I Can’t Do Math in My Head, Among Other Things

Despite the fact that I have a degree in Finance, worked for a hedge fund (and actually worked for a time on the trade desk, where we traded currencies and commodities), I can no longer do math in my head.

Honestly? I think the combination of pregnancy hormones and sleep deprivation destroyed a few too many brain cells, particularly those in the part of my brain that calculates, organizes and controls memory.

It drives me bat crazy to start to total something and regress into finger counting and/or pulling out a pen and scratch paper. (Picture  Compound the problem my having to work with completely different coins – the 50 pence coin is about the size of a quarter, the five pence the size of a dime (and vice versa) – well, let’s just say that after living her over two years, I still have to double check my change before I hand over my money to the cashier.

I write grocery lists….and then forget them on the kitchen counter. I go to the  market with the intent of picking up one item, and come home with a bagful of groceries – but not that original bit I needed.  I’m constantly forgetting names. I confuse the dog’s name with my 5 year olds, and vice-versa.

What – it’s Thursday already? I thought it was only Tuesday….

This is why my husband is in charge of the finances in our household.

No, I’m not as organized as I once was.

Ok, hell, you got me. I’m completely disorganized. If it were up to me to pay the rent and the utilities and various other bills on time, we’d be sleeping in our cars, and living on peanut butter and Ritz crackers.

Well, we would if I hadn’t come home with coffee filters (but not ground coffee) and laundry detergent instead.

 

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This post was inspired by the prompt “One good reason why you are not in charge of your family’s finances” over at Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.

Mama’s Losin’ It

Comments

  1. I’m giggling b/c this is so me. And it’s the prompt I chose too, b/c that whole living in the car situation? Yeah…that’d be me.

  2. I totally blame my kids for all my forgetfulness!

  3. It’s Ok. I consistently catch my boss, the accountant, counting on her fingers. I have on occasion asked her if she needed to take off her shoes.

  4. LOL, my walking buddy and I were JUST talking about the pregnancy brain issues and loss of brain cells upon giving birth. Great post. 🙂

  5. Mommy Brain is sooo frickin real! I didn’t get a full dose of it until the baby actual showed up, but Are. You. Kidding. Me? I have a Master’s Degree! I graduated Magna Cum Laude (did I even spell that right, LORD help me!)…It was actually one of the things that inspired me to start blogging. http://slightlycrunchymama.com/mommy-brain/ I could add to it every day…If I could just remember what I wanted to say!

    • My OB/GYN told me his wife said that her doctor removed half of her brain along with the placenta.
      I laughed at the time….

      little did I know….

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