The Sunday Post #208


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  • It was a pretty uneventful week. And it also marked two full months of isolating and working from home. To be honest, it really hasn't been bad. As The Husband joked yesterday, I've been training for this all my life (i.e. total homebody).
  • My city's mayor rescinded the work from home order this week. The CEO of my company has chosen to extend our company-wide WFH order for another two weeks, just to be safe. He's also allowing those who don't feel quite ready to return on June 1 an additional two weeks of WFH time. So by June 15 everyone should be back in my office. It's going to be a strange adjustment.
  • This is what made me smile this week. These two little guys getting such belly laughs from orange soda does my heart good. :)
  • This week's 80's music fix is Hourglass by Squeeze. Fun Fact: The Husband loves this song and and likes to belt out the chorus - he knows every word. :)
WHAT I COMPLETED IN THE LAST WEEK:
WHAT I'M CURRENTLY READING: 
    
     

Reading:
I felt like I wasn't making a lot of headway on Rage and Ruin so I checked the page count on GoodReads. No wonder... this sucker is 600 pages! But I'm at the 80% mark and I'm already nervous for a big final showdown. Ack!

Listening:
(nominee for Most Boring Cover Ever award)

PHYSICAL BOOKS:



KINDLE BOOKS:

    







How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
I'd love to hear about it!

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  1. Training you whole life for lockdown? I'm the same, but it was an adjustment spending so much time at home. I kind of wish I'd been at my mom's when it all happened because I think I wouldn't have minded lockdown so much then but as a whole it wasn't too much of an adjustment. It actually feels kind of normal.

    OMG, that video of those kids! Never seen children enjoy drinking Lucozade so much. It put a smile on my face so thank you.

    Hope the end of the work from order goes well, it's weird to be nervous about returning to elements of normal life like going to work, even if it won't be exactly the same. But I suppose that's just one of the changes which will come from this.

    Hope you have a good week.

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    1. Too bad the timing was like it was. Lockdown with others wouldn't have been as jarring, I'm sure.

      It'll be interesting to see what's changed when going back to the office. FNo in-person meetings, I am sure. No lunches in break rooms. Many changes to come.

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  2. It's always good to be able to delight in the little things, like those kids. It's going to be weird going back to work. I would think the offices would need to be reconfigured before we can go back. I have a feeling we will be wearing masks in public for the rest of the year, and will have to maintain social distance too. Strange days ahead. Squeeze will forever be "Black Coffee in Bed" for me. Loved that song!

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    1. I think so, too, Sam. I don't see social distancing going away any time soon. Or at least it won't for me. The thought of being close to people now is just a hard NO. Love "Black Coffee in Bed." I remember the video being played so often back in the early days on MTV. :)

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  3. I am a huge homebody myself. I do go to work everyday but only 4 people work in the building so I feel pretty safe with it. I don't miss going to eat or shopping since I didn't do a lot of that anyway. I am glad your company is giving you some extra time before you need to go back to the office. I am not sure how I would feel about going into an office with a lot of people. I didn't think I would know the song this week but as soon as he started singing I remembered it. I hope you have a great week, Tanya!

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    1. Only 4 people in the building doesn't sound like cause for concern. That's reassuring. There are probably 300+ in my office but the area where I am is separate with only 4 of us - and very limited traffic. Not many have cause to be in there. So I'm not overly concerned... but it will still be strange to go back.

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  4. Thank you for reminding me to take in the simple things. God Bless.
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  5. I keep laughing at your totally random! I try not to eavesdrop, I do, but sometimes it's hard not to and I like to have as much info to form an opinion as possible, lol.

    It's cool that your company is giving people up to the middle of June to return. I find it so strange when the world is opening back up again despite the infection rate barely (if at all) being under control. It's a balancing act between infection and the economy - I know - but it still doesn't sit quite right... My company isn't bringing any of us back yet. In another couple of weeks, they're talking about having about 15% capacity on sites with people booking time in office almost on a rota. It's going to be so strange.

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    1. Absolutely! We have to know whose side to take. LOL

      I agree, Nicci. It seems like such a rush to reopen business and return to normal when infections are barely under control. It's like, "oh there were two days of decline in a row - let's reopen everything!" It's concerning, to say the least.

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  6. That clip with the kids and the orange soda cracked me up this week too, lol. I don't know how much longer we'll be working from home but I think I'm going to really struggle when it's time to go back. I'm a homebody all the way so in a way, this has been my dream job.

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    1. Same here, Suzanne. I've been truly content working from home. Going back to the office is going to be quite an adjustment.

