Ask me "what is the worst part of busy season" and I'll tell you exactly what it is. My firm and my clients get the best part of me for 3 1/2 months solid. By the time I get home after 12 - 13 hours at the office, there is nothing left for my family.
I can take the fatigue. I can take not taking good care of myself. It really irritates me that when I get home to the most important people in my life I'm totally useless. I can't pay attention to conversations. I plop on the couch and watch TV for an hour or so, go to bed, and repeat it the next day.
Idea for the AICPA: Drop initiatives like "Feed the Pig" and get serious on improving the quality of life for CPAs in public practice.