Change and the Unexpected | Week in Review

I, for one, am extremely happy last week is now behind me. It was a very busy and occasionally frantic one complete with family emergencies and job changes. I felt like I had no time to do anything I really wanted to, because I was always exhausted during my free-time or distracted with worry. I wasn’t able to do nearly as much as I hoped to. But, all things considered, I think I kicked this week’s butt.

I managed to post twice this week, posts which I have linked below. I’m also really happy with how work went this week. Continue reading for more about my crazy week and plans for the rest of the month.

  • I got my writing mojo back. Last weekend I had a great writing session that resulted in my getting my writing mojo back. I even wrote a post about it (link below and in the side bar)! I’ve not managed to keep entirely to my daily writing goal, but that is because life has thrown me some major surprises this week.
  • My grandma had a stroke. Tuesday morning I got home after my morning shift to find that my uncle had called us to let us know he had discovered my grandma that morning on the floor in her clothes from the day before with blood on her mouth. My parents and I live about eight hours away and they decided to drop everything and go to her immediately. We eventually found out she had had a major stroke that affected the left side of her body. Her road to recovery will be long, but we are happy she will still be around for a while longer. She’s small, but she’s tough.
  • I was transferred. After our monthly staff meeting this Wednesday, I was asked how I would feel about changing school sites. My boss was hoping I’d be willing to transfer to the main recreation center because they need more counselors who can drive the vans to pick up kids from their school and bring them back where we host our after school program. I decided that would be all right and might be a good professional move as I do hope to become a supervisor while I work there. But I needed to start at the new site immediately, so I didn’t get to say a proper good-bye to the kids I adore. I think I will still be able to visit them occasionally, so I’m not thinking of it as a good-bye rather as a see-you-later!
  • My back finally became less stiff. As you may know, I’ve been struggling with back pain since the start of the new year. This week I felt massive improvement that has freed up some time as I no longer need to do morning stretches. I was even able to use the elliptical this week! I have every intention of continuing to strengthen my back and losing some weight so that I never have to deal with a sprain, or whatever it was, again.

I have not spared much time for the blog at all, despite my initial excitement at the start of the new year, but not for lack of interest. I just have so much going on at the moment. I’ve been back at work for two weeks now and trying to get used to my new routine. Once I start going to bed early, I’m sure I’ll be able to get a lot more of the stuff I’d like to do during the day, including reading, writing, and blogging.

In the immediate future, I see myself working more steadily on job applications. I found out yesterday that the job fair I attended last week will not result in immediate news of job placement. In fact, it may take a full month for them to contact applicants either way. So I can’t really count on that, especially given the government shutdown.

Some of the things you can expect to see me blogging about over the rest of the month will include: the job search, Skillshare classes, The Vanishing Stair, and my February bullet journal spread.

B L O G  P O S T S

This week I decided to pick up a book I found last year at 2nd and Charles, The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. It is a science fiction novel upon which the popular Amazon Prime original show is based. It takes place in an alternative universe U.S. in which Germany and Japan won WWII. The U.S. was divided in half and exists under fascist control.

In this universe there are these film reels circulating that show people glimpses of alternative universes, some of which show the U.S. winning the war and showing how different life can be. It gives rebels hope for a better world and the Nazis fear of losing their supremacy.

I’m only about 40 pages into the book at the moment and so far the author has only been introducing characters, so I’m excited to see where the story’s plot deviates from the show and vice versa. I’ve already noticed that the characters seem a tad older in the book than they are on the show. At the very least, I hope to get some answers I have after watching the show’s third season over the holidays!

I hope to do a bit more blogging this week. I think that one of my problems this week was that I was not entirely organized. I plan to try approaching each day differently this week in terms of setting my agenda and daily tasks. Maybe it will result in a blog post down the line! All I know is that I need to better prioritize certain tasks and make sure all my needs (rest, hydration, exercise, meals) are more efficiently met so I can make the best use of my free time.

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10 thoughts on “Change and the Unexpected | Week in Review

  1. thisisoneforthebooks

    I agree with you Lori, I also need to work on prioritizing tasks so that I’m not too burnt out to work on my blog. I hope you enjoy the book you’re currently reading and I’m glad your back is feeling better! 😊

  2. Katherine Nabity

    Wishing your grandma a speedy recovery. Come to think of it, both of my grandmothers have had strokes and did quite well recovery-wise. (Uh, I should probably watch my cardio-vascular health, eh?) And glad to hear your back is feeling better. Back pain suuucks.

    1. Lori @ Betwined Reads

      Thank you <3 I'm also thinking about the likelihood that I will have a stroke later in life. Of all my grandparents I take most after this grandma physically speaking. I think regular exercise and a good diet at every age is the only preventative :/

  3. dinasoaur

    I am praying for your grandma. May her recovery be steady and may her strength increase even more. Are you excited to work at a different spot or is it daunting to meet new people? I have not heard of The Man in the High Castle but upon researching, I have discovered that the book is not a recent release! I guess I’ll have to keep an eye out for it while I buy my used books. Speaking of books, are you excited for King of Scars? I most certainly am excited but I am trying to decide if I want to order it next month or not.

    1. Lori @ Betwined Reads

      Thank you <3 It's definitely exciting to work at a new place, but it's got different challenges with regards to the kids. They come from rougher backgrounds than the ones I'm used to, and it seems like even the younger ones I've met can be challenging attitude-wise. I'll come out of this placement stronger emotionally, I'm sure!

      Yes, The Man in the High Castle is an older work published in 1962. I bought it used and don't love the cover (it's very bland with no imagery relating to the story), so I didn't include a book cover. I think I will share my thoughts on it this week, as I've read a lot more of it this weekend. ^_^

      And yes, I'm so excited about King of Scars! I'm just not sure I'll get to it this month. I'd much rather reread Truly, Devious before starting the The Vanishing Stair. My reading pace has been so slow, though, that I don't want to feel guilty if I don't get to King of Scars so I didn't mention it. I've got both books pre-ordered so I'll get them both this month on release day! :D

  4. czai

    Best of luck on your site transfer! I’m sure you’ll do great! Also, praying for the recovery of your grandma! Mine had a minor stroke last year and everyone was really quick to respond as well.
    and you just reminded me of The Man in the High Castle. I’ve been hoping to read that one since I discovered it in 2017. I’d love to read your thoughts on that one :)

    1. Lori @ Betwined Reads

      Thanks, Czai! <3 It's been eye-opening to learn how many people I know online and in person who have also had a family member go through a stroke. I'm glad I mentioned it here, because I didn't tell anyone at work what was bugging me this week! I really appreciate everyone's well wishes and sharing of their own experiences.

      I also discovered the show in 2017! The book is really different so far, not so much in the details but in the arrangement of everything. I'm almost halfway through the book and not a lot has happened yet. There doesn't appear to be an Obergruppenführer Smith or even a Joe that I recognize! There's also no mention of the films, but people keep talking about a book that Abendsen wrote that talks about if the Allies won the war.

      I hope I can finish it by Thursday for a Thoughts on… post!

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