It’s time for another weekly recap post of all things happening on and off the blog. This week I’ll be linking to the Sunday Post, which is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and to Stacking the Shelves, which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
This week took an unexpected turn when I realized I have so much vacation time on the books that if I don’t use some by the end of the year, I’m going to lose it. My supervisor said that losing it would be dumb, which is true, so I am now off this week. I’m not going to complain since I desperately needed a break, but it’s just going to be a staycation to get some things wrapped up for the holiday and around the house and then to get caught up and maybe even ahead (yes, I was totally laughing as I typed that last bit) on my blogging. It also made for a hectic Wednesday and Thursday since I had to get everything wrapped up that I thought I would be working on this week and because we were closed for business on Friday to go and volunteer at one of the local homeless shelters. I didn’t want to miss the volunteering so I had to step it up to make sure I finished in time.
Thankfully all went well and I was easily able to get all my work wrapped up and take part in the volunteer event. The volunteer event was a different experience for us. Usually we go to a food bank or take part in a church event where we just help serve meals to the homeless. This time, however, the folks that run the shelter basically turned over their entire kitchen to us. We purchased what we wanted to cook for the residents, brought it in, prepped and cooked everything, and then served the 40-50 residents of all ages who came down for the lunch. We then toured the facility and learned about the services they provide the residents to try to help get them back on their feet, while the residents, as part of their agreement to stay there, took over the kitchen, wrapped up the extra food, and then cleaned all of the dishes, etc. It was a very positive experience overall, although I was definitely sad to learn that many of the chronic homeless in our area are veterans.
I honestly hadn’t planned to acquire any new books this week either, but my approval for Undercover Bromance came through (*squeals with joy*) and I got an invite to read Christina Lauren’s latest so I couldn’t say no to that one or to Hendricks and Pekkanen’s latest since I’ve loved their last two collaborations. Then a couple of other unexpected approvals came through so here I am with 5 new books on the TBR. Told you it wouldn’t take me long to replace all of the ones I purged last week, lol! I’m currently reading Chosen, the sequel to Slayer, and am really enjoying it so far. After that I have 3-4 books I need to read for upcoming blog tours. I’m really hoping to knock all of those out before Christmas so fingers crossed on that.
Anyway, I think that’s about it for me. Have a great week, everyone!
WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK
- [8 Dec] Weekly Recap #133: Week of 12/1 – 12/7
- [10 Dec] Top Ten Tuesday – Reading Fails: 10 Books I Totally Planned to Read This Year But Probably Won’t
- [11 Dec] Can’t Wait Wednesday – UNDERCOVER BROMANCE by Lyssa Kay Adams
- [13 Dec] It’s New to Me – Favorite Authors I Read for the First Time in 2019
WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK
STACKING THE SHELVES