The Weekly Write-Up is where I talk about what’s gone on in the past 168 hours, both on the blog and off.
Hey everyone! I hope you had a great week. I don’t know if I’m still struggling to get back into non-vacation mode, or if it’s just the weather and winter blues, but I have been struggling hardcore lately. Going to bed super early, still waking up with only 5 minutes to get ready for work, not motivated to do much…
I might be blogging less until I can shake this. I don’t know.
It was an iffy week at work. Part of my job is managing a team of (usually 2) interns that work around 120 hours per semester. That’s usually spread out over 12 weeks, but the local university has a mini semester in the month of January, so they’re practically working full-time.
Being there to answer their questions and edit their writing as soon as it’s ready means that I don’t have much time for my other duties. I actually had to stay so late Friday night that the cleaning staff had to kick me out of the office.
On the bright side, my sister’s visiting this weekend! There’s very little to do in Delaware, especially when it’s cold and rainy, so we’ve mostly just been hanging out in pajamas, eating junk food and watching Netflix. It’s been the perfect weekend. 🙂
Well, the biggest blog-related item…notice anything different? I finally installed the theme I bought weeks ago! It’s Tweak Me v2 by Creative Whim. It’s a lot of work (I’ve already spent 3 hours configuring the bajillions of options, and I’m not done yet) but I looove it!
I’ve wanted a Tweak Me theme for so long now (I also bought v1, but never installed it) and can’t wait for my next un-busy weekend so I can install either v1 or v2 on my personal blog, as well.
Once I’m done setting it just the way I’d like, expect a post going more into what’s changed. 🙂
Bookish posts from the past week:
- For Top 10 Tuesday, I talked about books from last year that I haven’t read yet.
- The Phoenix Candidate reminded me how much I need Scandal to return (in a good way).
- We got a sneak peek of Blindsided by Emma Hart.
- I talked about Still Beautiful‘s great mix of nice guys and nerdy jokes.
Bloggish posts from the past week:
- I’m finally participating in my first Bloggiesta! Here’s my to-do list.
- I hosted a Bloggiesta challenge about optimizing your blog for email marketing.
- Ashley at Nose Graze shares her website pet peeves. They’re all either ones I also hate, or ones I think I might be guilty of…
- There are six great mini-challenges going on for this quarter’s Bloggiesta.
- Karen at KissinBlueKaren goes on a giveaway rant. I agree with almost all of it. I personally don’t enter or host many anymore because as a reader, they can actually take a lot of effort and as a blogger, I didn’t see much benefit of doing them all the time (I have a few special occasion ones in the works, though!).
- Rachel at Parajunkee talks about goals and mission statements. I love the idea. I have goals out the wazoo, but I definitely want to write mission statements for all of my blogs.
- Lauren at Bookmark Lit talks about ARC-envy and other book blogging struggles. OMG ARC-envy! I love this term because it’s so real, especially for a newer & smaller blog like my own.
First off, a few of my favorite books are on sale:
- All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack – $0.99
- All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack – $0.99 (read my review)
- When We Collide by A.L. Jackson – $0.99
- No Weddings by Kat & Stone Bastion – free (read my review)
- The Look of Love by Bella Andre – free
- Frenched by Melanie Harlow – free
- Fixed on You by Laurelin Paige – Free
What I’ve read this week:
It’s been a weird book week. I’m usually great at picking out books, but I’ve been off my game lately. I struggled through several ARCs I didn’t really like. My attention span also isn’t great, so I’ve been jumping between a few different books. But the bright spots of my book week were:
- I finally started Just One Night by Lauren Layne as a part of my TBR Pile reading challenge.
- A few chapters into Lane Changes by S.L. Ellis tells me it’s going to be cute.
- Stay tuned for my upcoming review of Love Bites by Rachel K. Burke.