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Sunday Post: January 30, 2022

Hello, my lovelies.

Up way too early on a Sunday morning, watching the finals of the Australian Open. Rafa is the only person who can get me to set a 3 am alarm, but I don’t think that this one is going to go the way we want. I guess we will see once it starts to cool off a little in Rod Laver Arena…but right now, the conditions aren’t optimal for my Spaniard. So, rather than torture myself watching him get beat, I thought I’d come hang out with you guys.

This week was largely taken up with books and tattoos and a little bit of snow. I think that we have already exceeded our snow predictions for the entire winter…but am still a little nostalgic for a big storm—I wouldn’t mind 30 inches one of these days. The only issue is digging out enough of a space for the dog to go potty in the backyard—he is pretty particular in his old age. 🙂

I did NOT, in fact, chicken out on the tattoo…which still amazes me. I’m 55…and this is my first tattoo. Like I was warned, though, it probably isn’t going to be my last. The process was pretty…I don’t want to say painless, because of course it hurt. Quite a lot in some places. But it was never unbearable, never so bad that I contemplated stopping, never so bad that a little meditative deep breathing wasn’t all I really needed. And so far, the healing process has been nothing—it itches a little, and I did take two Tylenol the first night, but so far the worst part of the entire experience was peeling off the first piece of Saniderm, which actually caused bruising on the part of the skin that was not tattooed. I have had less painful bikini waxes.

But, the Saniderm is doing its job, the tattoo is healing pretty well under there, and the second piece of film comes off tonight. I’m going to peel that one off in the shower, as recommended for less agony.

We did make some minor design changes before we started, so here’s the final product—

I also splurged a little and bought myself something fun…and a little awe-inspiring this week. I pay all of my end of year “big bills” (property tax, HOA dues for the year, home owners insurance for the year, etc) on a credit card, and that usually gets me a pretty big chunk of points to spend in January. This year, I had about $100 in points from those late-year transactions. I wasn’t sure what I was going to buy…I had been thinking about getting some color-changing filament for my rooomie’s 3-D printer, but I hadn’t pulled the trigger yet.

And then one of my FB friends was talking up her “night sky” in her bedroom, and I was intrigued. So I did a bunch of research (at 1:30 am, cause insomnia), eventually snagging a couple BlissLights—a Sky 2.0 and an Ark. The Sky light provides some background lighting along with stars, and the Ark provides kind of a nebula…it’s like my own aurora borealis, right here in the living room. It’s pretty freaking neat, and worth all the points it cost me—which really weren’t THAT many. I even had some left over to put toward that rainbow filament I was jonesing for.

Anyway, here’re the lights in action, first with lights on, and then with a HUE profile called “Blood Moon” which switches all my lights to dark blues, purples and pinks.

Gorgeous.

As a wee baby blogger, one of the things that I did is sign up for Net Galley, like you do. I have reviewed a couple books for them, mid-list titles, as I would expect for someone of my inexperience. I get denied for 80% of what I request, again as I would expect.

But yesterday, I got approved for the new Harlan Coben book, The Match. Not gonna lie, it’s probably one of the two or three books that I am looking most forward to this year, definitely a front-list title, and…I mean, SHOCKING. How did I get approved for this book?

But I did not question it, just sent it to my kindle before Hachette changes their mind.

I guess the lesson here is to always request what you want, even if you think you don’t have a shot at it because there may always be a drunk intern pressing buttons they shouldn’t be pressing.

I read five books this week, none of which really lit me on fire. Three of them were two-star reads, and the other two were only three. Not my best work. But I have so many books for this week that I have super-high hopes for, so fingers crossed.

