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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 18 March 2019
2019-03-18 05:00 UTC by Michelle

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 18 March 2019. To learn more about each book, click on the book cover!

Dance competition weeks are never conducive to reading because I am too busy trying to cram all the chores I would normally do over the weekend into the week before and after a competition. Plus, it’s college basketball tournament time. Reading will always take a backseat to March Madness, and I am perfectly okay with that.


FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

If, Then


CURRENT READ:

Sherwood


CURRENT LISTEN:

The Book of Life

Still not listening.


NEXT UP:

Girls With Sharp Sticks Never-Contented Things Sky Without Stars The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe


What are you reading?

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Sunday Reflections – 17 March 2019
2019-03-17 15:00 UTC by Michelle

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Happy Sunday!

I am taking some downtime during this competition weekend to get back to writing finally. It may not be one of the ten reviews I need to write, but I am taking the time to write something to take that first step towards getting my life back to normal after the craziness that was the end of the year.

Yes, I would say that I never wish to go through another acquisition that occurs at the beginning of the year ever again. It is too much all at once. What made it even worse is that the sale was not final until January 4th, so we had to close the year, close the month of January on the 3rd for the old owner, and then close it again at the end of January for the new owners. I have been playing catch-up on pretty much everything since that moment. We haven’t even begun to start diving into the differences between reports for publicly-traded companies and privately-owned ones. I do have a new manager and double the responsibilities though, as I added another plant to my jurisdiction, and that is why I feel like the proverbial chicken without its head and have felt this way since the holidays. I wish I could say I see things easing a bit, but until we fully transition into the new company, I fear chaos will reign supreme.

Jim has his struggles these days. His company is growing so quickly that he has to deal with the issues that come with such growth. His days are long, and he frequently brings work home with him in the evenings. Also, he signed up for another half-marathon in April and has been training for that. Because that is not difficult enough, he has been fighting a cough since February and just found out it is pneumonia. Thankfully, his only complaint is the cough. Then again, if he had any other symptoms, I suspect he would have seen a doctor a lot sooner than he did. Right now, there is no need for hospitalization; his doctor prescribed another round of antibiotics, and we hope to see some improvement soon.

Connor too is not having an easy time of things as he is still working through some anxiety and depression issues and finding a combination of medication that will ease his symptoms and allow him to have more good days. Thankfully, he has a great network of friends who are watching out for him and providing him the support he needs. Plus, he has hobbies he loves that help him get out of bed each day. The band is his first love, and right now he is in the middle of basketball tournament season with the tournament pep band. As I type this, Iowa State made it to the final for the Big Twelve conference and will be part of March Madness next weekend. As long as the team wins, he will be traveling to the games to play. He also joined a new club that is all about music. With this club, he participated in a podcast and did a stint for the school radio. There is even talk of getting his radio program at some point in time. For a kid who listens to one new album a week with no regard to genre, finding others as passionate about music is a great thing. He is still going strong on his aerospace engineering degree but is now not so confident he will finish the program in four years like he originally planned if only because a Spanish minor and an engineering major don’t mesh very well at times. No matter what happens though, Jim and I remain so proud of him not only because he has found a way to enjoy all of his favorite things but also because he is seeking help when the mental health stigma is still so strong. It is not easy for people twice his age to admit they need help, but he not only recognized the fact but sought out help on his own. It is just another reminder of how special he is.

As for Holly, her struggles are of her own making, as she is learning that she has not yet mastered the skill of time management. The Poms season just ended last week, and before then she was not able to start her homework most nights until after dance classes, which end at 9 PM. She is in all honors classes this year, and honors classes always mean a bit more homework than the regular classes. There are many nights she does not get ready for bed until after midnight only to wake up around 6 AM to do it all over again. While she knows that procrastination is a problem, she never complains and has not once failed to get up for school. And she plans to do it all again next year as she registered for an extra science class and an AP history class next year and has no intention of dropping any dance class. Jim and I keep a close eye on her to make sure she is not burning the candle a little too brightly at both ends, but she seems to be able to handle the load. Her grades are more than good, and, while she is still a teen who has her moods, she mostly remains her cheery, happy-go-lucky self. She impresses me daily.

2019 has been a challenge for all of us so far, but I know it won’t last. Job stress will ease. The school year will end. Medications will work. The fact that I can find the time and energy to write this post shows that things are improving a little bit at a time. Until I can settle into this new normal, know that I miss you all and have every intention of regular posting again. I will find a way. I miss talking about books too much and sharing my thoughts with all of you.

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and a great Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Here are past posts from the last few weeks in case you missed them the first time:

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 11 March 2019
2019-03-11 05:00 UTC by Michelle

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 11 March 2019. To learn more about each book, click on the book cover!

