Hello, all! It has been quite a long time since I posted anything here. I’ve had a few months full of crazy life changes that have left me happy, overwhelmed, and short on time for reading and blogging.
Yep, that’s right! I’m just over 6 months pregnant, expecting my very first baby with the husband (the guy holding the books in the header image, in case you are curious). We are thrilled beyond belief to be considering literary names, building her library, and contemplating what first book we should read her in the hospital. But the first several (sixteen) weeks of pregnancy were quite rough. Constant nausea, can’t keep down crackers or water, going to bed at 7:30 pm after an eight-hour work day that included an hour-long nap in the car during my lunch break rough. I could barely watch TV or listen to music, and my reading/blogging life took a sharp turn towards nonexistent.
Now, though, I seem to be in a nice stage of pregnancy phase that will hopefully last for a minute (horror stories or discouragement welcome, moms!).
In the midst of my pregnancy woes, we decided it would be a good idea to move forward with our plans to buy a house. Our mid-sized Colorado town is being pushed to capacity, causing rent prices to skyrocket and the housing market to do all sorts of insane things. Without getting into the nitty-gritty details (because this is not a home ownership or renovation blog), we decided to buy ourselves a nice fixer-upper from the 1970s. Now, when I say fixer-upper, I mean that cosmetically, almost every square inch of the house needed an overhaul from the entry-level steps to the back fence.
Since we’ve purchased the house, my husband, Mom, and several amazingly generous friends have put in hours upon hours de-popcorning ceilings, re-texturing ceilings, patching walls, redoing floors, painting everything, installing new light fixtures in every room, replacing outlets and busted up switches, and all of the additional stuff required to make the place a home. If this were HGTV they would have finished in 48 hours, but since we don’t have any producers or a team working around the clock, our goal is that most big projects will be finished by the end of January. I’ll post more pictures when all is (mostly) said and done, but here are a few in progress shots to show the scope of the renovations.
As I currently type, our house is filled with all kinds of mechanical sounds I can’t interpret from beneath my feet as the basement ceiling gets all new dry wall (dry ceiling?). Someday in the near-distant future it will be our reading room with wall-to-wall bookshelves. But for now, it is, like most other things, under construction.
So, that’s where I’ve been for the last several months. I’m thankful for these amazing changes, but also hopeful the flow of life gets back to normal for a while before the baby gets here. I’ve missed nights curled up with a good book and having this outlet to write about all things bookish. But I hope the last four months haven’t been a dry spell for the rest of you. I hope you’ve had an abundance of fantastic reads. So tell me, readers, what is the best book you’ve read while I’ve been missing out?