Sunday Salon ~ January 18, 2009

The winter blues have hit me full force here in sunny but chilly Okinawa.  2009 will present many changes for my husband, our dog and me.  We are supposed to move back to the states this year; we are planning to purchase our first house and a second car when we get there; and we probably will be living in the same area as our parents for the first time as a married couple.  It’s these pending events, though they won’t happen for a few months yet, that have me reading a lot more.  Call it hiding in a book or avoiding responsibilities like starting the on-line house hunt that is causing me to distract myself with other things.  I am not feeling ready for these big changes even though we are both looking forward to living back in the U.S.

To add to my “cranky pants” attitude, (that’s what Hubby says to me when I’m in a bad mood.  “Oh, you have your cranky pants on again, don’t you.”  It always makes me smile when he says that.), I am wishing we were back in our hometown of the D.C. Metro area this weekend for one of the most historic moments in our nation’s history which will occur on the National Mall this Tuesday.  I know we’ve been hearing about it on all the news channels for weeks now and talk of the events seems to be in high gear as we near the big day, but I am so jealous of all those people who will be freezing their asses off without me.  AFN (Armed Forces Network television) will be airing the coverage live starting at 12:00am Wednesday morning and you can bet I’ll be up watching as much as I can. 

I am still reading American Wife this week/weekend and actually find it fitting to be reading a book that is said to be loosely based on Laura Bush, President Bush and some family members and friends of theirs as The President wraps up his days as the 43rd President of The United States of America. 

I also started to listen to the audio-download of Barack Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope this week on my iPod while I am in the car.  The President-Elect narrates and it is interesting and ironic to listen to Obama share about his experiences as a U.S. Senator and talk about visiting the White House and how big, old and “probably drafty in the winter” it is. 

Are you reading anything that can be related to the Innauguration this weekend?  Are you going to be in D.C. as a present witness to history or will you be watching the festivities from the warmth of your family room and your favorite seat?