Never got much closer to reprieve

October 22, 2010 at 19:30 Leave a comment

I always feel sorry for foreigners who land in my ward because they developed one problem or another while on holiday. Now I can almost say moi aussi (“almost” because my experience had nothing to do with being admitted). My big European holiday ended after just three days in Paris when, in the wee hours of the morning, Mr. Manx and I received an SMS from Wedoryn saying that my ninety-five-year-old grandmother had died in her sleep. I am aware that we took the Eurostar to England and met some dear friends in Cambridge while waiting for our rescheduled flight, but much of that time passed with me in a miserable, numbed haze.

By now, of course, the acute tragedy is over. We’ve made our way back to Singapore (in an airplane cabin full of squalling children – there really is no better description for them than ‘chain-reaction nuclear bombs’), attended the final day of the wake and the cremation, and have collected the ashes and carried them to their final resting place.

Having had a few days to keep busy and sleep on things, I think that, on the whole, I am happy (as far as the word can be used here) that my granny died this way. Over the past ten years, she had to be admitted to hospital for things like knee replacement surgery, a gastric ulcer and a gallbladder infection, and each time, she would have to dragged in kicking and screaming because she was convinced that she would end up dying in a strange place. Well, she made it to a remarkable age with all her faculties intact, and left the living in a way that I would choose for myself if I could.

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This close to reprieve Whine time (but it’s my blog and I’ll say what I like, so there, hmph)

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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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