Thursday, November 14, 2013

I'm a little behind ( ! )

The deed is done and I am recuperating at home. Staples come out tomorrow and I can walk using a cane instead of a walker now. I am not sure I should try and write anything just yet, as the medications and general discomfort may be having an effect on my thinking-thingy. My ability to concentrate and sit in any one position for even a short length of time has been seriously compromised, but it gets better every day.

I have only been able to read one book. Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. I got through it in a day as my sleeping habits are pretty screwed up and I had little else to do other than physical therapy exercises (which I will have to do for most of the winter). It was her debut crime novel and while not supposed to be her best, I found it enjoyable and really wanted to learn about her character Thóra. I intend to read the rest of that series and like to get in on the ground floor. Just like Arnaldur Indriðason's Inspector Erlendur there are always interesting back stories in the main character's life.
Thóra is a much different character than the dark and broody Erlendur. Both have their appeal to me, but if both were real I would much rather spend time with Thóra than go down into the depths with Erlendur.

For those of you who like crime novels and would like to try a different setting, these are good reads. There are a handful of other Scandinavian crime-fiction writers who are also very talented and deserve some time to read. So many books, so little time.

Needless to say I haven't been out to take any pictures, but right before I went in for surgery I got these on the way to work.

Then, of course, I need to remind myself of the reason for getting a new knee. I really love to walk. Here is a return to July and a day walking along the Thames. Taking a moment to strike a relaxed pose as Andie and I take in the touristy, but quite wonderful, sights of London.