Weekly Recap #151: Week of 4/12 – 4/18


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.

I feel like I really don’t have much to write here since most weeks are pretty much just repeats of the one before it.  We’re still doing okay with our quarantine routine and my standing desk is working out great. I like having the option to sit or stand and with a few quick adjustments, I can do either one as my knees dictate.  Work is still pretty busy too, which is good since it makes the days go by faster, gives me some kind of structure to most of my days, and of course because $$$.

As of this past week, all of my son’s teachers are now teaching new material to their students online so my son has a full schedule of Google meets.  That has given him a bit of structure and while he’s still not terribly motivated, he is at least attending the virtual meetings so hopefully he’ll learn some of the material he would have completely missed out on otherwise.

The only major change to our routine is that now my son’s travel soccer coaches are now sending out workout videos three times a week so that the team can have drills to practice, etc.  At first I was just forwarding the emails to my son so he could watch them and do the routines, but soon discovered, that wasn’t going to happen so now I’m his soccer coach too. I have to make a spreadsheet with the skills, number of sets and reps, etc. and go outside with him to put him through his paces. Otherwise, he just sits on the couch, watches the videos, then goes back to his games.  That whole situation is a test of my patience, lol.

Reading has been pretty steady for me, although the unexpected early arrival of my hold on the audio for The Starless Sea threw me off of my originally planned TBR for the week.  I should finish that today and then I’ll be continuing with The Master Class by Christina Dalcher and getting back on track.  The order for today is blog hopping so hopefully I’ll have time to stop by and visit everyone I’ve neglected since midweek when I lost my free time to those soccer lessons.

I hope everyone out there is staying safe, healthy, and is practicing social distancing.  Have a great week!
















38 replies
  1. Angela
    Angela says:

    I’m glad work is going well for you and you’re keeping busy. My husband is “working from home,” but if he does an hour a day of actual work, I’d be surprised. He is playing too many video games and watching stuff on his phone!

  2. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy
    Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy says:

    Lucky, you got approved for Magic Lessons! I hope I get approved, I’m so excited for a new Alice Hoffman. That’s crazy about soccer and having to coach your son. I just don’t see how teachers and coaches can expect parents to do all this stuff and work and run a house on top of it. Good luck!

  3. Sam@wlabb
    Sam@wlabb says:

    Mom is wearing a LOT of hats these days. Hopefully being mom-teacher-coach will be a bonding experience for you both. I was sort of interested in Meet You in the Middle, but there is so much drama around it. I’m just going to wait and see on that one.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m hoping Meet You in the Middle will be a good read for me, just because I’m such a political junkie. I’ve seen mixed reviews though so I’m going into it with tempered expectations.

  4. bookworm
    bookworm says:

    I feel the same about working right now, it gives me something to focus on. Good luck with the soccer and schooling from home, it’s quite an adjustment I’m sure. Enjoy your books and stay well, Beach Read looks fun.

  5. Vi @Inkvotary
    Vi @Inkvotary says:

    You son is a smart boy *smile* Not sure if he did that on purpose to make you go with him and do the soccer thing. At least I would have done it that way. (Imagine me laughing tears). Oh boy, that just made my day. Wonderful, just wonderful. Stay safe and happy reading and playing soccer *still laughing tears*

  6. Sophie
    Sophie says:

    Google meets must be lifesavers for you Suzanne! Some time where you don’t have to teach yourself or look after him! And yes it’s also wash, rinse and repeat for us too!

  7. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Anne - Books of My Heart says:

    The routine is helpful even though it is difficult with all the other things to do. I am glad my daughter is old enough to handle things herself. She is super responsible about her school work and her physical therapy exercises. Better than me.

    I have the Southern Book Club Guide.. on reserve at the library. It came up but I delayed since I had other things to finish. I loved Taming Demons on audio. Robin is reviewing Shorefall tomorrow.

    Stay safe and have a great week! Happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  8. Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
    Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books says:

    I may have squealed in happiness when I saw you’d got Taming Demons For Beginners! Oh how I love that series… And the Guild Codex: Spellbound series. I hope you enjoy it!

    I find it interesting how your schools are teaching online. My son’s school is literally sending through a lesson plan every day and we’ve to take him through it ourselves… I think I like the “virtual” classroom idea better!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I couldn’t resist buying it since it was only 99 cents. I still need to finish Red Winter first but I plan to read all of her series.

  9. Greg
    Greg says:

    My kids are doing pretty much everything over Google classroom and whatnot now with the distance learning. It’s a whole new world haha! They’re older though so luckily I don’t have to do too much, they seem to stick to their schedules pretty well. We’ll see how that goes as time goes on! I think with sports though that would be tougher- it’s so different over video I imagine!

    Hope your week ahead is a good one!

  10. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    Yes… being both teacher and mother is a hard place to be… It sounds like you’re doing a stellar job, though:). I’ve read Shorefall and am looking forward to reading your review. I love the look of Taming Demons for Beginners – it looks as if it’ll be a lot of fun:). Have a peaceful, healthy week, Suzanne.

  11. RO
    RO says:

    I do NOT miss being a mom while my son was in school for sure(lol) I always felt like I was back in school myself. He was on the basketball, football and track team, so had this quarantine happened 20 years ago, I declare he only would have worked on the sports part of school.(lol) Good idea for the teachers to set things up online for sure. Congratulations on being the new soccer coach!(lol) Hugs and be safe, RO

  12. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says:

    Glad the new desk is working out for you. And that the teachers are back with new material. That has to help somewhat. And now you get to add soccer coach/personal trainer to your resume. How fun. LOL

  13. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    I’m so curious about Master Class – can’t wait to see what you think. I’m glad your son has some sort of school structure now – hopefully some of it will sink in. haha Sorry you’ve now become his soccer coach though!


  14. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    I am glad your son is feeling more motivated when it comes to school work. Much of my daughter’s is just assignments she has to do on her own with us (her parents). The teacher has two Google Meets sessions a week with the kids, for like 45 minutes to an hour. She especially hates the writing assignments, which are her weakest area. While grades from the second trimester will likely carry over as their 3rd trimester grades, they can improve their grades if they show enough progress and do the work during this time. So, it would benefit her to do the work as much as possible. Not to mention it being good practice.

    I look forward to your thoughts on The Starless Sea. I’ve really been wanting to read that one. I loved The Night Circus. I hope you enjoy all your new books, Suzanne!

    Take care. Stay safe and well.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I liked The Night Circus more than The Starless Sea but I still really enjoyed it. I would like to re-read it at some point because it has a lot going on.

  15. Trish @ Between My Lines
    Trish @ Between My Lines says:

    Urgghh, isn’t multi tasking being taken to a whole new level this year. Good luck with home schooling and coaching too! I have beach read on my tbr, and can’t wait to get to it. Sounds like such a fun read.

  16. Olivia Roach
    Olivia Roach says:

    I am glad the standing desk is working out for you and that your son having online classes has been keeping him quite busy. It must be difficult having to be a partial coach as well though! And yay for the new books. I am currently reading a Grady Hendrix book and I tend to really like his horror. I also like books about vampires, so combined with the author I need to read that book.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I haven’t read Hendrix before so I’m really excited to read this one since I’ve heard such great things about it.

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