Sunday Post #17

The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted at Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things received.
Feeling

I’m feeling many things. Today is Mother’s Day in the US and it’s a hard day for me. This Mother’s Day marks the 9th anniversary of when I last spoke to my mom. A week later, she passed away. As you can imagine, I’m feeling a bit sad as I remember her. I miss her so much.

I’m feeling thankful because as I remember my mom, I remember all the things she did for me. When I was in high school, she’d make sure I had a hot breakfast before I left for school. She always took care of me when I was sick or not feeling well. She gave me hugs whenever I asked for them. I could talk to her about almost anything. I always felt loved.

I’m feeling proud of myself for finishing this semester. It was much more difficult emotionally and physically than last semester and I didn’t give up. I’m glad it’s over and I’m excited to find out what my grades are later this week.

Finally, I’m feeling a bit nervous because I start a new semester on Wednesday. I’m only taking one class, though, since it’s summer. I’m actually retaking my computer programming class from this semester since I couldn’t get caught up after getting so sick in March. Wish me luck!

Blogging

It has been quite the week! I blogged almost every day this past week. This week on the blog:

Reading

I haven’t read a single thing this week. It has been such a crazy week. I’m going to try to get caught up on the read-alongs I’m participating in for Wyrd & Wonder. I’ll focus on THE SUMMER TREE by Guy Gavriel Kay and THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black. I’d also really like to read my IRL book club’s May book CARVE THE MARK by Veronica Roth, but I don’t know if I’ll have time.

Listening

In honor of Star Wars Day on May 4, I thought I’d share my favorite Star Wars music written by the fabulous John Williams, of course. The track’s called, “The Hologram/Binary Sunset.”

For those of you who aren’t as big into Star Wars as I am, it takes place in Episode IV: A New Hope when Luke looks into the sunset just after R2-D2 escapes, looking for Obi-Wan Kenobi on Princess Leia’s orders.

May the 4th be with you!

Watching

Corey and I finished watching Moon Knight on Disney+. It was awesome! Oscar Isaac was amazing. Also, I called the mid credits scene on the last episode.

We saw the new Dr. Strange movie on Thursday. I thought it was fantastic. I loved it. I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s easily one of my favorite Marvel movies. Corey, on the other hand, felt the opposite, lol.

We watched the season finale of Star Trek: Picard and I cried during a couple of scenes. I’m excited to see what season 3 brings.

Finally, we also watched the pilot of the new series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and we both really enjoyed it. I think it’s going to be fun and I look forward to seeing how this series plays out.

Loving

I loved spending a few hours yesterday with my friends. We went out to eat for lunch. It was a lot of fun.

I also got to see some other friends yesterday. They’re more family than friends. Anyway, they came over to help Corey load a moving truck to put some of our stuff in storage. We’re in the process of “staging” our townhome so we can put it on the market next weekend. Corey really appreciated the help.

Wanting

I want our place to sell quickly. The sooner it sells, the sooner we can move into our new place and I can unpack my library. I packed up my library yesterday and I already miss sitting in my sanctuary. #firstworldproblems

Needing

I need to get used to having Twitter again. About four years ago, I deleted pretty much every single one of my social media accounts, except Instagram and Goodreads. And, I mean deleted them. I didn’t deactivate them so I could come back one day and get all my content again. I deleted my accounts. Social media was contributing to my depression and other struggles.

Last week, I decided to rejoin Twitter for Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon because a lot of the socialization for the readathon happens on Twitter. I made a deal with myself that if Twitter starts affecting me negatively again, I’ll delete my account and not look back. And, with going through DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) this past year, I feel so much more prepared to deal with Twitter. I’m staying away from accounts and topics that I know trigger me. I’m mostly following bookish people so that it remains fun and carefree.

If you want to follow me on Twitter, my handle is @jenni_elyse.

How was your week? Anything exciting happen?

