Sunday Post | Slowly but surely…

June 14, 2015 Sunday Post 32

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.

So I’ve been MIA from the Sunday Post for a while, as I was from the blog in general up until a couple weeks ago. Rather than restating what I’ve already said – besides to say I was in a bit of a funk – you can read this post, Why can’t I get out of my funk?, if you want the rambling explanation. Slowly but surely I’m making my way back though!

News at Home

What have you missed in my at home life? A lot has been going on, but again – way too much to cover in one Sunday Post. So I’ll limit myself to this past week – which had enough to fill pages! I will tell you though that I went to RT last month and had a blast – I got so many books and I’m still figuring out how to do my Pinching Pennies from last month because of it! – and I recapped that in these two posts: #RT15 Days 1 & 2 Recap & My “Official” #RT15 Fun.

So this past week started kind of rough but ended on a positive note. Last Friday my mom took her cat to the vet because she wasn’t eating and was generally not acting like herself. They did some tests and finally figured out that she had a tumor and that it was inoperable. They gave her a shot of some kind to see if it would respond to medicine, but over the weekend we realized that Jazzy was done. She still wasn’t eating or acting like herself. And from the location of the tumor, it seemed she was having trouble breathing. Not exactly a high quality of life. And she was 13 years old, so she didn’t have a short life… So on Tuesday my mom took her into the vet and had her put down.

I didn’t really have much time for mourning Jazzy though because I was in the middle of a freak out because Buffy was so sick! Ok, I’ll admit, I went overboard with my freaking out. She was vomiting, which isn’t good, but also isn’t totally abnormal for dogs. But with Buffy vomiting while my mom took Jazzy in to be put down, I was suddenly very aware of Buffy’s mortality. And unlike Jazzy, Buffy is only 3 -so I’m not even close to prepared to lose her. Well I skipped book club and everything because I was busy giving Buffy ice chips in an effort to keep her hydrated – she wasn’t interested in eating and wasn’t doing great keeping water down. That night when we went to bed I was always on the edge of awake, checking on Buffy. And at 3am, I heard her get up and drink water. At 3:05 she was vomiting it up… and she just kept going. To put it mildly, I freaked. According to my Fitbit, I had 1 hour of sleep, broken, at that point, so I was tired. But I couldn’t sleep. So I got up with Buffy and tried desperately to get her hydrated, while I waited for 7am when the vet would be open. Long story short – Buffy made it to the vet at 7am, promptly threw up (and thus moving us up the line), stayed in for some blood work and hydration and came home all better! She’s fine – something upset her tummy, not sure what – and because I hadn’t managed to keep her hydrated she needed help getting rehydrated. I tried so hard but it wasn’t enough. I’m just glad to have Buffy back to herself! She scared me – she’s just such a huge part of my life!

Oh and did I mention that all this happened on my birthday?! Yeah, June 9th (Tuesday) was my birthday. I did absolutely nothing to celebrate – but on Friday my brother came over with a bottle of champagne and we toasted to his graduation and my birthday. Good enough. My birthday gift is that Buffy is okay!

Then yesterday, Saturday, I had ANOTHER author-reader event. I’m getting spoiled 🙂 Felicia (Geeky Blogger) had a ton of books for me – many will make it to COYER, others you’ll see down below – and then I had goody bag and won some. I really have no excuse if I buy a book for the remainder of the year. Don’t quote me on that though, I’m sure I’ll come up with some 😉 It was a great time – the author I sat with with so fun and generous. She’s offered to sponsor a great giveaway for my blogoversary next month so that will be exciting. And to emphasize how small a world we live in – turns out she was teaching at my undergrad university while I was there in the English department where I took half my classes! I was surprised I didn’t recognize her name, but then I found out that it’s a pen name and turns out, I was waitlisted for her class! How cool is that? Anyway, I had a blast and it was a great way to wrap up my week.

Blog News

COYER Scavenger Hunt

This seriously snuck up on me! Somehow COYER starts Saturday! Wow, I’m not quite prepared, but I’m really looking forward to it. If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time! Sign up here.

#FitReaders Update

I’ve been doing okay, but could be doing better. I keep forgetting my Fitbit on the charger (I have to charge it every night practically!) so I don’t have a good record of steps. I do think I’m doing consistently well though.

Last Week on the Blog

This Week on the Blog Look For:

Seeing as I’m no longer “Miss Scheduled,” I can’t tell you for sure. There will definitely be a COYER kick off post on Saturday. I have a few reviews I hope to get published this week and I’d really like to get my Pinching Pennies and Challenge update from May up this week. If I don’t, there’s probably no point until next month..

