It was not the easy week I had wished for on last Sunday, but more of a waiting game; waiting for decisions of other people, waiting for results, all that stuff. When finally the tension was over, there was a big sigh and the balloons of hot air shriveled, not a “puff” or a “bang”, but a kind of long “pfff …”.
For me the week started well enough, all the paper throwing, letter writing was successful, I could correct and improve some decisions, win some space to move and air to breathe. That was Monday ; from Tuesday onwards things took a kind of de route, until the big “pfff …” was reached on Saturday. I wanted to post something now and then, but in the end I was wandering around the web, or trying to read a bit, or just lying around. Tomorrow things will start to follow the usual routine again. I need to work through some economical matters, and my friend gave me some chapters of her thesis. She is grimly determined to have it finished at the start of next summer semester ; from what I saw some chapters are nearly perfect, while a few segments need a bit of work. I am only looking at the content in this stage, we still have to arrange the whole material – there is so much of it that she easily can publish a thesis and two large accompanying articles. She is in the I-can’t-see-that-crap-anymore-phase, what is in my experience not the worst, simply because it will be followed by the Now-let’s-get-that-stuff-ready-and-print-that-damn-book-phase ; my job is basically easy : I just have to make sure that whatever will be printed is readable, and I have to stop her throwing out too much text, this reduce-to-the-max-attitude is not always and everywhere a good thing. Her health became better, especially since she pops some new wonder-pill – I do not want to know what ingredients it contains.
So, for the big “pfff …” : Settle back in your comfy chair, make sure that a cup of tea or coffee or whatever you prefer is in easy reach, and enjoy the wonderful voice of Victoria de los ÁNGELES LÓPEZ GARCÍA (Ger., Eng. ; obit.) ; I choose the gently swinging habanera (Ger., Eng.) La Paloma (Ger., Eng.) by Sebastián IRADIER (Ger., Eng.) – hope you enjoy it !