New Year, Limbo and a Change~ WIR & TSP

Posted January 3, 2016 by Michelle in The Sunday Post, WIReadview / 24 Comments

WIR&TSPWeek in READ-view is a post I have posted on Sundays telling you what I have been up to this week and what I read or am reading. The Sunday Post is a meme sponsored by the awesome Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, post a recap of the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

On the Blog & Real Life:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! I hope you all have a wonderful new year filled with tons of good books and blog posts! πŸ˜‰

It’s back to organizing, blogging, commenting and visiting 100%. I wasn’t expecting to take a 2 week sort of break, but it happened, a lot was going on and between Christmas and New Year’s Eve I was in a strange limbo. I wasn’t sure what the hell I was doing or what I was even suppose to do, so now the rest of this weekend and next week will be catching up and getting stuff done. This Tuesday is the first Tuesday I will officially be taking over Task it Tuesday (boy do I need it) so if you are looking to get organized feel free to sign up and join me. I also have IDEAS! So I might be putting out a few new posts I am so excited about. 2016 is going to be the year I organize and stay organized…let’s see how that goes. πŸ™‚

I had my New Year’s Eve Hoopla on Thursday with a bunch of friends and we had a blast, always good food and lots of laughs, it’s my favorite party to host. If I had a bigger house I would host a lot more but it was nice to have my tiny house filled with friends.

On a not so happy note, I am losing my insurance at work so now I have to go find my own. I can’t even explain how many things have been taken away from me at work. 15 years and no raise, and when I did get a somewhat sort of raise it was taken away when I lost a day at work. Now he’s taking our insurance and would give us a “raise” to help pay for it but that doesn’t really help because now it’s all on me to handle everything else. That means no raise for real and a new bill to pay. I am not happy and as much as I HATE change I think I might have to start thinking about what I really want and what will be best for my family. This is only me losing the insurance, my kids have it and so does my husband but I just can’t keep doing this and never getting any compensation for how hard I work. Change might be coming and it might be coming very soon.

On Friday night my son had a bit of a meltdown, not a angry meltdown but a depression one. He cried because he doesn’t think he is special and it broke my heart. My husband and I sat with him and explained all the things we know his is good at and told him that he is very special. He feels like he can’t do anything and was just so upset by this. I know he has tried making YouTube videos and I love him for trying but I don’t think that was really for him. Ryan is very creative and always has a unique way about him, it suddenly hit me what I think he would be good at. I explained to him that I think he is creative and unique and that he is a seriously awesome gamer and maybe he should try to learn how to create apps so when he gets older he will be able to be a video game developer. He thought it was a great idea and went to bed very happy. I explained that it wouldn’t happen over night that it takes a lot of practice and patience to learn coding (something he has a hard time with). When he woke up this morning he asked again about it and since I did a little research that night I found a few apps and a website that will teach coding. So I should him this morning and he hasn’t stopped smiling. I do hope this will help him feel special because he really is and I think would make an excellent game creator. I also believe Julia can do it, she is very creative and very artistic. I have my fingers crossed that this is a good change for them and something they will want to keep doing. If he makes a game I will be sure to feature it on an app review πŸ™‚

Last Week on the Blog:

This Week on the Blog:

  • Review Jackaby
  • Task it Tuesday
  • Review Pip Barletts Guide to Magical Creatures
  • Wish List Wednesday (If I have time to set it up, otherwise it will be next week)
  • Fun Facts Friday
  • My TBR List Winner


Read/Currently Reading/Next

Currently Reading
Currently Reading
Next (maybe)
Next (maybe)

Books I got this week:

So far nothing, It’s a good start to the new year πŸ™‚

Picture of the week:

Starting the New Year I feel like I am at a fork in the road.
Starting the New Year I feel like I am at a fork in the road.


So tell me what have you been reading and up to this week?

Hope you all have a fantastic week!!!

Happy Reading




About Michelle

I am a mom to two pretty amazing kids, four pretty cute fluffy children and a wife to one adorable husband. I am a gamer, reader and a graphic designer with 20 years experience. I recently started my own business "Limabean Designs" to help other bloggers, authors and anyone else create amazing things that they would be proud to show off. I have been reading since forever and started blogging because I love sharing all the awesome books this world has to offer. I am also the co-host for the COYER Challenge, Reading Assignment Challenge and the Bookish Resolutions Challenge. I try to create a warm welcoming environment on my blog where authors, readers, and bloggers will have a great time. Let’s chat books, games, blogging, recipes, design, or family over a cup of coffee and a glass of wine!



Want more awesome posts like this? Subscribe to my blog via email!

24 responses to “New Year, Limbo and a Change~ WIR & TSP

  1. Sorry to hear about losing your insurance. That really sucks! I hope you find something else you like to do, for an employer who actually values you. Good luck to finding your niche in 2016! Hopefully, coding will be good for your son, and he can also find his niche. The holidays have a way of bringing people down, and you handled really well. Happy New Year and have a great week!

