Sunday Sum-Up

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

I know you are expecting me to segue with another story about milk sammiches, but the snow has passed and we are now onto rain..rain.. and some more rain. And well, that is okay. I knew what I was signing up for when I packed up and headed across country to Portland 😉 I happen to be a big fan of the rain. I love the sound of it on the roof and skylights while I read and work. The grey skies pair well with my headaches. Rain is my friend. It is soothing.

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“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.”
-Gilbert K. Chesterton


A Very Mini Review of a Very Short Story

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2BR02B
By Kurt Vonnegut
ISBN13: 9781434458797
Pages: 15
Genre: SciFi/Dystopia
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Blurb: 2BR02B is a satiric short story that imagines life & death in a future world where aging has been “cured” & population control is mandated and administered by the government.

Okay, so I am pretty sure this is the shortest short story I have ever encountered. I debated just leaving a rating on GoodReads and calling it done. But this little gem deserves a mention, no matter how brief.

Imagine a world where the human lifespan has become indefinite thanks to the advancements of science and healthcare. Of course this miraculous cure also can pose the great risk of overpopulation. 2BR02B takes place in a Chicago hospital where we are introduced to the very means that are being executed to control the population. In order for a new life to be born, one must be given.

So being only 15 pages in length, that is literally all that I can reveal without telling you the whole story. However, while small in size, the message delivered hits with an impact and takes the reader on a brief yet terrifying journey into the what if. This story challenges us not only to question the possible horrors of government regulation and control, but of medical advancement gone too far. It forces the reader to confront death and life head on, accepting that sometimes even death is a necessary part of life.


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caraval
Caraval
⭐ ⭐ ⭐

revenants
Revenants: The Odyssey Home
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2


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I am also currently beta reading a third title. This is my second opportunity to beta read, so I was thrilled. I have to admit that I am head over heels for The Lies of Locke Lamora. So why is it taking me so long to complete? I am battling some sleep issues which have slowed me down. I will catch up soon.


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A Thought for the Day

Outside of the blogosphere: I received some wonderful news that I will be going fully remote with work. What does this mean? Over the next two weeks I will be making the transition to work from home. This will allow me the opportunity to put in many more hours and contribute more to the awesome team I work for! I am waiting for the equipment to come in. I am so excited about this journey. Most of you know that I have struggled to accept working part-time and no longer being able to drive. I am truly thankful to work for such an amazing company that has proven time and time again that they value their employees. They value me. This is also going to help me accept my illness a little better I believe, because I will still have a way to contribute and accomplish more. This calls for a little Ren Mccormack celebration 😉

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That concludes what feels like a very successful week for me. I would love to hear how your week has been and what you are currently reading. Drop me a line below in the comments please!

Cheers,

Danielle ❤

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49 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

    1. Thank you so much for the tip! Luckily in our pharmacy I work in a position that can involve contacting clinics directly, so that will help make it harder to work too much after hours 😉 I hope haha.

      I would keep in mind the 2BR02B is only 15 pages. So hopefully it is something you can maybe obtain from the library or a very low price. While great, definitely super short 😉

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  1. It’s very cold here but it’s not raining or snowing so I’m happy about that. It’s wonderful news that you can work from home. A full-time job working from home is quite unseen here. A lot of companies allow it for one day per week though but not mine. I would love working from home, I’m one of those exceptions who really doesn’t need much face to face interaction with others. It’s not for everyone though so I hope this works out for you really well too. You’ll always have us though if you want to talk! Good luck with your new work setting :-).

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    1. I have always been a homebody who requires little. I will be able to pop in and work in the office if I feel the need to get out. But for the most part, I am happy here in my nook. The vertigo and all makes it harder to wander too far alone. So I spend a lot of time here. I do feel very lucky that they are willing to do this for me. The pharmacy is fantastic! Thank you so much ❤ You are always so supportive!

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  2. Ooohh rain, well, you’ll note the smutty influence that other certain bloggers have had on me when I write, rain is water and women like getting wet! 😂💧☔🌂

    That’s cool about the job.😀

    Glad you’re enjoying The Lies of Locke Lamora, it’s a cracking good fantasy read and proper big boy fantasy to.

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    1. Proper fantasy indeed! I love Locke 😉 The characters are on point and the writing is superb.

      Smut, schmut haha! I never complain 😉

      Thank you for the congratulations! It is pretty huge. I haven’t been able to put in full time hours for over a year and feel incredibly lucky to have a position like this 🙂

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  3. Congrats on the work news. This sounds very good 🙂 Working from home can is awesome 😀 The few days I do decide to work from home have allowed me to concentrate a lot better… in the office the IT lads are always fighting over code, etc so at times it’s a struggle to hear my own thoughts 😀

    Rain eh? Gosh, if you love rain, come to Ireland… 😀 It’s freaking non stop here! Although I must say this winter the weather has been quite a lot better than last year… *knocks on wood* 🙂

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  4. I love hearing about the rain in my fave dream city, I plan on visiting this year & maybe make moving there a reality in the new future. I am so happy that you work for a company that values their employees. This is probably feeling like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders 😉 …also, dare I say you’ll have more time to talk to us? LMAO! btw I totally relate with Lies Of Locke Lamora cuz I’m really enjoying Gilded Cage yet i’m struggling with sleep as well. I am looking forward to your thoughts on Locke, since its at the VERY top of my series to start after April ❤

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  5. I’m so happy to hear that your company has been so understanding 😀 That’s awesome news! I think it’s great when the loyalty between an employer and employee is two way.

