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Confessions of a Bean Counter

Today, while leaving a voicemail for a business contact, I ended with, "Ok, talk to you later." Then I hung up and smacked myself on the forehead. What I had meant to say was, "I look forward to hearing back from you at your earliest convenience," but what of course came out was, "Talk to you later, byee!" While I wasn't smacking my gum or twirling my hair while staring vacuously into space (ok, that part might be true), I might as well have been, because I'm sure that's how I sounded. I suppose it could be worse. I could have said "I love you," considering that is how I end the majority of my phone conversations these days. (James is just as bad. I've heard him call his sister 'babe' and tell his roommate he loves him. I have to wonder who else he professes his love to when I'm not there to hear it.) It's days like this when I thank god I'm only here for another couple weeks (15 days and counting!!) because I am clearly not cut out for this shit.

But then...a few minutes ago our temp handed me a stack of letters that all needed checks to accompany them. I pulled out a stack of checks and put them in the printer and...lo and behold, I had pulled out exactly the right number of checks! (Upon further investigation I determined this number to be 22). I carelessly grabbed exactly 22 checks, I mean, what are the odds of that? And I don't want to brag, but this sort of thing? happens all the time. So then I thought, Man, I rock at this job! And now I'm leaving, and my mad guesstimating skills will go to waste. Unless...well let's just hope that BU sponsors a lot of those "guess the number of jelly beans in the jar" contests. And that there's a lot of money involved. Because if that's what being a PhD student is about (and so far I have no reason to believe it's not), then I think I just may rock at it.

I love the new design. :)

Can you take your bean counting on the road?? Can I be your manager and split the profits??

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