I've opened work email to find tons of meeting requests. Meetings to talk and talk and talk about product development. It's exhausting. When I'm in Asia, I'm working directly with the pattern makers, pointing out improvements, teaching, sharing ideas for plush toy pattern improvements. In the states, I'm back to creating elaborate art boards to demonstrate the corrections - and meetings to discuss the state of sample development.
I like being involved in the actual process. For all my complaining and grumbling about the long drives into China/Vietnam, the lack of air conditioning in the factories I'd still rather be there doing the actual work then sitting in a pristine office and sending it all through email.
Ah well, can't have everything perfect.