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, and showcase books and things we have received.
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Sunday, when I woke up there were snow flurries! It wasn’t predicted. But it was 40F/ 5C so it isn’t sticking. I did my visiting. I finally got to reformatting the crash computer. But I don’t want to use it now because all my stuff is missing. Restoring it will take a lot of work. I don’t want to put in all that effort just to send it off for repair and have to do it all again. I made the French bread to have with leftover soup for dinner. It’s my daughter’s spring break this week so she is sleeping more but also doing some cleaning and sorting (yay).
Monday, I did a bunch of tasks that have been hanging around. I called and scheduled the car maintenance at the dealership who called me back after I called 3 times. I went to pickup a BJs’ order and a few things at Aldi. I finished up a review. I looked at options to use my $10 Audible coupon and bought them. I took Lulu on a long walk even though it is chilly and even got a picture of the swans. Then I covered up the lettuces and snow peas.
Tuesday, I wanted to get an early start but it didn’t work out exactly. My daughter started to do the dog walking. I’d told her to wear a coat not just a sweater. She and Abby came back for gloves. I’m washing her heavy winter coat to put away though. It’s 50 today but a cold windy one. I did a bunch of chores while listening to Hexed. I wrote another review. More plant covering at night.
Wednesday, I can’t stay awake at night and I can’t get up in the morning. Lulu agrees that DST is exhausting. Another busy day walking with Abby and Lulu. I made an appt for my daughter with the gastro specialist for a checkup. I perused my freebies for a theme I plan to do later this year. My daughter wanted to eat out one night this week so I agreed to get takeout from an Italian place she wanted to try. We had a Chicken Spinach Alfredo and a Salmon with Pink Vodka Sauce, both with gluten free penne. She was surprised to like the Vodka sauce best. I got her started on listening to Hounded on the drive from the restaurant. I finished Hexed today. OMG there’s a Murderbot Mastodon account tweeting quotes of things it says!!!
Thursday, I had to get up almost 2 hours early to get the car to the dealer for the maintenance. The dealership has their own shuttle driver so that went pretty smoothly. My daughter & I walked with Abby and Lulu. It was still cold but warming up today. Today is a windfall of ARCs. Then I set up the shells for their posts. I made inquiries into the price of mulch I like which my neighbors have. I couldn’t find my checkbook when I went to pickup the car because they charge extra for credit cards. I had my ATM card which I’ve never used as a debit card but it worked fine. I found the checkbook at home then, in the first place I had looked. Ugh. I changed out the filters in all 3 air purifiers and wow they were dirty. Then I changed the furnace filters too.
Friday, Lulu got me up. She’s weird today, subdued. She didn’t even like the walk very well. I worked on some visiting and reviews. I documented and called to make a claim with Asurian on my crash computer. They gave me quite the run around but I finally got it filed. When Lulu and I walked I saw that the swan was curled up on her nest from last year. I noticed that 6 varieties of SDB iris are blooming now. My daughter is even more worried about Lulu who doesn’t want to do anything other than sit in her lap. She had to feed her to get her to eat. Something seems to have scared her badly. I had a lot of trouble with Netgalley timing out and not being able to login on my iphone but finally it worked. I also created a new spreadsheet to organize my freebies to start reading them.
Saturday, my daughter stayed up holding Lulu until 8 am. I took Lulu outside and picked up sticks and pulled weeds while she did her business. I got tonight’s soup going in the crockpot. I got the French bread ready to rise in its baking pans, then I covered the lettuces, chard and snow peas as it might get close to freezing the next few nights. I showed Lulu the leash and she wagged her tail, so we walked the longest route. She seemed energetic and not afraid like last night so that was great. My major problems seem to be handled. Now I just have to plan the menu for the week and start on our taxes.
I found the best thing ever! On Mastodon, there is an account @firstname.lastname@example.org which shares quotes from my favorite SecUnit. I chortled and cackled and can’t imagine not following its account.
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Reading Reality. These are the exciting ARCs I received this week (If you click on the cover, it will take you to the Goodreads entry):
My sincere thanks to Penguin Audio, Tordotcom, Berkley Publishing, Zebra, Recorded Books.
(If you click on the cover, it will take you to the Goodreads entry)
I used a $10 coupon from Audible to buy these audios, the first 2 for $1.99 from Whispersync and the last one $7.49.
I used a credit for this last one even though I have the Kindle version as freebie, and weird that this one doesn’t have Whispersync.
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.
- Series on Saturday: Audio series @Rachel_Aaron @vikasadam @AndreaPenrose @KevinHearne @luckylukeekul @KelleyArmstrong #KateHandford @veschwab @booknarrator @HoJay92 @BaileyCarrVOICE #LoveAudiobooks #JIAM - June 10, 2023
- Demons of Good and Evil by Kim Harrison @BurningBunnies @AceRocBooks @BerkleyPub - June 8, 2023
- 🎧 All The Sinners Bleed by SA Crosby @blacklionking73 @alazarrewhite @MacmillanAudio #LoveAudiobooks #JIAM - June 6, 2023
It’s worrying when pets aren’t themselves, isn’t it? They can’t really tell you what’s wrong. I’m glad Lulu seems more herself. Have a great week!:)
Thank you. We are still watching her closely. She’s better but not quite herself.
