Sunday, 17 May 2020

Weekly Update #112


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Well, the Prime Minister's lockdown announcement last Sunday was a whole load of not helpful but the general gist for me is that there are no major changes except we can go outside more than once a day! My employer is still having us work from home, the little dude is still off school and most public-facing businesses are to remain closed, for now, but some can reopen... Like garden centres. 
(So, we took a trip to the garden centre, all nice and social distanced, this weekend and bought some bits to continue working on the garden!)

The professor is back in office from Monday - unrelated to the government announcement - for the "essential" part of his job has kicked in... He's had to go in a day here and there throughout the past 7 weeks of lockdown but this will be full time back in office (for at least two weeks) and means I'll have to balance home-school and work all on my own.
It'll be simpler or it'll be a disaster - genuinely could go either way! πŸ˜‚

 I've been struggling to read at pace this week. 
I'm still reading and enjoying the reading but I'm struggling to read often or for more than a chapter or two at a time which kinda sucks but is what it is.

The professor and I dusted off a computer game we spent a lot of time playing while at uni (Civilization IV) and have been playing together in the evenings this week and it's been awesome!
I'm questioning why the heck we didn't do it earlier in the lockdown... But oh well.

The little dude is struggling now with being home all the time and all the things we've been doing to keep happy and sane seem to have lost a bit of their magic. Minecraft is still a popular distraction but frustrated outbursts are becoming more common... Now we can go outside more, we've decided to start the Couch to 5k running programme, so wish me luck! I legit might die, lol, but I'm hoping it helps him burn off some of the energy that a single bike ride a day (and jumping on his trampoline) doesn't seem to make a dent in. 

Anyway, hope you all had a good week and are managing to stay healthy!


OMG, I NEED a book buying ban... Since lockdown began mid-March, I've acquired (bought, freebies, ARCs) than I'll read in a year! πŸ™ˆ

99p Bargains!


I'm now the proud owner of the first 5 books in the Dresden Files! I have no idea when I'll read the series (I think there 15 books or something) but I'm happy I grabbed them at such a low price!

Children of Blood and Bone gets a lot of love so I'm going to give it a read... Tessa Dare's books are quickly falling into the category of comfort reads for me and Practical Magic is one I've wanted to read for years. I loved the film but I've always figured the book would be better... This year, I'm going to find out!

99p boxset - Offer ends TODAY! (17th)


The Summerhaven boxset was a late night grab/addition to this week's post! 
The offer ends today so if you're interested you should grab all 4 books for 99p today.


I've had a strange reading week and the only thing I managed to finish is a few kid's books I had for review!


I'm currently reading Pucked Up (Helena Hunting), American Demon (Kim Harrison), and The Little Bookshop of Love Stories (Jaimie Admans) but as I said above, progress is slow.
The only one of the three I'm not loving is Pucked Up but it's still pretty funny...


There was awesome book-related news today!
Rick Riordan and his wife announced that Disney Plus is making a Percy Jackson and The Olympians tv series! They're involved in every step so there won't be a repeat of the movies (fingers crossed).
Behold, the announcement!

Pssst. Hey, demigods . . . pic.twitter.com/7ep4aeyS3I
It's still gives me happy chills and joy... I want this series so bad!


This week we watched Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and The Fifth Element.


I heard this on my local radio station this week and loved it!



Kiddie's Corner #8: This Is The Path The Wolf Took, It's MY Tree, If You Were Night
Mini Reviews: How To Kiss An Undead Bride & How To Survive An Undead Honeymoon by Hailey Edwards
Giveaway Hop for my Blogiversary
Series Review: The Beginners Guide To Necromancy Series by Hailey Edwards


Nothing planned!
I'm flying by the seat of my pants this week... Which will mean lots of posts or none, lol.


Have a great week all!

31 comments:

  1. Good luck being at home alone with the little dude. I believe in you! With the running, working, and homeschooling. Isn't it funny, how we are bringing back some old interests during lockdown? I guess it's a sort of comfort, to do those things you did, when things weren't such a mess? I liked the first Pucked book, but I have to be in the mood for the crude humor, which is not most of the time.

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    1. Yeah, the humour and vocabulary used in Pucked wouldn't be for everyone... It's definitely not a series I could binge one after the other!

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  2. Sounds like things are moving at a much more reasonable pace over there. Safely. My state is trying to reopen at light speed and it seems that most people are fully on-board with it. Madness. Good luck with the Cto5K! Hopefully it'll be good for both of you. :) Those 99 cents sales are so hard to pass up. LOL

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    1. I'm a sucker for a book sale! Can't help myself!

      Things are moving very slowly which is reassuring but it's doing little to calm the stupidity of many people. :(

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  3. That's good you can get outside more, but I also like that things aren't opening up too quick. It definitely seems to be happening across the U.S. which is really not shocking in the slightest. LOL I hope that school goes okay for your little one, and hopefully being outside more will make things a bit easier. It has to be rough on kids!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. It's really tough on kids, I think. It's been over two months since he's spent any time with his friends. Video calls here and there aren't the same when they're that young. :(

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  4. How old is the little dude? I forget. I feel his pain lol! I also am getting restless. Good luck with your husband going back to work - it is a lot to manage, but I've learned to have reasonable expectations of myself and it is easier. I just can't work the same as I did in the office without a baby to take care of.

