Saturday, March 18, 2017

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | March 18

I'm going to try to keep this crazy update as brief as I can. My husband and I have been trying to get our old house ready to sell. We still had a lot of our stuff in it, and the attached garage had gotten to the point where it really just needed to be removed from the house.

We decided my husband would take off spring break (this past week) with the kids and schedule all of the work to be done that week. That gave me a deadline to go through everything we owned to either donate, bag up to put in the demolition dumpster, or crate up/set aside to keep. All of my extra time and energy after work has gone to meeting that deadline.

Fast forward to this past week, the demolition of the garage went extremely well. My husband spent the rest of the week having the electricity and water lines capped off that were running to the garage and getting things cleaned up. By yesterday he had found a realtor that we really liked and was able to do a walk through with her yesterday afternoon. All we had left to do was get our stuff out and put it on the market.

We were just settling in last night when the fire department called to tell us our old house was on fire.

Life is so weird. It was an electrical fire in the back wall of the house. The fire department says it wasn't related to the demolition. They found some wires in the wall that were bare and touching. The scary thing is they must have always been that way. I'm assuming they had to have moved because of the demolition or the breakers being turned off and on had something to do with it. Or life is just so, so weird.

More than anything I'm thankful no one was hurt.

My plan was to return to blogging after this week, but I don't know, guys. I might not get my mind back for a while. I'm going to see how this week goes, and I'll post another update next weekend.

I haven't done much reading in the past couple of weeks. Thankfully Bonnie invited me to read The Fellowship of the Ring with her. It was the perfect book choice for me since I've read it a few times already.

Currently Reading



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The Return by Joseph Helmreich - Joseph Helmreich sent me an ARC of The Return. This is on my list of must reads for this year. It's half alien abduction scifi, half man on the run globe hopping thriller. I'm really hoping I can manage to read it this week.

Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror edited by Mark Matthews - Garden of Fiends is another priority read for me. Look at this list of authors: Kealan Patrick Burke, John FD Taff, Jessica McHugh, Jack Ketchum, Max Booth III, Glen R. Krisch, Johann Thorsson, and Mark Matthews.

The Hidden School by Dan Millman - The Hidden School showed up on my porch the other day. It's the third book in a trilogy that I've never heard of. Have you read the first book Way of the Peaceful Warrior? It's supposed to be a life changing bestseller. It's fiction but also autobiographical and a self-help book... I'm all kinds of confused. It has great reviews, though, so let me know if you have any experience with this series.

So that's where I'm at and where I've been. Regardless of how my blogging goes, I do plan to catch up with everything that has been going on with you guys. I apologize for not being around and for the comment bombs that are likely about to take place. Let me know what you're reading this week or leave me some links!


This post is being shared as part of Book Date's It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Tynga's Reviews' Stacking the Shelves, and Caffeinated Book Reviewer's The Sunday Post.

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20 comments:

  1. Wow! Scary! I'm glad no one was hurt.

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  2. That is scary! I'm glad you and your family are okay, and that you weren't at your old house when the fire started. I hope this week has much less drama for you! :)

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    1. Thanks, Lark. I'm looking forward to things calming down.

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  3. LOTR and The Hobbit are some of the very few that I enjoy re-reading. I'm not a big re-reader - but those I get back into often.
    Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review
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    1. I love to reread, but I don't do it very often. There is always the struggle with missing out on something new.

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  4. Oh man, that's all so terrible but I'm glad no one was hurt too. Still, that's so unfortunate and a blogging break is more than understandable. I'm glad that we started LOTR when we did and that it's working out for you. :) I got super busy as of late and fell way behind but I think I might finish the first one this month? We'll see. :) Take care of yourself.

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    1. We can poke along together on this one! :)

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  5. Wow, I'm so glad you guys were all safe and no one was harmed. No wonder you haven't been blogging as usual. Hopefully things will settle down for you over the next few weeks. The Return looks and sounds interesting but I'll be honest, The Hidden School sounds kind of confusing so I can't see me ever looking into that series. Take care of yourself and your family and I look forward to seeing more blog posts when things have calmed down and when you feel up to it.

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    1. Thanks, Barb. Right? I'm very confused by The Hidden School and the whole series really. I'm hoping someone can enlighten me on it.

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  6. Oh no, how terrible! I'm so glad to hear you guys are okay! I can see how that could have shaken you up, knowing that the wires had always been that way and it could have happened anytime...I'm very, very relieved to hear you guys are safe.

    On to less stressful topics, I am looking forward to your thoughts on The Return. I really enjoyed it.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. My husband went by the fire department yesterday to turn in some paperwork and one of the firemen better explained how it happened. It had to do with the sudden heat surge from turning on the breaker. It really could have been so much worse. I'm thankful it happened after we weren't living there anymore, but I'm also glad we didn't sell the house to someone else. As much as I would have liked to have sold it, someone really could have gotten hurt.

      I saw your review for The Return on my feed, but I knew I was about to start reading it so I'm planning to double back and read your thoughts when I'm done. :) It's great so far.

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  7. Yikes and more yikes. As you said, everyone is safe and that is what is important. But, scary.

    Nothing like getting late books in the series is there? I once got a seventh book; it was immediately donated.

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    1. It is scary. I'm trying not to think about the what ifs. It definitely could have been worse.

      It's weird receiving a final book in a series. It's pretty much "what am I supposed to do with this?"

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear this, but so glad that everyone is ok.

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  9. Oh my gosh!! I am so glad to hear that no one was hurt. Scary!

    I read Way of the Peaceful Warrior, and while I know a lot of people like it, it wasn't my cup of tea. It was one of our early book club reads. I am still a little confused by it. Lol.

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  10. Fire is such a scary thing! Glad nobody was hurt.

    That took care of the selling aspect, didn't it?

    Enjoy your new books...and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  11. Oh my gosh that's crazy! So sorry to hear that! And thankful no one was hurt. But I can only imagine what you guys must be going through. All the best...

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  12. Wow, I'm so glad that you and your family were out of the house but am sorry this happened to you. It must be incredibly stressful.

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