Post # 1
I am so proud of my husband who, after taking many years off from school, has now completed a dual MS program and graduated with degrees in Business (MBA) and Accounting (MSA). He got hired before graduation thanks to an awesome program at Northeastern–he interned for one semester at a great firm in the city that ultimately decided to keep him on.
I have been making quiet rumblings for years about him getting a “real” job and finally he has one…
But I can’t help missing him during the busy season! He’s away at clients, working long hours, and I work a public service job so I have weird hours myself. We hardly see each other, and I miss being in close communication.
Anyone else with a husband whose hours are really long during the accounting busy season? How do you cope?
I am home on a holiday today and finished a quilting project (a gift for MIL’s upcoming birthday), played hours of fetch with the puppy, watched trashy TV, read a book, took a bath…but I am still bored and lonely. What do you do?
Post # 3
@BunnyBrideToBe: FI and I have been together almost 6.5 years (since we were 19). . . this will be his 5th busy season, his 4th with his current firm. His hours have already jumped to 52 per week and it won’t be long until they require a minimum of 60 hours.
This is the first busy season we’re living together and we only live 10 minutes from his office now, so that should make it a bit easier. He’s a CPA and a Senior Accountant at his firm though, so that means a lot more reviewing of work. . . which, in turn, will mean he’ll be working a bit more.
Last year, I spent busy season knitting him a blankie. Its the perfect size for him and took months to finish. . . but buying yarn is expensive and I don’t know what I would make. I’ve been reading a bit more than I’ve had time to recently and I’m hoping that I’ll find some inspiration to write soon as well. Other than that, I have housework to keep me busy and I’m planning to explore our new town as well.
Post # 4
@BunnyBrideToBe: I’m on the flip side- I work in Benefits and our busy season is Annual Enrollment. It’s not uncommon for me to work 80/90 hours in a week.. Try to be understanding and patient. It’s not easy working long hours, and generally work is the last thing you want to do during one of those weeks. I always appreciate it when my FI makes me something for dinner, or offers to drop me something on busy days. Or even if he just helps me out with little things I usually do. It’s totally the thought that counts!
Post # 5
I am overall understanding–I know he’s not begging for the extra hours, and I am amazed at how hard he works. I just need to keep myself busier when he’s not around!
I do typically make dinners, lunches, etc.–often over the weekend and then we each take leftovers from the fridge or freezer during the week, but they also usually have food for him at work (breakfast pastries, lots of fruit, sometimes sandwiches at lunch).
I spend a lot of time feeling like I have no time to get things done, so I just need to suck it up and capitalize on the time I have now!
Post # 6
@BunnyBrideToBe: I worked for Deloitte for a few years right out of college, so I did this to my husband! A 10 hour workday was easy peasy compared to busy season! On top of that, I was on a huge multi-national client and traveled 75% of the time to the different subsidiaries. I know DH used the time to go hiking with our dogs, met up with his buddies, I always came home to a new home improvemen, etc.. I’m sorry, I know it’s tough, but it’s worth it! I left for a job with a 30% pay increase and awesome 8am – 5pm hours. Recruiters are always looking for accountants with public accounting experience.
Post # 7
@FloridaGatorBride: Well, hopefully that’s in our future, too! He’s at McGladrey and really loves the company culture, just…not the busy season hours. He is “on client” a lot, and some of the travel is pretty local but he has been spending weeks away at a time for farther-away clients. It’s not what either of us would have preferred but we both understand it’s just part of the job at this early stage. Hopefully once he gets up the ladder a bit (5-7 years down the line) he’ll have more say in travel. I think busy season hours for public accountants are just busy season hours, regardless of how long you’ve been at a company!