Saturday, 21 August 2021

Weekly Update #140

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

Hey all!
I've been absent again... Initially, I just hadn't been up to anything so didn't have anything to report. 
Then I was busy... Or unmotivated... Or struggling to get out of bed and enjoy anything so blogging was super low on my to-do list. 
Now, I'm a mix of everything. 

So, what has been happening?! Let's see...

I'm still on medical leave and will be until at least the end of August. I'm having weird-ass reactions to the meds the doc put me on and one of the most interesting is hot flushes! I tell ya, if this is a glimpse of my future menopausal self, I pity anyone who has to deal with me! Ladies at that stage of life... I salute you! How you function is genuinely beyond me.

The little dude has been on school holidays for the past 4 weeks and we've tried to get out places at least a couple of times a week to keep him amused... It's been challenging for me, with everything I'm dealing with, but it is worth it.
So far, we've been pottery painting, a trip to Stonehenge, Longleat Safari Park, Wookey Hole, crazy golf, a visit to see the Magna Carta, and the little dude had a 3-day tennis camp.

Aside from days out with the kiddo, I also saw Six the musical with friends at the theatre and it was fantastic! The tickets were purchased over 2 and a half years ago but because of covid... Anyway, it was worth the wait!

I also really enjoyed watching the Olympics in the evenings along with re-watching Stargate from S6 onwards with the professor... Man, I miss that show! 

The professor and I had our second covid jabs over two weeks ago so we're fully vaccinated now.
This is great because it allowed us to head to Scotland a few days ago to visit my mum! (Okay, and the rest of my family...) On the drive to Scotland, we stopped off for a day at Alton Towers theme park, stayed over in a hotel, then finished the drive the day after as it is a long drive from where we live in the south west of England.
We're still in Scotland and we're working through a list of stuff the little dude wants to do whilst we are here in between catching up with people... So far, we've been to the Museum on The Mound and Dynamic Earth. 

While we are in Scotland, my father-in-law is staying at our place and fitting our new downstairs flooring (switching from carpets to wood) and looking after our cats, fish and hamster. 

I think that pretty much sums up the past month. In between the fun stuff, I've celebrated simple victories like getting out of bed, showering regularly and remembering to eat meals! 

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Iris Moreland (Freebie)
The Varsity Dad Dilemma by Lex Martin
The Magic of Found Objects by Maddie Dawson (Freebie)
All Rhodes Lead Here by Marianna Zapata (99p Sale)
Hands Down by Marianna Zapata (99p Sale)
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas (£1.99 Sale)
Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler 
Lies and Lullabies by Sarina Bowen (99p Sale)
The Bookshop of Forgotten Dreams by Emily Blaine (99p Sale)
The What If Guy by Lauren Blakely (99p Sale)
Thanks For Last Night by Lauren Blakely (99p Sale)
9 Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean (99p Sale)

I've not been reading much but I've enjoyed what I have read... 3 books.
Two new reads (Always Only You and Rogue Ghosts and Other Miscreants) and one re-read (Dear Aaron).

Have a great week all!


  1. I hope they can get your meds right for you. Sorry you are having such a poor experience. You have been doing some fun stuff! I am a bit jealous. Hope you are enjoying Scotland and your family.

  2. Sounds like you still had some fun despite poor experience with your meds. Same as Samantha, hopefully you'll get the right one for you :)
    As for the books, looks like you've got some pretty good ones! I actually read He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Iris Morland last year and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to your book reviews soon.
    Hope you're having a good time there at Scotland with the fam!

    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

  3. Yay for family visits! Looks you added a fun bunch to your reading stack. Enjoy.

    1. Thanks! I hope to find some time to read some of the new stack soon. :)

  4. I started menopause a year ago an the hot flashes are not joke. lol
    Hope you have a nice visit.

  5. I'm sorry you haven't been feeling well. Hot flashes are definitely not a fun thing.

    Scotland sounds like a wonderful trip.

    Hope you have a great week!

    1. I wish the weather was better but it's nice being back in Scotland :)

  6. I really hope they can find the right meds for you Nicci! But from my husband's experience I know this is trial and errors sometimes. It will work in the end, promise!

  7. Yay you're back! I hope you are feeling tip top soon. I am not as energetic as I would like; maybe it's the heat or I'm just tired. I'm glad you are able to do some things during the school break and see family. You got some great reads there - enjoy!

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  8. Any progress is good! Keep on trekking!

  9. Those simple victories deserve to be celebrated.. Hopefully , you’ll continue on this track and expand the number of simple victories.πŸ€—. You’re going to love your hardwoods. I’d love to get our third floor changed out to hardwood. That’s the only carpeting we have in the house. Have a wonderful week!

  10. I enjoyed the Olympics too. and congrats on your second jabs! It's a good feeling being protected.

    Stonehenge sounds fun, and have fun in Scotland! Would love to go there one of these days, it sounds beautiful.

  11. The Bookshop of Forgotten Dreams by Emily Blaine sure looks good. I hope you enjoy your trip to Scotland and visiting family.

  12. I'm glad to hear that you have gotten your second shot and that you were able to visit your mom. Sorry you were not well.

  13. Ugh, sorry to hear about the medication side effects. I hope that can be sorted out. Hooray for the fun outings... and the theatre trip! I hope you're having a wonderful time in Scotland. How great to be able to see your mom again. :)

    I loved Lies & Lullabies by Sarina Bowen so hard. Loooved it.
    I'm listening to Always Only You now and having mixed feelings about it, but I mostly like it.

  14. Sorry the medication is giving you trouble, sounds like a busy and fun month at least.

  15. Sorry you haven't been feeling well, and side effects from meds are not fun! Hopefully that will all get figured out soon. That's great you've been able to get out and do some fun things though. I would LOVE to see Six the Musical so I'm really happy it was worth it for you. Hope you're having a great time in Scotland!


  16. Your meds really sound like a problem. I hope your doctor is getting that under control for you. I'm glad you've been able to make some trips especially to Scotland to visit your family. I hope you're having a good week.

  17. Gah - I hope you start feeling better soon. I went through menopause and the only thing I didn't get was hot flashes (I hate to even say that because you can apparently still get them even after) but I get hot flushes/cold sweats from anxiety and it's not fun. I got lots of other exciting things instead lol

    I'm glad you at least got to travel a bit.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  18. Great that the kid is keeping busy and so fun to travel. My sister is in Greece now for a month.