Sunday Post | 79th Edition

March 29, 2015 Sunday Post 36

Welcome to the 79th 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

I’ve had another super busy week! Monday I FINALLY got to take my teaching exam! There were no hiccups and I feel like I did well. The results are supposed to come in 3-5 business days, meaning I should have them by the end of the day tomorrow. I was really hoping I’d have them already, but if I passed, I don’t care that I have to wait. Fingers crossed! And I have the ESL exam on Thursday – it kind of snuck up on me because when I initially scheduled it I was supposed to have all this time in-between exams. I don’t feel completley ready yet, but I’m hoping I can get myself there in time.

It’s also the start of birthday season in my world. Tuesday was my step-son’s little brother’s birthday, so we went out with his family for dinner. I gave him a couple books, since he’s my reading buddy. Then Friday my BF and I went out for dinner to celebrate his birthday, which is actually today. Every other Friday is our date night, so we decided to double it up as his birthday. We’ll be going over to his son’s mom’s house today to spend time with them too though, so I won’t be around a whole lot today I don’t think.

I’ve also been a knitting mad woman – I finished a scarf that I’ve been making for Michelle @ Because Reading and then immediately started work on a poncho I’m making for my step-son. He requested it – picked out the colors and pattern and everything (weirdest color combo, but I’m sure he’ll pull it off) – so I’m trying to get it finished in time for his birthday, which is April 6th. I’ll share a picture of it with ya’ll when I’m done. Here’s a picture of Michelle’s scarf- I’m super proud of it:

Michelle's Scarf

If you can’t tell, this is a scarf inspired by Harry Potter! I guess Michelle’s a Gryffindor!

It turned out good and it was my first time doing fringes. They turned out to be really easy, but time consuming. I’ll have it in the mail to you this week Michelle 🙂

Blog News

I’ve been a busy bee! Bloggiesta ends today and I’ve accomplished so much this week! You can check out my to-do list for the run down, but I’m also super excited because I think I’ve finally found a system for keeping up with comments and visiting other blogs. For commments, I got a new WP APP on my phone and I’m answering them there, which is turning out to be much easier to keep up with. I don’t know when I’ll get to all those back comments, but I’m hopeful that I’ll finally be able to stay current. I also reorganized the blogs I subscribe to on my RSS reader (an app on my phone). I have the blogs divided up into Daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and I made myself limit my daily to 5 blogs. So instead of trying to conquer them all daily and missing quite a few, I have a daily rotation. It’s worked really well this week, so I’m hoping that’s a good sign.

#FitReaders Update

My foot had several bad days this week 🙁 But I did also up my activity when I probably shouldn’t have. It’s just so hard – I don’t want to lose all the progress I made. I’m trying to pay attention to it though – I guess that’s really all I can do. The result was some good days, some bad days for steps. I’m averaging just under 6000/day.

Days counting calories:7
Book budget money earned: $2

Last Week on the Blog

This Week on the Blog Look For:


Sunday Post | 79th Edition


Hope’s Reign by Selena Fenech


Was It Good For You? | Hope’s Reign


Berls’s Challenge Update | March 2015


Pinching Pennies | March 2015


A Witch Before Dying by Heather Blake


My TBR List | April 2015 Voting

Blogosphere Fun

It’s time to sign up for Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon again! Sign-up here!

Felicia shared some very relevant and interesting views about Ethics in Book Blogging.

Lola shared a yummy sounding recipe for Creamy Spinach Pasta Sauce.

Trish gave some really great Justifications For Buying All The Books.

Have you heard of Reading Alley? I got an email invite for it this week and it looks like a smaller NetGalley. Use Trish’s post to justify it 😉

Carmel asks for some advice on How to fight blogging slumps.

The Book Nympho’s Talking Between Reads is all about Plagiarized Reviews.

Added to my Shelf

*picture links to Goodreads*

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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!

36 Responses to “Sunday Post | 79th Edition”

    • Berls

      I need to get more into it too, I do better when I tweet progress. But lately I’m not feeling successful :/

      On the plus, I got my scores today and I passed! Yay! 1 down, 1 to go!

