Sunday Post |Stress, Birthday, Heartbreak

April 24, 2016 Sunday Post 17

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: Stress, Birthday, Heartbreak

This week was extremely stressful. Besides the horrible tax bill I found out I had to pay (yes, I’m one of the last minute filers) school sucked. Testing was rough and was made worse by ridiculously inept administration. Their failure to communicate, plan, or show basic respect to teachers floors me. I’m seriously reconsidering my decision to stay at the school next year, based in large part on this past week. But I really don’t want to go on and on about it. They suck, I survived, my kids did pretty well on their tests I think. What more can I do? Besides stress out about next week – because it’s the start of my evaluation window and my evaluator just left on medical leave so now the Principal, who has NEVER stepped foot in my class and knows NOTHING about our class dynamics, will be evaluating me. Plus, if I disagree with her assessment, what recourse do I have? Grr!

But I had a great/heartbreaking Friday & Saturday. I went to my friend’s place Friday night to begin work on her sister’s – my best friend that passed away in December’s- daughter’s 1st birthday party. We had a butterfly theme and it turned out beautiful. It was exactly the way Stephanie would have thrown the party and we had a really good time putting it all together. We laughed a lot and felt her presence dictating our decorations. It was fun… until her absence slammed me in the face. Everyone had arrived and it was time to open presents. It was the time that I have always stood back and watched her with her family and as the bestest mom ever. Instead her husband sat there helping Riley open presents (which was adorable) but it just hit me and I just missed her so much. And later when it was time for the cupcake and her sister gave it to Riley instead of Stephanie, it was again this really cute moment but so sad for me. This was the first time I’ve gotten together with her family since the funeral to do something that we normally did together and I’m really missing her now. I couldn’t help but think how much she would have wanted to be there and how much it sucked she wasn’t. But it was a great party and I’m really glad we were able to carry on her traditions in a way that I think she would have been happy with.

Blog News

Nothing special to report. I ducked in and out of the 24 hour readathon, but with the party I didn’t do a whole lot. And with the stressful week I have coming up, I don’t dare stay up all night reading.

#FitReaders Update

Umm I got in lots of steps and ate pretty good this week… I think. My health was not at the front of my mind to be honest though.

Last Week on the Blog

This Week on the Blog Look For:


Sunday Post | Stress, Birthday, Heartbreak


Golden Son #Review


Outlander Thoughts


Second Grave on the Left #Review


Landry Park by Bethany Hagen| My TBR List #2016HW #Review

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!

17 Responses to “Sunday Post |Stress, Birthday, Heartbreak”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m sorry your week was so very stressful, Berls. The school testing and knowing your principal will be evaluating you…ugh! I thought the worst was behind you as far as your job but it seems things keep popping up and I hate that it’s making you second-guess your decision to stay on. I get it – it just makes me sad. I want that stability for you. <3

    As for the birthday party and the feelings it roused…I can only imagine how hard it was for you. But I'm thinking your friend is so happy that you are a part of her family, celebrated a special day with them, and honored her by doing so.

    I hope this week is going well – as well as can be expected? No, I hope it's better than that! And I'll be seeing you in 2 weeks! Can you believe it? I'm honestly stressed. I have so much to get done before then! LOL {{{hugs}}}
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  2. Katherine

    Oh what a week! Between the stress at work and the stress at home I imagine you’re reading for a nap! The birthday party sounds wonderful and like they’re really trying to make things normal and special for the little girl but I can’t imagine how awful it must be at times with your friend missing. I hope next week is better for you and that the evaluation goes well.
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    • Berls

      Thank you Kathryn, I appreciate it. I hope it’s over with fast!

      We’re definitely trying to give her everything her mom would have given her, but nothing can replace her mom 🙁 the party was nice though and I do think Stephanie would have been happy with it.

      Have a great week!

  3. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    Oh, Berls, I’m so sorry about your friend. It’s those little moments that rise up and bring the grief flooding back. But I know your friend would love it that you’re there, helping with her little girl’s party and being supportive of her sister and the whole family.

    I hope things pick up for you at school, and your evaluation goes well — as much effort and time and love as you’ve put into your job and those kids, you deserve an excellent rating! Take care of yourself and try not to stress too much. {{{HUGS}}}

    • Berls

      I’m trying really hard not to stress – if I get a bad evaluation there’s not much I can do about it but keep doing my best, so that’s what I’m going to do. I just feel like they’re constantly breathing down our necks!!

      Thank you, I like to think she was at the party and loved it. It’s so unfair that she’s gone – the least I can do is help keep these little moments alive for her 🙂 Have a great week!

  4. A Voracious Reader

    Deep breaths, in and…………….out! Oops! Sorry, I got distracted and left you hanging! Holy smokes! You ok, Berls? *pats back* Have some wine and think how close BEA is. You got this. {{{posivibes}}} that this week goes smoothly. And {{{hugs}}}, just because.
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    • Berls

      Thank you, I appreciate it! I should not need so much support to get through a stinking year, but this has been one of the hardest freaking years (august – June) ever! 2 weeks until BEA! Yay!!!

    • Berls

      It did turn out perfectly, even if it was a little bittersweet. Thank you, I’m hoping for a good week – and I’m hoping it will be over quickly! Lol! Have a great one 🙂

  5. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I’m sorry your week was so stressful, and that the party was so incredibly bitter-sweet, Berls!
    And I’m sure you’ll do well next week for your evaluation! I had one last week, and will have a meeting on Tuesday to get feedback. I really hope it’s good!
    And in a little over two weeks, we’ll be hugging and drinking margaritas together, my dear. I can’t wait to see you!
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    • Berls

      Thank you Lexxie! Good luck with your feedback, I hope it went well. I’m hoping they won’t take too long with my evaluation – she could come any time in the next two weeks, but I really hope it’s this week so I don’t have to worry too long! And yes, BEA is going to be such a relief! I can’t wait 🙂

    • Berls

      Thank you! This was the first time we got together with out her, so it’s the first time I had to deal with missing her like this. It was a good time though, even if bittersweet. Have a great week!

  6. Ramona

    There seems to be a lot of loss floating around amongst my blogger friends, ducks… I’m sorry about your friend – it sounds like an awful-awful thing. I think that getting involved in organizing her niece’s birthday was a good thing… The trick is to find the right balance between keeping her memory alive and getting a grip on the sense of loss… Sending lots of hugs <3
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    • Berls

      This is the first time I’ve had to handle losing someone unexpectedly and it’s been difficult (she passed in December). I’m glad we were ablw to so her daughter’s part so well though, even if it was bittersweet. Hugs and hope you have a great week!

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