My grandmother died this morning. Apparently, it was about 2am; my mother wasn't there, but I think my uncle was.

I suppose I loved my grandmother, but I never knew her all that well, nor she me; I will certainly remember with fondness the many Thanksgivings, the Christmases, the walks around the nursing home, how she never wore pants, the first time she sent an email, the discussions of my great uncle's mysterious past. Much family history lies with her, and her stories and books and things, in my great uncle's house and all the things that happened there.

At 92 (she would have been 93 in March), it wasn't exactly surprising. I hope she went in peace, without pain or suffering; I hope, in truth, that she wasn't even aware of her last few days. My mother got to see her one last time, before; closure is good, or at least acceptance of the inevitable.
The third Sherlock of season 2 was much, much better than A Scandal in Belgravia, but I'm not sure yet what I think of The Hound of Baskerville. I want to watch that one again before I make a judgement about it, because I'm not sure I really got it the first time.

Anyway, back to The Reichenbach Fall. I honestly thought it was quite good; Watson was great, Sherlock was great, and I thought they pulled off the emotional stuff fairly well. Sherlock even managed it on top of the roof of the building, when he was about to kill himself—or pretend to, anyway. I wasn't completely sold on Sherlock's emotional meltdown, but then again, he was faking it anyway; so in that sense, Benedict Cumberbatch did an even better job than most actors would have done, who might have made it even more realistic.

I am slightly worried that Steven Moffat won't be able to explain what happened in a satisfactory way, and I am mostly worried about this because of A Scandal in Belgravia—"I am Sherlocked"? Really??? Who on Earth thought that was a good idea? Much better to have just not told us the secret to Irene Adler's cell phone, rather than give us such a horrible, horrible pun.

I am so glad there is going to be a third season, Steven Moffat has done quite well with Sherlock, even if A Scandal in Belgravia was a total bust. I didn't even know that there was a question about it not continuing, so I wasn't as surprised as I might have been to hear that the third season has already been commissioned. I just kind of assumed it would be.

I am determined to read all the Sherlock stories this year, now. I will! I will! That and Lord of the Rings.

In other news, I also watched the new season's episode of White Collar. Um ... it was pretty terrible. They went a little too far towards cheesy for me—really, Neal picked up a shield while hiding in the van? Really? That was just too much. And I may have forgotten what had happened in the earlier episodes, but I can't believe that Keller would just take credit for the treasure recovery—he would want to take Neal down with him.

In completely other news, we had dinner with the cousins today. They were less unbearable than usual, but I could see (slightly ... not that much) how my cousin had lost weight while in India. It's not that obvious, though, I don't know why everyone's so worried. She did just eat rice for two months, after all; anyone would lose weight on that.

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