Tuesday, November 08, 2011

It's All Over

I guess I can now tell everyone what's been going on this year.

Our company has been sold, and the final closing was today. It was all so bittersweet, but I know this will be good for everyone involved. The buyers have gotten themselves a heck of a wonderful company. All of the employees have been retained. I think we're just going to be bigger and better before it's all said and done.

As CFO (a promotion earlier this year), it was my job to handle all of the due diligence and to actually work with the buyers, their legal team, our legal team, CPAs, butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers to get the deal done. It's been a long and arduous task. I'm worn to a frazzle. Frankly, I feel as though I've aged ten years in the last six months.

I know the next couple of months will be tough as we're going to implement some new software to make things run more smoothly. There will be new procedures written, and I'm sure a huge learning curve is involved. That part has me a bit nervous, but, frankly, I've done things in the last few months that I didn't think I knew how to do, so it'll be fine.

Over 17 years with the company now. I hope I will be there for at least another five or six to get me to retirement.

Hopefully, I can get back in a more relaxed routine very soon. I'd like to take some time off to visit my brother in Louisiana. I'm very, very homesick. It's been a year since I've seen them. And I'd sure like to get back to quilt-making. I think I still know how! :)

This fabric is sort of talking to me now and I'm feeling the need to dive in again. I have some projects around the house that need to be done before I do that, but I'm sure by the end of the year I'll be back at it.

To everyone who has been so supportive during this time, thank you so much.

And I'd like to ask a favor.

Someone whom I love very much just yesterday was diagnosed with breast cancer. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she navigates her way through this new chapter in her life.

xoxox

19 comments:

jillquilts said...

Oh, how exciting!! A new chapter! It's wonderful news that everyone will be retained!

I'm a little jealous as I'm ready for a work change.

Healthy thoughts to your friend!

Darlene said...

Whew!!!! I know that have that long task behind you is bliss! A new journey with new challenges will be blissful, as well.

I hope you get some time off soon.

(HUGS)

Keeping your friend in my thoughts and prayers as she deals with the challenge in her life.

julieQ said...

I am glad that the biggest part of the hurdle course is behind you, and of course wishing you the best of the coming years with your new company!

little acorns said...

. . .Yep!. . . those candlestick makers always seem to complicate things!. . . (lol! You're so funny!) I think they are so very blessed to have you there. . . & I hope that at the perfect time, you do get to have the break you so definitely deserve!
Thinking of you & will be praying for your dear friend too. xoxo Bren

Cathy said...

A significant achievement for you in your worklife and now that you are over that hurdle, let's hope you can catch up on "me time." Hoping for the best for your friend too.

badlandsquilts said...

Sounds like you have a huge chunk of work behind you and can move foward with light at the tunnel. And obviously you handled the challenges well to get a promotion. Congratulations and best wishes for smooth sailing to get you to the things that you want to be doing.

Pat said...

WOW you have been on a roller coaster ride....hang in there it sounds like all is settling down.Don't worry about fabric and quilting,they may slumber but they're always there when you're ready. Many hugs and good wishes to your friend.

Vicki W said...

Ah, it all makes sense now! I'm well aware of the CFO responsibilities during an acquisition process so you have my deep respect! Projects like that are very stressful but usually very rewarding too and that means that you deserve a gift. Tim to do some therapeutic button pushing!

Marilyn said...

Vicky I have been praying for the one so close to you. In exchange, will you also please pray for my dear friend Cookie who was also just recently diagnosed with BC.

I have been on the longarm on and off all day and just have one more row with alot of starts and stops and this top will be quilted Next is Kaitlin's quilt, then my favorite that i really want to keep but our DIL wants it. Have to finish piecing a top for our bed (finally something for us) and a new baby quilt for a grand niece who will be born in Jan. It does not end.

ILY

Marilyn

AnnieO said...

Oh, my, so many challenges in this past year and a half! You are stronger and better than you ever imagined after facing all that has happened! Best wishes for smoother sailing in your work life by the end of the year (now only weeks away, egads!).

So sorry to hear of your loved one's diagnosis. Healthy thoughts indeed!

CitricSugar said...

Your friend has been added to my list of prayers.

My mother is an 8-year survivor. Hope is a powerful thing.

Perry said...

Congratulations Vicki! Hopefully now things will settle down for you. I will keep your friends in my prayers.

angela said...

COngratulations to you for surviving the last 6 months! And prayers for your friend's battle.

dianne said...

maybe we should change the "S" in SLOW from "sweet" to "strong", huh?!? not that you aren't sweet, too - but strong may be the more dominant factor when i think about the LA Quilter...

Susan said...

Hang in there! Things will get better. You've got lots of fabric waiting for you when you're able to slow down :o) Lots of prayers to your friend as she goes through a difficult time. She's blessed to have a friend like you :o)

Gwen said...

You have my upmost admiration for sticking through this. Hope the visit home comes soon. Praying for your loved one.

Judy Laquidara said...

So glad that you have that behind you and I know you're up to whatever you face ahead. Good luck with it all! So sorry for your friend. I so hope for the best for her!

Barb in Mi said...

So glad you are ok and hangin' in tehre. As for quilting: its' like bike riding - once you know how you will never forget (and never stop doing it)...
Prayers from MI to your friend!

Deb said...

A new chapter and closing the books on an old one, hopefully the transition will be smooth. Sorry to hear about your friend and the cancer, will keep her in my prayers.