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Thursday, March 20, 2008

As far as the paperwork goes, Iím pretty sure Iím ready for my home invasion tomorrow. That doesnít mean there wonít be things the auditor asks that I have to scramble for answers to, but as always Iíve tried to anticipate anything she might need. So why am I nervous about it? Well, thatís just me, I guess. Iím a worrier, whether it helps or not.

Actually, I thought I was ready even yesterday, but then I sat bolt upright in bed in the middle of the night. (It was really 4:00 am, which isnít the middle of the night if you were raised on a farm, I guess, but it sure is to me.) I remembered that the other auditor (the real one) had been concerned about the employees who were paid at two different rates, because we get to pay a lower workersí comp premium on payroll paid at the higher rate. He didnít think Iíd recorded the different rates as precisely as I should have, but I gave him the information he needed and we moved on from there.

Suddenly, at 4:00 am this morning (or last night, if you want to put it that way), I thought of a solution. I hadnít been looking for a solution, because I know I can always drag out the time cards if the question comes up. But my brain decided to work out a fairly simple spreadsheet that would give the auditor all the details, and maybe make the audit go a little faster. My brain somehow managed to do this at four oíclock in the freaking morning.

Since I wasnít sleeping anyway, despite the ridiculous hour, my first instinct was to get up and do the spreadsheet right then. But I talked myself into staying in bed and trying to block it out of my mind. It must have worked, because I woke up again four hours later and had the spreadsheet done before I shaved or showered or anything. Youíd think Iíd have been so jazzed about it that I had a really good day, right? Well, thereís something about an interrupted nightís sleep and all that worry and stress that takes a lot out of a person. I had a hard time coping, but Iím sure it will all be better tomorrow, after the ordeal is over.

25 February 2008

Phoenix clouds.

Speaking of nightmares, David was first on the scene of a fatal car accident near his house this morning. He stopped and gave what help he could until emergency personnel arrived, but it was the kind of experience that you donít get over easily. You might have to register to read the article, so Iíll tell you that it involved three teenagers whose speeding car flew through the air and flipped, hitting a tree eight feet off the ground, snapping it in two. The driver survived, but one of his passengers was killed and the other is in intensive care. This was in a residential neighborhood at a time when (or just after) children were going to school. David did everything he could to help, and that makes him kind of heroic, donít you think?

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