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The Boy Turned TwoThe little guy turned two this week. He sort of understood that it was a special day and that he was the star of the show. He took a lot of pleasure in all the birthday songs that his family sang to him - he also added some of his own tunes to the mix. Honestly, some days it feels so hard to believe that he is not a baby anymore. With my daughter, I felt the passing of each day and her birthdays appeared to be following the Martian calendar - they felt very far apart. But this guy has blazed through the past two years, I almost feel that I've missed months in between. I'm worried that if I pinch myself and blink twice, I may catch him packing for college. Yikes! 
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A late Monday Salon: Three weeks of madness and excitement


Hello readers and bloggers! It sure has been a long time since I posted something. Anything. I'd been feeling pretty bad about neglecting my blog but it has been a hectic few weeks over here. The husband and I moved a week ago to our new place, following days of packing, sorting, tossing and more packing. While we managed to unpack most of the boxes, there's still the last few left - they usually turn out to be the boxes whose items I don't know what to do with yet or don't want to deal with yet. So much for a structured packing this time. There's still a ton to do around here, but we've mostly settled down and are trying to enjoy the new feeling of having our own digs. I'd been thinking of slowly easing back into blogging, but if I'm lucky, I may just barge right back in. It sure feels wonderful to be able to catch up on my "other" life after such a long time.

Although I haven't made any huge dent in my reading pile, I did manage to get through some good books. I just finished reading Neal Shusterman's Unwholly yesterday (thanks to Helen for bringing it to my notice). I loved the first of this trilogy (Unwind), and although Unwholly didn't pack as much punch, I still loved it. I'm also in between The Ask and the Answer (which is turning out to be far more engaging than its prequel) and am listening to Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer during my now much longer commute to and from work. Audiobooks never quite used to work for me but I wanted to put the long commuting to some good use. Which was when I remembered that of the only two audiobooks I ever truly enjoyed, one was nonfiction and the other was a classic. So it looks like I'll be reading listening to a lot more nonfiction now.

Mark All as Read is probably again going to be a good friend in need, so what have I missed in the blog world?


Comments

bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
It has to feel wonderful to be in your new home!! I'm amazed you got any reading done!
Tea Time with Marce said…
Exciting that you are almost completely settled hon, very excited. I found this year many bloggers have slowed down but everyone is still at it in there own way. I'm currently rethinking how to deal with blogging next year, i'm still loving it, just finding a better balance.
Helen Murdoch said…
I am so glad you are enjoying Unwind and Unwholly! I look forward to reading the third book in the trilogy when it comes out. And, congratulations on your house! That is so much work, but also so exciting.
Athira / Aths said…
I'm surprised too that I read anything. But I'm glad I could read something. It helped make the move less stressful.
I miss you too! Would this be a bad time to encourage you to try an audio. It would make unpacking soooo much nicer. ;)
zibilee said…
I am also having a hard time finding the time to read, and listening to a bunch of audiobooks. It's the blogging that's getting me. I just can't find enough time to do it properly. I am glad to hear that you and the hubs are loving the new house, Sit awhile and get comfy, We will all be here when you get back.
Tina Reed said…
I'd just enjoy the house for now. We'll all be here when you're ready to return.
Athira / Aths said…
I have definitely slowed down! It bugs me sometimes but the reasons it slowed down are good stuff that makes me happy so then I feel okay by it. But wouldn't it be wonderful if we had more time at our disposal?
Athira / Aths said…
Thank you! It is a lot of work, but it's also very exciting.


I'm also waiting for the third book in the trilogy. I hope we don't have to wait long!
Athira / Aths said…
I am trying one now. :) In the car. I don't think I can listen to an audio while working. Either the work or the audio will stop progressing. :D
Athira / Aths said…
Yeah, I sure need to find a balance at my end. Blogging, catching up on blogs and reading are hard enough to do everyday or even almost every day.
Athira / Aths said…
I'm doing most of that right now - the enjoying thing. :) It's lovely trying to discover new reading nooks.
Kim Ukura said…
I always try to pack boxes in an organized way when I move, but inevitably I end up with random boxes of stuff that I just feel like I should throw away :) Good luck with your last few boxes!
Athira / Aths said…
Thanks! I did most of the packing in an organized manner, but the last few days went downhill. Lol. But at least it's over now.