Added to my Shelf

I’m going to be lazy and just show you a couple pictures… this doesn’t include the books I got that I’m putting in the COYER giveaway pile.

Boas & Tiaras Book Haul

Thanks to Boas & Tiaras goodie bag and Felicia (Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog) for these goodies. There’s a lot more where these came from!

A Court of Thrones and Roses

Thank you to Recorded Books! Looking forward to this one!

How was your week?

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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!

32 Responses to “Sunday Post | Slowly but surely…”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m so sorry to hear about Jazzy, Berls and I’m so happy that Buffy is okay. Pets are such a huge part of our lives. I have 2 cats and I know sometimes I get irritated, with one in particular because she’s very chatty at 3 a.m., but I don’t know what I’d do without them. That’s so neat you got to attend another book event. I’m jealous, actually. 😉 And it’s way cool about the author/teacher you got to meet. Anyone I’d know? Congrats on the new books and don’t you worry about the book buying…you know how many I brought home and I’m quite certain I’ll still add more before the end of the year. 🙂 I hope you’re having a great week!
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  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    So sorry to hear about your Mom’s cat, but I am glad to hear your Buffy is better. One look at my blog and you know how important my dogs are so I can definitely relate. It has been so humid in my neck of the woods that my dig Cassius wasn’t feeling so great yesterday either and I was doing the ice chip thing as well. He pulled out of it around 6pm though, and was able to watch Game of Thrones with me and he tried to figure out why mommy was so upset when it ended. Have a great week!
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    • Berls

      I’m glad Cassius was able to get better with the ice chips – they’re a good way to keep them hydrated! I haven’t watched the last game of thrones yet, but I hear I really need to and you’ve got me even more curious lol! Have a great week 🙂

  3. Lexxie

    What a stressful week, Berls! I’m glad it ended on a positive note, with both Champagne and your brother, though 🙂
    Sounds like you have become Ms. Meeting Authors All The Time lately 😉 I’m glad you and Felicia had fun, and that you were able to chat with some nice authors last weekend.
    Have a fantastic week and happy reading *hugs*
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    • Berls

      Thanks Lexxie – it did end on a good note and Buffy’s back to herself so I’m happy! I know, I just keep meeting authors and it’s so fun! I need to stop getting books for a bit though, I have too many!! Lol nevermind there’s no such thing 🙂 Have a great week!

  4. Trish

    So glad Buffy is ok, our fur babies are everything to us and thinking of anything bad happening to them is very stressful. And I’m sorry about your mums cat too, my cat is 13 and I can only imagine how upset she feels.
    But on a happier note, yay for all your new books! Have fun reading them 🙂 And enjoy your book event.
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    • Berls

      Thanks Trish – it’s so hard to lose a fur baby, even if you know that it’s time. I’m just so relieved Buffy didn’t try to follow Jazzy!! She worried me for a bit! I am enjoying my books – I have so many of them!

    • Berls

      Oh wow, that is quite a long lived kitty! Some cats really can live a good 20+ years, it’s less unusual among them than it is among dogs. But I think it’s rare because of illnesses like Jazzy’s tumor. It’s weird not having her here anymore, but she would only be suffering so it’s for the best. I’m just so happy Buffy is okay – I knew she meant the world to me, but she really hammered it home this week! LOL! Thanks Laura – have a great week 🙂

    • Berls

      Thank you Lanie! Yes, I’m so relieved Buffy is doing better (she’s a dog, I just realized I never made that clear LOL) she scared me getting sick like that WHILE my mom’s cat was at the vet. Have a great week!

  5. A Voracious Reader

    My condolences to you guys for Jazzy and so glad Buffy is ok. Just remember, Buffy Sr is pretty resilient, so her namesake should be too. 🙂 Look at all those pretty books! *drools ~ but on self, not on books* Have a wonderful week!
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    • Berls

      Thanks Carol, it was a rough pet week! I told Buffy that Buffy Sr. died a few times and it didn’t stop her, so she can’t let a silly stomach bug stop her. 😉

      I’ve been getting so many pretty books lately! Wait till you see all the goodies I got last month! I’m working on the post – I hope it will be ready this week! Have a great one!

  6. Lola

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s cat, even though she got pretty old for a cat, it’s still hard when you have to say goodbye.
    And that must have been so hard having Buffy get sick after that, but I am so glad to hear she’s okay now. It’s scary to realize how much our pets mean to us and how easy it is to lose them. I can totally understand you not having a lot of sleep that night and checking up on Buffy. You are such a good mommy to her checking up on her in the middle of the night and trying to keep her hydrated! Guess you didn’t have a great birthday then, but having Buffy be okay is a great gift.

