Off We Go!

Today is the day we pack up and drive out West to Salt Lake City. It’s sad to leave Pittsburgh, which has been our family’s home for seven years.

Our children haven’t known any other home but this one!

Okay, okay . . . can’t think about it too much, or I’ll start crying so hard that my tears will short out the keyboard. Let’s look on the Bright Side! Like this:

This is a bag of my Summer Reading. The game I’m playing is that I can only read adult fiction (which I like to do in summer, to get a break from the kidlit, excellent though it may be), and that I couldn’t spend more than $15 on the books. So, yeah — all of these books, which are in excellent condition, were found at book sales and such for next to nothing. Most of them haven’t even been read. Thank you, Oprah, award committees, and bestseller lists — for making wealthy people who have no reading time buy books, and them immediately give them to thrift stores and library book sales. The impoverished bibliophiles of the world salute you!

Well . . . the books inside the bag are part of this game. Road Trip USA and Princess Ben were purchased new. We need the road trip book to find out where the best patty melts are on the road, and I’m planning to read Princess Ben to Brian on the trip.

The picture’s awfully blurry, ain’t it?  Here’s what’s in the bag:

  • Several magazines
  • Middlesex
  • Cold Mountain
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Naked
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day — I’ve actually read this before, but Brian hasn’t
  • Straight Man
  • Possession
  • The Glass Castle
  • The Jane Austen Book Club

Unread bestsellers, every one.  Think that’ll last me for the weeks until I can get moved in and shimmy up a new library card?  It’ll be about a month or two before that happens (oog.  How will I survive?!?).

I won’t be able to post for a while.  We’ll be staying with my parents for a few weeks while some work is done on our new house, and time online will be parceled out between me and my 13-year-old brother (siiiiiighhhhh). Love that guy, but it’s hard to get him off the ‘puter.  There are more “Remembering Pittsburgh” posts in the works, as well as a great story about how Jeffrey’s been begging to convert to Catholocism.  Confused?  Intrigued?  Stay tuned.