Why is it the holiday season seems so much busier? Is there that much more to do? For me, last week there was. And that would explain why there was no post on Friday. Sorry about that!
The beginning of the week, Monday and Tuesday, I again spent on the hiring process for freelance editors–I haven’t even gotten to copyeditors yet! Tuesday I spent, no kidding, almost all of my workday on the phone. We have a weekly acquisitions meeting on Tuesdays (that I attend via teleconference) and I also spoke to three editors on the phone. Add in battling a nasty cold and it was an exhausting day. And I hadn’t even packed yet!
Wednesday I was off to Toronto and Harlequin headquarters, where I spent the next two days. I loved visiting the office, and I even loved attending the meetings (shh, don’t tell anyone). But it is nice to get to attend some discussions in person; it’s a completely different meeting versus listening to it on the phone! While I was there, I handed my baby, my MacBook Pro over to the IT guys to install Fusion and WindowsXP. They did a fantastic job and got me all fixed up so I now have all of the features of the Harlequin system on my Mac. Whew. I was a little worried I was going to have to invest in a new Windows-based laptop, but thanks to their hard work, I was able to keep the Mac. Relief!
Wednesday night, I went to dinner with Malle and Aideen, and let me tell you, we had the BEST Indian cuisine at Amaya. We ordered a variety of dishes, but by far my favorite was the butter chicken. I’ve been thinking about that dish ever since we had it, and I’m going to attempt to recreate it at home this week. If any of you have a recipe for butter chicken that you love, please do share it.
Thursday was a full day at the office. I got there around 8:30am and got myself set up for the day. In a lovely and rather fun move, they’ve assigned me to my own “cubicle,” (they don’t really count as cubicles because they’re too open and airy for that. But they are square) so I’ll always have a place to throw my things, sit and work on the computer when I have free time. I didn’t have too much free time this trip. By 9am I was meeting with the team that does the Harlequin site programming, then the digital marketing team, then the IT guys, next up my boss (Malle) and hers (Brent) to go over budgets, later with Diane, one of the administrative assistants (who totally rocked my world by filling out an expense report for me), then the entire Harlequin digital team for a lunch meeting, and finally the Carina Press team for an afternoon meeting and then…off to the airport to fly home.
Are you exhausted just reading that? I’m exhausted just reading it. And remember, I was battling a cold. I think only sheer determination, and Emergen-C, got me through. Oh, and that delicious butter chicken. We decided that for January’s trip I’ll come up for 2 days. It will make things a little less whirlwind for everyone.
So I got home Thursday night, almost exactly 36 hours after I’d taken off, exhausted but glad to have gone. Of course, that meant I was totally wrecked on Friday so I didn’t accomplish most of my goals at all for that day. And to top it off I had not one but TWO Christmas parties to attend. One Friday night, that I was in charge of organizing, and one Saturday night for my husband’s work. So yep, the holiday season definitely made for a busier week for me last week.
But all in all, I thought last week was a very productive week and by going up to Toronto, I have a better grasp on some things. I’m really happy with how the week went.
This week: By the end of this week, we should have close to nine freelance editors ready to start, which you can be sure I’m very glad about and really looking forward to. I’m going to start the process for hiring copy editors. Not only that, but I should have some very exciting news to report in next week’s weekly post!
And later this week on the blog, I’ll share some pictures of my Harlequin visit, including pictures of the Carina Press team, so you can see the people behind my madness :P