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busy season weirdness

Had to explain what i do to a few others a few days ago..and I realize I still struggle to come up with an I say - a) i'm an auditor (they think i do taxes) b) i'm an accountant (it's not really a good description c) i'm in consulting (not true)...I hate explaining what I do, and so I really just want a one word financial services, healthcare, engineer,architect. So for those of you who've come up with good answers, please do share. But, I digress...

Ever notice how working with/in the same room as/right next to your team members for 15-16 hours a day sometimes lead to painful arguments, lack of tolerance for immaturity/ and bickering about the most inane things. And then you look back a few days later and realize how stupid those arguments were. At some point you just want to whoop the others' butts or yell at them.
Another thing that happens after working with them for such an extended period of time, is that they start to enter your dreams..let me rephrase...nightmares. Oh, that's the worst. You think you had enough during the day, but then when you start thinking about work or night, or even worse, dreaming about doing work, you know you've been working too much. I literally force myself to think of something else if i ever dream about audit work.


Krupo said…
"Defender of Capitalism" is my favourite.

I've only had non-work friends in dreams, thank goodness.

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