Sunday Post with Berls | Week of February 28th 2022

Posted March 6, 2022 by Berls in The Sunday Post / 8 Comments


Week of February 28th 2022

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Sunday – Wednesday

Woah is it Wednesday already? This week has been a blur of stress – although today things started getting back on track. Let’s see if I can summarize without writing a novel.

Sunday was pretty standard – breakfast, play time, grocery pickup, COYER book club (so fun as always!), and then meal prep. Oh and laundry. I got started on meal prep way too late and didn’t finish until like 6:30. I need to focus on getting started earlier on Sundays. I’m just so tired I want to be lazy Sunday mornings, but it backfires.

Monday I had to be in the office because it was our new employee’s first day in the office and I’m responsible for her training. It was just a very busy day and I really didn’t get a break at all. I got in pretty late because traffic was horrible on the way in, but I’m salary so oh well lol. The stress began Monday afternoon and it’s kinda still hanging on. Very long, complicated story made as short as possible: last week, Kiko asked for a raise and was told he would get it. Monday he found out (through a convoluted mess that is the source of the stress) that he really isn’t. And since the manager is his ex, she called me hoping I could help calm Kiko because she felt absolutely horrible that the owner wasn’t giving him his raise. I tried… we talked round and round Monday evening and I thought everything was okay when we went to bed.

Well Tuesday he called me while I was dropping Dante off at daycare, clearly in a mood again. It was like we never had our conversation. And then he said something to her – actually trying to smooth things over – but then she made an off hand comment that ended up sounding like she was insulting me/blaming me, and since he was already upset an argument ensued. And in that argument, it came out that she had called me Monday – something I hadn’t told him because I was worried it would upset him further. Well, he comes home and says “so actually you’re my problem! Why didn’t you tell me she called you? If I had known I wouldn’t have been upset.” Right. Bull Fucking Shit. But somehow, in a matter that has nothing to do to me, their both blaming me. WTH?! I managed to get him to see reason and realize no, it was not my fault and it was not her fault, it was the owner’s fault. So he ended up having a good afternoon – she apologized for what she said (which I really think was not what she meant honestly, but in the stress she misspoke and he flew off the handle) and he apologized and all is well.

Meanwhile I accidentally left my bujo at work Monday – probably because everything that was going on and my Monday evening – which was already off the rails – just was so off routine and I didn’t get shit done. I really rely on my bujo to keep me focused with everything I have to do. I actually drove to work on Tuesday (a 2o minute drive, one way) just to get it, even though I was working from home. And I spent the day just off the rails, trying to get focused but so behind. Not to mention the stress of all Kiko had going on. I finally got started on my bootcamp for the week Tuesday and thankfully I’m understanding it well, but boy am I behind.

Wednesday morning for my morning routine I just settled in and tried to refocus myself, get my bujo back on track – setting up March pages, etc. Took Dante to daycare (he had a great day and his therapist reported a great session, which his teacher also was excited about, so yay!) and when I came home focused on work for a couple hours and then got down to my bootcamp. I’m not as far as I would like to be, but I’m far enough to not be behind anymore. And on the plus, the instructor messaged me to see how I was doing this week (without prompting!) and I was able to get feedback on all my assignments (all perfect, phew!). So today things are looking up. However, there is some stress/pressure still from Kiko’s work situation. The convoluted part is that there is some dishonest stuff going on and we don’t want any part of it. If we move out, Kiko could continue working here and without us being involved. So the timeline to look for a house is moving up to ASAP… in the worst housing market our area has seen in years. Anyway, I’m almost caught up from the past couple days of insanity — hoping I can get all the way caught up tomorrow.

On the plus, for my nutrition program I started a 10-day reset on Monday (no dairy, no gluten, no added sugar/sugar substitutes, no processed food, no alcohol, no caffeine) and despite the stress, I have not faltered. I honestly haven’t even been tempted. I’ve changed my eating habits so much since January and so gradually that I already eat almost no gluten, added sugar, processed food, or alcohol. And I’ve never tolerated caffeine well. Tuesday I went for a walk to manage my stress and today (Wednesday) I took a HIIT class at my gym that kicked my butt (in a good way).

