Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bon Voyage!

  • Today my family and I are leaving for our trip to Poland to see the in-laws. We'll be away for about two and half weeks, and will have very limited Internet access. This will be a true test of my stamina, and could determine whether the damn thing is a true addiction! Cold turkey, people!

    I guess I wouldn't expect our house-sitter to take care of our animals AND write my posts. That would probably be asking too much, don't you think? So I have scheduled all of my posts in advance, with the help of my blogsitter, The Bumbles, who are the greatest blog friends ever! Here is my game plan:

  • I will continue to participate in the Monday Movie Meme. Molly has kindly provided me the topics in advance! I will also continue my Wordless Wednesdays.

  • While I am away, I will participate in the Tuesday Teaser Meme, with teasers from the books I hope to read while I am away. I'll also participate in the Thursday 13 Meme - the Poland editions. Each Thursday I'm away, I will list 13 things I love about Poland, 13 things that drive me crazy about Poland, and 13 things we will see on our trip.

  • Molly will add the links for these memes in the comments section of these posts each week.

  • I will feature guest posts each Friday from bloggers in the community. This will be a great opportunity for you to get a sample of the talented, creative folks I follow on a daily basis.

With 17 hours of travel time coming and going, and lots of free time there, what ever will I read? Here is what I have loaded on my Kindle:

Free downloads:

  • Great Expectations
  • The Woman in White
  • Little Women
  • Jane Eyre
  • Anna Karenina


  • The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
  • The Problem with Murmur Lee - Connie May Fowler
  • When Katie Wakes - Connie May Fowler
  • The Mascot - Mark Kurzem (for WWII reading challenge)
  • Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl (for WWII reading challenge)
  • Say You're One of Them - Uwem Akpan (for TBR reading challenge)
  • Sashenka - Simon Montefiore (for TBR reading challenge)
  • Assegai - Wilbur Smith

Don't forget the iPod! Here is what I have loaded for my listening pleasure:

  • The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Fiery Cross - Diana Gabaldon
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - Jamie Ford
  • Gone Tomorrow - Lee Child
  • The Given Day - Dennis Lehane
  • Wicked Prey - John Sandford
  • The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters
  • The Wordy Shipmates - Sarah Vowell

I haven't made any final decisions on what I will dive into first. I will let inspiration and mood be my guide! This is a peek inside my psyche; this is really how I live my life. I am guilty of "stocking up" on things...food, makeup, shoes, just in case of an emergency. God forbid I should need something and not have it on hand. Books are no different.

I will miss you all! See you back on July 3rd!


Melody said...

Sandy, you're so thoughtful to have the posts lined up for us! I'll miss you. Have fun in Poland and I look forward to your return, with a detailed post about your trip plus pics as well! :P

Those books sounds good! Have fun reading them all!

christina said...

Have fun. And I hope you enjoy Man's Search for Meaning. :)

farmlanebooks said...

Have an amazing time in Poland, don't worry about reading too many books - they'll all be here when you get back!

I'll miss you, but look forward to hearing all about Poland on your return.

Have a great birthday!

Jess said...

Have a great trip!

Beth F said...

Safe travels!!!!

Shadow of the Wind is super on audio. I hope you get a chance to listen.

MissDaisyAnne---Annette said...

Have fun, be safe!

Serena said...

have a great trip and we hope to hear all about the trip overseas when you get back...I hope there will be loads of photos!

Shelley/Book Fanatic said...

Have a wonderful time!

Pierre said...

You have taken along an impressive list of books.
I am surprised by the inclusion of "The Mascot" by Mark Kurzem. Just be advised that serious questions have been raised about the veracity of this tale, so read it with a grain of salt.


Carrie K. said...

Have a wonderful, safe trip! We'll be here when you get back. :)

Iliana said...

Have a wonderful time with your family! You better have some pictures for us too - I'd love to go to Poland one day!

Of course will definitely miss your posting but looking forward to hearing stories from your trip :)

Dar said...

Have a great and safe trip Sandy! I'll miss you!

mattviews said...

Have a great trip Sandy! I'm looking forward to your special dispatches from Poland!

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books said...

Is it a stretch to imagine that you might find your way into some internet cafe in Poland to read these comments?

Have a wonderful trip! It sounds like you've got a lot lined up to keep the activity here going while you're away :)

Amy said...

I can't wait to hear all about it!

Kim said...

Take care, travel safely and have a wonderful time in Poland!

DeSeRt RoSe said...

Have a great trip.. it seems you got some great reads with you.. we will be awaiting all the reviews after you are back :)

Literary Feline said...

You're so organized! I hope you have a wonderful trip, Sandy. I look forward to reading all about your trip.

Missy said...

Have a great vacation - enjoy it!

Kim K said...

Have a great trip!
I forgot about "Little Women". What a wonderful story!
And I'm sooooo glad you explained your book hoarding...I was in shock that you would read this many books in a 2-3 week period of time, especially while abroad, visiting relatives, and with children/husband. This is something I could NEVER live up to!!
Can't wait for your return to hear all your news and view your pics!

Anna said...

I hope you have a wonderful time and I can't wait to hear about the trip when you come back. You sound like you're well stocked, book wise. Hope you get a chance to read and relax.

Diary of an Eccentric

Sandy Nawrot said...

Yay! I am online for a short time. We arrived in Gdansk on time and tired, saw some cool things there, and are now at my in-laws in Wroclaw (hence the Internet access). Thanks for your well wishes. I am a little disappointed in my reading productivity, despite all of the traveling. I'm not even through my first book yet!

Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

Hope you have a wonderful trip! Can't wait to hear all about it.