Sunday, 2 May 2021

Weekly Update #138 - Oops, I did it again! The April Round-Up


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Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!

Apparently, it's been 4 weeks since I last posted a Sunday Post... Oh well! It's all good. Honestly, I haven't had much to say, week on week, and it's no secret I've been mostly a miss on the blogging front since before Christmas so... Meh.

Things are slowly starting to re-open here and April saw the return of outdoor dining, being able to meet up to six people from different households (outdoors), and the re-opening of shops, zoos and theme parks... Basically, outdoor things.
On Friday, my son's fencing classes resumed and it's nice... Every step forward feels like a breath of fresh air after so long locked indoors. 
I'm super excited for mid-May when we can eat and meet indoors again, the outdoor meeting limit goes up to 30 people, cinemas, bowling, gyms etc all reopen... It will be wonderful. I'm down for continuing to distance, mask up, disinfect everything within an inch of its life etc, but I want options open to me again! I want to choose to stay inside rather than have to. 
Still no vaccine insight for me though... I'm too young (never thought I'd say that! 😉) for the list to be open to me but it's all good. I can wait. I know it's coming. 

I've barely been reading this month and have only finished three books: One audiobook, one paperback and one ebook. Most of my time has been spent binge-watching Marvel movies and TV shows. 
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was awesome. I love that duo and with the announcement of a fourth Cap movie, I'm on cloud nine! Don't ask me how many hours I've lost watching Comicon panels and press junkets featuring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan... It's just not healthy, lol. (But they're so pretty, funny, and awesome!! 😂)

Did I mention we got a hamster? No, I don't think I did... He's a black and white, long-haired, syrian hamster and we named him Bucky (yes, after Bucky Barnes, The Winter Soldier...)
He's the cutest little dude and is as sweet as can be! I'll try to get a non-blurry picture and share it at some point for he is wonderful.

I think that pretty much sums up April. 
I've been wondering how the hell we've gotten to May already (when last week was freaking Christmas) but I guess that's the way this year is gonna go. 
I don't mind. I love autumn and I love Christmas so I'll accept that we'll soon be approaching the countdown to both of those once more while enjoying a summer spent outdoors and seeing family! 
(For the first time in almost two years.)

Oh yeah, and last night, this happened:

The RARE22 Paris tickets went on sale and I curiously clicked the link feeling sad that Chloe Neill and Annette Marie were going to be at the Paris event, and not Edinburgh, and what do you know? There were tickets left! Hours after they went live... That was very different to when Edinburgh went on sale and I spent an hour refreshing a page trying to nab one (like it was Comicon or some shit),  terrified that they'd all be gone and just managing to grab one before they sold out. But it couldn't have been any different for Paris! I snooped and there they were! So I rambled away to my husband about how different it was and how easy it would be to get a Paris ticket and what did he say?! "Then buy one." Just like that... So I did. 
In 2022, I'll be at both RARE Paris and RARE Edinburgh. 
I'm so excited and so is the little dude who'd love to visit Paris (like me, he's never been). The professor? Meh, he isn't a fan of Paris but he'll come along anyway and we'll make a long weekend of it. 

Anyhoo, hope you're all safe, healthy, and enjoy the long weekend if you have one! 
Take care!

In April, I read 3.

The Tracker's Mate by Ingrid Seymour (3/5)
Magnus Chase and The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (4/5)
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (5/5)

My bookish acquisitions have slowed down! Huzzah!
(I'm still acquiring more than I'm reading but I'm willfully ignoring it.)

The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill was a paperback purchase during a trip out to Forbidden Planet when the stores re-opened. 
(There were plenty of comic book purchases too across the three of us but I never count those.)

Well Played by Jen DeLuca was on sale for £1.99 so I clicked.
Just Like In The Movies by Heidi Rice was on a 99p sale so I clicked again... As was Camelot by Giles Kristian
Love Notes by Staci Hart was a freebie.

Million Dollar Demon by Kim Harrison was an ARC... Oh, how I screamed when my Edelweiss request was granted! One, I never get accepted on EW. Two, I requested it about 4 months ago and heard nothing until a week or so ago so I'd written it off as a decline. 

Falcon and The Winter Soldier (on a loop!), all things Marvel (including starting Agents of Sheild), & The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

This weekend: Star Wars.