Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up – 6/7/19

Weekly Wrap-Up

What a week this has been! It has both seemed to fly by super fast and also drag on. So bizarre. Part of it is because work has been a bit crazy. I think I mentioned before that I’ve been covering for a co-worker who has been out due to recovering from surgery. I’m also trying to plan for being gone for vacation, which is not next week, but the week after. I don’t know if my co-worker will be back by then, so there is a whole lot to prepare for before I leave. That doesn’t include what I have to do at home to get ready or packing.

We have to fly on a plane. I hate planes.

Otherwise, it’s been a pretty good week, just busy. I’ve also started rehearsals for Sister Act this week, so not only have my days been hectic, I’ve been gone every evening. I don’t have rehearsal tonight, so I can go home and rest up a bit. Early bedtime for me! Such an exciting life I lead!

Let’s take a look at reading progress:

  • I’ve been doing much better with my posts on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. I’ve read chapters 25 to 29 this week, although I didn’t write up a post for 29 yet. I meant to yesterday, just ran out of time, so if I get going this afternoon/evening, I might post two of them today to make up for missing it yesterday. My goal is to finish this one before I leave for vacation, which works out perfectly for one chapter each day. Let’s see if I can do it!
  • Good progress made on Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey. I read chapters 38 to 46 and boy, did it take a dark turn! I wasn’t necessarily expecting that. I think I’m about halfway through the book now.
  • I read chapters 28 to 30 of Where I End and You Begin by Preston Norton, finishing that book. I really, really enjoyed it, and you can see my review for it here.

That’s not as much as I’ve done in the past, but I’m making good progress and quite frankly, it’s hard to focus on just reading right now with all the other stuff I have going on. Lucky for us, books are always there to come back to. 🙂

You’ll probably see me again later today for more Harry Potter goodness. Otherwise, have a wonderful weekend!

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Weekly (and Monthly) Wrap-Up – 5/31/19

Weekly Wrap-Up

I can’t believe that May is practically over! This year is going by so fast, and while May has been crazy and hectic, it has also been pretty damn productive. I actually feel slightly optimistic for the first time in a while, which is insane.

Starting off, I was finally able to get back to the doctor and get back on some meds to help manage my chronic pain. I’ve been unable to go for almost a year, and from what I can tell, things are starting to work. It’s only been a week, but I have seen some improvements to my pain levels, and also my ability to sleep through the night. That right there makes all the difference in the world.

As I have mentioned in the past, I had to pull my daughter out of school and finish 8th grade homeschooling her. She is also finally on some medication that is helping her anxiety and severe depression. We finished taking our end of year exams last weekend, so homeschooling is done for this year. We are hoping she can return to public school next year so she can start high school with her friends, so keep your fingers crossed for us.

My last announcement is that I will be going back to the theater! As some of you know, over the past five years, I have discovered my love for community theater and have performed in several shows. Because of my health and my daughter’s issues, I have had to take a break from it, but this summer I will be in a local production of Sister Act! It’s a fun show, one I’ve done before, and although I won’t say since they haven’t officially posted the cast list, I have a pretty big part. I’m super excited! It’s going to be a blast!

So now, let’s talk about the blog. This month, I’ve done 37 posts. That’s pretty good! I know I took a little bit of time off around the middle, so I’m happy with that number. Those 37 posts include:

  • 2 Added to GoodReads lists
  • 3 Blog Tours
  • 1 Cover Reveal
  • 2 Book Reviews (outside of blog tours)
  • 12 Chapter-A-Longs
  • 1 Announcement
  • 3 Nostalgic Reads
  • 3 Teaser Tuesdays
  • 1 Top Ten Tuesday
  • 5 Wrap-Ups (including this one)
  • 4 WWW Wednesdays

And I *might* have two more posts this afternoon – another Chapter of Harry Potter and a book tag post that I just saw last night. We’ll see how it goes. I love this blog so much and really appreciate all the other wonderful bloggers I get to interact with. You guys bring me such joy!

Let’s take a quick look at the reading progress for this week, shall we?

  • I did really good with Chapter-A-Longs this week, y’all! I read and posted Chapters 19 to 24 in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! And I might get to posting another one this afternoon! My goal is to finish Goblet of Fire before I leave for vacation later in June and then start Order of the Phoenix when I get back.
  • I read chapters 6 through 27 of Where I End and You Begin by Preston Norton and it has been really, really good. I can’t wait to share this review with you!
  • I read chapters 27 through 37 of Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey, and should get to more of it this weekend. I’m coming up on the end of my ARCs in preparation of being gone for vacation, so I will have more time to devote to this going forward.

Only three books, but honestly, I’m okay with that right now. It’s letting me focus a bit more and really, I need to do that to get through Kushiel’s Avatar. And then, it will be time to finish the Throne of Glass series.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Weekly Wrap-UP – 5/24/19

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Happy Friday everyone! Wow, has it been a week. My co-worker who was going to have surgery has left, so my job has been very, very busy. We did hear that everything went well, so I’m very happy about that. She’s a sweet lady and I miss her already!

