Monday, June 10, 2013

Big NEWS, and May 2013 In Review

There is a reason May rhymes with cray.  CUZ THAT MONTH WAS CRAY CRAY, Y'ALL.  As I alluded to earlier this week, I have two big pieces of news to share, and the time has come to grace you with one of them.

The Well-Read Redhead (and family) are moving!  

And not only are we moving...but I am taking on a new and much-wanted job title: CEO of Domestic Affairs.  (Stay at home momma, to the layperson.)  


My husband applied for a really great job a couple of months ago, but we didn't have our hopes up for it even a little.  Two months and many interviews later, he was offered the position.  Needless to say, our shock was GREAT.  However, shock was immediately replaced by excitement (great career step!  Kelly gets to stay home!) and also terror (we have to sell our house!  We have to buy a new one!  IN LESS THAN 2 MONTHS!  Please kill me).  But mostly excitement.
Jessie Spano, so wise.
The offer happened during Armchair BEA, so this greatly explains my absence at that time.  We are now steeped in the mucky muck of the home buying/selling process, among all the other wonderful things that come with moving 4 hours away to a town you know nothing about.  Chaos for sure, but we are really psyched about this opportunity, both for my husband and for our family as a whole.

(In related news, any book bloggers in the greater Rochester, NY area?  I need friends!  I promise I'm not (too) weird.  Maybe.)

So, that is Part 1 of my news.  Part 2 is forthcoming...soon.  (Suspense, I HAZ IT.)

Onward to May in review (book-wise).  First, as always, a photo depicting the month.  Despite all the insanity, Small Fry and I also took heavy advantage of the summer-like weather.
Small Fry at the water table, Mom in the kiddie pool, everyone's happy.
Now, the book-related goodness!

The May 2013 Fave/Least Fave honors go to:

May 2013 Favorite:  The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting  by Bunmi Laditan
May 2013 Least Favorite:  Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline

In total, I read/reviewed 7 books:
Frozen In Time by Mitchell Zuckoff
The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting by Bunmi Laditan
The Midwife's Revolt by Jodi Daynard
Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline
The Bridge of Years by May Sarton
I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag by Jennifer Gilbert
Mama's Child by Joan Steinau Lester

I also posted one new Small Fry Saturday Review of Does A Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?  by Eric Carle.

I didn't do a lot of other book talk last month (preoccupied!) but I did flash you back to my star-studded engagement anniversary.  Good times.  And my participation in Armchair BEA was basically the equivalent of going to actual BEA and sitting in the hotel room the whole time.

June is going to be nutty around here as we try to get things in order for The Big Move before my husband's official start date (August 12!).  Plus, we have a vacation scheduled mid-month (much needed under the circumstances, though it also feels somewhat poorly placed now, time-wise...ah well).  I have a few book tours scheduled, so I promise not to disappear!  And I'm hoping to get a little beach reading done on vacation anyway.

Have a lovely month, readers...and stay tuned for more excitement!


  1. YAY - a big congrats to both of you :-) And I'm a few hours away from Rochester :-(

    Tanya Patrice

  2. Well hot damn girl! No wonder you were a bit absent during ABEA :) You must be so crazy excited! Moving can be exhausting and awful in some ways. BUT in most ways it's just a big ol' adventure. You get to set up house in a new home..imagine how you'll be able to organize and reorganize your books. That is hours of joy right there!

    All the best luck in the world Kelly! I hope the process is seamless and fab. :) I want to take a guess at what your next big announcement is but I won't ;) lol

    1. OMG, yes...whenever I think I'm stressed about buying/selling, I need to just focus on future book reorganization! That will help tremendously! :)
      Thanks so much, I hope it's seamless too, haha. I have a feeling I know what your guess is, and it might be TIME WILL TELL...

  3. Great news! This is going to be one exciting summer for you.

    Joy's Book Blog

  4. Congrats, have fun, and good luck meeting book bloggers!

    BTW, don't go all Jessie on me and start OD'ing on caffeine pills!

    1. I don't know, they seem so helpful for those nights I need to stay up packing...

  5. Congratulations to both of you!! I'm in the midst of relocating too, including selling my house and transitioning into a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom! It's a very crazy time!! Good luck with it all!!

    1. Good luck to you as well! It's a crazy ride for sure (and I've only been on it for a couple of weeks!). All good things coming though, I can't wait.

  6. Yayyy! I'm so excited for you and your new CEO position! ;) And congrats to your hubs on his new job. Many exciting things in store, and I can't wait to hear more about 'em.

  7. Yay! Congratulations. I'm so excited for you guys.

  8. Congratulations! That's very exciting!

  9. That is chaotic, but more so it's awesome, congratulations! To both you and your husband. I'm wondering about news #2 now, I have an idea but as you've said above, time will tell.

    1. Thanks Charlie! We are super excited. And yes, more news to come...haha.

  10. Congratulations to hubby and you! As a CEO of Domestic Affairs myself, I promise you it is a whole new world!

    1. Ah, you will have to pass on your wisdom to me!! :)

  11. Congrats Kelly! Have fun with everything, especially on vacation! :D

    1. Thanks, I definitely will...vacation is MUCH needed right now!

  12. Congratulations! That's awesome news. Hope everything go smoothly for y'all. :)

  13. Congratulations! That is so wonderful!

  14. Congratulations on the wonderful news! I took a trip to Rochester back for my guy and I's first year anniversary. We ended up driving a bit to Buffalo, NY and went to the botanical garden there. Once your family gets settled, definitely take a morning trip out there ~ it's gorgeous!

    1. Thanks for the tip! I don't know a ton about the area so I am definitely taking note of any recommendations like this. Buffalo is not too far from Rochester so it will be nice to take advantage of the amenities in both cities.

    2. In Rochester there is the National Museum of Play. That's a definite must-check-out, especially for kids! I'll try to remember some of the other great places we saw out that way :)

    3. Yes, I heard about that place! Admission is a little steep so we couldn't go a ton, but it will definitely be on my list as an occasional rainy-day activity. :)

  15. How exciting! What a whirlwind the next few months are going to be! Good for you! You'll manage great!


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