I'll be at work most of this weekend, since we have an author flying in from Paris to work on his book. He's getting in at 3 today and will be leaving around 7 on Monday. I'm in here now trying to get things ready for him, and I'll be joined by my bosses in a short while (they're out to breakfast with a candidate for an editorial position). At least I'll have meals taken care of by the company this weekend, and we're going to take the author to a string quartet concert on Sunday evening.
The thing I'll probably be concentrating on most today before the author arrives is copyediting (rewriting, really) his new material. This is a translation of a book first published in French, but he's adding some new material that he's written in English. Unfortunately, his English isn't the best, so it's a lot of effort to whip it into shape. I probably would have preferred to have him write the new material in French and then translate it myself.
You know, I was just struck with the thought that translating might be something fun to do. If I brush up on my French a bit, I think I might be able to do some pretty good translations into English. Actually, I wonder if trying to do a translation would help me brush up on my French. I have a few French books at home; it would be fun to try to translate my French translation of Ten Little Indians back into English and then compare it to the original. Maybe I'll try that the next weekend I'm in town and not working.
I don't think it's likely that I'll go a whole weekend without doing any work at all for a while, but there will certainly be weekends where my work is limited to a couple of hours in front of the television Sunday morning.
I'm very good at coming up with ideas of things to do and then not doing them, so here's another idea. I should make time each weekend to do some kind of constructive project, like writing, drawing, translating, or whatever. I should also make time each weekend to clean, and I should try to keep up with the dishes during the week. And I should make time each weekend to get some exercise, even if it's only going for a walk on the trail near my house. It's hard for me to find the energy to do things in the evenings after work, but I usually have plenty of weekend time. Lately, I've been spending most of it in front of the television, and that's probably not so good.