Yes, after a bit of a hiatus while moving cross-country and attempting to get settled in a new house/city/time zone, I'm back (at least mostly).
What have I been doing? Unpacking and painting. And painting. And painting. And more painting to come in the next few days. The previous owners of our house were in mid-painting mode when they decided to sell and so not only were the colors not really our taste, but they were also half done, so the painting needed to be pretty immediate. My master bedroom went from yellow stripes to a nice blue/gray, the family room went from plain ol'primer with beige trim to a green with white trim (which is still growing on me...not loving the green I chose), and in the next few days we'll be doing the kitchen/living room/hallway, which are yet undecided. And after all this I never want to paint again.
We're also pricing new carpet, so that should be going in eventually, along with new appliances on Saturday, and new ceiling fans at some point. Once things are pretty much done I'll post some before and after pictures for you all.
I LOVE being near a Wegman's for groceries, it makes me feel like I'm home in the Syracuse/Rochester area, LOVE having a screened deck to sit on in the mornings and evenings, and have fabulous neighbors. So far, VA is being good to me.
Obviously I'm not getting a whole lot of reading done, but I did accomplish 3 audiobooks on the way from NM to VA and I still have a bunch of books left over to review that I finished reading during the packing process. Bear with me for a couple more weeks as I readjust to blogging life!
I do have a couple booky-comments to make before I actually get back into reviewing. If you haven't read A Moment Between by Nicole Baart (new in May I believe), an adult fiction read, go out and do it. Same goes for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. I'm probably the last person on the planet to read that anyways, but if you haven't, go do so. Give it to the kiddos as well.
I'll be "back" with a blog tour tomorrow, a giveaway Wednesday, and all the usual stuff throughout the week. Oh and for all you VA-area people, if you have any must see, must eat, must do things in the area, send the tips my way!