The beloved husband and I are a great team. We complement each other…sort of.
I can see a completed project and he can figure out how to implement my
inane brilliant ideas.
I am the queen of the
schemes dreams and he is the master of the boring details.
There are only a few minutia kind of things that I am better at then he is. One of them is Excel.
I am the Excel wizard in this house!
Yes, it’s so hard to believe. I hate details. They clutter the mind. If you focus on them too much, you miss the beautiful BIG picture.
Excel is a
frustrating wonderful program that I used at work. Like any computer program, when you first learn it, you want to kill strangle the computer. Toss it out the window. Hit it with a hammer.
It can drive you to do things you wouldn’t normally do – like buy more shoes. (I know, I would think of some half-assed reason to buy shoes anyway!)
But…the more you learn the more you can see the logic to it. (So they say.)
I was very fortunate to have learned it at work. I had wonderful financial people who were true wizards and patient teachers. Eventually I could do a lot of calculations and formatting easily. (Yes, it took a lot of shoes.)
Not so with the beloved husband. He was very familiar with computer programs and designed some many, many years ago but Excel was not something he used.
bad interesting words when he does spreadsheets. He does not share my theory on retail (shoe) therapy. It would do him good if he tried it. Of course, the last time he tried retail therapy he bought a humongous TV. It cost a lot more than a pair of shoes and you can’t wear it out.
I know what you’re thinking. Why is a retired guy using spreadsheets? Nope, not for financial stuff. He uses it for his music and for his work on volunteer projects.
The best part of Excel is that it doesn’t take much to be a hero in this house. This morning I formatted a spreadsheet – just the fonts. Easy peasy. The way the beloved husband tried it should work. He was trying to change the default. It wasn’t working the way he did it.
I slipped in with two clicks and the world was set right.
How many of you can say that you righted someone’s day with so little effort?
Yes, I’m a wizard! They need to write a song about me.
This is for Carol who taught me most of what I know about Excel even while I was swearing and threatening to bash my computer those many years ago.