There's making a compound path and using the PathFinder palette. Since its a complex shape, attempting to explain how to use either of those methods would be futile without knowing the make up of the...
Has unlimited sublevels for your tasks, a nifty little "time budget" deal you can set up (say, "X" project should only take you 10 hours), and a start/stop timer that pulls from the budget, and some other nifty features. And a very friendly GUI (which is a big deal for me. LOL) ... and it seems that they're working on it so updates (including more features) will be available. Best part about all of this??? --
(thought I'd share)
When I buy stickers for folks in prison, I bring milk not backyard meth - it's a prison party!