OM’s fiscal year-end is approaching so along with wrapping up the financials for 2013-2014, getting everything in order for the auditor, and striking the budget for 2014/2015 we don’t have time to get into any mischief.
Not that we ever do – have time to get into mischief that is. We always have to chuckle when folks say to us, “Bet you’re glad the migration is over so you can take it easy.” Or, “You must enjoy having some downtime in the off-season”.
Take it easy? Off-season? You talkin’ to me?!? In fact, compared to the so called off-season, the fall migration almost seems like a holiday.
We operate two non-profit corporations – one in Canada and one in the US. This means double everything. Two sets of books; two federal governments each with their own laws and rules to deal with; two reports on just about every subject you can imagine; double the work for meetings, minutes, and the like, and…well you get the picture.
Hey, listen up Universe….when I asked if my workload could get worse it was a rhetorical question, NOT a challenge.
The regular business of both corporations has to be kept running while we’re on migration, but there is a lot of work that there just isn’t time for while we’re on the Wisconsin to Florida road. Although we do our best to keep up, of necessity much gets pushed off. And by the time we arrive back at the office, molehills have become mountains and what was once just a spark has turned into a raging fire.
While OM’s office crew – Joe, Heather, Chris and me – would enjoy passing the time painting our toe nails and eating bonbons, (doubtful that Joe’d be too enthusiastic about the painting toe nails part) we are all in full court press mode.
We have just six weeks left before our new year begins and a ton of research has to be done, quotes acquired, plans drafted, narratives written, and approvals obtained before that time. Not to mention, that soon after that, chick season will be in full swing, bringing with it a whole new roster of duties to add to our to-do lists.
All this while we, like so many of you across both our countries are freezing our hinnies off in unremitting, depressing, sub-zero temps. Ugh and Grrr. If it wasn’t so politically incorrect not to mention devastating to the planet, I’d cheer for global warming.