    I’m with you on the rain. My favorite kind of day is a rainy one, curled up inside with a cup of tea and a good book. You should download this awesome app called ‘Rain Sounds’. It’s by a company called Relaxio and it’s got so many different types of rain to listen to; stormy rain, rain on a tent etc It’s great for when it’s not raining but you just need something to relax you or help you sleep 🙂

    Hope your upcoming week is just as good!

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    1. I have a sleep machine with several sounds and an app called sleep sounds that is very similar to what you are describing. I have tinnitus in my left ear that will never go away. So they are a huge help.

      Tea, books, and rain ❤ You are a woman after my own heart! Thank you so much. I hope the new week is good to you as well!

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  6. I love rain too, when I’m not hurrying to or from work in it. I love laying in bed and listening to it rain.
    And woohoo! to being able to work remotely. It certainly is helpful to be able to do so.

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    1. Thank you! Since there is no cure and the neurosurgery was not an option, the remote work is going to be so huge for me. I am very excited 🙂

      I love rain and grey skies so much. But yes, not always fun when commuting. I hope you are having a great start to the week 🙂

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  7. Getting a lot of rain here as well! My week has been decent. I’ve been in the process of doing an all apartment de-clutter so it’s been busy. Halfway through, though! I dread tackling the junk room *gulp*! I am reading a review copy of Frostblood by Elly Blake and I am loving it! I didn’t expect I would because I am still dipping my toes into YA Fantasy. I really enjoyed Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard as well but I’m liking this even better. Both main characters are stubborn and fiery though so that’s always fun.

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    1. So glad to hear you have had a good week. De-cluttering is always good. Not always fun, but good 😉 I tackled my son’s room and closet a week ago. It took two days haha.

      Frostblood sounds really good. I have been keeping an eye on it. I enjoyed Red Queen as well. So it is promising that you are liking Frostblood.

      Hope you have a fabulous week and find time to rest some between cleanings!

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  8. Oh it’s great you can work remotely. I did just that for a short term contract and it was great. It can get a bit lonely or isolating, but if you’ve got other commitments and things planned it’s fine!

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    1. Thank you Deborah. I was initially worried about the isolation, but since my health is only allowing me out about twice a week, it will be an improvement in so many other ways. Plus we have empty offices so I can pack up the laptop and head in for a day if I get lonely 😉

      I hope your week is starting off right!

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  9. Yay for Vonnegut! I just got through reviewing an audiobook that contained 2BR02B. It is truly a mind poker. Working from home is glorious. I only have to go in on Mondays, and even then if I am having problems one of my workmates can drop my project packet off to me, instead. I couldn’t work as much as I do if I had to 9-5. I couldn’t blog as much either. Ha ha. So congratulations! I sometimes don’t change out of my jammies. I hope you can do that, too. I love rain, and it’s a good thing because it rains here a lot, also. Have a splendiferous week. ❤

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    1. I am looking forward to discovering Vonnegut more this year. Shamefully, I haven’t really read his work. I know.. I know..

      I will be able to work naked if I want haha 😉 I won’t though. I do not have to travel in. They are giving me the option to voice conference any meetings. Of course I can go in any day I chose, but since I cannot drive, this is good.

      I hope you are having a splendiferous week as well ❤

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  10. I love the rain… except when it’s time to walk the dogs, haha! My mom’s dog refuses to go outside if it’s raining! But there’s nothing like being comfortably sitting with a blanket and a cup of tea, with a nice book, while the rain is pouring outside.
    I am so happy for you that you’ll be able to work from home! This is a big step in accepting your condition and making the most of things, this is brilliant! ❤

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    1. I hate to say it, but the sun and I do not get along as much as we should. Being a very fair redhead, I burn incredibly easy. And the heat tends to make my symptoms flair up. Not too mention light is harsh on me. So actually I do not hate to say it, because now that I list the reasons off to you, it sounds reasonable I prefer rain haha. But I hope you get your sun soon!

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      1. That’s how my dad is too, forever in a hat and under an umbrella lol. I have some of his red in my hair but I defiantly got my moms skin and like her, I love the sun! I’m glad you are where you enjoy the weather though!

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  11. That short short story sounds pretty epic. In fact, I think everyone knows Kurt Vonnegut is a legend in literature. I haven’t ready any of his books yet (still waiting for the day I randomly come across a copy of it in a used bookstore), but I do have one of his books (Galapagos) waiting for me. Pretty excited to see if Vonnegut will turn out to be one of my top authors! Have you read any other books by him? Oh and that work at home news is pretty awesome! I’m glad to hear the efforts they put in to make this as pleasant as possible for you! 😀

    – Lashaan

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    1. This was actually my first encounter with Vonnegut, but certainly will not be my last. Like you, I have just been waiting til I stumbled across a copy or two to pick up. I love shopping used bookstores. I spend too much on books 😉

      The new work transition should be happening this week or next. Hopefully sooner than later because my symptoms have increased a bit this past month. I am very excited about this. It is a fantastic opportunity that will allow me to contribute so much more! Thank you 🙂

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