It’s time for another weekly wrap up, in which I round up books I’ve read, posts I’ve made, and thoughts I’ve had this week.
Well, oops! I sort of dropped the ball this week. On Wednesday, I was writing up my WWW post but had trouble uploading images and then my computer crashed. I was so disgusted that I decided to scrap the post and stay away from my blog for the day. Somehow, that translated to three days. Oh well, I guess I needed a break.
Meanwhile, the world has been completely turned upside down. At least in the US. Yet another black man, George Floyd, was murdered by the police and people have had it. There are protests all across American and, from what I understand, London and Tokyo as well (although, in Tokyo, they are also protesting police brutality of their own police). I personally am incensed and tired of the injustice people of color face in my country. I want change.
Unfortunately, I’m not sure what I can do. There was a protest yesterday nearby, but I didn’t find out about it until now. I’ve donated to the Minneapolis Freedom Fund. More importantly, I’m starting to actively educate myself about anti-racism and what actions I can take to help. I know it’s not enough, but I hope it’s a step in the right direction.
Hi everyone! This past week was a really good one for me. It was days 65-70 of isolation, and I’m falling into a good groove. My reading has shot up incredibly. I finished six books this week: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Illuminae, A Conspiracy in Belgravia, A Study in Scarlet Women, and Bloom. I also started a book journal and if you’re interested, I’d be happy to post pictures.
I’m getting back into the exercise groove this week as well. I ran three times: a mile on Tuesday, two miles on Thursday, and 3.10 miles on Saturday. I didn’t work out on the days I didn’t run like I’d ideally want to, but I did go on walks. A lot of times around the internet, I see posts that say something to the effect of “running is my therapy” or “lifting is my therapy.” Well. Therapy is my therapy, but working out is what I do to help my mood. And getting back to running this week has really helped it.
In other news, I wrote a little this week, but not as much as I should. I hope that once school is officially out for the year, I’ll have the discipline to get back to doing what I love. Right now, my work stuff takes up my desk and I’m just not as focused when I’m writing on my couch.
Lastly, I’ve moved to a self-hosted journal. I’m completely out to sea at how this works, and can only hope people will follow me here.
Another week finished! This was my first week of distance teaching,and it went pretty smoothly. One day, there was a ton of panicked calls and messages from parents and students because two of the links to the lesson weren’t working, but it was resolved easily. I got to see my students again when we met virtually, and it was so great to see them! I miss them so much.
In reading news, I had a good reading week. I finished Middlemarch by George Elliot yesterday. It didn’t take me nearly as long as I thought it would. Last summer, when I’d intended to read it, I thought it would take me all summer, but it only took me about 23 days. I don’t think I’m going to review it, because I enjoyed it without much critical thought. It was just a great book that I really liked. I’m now rewatching the miniseries on Amazon Prime. It’s funny because I’ve seen it twice, but really only remembered one plot line. The book is extremely complicated and has a lot of different things going on, but none of them made an impression on me when I watched the miniseries. Weird.
I also just finished reading The Hockey Player’s Heart by Jeff Adams and Will Knauss. It was an m/m hockey romance that was very cute. I heard about it while listening to a podcast by the authors and thought I’d give it a try, even thought m/m contemporary isn’t really my go-to. Still, it was a nice diversion and a sweet read.
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
Tuesday: Top 5 Tuesday – Authors K-O
Wednesday: WWW Wednesdasy
Thursday: TBD (probably The Starless Sea review)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.