    • Berls

      Oh I adore knitting – I wish I had let myself get into it years ago 🙂 You haven’t read Estep yet? Go! Immediately pick up Spiders Bite. You will not be sorry 😉

  1. Kathy

    I hope you get the test results soon. I have to try that WP app. I have been falling behind on comments too, so I’ll see if this helps me. I love the scarf! I knew right away that it was a Harry Potter inspiration!! Have a great week and I hope your foot feels better soon!
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    • Berls

      Thanks Kathy! I’m glad the Harry Potter theme came through right away 🙂 I hope the WP app works for you, it’s working pretty well for me. Have a great week!

  2. Angie F.

    I hope you get the results you want! I’m sure you passed though! 😀

    You’ve done amazing with Bloggiesta (yes, I’ve been stalking your progress!) and your knitting! That’s awesome!

    Looks we’re both stuck in the taking it easy, but wanting to do more activity, but not wanting to get reinjured cycle. I hope your foot fully heels soon!
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    • Berls

      I passed!!! SQUEEE! I wish I’d had the same confidence you do but 1 down, 1 to go 🙂

      Thanks – I’m planning to do #Aprilates and just pay attention to my foot, see how it responds. It’s feeling pretty good so far this week. But I haven’t done much either :/ Good luck with your knee!
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  3. Stormi

    So glad you got to take your test finally! YAY. That scarf looks really cool! I think I am curious to see a pick of the poncho and the color combo. 🙂

    Thanks for the Dewey RAT reminder I had totally forgot that was coming up!

    Have a great week!
    Stormi recently posted…The Week In Review #31My Profile

    • Berls

      You’re welcome! I’m really looking forward to it 🙂 I show y’all a picture when the poncho is finished, I think I might have managed to pick out shades of his requested colors that will look good with each other.

    • Berls

      Thanks Bea, me too LOL 🙂 I just want a passing score and I’ll be happy all week! Have a great week!

  4. Ramona

    Well. I AM keeping my fingers crossed, both for the results and your next (and final, right?) exam. Not that you need it (I know I’ve said it before, but truth is truth). Happy birthday to your BF and to your step-son 🙂 That scarf does look amazing, very Gryffindorish, and I can’t wait to see the poncho you’re working on now. You’ve proved *really* good, so I’m sure it will turn out amazing! I like your new system about visiting other blogs, btw. It makes a lot of sense 🙂
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    • Berls

      Thanks, I appreciate the finger crossing – I’m so nervous because this is so important to getting a job and this is hiring season.

      I’ve really gotten so addicted to knitting and now I have a to-knit list a mile long! It’s fun making things for people though 🙂

      My new system is really helping – I needed some way to break it up so I could get to everyone I follow, even if I can’t comment on EVERYTHING they post.

      Have a great week Ramona!

  5. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Yay that the test finally got taken! I’m sure you had a big sigh of relief when everything started smoothly! I love the scarf! And it’s awesome that you let your step-son pick out everything like that. I’m sure he’ll absolutely love it. Fingers crossed about the exam. I’m sure you did great! Have a great week and good luck on the ESL exam.
    Katherine recently posted…This Week in Reading – March 29My Profile

    • Berls

      Thanks Katherine! Yes, it was a huge relief when I finally sat down in front of the computer and the test started! After all that, I’ll cry if I didn’t pass!

      He picked out a difficult color combo – but he wears strange combos all the time, so hopefully he’ll love it. and hopefully I’ll get it done in time for this birthday!

  6. Liza Barrett

    Congrats on taking that test! And it sounds like your plans for comments and keeping up with blogs are good ideas — I’ve recently decided that instead of going through the painfully long list of posts aggregated into one spot, I’ll break them down by blogger a few each day — it’s been going well for me so far.

    Bummer about your foot — rest, ice, and elevation when you’re not out and about. And I’d highly recommend a brace when you ARE being active. I’ve had more sprained ankles than I can count, and you don’t want those getting bad. Good luck!
    Liza Barrett recently posted…Sunday Post: March 29My Profile

    • Berls

      A brace is a really good idea – I’ve been doing ok with icing – though sometimes I forget to do it and then I regret it :/ But I haven’t been doing anything for when I’m active! Maybe that will make a difference! Thanks!

      Sounds like your system is similar to my new one. Just have to find a way to break it into chunks!

      Have a great week!

    • Berls

      Thanks Terri! I’ve gone through so many systems, trying to find a way to keep up with all the blogs I follow and none have worked as well as this, so fingers crossed it sticks! Have a great week Terri!

