Sunday, 26 September 2021

Weekly (Or Should That Be Monthly...?) Update #142


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

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

Hello all!
Since I suck at weekly updates - or any kind of blog activity - at the moment, I figured a monthly recap made sense!

So... What's happened in September?
Well, I went back to work after ~8 weeks of medical leave. I'm on a phased return (4 hrs a day) but with things as they are they're taking my return really slowly so as not to set my recovery back and I'm still not on more than 4hrs a day despite being back a month. It's probably for the best as getting showered, dressed and acting like a functional human is more than I can handle some days... And they know that. Plus, those 4 hrs of adulting and having to actually interact and use my noggin' wipes me out and I need a nap. (Oh, how I wish I was exaggerating or joking...)
 My employer is really freaking awesome and supportive and just want me better and back on my game so they are doing all they can to help me get there. I'm super lucky and I know it. 

The kid went back to school and he is now in Y6! Aka, his final year of primary school. 😱
 (Quick and simplified guide to English schools: Reception - Y6 = Primary school. Y7-Y11 = Secondary/high school. Then 2x years of 6th Form College.)
I can't quite believe it... Applications for secondary schools have to be in by the end of October so we've had a few school visits this month trying to work out where's best for him. My part of England still has the oh so controversial grammar schools - schools you need to pass an exam to be eligible for - and to not limit the little dude's options he sat the 11+ exam this month. Honestly though, the 11+ feels redundant for him as our current front-runner is a non-denominational, non-grammar, school... I've mentioned before how intelligent the little dude is - and it's not mummy bragging he's 'gifted' - so I know that on purely academic subjects he'd thrive (so grammar a very good choice) but he needs to continue to develop the social and creative side alongside the 'academic' subjects so the non-grammar feels so much better for him on that front... Ugh, decisions, decisions. Parenting is hard. 😂

We haven't really been anywhere or did anything exciting this month but we did go to the cinema to see Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings and we loved it! I had no idea what to expect (hadn't even watched the trailer) but it was fabulous. So much fun.

Oh, we picked up our kitten! That was exciting... He is such a little fluff ball and mad as a hatter - as all kittens are. The other cats have accepted him although the demon cat is still v. freaking grumpy about it! Since she isn't leaving rooms, hissing, or pretending he doesn't exist anymore I'm calling it a win... She just refuses to touch him, sit with him or play with him. Nothing out of the ordinary with her really. My sweet Vessie has accepted him beautifully and the only boundary she has is that he can't cuddle up and sleep with her. He can sleep close, but not touching... This is pretty much the only boundary she has with demon cat too so she's good. 

Oh yeah, and I set up a blog Instagram... And I'm trying to get my shit in order and use it!
I figured I needed to improve my blog socials but sharing new releases and book teasers on my existing Instagram felt out of place... So now I have my Instagram (@msbuzzyb) and a blog Instagram (@sunnybuzzybooks)
My own insta will be whatever I fancy posting (mostly cats, to be honest) and the blog one will be new acquisitions to the TBR, what I'm reading, new releases etc etc... Book stuff. 😊 

It's been a while since I went blog visiting but I'm hoping to play catch up this week. 
I hope you're all good!

I still haven't been reading much but, as per the course this year, I've enjoyed what I've been reading!

These two books couldn't have been more different but I loved them both.
My absolute favourite though was The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood... I think it may be one of my favourites of the year.

Have a great week all!


  1. It's great that your employer is so supportive. Kudos to them. I bet returning even a few hours a day is exhausting. :( I see nothing but raves for The Love Hypothesis. Everyone seems to love it but I'm just not drawn to it. *shrugs* Maybe I'll change my mind down the road.

    1. So everyone keeps telling me. LOL But I have such a long history of reading super popular/hyped books that I wasn't actually interested in and it never ends well. Maybe down the line it will be more appealing to me. :)

    2. I always get nervous about the hype machine too but this one had so many irresistible elements... namely, fake dating, STEM and an Adam Driver lookalike (in his Kylo Ren style) who is an absolute cinnamon roll! Even better, it jumps straight into it without making you wait a million chapters for the fun to begin. I died and was resurrected with happiness... But I totally get not reading a book that doesn't really appeal just because everyone is talking about it. It doesn't usually end well for me either. :)

  2. Seriously, how wonderful was the Love Hypothesis? I feel bad for Hazelwood because I have some big expectations for her follow up. It's wonderful that you are getting so much support from your job. I hope it is making your life a bit easier. That is a LOT with your son's education. I didn't have the money to put my kid in the schools or programs she qualified for, but our local school had a great gifted program, and she had all the advanced placement classes in high school. I wish I could have done more, but she did ok. Big decisions though! Good luck with it all.

