The Sunday Post #227 | October 25, 2020

    

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 and share what's coming up on your blog in the week ahead. 
Last Monday my company started a voluntary return to the office. I went in Monday thru Thursday and then worked from home on Friday. From what I could tell very few chose to return. The company is stating that if employees can perform their job from home they can continue to do so. But if someone feels they can work better in the office (too many distractions at home, for example) they can now go back. I imagine I'll do a hybrid schedule for now - part of the week in the office, part at home. Working from home feels so normal now that it's pretty bizarre being in the office.

Nine days until the election. Is everyone else just ready for it to be over? It's been a long, ugly campaign year and I am so ready to move forward.

Book Bub shared some epic book nooks that are simply breathtaking. Here are a few of my favorites - and you can go here to see them all.

      

This week's 80's music fix is Church of the Poison Mind (1983) by Culture Club. Boy George had such a gorgeous, distinctive voice.

 
Wednesday, October 21

Friday, October 23

WHAT I COMPLETED IN THE LAST WEEK

   

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WHAT I'M CURRENTLY READING

   

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 PHYSICAL BOOKS
     

My pre-order of The Brightest Night arrived Thursday. While I'm bummed that they chose to change the cover for the third book (totally different from books one and two), I did receive a signed copy so that was pretty cool.

Love the synopsis, love the cover. :)

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. It's epic, going to work, these days. Thanks for sharing the book nooks with us, I just want to cuddle up in one of them with a good book and a cup of tea ! Take care :)

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    1. You and me both! I'd love to be in one of those book nooks right now. :)

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  2. OMG! I adored Boy George in my youth. I could totally do his dances. On our call this week, our big manager mentioned that more people were opting to go back to the office. I'm good where I am, but I know some people need the separation between life and work. It's been 7 months, and they still have not modified our work space in any way. That's something they should have been thinking about, and it frustrates me that they believe we will just automatically return to normalcy. --sigh-- I was just saying to my dad yesterday, that I dare a politician to just put out an ad touting their record or platform, but we never see that. It's always mudslinging. I am sure someone must have something to offer other than I'm-not-the-other-guy.

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    1. OMG, I love that you could dance like Boy George! :)

      Kind of crazy that after 7 months they still haven't modified the office. I mean, what are they waiting for? If anything, the last few months have shown that (many) people can't be counted on to do the right and so the virus isn't going anywhere. Hopefully you can just continue to work safely at home.

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  3. I think if I had the option, I would probably work from home forever. But, I don't have many distractions here. I am ready for this election to be over. But, I have a feeling it won't be over after November 3rd.

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    1. Same here, Samantha. I had zero issue working from home. And it's not like I had distractions. My days in the office last week were fine, but I could have accomplished the same things just as well at home.

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  4. As someone who is not even living in the USA, I am so done with the election. I wish you guys throw the clown off the office soon. I l loved Josie Silver's previous book and I have to grab a copy of this soon!

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    1. I hope that's exactly what happens! We need a fresh start with a real leader. Maybe then we can pretend the last 4 years never happened. LOL

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  5. What??? This is the new cover for JLA series?? But, but... I will have to make my own then because I hate when they don't match! On another note, my company has the same policy as yours and I was meant to go back one day next week but with my kid possibily having COVID and being back home, that won't happen!

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    1. I know!! I was so disappointed by the cover change! I love that you plan to make your own! I wish I had the skills because if so I would do the same!

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  6. That's pretty much what my office is doing, too - I think we are in phase 3 now, so up to 85% of the office can be there, but we're still fully set up to work at home and they're not bothering anyone to come in.

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    1. If I had to guess I'd say maybe 10-20% of people came back to the office last week. On the outside. It's still a ghost town.

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  7. I'm happy to hear you are able to return to the office! Isn't it funny how working from home feels more normal than not? As for me, I'll be working from the home office until March. One whole year of working from home!

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    1. A year of WFH... what a year it's been. And you're right, we've definitely reached the point where WFH feels like the norm!

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  8. I so agree with the meme about UFO’s and zombies, I’ll never be able to watch a ‘USA saves the world’ movie again with a straight face. I’ll be thinking about the idiots declaring it fake news

    Wishing you a great reading week

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  9. I haven't heard that Boy George song in a LONG time. I need to listen to that album again. I'm with you on looking forward to the campaign stuff being over.

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    1. I think everyone (no matter how they're voting) is ready to put this nasty campaign year behind us. Ugh!

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  10. I'm in the office two days and work from home two days - been like that for a couple months now. It's weird because people don't all come in the same days, so it's not super busy - which is good, but weird because it's so empty. hah I can really do everything at home too so I kind of wish I could be at home the whole time still, but oh well.

    I'm sooo ready for the election to be over. I'm hoping for some good results all around though, or it'll just be more anxiety for me, but I am ready for all the campaign ads and whatnot to stop.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I was in the office 4 out of 5 days last week and it really wasn't necessary. I really can do 99% of my work from home. I think moving forward I'll do more of a hybrid schedule.

