Busy day with some technological frustrations. We use a security system using thumbprints to release the office door locks, and it can take several tries before the door opens. I am not sure that I am doing it correctly. Maybe I am locking, then unlocking when I enter, and perhaps I should be pressing my thumb on the device when I leave in order to lock it. I don't know.
I left my smart phone in the office and may have missed a couple of real messages. Also, we keep getting messages on the computer monitor in the classroom that inform us we have not reached "the real Google" page, and it's been a pain getting to a browser by which we can access the website we're looking for. To cap it all off, the photocopier in the English office got seriously jammed. There is never a decent copying machine in the English office. It is never adequate for the regular use and quantities of copies we demand.
Anyway, I'm feeling tired and tense from working on a couple of translations today. I've earned a handsome fee this time, but it was a lot of work. The text for a tourism page was poorly translated, as the grammar was atrocious, making it hard to understand and figure out the editing. There was an additional little job to edit a grad student's proposed abstract for their thesis paper. This is this particular abstract's second time around. The first time, I wrote a note with my editing to say that it was a terrible abstract. Now, the writing is better, but there is still no thesis statement.
The the coordinator of the civic employees group just barged in to tell me I missed a meeting, one that he never invited me to. He probably tried to call when I was home and the phone was here in the office. Anyway, there is a change to the civic employees program because of the shuffling to fit in all the regular classes of the new semester. I don't mind. I am relieved of one hour of teaching, which makes a heavy schedule lighter and means that what was a heavily scheduled Wednesday now has five teaching hours instead of six. Hoorah!
More good news? Well, my brother wrote to me saying that our family has a new vacation space. We have had the use of a cottage in a time-share arrangement for many years, and it is in a dream location. The resort has rebuilt the old cottages, and we have a brand new one.
The further good news is that I can access local wifi free of charge using my little netbook. I thereby have entertainment at home even though the big screen monitor died, and even though there is no internet hook-up. Yea!
A volunteer group just responded to my requests for their assistance at the Walk for Women on March 8. They are participating, though I'm not sure who and how many. They will probably choose a shelter for us to support, too, because they have experience in helping out shelters and orphanages. Good.
this is a weird and somewhat unfocused posting. It is hard to keep this up when I make entries from the office and there are interruptions and other stuff on the brain as opposed to writing at home when I am more relaxed and have had time to reflect. Well, I am getting it done. Good.