Feb 18, 2008

A few things...

I've been a bad blogger lately, I know. I have not yet done the 10 Signs You Wrote a Book and the Non-Fiction memes I was tagged for by Guatami and Melody ages ago. I'm several reviews behind. I haven't been able to visit any of your blogs lately.

But it's been a busy few days. At the end of last week I had to pack all my stuff to move away from Nottingham. Fortunately I didn't have too many problems with the weight of the luggage and such, but still, packing 6 months worth of things was hard work. I had a goodbye-to-the-city-with-pictures post all planned in my head, but I ran out of time to actually write it. Anyway, I left Nottingham on Saturday even though my flight back was only (very early) on Monday, and my boyfriend and I spent the weekend in London. On Saturday we went to see The Smashing Pumpkins at the O2 Arena, and on Sunday I did some book shopping with Rhinoa! There wasn't much I could add to my luggage, unfortunately, but here's what I couldn't resist:
  • Waifs and Strays by Charles de Lint (a signed copy! They had signed copies of several of his books at Forbidden Planet)
  • The Bromeliad Trilogy by Terry Pratchett (one of my challenge books, and I wanted to get it before I left because for some reason the edition with the complete trilogy is very hard to find online. I kept seeing this at Waterstone's in Nottingham, but yesterday it proved hard to find too! There was only one copy left in the 4th bookstore we tried)
  • Spawn: Angela by Neil Gaiman (This was on sale for only £2! I haven't read any Spawn before, but hopefully it will make sense as a standalone)
  • The Books of Faerie: Auberon's Tale by Bronwyn Carlton and John Ney Rieber (also on sale...this is a Books of Magic spinoff, and it seems worth it for the artwork alone)
There. My last purchases for a while. Now I'm back to relying completely on Amazon and The Book Depository for books, and I promised myself I'd only order challenge books I don't yet have. Let's see how long that's going to last. I do have enough books here to keep me going for a LONG time, though.

My cats welcomed me warmly when I got home today. So did my books. Or they would have if they could. One of the first things I'm going to have to do when I have some free time is put some new bookshelves up for all the books I got in England. This is the state of my room at the moment:

I had to pile them all up on the chair because with the piles on the floor I simply couldn't move around.

I'm going to apologize in advance for continuing to be a bad blogger for a little longer. My boyfriend has to go back to Brazil at the end of this week, and then we'll only see each other again in the summer, so we want to make the most of these last few days. But from next week on I will be able to catch up. I hope everyone is doing well!


  1. All these goodbyes are so sad :( But enjoy the rest of the time that you and your boyfriend have!

    You had me laughing hysterically at the sight of those books...while at the same time breathing a sigh of relief that I'm not the only one with a pile like that! I love Spawn! I haven't read Gaiman's Spawn, so I hope it's good. It used to be my favorite comic for awhile. McFarlane's art was incredible.

    "See" you in a little bit...oh and how cool that y'all saw the Pumpkins! I haven't seen the new lineup yet.

  2. Nymeth - I'm always astounded by your sensitivity and kindness (maybe astounded isn't the right word...I admire those qualities). :)

    I would love to have seen SP about 10 years ago. I haven't really been able to *love* anything by them since Mellon Collie and I really need to get my copy of Siamese Dream back from my sister!

  3. Not to worry about the meme, Nymeth. :) Just take your time.

    I could tell you've bought a lot of books lately, which is always a delight to all booklovers, so I can understand the pile of books on your chair, hehe...

    "See" ya around soon! ;)

  4. Packing up can be such a stressful time. Enjoy your time with your boyfriend. Summer will be here before you know it.

  5. Wow, you sure have been busy. I love the book pile! And I'm glad your cats were happy to see you (did they give you the cold shoulder first? Mine sometimes do!). I hope you get settled in quickly and have a wonderful time with your boyfriend. Welcome home!

  6. "I had to pile them all up on the chair because with the piles on the floor I simply couldn't move around." -- I chuckled here because it sounds so familiar. Sort of like my room.

    Enjoy your private time with boyfriend. Your blogger friends will be waiting for you. No worries.

    Smashing Pumpkins - like a lot of band, their older stuff sounded better.

  7. You certainly have been busy. I'm glad you made it home safely with all your books! :)

  8. Glad you got back ok. I realised as I got on the train I should have got you and your boyfried to come and meet the cats and see my books, but by then it was too late grr. Sorry about that. Alex is not impressed with the amount of books I ended up buying, but then he got very drunk and spent a lot of money on beer so we are even again!

    Love your book piles, it's all about your flat being taken over by books. I know ours is. I am ill today and sulking at home, but on the plus side my copy of Lost Girls arrived today finally. The artowkr looks amazing although very erotic. I will hopefully fit it in this year if I can hide it from Alex so he doesn't get there first.

  9. its good to hear you are home safe with all your books and kitties! That 6 months flew by! I remember you talking about leaving! *sigh*

  10. don't you apologise! you have to have a life too ;)

    it's sad that you're leaving england, but then nice that you get to go home too. and see your books!! :)

    you got loads of books! i also went absolutely mental when i got here! it was a frenzy. i was like a starved child stuffing food into his mouth.

    i'm sure you're really looking forward to putting up your shelves and making a home for all your new books!! have fun!

