Sunday Post with Berls | The one with the 46th

Posted January 24, 2021 by Berls in The Sunday Post / 12 Comments


The one with the 46th

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The short version

This week was up and down. I got hope for a childcare option for Dante and it fell through the cracks by the end of the week. I got to sleep in, but was super tired. I was very busy at work and my hip has been hurting, but some restorative yoga may have it on the mend. And Trump is GONE!! We have our 46th president and feel like I can breathe for the first time in 4 years. What an amazing, historic moment we got to witness. And I wrapped up the week with a nice day with my brother. See the daily detailed version below.


Despite my super fun late night, I wasn’t hung over at all and woke up fine this morning. We were supposed to get together with my brother today, but both he and I were feeling lazy so we canceled. I had to get groceries, and since I forgot to place an order I actually had to go into the store to get groceries. Besides groceries, I did some reading, cleaning, and reading.

A good friend of mine (so close she’s like a sister) called to see if I could help her connect her sister with Tequila about renting an apartment here. We don’t live in the best part of town, but our apartments are one of the safest (while still affordable) in the area. And she said her sister MIGHT be able to help watch Dante once she moves here. On the plus, Tequila has an apartment for her on February 15th. And it’s pretty close to our apartment, which makes my friend feel better. She just doesn’t know anything about watching a toddler and isn’t the best at thinking on her feet. So we’re thinking we may have her do a couple learning days with me and see how it goes. On one hand, it’s a relief to have someone who I know is COVID safe and practically extended family and affordable. On the other, I wonder if she’s equipped to watch him. I guess we’ll do a trial day or so and see how it goes (if she really is able). I will feel so much better once we have an actual working plan.


Dante slept until after 8 a.m. today! It was nice to sleep in. After Kiko woke up, I got in a quick workout (my usual Monday workout) and then spent the rest of the day doing some reading and blogging. I finally finished Persuasion and decided to watch a movie version. Stormi recommended the 1995 version and I really enjoyed it. I also had a doctor’s appointment today – it was pretty lucky that I managed to get an appointment on a day that both Kiko and I had off. With all the childcare challenges, we can’t afford to take off for anything like a doctor’s appointment for me. Anyway, all went well. Today was a fairly light day. Yay!


I was very tired today. Why is it that after a day off I’m always MORE tired when I have to work? I was busy today and really unmotivated. But I got through the day. I have this pit in my stomach, just knowing that I’m on the precipice of our current routine changing and I don’t feel good about it. On the plus, I think we at least have our plan for the next 2 weeks. I have to go in for a few hours Monday and my brother is coming over to watch Dante. Then Kiko is taking off Tuesday and Wednesday to watch him. And since I’m going in two full days, I won’t have to go in the following week. So that’s something.

Dante took a good 2.5 hour nap today and after I finished work I did some blogging while watching another version of Persuasion. I wanted to compare it, since it had Anthony Stewart Head. But I agree with Stormi, the 1995 version is better. After Kiko got home I went for a short walk and then we did dinner. A little Buffy binge watching and then bed time.


Today was a GREAT day. I mean I was busy as hell. Dante was fussy. He only napped 1 hour. I worked OT and my hip hurts BUT it was great day. Because Trump is officially gone. And I managed to watch as the first ever Black, South Asian WOMAN was sworn in as Vice President. I won’t lie, I cried. And I had to jump into 3 hours of meetings before Biden spoke, I jumped off after he was sworn in, but I watched his speech after work and teared up. I feel like I can breathe for the first time in 4 years. And I have hope.

I also got to watch some Buffy today and I’m on season 6 which has bad ass Willow. And I got to watch one of my favorite episodes “Once More with Feeling.” I might rewatch it again tomorrow. I love Spike’s song. I love Spike. Night 🙂


Today felt like a long sprint. Like you’re running as fast you can, but you also a running a long distance. I just have so much to get done at work for next week’s surveys. And I had so many meetings. I hope I can get everything done on time tomorrow, since we really kick off Monday afternoon. STRESS!!

