Monday, March 3, 2008

Bad, bad blogger

One post for the month of February. Kind of embarrassing—even I didn’t think I’d be so bad. But I want to keep going, so here we go. It’s hard to know where to start. I actually did write a couple of posts, one about work and one about the boys’ language development, but I wasn’t happy with either one so I trashed them. Maybe I’ll retool them later.

I’m on a 3-week trip interpreting for a group from Central and South America. They’re here to learn about the U.S. judicial system. Funny, I usually take these jobs to get away from court, so when I found out what this job would be about I was both bummed out and excited. To be fair, this is nothing like court. For one thing, I’m working with extremely intelligent professionals and getting to talk to them informally about their own legal systems and ask them questions about legal terminology is an incredible opportunity. Plus, they’re a riot. Half the time we’re crammed in teeny buses together or traipsing through airports and they crack each other up.

We were in Washington for week one, so I left P and the boys yesterday. So far I haven’t had the time—or the inclination, yet—to miss them. That will change and by the time the two weeks are over I’ll be desperate to get home. But for now it’s just me in a cozy hotel room somewhere in Michigan, which is, well, quiet.

I like quiet.


Snickollet said...

I've missed you!

Enjoy your assignment. I have to confess that the thought of two weeks sleeping in quiet hotel rooms sounds delicious. Enjoy a baby-free night for me.

Marzipan said...


I've been a lurker for a while, but I had a question for you...

I'm a freshman in college and I want to become an interpreter (arabic/english, japanese/english) and I was wondering if you had any advice about what I should study or major in (aside from a straight language major)...I'm pretty interested in doing conference interpretation type work

thanks :-) :-) :-)