Sunday Post | 70th Edition

January 11, 2015 Sunday Post 35

Welcome to the 70th 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.

News at Home

The big news at home this week is that I’ll be starting an alternative teacher certification class tomorrow (Monday). I met with the program on Friday and took their admissions test (I passed with flying colors!) and got all squared away to start. I’m less nervous about the class than I thought I would be. I think I don’t anticipate having any trouble with it – it’s more the content exams and finding a job as a teacher that make me nervous. The admissions counselor was really excited for me – she thinks I’ll have no trouble finding a job with my qualifications and said that back when she was a principal she would have scooped me up. Finger’s crossed she’s right!

I also finished knitting another scarf this week – for me this time!

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The scarf I knitted for ME

I had some yarn to use and I wanted to get some practice with lace work before working on the infinity scarf I’m making for my mom next. It’s really nice to be knitting again and I find every time I’m doing something where I can use my hands (like listening to an Audiobook or watching TV) I want to knit.

News on the Blog

I could use some advice actually. I got an email early last week/late the week before about a company in china wanting to register my domain name, but with the “.cn”. I was asked if my company had anything had anything to do with China. I said no. Now I’ve received two more emails – one from the company saying that they still wanted to do it and another from their representative I guess saying he’s advised them not to, but they want to go ahead. He’s told me that anyone can register domain names (as if I didn’t know that) and is asking me if my company wants to register CN domains because I have priority during the audit period.

My instinct is that I really don’t care – I want what I registered. But am I missing something? I don’t want to do something that would hurt my blog an I have no interest in changing my name down the road, so if I need to buy the CN I will. Thanks for any knowledge you have on this front!

Last Week on the Blog

This Week on the Blog Look For:

Sunday

Sunday Post | 70th Edition

Monday

Like by J.A. Huss

Tuesday 

Why Am I Unsubscribing to your blog? | Fun Questions

2014 Book of the Year | Round 4

Wednesday 

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Winter 2015 #Bloggiesta Goals

Thursday

Bad Habits | Life of a Blogger

2014 Book of the Year | Semi-Finals

Friday 

A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes

#FitReaders Week 2 Check-In

Saturday

Winter 2014-2015 #COYER Update | Week 4

2014 Book of the Year | Finals

Blogosphere Fun

Carol had a really awesome post about 12 Years of Audiobooks with the Kids – what a great tradition and so many great books! Not to mention the memories!

Hot Listens had a couple of posts this week highlighting the best Audiobook Narrations of 2014. Check out Loupe’s picks and Melanie’s picks for some great suggestions!

Nose Graze is at it again! Would you be interested in a Membership Site for Bloggers to learn skills and get help with things? I know I do!

Winter 2015 Bloggiesta Sign Ups are here! I need this because I haven’t really sat down to do some of the new year things I need to do – updating archive pages to add 2015 and such. It will be January 17th -19th, taking advantage of our holiday weekend (in the states).

Added to my Shelves

So I still added some books this week without buying any – that’s not breaking the rules! I’m really excited about these review books too! Thanks to Shannon A. Thompson, Felicity Heaton, and Tantor Audio! *click on images for Goodreads*

Seconds Before Sunrise

eARC from Shannon A. Thompson

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eARC from Felicity Heaton

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Audio for review from Tantor

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35 Responses to “Sunday Post | 70th Edition”

  1. Vilia

    Good luck with the teaching gig. I’ve been teaching high school now for 8 years and it is hard and draining but incredibly rewarding. I am supposed to have hit the burn out stage by now but…I love my job.

    The scarf is very cute.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I don’t think I knew you were a teacher! What do you teach? I’m really excited about it – they’ve been giving us some really great strategies for classroom management and I feel like that’s the hardest part. I’m getting my certification in 4-8s, so not quite high school kids – a little easier to keep control I hope 🙂
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      • Vilia

        I teach high school English and History – years 8-12 which would be the equivalent I guess of your freshman to senior kids. I do a lot of work with gifted and talented kids so although they might be 14 yrs old, their writing level might be that of a senior or first year uni student.

