Sunday Post 91: Still Tired But the Weather Has Been Nicer

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I’ve been recuperating from last week/weekend all this week. I can’t believe how out of it I’ve been. I’m going to blame the weirdly high CO2 levels in our house rather than my house guests. We aren’t sure why they are high, but opening a few windows has helped get them back down, and we are finally getting our A/C replaced on Thursday. (So if that’s causing them, the new A/C should take care of that.) I think I just need to get a bunch of cat friendly house plants. 😊 Luckily our temps have been in the low 80s this past week.

The transition of being between my old boss and whoever she is replaced with is in full swing. I’ve had to get a password app to keep track of all the new websites I’ve been given access to and my email has become crazy full but I’m still determined to only look at it while I’m at work. Everyone who needs it has my cell number, so if there’s something that can’t wait until I’m in the office next, they can always text me.

This week coming up will be all about getting ready for my husband’s birthday!

So, that was my week – how was yours?

I received a few more books this week that all come out next year. I’m still keeping to my resolve to only request books that I have a particular reason for making the exception. I did request Son of the Poison Rose because it is the second book in the fantasy trilogy that started with Kagen the Damned, which I enjoyed so much. The other books were sent to me by St. Martin’s Press.

(Dark) Epic Fantasy
Son of the Poison Rose marks the second installment of New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry’s epic, swashbuckling Kagen the Damned series. The Silver Empire is in ruins. War is in the wind. Kagen and his allies are on the run from the Witch-king. Wild magic is running rampant everywhere. Spies and secret cabals plot from the shadows of golden thrones. Kagen Vale is the most wanted man in the world, with a death sentence on his head and a reward for him—dead or alive—that would tempt a saint. The Witch-king has new allies who bring a terrible weapon—a cursed disease that drives people into a murderous rage. If the disease is allowed to spread, the whole of the West will tear itself apart. In order to build an army of resistance fighters and unearth magical weapons of his own, Kagen and his friends have to survive attacks and storms at sea, brave the haunted wastelands of the snowy north, fight their way across the deadly Cathedral Mountains, and rediscover a lost city filled with cannibal warriors, old ghosts, and monsters from other worlds. Along with his reckless adventurer brothers, Kagen races against time to save more than the old empire… if he fails the world will be drenched in a tsunami of bloodshed and horror. Son of the Poison Rose weaves politics and espionage, sorcery and swordplay, treachery and heroism as the damned outcast Kagen fights against the forces of ultimate darkness.
Romantic Comedy
Fairytale meets feminism in this frothy adventure of one woman’s journey to claim happily ever after in times of serial dating, swiping right, and the quest to find your soulmate. Bella Marble’s life isn’t what she imagined. Instead of an author, she’s receptionist at a small press. Instead of happily married, she’s single, and her lovey-dovey parents are divorcing. And to top it off, her best friend of twenty-nine years, Ellie Mathews, is moving out and marrying the heinously boring Mark. (He’s not worthy of her. No one could be). Bella feels rudderless, only slightly soothed by time spent with Ellie’s (not hot) brother, (he’s not hot) Marty (okay, he’s hot. But he’s also the aggravating brother she never had—right)? When Marty recommends Bella stop looking for “the one” and just have fun, Bella finds a new, empowered side of herself. But when she posts a fairy-tale retelling of a disastrous one night stand on a storytelling app, all of a sudden, Bella has become @B.Enchanted. And she’s gone viral. Now, Bella’s in a fight with Ellie, her new roommates are so, deeply, weird, and the pressure is mounting to find new fairy tales to write about—but she’s got to live them first. “As side splittingly hilarious as it is empowering and emotional, Not That Kind of Ever After is a sparkling debut.” – Helena Hunting, bestselling author
Romantic Comedy
Cheerfully irreverent, bitingly funny, and filled with romantic charm, Cara Tanamachi’s The Second You’re Single is all about navigating the most romantic month of the year, and how love always seems to arrive when you least expect it. Freelance writer Sora Reid believes in inertia. She’s the odd one out in a close-knit family of go-getters, including her Japanese-American mom, who hints about her need to lose weight, and her soon-to-be married, overachieving younger sister, who needs her to have a date for the wedding, since a wedding party couples’ dance with their Scottish great uncle Bob simply won’t do. For Sora, minimal input, minimal expectations is the way to go. She’d rather stay at home with her insufferable neighbor and her adorable pitbull. The one thing that disrupts her inertia: an intense dislike for Valentine’s Day. What is it with the commercial love machine? Why do we pin our hopes on one romantic day, when staying home with a package of bacon and a bottle of tequila would be way better? Sora’s been betrayed and disappointed more than once and her heart is starting to feel like her Grandma Mitsuye’s antique Japanese ceramic bowl, with its many gold-filled cracks. When her pledge to stay single in February inspires readers to #gosolo, Sora has a responsibility to empower her readers. But relationships aren’t built to last, so it shouldn’t be that hard. Right? Enter Jack Mann. A muscle-bound baker who looks like he lifts logs on the weekends, Sora hasn’t thought of Jack since they were in elementary school together. When they see each other at the local grocery store and the attraction hits hard, Sora knows she has to shut it down, quick. She can’t #gosolo AND get the guy. She can’t let down her readers. And relationships always end, so why should Jack be any different–even though he’s confounding all her long-held expectations of love? “Riotous, whip-smart, and original. Read this happy-making book if you love yourself.” —Jayci Lee, Author of Booked on a Feeling

For those of you who like The Great British Bake-Off, Netflix has a kids version streaming now. I enjoyed a few episodes of that yesterday.

