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Monday, May 8, 2017
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Last week I told you I had a new job and, after surviving my first week there, I wanted to let you know more about it.

The company I work for produces t-shirts for different organizations here in the United States. Even though I am not mechanically inclined and had no prior experience using a sewing machine, I was given a job closing sleeves. What is "closing sleeves" exactly? You know that seam on a shirt that runs underneath the armpit along the length of the sleeve? That's the seam that I sew in.

The work isn't too physically demanding, but I'm using muscles in my shoulders and my right leg in ways that I haven't before. If you sit and type for hours at a time, you know that your shoulders and lower back can get a bit sore. Imagine doing that for 10-hours a day, plus stretching your arms repeatedly to push forward and back; it's tougher than it sounds. I'm also getting used to pressing down on the pedal to start sewing. It's kind of like pressing on the gas to drive a car but instead of lifting your foot off the gas pedal, you just press your heel down to release the pedal. When all is said and done, my right calf muscle and shoulders are going to be pretty well-developed (Lol).

For the most part, I'm learning a new skill and enjoying the process. I'm still trying to figure out my writing schedule, I've discovered that the last thing I want to do at the end of the workday is sit in a chair in front of the computer. I was running a little behind last week; however, it looks like I can write on my days off and continue posting on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights.

Lexi is pretty unhappy with me being gone for 10-hours a day and is misbehaving a little with her "Uncle Mike." She has taken to frequently widdling on the floor, barking, and howling in protest. I bought her a cuddly, stuffing-free dog toy that is supposed to act as a soother; however, it seems to be used as a means to vent her frustration. I'm going to sleep with the toy for a couple of nights to get my scent on it really well and see if that does the trick. I'm guessing it's just going to take some time and patience while she adjusts to the changes in her little world view.

Currently Reading

Lexi's not the only one adjusting to a new schedule. I'm getting used to waking up at 5:00 in the morning and going to bed around 9:00 at night. Despite this, I have managed to get some time to read and am about halfway through this current book.

The Secret of Berry Brae Circle, E.M. McIntyre, Red King Trilogy, currently reading, On My Kindle Book Reviews
A kidnapped father. An ancient tome. A mystical gem. When 14-yr old Abby Fletcher returns home to present day Scotland with the help of her magical dog, Finlay, she receives a disturbing message: the Book of Shay in exchange for the life of her father. Pressed for time, Abby and the young Scotsman, Rory, set off in search of the mysterious book. In a whirlwind adventure filled with time travel, frightful adversaries and enchanted beings, their path leads to a timeworn stone circle. There, with Berry Brae’s secret revealed, Abby must make a life-changing decision in this second installment of the Red King Trilogy.

Up Next

 The Prophecy, Petra Landon, TBR, On My Kindle Book Reviews
Tasia Armstrong is a very special Chosen. Forced by circumstances to conceal her powers from her brethren, she makes a fateful decision one night to assist an injured Shape-shifter. Suddenly, Tasia finds herself forced out of the shadows, an unwitting pawn in the ongoing skirmish between the mysterious mercenaries encroaching on Pack turf and the local Shape-shifter Pack led by a formidable and dangerous Alpha Protector. Thrown into the deep end, Tasia is forced to accept the hospitality of the volatile and aggressive Shifters while grappling to deal with the enigmatic Alpha who holds his fractious Pack together with a ruthless hand on the reins.

When the Pack is asked to investigate a twenty-five year old mystery, Tasia’s special brand of magic proves essential to cracking the riddle. As an unlikely coalition of Chosen dig deeper into the past, they begin to realize that grave danger threatens their world. Tasia is slowly drawn deeper into the investigation as a powerful wizard makes an audacious grab for power based on an old prophecy. As danger closes in on her from all sides, Tasia must decide who to trust with the dangerous secrets she guards.
I'm glad that things are getting back to normal for me so I can continue to chip away at my ever-expanding TBR list! I know I have a lot of dog lovers reading the blog, so I was wondering if there is anything else I can do to help ease Lexi's separation anxiety. Please let me know in the comments if you have any tips, tricks, or ideas. Thanks!

Have a marvelous Monday and an amazing week!