It’s been a minute. Here’s why.
In October, we bought a house. It was a house both me and my husband fell in love with the moment we walked through the front door. Three hours after visiting, we bought it. It all went really fast but everything was good. And then it was not.
We started to doubt that the guy living there at that time, would actually be out of the house by the time we arrived. If the place wasn’t empty, we wouldn’t be able to move. But we only had the one weekend, after that, the person who bought our house would be moving in. The first half of January was therefore spent worrying and if you know me, that’s something I’m really good at.
There was even a moment where we weren’t 100% sure we would actually get the house at all since the man was in serious debt and the bank had to officially accept our offer and so did the people he owed money to.
Then four days before moving-day, we learned that the fuel-tank to heat the house was rejected by the firm doing the official check-ups. So during the coldest days of the year, we didn’t have any heating.
It started snowing the very next day.
Luckily, the man had moved out by the time we arrived (guess he didn’t want to spend any more time in a cold house) and we managed to move most of our things on Saturday, thanks to the help of our friends and family who came to help us. We also found a solution to the heating problem even though in reality it’s only half a solution and it still gets really cold from time to time. Our solution simply can’t keep up with the freezing temperatures we’ve had the past weeks. Four more days to go and then we’ll have permanent heating. Finally…
Even with all the worries I still love this house. It already feels like home to me.
Once again, if you know me, you won’t be surprised that I ended up an anxious mess. Even now, I get sad for no reason and angry the next moment. I know it’s all a matter of getting some rest on a mental level. It’ll be fine.
There’s still a lot of work but we have time to fix it all.
And now I can finally get to the reading portion of this wrap-up.
Bookish Wrap-up January
Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
Still loved it, still made me cry. I hope I can keep this tradition (the first read in the new year is a reread of a book I’ve loved in the past) going.
Mythos – Stephen Fry
A crash course in Greek Mythology. From the beginning of time throughout Zeus’ reign. Well, I love Greek mythology and I love Stephen Fry so this couldn’t possibly disappoint. Fry’s voice shone through on every page and the witty additions on the bottom of the pages were both informative and highly entertaining. The companion to this book, “Heroes” is definitely on my TBR.
Zo kreeg Midas ezelsoren – Maria van Donkelaar
I was sent this book for review and it turned out to be very enjoyable. It’s basically well-known and lesser-known myths from Ovid’s Metamorphoses translated to Dutch and put to rhyme. Some got a little update but overall they stayed pretty true to the original. There are great illustrations by Sylvia Weve too which really add to the text.
And that was it. In between moving and worrying about moving, I didn’t get a lot of reading done. I’m sure I’ll get back into the swing of things soon.