Then for our movie last night, we decided to give a new movie on Paramount+ a watch – Secret Headquarters starring Own Wilson. We really enjoyed it. Pure entertainment. It gave us Unaccompanied Minors, Spy Kids, and Home Alone vibes. A really good family movie appropriate for all ages with humor for adults that will go right over kids heads mixed in.

  • Monday (August 15, 2022): Book Review – The Art of Prophesy by Wesley Chu (epic fantasy)
  • Tuesday (August 16, 2022): Book Review – The Housekeeper by Joy Fielding (Domestic Thriller)
  • Wednesday (August 17, 2022) WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday (August 18, 2022) Book Review – Ashfall Prophecy by Pittacus Lore (SciFy thriller)
  • Friday (August 19, 2022) Book Blogger Hop
  • Monday (August 22, 2022): Blog Tour Book Review – The Wedding Cake by Isabella May (Romantic Comedy). (note: I’m not putting my rating on my review tomorrow because it’s a blog tour book, but the final rating ended up being 3.25 out of 5 stars – though on Goodreads it has almost all 5 stars, so I guess I am far in the minority.)
  • Tuesday (August 23, 2022): Book Review – Please Join Us by Catherine McKenzie (Psychological Thriller)
  • Wednesday (August 24, 2022) WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday (August 25, 2022) Book Review – Lucy Checks In by Dee Ernst (Women’s Fiction)
  • Friday (August 26, 2022) Book Blogger Hop
  • Saturday (August 27, 2022) Blog Tour Spotlight and Excerpt* of Witches of Moonshine Manor by Bianca Marais (Fantasy/Women’s Fiction) (*I will be reviewing this book in October)

33 Replies to “Sunday Post 91: Still Tired But the Weather Has Been Nicer”

  1. Sounds like work is getting busier, I ended up taking my work emails off of my personal phone otherwise I would keep checking them 😂 Hope it calms down this week, have a great week 💕

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    1. This is my bosses last week but hopefully it won’t be too bad. I need to figure out what questions I have though. That would probably be helpful.

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  2. Hope you husband has a great birthday. We don’t have air conditioning in the UK, we don’t really have enough hot weather to warrant it. Although hubby invested in a portable air conditioning unit, so that’s good. Our solar panel netting has been fitted, and actually staying up this time. Don’t look like they are going anywhere though. Back to work next week, school holidays are over. If only I could sell enough books to not work lol.

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    1. That would be the dream wouldn’t it?

      I can’t imagine not having A/C. I’ve been in the US south for so long and it is definitely a necessity here.


  3. I imagine high CO2 levels could lead to tiredness, so definitely get those windows open! I’m planning on keeping my work email strictly to work times as well once I start my new position in October, trying to get that work-life balance right from the start! I do like the Great British Bake-Off but I don’t know if the kids’ version would be for mebecause I’d just feel so bad if a cake didn’t come out right! I hope you have a good week 🙂
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

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    1. I’ve been determined to keep work and personal separate this time around. And yes CO2 levels being higher is supposed to make you sleepy. We’ve been trying to figure out what happened because they had been fine. They went up last week when we had a bunch of family staying here, which made sense. But we can’t get it to naturally go back down again. Crazy!


  4. It’s good to hear you are making sure you have a healthy work/life balance and a hooray for your AC eventually being replaced. Prospective birthday wishes to your husband and have a good week.

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    1. I am very careful with the balance. Very careful! And, it’ll be nice to finally have this new A/C behind us. It’s been weeks in the making. 😌

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  5. It’s so important to set boundries at work. I also have Not That Kind of Ever After, it sure looks cute. Secret Headquarters looks good. I’ll have to check that one out.

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  6. I hope you will be feeling fully recuperated soon. My week has also been a quiet time of re-acclimatising to being home, after my adventures away.

    All the best for getting ready and celebrating your husband’s upcoming birthday. Take care and happy reading. 😊

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  7. Hope you get your energy back soon, Tessa. And a new AC unit for the end of summer. 😀 Thanks for the Maberry tease. I love dark fantasy and don’t see too much of it around lately. I’m looking forward to your review. Have a great week. ❤

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    1. Spoken like a person from Oregon. In NC, we have hot weather until about Halloween. But even then, I usually have the A/C on upstairs at night to keep the bedrooms at 70 degrees all winter. Strange but true.

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      1. I believe it. Yes, it’s been a relatively cool summer here compared to the rest of the country/world. We don’t have AC, and honestly, I’ve been wearing my winter slippers and robe all summer. I don’t mind heat, but the temps I’ve been hearing about have been unbearably intense.

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    1. The CO2 thing is very strange. It went up when my family was here which is not a surprise, but it hasn’t been coming back down to normal now that they are gone. Very strange.

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  8. I was going to say how scary about your CO2 numbers and then I remembered CO is the scary one. LOL. I still hope you figure it out and that a new AC helps. Good luck with the boss transition, and have fun preparing for your husband’s birthday! 😀 Have a great week!

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    1. High CO2 levels mostly make you tired. It isn’t lethal. The only reason we even know is because my husband bought an air analyzer thing that sits in the middle of the house.


  9. Hope that new AC unit helps with your energy levels, Tessa. And I know what you mean about the temps in that area. The high at the beach last week was in the low 80s and no humidity – perfect!

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