Sunday, 7 November 2021

Sunday Post #143 - Oh dear, where did October go?!

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

I have no idea where October has gone... It's been quite the month!

It starts off quite heavy... I'd been kinda slipping backwards with my depression and rather than getting better things got worse. Much worse. So bad that during my 6-week review with my work's Occupational Health doctor, he told me he didn't think I was fit to be back at work and to speak to my GP about being put back on medical leave. Which I did, and my doc did, with immediate effect. My meds got increased and I've had lots of back and forth with the CBT practitioner I'd been assigned to so... yeah. It's been a lot and it's been tough but I'm going in the right direction again!
I have another review with my GP coming up and I honestly have no idea whether I'll be allowed back to work yet but whenever I'm good to return I know I'll be looked after. My OH department has been incredible, as has my management chain. My goal is to be ready, after Christmas break, to resume my full duties and take my projects back on... Fingers crossed I'm well enough to do so! 

Let's see... What else happened in October... (My memory is shot btw. Nice symptom/side effect of severe depression I didn't know about!)

Near the beginning of the month, the little dude got to attend a virtual book signing for Rick Riordan's new book, Daughter of The Deep! He loves Rick Riordan's books and was gutted to read that Riordan doesn't do signings outside the US anymore because of the time commitments etc. Well, covid helped us out there! As his current tour was virtual. I booked a ticket for one of the independent stores (I think it was in Texas) that had a signing on the weekend because of the time difference. We joined the Zoom call and he got to listen to the live Q&A and all that jazz! His tour T-shirt and signed book are in the mail. He's ecstatic! 

Err... What else. Oh! The professor and the little dude went to Ireland to see the mother/brother/sister-in-law for the first time in over 2 years! That was nice for them and nice for me not having to go! πŸ˜‚ I got to stay at home, sort myself out and cuddle my cats. 

I've been to the cinema a few times since I last updated and I've watched a load of TV... Reading has been hit and miss... Man, I miss being able to read at my old pace!!! My brain just doesn't cooperate at the moment though. 

The kitten - Tez - has almost doubled in size and he's an adorable love-bug who has a devilish streak... He cracks me up. He's glued to people the same way my ragdoll, Vesta, is and he loves Vess! He always wants to cuddle into her when sleeping. She's constantly grooming him. They chase and play and he follows her around... It's too cute! He's even cracking devil cat! Dora only hisses at him when he pounces on her as she's a cranky old girl and doesn't want to play fight the baby upstart! 
They are happiness on three sets of four paws!

I went on an overnight trip with a group of friends to Brighton (which had been booked months ago) and it was lovely. I wasn't sure I'd be able to cope with it but those ladies have been absolute rocks for me and unbelievably understanding and supportive since I was diagnosed (and long before) so I took the chance knowing I could retreat to my room and not come out if I didn't want to (and they wouldn't hold it against me or judge) and I ended up having a lovely time!
There was plenty of tea and cake, wine (for them), lovely meals, chatting, laughing and shopping!
Dare I say it but... I actually got an early start on Christmas shopping! πŸ™ˆ
All of it made me feel 'normal' again... And reminded me that I am going to be ok. I will find my balance and learn to manage everything again and there will be plenty more days, weeks, and months, just like those ones. 

What else happened... Oh yeah! Halloween! 
Trick or treating was a 'go' around here this year but I wasn't up for answering the door to lots of people. One, because I can't handle lots of people at the moment, and two - covid. So, I put out some decorations and pumpkins, stuck a cauldron of candy outside the door and put a sign up telling them to help themselves. The neighbourhood kids seemed to have a blast.
The little dude dressed up as a plague doctor and had a mini shindig with friends from school... There were six/seven of them and I figured they're together 7hrs a day, 5 days a week, anyway so what difference does an evening celebrating together make?
They had fun and I ate lots of sweets. 

I think that last bit of "news" is that it was my birthday! I turned 36 and celebrated by eating cake. 
The professor got me/us theatre tickets to see Bat Out of Hell, the musical, next year. I've wanted to see it since it was on London's West End and now that it's touring I'm finally getting to! I'm so excited... The professor is less enthused but he's coming anyway because he loves me, lol.
I also got spoiled by my team at work who posted a package of goodies out to me, my friends showered me in lots of stuff for pampering myself (bubble baths, lotions and potions, super-soft slippers... Gin etc.), my mum sent stuff, my father-in-law sent me an amazon gift card to indulge my book-buying habit... All in all, it was surreal. 

Oh, last thing! For those who read the last update where I spoke about this... The little dude passed his 11+ exam. We worked through all the pros and cons of the various secondary school options with him and we got his application submitted. It's still bonkers that we have to choose a secondary/high school barely two months into his final year of primary but there we have it! Now we wait until March to find out what school he got a place in.

