Sunday Post | 71st Edition

January 18, 2015 Sunday Post 26

Welcome to the 71st 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

Woo-wee what a week! Where do I start? Well Sunday evening I got a text from Michelle telling me the book with my short story in it was published and asking why I hadn’t told her. Yeah, I had no idea! LOL! But seriously, how cool is that? There’s like 20 authors and somehow I got lucky enough to actually be listed in the four or so authors on Amazon. My story is called Simulated Perfection – it’s story three – and I’m through the roof excited about finally being a published author. I even have Amazon and Goodreads pages! I need to get my author website up and running, I meant to do that this week but well, you’ll see in a second why I didn’t. Anyway, here’s the book info. If you do read it, I’d be honored to know what you think, good or bad 🙂

Sunday Post | 71st EditionWelcome to the Future on January 10, 2015
Pages: 237
Format: eBook

What will the future hold? Sometimes bleak, sometimes inspiring, these twenty tales seek to answer the very question that civilization has pondered for centuries. From a world where specialized eyes shape the way reality is perceived to fabricated simulations that are designed to allow full control over an augmented reality. This book takes you to the far reaches of the universe to the remnants of a forgotten Earth. In short, these twenty tales boldly answer the question of "what if" with a simple:

Welcome to the Future.

So, OMG I was SO BUSY this week! That teacher certification class is no joke! I knew it was going to be intensive, but holy shit, I totally underestimated it. We have class from 8:30 – 4:30 every day, which means I leave at 7:20, am up at 6:30. And then I get home around 5/5:30 (damn traffic sucks!), do homework until 12:30/1:00am (with an hour break for dinner with the family). And then I do it all over again. So yeah, I kind of dropped off the face of the earth this week and I anticipate doing the same thing next week. Sorry! I did spend most of yesterday (Saturday) trying ot reply to comments and visit blogs, but I’m still hopelessly behind and don’t anticipate doing better anytime soon… sorry again! The class is awesome though and I’m really feeling super optimistic about teaching! I’ve always loved to teach but classroom management scares the shit out of me. It still does, but I feel so well equipped by these women who are clearly incredible teachers. Anyway, one more week to go on that.

Oh and I finished another knitting project! I know, with what what time? Well, when we have dinner we watch a show together. And I’m usually done eating in the first 10-15 minutes, so I use the rest the time to knit. And this turned out to be easier than I’d expected.


Not the best picture, but it’s an infinity scarf with pretty lace detailing.

It was my first time using circular needles – turns out they’re super easy! So I started a new project on Friday and we’ll see how that goes. This last one was for my mom and the one I’m working on now is for a friend – I’m making her an Outlander inspired Cowl. I’m using these gigantic needles so it’s interesting!

#FitReaders Update

For the reason’s mentioned above, this week was a real challenge with my fitness goals. I lost the time for my morning jogs and my walks throughout the day – not to mention the time I usually spend on my treadmill desk. I’m sitting all day – though I did use lunch breaks to go on walks and when I got home I went on a jog. But I’m so tired that I don’t go as long. As far as recording food – I was doing good, but fell apart Tuesday 🙁 I’d like to be optimistic and say I’ll get back at it, but realistically I think I should say this week I’ll probably not do so good tracking.

Average steps: 10,019 steps/day– I barely made it this week! I’m really proud that I did though! $1.00 earned for my book budget!

Last Week on the Blog

This Week on the Blog Look For:


Sunday Post | 71st Edition


Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews


Do you remember your first?


Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography


Life of a Blogger | Accomplishments


Cutlass by Ashley Nixon | Shotgun Review


COYER Update

Blogosphere Fun

Nose Graze has a great post about adding an Opt-In Box below your posts in WordPress

Lola had two great posts this week – one Lola’s Ramblings about scheduling posts & then her new feature, Lola’s Kitchen, with her Hot Lightning Recipe

Nikita had a great post about things Things that Define Me, #UseYourAnd – I thought it was really insightful.

Felicia has a brilliant idea! It’s kind of a Meme and when I have the time I plan to join in with Task It Tuesday!

New Books

I didn’t buy any books, but I did win an audio book! That’s like a double score! Thanks to Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About for the win and also to author Jamie Lake! (Click on Cover to go to Goodreads)

Muscular and sexy torso of young man

audio win!

How was your week?

