October 4, 2006

Of spreadsheets and misery

I. HATE. SPREADSHEETS.

Working on such a convoluted spreadsheet yesterday forced me to work overtime last night. Two hours in the office and continued working at home from 10pm-3am. To my utter dismay, as can be expected. When I got in today, there more additions to the spreadsheet.

I was so worn out by the darn spreadsheet that I ended up sitting at my desk in the office and weeping. Pathetic huh? Everything was just a blur to me. Too many worksheets, too many cross-links, too many formulas...not enough time. Good thing I have my own office. I closed my door and had a good cry. Yeah, over a spreadsheet.

My husband and little dog were waiting for me in the car. I told them to go home as I was planning to take the train. My husband opted to wait it out. I was overwhelmed by the numbers. I felt like a big idiot. THE Village Idiot, if you will.

I've never been a fan of MS Excel (bring on MS Word, Access, Powerpoint and Publisher anytime!), but working with engineers and architects who adore Excel is making me adore it too...NOT. I used to enjoy numbers when I was in highschool, but years of not dealing with them has slowed down my gray matter. Some people make sense of numbers. I make sense of words.

Nevertheless, my husband came to the rescue. He checked and double-checked the formula(s/e) until everything made sense. He stayed up late until the whole darn thing was done. What a sweetheart. That's why I like him. He's nice, sweet and dependable. It's also great, of course, that he's into numbers. ; )

I don't like working overtime, nor do I like working at home. Home is supposed to be the respite from work. I hope I will never have to do such a marathon job again. Better yet, I hope my math skills will resurface dramatically and miraculously. That ought to show 'em.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006Cecilia1 comment

1 comments:

Paige said...

Spread Sheets are not my thang either.
Now give me publisher, word or something similar.
Thank God for good husbands