Weekly Recap| Mar 16-22, 2014

Weekly Recap
Weekly Recap

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[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]Well, what to say about my week? I guess I can start by saying: “NO MORE CLASSES!” Yippee! But it’s funny because I feel like this has caused me more stress than happiness. I’m glad I don’t have to get up and go to lectures or seminars anymore, and that all my presentations are accounted for. But I’m still not done. I still have five big assessments due between April and May, and on top of that I need to be working on my dissertation. AND I also plan on completing work placements. AND I’ll be going home to visit my family. So on the one hand I’m just stressed because there’s so much to do!

The other thing that has been freaking me out lately? Knowing that classes are over means that I’m one step closer to having my Visa expire. It’s one step closer to that pivotal time period where I have to do my best to find a job or else go back home to the States. It’s one step closer to this big unknown that makes me incredibly anxious and overwhelmed. Where will I be next year? What will this do to my relationship with Dave? What will this do to my relationship back at home? What if I can’t figure things out? My mind is just racing with so many thoughts right now, and it’s incredibly stressful.

So yeah, my week hasn’t been too amazing. Oh but wait! There is one thing that has been somewhat exciting: Bookish Games: Divergent Edition sign ups have gone live! I’ve had this game planned for quite a while so I’m super excited to see how it all pans out. That’s one good thing. :)[/stextbox]

[stextbox id=”leanne2″ caption=”Leanne” collapsing=”true”]So, I totally spent most of my free time (and even a little more time beyond that I shouldn’t have) finishing up the Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson. I believe I mentioned last week that I was so in love with book 1 before I was even 100 pages in, that I put the other two books on hold from the library immediately and bought all the novellas. When my days off rolled around this week, I spent most of one of them on the couch, refusing to move until I’d finished the last book! As you can see, I only posted once this week, because I was just too sucked into that world to bring my head out of it. Gosh, you guys, if you haven’t read that series YOU NEED TO. But wait until you can put aside some serious time for it. ;)

But other than channeling most of my waking free time in that series, not too much went on! My dad did drop by for his usual bi-monthly out-of-state visit and we had a grand time acting like kids and taking pictures of things. There may be a Photo Field Trip from that soon. ^_^[/stextbox]

[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]This week was a interesting mix of excitement and frustration. I started a new medication that is supposed to help with some of my narcolepsy symptoms, but instead it seems to be making them worse. This means I’ve been operating on a very low frequency, barely functional. I’m not even sure how I’ve made it home from work safely every day. It’s been… not fun.


But the excitement?! I’m pretty sure my co-workers are starting to resent me for getting presents in the mail every day, haha! Remember last week when I went to see Brandon Sanderson and then found out I won an audiobook of Words of Radiance? It already came in the mail — and with some cute little Tor.com buttons! I also won that super sweet swag giveaway for The Lady Thief, so I’ve got a bunch of bookmarks, stickers, and a freaking awesome sword necklace! No pictures yet, sorry. I’ve been too distracted by my…

…brand new computer! Which, yes, also arrived at my office this week. The sad thing is that I got it home, then passed out for two hours before I could even think about opening the box. So far, I love it, and now I can do things like play Wildstar Online! >_> OH! And then Saturday I went to see Divergent with my sister and her friend; our little tradition for YA book-to-movies. It was a blast, as usual.[/stextbox]

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  1. I freaking like all the categories you guys have just FYI. Cause depending on what I’m in the mood to read you seem to have it plenty of the bases covered with all the sweet posts you guys link up!

    psssst I love getting stuff in the mail too. When my mom was visiting she was continuously commenting on how I got nothing but books every day. Better than bills I say!

  2. SOOO wish I could join the Bookish Games, because I really liked Divergent! But I hope everyone who signed up has fun, because it’d be really interesting to see what special powers there will be this time round. :D

    Asti: No more… classes? CAN WE SWITCH PLACES PLEASE. But then, seeing how busy you actually are, even without classes, maybe not. It’s a wonder you’re able to cope with so many things going on! Don’t deny it, Asti, you’re a supergirl. ;) Anyway, all the best with figuring out what to do in the next chapter of your life. It’s stressful, for sure, but I have full confidence that you’ll pull through and make the best decision. (< More pressure on you, hahaha.)

    Leanne: I've heard so much about Rae Carson's Girl of Fire and Thorns series, but not all of them were good reviews. So I'm not quite sure who to believe now even though the first book sounds badass as heck. Plus, I have a TON of books on my shelf waiting to be read, and I don't really have the time to get fully absorbed in a book right now. Looks like it'll have to wait! Really glad you enjoyed it so much, though. :D

    Kelley: I know what it feels like to be constantly tired, but probably not to your level of tiredness, so all I can say is that I'm sorry you had such a horrible week! I'm just wondering — what are you planning to do about the medication now? I mean, it doesn't seem to be helping, does it? Anyway, drive safely and I hope things get better soon, so don't stress yourself out too much. Luckily you had some awesome things in the mail to make your week slightly better though, right? ;) I still haven't read anything by Sanderson, but I did try out a few pages of Steelheart a couple of weeks ago. I wasn't… too impressed. :/ But it's still great to receive things in the mail, especially a brand spanking new laptop! What brand is it? Also, how was Divergent?! It's been getting a lot of mixed reviews from critics, but I still have high hopes with Kate Winslet in it, hehe.

