I got busy. Crazy busy.
We replaced our accounting system at work, which was long overdue and a massive undertaking for me and the bookkeeper. Three months of prep and training, followed by three weeks of tweaking settings and verifying data and tracking transactions through to see how everything posted, followed by four weeks of getting caught up on all the stuff we couldn’t get done the previous three weeks and learning how to use this on a day-to-day basis. Now, finally, I feel like we are getting a handle on things and I’ve learned a ton about how this new system works. We’re still working on generating reports that look similar to what we’re used to, but my confidence level is quite a bit higher than it was a month ago.
There have been a lot of long days, leaving me with precious little time for any sort of social life. I’ve not kept up on my blog, nor have I been reading the blogs and newsfeeds that I subscribe to. I’m woefully behind on housework, gardening, and email. Thank goodness most of our household bills get paid automatically, because I’d be way behind on those as well.
In May I joined a board of directors for a professional group I belong to; this of course added work and obligations over the summer. In July, I was promoted at work, which brings more responsibilities (and meetings). Clearly, I was completely out of my belfry because during the summer I also decided to study and take an exam for a certification (I passed).
As I said, though, things are looking up at work and I’ve been able to surface now and then for air. We were able to get out of town for our anniversary, which was fantastic.
And I’ve been knitting; despite the long days at work I still get an hour a day of commuter time and with simple projects there’s no need for my brain to be very involved. Mostly, I’ve been knitting the linen tank and a pair of socks.
At home, we finally got an inspector out for the porch, only to have him leave us a lengthy note about things we need to do before he can actually sign off on anything – things like write a certification that we did, indeed, put rebar in the foundation.
Last weekend we drove the eastern Washington to visit friends and did a bit of winery-hopping; I came home with more wine that my wine rack will hold. This is not a long-term problem – since I was able to taste the wine before I bought it, I know that I will enjoy every bottle. (sometimes it’s rather hit-or-miss for me, as I’m not a big wine connoisseur; I tend to buy wine in the very stereotypical manner of picking the bottle with the neat label.)
There, now you are mostly caught up on what I’ve been doing in lieu of blogging.