I am still alive. Work is still insane. However, I am reading a bit more than I was after finishing only five books in the month of February, so things are improving on that end. Of course, I still have to record my thoughts about the last nine books I finished, but I am taking things one day at a time right now. I miss you all, and I miss writing. I will find a way to get back into a regular routine.


FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

Evil Leviathan Wakes Woman 99 The Women's War While You Sleep


CURRENT READ:

If, Then


CURRENT LISTEN:

The Book of Life

Confession: I have not listened to a single word in over a month. This is another thing I want to change and soon.


NEXT UP:

The rest of the month is YA month, and I cannot be more excited about this. Look at these books!

Sherwood Girls With Sharp Sticks Never-Contented Things Sky Without Stars The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe


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2019-03-10 05:00 UTC

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 25 February 2019
2019-02-25 06:00 UTC by Michelle

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 25 February 2019. To learn more about each book, click on the book cover!

One book. I finished one measly book in seven days. I can’t even say that the one book was all that good. It was amusing and batshit crazy as only Jasper Fforde’s novels are, but it did not have me cracking a laugh not did it keep me on the edge of my seat. I have to get my reading act together. This lack of reading is insane.


FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

Early Riser


DID NOT FINISH:

I guess this is a good thing.


CURRENT READ:

Evil


CURRENT LISTEN:

The Book of Life

There is still no listening this week to anything. It appears my brain is still at maximum capacity.


NEXT UP:

Do I start March’s review copies or read something for fun? I do not know.


What are you reading?

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2019-02-24 05:00 UTC

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Fabulous Friday – 22 February 2019
2019-02-22 06:00 UTC by Michelle

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We should always find ways to celebrate the little things in life. What better day to celebrate these little things other than the best day of the week? So, here are the things that make this a Fabulous Friday for me this week ending 22 February 2019.

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  • SURVIVING – Work. I am in full-blown survival mode right now. Between transitioning from a private to a publicly traded company, the new year, a new month, additional duties, new reports, and pushing out as much information as possible every week, it is all I can do to make it to the end of each week. My job used to keep me busy one or two weeks each month with the rest of the time left to work on projects and seek ways to improve what I already publish. Things shifted towards the end of the year with the push to finalize a budget and have not let up since then. It is all go all the time. I know people, my husband being one of them, who loves that type of work environment. I do not. I need some downtime. I need a boring day now and then. This 100 mph all day every day is brutal and leaves me barely functional in the evenings, hence my lack of reading. I am still optimistic that once I finish revamping reports and creating the remaining new ones on my list, my duties will settle into something more manageable. Things have to settle down. I’m an accountant for crying out loud. We don’t do crazy like this!

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What makes this a Fabulous Friday for you?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 18 February 2019
2019-02-18 06:00 UTC by Michelle

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 18 February 2019. To learn more about each book, click on the book cover!

I am still alive! I am not reading very much. Nicky Pau Preto’s debut is gorgeous, but it is a slow build of a novel, which means it took me way too long to make any headway. My current read is an equally slow build. I am enjoying it, but it feels like I make no progress in the brief moments of reading time I am getting right now.


FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

Crown of Feathers


DID NOT FINISH:

When you don’t read very much, it is easy to finish everything.


CURRENT READ:

Early Riser


CURRENT LISTEN:

The Book of Life

There was no listening this week to anything, not even music. It appears my brain is at maximum capacity right now.


NEXT UP:

Evil

My last February review copy. I hope I can finish it before February ends.


What are you reading?

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Sunday Reflections – 17 February 2019
2019-02-17 21:29 UTC by Michelle

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Happy Sunday!

***excuse me one minute while I scream***

Holy shit; this month has been awful. My coworkers are blaming the massive shitstorms at work on the month. I don’t know what is different about this month versus February in year’s past, but I am one step away from losing my shit. Work is giving me no room to breathe right now, and on Friday, I voluntarily added to my workload on a permanent basis. I have no excuse other than I am a glutton for punishment or am too damn agreeable when it comes to working scenarios. It could be worse. So far, I am avoiding bringing work home to do in the evenings. Jim, however, is not so lucky and is putting in at least one to two hours on his laptop once he gets home. Even Holly is feeling the strain right now in spite of her many snow days with some major project work due and a dance schedule that is not conducive to studying.

It didn’t help that we started the work week – Holly and I – on a severe sleep shortage and supremely unprepared for the week having arrived home from the dance convention/competition around 11:30 PM thanks to more crappy weather in the form of freezing rain. By the time we both unpacked our suitcases and packed our bags for Monday, it was well after midnight. For my part, I struggled to settle down after the drive and stayed up to read while Holly had to take a shower to wash off the dance sweat and stage makeup. I don’t think either one of us was asleep before 1 AM, which is not how you want to start the week. I came home to a dirty house with a full laundry basket and no groceries in the pantry too, which put me even farther behind for the week. I feel like I have been running since Sunday night and have not stopped for a rest since then as I strive to catch up on chores, errands, email, work, bills, mail, and everything else that keeps us busy. Oh, and taxes. I still have those to do too.