    I love C25K - I'm doing it for my third time right now. It really is gradual, so you'll be good. My first time through it I was so our of shape - do I repeated weeks until they weren't impossible and then I'd move on. So it took me a long time, but was worth it.

    I love the pace y'all are reopening - whish I could say Texas was being as careful. I feel like we're racing to be the first dumb asses to open everything up. 😟

    Have a great week and stay safe!!

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    1. He's 9. :)

      I think there's a balance to be struck between opening up too quickly and being overly cautious and only time will tell which is which. At the end of the day, I'd rather be safe than sorry! Good luck with your state opening back up! I hope you manage to stay safe throughout.

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  5. I watched Boris Johnson during his announcement and to be honest, I was shaking my head afterward. I can imagine how your son is struggling with all this. And when I see how I react to all this I guess kids are being impacted by Corona a lot more. Stay strong, safe and well!

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    1. It's super tough for them when they're young. Video chats just don't cut it. :(

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  6. After a while, the magic of being home starts to wear off. Here, the food they bring on trays becomes skimpier, colder, and even missing major parts of the orders. Sigh.

    I did find a grocery store app, which will help me!

    Enjoy dealing with it all...and stay safe. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. That sounds grim but I'm glad you're now able to get your own grocery deliveries!

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  7. GAH I'm so glad to have a Percy Jackson series that actually represents the books. That movie was a disaster!! I used to love Civilization! What a great game! I hope your little one can find some things to distract him. Such a tough time for kids!

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    1. I'm so excited for the show! I really really love the books!

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  8. Oh man, good luck at him with the kiddo. I cannot imagine what it's like being in lock down with young kids.

    Omg I am SO excited about the PJO/Disney+ announcement! Rick Riordan worked so hard to make this happen, and now it has. I can't wait!

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    1. I'm hoping we dont have to wait years and years for it to air but perfection takes time! lol

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  9. Our city is starting to slowly reopen too, but I've continued to mostly stay home. I venture out to the grocery store when necessary and that's about it. How much longer does the little man have left? I'm a teacher, and we're down to just 2 more weeks. Happy reading!

    Natflix&Books

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    1. They usually finish school for summer the third week in July and dont start back until September.

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  10. A lot of authors have been giving their books away in fb groups and contests. I now have 102 Kindle books to read. If things were normal right now I might be able to read more but I'm having a hard time reading.

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    1. I don't even want to count, lol.
      I'm not surprised you're struggling to read at the moment. You've a lot going on.

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  11. Good luck with the running Nicci! I know I am lucky not to have small kids right now. And once again your music is soooo my kind of music too. Very country and added to my playlist right away. When everything is back to normal we really should attend a concert together ;-)

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  12. I hope things go well for you this week and for little dude. I'm sure it's not easy. I'm glad my daughter is old enough but she still struggles with not seeing friends. It's easier in the digital age than it used to be with no contact of any kind other than maybe land line phones or written letters. But that doesn't change how it feels. Even if his school is finished for the year at some point, he'll need something to do besides watch tv or play games while you work.

    I love that Hailey Edwards series! Also I've read all those Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher and they are amazing! I loved the audio and bought them all because Spike! They were among the first audio books I heard and purchased (along with Harry Potter) I hope you love them too.

    Have a great week and stay well!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  13. Ow boy.. good luck with balancing home schooling and working. You can totally do it, but it sounds challenging.
    I hear you about a book buying ban. I've been getting a lot more books lately too.
    Stay safe and happy reading.

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  14. Being retired, the stay at home affects us much differently than those who are still working. We take an AM walk and a PM walk with masks, and the rest of the time we stay in and read, cook, eat, watch Netflix, and I blog. It actually hasn't been that bad for us! We grocery shop about every 10 days. I realize it's much more difficult juggling jobs and kids! Have a good week!

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  15. Things are slowly opening up over here too (or not so slowly in some areas lol) so we'll see how that goes. Garden centres are one area where my state has relaxed things, and we ventured out to get some things too (with the proper distancing). Good luck with the home/ work balance- hopefully it goes well and is not a disaster. :)

    Civ IV!! Love that game... :)

    Be well this week!

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  16. My son loves playing Civilisation, he got a great deal on Steam a year ago or so.
    The Couch to 5k challenge sounds insane, I doubt I’d make it 5m before needing to crawl back to the couch, good luck with it though.

    Wishing you a great reading week

    Wishing you a great reading week

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  17. We have sort of reopened, but cases are increasing daily as they are finally testing. We went from less than 1,000 cases to over 10,000 in less than 3 weeks. We are staying home, but when we have ventured out to the shops for needed items people cannot seem to follow directions in store or social distancing.

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  18. Civilization was one of my favorite computer games when I was in college too! I've been thinking about trying the Couch to 5K app too. I'm in such bad shape though that I'm not sure my chances of succeeding are very good, lol.

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  19. I'm having the same reading issue, only getting a couple of chapters done at a time which is frustrating. I also seem to keep grabbing them but not reading them! I am about to take steps to change that-I hope! A Percy Jackson TV series could be interesting. I'm also keen to see what they do with Artemis Fowl.

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  20. Doing schooling has been way more challenging than I thought it would be. I am definitely not a teacher which is weird because I substitute teach LOL! Anyways, glad the school year is almost over and with it, hopefully some of the stress. Glad you are able to still work from home though, that has to be somewhat nice. ;) Most of all glad you are doing well!

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