Sunday, 22 March 2020

Weekly Update #104


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I... Have no idea where to start. 
Last Sunday, things were a bit scary but the UK government wasn't talking social distancing, closing schools or ordering the closure of pubs, clubs, restaurants, leisure centres and so on.
This week? Yeah... All of that. And more to come no doubt. 
It's been one thing after another... Monday was the order to implement social distancing and to work from home where you can. Wednesday was the closure of schools, "indefinitely." Friday was the order for certain types of business to close. 
The death toll is rapidly rising from 1 or 2 deaths a day a couple of weeks ago to 60ish yesterday. 
It's madness.

I'm lucky in that I can do some working from home (and do WFH regularly pre-outbreak) but I can't do everything at home so I'm working with my employer to find training and other things I can undertake to avoid the office as much as it is possible to do and thus can be home with my son. How I'll balance temporarily home educating him, and keeping him amused while getting full-time hours in is an unknown but we'll work it out. My employer is awesome like that and will support it's people however it can. My husband, however, has been deemed a "critical worker" by the government and needs to continue going to work come what may... Or until they announce other measures I guess. Who knows at this point?

Then we have the issue that the professor's mum's surgery (breast cancer) is scheduled for "sometime next week". They've given her no fixed date, just told her she'll have 48hrs notice. Bloomin' marvellous! πŸ˜–
We also can't travel to Ireland to support her (drive to/from hospital and stay for recovery) as the FCO has banned all but essential travel and there are no bloody flights anyway (we checked).
So, she's having to rely on a friend and is being incredibly stubborn about it all... 

It's one of those situations where what feels like the entire world has no idea what's going to happen tomorrow. What fresh hell will be visited on its people... I hope you all stay safe! Wash hands, stay away from people and all the jazz. 
It's infuriating how many people are flouting the advice... It doesn't help anyone. πŸ˜”


So many books... Lots of authors have been putting books on sale and making some books free and I've been snagging them if I love the sound of them. My poor TBR is broken but on the plus side, I have plenty of reading material to see me through the coronapocalypse.

Purchased


Freebies!




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Thanks to all the chaos of the week and world events, my head hasn't been up for much reading but I did binge read Rhythm, Chord and Malykin by Mariana Zapata and it was wonderful!
One of my favourite books of hers... Now I just need to read Kulti and I've read them all!


Nicole discusses deleted drafts.
AJ has a post about how Coronavirus is hurting the book community.


Erm... This week's Picard episode. That's been it.

I'm super looking forward to the release of Disney Plus this coming week though!
It's taken forever for it to launch in the UK!


Review: Dark Tempest by Annette Marie
Book Blogger Hop: The Question Collection! #1
It's Wednesday!! Hunting Fiends & Geekerella
Mini Reviews: The Duchess Deal & The Governess Game by Tessa Dare


It's Wednesday!! American Demon & Slayer
Top Ten Tuesday: British Romance Authors (Genre Freebie)
Review: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs


Have a great week all!

30 comments:

  1. I'm glad that you are able to work for home thanks to a good employer and be with your son. It's a pity your husband can't join you. I'm sorry about your MIL-I know you have had a difficult time trying to decide what to do about going to Ireland. This virus stuff is a real mess. COVIDIOT is trending online for all the doughballs and numpties who are flouting the government requests. I've been reading that all morning. Now I'm going to see about picking up a few free books for the Kindle (as if I NEED any more!!!). Stay safe!

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    1. Monday's announcement changed things! The professor is now home too. Well, for the next three weeks at least!

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  2. That's a really stressful situation with the MIL. It's terrible being separated from loved ones right now. It's been about two months since I spent time with my daughter, and I wonder if/when I will see her again. ((HUGS)) You got some great freebies up there. I read In Harmony and both Rush books. And, I loved the Wright Brothers series. Enjoy (when you can)

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    1. All sucks and the separation from loved ones is especially crummy. Hopefully it wont be tooo long before you get to see your daughter in person again!

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  3. Things are so scary and uncertain right now. At least you work for some good people and know they are flexible. And that's terrible about your mother-in-law. Stressful all the way around. I hope she has good friends she can depend on for after-care. I've yet to read anything Zapata and I truly need to change that.

