. That's obviously not all encompassing, but just a few things I thought about. I think these words say it beautifully:
All that I'm after is a life full of laughter
As long as I'm laughing with you
All that still matters is love ever after
After the life we've been through
'Cause I know there's no life after you
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, I got up early and went to work for a little while. I've been kind of worried about making deadlines, because there's more to do this month than just the regular quarterlies (year-end), and I've been delayed a few days because our software liason (who works her butt off for us and we love her) was still working on reconciliations and W2's and I couldn't proceed until she was done, and I'll be missing a day of work next week to go to Oregon. So, I've only got two weeks left to do most of what normally takes me about three weeks. They are very careful about letting people in the building outside of normal business hours (for company and employee security), but they gave me a key and showed me how to work the alarms, which I was very grateful for. In just four hours, I was able to do about two days worth of taxes. It's amazing how much you can get done when there are no interruptions or other, routine things to do during the day! So that takes some pressure off. If I can get through the unemployment by Thursday I'll be sittin' pretty. So I'm sure I'll be working late a lot next week, but you gotta do what you gotta do, and I really do love my job.
After I got home and showered, we went to the BYU/Colorado game. Geoff had found tickets for $1 online! They each had a $2 "printing fee", but 6 bucks for a basketball game is still a smokin' deal. BYU killed them, as what happens at every single sporting event we've ever gone to. Basketball, soccer, baseball, and football, it never fails. We think we're good luck or something. ;) We left with 9 minutes left in the game, because BYU was 20 points ahead and we wanted to beat traffic. We turned on the radio to hear the final score, and it was BYU 91, Colorado 43. That means BYU scored another 30 points in the last 9 minutes of the game! Crazy!
We came home and made dinner, then I got really grumpy, started crying, and laid down on the bed and fell asleep for a couple hours. (such a dope.) Geoff laid down with me though, he was a sweetheart. We got up and watched another couple hours of Man vs Wild and went to bed.
Today, I look forward to relaxing, making dinner, and straightening house. It is sooooooo nice that I don't have to worry about homework. This day is mine all mine.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
So, a few new food items for the healthy-eating campaign:
Okay, so I might still be deciding if this is healthy or if it's just not bad for you, but it beats the heck out of eating a candy bar during the 3 p.m. sugar cravings! It's yogurt! Only 100 calories. My boss saw me eating one and even threw in an enthusiastic word for the Lemon Torte flavor. (Haven't tried that one yet but consensus says it's the best).
This idea is from Angie - buy a big bag (or box if you're the Costco type), and keep it fresh by separating into smaller snack-sized bags. Fast and convenient! I've been eating it raw and plain so far, and it's really not bad. I got a ten-oz bag for $1.88 at Walmart, and it's surprisingly filling.
My only beef with the spinach is that it makes my mouth, tongue and throat itch, just like raw carrots, bananas, canteloupe, and walnuts do, and a few other raw vegetables. I did a little researching, and it seems most people who have the same reaction, do with the same kinds of foods. I found it might be a slight latex allergy. So, this might be a dumb idea, but I'm wondering if the more I eat it, the more my body will accept and quit fighting it, sort of like it did with Wally. (Not that I ate Wally, I just stopped having allergic reactions to him.) Or if the more I eat it, the worse it will become. Just don't know but I hope it's not the latter, because I can't just not eat vegetables. They're the staple of a healthy diet, right? Especially raw ones.
-Just googling again - was brought back to a couple years ago when there was that e-coli outbreak from contaminated spinach; seems like a repeating pattern. Spinach is okay to eat, right?
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Yeah..... I pretty much freaked out. I mean, probably not as much as her, but still. I had to check that she was serious. Geoff got similar texts from Jared. He said they're shocked, and Ashlee is "scared to death." I would be too, but excited!! I can't believe that they did it without any fertility treatments (not that it's any of my business, I'm just amazed!) Wow! I am totally floored just thinking about it. Way to go you guys! Congratulations!! I am really ecstatic for them. I just wish we were closer to them so I could help her out with stuff!!
I haven't written that we finally got to go to In-N-Out Burger, last weekend. But they just opened one in American Fork, and we just happened to be driving by at 10:35 a.m., just five minutes after opening time. There were only a few cars there, so we seized the opportunity. We haven't been to the one by our house yet because there's still a two-hour wait at the drive-thru (even worse inside) and it's been two months! They have to have traffic directors guide cars through the parking lot. Ashlee was right, people in Provo are crazy. Anyway, the American Fork people were really cute. There were like five of them crowded at the registers waiting to help us, and they were just grinning away. Geoff said he felt like a celebrity. (Maybe they were laughing at us? I don't know). But it was fun.
