I’m sitting here at the kitchen table prepared to do work. The kid is sick, home from school today, and this gives me a perfect opportunity to do some of my own classwork. But I got distracted by House Hunters for an hour, only an hour – I swear. Then I had to find my financial calculator. I didn’t actually know I had one, really. I hoped I had one because I completely forgot that I needed one for this class. I mean, there are only 2 weeks left of this whole gig but I guess I was going to have to learn how to turn a financial calculator on at some point, right?
Then I remembered that my director (who is a supergeniusmathwhiz) had given me a handful of calculators when the state of Florida took control of one of his math/science programs and told me to do with them what I saw fit. This was two years ago. And while I gave some of these calculators to student assistants who would inevitably need them, I was smart enough to keep one for myself. You know, just in case.
Just in case happened today.
Anyway, I found it. And I replaced the batteries and it works. Though I don’t know what it’s saying. There’s way too many graphics on the screen and I haven’t yet figured out how to get past the brightness and contrast part of this whole thing. And, truthfully, I didn’t even know if was a financial calculator because it really pimps out its own graphing and matrix calculations (whatever that means) but I figure if it’s anything like my phone, it can determine PV = FV x PV (ni). But that’s not what matters right now.
The point of this is that I am trying, I mean seriously trying, to get some classwork done and I’m sitting in front of a huge window with full view of three birdfeeders. It just finished raining a-freakin’-gain. Is that a word? And the birds are all over the place…all kinds of birds! Big, little, red, black, yellow, brown, fat, stupid, confused (uh…that would be the doves). But I finally got a shot of that elusive, beautiful red-winged blackbird. YAY ME!
By the way, I totally took these pictures with my calculator! No, I didn’t really – though it’s not that crazy to imagine my calculator could probably do that if I just insert the correct function. I’ll consult the 455-page User’s Guide and let you know.