Sunday News #40

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

I’m feeling proud of myself. My SUDS (Subjective Units of Distress Scale) when I started my first memory in PTSD therapy was about 95, on a scale between 1 and 100 with 100 being the most distress. It’s now around 36. When I related the memory to my therapist last week, there was no visual distress. That’s a huge improvement! I can also be dialectical about what happened instead of just fearful, angry, disgusted, and sad.

Tomorrow, we start working on another memory. My therapist said that it probably won’t take nearly as long as the first one did to get to a tolerable distress level. I can actually see a light at the end of the tunnel.


This week on the blog:


Surprise, surprise, I didn’t read much this past week thanks to the pain caused by the pinched nerve I mentioned last week. There’s no way I could concentrate while I was in as much pain as I was. Hopefully, next week I can get back to THE UNDERTAKING OF HART OF MERCY.

I finished listening to the TWILIGHT audiobook. It was a lot of fun. I’ll start listening to the NEW MOON audiobook tomorrow.


Every time I rewatch the TWILIGHT movies, I’m reminded how much I enjoy the music in NEW MOON. I love the minor key and I’ve been listening to the score non-stop. Even if you’re not a fan of the movies or books, you can appreciate the music. For your listening pleasure, here’s “Full Moon” by Alexandre Desplat.


Corey and I finished bingeing COMMUNITY this week. It was bittersweet. The last season isn’t nearly as good as the previous one, and it was still hard to say goodbye to all the actors/characters. I’m excited and intrigued about the movie they’re currently working.

As indicated above, I also watched all five TWILIGHT movies. They start out rough, but I like both Breaking Dawn movies, especially the ending of Part 2.

We also watched THE INVITATION and I thought it was really good. I really enjoyed the modern take on the DRACULA tale. The movie’s a lot like READY OR NOT with Samara Weaving only with vampires.

After watching THE INVITATION, we watched READY OR NOT since they’re similar. READY OR NOT is highly underrated and I recommend it! For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a horror movie containing dark humor. Here’s the trailer:


I love my chiropractor. I’ve been in so much pain because of my pinched nerve. I couldn’t sleep properly and nothing seemed to relieve the pain until my adjustment on Friday. He uses a special machine to align the neck and spine by gently tapping your vertebrae into place. He’ll also manually adjust when it’s necessary, which it was. My neck was very locked up, he said. I also had STEM therapy on my shoulder and ultrasound therapy on my neck.

My pinched nerve area–arm and shoulder blade–is still sore, but not like it was. It’s now bearable. I can sleep and enjoy life again. I’m going back on Monday and Wednesday and I’m getting a massage on Wednesday too.


I want to buy a shirt for Halloween. I have a sweatshirt with Jack Skellington on it, but it’s still too warm to wear it. Maybe I’ll look for a regular T-shirt with Jack on it.


I need to get ready for NaNoWriMo. I’ve always wanted to participate, but I’ve never had the time, energy, or story idea to do it. This time, I think I have all three.

How was your week? Anything exciting happen?

About Jenni Elyse

Hi, I'm Jenni. Iโ€™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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58 replies
  1. Mark
    Mark says:

    I’m very interested in watching Ready or Not. I’ve been hearing good things about it. It’s on TV this coming week, and I’m planning to record it. I’ve been recording lots of movies recently. Not sure when I will get to them all, however.

  2. Bookworm
    Bookworm says:

    Thatโ€™s wonderful your distress levels are going down. I need to watch Ready or Not, thanks for the recommendation. Hope you can read this week and that your arm and shoulder feel better!

  3. Tizzy @ Curious Daydreams
    Tizzy @ Curious Daydreams says:

    Iโ€™m glad you’re making progress with your PTSD therapy. That’s a huge achievement. It’s good that your chiropractor is helping with the trapped nerve too. Thanks for sharing the New Moon music. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed it too.

  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    Despite your pain, you had a good week. You made a lot of progress in lots of ways!

    I am getting ready for NaNoWriMo by writing every day in my journal. I’ve decided I’m going to focus on writing some kind of big crazy novel…who knows where it will take me? My main goal will simply be to write a lot every day.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Yes, very true. ๐Ÿ˜€ It was a good week despite the pain. I’m grateful that it was. That’s a great idea on how to survive NaNoWriMo. I’ve been trying to write daily as well. I haven’t been as successful, but I am trying. I’m mostly doing word counts too.

  5. BookBabe
    BookBabe says:

    Congratulations on your distress reduction in therapy! That’s amazing โ™ฅ๏ธ

    The Invitation is on my to watch list. I loved Ready or Not!

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

    Yay for making progress emotionally and physically! So happy for you Jenni!

    I LOVE the music from the Twilight movies! I just re-watched all the movies like a year ago (?) when they all came out on Netflix and it was a nice trip down memory lane.

    I need to check out Ready or Not.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Rachel! I’m glad with the progress I’ve made. The music is gorgeous. There were three composers who worked on the films. It started out with Carter Burwell, then went to Alexandre Desplat, then to Howard Shore, and back with Burwell. I love how Burwell ties up all the them together in both Breaking Dawn movies. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Jinjer
    Jinjer says:

    That’s so great that your therapy and the chiropractor are both helping you so much this week!

    I hope you find the perfect Halloween t-shirt!

  8. Jodie
    Jodie says:

    You sound like youโ€™re making great progress! Iโ€™m sorry that youโ€™re still suffering with the pinched nerve though. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I am. It feels great to see the progress. When I don’t see any, I get discouraged. I’m glad I can see the numbers going down. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks about the pinched nerve. I’m going to my doctor this morning to make sure it’s not surgery-worthy and to my chiropractor later to help as well.

