Friday, July 24, 2009


Will keep this short.

I'm on leave, but as luck would have it, I've also come down with what I suspect is H1N1.

Fever 38.6 deg C, myalgia, rhinorrhoea, cough, headache.

Am making do with self-medication at home. Still doing housework, but putting off the major vacuuming / mopping till next week when I don't feel so lousy.

Damn that I didn't get sick when I had to do shifts. At least it would've granted me a few days of MC.

And now, Blogger's posting page is in a weird format. Anyone else experiencing this problem? How the heck do you adjust the font size?

So the TVs and DVRs have arrived. Chose Panasonic LCD. Thanks to everyone who offered their advice. Am now watching a Michael Buble concert DVD - the effect is spectacular. :)

Also want to recommend a great, great film. It's called Lars And The Real Girl, and stars Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer and Paul Shneider.

Like one of my other favourites, Into The Wild, LATRG is deeply moving, expertly directed, and buoyed by a terrific cast.

Gosling proves his versatility, picking a role that is the polar opposite of his usual arrogant, rascally characters.
His portrayal of Lars is bittersweet, comical and heartwarming.

Supporting actors Emily Mortimer and Paul Shneider deserve special mention for their sensitive performances as Lars' patient sister-in-law and brother.
Shneider, in particular, stands out in quite a few scenes where his character first registers shock and disbelief, then settles into resignation and, finally, unconditional acceptance.
He also demonstrates a keen sense of comic timing. Look out for a hilarious breakfast scene where Shneider looks like he's having the mother of all migraines.

A beautiful piece of work.

Other beautiful pieces of work: Lee Goldberg's Monk novels, based on the long-running hit TV series.
Couldn't believe it when I found a whole chunk of them at the nearby public library. Have already read Mr. Monk And The Blue Flu ( side-splitting! ) and am now reading Mr. Monk Goes To The Firehouse ( equally good ).

Also spotted Jeff Lindsay's Dexter series, which resulted in the TV spinoff. Will borrow those later.

I feel a temperature spiking, so before I sign off, here's a link to a friend's blog which features reviews of the latest hot gadgets. Do pay it a visit.

Right, time for some Panadol and a cold shower.


louanne said...

wow that's a high fever. i only got up to 37.8 or something and the doc was like.. 'yea u got fever' in his monotone along with the '50 to 60% chance it's h1n1'.

take care now!

Lee Goldberg said...

I'm glad you're enjoying my MONK novels. Are they in English or Chinese or Thai or Klingon?