>So here we are, middle of January. I’m happy to report that I haven’t gone postal with anyone over their taxes yet… but then, it’s early. We’re using a new tax software package this year — ironically from the same tax software company I worked for in the early 90s. Ownership has changed, but some of the same people I worked with are still involved. One of them is the salesperson who is also my tech contact… he’s just getting back into the tax craziness after being laid off from a pharmaceutical company, and we have a deal that he calls me with tax questions and I call him with tech questions. Undoubtedly I think I’ve got the better end of the deal. 🙂 At any rate, it’ll be different getting used to a new package. Right now I’ve got enough to do finishing up W2s and payroll taxes. My new desk is installed in my office and is wonderful.
Not much else is happening. I appear to have developed a case of the crud/plague/some form of upper-respiratory throat something that has at the moment cost me my voice. Delightful when you still have to speak with clients on the phone. I’m hoping for some pity.
Made a big change to discontinue the cleaning service I had. Now, those of you who know me in real life are well aware that our house will never be a show home. We are, to say the least, cluttered… at worst, we’re a candidate for “Hoarders”. But we take pride in the fact that even tho there’s clutter, the house is basically clean. Until a few weeks ago when I bent down in the kitchen with a paper towel to wipe up a spill and the paper towel came up black. I mean totally black. The day after it had supposedly been mopped.
So I called a client of mine who has a cleaning business, and as luck would have it, she had an opening. She and her husband came today. Wow. Just wow. I am so very happy with everything she did!!! So Susan, if you’re reading this, a big ol’ Thank You from the three of us… oh, and if you live in the north Atlanta area and are looking for someone to help you out, let me know and I’ll provide particulars… 🙂
Penny continues to run the household. She’s now 10 months old and is a Big Dog. Just ask her. She fancies herself to be a watchdog. Just let there be a noise of any sort — car going by, airplane flying overhead, ant walking across the grass — and she’ll spring into action and into full barking frenzy. We haven’t seen what would happen should she encounter Actual Danger, but I’m sure in her mind she’s up to the challenge. This week we took her for a walk that was a full circuit of the neighborhood — about 2.5 miles. That made for one tuckered teckel (as well as tuckered parents who walked her…).
Until next time… stay warm… if you’re around here, stay dry… and continue to keep the people of Haiti in your prayers.