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    1. My MIL is stubbornly independent which worries the professor sick but I'm happy to say all went well and she DID let a friend drive her home in the end!

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  4. I know, I feel like we've lived months in just this one week, considering how much has happened and changed this week. I'm glad your work situation is good. Mine is as well, but my husband is a critical worker so far, like yours.

    I hope your mom's surgery goes well. I can't imagine how hard it is to not be able to be with her for this.

    Stay safe. Elbow hugs!!

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    1. That sums it up perfectly!

      I hope your husband gets to stay home soon! Our government guidance changed again on Monday and my husband is now home... It's constantly shifting!

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  5. Nicci I hope that it will work out with your son being home and you having to work! I am lucky that I don't have little kids anymore else I don't know what I would do. Stay safe please and fingers crossed for your maother in law!

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  6. I don't even want to check the news each morning anymore. So much more bad news everywhere.

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    1. It's horrible. I'm ready to shut it off too.

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  7. The death toll rise is really scary. Although I guess as more cases come to light it's bound to happen, but still. So shocking. Good luck to your mother in law on her surgery- that must be awful to not be able to be there! Best wishes to her for a smooth and successful procedure. It's just awful right now...

    Love that cone graphic! :)

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    1. Thanks Greg! She had the surgery yesterday and it went well.

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  8. Okay, that cone comic is hilarious.
    I'm glad your work is so awesome and doing all they can to keep you at home. I hope having your son home all day will go alright though, and I'll be thinking of the Professor and his mum!! It's definitely a scary time, and I wish more people took it seriously. We want this to get better sooner than later people, so do your part!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I can't believe how irresponsible people are being at the moment... How many have to die before they take it seriously, you know?

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  9. The whole situation is scary and every day seems to bring something new. I've been working from home for a week now, but still have to go out to do grocery shopping for myself and mom. She's in the high risk bracket for both age and pre-existing conditions, so we're doing everything we can to limit her potential exposure. But man, I never realized how much I touch my face until this all came about... I mean constantly! I honestly feel like I do need one of those cones.
    I'm so sorry that you won't be able to be there to support your mother-in-law and hopefully everything will go well. I will keep her and your family in my thoughts.

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    1. I hear ya on the face touching!
      I hope both you and your mum stay safe!

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  10. My father had heart surgery last week and normally I go to accompany my mom (whose hearing is worse than mine) but they were only permitting 1 person per patient to enter the hospital. It was frustrating for sure. Hopefully things will go well for your MIL.
    My husband is an essential worker as well, so he still has to work daily. I worked from home last week (I'm a teacher so I was teaching digitally). These are crazy times. Our governor does a daily public announcement at 2:00 pm. I stopped watching. Its just stressful.
    Stay healthy!

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    1. That's scary! I hope your father is ok!
      Our prime minister is giving daily updates around 5pm... I've about had enough of the news, full stop.

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  11. We are edging towards lock down here too as the numbers of infected rise exponentially. Luckily there has been relatively few deaths as of yet. Im sorry about the situation with your mother-in-law, I hope her surgery goes well and she recovers quickly.

    Wishing you a great reading week, be well!

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    1. Lockdown has landed here now! It's a scary time to live...

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  12. It really is a stressful time right now. I hope that you and your family will stay safe. And thanks for the graphic at the bottom of your post. I needed a good laugh and the human wearing the cone did the trick, lol.

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  13. It's amazing how quickly things can change, right? I hope your mother-in-law's surgery goes well and that she has the support she needs! And good luck with working and taking care of the little one---try to stay sane!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  14. I hope you are able to find a routine at home. We like being at home. But I am distracted, not reading as much, sleeping more. Of course, last week was spring break. Still enjoy the little things which you can.

    Have a healthy week and enjoy a good read!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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    1. I love being at home but not with the knowledge I can't leave my house! :(

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  15. Hospitals in the US have seriously locked down on surgery visitors. A friend's son is having a necessary surgery right now and only one parent was allowed in the hospital with the child :( Scary times. Hope professor's mum's surgery is successful and her healing is quick and thorough. Take care of you and yours!

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    1. Oh that's awful! I can imagine how upset they must be over that. :(

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