  2. Sorry to hear about losing your insurance. The raise is good but that is a big bill for you to have to pay. I hope you find a solution for this. I hope Ryan finds something he enjoys. My daughter also loves playing video games and would like to be a programmer when she grows up. For now she is writing short stories and having a lot of fun with it. Maybe writing can be an option for Ryan. I can’t wait to see the new ideas you have for 2016. Have a great week!!

    Kathy recently posted: Weekly Wrap-Up #83
  3. I have never had insurance and it sucks, but none of the places I have worked ever offered it. I wish I could go back to school and get a degree that might actually get me a decent job, but lack of funds as stopped that. I need to look for free website design and coding things on line and try and learn that myself. I think it would be cool to design games so I hope that will make Ryan happy.

    You did good not getting any books but I have a gift card and went on a little spending spree but I didn’t get any review books. πŸ™‚

    Happy Reading,

    Stormi recently posted: The Week In Review #70
  4. The insurance situation sucks! My husband works for an international company that has the motto “Setting the standard worldwide”. Yeah, right. Hubby hasn’t had a raise since 2008 because he’s “maxed out” at his position. They promise holidays off then rescind. Yet he continues to work his ass off for them because that’s who he is. He doesn’t mind the job, but hates the management. Nearly 22 years in though, so he’ll stick it out a bit longer.

    Sounds like you handled Ryan’s meltdown just fine. Kudos to you and hubby! I look forward to seeing what Ryan comes up with. πŸ™‚

    Btw, you can totally add me as a reference for Limabean Designs. Happy customer here! πŸ˜€

    Have a wonderful week, Michelle! xo

    A Voracious Reader recently posted: AVR Weekly News ~ 125th Edition
    • The only good thing is I found one that is rather reasonable just have to go back and try to apply for it. I figured it was to good to be true. I was hoping LD was going to kick off big time and then I can spend my time doing that and find a part time job but it’s a little slow going.

      I am hoping he actually does it, I was playing with it myself and thought I could totally rock this lol but I want to do website design first, honestly that is my dream job.

      Michelle recently posted: 2015/2016 #Coyer B2B Update
      • Thank you, we wanted to make sure we didn’t make him sadder than he was. With him you never know which way he will go.

        Yes it is crappy and I am a little pissed off but at this point it’s either I suck it up and stick around until I find something else or just stay put until the kids don’t need me to watch them after work so I can get a different job. I am seriously at a fork in the road.

        Michelle recently posted: 2015/2016 #Coyer B2B Update
  5. I work part time in a deli, I work 4 nights a week as closer. I get a dime raise after 1 year. I actually left my job for 6 weeks for more money, it was a HUGE mistake. However, thankfully I got my job back and I am happy , because I LOVE my job! If you’re not happy, make sure you take a step forward so that you are happier. Insurance is such a hassle and you have my total sympathy. I wish you lots of luck with that and also getting organized!! I love being organized,LOL. Happy New Year and Happy Reading!!

    • I am thinking about it I know it will be a huge change and I don’t want to make a mistake but at this point it just seems like something I might have to do because I am really not happy.

      Happy New Year to you too Joann!

      Michelle recently posted: 2015/2016 #Coyer B2B Update
  6. Okay…trying again. Your blog doesn’t like my URLs…I keep forgetting.

    Anyway, good luck with the insurance issue; I know several young people with this issue.

    I like how you helped your son look at options for expressing his unique creativity.

    I am ogling the book This Is Where It Ends.

    To find my post, go to my Serendipity blog (on my Author’s Home Page).

    Laurel-Rain Snow recently posted: AUTHOR’S HOME PAGE
    • It’s because of Bloglovin, it already give me the link when you put in your web address πŸ™‚

      Thanks its sucks and I am hoping things will get better soon.
      I love how unique he is and I hope he really does it.
      It was a good book but it really made me cry πŸ™‚

      Michelle recently posted: 2015/2016 #Coyer B2B Update
  7. Happy new year! That time between christmas and new year’s is always a bit confusing. I hope you enjoyed your break and good luck with your organizing efforts :).

    That sounds a bit shitty with how long you’ve been working there without a raise and now they are taking out your insurance as well, that’s not nice.

    I am so sorry to hear about your son’s breakdown, despression is the worst. That must be heartbreaking to hear him so depressed. I am glad you could think of something for him to do which can keep him busy and I hope he will enjoy makign apps. I hope you’ll have a great week!

    Lola recently posted: Sunday Post #159
    • I did but I just think I let to much go. It’s like starting over again but at least I will be doing it with a fresh mind.

      It really is and I am hoping this year brings a lot of change.