  9. Wendy
    Wendy says:

    I’m so glad your therapy is working out and making you feel better. I’ve never been to a chiropractor, but I know so many people who have really been helped by them and I’m glad yours is helping you. I loved that Twilight music, it’s been so long since I’ve seen the movie, I forgot how pretty it is.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Wendy! ๐Ÿ˜€ I started going to a chiropractor about ten years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. They are miracle workers! I don’t think they can cure everything like a lot of people do, but I do think they can cure pinched nerves much faster and easier than a regular doctor. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m glad you enjoyed the music. It really is beautiful!

  10. Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys says:

    So glad things are looking up! As you can move and think more easily/clearly, hopefully reading time will increase/improve as well. Thanks for stopping by! (and I DID enjoy my Puerto Vallarta vacation :))
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Terrie! ๐Ÿ˜€ I am too. I think getting fixed physically and mentally will also help me want to get back to reading. I’m glad you had fun on your vacation!

  11. Greg
    Greg says:

    That is awesome! Good for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I want to watch Ready Or Not, it looks awesome.

    I’ve always wondered about chiropractors, I’ve never been to one but they really seem to help people. Glad you were able to get some relief.

    Hope you have a great week ahead!!

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Greg! ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you enjoy READY OR NOT when you get a chance to watch it. I’ve been going to a chiropractor for ten or so years. They’re not all made equal. The current one I have, though, is amazing.

  12. Tessa
    Tessa says:

    You are making such great progress with your PTSD. Thatโ€™s definitely wonderful news! Hope you have a good week!

  13. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    So happy that the chiropractor could lessen the pain! That allows you to concentrate on and enjoy other things! I’m still searching for some “feel good” films. I tend to go for the cooking shows like the Great British Baking Show and I need to find some decent series to watch.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Margaret! ๐Ÿ˜€ Me too! Feel good films … hmmm. I love rom-coms for feel-good films. I’m not sure if you’re into those or not. If you are, I can recommend a few.

      I like the cooking/baking competition shows too. Right now, I’m watching the current season of Hell’s Kitchen. (I <3 Gordon Ramsey.) I’m also watching the Halloween Baking Championship, which is always a blast!

  14. Sara
    Sara says:

    Wow, your SUDs score is a huge improvement. I’m so happy to hear that PTSD therapy has been going well.
    All the best with your new therapy goals.
    Sorry to hear the pinched nerve was making it hard to concentrate but I hope it becomes more tolerable soon.
    Take care and have a wonderful week!

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      It is. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m very happy as about it as well. Hopefully, the two other memories won’t be as difficult to get through.

      Thank you, Sara! Fortunately, I went to the chiropractor again on Monday and today and my nerve is doing so much better. I can tell there’s still something amiss because my arm and fingers tingle. But, I’ll take the tingling over the pain any day. ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. Svetlana
    Svetlana says:

    Am happy to read that you are doing better in relating PTSD memories ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish you best of luck in Nanowrimo and I also wish you luck in getting back to reading too. I am sorry you are still suffering from pinched nerve and am hoping that it could leave you alone. Hope your week will go better!

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thank you, Svetlana. Or, I should say ัะฟะฐัะธะฑo. ๐Ÿ˜€ Fortunately, the pinched nerve is doing much better today. I went to the chiropractor again on Monday and today. I can tell thereโ€™s still something amiss because my arm and fingers tingle, but Iโ€™ll take the tingling over the pain any day.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Louise! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m very excited and happy about it as well. It’s nice to be able to see the improvement and change in my mental health journey.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Anne! ๐Ÿ˜€ Me too! I whole-heartedly agree about chiropractic and physical therapy. Even though they’re sometimes painful while doing it, they definitely make a difference afterward.

  16. Stormi J
    Stormi J says:

    Glad to here your having great success with your PTSD therapy. Hope your pinched nerve gets better soon!

    Have a great week!

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thank you, Stormi! ๐Ÿ˜€ Fortunately, my pinched nerve is doing much better. I went to the chiropractor again on Monday and today. I can tell thereโ€™s still something amiss because my arm and fingers tingle, but Iโ€™ll take the tingling over the pain any day.

  17. Ellie
    Ellie says:

    I’m toying with the idea of doing NaNoWriMo too this year, since I’m still not working. I haven’t done any creative writing in a long time though, so I’m not sure I’d actually manage a whole novel, but if I don’t so it this year, I never will.

  18. Vicki
    Vicki says:

    Glad your strees level and pain has eased up!

    I had never watched Community but a while back my son told me it was hilarious so I said I’d try it. I was hooked right away and binged it. I was so sad when I watched the last episode ๐Ÿ™

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Vicki! ๐Ÿ˜€ Me too.

      I’m glad you enjoyed COMMUNITY as much as I did. It’s such a great show. I was sad about the last episode too. I’m excited for the movie that’s in the works. ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads
    Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads says:

    Congrats on your progress in PTSD therapy, that is amazing! Hope that pinched nerve will be over completely soon, thankfully the chiropractor is helping you. Oh, rewatching the Twilight movies does seem like a fun idea!

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Lindsey! ๐Ÿ˜€ I really appreciate it! Fortunately, my pinched nerve is doing much better. I went to the chiropractor again on Monday and today. I can tell thereโ€™s still something amiss because my arm and fingers tingle, but Iโ€™ll take the tingling over the pain any day.

      If you do rewatch the Twilight movies, I hope you have as much fun as I did. ๐Ÿ˜€ I make my way through them every six months or a year and it brings me a lot of joy!

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