(NB: M is the initial of my first name, which is the name I'm known by at work and by my family. H is the initial of my middle name, which I use for writing and on-line and at SF cons etc.)
M: So what progress have you made on the writing this week? Last week was good, we exceeded our weekly target.
H: Um... It was a busy week. You were very busy because it was the first week of actually teaching the students something as opposed to just filling in forms with them.
M: Yes, I know, but how many words have we written in total? Strict word count, remember.
H: (Sotto voce) 511.
M: Is that all?
H: I did do some useful brainstorming on fundraising methods my characters will need in later chapters.
M: OK, but you'll have to do better next week.
H: OK. So how have you been getting on with re-decorating the kitchen and clearing out the garage.
H: Ah! So I'm not the only one who hasn't been making progress then.
M: I don't know, the weekend just seemed to vanish and as you know there's no time in the week.
H: So have we made progress with anything?
M: The Welsh learning has just made a great leap forwards.
H: So what have we learned?
M: Nothing yet, but we've found all those lessons for free on the BBC web site and downloaded some of them.
H: But the mp3 files the BBC provided wouldn't copy onto CD, would they?
M: No, but after a good deal of Googling, we found some software to convert the .ram files that are also provided into mp3.
H: And those copied all right?
M: They did and I've tried them out on the personal CD player and they sound fine.
H: So we can actually start learning Welsh again next week?
M: Yes, indeed we can.
H: So I think that's a bit of progress, don't you?