The Accountant's Garden

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Recently being criticized by my mother for not being well-read, I've once again started trying to read more serious pieces of literature besides my usual magazines and short articles. I'm not sure if my mother is correct in her critique of my reading experience - I am sure that there are those around me who have read more, and I know that some people have read much less - but I think it is a matter of taste. At first, I felt awkward and low for not have read such things as "Jane Eyre", "Wuthering Heights", and numerous Jane Austen novels. So I borrowed one of these from my mom and asked some others if they had read it. Most of the men had not. I started reading it and was not overwhelmed with a compulsion to read past the first chapter, so I put it down, returning to Dante (also borrowed, from my grandmother).

So, I was wondering, of all my friends out there, which was your favorite book or author? I know that Alex's favorite is "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand (which I also am quite fond of). So, that's one friend of mine with a strong background in Literature. I'm curious to know what my other two well-read friends - you know who you are! - hold dear in their collection of literary works.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Yesterday, Tuesday, our only goals were to visit the library and (for me) catch up on some household accounting. I did complete the accounting goals, but we were unable to go to the library, as a naughty little girl pushed her sister and was sent to her room.
On the accounting issues, it sure was good to take a good look at all our accounts. I am reminded that there is a finite amount of disposable income in this household, especially having a second house now. I think I will get rid of the Costco membership; it just entices one to spend too much money under the pretense of "a really good price." I think that even the good deals we get on large purchases could be equivalent elsewhere, with sales and my Discover Card, which can give me 2% - 5% cash back on purchases. (Another reason for me not to shop at Costco, which does not accept Discover Card, where I like to keep all my purchases for tracking purposes.)

Today, Wednesday, I have contracted an extra day of care for the girls, so that I may focus my efforts on Nekko projects once more. I have at least four projects - some big, some small - that need to be completed, preferably this morning. If I'm lucky, I may even get some time to spend attacking the weeds in the back yard.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Time is so short these days, it seems. I've been meaning to write to friends and family for so long, but can hardly managed to keep up with my everyday life - which of course, now includes two toddlers, eager to explore the world.

I've been hoping now, so hopelessly behind in correspondence and thank you letters, to just send out an email newsletter (using our own, home-grown software, of course), but I haven't found the time to compose that yet. Hopeful that I will create that newsletter, and have it link to these blogs, I want to track my daily activities, if only so that I can feel like I'm getting something done while I neglect my relationships with friends and family.

Today is Monday. Here's what we've done today:
  • Showered, read email from mom, ate breakfast & drank coffee.
  • Put dishes away from last night's washing, washed more dishes, and put them away too.
  • Stripped bed & laundered sheets & remade the bed.
  • Got two little girls up, changed, dressed, combed, fed, and off to day care.
  • Created microsite for Hill Physicians (Nekko business).
  • Completed three separate code change lists for Abbott (Nekko business).
  • Closed my old checking account at Wells Fargo.
  • Transferred funds to cover new car purchase.
  • Made & ate a healthy lunch.
  • Called about getting a babysitter for an upcoming event.
  • Completed two more loads of laundry.
  • Picked up miscellaneous clutter around the house.
  • Completed yet more revisions for Abbott (disk arrived today full of new images).
  • Got elevator repaired.
  • Picked up girls from day care and raced through Costco to pickup household necessities.
  • Got tired girls fed and ready for bedtime.
  • And...last but not least...made this silly post.
Now, there are still little tiny baby socks and Cheerios scattered randomly throughout the house and my car, but all in all, it's been a day that I think I can be proud of. I have leads on more Nekko projects coming in, so my back yard plans may never come to fruition. But, you never know, I may have one or two free days to remove weeds and plant more flowers and bulbs.

Oh, and here are some pictures of the rooms I painted! All the new windows are in, and the rooms are painted, and the new window coverings are up. That was the project for summer.