Weekly Wrap-up | March 15, 2020

Hello from the apocalypse! This week was pretty crazy. We had parent conferences, which went well. In the past, I’ve experienced massive anxiety over conferences, but since going through intensive therapy, going on anti-anxiety drugs, and feeling like I’m actually a good teacher, it’s gotten a lot easier. The hardest part was the growing panic over COVID-19 which culminated in an after school meeting during which the principal told us that she couldn’t tell us anything officially, but she recommended that we take anything we’d want to have for the next two weeks home with us. A couple hours later, the official notice came down that our school is closed for the next two weeks. I have a feeling it will be longer, but I don’t know. The cafeteria will still be open for the kids to eat. I’ve been sending resources out to the parents over Class Dojo, but not all parents are signed up, so not everyone is getting them. I teach in a poor area, and some of the families don’t have access to the internet anyway. It’s a mess.

It’s funny: my dream is to not have to teach so I can write, but this is definitely not how I wanted it to happen. I want to have published several books, first, and then be able to leave teaching to write full time.

The positives: I’ll have time to read. I can continue watching The Untamed and I just got Disney+ so I can also watch The Mandalorian. (I’m not sure how to spell that). I just ordered weights, a yoga ball, and resistance bands so I can work out at home. Plus, I’ll continue to run, since that’s a solitary activity. I am considered vulnerable because of my asthma. I was considering going home to visit my parents, but right now, I’m afraid of picking up the virus on the way down and passing it on to my father, who has cancer and is losing weight as I type this. Probably not a great idea.

Reading wise, I didn’t get much done this week. I’m focusing on The Starless Sea, which I bought because it was due at the library and I couldn’t renew it. Of course, then the library closed and it didn’t matter anymore, but I love the book, so it’s fine. This way, I can go through and tab the stories in it so when they’re referenced, I can go back and reread them since I only vaguely recall them. Anyway. I hope to become more active on my blog again. I’ve got the time.

Tuesday: Top 5 Tuesday – Author’s F-J

Saturday: Snippet Saturday

Monday: TBD

Tuesday: Top 5 Tuesday – Authors K-O

Wednesday: WWW Wednesdasy

Thursday: TBD (probably The Starless Sea review)

Friday: TBD

Saturday: Snippet Saturday

How are you? Are you self-isolating? What are your tips to survive this? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Weekly round-up | March 8

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week. I did, although it was very busy. I had a training on Monday and Thursday, which meant two days of sub plans. I also had report cards to enter and conferences to schedule. Plus, I was a little bit sick, although once I started being treated, I felt much better. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish any books this week (boo!) which means I have nothing to review. That gives me a kind of icky feeling, like I’m failing, which this blog is supposed to be a fun hobby, not an obligation. But, if you see less of me this week, that’s why.

Monday: The Toll by Neal Sushterman (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Authors A-B-C-D-E

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Saturday: Snippet Saturday

Tuesday: Top 5 Authors F-G-H-I-J

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Saturday: Snippet Saturday

Anyone have some tag suggestions for me?

How was your week? What are you reading? Drop me a comment below and let me know!

Weekly Wrap-up | February 23, 2020

Hi all! I can’t believe it’s Sunday once again. This week felt strangely long. I think what made it long was we had a field trip on Thursday, and the anticipation leading up to it was insane. The kids were so excited. We walked to the high school to see their farm and meet the animals. It was a lot of fun, except we were hit with a heat wave I wasn’t prepared for and we didn’t take water with us and, well. It was a long walk back for all of us.

I missed my review on Thursday because, well? I didn’t finish the book. I was supposed to review The Chosen by Chaim Potok. I thought I’d be done with it because my book club meets today, but I just couldn’t get into it. I was about halfway through and had been enjoying it, but then I hit a wall and was so over it. The writing style, the characters, everything just stopped working. I think, though, that’s because I was trying to read it before bed and it took more concentration that I was able to give it. Yesterday, I sat down and started reading, determined to finish it, or at least get near the end. Luckily, I got swept up into the story and it was easy to finish. So, review on Monday.

Yesterday was exciting because my library had its grand reopening. I was so pumped for it. The library used to be this little, one room building about the size of my apartment (or maybe two of my apartments). It was old and didn’t have many books. I always felt like I was in a fishbowl where everyone could see me. I didn’t like going there and started going to a slightly farther and more updated library. Then, they destroyed my library to build a new one.

O. M. Goodness, everyone, it’s gorgeous. It’s two stories and full of books and just so beautiful. There’s a fireplace to read by, a balcony, meeting room, group study rooms, a media center, a maker’s space with a 3D printer, and TONS of brand new books. They had almost EVERY book I’ve been dying to read. And chairs everywhere! And soothing colors! A new library cards that you can put on your keychain. I LOVE IT AND WANT TO LIVE THERE!

*ahem* Sorry. Got a little over the top there. But, yeah. I love it. And I can’t wait to go back.

Monday: A Heart so Fierce and Broken (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Bookish Habits

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Monday: The Chosen by Chaim Potok (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Books that Cause a Major Hangover

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Toll by Neal Shusterman (review)

Friday: TBD

Saturday: February Wrap-up

Seriously. I’m so obsessed with this show. It’s AMAZING.

How was your week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Weekly Wrap-up | January 26

Hey all! We made it to Sunday. Ready for another week? I am not so much. Progress reports are due on Monday (in the afternoon… I think) and I have not gotten my comments done on them yet thanks to my two plus day migraine. Which sucked. So, that’s what I’m doing today.

