Hello ladies and gentlemen! Let’s take a look at our week in review.
What I Read
This was a slow week, obviously. One of the side effects of getting so far ahead in my reviews, is I often find myself taking a deep breath of relief and then slacking off…because I know I’ll be fine either way. It’s a bad habit—I admit it. The thing is, I don’t feel that bad about it. I’ll show you why:
Behold the mighty whiteboard of blogging. This is how I manage to keep track of and organize all my reviews and mandatory posts here at Author Unpublished. On it you will find a miss-mash of the tail end of April (outlined in black) and the upcoming May (which has been filled in anywhere that was previously erased.
I know it looks like a mess.
Days with upcoming book reviews have their title and their star rating (circled) filled in. FFF # stands for the upcoming Free Fiction Fridays, and WW # stands for the upcoming Weekend Wrap-Ups. Occasionally sprinkled in between, you’ll see Amazon Release Dates, and Book Club meetings. I swear it all makes sense if you’re me.
My point in showing you this is that you can clearly see how little space is available on said whiteboard. So even though I didn’t get a lot of reading done this week, I’m not going to stress about it too much. There’s only so far ahead I can get before I run out of space for future-posts. I can never get more than a month ahead of myself.
Because I know you can’t read my itty bitty squiggly hand writing, you’ll find the upcoming post dates of the books I read this week below.
April 27 – Cinderella’s Cowboy by Roxanne Snopek (4 Stars)
May 11 – His Blushing Bride by Dani Collins (4 Stars)
If you were paying attention to the weekend wrap-up last week, you’ll notice that I had to bump my review for A Highland Knight’s Desire by Amy Jarecki back to May 13 because Cindrella’s Cowboy by Roxanne Snopek is being released this upcoming Tuesday. I’ve also just bumped I Dreamt of Trees by Gilles DeCruyenaere back to May 18 so that His Blushing Bride by Dani Collins could be ready for its release date on May 11. (Notice that in the whiteboard picture they hadn’t been adjusted yet—that’s how new this change is.) Oh the scheduling woes of a book blogger—I am ever flexible here at Author Unpublished.
What Was Posted
What I Did
This week, thankfully, was a quiet one. My daughter finished up her 5th Grade homeschooling for the year and passed with straight A’s—which was a huge relief.
She actually started out the year in public school, but after some incidents where a teacher as well as students were regularly harassing her, we finally made the decision to pull her out.
Our school district was awful. In the period of time she went to our local elementary school (Kindergarten through the beginning of 5th Grade) She’d come home with three broken fingers, a concussion, multiple bruises, and a laceration to her head that she ended up having to get stitches for. At one point, we discovered that she’d actually passed out during class and her teacher left her to lie on the floor unattended. Never called the school nurse, didn’t even call us—let alone send a note home. We only found out when she came home with a huge bruise to her forehead and a concussion because she’d hit her head on the floor when she fell.
During her time there she had her lunch and personal belongings stolen, and she’d been bullied by multiple children, and at least two teachers. Though I complained to the office and the school board nothing was ever done and no kid was ever punished… but the last straw was the day the school called me to tell me my daughter was suspended (Keep in mind she’s a straight A student, on the honor roll, and in the Gifted and Talented program—and had never gotten in any serious trouble) because she’d accidentally elbowed a younger student while trying to rise from her table. Both she and the student said it was an accident, and no adult was present to witness the event….but they suspended her (after keeping her sequestered in an office for a few hours where they “talked to her about her behavior” She was in tears when I arrived). That day was the day I marched down and handed in a notice that we’d be homeschooling. As you can imagine, I was fed up. By the time we removed her from public school, my daughter had started to loose her hair because of stress. She actually had a bald spot.
Happily, it turned out well. My daughter finished 5th grade a few months ahead of her classmates, got excellent grades, and I got to spend more time one on one with my daughter. She ate better food, slept more, and wasn’t stressed out anymore. The last week we had her in public school she was coming home every day and bawling her eyes out. That didn’t happen the whole rest of the year.
Anyways—time to get back on track. We finished up schooling this week. I cleaned my kitchen (which desperately needed it), and I discovered a pesky leak under my kitchen sink.. which I have to get fixed this upcoming week. With all the plumbing issues my old house has had in the last few months, you can imagine my trepidation.
I’d like to say that I’m planning to read more books this upcoming week (I’d sure like to), but I’m ahead right now, and if I keep reading I’m going to run out of space on my whiteboard. I’ve only got space for another 3 right now. That’s it.
I will most definitely be calling the plumber—because I’m tired of having to mop up water, and hopefully the lack of scheduling space will lead to a cleaner house. (Pfft.. who am I kidding). I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what the week throws at me.
See you at the next Weekend Wrap-Up!