Sunday, August 13, 2017

AVR Weekly News ~ 206th Edition

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by 
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. 
~ Recap the past week ~ 
~ Show what's upcoming ~ 
~ Share news ~ 
~ Display book hauls ~

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  • Sunday ~ Meme ~ AVR Weekly News ~ 205th Edition
  •  Monday  ~ Meme ~ Monster Porn Monday 
  • Wednesday ~ Review ~ My Immaculate Assassin by David Huddle
  • Friday ~ ReviewLove on the Road by Sahara Kelly & S.L. Carpenter

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  • Tuesday ~ Review ~ White Magic Five and Dime by Steve Hockensmith
  • Thursday ~ Review ~ Baltimore, The Plague Ships by Mike Mignola 
  • Saturday ~ Maybe something, maybe not. I'm out of reserve reviews.
  • Sunday ~ MemeAVR Weekly News ~ 207th Edition

--- AVR News Update ---
Hello and Happy Sunday!

On the Home Front: So, things have been very hectic lately. I was rushing around getting things ready for our annual trip to Ohio and then there was the actual trip of nearly 1300 mile and 3 stops to visit family July 31st - August 6th. It is so good to be home. Except for the drama this past week. I won't even get into the ongoing family drama we've had to deal with, but it's basically over. No one can fuck you over like family. Amirite? For 20 years I've tried, but I'm done bending over backwards trying to accommodate fucked up (by their choices) stepchildren. I have new goals, a plan, and my house back. Or nearly so. The only uncertainty is our grandchildren. We have no idea if their mother will use them as pawns against us. It's the kind of spiteful thing she excels at, so we'll just have to see.

All of this is on top of an issue we've been dealing with this year. I know I said before I wasn't ready to share, but here it is: we discovered our then-17 yr old (now 18) is schizophrenic. He was diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder back in Jan. He's had anger management issues that he'd been getting counseling for the last 2 years, but he had a crisis in January and a psychotic break. His particular thing is hallucinations of a violent kind. I am forever grateful he felt he could come to me because he had a voice telling him to kill everyone in the house. We could have easily been a horrific and terrible headline. Instead, we got him to a psychiatrist (as opposed to his therapist who was absolutely wonderful btw, I can never thank him enough) and after some adjustment to his meds and his school schedule, I have my happy and healthy (he was down to 130 lbs at nearly 6') child back. It's a daily vigilance to keep him away from stress triggers, but I'm cautiously optimistic.

So, there you have it. All this home stuff and increasing duties with InD'tale Magazine has kept me hopping. And there's my blog, too. But I'm changing things. I'll be 50 in March and it's past time I set new goals. For the first time in a very long time I feel good, filled with positive energy. It's amazing what negative people drain from you without you even knowing it.

Touching Nature: It was gorgeous in Ohio. And apparently as soon as we left NC it was gorgeous here, too. Fuck you, Ma Nature. Was painting some shelves outside on Thurs and finished them on Fri. Also mowed Thurs. Not too hot out, but it got humid Fri evening and into Sat. Yuck.

Book News: I started a book on vacation, but didn't finish it until we got back. So basically, I went a whole week without reading much of anything. But I visited with family, so I'm not too jittery. I'm also using the very last of my reserve reviews on Weds. Not sure if I'll be taking a blog break or not. I'm still pondering that decision.

Don't Touch That Dial!: Bupkis

At the Flicks: Probably not until November.

Cyberspace Playground: No time.

Randomness:  Because who doesn't like gift cards? Enter HERE

Carol's Nuggets of Wisdom: We have a small chest freezer that always seems to be fairly full, so when I need to defrost it quick, here's what I do:
Heat up giant pot of water on stove to near boiling.
Turn off freezer.
Take everything out of freezer and put in a cooler. We have a giganamous one.
Set folded towel in freezer, set pot on towel, close lid.
Wait about 1o-15 min. Open lid. 
Clean up ice that has fallen off. Gently scrape off ice that hasn't yet. I have a plastic putty knife, but I don't usually need it. 
Dry the inside.
Turn freezer back on.
Reload with foodstuffs.
You're welcome.

That's it for me. AVR News Update signing off. May all your books enthrall you.
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  1. Life can be hard sometimes. I always keep a copy of Pema Chodron's book, Things that Scare You, on my nightstand for difficult times. Let me know if you have any book-ish home remedies for me!

  2. *HUGS* I know what a crisis is like and I think you are doing a fantastic job with him! He is very luck to have such an awesome mom!

    I am also sorry about all the other stuff but I am glad it is to a point you can finally be "free" I just hope you get to see those sweet little babies.

    If you need to chat you know I am always here! :)

    Enjoy those new books! Have a great week and Happy Reading! oxoxox

  3. *hugs* I feel for you. Yes, family can at times be the worst. I am so glad your son was able to get help. Sounds like you have some wonderful providers there. I am hoping you get to see your grandbabies.

  4. My heart goes out to you and family. I am so happy that you able to get the help your son needed. I will keep you and your son in my thoughts.

  5. {{BIG HUG}} Sounds like you're an amazing mom or your son wouldn't have felt safe coming to you in a crisis. I hope things continue moving on smoothly now that he's getting the help he needs!

    And yeah, family is the WORST at times. The only blood relatives I have any relationship with are my mom and brother, so believe me, I get it!

    I'm sending major posivibes your way - it's time I sent them back, eh? Here's to a great week!

  6. Wow, that is some serious family drama there :0 I am stunned, I mean, you know this stuff happens outside of movies and headlines, but you're still surprised every time you hear it happens to someone you know. I'm glad everything worked out the best way possible!

  7. *HUGS* Sorry to hear you are going through some rough things but you are awesome! Hope things work out with the grandbabies!

    Have a great week!

  8. It is phenomenal how much negative people can drain from you - physically, emotionally, mentally. It all adds up. I'm sorry about the stepchildren drama - I can't imagine. I totally understand bending over backwards, though. I've done that for my sister-in-law, who is literally a stranger to me two years later. My brother is allegedly getting a divorce (who knows after all the lies he's told), so I don't even bother. It makes me sad because it's basically like they don't even exist. I hope you are able to see your grandchildren.

    I've had several students with schizophrenia. It is hardly ever diagnosed at the age where I have them, and the knowledge of each individual kid has been chilling. I am glad your son was confident enough to talk to you. Things could have been entirely different. So glad you guys were able to get him what he needed and that he is doing well. That is hard and rough.