Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Oh My! I'm Late-I'm Late
Oh My, I missed setting up my morning post today. Sorry my early bird readers. Every morning when I get up, the third thing I look at is my blog to remind myself what I said today. This morning I looked and I was still stuck on yesterday. I have never seen the movie "Ground-Hog-Day" but I understand that the plot is that some guy keeps waking up and reliving the same day. Well I don't want to relive yesterday - the day I discovered that I had missed the due date on a mid-point project report and spent most of the day scrambling to pull it together - along with catching up on general day to day office stuff after having been away at board meetings for three days last week. I live in the present, and that is today, and that means I must have a new post. I have only missed one day in the past 21 months of blogging every day, today is not going to be a miss.
There was a bit of great news in the office yesterday, my colleagues received approval of funding for a huge two year project. They has applied for it months ago. The request for proposals offered $500,000, and they submitted a proposal for $498,000. A month ago a request came through to modify budget to the full $500,000 - a process that was easier said than done, because every time you change a $1 in costs on the budget, you actually change the overall budget with all of the overhead costs someplace between $1.60 and $1.80, different overhead factors apply to different costs. It took a week to make the edits. So yesterday the good news arrived, the project was funded at $488,455, yup, about $12,000 less than the modified budget submitted a couple of weeks ago or about $10,000 less than what was originally asked for. The person who labored over the budget was ready to start drinking heavily when I left the office - if she had room I think she might set up a still in her office for next couple of days while she reworks the budget. Nice still above at the A. Smith Bowman distillery at Fredricksburg Virginia