Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sunday Salon - Catching Up

The Sunday Salon.comWhew, it has been one long month. We moved into our new townhouse on June 21, travelling from Baltimore, Maryland to North Brunswick, New Jersey with two cars, one Uhaul, my husband and brother-in-law, one cat that gets motion-sickness and was so stressed she threw up before we left, and Baby Maya, who slept the whole way (literally, she fell asleep almost as soon as I turned on the car, and woke up 3 hours later when I parked in front of our new home).

We are slowly unpacking, and everyone is adjusting well to the new home. Isabel, our cat (pictured on the home page of this blog) loves having stairs to run up and down, and a huge bay window to sit and look out from. Maya loves the additional floor space where she can practice her newly developed crawling skills. My husband and I are just happy to know that we will be staying put for at least three years while he finishes his surgery residency. Pictures will be up soon. Through the whole thing, reading has been my lifeline to staying sane. I finished up The Blessing of A Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel (review forthcoming), Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith,  The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany, and am just now starting The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

I logged on to Google Reader to find 1,000+ posts waiting for me! Egads! I also realized it was hour 18 of Dewey's 24 hour Read-a-thon, so I must give a big hoorah to all the participants!!! The first read-a-thon I was 9 months pregnant so opted to be a cheerleader instead of a participant. This time around was really bad timing and I didn't even attempt to participate. If there is a third, I definitely plan on being a reader, finally!

I promise next week's Salon will be a bit more bookish, as I become more settled in!


9 comments:

thekoolaidmom said...

Congrats on the move. Sounds like the furry children are diggin' it!

I didn't participate in the read-a-thon either. I had only found out about it a week or so ago, and yesterday was a busy day in home and away. Not that I didn't read, mind you, just that I wasn't a participant. I will next year, though. It's for a great cause, and what's more fun than reading?!

SmallWorld Reads said...

1000 posts! Very scary! Hope you have a good week settling in.

Literary Feline said...

I imagine you are glad to finally have the move behind you. Life can start to return to some semblance of normal.

Nyssaneala said...

thekoolaidmom - Thanks! We have moved so many times over the last 8 years, that I think packing is ingrained in our system. Doing it with a 7-month old baby was quite a challenge, though!

smallworld - I know! It was about 3 weeks of blog posts piled up. I've only made a dent in it so far.

wendy - Oh my god yes!! :) I don't think I've ever craved normal so much than the past few weeks.

Beastmomma said...

I hope that your unpacking goes well and you start to make your house feel like a home.

Myrthe said...

Congrats on a successful move! I hope the rest of the unpacking goes just as smoothly. I am glad that Maya and Isabel seem to settle in well.

The Readathon was a blast! I only participated as a cheerleader, but next time I finally, finally want to be a reader as well.

Iliana said...

Congrats on getting settled into your new home. I can totally relate to what you said about reading being the lifeline to staying sane! Hope all goes well in your new home and you enjoy your new city!

Laura said...

I can relate to the 1000+ in Google Reader, since I just returned from vacation to find the same situation! I'm reading pretty selectively, and marking a lot of posts read just to clean out the backlog. But this one caught my eye because I was wondering how you made out with your move. Glad to hear you are settling in!

tanabata said...

Glad to hear that you're settling into your new place. :)