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Law Firm CIO Uses Excel Spreadsheets to Manage Thanksgiving Preparations


Law firm chief information officer Linda Horgan is using technology to plan her annual Thanksgiving feast this year.

Horgan will feed nearly 40 people in her Long Island home, and there are “logistical and gustatory challenges,” the New York Times reports. How does she keep track of the details?

“I use Excel to manage this thing,” she told the newspaper. The spreadsheets contain the numbers of serving dishes, platters, glasses, gravy boats and other serving needs. Planning begins well in advance. Some tasks are delegated, but Horgan cooks the turkeys—there will be two whole birds cooked in different styles as well as two turkey breasts on the rotisserie. She will also make the dressing, make four appetizers, bake a cheesecake, and arrange and set the tables.

Organizational skills run in the family, Horgan told the Times. “My father was really well organized,” she said. “When he died, I could tell you what he spent for gas on his vacation in 1952.”

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