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Weekly Recap #133: Week of 12/1 – 12/7

 

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 past week has been kind of a blur.  Work was slow, which was good, but holiday preparations are now in full swing, including me finally starting my Christmas shopping.  Thankfully we don’t exchange gifts with many people so it shouldn’t take me long to get all of my shopping done, but it’s just so hard to find good gifts.  With the exception of the kids on my list, everyone I know is at that stage of life where when they want or need something, they just go and buy it.  Aside from the shopping, I also finally finished decorating.  I kept getting distracted so it took me about three days to finish it, but here’s our tree.  We usually like to put it in our family room but to keep the puppy from knocking it over, it’s baby-gated in my office this year.  I think I’m the main one who enjoys the tree anyway so I think that’s a perfect spot for it, lol.

 

 

Not much else to report this week.  I think seeing Hamilton with my family last Sunday was the highlight and it pretty much was a downhill slide from there.  I had already seen Hamilton once in New York, but I have to say it’s an entirely different experience watching it in Virginia.  The characters who were from Virginia – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison – played to the audience in a completely different way than they did when I saw it on Broadway.  Thomas Jefferson, in particular, really stole the show several times.  After the show, the actors even commented that they had no idea they would get the reaction they did from their Virginia audiences.  I guess they didn’t realize that we take our history very seriously here, lol.  It was such a fun experience though.  I definitely recommend seeing it if you can.  It’s one of the few shows I’ve watched that fully live up to the hype.

On the blogging front, as usual, today is my catch up day for commenting so that’s number one on my agenda.  I’m also trying to sort out what I still hope to get read by the end of the year.  I’m starting off the year with way too many January 7th ARCs so I’m starting those this week, but I also have a few more backlist books that I really want to finally knock off my TBR.  Some of my reading/blogging challenges have been failures this year, but I think I can meet my goals for my backlist challenge and possibly my retellings one.  We’ll see how the next few weeks go.

Oh and before I forget, today is the last day to enter my Instagram giveaway so if you’d like to win a free book of your choice, be sure to check it out!  —> IG Giveaway

Anyway, I think that’s about it for me.  Have a great week, everyone!

 

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Weekly Recap #132: Week of 11/24 – 11/30

 

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.

I hope everyone who was celebrating had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  Ours was a low-key holiday at home with just our immediate family, but it was very nice.  We started the day with the parade, then got busy in the kitchen with football on in the background.  The meal was enjoyed by all, even me in spite of the low carb, low sugar diet I’m on, which meant I needed to avoid all of my favorites – no potatoes, no stuffing, no homemade mac and cheese, and no desserts. The struggle was real but I did well with the main meal and only ended up cheating a little at dessert time with a small sliver of apple pie.  So far I’ve also avoided all of the leftovers too, which is a major change for me from previous years.  I finished the holiday with a marathon of Hallmark movies, which was a relaxing way to end the day.

Actually most of the holiday weekend has been quiet because I don’t do Black Friday either.  There’s nothing I need to buy badly enough to get out in all of that chaos.  I slept in, did a little shopping online, watched more Hallmark movies, started decorating for Christmas, and got some reading done.  I finished Red Winter by Annette Marie, which I enjoyed so much that I went ahead and picked up the other two books in the series.  I also started on Meg & Jo, which is a modern Little Women retelling, which I hope to finish by tonight.

The big excitement for my holiday weekend actually takes place today because I’m taking my mom and sister to see Hamilton the musical.  I’ve seen it once and am completely obsessed with it so I can’t wait to share the magic with my family today.  Post-holiday traffic is going to be a bear since I’ll be traveling on I-95 but it’s going to be so worth it!

Oh and before I forget, I also have a giveaway running on Instagram right now.  Be sure to check it out!  —> IG Giveaway

Anyway, I think that’s about it for me.  Have a great week, everyone!

 

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Weekly Recap #131: Week of 11/17 – 11/23

 

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.

I guess the big news of the week is that my puppy seems to be doing much better.  He finishes up the last of his antibiotics tomorrow and as long as he doesn’t backslide once the medicine is out of his system, he should be in the clear.  He still has a cough but the vet says that will probably linger for another week or so, but the fever and the congestion are definitely gone now, which is such a relief.  I was really worried about my fur baby for a while there!

Beyond that I’ve mostly been busy with work.  We have a big government deadline on November 30th so we’ve been trying to get all of the jobs related to that wrapped up before Thanksgiving.  I worked on Saturday in hopes of achieving that goal.  I think we’re going to make it but we do have one client that we still need information from so it’s on them if we don’t make their deadline.

