Sunday Post | 59th Edition

October 12, 2014 Sunday Post 44

Welcome to the 59th Edition of My Sunday Post!
Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Basically it’s a chance to talk about the books you bought, borrowed, blogged about, and read for the week and what’s coming in the week ahead – and then share them with a much wider blogging community. Check out the details here.

I’m back!!! I’ve missed y’all so much! Life has just been insane and what I though could just be a four day break turned into an almost month long break. I really hope I’m caught up enough now though that I can stick with y’all without interruption for a good long while 🙂

So the big event that really took me away was my mom moving in with us. I knew she was moving in, but I really underestimated what a challenge that would be for me. The thing is I move all the time, so I’m an expert. Problem is, my mom doesn’t. And, since she’s been pretty stationary for years, she has WAY more stuff than I do. She knew she’d have to get rid of things – and she did a decent job. But she still brought so much! But before I even get to moving day… I totally underestimated how much work it would be to prepare for her to move in. The weekend that I began my blog break my mom asked for my help getting a new bed (she’s had a king and the room she’s in now couldn’t possibly fit a king… she needed a twin). We spent an entire day shopping and ended up at IKEA. Have you ever bought furniture from IKEA? I hadn’t, but when I saw all the pieces her bed came in, I should have ran. Instead I took the bed home and began setting it up for her, so that when she moved in, her bed would be ready. It took all my free time for 3 days! So when I say it was a three day project, I don’t mean all day for three days, but I had other work to do.

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This was after day two! See all those parts?!?

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The finished product. Who would have dreamed it could be so hard?!

It did turn out really nice, though. Her room is my old office, so then began the process of moving my computer (which I couldn’t get to for three days while I built the bed) into my room. I got it there and it wouldn’t turn on! I have no idea what happened – it wasn’t in a spot where building supplies could have hit it, but I took it to Best Buy’s Geek Squad and they confirmed that my desktop was done 🙁 So I had to buy a new computer – not an expense I was planning on – though I do really like my new computer. That was a couple days lost – and by then my new treadmill had arrived. So instead of setting up my computer desk, I began setting up my treadmill desk. I love it and will talk about it more on my Book Blog Walkers post this week (in the interest of keeping this post somewhat reasonable).

And then there was the fact that my mom was bringing a cat – a very skiddish, everything has to be perfect or I won’t use my litter box cat. So my BF and I spent another couple days setting up the cat’s litter closet. This could have been a lot easier if we had more space. But we don’t have an extra bathroom or laundry room, so we had to convert a utility closet. Plus we have a dog, so we needed to create a safe space for the cat where Buffy couldn’t scare her. So we cut a whole in the top of the door and installed some vents for airflow and then cut a kitty sized whole in the bottom, lined with a pet-safe rubber putty so she won’t get slivers.

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The finished door!

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The gate we installed to keep Buffy away from my mom’s cat. It was a pain to install, but is working great!

Phew, I’m tired again just thinking about it! Thankfully our efforts paid off and the cat has been doing great!

Then my mom moved in on October 1st – with enough stuff to fill our apartment all on her own… except we already live here. So I spent the next several days in organizing (thank goodness I love to organize) the kitchen and living spaces. Everything is actually really nice now and one of the results was my FINALLY unpacking all my books and converting a closet with built-in shelves into a me-space 🙂

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Isn’t it great?!?

Finally, she brought a washer and dryer, which is great, because I so don’t like going to laundry mats. But our apartment didn’t have washer dryer hookups. So several hours watching youtube DIY videos later, 2 trips to Home Depot, and a lot of frustration later, my BF and I rigged washer dryer hookups. We ran into some trouble because of stupid mistakes, but we figured it out and we now have fully operational washer and dryer.

But needless to say, I’ve been exhausted and barely had time to use my blog break for what I had intended – getting ahead on the blog. I am, however, fully caught up and a decent bit ahead, so hopefully I’ll be able to maintain from here on out.

Anyway – point of the story is – it’s been crazy and it’s really good to be back 🙂

The posts you may have missed from way back when…

This Week on the Blog Look For:

Sunday

Sunday Post | 59th Edition

Monday

The Next Breath by Laurel Osterkamp | Book Review

Tuesday 

Pinching Pennies | September 2014

Wednesday 

Trapped by Revenge by Colleen Helme |Audio Review

Thursday

Crown of Midnight | Book Review

“The Wedding” | Outlander Thoughts

Friday 

Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin | Book Review

Book Blog Walkers Check-in 40

Saturday

Re-releases? | Fun Questions

Blogosphere Fun

Needless to say, I haven’t been keeping up and doubt I’ll be able to catch up. 🙁 But I am looking forward to keeping up in the future!