        The best way to learn behaviour management unfortunately is actually on the job as what works great with one group won’t with another. One thing that never fails me though is sending out group emails to parents (as bcc) letting them know what we are studying, homework tasks etc as it makes it much harder for kids to dodge stuff and is an easy way to celebrate successes. Feel free to chuck me an email if you want some advice from a hardened and cynical teacher 🙂
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        • Berls
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          Awesome! Thanks so much! I’m focusing on History and English for my job apps, though I’m certifying as generalist so that I have the best shot at getting a job. I like the group emails idea, I’ll add it to my list. Gifted and Talented is awesome -I bet you taught for a while before you got that gig huh?
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Brandee! It’s hard work, but really rewarding so far! I’m glad you like the scarf – it turned out to be easier than I anticipated. I didn’t think I could do something so intricate either LOL. Turns out, following a pattern really works 😉 Hope you’ve had a great week!
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  2. Ramona
    Twitter:

    I can’t advise you on this situation, you should ask someone in the business. Sounds fishy to me, and probably Ashley is right, but I would confirm it with someone else. Otherwise, the scarf is so beautiful I want to buy it. Can I buy it? 😀 And you will make the kind of the teacher that will inspire people to do better and try harder. Seriously! Hugs xx
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  3. Lexxie
    Twitter:

    I wonder how those companies come up with stuff, and why they want to go after us bloggers at all?

    I loved Alienated, Berls, and I really hope you will too. I’m very curious about the narration for that, as you know I’m trying to listen to more books, but I’m too chicken to start with an audio – I pick books I really loved and do a ‘re-read’ by listening.

    Congrats on your teaching class! We are going to have lots of things to discuss in May, not only books! I’m sure you’ll do really well in the classes, and also find a job in a school district where you live 🙂

    Your scarf is very nice, I wouldn’t mine having one like that – all purples is beautiful.
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  4. Trish

    I’m glad Ashley gave you some advise there. . Anytime I get emails unexpectedly like that, I just ignore them as it feels safer. No matter how legit they seem.
    And good luck with the teaching, it sounds like a scary/exciting move but it looks like a great direction for you to take!

  5. Kathy
    Twitter:

    Good luck with your new class! It’s exciting and I’m sure you will do great!

    I love the scarf! I love the colors you used and it seems like knitting is really relaxing. I need to try to learn it.

    I’m glad that Ashley shared her thoughts here. I’ve gotten some emails about purchasing other domains but I always ignored it. This was a good warning for us so thanks for sharing this!

    Enjoy your first week of school and have a great week!
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  6. Lola
    Twitter:

    Good luck with the alternative teacher certification class! It sounds exciting, do you plan to become a teacher?
    I am impressed by that scraf you made, it looks amazing! I find it impressive to see when people make things like that themselves. I hope I can learn how to knit eventually.

    That sounds like a tricky situation with the China company. I don’t have much knowdledge about it, but basically if they register that domain it could happen people from their site could end up on yours or vise versa as only the extensions different and people might confuse it. I wonder why they don’t decide to go for a slightly different url that no one has yet.
    I know for Lola’s Blog Tours I own both the .net and .com but that’s more as that was easier when I was switching to wordpress.org and now people still use both urls so I cna’t stop either of them.
    Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #108My Profile

  7. Greg

    Congrats on your new venture- I think you’ll do great. Good for you. And glad you got good answers on your china thing- that kinda stuff is so fishy… I see you’re doing Divergent on Wed. I’ll have to come take a look- i liked the movie and the book, read the next one, but just don’t have a lot of motivation to read the third one. I don’t know… 🙂
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  8. Lark
    Twitter:

    Knitter to knitter – I love your scarf! Are you on Ravelry? If so, come find me – my user name is Lady-Lark.

    I’m glad Ashley just confirmed what I suspected – they’re trying to scare you into buying the .cn domain name. I don’t see any reason you need to, personally.

