Saturday, 9 September 2017

Sunday post 72; It's Monday, What are you reading? 57


The Sunday Post - a chance for bloggers to have a chat and a catch-up - is hosted by Kimba, here: http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/ and It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Kathryn, here: https://bookdate.blogspot.co.nz/

Let's see ... not that I had any particular plans for the week, but last week did not go to plan at all.

I sent spawn to school on Monday, half-noticing he had a few spots around his mouth, but not thinking anything of it. When I went to pick him up after school he said his friends had been teasing him about having chickenpox. Which he's not vaccinated against (though he is vaccinated), and which he hasn't had. 

Well. Okay. It wasn't chickenpox - it was hand, foot and mouth which is ALSO a very contagious virus. I talked to a nurse at my doctor's surgery who said there wasn't much point bringing him in unless he took a turn for the worse, so I ended up keeping him home last week.

He wasn't particularly ill, but it's contagious and I'd hate for him to pass it on to someone more vulnerable and less robust than he is. So I spent last week pretty much stuck at home and not doing a lot of anything. 

It turns out that a couple of girls in his class had had it a few weeks ago, which they - or their parents/caregivers - hadn't told the teacher. She discovered it had reared its ugly head when her baby contracted it. It's frustrating because to me it's common sense to inform the school if your child has something contagious. 

Luckily spawn's case was very mild, and he's back off to school tomorrow.

He also had his confirmation today and did extremely well. I'm not particularly religious, but I sent him to my old school out of sentimentality perhaps. But it has a small roll, which I like and for a school with about 100 pupils it also has an extremely diverse roll, which I think is important for him as well. Somehow I forgot about all the religious stuff that comes with a Catholic education - lol. The good thing is that he's embraced it for himself, and I figure when he's older he can choose his own path. 

I did apply for a few jobs last week, and there was a pop-up job market going with displays of vacancies and CV advice, etc, and I was able to go there on Monday. I've tweaked my CV - again - and. Well, who knows. I have a pre-interview phone interview tomorrow - for a job that I applied for a while ago but didn't get further than the phone interview, but when it came up again, I thought "what the hell".

I also started a new cross-stitch - I have a friend who is about to go to Wellington to attend police college. She's a little older than me, and it's a long-held dream of hers. She's been working hard for the past two years or so to get her fitness up to scratch and tick all the necessary boxes, so I'm doing this project for her. I was originally going to try and finish it before she headed up to Wellington, but that's impossible given its relative size, so now the goal is to finish it for her graduation in February. 

What else. I spent Friday stitching and mainlining the four-part series Britain's Bloody Crown, about the War of the Roses. It was really really really excellent and if anyone has any War of the Roses-related recs, I am here for them. I have The Sunne in Splendour and I started it a few years ago, but I need to get back to it.

This week the aim is to start blogging more. I meant to last week but ... well. I'm hoping for about four posts a week - that's the goal, anyway.

As for what I'm reading - I picked up a Star Trek: Voyager novel, called A Pocket Full of Lies. Star Trek novels are my go-to when I need absolute, pure escapism. This one is set post-series, and so far it's really good. I also finally ventured to start book 4 of Game of Thrones, so we'll see how that pans out. I was going to rent season 4 from the library, but it's out at the moment, so I got season 2 of Hannibal instead. I never finished season 3, and I really enjoyed Hannibal, so I'm hoping to go the full distance this time.

What about you? How's your week? What are you reading?

18 comments:

  1. Yikes that's too bad about the contagiousness, I agree why not warn the school? Especially since a baby ended up getting it. Good grief.

    Good luck with Game of Thrones, jope you enjoy, and the War of the Rose book sounds good too.

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    1. It's commonsense to me. I do enjoy Game of Thrones, I'm very slowly working my way through the books and the TV series.

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  2. That's a pretty crazy story, I'm glad your kid turned out to handle it well after all. My week was sooo busy! Lots of guests, traveling, lots of food I shouldn't have had (at least in that order xD), too much beer, too little sleep. Well, you know - guests! But it was fun. Although I wish I could have read more :)
    Have a wonderful reading week, Maree!

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    1. I'm grateful it wasn't worse as well. It sounds like you had a fun week!

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  3. Sorry that your child's school started off so slowly. If it is any comfort, Hurricane Harvey put a damper on ours.

    https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2017/09/life-after-hurricane.html

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    1. I'm glad you're okay _ I can't even imagine that level of devastation.

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  4. Ooh, I always hated it when the kids picked up viruses (or worse) at school. Glad he got through it okay.

    Cross stitch is lovely and something you can do while watching TV. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing your week, and for visiting my blog.

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    1. Me too. Luckily he wasn't badly affected by it. It is! I feel like I've achieved something. :)

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  5. Yes my grandson is just getting over hand, foot and mouth. Usually they run a high fever and then rash appears but even adults can catch it. Glad the little guy is feeling better and I am glad you are one of those thoughtful parents who keep sick ones at home.

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    1. He had a fever last week which I think was the start of it. Luckily it was a very mild case but I'd rather keep him home and not spread the wealth as it were. :)

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  6. I just discovered some moving boxes filled with old Star Trek novels from the original series on. Right now they are on a shelf to be organized. I had kept a few out by authors who were otherwise known to me but the bulk of these haven't seen light of day since the 1970s. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. I really enjoy Star Trek novels - they're such pure escapism for me. :)

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  7. Glad your son weathered the virus well. My 3 month old grand son got sick because kids were brought to daycare sick. Grrr, I understand if they didn't know and they got sick while there, but this was a case of knowingly dropping them off enough that my little guy got exposed before they were picked up.

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    1. Luckily he did, yes. Oh, that frustrates me. If anything I err on the side of caution - I hate to think other kids might get sick because of me.

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  8. Hand and mouth — sorry about that. How stupid of the other parents not to let the school know. Come see what I'm reading

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    1. It's definitely frustrating for sure.

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  9. My great-niece had that recently. I had never heard of it before that.

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    1. As I understand it, it's a virus a bit like chickenpox. Usually mild (and thankfully spawn's was) but also really contagious.

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