How is everyone? I hope you have had a great weekend! Sorry for the late post but today is my hubby’s birthday and his sister and her kids have been over…she cooked and brought homemade cupcakes, so that made me really happy!!
Again, I want to thank all you of who checked in on me last week to see how I was feeling and getting along whether it was in the comments, via email, or Twitter! Thank all of you for being so wonderful! I love you guys and wish I could hug you, so here are lots of virtual hugs!!
This Week Off The Blog:
I’m definitely feeling much better from my procedure on June 30th; however, it has caused some other unwanted issues that I’m dealing with right now. A lot of you who I talk with quite frequently are aware that I have been living with the disorder fibromyalgia for close to two decades. For those who may not know what fibromyalgia is, it causes widespread chronic muscle, soft tissue, and nerve pain, muscle spasms, chronic and often debilitating fatigue, insomnia, chronic severe migraines, severe anxiety, and numbness and tingling in the arms, hands, legs, and feet. And that is just for starters!! But those are the symptoms that I live with pretty much on a daily basis. Sometimes the symptoms are mild and other times I have flare-ups so severe that I cannot get out of bed for days or weeks at a time. Generally, a fibro flare-up is caused by stress, illness, etc, so right now I’m in the middle of a bad but not the worst I’ve ever had fibro flare-up caused by stress and being sick, which has thrown me for a loop. My body is just rebelling at the moment and saying, “Oh no, you might be recovering, but we’re going to make you feel like you fell down a flight of stairs, then got run over by a car, are being shocked with electricity at random times, feel like you have the chills then are burning up, and no, you since you slept all this week, no more sleep for you!!”. Fibromyalgia is a cruel, evil beast and there is no cure for it, so I’m just going to let my body do its thing and rest since that is all I can do. There is certainly no point complaining about it since it is what it is, and I have certainly lived with it and all its lovely symptoms and side effects for this long!! But I did want all of you to know that on occasion my fibro may flare-up to the point where I might need to take a hiatus from my blog from time to time to rest and recover or I just might not be able to physically write due to its symptoms. To all of you who have listened to me talk about living with this invisible disease and understand what I’m going through and have been such a compassionate, caring ear and have just listened with love, I so appreciate you! That makes me feel so much better ❤ ❤ ❤
The good news is that I am taking myself off hiatus starting this upcoming week! Yay!! But I’m no longer going to be posting as much as I was, mainly this week because physically I just can’t right now with my fibro. And I had already decided 2 weeks ago that once I came back from hiatus that I would have a new posting schedule and it will be permanent. With only 6 weeks left before I start back classes, both as a professor and as a student, and only 7 weeks before my kids return to school, I want to enjoy every last moment of our break together since August to May is just so busy for us, well for me, that I feel like I barely see my kids during those 9 months. So I want these last 6 weeks to be full of memories and family time. Also, some of my new scheduling changes will be dependent on my fibro (if I’m having a particularly difficult flare-up for instance).
I realized while taking a blog break that it only makes sense to start a more manageable blog schedule right now and start tweaking it since once I return to teaching in the fall and attending classes there will be no way that I will be able to post more than three times a week with the hectic schedule that I keep. Honestly, working on my doctorate degree is much more tiring and ambitious than teaching. Since I have been teaching 16 years now, it seems as natural as breathing anymore! For my degree, I begin writing my doctoral thesis this semester (it’s between 300 and 400 pages), and it has a spring deadline…so the pressure is on for me to really bring my A game to my classes! I’ll be begging to blog instead of writing that… 🙂
Okay, other than the news about my blog changes I have just been resting this week! I’ve been trying to read but seem to be in a slump or maybe it’s because I spent most of this week until Friday sleeping nonstop. The only two books I managed to read were Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica and The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White…both were excellent reads that I highly recommend!
Oh, and I finally left my house for the first time in a week yesterday to go to my parent’s for dinner to celebrate my hubby’s birthday. It was great to get out of the house and spend time with my family. And there was more cake!!
This Week On The Blog:
Thanks to WordPress’s scheduler and my prewritten posts, I was able to have content posted again for the week, yay!! I participated in the Goodreads Monday meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners with my TBR showcase of The Child by Fiona Barton, the Top Ten Tuesday event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish: the Top Ten Book Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island, which was a really fun post to write!!
I also participated in WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words, and the Throwback Thursday meme hosted by Renee @Its Book Talk with my book pick O’Juliet by Robin Maxwell! My book review for the week was Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave, a really fun book! And last but not least, I did the Desert Island Discs Blog Tag that I was tagged by Nel@Reactionary Tales! Thanks again, Nel!! That was also so much fun!
Next week on the blog, I will begin my new blog schedule, which is to post 3 times a week, 4 if I have the time and feel up to it. Thanks for hanging with me the past couple of weeks and now as I input my new changes! 🙂
My Books Hauls for the Week:
I bought one book this week from Amazon after reading the review for it by Renee@It’s Book Talk! You should check out her fantastic review! I’m impatiently waiting for the book to arrive on Tuesday!
I was good and requested nothing from Edelweiss, and I’m still waiting to hear back from NetGalley about 1 book that I requested late in the week, so that is it for my books for the week!
That’s it then! Thanks for listening to my ramblings this week!! I hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a fantastic week!