Welcome to this week’s Sunday Post. This feature is brought to you by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, so swing by after you are done here and get the full list of participants!
What I Reviewed:
- [3 Jul] The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean
- [4 Jul] Wired by Julie Garwood ★★★
- [5 Jul] Semper Fi Cowboy by Heather Long
- [6 Jul] Drakon's Plunder by N.J. Walters ★★★★
- [7 Jul] Make Me Stay by Sidney Halston ★★★
- [8 Jul] Resilient by Gillian Archer ★★★
What’s Coming Up:
- Shattered by Cynthia Eden
- Claiming Alexis by Susan Stoker
- Resurrection by Katie Reus
- Survival Instinct by Janie Crouch
- Stay Close by Alexa Riley
- The Billionaire’s Private Scandal by Jenna Bayley-Burke
This Week’s New Releases:
What I Found Online:
- 14 favorite book sidekicks from Goodreads!
- Book Confessions from Nick over at Nick and Nereyda’s Infinite book blog are SPOT ON! I partake in all of them!
This Week’s Book Haul:
ARCs thanks to the publishers and authors!
Well, as the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. We spent $4200 getting the plumbing fixed/replaced, then they started the clean up process. Just for the clean up (tearing down dry wall, pulling up carpet, sanitizing) they estimated d$6000-$10000. I started to hyperventilate when I got that number. Our insurance covers this but only up to $10000. So, it will cover getting everything cleaned up, but then we are stuck with nothing left to try and rebuild. So, the area is just a disaster now. partial walls, carpet nails sticking up, hot mess. I have been implying my strategy of avoidance as often as possible (I call it ‘Scarlett O’Hara-ing; you know, when she says she will worry about that tomorrow) but its difficult to not worry about. Money is SO tight right now. I’m worried we are going to miss a few bill payments or something. I have no plans to fix anything in the basement. If it never gets done, then so be it. We can’t afford to try and fix it all now. Money was already tight since we had to finance the new AC/furnace unit in June. Ugh. Stressful adulting.
Aside from dealing with all the adulting stuff, it was a low key week. I have July off, so this is my down time. I go back and teach a test prep class the first 2 weeks of August, then we jump right into the school year. So, I try to use July to recharge. For me, this means avoiding leaving my house! Its way too people-y out there. And soon enough, I have to be surrounded by people all day. People who need me to make decisions, talk and listen, etc. My preparation is avoidance now! Its a classic introvert way of handling things. So, the dogs and I spend the day napping, reading, playing fetch.
Speaking of the dogs, several of you asked how they did while we were gone. They were fine. The place posted pictures a couple times so we were able to see them. They were thrilled to be home though! They aren’t used to having to sleep in a crate or be around so many other dogs all day. They haven’t been crated in YEARS. They were only crated in the evenings at daycare so it wasn’t like all day or anything, but it was a change for them for sure! But, now we are back into our routine and they are happy as can be!
I have been binge watching season 12 of Criminal Minds. I love that show! If you like Criminal Minds, check out the Podcast Real Crime Profile. Its put on by Jim Clemente, a retired FBI agent and producer for Criminal Minds. He and Lisa Zambetti (the casting director), and Laura Richards (basically the English version of Jim) do an amazing job really breaking down well known crimes and they have great discussions about them! Right now they are doing a series on The West Memphis Three.
Well, thanks for letting me unload all the drama! Hopefully next week is better!
So, whats new with you this week? Did you read any of the same books I did? Did you find any great book deals I need to grab ASAP? Let me know in the comments!