      It’s hard to know which way it would go but I am glad I thought of that only because he always says he wants to do something and I thought that would be perfect πŸ™‚

      Michelle recently posted: 2015/2016 #Coyer B2B Update
  8. Sounds like you’ve had a busy time of it and yay for ideas! I can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with. The work situation definitely sucks and it sounds like it’s not a sudden descent. Definitely time to do some reevaluating but I know that’ s much easier said than done. Poor Ryan! I’m glad he’s feeling better. A spell of not feeling good at anything is rough for an adult so I can’t imagine how devastating it is for a child. I love how you handled it and hopeful the coding will give him something to focus on. Have a great week!

    Katherine recently posted: This Week in Reading - January 3rd
    • I have ideas πŸ™‚ just need to figure them all out and some wont happen until Feb so I am starting to like Jan will be a light post month.

      It really is, I feel like I am at a fork in the road and I am not sure where to go which I why the Alice saying is perfect.

      It really looks like a fun thing for them to try and I hoping both kids will look into it. I think it’s good to know other stuff as you get old because sometimes things don’t work out how you planned.

      Michelle recently posted: 2015/2016 #Coyer B2B Update
  9. Happy New Year! It is hard to blog with all the holiday stuff going on, definitely can relate. I had a few things scheduled but spent a lot of time offline too. Glad the holidays are over even though I love them.

    That sucks about your work. There are a lot of companies doing stuff like that, for all the good companies or employers out there there are many that are canceling insurances or stuff like that. I work in benefits and I see it a lot. I know someone who has worked for her company for 20 years and hasn’t gotten much in the way of raises either.. Good luck with whatever you do.

    Have a great week Michelle!

    Greg recently posted: Sunday Post #123
    • It was unplanned and I was roaming about a lot but it was nice to just spend time with the family. I do love them also but I am glad they are over. This year I just wasn’t feeling it.

      Seems a lot of companies are doing that, it’s also a little cheaper to get it on your own than through a company. This world is so messed up and they really need to fix the insurance thing and quick. They just seem to be making it worse. How can you get a penalty for not having it if you can’t afford it how are you going to pay for the ridiculous penalty? I am sure this would work but it just seems ass backwards. πŸ™‚

      Michelle recently posted: 2016 Challenge Sign Up Post
  10. Happy New Year!

    I had two weeks off too and it was lovely!

    There are so many great coding websites out there that can teach you and I don’t know if it has coding courses but there is a website called EDX which offers free uni courses from international universities like MIT and Harvard so there may be courses on it that interest him. I did one a couple of years back on Natural Disasters and it was such a good course and I learnt a lot.

    • Happy New year! Thank you Heather, I will have to look those up. I think he would really do well with making APPs and it would help his self esteem so much if he was able to accomplish something. Natural Disasters sounds like a course I would like πŸ™‚

      Michelle recently posted: 2016 Challenge Sign Up Post
  11. I’m so sorry that your son is having a tough time. I can’t even imagine having to deal with that. I’m not a parent, so it is not something I’ve ever had to deal with. I’m sure it is very difficult. I know I feel exactly like your son at times, even though I know it isn’t true. Good luck with whatever you decide to do with your job. That sounds really tough. I so hate the healthcare system in the country and how it is tied to your job. I think we are the only country that does that. It is frustrating. People are scared to change jobs for fear of loosing their insurance. I know the idea behind Obamacare to was to make that less of a concern, but that isn’t what happened. It is better than it was, but still not where it needs to be. Good luck. It looks like you might have some tough decisions in your future.

    Melanie Simmons recently posted: Happy New Year to All
    • He loses focus sometimes and we just need to remind him how special he is and I am hoping the app designing will be something he wants to continue doing, I think it would be great for him.

      I don’t know if I have been happy at my job for a long time, I did find a plan that was pretty good it’s just, I am so tired of him taking everything away from us and never giving anything back. I really wish I could start my own business and I am trying just slower than I thought it would be but I am still enjoying it when I do get jobs to do πŸ™‚

      I think a year of change can be a good thing, god knows we could use some positive changes around here.

      Michelle recently posted: 2016 Challenge Sign Up Post
  12. Happy New Year, Michelle xoxo
    I’m glad you find something for Ryan to do so he feels validated! It’s not always easy to be a mom, eh?
    I think having some nice family time offline – even if it was in limbo – can be very good for our creative juices to start flowing again πŸ™‚ Of course, I’m glad you’re back online, though πŸ™‚
    Have a fantastic week ahead and happy reading.

    • He seems really excited about it and I am hoping it is something he wants to do because I really believe he will be good at it.
      Limbo is so weird, I just felt like I was floating around and not sure what I even did lol.
      It’s nice to be back fully and get some new posts up, I had ideas while I was on break πŸ™‚

      Michelle recently posted: 2016 Challenge Sign Up Post