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It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.
What happened this week?
I had hoped to have some good or fun news to share this week, but unfortunately I haven’t. This was another hard week. Monday we lost Snickers. I spent the whole day last week on sunday with her as we knew we probably would put her down on monday. I did gave a her a bite of pudding which she normaly isn’t allowed to eat as she was dying anyway. She was just doing so bad and we were pretty sure her tumor would come back and she just wasn’t healthy enough for another surgery or even had enough energy to eat meds. She didn’t even want to drink or eat anything. Or maybe she couldn’t, we’re not sure what was wrong with her. We think it was a combination of old age, the loneliness, the tumor and maybe something else. She was doing so bad she could only crawl forward instead of walking. And when trying to eat she could only scrape her teeth past the surface of what she was trying to eat. It was so hard to see her like that. So monday we made the difficult decision to put her to sleep. I took her to the vet and hold her while the vet gave her the syringe. I did make a point to thank them as they are an amazing vet and did so much for our rats. We talked a bit and I cried a lot while Snickers slowly passed away while I was holding her. I didn’t feel like writing a whole post about her like I did with Smarties. I feel so sad and it’s so hard to not have any rats around anymore and I just couldn’t manage to write about it yet.
When I got home monday from the vet I removed all the hammocks and pieces of cloths from the cage, just so it wouldn’t look so normal anymore. I couldn’t stand to see that empty cage looking normal without any of our rats in it. Tuesday I cleaned everything and put everything away in boxes for if we ever want rats later. The stuff that was bad I threw away. The living room looks so empty, too empty, without the cage. And every time I hear a sound I think it’s the rats and then realize that’s impossible as we don’t have rats anymore. Or I want to get a rat out of the cage, give them a piece of food or say hello when I come home and then it hits me that they are gone. It’s like I feel the loss of all four of our rats at once and it’s so hard. I also am remembering all the good memories, but it’s bitter sweet right now as I have a hard time dealing with the loss of them.
I am trying to sell the rat food we have left to someone else as that won’t stay good for years, but so far haven’t found anyone who wants the food yet. I offered it to a rattery nearby, but they didn’t want it as it wasn’t the right brand. I just want to make other rats happy with it as we have so much food left, but I don’t know anyone who has rats. The bedding we donated to my boyfriend parents as they have one rat and a parrot, their rat just doesn’t eat much normal rat food, so they didn’t want the food. It just feels off to suddenly not have any pets around. We decided to wait at least a year before we consider to take pets again. My boyfriend has one more year study to go and hopefully he can find a job after that. We’re not doing so good financially and this year is going to be hard probably, so we want to have a more stable footing before we buy new pets. And emotionally I could use a break as I don’t think I can handle anymore sadness or loss for while.
Tuesday evening we lost internet and binge watched Star Wars for the rest of the evening, it was a welcome break even though part of me stressed a bit about not being able to work, I think I really needed an evening off. I didn’t got much reading done this week, we watched Star Wars The Clone Wars animated series most evenings as I couldn’t find the energy to read in the evenings. And I didn’t want to read in bed without the rats as it wouldn’t feel right. So the next few weeks might be a bit more empty on my blog. I am actually surprised I managed to read a whole book this week in my ipad, as I did keep reading during breakfast and dinner. It was a good book, exactly what I was in the mood for and I am now reading the second book in the series. On friday evening I finally staretd a new evening book. I also am not sure what to do with my random pictures section of the sunday post as I usually posted pictures of my rats, I hope I can come up with different things to photograph. My current idea is to focus more on products I buy, food and books.
Saturday we visited my boyfriend his parents as it was his mom her birthday. We got a figure of an elf for her as she collects those. And we had ordered a spoon with her name engraved on it as that was an action Kellogs had here this year, where with 3 codes you could order engraved spoons. So we decided to order one for his mom. She seemed pretty happy with it. They gave me my birthday present in advance as my birthday is next tuesday, I got 4 different colouring books and lots of pencils, it’s pretty awesome. I will post pictures of it next week.
I didn’t make much progress this week. I think I am at 18 books at the moment, so even though I had a pretty bad summer, I am still doing great with this challenge. I read Daemons in the Mist by Alicia Kat Vancil this week and I really enjoyed it, it’s a bit of a cliché type book about a boy who falls in love with a daemon, but very well written and it was just a lot of fun. I am now reading the second book. And I finally started reading Thor’s Serpent on friday evening, although I had to read in the living room on the couch as I wasn’t ready to read on the bed alone yet.
Random Picture(s) of the Week
Oh and I bought this for myself while grocery shopping. I love Treacle Moon their products and even though I still have an almost full bottle of Apple Pie smell left, I wanted another one. This one caught my attention with the pretty pink colour and I like the smell of strawberries, I hardly ever eat strawberries, but I like the smell. So I got this one. I really like this smell. Do they sell Treacle Moon products were you live? And if you tried one of their products, which is your favourite smell?
