Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Reasons I Haven't Posted

1. Several translations and editing jobs. These involved project managers sending constant e-mails that read: Are you done yet? Are you done yet? How about now? They also involved calls and e-mails from me to my Colombian friends asking: What the hell does this word mean? and responses from them that read: Dude, I have no idea. It took some outside help and some serious Googling, but I got it done. Dictionaries are useful, but knowing people from many different countries is often even more useful. Needless to say, there was also plenty of caffeine, and swearing, in the equation.

2. I realized I had several other non-resolutions I wanted to make good on. One, I’ve been back to the gym. Not often, but whenever I can. Two, as a consequence of all the translating at home, I’ve come to the kind of sad realization that my interpreting work has been my main social outlet lately. There are many things about translating at home that I love, like the fact that I can hang out in my slippers with a cup of coffee by my side when it’s snowing outside, but I need to be around people. I was starting to feel seriously isolated. I’ve since had a few girls’ nights and feel much, much better. It had been months. Many months.

3. A two-week long court assignment, which involves a long commute. Fortunately, I caved, bought an iPod touch (love, love) and can watch video podcasts on the Metro. Awesome. I’m also really excited about the work, which is challenging and very interesting. I can’t complain, my work has been pretty varied as of late, so I’m definitely not bored.

4. A toddler who is still having major sleep issues. Not fun. ‘Nuff said.

Now I’m happily settled on the couch with a glass of wine, watching the primary results roll in. The biggest decision I have to make now is whether or not to wait for California--but I think the wine has decided that for me, and I’ll hear about California in the morning.