Weekly Wrap-up! April 31st-May 8th

freedom-1886402_1280Hey guys!  I talked to my doc over the phone yesterday and was cleared to drive (yay)!  I still get tired easily but I feel like I may just be inherently lazy.  I spent my first day free from medical house arrest by going to my favorite bookstore…. and then every other store in town… searching for Ellery Adams books.  What can I say? I am addicted.  If you haven’t seen my gushing review of The Secret, Book & Scone Society, Ellery Adams please do.  I have such a huge author crush on this woman!

Today I crawled out of bed to do half the Wildcat Glades trail before it became 80 degrees.  It was nice being out with the birds again.  I love this area because it always rejuvenates me.  After, I had breakfast and ran for the library.  I like to come here a couple times a week to read the paper/ magazines and start blog posts.  It’s quiet and no one is scratching up my back.

As far as books go, I need to do my review of Rick Riordan’s Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze.  I SHOULD be reading House Swap, an amazing looking ARC from First to Read that comes out on the 22nd…. instead I have cracked open one of the Ellery Adams books I bought yesterday.  This one is book one in a series about a writer’s group that come together to solve mysteries.  I couldn’t resist!  You should see my review of A Killer Plot before the week’s out.

So, that was my week.  What’s new with you?

Amber

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Weekly Wrap-up, April 24th-30th

So I am two weeks into my LOA and climbing the walls.  I hate being contained.  Don’t get me wrong- I get out with Warren and the family, but it’s odd not being able to do everything I want when I want to.  Being able to drive has spoiled me terribly.  Today I took a taxi to the library because I couldn’t think with Boo climbing my back and I wanted to do some posts (btw, Boo literally climbs my back when I am at my computer.  She has to supervise).  I love her, but there are times when it simply isn’t congruent with writing a review.

The healing process has gone fantastic and I am walking more, albeit slower than my usual pace.  I feel like I could drive, but have one more week before I am supposed to.  I promised Warren I wouldn’t do anything stupid.  It just irks that the tiny things in life are such a pain right now.  For instance- Boo needs more food.  This is a ten minute car ride, and usually no problem for me…. except that it is now.  I don’t want to bother my family, and Warren and I have forgotten several days in a row.  While this would be a tiny errand, it’s become complicated.  Also grocery shopping can only be done with my adoring husband.  Finally, is it weird that I want to work?  I miss Wal mart.  I miss my coworkers and regular customers and interacting with people that are neither family nor feline.    Ugh, I probably sound like a horrible person.  Forgive me?

Now on to better topics: Books!!!! I have bought 17th suspect by James Patterson and cannot wait to dive in.  I also preordered The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan.  I am super excited about that one too, though this is my least favorite series of his.  Then of coarse there’s How I Resist coming out on the 15th, and a couple more May ARC’s.  Finally, I could not resist buying The Secret Book and Scone Society.  I am hoping I can get to all of these quickly, but as always ARC’s come first.  In fact, I just finished The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go, and the review will be up today.  Then it’s on to Owen Laukkanen’s Gale force; I adore the Steven’s and Windmere series, and cannot wait to see what he does here.  Finally, my Facebook book club is going to have a May book- don’t know what it is yet, but I am excited!  If nothing else this should keep me sane until the post-op doctor visit.

So that’s me, what’s up with you?

-Amber

Just a quick update

Hey guys!  Just wanted to give you a quick update.  I haven’t been on here much, but I have kept up with reading your posts as well as my own reading.  Sadly I haven’t been reviewing which means I have no less than three reviews to catch up on.  As I am on a leave of absence from work and unable to drive for another two freaking weeks, I think I will be able to catch up.

Health wise, I feel good but weak.  I get tired too easily and the pain, while not overpowering is a fairly constant annoyance.  I was on hydrocodone for the first two or three days, but hated the side effects and so switched to ibuprofen.  I went to the gym with my husband yesterday telling myself I was just going to get a bit of time on the treadmill at a slow pace…. and that’s all I got.  I lasted ten minutes before it became uncomfortable and I landed in a massage chair lol.  I am trying not to overdo it… but I can’t think of any other way to increase my stamina and get back to my normal self.  Today I will be doing short trips around the block in between reading and posting.