  11. You got to see the Smashing Pumpkins! I'm almost as envious as I am of people who got to see them when they were... I can only say intact.

    I hope you have a nice time with your boyfriend before he leaves.

  12. I hope you enjoy every bit of time with your boyfriend before he has to leave. Don't worry about blogland... We'll be here waiting for you when you get back.

  13. Sounds like you have a good excuse to be a bad blogger. A trip is a great excuse! Looks like a good crop of books you picked up.

  14. Chris: Yeah, they are :( But I'm trying to stay positive. After all, for better or worse, time always goes by fast, so we'll be together again in no time. You're definitely not the only one with a pile like that :P I'm really looking forward to Spawn now! The pumpkins show was really good...I hope you have the chance to see them!

    Trish: Aww, you are much too kind. I'd have loved to have seen them 10 years ago too...I actually did see them back in 2000, and it was better than this show, but this one was was actually really good too. They played a lot of older stuff!

    Melody: I had to take advantage of all the great bookshops while they were within reach! And if it weren't for luggage limitations I know I'd have bought twice as many books :P

    Literary Feline: You're right, it will :) And I'll make the most of it meanwhile.

    Darla: lol, it's funny that you ask. For 3 years now I have been spending 1 to 2 months abroad every year, and the first time my cats sulked at me for about a week when I came back. One in particular, the one I'm closest to, would avoid me like the plague. The second time it happened again, but it took him less time to get over it. When I came home for Christmas last year, after having been gone for 4 months, I was afraid he'd never forgive me...but he was purring on my lap that very same evening. And this time he reacted like I had left the house only a few hours before. I think they're all used to my comings and goings by now...I guess I somehow successfully trained them to know that even though I leave, I always come back to them :P

    Dark Orpheus: I bet the rooms of many bloggers are like that :P And yeah, I have to agree there...but it was still a good show!

    Tanabata: Thanks! I'm still surprised that I managed to bring back so many books without problems!

    Rhinoa: It's fine, we saw the sunset near Hyde Park, which was nice. yay for Lost Girls arriving! It will probably take me a while, but I will get myself a copy eventually. Btw, I checked that store for Alice in Wonderland t-shirts but sadly they're all gone :(

    Deslily: They really did, didn't they? It feels like it was just the other day that I was getting ready to go!

    JP: It's hard not to go mental, isn't it, especially when one is not used to the sheer amount and diversity of bookshops. Sigh, I miss them already. But I am looking forward to getting all the new books settled in. I also got some cool action figures and stuff to decorate the bookshelves. Pictures will be forthcoming :P

    Dewey: Cool, I didn't know you liked them! I actually got to see them intact back in 2000, and it was an unforgettable experience. This show was not as good, but it did surpass my expectations.

    Iliana: Thanks...I will enjoy it :)

    Kim: Yeah, I guess it is a good excuse :P And I can't wait to read all the books I got!

  15. Great to hear from you and glad you had a safe trip back. A signed De Lint? So cool!!! Waifs and Strays is such a cool name for a short story collection. It is one I want to pick up myself.

    I liked the Books of Faerie comics, great art indeed and very enjoyable story.

    You certainly do need some shelves...sturdy ones...to hold all that loot!!!

    Welcome back!

  16. What an awesome book pile! hehe Now that is true love. :)

  17. I like your book pile as well. Hahaha! Your purchase reminds me that I've yet to open my Bromeliad Trilogy. Hahaha!

    Goodbyes can be tough but really, time flies by so quickly and the next thing you know it's summer already!

  18. Glad to see you got home safe and sound. Goodbyes really suck, but at least your cats (and books) were happy to see you return!!

    Don't worry about blogging. Make the absolute most of the time you have with your boyfriend!! We'll still be here when you get back!

    Of course, I'm totally jealous that you got to see the Pumpkins!! Then again, I've seen them 3 times already, but I just love to hear them live!

  19. Carl: Yup, I'm really going to need some sturdy shelves. I have the feeling that they will be filled up immediately and I'll still be out of space for future acquisitions, but oh well :P I really look forward to reading Books of Faerie! And thanks :)

    Eva: I'm grown a bit too attached to that book pile...I even have mixed feelings about taking it down :P

    Lightheaded: Thanks...you're right and I know it, but thanks for telling me that anyway...it's the kind of stuff one needs to hear :P

    Stephanie: This was actually my 4th time seeing them, but I still envy you because you got to see the coolest tours! And thanks. I did make the most of the time we had, but sadly it's all over for now :(

  20. The sunset sounds very romantic. Shame about the t shirts, they might get more in stock you never know *fingers crossed*

  21. Must be kind of bittersweet leaving England, huh? Sounds like it was a wonderful experience, but it must be sooooo nice to be home! Sorry you're going to be separated from your boyfriend for such a long time :(
    Certainly no one blames you for wanting to spend every last second with him! Enjoy!

  22. Rhinoa: I'll keep checking from time to time and if they do have more in stock I'll be sure to let you know!

    Debi: Sigh, it was bittersweet. There are great things about being back, of course, but the most surprising thing about this whole experience was how quickly I managed to feel completely at home in a foreign place. Of course that having gone with my boyfriend had a lot to do with it.


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