Tuesday 5 June 2018

Month In Review(s) - May 2018

May. May was hectic.

Some good stuff happened. Some not-good stuff happened.

Such is life I suppose!

'May' written in purple, surrounded by white poppy-like flowers

Thank you all so much for your messages of support about my grandmother.

She is still in the hospital - over 3 months now! - but we finally have a release date for her, and a social care package in place so that she'll have the help she needs at home without having to rely on my grampa, who isn't physically able to take care of her.

To be honest the whole thing is made more complicated by the fact that we live 40+ minutes away - more if the traffic is bad.

The area my grandparents live in is one that we can't really get to in bad weather either.

We've considered having them live with us, but it's not really practical, and my nan really needs familiar surroundings - she's lived in that house for over half a century, and she gets less confused with her Parkinson's if she's at home.

Apart from the stresses of all of that, *sighs*, and the heat (me and heat don't get along,) May was OK though. 😊

(Except I didn't get to see Deadpool 2 because I ended up throwing up at the cinema... ah, my life sometimes! Lol. Oh well, I have a year ticket, so I didn't lose any money.)

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May's Top 5 Most Popular Posts on Dora Reads

...I love your wide range of interests my nerdlets! 😅

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Mildly Amusing Searches


...I don't even know.

So many questions: what does this stand for? What the f**k were you looking for?! How the hell did it lead you to Dora Reads?! 🙈

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Non-Review Posts

Comics Wrap-Up

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We Really Are Ants Now - Ant-Man and The Wasp, Wonder Woman T-Shirts, and more

But I'm Not The Only One - Deadpool 2, Comicsgate, and more

All We Need Is Some Ice-Cream and a Hug - Deadpool 2, Supergirl news, and more

One More Off-Key Anthem - Ant-Man and The Wasp, Wonder Woman spoof, and more

Friday Fics Fix

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The Sense of Things - a Sherlock synaesthesia fic

Just Your Resident Mildly Evil Demigod... and His Lover - FrostIron fun with Loki and Tony Stark!

An Unlikely Friendship - Loki makes friends with... Peter Parker?!

Harry and Draco and a Fic I Love For Reasons Unknown

Nerd Church


IRL? - Being genuine vs being private online, and Grav3yardGirl & Shane Dawson*

*UPDATE 3rd July 2020 - Given recent videos I've seen of Shane sexualising children, I'm not placing him in an aspirational role any more. I'm not supporting him any more.

The Basics of Self-Care

Reactive - Learning about rap music through the magic of YouTube reaction videos

Other Non-Review Posts

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Adult Fiction

So, how was your May? Talk to me! 😀💬

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  1. Sorry that May was a stressful month. I had a similar problem with my grandma. She can’t take care of herself, but she has Alzheimer’s and gets confused if she’s not at home. I hope you’re having a good June!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. As stressful as life has been for you the past month, I'm impressed with all the content you were able to push out. For only reading two books, you sure picked two great ones!

    1. Thank you so much, that's so sweet! :) <3 I generally read more than I review, b/c reviewing takes me such a lot of time/energy - hopefully I'll be able to do more full-reviews soon, rather than relying on mini and really mini reviews!

  3. I’m sorry you were a bit stressed during May! I understand how hard it can be to have a family member in the hospital but it’s good that you were still able to put out content despite everything! Hope you have an even better May :)

  4. I am glad to hear some promising news about your grandmother. It must be hard living far away but the release date news is good and hopefully from then onwards it will go well with her healthwise and for you all as well <3

    I wanted to see Deadpool 2 and last minute my friend cancelled :( Hopefully we shall both see it in June!

    My recent post: https://oliviascatastrophe.com/2018/05/looking-for-dei-book-review/

    1. Thanks :) I just want her home now, not only for her, but for my grampa - he really misses her.

      I hope you get to see it! I have no idea whether I will, but I hope so. :)

  5. I hope everything works out well when your grandmother gets to go home. It sounds like a plan is in place and I sure it will make her and your grandfather happy. Sorry you got sick at the movie. Bummer. Have a great June!

    1. Hopefully she'll be home by their 64th wedding anniversary, so that'll be nice! :)

      I'm never sick, but like the only time I'm sick in the whole year has to be while I'm at the cinema. Great. Lol.

      Thanks, you too! :)

  6. It's so heart breaking when things need to be stable and almost can't be! I hope she can go home soon and get situated again. ❤️

  7. I'm glad to hear your grandmother will be getting out of the hospital that you've found a social care package to help her <3 Hopefully it will all turn out well.

  8. Oh, I'm sorry that your family's been dealing with health issues for your grandmother -- that's hard! But I'm glad you've got a plan in place for when she gets out, and I'll keep y'all in my thoughts. Hopefully June will be an easier month all around.

  9. Caring for someone who no longer can help themselves is something I'm blessed not to have in my life right now, but I know someday I will have to. I live very far from my parents now, so if something happens to them, it would take me a long time to get there to help. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.


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