    Anyway, sorry for the long comment! It's been a while, so it was great to catch up with you guys. Have a great week!

    • Dude, Meg. I’ve seen some bad reviews for the Fire and Thorns series too but I totally don’t agree with them. Well, mostly I saw the bad ones about Elisa’s beginning weight, and for that I have a link I was saving for my review but I’ll share now: http://greenwillowblog.com/?p=4757 Being someone that has had weight issues my whole life myself, I can completely empathize with how much it would be on Elisa’s mind, and how much it would affect her life, her ability to perform simple actions, and how others perceive her. She does gain confidence in tandem to slimming down BUT that’s not the cause of it – she figures out how to come into her own as a Godstone bearer and a ruler, essentially, and the rest is just bonus. So give it a chance! You’ll freakin love it. There are so many strong and clever women… and omg Hector. o_o Honestly they just keep getting better as the series goes on so I really can’t say enough good about them. I haven’t been that enthralled all the way through since reading The Hunger Games, and I like these characters even more than those.

      As for Steelheart, it may take a little bit for you to get into that one. I was hooked early on but not in the very beginning myself, but I had to stick it out cause superheroes!

      Don’t you dare apologize for long comments! You know we love them. :D

    • Awww, Meg, it’s so nice to hear from you! *hugs* As for the meds, I’ve just stopped taking them. I need to talk to my doctor about it, but for now, I’ve just ditched them and I feel SO much better.

      LOL at not being impressed by Steelheart! That one definitely takes a little bit to get into — or at least, it did for me. Same with The Rithmatists, but that one hooked me a lot sooner. My new computer is actually a mammoth desktop from iBuyPower.com! They make awesome custom gaming PCs. :D

      Divergent was AWESOME! I was surprised by how much I loved it, and how much it kind of triggered a nostalgia in me, reminding me how much I loved that book when I first read it. I did have two complaints. One was that I wish they had shown Peter’s evil a bit more, but I realize they were trying to squeeze a LOT of stuff into that movie. My other complaint is that Al, Peter, and Will all looked EXACTLY THE SAME and I couldn’t tell them apart! I don’t understand why they chose actors who looked so similar for those parts. It was frustrating and confusing.

  3. Aahh! I’m so envious of Kelley, and I just have a feeling all of those are US only. Tell me when there’s an international giveaway, Kelley? And oooh, Divergent. Definitely not worth watching at the cinema. It’s absolutely amazing how Shailene Woodley has managed to gain my hate because she didn’t fit the role of Hazel and how everyone’s hyping over her.

    And Asti, your whole course was just two years? WHUT And I hope things do work out with you and Dave. and I hope that you get all your things done. I definitely have some things on my plate that’s making me busy because of the internship, but I hope I won’t regret it!

    Leanne, I remember hearing about that series, and I did read one review, and the reviewer was annoyed by how useless the character was, always complaining about how fat she was. But if you say it’s good . . .

    • Shannelle, I replied in part to Megan above about the weight thing. But also OMG HOW CAN THEY SAY SHE’S USELESS?! I won’t spoil anything by listing off all the freaking amazing stuff she ends up doing, but omg. She’s a total badass, as are most of the other women in that series. I would strongly urge you to give it a chance! I don’t get this hyped up over series very often so I don’t even know how to move past flailing and praising it. I would be completely unable to review it til I have time to let it sit haha.

    • No, not two years. One year. I started classes in September and they end now in March (though assessments are still due until April). And then I have to hand in my dissertation by this September. So a Master’s degree in one year. But, I think that’s typical over here. Bachelor’s degrees here are usually three years.

      Good luck on your internship! :)

    • You know, I really didn’t notice if the giveaways I won were US-only or not. Do you subscribe to Christina Reads YA? In her weekly recaps, she always lists a TON of giveaways, and makes note on if they’re US/INT/etc!

      I actually really enjoyed the Divergent movie — way more than I expected to. When I first saw she was chosen for Tris, I was really not liking her in that role, but she ended up really turning me around when I saw the movie! I’m still not sure how I feel about her and the guy they’ve chosen for Augustus in the TFiOS movie, but I guess I’ll have to reserve judgement until I see the film.

  4. I love your weekly link posts It gives me a chance to read stuff I might never normally read myself. I work such long hours that sometimes I flick past blog posts on my feed without really reading them just because they don’t initially catch my attention, or they’re too wordy for me to bother reading them. SO these weekly links give me a chance to catch up when I have a bit more time.

    I wouldn’t want you to get rid of any section of it. I may not always fancy reading or watching everything linked, but there is always something that catches my eye. You have something for everyone and I’d hate for you to get rid of anything.

