Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Midweek update

The one shot where he looked human!
I have to apologize for seemingly disappearing -- I know I've barely updated here and have virtually stopped visiting all of you -- and I'm sorry!

My personal life is just a bit emotionally tumultuous right now, and I'm having a v hard time pausing to read -- or focusing long enough to digest words on the page!  The biggest stressor has been a sudden need to find new housing -- we have to leave our apartment in August and it wasn't something we planned on doing.  Scrambling to find a place we can afford (and that can fit a us and a new baby!) is tough and not a stress I need right now!

In happy news, I'm at 21 weeks and things seem to be going really well.  I started to feel the Little Reader moving, which is pretty incredible.  But last Mon I had to euthanize my cat of 16 years and I'm still feeling heartbroken about that.  (I admitted to friends I'm devastated to learn I don't have reserves of steely resolve like a romance novel heroine; instead, I'm kind of like a bag of cotton balls, apparently. Wet ones.)

I promise to return to book reviews -- starting tomorrow, actually, with the fabulous The Tilted World.  I inhaled Sally Beauman's The Visitors, too, and will hopefully review it soon -- my list of to-be-written reviews gets longer and longer!

I've just started Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation -- speculative/sci-fi-ish-ness isn't always my thing (I'll admit, the science makes me cross-eyed) but I just love VanderMeer's stuff and I could use some serious escapist fiction right now.  Throw recs at me if you've got 'em -- what are you reading?

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  1. I had to move unexpectedly, at short notice last year, and I know how stressful that can be. I'm so sorry for your loss, it's such an awful decision to have to make. I find Georgtete Heyer's books are wonderful comfort reading, or PG Wodehouse. I once read Laura Ingalls Wilder through a hurricane!

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    1. Lisa -- I love these recs -- thank you -- I suspect I'd adore Wodehouse. I might need to load up on some British comfort reads! I love that Wilder was a hurricane escape -- my wife will appreciate that as Wilder was many a snow day escape for her!

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  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your cat - you should be heartbroken over something like that.

    Good luck with finding a house!

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    1. Thank you and thank you. All my crossable things are crossed in hopes this is addressed soon!

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  3. Aww, I'm so sorry about your cat. And the moving. But YAY TINY HUMAN!

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    1. Thanks so much, hon -- and thank god/dess there's a tiny human at the end of this -- I need serious snugs!

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  4. I'm so sorry about your cat...I know that must be so hard! And the moving too....your witch of a landlady should be ashamed of herself! But the sweet to go with this sour is that beautiful baby...I can't wait to see pictures of the little reader when he arrives into the world!

    I'm finishing up Belle Cora right now (taking me almost two weeks to read...it is really long!) and hope to speed up the reading after that. My end table is becoming a little ridiculous with 12 books to read/review on top of it!

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    1. I know -- having the baby at the end of this is the only thing keeping me going!

      Can't wait to see what you think of Belle Cora -- it's on my maybe TBR so looking forward to your review. I feel you on the massive TBR list -- esp as I'm getting slower and slower at reading!

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  5. Congrats on the baby! So sorry to hear about your cat, though. It is so so hard to put your fur babies to sleep. It is heartbreaking. I'm glad you have something good and new to look forward to after that.

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    1. It's so awful -- makes me wonder why I do this to myself! (Then I snuggle a cat and remember.) Can't wait to meet Little Reader -- I could use the snugs now!

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  6. Have you found a place yet?

    So sorry to hear about your kitty. I lost mine at 17 and that was over four years ago and I still miss him.

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    1. No, we haven't, and as we get closer and closer to our required move out date (in about 40 days!) I'm getting more and more anxious. :/

      I suspect I'll always miss this cat -- he was my first, and the one I had the longest. I got him in college, and he loved me when I couldn't love myself. It makes me so sad he and Little Reader won't get to meet.

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  7. This is a perfect example of how everything always happens at once. And you don't know whether you should be crying tears of despair or tears of joy or both! I'm so glad you posted, because honestly I was missing your posts. Yesterday I picked up Mrs. Poe and that was because of you. I'm on summer break, so reading like a madwoman. Just finished The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, and so glad I don't have to wait for the second book--it's already out. Good luck with apartment hunting and moving, and wishing you great joy! That moment when you can first feel the baby move is so delicious.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa -- I'm touched and I appreciate this -- a nice cheerleader note to get me motivated! Can't wait to see what you think of Mrs. Poe -- it is perfect for summer break. Rothfuss is on my someday TBR -- glad to know the first one is really good. I'm so glad I got to feel Little Reader -- gave me something happy to hold on to...

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  8. Oh man, pregnancy does all sorts of crazy things to you without the addition of moving and losing your cat! I hope you find a wonderful place soon!

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    1. Exactly, Lindsey! I already feel like a crazy woman -- le sigh! Here's hoping once we move I can settle down and just be semi-crazy!

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  9. Oh, Audra, I'm so so sorry. 16 years of snuggles...wow.

    I'm sorry your life is so tumultuous right now, but I'm also very glad you're doing well. (And your blog roll just reminded me it's been THREE MONTHS since I last bloggued. Ugh.)

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  10. Ohmygosh I am SO happy for your exciting baby news - congratulations! I've been off the blog most of the spring and missed any earlier announcement.... how truly wonderful. Hope all else settles down around you - just enjoy this special time. (Also the books sound good :D!!!)

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  11. I'm sorry to hear your news, Audra. It's not a nice place to be, I know. Glad to hear you are well otherwise and hope you find a new home soon.

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  12. I'm so sorry about your cat. It is so hard to lose a pet! I had a hard time focusing on books when I was pregnant too. There's just so much going through your mind. I just finished 'The Book of Life' by Deborah Harkness and LOVED it. It definitely helped pull me out of the reading slump I've been in.

    I hope you guys find a place to live soon! Good luck!

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  13. Audra: You know how much I love my little cat since he appears all on the time on my blog - my heart just breaks for you to lose yours. I hope all of the renting and moving awfulness is resolved soon (isn't that the worst? I know I've stayed in places far longer than I should have just to avoid that whole process!). Hang in there - hope you have lots of good books to take your mind off things.

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  14. A leg! Aura, I've been on a blogging hiatus and haven't been following anyone very often, so completely missed you news. This is great, congratulations! It's a he? I hope it's all going well. I wasn't much into pregnancy books (unlike my husband, who needed to know every detail and risk), but have good recommendations for parenting later on :)

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  15. I just saw this now -- aww man, I'm so sorry about your kitty, and the move. But am hoping other than those BIG things you and your family are OK!

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  16. That was my move last year, at the same time interviewing for a new job. It sucks, so I hope you guys get it solved soon.

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  17. I'm so sorry about your kitty, but congratulations on your pregnancy! I loved feeling my babies move. Lots of things going on in your life it sounds like. Just remember to take some time for yourself and don't overdo it!

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  18. If I remember correctly (and how is pregnancy already fuzzy now that I'm in the final month?), it was around 22 weeks when my reading mojo came back with a vengeance. I think feeling the nomadbaby move constantly helped immensely--I went from worrying something was wrong to have adorable reassurance. I have an anterior placenta, so I didn't feel him for a long, long time. Still, second trimester was hardest for me psychologically. Good luck with the move and the Little Reader:-)

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