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TGR, Gutenberg, Rubric

Obsessed with numbers

Usually I keep my little OCD quirks under control. Usually, I just sneak a peak at the oncoming license plates to see what the number is. Usually, I play a single game of Sudoku and lay my pencil down. Usually, I avoid opening my accounting program and creating spreadsheets of my net worthless. Usually.

But, as Monday approaches and that means State tax filing time for the business, I've had to delve into the accounting and try to wrap up my year in business. I didn't do too badly in keeping my records. There are a few twists I had to work out. The last couple of months hadn't been balanced. Overall it was pretty clean. But then, of course, I had to track down any expenses during the year that I didn't pay out of my business accounts. Internet connectivity, phone, runs to the office supply store.

In order to do that, I had to gather the creditcard and bank statements, utility bills, phone bills, and generally the remainder of the stack of paper that gets shoved in a box marked "2010" and moulders there until we're forced to do Federal Income Tax (usually about October 1).

Well, suffice it to say that I spent my day yesterday and anticipate the better part of today playing with numbers. Once I bury my head in the accounting, I don't even remember to keep drinking from my ever-present coffee cup. I go fix a fresh hot cup of coffee, sit down at my desk with the cup close at hand and start entering numbers. Then I reach for the coffee and find that it is stone cold. Oh, it's been two hours since I sat down.

This is complicated by the fact that I got a new Sudoku source (htttp://krazydad.com). The "Very Tough" puzzles are often quite challenging. So I take a break to fix another cup of coffee (toss it in the microwave) and sit with a Sudoku puzzle for a few minutes while I drink it. I reach for the coffee and it is stone cold. The microwave works, but I've been sitting with the stupid puzzle for 90 minutes. (Successfully!) I'm sure it is a numbers obsession.

Somewhere in here I'm going to have to get my Imbolc ritual ready for Sunday and get the Order of Service over to the church, finish my taxes, write a review of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," and finish the cover art for my new book.

Maybe if I set my timer for 30 minutes, I can get another Sudoku puzzle started.
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