Weekly Recap| Aug 3-9, 2014

Weekly Recap
Weekly Recap

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Our Lives This Week

[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]At the end of last week I was contacted by the Orion publicity department to see if I could cover a work placement opening since the scheduled candidate wasn’t responding to emails. It was quite the internal battle, but I ended up agreeing to it just because I feel like I really should do what I can to keep my name out there so when I start job-hunting in October I have a slightly better chance of getting something. So yeah, I spent a majority of my week traveling three hours a day to and from my work placement where I would make showcards, research blogs, and do mailings. Fun stuff!

Oh yea, that also happened. I was wandering around after work and messaged Dave that he should marry me, and he said he will/do. It was a sweet moment, but I couldn’t believe people thought it was real when I posted it online! I feel like engagement proposals over text are the same as breaking up over texts. If you can do it in person, you should do it in person. It loses it’s intimacy and its overall impact through a mediated system. So no, I hope Dave never proposes to me via text! I much rather have it done in person. (Oh, and for him to do it. Not for me to instigate it, haha.)[/stextbox]

[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]Midway through the past week I got a call from my doctor’s office letting me know that I’d basically been kicked out of the clinical trial because the people who are orchestrating the whole thing can’t make up their minds… However annoying, this was actually a bit of a relief to me, because it means I was able to start back on my narcolepsy meds and I won’t have to go through three more sleep studies that I was secretly dreading!

The rest of my week passed in a sort of blur. I feel like I’ve been busy almost every evening lately, with book events and other activities. I’m looking forward to going back to my normal self, which means I can be more awake and have more time to reading and fun things! (And hopefully next week I’ll be more interesting here!)[/stextbox]

Elsewhere in the blogosphere

Tweet of the Week

On Blogging and Book Reviewing

Blogging Tips
Reviewing & Rating
A Blogger’s (or Vlogger’s) Life

On Writing

Things Bookworms Think About

Genre Discussions
the books
A Reader’s Life
acquiring books
Lists & Recommendations
Hot Topics
Bookish Fun


Random, Awesome Things
Videos of the Week

So, how was your week?

Asti Kelley

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  1. I’m glad things can get back to normal for you Kelley, you really weren’t enjoying those tests so good luck getting back on track and aww Asti, those texts were cute, it really highlights just how you and David compliment one another, but when actual wedding bells start ringing, I expect to know! Thank you girls for linking me, as always, it’s wonderful to see me in the list with so many other fantastic post, I really appreciate it :)

  2. Whenever I see these posts I internally sigh because I NOW HAVE SO MANY TABS OPEN IT’S RIDICULOUS and my interent browser is terrible at even keeping open more than two tabs without freezing/breaking down so now I’m nervous my window is going to shut down BEFORE I’VE READ THEM ALL. *panics*. But – YAY TO ALL THE AWESOME POSTS and how do you find/choose all these?! Especially the tweet of the week, I <3 them.

    • Hahahaha, well the good thing is that if your browser crashes, you can always come back here and find the links again! :D I’m so glad you enjoy all of these things we collect and share every week (including the tweets!). :)

      I’m not sure how Asti finds/chooses hers, but the ones I contribute are a combination of things I see in the blogs I subscribe to, things I see on twitter/FB, and just random stuff I happen upon (my husband finds some great stuff, too).

    • Haha, Kelley does all the fun contributions. (Well, not fun, but more of the random stuff. She does regular blog discussion posts too, but not as much as me.) For me, I literally follow like 200 blogs (if not more) on Feedly. Every time I find a blog that does discussions, I add it. And then each morning I go through all the articles and any discussion posts I see I save to add to the recap! Easy as that. I used to try commenting on all of them as well, but I definitely don’t have the time for that (especially since I link to so many) so just doing the link is my attempt to share the love!

  3. It’s been so long since I’ve commented on your blog even though I read your posts everyday so let’s see how long I can make this rant. Asti, YAY FOR THE PLACEMENT! The 3 hour commute is probably not fun but hey, at least you get reading time! There seems to be more pros than cons to accepting the job placement so I’m glad you ended up accepting it.

    Kelley, I’m sorry that the clinical trial didn’t work out but hey, you seem glad that it’s over! I know what you mean about being busy, I haven’t been busy so much this week but next weekend onwards, I am so busy that it’s sorta giving me anxiety about what I have to do, who I’ll meet, etc.

    In response to your question, my week has been filled with bookish things. Reading, blogging and work (but work is in a library so it kinda counts as something bookish?). I’m mostly just anxious for August to be over because that’s when I start school again and I AM TOO ANXIOUS ABOUT IT.

    OK this was a semi-long comment so I’m just going to exit dramatically now. *fades into the shadows*

    • I know how you feel, Shelly. There are so many blogs I love and read daily, but I hardly ever have the time to comment anymore (thank goodness for twitter, so I can still converse with everyone! <3). And yeah, honestly, I'm glad the trial ended early, and that it really wasn't my fault, so that way I feel like I contributed something, and I still paid for my contribution!

      Why are you so anxious about school? You're excited for it to start again, or nervous about it?!

    • Haha, how long you can make this rant? Was this a rant? Why would our recap move you to ranting? Noooooooooo!

      Yes, there are definitely more pros than cons when it comes to doing a placement. I think my biggest struggle is just being lazy ;) Still, I’m glad I did it.

      And ooh school! Why are you so anxious about it? Hopefully good anxious and not bad! I’m anxious for August to be over because my parents will be coming to London to visit! YAY! Should be a good time :)

  4. 3 hours a day of travel doesn’t sound particularly fun, Asti. I hope it pays off with a good job, though! And Kelley, glad you don’t have to do any more sleep studies. Buying whole series…well, at least they look awesome on the shelf, right?!!
    I’ve been absolutely blown off my feet this week with 24/7 nannying plus writing edits and gaaaah. SO behind on all my blogging right now. But that is okay. A change in scenery is good. ^_^ Back into returning comments. lol!

    • No, three hours of travel a day definitely isn’t fun! But yes, hopefully it does help me out in the long-run :)

      Ooh sounds like you’ve been super busy as well! I agree though, sometimes it’s nice to change things up. But eek, you practically run the blog on your own so hopefully you’re not too stressed about the lack of time! You’re a superstar!

    • Haha, you know, the reason I am buying whole series is because Garth Nix and Scott Westerfeld are coming to town in October and I figured it was a good and rare opportunity to get the whole series signed at once! I’ve already got Leviathan, and I’d been wanting to read the Abhorsen series for a while now, so… maybe I was just looking for an excuse to buy the books, lol.

      Wow, 24/7 nannying? You are a braver woman than I! I hope you’ll get some time to yourself soon. :)

    • I don’t have any inside scoop that’s helpful here! The book they were looking to do a tour for was a sewing home decor book. So it pretty much is teaching people how to sew nice things for their home, in an accessible manner. So really, I was just asked to look for blogs that might be interested in it that were in the UK (so craft/home decor blogs). And they’re actually pretty hard to find! Most craft blogs like that seem to not last more than a year or so, so many hadn’t posted in forever. The only other thing I looked at then, besides whether or not the blog was still active and if it was in the UK/would be appropriate for book, was if the blog used social media. They seemed to want to work with blogs who aren’t just limited to their blogs. But that’s about it!

  5. Thanks for including our link :) I enjoy visiting some of the blogs you have listed here, and do come up with new sites to follow. But I just can’t visit everyone you linked because OMG that’s a lot of awesome in one place hehe.

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