Sunday Post with Berls | Week of May 22nd 2022

Posted May 29, 2022 by Berls in The Sunday Post / 4 Comments


Week of May 22nd 2022

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Sunday – Monday

Keeping it brief because I’m already falling behind for the week! Ahh!

Sunday was a good day – did lots of laundry (I hadn’t done my laundry the week prior) and cleaning. I actually have enough going on this week that I didn’t need to meal prep – I can make it off of leftovers (I didn’t even have to go get groceries). So that was a win for time! And we had our Readalong Chat, which is always a treat.

Monday was BUSY. I did my workout in the morning, took Dante to daycare and then had back-to-back meetings. I have a feeling I’m going to stay this busy until I leave, since I have a ton of transition tasks to get completed. I also heard back from the recruiter that my start date request of the 13th was approved, so I gave official notice to work that my last day will be June 10th. I’m hoping to get enough done that I can afford to take the day off, but we shall see if that works. A long weekend would be nice. I also went to visit another center and I liked this one A LOT MORE. The feel was better and I also really liked that I was able to have a good conversation with the BCBA. BEST, they are super flexible in terms of doing sessions at a combination of locations – home, center, and daycare could all be part of Dante’s plan. And they started on the approval process right away, which is better than everywhere else I’ve talked to. I still have a few places to visit, but I’m feeling good about this place. Now to get to bed because tomorrow is another BUSY day.


Woke up this morning to THREE emails from Walmart/Sam’s with login information for my account. They’ve already got me in the system! Shit is getting real! Dante was tried this morning – he didn’t fall asleep until almost 11 last night because – and this is adorable – he was lying in his bed giggling! He’s started just randomly giggling lately and it’s so cute but I don’t love that it kept him up. I had to wake him because I was in the office this morning. I spent 90% of my day training our Hospital Coordinator on surveys – she’s been with us 3 months and we haven’t had one since she joined. And I’ll be leaving before we have one. So I’m trying to give her a good sense of what to expect.

After work I stopped at my brother’s and Zach’s to chat a bit and also do some work on my bootcamp. After I came home from picking up Dante, I saw the devastating news about the school shooting and I’m just sick about it. Especially because these things could be prevented by some decent gun laws. Hugging my baby extra tight tonight.

Dante was in a great mood this evening, but he has gotten where he asks for table time over and over and I have shit to take care of. It’s great that he wants the attention and time, but bad because I really need to get things done. I managed to get the kitchen clean but I didn’t do any of the other tasks I had for the evening. Oh well, like I said, hugging my baby extra tight. All that work will still be there tomorrow.

Wednesday – Saturday

Was the end of this week a beating for anyone else?

I had a tour review due Wednesday morning, but I had fallen behind on my reading so I finished it around 7:30 that morning. I stayed up pretty late reading and woke up to read too. So also super tired. I wrote the review and got everything setup and just as I was about to publish, our power went out. I said okay, screw it, let me get Dante up and take him to school and then come home and figure out what I’m doing. Well it was still out when I came home, so I used my hotspot to publish the review from my laptop which thankfully was at full power. Then I kept using my hotspot for work. And I was in meetings pretty much all day, working on some big projects I need to get done before I leave. Wednesday evening I started coughing really bad and feeling sick.

Thursday I woke up feeling AWFUL. First off, not sleeping well because of the cough and also I think I’m just super stressed between the job change and trying to get Dante’s services set up. I was really busy at work pretty much all day. I had a tour for an ABA center in the afternoon, so I decided to grab one of my at home COVID tests just to be sure it wasn’t COVID before I go to a center full of unvaccinated children. It was negative, thank goodness (still wore a mask). I loved the center and came home thinking it was THE ONE. But after talking to Kiko decided there were some concerns I needed to address first.

Friday I woke up feeling awful once again, but I needed to go into the office. I got out the door on time and got to work okay. I didn’t feel like bringing the food I had prepped with me but then I got to work and was hungry. Shocker, huh? I ate a granola bar I had at my desk and drank a hot cocoa. I was (once again) super busy — the things I need to get accomplished before leaving keep piling up. It’s like panic has set in because they realize how much I do (that I honestly didn’t realize I do). After work I stopped at my brother’s and they helped me compose an email to my new boss with some questions I needed answered – mostly pertaining to schedule – so that I can make some decisions regarding Dante’s therapy. He responded super quickly and looks like my schedule is going to be even more flexible than I predicted. However, I don’t think that the ABA place I looked at Thursday is going to work. It’s 20 minutes away without traffic, not to mention one concern we had (not a huge deal, but enough to make us pause) – I think it would introduce stress trying to go there, even if all other considerations make it the best choice so far. I haven’t told them yet, but I think it’s going to be a no. At least a No for now.

