In the past…

March 31, 2010 at 22:00 4 comments

… Month – word count of thesis versus word count of blog: 9487 to 0. This, I think, is the reason that my spring of blog-inspiration dried up. Evidently and alas, I have brains enough for only one composition at a time. The good thing, though, is that the damn thesis is drafted and disseminated to three unfortunate souls to plow through. After it comes back, I have to mutilate and re-patch it, get it nicely bound, and send off three more copies to three more unfortunate souls.

… Week – night-call count: three. As in, this is the third night in the past seven days I’ve spent stuck in the Fruit Farm till the sun rolls around the next day. And I’ve got a grand ward round, normal ward round, lunchtime talk and afternoon clinics to be at tomorrow, none of which I look forward to. Half my work here revolves around being forced to take responsibility for people that no one else wants. I’m not sure what kind of medical specialty that is. In the pecking order of glamourous jobs, it’s probably somewhere between prison warden and Victorian poorhouse manager.

… Day – number of times called ‘Madam’ by my medical officer: twenty-three. I don’t bloody know why. It’s come to the point where, each time I pause for breath, he puts in a ‘Yes, Madam’, or ‘Thank you, Madam’. One day, he will address me as ‘Madam’ one too many times, and I will probably answer, “Yes, Slave?” 


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Common sense Why the Fruit Farm is bad for my mental health

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  • 1. flaneurvric  |  April 1, 2010 at 04:27

    Goodness! I have not seen you in a month, which is sad. I am glad to hear you are making progress on your thesis; I hope your advisers’ feedback is more useful than my advisers’ has been on my stupid not-as-significant-as-a-thesis paper. Huh.

    I am also intrigued by the MO you are working with. “Madam” is at least 19 times more formal than “ma’am,” which I have been known to use myself.

    It is nice to have you back in the blogosphere, even if it’s just a brief stop.

    • 2. Katie  |  April 3, 2010 at 13:44

      Oh, have you not met my MO yet? I’d love to witness a conversation between you and him. Do you know, even when he telephones or emails me, he does not stop addressing me as Madam. It’s bizarre. o_O

  • 3. Yee Ming Mok  |  April 2, 2010 at 08:19

    hahaha. Its all about creating diamonds out of the coal dust.

    • 4. Katie  |  April 3, 2010 at 13:45

      Making pigs fly? Unscrambling eggs? Ice-cube in hell?


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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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