Sep 5, 2012

Change (Or: See you soon!)

Tiny Kitty helps you move

I’m going to have to take a break from blogging for at least a couple of weeks. You might have noticed that I’ve been even more absent than usual lately, and it’s time to admit that right now I just can’t do it all. The reason is that I’ve been preparing for a big move. My partner, M, was recently offered a position in the video game industry (pretty much a dream job for him); the job requires us to relocate, but if the past year has proved anything, it’s that I don’t exactly have any awesome prospects holding me back, and so we’ve decided to take the plunge.

So, off I go again, and to be honest I’m both daunted and excited. I’ve done this sort of thing in the past, but back when I was in my early twenties it all felt like a new adventure to a much greater extent than it does now. The older I grow, the more I crave familiarity, and the process of making yourself at home in a brand new place is so slow and so stressful. On the other hand, I think a new beginning just might be the right thing for me. This whole year has felt like a dead end in terms of getting on with my life, so the time is right for a clean break.

The next couple of weeks are going to be really stressful, but there’s always comfort reading to see me through them (expect lots of Eva Ibbotson reviews when I get back). Sadly I’ll only get to take a very small number of my books for the time being (and argh, it’s going to be so hard to decide which ones), but there are always libraries and free classics on my e-reader.

I used to worry, when I had to face big life changes, that there might not be room for blogging in my new life. But after five years and a half of ups and downs, I really don’t worry so much anymore. This blog has seen me through several big changes, and I’ve learned that as long as I continue to find blogging rewarding I’ll always be able to find room for it in my life. So this post is really a “see you very soon”. I’m actually hoping to able to come back as soon as possible, because blogging will be the one thing that will remain constant amongst all the changes. You’re like the friends I’ll get to take in my pocket wherever I go, and I can’t wait to be settled and ready to share my new adventures with you.

Unfortunately my absence means I won’t get to participate in all the exciting September blogging events that are lined up – namely RIP, BBAW, and A More Diverse Universe. Please enjoy them for me! I’ll see you all in a couple of weeks’ time.

58 comments:

  1. Good luck Ana! And LOL re Eva Ibbotson!! I'm in the process of relocating also. I have scheduled posts for the interim though, including of course some more Ibbotson and Marchetta!!! LOL Because they are both great for such times. (But oooooh, no more Ibbotson! How sad!!!)

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  2. Oh, my goodness, my husband will be completely jealous of this video game job! :) Best of luck with the move and enjoy the break from blogging!

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  3. Ana! I hope this is exactly the change you need. I know moving is entirely too stressful, so please take it easy and just enjoy all the possibilities. We'll be here when you get back!

    <3

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  4. Sometimes a change like this is the best thing that can happen. Congrats to your partner, how great to get one's dream job! Since you didn't mention it I guess you don't want to tell but I'm curious about where you're going! Maybe Belgium? ;-)

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  5. Congrats to M! And yes, the older we get, the harder it is to face these changes. Or even think about them sometimes. I hope everything goes smoothly and that it ends up being a great change for you.

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  6. There's no way the next few weeks won't be stressful...for big changes, no matter how wonderful or potentially wonderful, are always stressful. But you've got the right attitude--immerse yourself as much as possible in the wonders that a new start can bring while relying as much as possible on the tried-and-true things that bring you comfort! I hope this next month is the beginning of dreams coming true for you and for M!!! Love you, Ana. So much.

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  7. That is like my son's dream of his life is to work for a video game company, so way to go M!!! Moving is hard, but my attitude has always been that if the people I love are with me, and there is a library, I can handle anything. Hee hee. And sometimes change is good. I think change happens for a reason, and something really totally cool is going to come from it. Just wait and see.

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  8. Thank you so much, everyone! I'll be sure to pass your congratulations on to M :D He's really excited to be working for this company, especially because he had to pass on an opportunity with them in the past because the circumstances weren't right. Jill, once upon a time I'd have scheduled posts for when I was gone too, but the days when I was that organised are sadly behind me :P And Joanna, the job is not in Belgium but in England (I'd love to visit you and Alex some day, though!). I didn't mention it not because I don't want you all to know, but because I've been distracted and prone to forgetting that you're not inside my brain and don't magically have access to the information therein :P Thanks again for the warm wishes! I'm really hoping that this change will end up being good for me.