Good news: I found out that my daughter qualified for her special education plan for next school year. This will help her so much when she starts high school! It definitely takes the pressure off. I was also finally able to get back to my doctor and work out some options for my fibromyalgia.

So overall, a pretty productive week. And now I get a three day weekend!

Reading progress:

  • I read chapters 20 to 32 of The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields, finishing that one for the blog tour this past week (see post here).
  • I read chapters 18 to 29 of Art of Death by Becca Vincenza, also finishing that one for another blog tour (see post here). It’s been a busy tour week, that’s for sure!
  • I read chapters 17 to 24 of Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey, so still making good progress there.
  • I started reading Where I End And You Begin by Preston Norton, reading chapters 1 to 5 of the ARC. It’s pretty good so far!
  • I read chapters 16 to 18 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling and got Chapter-A-Long posts for all three chapters. I am going to try and get another chapter done this afternoon, but we’ll see.

Productive reading week too! I have family in town, so I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done over the next few days, but I still feel pretty good about how things are going.

Have a good weekend, friends!

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Weekly Wrap-Up – 5/17/19

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What a week. I think this week can honestly be summed up by the following emoji:

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Honestly, I don’t know where the week went. My job has gone from being mostly comfortable with occasional downtime to being a full on marathon of activity. Which doesn’t bother me – I like staying busy – but it makes me so exhausted by the end of the day. I have been training for several weeks to fill in for a co-worker having surgery. I think the training has been more time consuming and more intensive than doing the actual job, which will be a relief in more ways than one. Luckily, it was all stuff that I’ve done at other jobs, I really just needed to see what their procedures were and if there were any differences. Which there are, of course, but nothing to difficult.

Homeschooling will officially be done this weekend! I got the end-of-grade exams from the testing service and the kiddo and I will be ensconcing ourselves in the library and knocking them all out. And then going out for ice cream. Next hurdle is to get her back registered for school next year, but we have to wait until the summer to do that. We want her to go to a specific school, which might involve jumping through some hoops, but I think we can make it work. I will feel much better once it’s all resolved though.

So there’s all of that. Lots of things going on. Which has, unfortunately, meant that the blog had to suffer. I’ve only written three posts since my last Friday Wrap-Up post. I think that’s an all-time low since I rededicated myself to blogging in January. Not going to let that get me down, though. Next week, once I’m actually in the fill-in job, things should get easier. It’s also made me slack off on my reading, which is a bit frustrating because I have two blog tours coming up next week and I really, really, really, really need to finish those books!

Reading Progress:

  • I read chapters 7 through 19 of The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields (blog tour book #1).
  • I read chapters 6 through 17 of Art of Death by Becca Vincenza (blog tour book #2).
  • Aaannnnd . . . chapter 15 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Whoohoo.

That’s it.

Eh, it could have been worse. I do have a fair amount of time to read today and tomorrow, and I am over halfway through with both of those books, so I should be okay. Harry Potter, well, that’s it’s own issue, but I’m working on it.

I will probably not be blogging this weekend, but I will be back on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend – go out and do something fun! Or read something fun!

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Weekly Wrap-Up – 5/10/19

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Whew! This has been a crazy week for me! Work has been much more hectic than usual, between training a new employee and also getting training myself to cover another employee that is going out on medical leave. I’ve felt a bit pulled in many directions all at once, but I think we’re all good now.

It’s meant a bit less reading and a bit less blogging, which is unfortunate since that is one of my big stress relieving activities. I love talking about books, what can I say! I’ve also been spending a lot of time with my daughter, who is fourteen and has had a lot of issues that we are dealing with. I don’t remember if I mentioned it here (I think I did, but don’t trust my memory), but we did have to pull her out of school and home school her for the rest of the year. It has been very challenging, but I just ordered her end of grade exams from a testing service and once she finishes those, we are done for the year. Very much looking forward to that! It has been a roller coaster, that’s for sure!

Reading log:

  • I read the first five chapters of Art of Death by Becca Vincenza. This one is for a blog tour coming up towards the end of this month.
  • I read the first six chapters of The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields. Another blog tour book for this month.
  • I read Chapter 14 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling.
  • I read The New Girl by R.L. Stine for a Nostalgic Reads post, which you can see here. I love these because I can knock out an entire book in usually about an hour.

And . . . that’s really it? I only started those two books so that I could finish them in a timely manner for the tours. If not for that, and the Nostalgic post, I may not have read anything this week. Seeing that brings on the fears of another dreaded reading slump, but I don’t want to start thinking that way. I’ve been doing so much better and having so much fun. No backsliding!

I am hoping to get another Harry Potter Chapter-A-Long post up today, but I’m starting to wonder if I need to quit trying so hard on those. My original goal was to have one up every day, but that was when I was attempting to finish one HP book per month, and that’s definitely not going to happen with Goblet of Fire if I want to keep doing the Chapter-A-Long posts. I’ve gotten some positive feedback on those, so I’m guessing y’all enjoy them as much as I enjoy writing them. It would obviously be easier if they went to being a once per week deal, but that would take FOREVER to get through the whole series. So I don’t know. I’ll have to think about it.