    1. I cannot wait for her next one either! Like you said, expectations will be HIGH. I'm have all my fingers crossed for glimpses of future Olive and Adam...

      I think as parents we'll always wish we could have done more for our kids. As you said, your daughter did ok, and I'm sure wherever my son goes he will too. :)

  3. Good luck to the kid! That's a lot of choices for school options. My parents stuck me in whichever public school was closest to my house. It's awesome that your employer is so supportive. Mine doesn't give sick days or vacation days. They'd just fire me if I got sick and missed a bunch of work.

    1. Oomph! That is harsh! US employment law always seems bonkers to me... The fact that they CAN fire you for getting sick is nuts. You also get so little time off for maternity, vacation etc... :(

  4. I'm glad your employer is so supportive. That is amazing. Good luck picking a school for your son. I can't imagine how difficult that would be for a parent. Everyone seemed to love The Love Hypothesis so I'm hoping to read it soon!

  5. That is awesome you are making progress and your employer is being great about it. I LOVED the Love Hypothesis too. I have the One and Only Crystal Druid just got it on audio for review.

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  6. I am glad that you are slowly easing back into work! I manage two teams and one of my colleagues had a big burn out and depression because of lockdown and living alone. He too worked part time when he came back and I've been careful not to put too much pressure on him. Also I am now following you on IG :-)

  7. Parenting is hard... and those school decisions can be too, no doubt. Good luck with the decisions and hope everything goes well. and also that you're feeling BETTER soon.

    Shang- Chi was so fun! And hopefully the cats will all be friends soon. :)

    Love that Annette Marie cover!

  8. Parenting can be hard. Unless we pay for our kids to go to private school the school district picks the school the kids go to here based on where you live. It would be nice to have a choice.

    Glad you are feeling a little better and that your work bosses seem to have your back about only doing a few hours a day.

  9. I'm so glad your employer is so understanding, and I hope you continue to feel better and better. I have The Love Hypothesis on my Kindle, but haven't got to it yet.

  10. I've got my copy of The Love Hypothesis sitting on my TBR shelf, I need to get to it! Glad your employer is understanding and letting you come back to work slowly. I hope you keep getting better. Have a great week!
    Lisa Loves Literature

  11. Hi there Nicci! Glad to hear you have so much support from your employers. You are truly blessed.

    The Love Hypothesis is popping up everywhere, I guess it really must be good. I will take a look a bit.

    Take care of yourself and have a good week.

  12. I’m pleased to learn you’re health is improving, and that your employer has been so understanding.
    Gifted kids tend to do well in just about any educational setting so I believe it’s important to consider the social aspect as well.
    What did you name your kitten?

    Wishing you a great reading week


    I'm happy your employer is being so understanding and that you got to go to the movies! I've heard good things about Shang-Chi.

  14. Your kitty is so freaking cute!!!

    I've thought about starting a separate book IG account but I doubt I would pay much attention to it. You get what you get when you follow me. Sometimes it's cats and dogs, or books, or food lol

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  15. Wow, your employer sounds fantastic, Nicci! Hope your gentle journey back to work continues at a pace that strengthens your recovery. 💚
    It's scary how quickly our kids grow - Yr6 already! We worry over every stage of their journeys, don't we. My advice? You know your son. Grammar schools are centres for academic excellence, but the pastoral care can sometimes be wanting. Even passing the 11+ the Grammar school environment might not be right but Shelleyrae is right, a smart kid with engaged parents will succeed in any educational setting. 💚

  16. I loved both of the books you read! Don't push yourself. I am so glad your employer is being so wonderful!

  17. I hope your recovery continues to go smoothly. Often taking things slow and easing back in is the best way to go. I am glad your employer is so supportive. That can make a world of difference. I hope the school selection goes well. I am sure your son will do well wherever he ends up.

    I am looking forward to seeing Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings when it comes to streaming. We haven't ventured back into the movie theaters yet. I'm not sure when we will.

    A new kitty! I am glad the kitty is fitting in well. Introducing new cats to the household can be quite the challenge.

    I am glad you are enjoying your reading. I would like to read The Love Hypothesis at some point.

    Take care, Nicci, and have a great week.