Sunday, August 24, 2008

TSS: Looking Ahead

So, where to begin this Sunday?

I've got several books going at the moment--Jane Eyre's Daughter, My Lady of Cleves, and Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat. I've got a bagful of Georgette Heyer books that are due back at the library this week. (Crossing fingers that I can renew!)

I've got two contests that are ending this week. One is for an ARC of Farworld: Water Keep. (Winner announced on August 26th). And the other is to win one of four boxed sets by Kane/Miller. (Enter here for a chance to win one of four boxed sets published by Kane/Miller. The drawing will be on August 27th. (Full rules are on the initial post.)

My two year blogiversary is this Friday! (The 29th of August). I know I should have something planned and written up already, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Details about this years Cybils are unfolding. I think a few big announcements are on their way. And they've got a new logo which is quite impressive.

August is finally coming to an end. My mom is recuperating from her second surgery (it was last Monday). And my sister is preparing for her year--she teaches first grade. So I've been busy playing nurse, and will continue in that role for a while yet.

I am thankful for a couple days worth of rain. The heat is still overwhelming, but for a few days or a few hours each day it seemed almost bearable.

It's just been one of those weeks where it's difficult just to exist. August is one of my most difficult months (along with April) for migraines. So migraines, allergies, neck injuries, AND taking care of mom, it can be challenging to be alive and pleasant. Alive and cranky I can manage). That being said, I'm glad to be here. I just wish for a nice long (and uninterrupted) sleep in a cool dark room.

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Unknown 6:54 PM  

Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary, a big achievement! I'm always wondering if blogging is just a new fad with me, and if I will still be doing it in a year. It seems like the majority of blogs I visit are less than a year old, like mine. I'm sure things will be different if I ever return to work.
Once again you've given me some potentially great books to try out! Thanks.

Tricia 7:03 PM  

Sorry to hear about your Mom. I'm sending some prayers her way for a speedy recovery.

Suey 9:34 PM  

Sorry to hear things aren't too chipper with you. BUT... happy anniversary! And the rain does sound nice. I would love some rain here too. Good luck with all your books and contests and writing and mom and surving Augst.

LisaMM 1:45 AM  

Sorry to hear about your migraines. I get them too and I know how debilitating they can be. Hope things get better for you soon and also for your mom.

Lezlie 7:17 AM  

I'm looking forward to your review of "My Lady of Cleves". I hope you feel better soon!


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