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Poll: How do you unwind at the end of a long day?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How do you unwind at the end of a long day?".

This poll was originally submitted by Frances Bramer

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Nesrin  Identity Verified
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There is no end... Feb 28, 2007

The last thing I see before closing my eyes is my computer shutting down...

How sad!


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Frances Bryce  Identity Verified
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World gone mad Feb 28, 2007

Nesrin wrote:

The last thing I see before closing my eyes is my computer shutting down...

How sad!



I'm sorry to hear that Nesrin, but very glad to hear that I'm not alone. The translation world seems to be going crazy at the moment. (not that I'm compaining of course)


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vixen  Identity Verified
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Depends... Feb 28, 2007

Watching one particular soap series (usually recorded on tape during the daytime and played back when it suits me) really helps me to wind down, much to my husband's astonishment and slight annoyment.

Reading, attempting to play the guitar, other hobbies or taking a bath are also great options!


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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
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Depends Feb 28, 2007

Often good food, sometimes sport, sometimes going out, sometimes playing a game on the computer, sometimes reading... The one not excluding the others

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M Helena Ayala
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A good Sci Fi novel or TV program Feb 28, 2007

I like to reread my favorite authors (Clarke, Heinlein, K. Dick, Vance, Sturgeon, etc.) or watch a nice program like Stargate, Battlestar Galactica or Farscape on TV or DVD.

It helps me "escape" from reality for a while.


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[Edited at 2007-02-28 14:29]


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Ilona Kangro  Identity Verified
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There is LIFE beyond translation Feb 28, 2007

I answered OTHER because it really depends. Sometimes I cook as I find it extremelly relaxing and creative, and above all useful - my family members always appreciate it. Sometimes a favourite sitcom or a short walk help to recuperate the drained energy. Once a week I go to a dance class with my boyfriend, which helps to forget all job-related issues altogether.

However, I must agree with other colleagues: very often the computer is virtually the last thing you see at the end of the day, and it does not seem right to me. so I've decided to set some limits - long working hours are allowed only on the weekdays, whereas the weekend is MY time which I spend with my closest people. I am not saying I don't sometimes work on weekends, but only in exceptional cases.


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Rebecca Hendry  Identity Verified
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Usually a combination... Feb 28, 2007

... of good food, good wine, good company, watching TV, going to the gym or cinema.

I still find it quite hard to move away from the computer though, and I tend to come back to it every now and again to check my emails etc...


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xxxSaifa
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Good food + good wine... Feb 28, 2007

... but before that, sport (karate + walking with the dog).

N.B. Food we cook ourselves, to relax from translating!

I agree with Ilona, there is a life beyond translation. We try to work to survive, not the other way round.

Nesrin, have you already thought about adopting a pet? The last thing you would see then beofre closing you eyes would be his face near you in bed, not the PC...


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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
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relaxing bath was as close as the survey got... Feb 28, 2007

but it's really scotch in the hot tub right before bed

I also cook, knit, or read, but nothing beats the hot tub for relaxation.


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Noni Gilbert
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No end... Feb 28, 2007

Cosme (5), Telmo (3). Need I say more?

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LinguaLab.net
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It depends Feb 28, 2007

It depends - and quite often i relax in the day and work long evenings instead. I work better under pressure - self-induced pressure, that is!

Ask me not how I unwind after a long day, Frances, ask me how I unwind after a long month! A trip to Surrey, perhaps? ;o)

Good poll, btw! You've highlighted an important issue. Thanks!


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Marina Khonina  Identity Verified
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Sports Feb 28, 2007

Saifa wrote:

... but before that, sport (karate + walking with the dog).



Glad to see a fellow martial artist here.

I also selected sports, which is what I do most evenings. I also noticed that if I translate all day, I usually want to spend my evenings around other people. When I interpret at a conference, all I want is to come home and enjoy the quiet. I think most translators/interpreters can relate to that.


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Silvina Matheu  Identity Verified
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It depends... Feb 28, 2007

... on whether I am in the middle of an assignment or I have just finished it. In the first case, the last thing I see is my computer, as some colleagues have just said, and in the second case, I love relaxing before going to bed.

Although I admit there is nothing so relaxing as doing some gym or dancing and then a good bath, I usually listen to some good music or watch something on tv -zapping most of the time-, maybe some drinkm and finally -always- a good bath.


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Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
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Reading Feb 28, 2007

I normally read at the end of the day. On my night table, I always have a novel, the latest Reader's Digest magazine or a crossword puzzle book. So I jump into bed, turn on the night lamp and read something to relax; eventually I fall asleep...

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