Now to get to bed before it’s too late!


Today was much better than the rest of the week has been. I woke up about 10 minutes before my alarm – after not waking up even once during the night! That’s something I haven’t done in a long time. I did my miracle morning and Dante and I were out the door just a few minutes after 8. Brandee is in town and actually was at my work today, so I got to go visit with her and her husband for about an hour. Hoping we’ll get to see each other tomorrow, but if not, I got to see her at least while she was in town! Then work went by fast -I didn’t even remember to have breakfast until almost noon! I was busy training and then before I knew it, it was time to leave! I went to visit with Phil and Zach for a bit; I relaxed with them – we chatted a bit and played Fall Guys. Then I had my nutrition call at 5:15. On my way home I caught up with a friend that we haven’t been able to chat for a while. Picked Dante up and he had another great day. The daycare director said incorporating sign has been really helping him a ton. Kiko is frustrated because he feels like sign isn’t what we want – we want talking – but I feel confident that if we build on any kind of language he’s more likely to start talking. The daycare director also suggested we get his hearing tested – even though he can hear (obviously) it may be something she’s seen in other kids where they’re not hearing clearly due to something like ear wax buildup. Honestly, I’m open to just about anything at this point. So adding that to my to-do list… find Dante a pediatric audiologist. The evening was relaxing and I’m desperately hoping to get to bed a little earlier today. Even with not waking up at all last night, I’ve been averaging 5 hours of sleep every night and I’d like to get that closer to 7 if I can.

Friday – Saturday

Friday was about as good as Thursday. I was busy with work for most the day, but also had a good amount of time in the afternoon to work on my bootcamp workshop for the week. The workshop really stumped me — I’ve been following along really well and then I got to the workshop, and it got hard. But it’s due after our actual class on Saturday where we’ll workshop it with our group, so I figured that would be okay and I’d get clarity. We had a nice, quiet evening and I got to bed before it was too late.

Saturday was a good day as well. I got up about 8:15 and got breakfast going while Dante started to wake up. Dante had his oatmeal and made Kiko his standard weekend breakfast of pancakes, bacon, and coffee. I had actually already made my breakfast, so I just warmed it up and ran in to do my bootcamp. Bootcamp was frustrating. Our instructor is just not a good teacher yet. I got so that I was afraid to ask a question because I would go through a cycle of confused – I think I get it – nope, I’m confused – oh, I’ve got it – very confused. I now understand why people say React is the programming language where people quit – but if you stick to it, once you get passed that hurdle, you will do great. When we broke up into our groups, the four of us — all very confused, but a great strong team — talked through everything and did a lot of troubleshooting until finally we had code that was working and – most importantly, we understood. The instructor did stop in a couple times and about 1/4 of what he said didn’t confuse and actually helped. So, there was that. I know I can do this, but I’m definitely feeling shakier than I did with Bootsrap.

After coding, I had lunch and played with Dante until my friend Stacey came over around 2/2:30. We hadn’t seen each other since January I think?! She messaged me this week to see if I’d have time and offered to come over because she knew I had a lot going on. So, we caught up a bit, took Dante for a walk in the stroller to a park, where he played for a bit and then on the walk back to the car, fell asleep. So, we let him sleep in his stroller (it lays all the way back) and just sat on a bench for about an hour talking, until he woke up. Then we headed back, and she left for home shortly after. We also put on our calendars a time to meet in a couple weeks for a late lunch during the week. This evening there was dinner, laundry and finishing my grocery order/meal plan for next week. Dante’s in bed and I’m soon to follow, I hope!

Blog News

Can you read a series in a month started this week! I’m already loving my series. It’s not to late to join in!

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Last week on Because Reading

Challenge update

This week I finished: – 1 credit

I’m participating in 7 Challenges, plus the Goodreads Challenge, this year. Here’s how I’m doing.