Oh poor LuLu! I’m glad she seems better already.
Thank you Wendy
Oh no poor LuLu!! I am glad to hear that she is back to herself!
And I am not a fan of DST. I was a zombie all week!
Thanks Erin. We hope this week will go better.
Poor little Lulu. I’m glad she’s feeling better. Ugh tax season and DST both seem like punishments. Enjoy your books this week.
Thanks Naida. We are not letting Lulu go into the backyard by herself since we really think something scared her badly.
NetGalley was down on Friday, I think, most of the day. Everyone in the NetGalley Facebook froup was talking about it. I hope Lulu is ok! Have a good week, Anne.
Thanks Tammy. I’m glad it was some screw up on my part but an overall system thing with Netgalley. we’re watching Lulu carefully now.
Lulu looks adorable💜 I hope she’s okay now.
Great book pickups this week! I was also thrilled to get Murder on Bedford Street, too. I’m very behind in my reading because of hubby. Spending a lot of time at the hospital these days.
Have a great week!
Thanks Jonetta. I was starting to be sure I wouldn’t get Murder on Bedford Street. I hope things go well for you this week.
Poor Lulu! I’m glad she was already seeming better. And I’m glad you got most of your major problems taken care of. I still need to do my taxes as well.
Thanks Samantha. It feels good to have finished a bunch of things hanging arounds and now it’s on to the next projects.
Those flowers look pretty. I have some tuilps in my front yard.
Have a great week.
Thank you. I enjoy how they bloom early and then again in a few months.
I hope Lulu is feeling better now. It is always a bit worrying when our pets aren´t themselves… Love your flower pictures. Thank you for sharing them. Wishing you a wonderful new week, Anne.
Thank you Vi. We are watching Lulu and enjoying the flowers blooming.
It seems that Lulu felt lazy this week LOL. I love all that signs of Spring on your blog Anne!
Thank you Sophie! It is spring here now even though we are getting some near freezing nights. We have many nice days though.
Glad you could get caught up on lots of big to-dos. Some sounded like a pain like claim on your computer, but glad its sorted. Fun Murderbot account. I’ll have to follow. Animals are interesting and sometimes hard to figure out what gets them into moods. Neat pic of the swans. Nice score with your bookhaul this week!
Have a good week, Anne!
Thanks Sophia. The computer thing has been hanging on in a sense for 2 years but more the last month when I didn’t use it. I just hope they know what they are doing and fix it. I already have new projects to tackle but they don’t feel as uncertain as the computer did.
Oh no! I hope Lulu is okay. I hate when they are sick because they can’t tell us what is wrong. I hope you enjoy The Love Wager as much as I did. We had the crazy snow this week too. I need to get a bunch of stuff done on my spring break the last week of March too. Hope you have a good week and Lulu gets back to feeling better!
Thank you Lisa. With some big projects handle I hope to uh do more big projects. lol It feels good to have some things handled though. We will watch Lulu carefully but she does seem better, although a bit subdued.
I always feel like once you get those taxes done, the weight of the whole world is off your shoulders. At least for a good minute or two before you realize everything else you need to do hahah Happy reading, Anne! 😀
Thank you ! That’s my big project for this week I think. But I always have a project or 10.
Snoe here too- we got a blizzard! The sun is out today so even though it’s only 32 it’s melting. Glad to hear that Lulu is feeling better. Hopefully whatever was bothering her is past. 🙂
That Murderbot account sounds hilarious!
Thanks Greg. I’m just ready for spring. NC spring. It’s already warmer than MN spring. I just love Murderbot!
Looks like some really good books this week, AND a good genre mix. I added You Can Die to my TBR….. About half way thru Hexed and it’s another winner. 🙂 Thanks again for including me in the read along.
Thank you Terrie. I am so happy to have you with us on the Read-along. I try to choose great books at least they are ones I want to read or have read and want to reread all together in a year. This one is new to me and I”m pleased to have chosen it.
Glad to hear Lulu seems back to normal. The swan looks beautiful. I think I should’ve covered my pink jasmine with all the snow, but didn’t. I think it’s dead. Oh well, lesson learned. I have The Love Wager and Happy Place but they’re e-ARCs. I need to get on the list for more audio-ARCs. I’m trying to review Penguin library audios and tag them on Instagram. We’ll see if that works. Macmillan seems to approve me whenever I request on NG so that’s nice.
Your irises look beautiful! I should make soup and bread this week as we have a whole week of rain. Perfect soup and bread weather.
yes Lulu is doing much better thank goodness. I hate it when she is that scared. It’s a juggle for me to decide eARC vs audio and to get the right balance. And then I don’t always know if I can get one or the other. Last year I was taking more eARCs in addition to audio to get to 500 reviews on Netgalley. Now there, I’m less worried about numbers and try to just take the ARC the way I will read it. My daughter loves soup so I’ve worked to incorporate it into our weekly menus. I’m more a winter / cold weather soup person myself but I’m getting more used to it weekly.
