Positive feedback and the Deutsche Post

Today, I received feedback for a translation I did back in January. When I saw the e-mail, I immediately suspected the worst – this customer has never once had anything nice to say about any of my translations…. until today! The feedback was positive!

Foam Letter S
Photo credit: Leo Reynolds

In other news, nearly two weeks ago I sent a package to my friend in Luxembourg for her birthday… or so I thought. It turns out the box I was reusing still had Jan’s work address on the bottom. Today, it turned up there, despite the fact that a) the date on the sticker was obviously ages ago and b) surely someobody at Deutsche Post should have noticed that the barcode was expired and the package had already been stamped with a postmark in January. Apparantly not. So now Jan has my friend’s birthday present. And what I would also like to know is why it took nearly two weeks for a package to make its way from Karlsruhe city centre to where Jan works, also in Karlsruhe? I could walk the distance in half an hour! It brings a whole new meaning to the term  snail mail…


All change!

Today I was much less tired. I really think whether or not my boyfriend is here affects the quality of my sleep. Last night he stayed over and even though it was pretty late when we went to sleep I’ve managed not to spend all of today wishing I was curled up in bed.

I’m getting a new colleague on Monday. Kay, the translator who has been working part time for my employer, is being replaced by someone who is willing to work full time. (Basically she’s being fired, but in a nice way). I was only told about it today and the new person is starting after the weekend, so a bit of a whirlwind change that’s left my head spinning slightly. The new person seems nice though – she was there today to sign her contract. And the boss has assured me that none of this affects my job in the slightest. They need someone to be a full time project manager, but I was employed to translate and that’s exactly what they want me to carry on doing. He also said that up to now they’re completely satisfied with my work, which was nice. It’s always good to be appreciated 🙂

Oh, I finally managed to pick up my package today. It’s been sitting there since Monday, but until now I’ve never actually managed to make it home from work in time. It was from my old employer and, according to the letter that came with it, contained “a small token to remind you of your time as an intern at our company”. The “small token” was, of course, stuff advertising the company. A mug, a T-shirt, a mouse mat, a baseball cap, a cloth shopping bag, two keyrings and an umbrella. Small token?? I think they’ve sent me every single product the company has ever got its name emblazoned/embroidered/printed onto. It’s insane! I’ll probably use the mug and one of the keyrings and I might wear the T-shirt to bed, but do they honestly think I’m going to walk around the place wearing their baseball cap and holding their umbrella? Somehow I don’t think so!  At least not until they start paying me lots of money to act as their official sponsor…