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  7. I got a good laugh out of those kids too!
    We are starting to plan for what it will look like when we return to work. We still don't have a return date, but I've been in a couple times to start organizing some things. I'm just shocked at the two reactions people seem to have. Some are very cautious and still wearing masks. Others are acting like theres nothing different going on.

    I treated myself to some book mail this week. Normal People and Little Fires Everywhere!

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    1. The people who act as if there's nothing going on worry me. But I wouldn't call them out on it. But my husband has been out wearing a mask and gloves (grocery store or gas station) and been mocked on more than one occasion for "over reacting about nothing." Uh, okay...

      Hooray for some fun book mail!

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  8. Hah I love that totally random about the couple arguing in public. So true.

    That's good your CEO is extending work from home orders, and giving people more of a chance to adjust and come back. I hope that everything works out though! It's definitely nerve-wracking.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Same here, Lauren. I'm thankful that he's taking a conservative approach and easing back into things.

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  9. Ha! Love that meme at the end. We need all the facts so we can pick a team! lol

    This hasn't been too bad for me either. We're in WA so nothing has been lifted yet. We're at stage one and holding. Kevin's company said that they'll be working from home until at least September. Maybe even January. I'm not sure if that will change some as things go on.

    Really what gets me down more than staying home is how people are acting. It's disheartening that we can't even pull it together for a pandemic.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Wow. So Kevin's company won't be returning to office until September at the earliest? That's wild. To be honest, I would have zero issue with that. I've got my routine working from home and it works. But I'll head back some time next month and will see how it goes.

      And you're right... even in a time a crisis there's no general consensus or feeling of "we're in this together." It's politicized, there's finger pointing and blame, there's mockery, and on and on. Sad state of affairs.

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  10. Lol at those boys drinking the soda. It's the simple things isn't it? And yep! Nothing worse than missing the start of an argument ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿคฃ

    I have not been training for this - I've been training for the opposite... But I'm a fast learner. I'm getting there.

    Have a great week and stay safe

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    1. I know most others are struggling. Those who are *not* homebodies. My mother and sister are losing their minds.

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  11. I totally get your husband. I felt the same way! Like "Work from home? Have groceries delivered? Stay home as much as possible? I'm living my best life!"

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    1. Exactly! I could just continue on doing what I'm doing. No need to return to normal. :)

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  12. I'm naturally a homebody, too, and am thankful to get to work from home. I have Big Summer but haven't read it yet. Happy reading!

    Natflix&Books

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy Big Summer, Natalie. I thought it was a lot of fun!

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  13. Kudos to your employer for being reasonable about the return to work. I hope the process goes well.

    Wishing you a great reading week

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  14. I love your husband's humor Tanya! And as I've said today we'll be homeworking till the end of August!!!!

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    1. That sounds a lot smarter than what's happening over here, Sophie!

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  15. I'm glad to read working from home has been going well for you.To be honest, this being at home a lot hasn't been as hard for me either. But I do wish I could go places with my little girl.
    I can't wait to start reading 'Rage and Ruin'. I hope to get too it this week.

    Stay safe and happy reading.

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    1. I hope you'll love Rage and Ruin, Maureen! I finished it last night and was *shocked* at how it ended!

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  16. I love being home too. I'm glad your CEO is taking a reasonable approach. It will be interesting to see where things are at in 4 weeks. If cases are steady or if it blows up from 90K deaths to 500K deaths. I'm grateful we can just stay home indefinitely.
    You got some great books. Enjoy!

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    1. I agree, Anne. I saw on the news that infections spiked in TX after they reopened. But then the U.S. Health Secretary said there have been no spikes since states started reopening. Who knows who to believe at this point. I'll just continue staying at home and being safe.

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  17. That's really great that your company is being cautious and allowing people to stay home longer if they feel they need to!

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  18. I can relate to the feeling of staying home, I only work three days now. You've read a lot of good books lately! I like the cover of Rage & Ruin :)

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  19. We're headed into week 10 of our stay at home order here and I think I'm starting to crack. I haven't been anywhere but to pick up groceries and a couple of drives. I feel like I haven't had more than an hour to myself in all of those weeks. I'm glad you're holding up well and getting some good books read. Enjoy your last couple of weeks at home!

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    1. I think a lot of people feel the same way. Just over it. And chomping at the bit to get out and go somewhere. It's been a really long two months!