New Additions to My Shelf

I have not been keeping track the past few weeks – this month’s Pinching Pennies may be impossible… but I did have two author events this week and picked up some goodies (signed!!!) These were my first time meeting authors in person and so exciting. I have another even today too! But I won’t be buying any books this time!! Not shown here – I also had personal copies of Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer signed and then Kim Harrison’s The Witch With No Name.

*Clicking on Picture will take you to Goodreads*

UnRemembered by Jessica Brody - Signed!
The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison
The Groom Says Yes by Cathy Maxwell Signed
The Bride Says Maybe by Cathy Maxwell - Signed!
Lialah by Nikki Kelly - Signed!
Foreplay by Sophie Jordan - Signed!
Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells - Signed!
Altered by Gennifer Albin - Signed!

How was your week?

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44 Responses to “Sunday Post | 59th Edition”

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Bea! It’s so good to be back and things are going really well at home. Everything is organized really well, so even though it was a lot of work, its made the transition really smooth. My book book is the best part, I spend tons of time in there 🙂

  1. Lark
    Twitter:

    Yay, you’re back! I was starting to get really worried. I thought something had happened to you… which it did, obviously, but not in a bad way (except for the broken computer. Sorry to hear about that one.) Glad to hear that everything is fine and your mom and her cat are settling in.

    I am amazed by how much you were able to do – all that building and remodeling and reorganization, wow! And I look forward to hearing how your treadmill desk works out.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Aww, thanks – it’s good to be back and awesome to have been missed 😀 All’s well – the computer was the only casuality, so all things considered not too bad. I still don’t understand what happened, but my new computer rocks, so I won’t complain. And best part – my BF didn’t notice I bought a new computer because of all the craziness. So he didn’t get on me about spending money *evil grin* Shhhh!

      Frankly, I’m a bit amazed too – when we realized everything we had to do we were definitely a bit worried. Thankfully my BF is handy and I’m a fast learner. My treadmill desk is awesome – I’m actually replying to you from it right now, which is just so amazing. No guilt about blogging for hours because I’m working out (sweating!) too. I call that a win, win situation 😉
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    • Berls
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      Yep! LOL I actually felt less exhausted while it was all happening than I do now that I’m trying to get back to normal life. Like my body knows the stress if over and is making me pay for pushing it. But I’m looking forward to a much less stressful week this week 🙂
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  2. Stormi
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    Looks like you have gained some good books! Sounds like you have had a very busy time away from blogging. I have missed you a lot and glad to see your making your way back to the land of blogging. 🙂
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    • Berls
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      Thanks Stormi – it’s good to be back and to have been missed 🙂 Yes, I got some great books and that they I got to talk with the authors and have them sign the books is even better. We’ll ignore the money I spent, ok? LOL
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  3. A Voracious Reader

    Woah! You’ve been a busy B! Isn’t YouTube great?! lol My hubby & I do a lot of stuff around the house ourselves, too. It’s so nice to have a handy man *and* to be handy myself. 🙂 I am very much looking forward to your treadmill desk post. I wanna see it! Glad to have you back, btw. 🙂
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Carol, it’s good to be back! I definitely feel a lot more handy now than I was before – he taught me a lot the last few weeks so that I could work on things without him. I knew he was handy, since he literally is a handy man for his job LOL, but it’s really nice to not need him for everything. Though I don’t think either of us could have pulled off those connections without YouTube! How did people do DIY projects before YouTube?!?
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  4. Samantha

    Dirty Magic is such a good book! Enjoy 🙂 I’m tired just reading about everything that you had to do….LOL! I just took a week long break myself but I’m hoping to play catch up today (and maybe even get ahead). I hope that this coming week is more relaxed and filled with good books 🙂
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    • Berls
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      Yay! I’m so excited to read it 🙂 OMG I know, it was an exhausting few weeks – but it’s over now and I’m really glad to be getting back into a normal routine again. Have a great week 🙂
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  5. Rita

    Wow, you wore me out hearing about your “break”! It’s great that you and BF are so handy to do all those things! We used to have a small house in which my hubby made a closet suitable for the cats pan, but not as fancy as yours. And that’s a super-duper pet gate going on there, better than the wooden baby gate we use to keep our big dog from going up the stairs.