In order to make it easier to manage my blog while I’ve been busy with work and the pup, I’ve dropped back to four posts a week.  That’s a pretty doable schedule for me so I’ll probably keep it that way until January 2020 unless I get some unexpected free time along the way.

I’m also planning to jump back into doing mini reviews.  Even though I’ve been kind of lame about blogging, I have gotten quite a bit of reading done lately but just haven’t reviewed anything.  Tomorrow I’m going to have a post of mini-reviews to share some quick thoughts on what I’ve been reading.  I’ve started reading my December ARCs and I also want to make a big push to meet my backlist goal of 35 pre-2019 books.  I’ve read 30 so far and I’m almost finished with Thunderhead and I’m about halfway through Beartown. I’m hoping to knock both of those out this week which will leave me the month of December to get at least 3 more read.  I’ve failed on most of my challenges this year so I’m really hoping to succeed with this one.

Anyway, I think that’s about it for me.  Have a great week, everyone, and early Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who will be celebrating on Thursday!

 

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Weekly Recap #130: Week of 11/10 – 11/16

 

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.

So, it’s yet another week of me falling off the face of the blogosphere by mid week. This time my fur baby was the culprit.  I came home to take him out for a walk on my lunch break Thursday and when I got there, his face and snout were covered in mucus, he was coughing a lot, and he just wasn’t his usual animated self. I called the vet and made an appointment for him and she diagnosed him with a severe upper respiratory infection.  He’s on a double antibiotic treatment right now because she says puppies are very prone to getting pneumonia and she wants to do everything possible to keep that from happening.  So needless to say, I’ve been watching him like a hawk for the past three days making sure he’s taking all of the meds and looking for any signs of distress with his breathing.  Thankfully he seems much more like himself today so I think the meds are starting to work. The picture is from Friday and he just looked so pitiful and miserable.

 

 

The only book I finished reading this week was Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars.  It was a real struggle to concentrate on my reading once Winston got sick so instead I fell down the Disney Plus rabbit hole and watched movies from my childhood most of the weekend.  I also watched (and loved!) the first two episodes of The Mandalorian.  Another good one on there for anyone who loves Christmas movies is Noelle, which stars Anna Kendrick. That one is cute and pretty funny.  I also watched the live action Lady and the Tramp.  Obviously no where near as good as the original animated version, but it wasn’t bad.  I thought they did an especially nice job with the spaghetti scene at Tony’s.  I had a few tears of nostalgia while watching that and listening to Bella Notte, lol.

My husband is home today to help with watching and medicating Winston so I should be making the rounds to see all of the blog posts I’ve missed since Wednesday.

Have a great week, everyone!

 

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TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #129: Week of 11/3 – 11/9

 

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.

So I finally got the quiet week I’ve been craving and I immediately came down with a cold and haven’t felt well all week. LOL!  I think it’s our crazy up and down weather. We’re having highs of 70s one day, followed by two or three days of highs in the 40s, then right back up to the 70s.  Last weekend’s soccer game was played in the 40 degree weather and I think that might be what did me in.  Oh well, the game was fun and I’ll live.  I spent most of yesterday curled up in bed reading Ruth Ware’s The Turn of the Key (which is fabulous, by the way) and today I woke up feeling a little better.

My reading week was kind of a mixed bag.  As I already mentioned, the Ware book was a winner.  I also finally read Scythe and loved that so much that I started reading Thunderhead last night.  The biggest disappointment of the week was The Guinevere Deception.  It was one of my most anticipated reads and it unfortunately fell flat for me for the most part.  I’ll be reviewing that tomorrow once I settle on a rating for it. I’m waffling between a 2 and 3 right now.  I actually only have one more November ARC to read so I’m focusing on books I own for the next couple of weeks.  In addition to starting Thunderhead, I have also started Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars, which has been sitting on my shelf since January.  I was taking stock of my reading challenges while I’ve been under the weather and while I’ve failed on most of them, I think I’ll actually meet my backlist goal of reading 35 books. I’m working on my 31st now.

Not too much else went on this week.  Election night was a big deal here in my state.  The Democrats won control of both the House and the Senate for the first time in well over 20 years and in my county, we elected our first African American to the Board of Supervisors.  The lady who won was my son’s Elementary School Principal and she was fantastic there so I can’t wait to see how she does on the County Board.  We also elected a 22-year old to the School Board.  It will be nice to have someone who has actually been in school in recent years add his perspective to what has historically been a board of old white men.