Beside tea and water I hardly drink anything else. Maybe some fruit juice now and then or these Innocent smoothie drinks, but only when they are discounted. As then I can convince myself I have to buy them. This week they had a buy one, get one free discount so I snatched two of them. One Mango and passion fruit and the other this one, strawberry and banana. Seems like I was in a strawberry mood this week. I love Innocent their smoothies as they are very yummy and taste like real fruit. Their packaging is also done well and on the side of each package they list which ingredients are inside them. Do they sell Innocent were you live? Have you ever tried one of their products?
What did I cook for dinner this week?
- Sunday: leftover Veggies in saté sauce
- Monday: leftover Veggies in saté sauce
- Tuesday: Risotto with egg
- Wednesday: leftover Risotto with egg
- Thursday: Indian Cauliflower Mash
- Friday: leftover Indian Cauliflower Mash
- Saturday: Dinner at my boyfriend’s parents
This week I blogged about:
– Review: How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes
– Review: Storm Fall (Rebel Wing #2) by Tracy Banghart
– Lola’s Ramblings: How do you Arrange Your Bookshelves?
– Lola’s Kitchen: Dal Dhokli Recipe
– Review: Delinquent by Emma L Adams
What to expect next week on the blog:
– Review: Torn Sky (Rebel Wing #3) by Tracy Banghart
– Lola’s Ramblings: Why I read English Books
– Lola’s Kitchen: Naan Recipe
– Review: Thor’s Serpent
Tours open for sign-up on Lola’s Blog Tours:
Check the full list of open review opportunities here.
– Review Opportunity: The Other Side of Summer by Elyse Douglas
– Review Opportunity: The Case and Hard Case by Marc Hirsch
– Review Opportunity: Love Spell by Mia Kerick
– Review Opportunity: Son of Set (Descendants of Isis #2) by Kelsey Ketch
– Review Opportunity: The Cursed Ground by A. Roy King
– Review Opportunity: 3volve and The Shadow of Loss by Josefina Gutierrez
– Book Blitz: The Mark of Noba by GL Tomas – runs from 25-31 August
– Blog Tour: Destiny Rising by Siobhan Davis – runs from 1-21 September
– Book Blitz: The Bro Code by Jacqueline Patricks – runs from 6-12 September
– Book Blitz: Best Friends… Forever? by Krysten Lindsay Hager – runs from 14-20 September
– Book Blitz: The Grave Winner by Lindsey R. Loucks – runs from 15-21 September
The Duality Bridge (Singularity #2)
by Susan Kaye Quinn
Source: for review
You can find The Duality Bridge on Goodreads
What does it mean to be human?
Elijah Brighton is the face of the Human Resistance Movement. He’s the Olympic-level painter who refused an offer of immortality from the ascenders—the human/machine hybrids who run the world—in solidarity with the legacy humans who will never get a chance to live forever.
Too bad it’s all a complicated web of lies.
Worse, Eli’s not even entirely human. Few know about the ascenders’ genetic experiments that left him… different. Fewer know about the unearthly fugue state that creates his transcendent art—as well as a bridge that lets him speak to the dead. But the Resistance is the one place he can hide from the ascender who knows everything the fugue can do. Because if Marcus finds him, he’ll either use Eli for his own nefarious purposes… or destroy him once and for all.
The Duality Bridge is the second book in the Singularity series and the sequel to The Legacy Human. This thrilling new young adult science fiction series explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world.
The Storm behind Your Eyes (The Marked Ones Trilogy #2)
by Alicia Kat Vancil
Source: bought it myself
You can find The Storm behind Your Eyes on Goodreads
No matter how far you run you can never escape your past.
We all make sacrifices. Some we make without thinking. And others that cut our hearts to pieces with every breath we take. For Travis Centrina, this is one of those sacrifices. Because when he was given back the one thing he thought he could never have again—the little brother he thought was dead—he didn’t realize his wish would come at a such heavy price.
Travis has been in love with his best friend Arius Nualla Galathea practically all his life. There’s just one problem—she’s about to marry his little brother Patrick. And so to ensure the happiness of the two people he loves most, he’s about to smash his own heart to tiny bits.
However, as Travis tries desperately to sweep the fragments of his broken heart into a dark prison of his own making, he begins to realize that not everything with Patrick is as it should be. That the fifteen years that separated them still holds a lot of unanswered questions…and secrets. Because when it comes to the Kakodemoss—the shadowy terrorist organization of Kakodaemons—secrets always come with deadly consequences.
Packed full of danger, emotionally disastrous choices, and heartbreaking rawness, The Storm behind Your Eyes, the second book in the Marked Ones Trilogy, is sure to mesmerize readers.