A wasted evening in the park with a lost dog

I had a long day at work today, and it wasn’t until nearly 7 o’clock I got home. The traffic was bad as well which didn’t help.

This Portuguese deal is taking a lot of time. What’s holding it up is the fact that I’m having to use a Portuguese translation service to translate all the emails I send from English to Portuguese, and all the emails I receive from Portuguese into English.

Using a professional Portuguese translator has slowed things down, it’s also meant I have to be very careful with my wording. So emails can’t have nuances in them, which means I’m having to spend a lots of time constructing emails that are completely watertight, making sure that I convey the key points to translator so that they can be got across to the person I am negotiating with.

But there is no doubt about it, using a Portuguese translation service is really helping to smooth things along and give me confidence I am doing the right thing.

Anyway, I took my dog for a walk in the park tonight and she ran off, straight into the woods next to the park and didn’t come out. I think she chased something in there and then got lost. I spent an hour in the gathering darkness standing there waiting for her.

Just as it was getting dark and I was getting worried about what I was going to do, she suddenly appeared next to me from a different direction. I think she’d gone right through the woods, circled round the park and eventually found her way back in through the main entrance. I was very worried, but at least she was safe.

So by the time I got home most of the evening was gone and it was really time to wind down. I had some food, and writing this blog post and then I’m going to head off to bed. Hopefully tomorrow will be another good day sorting out the Portuguese deal, plus another deal I’m working on, and hopefully it won’t be any lost dogs tomorrow.