Week in Review: October 17: Quarantine Week 31: In Which Things Have Been a Mess

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I’m fine. My mom is fine. But gosh everything else has been a mess this week. I’m trying to focus on what I can control but that, of course, is sometimes easier said than done.

Week in Review: October 9: Quarantine Week 30: In which I did not sleep

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This would have been a better week if I had slept well even once. I didn’t. I don’t think I’ve slept well since July honestly. Work is work but I got a lot done and have preparing for some sort of fun things. I got some good mail this week. I’m participating in a new instagram photo challenge that’s fun. I’m still trying. That’s what I’ve got this week.

Week in Review: October 3: Quarantine Week 29: In which I am ready to vote

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It’s been a long week. Lots of scrambling. Lots of setbacks. But I think things are finally on an even keel. Also happy to report that my absentee ballot is here and ready to go. Be sure to make your own voting plan as soon as you can. Vote.org can help you find all the information you need.

Week in Review: September 26: Quarantine Week 28: In which I am exhausted

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I’ve been trying to not stew in negativity this week but it’s so damn hard. Every time I get a handle on literally anything, some other area of my life seems to fall apart right on schedule. I know no one is getting ahead because it’s a horrible global pandemic and everything is awful, but I’d still like to have one small win and one area that isn’t actively on fire. Just one. Just for a little while.

Week in Review: September 19: Quarantine Week 27: In Which I Consider High-Quality Connections

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What September releases are you excited about? 📚 If Grown is on your list, I can confirm it won’t disappoint: 📚 Enchanted Jones thought she had everything figured out. She isn’t what anyone would call happy at her new school, but she makes it work. She has swim team and she has her best friend Gabriella. With Gab’s help Enchanted auditions for BET’s version of American Idol. It doesn’t go well. 📚 But it does bring her face to face with legendary R&B artist Korey Fields who is even hotter in person and could be Enchanted’s own ticket to stardom. It starts with secret texts and flirting. Then there are singing lessons and an invitation to go on tour. 📚 It ends with Enchanted beaten bloody and Korey Fields dead. 📚 Enchanted wishes she could forget the events leading up to Korey’s death. But she can’t do that any more than she can remember what happened that night. 📚 Did Enchanted plunge the knife into Korey’s chest? Was she the only one who wanted him dead? With more questions than answers Enchanted will have to piece together the pieces before Korey’s livid fans–or the police–do it for her with Enchanted as the culprit in Grown (2020) by Tiffany D. Jackson. 📚 Head to my blog to check out my full review (link in bio). 📚 #InstaReader #BeautifulBooks #BookReviews #BooksToRead #BookstagramFeatures #BookishLife #AllTheBooks #UnitedBookstagram #BookPost #ForTheLoveOfBooks #ReadersOfInsta #BookBlogging #Bookstagramit #LibrariansOfInstagram #ReadingLove #BookstaFeatures #ReadersGonnaRead #WhatToRead #BookStyle #Booktography #BookRecommendations #ReadersOfIg #NeverNotReading #BookPhotoChallenge #BookNookstagram #Bibliophiles #BookAesthetic #Grown #ReadGrown #TiffanyDJackson

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Pandemic life has been hard. I miss my friends. I miss traveling freely. I’m tired of being told my choice to self-isolate for as long as possible because of my mom is irrational or something I’ll get over when I have no choice anymore–especially from friends who are supposed to take my side. There’s probably a whole blog post about that but I’m so tired of talking about it that I don’t want to also write about it.

I reread Joy at Work last week for my ongoing work book club. I’ve been thinking a lot about what the book calls “high-quality connections” which basically boils down to mutual friendships. Again, there’s a whole blog post worth of stuff to unpack there but for now I’m thinking about what it means when it becomes clear that I am putting more time and care into a relationship (with friends but also with coworkers) than the other person. It is not a good feeling and it is something I’m still figuring out but for now the first step is acknowledging it happening. Which I’m working on.