That aside, today was actually pretty good. Dante started doing this thing where climbs and stands on the seat of his toy car across the room from me and looks at me and starts baby talking. Besides making me nervous he’ll fall, it’s freaking adorable. It’s like he’s giving a speech. He’s being Biden lol 🙂 I’ll catch it on video one of these days and share. Look at the cuteness I did catch (yesterday actually):

My right hip is really hurting bad still. And my left knee has joined in. I’m falling apart. I want a massage but with COVID I just don’t feel safe yet. So I did some restorative yoga focusing on hip stretches before bed tonight and I hope it helps. It made me sleepy – I think I’ll start doing it every night but AFTER I’ve done my post so I can just drift to sleep with my book. Time to read, Night!


Today was busy! I worked non-stop from 7 a.m. to after 5:30 p.m. (well except for when I stopped to feed Dante, change his diaper, and put him down for a nap). We have 3 surveys next week, plus all these meal and grocery donations for our healthcare workers to organize. It was a lot. Plus, I finally got my offer for my promotion. It blows. My raise is so little, I doubt I’ll notice it. Far from life changing. My boss went all the way to the VP trying to fight for more for me, though. And she was not happy with what they gave me, so I feel valued by her at least On the plus, my resume will be much stronger and I can potentially use my new title (as of February 7) to get a better paying job outside my company. I’d prefer to stay here, but if they can’t pay me what I’m worth, then I guess I have to look elsewhere. I figure I’ll stay put until we have the pandemic behind us and really work to beef up my resume. I’ve found the silver lining, but at the time I found out I was first wanted to cry and then I was pissed. I had so much hope.

Also found out today that the backup option I learned about Sunday isn’t likely to work out because she got a job offer. It’s good for her, but there goes another childcare option. Oh well, I know we’ll figure it out.

My hip still hurts today, but it’s a little bit better. Planning to do some yoga before bed again. Oh and I talked to a friend I haven’t heard from since June! We’re going to try and meet at a park in a week or so and walk and talk. A safe meet up. Stupid Pandemic. *sigh* Night!


Today was great. I stayed up until midnight Friday night reading, so I was so thankful that Dante let me sleep until 8am. My book is so good (These Broken Stars), I did some more reading today. I might finish it tonight. If not tomorrow for sure. After a relaxing morning – breakfast, reading on the balcony with a hot cocoa while Dante played and some budget work, I went and picked up my brother. He spent the afternoon with us. He played with Dante a bit and then Dante went down for a nap. Then we opened a bottle of wine and just talked. Then we opened another bottle of wine 🙂 Honestly I only had 2.5 glasses, so my brother drank a lot lol! When Dante woke up (actually I woke him) we played some more (I was sober) and Kiko made beef stew for dinner. We did clean up and talked some more, then Dante showed off helping us pick up his toys (part of his nighttime routine) and after he went down for bed I took my brother home. A simple, nice, relaxing day. I really enjoyed it!

Blog News

Last week on Because Reading

Challenge update

I’m participating in 4 reading challenges this year.

I finished The Witch is Inn by Danielle Garrett and Persuasion by Jane Austen this week bringing my totals to:

Backlist Reader hosted by Lark @ Bookwyrms Hoard: 4

Library Love hosted by Books of My Heart & Angel’s Guilty Pleasures: 0

New Release hosted by (un)Conventional Bookworms: 0

COYER (Winter) hosted by Because Reading:4

FitReaders (hosted by Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About & Felicia The Geeky Blogger)

I’m keeping a scorecard to track my fitness goals. It’s something my nutritionist suggested to help me move past my perfectionism. My current goal is to get to 60 points a week – something I can do without doing perfect every day. I’ll share my scorecard with you below.

My big goal for 2021 is to get down to my goal weight. It means losing 70 pounds this year. It’s a lot, but I’ve done more in the past and if I just focus I know I can at least get close. My day-to-day goals will fluctuate and appear in the scorecard below.

