Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 3/14/2021: Long time no see.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….



Hi everybody. It’s me. 🙂
How are you? Hope you are doing well.
So, I have not blogged since last November. If you are reading this thank you for stopping in. I have missed blog land but took an unexpected break. This past week was my one year anniversary of working from home since quarantine began in 2020. Surreal. It has been a crazy year but I am very grateful and feel blessed. As hard as some of the past year has been it has also been a time to stop and appreciate your blessings and remember what is most important, your family and loved ones and your health.

My reason for being away is #1. Work. I work 50+ hours a week from home, usually 10 hour days and sitting at a computer like that for so long leaves ZERO time or energy for blogging. It has been a year of working this way. So when I’m not working I do not want to be anywhere near the computer. #2. I went into a book slump and had no bookish updates to share. The last book I read was in October 2020. Then I got book mail from a publisher last month and I took that as a sign. I finally read my first book of 2021 last weekend and I read the whole thing in pretty much one sitting. My review is ready to post for April closer to the publication date. The book is called Her Three Lives by Cate Holahan and I am happy to share my thoughts on it next month.

Also, THANK YOU to my blog friends who reached out to me either by commenting here at my blog or through DM’s, Twitter, email. I appreciate your checking on me since I went MIA around here. I’ll be blog hopping today.

More updates below…..

In my mailbox:

My Dear Miss Dupré (American Royalty) by Grace Hitchcock arrived via Bethany House. I ordered a copy of Later by Stephen King. And Her Three Lives by Cate Holahan came via Meryl Moss Media. I read this one already and my review will go live early April.


coming soon:

I’m finally reading Stillhouse Lake by by Rachel Caine and it’s very good so far. I will be sharing my thoughts once I’m finished.



watching:
So many things. I recommend Bridgerton, Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery and the Night Stalker: The hunt for a serial killer. What have you been watching that you recommend?

crochet:
I have been crocheting alot. Here are a few of the things I’ve made these past few months, I will share a few more next week:









That covers my updates. Thank you for stopping in. I will start blog hopping this morning to catch up a little. I feel like I’m out of the loop book-wise. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone is doing/reading and I know I will be adding to my TBR as soon as I start blog hopping. Enjoy your weekend!



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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 8/23/2020: Updates, Crochet and Co-Reading

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

Good morning and happy Sunday. I hope this post finds you well. I have been very M.I.A. these past few weeks. Just life in general, very busy with long work-days and I’ve had some health issues these past few weeks so that always makes it harder to get into a relaxed frame of mind for things like blogging. I’ve had some kind of allergic skin reaction…again…and this time it’s a real mystery. I took a round of steroid pills which did not help. Then I had blood-work done and that came back fine and two skin biopsies which I’m still waiting on results for. It’s not fun being unwell and not knowing the cause of it but I’m hoping to get some answers soon. Anyway, weather-wise we’ve had some very hot days but I can feel the weather turning now and it’s nice and cool in the mornings and evenings with September around the corner. My parents are coming over today so we’re bbq’ing for them and eating outside which will be good to see them and catch up a bit. We are still doing the same here with social distancing and as of now I’m not due to go back to the office until maybe on a rotating schedule in October.

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday April 26, 2020 A few updates

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

Good morning all and happy Sunday. How is it the last Sunday in April already? I am glad May is just around the corner, it’s a pretty month when so much is in bloom after a rainy April and the temps start to warm up more regularly. I hope you are doing well and staying safe. Today marks day 35 of quarantine for myself. I’m still doing my yoga/meditation daily and aerobics a few days per week. It continues to be helpful. Working from home keeps my mind busy a well so that’s been good. My kids are grown but they are also going stir crazy and they miss their friends and just being able to get out and go. I might be back to the office in early to mid-May but I have not heard for sure yet. It will be an adjustment going back as well.

While I’m busy with work during the week, being home gives me more time for things I enjoy like baking. This week I made homemade cornbread. It’s really good warm from the oven with a little butter spread on top.

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Sunday Post 4/19/2020: Updates

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

Good morning everyone. I hope you are all doing well. Today marks 28 days of quarantine for myself. Although the initial shock has worn off and I have settled into a routine, this whole thing still feels surreal. I have not ventured out in 28 days except to go to my backyard. To get exercise and ease my anxiety I do 30 minutes aerobics daily and then I do 30-45 minutes yoga daily after. It has been something I look forward to, my daily exercise and yoga time. My anxiety got so bad these past several weeks, I lost 11 pounds because when I’m nervous I can’t eat so I am trying to put those pounds back on. We do online food orders from Target for no contact curbside pickup, but they don’t do cold foods or perishables this way so when absolutely necessary my husband takes a quick trip to the grocery store for milk, eggs, fruits etc. We try to limit those trips to once every 10 days or so. New Jersey has announced the stay-at-home order is extended until May 15th. As hard as it is, I agree with that decision because at the rate the virus has been spreading it’s terrifying.  You are not supposed to leave the house without wearing a mask now and you are not allowed to enter a public place…supermarket etc… without a mask on. I keep reminding myself, this is only temporary.

On a different note, I baked an apple cake yesterday. This is the recipe I use.

I offer you all a virtual slice today….it pairs well with tea.
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Sunday Post 3/22/2020 : A few quick updates

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

Good morning everyone. I hope you are all staying safe and able to stay home during these uncertain times.

I haven’t been on blogland at all in about two weeks and I have found it hard to even concentrate enough to read a book so I have not been reading.  I’ve been working from home alternately, one week at home then one week in the office. I hope that will change soon and that I can work from home full time until this passes. I work in Bergen County, New Jersey which has the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state so far. I stay isolated in my cubicle when I am in the office and eat my lunch by myself as well. Half the building is empty rotating weeks at home and I stay away from co-workers as much as I can when I am there. This all seems surreal. I would be lying if I said I haven’t had a few meltdowns and cried it out but I’m trying to stay positive and of course be safe.
I haven’t let my kids leave the house since last Friday and they will continue to stay home as long as it takes. It is hard for them staying at home away from friends but necessary.

On the weeks I work from home, Otis insists on staying on my lap. He is good company….

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