  5. My week was pretty crappy really. Well, most of it was good but then one of my close cousins had a brain aneurysm, so it was super scary. She is awake and talking now though, just in a lot of pain. But she’s going to be okay. So the week ended good. I have had a couple nights of getting very little sleep and it has snowed twice since the 20th, including on it. Thanks spring! We are supposed to get 20-25cm on Wednesday this week too.. like wtf nature!

    This week is Kailyn’s birthday, she’ll be 3 on Friday and we are having her party Sunday. I can’t believe she’s 3 already!

    As for your question, I like most of your links..lol They are good for browsing through when I’m pinned down with a baby. :) There are so many that I can usually find something I’m in the mood for.

    Sounds like you all had busy-ish weeks. Yay for no more classes for you Asti! Yay for wasting free time reading Leanne! (but is it really wasting time when you’re reading something so awesome??) And yay for a new computer Kelley! I forgot that I had WildStar Beta this weekend again… whoops!

    • Yikes! That’s scary about the brain aneurysm. I’m so happy for you that your cousin will be okay!

      Ewww snow. I actually find it quite weird here because it has not snowed once! It has rained quite a bit (typical London), but the only time I’ve seen snow this past Winter is when I went home for Winter break. I’m curious if it will still be snowing back home when I go to visit in May. You never know with this crazy weather!

      Aww, happy early birthday to Kailyn! It is crazy how quickly they grow up. I mean, my nephew will only be turning one this year but even that seems like it’s too soon (especially since I’ve been in a different country for most of it)!

      • I’m very glad she is okay. We still aren’t sure how much damage was caused, but she is awake, eating and talking. She just has a bit of pain behind her eye but it could have been so much worse. So much.

        As for the snow, I would rather have rain any day. You at least don’t have to shovel rain, and if it’s raining, it’s too warm for snow.. right?..lol

        Also, I just realised that James is two months old today.. I can’t even believe it!

    • OMG I’m so glad your cousin is okay! My co-worker’s mom had a brain aneurysm a few years ago — and my officemate had one (or something similar) last year. It’s so scary! :[

      I can’t believe you guys are still getting snow, although I’m not sure why that surprises me. I think I’m just jealous because it’s already getting hot here. :(

  6. Asti – I’m crossing all my fingers and toes (or well trying to) for you! And really those UK publishers would have to be mad to not snach you up as soon as you graduated (and I don’t think they are :)

    Leanne – Photo Field Trip post!! Yay.

    Kelley – :( Hope you find the right medication soon. But yay for the new computer and winning so many awesome stuff :)

    *goes to check out ALL the links*

  7. Another great recap! Man, sounds like all of you have some poo going on in life :/ I get your stress just through your recaps here!!
    So hate to mention this and maybe its just me, but, in the first section under reviews, two of the links are the same. One for Alise and one for Lauren take me to the smae page. Sorry if I’m just crazy :/
    I hope your, for all of you, that you have a GREAT week next week!!!

  8. Omg, Maggie is the best! I giggled pretty hard. SCIENCE! I follow sciencedaily.com. They are awesome. =) One of my favorite stories… behind the emotional Big Bang video was about Iron Fertilization! <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140321095502.htm&quot;

    I really need to check and see if I will enjoy reading The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I put it back on the shelf after I read some pretty harsh reviews… but I’m still curious.

    • LOL I know, Maggie is so funny! What’s with that face she was making the WHOLE TIME in that video?! I definitely recommend forming your own opinion about The Girl of Fire and Thorns. A lot of people have strong opinions on a lot of books, but I’ve learned that usually I have to figure out for myself how I feel about them! I hope you end up liking it, though!

    • Oh yay! I’m so glad you like the science stuff, Makaela! That’s one of the few things I regularly contribute every week. ^_^ I follow sciencedaily.com as well but usually don’t link to those here, and only include the more “fun” stuff. Dang it looks like that Iron Fertilization link isn’t working anymore but I’m definitely going to Google it as soon as I get a chance. It sounds interesting!

      I’ve seen several people put off by bad reviews of The Girl of Fire and Thorns and I have to say… really, pick it up and try it out for yourself. The vibe that negative reviewers were getting from it is one I didn’t get at all, so I enjoyed it immensely. I guess I need to hurry up and put a review out there to help sway people toward giving it a chance, huh? :)

  9. Thank you for the link up! :D

    Also ugh, visas. VISAS I HATE THEM WITH A PASSION. :| Do they have a post-grad job search kind of visa that you can get, Asti? One that you can get since you finished your course, but don’t have an existing job offer yet or something like that.

  10. I like the link storms that deal with discussions on blogging and such. I don’t read the books many of those blogs write about, so I don’t tend to follow them. But when they have discussions, well I want in.

    • You’re very welcome, Alice! Haha you and me both with the commenting. Gosh I don’t know how I’m ever going to catch up with all the great comments I get, at least not until summer or something when I should have more free time. (Not that I’m complaining. ;))

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