I did not do as much editing as I had planned during the Chinese New Year break, but I’m happy to report that I  did quite a lot this weekend: Finished the line edits for the latest incarnation of one of the mss I’m working on. I’m now looking forward to additional material from the author.

Oh, my calendar app has sent me a reminder that my monthly mortgage payment is due, except that … there is nothing left to pay! Yes! We took a thirty-year loan (groan), but, with the money from my Singapore Central Provident Fund and the sale of one of the two flats we own in USJ, we’ve paid off the mortgage. What a relief. That will make a big difference as I was paying RM2,784 every month (double groan)!

Tomorrow, I’m going to start my new schedule. Martin’s job at MalaysiaKini means I have to do the after-school run and I’m going to experiment with moving my editing hours to the afternoon/evening. We’ll see how it goes.

I am supposed to leave for Taipei on Thursday. As I’m still coughing coughing coughing, I am dreading travelling, especially the five-hour flight, but I suspect I am being a wimp about this. After all, I don’t actually feel sick, I just sound like I’m at death’s door.

I have not been reading much, but I have started Fun Home by Alison Bechdel and am enjoying it.

Yesterday, I watched Somm on Netflix. It is a documentary about five blokes preparing to sit for the Master Sommelier exam and gosh, it was pretty intense. After it was over, I decided that I should maybe educate myself about wine, not to the level of a sommelier, but at least beyond being able to distinguish between red and white. Haha, well, that’s roughly the level I am at now. I think I prefer white wine (but I don’t think I’ve drunk enough of either to say for sure) and that I like Chardonnay better than Sauvignon Blanc, but that’s pretty much it. No harm reading up and paying more attention from now on.


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