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About Berls
Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

26 Responses to “Sunday Post | 71st Edition”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    Congrats again on being published, Berls. Your book is in my budget for the month. 🙂 I’m thrilled that your teaching certification class is going so well. I know you are super busy with it and everything else you have going on. Kudos to you for at least making an effort to get your exercise in! That’s wonderful! Oh, and the knitting! That scarf is gorgeous. I’ll have to attempt something with lace work sometime. I usually stick to simpler things so I’ve very impressed. The scarf I recently did used huge needles as well – how are you liking using them? Mine are plastic and I’m used to knitting with bamboo needles so I didn’t like them as well since they were cold and slippery. But the scarf turned out well. I’m thinking of using the same pattern with a smaller sized needle to see how it turns out. 🙂

    Hope your week is going well!
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  2. A Voracious Reader

    Wow! I feel bad for sitting on my ass most of the week, but I am slowly getting back on the treadmill. Don’t worry about comments. There’s only so much we can all do in one day and no matter that we’d like to think we’re SuperWoman, we really aren’t. lol Concentrate on the class. Also, Congrats on being published! *bounces in seat* I ran over to Amazon and bought the book. I love gift cards! Now, *stares at TBR* just gotta squeeze it in somewhere. 😀
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  3. Kathy

    Congratulations on being published!!

    Your schedule is going to be busy because of this class so don’t be hard on yourself if you can’t stick with your workout schedule. It’s good you got to fit in some walking, I’m sure it’s a nice break in the day from sitting.

    Have a great week!
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  4. Bea

    Congrats on your story being published, that’s fabulous!

    Classroom management is possibly the hardest part of teaching but it’s utterly doable. I’m not surprised the certification class is exhausting you but it will be worth it. It looks like you had a great week, don’t forget to rest. 🙂
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  5. Greg

    Congrats Berls, can’t wait to read your story. I’ll be checking that out! And your class does sound wild, hang on you’re alomost there. 🙂 Have a great weekend.

    I agree with your thoughts on Divergent, I enjoyed it but it didn’t blow me away. I liked the movie a lot, but then I saw that first, so naturally I guess. 🙂
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  6. Ramona

    Bells, you’re just full of surprises, aren’t you? I know it’s not polite to ask a lady her age, but man, am I dying to know…! ‘Cause you mentioned having a teenager, which didn’t fit at all with my perception of you. In my defense, you really do seem to do much more than any person might. You read a lot, review, knit, go to school, spend time with the family, work out, etc. And now you’ve also published a book! You’re … Wonder Woman, all right! I’m ordering your book tonight, btw 🙂 And send links with every online corner where you’ll be setting up shop, so I can show it some love. I’m so excited about you!!!! Good luck this week too, I know you’re going to make it. ‘Cause that’s who you are! :p
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  7. Jan

    Congratulations on your story. Sounds really interesting. And so exciting. Your teacher certification class sounds intense and awesome. Great you’re doing this. So many positives in your life.

    Hope you have another good week.
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  8. Steph from

    You had a great week! That is wonderful and you deserve it! It’s hard to add activity and eat well when we blog and read. I have thought of getting a desk treadmill and think I could walk on it all day.

    I haven’t gone “actual” running since the holidays as the hrt stuff I was on made me feel too sick to run. I still worked out tons though.

    I used to teach public speaking and later on Weight Watchers and totally disliked it. I preferred the classroom management to the teaching.
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  9. Lexxie

    WooHoo Berls! I, of course, bought the book with your story in it the day it was released 🙂 I’m very excited to read it.
    I’m so happy your classes are going so well, even if they keep you extremely busy. I’ve just started to substitute teach, and I truly love it! I have prepared some stuff myself, in case what the teacher I’m covering for isn’t enough to keep the class busy for the whole time class is supposed to last.
    I hope we’ll be able to compare notes on classroom management and little extras in May 😉
    Have a fantastic week, and don’t work too hard.
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  10. Lola

    Congrats on beign a published author! Although it is a bit strange they didn’t let you know about the release day beforehand.
    And wow that teacher certification class sounds crazy, can imagien you don’t have time to do anything else beside that. Glad to hear it’s a good class though, that makes it worth it.
    And your new completed knit project looks great! It’s nice you at leats have some time to relax during dinner and kit a bit.

    Thanks for linking to two of my posts!
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  11. Michelle @ Because Reading

    That is so exhausting but I am also very excited for you! I think you would make an amazing teacher!

    I am SUPER EXCITED for you about the book! Once everything calms down we need to have a chat day. I miss chatting with you! Both of us have had a crazy week but I am so glad your book is out in the wild. YOU’RE A PUBLISHED AUTHOR! AHHHHHHH!!!!

    BTW I love the scarf! I might need you to make me one now 😉
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  12. Felicia the Geeky Blogger

    WOWZA! I am tired just thinking about your week. Congrats on the book! I have become your fan on goodreads cause well that is just cool! My work project (which we go live at 8pm tonight) has kept me tied up all week. I even went to book club Tuesday only to be called and had to leave before it started LOL Phase 3 is right around the corner along with Phase 4 & 5 which means basically till April I am an on and off kind of gal 🙂
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  13. Trish

    First off, congrats about being a published author! High five Berls 🙂 And yikes the class sounds intense, thankfully it’s only short term as otherwise you couldn’t sustain that. It’s a crazy timetable! But it also sounds like you love it which is fantastic and a great sign for your future career.
    Life sounds like a roller coaster at the moment, enjoy it all!
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