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25 June 2006 @ 02:28 pm
Coming up for air  
I have been absorbed in my new job the past few weeks and my LJ certainly reflects my distraction. It's been a very tiring process, learning my job with minimal and poor quality training. (Note to potential trainers, please go slowly enough for the trainee to take notes as these notes will be all they have when you are not there to answer questions.)



I'm still really liking the majority of the people I work with and am learning some things about nonprofit accounting and a new (to me)accounting program, Peachtree. I am missing MYOB in some ways, however, and feel that overall it is a better accounting software package. I am curious to know how Quickbooks will differ from the other two.

I arrived at an interesting point in this organization's history, with deep funding cuts and understaffing. They are laying off 5 part time staff members and are still searching for an executive director. All this means my days are exceptionally busy, to the point where I skip my breaks and eat lunch at my desk. I am wearing several hats: bookkeeping, HR, facilities, purchasing, and IT. Yes IT. People who know me well will be amused to hear that I am one of the more tech savvy people on staff and am the one to troubleshoot and call in a consultant when we have computer problems. I guess even the least tech savvy person who's worked at a computer based company has picked up more than the average person in non-tech environments.

Evenings I arrive home just totally beat, still adjusting to the fact that I'm working again and at such a furious pace. I've taken refuge in Netflix and episodes of Dead Like Me, a show I highly recommend. Ellen Muth plays a young woman who dies and discovers that she is a "grim reaper" now, responsible for taking the souls of people who die from accidents or murders before they are killed, so they won't feel the pain of their demise. Afterwards she encourages them to go into the light, which appears differently to each of them depending upon their lives and points of view. A little girl sees an amusement park, a yoga instructor sees a goddess sitting on a lotus.

Ellen's character, George, works with an interesting group of fellow reapers in the "accidental death" division. (Others work in hospitals and nursing homes to assist those dying of natural causes.) She also holds down a job in a staffing company called "Happy Time." Yes, Grim Reapers don't get paid for their work and are forced to find homes and jobs on their own. So while taking a look at death and grief (we follow George's family in their grief process) we also get to examine work life in the 21st century. The writers' have a keen sense of humor and irreverently portray office life as well as any of the popular movies on the subject. In fact, we soon see that grim reaping is just like any other job, with its own hardships and rewards and boring paperwork.


Alas, this excellent show ended after 2 seasons and this weekend I reached the end of the series. Why do all the good shows die young? It seems ironic that I must grieve for this show about death...

Still it was well worth the journey, like all good relationships.

And speaking of relationships, yesterday was the 5th birthday of my beloved first grandson, Jonathan. Soon he'll be starting kindergarden and it seems like just yesterday he was born. They grow up so fast. I'm glad I got to see him earlier this month; I really miss him.