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Summer’s bliss July 6, 2008

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Random musings.

The July Fourth weekend is always the highlight of the summer. Summer is reaching its peak, and the days become more languid. It is the payoff for living through months of winter’s snow, sleet and gray skies here in Northeast Ohio.

I have worked through several holiday weekends, and I swore I would not do it this past weekend. Unfortunately, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry… My favorite customer, who I only say no to if I am completely overwhelmed, contacted me at 5 PM on Friday with a 10,000 word marketing survey job due Wednesday at 2 PM. As a freelance translator, the most important skill you need to develop is time management, so I budgeted how much I needed to get done over the weekend to make the deadline and then threw myself into enjoying the holiday.

I took Thursday afternoon and all day Friday off to spend with my family and my nieces. Celebrating the holidays through the eyes of a three- and (almost) five-year-old made it all the more special. After my afternoon massage on Thursday to work out the tension from the quality management job, I drove to Medina to attend their July 4th Festival and watch the fireworks. I also treated my nieces to their first taste of cotton candy. The next day my parents joined us to play in the backyard, blow bubbles, and enjoy a cook-out.

I translated about 10 pages out of 47 pages throughout the day on Saturday, in addition to preparing a summer picnic at Blossom Music Center to enjoy the Cleveland Orchestra performing Orff’s Carmina Burana, Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with my German Meetup group. The evening was capped off with breathtaking fireworks, including three encore finales. The men blowing off the fireworks certainly had a sense of humor.

Today I am doing some much-needed housecleaning and plan to translate another 10 pages. However, I also plan on sitting under the umbrella on my balcony with a cool drink and a good book. I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend as well.




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