Sunday Post: Oct 6

Sunday-PostThe Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

Last Week–home and blog

Lots of rain, wind and cooler weather this week and I love it!

One of our nieces had a baby prematurely last week. Luckily, they have expert care and the baby is doing okay so far. We are so relieved and happy for all of them. They’ve given their baby boy an Irish name–Cian (meaning ancient, enduring)–which is such a great name. The hardest part for the Mom and Dad right now is that Cian has to stay in neonatal intensive care for at least a couple months and it’s several hours from their home.

What we’re watching

We watched the first episode of Heroes–Reborn, but weren’t wowed by it. We remembered how much we liked the first season of Heroes (from several years ago) so we’re watching that on Netflix and loving it.

Fall cleaning

I spent some of Saturday going through boxes (yes, boxes) of magazines we moved here from Ohio. I kept a few, but recycled most of them. It makes me feel guilty, because no one seems to want magazines anymore. The cooking magazines were the hardest to get rid of. 😦  But I’ve vowed we’re not going to move boxes of magazines when we move again.

Blog

The Blog Ahead Challenge has started and so far I haven’t done too much. I’ve spent the first few days of the month redesigning my blog. I still have a few tweaks, but I’ve done most of the major updates, I think. Let me know what you think. I still have some more technical things to do plus working on social media.

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton (audiobook)

Tilt-A-Whirl by Chris Grabenstein (audiobook)

What I read last week

An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff

Death & the Redheaded Woman by Loretta Ross

New–Books, lost-lakeE-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

NetGalley

None

Library books

None

E-books

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

Audiobooks

None

Next Week–home & blog

I plan to get in gear and get more posts written for the Blogging Ahead Challenge.

More sorting planned and more card making. Lots to do this fall.

Blog posts

  • An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff
  • Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

24 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Oct 6”

  1. I hope both parents and baby keep well. His name is beautiful 🙂 I never got into Heroes but I sometimes hate when they do spin offs there never the same. Have a great week.

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  2. I like the new look , and the colors are very autumn-y. We’ve had rain and cooler weather too, and it’s been windy here the last two days as well. I would think it’s November if I didn’t know better!

    Congrats to your niece, that must be difficult for them. Best wishes going forward.

    A lot of your books this week are on my list too, and I’m looking forward to trying Illuminae. I think I’m going to review it for SciFi Month if I like it… have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Greg! I hope Illuminae is as good as it sounds. I’m still deciding what I want to do for SciFi month–need to get busy with that!

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  3. Oh that is so hard on a young family. Hopefully there’s a residential facility for parents there to help them be with Cian.

    I liked the first season of Heroes, but then it just got wacky and made me realize they had no idea where they were going when they started out.

    I think I prefer new stories each week in scifi, maybe with an underlying current of an arc, but not just oh we have to catch this one bad guy….. week in and out.

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    1. Yes, this is their first baby, but they’re a great couple and have lots of family support. Our niece is staying at a Ronald McDonald House, but she’s a school teacher so is only going to take part of her maternity leave so she’ll be able to take some when Cian comes home.

      I agree. Steph, that the first season of Heroes was great, but after that we stopped watching. I like new stories each week, too, as long as they’re creative about the stories.

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  4. I hope the parents and baby are well. You are now a great aunt! I will be in March. My niece is expecting a girl! Such a fine name, Cian:)
    Looking forward to what you thought of Death and the Redheaded Woman.

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    1. Actually I’ve been a great aunt for awhile, Laura! Congrats on your status-to-be!

      I really liked Death and the Redheaded Woman. So fun.

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  5. That’s good to hear your nieces baby is doing okay, although that must be hard for them to have their baby in the hospital several hours away. I haven’t done much for Blog Ahead yet either, only one posts and two for this month.

    btw I really like your halloween themed blog header! I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Lola. I’m glad you like the header. Lots of fun to make.

      My niece and her husband have lots of family support so that really helps.

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  6. What a lovely name! I can’t imagine how rough it was to leave little Cian in the hospital but I hope he’ll be home soon. Good job on the purging! It’s so difficult to get rid of magazines but I always feel a bit better when it’s done. Good luck with Blog Ahead and I can’t wait to see what you thought of Death and the Redheaded Woman!

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    1. Yes, I was able to purge and it does feel good. I saved a few magazines, but I’m going to look through them and decide if there’s a reason to keep any. I’m so glad you recommended Death and the Redheaded Woman, Katherine. I loved it!

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    1. Thanks, Kimba! I’m looking forward to reading Lost Lake–though I admit what drew me to the book was the cover and thinking it was a Christmas book…lol.

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  7. Good luck with your niece’s family! My eldest gave one of her daughters an Irish name, but spelled it the Americanized version– Riona. My niece also has an Irish name spelled in the Irish tradition.
    I am guilty of moving boxes of magazines, etc in the past, so now when we move we donate the majority of our print books and I don’t keep magazines more than a few months before recycling them.
    Have a good and relaxing week.

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    1. Thanks, Rita! I think the Irish names are so nice. And a great way to honor your heritage.

      Yes, I plan to start recycling magazines much sooner. And also not buying them or subscribing!

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  8. So glad mom and babe are doing ok. I’ve been there. Back in 1985 my son was born 11 weeks early. You’d never guess it today. Just think what medical science can do these days compared to only 30 yrs ago. We loved Heroes when it came out but never actually finished watching it. We seriously need to do that. Not sure I want to watch Heroes-Reborn though. Maybe. Have a great week!

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    1. Yes, we are all so thankful Cian is doing well. It’s amazing how medical science is making progress keeping babies alive. So good to hear your son did so well. That was very early for that time period.

      I think only the first season of Heroes is very good. After that it kind of lost way.

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  9. I remember really enjoying the first couple of seasons of Heroes and then losing interest. I thought about watching Heroes Reborn but wondered if you needed to have watched all of Heroes to appreciate it.

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    1. That’s certainly possible, Deborah, because we didn’t watch all of Heroes either. We only watched one episode of Heroes Reborn, but the episode was confusing–lots of characters and jumping around. I recognized a few of the characters, but most were new, I think. Ah, well!

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  10. Oh, best of luck to your niece and her son. What a lovely name he has.

    It was cold and rainy towards the end of the week here, brrr.

    The new comment box is awfully tiny and hard to type in and I miss your sidebar but otherwise the blog is looking good.

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    1. Thanks, Bea. I wonder what the problem is. I signed out and checked the blog and the comment box was regular sized and sidebar is there. Thank you for letting me know and I will check with you to see if you’re still having the problem.

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