Sunday News #32

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Feeling

I’m feeling excited and a bit overwhelmed because school starts tomorrow. I feel excited because it’s a new school year with lots of possibilities, and I feel overwhelmed because I don’t quite feel ready for the first day.

Blogging

This week on the blog:

Reading

Despite signing up and participating in Bout of Books this week, I haven’t read much. I started LINES OF COURAGE by Jennifer A Nielsen, but I only got to page 160. I did do a lot of researching WWI, though, because of Nielsen’s book.

I don’t know if I’ll get much reading done this week either because of school. I’m going to try, though.

Listening

I’ve been listening to my Faves playlist while running errands and being in the car. The song that stuck out to me the most this week is “Handclap” by Fitz and the Tantrums. I like to clap my hands against the steering wheel while I sing along to this song.

Watching

Corey and I watched various movies this week. Most of them were unmemorable. We got a new TV and it’s big enough for Corey to read subtitles (finally), so we watched EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE. It was amazing!

We also watched the first episode of SHE-HULK: ATTORNEY AT LAW. First off, it was really funny. Second, I love that View Spoiler » using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). My therapist and I had a good laugh about it. I told him, “I’m a hulk. Okay.” His response to me was, “I thought I might say that it is empirically supported for BPD [Borderline Personality Disorder] and gamma radiation poisoning. ” I laughed a lot.

Loving

I went to PetSmart this week to get Izzy some litter. I decided to stop by the cats for adoption. There was a 3-month old female named Binks and I immediately fell in love with her. I tried to convince Corey that we should adopt her, but he’s not ready yet. I don’t blame him one bit. I miss Dax so much, and I know Izzy needs a friend. We can wait, though.

Wanting

I want to dye my hair purple again. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to. Hopefully, soon.

Needing

I started PTSD therapy last Monday. It’s called PE, which stands for Prolonged Exposure. It works in conjunction with what I learned in DBT. I had a hard time doing my homework this week. I’m anxious about feeling the emotions even though I know it’ll help me in the long run. I know it’s going to get harder before it gets easier. Thankfully, I have the best therapist and I have the skills I learned in DBT to help me. I just need to remember that it’s about progress not perfection.

How was your week? Anything exciting happen?

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  1. Juli @ A Universe in Words
    Juli @ A Universe in Words says:

    Everything Everywhere At Once is also still on my list, I’ve literally only heard good things about it and I adore Michelle Yeoh! I’d also fully support getting purple hair again, but then I’m too scared to dye my hair so maybe don’t take my advice xD I hope you have a lovely week coming up and that you do as much reading as you feel like!
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I hope you enjoy EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE when you finally watch it. 😀 I love dying my hair purple. It’s just so damned expensive that I can’t do it as often as I like. 🙁 Thank you, Juli! I hope you have a lovely week too!

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  2. Bookworm
    Bookworm says:

    I would love to dye my hair a fun color one day. Good luck with everything this week and happy reading. I also need to watch SheHulk, it looks fun.

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  3. Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter
    Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter says:

    All of the hugs for the first week of school! It’s always a lot happening all at once and people settling back into routines; some willingly, some not so much. lol.

    I think WWI books are becoming more popular, or I’m just starting to see them more. This one sounds like a good read. I’ve read Nielsen’s fantasy series and really enjoyed them. I’m going to add this one to my “once school is over” list!

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      LOL. Yes, exactly! Hopefully, I’ll be one of the ones who’re willingly getting into a routine. 😀 Sometimes I make it hard on myself.

      I agree. I think there’s an uptick in WWI books. I’m glad for that because usually it’s all about WWII and I’ve really liked learning about the events that lead to WWII.

      Have a great week! 😀

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  4. Louise Hallett
    Louise Hallett says:

    ” I feel excited because it’s a new school year with lots of possibilities, and I feel overwhelmed because I don’t quite feel ready for the first day” I’m a teacher of too many years to mention, lol, and I STILL feel like this every September when we are due to return to work.

    I hope the PE therapy is as successful as the DBT has been. Have a great week!

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one, lol. 😀 Do school always start the first weekday in September over there? I’ve always wondered because of Harry Potter and Hogwart’s always starting on September 1.

      Have a great week!

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  5. Greg
    Greg says:

    She Hulk was fun! I smiled when I heard them talk about DBT too. Good luck with school this week.

    Petsmart and those pet stores are dangerous because the cats are always so adorable. I’ve met several I wanted to take home too. 🙂

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Greg! 😀 PetSmart IS dangerous, lol. Most of the time, Corey goes there because he doesn’t want me bringing home another cat. Ha!

      Have a great week! 😀

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

    My daughter started this last week and so far it’s going well. We slow down other activities a bit so she can get settled into classes. She loves the math and I knew she would. We waited about 9 months after Gina passed before we got Lulu. I just wasn’t ready, although my daughter wanted to right away. We also moved so we got Lulu the day after we moved to the new house.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I’m so glad your daughter had a good first week! 😀 I’m glad she’s enjoying her math class. I also love math. I need to slow down my other activities too. It’s so hard for me to do sometimes.

      I can understand waiting 9 months until you got another dog. I don’t know if we’ll wait that long, but probably at least a month or two. If we didn’t have Izzy, we might’ve wait longer. We both just know that Izzy has never been alone and it’s better for her mental health to have another cat around.