The Lucy Score books were…I mean, they were good. They were what I expect from Lucy, which is smart and funny and steamy. But there was nothing particularly noteworthy about them. I liked both books fine, but I didn’t love them. I also didn’t love the cliffhanger ending (although I get that she wasn’t going to publish an 800-page romance novel), and I didn’t find the setup for the second book credible at all. However, entertaining in their own ways. I picked up Jon’s Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case on a FB whim—a story about a gay psychic detective seemed right in my wheelhouse, but the characters never really gelled for me, the primary relationship was not allowed to build, and the whole thing fell a little flat. That doesn’t mean that I won’t read the second book—many series that I love had rough first books. But I’m not really enthused about it right now. I did a full review yesterday of All The Feels, and the ways that it let me down, so nothing more to say there. While the Sun Shines was the biggest disappointment of the week, though. I was really, really, really looking forward to this one. I love Kit Oliver, and I loved these characters when they were the supporting cast in Cattle Stop. But, again, the relationship just never fired on all cylinders in this one, and the snark and the banter was dialed up to eleven, which would have been fine if the relationship were strong enough to compete…but it got completely overshadowed.

But, I have an Alafair Burke book on the offing this week, plus Weather Girl and the afore-mentioned The Match, so I have MUCH higher hopes for next week.

OK, that’s all from Center Court, where my guy is at least making things interesting.

Till next week, stay safe, wear a mask and do something decadent for yourself. You deserve it.

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16 thoughts on “Sunday Post: January 30, 2022

  1. Sorry you had so many disappointing books this week. I need to read Olivia Dade soon, as well as some of the others you mentioned, but I guess I won’t be in a rush! The tattoo is beautiful! I got one in my late 30s for the first time, and now have three. But want another! Just can’t decide where to put my next one. Have a great week! I hope this comment goes through, I have so many problems commenting on WordPress blogs.
    Lisa Loves Literature

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  2. I absolutely love the tattoo – I hope the last piece of wrapping comes off easily! The lights are stunning and must be very relaxing, it’s also something nice to look at when insomnia strikes.
    Hope you have better luck with books this week.

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  3. Sounds like a busy week. I have been on Net Galley for quite a while, have over 100 reviews and I still get denied for some of what I request. It’s always fun when you get a book you really want and keep requesting 🙂 Have a great week!

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  4. drunken interns… you never know… I think I need to look into these BlissLights…

    Congrats on the tattoo! Looks nice. Can you believe I’ve never Netgalley’d?

    Hope Rafa pulled it out.

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  5. You definitely never know who’s behind that approval button. Lol.I’m so glad you got one of your most anticipated books for the year. That’s happened to me and it felt a bit like winning the lottery 😊. Your tattoo came out beautifully and that ceiling – now, that is very cool! Have a great week!

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    1. It DID feel like winning the lottery! Now, though I am holding off on reading it till I get through these library books, and the anticipation is both delicious and also maybe killing me a little. 😆

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  6. Your tattoo is gorgeous!! Love it. NetGalley is addicting, but I’ve read some wonderful books that I probably never would have read. Have a great week!

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  7. Aaah, your tattoo is SO pretty! 😍 Tattoos are some kind of addictive and just seeing people get tattoos kinda makes me wanna go out and get one too (this is probs just me tho but I get the high of getting new ink and it’s one of my fave feelings)! The galaxy light is so pretty and I’ve been wanting to get one for a while but they’re much pricier than I expected and there are cheaper ones but I’m probably gonna be disappointed by them so I’ve held back buying lol… Also, what a bummer that While the Sun Shines was so disappointing 😩 I’ve been excited for it ever since I saw you first mention it on your blog… I’m still curious about the author though so maybe I’ll check out another one of their books. I think I’ve seen them on KU. Hope you have a great week ahead!

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  8. I have a friend who loves Rafa. I always send pictures I see of him to her. I follow this awesome artist on Instagram and he painted an amazing painting of Rafa. His username is @rbrunoill if you’re interested.

    Your tattoo is gorgeous. I’m 43 almost 44 and I’m contemplating getting my first tattoo. It’ll probably be my only one, though. I don’t like needles and the reason I want to get this one is because of a very specific reason. Have you heard of The Semicolon Project? If not, Google it and the actual project can explain it better than I can. Anyway, I want to get a semicolon on my hand.

    My Sunday Post

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    1. I do know about semi-colon tattoos—and I am glad you are able to consider getting one. And I’ll be checking out that artist! Thanks for the info. 🙂

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