So, I have some big news: I took a new job. In about three weeks Boyfriend and I will be moving nine hours away so I can take it. It feels enormously big and terrifying and exciting and awesome all at the same time.
The job is to be the editor of the newspaper in the town where I went to college, Morris, MN. I was actually living in Morris when I started this blog about three years ago, but shortly after moved to Madison to start grad school. I went to grad school in order to get a job exactly like this one, so this new job is a great opportunity for me. I know this is a job that I can do really well, and I can’t wait to get started. On the other hand, I love Madison and am going to be really sad to leave here. Emotionally, I’ve been up and down about everything all week, but mostly up 🙂
Because of all the, you know, life changes, I haven’t felt like reading or blogging or really doing anything of the sort. I’ve been making lists and researching U-Haul prices and calling landlords and numbing my brain with some mindless tv… but not much reading. I can’t seem to focus long enough on the books I’ve got obligations to read (book clubs, book tours) to get anywhere with them. And I can’t figure out how to write anything resembling coherent blog posts or reviews while my brain is going a million miles an hour all the time.
Happily, my brother and sister came to Madison this weekend, and they’ve been a welcome distraction/sounding board while I freak out about the move. We went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 yesterday, which I thought was awesome. The pacing near the end was a bit off, but overall I thought it was a fitting end to the movies. It also made me want to re-read the books immediately, which I might do just because I could use some comfort reads at the moment. They also brought me a bunch of cupcakes, yum.
I wish I had more bookish things to say, but at the moment books are about the last thing I can think about (other than trying to estimate how many boxes I’m going to need to move all of mine — I should start a pool or something!). I’m not sure what’s going to happen with the blog in the next month or so — I expect erratic posting, shorter reviews, and fewer comments on other blogs — but I hope you’ll stick around while I get picked up, moved, and settled again.
When life goes crazy, do you dive into books for comfort or find yourself unable to read at all? What books do you turn to when you need to get centered again?