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  9. Good luck with the move and congrats to M! That's so exciting for you both. :) Wishing you all the best!

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  10. Wishing you only the best!

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  11. Congrats to your partner! Huge moves ARE scary, but try not to get completely stressed out. Be safe, and we'll see you soon. :)

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  12. I actually enjoy moving from time to time - just think you get to meet new people and explore a new place! New beginnings are exciting! Good luck with your move!

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  13. A new start can be great, and congrats to M on the new job! But I know what you mean about moving not being quite as exciting as it used to be. I love what you said about blogging being a constant in all the upheaval.

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  14. Here's to all the awesome bookshops, book events, and great jobs with your name all over them waiting for you to discover them in your new location. HIGHFIVE.

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  15. aw, congrats! I think this is amazing and while stressful and scary for sure it also has the potential to be wonderful.

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  16. Wow, Ana! Congratulations to M and good luck with the move.
    I hope you both get a bright new beginning :)

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  17. Congrats to M, and all the best with your move. It sounds like you're going to a faraway exciting place, so I hope it turns out great for you.

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  18. Much congrats to M and good luck with the move! Toronto right? ;) I WISH!

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  19. Good luck! Glad you have that adorable kitteh to help lighten the load ;-)

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  20. Congrats to M! How cool to land your dream job. And good luck to you both with the move. We'll be here when you are ready to come back. :)

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  21. I hope the move goes smoothly and that you find yourself reasonably comfortable wherever you settle - and meet lots of new and wonderful friends. You are such a talented, thoughtful writer, Ana; I know there is some employer who is going to flip when he/she gets a chance to hire you. Surely there is freelance something available! And thanks for allowing "Tiny Kitty" to give me my laugh for the day. I'll miss you...thank God Jenny is back to console me for your (hopefully brief) absence!

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  22. Good luck! Remember - even though it doesn't feel like it at the time, moving is an adventure!

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  23. Congratulations to M, and I hope things go well for you both on your new adventure. Excitement! xx

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  24. I am hoping that the move will lift your spirits and give you back your much needed mojo. Meanwhile, take it as easy as you can, and know that we will be looking forward to your return. Your reviews are outstanding, and make me want to be a better writer, so I am glad that blogging will still be part of your life. Take it easy over there, my friend :)

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  25. Good luck with the move! It will be hard to start over again in a new place, but it sounds like the time is right. I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back.

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  26. Good luck with the move for both of you. Right now my daughter and son are moving house just 8 kms away on Saturday and it is chaotic.

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  27. I'm sure you'll do great with your move, Ana, and I hope this will be a fresh start for you. Enjoy your new beginning. :)

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  28. Good luck with the move! We'll be expecting a lot of good pictures from all of the amazing places you'll get to visit in England. Who knows ... maybe you will still be there by the time I finally get to visit! Yay!

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  29. Oh Ana, I so hope that this is a wonderful big change for you!! And please pass my congrats on to M!! Will you be in a part of England that you're familiar with at least? I know it has to be rough picking up ad going again, but I so so so hope that wonderful things come out of it for you. If it helps, I have really good feelings about this! I got excited for you when I was reading this post. Take care of yourself..I know the next few weeks are bound to be stressful. Can't wait to hear how things are going when you get settled! I'll miss you while you're gone but I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that awesomeness is in the works :) *hugs*

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  30. Hope the move goes well Ana. I know how you feel about this year feeling a bit like a dead-end. Really hope a fresh start is just what you need. Good luck and come back soon!

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  31. Good luck with the move! I am sure that it will go smoothly and that you will soon be feeling at home in your new home.

    My thoughts are with you and M now, and I will be looking forward to hearing more about it when you do get to come back!

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  32. I'm glad to be in your pocket.

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  33. Congratulations to M; I hope this is the clean break you're looking for, and that your new location is rife with amazing bookish things. I'll miss you, of course, but we're always here whenever you get back. :)

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  34. Best of luck! Working in the gaming industry has always looked very fun so I can understand the dream job appeal! Maybe this relocation will give you those awesome prospects :)

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  35. How exciting for both you and M! Best of luck and I hope the move is not stressful.

