Weekly Recap| Apr 19-25, 2015

Weekly Recap
Weekly Recap

News & Updates at Oh, the Books!

In Case You Missed It

Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.

Also: Kelley stopped by Fantasy Cafe to discuss SFF covers for women authors.

Our Lives This Week

In Asti’s Life…

There’s not a whole lot to report this week, but I guess that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

I think the biggest news is that I do have a job now, even if it’s not necessarily what I was aiming for when I moved back to the States. I ended up reapplying for a part-time retail job I had before I studied abroad and the company seems pretty happy to have me back. (What can I say, I’m a hard worker.) I’ll be throwing myself back into the job on Monday and look forward to seeing how much I remember. Hopefully it’s like getting back on a bike because I think they’re ready for me to go, go, go.

Mad, Alaskan MalamuteBut, really, if I’m honest, the actual big news for this week is that I taught my dog a new trick. Mad is… ten years old? Something like that. And while he’s an absolutely beautiful dog, he’s always seemed dumber than a box of rocks (especially when compared to our other beautiful dog, Tasha). Well, I got it in my head last week that I was going to teach him how to “shake” (lift up his paw and put it in my hand), since Tasha has been able to do it for years (see what unemployment has done to me?). After listening to my mom laugh at me for taking on such an impossible task, I spent the next week trying different strategies to get him to shake his paw (have Tasha demonstrate, give him a treat whenever he shifted as if to lift his paw, shake his paw and give him a treat at the same time, etc.). The whole thing seemed quite hopeless, day after day of him just staring at me like I was stupid for not giving him his treat, when suddenly, HE GAVE ME HIS PAW ON COMMAND! And it wasn’t like he just did it the once and then forgot. No. It was like the damn dog knew he could do it the whole time and finally decided to give in to my shake-demanding ways so he wouldn’t have to deal with me anymore. But who cares?! I taught him a new trick and it was the most excited I’ve been about anything in a long, long time.

It’s a good thing I’ll be getting out of the house this week…

In Kelley’s Life…

It’s been an interesting week for me. I had a change of pace at work, where I spent the entire week working on a project that involved learning a lot of new things. It was challenging, and sometimes frustrating, but also very rewarding! Aside from that, I engaged in a fair bit of shenanigans in regards to my sister’s birthday (which was Friday). I offered to a cake from her favorite bakery, but she didn’t seem to like the idea of me possibly putting “Magan Bagan” on it or anything, so I kept that part relatively… normal.

Birthday cards for my sister! She just HAS to be in the middle when we video chat! My awesome new D&D t-shirt and haircut!

But I wanted to do SOMETHING special and different, since this is a significant birthday for her! Sooo… I got a wonderful idea from a friend, and I set out to send Megan more than one card for her birthday. In fact, I sent her the same number of cards as years that she’s now been alive. It was a fun project, although my hand was pretty sore by the end of it. But I had a lot of fun picking out all the different cards and writing fun, sweet, special, silly, etc. messages inside of them. ^_^

Aside from that, my time has been split between reading, video chatting with my husband, and trying to get my cat’s shedding under control (let me introduce you to my new best friend). Yay for actually having some free time!

Elsewhere in the blogosphere

Tweet of the Week


On Blogging and Book Reviewing

Blogging Tips and Tricks
Rating, Reviews, and ARCs
A Blogger’s Life

On Writing

Things Bookworms Think About

A Reader’s Life
Books and School
Buying, Borrowing, Lending, Recycling
Discussing Genre & YA
Inside the Books
Book Features
Lists & Recommendations
Series and Cliffhangers
Bookish Fun

So, how was your week?

Asti Kelley


Read 7 comments

  1. @Asti that’s so awesome you tought yout dog a new trick! He’s a beautiullf dog! I always wish I could teach our rats a few tricks, they seem to recognize our voices, but that’s about it. Ah well they have fun.
    And yay for having a job, even though it might not be the best job, you can always keep looking.

    @ Kelley, That idea of sneding multipel cards is awesome. Will have to keep that in mind next time I want to do something special for someone’s birthday. I guess your sister was really susprised when she received so many cards!

    Thanks for linking to my post!

  2. Oh Asti, I’m laughing because like Mad, Frodo was a gorgeous dog, but he was sooooooo dumb. I loved him regardless of the fact that he could do no tricks. Well, outside of “get the kiity”… I hope you enjoy getting back to work. At least it’s something for now, right?

    Kelley, I love the idea of sending a stack of cards. It’s pretty neat, but I’m sure my hand would get tired as well. I hope the shedding is under control soon!

  3. I hope it’ll be fun heading back to work (eh…lol maybe not haha). Jobs are so hard to find nowadays but I’m glad you snagged one! AND HEY HEY! NEW TRICK HUH? Your dog is SO CUTE AHHH

    The card idea is FANTASTIC, KELLEY! I may have to take a page out of your book one day. It sounds like an absolutely amazing gift idea!

    Have a good week, you too! Have fun in the sun (that sounds so cheesy haha) GO ON A BIKE RIDE OR SOMETHING :D

  4. Yay for animals! I’m glad you guys are having a pretty good week so far. Asti I wish you luck with your (old) job. Hey at least it’s a job hahah. And Kelley. CAT. I WANT CAT.

    Thanks for all the links as usual :)

  5. In addition to our usual cute kitty pic, we also got a pretty pup pic this week! Yay! And I think I’m going to have to check out that Furminator, Kelley. My cat is a crazy shedder.

    Thanks for including my link!

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