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  7. La La in the Library
    La La in the Library says:

    We just recently adopted a new cat. Our previous cat had passed away over two years before, but my son kept saying he wasn’t ready. It was the first time in my life I hadn’t had at least one cat or dog in my home. It was hard. 🐈

    I hope once you are back at school things will all fall into place. 🤗

    Therapy is hard work. A lot of people don’t understand. You have the right attitude. 💪

    Have a wonderful week. 🌞

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I’m glad you adopted a new cat. I’m sorry about your previous one. It’s always hard to lose a beloved pet. I miss my Izzy so much.

      Thanks for the well wishes. I think school will go well. It’s just first of the year jitters.

      Therapy is hard. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done, and it’s also the hardest.

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  8. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    A new school year is exciting, but also nerve-wracking. There are many wonderful possibilities as well as challenges. I taught for 37 years and even in my later years I was always anxious and nervous for the first days of school. There is no way to ever feel completely prepared as a teacher or a student. Go get ’em!!
    You are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful therapist. I wish my younger daughter could find one.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Agreed. No matter how much you prepare for the first day/week of school, it’s always anxiety-inducing. I’m sure it’ll all go well.

      I wish your daughter could find one as well. {{{hugs}}}

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  9. Wendy
    Wendy says:

    Best of luck to you in the new school year! PTSD therapy sounds interesting. My husband suffered from PTSD, and he goes to therapy, but I’m not sure it’s PTSD specific therapy.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Wendy! 😀 I’ve participated in therapy for a very long time and this is the first time I’ve ever had PTSD-specific therapy. It’s scary. I hope your husband’s doing okay. <3

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  10. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    I hope the start of school goes very smoothly for you. It’s wonderful that you have a good support system in place. It’s getting through the tough parts that’s especially difficult. I keep reminding myself to keep moving forward and, occasionally, stop and breathe.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Deb! 😀 So far, it’s been good. I’m just really busy now, lol. And, yes, I’m very grateful for my support system. I know a lot of people don’t have one.

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  11. Jodie
    Jodie says:

    It sounds like you have some new beginnings happening with school and your therapy. I wish you much success in both. One day at a time. You got this!

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  12. Jen at Introverted Reader
    Jen at Introverted Reader says:

    My husband absolutely loves “Handclap.” I like it but he loves it. Every time I hear it, I have to text him, “I can make your hands clap 👏”

    We want to watch She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel but we’re trying to finish up a couple of other shows first. My husband is a binge watcher but I only like to watch an episode of something every now and then so we’re super slow to finish a series! I may have to give in and start those soon. But I also want to watch The Sandman…

    I would love to dye just one curl blue but my curls are naturally dry. I just know that stripping the color first to get the blue in there would leave me with a strand of frizz! I spend too much of my life fighting frizz to invite it in willingly 😀

    I hope school and the PE therapy go well for you. Just remember that you should be proud that you’re pursuing techniques to help yourself.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Jen! 😀 I don’t blame you at all for not dying your hair. Curly hair is beautiful, and it takes a lot of maintenance so you don’t get the frizz.

      I’d love to watch the Sandman too. It’s looks so interesting, doesn’t it?

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  13. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Rachel @Waves of Fiction says:

    I remember being both excited and overwhelmed on the first day of school too! She-Hulk sounds kinda fun. We need to get another cat as a buddy for my kitty. He needs someone since we lost his mate a year ago, but we haven’t wanted to add another cat since we moved and all the turmoil involved with that. Now we wonder if we’d upset our kitty with a new cat, maybe not bond. It’s a big decision, but if I go into the rescue/adoption centers it’s so hard to resist bringing one home! It breaks my heart to see them in the cages!

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Rachel! 😀 The first week of school’s definitely been interesting. And, getting to know my schedule has been quite the adventure. I know it’ll get easier from here. Hopefully, I can enjoy my classes for the whole semester.

      I understand the hesitancy of getting another cat so soon after losing one. I only want one right now because I think Izzy needs a friend, especially now that we’re both in school and gone most of the day.

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  14. Sara
    Sara says:

    Oh that’s a jazzy song! Hope your week has been going well! Aw yes I think it might be good to give some time before the new kitty. I’m happy that your therapy is going well and you have a great therapist – makes all the difference.
    Take care this week!

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Sara! 😀 It is a jazzy song, isn’t it? I love it SOOOOO much. Therapy’s going well. It’s hard, harder than I even expected, and I can deal with it.

      I understand the hesitancy of getting another cat so soon after losing one. I only want one right now because I think Izzy needs a friend, especially now that we’re both in school and gone most of the day.

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  15. Karen
    Karen says:

    I loved Everything Everywhere. It was soooo weird but wonderful. I had no interest in She-Hulk but everyone seems to like it so I’m going to give it a try.

    We saw Fitz and the Tantrums and I was floored by how long they could keep up the energy. I was exhausted watching lol

    Hope you had a good week with school and therapy.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Karen! 😀 EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE is weird, a little trippy, and like you, I loved it!

      I understand about She-Hulk. I really wasn’t very interested in it either until my therapist told me abut the DBR stuff, lol.

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