Monday Morning Check-In: Tired…

Good Monday…afternoon…  Sorry, I’m late and that I didn’t even manage to make a Check-In post last week.  Haven’t got a good excuse except for life.  I’m trying to figure out how this new exercise routine works into my schedule.  I am finding that I tolerate my hour-a-day of movement if I get it over first thing in the morning.  Which is about the same time I should be writing this post each week on Monday’s at least.  So that might mean I need to change the graphic to Monday Check-In and get to the post when I can.  Have to say the walking is paying off!  My blood pressure is back to normal.  Now hopefully exercising for the rest of my life will keep it that way.  My goal is to avoid medication.

Life has also gotten in the way of reading.  The past week I have been dealing with planning activities at work, a day full of appointments and the loss of all my chickens.  Yesterday we caught and killed the raccoon that killed all my birds and worked to shore up the coop for when I bring home new birds.  I hope to finish up possibly two books for you today and maybe even another one or two later this week.  I’m so close to finishing several books I just need to find some uninterrupted time to sit and read.

Speaking of reading this is where I leave you.  Happy spring everyone!  We made it through another winter!

Monday Morning Check-In: Returning from Recovery

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday morning everyone.  I am typing this up on Sunday night while enjoying Dr. Strange with my husband.  Basically, I am trying to stay awake until the end of the movie.  If I multi-task I might just make it.  This week I return to my normal life and work.  I am still drifting between books.  My Star Trek books that I ordered last week have arrived and I will probably read some of them next. I have also picked up audio books again.  I am struggling with a bit of high pressure and have decided to start walking again. Audio books are a great option when you are starting an exercise program after recovery from surgery.  I need to start slow and a book being read to me lets me keep a slower pace.

In case you missed my post on my other blog or Instagram I now know my cancer staging.  It was Grade one Stage one and I have no further cancer treatment.  I am so immensely relieved but feel a bit strange returning to normal life.  I am a bit frustrated with how much I have regressed fitness wise.  I feel like I am starting all over again.

Anyway,  have a great week everyone and happy reading!

Monday Morning Check-In: Almost Over

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday morning everyone!  Not a lot of reading over the weekend as we listed on eBay and watched the Oscars on Sunday.  Plan to listen to my news this morning and then hit the books.  I am just over half way through my current mammoth read and would like to finish it by Tuesday at the latest.  Why?  Well on Wednesday is my post-op follow-up and I hope to be released to resume my normal activities most important work.  So my time off is almost up and I haven’t read as much as I had hoped but that’s ok.  Come back tomorrow when I tell you what I’ve been doing instead of reading in my Top Ten Tuesday.  Well, I need to get reading!  Have a great week.

Monday Morning Check-In: Shopping

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday morning everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend and got lots of reading time in.  I did not…  Last weekend was my first long day out after surgery and while I did well I did get tired and was awfully sore by bed time.  Husband and I went to a flea market that was a bust because it was so crowded you couldn’t look at the booths because of all the people in the way.  Then we went thrifting, again not finding much, before we stopped at our favorite Thai restaurant (finally…) for lunch and grocery shopping.  It mad for a long day and by the end my body was yelling at me when I tried to pick anything up over five pounds.  I made it though!  I also picked out my Valentine’s Day gift the latest release by my favorite author Sherrilyn Kenyon, Born in Vengeance.  A hefty read at 4oo pages I hope to get to this book the first half of this year maybe after I finish the current series I am on.  I have several books of hers to read including the one before vengeance which is like 800 pages long…  Lots of books sitting on my to-read bookcase actually, I should really stop playing on the computer and requesting review books altogether.  Well, I’m going to write-up Top Ten Tuesday’s post today so I will leave you now.

Happy Reading!

Monday Morning Check-In: Reading Day

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday morning everyone!  I was perhaps a bit more active than I should have been over the weekend and Sunday night I was feeling a bit sore.  So I’ve decided that after I finish writing up this post I am going to take my over-active self and go back to bed.  I am declaring a day of reading.  Unfortunately, you won’t be seeing any of the reviews for the next few books as they all have release dates later this year.  I am about half-way through and audio book, however, and might finish that up today or tomorrow and will get that review out to you.  It is kind of weird and I’m not quite sure what I think of it.

Have a great week and see you tomorrow for Top Ten Tuesday!

Monday Morning Check-In: Recovering

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday morning everyone I am blogging to you today from the other side of my hysterectomy last week.  Thank you to all that took a moment to wish me well!  I’m doing quite well actually and if you want to know more feel free to visit my other blog What I’m Dealing With to read my update there.  Did not get much reading done last week naturally but I did manage to finish one audio book.  It was one that I listened to last year and I’m not going to post an updated review.  It is the first book in a series where I recently picked up all the remaining books and want to refresh my memory as to what happen in the first book.

