Week 6 Recap: Major Readathon Fail + a Summer Cold? NOOOO!!!

UGGGGGHHHHHHH. I’m internally dying a little bit. It’s been several, several months since I’ve been sick. Basically, since November/December; you know, the TYPICAL time to get a cold. Not in flipping summer, when it’s super weird to have a cold in the middle of the hottest part of the year! (I’m totally blaming it on my runny-nosed kids at work!!!)

This week has certainly been a rollercoaster*

*pun intended…

Because on Wednesday, I went to Kings Island!

The view from atop the Eiffel Tower!

That big coaster smack dab in the middle? Yeah, that’s one of the newest attractions, called ‘The Banshee’ — a flipping banshee screams at the top of the hill, it’s awesome! It’s one of those feet-dangling rides, too. I rode that twice, mostly because it was a quick 5-minute wait both times! While the parking lot seemed pretty packed, we surprisingly didn’t have to wait any longer than 30 minutes in any of the lines. 

I did have a lot of fun, but a sore throat ruined some of the amazingness, plus also being super tired by 5pm. We still until closing (8pm) and I was knocked out probably 10-15 minutes into the ride home. My Fitbit recorded circa 14,500 steps for the day (about 6 miles)! I definitely felt it the next morning, too. So much so that I went into work a little later. Body aches + throat aches = can’t deal with the kiddos. Luckily, I started to feel better and successfully worked about 5½ hours.

DEAR READER: Do you like amusement parks/rollercoasters? And have you suffered a summer cold yet this year? (I’m still so UGH about it, *sniff sniff*)

With the good…comes the bad…

My grandmother — on my dad’s side — passed away on Tuesday around 2pm. I went to her viewing earlier today, to say my goodbyes. It was rough… I don’t do too well at funerals. But without touching too much on this subject, I just want to say that I’m glad she’s not in pain anymore, as much as we’ll miss her here with us. She was spunky, sassy, and a goofball. I’ll miss her very much.

And then there’s the other ‘not-as-bad-but-still-gloomy’… I’ve been having some bad dreams. One got so bad last night that I woke up crying. I mentioned in a previous post (July ’17 Recap + Hello August!) that earlier this year, I had my first miscarriage. I’m in a better place now than I was months ago, but the day that I was supposed to have him/her is getting very close. And as it gets closer, it’s like I just can’t help but think about it. I’d anticipated that, though. I knew, without much doubt, that this month would probably be just as hard as the first couple of months after the fact. With some fortune, though, there are plenty of events this month that are keeping me busy, for which I am grateful.

Make-Me-Read-It Readathon and how I am pretty much an astronomical failure…

Well…that was a dud of a readathon, if I do say so myself (which I do). I asked all you lovely readers to vote on which books you wanted me to read for this thing, and dang it all, I only read ONE BOOK, and a couple chapters of another. Although I prepared for my shortcoming of being a somewhat slow reader (plus also being an adult who works 40+ hours a week), I didn’t think I’d fail this miserably. But alas… only about 400 pages have been read. *sobs* Stop looking at me like that, I’m already ashamed!

I did read — AND LOVE — Three Dark Crowns, so at least something good came of this. I just started Stalking Jack the Ripper late last night, and although the readathon is almost over, I will still read the books in order that my readers voted on. I will follow through!

DEAR READER: Did you participate in this readathon? I bet you did better than me, didn’t you?!

There was nothing bought (hello ban!) but I read these…

Click on images for a link to Goodreads! I devoured Three Dark Crowns this week for my readathon! (“Devoured” for me = it only took me 5 days to read.) I read when I could, which isn’t a whole heck of a lot because JOB, and ADULTING. I can’t wait to review this one, though, and to also read One Dark Crown when it is published! I was up past midnight last night, and decided to go ahead and start Stalking Jack the Ripper, which was the second-most voted book for my readathon. I can’t form a sound opinion just yet, as I am only on chapter two. All I know is that lots of people love it! I hope I do, too.

DEAR READER: Tell me about what you read this week! And have you read these books before?

And here’s the section where I talk about tv shows Game of Thrones…

It’s been six days and I am still anxiety-ridden over that last scene! I mean, no wonder why that was the shortest episode yet this season — there budget is only so high, I’m sure, and there was so. much. fire.

Short episode + no major character death in a long time = uneasiness. But that battle has been a long time coming! I was so, so happy. #wordscannotexpress

And now that we’re halfway through the season, I would just like to apologize in advance for the hollow carcass I’m going to become until season 8 airs.

I only blogged once this week? Oops…

I guess that’ll happen sometimes. Sometimes quality content like this doesn’t just come on a whim1. I have to work at it.

But I got my review of Roar out there! I hope you’ll go give it a skim.

1Crazy, I know…

I’m linking up with these memes: The Sunday Post // Stacking the Shelves

Rosie wants dinner, so she is about to go make herself some yums before hanging out with some friends from work tonight (because ain’t no summer cold gonna hold her back from having fun!) Some mandatory hammock time will also take place before the night is over. She is currently complaining that her legs don’t work because it was leg day at the gym this morning, and she also hasn’t had a proper meal today, so food is explicitly on her mind.


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  1. I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother! It’s tough especially if you were close, but it’s good she’s not in pain anymore. I have no idea what it’s like to experience a miscarriage, but I can imagine coming up on the time when the baby was to be born would be heartbreaking. Hope you have some positive things to distract you. A summer cold sucks! This last cold season October through January I’ve never been so sick! I got bronchitis 3 times, flu and colds. I was sick 6 different times, so the mention of a cold sends me into a panic! I had to stay out of a half-marathon I signed up for and one of the times I got bronchitis was while on vacation in France! Thankfully, there pharmacists have greater freedom and they were able to prescribe some good stuff to get rid of it quickly!

    Anyhow, Stalking Jack the Ripper sounds good! I love mysteries. I still haven’t started watching Game of Thrones, which to be honest intimidates the hell out of me with all the deaths!

    Hope you had a nice dinner, and quality hammock time!

    1. I hope the rest of August is good to me, sigh. The next couple of weekends will definitely keep me busy, though, and I’m lucky to have such strong friendships in my place of employment that will help me through this time <3

      YIKES! Those were definitely a rough couple of months for you! I'm so sorry you had to be sick on vacation.. D: At least they could help you get rid of it relatively fast!

      I got a few chapters in at the gym today while doing some cardio -- I'm getting ready to go read some more while on my hammock! It's such a nice day out, I've got to enjoy it. Thank you, and hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! 😀

  2. Sorry to hear about your grandmother.

    I hope you feel better, Everyone at my house has been fighting a summer cold, and now the kids will start school so they will bring home all kinds of germs again. They cycle will start all over again.

    Have a great week.

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    1. Ahhh, the beauty of back to school!!! I love this time of the year, as it starts to get cooler and leaves start to change, but it always seems to bring sickness with it. Ugh. Here’s to hoping we’re immune this year… hope your week is going well!

  3. Aw. So much tough stuff! Sorry about your loss, both your grandmother and… the other one. I hope reading helps with the tough times! Reading and those rollercoasters. Weirdly enough though, I seem to be getting an awful cold at least every second year during the warm season. It’s a way to reset, I think? After that I feel much stronger somehow. But of course it sucks. So just hang in there!
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    1. I’m hangin’! I seem to be doing much better this week, except still having a slightly stuffy nose. But if that’s the extent, I won’t complain (too much!) Thank you, reading definitely helps me escape for a little while. This weekend I’ve got a family reunion coming up and also seeing my cousin, who is in town from the military, so I’ve got some things to look forward to to keep me occupied. 🙂

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