I looked outside last night and see that one of my neighbors has already decorated for Christmas.  I’m not quite feeling it yet so I may have to turn on some Hallmark movies to start getting myself in the spirit.  We were originally planning to take a big trip over Christmas so I wasn’t going to do much in the way of decorating.  That trip has now been cancelled so I’m not sure what we’ll be doing.  I’m thinking I still want to at least take a long weekend and maybe go up to NYC and catch some shows I’ve been wanting to see (Dear Evan Hansen, Come From Away, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hadestown – my wishlist is always so long, lol), but we’ll see how that goes.

Anyway, I think that’s pretty much it for me.  Have a great week, everyone!

 

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Weekly Recap #128: Week of 10/27 – 11/2

 

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 past week started out on a quiet and relaxing note but went off the rails about midweek when I got a phone call from my son’s Principal.  I won’t go into all of the gory details, but it involved a fight he got in the middle of at school between his girlfriend and some ‘Mean Girl’ type. While discussing his behavior with him and digging a little deeper into what he has been up to lately overall, I discovered that he had been lying to me for several days about doing his homework and about several other things.  Needless to say, blogging took a backseat to getting him back on track with his school work and having the same conversation for what feels like the hundredth time about fighting other people’s battles and about how lying leads to mistrust, which in turn, leads to him having less freedom and privileges.  I guess one of these days, those lessons will finally sink in.  The worst part of this is that he’s only just turned 12.  We haven’t even officially hit the teen years yet. I’m really hoping he’s getting it out of his system early and that this isn’t going to continue for years and years.  Probably wishful thinking, but a mom can dream, right?

Anyway, apologies to all whose posts I missed.  I’m so far behind on blog hopping right now that I’ll probably just start with fresh posts and move forward. Otherwise I’m going to end up in a hole I can’t get out of.  I also only finished one book this week, Scythe by Neal Shusterman. That one was recommended to me by my son and it was amazing. I’m glad I already have a copy of the next book in the series because I can’t wait to continue the story.

Anyway, I think that’s pretty much it for me.  Have a great week, everyone!

 

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Weekly Recap #126: Week of 10/13 – 10/19

 

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.

So, I survived our tax and audit deadlines and I made it through my son’s first full week as a travel soccer player.  And as I’m sure you can guess by the fact I pretty much disappeared after Tuesday, I got exhausted quickly, lol. I spent whatever free time I had, either napping or parked on the couch like a slug, occasionally doing some reading and unfortunately didn’t visit a single blog.  I feel much better now though so I’ll be getting caught up on my blog hopping throughout the day today, especially since it’s cold, rainy, and we therefore don’t have a soccer game or practice.  Free day!

Even though I totally slacked on the blog this week, I was thrilled to see that I finally got my very first approval from Disney on Netgalley. After three years of trying without success, it put a big smile on my face to get approved, especially since it’s a book I’m really excited about.  Blogging life has been pretty quiet otherwise, although I did notice that I reached 1,000 followers on Instagram so as soon as my brain is fully functioning and I can figure out the ins and outs of IG giveaways, I want to run a giveaway on there to celebrate.

Reading-wise, it has been pretty slow going as well. I’ve pretty much abandoned the IronThrone readalong for now, just because my schedule has been so hectic.  I may try to get caught back up at some point, but if not, since this was a re-read aside from the fifth book, I may just pick it back up when everyone else gets to the that one. We’ll see how it goes though. I started Lisa Jewell’s latest book last night and although it took me a few chapters to really get hooked, I’m loving it now and already almost halfway done with it.

Anyway, I think that’s pretty much it for me.  Have a great week, everyone!

 

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Weekly Recap #125: Week of 10/6 – 10/12

 

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.

So, remember last week when I said soccer was over and I was excited that we would have a little break before it gears up again?  Yeah, that didn’t happen.  One of my son’s friends convinced him that he should try out for one of the local travel soccer teams.  After talking about the pros and cons of it with him, we finally agreed to at least let him try out and see what happened.  Well, he ended up making the team.  This is obviously a YAY! because of course I’m proud of him and want him to continue to up his game, but at the same time, my poor old tired self is just like *sigh*.  I’ve spent the past few days frantically filling out paperwork, buying him new gears, and taking him to as many practices as possible because their season has already started and he needs to catch up ASAP and be ready to play his first game on October 20th. He’s happy though and I think it has given his self-confidence a boost so that’s really the most important thing. Everything else will work out in the end and I’ll adjust to this new schedule of practices and to traveling to games, which apparently are sometimes out of state so that will be new for us.