Okay, I've gibbered enough. Hope you're all well! I won't get to visiting/catching up with you all today (as it's almost midnight here) but I'll be starting to click through the links tomorrow. 😊 

Too many to count! Oh to heck with it... Here we go!
(Yes, my stupid plan to watch book spending and not acquire more than I read in a year went out the window in Q1...)

(All of these were freebies of under £1.49, btw.) 
Act Your Age, Eve Brown - Talia Hibbert
How To Save A Life - P. Dangelico
Waiting For Tom Hanks - Kerry Winfrey
Not Like The Movies - Kerry Winfrey
Baby It's Cold Outside - Emily Bell
Bellamy and The Brute - Alicia Michaels
Star Mother - Charlie N. Holmberg
Brand of Magic - K M Jackways
To Sir, With Love - Lauren Layne
Tell Me To Stop - Charlotte Bird
Pure Healing - Aja James
Wicked Wolves and Tangled Truths - Danielle Annett
Wild Highway - Devney Perry
Spoiler Alert - Olivia Dade
The Burning God - R. F. Kuang
The Winter of Second Chances - Jenny Bayliss
Heartwood (Speakeasy) - J. H. Croix
Fluffy - Julia Kent
Mr. Mayfair - Louise Bay
El Diablo - M. Robinson
Overture - Skye Warren
Co-Wrecker - Meghan Quinn
Baby Fever - Jenika Snow
Rock Hard - K.A. Linde
Devil's Deal - Aleatha Romig
Captain Heartbreaker - Brighton Walsh
Dare to Resist - Carly Phillips

(Paperback - £7.99) 
Defy The Night - Brigid Kemmerer 

I assume this is everywhere but Audible in the UK is also letting subscribers borrow a selected range of audiobooks to listen to and return, like Kindle Unlimited, but for audible! I've got a few new authors to try out which is exciting... But I won't list them here as I never bother listing KU borrows either. (They just crop up in the "read" section once I've read them.)

I read 4 whole books! That's... Something. Better than nothing!

One re-read: Lead by Kylie Scott.
One ARC: Well Matched by Jen DeLuca
One review copy: Hex Marks The Spot by Ani Gonzalez
One Audiobook: Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter

(I'm actually doing better with reading - so far - for November! I've read one and I've almost finished another... And it's only the 7th! *gasp*)

I've been to the cinema a few times since I last updated. I've watched The Last Duel, Dune and Eternals. I really enjoyed all of them so I call that a win!

I've/we've also been watching a load of films at home... 
Hotel Transylvania, The Haunted Mansion and Hocus Pocus for spooky season. 
Thor Ragnarok (Mostly for Loki... And Thor. Oh ok, it's also funny and just plain awesome.)
Star Wars VII, VIII, IX (for Kylo Ren.)

As for TV...
I started watching Chicago Fire on a whim when the guys were in Ireland and whilst it's not exactly awesome it's keeping me entertained so I'll probably keep watching. Netflix UK only has the first four seasons though. 

We watched the first season of Marvel's What If? And I liked that a lot. I especially loved the zombie episode... It's amazing that I even find cartoon Bucky Barnes attractive but it is what it is! πŸ˜‚

And I've been riveted by this years Strictly Come Dancing... 

The little dude has been continuing to watch Doctor Who so I've been seeing a few of those lately too. 

Basically, I've watched a lot of things this past month!

Oooh, I've a few that I've fallen in love with this month!

Griff - Black Hole

Ed Sheeran - Shivers

Sandro Cavazza & Georgia Ku - Love to Lose

Have a great week all!


  1. Hang in there! I hope your GP keeps you on a plan where you'll feel much better soon. Great list of books you have there!

  2. I'm so glad your work and GP are so supportive. And the Riordan book looks so good. I just saw it the other day and the whole 20,000 Leagues inspiration has me pretty geeked.

    Brighton sounds lovely.

    I can't wait to see Eternals.

  3. Sending you hugs, and also happy belated birthday! Your overnight trip sounds fun!

  4. Good to hear you feel like you are making progress and that you have so much support. Happy Belated Birthday! Eating cake is such a great way to celebrate.

  5. I can't believe it's November either. Happy birthday! I'm glad you are headed in the right direction and enjoying some outings. You are reading the good books- all authors I enjoy!

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  6. I love that Ed Sheeran song. I hope the depression gets better. I was put on an antidepressant a couple of years ago and it really seemed to help.

  7. I'm so sorry to hear that lost some progress but it sounds like you have an amazing medical team and a very supportive management team at the office. I'm so glad you are on the right track again and felt well enough to go on the overnight trip. It's hard to force ourselves to do those things sometimes, but it almost always ends up being a good thing and bolsters us.

  8. I'm sorry you have to deal with depression, but that's great you have a wonderful doctor and people surrounding you and a job that is being very helpful! I have depression and anxiety too, and it's not always easy, especially if people aren't helpful. That's great you were able to do the girl's trip and had a nice time! I'm so ready to see more movies in theatres. I just love it! How exciting your son got to do a virtual talk/signing with Rick Riordan.

    Lauren @


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