Saturday, 10 July 2021

The Quarter Two Report - The One Were I Went on A Semi-Hiatus...

 

Hello everyone!
Sorry,  I've been pretty much awol over the past three months. Despite me thinking I was ready to come back at the end of Q1, I just wasn't ready... I don't know what caused my massive blogging slump beyond all the shit since March last year catching up with me but it took its toll... And it's not just the blog that's suffered... It's been everything. I'm not going to lie and say I'm okay now - I'm really not - but I can say that I'm getting help and I will be ok. It'll just take time.

So, what's been going on? 
Well, things have been slowly - oh so very very slowly - opening back up again over the past few months. 
Schools went back, shops, business and leisure facilities are open, and I've been back in the office 3 days a week since March.
The professor and I got our first dose of Pfizer and will have our second soon.
The parents are fully vaccinated and are doing well... Mostly. 
The little dude's fencing lessons have resumed, his after school clubs are back on... And we're actually getting out to do stuff and are making the most of it (when we can).

We've been to indoor crazy golf near Bournemouth Beach, we hung out at the beach, we shopped, we ate, we went to Greenwich and visited the Cutty Sark and Greenwich Observatory. We went to Paultons theme park and had a picnic at Old Wardour Castle.
We're off to see Black Widow today (first cinema trip in... I have no idea how long) and we're super looking forward to that.
It's not much when you consider it a re-cap of the past three months but when you compare it to the three months before we've been busy! lol.

We've been watching lots of movies at home (continuing our Marvel re-watching binge) and we thoroughly enjoyed the Falcon and the Winter Soldier TV show... Loki, so far, has also been excellent. 

I've also been indulging in old movies and the little dude has been watching some of them with me. He endured watching Grease last weekend and had me cracking up with perfectly timed comments... Especially his rant on how Rizzo, "could do so much better." All in all, he wasn't impressed with alpha toolery, petrol-headedness, and simpering females who'd change themselves for a guy... Probably why he liked Rizzo and thought she could do better! 😆 He liked some of the soundtrack though and the dance-off... To be fair, the movie was not how I remembered it really and I had to strongly agree with most of his points!!

I'm still playing lots of Stardew Valley and have branched into the world of Mods for the game. I'm loving the creativity of those that code these things and how much they add to the game and characters as a whole.  


I'm also loving little Bucky our hamster... 
I say "our" quite deliberately as I'm the one who feeds him, cleans him, and plays with him. He's more my hamster than anybody else's but technically he belongs to the little dude so "ours" it is.
Sitting playing with him in the evening is so soothing... I have to brush him with a toothbrush because of his long hair. When he hears me speaking, he runs up to the cage door and sits staring at me ready to come out... He's awesome. Bucky rocks!

Oh! And the professor has been going nuts in the veggie garden and we're starting to eat his hard work... This is always noteworthy to me as I kill everything I try to grow but he's the freaking plant whisperer.

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As for reading... Well, I'm reading!
From the beginning of April until the end of June,  I have read 16 books.
That's 4 more than the first quarter of the year but still hideously behind where I'd usually be at. 
Do I care? Nope! I'm reading. 
That's all I care about... More than that, I'm enjoying reading whatever I feel like and not forcing myself to read anything "because I have to," so there's that bonus too.


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I have acquired more books than I reasonably want to count... *waves buh-bye to spending cap* but I don't much care about that either as they were all good deals/on sale.

Freebies 


Sales!


(And I think I may have missed a few...)

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The “official” status of my 2021 reading goal/challenges are:
Who cares?! Seriously... Who cares? Not me... I sat down to tally everything up, and break it down per challenge, for this post and my brain just noped out. 
Rather than force it, I'm going to listen to myself.
 I'll guess I'll review how I did at the end of the year (if I feel like it) but right now I'm exhausted by everything and just want to read without pressure so I'm not tracking it.

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Over the past couple of weeks, I've been slowly writing up a backlog of reviews, drafting posts and generally getting back to blogging again.
I'll never be a 5+ posts a week kind of gal but I'm aiming for 3... Let's see how this goes?

I hope you've all been well! 
I look forward to catching up with what's been going on.

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I'm linking this to Kimberly's Sunday Post to catch up... "Normal" Sunday Posts will return hopefully next week!

25 comments:

  1. I downloaded Songs of the Forever Rains and Have We Met as well!

    I think we're all reaching our breaking point. We've been under so much stress for over a year and there has been this unspoken rule that we have to keep on like before. Keep working. Keep producing. And it's exhausting.