About Jenni Elyse


Hi, I'm Jenni. I'm an eclectic reader and I mostly read fiction. I favor fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers, and romance. The more kissing the better!
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28 replies
  1. Louise Hallett
    Louise Hallett says:

    Spending time with friends is always wonderful, and how kind of them to help as they did. I hope you get a quick and easy sale and move.
    I will keep an eye out for your review of The Summer Tree, I haven’t read this author since my early 20’s (a looooooong time ago!) and it might just inspire me to revisit some of those books I loved back in the early 90’s.
    I don’t have time for most social media sites. I used to be on Facebook a lot, though only ever for author and blogging groups. I maybe visit for a few minutes each day and was wondering about closing the account but I use Messenger to keep in touch with an author I beta read for. I’ve never really gotten into using Twitter properly and failed utterly with Instagram. I will look you up on Twitter and hopefully follow your lead of connecting with other bloggers/readers.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thank you, Louise! 😀 My review for THE SUMMER TREE won’t be until June probably because I’ll be reading it for the whole month of May. I hope you’re able to find some fun bookish people to follow on Twitter.

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  2. Harvee
    Harvee says:

    Mother’s Day is for remembering those mothers past and those present. I have lots of mothers in my exrended who will be missed by their family.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I’m glad you can see Mother’s Day like that. I’m not there yet. I think it’s because of my upbringing. Being a mother is a big deal in my religion and I’m not a mother (other than to my cats) and so I didn’t much care for Mother’s Day before my mom passed away because I always felt shame. I’m continuing to work through my emotions and trauma. I’m also continuing to work through the loss of my mom, which has been very difficult. Someday, I know I’ll be able to reframe Mother’s Day as a day of remembrance, just not quite yet.

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  3. Wendy
    Wendy says:

    So sorry that today is a hard day for you. My mother passed 4 years ago, and I still miss her every day. Good for you for deleting some of your social media. I hope it makes you feel much better

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  4. Nya
    Nya says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about it being a hard day for you. It comforts me to know that the memories of our loved ones who parted will always be in our hearts. Welcome back to Twitter, following you now!

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  5. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    What a lovely tribute to your mom! She sounds like an incredible and supportive person. I hate moving with a passion but it sounds like you’re eager to get into the new place. It’s an unpleasant feeling to be in limbo between two places. Way to go on finishing the semester strong! I’m on Twitter but don’t actively participate.

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  6. Cindy Davis
    Cindy Davis says:

    Yay for deciding to continue school through the summer. I hope you have a great start to the new semester. I only read two books this week and from what I am seeing a lot of people had lower than normal reading. Must be in the air. Have a great week.

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  7. Greg
    Greg says:

    Mother’s Day can be areally tough day for so many. Sending you lots of supportive vibes!

    Love the Star Wars music 🙂

    Good luck with the moving! And I hear you on Twitter. I have to be careful on there and not let myself get sucked into all the bad news!

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  8. Jodie
    Jodie says:

    Mother’s Day can be such a hard day for so many – I’m sorry for your loss. Congratulations on finishing your semester! I love Lia Louis’ books so much and adored Dear Emmie Blue. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

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  9. Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews
    Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews says:

    Many hugs to you on this Mother’s Day. Congrats on finishing the semester and good luck with the new semester. I’m looking forward to seeing Strange New Worlds. I’ve been waiting for this, but haven’t had a chance to watch. Hopefully soon. Have a great week!

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  10. Tessa
    Tessa says:

    Good luck with your computer class! And we do have the same watching tastes, don’t we! I enjoyed Star Trek Picard too and the new Star Trek. I want to see Dr. Strange as soon as I can. Love those Marvel movies!

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  11. Karen
    Karen says:

    Mother’s day can be really hard. I lost my mom when I was 16 but the holiday has been more difficult since losing my father several years ago.

    We finished Moon Knight and really liked it too. it was different. I want to see Dr. Strange but more because of Wanda. I just loved Wanda Vision SO much!

    Twitter…that’s a complicated place lol Use the mute and block buttons with reckless abandon lol That has helped me a lot. especially with #, trends.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I understand about it being hard now that you’ve lost your dad too. I lost my dad a little over a year ago and certain holidays are really hard for me now.

      Moon Knight was different, but I liked it and I’m excited to see what they do with it. I wonder what you’ll think of the new Dr. Strange. You’ll have to tell me when you do go see it.

      Yes, Mute and Block are a user’s best friends on Twitter, lol.

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