Are you confused? I’ve taught for over two decades, and I can be as confused as any of my students ever were.
Setting the stage for being confused:
Being confused means falling out of the comfortable line of thinking.
Life became a bit more complicated during tax season this year. We have been working with an accounting program that normally does a great job of keeping all of our income and expenses organized, but for some reason the program’s database got corrupted (I’m pretty sure I was the corrupting influence, but with computers, it’s always best to blame the machine–just to be safe). All blame aside, someone (me) had to transfer every transaction out of the database and go through it by hand. This meant reorganizing every bill and every receipt to make sure that dates, amounts, and categories all lined up.
I was confused.
Believe me, they didn’t line up. I was confused. For example, I had about twenty or so different business receipts all dated July 1, regardless of when they were actually paid or billed. The same thing happened in September. According to the data, we had eaten at a place called Dobson’s Restaurant over a dozen times, but we only went there once. The clincher was the bill for $78 for parking at Malaga Car Park, which happens to be in Spain. Um . . . Spain? Didn’t go there. Didn’t park there. Yeah, I was confused.