I feel like I’ve been neglecting my blog recently. It’s not intentional believe me… it’s because I’ve been super busy. You should know that I’m a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser (hey I worked hard for those exams so I will refer to myself by those privileged titles!). In the UK the end of the tax year may be 5th April however the filing deadline is 31st January… which means January is usually a horrendously busy month trying to finish everything off.
Last year I was off on maternity leave from 13th December so I missed January! Perfect timing! However it did make quite a dent in my time at work (I was back 30th June) which of course meant I had a lot of catching up to do. January this year has to be the busiest I’ve seen in years!
On top of my work I’ve been helping one of work my colleagues who had a family bereavement and has been off work all week. He did some of my work whilst I was on maternity so I felt like I ought to help him by taking some pressure off. This means I’ve been doing more overtime than I normally do.
So far this month I have done 27 hours overtime… and that’s not including today. Our working week is 35 hours so before next Friday I will have worked over a week in overtime this month alone. The only silver lining is that it means I get a nice “bonus” on payday.
(love this photo! I feel like this on occasions! – source)
Before I met my husband I used to work every weekend in December and January. I cut back a bit when I met him because of the distance between us so weekends were spent going to visit him. After we moved in together I started to work more on weekends but not half as much as I did before. Now that we have Little Miss I really don’t want to be doing lots of overtime because it means I don’t get to see her. Today I was sat at work and was looking through my office window – this was the view.
It’s a bit of a crap view but look at that sky! (Oh and yeah the windows need cleaning!!) It was at this point that I decided I was going home! It may be pissing it down tomorrow and I wanted to take Little Miss on her bike since it was a nice day. After I got home she was having her nap so hubby & I had a nap on the sofa. When she got up we all had a cuppa and a biscuit (she had her formula) before we went out for a walk. Little Miss was on her trike (I was pushing) and hubby took the dogs.
I’m off to work again tomorrow after doing another 1.5 hours at home this evening. But hey only a week to go! Normal service will resume February 1st!