Good morning, Saloners! Last week saw a flurry of posts on my blog, thanks to it being Armchair BEA. I don't usually post that often, but it was really a lot of fun to write every day and check out what others had to say. I hadn't planned to take part in Armchair BEA until the penultimate day. I wasn't really sure if I could make the time commitment, since we have family over here and last weekend, we spent about 22 hours on the road. So, while I'm eager to get back to regular programming, I've realized how much I used to love taking part in such blogger events.
For recaps, these are what I posted:
- Who am I?
- A long story of my affair with the graphic media
- The little moments in a blogger's life
- Internationally flavored and globally spiced
- 3 hours to reach departure airport from home in India
- 4 hours at the airport before departure, doing all the fun airport activities such as check-in, security check, immigrations, customs, and waiting for the flight. Mind you, there are probably about 10 flights to the US all leaving at around the same time. So you probably get the picture of just how many other impatient people you are wrestling with to finish the proceedings.
- About 23 hours flight including 3 hours layover somewhere in between. These flights usually arrive at big cities, in this case, New York.
- Now another grueling 2 hours while the US officials make sure you have all the proper papers.
- Since we drove, we reached home only 10 hours later, breaks included.
- When the husband and I travel, we usually take another flight home, which adds about 5-7 hours depending on layovers.
- The number of tolls we had to pass through is ridiculous! One of them was somewhere in New York and the roads were horrendous. What the heck are we paying for?
- Having coffee at IHOP at 5 am in the morning is like heaven. The poor waiter was a bit flummoxed when he realized that we only came for coffee and not to eat anything.
- The husband drove all the way back, but occasionally in my half-awake, half-asleep state, I had this weird feeling that I was driving and that I was seeing cars where there were none and driving past red lights when I shouldn't. Super scary and totally freaked me out, enough to jolt me awake each time, that's all I will say.
Reading and other matters
The Joy Luck Club audiobook (even though I didn't like it too much initially, by the end, it did get a little better). I'm now listening to Jo Nesbo's The Leopard. The husband and I also listened to the first half of The Martian during our road trip last week. We need to find a way to listen to the rest, but we love it so far! I also started reading The Girl with all the Gifts sometime last week - that's been great starting, then became a little ridiculous and is now again intriguing. So quite a lot of books going on but none of them international.