In addition to soccer, this week is also another big deadline week at work. We have both a tax deadline and an audit deadline so everybody’s jumping and working overtime. As soon as I finish this post, I’ll actually be jumping online because I have to work today.  Thankfully it’s only for half a day though so that I can still get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather that has finally arrived.  I’m hoping to get out there and relax and get some reading done.

I got a fair amount of reading done this past week, although my reactions to some of what I read was mixed.  I finished How to Hang a Witch and thoroughly enjoyed that, but then I read Katie Lowe’s The Furies and found that pretty disappointing.  I won’t be doing a full review for it on the blog but it was a 2.5 star read for me.  The writing itself was good, but the story just didn’t hold my attention and I didn’t feel invested in any of the characters.  I skimmed a lot, thought about DNFing, and was ultimately just glad to finally be done with it. I also finished Fireborne by Rosaria Munda, which I quite enjoyed and will be reviewing on the blog tomorrow, and I also finally started Christina Lauren’s Twice in a Blue Moon, which I’m enjoying so far.

Anyway, I think that’s pretty much it for me.  Have a great week, everyone!

 

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Weekly Recap #124: Week of 9/29 – 10/5

 

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.

Another week, another blur of work, after school activities, and soccer.  I went into the week feeling like I had things under control, but then soccer playoffs happened.  We thought the County wouldn’t schedule them until the weekend to make sure most people could attend.  When we got the unexpected text from the coach Tuesday night saying that playoffs would start on Thursday night, all my plans for the week got thrown off kilter with unscheduled practices and an unplanned trip to the soccer fields.  On the bright side, even with our flaky coach and never having enough kids to play, we still managed to make it to the semi-final round where we then lost against the number 1 seeded team, 4-0.  The kids still looked good in that game and I was especially proud of the way my son played, but two of our three strikers didn’t show up and you just can’t win a game with only 1 striker.  So a disappointing end to the season, but I’m just glad it’s over at this point so that’s one less thing on my plate for a while.

Elsewhere in life, our garage door spring decided it would be a great time to break at 9:00pm last Sunday night.  Once we recovered from our near heart attacks because of the ridiculously loud sound it made, the three of us tried to lift the door together and couldn’t budge it.  My car was therefore trapped in there until we could find someone to come out and fix it so I worked from home on Monday.  We managed to get someone out pretty quickly to take care of it, but the most comical/frustrating part of it was how much more work I got done at home, even with the dog and the cat running around and all of the garage commotion, than I have since we switched to this open floor plan at work.  Go figure!

Reading and blogging were not all that great this week because of the distractions.  I did finish The Grace Year, which I’ll be reviewing tomorrow, but Cursed, the King Arthur retelling, ended up being a DNF for me. I just couldn’t get into it at all.  I ditched that and moved on to Bodies in the Library, a fun cozy mystery that I hope to finish today, and to How to Hang a Witch, a long-time backlist title that I’m listening to on audio.

Anyway, I think that’s pretty much it for me.  Have a great week, everyone!

 

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TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #123: Week of 9/22 – 9/28

 

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.

All in all, not much happened this week.  The only thing that really stands out to me is that we’re in the middle of major renovations at work and have been switched to an open floor plan.  They took down a bunch of offices and replaced them with cubicles with frosted glass partitions.  I can’t really say that I’m a big fan of this so far either.  The partitions are short so I can see everyone else in my work area as well as everyone else who walks up and down the hallways.  It’s loud, distracting, and there’s no privacy at all.  The cubicles are also much smaller than what we had so there’s less workspace overall.  I don’t know if it’s an introvert thing or what but I found myself just mentally exhausted by the time I got home from work each day and craving alone time.

Aside from the work drama, soccer dominated the week.  We had our last three games of the regular season and playoffs will start this upcoming week.  We went 3-5 during the regular season, lost our final game 1-10, and I don’t think any of the kids are excited about the playoffs.  Our coach was the sister of one of the players and she constantly cancelled practice and didn’t even show up for two of our games and her mother had to coach in her place.  We’ve decided that we’re not doing this Parks and Rec soccer anymore and so I’m now researching travel teams, etc. to see what other options are out there.  The other options are way more expensive but we need real coaches and real training.

On a brighter note, the weather has been lovely. I should have been inside blog hopping all day yesterday but instead sat outside getting caught up on my reading.  I’ve finished all but one of my October 1 ARCs. I had been putting off reading Cursed because I saw so many mixed reviews for it, but I’m starting that today.  I also dove into my backlist again and finally started reading The Wrath and the Dawn, which I love. I can’t believe I left it sitting on my TBR for three years, lol.

Anyway, I think that’s pretty much it for me.  Have a great week, everyone!

 

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