Wednesday, February 20, 2008

"Tax widow's" lament--a CPA's spouse grouses

The above is a shot of the view immediately behind my computer, which happens to sit on the same desk as my husband's home-office fax machine/photocopier/printer. That's three boxes of new and recycled computer paper standing nearly three feet high. (I don't think I'll ever be known as a world-class photographer--for the record, what appears to be a black space behind the boxes is actually a dark-brown-wood combination storage cabinet and bookshelf.) We won't talk about the dining room table full of clients' mail, or the dining room chair piled with accounting textbooks for the college classes that he's teaching this semester, or the computer hardware and software piled on the couch. Now you can see with your own eyes why I gave up on hachnasat orchim--inviting guests--years ago: Where would I put them? Don't even ask what we go through every Friday afternoon clearing the table for Shabbat/Sabbath. Sigh.

Sadly, tax season also turns my favorite Certified Public Accountant--and, therefore, to a lesser extent, me, as well--into a hermit. We had to turn down a gracious invitation to spend Purim and Shabbat in Baltimore because my husband simply can't spare the time during tax season. So if any kind soul(s) in the New York metropolitan area happen to have room for two more at a Purim seudah (festive meal)--we've never been to one--we'd certainly appreciate an invitation. Just tell us what to wear and what to bring. (Hey, we may be bad at hosting, but we do try to be good guests!)

Reminder: It is not a Mitzvah to get drunk on Purim!


Blogger Gila said...

I completely feel for you! And your husband!

Gila Weiss, CPA


Thu Feb 21, 01:03:00 AM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

There's a rumor that you were, um, "involuntarily detoured" en route to earning the Israeli equivalent of a CPA license. I hope you'll eventually fill us in on how you got from flat on your back in the hospital to back on your feet as a "bean counter."

Thu Feb 21, 05:44:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Elie said...


I don't know whether Central Jersey counts as "New York metropolitan area" but if so, you're welcome to join us. Please email me for details.

As a general FYI, with Purim being erev Shabbos this year, the seudah is held mid-day, or definitely no later than early afternoon, rather than in the evening as it is most years. So keep that in mind in terms of its impact on your Purim and/or Shabbos plans.

Fri Feb 22, 04:33:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Tzipporah said...

If Oregon were close enough, you'd definitely be welcome. You'd even get to see baby Chalal in his lion costume!

One question - why doesn't your dear hubbie just have a room of his own to work in, where you can shut the door so you can have guests? Or, barring that, at least one of those nifty close-up wardrobes with a computer etc. hidden inside. IT's worked wonders for us with the baby, who loves to push buttons... On...Off...On...Off...

Fri Feb 22, 05:56:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Tzipporah, except during his rare visits, our son's room has become my husband's office, with our son's encouragement. ("I don't live there anymore.") But the hubster has not yet quite figured out where to fit his two file cabinets in there. And the shelf that might have held the fax/copier/printer is currently occupied by his last laptop, which he can't donate to me because some of his older programs can't be transferred to his current laptop. Even if all that were magically taken care of, there's still this teeny-tiny detail: My husband's a "pack rat," one of those people congenitally incapable of throwing old mail away. What can I say? If he's willing to put up with my quirks, I guess I have to put up with his. (Did I mention that one of my chief quirks is kvetching about his "junk piles?")

Sat Feb 23, 09:15:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...


Rav todot, thanks so much!

Have rental care, will travel--we'll be in touch.

Sat Feb 23, 09:19:00 PM 2008  

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