Week in Review: September 12: Quarantine Week 26: In Which I Spent An Entire Week Dealing with Chair Drama

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I need a new desk chair and my mom and I need new recliners in our living room and that has consumed most of my life. A new desk chair has been acquired and is coming. Recliners continue to be up in the air because furniture shopping is the worst.

Week In Review: September 5: Quarantine Week 25: In Which I Can’t Believe It’s September

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September really took me by surprise and I still haven’t recovered from the transition to a new month. It’s been the kind of week where objectively I have done almost everything I meant to/needed to do. But it still doesn’t feel like enough. Which isn’t a great feeling but I’m trying to ride it out. I think part of it is also still the whole trying to work and act like everything is normal during a global pandemic. My favorite summer show Big Brother started last month and, sadly, the season has been a major train wreck so I can’t even rely on trash reality TV as a respite from ~pandemic stress~.

Week In Review: August 29: Quarantine Week 24: In Which Things Are Planned

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Hello! What have you been up to this week? How are you? ▪️ Can you believe August is almost over? I really can’t. August felt very long but also like I blinked and then it was almost September. ▪️ I committed myself to filming an August wrap up for IGTV so I need to figure that out soon. (Still a little nervous about it although this our year of video conferencing has made me much more comfortable seeing and hearing myself on video.) ▪️ Aside from an embarrassing number of copies of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue I am on a book buying ban as I work on reading down my owned books. This was somewhat derailed by my reread of Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series but I’m recommitted now! ▪️ Work wise everything is still very nebulous and I’m trying to not stress about that. My first virtual staff book club is happening in the second week of September so that’s my most immediate project to plan for. Fingers crossed it goes well. ▪️ #InstaReads #BookLife #BookGram #Booktography #BeautifulBooks #Bookstagramit #LibrariansOfInstagram #BookReviews #BookBlog #AllTheBooks #UnitedBookstagram #LoveReading #BooksOfIg #BookStyle #BookPost #BookishLife #ForTheLoveOfBooks #ReadersOfInsta #BookBlogging #BookRecommendations #ReadersOfIg #BooksToRead #ReadMore #BookstagramFeatures #BookstaFeatures #thegirlsatthekingfisherclub #genevievevalentine #bookstagram #bookworm

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How My Week Went:

I was going to start this recap by saying I feel like, since the pandemic started, it’s been a one good week/one bad week kind of thing. But this last part of August was just . . . not that great.

There’s lots of cool stuff happening on the blog this week–lots and lots of stuff as I try to build in more Friday posts with either booklists or some kind of lifestyle thing.

Work is still work. I’m planning a holiday promotion now that no one will see until November. If you want to read about a USPS inspired booklist, I was interviewed about that this week: https://www.brooklynpaper.com/bpl-post-office-reading-list/

Week In Review: August 21: Quarantine Week 23: In Which I Send Many Emails

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This week felt like it was five months long. Appropriate since it was just like every other week of quarantine–which is hitting the five month mark. I’m tired. I miss having more than a thimbleful of patience at any one time. And I’m sick to death of people acting like I’m the irrational one for still trying to self-isolate for as long as humanly possible. My mom hasn’t been feeling well this week (allergies and generic malaise, not plague) which is its own special kind of stress during a pandemic. I keep trying to leave space for optimism but it’s easier to be annoyed or sad and disappointed. One good thing this week is that I’ve been re-reading Megan Whalen Turner’s books this week and I think they are exactly what I needed right now–a soothing balm while I try (again and always) to regroup.

Week In Review: August 15: Quarantine Week 22: In Which My Blog Turns 13

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My blog turned 13 this week! Check out the Blog birthday post for links to enter the giveaways I’m running on Twitter and Instagram. Not much else to say–this wasn’t a good week for sleep or low stress which, generally, is not a good combination. Hoping a hard reset this weekend will help.