Sunday News #15

Sunday Post and Sunday Salon are blog news memes hosted at Caffeinated Reviewer and Reader Buzz, respectively. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and other things.

I’ve been feeling a little bit sad again for the past couple of days. Like I said last week, I’ll be graduating DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) in a few weeks. This means I’ll no longer go to group or see my therapist each week. My therapist will still be available if I need him. I just won’t have a set appointment day and time. I kind of feel like a fledgling about to be pushed out of the nest for the first time.


This week on the blog:


I finished reading DREAD NATION by Justina Ireland last Sunday evening. You can read my review by clicking the link above if you want.

I started reading STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco this week. As I said last week, I’m fascinated by Jack the Ripper and, so far, I’m really enjoying this book. I love the banter between Audrey Rose and Thomas. I also think I know who “Jack the Ripper” is in this fictionalization. I hope to finish the book today.

I checked out DEAR EMMIE BLUE by Lia Louis because of Wendy’s charming review on her blog this week. I’m going to start reading that today, hopefully. Afterward, I’ll read THE HORSE AND HIS BOY for April’s Narniathon21 installment. Hopefully, I can finish both of these before next Sunday. Wish me luck, lol.


Whenever I feel sad, I love listening to “Dragostea Din Tei” or the “Numa Numa” song by O-Zone. I know this is a very polarizing song, lol. You either love it or hate it and I love it. “Dragostea Din Tei” can instantly put me in a good mood when I sing along to it.


I was so excited when I saw that season 5 of The Great Pottery Throwdown was finally available on HBO Max. I love The Great Pottery Throwdown so much and this season was so much fun. I loved all the contestants and enjoyed watching everything they made. My two favorite episodes of this season were 5 and 7. On episode 5 they had to make garden gnomes and on episode 7 they had to make sgraffito wildlife table lamps. I loved AJ’s gnomes and otter table lamp. AJ’s (they/them) style the whole way through the season was just so adorable and quirky. I always looked forward to seeing what they made. There are 10 episodes in total and I watched them all this week.

Corey and I also saw Fantastics Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore on Tuesday for my birthday. I really enjoyed it. I thought Mads Mikkelsen did a great job as Grindelwald. I really loved the story. If all the controversy surrounding the series kills the franchise, I think the ending was done in a way to give fans some closure. However, I look forward to the next installment if there is one.


I love my nails. I got my first mani-pedi in almost 6 months yesterday. It’s one of my favorite things to do in the spring, summer, and fall. (I usually take a break in the winter to help save some money.) I love wearing sandals, but only if my toenails look nice. Last year, I discovered as I was going through DBT that manis and pedis move me closer to one of my values and help me build a life worth living.


I’m not sure I want to take any classes this summer. I know it’s good for me to stay busy. I also know school moves me closer to several values and help me build a life worth living. I just feel a little worn out after this semester with being as ill as I was for almost a month. Maybe taking the summer off would be good for me or maybe I need to suck it up and take the one class I was planning to.


I need to do really well on my trig final because I bombed my last test and got an 83% on the previous one. My teacher drops our lowest test score. I was hoping to do well on this last test so I could drop my 83%, but yeah. I got formulas mixed up and made really dumb mistakes. I was also pressed for time. Hopefully, I do well on the final.

How was your week? Anything exciting happen?

I’ve been learning in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) that life is full of dialectics, or two opposing truths. In this case, the two opposing truths are: 1) I don’t agree with JKR’s stance regarding trans people, and 2) I still love and will always love Harry Potter.

About Jenni Elyse

Hi, I'm Jenni. I’m an eclectic reader. I mostly read fiction and I favor fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers, and romance. The more kissing in a book the better!
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  1. Tessa
    Tessa says:

    The nails look great! I need to get mine done very soon. I’m actually overdue at this point, which is why I still haven’t been wearing sandals. Must makes those nails beautiful for sandal-wearing 😍

    I hope your transition out if DBT therapy goes well. I’m sending lots of positive vibes your way.

    Have a great week!

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thank you, Tessa! 💜 Agreed. I’ve been wanting to wear my sandals for a few weeks now. I’m glad I finally can. I hope you get your nails done soon.

      Thanks for the well wishes as well!

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Ellie! 💜 I know I’ll be okay. And, I’ll still have access to my therapist. I won’t have weekly scheduled visits. I’ll just need to schedule an appointment when I need to talk to him. Basically, I have to rely on myself to reach out when I need help.

  2. Karen
    Karen says:

    I’ve been wanting to read the Jack the Ripper series but I keep forgetting.

    I also forgot to ask you what you used for your purple hair…did you bleach first? I just had bayalage done so I’m thinking of adding some purple as that color fades. They raised the prices where I go and it’s like a car payment 0_0

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I didn’t bleach my hair, but yes it was already bleached. I had someone else color my hair purple last October and to do that, she bleached my hair. When I recolored it purple this time, I just put purple over the bits that were faded and my naturally colored hair. The color looks best on the parts where it was bleached first. The brand I used was called Ion Permanent Color. I got it at Sally’s Beauty Supply. You need a developer as well.

  3. Molly @ Molly's Book Nook
    Molly @ Molly's Book Nook says:

    I hope you feel better this week <3

    I really enjoyed STJR. I've yet to continue with the series though haha. I've been wanting to get my nails done for so long but I recently developed excema on my right hand and I don't think it would like all those chemicals. It makes me so sad so I am jealous of your fresh mani/pedi!

    Hope you have a great week!

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thank you, Molly! 💜 I do that all the time. I enjoy a book so much that I want to read the whole series and then the rest of the series just sits on my TBR for forever.

      I’m sorry to hear about your eczema. I had a really bad bout of eczema about 8 years ago and had a full-body rash. It was the worst thing ever. I hope yours goes away soon.

  4. Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads
    Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads says:

    Hope you’re feeling better this week! <3 And hope you're enjoying Stalking Jack The Ripper – I also guessed the identity of Jack pretty early in the book, but I still enjoyed the story a lot anyway so I didn't mind 🙂

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Lindsey! 💜 I did enjoy Stalking Jack the Ripper. I’m posting my review tomorrow. I was right about who Jack was and I didn’t mind knowing either. It just made the book more fun to see the other characters figure it out too.

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