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.

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  1. jessicabookworm
    jessicabookworm says:

    Sending you prayers of love and healing as you prepare to stop your regular therapy 🙏 I hope you are able to read and find comfort in Dear Emmie Blue and The Horse and His Boy this week and decide what to do about your classes.

    I enjoyed a chilled and quiet week with plenty of sunshine, where I finished reading one book, which was the Christian non-fiction Pray For Us by Meg Hunter-Kilmer and went on a nice shopping trip. 😊

    Take care and happy reading in the coming week.

  2. Esther @BiteIntoBooks
    Esther @BiteIntoBooks says:

    Hopefully you’ll feel better next week. It is a bit scary to stop therapy and that you have to do it all by yourself. I’m there right now!! Sending lots of hugs and strength 🙂

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thank you, Esther! 💜 I hope you’re doing well with relying on yourself more.

      Some days I know I can do it and other days I’m terrified I’m going to fail. I know it’s just fear of change. I also know I can reach out to my therapist if I need him. It’s just a scary transition.

  3. Mia @ My Genre Books and Me
    Mia @ My Genre Books and Me says:

    Hope yo feel good even after stopping your regular support meetings. I love anything to do with the Jack the Ripper topic. I was going to read Patricia Cornwell’s book about who the real person was, and she spent millions of her own money researching this, and then experts all around were saying she got it wrong. Must have been a bummer for her! Enjoy your books.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Mia! 💜 I’ll have to check out Patricia Cornwell’s book. I’ve read a few of her books and I didn’t know she had one based on Jack the Ripper. Even if she did get it wrong (which does anyone really know for sure?), I think it would still probably be fascinating to read.

  4. Elyse
    Elyse says:

    I wish I were more comfortable getting manis/pedis but it’s just an awful experience for me, I feel so awkward. Introvert! lol.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I understand. I often feel awkward too and I’m an extrovert. Being an extrovert probably helps me to deal with the awkwardness, though. I mostly just show nail artist what I want and read a book or watch the TV they have playing. Because I don’t strike up conversations very well with people I don’t know, they often talk to the other nail artists around them. They don’t seem to mind, so I don’t feel too bad about it.

  5. Louise Hallett
    Louise Hallett says:

    Fantastic mani-pedi! And in your favourite colour too. I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the Jack the Ripper book, my fingers are crossed that you get through those others on time too. I hope your mood improves this week, it must be a little daunting to come to the end of your support – but you CAN do it, you are amazing!

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Louise! 💜 Yes, I was excited about the purple. I almost did pink, but I couldn’t find two pinks I liked together. Purple was easier. 🙂

      Thank you for the encouragement! I really appreciate it.

  6. Bonnie
    Bonnie says:

    Hi. I’m Bonnie. I’m new to Sunday Post. The Ripper book looks good. And your mani/pedi looks fabulous! I find pedicures especially so relaxing!

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Hi, Bonnie! Welcome to Sunday Post! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I also find pedicures relaxing, except when they scrape off all the dead skin. Then I fight to hold still because my feet are so ticklish. 😂

  7. Greg
    Greg says:

    I can totally understand how you’d feel that way even if I’m not in your situation! Good luck this week and I hope everything goes well. A good therapist is worth their weight in gold and I’ve heard good things about DBT…

    A Horse and His Boy… loved it as a kid but it’s been so long.

    I love the look of Maniscalco’s books too.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thank you, Greg! 💜 DBT is amazing. I highly recommend it. I think everyone would benefit from it, even though a lot of the people in my life don’t feel the same way.

  8. Cindy Davis
    Cindy Davis says:

    Your nails are very pretty! I hope you do well on your Trig test. Maybe you could take the summer off of school to rest/refresh, but find something else that will keep you a little busier?

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Cindy! 💜 That’s kind of what I’ve been thinking. I just have to figure out what to do to keep me busy. I’ve thought about getting a part-time job. I just have to see what’s available.

  9. Wendy
    Wendy says:

    I sure hope all goes well for you as you graduate your program. I hope you love Dear Emmie Blue as much as I did. And I hope your week goes well and you feel better.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thank you, Wendy! 💜 I’m really looking forward to reading Dear Emmie Blue. I kind of want to put Stalking Jack the Ripper on hold and read Dear Emmie Blue first, except that I’m really enjoying the former, lol.

  10. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    Trig…shiver. Best of luck to you! I am algebraic but anything that smacks of geometry doesn’t work very well with my non-spatial brain. I love mani-pedis too although I do them without color in the winter. (until sandal time) They are so relaxing! Several people have recommended the Great Pottery Throw Down to me. I’m not crafty or artistic so I don’t know if I’d like it. But perhaps the people are interesting?

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I love algebra. I also love geometry and trig. It’s why I’m a math major. This semester has just been hard because I was sick for almost the entire month of March which meant I got behind in my classes and so it has affected my grade. Oh well. It’s not the end of the world.

      The people on the show are really interesting. My favorite season is the latest one. I do like the previous ones, but this last one was really awesome. I’m not a potter and I don’t craft either. The only thing I do is crochet and knit, but I really love the show.

  11. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Anne - Books of My Heart says:

    I’m surprised they are having you end the individual and group therapy at the same time. I would try to continue the individual therapy for a bit longer even if you spread it out to every other week or something. My daughter has her therapist weekly for several years now. She is also tired and taking just one class this summer – YOGA. It’s an elective but keeps her in a school mode. I love getting mani-pedis but don’t do that since Covid.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Well, I’m not completely ending my individual therapy. I’m just not seeing him weekly anymore on a set day and time. Basically, if I feel like I need to talk to him, I have to schedule an appointment. It’s just the way DBT works. I also can still text him.

      That sounds great for your daughter. Sometimes doing an elective like that is a great way to stay in school mode. I, unfortunately, have taken all my electives.

      I also understand about not getting mani-pedis since COVID. The place I go to is very conscious of COVID. Everyone must wear a mask. They make people social distance and have a barrier in between the client and the nail artist. I feel really safe. I did stop going over the winter because there was a surge in cases in December and January and I wanted to be more cautious. Our numbers are very low again and I’m triple vaxxed so I’m willing to risk going in for the mani-pedi right now.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Oh, that’s awesome! 😀 I’ve heard Maniscalco’s audiobooks are amazing. I don’t listen to audiobooks very often. Mostly only with non-fiction and books I’ve already read. I may have to check out the audio for one of her other books.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I agree. Music is very therapeutic. I have a very eclectic taste in music (I just don’t like country), so I can find music for any emotion I’m feeling.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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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