Sunday, February 8, 2009

Intro to Accounting

Some of you may have read the snarky comment that Hoodchick left on yesterday’s post. I think perhaps it bears some explanation.

Although I’m generally good at things scholastic, Accounting was an exception to that. I actually took Accounting 111 (think “bookkeeping”) four times. When I’d start doing badly, I’d drop and register for it again the next quarter. (I worked at the college, so it was essentially free.) I did eventually finish it with an “A.” It only took me two tries to get through 112 (with a “B”) and one shot for 113 (“C” : ().

Also, I’m not allowed to touch the checkbook at our house, except to note – in pencil – any checks I may have written. Old Dog is one of the world’s worst procrastinators, but all I have to do to get him to pay bills is to threaten to do it myself and subtract out the checks in ink.

I don’t subtract very well, even with a calculator.

So when this job opportunity came up, I knew that the bookkeeping would be the tough part. In the interview, I did kind of hint this to my new boss, but she didn’t think it would be a problem.

Well, I needed a job, and I figured, I’ve written accounting systems, how hard could it be to learn to use one?

Over the coming months, I guess we’ll find out….


  1. Good luck! I'm an idiot in anything that has to do with math. I can't even make change. DH has a fit if I touch any of our books.
    I can identify. Hope you get through the trial period at your job.

  2. I have zero math skills. I make up for it in other ways.

  3. Well, in all honesty, subtraction is hard!

  4. I'm pretty good with numbers, I just don't like them...

  5. You know, Einstein couldn't do simple math. Which is what I say every time I try to do math out loud in front of my husband, who is a walking calculator.

    Love the use of the word "snarky". It's my latest favorite.

  6. I was a bookkeeper for years.

    I'm not sure why.

    I hate math.

    Best of luck.

  7. Accounting and Math for Business were my two most difficult college courses ever. I do have to say that actually USING those skills on the job is much easier than trying to apply them in some textbook problem.

    You'll do great :)

  8. i am SO with you. i'm all A's in most subjects but with math i start with F, repeat, and work from there, just like you. good luck!

  9. I love math, but the accouting stuff is still tough. I'm more of a calculus kinda dork.

    I hope the new job works out.

    I posted your guest post today. I won't post again until Tuesday morning, but I wanted to make sure it was up for the Monday morning rush.

  10. Good luck and don't worry. You sound to me like a lady who will grow into the job. Tell yourself you can do it - not the boss that you can't.

  11. You'll figure it out. I think you show initiative, imagination and determination -- accounting skills are so overrated!

  12. I have pretty good math skills but I am checkbook-challenged. I don't get it but I think it is mostly due to the fact that I am a spender while my wife is a saver...I can write checks but I hate the keeping track part! I feel your pain!


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