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. 


  1. Welcome to your new family member, and YEAH for things re-opening. I am surprised the vaccine isn't more widely available for you. Everyone 16 and up is eligible in the US now, and we lack takers. I have my first does scheduled for later in the month, but almost everyone else in my family is fully vaccinated. That must be exciting to have tickets to two book events. There are so many great authors attending too.

  2. Isn't it great that things are starting to open up again. I hope you'll be able to get vaccinated soon. Welcome to Bucky! He sounds adorable.

    Hope you have a great week!

  3. Can't wait to see the hamster! I love animals and I bet your son was super excited about your new addition. I hope you're able to get the vaccine soon. I work in healthcare so I was fortunate enough to get both doses back in January and to get my hubby in as well. Dealing with Covid daily at least meant I got one perk!

    Yay for going to Paris! I love Paris so much! So many neat places to visit especially if you like history and architecture. You've posted on historic places here so I think you'll enjoy it, Nicci! I can't wait to see your photos!

  4. Yes, it's great that things are easing up here. And like you, I'm very much looking forward to when we can actually entertain within our homes - it's lovely living near the sea but the downside is that when it's sunny, there is often a fresh breeze blowing at this time of year. I've noticed that now all the Boomers have mostly been vaccinated, they are moving through the younger age groups far faster - so hopefully you shouldn't have to wait too much longer! Have a great week, Nicci:))

  5. You are going to love Paris! I’m just sad you won’t be able to see inside Notre Dame. It was the one thing in Paris that had me totally awestruck. Every little step is good and hopefully you will be able to get the vaccination soon. My state in the US opened it up to everyone about a month ago and it definitely is one more step of feeling like there is an end to this. Have a great week!

  6. Post some hamster pictures on Twitter. lol I love hamsters, I used to have a whole mess of them.

  7. I debated about RARE and decided I have to wait for London. I love the Chloe Neill book and I also have the Million Dollar Demon ARC I'm looking forward to it.

    I hope you are able to get a vaccine sooner than later. Enjoy the improving weather and more things opening.

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  8. Welcome back! That is awesome you got tickets to Edinburgh and Paris! I would love to go to Edinburgh one day (I've been to Paris-it was cool). Have a great May!

  9. Things have reopened here too, maybe too fast in some cases, but there's no putting the genie back in the bottle now lol. People I think are just going to go do whatever. Most are masking, at least... and as vaccinations go up hopefully that will help. It does feel good to be able to do some things though, for sure.

    Bucky the hamster- that's awesome. :) And wait- tey announced a fourth Cap movie? YES. How did I miss that? Yikes...

    That's so awesome about PAris! Congrats!!! PAris and Edinburgh are both on my bucket list so haha one of these days I'll see both. :)

  10. How awesome to be able to attend events in both Edinburgh and Paris! I jealous of both that, and that you have Million Dollar Demon :)

    Wishing you a great reading week

  11. Ooo so jealous of Million Dollar Demon!! I can't wait to read that!!

    I am glad to hear that things are opening near you and you can get out more. And how cool that you have two events in your future!

  12. Things here have slowly been opening back up, limited indoor dining and more capacity in stores and such. The local school district is open to in-person students five days a week now. My daughter is on the all year virtual track, so she's still home for the time being. Her school year ends the end of this month. I am glad your son is able to return to fencing! It really is nice being able to get back to some of the old normal activities. Mouse is back at the dance studio which has been so good for her. I hope you are able to get your vaccine soon!

    The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was so good! I really enjoyed it too.

    Welcome to the family, Bucky! I had hamsters growing up. They are so adorable. My daughter wants one, but I am really hesitant with the cats, especially Nina. My brother's hamster was always getting out of his cage and I worry what would happen if that happened with the cats in the house.

    That is awesome that you are going to be able to go to both RARE Paris and RARE Edinburgh! I am so excited for you, Nicci!

    I hope you have a great week and month of May! Happy reading!

  13. They eased alot of the restrictions here this week and it's a relief to start getting back to normal a little at least. I hope you get the vaccine soon.
    I'm sure Bucky is adorable!
    I've wanted to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Enjoy your books this week!

  14. Hooray for things opening up again! And hopefully the vaccines will be more widespread soon enough.

    Congrats of nabbing those tickets. I love having something like that to look forward to.

  15. Aww hamsters are fun. Vaccines are open to anyone 16 or older here. We will be getting ours this month, as soon as our symptoms clear up. So happy about the con. Chloe Neill lives near me, so I had the opportunity to meet her in person. Lovely woman and fantastic writer.

  16. Oh wow, that's so awesome you're going to Paris next year! I'd love to go someday - my sister's been.

    Congrats on the hamster. I love the name. ;)


  17. We're blogging at about the same pace lol Although you read 2 more books than me for the month.

    I'm fully vaccinated now but we keep going back and forth with the rules. We were open for 25% indoor dining/gyms etc, 50 % outdoor things and then went down to nothing indoor. Then one week later we're back to the 25%. And each county is different It's very confusing and I'm sure difficult for businesses but we're almost there...almost there...

    I want to see the hamster!!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  18. I've been bad about blogging and even worse about commenting! I'm slowly getting back to what I think is a "normal" amount, but that can always change, haha. Life is fun and so unpredictable! I did my first Sunday Post in months the other week, and haven't done one since... 😅

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

    1. Also, yay Paris and hamsters! We just finished Falcon and Winter Soldier and I CANNOT WAIT for Loki! <3

  19. Sorry I'm so late to this post. 😛

    I love that your son is fencing! 🙌🙌🙌

    Are you still opening up there, or have there been more lockdowns? 🤔

    I will be trying my best to stay current with your posts, now. 🤗