    Glad everything is going smoothly now and you can enjoy your time with your mother instead of stressing over it.

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      LOL I know, I have a weird way of defining “break”, huh? I’m lucky to have such a handy BF – and that he has the patience to teach me, I feel so much more capable now 🙂 The gate was a must – had to be tall so my dog wouldn’t try to jump it and hurt herself (or get to the cat), but b/c it was tall, we needed a pass through door, since we can’t just step over it. Thankfully it’s working great!

      Thanks! Have a great week Rita 🙂
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  6. Lexxie
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    Oh my goodness, you’ve been really busy, Berls! And that specific bed from IKEA is the worst ever to put together! Almost all of our furniture is from IKEA, but that one bed for my daughter took ages, and everything was SO heavy!
    I am glad you’re back, and I hope you’ll be able to stay back, too.
    The Undead Pool is so good! I hope you’ll love it as much as I did.
    Have a great week, and happy reading 🙂
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      OMG you have the same bed? It was incredible, right? I should have run as soon as I saw how many pieces it came from. Except it was the only reasonably priced bed we could find that would do what she needed. And yes, so heavy!

      It’s so good to be back – and I feel like I’m in a situation where I should be able to keep up this time. So fingers crossed. I just need to be willing to take a break every now and then! Have a great week Lexxie 🙂
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    • Berls
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      Oh man would I love a vacation! Alas, not now 🙁 but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Santa will leave me a cruise voucher in my stocking this year. A girl can dream right? LOL Good to be back 🙂 Have a great week Melanie!
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  7. Kathy
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    My mother-in-law moved in with us 5 years ago so I understand how much work you had to do! I had to give up our office too and squeezed what we could in our bedroom and closets. The big furniture we had we put in a storage unit. Luckily she didn’t have any pets because you had more work than we did. Ikea has great showrooms and furniture but they are a pain to put together! It’s good to see you back and hope things are back to normal for you. Have a great week!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Kathy – it’s really great to be back 🙂 Thankfully we don’t have a whole lot because we’ve been so nomadic and what we did have wasn’t super nice, so we did a lot of getting rid of our things to make room for hers. And that made her happy too. The pet thing definitely made things tricky, but it’s working out, so alls well. IKEA is deceptive because they have this simple furniture with the clean lines and that makes you think it’ll be easy to put together. Think again! LOL.

      Have a great week 🙂
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  8. Angie F.

    Oh, wow. You’ve been busy, busy, busy!

    And I have plenty of experience putting furniture together, and IKEA’s in particular! For my 13th or 14th birthday my gift was a brand new furniture set from IKEA, which my dad was suppose to assemble, but being a man he doesn’t need directions! It was a lot of me hovering and saying things like “You have that backwards. That’s the left side. I think that’s upside down.” Needless to say, when we moved a few years later, I was in charge of putting my own stuff together. 😛

    I certainly hope life’s craziness smooths out for you soon!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Oh my god – I can picture this and I’m LMAO! The instructions were frustrating for me, because they were all pictures – and even though the pictures were clear – I really would have liked some written instructions to go with them, saying hey make sure this part is facing this way, etc. I had to redo a few things because I THOUGHT I captured every detail in the picture, but I missed one. lesson learned! The thing is – IKEA furniture is pretty sturdy and cheap, so I guess it’s worth the torture of putting it together!

      I think things are definitely going to be fairly smooth moving forward – yay! I’m looking forward to my normal life again 🙂
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  9. Katherine
    Twitter:

    I’m exhausted just reading this! That’s a lot going on. I love the way the bed looks now but I think the box o’ parts would have made me run screaming. The Closet of Me almost makes up for that crazy amount of work. What a great idea! Hope you’re able to have some time to enjoy it! Have a great week!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I should have run – I was overly confident that it couldn’t be that hard. I was wrong lol. But I’m glad it worked out, since it was exactly what she needed and at a more affordable price.

      I agree – my Closet of Me is so worth it! I’ve always wanted a space like that and now I have one. I haven’t spent much time in it yet, but I have lots of plans for this week’s evening reading 🙂 Have a great week Katherine!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      It was, but it was worth it – I think it will be a good move for her 🙂 IKEA is awesome – they have good furniture and a decent price, but you just have to be prepared to do some work putting it together. To me, it’s a fair trade off. Hopefully you’ll get one near you soon! Have a great week Jenna!
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  10. Lola
    Twitter:

    I am glad to hear you’re back! I stopped by your blog a few times and noticed you hadn’t posted in a while.
    I hate moving and am terrible at trowing stuff away, I really hope I won’t have to move for a while.

