October 7th, 2003

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COUNTERFEIT

The other day at work I was asked to proofread a page that included instructions on how our company is trying to create a common company culture. The person who wrote it originally does not have the best English skills and there were a lot of things that had been translated literally from Swedish, so it was more work than I expected. One phrase that had been used was "find new ways" (hitta nya vägar), and it sounded very Swenglish to me in the context that was wanted (finding AND making) so I changed it to "forge new paths" instead.

He came back later and said that he had reacted quite strongly to the word forge and had asked two other Swedes, who both agreed with him, that it was a negative word. At this point, I'm just staring at him with a blank look on my face. WTF? Then he says, "you know, like forging MONEY."

OOOOH THAT kind of forge!

I explained that "forge" isn't a negative word and that, in fact, while the ACT of forging money is a negative thing in a societal context, the word ITSELF has many other uses, none of them negative.

He wouldn't believe me and I finally said, fine, use "find new paths" just to get him to go away.
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DAMN

After doing all this:
  • getting up at 6:30 a.m.

  • fixing breakfast for the kids, dressing them, getting their teeth brushed

  • getting out the door, dropping them off at daycare and school

  • working 8+ hours (with a break for a yummy oriental AWC lunch in the middle)

  • picking up the kids from daycare and school

  • driving to the grocery store, shopping, driving home again

  • fixing dinner for the kids (plockmat) and me (salmon pirogi)

  • putting a load of laundry in

  • filling the dishwasher

  • giving the kids a bath, getting pajamas on, reading bedtime stories

  • picking up

  • answering emails

  • fixing some AWC web stuff, and doing more corrections on the directory

  • folding laundry and putting it away, plus the load from yesterday that was still sitting in the hallway
It's already after 9 p.m. and I don't have much time for any of these:
  • working on my collage book

  • updating my CD wish list for Christmas for my mom

  • finishing A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence so I can start reading something I like better
  • editing photos for our family website

  • surfing the web and downloading pretty things (check this out: Children's Books Online)
before collapsing, muddy and exhausted.
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    washing machine whirlio