Sunday Post #576

Posted December 31, 2023 by Lola in Sunday Post / 26 Comments

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
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?

Today is the last day of 2023 and I am happy to see this year be over. 2023 was such a difficult and stressful year for me. I have told you about some of it already, but wanted to add a few more details. I got diagnosed as autistic this year and while that has really changed my life for the better with me better understanding myself and how my brain works, the diagnostic process was an absolute nightmare. The people I had to talk with were not empathic or neurodivergent affirming and the whole process was super stressful.

Then there were my boyfriend’s struggles with his new medication which gave very alarming heart related side effects, which was super worrisome. Then there were issues with our drain in the kitchen getting clogged twice as it didn’t get fixed correctly the first time and it taking long to fix both times, as well as other smaller things. And then there was a lot of financial stress as well, luckily our financial situation improved and after that I realized how much stress and worries about our financial situation I was under. After that I just collapsed, felt burned out and have been dealing with that for the last month or two. I cleared my schedule as much as I could and I feel as I am slowly doing a bit better, but I plan to take the first few weeks of 2024 easy as well so I can hopefully recover and start to feel better.

So that was my 2023, luckily I have read a lot of great books this year and am posting about some of my favorites in my top 15 ebooks post, my top 8 audiobooks post and my top 10 books with neurodivergent main characters post. I hope you check them out! I really enjoyed compiling these posts and looking back at all the awesome reads and listens of this year. The ebooks and neurodivergent main characters post have a small giveaway attached to them as well.

So now about this week. I tried to take it very easy this week and I had some nice relaxing days. Then overdid it and was super tired again for days. Then our fridge and freezer combo was having issues with it being the right temperature sometimes, but then being too warm other times and we decided to buy a new one as our current one is not reliable anymore and it’s pretty old already. I don’t like new Year’s Eve due to the fireworks, so today will be tough for me.

What did I read this week?

Sigils & SushiFestive Drinks And Season's HijinksPlotted for Murder

This week I blogged about:

Lola’s Ramblings: Top 15 Books of 2023
Lola’s Ramblings: Top 8 Audiobooks of 2023
Lola’s Ramblings: Top 10 Books with Neurodivergent Main Characters

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Review: Deep Fried Death by Maddie Day
– Review: Moment of Tooth by Lindsay Buroker
– Review: A Bid to Rule by Novae Caelum

Tours open for sign-up on Lola’s Blog Tours:

Review Opportunity: Brooke’s Win-Win Pony by Susan Count
Review Opportunity: Adventures of Takuan from Koto by Ryu Zhong
Review Opportunity: Notes for Neuro Navigators by Jolene Stockman
Cover Reveal: Eat Dessert First by Michelle Paris – 12 January 2024

How was your week?


26 responses to “Sunday Post #576

  1. 2023 had some great things for me with my Scotland trip, but I’m ready to see how a “normal” year will be in 2024, and I hope that maybe I can get some changes with my job, so I’m with you on ready for this year to be over. I would love to get a new fridge with an ice maker, but I have such a small spot for mine, I am good for now since it works. Plus of course I’d have to have someone run the water line to even get an ice making fridge. Here’s to a good 2024 for both of us. Happy New Year!
    Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) recently posted…Weekly Wrap-Up #150 – December 31st, 2023My Profile

    • That’s awesome you got to visit Scotland this year, I’ve visited the country years ago and it’s such a pretty country. I hope you can make some changes with your job in 2024. I didn’t really want to replace out fridge, but we kinda had to now it’s no longer working well. Happy new year and here’s to a good 2024!

    • Thanks! I hope 2024 is a lot smoother. I am glad to hear your daughter’s diagnosis process wasn’t too bad once she was actually scheduled for the testing. I think the place I went to just wasn’t the best fit for me, but I couldn’t really tell beforehand. Thanks for hosting the top 10 posts, I had fun participating in some of them.

  2. I imagine it must be such a relief to finally have a diagnosis, but it sucks that the process was such an ordeal. I’m sorry you had to deal with that. I’m happy to hear you’re planning to take the first few weeks of the year easy. Self-care comes first and I hope you feel better soon! I hope 2024 is a better year for you. Happy New Year!
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    • It really is a relief to finally have a diagnosis and have a name for it, but I really wish the whole process would’ve been less stressful. I hope I can take it easy these first few weeks of the year and that that helps.

  3. I’m sorry this year has been so rough. While I’m not autistic, I understand what it’s like to be around and talk to people who aren’t affirming in your diagnosis. I’m glad the process is over so you don’t have to deal with that anymore. I hope you can surround yourself with neurodivergent-affirming friends and family. Happy New Year!
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    • I am sorry to hear you also have experiencing with being around people who aren’t affirming, that’s really tough. I am glad the process is over and I hope 2024 will be a better year.

  4. Happy New Year! That’s awful though about the way you were treated. I feel like we still have such a long way to go with acceptance. And medication issues like that can be a nightmare too! I’m wishing you a better 2024. Fireworks can be stressful too. Even the animals don’t like them sometimes!

    Sigils and Sushis looks fun!
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    • The whole process was just so stressful and horrible. I definitely feel there’s still a long way to go with acceptance and udnerstand of so many things. And then I see how understanding and accepting everyone has been here in the comments and that makes me happy and gives me hope. I feel bad for all the animals who struggle with the fireworks as well.

  5. Happy New Year!!!

    I am so sorry to hear that this was such a rough time for you though. I hate that for you. 2023 was a year I am ready to put behind me too, not that it was all bad, my reading was the best its ever been, just everything else was not so good. haha Silver linings right? Hope 2024 is a much better year for you and brings in peace and joy for you.
    Lover of Romance recently posted…Weekly Recap (Week 1) 2024 Reset + Happy New YearMy Profile

    • My reading has been really good in 2023 as well, so that’s definitely a good silver lining. I am sorry to hear 2023 was a year you’re happy to put behind you as well. I hope 2024 is a better one for you!

  6. Sending big hugs! I also suspect that I’m neurodivergent, but I don’t want to go through the diagnostic process. I feel you. It is stressful. But I’m already close to 50 years old, so I don’t see how it’ll change me to get a diagnosis, so I just move forward. It would be different if I was younger or needed medication. I’m glad to hear you’re doing better! Burnout is very real and it can be even worse for neurodivergent people. Take care of yourself.
    S. J. Pajonas recently posted…2024: The Year I Embrace What Makes Me UniqueMy Profile

    • After having been through the diagnostic process I can definitely understand why you say that, it was one of the most stressful things I’ve done. Luckily there are some excellent resources online as well as stories by people who are neurodivergent that can help with self diagnosing if you’re interesting in that. It really helped me a lot to understand my brain better and be kinder to myself knowing where some of my struggles as well as joy come from. Getting late diagnosed seems to be quite common nowadays as I’ve read lots of stories online from people getting diagnosed later in life. Burnout is tough and I hope I can do better soon, but I think I just need some time to recover from this year.

  7. I can see why you’re happy to say goodbye to 2023! Glad to hear you got your diagnosis squared away, though. Hopefully that’ll help things going forward. I do enjoy seeing “top reads” kind of posts too! I’ll check yours out. 🙂

    • It’s been such a relief to have the diagnosis, just a shame the process was so stressful. Thanks for checking my top reads posts, I really enjoy looking back on my favorite reads of 2023.

    • Thanks for checking out my favorites posts, they’re always so fun to write! I hope 2024 will be less stressful than 2023 was for me.

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