Why is it that no one can just say "congratulations, we’re happy for you?" Why does there always have to be some variation on "just wait until..." I understand the misery loves company theory, but can no one out there just be happy for you and leave it at that?
I understand that it’s going to get worse. Once it’s general knowledge, random strangers will start gleefully trotting out horror stories. I foresee losing my temper. Several times.
Here’s another thought. Right now I am losing my mind trying to wrap up the accrual account with the very nice lady in accounting who has the misfortune to be assigned to the legal department. She’s really sweet, and I like her a lot. But her numbers and mine don’t match for two of the firms, and in one case we’re talking about literally hundreds of invoices. Now, she and I have gotten pretty good at this over the last two years. Our communication is excellent, and this year I kept particularly meticulous/anal-retentive records. So it hopefully will just be very difficult, but won’t be a horror show. Hopefully. But here is the thing that amuses/worries me. That meticulous record keeping and communication began when the fiscal year ended. That was the point where bills for services performed in FY07 began to be actually submitted in FY08 and needed to be charged against the accrual account and tracked until such time as we decide that we’re done with FY07 and close the accrual down. That’s what we’re trying to do right now. Our fiscal year ends on September 30. My due date is September 24. My back up is the lazy sack on the other side of my cube wall.
On one hand, it’s going to be funnier than all hell watching (so to speak) her try to cope with this. On the other hand, I anticipate a HUGE mess for me to clean up after the first of the year because I can guarantee you that she won’t be bothered to track things. I don’t know if I want to laugh or cry.