Sunday Post – 3 March 2019 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted March 3, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 46 Comments

 

 

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly  @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received.

Stacking The Shelves is also a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga’s Reviews and Marlene from Reading Reality.  It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 

Don’t forget to look at my giveaways on the right sidebar.  There are FIVE!  More happening this week!

So this week was supposed to be sunny and in the 50-60s (10-20 C) . The temperatures were in that range but by Wednesday it was RAINING again.  Thursday and Saturday were nice with more rain on Friday and it’s supposed to rain tomorrow, Sunday.  I really like the sun it gives me some energy.

The week started out pretty typical.  My daughter’s college classes are MWF, and her group therapy on Monday night.  Tuesday, she just had a social activity with her group but did I get much done? Nope.  Wednesday and Friday were fine. I did the usual laundry and cleaning, asked for quotes to have our gutters cleaned, paid bills, etc.

Thursday, she had 4 medical appointments which turned into 5. First up was physical therapy and her ankle was so sore, they wanted us to get an Xray to make sure it wasn’t fractured. While we stopped at home for lunch, I checked and her regular doctor doesn’t have an Xray machine. I didn’t want to go to the emergency room ($$), so I called insurance to check on urgent care which might have it. Success.  We went to 2 more appointments at 1:30 and 3,  then went to the Urgent care where we spent 2 hours. It is not a fracture, so only muscle / joint pain. It was only a $5 co-pay too!  Although, the X-ray will be a separate bill.  Then it was off to her last thing, dinner with her group therapy people, arriving home at almost 10pm.

Saturday, I am happy to be home doing laundry, cooking, and other little chores.  I updated all my challenges for February, linking up reviews and such.  There was a Twitter party for the end of COYER and I won an Amazon Gift card!  I finished a cowl for myself with a spring fiber 40% bamboo, 30% silk and 30% wool.  So soft.

This week is spring break!  I am happy not to be going anywhere. I think the weather will be cold, too. I have been boxing up things for charity and want to take them to donate.  I will try to figure out which knitting project is next. Sunday (today) , I also hope to finally do more sewing.   My daughter was exhausted after Thursday and has slept more, even in the daytime. Now she thinks she may be getting a cold.

We have been gluten-free for awhile now, but I read a book called Grain Brain (my review later today) and I think now I also need to reduce sugar, so that’s the next habit.  I’m going to start with beverages and just drink water and iced or herbal tea, cutting back on diet soda, sweetened teas or fruit juices.  The next cutback will be carbs.


February Reading:   I had another good reading month.  I read 31 books and some count for more than one challenge.  I listened to 16 audiobooks, read 13 New Releases, read 12 library books, read 17 Beat the Backlist books,  and read 21 books for COYER.  COYER ended yesterday and my total was 62 books.  I seem to be in a reading frenzy with so many things I want to read!


Things I Learned This Week:

OK  if I’m asking for help, I’m also going to share the cool things I learn. You may already know them but hopefully it will help someone.

This is more a few tips I have for getting ahead on blogging which have helped me.

I figured out most of these things when I did Blog Ahead in October. (It is running again now in March but I’m just practicing the habits rather than participating this time.

  • Every time I get a new ARC, I create the shell  (setup in WordPress as a draft)
  • For any challenges I joined this year, I created my results posts when I created my signup posts.
  • I also copied over my year end Top 10 lists posts for December 2019, although they will need to be updated much closer to the date.
  • I work ahead on my original content as much as I can. The next points will be examples of this.
  • For the Read-along, I have all the posts created as drafts.  I just need to go back and add in the review, the questions and discussion information, and the current post giveaway)
  • For ICYMI,  which are the posts I did at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks, I have done the whole year in advance.
  • For Thrifty Thursday (at least monthly),  I can prepare the setup the format in advance.  If I could decide what book I was doing in advance, I could have everything set but the review.
  • For Friends on Friday (monthly),  I talk to people a few months in advance if I can and setup the book they are reviewing and their bio ahead, so I only have to copy in the actual review.
  • For Series on Saturday (monthly),  I am also thinking up my ideas and preparing them in advance.  (I have some fun ones ahead!)
  • I am also starting to plan now for June is Audiobook month.

 

Would you be interested in seeing how I use a one page spreadsheet to track reviews (TBR) or info on how I use my Goodreads shelves, both or neither?  Let me know in the comments. 


How do I fix it?

I have so many questions to fix up things on the blog. Many are graphics oriented since I am graphics challenged. So I will ask a questions here each week and see if you have any suggestions to help me. Also if you have any questions, ask in the comments and I will try to answer or ask your questions.

So something happened which has only been happening for maybe 2 weeks and it might be a Windows / Chrome thing. It happens when I add images to the Media library in my UBB in WordPress, but it also happens in SoundCloud.  It does NOT happen in iTunes when I am uploading the album artwork.