Friday night I was coughing so much that Kiko gave me a halls when he came to bed. I was half asleep and stuck it in my mouth. And fell asleep. I woke up several times throughout the night and noticed it still in my mouth. I basically sucked on 1 halls for 6 hours… a new way to create a time release medicine I guess! It worked though, I didn’t cough all night! I did wake up still feeling super beat. Plus Dante woke up at 6:30 (something he rarely does, so why when I’m exhausted?). I gave him an RX Kids bar and dozed on the couch while he played until quickly making real breakfast at 8:30 for him and Kiko and going into the bedroom for my bootcamp. During bootcamp I lay down on my bed with the camera off and dozed a little — like I was paying attention, but when they went off on tangents I rested my eyes. And during the 15 minute break, I full on took a nap.

After bootcamp I came out and started getting Dante ready for the park when we got a phone call that my nephew Prieto had been killed in a car accident this morning. That obviously sent our day into a spiral. My nephew was in his early 30s, has a wife and 1 daughter. I didn’t know him super well, as he was pretty grown and living his life when Kiko and I met 17 years ago. But I do know his parents extremely well and it’s so hard to imagine what they’re going through. My sister-in-law Rosa is in Mexico and working on getting home – looks like she’ll be back here by Monday. So we went to my brother-in-law Eliseo’s to be with him. His daughter-in-law came over with her daughter (she’s 3 I think) while we were there. I was trying to watch the kids while the family talked (in Spanish) and Eliseo was very drunk and crying. So depressing. Dante started getting super fussy and I think it was too much for him. And quite frankly, sick and tired I’m not much use. I was wearing my mask too because I don’t want to get anyone sick. Kiko had wanted me to come because he was feeling too emotional to drive but I ended up leaving him there around 6:30 and he’s either going to get a ride home this evening or stay there.

So yeah that’s my week. I’m tired – physically, emotionally, mentally. I hope you are having a great week and a great memorial day!

Blog News

It’s been quiet on the blog and likely will remain so until my life gets a little sorted (at least from me). I’m still reading and will still do Sunday Posts, but at the moment, blogging is just not making the time cut.

Last week on Because Reading

Challenge update

I have no idea where my challenges stand at the moment.

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 (or first) day of each month only (so I don’t get too attached to the scale).

I derailed SO BADLY this week. I WAS down but I have a feeling that when I stop on the scale tomorrow it will show a gain. I didn’t eat well. I didn’t sleep well. I didn’t workout enough. My goal this week is to do some very simple meal prep so I can do better moving forward.

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!)
  • -3.0  pounds April 1 (for the year, so no new loss in March, but no gain)
  • -7.0 pounds April 30 (for the year, down 4 pounds in April)

Added to My Shelf

I have SO MANY sitting in my inbox to go through! Eventually I’ll catch up and it will be an explosion.

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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4 responses to “Sunday Post with Berls | Week of May 22nd 2022

  1. First – the throat lozenge at night…. I have to do this all the time during allergy season. If not, the post-nasal drip tickles my throat and causes me to wake. Second – that dread you felt taking the COVID test…. it happened to us this week; we finally had positive tests. We are all vaxed and boostered, but it is happening EVERYWHERE. My daughter felt more run down than normal with a sore throat (not uncommon during allergy season). We decided to give her a test and I was shocked it was pink! So she started isolating. We all wore masks, but two days later, I also had symptoms. However, I didn’t get a positive test until I’d had symptoms for three days (and day 5 of close contact with my daughter). So we’ve been isolating together, watching TV. Also, it was a long weekend without any plans (other than yard work, which I skipped). I hope you all stay healthy.

    Due to not feeling well and isolating, I ended up eating better last week. Go figure.

    • Oh no! I’m so sorry y’all got hit. Yes total dread – I feel like all of us will eventually get that positive test. My hope is that we won’t get it until Dante is vaxxed. I hope you all are recovering well! And hey, at least you ate healthier 😂

  2. Whew what a week! I have coughing sometimes because of allergies and I often suck on a lozenge. When I wake up in the morning it’s tiny or gone but it keeps me from coughing somehow. I really hope you feel better and things go more smoothly this week. I wish you could have a week off between jobs but that rarely works out because when one is hired they want you to start.

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