Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sunday Salon: Be It Ever So Humble

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"Domus, my mind offered. Familia, my heart replied. Home." -- Laurie R. King, Justice Hall

The past eight weeks of my life have been some of the most hectic I've experienced thus far in my adult life. If you've been following me on Twitter or Facebook, you already know that I spent most of June and July preparing to move. We had been planning to move sometime during the fall, but when we learned that our new house would be available in August, we decided to move early. Thus began six weeks of frantic packing and organizing, and another two weeks of slightly less frantic unpacking, painting and generally settling in to our new home. While this process is by no means finished (There will be much celebrating when all of my books are finally unpacked), things have reached the point that normal living is no longer a far-off concept.

July was not a good month for reading. For the first time since 2006, I went an entire month without finishing a single book. This week has been better, as I've read both The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, both of which were awesome in very different ways.

Things will probably be a bit slow here at Bookish Ruth through the fall as I continue to work on the house, but I will still be blogging regularly. I've missed the book blogosphere so much over the past two months and can't wait to jump back in with both feet.

Fittingly, the last piece of mail I physically received at my old house was a book (Works of Love by Soren Kierkegaard, a long-wishlisted book that I've been consuming in five minute bites and then pondering over hours of painting) and the first piece of mail received here was, again, a book. (The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl, which I'm excited to be reading for a book tour in October.)

I think I've contacted all of the publicists that I work with on a regular basis with my new address, but if I've missed anyone, please shoot me an e-mail with the contact form, especially if you send books via UPS or FedEx. My postal mail will be forwarded to my new address automatically for a year, but UPS and FedEx do not offer a forwarding service.

17 comments:

  1. I'm glad you're back! I saw all the moving madness on facebook so I figured that was where you were. I hope the rest of the move goes smoothly!

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  2. It's good to see you on here again! I like to move every few years, but it is so much work!

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  3. Wishin you much happiness in your new home. Moving is not fun. We moved in April.

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  4. Congratulations on your new house! It is a big chore, but arranging books is fun! Whenever my husband and I have moved, we have fought over who gets to do it!

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  5. I'm glad to see you blogging again. Congratulations on your new home!

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  6. Congratulations on the new house! I'm sure it will be a wonderful place to relax and be stress-free once you're settled in. :) Us book bloggers have missed you back!

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  7. Welcome back, Ruth. I'm happy to hear that most of the moving business is behind you and you can see 'normal life' at the end of the tunnel.

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  8. Congrats on the new house. Moving can be very stressful, I'm not surprised you haven't read much during the whole process. Here's to being unpacked and in a better, relaxed state of mind!

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  9. Welcome back you've been missed!

    First congratulations on the new home. I'm sure you're in a flurry of work and arranging but it will all be worth it in the end. Very exciting.

    Second, we miss you but understand you can do all things at the same time. Pop in from time to time to tell us how you are doing your readers will be here :)

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  10. New house? I thought you lived inside my computer! Ha! Congratulations and welcome back. Moving is a hassle, but at least you'll be all settled for fall and winter!

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  11. Welcome back Ruth! I'm glad to see you here again! :) And congrats on your new house! It's a lot of work but in the end it will be worth it!

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  12. Welcome back! The book blogosphere missed you too! Congrats on the new place - hope it's a real home for you in the years to come.

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  13. It's been hectic here, too but should be slowing down a bit for a while. Hope all is getting settled there and that you're enjoying the new abode!

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  14. I know how hectic moving is! Gosh early part of this year put me out of action due to the same reasons!

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  15. Moving is such a pain. Glad to see you're back blogging!

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  16. Congratulations on you move and a new house. That's very exciting and not having read a book in those moving times is quite all right all things considered.

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  17. Moving is rough.... and we will always be looking for you. This is the biggest slump I have ever been in. ONE book for August.. barely. Hang in there.

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