  7. Michelle

    AHHHHHH! I LOVE IT! I can’t wait to see it in person! I am so excited, thank you so much for making it. I am 100% Gryffindor! Every test and even on pottermore I always am one. Now I need to go to HP world and get my wand 😉

    YAY! on the test, I am so glad you got to take it. I have a feeling there was a reason you had to wait, the best job ever will be waiting right around the corner!!!

    Enjoy the party today, Wish him a Happy Birthday for me (again).
    Michelle recently posted…Ok, Now my break is over! ~WIR & TSPMy Profile

    • Berls

      I’m glad you love it – I’m really happy with how it turned out. I think I’d be in Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff if I were to go to Hogwarts. I’m not too brave, but I’m nerdy and nice 😉

      I’ll tell him! Once he gets up – someone’s enjoying their birthday by sleeping in LOL.

  8. Lola

    That’s good news you finally got to do your teaching exam without any issues this time! Good luck with your other upcoming exam! And that scraf with the fringes looks awesome!

    And yay for having such a productive week thanks to blogiesta. I do wonder how you decide on which day to visit which blog and do you comment on the new post that day or just choose a post from the last week? I usually use bloglovin to keep up with blogs, but I really should clean out the list of blogs I follow once.

    Thanks for linking to my recipe post! I got the invite for Reading Alley, but wasn’t sure whether to join or not. I did take a look around and none of the week really caught my interest. I’ve been seeing a few more competitors for netgalley lately, although none of them seem to do quite as well.

    Have a great week!
    Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #119My Profile

    • Berls

      Thanks Lola, fingers crossed!

      For the blogs that fall on a specific day of the week, the RSS reader gives me all the posts since the last time I was there. I don’t read them all, but pick the ones I’m interested in. The result is that I’m getting about 3 posts per blog a week, which is better than I was doing, trying to get to them all.

      Reading Alley is the first I’ve seen (I think) and I agree, they don’t seem as good as NetGalley. But they’re new, so maybe they’ll get better. They have a reward system of sorts and I’m not too sure how I feel about that, since it could potentially impact reviewer impartiality. We’ll see I guess!

  9. Lexxie

    The scarf is awesome, Berls! So nicely and tightly knitted 🙂 I’m sure Michelle will use it often.

    I’m sure you’ll do well with your ESL test, it’s not all that different from just teaching English, and what they tell us here is that we should try to speak as much English as possible, while giving the students the tools they need to learn to speak well – more speaking than anything else in the beginning, and that pronunciation is very important at the start so they don’t get used to doing it wrong.

    Have a great week, and happy reading.
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    • Berls

      Thanks Lexxie – I hope she loves it 🙂

      Oh I hadn’t thought about the fact that you probably teach ESL exclusively! I’ll definitely have to pick your brain in May 🙂 I’ve been reading all about the way pronunciation is a challenge because of the way we catalog sounds as a baby and it’s so fascinating. Hopefully the test will be simple – it feels more common sense than the other test, which was English, Social Studies, Math, and Science.

      Have a great week!

      • Lexxie

        My students this year are already quite advanced, they’re probably a B2 level, we’re reading novels in English, and they are quite good.
        It’s true that we catalog sounds as babies, and that some sounds – if they aren’t used in our native language – are almost impossible to distinguish from other sounds when we learn a new language. You can pick my brain all you want in May 🙂 I can’t wait !!
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        • Berls

          That’s so cool! I wish I were truly multi-lingual. I can read foreign languages, but not without a lot of difficulty and looking up words. I’m so excited fo May!

  10. Trish

    Thanks for including my post! That’s great that you’ve got a system going for comments and I like the way you’ve limited it. Nowadays I just try to comment on a few blogs daily picking out the ones from my bloglovin that most catch my eye. It’s not as much as I want to do but it’s all I can really manage. And I have the WP app on my phone for replying to comments but it stopped working months ago. It works for everything except comments and I have no idea why. I must investigate as it was so handy.
    Oh and love the HP scarf!
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    • Berls

      You bet! I know what you mean – I would love to visit every blog I follow daily, but I just can’t. What I’m doing is similar to you, because when I go through the posts for the day, I skip those that don’t catch my eye. Just not enough time.

      Good luck with the WP app – the one I had wasn’t working too well, so I’m glad I found this other one. Have a great week!

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