Sunday, 11 October 2020
September Wrap up & The Sunday Post! (#127)
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Now that's explained, it's on to my recap!
Hello, all you lovely people!
I've been pretty much awol over the past month (or more) and only pre-scheduled bits and bobs have went live on the blog.
I didn't intend to take a break but the state of the world is getting to me again and, unlike back in March when this shit show kicked off, this time around I've actually been able to go hide in books so that's been nice... But it's blocked out everything else too, like blogging.
Hopefully, I'll find some balance in the coming weeks.
As for life...
The little dude went back to school at the beginning of September and it's going really well.
With the little dude going back to school, I started going into the office more and now I'm pretty much 60/40 in office/WFH which is also kinda nice.
That said, he was back in school 8 days (school days) before we had to isolate and get him a covid test because a sore throat/cold was going around the class! It was frustrating as hell as we knew it was not covid - especially after the first kid to go down with it tested negative! - but rules are rules and we aren't going to be one those dick-heads flouting them.
Getting a testing slot was insanely stressful as testing capacity was rammed (probably because all the kids returned to school and were in the same boat!) but we got one and the result came back the next day and we were able to return to school/work.
That was pretty much the only noteworthy thing to happen in September.
Work was flat out brutal - another thing to thank Covid for - to the point I was dreaming about it, waking up throughout the night in a panic, and struggling to get back to sleep etc. and it sucked.
We did get to go bowling and out to dinner mid-Sept which was really nice. We really like bowling but hadn't been since... Feb? (Before covid ruined everything.)
Surprisingly, I won! Well, one of the games. I never usually win!
I'm one of those bowlers who bowls consistent spares/strikes OR bowls it consistently into the gutter. There isn't much in between with me, lol, thus the professor - who is consistent - normally beats me.
Beyond that, we haven't been out much but if government restrictions allow we'll do some fun bits during October half-term which a week and a half away.
Covid numbers are shooting up again across the UK but my area isn't that bad... It had been around 3 cases in 100,000 people throughout the summer and is now at around 14 cases in 100,000. That's quite a hike in a few weeks BUT it's all relative really. Other areas of the UK are at 100s of cases per 100,000 so we're still feeling safe going out locally and taking precautions but going to Scotland to visit my mum, for example, is off the menu for some time more.
Which sucks as I haven't seen her since Christmas.
The professor hasn't seen his mum for over a year now and that is especially hard with everything going on with her, healthwise. She has a date for her mastectomy now and thanks to covid/quarantine rules, the professor can't be there.
So that's a bit balls too.
Huh... This wasn't supposed to be depressing - just an update - but I guess pretty accurately shows where my heads at, at the moment.
I guess the good news is that I'm reading again! Properly reading! Yeay!
I hope things are better for you all!!
Okay, there are a lot but it's been 6 weeks! And I didn't spend more than £2 on any single one of them!
They were on sale, freebies or ARCs... But I haven't included those I've grabbed via KU.
I really need to stop acquiring more books but I can't resist when they're on sale! I figure I'll have saved myself money in the long run because I'll read them someday... Right?!
(Shh! It is not a false economy if I never read them! It's not... I will read them. I will.)
16 books over the last 6 weeks since I last updated... Not bad at all considering I read nothing in the first two weeks of September so it's really 16 books in 4 weeks.
My favourite was Snowflakes At The Little Christmas Tree Farm by Jaimie Admans.
My least favourite was The Wrong Prince Charming by Holly Renee.
Considering we're less than two weeks into October and I've already read more than 7 books, I have high hopes for October being a bumper month!
I've pretty much thrown every reading challenge I had out the window except my Audiobook Challenge, Backlist Challenge and New Release Challenge and that's only because every single book read counts towards one of them! 😉
I can't be bothered sorting each book into each "challenge bucket" today so I'll leave it as is and do a proper update next month...
Next year, I need to have a serious re-think on the reading challenges, methinks.
And that's it from me!
Hopefully, my blogging mojo will return and I'll be posting more regularly again but who knows?
I'm enjoying this "blog when I want and read more" approach to life/blogging so we'll see!
I'll definitely be carving out time to visit more as I miss you guys!