  1. COYER Seasons & COYER Community 2022
    1. Winter – 16 boooks
  2. Bookish Resolutions – This was a challenge that Michelle used to do without me and she took last year off. This year we’re bringing it back together. Details on post, but basically I’m setting 5 “bookish” goals for the year: Here are my goals:
    1. Blog ahead at least 1 week. I’m doing well keeping up with this so far. Need to get next week done today.
    2. Keep a blogging planner. I got back on track this week with my All Fully Booked Planner and it’s going well.
    3. Visit & comment on 7 posts a week. Oh man. I made it to one post so far this week. ONE. I’m hoping to get to a lot this morning.
    4. Reply to comments each week. I’ve replied to all comments since Monday. Sorry, I didn’t get to answer Sunday post comments, but I read and appreciated each of them!
    5. Review books before starting a new book/on the same day – I finished In Death on Monday and still haven’t written the review… plan is to get it written today.
  3. The Backlist Reader Challenge – 6/50 books
  4. 2022 Audiobook Challenge – 17/75 books
  5. 2022 Library Love Challenge – 3/24 books
  6. 2022 Finishing the Series Challenge – So far I’ve made progress on 1 series – Mine by Cynthia Eden.

2022 Reading Challenge

2022 Reading Challenge
Berls has
read 4 books toward
her goal of
150 books.

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

My big goal for 2022 is to lose weight every month. I’m not setting a specific number goal; I just need to make sure I’m going the right direction (down) every month. I will weigh in on the last day of each month only (so I don’t get too attached to the scale).

My goals for this week were:

I started a 10-day reset for my nutrition program so these goals are a little intense this week, but have gone really well!

  1. No dairy, no gluten, no added sugar/substitutes, no processed foods, no alcohol, no caffeine – so far, so good!
  2. 7 (or more) servings of vegetables every day – I’ve had 7+ every day except today (Saturday), where I had 6.
  3. Drink 100 oz of water at least – I fell short on Friday, with 84.5 oz.
  4. Get in a workout/ go to the gym 4 times – done!

Weight gain/loss for the year so far:

  • +3.9 pounds Feb 1.
  • -3.0 pounds March 1 (for the year, so total loss for Feb was 6.9 lbs!)

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?

Tantor Audio for Review

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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8 responses to “Sunday Post with Berls | Week of February 28th 2022

  1. What a crazy week. You need to sleep more. I hope the work issue for Kiko can be resolved. You are doing great with all the nutritional changes and weight loss. Going gluten free has been tough for us and we need to really cut down on processed food more. Looking forward to all the buddy reading this month.

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    • Yeah I really do – I’m feeling super drained today. I just need more hours in the day. I’m good if nothing unusual happens. But when 1 thing tips the balance, it’s really hard for me to recover and get everything I need to done in 24 hours.
      Gluten is something I don’t pay attention to usually, but I was surprised when it was time for me to start this reset how little gluten I actually eat as it is. For me, dairy has been the challenge. I love my yogurts and cheeses lol! Have a great week – loving our buddy reads 🙂

  2. Jen

    What a busy week! First – great job on the February weight loss! You are back on the loss side for the year. Second – good luck finding a home… the markets are so horrible right now. I think I’ve mentioned before, but my youngest had issues when she was a toddler and we found out (because she wasn’t speaking) that she had persistent fluid in her ears – never got ear infections, she just always had fluid. So the audiology told us that she was hearing like she was under water. We ended up getting tubes in her ears and working with a speech therapist and she finally starting speaking actual works. I hope you find answers for Dante!

    My week was great – the kids and I were on mid-winter break and we spent the week in Florida with my parents. My in-laws are also down there, so we saw them a lot. I ate a ton of food and desserts (we celebrated three birthdays while there). I can tell I’ve gained weight, but won’t know until I weigh in tomorrow.

    • Aww how wonderful! A visit with family sounds great. And to me, that’s one of the times where you enjoy social eating and don’t stress over it. Those pounds will come back off <3

      Thank you, I'm feeling really good right now. I feel like I'm finally making habits instead of diets - something I've been TRYING to do for over a decade. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again, right? The house issue is one that we keep hemming and hawing about. The market is just so AWFUL. But we don't feel comfortable here. So IDK what we're going to do. We can't buy something we can't afford though - that won't serve us at all. So IDK. And yes! I feel like I probably should have taken him earlier, but the pediatrician does a hearing test and nothing came back amiss. But I feel like we need to explore everything at this point.

      I hope you're having a great week!