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: 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: 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

Monday Morning Check-In: What a week…

Monday Morning Check-In

What a week it has been.  Last week when I was typing up this post on Sunday evening I had Cancer and was less than 24 hours away from being diagnosed with it.  I’ve probably had it for a few months, if not longer, just didn’t know it yet.  Explains quite a bit actually.  But this topic is for my other blog What I’m Dealing With and you are welcome to go follow me there if you want to follow my treatment and emotions.

Last week my husband was also off work for the week, will be this one too, at first I was annoyed with his employer because we need the paycheck they decided they decided we didn’t.  Because he was off and we need the money we decided to list quite a bit on eBay which took up much of my time last week.  I was also feeling like crap, emotionally and physically, so I didn’t feel like doing much after that and went to bed at 8:30 several evenings.  We also watched a ton of movies.  So many movies that I am now sick and tired of watching movies.  I want to read my book.  I want the peace and quiet that reading brings, my husband, however, wants to watch two or three or even four movies a day.  Today, Christmas, we have managed to only watch one and it has been pure bliss.  I managed to make progress in my current read.

I’m not sure if I will get much reading done next week either.  I have my appointment in Iowa City and work two days.  Husband is also off.  I hope to have surgery soon so I imagine I will have lots of time coming up with nothing to do but read.  Can we say silver lining? Well I hope you all had a good Christmas and spent time with those you love.  Happy Reading!

Monday Check-In: Errands…

Monday Morning Check-In

Good evening everyone.  Sorry today’s post is late my morning was busy running errands for my husband and by the time I got home I was tired, mentally, and needed a little time to myself.  My busy weekend started on Friday when a friend and I went to town shopping and then Saturday my husband and I took our lives into our hands and went to town in a snow store on really crappy tires.  Do NOT buy Hankook tires if you live anywhere where it can snow over a dusting.  You will be in serious trouble.  Sunday the snow continued and the search for tires that would not kill us this winter or total our brand new car began.  The car is only a year old and these Hankook tires are what the manufacturer puts on them.  Should have been good for another 30,000 miles but they look as if they are bald on 26K.  Saturday on about an inch of snow was the most terrifying ride I have ever taken, and I’ve driven across the state in a blizzard before.  We were all over the road when other drivers were blowing by us.  Anyway, everything will be fixed soon and now we know to stay far away from that brand of tires.  Frustrating that we have had the car about a month and already have to put new tires on it but safety is number one priority, especially now that we do not have a truck.

On the reading front, I am really into science fiction right now.  Finding myself lost in books again so I am just going to go with it.  Spent a little money on books over the weekend.  Picked up J.R. Ward’s latest release and picked up some hard to find titles on eBay last Sunday.  I’m going to count them as my Christmas presents.  Somehow the scales seem out of balance with hubby getting a car and new tires, but that’s okay.  I also picked up some new toys for the kittens, like they need them, that I am going to save for Christmas day and get them all inside to play.  Well, that’s all I got.  I hope you all have a great week, happy reading!

Monday Morning Check-in: Staying Positive

Monday Morning Check-In


Good Monday morning everyone!  I realize that I have been a little dark and  gloomy lately so this morning I have decided for the rest of the year I am only going to share positive posts, or try to anyways…  Maybe if I spend some time dwelling on what makes me happy or that is going right I can start to shift my attitude around to my more optimistic self.  So, let’s see.

Over the weekend we had amazing eBay sales, going to have some money to put towards the new car soon.  I am also working on a display with the library directory for our town’s Christmas celebration.  Going to be pretty amazing and I will be sure to take a picture when it is all done to share with you all.  Probably posted to Instagram.  I haven’t been doing much reading reading lately.  I really need to get my eyes checked, I need bifocals and a designated set of reading glasses.  I have been enjoying my audiobooks, however.  The one I am listening to currently  is really good.  The Long Earth by Pratchett.  Has mixed reviews, seems that people either love it or hate it.  I’m leaning towards love it.  Managed to get most of my chores done yesterday so today I have time to either listen or read while I relax after a busy weekend.  We received our first snow over the weekend and I would talk more about it but I just said I would stay positive….

Happy reading and see you tomorrow for Top Ten Tuesday.