Back To Work

May 4, 2009 at 19:25 Leave a comment

It was back to work today after my leave. Thanks to swine flu (cannot break habit of calling it that), everyone was walking around masked.

There are basically two main types of mask – surgical and respirator. Surgical masks are the comfy type – simple paper with ear loops or long strings to tie around the head. Respirator masks, well, are hell. They are thick and are supposed to fit like a seal around the lower face, so that you breathe naught but filtered air, which is warm and stagnant. After some time, your face starts perspiring inside the mask, and the perspiration has nowhere to evaporate. So you end up breathing warm, stagnant and damp recycled air. Ewwwks.

And healthcare workers MUST wear these dreadful things at all times of human contact during work. Can faint. Despite that, I hear from a nurse friend that people at the hospital food court are beginning to act like the staff have leprosy. In fact, she advised me explicitly to omit wearing my name tag when I went to get lunch. Man, how sad. I don’t exactly blame the public folks, but still.

In this environment, I am now super-thankful for the luxury of being able to drive, and of having a car to drive. There’s really nothing like speeding home at the end of the day at 120kmh with the radio blasting. Although I must admit that I nearly let go of the wheel upon hearing the news that WHO might escalate the pandemic alert to level 6. Argh.

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My blog-name is Katie but I will not respond if you call me that in real life because it's not my real name. Yes, I do practise virtual-world paranoia. No, I do not enjoy stalkers. But I do enjoy writing and having folks reading said writing, so welcome to my world. It's nice to meet you.

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I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song (Jim Croce)

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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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