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    1. Absolutely exhausting! I kept hoping that I'd "snap out of it" but it just never happened. :(

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  2. I love NJ Walters ad read that book and the ones before it. That series is so good.
    I hope things start getting better for you.
    I love Rocky! I've had a bunch of hamsters and just love them. They are so sweet.

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    1. I love his long hair! I have to brush him with a toothbrush and he sits there all content to let me, lol.

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  3. I've been reading some of your reviews. I think everything is just so much these days. We have been going out more now we are fully vaccinated but I'm uncomfortable. With the variants, I am not sure it is the time to just run around like nothing has happened. We still wear our masks when we do go out.

    I applaud your decision to enjoy your reading and not worry about challenges.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. The variants worry me... It's surely only a matter of time before it mutates in a manner that renders the current vaccine ineffective. We need to cut transmission but the UK government has decided to throw most restrictions out the window from Monday. :(

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  4. I am sorry to hear you have been struggling, but glad things are looking up. I was almost in tears reading your son's reactions to Grease. That's fantastic! And, well, I don't even know where to start with all your newly acquired books. I see a bunch I loved, so obviously, I approve. Man Down and The Friend Zone had me crying. So, if you're a cryer, be aware. I just one clicked that Wright book. I like that series.

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    1. I went nuts on the books... But, sales! lol. They are my kryptonite.

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  5. I just discovered your blog and, though I'm sorry to hear of your struggles I applaud your new outlook on your reading. This past year plus has been difficult for many, I'm sure, and it'll likely take a while to get back to some kind of "normal", whatever that is. I struggle with blogging, reading, etc., too. When it feels like a chore I say it's time to give it a rest. Like an idiot I decided in recent months to start two new blogs in addition to one I've been writing for more than a decade, and it's put a damper on my reading, something I love doing. Stay with it, and just do things at your own pace.

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  6. I'm glad you're back and I hope you get everything in life back on a good track soon. I know how hard stress can hit. And I 100% agree with Little Dude about Grease. I have always hated how she totally ditched who she was just for a guy. Ugh!

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    1. It really is shocking... Especially since I didn't see the problem in it when I was his age! I'm glad this generation of kids are far more enlightened!

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  7. Welcome back! I hear you, the worlds is so stressful now. You have to take care of yourself and go easy on yourself, I think. I loved Falcon/ winter Soldier. And old movies can be so fun. :)

    Looks like you picked up some good books too. And "who cares" lol. I'm the same. reading goals... what reading goals? I'm just winging it now. :)

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    1. Winging it is my new way of life and "who cares" is going to become my mantra... I'm seriously just so tired, lol.

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  8. So glad to see you! I am really proud of you for sharing something that can seem so private. I am glad that you shared that it has been really hard for you and that you are getting help. We absolutely have to erase those stigmas and just talking about it all is such a good start.

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    1. It's hard to talk about and seeking help is also a really hard step to take... As you say, there's a lot of stigma but I'm glad that I went to the doc and asked for help.

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  9. So happy to see you back to blogging!

    I keep track of my reading goals, but honestly, I don't really care if I meet them or not at this point.

    I hope you have a great week!

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  10. Glad you're back! This past year and a half has been so hard. Even on good days it's hard to be happy. I'm glad you're getting help. Bucky is adorable. I love hamsters! We had a sweet girl named Tabitha, and though my kids picked her out, she was really my hamster. I miss her! It's interesting to watch "old" movies with my kids and see them through their eyes. They end up being quite different that what I remember. :-) Have a great week!

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    1. I love hamsters too! I haven't had a syrian hamster since I was a kid myself but I'm so glad we got him. He's just so sweet!

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  11. This is so great to see you back! And getting help is important. That past year has been hard on us all! Also your little hamster is so cute!!!

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  12. I'm glad your back but sorry you've been having to go through things.

    I love your sons thoughts on Grease. He's not wrong lol

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. He's definitely not wrong! I'm actually proud that he can watch something like Grease and recognise all that's toxic about it.

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  13. It's a good feeling to start going out a bit and doing normal things. I had to laugh at your son's taken on Grease. Funny to see it thru the eyes of a kid now, instead of my 10-12 year old self when it first came out. My how views have changed! :)

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    1. Definitely! I loved Grease when I was a kid but it's been years since I watched it... Watching it with the kid was truly enlightening!

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