Poor Lulu, hopefully she gets past whatever is wrong. My dog is like that in July with all the fireworks going off. He doesn’t want to go out much.
Lulu seems back to normal now but she really had us concerned. We used to let her in the fenced backyard by herself for 5 minutes and now we are always going out with her. It gives me a chance to pickup sticks and pull weeds anyway.
I hope Lulu is feeling better. The time change is killing us. I really feel like I need to sleep for at least a week to feel rested! Have a great week.
Lulu is better, thanks Katherine. I don’t know but the time change has me sleeping very late the last 3 days but at least I’m feeling energetic once I’m up.
DST really messes with me, too. I hope Lulu is still doing much better!
Thank you Jen. Lulu seems better but we are watching closely. She really stays close to us too. I’ve been sleeping very late the last 3 days and I have to get up and go the next 4. We are more a second shift household usually.
Those were some worrisome moments with sweet Lulu! Hope she’s back to her normal self now.
Glad you got the car maintenance done and how cool is it that they have a shuttle service!
Thanks Jinjer. Lulu seems normal but she is staying close to us. And she’s normally a real people person. I am so glad to have the car maintenance done. Hopefully I won’t need anything other than oil changes for the next 5 years. It’s harder to find a certified electric technician. Maybe there will be more in 5 years also.
The Love Wager and Happy Place are both on my reading lists too! Your irises are also beautiful – mine will bloom here in May. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!
Thank you Jodie I am happy to have spring flowers and garden growing here. The winter is relatively short maybe December, then January-February. Mild compared to Minnesota where my SDB iris bloomed the second week in April. I’m excited to have some good reading ahead.
Funny, I had to make an Asurian claim this past week too. Mine was quick and easy, but it was just noise-canceling headphones, so that might have made it easier.
yeah, it’s a high end laptop cost $1000 so I got the plan. It’s been crashing since I got it. It would have been cheaper to just replace the hard drive locally but I worried about something on the main board with everything there and a more expensive unit.
I’m glad Lulu is feeling better. That’s a big book haul! Enjoy.
Thank you Bonnie. We seem to be in better days now. I’m looking forward to those books!
Some great looking books. We are having a cold snap here, so I’m with Lulu, snuggling up in my favorite place.
Tonight’s supposed to be the last freezing. No more in the next week and 85F!!! on Friday.
Dogs get scared sometimes. Lulu was like that a few weeks ago when something scared her on the evening walk. We’re still not sure what it was. Glad she’s back to normal now.
She was really subdued which means we are watching her closely now
I love pasta with vodka sauce. Hope your computer gets sorted. That must be so frustrating. I can’t wait to read You Can Die. It’s on my Netgalley, but I have a few books to knock of first before I can get to that one. Have a great week.
My daughter is a fan of all pasta and seafood.
I’m excited for Happy Place. I look forward to her books each spring.
Yes her books are always ones that appeal to both my head and heart. They are love stories but more realistic and complex in some ways than most contemporary romances.
Lucky! It has snowed and been cold! Mon and Tues this week have been the only good days!
Well I chose a place to live (in 2015) which would have a smaller range of temperatures. It rarely snows here. I really like the long spring and autumn with shorter winter and summers. Even then the winter is mild, more like spring in Minnesota.
I don’t even know if I would notice if one of my dogs didn’t eat for a day. I am glad that she seems to be feeling better. I can’t wait to start listening to Happy Place! Have a great week!
Thank you Carole. Well Lulu is key in our live so we watch her closely. Since I put out food twice a day, I notice if it is still there. She is still a bit more subdued and a squirrel scared her when we went out yesterday; she ran right back to the door. I had to carry her out to the grass and stand watch while she did her business. I always enjoy Emily Henry and prefer the audio.
I love Daylight Savings (I would prefer we stayed on it year round), but I always get the sleep/tired issues about day 3-7, then I’m better. I love how light it is in the evenings now, it does so much for my mood. The weather is a bit crazy, tho. Snow storms one day, 55 and sunny the next! At least true spring is almost here.
I haven’t done my summary post for last week and right now, can’t recall anything I did. On Friday, St. Patrick’s Day, we did corned beef takeout with the neighbors, which was a lot of fun. My daughter and I finished watching the second season of Shadow and Bones over the weekend. I found a great article that compares it to the books (which I haven’t read), and it’s interesting the changes made to make it more TV-friendly. I have enjoyed the show.
I like it being light later too. I’d rather have the morning darker. But that’s because we tend to stay up later and get up later. I have the audios for Shadow and Bone but haven’t read them and I don’t watch much tv other than a few cooking shows. We are finally shedding the near freezing nights and warming up. It will be almost 90 tomorrow! But more seasonal all next week which is 60s with 40s at night.
Awww, I really hope Lulu is acting more herself this week.
Thank you Suzanne. She seems better. She was still scared of a squirrel when we went out yesterday and usually she chases them. So something happened. She stays close to me while walking rather than running ahead, too.