Overall, though, the week was pretty good. I didn’t as much reading done as I wanted, but I did get some. I’m starting to get back into a good sleeping routine and, with any luck, I’ll soon be able to get up early again to write. I did decide to DNF The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People because it just wasn’t doing it to me. I like the habits Stephen Covey describes, but the book is just not written in an accessible way for me. It’s too dry and verbose and I can’t get into it. So, I’m dropping that for I Thought It Was Just Me [But It Isn’t] by Brene Brown.

Monday: The Self-Care Solution by Jennifer Ashton, M.D., M.S. (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Reasons I Rate a Book 5 Stars

Thursday: Ugh, I’m dying

Monday: The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Anticipated Books for 2020

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Sorry I’m Late, but I Didn’t Want to Come by Jessica Pan (review)

How was your week? Anything exciting planned for next week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Weekly Wrap-up | January 19, 2020

Oy, what a week! Seriously, though, this week was absolutely insane! On Tuesday night/Wednesday morning at about 2, my smoke alarm/CO2 monitor started going off. It was just chirping every few seconds, so I didn’t think it was sending off an alarm. I tried to open it up to take the battery out, only to find that the unit was attached by wires to the ceiling, and I couldn’t figure out how to get them unhooked. I also couldn’t read any of the information on the back except the part that said to call the fire department if it went off.

I ended up calling the non-emergency number, but she treated it like an emergency. She had me go and wait outside, in the cold (okay, okay, California cold, but still) and wait for the fire truck and three firemen in full gear to arrive. They went into my apartment, scared the cats, and tested the air. They eventually determined that the smoke alarm itself was defective or past it’s expiration date and needed to be replaced. They unhooked it from the ceiling and left, leaving me to try and get a few hours more of sleep. It didn’t work all that well.

On Thursday, I was out of school for a training in math. It was also the same day my dad, who lives 300 miles away, went in for surgery. I spent the whole day checking my phone, waiting for updates. Around three, my mom texted to say that it would be a couple more hours. I left the training (with a full bladder) intending to drop by home, use the bathroom, grab my gym clothes, and go to the gym. I arrive to find out that my water had been turned off because of a problem in the building. Frustrated, I packed my shower gear and went to the gym. While working out, I decided that it made more sense to do an extra thirty minutes on the treadmill after strength training, because then my water would be turned on. Meanwhile, two hours came and went with no word from my mom. Finally, my brother texted and said it would be another two or so hours. I almost started crying in the gym. The good news came later that he was fine and out of the surgery.

The next morning, I woke up a little crabby, but ready to slay the day. I jumped in my car and my tire pressure light was on. Again. This put me in an even more sour mood, but I persisted and the day went fine.

Saturday was awesome because I ran two and a half miles to the gym, did a work out, did a stretching class, walked home and stopped for lunch. I was swimming with endorphins. Also, I found out I made it to the second round in the RoadTrip Nation trip I’m trying to get chosen for.

Then, today, I woke up to take my car to get tires replaced, only to find my front tire completely flat. I had to call a tow truck and was late to my appointment (I did call to tell them), but it’s basically going to take all day for the car to get fixed. Oh well. It’ll give me time to write and relax, I guess.

So, that’s a lot of words that have nothing to do with reading or books. For most of the week, I didn’t get much reading done because I was tired or stressed. But I did finished The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh on Friday and Crashing Upwards S.C. Wynne. I saw the later on a list of best M/M romance and, having never heard of it, had to read it. It was fine, but Red, White, and Royal Blue was vastly superior as a romance. Way more romantic.

I’m now getting ready to start A Touch of Madness by Rebecca Crunden. I feel so bad. She sent me the book months ago, and I haven’t read it yet. I should, however, have it done by next week (barring any more disasters). The first book in the series was super enjoyable, and I have no doubt this one will be great as well.

Monday: The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Books I Need to Read in 2020

Thursday: Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown (review)

Saturday: Reading & Writing Goals for 2020

Monday: The Self-Care Solution by Jennifer Ashton (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Reasons I Rate a Book 5 Stars

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Friday: TBD

So, how was your week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Weekly Wrap-up | January 12, 2020

Wow! This was a super busy week! I barely even had time to sit down in the evenings, much less read. My poor cat was desperate for affection and whenever I was sitting down, plopped on me for cuddles. Sadly, I was only able to give him a few minutes of them before I was up and rushing to whatever I had to do next. I did managed to get some reading and cuddling in yesterday, though, so we’re all good. With any luck, this week won’t be quite as busy and I can get back to my regular schedule of cat-cuddles and reading.

Monday: Atomic Habits by James Clear (review)

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Beyond the Grave by C.J. Archer (review)

Monday: The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Books I Need to Read in 2020

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown (review)

Friday: TBD

Saturday: TBD

How was your week? Also, is anyone actually interested in my Saturday Snippets, or should I stop posting? Have a great week!

Weekly Wrap-up | December 29

Wow, this week has gone by super quickly! On Monday, I drove home to spend the week with my parents for Christmas/Hanukkah/Mom’s birthday. It was a really fun week. We did Christmas with my brother on Christmas Eve. On Christmas, we had a long, leisurely morning before going out to lunch, then doing Christmas. I got new books as presents, which is always so awesome. The next few days were full of shopping and relaxing. I went to Barnes and Noble and got a couple books I’ve been wanting for awhile. Today, I’m driving back home. I’m sad to leave, but I’m also happy because I miss my cats. I’m also getting excited for the new year.

I bought Atomic Habits and The Beautiful. The rest were gifts. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is signed and personalized by the author. I’m thrilled with my holiday haul.

Monday: Finale by Stephanie Garber (review)

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner (review)

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

Monday: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (review)

Tuesday: Top Reads of 2019

Wednesday: WWW Wrap-up

Thursday: Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco (review)

Friday: 2019 Wrap-up

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

What are you reading this week? Did you meet your 2019 goals? Drop a comment below and let me know!