I feel like I did relatively well this week and while I’m ending the week at the same weight I started, I am down about 1.5 lbs for the month. Yeah, not much, but I’ll take what I can get.




Added to My Shelf

I’m trying to be more responsible about keeping track of the books I acquire, so I’m going to start sharing them again. If I share them here, surely I’ll remember to add them to Goodreads, right?

How was your week? What are you Reading?

About Berls

Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 2 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 22 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!



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12 responses to “Sunday Post with Berls | The one with the 46th

  1. Jen

    With the ups and downs, it still seems like a pretty good week. The inauguration was simply amazing, beautiful, heart-warming… I cried, I smiled. I breathed. *HUGS* And then all of the Bernie memes – I was dying. We needed some laughs on social media. I hope you find childcare soon.

  2. We watched Once More With Feeling this past week too! I forgot to mention it on my blog. I love that episode! My daughter got to see it for the first time and she got such a kick out to Anya’s bunny part. LOL I hope your hip and knee are feeling better. I’m sorry they’ve been bothering you and am glad the yoga is helping. I was sorry to hear the possible babysitter fell through. I am so glad you had a nice visit with your brother.

    I thought the Inauguration went very well–and Amanda Gorman! Loved her. I’m not happy we will be hearing a lot of you know whose name in the next few weeks, but I do hope their are consequences.

    Have a great week, Berls!

  3. Wednesday was great! I feel like a great weight has been lifted. I teared up when I saw Kamala Harris take the oath of office, and several times during Biden’s speech. And Amanda Gorman blew me away with her poem, and the poise and hope with which she recited it.

    I hope your childcare issues work out, and I’m sorry there wasn’t better news on your raise. Take care, and hang in there!

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  4. Wednesday was great in so many ways. I hope you find a childcare option you like soon. I’m so sorry about the promotion. I was worried because it was so delayed. Maybe there will be something else internally with higher pay? I hope it isn’t just lots more work or more stressful work without a pay increase. I have been having more hip pain than back pain myself and I figured out just this morning a hip stretch which made it lots better. So I hope that works for you too. Stay well!

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  5. Wednesday felt like such a new beginning. I feel like we all (well, most) gave a big sigh of relief that the last 4 years are really over. Sorry that the raise wasn’t what you hoped/wanted. At least you know your boss values you and went to bat for you. Hopefully that means she’ll have your back for future raises.

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  6. Hopefully, finding child care for Dante will relieve some of the stress and glad your restorative yoga helped a bit with the hip. I don’t blame you for being disappointed in a little raise that doesn’t make you feel prized as a good worker. Yay for a fun and relaxing visit with your brother.

    Have a good week, Berls!

  7. The promotion thing sucks! I hope it will look good on your resume at least, should you decide to try for another position.

    LOL, Dante is such an accomplished architect-in-fieri.

    I hope the U.S. can start a healing process now. Too many things – and people – have been broken these latest 4 years.

    Have a great week!

  8. Well that sucks about your raise. But, you are right-use this as a springboard for better! Also, I love Spike too. He is just so amazing!! He narrates some audiobooks now and I am always giddy to hear his voice again!!
    Dante is just too cute!

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  9. Yeah, trying to find daycare is a struggle. Especially now. My sister took awhile to find a place for her son last year. It’s just hard to find that place with good caretakers as the first one she took him to was awful. Then with her current choice they had to close for a week because they were short staffed due to COVID so that didn’t help. It’s lucky that my mom is currently working from home that she was able to watch him that week. I wish you the best of luck in finding a place!

    Ooh nice new reads! These are new to me ones but I hope you will enjoy them all!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  10. Sorry about your hip maybe a nice warm bath would help getting old sucks 😉
    3k to me is awesome since I never got even a little bit of a raise, plus I could use that right now lol. Maybe they want to see your performance and how you work before committing to more? Stay Positive something good will come of it! 🙂

    Have a great week, Berls! Happy Reading! xx

  11. Haha so glad to see trump gone! I felt like celebrating… 🙂 And that’s such a cute vid. Go Dante!!!!

    Hope you have a great week Berls!