Weekly Update: 13th May, 2018

Hi All and happy Sunday.  I hope you are having a good week and good weekend.  Ours has been pretty good, though I have been fairly quiet on the blog.  For me, it started with a glorious bank holiday, which also happened to be my birthday and a visit to a nearby museum/stately home and picnic in the grounds.  It ended with a trip to a small Scottish village for a friend’s 60th birthday and much drinking and dancing.  It’s probably no wonder I didn’t get much blogging done!  In fact, I only posted twice.

Weekly update: 6th May, 2018

Hi all and happy Sunday.  I hope you are having a good weekend.  I am busy enjoying the sun (writing this in the back garden feels so good!) and not much else.  It’s quite nice after a pretty busy week.  I’ve been gardening, decorating and knocking on doors to try and get people out to vote in the local council elections.  Oh, and work – I am now an expert on the new data protection legislation that is coming out for those in the EU in a couple of weeks.  I am not sure what I thought I’d be doing when I started working for myself but this wasn’t it.  Still, it’s been fun learning something new and I’ve been working for a great client so I really shouldn’t complain (though I will, just a bit).

On the reading and blog front, I feel like I’ve finally gotten my mojo back, enough to write my first weekly update in nearly two months at any rate.  Here’s what I posted…

Weekly update: 11th March, 2018

Morning all and happy Sunday and Happy Mother’s Day to everyone in the UK and anywhere else in the world celebrating motherhood today. Mine was supposed to start with a lie in and breakfast in bed. Unfortunately, the cat had other ideas and decided the best mother’s day present would be a live bird flying around the living room. Cue my six o’clock wake up and a very tired me. Hopefully afternoon tea this afternoon will perk me up a bit. It will be a nice end to a busy-ish week, one that didn’t see me do much blogging beyond reviews – though, I still got three of those in so I’m not complaining….

Weekly update: 25th February, 2018

Hi All and Happy Sunday – I hope you are having a good weekend.  This is my first weekly update for a few weeks and it’s nice to be back.  There’s been no reason for my absence other than not getting organised enough to write a post.  Life keeps getting in the way!  I have been lucky to get more freelance work (yay!) and we’ve also had friends visiting (more yays!) and half-term in there.  Now, though, life is back to something like normality so I hope to get reading and posting regularly again this week.

Still, I didn’t do bad with three posts last week – all reviews…. 

Weekly update: 4th February, 2018

Morning all and welcome to my first February update, another month that has started with rain – when will we get some better weather?  For a short month, February is apparently the one that feels like the longest.  I think it’s because we are now all desperate for spring to arrive.  Fingers crossed it does soon.  On other notes, it was another busy week for me with projects to do (but I’m not complaining) but also not as stressful because I didn’t feel as panic-y … I even said no to a job when the timeframes were too tight (it felt good).  It did mean I didn’t get as much blog hopping and commenting done as I would like but I did spend some time this weekend catching up and am hopefully about there now.

Weekly update: 28th January, 2018

Morning all and welcome to the last Sunday in January. It’s hard to believe the month is almost over, but given time goes quicker the older you get and I’m not getting any younger, it’s probably no surprise. Still, for me, it’s been quite a good month – getting my first freelance jobs was a big and brilliant thing. This week, it was also a tiring thing as I took on two jobs afraid to say no. I am sure that will change as I become more confident the work will come and I figure out my limits but it meant this week I had later nights that I have had for a while. Still, it’s better than week-in-week-out 9:5 so I’m not complaining (honest!).

The work did impact the blog a little bit, with posts early in the week but then nothing until Saturday, with my stacking shelves post – which was nice and short because I only picked up two books this week.

Weekly update: 14th January, 2018

Morning all and welcome to my first weekly update in a month…time flies when you are celebrating Christmas and New Year I guess – and then have another week of school holidays to contend with.  I still don’t feel like I’ve quite gotten over the holidays, even though technically this week everything was back to normal for us.

Hopefully next week will be better and I’ll be back into some type of routine.  What that will be I’m not sure as I picked up my first batch of freelance work this week (yay!) and I don’t know till Monday just what or how much time that will involve.  Still, it’s exciting and a bit of a relief to know that there is work out there and that my leap of faith into the world of self-employment is paying some dividends.

Weekly Update: 10th December, 2017

Weekly update

Morning All and welcome to another Sunday and, for the first time in weeks, a week update that I’m actually publishing on the intended day!  How come I’m so organised?  I’m not really, I’m just not away this weekend.  Instead, I’ve been spending it at home, getting ready for the big day…only 14 more sleeps!  I’m officially excited.  The presents are bought bar a few stocking-stuffers, the turkey ordered, the tree up and ready to be decorated today and I have Christmas music on repeat (there really is no such thing as too much Slade at this time of year in my humble opinion).  In between I even got some blogging done – though I had ground to a halt by Friday….

Weekly update: 5th November, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday.  I hope you’ve been having a good weekend and have had a good week.  Mine has been a bit up and down, the down mainly because my cat got quite a nasty cut on his leg this weekend – cue late night trip to the vet and lots of worry.  Thankfully, he’s alright though how he’s going to cope with not being able to go out for the next five days I’m not sure – I expect lots of whiny crying.  Until then, it was going quite well.  I got to spend time with friends and also hit the 3K mark on my journey to 5K so was feeling quite chuffed.  If we get enough sunny days I should be hitting 5K by the end of November – yay!

Blog wise, I changed site hosts this week so that’s a bit all over the place.  Not all my previous posts transferred over and I have had to change blog theme.  I knew I’d have to do that but I am not happy with the one I’ve chosen so I need to keep looking for one that works for me.  I figure it will be a bit of a work in progress for a couple of weeks and just got on with reviewing mainly, doing a little bit to get things where I want them each day.

Weekly update: 15th October, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday – I hope you’ve had a good week. Mine was good, pretty relaxing.  And the sun shone, which was nice to see, even when the days were cold.  I’ve been trying to winterise the garden – taking advantage of the lack of rain – and am pretty much done.  I have maybe a day left so keep your fingers crossed for me that my luck continues!

Other than that, there hasn’t been much going on, which feels kind of nice.  I got a fair bit of reading done, stuck to my plan to not pick up any new books this week (avoiding NetGalley like the plague), and caught up a little on the reviews I was behind on.  I should be completely caught up by the end of next week if I can keep the reading rate up but we’ll see.

This meant last week I got three reviews posted…

It was nice to have three so different books as well.  Lie to Me by J. T. Ellison is a psychological thriller, so right up my usual reading street.  It was a good read, keeping me guessing right to the end as to just what was happening.  It had a bit of a sense of humour too, which you don’t normally find in this type of book, and I liked that.

The Flexible Vegetarian by Jo Pratt is a cookbook (probably obvious but I like to be clear), one that shows you how to make meatless meat with meat if needed to meet the needs of a variety of tastes.  It worked well in my house where I’m the sole veggie.  I made two recipes from it, one of which I can safely say was one of the best soups I have ever eaten – making the book a winner for me!

Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir is the first of four books looking at the Queens of England / Britain.  This one focuses on medieval queens – a lot of whom (all?) seem to be called Matilda.  I found the fact that so many of them had the same name but other than that really enjoyed this book, which was well research, well written, and shed light on a group of women I knew very little about but whose actions helped shape my country.

And that was it post wise, other than sharing my most recent read in the Tuesday Intro: The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo.

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And that’s it for me this week.  How about you – how was your week, reading and otherwise?  Let me know, I’m nosey!

Emma x

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