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Back from the dead, I am. But I am still among them. So I must be a zombie. Guard your brains, cause I haven't got any of my own left.

A truly taxing season this year. Some good talks with clients, some really fun returns. (The former is not a complete sentence, my writing editor informs me.) There were a few last minute glitches with information, questions, errors. Returns out of town did not go out as early as I would have liked. And my biggest failure, in my personal yardstick for the season, is that my returns are on extension. I haven't had to do that in years.

The 15th is usually a quiet day for me, just a couple of phone calls. This year, I had to schedule a meeting for a return that should have gone out a month ago (on extension). It was a great meeting, but it ate up the morning. Then I had to drive to meet the last client, get his signature, mail his return. He's the only client I would do that for. And he's not my traditional last client. No, I did *his* return on Monday the 13th. And had a wonderful time with him. I delivered his return the next day. He always has everything laid out for me on his dining room table and we go through the return item by item. It's a ritual and we both enjoy it. Then I take my honking laptop home and print out his returns, review them, tweak the underpayment forms, sign and staple them. I deliver them to him the next day, the 14th or 15th. Then I'm supposed to be finished. And that's when I usually finalize my own return.

So yesterday, I began organizing the information for my first return. Considering how tired I am, how unfocused, how often I stopped to blip music (http://blip.fm/oz_drummond) and carry on "conversations" with other DJ's, I did pretty well. I'm ready to input numbers.

I also went to the bank to make a deposit. That's the fun part of this.

As for writing, it's been a while. I go to Tucson on Sat, to my happy place, and live in a doublewide for a week. I'm supposed to write all week. "But I don't FEEL like writing!" I can hear myself whine. Sigh. Every year I have trouble with the switch. I have trouble switching to tax mode and trouble switching back. I'm hoping a week in Tucson will help the shift, help kill the zombie feeling.

A client called last night with a sob story about their dog-walker and how this person needed a tax preparer to do their S-Corp return (due March 15th) and their individual return (needed for student financial aid, usually in Feb). There were real reasons they needed help. And time was of the essence, I could tell that. I felt bad that this unknown person's life had spun out of control (I'll leave those details out, but it was serious). But among other issues, I was going to be gone for a week. And right now, I'm not in a hurry to do much of anything except some remedial vacuuming.

I had the sense to say no. But thank you for thinking of me.

Tucson calls. Horses call. Sleep calls. Writing? Oh all right. I'll think about it.

Frog Out


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 17th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
Glad you survived, Oz! I shall guard my brains, though. *g*
Apr. 17th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmm, braaaaaaains! yours look particularly tasty having been pickled over the years. Good thing I won't be anywhere in your vicinity.
Apr. 17th, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC)
Tucson? Tucson? Huh.

I'll take this as a good omen, as Valerie is supposed to be speaking to the airlines this morning and we'll be soaring off to AZ ourselves in early May.

But Tucson? Seriously?
Apr. 17th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, Tucson. And in a doublewide, no less. I would expect you to say "Doublewide? Doublewide? Seriously?"

It's the company I keep, what can I say?

Good luck with your flights and arrangements.
Apr. 17th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Welcome back!
Apr. 17th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Good to be back. This morning was the first time I read my f-list in ages and it was such a nice change. I couldn't focus on TWITTER a few days ago, let alone full blog entries! Reading just inspired making a post. Rolled right off my fingers.
Apr. 17th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
But...but...I need my brains...

Desert. Yaaaay, desert! And horses. And writing!
Apr. 17th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
No you don't. I promise. I'll make all your decisions from now on. I'll leave you the part that keeps you breathing and your heart beating. Well, actually, I'll leave it as long as I can. Eventually even that has to go. Yum.

Now, about those stories on my laptop...where was I?
Apr. 17th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
You did it! Another tax year! Yayayayayayay!!
Apr. 17th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
With mucho help from blipping and tweeting friends! It really helped, the music connection at the end.
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