Geoff's mom is getting married in a couple of weeks. We made reservations. I am excited to go on a road trip with the hunky man-stud hubby of mine, and excited to see all of Geoff's family - at least his immediate family. I think it's been about two years since we last went up together and even longer since we've seen his bro and sis. in law.
Friday, January 8, 2010
My favorite was when he came across a zebra carcass in the African wilderness, and he knew it was fresh because there were no maggots yet. So he gets out his knife, cuts a piece of skin back, and goes at the carcass with his face -his teeth - seemingly having forgotten about the knife in his hand.
Well, we ended up watching one that looked so scary. He was in the wilderness swamps of the deep south, with at least three feet of dark, murky water in all directions. He was afraid of alligators. And did you know they have real ROUS's out there? Well, in two days' time, he bit the head off a live snake and ate the body raw, caught a 20-lb catfish with his fist, tackled a six-foot alligator with his bear hands and killed it with a knife, carried the alligator body over his shoulder until he could find some dry ground to make camp, cut the alligator skin into strips so he could use it to tie sticks together to make an elevated bed for himself to spend the night on, and ate the alligator meat. That's not even everything, there was so much more. My thought was that he didn't have to create dangerous situations for himself out there; that looked truly terrifying.
My conclusion: for show or not, I would rather be lost in the wilderness with him than without him. Though I will never eat a live snake.
I am so excited to spend a relaxing weekend with my hubby!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
For me, I've tentatively decided to go for a grad program that starts a little bit later than the ones I've been looking at. I have an internal struggle between wanting to move on, RIGHT NOW, and realizing that a break can be a good thing, too, and is probably needed. It's a big struggle. But, for right now I'm heeding Geoff's urging to just take a break for a little longer. I just don't want for us to get so comfortable in our routine that we start thinking grad school isn't important and we're fine with where we are and lose sight of our goals. I hope that doesn't happen, I don't think it will. Geoff says it won't. I won't let it.
Anyway, since I'm not breaking my head over GMAT studying at this time, and since Geoff will be gone evenings anyway, I'm finally, ultimately, turning my attention to diet and exercise. I haven't been at all perfect so far; I ate pizza and tacos - though I still lost a pound (must've been pretty bad before if I can eat pizza and tacos and still lose a pound). But here are a few things that I love that I think might become staples for the next long time:
This has some sodium, but is low in calories, low in fat, and high protein, and tasty. And filling. You can eat it right out of the package. I just recommend disposing of the package somewhere other than the garbage can under your desk, unless you want to smell fish for the rest of the day. But it's GOOD, I promise.
And then we're working on the veggies. We'll probably always be working on the veggies. But they are good too.
Monday, January 4, 2010
I thought I heard a rumor once, that we'll be switching to International Accounting Standards within the decade. It was the last I heard of it, so maybe it's nothing more than just that - a rumor. I wonder how and if that would affect state licensing.
We've had some hectic year-end days at work already, but for me this is where the chaos begins! I do love my job.
Feeling pretty good about life tonight.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
The other car woe of the day. A couple of days ago Geoff took his car in for new tires, and found out that his alignment was way out of wack and that was why his tires wore down so quickly, so he had that fixed too. I started wondering if my alignment was out also, because the car does shake when going freeway speeds. So I took my car to Les Schwab for a free tire-rotation (a perk for buying your tires there) and asked them to check the alignment too, and fix it if it needed to be fixed. They called an hour later and said I needed new wheel bearings, and they needed to replace the wheel bearings before they could fix the alignment. This of course, would take the bill from $86 to $475. I know absolutely nothing about this sort of thing, other than you can't trust car repair places, so I said no, and forget the alignment too, we'd be by to pick the car up in a minute.
I called my super-awesome little brother who is studying to be a diesel mechanic and has been working on cars for years, and asked him if they tried to swindle us. Absolutely yes, was his answer. Wheel bearings and alignment have nothing to do with each other, and if the wheel bearings are feeling wobbly, they just need to be re-packed and tightened. It's still a foreign language to me, but he said he could repack the wheel bearings if they are indeed loose. He recommended an honest guy he knows who could check the alignment for me.
Super-awesome little brother: 2
Les Schwab criminals: 0
(The two is from when he cleaned my brakes a couple months ago and let me know they are in good shape.) Actually, let's give him all the points he wants because he is super-awesome, after all.
Friday, January 1, 2010
It's been one crazy-a** year, and it flew by faster than I ever remember! Here's to 2010!