    Good luck with your certification class – I bet you will be a terrific teacher! You are kind and enthusiastic and that’s valuable in the classroom.

    Thanks for the link to Mini-Bloggiesta. I might actually be able to do it this time…
    Lark recently posted…Sunday Post – 1/11/15My Profile

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I am on Ravelry, though I use it more to steal patterns than anything. I’ll totally look you up 🙂

      Thanks – the class is going well, though it’s seriously intense! And because of it, I’m skipping the mini-bloggiesta this time. Oh well, next time maybe! Hope you’ve had a great week!

  9. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    Yeah that sounded really fishy to me too. Glad Ashley steered you right!

    Can’t wait to see some of your posts this week! The unsubscribing one especially!

    I’m with you on the knitting except I’m mostly into crochet tho I do know how to knit as well. 🙂 urea so nice to do while listening to an audio book
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I had a project I started this week that called for a bit of crochet and it almost lost me – I’m so not good at crochet (which is weird, since I learned it first LOL). Love kitting though and audiobooks are a nice compliment to knitting!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Angie! I hope it goes well. It’s good to know I’m not the only one who’s gotten that email – it triple confirms my thoughts that it was fishy!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Kimba! I’m hoping all goes well with it 🙂 and I’m super excited about the knitting – its so calming.

      Oh and in reply to your reply (does that make sense?) holy crap its been cold. 19 degrees! Not ok! I’m such a whimp with the cold and very over it! Lol – stay warm too!

  10. Michelle
    Twitter:

    I have to 100% agree with Ashley that sounds super fishy and I would tell them no also. I would have ignored the email because I am suspicious of everything 🙂

    I love that scarf and I love that you are enjoying knitting again, I want to get back into crocheting it was so relaxing, maybe that is what I need to relax however wine helps too 😉

    I am so excited for you! You would make a GREAT teacher and I hope this works out for you! You MUST keep me posted!!!

    Chat day VERY soon!!!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I will totally keep you posted on the teaching thing – I’m trying not to get my hopes up, since I figure getting a job is just HARD right now.

      You should totally crochet (with all your free time lol). I love knitting though, it’s super relaxing for me and I love having a finished product.

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks, I really hope so! Definitely keeping my fingers crossed! And thanks about the scarf, it is really soft – I love it!

  11. Katherine
    Twitter:

    That’s awesome about the class and what the counselor said was great! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. I love the scarf! Such pretty colors. I’d love to learn how to knit. I have to do something with my hands if I’m listening to an audio book or watching TV. Normally I do either when I’m cleaning or cooking but at night I have a tendency to snack and I know it’s mostly for keeping my hands busy. If I learned to knit it’d be healthier and I’d get something pretty. Have a great week!

    Oh and I have no idea about the email but I lean towards saying no. Sounds a little strange to me.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      That was my thought too Katherine, I’m glad to see yall agree – I feel more confident saying no and ignoring.

      Thanks about the scarf, I’m really proud of it. I’m with you – I like to keep my hands busy and sometimes that does mean snacking. I think I’ve done a lot better not mindlessly eating since I started knitting again. It’s not too hard, you should try it 🙂

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Terri, that was what I was thinking, but I needed some confirmation. And thanks about the scarf, I’m really excited with how it’s turned out 🙂

  12. Ashley

    About the email you received — tell them you’re not interested. This is actually kind of a semi-scam. The deal is:

    * They try to scare you into wanting to register the domain name.
    * Then since it’s China, you have to go through them to register the name.

    It’s kind of a tricky scam in the sense that they probably WILL in fact register the name for you (I don’t know that for sure though). So you’re paying and getting what you asked for. But, it’s still kind of a scam because they lie to you about someone else wanting to register the name to “bully” you into a sale.

    Ultimately, if you say no, no one will probably register it. It’s just a lie!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Aha! That makes sense. The emails FELT fishy but at the same time they came from a real domain registry so I wasn’t sure what to think. I’m glad my instincts weren’t steering me totally wrong. I’ll just tell them no & ignore them then – thanks!!!

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