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the Wonder of a Variance Excel Spreadsheet – Lizzie Harwood
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the Wonder of a Variance Excel Spreadsheet

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the Wonder of a Variance Excel Spreadsheet

8:06 a.m. Monday 24 October.

Coffee #5, Harrap's English Dictionary, a bottle of Vitamin D and yes, that's a lava lamp.

It appears I’m going great guns here – 23,950 words into my manuscript and it’s only been about 40 hours since the Gorgeous Duo left the building.

I’ve even had time to:

-iron 10 shirts for Hubby

-watch the All Blacks beat France in the Rugby World Cup Final

-read a 1/3 of A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan – loving it

-contribute to my oldest bestest friend’s fab new blog

However, Monday morning sees me in the middle trenches of my blessed manuscript. I know I’m a shitty, distracted person when I write. I get snappy and seem to not be in the room. Why do I write, I ask myself?

-if I don’t write, I go a little crazy

-if I do write, I go a little crazy

but at least, if I write, there’s something to work with afterwards, something that might reach someone somewhere and settle inside their heart and they’ll think – me, too, I know how that feels – or it may make them almost laugh when it almost really shouldn’t be funny. That’s why I write.

One of my big brothers, who looks out for me, sent me an Excel spreadsheet to help my writing. I’d like to say this tool is working wonders. Maybe it is.

Lizzie’s progress variance report…
AM PM Evening Total Target Variance%
Saturday 0 7 000 2 800 9 800 11 400 -14,0%
Sunday 0 5 000 9 000 14 000 11 400 22,8%
Monday 0 11 400
Tuesday 0 11 400
Wednesday 0 11 400
Thursday 0 11 400
Friday 0 11 600
Saturday 0
Cumulative Target 23800 80000 -70,3%

Cute, huh?

Speaking of cute…

Today, Vroom-Vroom is 6 months old.

She’s so brave and sweet. When I ring she tries to eat the telephone. I know that’s her way of saying, ‘Hi Mummy, I love you, too‘.

Happy Half Year, Baby. Let’s hope you aren’t psychologically scarred for being sent away for a week at this wee age. You’re probably not scarred. You’ve got your big sister Bunkeroo with you and you’ve got your thumb.


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