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  36. Here's to new beginnings! Good luck and best wishes and "see" you again soon!

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  37. Congratulations to M! I hope the move isn't too much of a strain on you both, and I really hope it's the fresh start you need to get everything moving. Here's hoping you will start to feel more comfortable in your new home very soon.

    And I'm also looking forward to seeing you again since you are coming to this rainy island! Fingers crossed anyway. :)

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  38. Good luck with the move! It sounds like an exciting (but scary) time.

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  39. Good luck, Ana!! Having just changed jobs and moved ourselves this year, I know exactly what you mean. Moving is easier when you are younger but there is something about the fresh start that is exhilarating (and scary). I'm sure both M and you will thrive in your new environment!

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  40. Congrats, congrats! Dream jobs: worth moving for. And think of all the new bookishness that awaits/follows. Enjoy your transition and may there be many kindnesses that ease it for you in all the best ways.

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  41. Best of luck with the big move, Ana! I hope this is the start of exciting times for both you and M.

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  42. Oh Ana, I am late to this party as always, but you know that I hope the move goes better than you hope, and that life in England is just the thing to make your life flow better again. I'm so thrilled for M that he has a job he wants (that is something special today), and that you're going to live in ENGLAND!! where?? I know it's a move....fingers crossed that you will find a job there, too, quickly. I'm so excited for you, actually. And can we hope that you will find a good place to live, so that you won't have to move for a while, too?

    tiny kitty is adorable :-)

    hugs and see you soon, I do hope it all goes so well.

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  43. Enjoy your comfort reads (I haven't read any Ibbotson, but I have a few on my shelf). I'm like you. New adventures are nice in theory, but sometimes they're a little scary when it comes right down to it. I crave familiarity too and am hoping that our next move will be more permanent. Wishing you the best with your move and that you settle in well to your new home! Congrats to your partner on his dream job!

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  44. This is all very exciting, Ana. Thrilled for you both and hope that the move opens up interesting doors for you as well as the ones that have opened for him.

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  45. Change is always hard but wonderful things can come of it, too. I've been going through some upheval myself and it's nice to come back periodically to the computer and see that all my "virtual friends" are still her- for the most part patiently waiting.

    "You’re like the friends I’ll get to take in my pocket wherever I go" that is so true- I love it!

    good luck on your move, I hope it all goes well for you.

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  46. Good luck with the move and wishing you and M all the very best!!!

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  47. Good luck with your move Ana! I hope you find new energy and happiness in your new home :)

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  48. Hello Nymeth, massively late to say this but good luck with the move to England, I HATE moving house and if I never do it again I shall die a happy woman. Congratulations to M and may his job be even better than he dreamed! And to you, best wishes that this brings something new, I hope this is really the beginning of something great. You've had a tough time.

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  49. Good luck on this new phase of your life, Ana, I hope this will bring exciting new chances and opportunities for you as well :) Huge Hugs

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  50. Best of luck with the move Ana. I moved recently and I'm still unpacking. I completely agree with you, the older I get the more I want to move, but I love our new house so much and I'm glad we did. I'm sure it will be a great experience for you!

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  51. Hi Ana! Not sure where you are at this point with your move, but I wanted to wish you luck all the same. Don't forget to take a deep breath once in a while to keep the stress away!

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  52. Good luck Ana! Sometimes the scariest changes in our life are also the most exciting and can be the best things for us. I hope the move goes smoothly and you get settled in ok.

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  53. good luck! we'll be here when you get back :-) <3

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  54. Congratulations to M and good luck with your move Ana. And hope to see you sometime!

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  55. Hope it is going well, and I'll be interested in hearing about your new place.

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  56. I know it's stressful and that curious mix of exciting and terrifying, but I hope it'll be a great thing for you. I tend to move every 2-3 years, so I know how it feels, but it's always worked out till now. Best of luck, Ana :)

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  57. Hey everyone - I just wanted to thank you again (so much) for your warm wishes and to let you know that the move went well and that I'm getting settled in nicely. I'm a little in love with my new town already and everything has gone fairly smoothly so far. I need another week or so to get my act together, but I should be back blogging regularly in October. I miss you tons and I can't wait to show you my new bookshelf :D *coughandthebooksIalreadygotcough*

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