I need to get my butt in gear and read a review book that is coming out next week but I have been sucked in with YouTube and The Sims 3 between taking pills.  I feel as if I am on the cusp of really getting into it so maybe this afternoon when I am home alone and it is quiet I can try to make some progress in that.  I’m finding when I sit down to read I get sleepy which is odd as I’m only on over the counter pain medicine.

I’ll see you all tomorrow for Top Ten Tuesday and hopefully a new book review soon.  Happy Reading.

Monday Morning Check-In: Last Day

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday morning everyone.  Today is my last day before surgery.  Spent the weekend getting the house ready and trying to relax.  I’ve had trouble concentrating on what I’m reading so I’ve given up trying for now.  I have been listening to audiobooks, though, and have worked my way through almost two over the weekend.   The second book I have an hour left on it and should be posting a review sometime this afternoon.  I have several more waiting for me for while I’m in the hospital and that first week of recovery.  I’m debating if I should bother taking my knitting with me or not to the hospital.  My lap blanket has gotten rather large and all my instructions tell me to limit what I take.  I might bring it and leave it in the car where my husband can retrieve it if I really want to knit.

Other than not being able to eat and having an appetite this morning I’m doing pretty good.  Looking forward to the next few days to be behind me and starting in on my recovery so I can return to a fairly normal life soon.  Hopefully, my brain will not be too foggy and I can catch up on some reading over the next couple weeks.  I’m doing pretty good otherwise, I think I’ve read/listened to five or six books so far this year.  Have a great week everyone and I’ll see you next Monday minus one uterus.

Monday Morning Check-In: Brain Fog

Monday Morning Check-In

Good icy Monday morning everyone.  We had some ice overnight here in eastern Iowa and I am spending my morning staying up to date on the local road conditions for my husband who has to go to work this afternoon.  It is warming up out there so I have hope that he will be able to make it to work just fine.  I managed to finish one of my review books last week but am holding the review until closer to review week.  I have come to the conclusion that I am dealing with a bit of brain fog and it could be hindering my concentration and making focusing on a book somewhat challenging.  It could also that I worried about my upcoming surgery and mounting medical bills too.  Whatever the issue it simply means I am still not reading as much as I like.  So I will be relying on audiobooks to keep me entertained until this brain fog lifts.  Which the fact that menopause arrives next week might not be as soon as I might like…

Speaking of audiobooks, though, I am quite enjoying my current one Saturn Run.  A fun science fiction title that should appeal to fans of The Martian.  Look for that review to come soon as I have about five hours left in that one. Then I am going to be listening to a book that I simply could not get into the print version of.  It will be interesting to see if I have an easier time with it if someone else is reading it to me.  Well, I need to write an update for my other blog this morning so I will leave you all here.

Happy Reading.

Monday Morning Check-In: Limbo

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday Morning everyone.  I’m feeling a little lost in limbo as I’m 15 days away.  My reading has consisted pretty heavily of audiobooks recently as I work on projects.  I started knitting a blanket in my favorite colors and am pretty into it so thanks to audiobooks I’m not falling behind in my reading.  The quality of those books is another story altogether.  I’m working on the Long Earth series and I think I’m going to be done with it after the third book. The story is simply all over the place, lots of lecturing and wandering plot threads that don’t go anywhere.  While it is interesting I’m tired of the story spinning its wheels.

Net Galley has been kind to me lately.  All of the major releases that I am interested in have been approved!!!  While I’m thrilled I’m also hesitant to start some of them as I wanted to hold some of them for my recovery.  I’m going to be doing a whole lot of not much for several weeks what better way to spend those days then lost in a book I’m excited to read.  One of them releases on my surgery day so I will read that one before but the others have later release dates so we will see.

Chore day at home today and then I need to get my walking in and then some actual reading!

Monday Morning Check-in: Nerves

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday morning everyone.  Thursday is my surgery and I’m starting to get a little nervous. Today we are working on cleaning the house a bit and teaching husband how to run things when I can’t.  I did start 2017 off well reading wise.  I managed to finish my first book. Sure, it was a novella but that still counts.  The review for that is coming on the book’s release date.  If you read my month in review post yesterday you know that I pledged to read 52 books this year.  I figure I should be able to manage a book a week.  I hope you all had a great holiday and have a wonderful new year.  Sorry, this is so short but my mind really isn’t here and I need to get cleaning.  I work the next two days before my surgery and if something needs to be done it had to happen today.  Happy a great week everyone and I’ll see you next week hopefully if surgery goes well and I’m not too loopy from pain meds.  Happy Reading, Amy