Sassy has been a gem.  She takes naps with me and lays beside my shoulder so I can roll over and cuddle her without her hurting me.  Boo, on the other hand, doesn’t understand what the incisions and bandages are for.  Several times she has tried to inspect them.  She also likes to rebound off my abdomen while she does kitty purrcore.  It’s not the best way to wake up…

That’s it for me.  How are you guys?

Be well,

Amber

Wrap it Up! April 1st- 19th

sick pug  Hey guys!  It feels like it’s been forever, well, because it has.  I am really sorry about that.  I spent most of April so far fighting with my leave of absence company so that I could get a laparoscopic hysterectomy.  A uterine fibroid had been found- these are common and not a big deal, but it gave me the courage to ask for what I have been wanting for a long time.  I am hoping that having had this procedure my monthly ick will be over.  I had the procedure early Tuesday, then had to stay over night for observation.  While i am very tender and tired, I feel good.  Sassy Britches, my cat, has been lying beside me whenever I wake up so that I can cuddle her without hurting myself- she’s a very smart kitty.  Boo is a little confused and has tried to inspect my abdomen a few times, we have had to get her away.  I will be off work for at least four weeks depending on the rate of healing, with three weeks of no driving at all…. so I will probably be here a lot more.  I plan to get a few reviews of books I finished done after I feel a bit more coherent.  I also have a lot of ARC’s and a few bought books to get through.  Darling Warren is here with me for the first week, but goes back to work on Monday.

So that’s me… I am going to go rest for a bit.  Love you guys!

-Amber

Wrap it up! February 13th, 2018

Cat stressPersonal life:

  This about sums it up.  Sassy Britches had been sick for quite a while now and we had been trying to take care of her at home.  She had the sniffles but I thought she seemed fine.  My husband is the one that feeds the beasties and didn’t tell me she had stopped eating her dry food.  He just figured she’d eat when she was ready and figured he just didn’t need to fill the bowl as often.  For a literal genius, he can be a nincompoop.  Long story short, I took Sassy to the vet Thursday where she got an antibiotic shot for upper respiratory infection (mostly in the eyes now, but was in the lungs), and I got read the riot act because my 13 year old beauty was now 7 lbs.  She had lost two teeth recently and while the gums were healing well with no signs of infection, while it was raw she wasn’t chewing.  The vet says there’s no reason she can’t, but she won’t.  And so I started trying every known form of wet cat food.  She loves her gravy pouches, but only eats the gravy.  Same with everything else.  I jumped on amazon and got a gel kitty suppliment for vitamins…. she won’t eat it.  Will not go near anything that has it.  What will she eat?  Baby food.  Beef flavor.  Oh, and she likes Kong spray.  The vet had given some to Boo on her visit.  I spent three weeks trying to figure out what cat treat came in a spray can.  The answer is none.   He had given my Boo a dog treat (small amount) to distract her at shot time.  The other vet thought I was crazy when I asked what it was, but I was sure Sassy would love it.  They are both nuts about it.  Unfortunately Boo tried to knock it down and help herself while I was busy with her sister and ended up breaking off the nozzle.  It still works, but it’s really hard and I keep the bottle in the tea cabinet now.   On the bright side, Sassy is getting better.  She is asking for food and coming around more.  Her grooming has even improved.  Oh, and she harasses Boo verbally when ever they’re close.  That’s how I know she’ll be fine; though who ever heard of a cat that hated cats?  She’s super sweet with humans and most dogs so long as they don’t start anything.  Boo, sweet thing, takes it all in stride and doesn’t get upset or retaliate.  She even gave up her portion of Kong when Sassy came over and tried to get to it.  She stepped back and let her sister have it, didn’t even seem to mind even though it is her favorite treat.  She got a second helping for that, and praise for being a good sister.  The only issue we have with this one is that she’s a food thief.  We air pop popcorn and have to leave a portion plain for her.  She still tries to steal ours, but not as bad.  She also goes for Sassy’s bowl after she’s done with it- thankfully never before.  So I have one severely underweight cat and one that’s getting tubby lol.

