Bon Voyage Monty

March 28, 2009 at 15:42 Leave a comment

Monty left for the UK today. Mr. Manx, Claire and I went to the airport at 0745 to send him off. His family was there with him, including the twins – clutching half-damp biscuits and dispersing crumb showers. So was his pastor, who prayed for him and his family.

I’m pleased to say that none of us wailed or even sniffled during the half-hour we were all together. After all, he will be gone for just six months. Although his departure must be hard on his wife and kids, they will be joining him in a couple of weeks, and then it will be a family adventure.

I will miss him, but I will survive nicely. It will be good for me to learn to be more independent and outspoken in his absence.

After Mr. Manx left the airport for work, Claire and I headed for retail therapy at Wisma Atria. I bought two Dorothy Perkins dresses and a pair of brown Oxford booties from Topshop. The booties were a splurge at S$136 (after membership discount, heh), but they are so surprisingly comfortable and flattering that pleasure overwhelms guilt.

On the way home in Claire’s car, I saw a monitor lizard on the grass bank flanking the expressway. It was a dirty green-brown colour, with a chubby body and spindly legs, and was about the length of my arm. I’d never seen one before, and my first thought was, “Baby crocodile?!!!”. Claire kindly disabused me of the notion and set me right. 

Although I am no fan of reptiles in general, I was pleased to find out that the monitor lizard traditionally symbolizes sacredness in totem culture. It was somehow comforting, considering the amount of change that lies ahead of me in the next few months.

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Hogfather (Terry Pratchett)

Books read in 2010 and 2011

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling) - 'cos the movie's coming out!
Frankenstein: Lost Souls (Dean Koontz) - ah, bugger, it's part of a series! Now I hafta find all the books...
Dismantled (Jennifer McMahon) - oh, good one
Tigerlily's Orchids (Ruth Rendell)
Shutter Island (Dennis LeHane) - reminds me too much of work
Holy Fools (Joanne Harris) - it's official: I prefer her scary books
A Series of Unfortunate Events; The Unauthorized Autobiography; The Beatrice Letters (Lemony Snicket)
The Little Friend (Donna Tartt)
The main books - 11 so far - of the Southern Vampire series; the Aurora Teagarden series except for A Fool & His Honey - that makes it 7; Sweet & Deadly (Charlaine Harris)
The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)
Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King)
Room: A Novel (Emma Donaghue)
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
The Bachman Books (Stephen King)
Men At Arms (Terry Pratchett)
Carpe Jugulum (Terry Pratchett)
The Fifth Elephant (Terry Pratchett)
Beauty (Robin McKinley)
The Sandman, Vol 1 (Neil Gaiman)
The Burden (Agatha Christie) - her crime novels are waaay better
Snuff (Terry Pratchett)

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