So Much Can Happen in a Week

Last week was the Social Security drama. I dealt with it instantly and am so glad I did.

This past week I got a phone call from an employment agency. I went in instantly. (No point in wasting time.) They lady wanted me to take some tests, including Excel and Word. I did so and did really badly (17 out of 30 on both tests). Wait a minute. I was proficient  when I went to school. What’s up with that?

I thought about it and realized a few things. First, there were many functions I never used in school, such as mail merge. And second, Microsoft has changed since I wrote my gazillion papers. Things have moved around.

I emailed the lady and told her I would do some tutorials and she said I could always be retested.  So I found a great website with practice documents and everything. I am going to become queen of the mail merge. There is nothing I can’t learn.

And then there was Barry’s neurologist appointment. Goudreau said the thing I thought was a lymph node was just a part of his trachea, minus all the fat and tissue that most of us have to cover it up. It’s hard for the average person to know what is normal in such an abnormal situation. Everything on that side of his neck has deteriorated because of that nerve they cut when they removed the tumor and lymph nodes. And MSU is official Parking Hell. I drove past the correct entrance because the normal one was closed.

Eight days ago feels like three months ago. And today’s projected high temperature is 80 degrees. In October, in Michigan. Seriously? By the end of October, the average daily high is not even sixty.  The leaves are falling and it feels like summer. When so much happens in a short period of time, it is all quite disorienting.

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About cdhoagpurple

I live in Michigan. I was Greek Orthodox (and previously Protestant), but now am more Buddhist than anything. I am single now (through the till-death-do-you-part clause of the marriage contract). My husband Barry was a good man and celebrated 30 years in AA. I am overly educated, with an MBA. My life felt terminally in-limbo while caring for a sick husband, but I am free now. I see all things as being in transition. Impermanence is the ultimate fact of life. Nothing remains the same, good or bad.

2 responses to “So Much Can Happen in a Week”

  1. Ninasusan says :

    I’m very impressed that excel used to be easy for you. I use it…but very simplified…in fact I should just use word for my spreadsheets no more difficult than they are….and that’s because I’m a dullard and can’t figure it out and waste a lot of time I could have things completed by just finding another way…pin and paper. I used to do the schedule including accumulated time off and sick leave on excel, my old boss finally set it up for me and then I would always screw it up somehow…so bravo for having the ability and desire to even try! Now word…..I can handle Word 😂

  2. cdhoagpurple says :

    I was forced into getting good at Excel. By a professor with an aversion to financial calculators. A lot of head-banging went into getting good at it.

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