Bookish life:

  I just finished Song of a Captive Bird a few days ago (review to follow) and am working on The Ballad of Huck and Miguel.  So far I am liking the later, and I really liked the former, but it started slowly for me.  What the book did do for me is introduce me to a poet I had not known before.  I ended up buying one of her eBooks.

song of a captive bird Well, that’s me for the week.  What’s up with you?

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Let’s wrap this up! February 5th

booSo I have been so awful about keeping up with my weekly wrap up that I am thinking about doing it once a month.  The reason?  My life is pretty dull.  I go to work.  I try to take naps sometimes (Boo was not having it, here).  I read.  I have been sick, so I have been severely lazy about going to the gym and my diet is suffering, but I am not actually gaining any back.

Sassy Britches had a bit of a cold/ repertory thing.  We are taking her to the vet tomorrow.  Her breathing is near perfect now and she just has sneezing and coughing.  Still, we want to be sure it’s going away.  We kept the heat on all the time so that she would be more comfortable, and she has been loving that.  She still hates Boo with a passion.  *Sigh* I guess she just isn’t fond of cats.  Crazy.  Boo mostly takes this in stride.  We keep her supplied with cat nip mice and Warren has a laser pointer.  For the most part she leaves Sassy alone except once this morning when she decided to pounce her tail.  In her defense, it was swinging around….

Bookish life:

Ugh, I need to stop buying books.  I also need to stop requesting ARC’s.  Neither are likely to happen.  I have an unruly TBR pile (which, btw, is this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic and will be coming up).  I have at least a dozen paper copies that I haven’t read, but the real issue is my eBook pile.  It is just too easy to collect them.  I will read someone’s review, get super excited, and buy it with my amazon gift card.  (I work with gift cards so that I don’t spend all my money on books…. it could happen.)

I have been reading Lori Avocado’s Pauline Sokol series for fun.  I still don’t know if I really want to spend the time reviewing them though.  I am considering a sort of series-break-down.  Let me know what you guys think.

Otherwise, I finished Next Year In Havana, Chanel Cleeton and am reading Where the Wild Cherries Grow.  I am loving that one!  These are both really well written stories that sweep you away.

So that’s me for now.  What have you been up to?

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Talk To the Paw, Melinda Metz

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Title:  Talk To the Paw

Author: Melinda Metz

Pages: 272

Is this part of a series?  No.

Publish Date:  January 30th, 2018

Summary:

Jamie has devoted many years to the needs of different men: the non-committal, the self-absorbed, the forgot-to-mention-I’m-married…. it’s all left her pretty on edge about the whole dating thing.  When her mother passes, she is offered an inheritance and a once-in-a-life-time chance.  For just one year, she can stop work and spend it on her.  This is The Year of Me.  She wants to find what she is passionate about (besides guys).  She and her cat MacGyver move into a new place and get ready to really live.  Between dodging set-up attempt by well meaning neighbors, Jamie quickly finds that Mac has a problem.  Her adorable tabby is an escape artist, a thief and…. possibly a match maker?

My thoughts:

I have mixed feelings here.  The chapters are given one of several POV’s: Jamie’s, David’s and MacGyver’s.  I really liked the first two- they were well developed and flowed smoothly.  MacGyver, for obvious reasons, was less cohesive.  I mean, he’s a cat, and the author definitely did not want you to forget it.  As such, there was much talk about the “bonehead” dog, and sensing/ tasting his human’s mood (and the moods of those around him).  I understand what we were doing here, but felt like there may have been a better way.  Going into Mac’s mind was always jarring.

As far as the two main characters, there were times I wanted to shake them.  I loved them individually, and I adored their chemistry but some of the choices they made were painfully awkward- better suited to a teen than a thirty-something year old adult.  That said, they each had their issues and their romance seemed very believable and sweet.  I loved them.  I also really liked the other characters- even laughing at the “bad dates” that I was probably not meant to like.  Hud was a hard sale for me, mostly because I found him annoying…. but I feel like that was intentional.  All in all this is a four star book for me.  normal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star rating

On the adult content scale, there’s some of sexual innuendo and a tame sex scene.  There is, though, quite a bit of language.  I give it a four, if she was interested I would let my niece read it.  General.svg

I was lucky enough to get an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Kensington books in exchange for an honest review.  My thanks.  pro_reader_120

The book comes out on the 30th, is it on your radar?

Link to book:

Amazon

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