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  11. It will be great to have the election over and hopefully start to actually progress on some things depending on the outcomes. It could be pretty scary Nov / Dec. I wouldn't want to be back in the office yet with cases going up. We are walking more in the neighborhood with the beautiful weather right now.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. Yeah, even if the election goes the way I hope, I do not anticipate a smooth turnover.

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  12. I feel the same way- moving back to the office would feel so weird now! Although my wife is considered essential and has been in the office throughout all this- in fact she thinks that's where we might have got Covid, since someone there (unmasked) tested positive for it and then she got sick. We'll never know for sure though... shrug. I'm glad you're able to stay home or make the decision for yourself.

    Culture Club!!

    I hope you have a great week!

    I love those book nooks.

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    1. Oh goodness, I didn't realize your wife had it, too, Greg. I hope people are being more careful at her office now that the virus has made the rounds there.

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    2. You know, they're really not. :) They didn't require masks before and they still don't, plus distancing is pretty perfunctory. We laugh about it but are a little annoyed too considering!

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  13. I had to go into my office for a couple of hours last week and I hear you. It was so weird. Eerie actually, like a ghost town, lol. I don't think I'll be doing that again anytime soon. Oooh, Culture Club. I haven't heard them in ages. I always loved their music!

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    1. It really was weird... and very much a ghost town. I imagine it's going to stay that way at the office for at least the rest of the year. No one seems in a hurry to go back.

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  14. The offices at my campus are also open but I'm choosing to continue working from home. I'm lucky enough that I live alone so my only real distraction is the refrigerator. I can imagine it's weird being back in the office after working from home for so long. When this will all be over, I feel like we're going to have to re-learn a lot of skills lol.
    I hope you have a good week, Tanya!

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    1. So true, Nick! We're all going to have to learn to socialize again!

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  15. Boy George, bless him, he tells it like it is! I loved Culture Clubs videos when I was young, Boy George was so exotic to me!

    I haven’t been in an office since the end of March, I’m going to be totally out of sorts once I finally get a job!

    Have a great week.

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    1. LOL So true, Heather! Boy George seemed so exotic in the 80's. And now he's positively tame compared to some current acts.

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  16. MY husband does a hybrid work situation. He's a manager and can work from home unless it involves contractors and safety. So he ends up going in 2+ days a week.

    I love that random meme. Seriously, just wear a mask and wash your hands. Like that's it. Doesn't solve everything but it would make a huge difference. Instead where descending into chaos because of it.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Right? How hard is it to wear a freaking mask? Don't make your little stand, don't decide to be a rebel, or make this your hill to die on. Just be a decent human being. Gah!

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  17. My husband does a hybrid schedule too. I think it's going to stay that way for a long time. I think it works better anyhow and it saves time wasted commuting. Unfortunately, I can't do my job from home so back and forth for me. What can you do?

    I'm very ready for this election to be over. I'm sick of it. I totally agree with that random, lol!

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    1. I agree, Rachel. Our Board just met this morning to discuss the possibility of a return to office date for everyone (instead of the current work from home/voluntary return to office) and they decided there will be no change. I really don't see much changing until there's a viable vaccine.

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  18. I'm looking forward to reading Happily Letter After. I also grabbed Fury Unleashed this week. :)

    I've been working a mix of WFH and in office since... June? And I really like it. I'm pretty much 60/40 in office/at home but I can flex the number of days in office/at home to suit my needs and my workload as I deem appropriate.
    I don't think I'd want to go back to full time in the office... Although, I don't need to worry about that as my company always allowed WFH, it just wasn't something people *did* more than occasionally (or one day a week in my case), and now that it's completely normalised they're encouraging people maintain it in a post covid world (whenever that will be) for work life balance.

    Hope you have a good week, Tanya!

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    1. I was perfectly fine WFH. When the voluntary return to office started last week I only came back because of my position. I'm the assistant to the CEO. And how would it look if the CEO is saying employees can come back if they choose, but his own assistant doesn't return? *sigh* He would totally support me continuing to WFH but I felt I needed to be here at least part-time. I'll be doing a hybrid schedule for the foreseeable future.

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  19. That's really nice that your company's return to the office is voluntary. I'm a musician so I'm still teaching all my lessons online, and the only time I have to go in person is for my church music job and any gigs I might have (I've only had one since the pandemic started though, deep sigh).

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    1. It's been strange returning but I'm grateful that we have the option to come in to the office, continue working for home, or choose a hybrid schedule. It's great that your lessons can be conducted online!

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  20. oh girl you have NO idea how relieved I am to have this election to be over. I just hope there are low amounts of fraud so it doesn't get dragged out for weeks. And the anxiety of everything is in overdrive LOL

    I love those book nooks, I would love that "white" one, its so open and bright and like a cloud I want to sink into.

    Hope you are and your family are well and thriving as best as you can despite everything going on.

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    1. I wish we both had one of those dreamy reading nooks!
      Hope you're having a great week, Renee.

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