    That author event sounds like a great end of the week though!
    I hand’t realized Coyer was so close already, so excited for this Coyer to start and can’t wait for the first twitter chat :D! I hope you have a great week and enjoy your new books!
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    • Berls

      Thanks Lola. Yeah – even though we know that Jazzy would only be suffering if she were still alive and had a long life, it’s sad. The house feels different and Buffy keeps looking for her. Buffy getting sick was too much for me at that moment, I really freaked. You’re so right – they mean so much and yet they stay with us such a short time, even if they’re healthy and live a full life. It’s okay, even though my birthday wasn’t the best, Buffy’s okay so I’m happy 🙂

      The author event was a blast – I should have taken more pictures!

      I know, COYER really snuck up on me. I just put the finishing touches on the first draft of the kick off post and we’ve all been hard at work creating all the lists and forms and etc for Saturday – so we’re ready to go, even if it did sneak up! Can’t wait! Have a great week 🙂

  7. kayk597

    So glad Buffy is better and so sorry about Jazzy. Had a recent scare with our pup (11 years young) but he’s recovering too. I always joke that I have relatives that I could lose more easily than my fur babies! Belated happy birthday fellow Gemini, and get some sleep. You have Lots of Reading to do from the looks of your stash.

    • Berls

      Oh I’m glad your pup is doing well – it’s so scary when our fur babies get sick. Happy birthday to you too then! Thanks! I most certainly do have a lot of reading to do, I’m not sure when I’ll ever catch up! Have a great week!

    • Berls

      Thanks Ramona. I’m so relieved Buffy is okay – she’s even back to eating regular food today 🙂 Thanks for the birthday wishes too. Have a great week! Hugs!

  8. Terri M., the Director

    I’m sorry to hear about Jazzy. I’ve been in that situation and the choice to end a pet’s suffering is never easy no matter the age. Our Joey was only 3 and seriously ill. I’m happy to hear Buffy is feeling better and that you did celebrate your birthday even if it was a bit late.

    Have a great week, Berls!

    Terri M., the Director
    Second Run Reviews
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    • Berls

      Thanks Terri! It was hard for sure, even with her being 13. I’m so sorry about Joey – 3 is too soon 🙁 That’s my Buffy and I don’t think I could handle that. Here’s to a great week!

    • Berls

      It did, thanks Kathrine. I slept long and hard Wednesday night 🙂 It was a bug reminder of what our pets mean to us, not that I really needed one. Thanks for the birthday wishes. Have a great week!

  9. Michelle

    I am glad Buffy is better, you are a hard woman to calm down 😉
    I go through that with Dexter a lot with his tummy problems but I totally understand the mommy panic.

    Happy Birthday Again! 🙂 <3

    I CAN'T believe it's next week already and I still have one more logo to make for the read a thon. I will do that this week and make the start logo also for the post. I really need to make a list. If you need help with anything let me know, I have nothing really going on this week but getting the blog ready for the summer months. With the kids home I will have a lot less time to do stuff since every time I sit down it's like a beeper goes off in their heads and they need something 😉

    Have a great week, Kim! Lets plan a chat day this week!
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    • Berls

      Lol yeah I was pretty crazed – I wouldn’t normally be that bad, but the combo of mom’s cat dying and 1 hour of sleep (eventually 2) had me so emotionally exhausted I just lost it. Thanks for letting me freak 🙂 I still can’t believe it’s COYER time! I’ll leave it there because you’re texting me and I’m getting confused lol

  10. Stormi

    Wow, what a week. Sorry to hear about the cat but glad that Buffy is doing better. 🙂 You got some great looking books and I am getting jealous of all your cool author events you have been going too. I think I need to move to a big city…lol. Enjoy!
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    • Berls

      Lol there are definitely a few trade offs living in the big city versus the country. I really would love to live more rural, but I’m enjoying my author events 🙂 Buffy is back to normal, thanks goodness. The house feels kinda weird without the cat, she was a presence. She had a good long life though, so it was better to let her go before she spent a lot of time suffering.

    • Berls

      I am! I slept a grand total of 2 HOURS between Tuesday morning and Wednesday night, because I was so worried about Buffy. And I was so restless the next couple nights, trying to keep an eye out for her. I’m enjoying having her back to herself now though 🙂 Thanks! Have a great week as well!

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