Ode to the family

December 6, 2009 at 20:23 Leave a comment

This post is written about and because of my family and its shenanigans over the past week.

My grandma – the grande dame of the family who raised me to speak fluent Teochew and helped me believe that I was not stupid, despite much evidence to the contrary at many times during my life. At the age of 95, she reads the Chinese news highlights faster than I can and has opinions on the cost of living in most countries. She was admitted to hospital a week ago with abdominal pain and, frankly, I think most of us, herself included, feared that that would be it. Thank God, it turned out to be acalculous cholecystitis (translation: gallbladder inflammation in the absence of stones) which resolved on antibiotics. When she got to the point of making loud comments on which other patients in the ward had just come in, or were going for an X-ray, or had what number of visitors, she was discharged.

My dad – who, after the kind docs at the hospital saved my grandma’s life and gave me detailed updates, proceeded to launch a bloody complaint because he felt that they discharged her too soon. Instead of talking to them when he learnt of the discharge plan, he sent me a non-specific, FYI-sorta SMS. Then when I went to the hospital on the morning of discharge, he was uncontactable till past noon, then called me to ask why I hadn’t gotten the discharge postponed. Then he asked me who the best person was to lodge a strong complaint with. I’m still not bloody speaking to him.

My bro-bro – who generally turns out to be the highlight of my visits home. He’s Down Under at the moment, and made my day with his observation that the adult urinals there were too high for him. He’s due back on his birthday and it will be good to see him again.

This week has been more eventful than I would have liked. I hope the next will be more peaceful.

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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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