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

Purchases:


  • 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!

23 comments:

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!
Annette

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.

Pierre

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.

--Anna
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.