I’m also planning on getting another Nostalgic Reads post up this weekend – heading back to Sweet Valley! That’s only if I can find a copy of the next book. Due to crazy week (see above), I forgot to look for one in advance like I usually do. If I can’t find it, I’ll come up with something else.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Weekly Wrap-Up – 5/3/19

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Oh lordy, you guys, it’s finally Friday. I am so so so so grateful for that. This week has lasted forever and it’s been a rough one for me. Lots of strange, stressful things going on in my personal life, some good and some bad, but all just incredibly tiring. Working through it all as best I can though, which is all I can do. I would certainly appreciate any good vibes you can send my way. The next month or so is going to be very, very difficult.

Despite all this, I did manage to get quite a bit of reading done, which is nice.

  • I read chapters 69 through 75 of Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, finally finishing that book! It was really, really good and I can’t wait to jump into the next one, although that will take me a while to get to.
  • I also read chapters 6 through 37 of What We Do For Love by Anne Pfeffer. also finishing that book. It looks like a lot of chapters, but most of them were pretty short. This book was a fairly quick read, but I enjoyed it! More about that next week.
  • I only read chapters 11 through 13 for my Chapter-A-Long with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. I’m going to try and aim for at least five chapters/posts for next week.
  • I read All Night Long by Kate William/Francine Pascal for my Nostalgic Reads series. I like doing those because I can down a book in one setting, something that is pretty impossible to do with most of the stuff I read. You can see that post here.
  • Continued my progress on Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey, reading chapters 4 through 16. Not too shabby there. I am so excited to be reading that one. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to cross off anything on my “Complete the Series” list, and once I finish this one, I’ll be able to do just that.

These posts might be boring to some of you, since I post similar stuff on WWW Wednesdays, but it does help me see that I am making a lot of progress, which makes me feel better about how things are going. I love making lists and logs about things that I’m working on. Clears out the head space for new things.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I will hopefully be here tomorrow with a new Nostalgic Reads post – not Sweet Valley High this time! Branching out a little!

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Weekly Wrap-Up – 4/26/19

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Ugh, I am so ready for this week to be OVER! Maybe because last week was shorter due to the holiday, but this week feels like it has lasted years. Part of that, I know, was due to some issues that my daughter is having, which I don’t think I’ve actually talked about. I think I have mentioned that she suffers from severe anxiety and depression, including suicidal thoughts at times, but it got so bad that we made the decision to pull her out of school and homeschool her for the rest of the year. I couldn’t keep dealing with getting calls from the guidance office that she was upset or dealing with teachers who claimed they were sympathetic but then never gave her a break on anything. The administration at her school were also incredibly difficult to deal with, including blaming my daughter for her own bullying situation. Not cool, man.

So we withdrew her from school and are trying to decide what to do with her next. Mind you, I am still working, so a lot of what we are doing is online so that I can monitor it and help her while I’m at the office. I am very lucky that my co-workers and boss are okay with me doing that. It’s been two weeks now and it is mentally exhausting. Better than worrying about her at school, but still really hard. All I can do, though, is keep pushing through it until we get through this challenge and then see where we end up.

I will say that keeping up with this blog has been a wonderful distraction from life when I need it. I deeply appreciate everyone who follows me here and all the other bloggers I get to interact with. You make me smile when smiling is sometimes hard to do.

Okay, okay, enough serious stuff. Speaking of the blog, this week was a busy week! I got to participate in two different blog tours in two very different ways. With one of them (S.S.S: Year One), sadly, I did not have a chance to read the book yet, although I did start reading it and will one day pick it back up again. It was a lot of fun. Reminded me a bit of the Yasmine Galenorn series Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon that I read a few years back.

Let’s look at reading progress, shall we?

  • I read chapters 23 to 65 of The Circle: Taken by Sage Sask, finishing that book. You can read my review for the blog tour here in case you missed it.
  • I made good progress on Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas finally, reading chapters 40 through 68. Yay! I should hopefully finish that one today. It’s not that it wasn’t good – it’s great – but I kept having other things get in the way.
  • Speaking of progress, I went ahead and started reading Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey, reading chapters 1 through 3. I was planning on waiting until I finished Empire of Storms, but figured that I’d go ahead and jump in. Why not.
  • I only read one chapter, chapter 10, of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. This one has really fallen by the wayside and I fell like such a bad Potter fan! My goal for next week is to really get back into the Chapter-A-Long posts so that I can keep going. I will definitely fall behind in the #PotterheadReadAlong19, but hopefully Noura will forgive me (I know she will 🙂 ).
  • I started my next review book, What We Do For Love by Anne Pfeffer, and read the first five chapters. So far so good, although it’s just getting started. I love the main character already!

That’s . . . that’s a lot of reading things! And GoodReads says I’m two books ahead of schedule to meet my goal! Yay!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!