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.
- Worked for a U.S. Representative and for a Member of Parliament, back-to-back.
- Ascended a genocide-free extinctionist in NetHack.
- Read the then-published Vlad Taltos books (through Athyra) in publication order, and then in internal order—all in one weekend.
- Ate lunch with Michael Dukakis and Alec Baldwin.
- Watched the pages of my high school graduation speech fly all over the stage in a stiff breeze.
- Acquired my first (and to date, only) speeding ticket and my first (and to date, only) wedding license within twenty-four hours of one another.
(I hate to use things like, "got X on my LSATs," because it's a) vaguely obnoxious and b) too specific a three-digit-number to be interesting (not that the ones on the list are necessarily interesting, mind), and I just can't think of anything else.)