Wednesday, September 15, 2010


That's right. Me. And it's the most relieving feeling.

I work in a position I never wanted, for a boss I mostly despise, doing the work two full-time accountants used to handle. It's been tough to stay above water, and systems I would love and badly need to put into place I have had no time to sit and enact, and, when I've tried, that despicable boss comes along and makes it all useless. Seriously, crappy management is the bane of an accountant's work. Many know that I have wanted out for quite a while now.

Last week was nearly it for me. It was a four-day work week starting Tuesday, but I think I still worked 50 hours trying to meet deadlines - even taking my computer out during a family party on the weekend. And my boss was just too much. Each day I loathed him even more, and by the end of the week I was crying in bed each night, sleeping horribly, and spent my weekend just feeling sick, dreading going back on Monday, and begging Mike to let me quit. The one highlight was that we put up that movie I think is cute and everyone else thought it was cute, too.

Monday looked like it was just going to continue the culmination of the crap, as I worked a 12-hour, crappy, exhausted day, but I finally went to my boss and laid it down. I said I'm having a baby in January. This has been too much for me, and I can't do it anymore. I said when I agreed to help you out in this position I told you it was never in my plans, I didn't want it, I was looking for something outside of the industry, and advised you get someone else to come in. I told him that if I did work after baby, it would only be a minimal part-time, and if they weren't willing or able to have me in a position like that, I'd be perfectly fine with it. I told him my suggestion was to demote me back to assistant and bring in someone now to take over the controller duties. This way we could get back on top of things and we would have plenty of time for me to show him/her around, and by the time I had baby we would be completing our current huge projects, new person would be well set up, and they'd better able to gauge whether a part-time Shirley would be reasonable or not.

They interviewed yesterday and a new guy starts on the 30th. When my boss agreed to my plan it was such a relief. He expressed some sincere concern over my well-being the past couple weeks. For some reason my bosses like me a lot (two of them - one is tons better than the other). I'm a bit disappointed I've still got another two weeks like this, but the sky is so much bluer now and I'm mostly just so excited for some guy that doesn't smoke to come in and take over.

So - on to lighter things. Although, I don't like the Wednesday questions very much this week because they're harder to answer.

{one} have you ever won a trophy? if yes, for what?
Um...I'm actually not sure. I don't think so. I've gotten some medals though. The one I'm most proud of is the gold in the four-by-mile at the Knights of Columbus invitational. That was my fastest mile time ever...but didn't really count since it was a relay. I still regret not ever running the steeple chase.

{two} what was your favorite subject in school?
Uhhh....okay, I had Mr. Garcia for American history, and that was a fun class, and Mr. I-don't-remember-his-name lawyer-with-the-dry-humor for government - but he was awesome so I loved the class. But I think my favorites were probably English and math - one, because I always got an 8 or 9 on my essays and just swam along, finished the math exams long before everyone else and felt smug about myself (one reason I want my kids to have an alternative education to public school is because I was not really tested at all), and two, Kevin Crimi. He was always in those classes with me and we just laughed and goofed around - SERIOUS laughter. mostly coming from me. I think he just laughed at me.

{three} what time do you get up in the morning?
Ha well when I'm not trying to be in to work a couple hours first alarm goes off at 6:30. That's the time to get in a good shower. Next is at 6:45, which is a quick shower. Then 7:00, which is no shower, driving off with a bagel in hand. So, most days 7:00.

{four} if you could open your own business, what would it be?
Flower shop, duh.

{five} if you could spend the evening with one rock star/band, who would it be?
I don't like these types of questions. And, I like people's music, but I don't think I'd actually like the people. probably. My brother put some songs on a CD once. I'll have dinner with him.

{six} what sitcom character reminds you of you?
Ugh another one? I'm going to say Sydney Bristow (whether it counts or not) because it's the only show I know and I would love to be awesome. If you have a character that reminds you of me, suggest away.

{seven} what are the 3 most important things to you?
climbing trees, crushed ice,'s a tie between mashed potatoes and cheese.

{eight} chips or popcorn?
los dos.

{nine} have you ever ordered anything from an infomercial?
No, but when I was a kid some of those things looked soooo cooool.

{ten} what is one thing that you are grateful for today?
New guy coming in two weeks!


Christine and Richie said...

Aww.. Kevin Crimi. I remember him. Good times.

Devin & Ruthann said...

I'm glad your boss understood and went with your plan. I know what it's like to be overworked and totally despise what your doing. Not fun at all!

The Robinsons said...

So glad that the new guy is coming in 2 weeks!! So happy that you will get a break! You deserve it!

Gina said...

That's so funny, I also had Coach Garcia for American History and the same lawyer-dry-sense-of-humor man for Government. And darn it, I can't remember his name either.

Caley and Jason said...

yikes! your job sounds so intense! good thing your load has been lifted. plus everything becomes like 600 times more stressful when you become pregnant. even my nanny job started stressing me out! so embarrassing.

oh yes. crushed ice! YUMMM

Chad said...

I can definitely sympathize: for quite awhile, my company has been struggling with production. About a month ago, I presented my bosses with a detailed plan of how to restructure and share the work load. Two weeks ago the asked me to start helping, but within a week they expected me to take over production completely. Since I am trying to do the work of 2+ people, I am now ineffective in all my duties. Meetings for resolution continue to be postponed, which only heightens my stress. I, too, would like to quit but we still have bills to pay. I think that light I see at the end of the tunnel may just be an oncoming train.

Bonnie said...

I'm only ten weeks. :)

Bridget "Fun" Lynott said...

I would just like to say good for you for speaking up and doing what was right for you. That is what is most important. You can't keep doing what you hate because you will turn into someone you despise as well! Congrats on the little boy and the bit of "relief"!

Connie said...

I'm so happy your boss was willing to work with you on that! Try not to stress though this last little bit- it's bad for your little quarterback!

Fiery Jack said...

Yes! I just read these comments! And Connie knows! My little quarterback!

Kevin Crimi said...

I remember Kevin Crimi's too bad he got eaten by that rabid dolphin....