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    2. Yeah. I don't know if I need to even go anywhere. It would just be nice to have a day all to myself without any interruptions. LOL

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  20. Honestly, as a retired couple, the lock down hasn't been that bad. We take daily walks, read, watch Netflix, zoom to stay in contact with the kids and grandkids. Our stores are opening back up tomorrow. I heard that includes the mall, which is difficult for me to understand. The beaches, pools, and gyms are still closed. Personally, we will still be staying home for the next at least 2 weeks as we see what happens with things opening up. Have a good week

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    1. Our malls have reopened, as well, although with capacity restrictions. But based on how the parking lots lot, I'm wondering if those restrictions are actually being adhered to. I'll be staying at home, too, and seeing how things progress.

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  21. I imagine it's going to be really strange returning to work, but it's good to hear that your employer cares about everyone's safety and is giving you guys the extra time if you want it. I imagine masks and social distancing are going to become our new normal. It makes me think of that saying that you don'r know what you had until it's gone. It looks like you read some great books and have more coming up as well. I love Emma Chase and JLA. 600 pages is such a long book, no wonder it didn't feel like you were making progress. It sounds like it's going to be a good one!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. I've been on an Emma Chase kick - listening to two in a row so far - and I love her style of writing and her brand of humor. Funny without being silly or trying too hard. :) And JLA is just a total auto-read for me. Her books are so addictive.

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  22. Love your random, and the little boys sharing a soda is too cute!

    It is weird that things are opening up again, right? Nice that you get to ease into it. I hope you are a safe distance from others and that they're taking precautions for safety. I think nothing will be quite the same until they develop a vaccine. I really need to read more Devney Perry! :)

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    1. I agree, Rachel. Until there is a vaccine I will find it very difficult to relax and feel like I can interact closely with people. Those days are gone for now.

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  23. Love that video! :) And kudos to your boss for being forward thinking about this- so many people aren't. It looks like from the comments and from what I see online that so many people are concerned and not ready to risk things yet- the online community (well, book bloggers anyway lol) seem so sensible and yet out in the world when I go to the store or whatever I see people acting like nothing's going on, no masks... and of course all the protests. Blows my mind.

    Anyway... laughed at your husband's comment too. :) I actually don't mind working from home and being home- doesn't really bother me much at all! I know it's driving some people nuts and I feel for em, but I'm okay with it!

    That random cracked me up too! :)

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    1. I agree, Greg. I see loads of people out and about - both locally and on the news - but hearing from blogging friends online the general consensus seems to be that it's still too soon. And most are still staying put at home for a while longer.

      LOL Yes, my husband knows me well. He know I am perfectly happy holed up at home. I think this has been a bit more challenging for him than it has for me.

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  24. Okay first off the random pick is HILARIOUS!!! lol And yeah I don't mind the long books but I like to know ahead of time but I love Armentrout so I definitely want to try that one. And that series of Emma Chase doesn't have the most appealing covers. Good thing they have improved much since then. :)

    Hope you have a great reading week

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    1. Yep, that Emma Chase series is a classic example/reminder of not judging the books by their covers. :)

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  25. I agree, it will be strange going back to the office full-time again. There's talk of us working from home part of the time even after this. Both in part because of the possibility of another outbreak this coming fall/winter and also because of the budget situation. I'm not adverse to that idea, especially given the rumors of what school will look like once it re-opens.

    I love the photo you shared of your sons. It's those moments that make our heart melt over and over again. :-)


    I've been hearing good things about Big Summer. I am glad you enjoyed it! I hope Rage and Ruin ends well. It sounds like another great one.

    And yes to your random thought! Haha. Especially when I'm in a restaurant ease dropping on the next table over. LOL

    I hope you have a great week. Stay safe and well.

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    1. I think working from home will be a lot more common moving forward. Not just the rare few but a realistic option to lessen the population in office spaces. I will likely go back to the office in the next two weeks or so and it will be interesting to see how different it is now.

      Oh goodness, those aren't my children in that video... I have no kids. It was just a random clip on Twitter that I thought was funny. :)

      Big Summer and Rage and Ruin were both big hits for me!

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  26. That quote is absolutely hilarious! And the cover of Undeniable pulled me in, what a gorgeous picture. It sounds like something I would love and I'm excited that it's in KU. I can't wait to hear your thoughts!
    Jen @ Star-Crossed Book Blog

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    1. All the covers in that series are so gorgeous! I really want to (finally!) read something by Melanie Harlow.

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  27. Okay, that video of the little boys drinking orange soda is absolutely adorable!!! Hope going back to work goes smoothly---it has to feel strange!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. It really will be strange, Nicole. I'm equal parts excited and nervous.

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