Posts Tagged ‘Major Group Project’

No Major Group Project

May 28, 2010

Hello again!

What exactly kept me from posting since February?

Jo-Hanna shows off her cast

OK, so this was not the only thing, but it is the only one that spawned off a nice picture. I broke my arm on March 22, needing a week in a splint,  4 weeks in a cast, and a few weeks of 2 sessions of physical therapy per weeks. As of my last appointment, my fracture has healed nicely, even though certain motions still hurt.

I went back to my day job and tried to do my job to the best of my ability. My office attire that first week got me compliments. This was rather surprising because I could barely dress myself. Anything involving buttons was a no-no. I ended up wearing skirts and dresses.

Of course, the best of my ability wasn’t much that first week back. In normal circumstances, I can type about 60ish words per minute without looking at the keyboard. How well do you think I did? It took me about two weeks to be able to use my left hand while typing, and I had to use Sticky Keys, a feature in Windows that keeps the Shift key down so capital letters can be typed.  Other tasks that gave me trouble: sorting files, taking notes while somebody spoke to me on the phone.

During the splint week, while I was waiting for the swelling to go down, I was approached about another version of the Major Group Project, which inspired several entries last year. Unfortunately, I knew I could not do the work at the speed required, so I had to decline that rather interesting (and lucrative!)  assignment.  I was able to take an interpreting assignment and was relieved about being able to do my job AND dressing myself in the lucky Pantsuit of Justice.

An now I am off the disabled list.  And I am ready for whatever comes. Bring it on, world!

But no more broken bones, mmmkay?

I am going to MICATA…

March 13, 2009

Recently, I have had to deal with YET another occasion where I was all ready to wear the Pantsuit of Justice, even had a little ledger with a pad to take notes on and everything. And the gig, for reasons completely unrelated to me, gets canceled. So I was a bit cranky about that.

And then my partner in the Ongoing Major Group Project invites me to join her for the annual Symposium of the Mid-America Chapter of the American Translators Association (MICATA).


So many preparations. I need to finish folding laundry, start packing, leave instructions for the husband…

Like I said to my partner, I am excited and nauseous at the same time.

So what did you do last week?

August 26, 2008

Let’s see:

  1. Worked like crazy with my trusty partner on the Major Group Project (which should probably be renamed Ongoing Major Group Project)
  2. Attended the swearing-in ceremony of the newest member of the list of court-certified translators in Nebraska and took many pictures. Most of those are not fit for posting, due to a) not getting anybody to sign a release form or give permission to have his/her picture taken and posted for publication (a bit difficult when you don’t ask) and b) the quality of my camera/my lack of skill in photography. Hey, it’s called Life of a Translator, not Life of a Photographer for good reason.
  3. Gathered with other translators, their loved ones at a dinner to celebrate item 2 over Italian food. Find out exactly how much calamari I can eat. Ponder upon the fact that in a roundabout way, the Major Group Project led to my trying calamari for the first time.
  4. Overheard tales of reverse discrimination from English-Spanish translators who happen to be of non-Hispanic ancestry and have to try harder to establish their credibility and competence. Dang.

Group meeting at my house! AAACK

July 2, 2008

So, another meeting of the Major Group Project took place. Our first meeting took place at a coffee house with lovely ambiance, Wi-Fi access, and a quiet study area, but burned-tasting coffee. Since my plans for childcare fell through, we had no choice (OK, we had a choice, but all other options were undesirable) but to meet at…



Me confessing to being a poor housekeeper is one thing; inviting a witness to the mess is another. Preparing for the upcoming guest to my place required major cleaning (by my admittedly low standards). And still by the time the other group member arrived…

I better shut up. Despite the squalor, we managed to get some work done.

Mother’s Day and Major Group Project

May 11, 2008

The Major Group Project (MGP) has gotten to a good start with my first business/working dinner.  Now, I just have to do everything that I promised I could do. I was upfront with my teammates about my time limitations (day job, miscellaneous) and there were no awkward pauses or anything like that. I am genuinely humbled by my teammates’ expertise. I hope I don’t disappoint them.

And in other news… today is Mother’s day. So thank you, mami, for everything you have done for me, and for providing me with endless emotional support. Now, if I only could make asopao de pollo like you do…

New project!

May 7, 2008

I will be participating in a new project pretty soon.  I am pretty excited about it, as the end result will address a very important need in our community.

This will mark my first participation in a group translation project (to be referred to in the future as Major Group Project). I don’t think I have participated in a group project since college. Hopefully, there will be fewer all-nighters involved. After a certain age, all-nighters become downright painful.

Preparations include ironing my shirt to convey the impression that I have things under control; clean out my purse so that in the middle of the meeting, ATM receipts and knitting supplies don’t spill out; and make sure to include a map to the location.

Wish me luck.