When I load an image to the Media Library or for SoundCloud, I get the image from Goodreads or Tantor or Audible normally. I open the image in a new tab by right clicking on the image at their site.  I used to be able to just copy that URL ending in .jpg, into the upload line for either application.  It gets an HTTP error.  Now I have to save the .jpg to my hard drive and then upload that filename. Rather than fill my computer with the images, I keep saving them all to the same name graphic.jpg.

I can’t think of anything that changed. I tried shutting down the computer and rebooting. I’m going to run some scans and defrag this week, too.

Any ideas to help me?

 

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.  These are the exciting ARCs I received this week:

                 

Space                                                           Taken                                          The Dark Bones

                                 

The Liar’s Child 

Thank you so much Penny Reid, Kensington Books,  Montlake Romance,  and PRH Audio.

 

           

Jane Doe                                                                                   Circle of the Moon

 

Now the really scary one. This is all the Kindle and Audible freebies I grabbed this past week. You can see why I need to do Thrifty Thursday to be sure I read a few at least one each month.

            

        

 

I really meant to cut back on freebies BUT  they are free so I guess that won’t be happening.

 

I’m not including things like reviews posted or upcoming as they are always in the right sidebar. And, my challenge status is also there.

If you like this and want to see me do the Sunday post, as often as I can manage, leave me a comment and let me know.

Anne

 

 

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Posted March 3, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 46 Comments


46 responses to “Sunday Post – 3 March 2019

  1. You had a very busy week! I didn’t eat carbs for quite a few years and I do have to say that I felt great. I only started eating carbs again when my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac. I needed to make gluten-free foods that tasted good and I really needed to taste it to see what needed to be changed. I still try to limit how many carbs I eat. Great tips! I try to sit down every couple of weeks and set up a bunch of shells which makes getting posts done much easier. I also work on my Stacking the Shelves post all week and my monthly wrap up all month. It is so much easier to add as you go! I hope you have a great week!

    • I’m going to be paying more attention to carbs than fat. Obviously I can’t eat NO carbs. But way less. And ditto for sugar.

      I’m glad you think the tips are helpful. Excellent point about do it as you go. That the strategy with creating the shells as I get the ARCs I also add them plus freebies to my Sunday post as I get them.

      I hope your trip is more fun than tiring and you get to relax a bit also.

    • Yes, I try to schedule appts all together so we can have days which are completely free but it got a little much with the unplanned Xray and the group social added at the last minute. The other things are planned at least a month in advance.

      I’m not going to sign up for blog ahead this time, just try to do the strategies. I hope it goes great for you and you read some amazing books!

    • I’m listening to Liar’s Child already so we will see. It’s a confusing start with some time jumps but I’m barely into it.

      Thank you! I hope to get some things done with time for “bigger” projects. We will see. It is also tempting to just read and relax. Have a good week and great books!

  2. Anne I feel sorry for you with all the doctors appointments! I had my fair share years ago and it was exhausting! Now about your question on the graphics I can’t help you as I always first save the picture on my hard drive then upload in my media library on WP. Have a great week!

    • Well at least I can listen to audiobooks and knit while my daughter has to do the physical therapy. Although when I get really tired I fall asleep in the car sitting up. lol

      A lot of people are telling me that they always save them to the hard drive first. I never did before, so weird. Thanks anyway. Happy reading!

  3. Whew! You gals were flying low with all the appointments. Nice that you got to finish your cozy cowl and get the Saturday for stay at home chores.
    You have some great stay ahead practices for your posts. Shari does those shell posts for our regular and anticipated posts, too.
    Nice haul! I saw those Audible freebies, too. 🙂 The Past Crimes sampler was pretty good.

    Have a great week, Anne!

    • Thanks Sophia. We’ve been dragging since Thursday. The cowl looks pretty limp in the photo, much better when wearing it. I actually did some vaccuming today! I hate it. I picked up 2 freebies today the first in series by CJ Carmichael; those covers are gorgeous! Sewing I want to get to sewing. I’m almost done with laundry.

      Have a wonderful week!

    • You can still join Blog ahead! She’s doing it as a weekly thing this month so you can sign up for 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks!

      I am enjoying my weekend. I’m glad I didn’t end up going anywhere because of course, it is raining again. Have a fun and productive week!

  4. I’m excited for the Laws of Physics series to be finished so I can read all three! My mom gave up sugar for a while and I was in awe. I couldn’t do it. I have been gluten free for 7 or 8 years now and giving up anything else just seems harsh! Good luck to you!

    Samantha recently posted: #SundayPost: March in Ohio
    • I have Space and need to get that read for the Tour. The last “cliffhanger” didn’t bother me at all but this next one might be more frustrating, maybe.

      Well I get that. I am not going to eliminate sugar but definitely reduce it. I’d eat junk all the time but not only would I not feel good but I would get tired of it.

      Have a good week! I hope it goes well with your appraisal.

