Weekly Recap| Jan 4-10, 2015

Weekly Recap
Weekly Recap

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We will resume our regular blogging schedule on Tuesday!


In Case You Missed It

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


Our Lives This Week

In Asti’s Life…

Hiya! This week has been an… interesting week. It’s been full of highs and lows, but I think that’s to be expected in my current situation. I’ve talked about most of it on my personal blog, so if you really want to know what’s going on in my life head over there and check out the posts I published this week:

Wow, those post titles sound quite sad, don’t they? What can I say, my mind is all over the place! But overall, just so you don’t worry, I’d say this week has been a good one. I’ve had some great conversations with my mom, hung out with a few great friends, received a lot of support from you guys, and spent plenty of time with Dave. Life can’t be that bad when you’re surrounded by such amazing people! ;)

In Kelley’s Life…

This was my first week back at work after two weeks of vacation and it was pretty good. I mean, well, after I was able to quell the panic attacks and such. And it helps that on Wednesday night my sister and I got to see Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman at our favorite local bookshop! The event was SUPER awesome and I connected with several local bookish people — which inspired me to make a new Houston Area YA Author Events calendar so we can all coordinate better!

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The weather has been super cold (for Houston) this week, which I love! Oh, and the kittens outside have been warming up to me, too! I’ve now got Squeakers and the Squeaklings! ^_^ (And I totally confirmed that my neighbor is hiding snacks for them under his BBQ pit — awww!)

Aside from that, I’ve been trying to um… remain calm? I guess it’s time to announce that my husband’s new job means he will be leaving the country for 6 months, and when he returns, we will be moving… somewhere. There are a lot of unknowns right now, so until he leaves (in mid-February), I’m just trying to enjoy the time I have with him and not stress too much. This means I haven’t been reading much so far this year, but eh… books can wait. *deep breaths*


Elsewhere in the blogosphere

Tweet of the Week


On Blogging and Book Reviewing

Blogging Tips
A Blogger’s Life
Blog Design
Reviews and Ratings
Emails and Social Media

On Writing & Publishing

Writing Advice & Tips
Authors on Kickstarter

Things Bookworms Think About

A Reader’s Life
Reading Goals, Read-a-thons, & New Year Reads
Buying, Borrowing, & getting Rid of Books
Author-Related Discussions
Different types of stories
Inside the Books
Bookish Fun

See you on Tuesday!

Asti Kelley

Read 23 comments

  1. I think this awesome list gets longer every week :) Great stuff to share. Thanks for including us. I missed last week’s post but wanted to wish you both a happy new year and hope 2015 is better than you expect it to be. Hang in there – both of you, sounds like you each have a lot of changes and uncertainty.

    • Haha, it definitely feels like it grows each week! Every time I come across a new blog with discussion posts I add it to Feedly. I always think “Okay, surely I have them all now!” but then turn around to find another one hiding in the blogosphere. :P

      Thanks for the warm wishes Julie! I hope 2015 treats you well too <3

  2. @asti, I’ve been following your new blog, but haven’t done any commenting. I just feel so sad for your situation and I can’t imagine how you handle it some days.

    @Kelley, that’s so sweet your neighbour is hiding threats for the cats under his BBQ! Glad to hear they are warming up you again. We had some stromy weather this week, but not really cold. I can’t imagien hwo difficult it must be to know you won’t be seeing your husband for such a long time!

    Thanks for featuring my post! Glad to see some more people are posting discussion posts this week!

    • Thanks for stopping by Lola! :) And no worries about commenting on my personal blog. I don’t actually expect anyone to do since there’s no conversation-starters on the posts or anything. I appreciate you following it though, thanks. It’s a bit of a crazy situation, but having an outlet to write about it all has been helpful.

    • Oh my gosh, those kitties! Last night when I got home from work, I noticed my neighbor’s wife sneaking outside to feed the little ones. I love that we’re a little corner of happiness for the neighborhood kitties! And the little ones are starting to warm up to me too. ^_^

  3. I agree that this is an awesome list and I always appreciate the mention :)

    Asti – I will head over to your personal blog and check it out :) As always, chin up and smile on.

    Kelley – Vacations rock and I hope yours was great. In my area, we have a Facebook group that we called YADC (for YA lovers on the VA, DC, MD area). You have to be approved to belong to the group and that is were we post events and such. Of course, a lot of us have become friends by now.

  4. Asti, I’m glad you’re happy. It’s so motivational to see you overcome the challenges that face you, I wish you the best of luck in the future.

    Kelley, YAY that back to work was a smooth transition and it’s great that you got to meet Amie Kaufman and Meagen Spooner! I haven’t been to a book event yet but I’d love to go to one.

    Thank you for mentioning my post. It’s really an honor and I greatly appreciate it! Love the post, thanks for sharing:D

  5. I’m so glad that this week was a good one, overall, for you Asti. Hugs really do help and I’m going to reach over and give you a big, big virtual one right now. Your personal blog seems to be a fantastic outlet and I hope it continues to help take all the thoughts out of your mind. Plus, I’m always an email away <3

    Kelley, books can definitely wait. Take some time out and enjoy it all, Kelley! Unknowns always are a source of fear for me as well so I know it's tough right now. Hopefully things fall into place soon. AND YOUR BOOKSTORE IS THE COOLEST! I hope you had a lot of fun. I met Amie recently and she's just an absolute sweetheart!

    Have some time to yourselves, ladies! Enjoy the weak, keep safe and healthy. Drink water!

    • Hahaha, my bookstore is definitely the coolest! I LOVE THEM and I’m pretty sure they love me and my sister too. ^_^ We had a blast at the event — I hope they get to come back for future books. And yes, unknowns are like torture for me, lol. I’m trying to learn to tolerate them better — I mean, I kinda have to, lol — so far, it’s helpful for keeping my stress levels lower. :)

  6. Aw thanks for featuring my post! I love these lists, I enjoy finding all these great posts from all around the Blogosphere :)

    @Asti, I read your post on sadness (and will comment more there), but I know exactly what you mean. I am really glad you have these supports though, that helps <3

    @Kelley, I think that is all definitely panic-inducing. I cannot even imagine having to go through such a big change. Hang in there, I really hope everything starts working itself out soon.

    Hope you both have lovely weeks ahead!

  7. Moving out of the country?! Whoa! I wish you and your husband the best of luck on your new journey, Kelley! Also, I love that pic of you in the sweater! I lived in Houston for 8 years and never saw snow so I understand the lack of cold there, though I was never a fan of it when it came around!

    • Well, thankfully we’re not moving out of the country — he’s just going there temporarily for training. But when he comes back, he’ll be placed at a client somewhere in the US (probably NYC, Seattle, Chicago, Austin, or Atlanta).

      I do enjoy the cold weather, when it doesn’t turn into ice or snow, lol. I like bundling up in comfy hoodies and snuggling on the couch with a big blanket and a cup of coffee. ^_^

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