Someday, I will post more than these quick updates. Unfortunately, I am struggling to find time to read or to be able to concentrate when I do read. It means I am reading one or two pages before falling asleep, which means it is taking me much longer than normal to finish a book, so I don’t have a lot of backlogged reviews to write. I guess that is the silver lining in all of this. Of course, I would rather be reading up a storm but this will pass. It always does. It might not pass for a few months or even until Holly turns sixteen in just over a year, but it will pass. (Just call me Suzy Sunshine here!)

I hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend and wish everyone a stress-free work week, and I hope to see you all back here next week!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 11 February 2019
2019-02-11 06:00 UTC by Michelle

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 11 February 2019. To learn more about each book, click on the book cover!

It was another tough week, but as long as I am reading something, I am happy.


FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

No Beast So Fierce


DID NOT FINISH:

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

I stopped reading this one only because I read that Mr. James’ story dramatically changed between the initial galley and the finished version. Admittedly, I did consider marking it a DNF because I struggled to get used to the mythological elements of the story and the enigmatic writing style, but I was able to overcome my confusion and eventually found myself not wanting to stop reading it. However, once I found out about the changes, I want to make sure I am reading the same story as the author intended. I am sure the galley is excellent, but 15,000 extra words are no small matter, so it seemed only fair not to take the chance. I already have the finished copy on order and will definitely get back to reading it once it arrives.


CURRENT READ:

Crown of Feathers


CURRENT LISTEN:

The Book of Life

There is not much listening to audiobooks going on lately. My brain can only handle music these days.


NEXT UP:

My few remaining February review copies and hopefully some old 2018 ones as well.


What are you reading?

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Sunday Reflections – 10 February 2019
2019-02-10 15:00 UTC by Michelle

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Happy Sunday!

I knew new owners would mean changes and some craziness, but even I was not prepared for how much my daily work would change and that those changes would be almost immediate. It feels like I started the year behind in almost everything, and I am still playing catch-up. To make matters worse, most of the work is tedious. I spend almost all day working on spreadsheets, adding data or formatting, with very little actual analysis. It means some very long days and weeks that feel like months. I keep telling myself that I will catch up on my workload and can take finally take a breather, and it is that hope which helps me get out of bed each day.

These long days means I am exhausted by the time I get home. The weather, I am sure, has something to do with this as well. After a slow start, it has been a traditional southern Wisconsin winter with very little sunshine and a whole lot of cold and snow. The polar vortex of 2019 was brutal, and it seemed like it took a lot of energy just to function. Even with no dance in the evenings and no school activities, it seems like we did not do much during the worst of the cold. There were a lot of blankets, a lot of cuddling, and plenty of early nights and not a whole lot of anything else – including reading. Holly has been thoroughly enjoying her snow/dangerous weather days, and I will confess to having enjoyed our dance-free weeknights. I think we are all ready for a return to a normal schedule.

Everything else seems to be progressing as normal for this time of year. Holly and I are at another dance convention this weekend, and she performs her solo for the first time this year later tonight. It will be a long weekend, but I am confident it will end up being a good one. Jim has been traveling more often than normal lately, having missed the nastiest of the weather with trips to Oklahoma and Las Vegas. Holly and I enjoyed the premium doggy cuddling that occurred while he was gone though, so all was okay.

With the way this year is going, we are all in the “one day at a time” mentality, and that is okay. I’ve learned that there is only so much energy – mental, emotional, and physical – that a person can exude on any given day, and thinking about your future schedule only depletes those energy levels at a much faster rate. Some days are rougher than others, as Jim is dealing with supplier issues while Holly has a formidable workload on any given day, but we manage. There is no one trick to living this crazy life other than dealing with things as they come and picking our battles as often as possible.

That’s about all that is happening here. With a dance convention and a cheerleading competition, I am going to continue to hide in my room until I have no longer have a choice. Jim is hitting an auto show today with a good friend. We are all trying to relax and enjoy our weekend as much as possible before we enter another week.

I hope everyone is also enjoying their weekend, staying warm and cozy where necessary and relaxing before going back to work. Hopefully, I will see you back here next week!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 4 February 2019
2019-02-04 06:00 UTC by Michelle

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 4 February 2019. To learn more about each book, click on the book cover!

I started out January with a bang and ended it with a whimper. Ah, well. ‘Tis the season where everything but reading happens.


FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:

The Burning Island


DID NOT FINISH:

2019 continues to be a really good year for books.


CURRENT READ:

No Beast So Fierce


CURRENT LISTEN:

The Book of Life


NEXT UP:

My February review copies and hopefully some old 2018 ones as well.


What are you reading?

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