Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Cleaning Trivial Spreadsheets

December 13 Reverb Broads
What are three things you are better at than most people 

Three things that I'm better at that most people, in no particular order:

  1. Retaining Random Bits of Trivia
    In college my friends took to calling me Cliff after the character on Cheers because of my tendency have a "storehouse of useless trivia, often of dubious veracity and bearing little relation to the conversation going on at the bar." Though I would like to think that my trivia is useful.

    A few weeks ago one of my co-workers, quite out of the blue, asked me if I knew if fish oil pills caused indigestion. Well, since one can buy fish oil pills that don't cause "fish burps" it seemed to me that, in fact, they could cause indigestion. See, not only do I retain knowledge, I can use it for myriad purposes.

  2. Spreadsheets
    I love spreadsheets.  I love using them to organize information, for calculating sums, analyzing things.  I know all sorts of tips and tricks.  I'm the go-to gal when people need help with their spreadsheets. And I can usually, but not always, make MS Word and Powerpoint behave.

  3. Cleaning
    I may not be the world's best housekeeper, but when I do clean, I clean.  Top to bottom, inside and out.  I get rid of hard water stains, take toothbrushes to grout lines, use shish kebab skewers to that excavate the gunk out of that nasty little seam between the oven and the counter, and disassemble fans/toaster ovens/other small appliances to ensure that every last bit of filth is gone.  Bleach, vinegar, Dawn dishsoap, and Barkeeper's Friend are my companions.  


  1. I, too, know much trivia... though I forgot it for this post, dang nabbit! did you know that if you freeze fish oil pills--no fishy burps. Now you do.

  2. Did you know that flaxseed oil pills will give you the same great Omega-3 action without fish-burps OR hidden mercury in your diet? Better yet, just flax up your diet on a regular basis and forget the pills altogether. You're welcome.

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