Thursday, March 25, 2010

the d-word

Current work: medical continuity
Listening to: Bach
Reading: Jessica Hart, Oh-So-Sensible Secretary (great fun – normally I’m not so keen on first person books, but this got plus points for being written in the past tense (! call me picky) and being great fun. Good dialogue, good characterisation, and it was really interesting to see a book written with single POV. Nice to see the heroine growing and changing, too, and realising that there was more to herself than she thought there was).

D-word? No, not deadline. The other one. The scary one. D*nt*st. Let’s just say I have a 45-minute appointment in the chair this morning and I am not looking forward to it… roll on this afternoon, when it will be over! (My dentist is actually very nice. But, since a couple of fairly nasty dental traumas, I’ve become a nervous patient. Hopefully today might go a fair way to restoring my equilibrium.)

In other stuff – have spoken to the memorial masons about fixing my mum’s stone, and have spoken to the town clerk's assistant about it; and the town clerk rang me back this morning for a chat about the issue, so I'm reassured now that the groundsmen are being sensitive. They think the weather caused the damage... maybe, but we've had bad weather between December 1986 and this winter. Anyway, my point was made politely and taken on board, and I'm a bit happier about it. It wasn't about getting other people to pay for the repair - it's my mum's stone so it's my responsibility. It was about whether the memorial vases were being handled sensitively or if, in today's target-driven culture where people have to shoehorn too many things into too little time, things that shouldn't be rushed had been rushed. Am reassured now.

But my agent likes the new book, so it’s not all a bad day today. And the tickets are in for Venice, so now it feels ‘real’. that's two good things - and a third will happen to complete the run, yes?

10 comments:

Carol Townend said...

The third nice thing - you will get to the dentist and will be told there's nothing to do after all...let's hope!

Kate Hardy said...

Sadly not, Carol - I broke a tooth last month and am having a crown fitted. It's a 45-minute appointment so there are x-rays, numbing, replacement of temporary filling, and then I think I might have to turn my hearing aid off and ask her to switch the radio on really loudly... :o(

Jan Jones said...

(((hugs))) on the dentist, Kate.

Talli Roland said...

Fingers crossed for your dentist appointment. I'm envious of Venice!

Caroline Storer said...

Hugs on the dentist. I was there yesterday - like you I broke a tooth but he managed to put cement in with some sort of hairdrier thingy to seal it all in! Fingers crossed it stays in or like you its a "drill out next time." Caroline x

Lacey Devlin said...

(HUGS) Kate! I hope the dentist was surprisingly fun, that they force fed you chocolate, played your favorite music and had something like Where's Wally on the ceiling for you :P

Kate Hardy said...

Jan - thanks.

Kate Hardy said...

Talli - lovely to meet you. Thanks for the hug. And Venice... oh, Venice has been a dream in the making for quite a while!

Kate Hardy said...

Hugs, Caroline - hope it stays put for you!

Kate Hardy said...

Lacey - my dentist is incredibly sweet and kind. But, force-feeding me chocolate? Hmm. That'd be touting for business, I reckon *g* (The chocolate was later, when I met the kids. Son got a gold star for finding Maltesers bunnies.)