  5. Congrats on the win! And glad to hear your daughter didn’t have a fracture.

    31 books is awesome. You had a great reading month! I love the look of Jane Doe.

    • Thank you! Jane Doe was recommended by Ilona Andrews awhile ago, plus some other friends reviewed it. So how could I resist an Audible Daily Deal?

      There is SO much I want to read. Waiting around or doing chores works great with audiobooks. I hope you have some great reads this week!

  6. My daughter would agree with you about the rain and needing a bit of sunshine. It rained most of yesterday, but today has been mostly overcast with a little sunshine peeking through at times. Our weather is all over the place these days. I am glad your daughter doesn’t have a fracture, although muscle and joint pain can be painful enough. Congratulations on your COYER Amazon win!

    I can definitely second your tip to set up your shell post for your reviews in advance! I try to do that when I have spare time because it makes everything easier. All my Waiting to Read Wednesday posts are done and ready to be published a month or so out, and I have skeletons done for most of my regular features/memes for as far out in the year as I can go. I just need to fill in the content. It really helps; although, I don’t always get the computer time to fill them in-especially if work is really busy, and I’m running around with or for my daughter. I just need a couple days all to myself with no other commitments that I can devote to my computer, and then I could accomplish so much! It seems like every time I try though, something comes up that interferes. 🙁

    Taken is on my TBR pile too! I look forward to reading it. I hope you have a great week!

    • Yes, it’s raining again today. I hope tomorrow to run a few errands before it gets cold and while the sun is out for a day.

      I am trying to build my habits to stay ahead. I think that I could do so much with empty days but there are so many things to do and read. I hope we both enjoy Taken. Happy Reading!

  7. Hope your daughter feels better soon. Man, all those appointments would wear me out. You must be a reading machine! I’m so envious. I managed to read 9 things and actually just got my wrap up posted and it’s only the 4th. I consider that a win. Medical stuff is so high even with insurance isn’t it?

  8. Wow, what a busy week! I hope that Spring Break week is super relaxing for you.

    And thanks for sharing all of the tips you learned while doing Blog Ahead. Those are all very helpful. 🙂

  9. It’s been raining a ton here, too. Very unusual for Southern California. It’s supposed to start raining again tomorrow through Thursday. I like it fine, I just don’t like to commute in the rain.

    Sounds like you and you daughter need a rest! Glad to hear the ankle wasn’t broken.

    I was looking at that Zanetti book. As you know, I got a copy of Loreth Anne White’s newest, too. Have a great week Anne! Stay dry and warm! 🙂

    • Thank you. I’m happy it’s less rain but the temp getting below freezing makes me want to just stay home. My daughter is taking in more social events, which makes me happy, but it’s more running for me. Uber is our friend, too, since she doesn’t want to drive.

  10. Jen

    I don’t know how to help you re: Graphic files – because I save them all to my computer by book title. Then when I upload into WP, I can easily refind them via searching for the title. I then clear out the files on my computer every few months.

    I hope you and your girl have a great stay-cation, even if the weather isn’t ideal.

    • That’s ok. Apparently nobody but me pasted in the url instead of saving them. lol I save them all to the same filename, that way I don’t have to delete them later. They are in the media library where I put in the real name.

      So far I am doing more reading but I want to do other things too. I always want to do more than is possible. At least I succeed occasionally.

    • You have to do what works for you. I am excited about reading and blogging and so it works for me. Plus I have my friends doing it with me – Robin, Melanie and KC. I want to read everything right now!

      We are having sun this week – yay! But it’s also getting below freezing at night and not so warm in the daytime either. I was really glad to just stay home today. Have a sunny week!

      Anne recently posted: Mahimata by Rati Mehrotra
    • I did. What am I going to do but read in all my waiting and chore time? And some truly excellent books.

      I’m so sorry about all your weather. It may be cold here but at least it isn’t all the snow. I had that in MN even as late as June for 35 years. I chose to move. And my first 20 years in rural Iowa were much the same. We just have to wait it out. Pretty soon it will be sweltering. I prefer this. I hope you have felt better this week.

      Anne recently posted: The True Queen by Zen Cho
  11. I’m cringing at the thought of all those hospital appointments… No wonder she was so exhausted this weekend. You still had a super productive week by the sounds of it!

    I’m trying to be better at blogging ahead too although I’m not getting very far… But I have taken to creating a draft post every time I sign up for something or get an idea so I know what I’m doing and when. It works much better than trying to remember or keep a calendar (as I often forget to update the calendar!)

    Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books recently posted: Weekly Update #50
    • Yes exactly! Every time I add new ARCs to my Sunday post I create the post shells with all the sound clips and everything needed so I only have to fill in the 2-5 paragraphs of review when I finish reading I can even listen to audiobooks while I do those. It really seems to help me. There’s an efficiency in doing like tasks all together too, just like if I run all my errands together instead of separate trips, or go do some commenting in a group at a time.