Strange old week – again

Didn’t have half the trouble getting in to write the post this week – for which I am truly grateful…

Didn’t have any trouble at all really – other than the dying of the odd brain cell. Which happens. Always.

It has been one of those weeks so far that seems to encompass much of the recurring themes from the last year’s posts:

  • Short week. Own fault. Don’t go away is the obvious answer. But then we wouldn’t have seen Madrid which would have been a shame,
  • Weather. Weather in Madrid had gone from not so good to great with a short diversion into heavy rain. Return to UK and go from horrible to too hot in one day, and
  • Software. Worked my whatsits off getting a set of figures sorted to help someone out of a spot (let down by another firm) only to get MY software try and let me down.

Sigh.

Short week shouldn’t cause any issues as it was my monthly Friday off on one of the days but it always seems to conspire to cause the odd issue. Only needs one thing assuming importance and nothing fits any more.

However the cancellation at short notice of an appointment DID help, albeit at the expense of preventing me from giving a client a good dressing down in person. Had to make do with email.

Ah yes – emails. Four days away, two of which were weekend and three HOURS to get the bl00dy things down to manageable levels (not).

Diversion to doing “stuff” on my own accounts as one of the data feeds (i) duplicates two or three items per month and (ii) omits several items altogether. Knuck foes. Not a clue why it’s doing it – or something like that…

We walked in excess of 50,000 steps during our visit to Madrid – over 25k in one day alone. I ought to be totally sylph-like as we didn’t overdo the food toooooo much but, what do you know, two pounds up according to the Wii-fit. Sniff. Absolutely nothing – nada – to do with sampling a lot of craft beers while we were there, surely!

I’m glad we hadn’t visited a couple of weeks earlier as the snow was visible in the Sierra de Guadarrama from the city centre and from the plane on the way in and out.

I never thought I would have anything positive to say regarding easyJet but I have.

We had an odd journey with easyJet on the way out and – ostensibly – BA on the way back. We therefore looked forward to the return imagining reasonable legroom and the odd free drink if not sustenance. But.

BA is part of the Oneworld alliance – as is Iberia. Which shouldn’t have been an issue. Flew Iberia a lot of years ago and they were perfectly okay. But.

There is a budget airline part called Iberia Express.

Daughter made an Instagram post showing the lack of legroom – her knees abutting the seat in front – and she’s a whole 5′ 2″…

My back has been a nightmare these last two days – one neuralgia yesterday and the feeling like someone has kicked me in the lower spine today – both I’m putting down to the !*!* seating on that flight.

I am a major fan of Icelandair which was the best by far of airline seating we’ve inhabited over the last decade at a guess.

And software. Don’t get me started about software. If ranting were an Olympic sport, I’d be odds on gold.

Worked my butt off this week and last to help someone who had been let down by their accountants and put the statutory figurework together with a day to spare – accounts signed off and ready to e-file. Until.

You’re getting the hang of this aren’t you?

Tried to e-file about 17.00 yesterday with an early dinner in prospect as I had a Town Council meeting in the evening. Rejected by Companies House.

Ah! thought I, there’s an issue with the XML in the root directory (sounds like I know what I’m talking about but it’s basically having previously suffered and got it sorted) so I have a Word document to copy and paste the code and Bob’s your uncle. Or not.

Rejected again. Oh not a problem, just look at the rejection reason from Companies House and I can raise a ticket with the software company and get it sorted.

Except I can’t find the place you can read the rejection. Which puts me at one step removed, conclusion-wise.

So glum face rather than feeling of elation and concern that I would be letting client down which really pi**es me off having got so close.

So, following council meeting, raise ticket late evening with the software company. This is the second ticket I’ve raised under the new “improved” procedure. Takes twice as long and isn’t at all intuitive but that’s progress for you I suppose.

And I know I’ve got a networking meeting first thing this morning so do I cancel or do I assume it’ll all work out alright? So needlessly stress-y really.

Get in after meeting, read email from software company and find where the reason is hiding. Look at it and think – that’s the same reason I thought I’d cured with the aforementioned cut and paste…

Well aware of the old definition of insanity – doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different outcome – but only one thing for it, copy the XML from a set of accounts that DID file properly quite recently, paste, submit and cross fingers and wait.

And it’s Acknowledged. This is a positive, there’s about a 98-99% chance of it being accepted so Collect Responses. Why this can’t happen automatically I fail to understand but it doesn’t so that’s what you do but, of course, it doesn’t collect anything initially (which is why it happening automatically would be SOOOOOO useful) but you can’t NOT collect them because if you don’t and it gets rejected for any other reason and you’ve only got that day to file you’re bu99ered if you don’t.

But, on the third attempt, all is good. Actually it’s not really as the only way you know it’s been accepted is that it disappears from the list… Which is not altogether positive in a way, is it?

Is it just me???

Oddly the net effect of the filing is for waves of tiredness you’ve been suppressing to roll over you and comprehensively stuff your productivity for the rest of the day.

Madrid crystal palace


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I've been a Chartered Accountant since 1981 and I set up Avenue Business Services (ABS) in 2002. Alongside that business I am also ‘The Outsourced Finance Director’, assisting with strategic planning and wealth management to give business owners peace of mind and greater financial security.

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