    Wow sounds like you had a crazy busy week and then on top of all that your computer died. I hope you have a few less busy weeks in the future.

    I do think IKEA always provides clear instructions, but indeed there always seem a lot of pieces involved and they do taketime especially with somethign like a bed. I once constructed a closet, that went okay. The finished bed looks great!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Lola, it’s good to be back 🙂 I was already feeling a bit behind and overwhelmed and when you add all that’s been going on to the mix, I just couldn’t keep up with the blog. Moving is rough – though I’m an expert at throwing things away or donating them. That’s probably because I’ve moved 8 times in just the past 3 years – and sometimes with the limit that everything had to fit in ONE pickup truckload. But I understand it being hard, especially for my mom who’s had a lot of this stuff for YEARS.

      Thanks – I’m with you – let’s hope life is easy breezy, at least for the next few weeks, huh?

      I think that’s what made putting the bed together so difficult – there were just way too many pieces! Though the instructions were decent, I really would have liked some words to go with my pictures, just to make sure I didn’t miss details. Oh well, it worked and she loves her bed, so I’m happy!

      Have a great week Lola 🙂
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Laura! It’s good to be back 🙂

      Oh three shelves would not even begin to cover my books! Thankfully this closet had built in shelves and I claimed them as MINE lol! I’m getting handier – my BF is really the handy genius. I owe him for being so patient with me and teaching me so much so we could get everything ready for my mom. And for letting her move in! Ha!

      Have a great week Laura!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Terri – it’s good to be back! I’m still going to do the last couple recaps – I haven’t even seen the last episode, since I’ve been so busy. But the wedding… Hell yes! So Hot! I can’t believe how long their making us wait though 🙁 Oh well, I’ll be ready for them when they come back!!
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  11. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    OOoh very nice! I would so love one of those bookshelf closet things! They look awesome! Unfortunately I can’t do that with my closet. But I do have books stacked on half of the top shelf! And shoved a small bookcase in there too! Who needs a shoe rack when shoe boxes work just as fine! Heehee! Sounds like you had a very productive week!

    And awesome books! Yay for Kim Harrison! I still need to read the final book! So behind! Recently read Unremembered and loved it! Totally awesome read and pretty shocking too! Hope you enjoy all your reads!

    Come see my STS when you can!

    Old Follower 🙂
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Isn’t it awesome? I love it! I haven’t been able to use it a whole lot yet, but I plan to spend lots of time in there in the upcoming weeks 🙂

      I got to meet Kim Harrison yesterday and again today – it was great! Her husband – “Guy” – is so great too! He’s so kind and he looks at her with such pride and love, it melts my heart. And he’s so supportive, helping get everything ready to make the signing go as smooth as possible. Get on that last book, it was great 🙂
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  12. Michelle
    Twitter:

    We need a chat day, I have MISSED YOU!! I know we text but with you being so busy we barely had time and I missed that!!! I am so glad you are back and mom is all settled in. This was quite the adventure 🙂

    I am super jealous of the treadmill I want one but have no room for it and I think it’s great you guys did everything yourself! You are so handy Lol

    Let’s plan a chat day! Welcome Back my friend, I really did miss you!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      We seriously do! Maybe Friday? Monday is shopping day now – though I don’t know about this week with the holiday and Wednesday is cleaning day. It’s so good to be back though and we have serious catching up to do!

      Lol – Kiko is handy, I try 😉 It all worked though. And I love my treadmill desk – using it right now and while I’m sweating (not my favorite part) I feel uber productive! replying to blog comments and walking! Woot!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Greg – I really am getting handy! My BF already was handy (he’s the apartment handy man actually) but he taught me a lot and now I feel a bit more self sufficient with tools!

      Have a great week 🙂
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Yeah, it was seriously exhausting, but everything is all set now. I’m someone who LITERALLY can’t rest with things disorganized – so you know I was like a mad woman getting things situated!

      I love my reading nook and my treadmill desk is AWESOME. I’m actually replying to my comments right now from it – so I get to be doubly productive and erase the guilt of sitting on the blog too long – now I’m working out while blogging. Win, win!
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