February 21st, 2005

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Two Weeks in Review, Minus Boskone

My paternal grandmother died Thursday before last; she was unresponsive when my grandfather went to wake her late morning and then slipped away before she got to the hospital. She'd suffered (I use the term advisedly) from chronic illness for years, but I was still surprised at the news—beyond the usual shock that it was this day, I had rather expected an acute crisis rather than a quiet passing. She had always been very good to me, but she was neither healthy nor happy, and hadn't been for some time. So while I am sad (and guilty about not seeing her more often), it is not a fierce grief. The funeral was a week ago today, and was uneventful, which is a good thing when it comes to funerals as far as I am concerned.

I didn't post about it at the time because the mis-mash of reaction made me feel unequal to dealing with reader reaction, if that makes sense. (Also because I was trying to push work aside for the funeral trip.)

Everything else was work or Boskone. A report on the latter will be done today, because I won't have time the rest of the week. But the snow seems to have stopped for the moment, and I really need to get out of the house before I fall asleep—I've already wasted the morning dozing or catching up on Internety things. So before I head out for a few errands, I will leave you all with six things I've done that you probably haven't.

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Boskone 42 report

My 4:00 conference call was rescheduled, and through the heroic efforts of my secretary, I was able to get out early. (And to drive while Chad dozed, my very small contribution to his programming efforts.)

Seen at the Prudential mall while getting dinner: signs saying, "The Shops at Prudential Center Welcome Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections."

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Links to other people's reports:

And now I'm going to bed, minimal proofreadings and all.