The Weekly Write-Up is where I talk about what’s gone on in the past 168 hours, both on the blog and off.
I owe you a week! I’m so sorry that I skipped TWWU last week, but this one will be super long and action-packed to make up for it!
It’s My Life
So, last time we chatted, I had just had my last day at my old job. Since then, I spent two weeks spending 6-8 hours a day going through my apartment, deciding what to take with me, what to take back to my parents’ house, what to donate, and what to throw out. I ended up taking three SUVs full of stuff to Goodwill, 2 loads home, and threw out soooo much. I think my wardrobe is at least 50% smaller. *sheds a single tear*
My actual moving day was Saturday and for the most part, it went great. I tend to get an upset stomach the night before/day of important life events. My first time going to sleep away camp, my Bat Mitzvah, my first dance competition, etc. I always get sick. That kind of threw off moving day, and I’m going to have to go back to my old apartment to get a few more things together and clean up. I’m still having nausea pretty badly on and off, and I’m just hoping I have some good karma and nothing will actually happen at work tomorrow.
The movers were able to load and unload a lot faster than we’d estimated, so the moving bill came in way under budget. 🙂 However, after my couch got stuck in my doorway for 30+ minutes. The movers almost gave up! We were freaking out. We were sure that once the couch got up the two narrow flights of stairs, we’d be in the clear.
Yesterday I did a dry run to figure out how long it will take me to get to my office in rush hour subway traffic, and timed it pretty perfectly. Since then, I’ve mostly been unpacking, organizing, decorating, and exploring. God, I’m so in love with this city already. Unpacking’s not going well because every time I run out for a quick errand I get distracted by exploring and end up walking around for hours. You can’t keep me inside.
The apartment looks amazing, and I swear my legs already look like they’re in better shape from what my Fitbit says is my new 15,000 step/day habit. Now I just need to get through the actual first day of work tomorrow!
Outside of moving and the new job, I’m starting to prep for Book Expo America! I started making a schedule for all days, even though right now I’m only planning on actually going on Wednesday. I felt weird taking so much time off so soon after starting my job, so I thought I’d only attend on the day I was speaking?
What’s that? Speaking? Ah, yes! Haven’t you heard? I’m speaking on Ashley’s “Optimizing Your WordPress Blog” panel! If you’re attending BloggerCon, definitely come hear us at 10 am on Wednesday, May 27! 😀
I’m also considering going to BookCon. What do you think? I’ve never been to any part of BEA before, so I don’t know what to expect! I’m currently registered for the Sexy in the City Author Event that weekend, but the main author I was going for is no longer attending. 🙁 There are still authors that I’d like to see there, but they’re mostly authors I’ve already met and gotten signatures from before, so I’d be interested in BookCon if there will be more authors I haven’t met yet. But I don’t even really understand what BookCon is! Help?!
On the Blog(s)
Bookish posts from the week:
- Review: The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
- Review: Getting Lucky Number Seven by Cindi Madsen
- Review: The Phoenix Campaign by Heidi Joy Tretheway
- Review: Attraction by Penny Reid
- Review: Intercepted by Emma Hart
Bloggish posts from the week:
As you can see, not much time for blogging or becoming a better blogger, but you should join the challenge without me!
Links I Lurve
- Bookish Broads suggest things to do in NYC when you’re here for BEA (I totally love her love of NYC…obviously :P).
- After one of my comments on her blog, Ashley from Nose Graze deleted over 250 of her email subscribers! Because what’s the point of having them there if they don’t do anything?
- Asti at Oh! The Books talks about rainbow bookshelf organization. I think it’s gorgeous, but I’m not a visual enough person to be able to find books that way.
- Bookish Serendipity Co put together a list of resources for free images and icons for blogging.
- Rachel at Parajunkee has suggestions for how to grow your blog’s following.
- The Bookish Broads nerd out over book formats.
- Redesigned by Denise Grover Swank – free
- Mine for Tonight by J.S. Scott – free
- No Weddings by Kat & Stone Bastion – free (read my review)
- Elicit by Rachel Van Dyken – $0.99
- Alex by Sawyer Bennett – $0.99 (read my review)
- In Bed with Mr. Wrong by Katee Robert – $0.99
What I’ve read:
- The Phoenix Campaign by Heidi Joy Tretheway – $3.99 (read my review)
- More Than Comics by Elizabeth Briggs – $2.99
- Zack by Sawyer Bennett – $3.79
- The Mistake by Elle Kennedy – $4.99 (read my review)
- Falling for His Best Friend by Katee Robert – $2.99
- Imperfections by Shaniel Watson – $2.99