The Accountant's Garden

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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

It's been so long since I've been to blogger that my browser didn't remember the address! Well, anyway, here I am again, making another post. Many things have happened in the past couple months. Besides completing my jigsaw puzzle (which was quite some time ago), I've received feedback on my CPA exam, set a date to quit smoking, decided to buy a new car and had a birthday.

The CPA exam - I received test results in the mail February 4th (I think) and spent at least 15 minutes trying to read the letter through the envelope before getting the courage to actually open it. Bottom line - I passed two and failed two. I passed my two strongest accounting areas - financial accounting and tax/managerial accounting - and came quite close on the Law and Auditing sections. I'm currently awaiting the new online application for the computer-based exam, so that I can re-take those two sections, which should happen in May 2004. All in all, I had a feeling that I would get 2 out of 4, but I'm still feeling that twinge of disappointment that I didn't pass all 4 sections on the first try.

Smoking Cessation - I enrolled myself for a smoking cessation class, which began in February. March 2 is my quit watch out! Actually, it shouldn't be that bad, since they have all kinds of "aides" to help you kick the habit now. I'm a little scared, but I know this is the best thing in the long run.

New Car - we haven't bought it yet, but there are now firm plans to replace the Saturn with the new Mazda 3. The most difficult part is finding the time to actually go out and get the car, as well as deciding on color and whether a hatch-back or more conventional sedan would be better. The car has received good reviews, and we're impressed with how well our current Mazda Protege has held up.

Birthday - I celebrated my 29th birthday this week. I still can't believe that I have now reached my "late 20's." It's really not that big a deal, I guess. Maybe I noticed more because some very sweet people at work decorated my desk, bought me a cake and sang for me. Oh, and they got me a balloon. I don't think I've ever gotten one of those shiny, mylar balloons before. At least, not in the past couple decades. It was really, really nice. And someone special made me dinner and bought me a new lamp :)

In other aspects of my life, everything seems to be just rolling along. My garden is starting to shape up; although every time I start a project, it rains. I do have some flowers planted out front in planters (and protected on the porch) - red and yellow tulips. I've also bought seedlings for my vegetable garden: tomatoes, basil, parsely, and cilantro.

I'm also working on my second Girls' Day Out event. This month (February), I'm hosting a wine tasting at my house for several friends. I'm looking forward to the food, wine, and good company. Last month (January), a few of us went out to San Francisco to see the Degas sculpture exhibit at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. I had a great time, although I missed friends who were unable to be there. Next month, I think we're working on a trip to the ballet.

Well, I think that's it for now. Cats are well, client billings are up, and I'm looking forward to more projects, challenges, studies and adventures.