Tuesday, August 12, 2008

"Role"ing with it

I'm not sure how, in all the chaos of the last six months (renovating a house, selling a house, buying another one, renovating another one - and every bit of the fun we all associate with moving) we decided NOW would be the best time for Dennis to quit his comfortable, predictable life in corporate America.

But here we are, pursuing the American dream of owning our own business.

It WILL be great. I'm married to a guy who has to be passionate about what he does, or he withers and dies, which is why corporate gridlock - the sameness of it all - frustrated him.

Thankfully we are off to a good start, we have some savings, lots of contacts, and a very big dream.

The only snag I can foresee is that (as Vice President) in addition to being Chief Peanut Butter and Jelly maker around here, I am now in charge of - get this - bookkeeping!

Me - a WORDS girl - whose middle name is "close enough."

I woke up in the middle of the night last night in a cold sweat. In addition to the usual things that wake me up (Did I wash Libby's-10 uniform for her game? Did I turn the sprinklers off? Did I leave the milk in the trunk again? How am I going to get everyone where they need to go tomorrow?), my heart stopped with stuff like: Did I make the tax payment? Did I miss the deadline? Did I figure it right? Is the IRS going to audit me?

Holy Smoke.

I'm only putting in a few hours a week "helping out," while Dennis does the work that actually makes money. I can't complain. I have an accountant I can call with questions, and I am really trying hard to "roll" with it.

But believe me, I am praying that someday I can roll right out of this job and into an easier one, say, that of "trophy wife." Then I could wake up in the middle of the night with thoughts like, Did I miss my nail appointment? Did I go one shade too dark on the lowlights? Maybe I should try botox on my earlobes next time?

I don't know. Maybe that job would be even more stressful.


E. Tyler Rowan said...

Hilarious! Good luck on the bookkeeping. (I found, when doing the same for my hubby's short jaunt into self-employment, that it was important to do it frequently (2-3 days per week) and in TOTAL quiet (no kids around). Way less mistakes that way.)

Milehimama @ Mama Says said...

Get a good software program - it will save your life!

I like Quickbooks. Peachtree is not user friendly.

Andrea said...

Wow. You really *are* awesome, Katherine.
That's a huge job!
ps. your highlights look great.

Jen said...

You are cracking me up Trophy Wife.....have the kids started school yt? How do they like it?

Enid said...

Ohh Iam in a bubble! I dream on that day too...! You will see it coming in soon. We are self employe and is been a long run when we first got married, five kids after..! I will pray for you .I have you in my favorites links..is like I know you for ever...and I in the Texas Tech home.

Debbie said...

You are cracking me up!

I second the motion on Quickbooks. After using Peachtree, QB is so much more user-friendly.

Hope you don't have to pull too many late nights to get the "homework" done!

Donna said...

I've been reading your blog for some time now, and have it linked on mine. I'm also a mom of 5 :) I loved your comments on the thoughts that wake you at night...I'm glad I'm not the only one who deals with that! Congrats on the new job venture, your husband sounds much like mine. Blessings!

nettebini said...

LOL! I have aspirations of being a trophy wife, as well. Must have been in the water in that little town we grew up in. :-)

I started my own business this year, as well, and our accountant suggested I get Quickbooks (which I did). She even offered to send over one of their bookkeepers to help me set it up. That wasn't necessary. It's pretty user friendly -- and intuitive.

Even for me, a definite words girl!

Marian said...

Katherine "Close Enough", you will be just fine. =)