Sunday Post #136 Twenty-six days ’till Christmas?

November 30th, 2014 Kimberly Sunday Post 124 Comments

30th Nov

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I hope those that celebrated had a lovely Thanksgiving. We did, although I missed not having my oldest here for dinner. We spent the weekend decorating so the trees are up and the house is decked out for the holiday. This week will be busy preparing for the party next weekend but I am excited. The hubby and I got new toys on Wednesday. It was time to replace our old smartphones. I love gadgets and have been enjoying learning all of its options and ordering protective covers. Woke up yesterday with a head cold, and scratchy throat. So my plans for today are books, movies and tea. Hope you have a wonderful week! Stay Caffeinated.

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124 Responses to “Sunday Post #136 Twenty-six days ’till Christmas?”

  1. Katherine

    I’m with you with the scratchy throat and headache. I’m hoping a good night’s sleep will have up both feeling better! That’s great about the phones and I’m jealous you got your holiday decorating done! I’m hoping to have it done this week. You got the Sabrina Jeffries too! I’m so excited about that one. I’ve really been enjoying that series. Have a great week!

    Katherine recently posted: This Week in Reading - November 30
    • kimbacaffeinate

      A good night’s sleep didn’t work. Boo. I hope you are feeling better:)

  2. Lillian

    COYER sounds so much fun! I’m definitely signing up (will put you as my referral). I’m the world’s worst one click on my Kindle and I’m embarrassed to say I have over 90 books in my TBR that were/are Kindle freebies o_O This gives me a reason to work on that. Hope you feel better soon! Looks like you’ve got some good books to read 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hehe..Lillian I have quite a few myself and a lot of those .99 cent deals!

  3. Bea

    Boo for having a cold. I hope it clears up quickly.

    My tree is up and decorated but I haven’t decorated the rooms yet.

    My smartphone is a Samsung Galaxy mini and I really like it. It’s fun!

    Bea recently posted: Sunday Book Share #117
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Happy Decorating..I bet the cats love it! WE had the Samsung Galaxy s3 before and I am loving the Note. Have a great week Bea 🙂

  4. Angie

    I finally upgraded to an iphone 5s in August, then while in Houston I dropped the phone in the toilet. Ughhh… so I tonight I turned my iPhone 4 back on. Back to the dark ages. I just don’t want to spend the money to fix it.

    Angie recently posted: Sunday Post
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh no..did you try rice? lol being in the dark ages is no fun.

  5. Cyn

    Yay, I love decorating for Christmas (my roommates and I did it a few weeks ago haha)! Besides the cold, that sounds like a lovely way to spend the day, I’m hoping for some time for books, movies and tea in a few week, hope you feel better soon! Oh I can’t wait for If the Viscount Falls! Have an awesome week (:

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, I am looking forward to curling up by the fire today. Glad your decorating is done..Enjoy your week Cyn!

  6. Kathy

    We decorated our tree on Thanksgiving day since we stayed home (we saw our families on Friday & Saturday). It was early but the days have been going by so fast, I want to enjoy the decorations as long as I can! You got another great haul! Illusionarium sounds really good! I hope you feel better soon and have a great week!!

    Kathy recently posted: Weekly Wrap-Up 31
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sounds like you had a lovely weekend Kathy 🙂 hope your week is as well.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Laurel, yes playing with new toys is such fun. I am sitting here with a fever but still feeling blessed.

  7. Tressa

    Oooh! Lovely additions. I grabbed Illusionarium too. I’ve been really looking forward to that one. Hope you get better quickly and have a good week!

    Tressa recently posted: Weekly Update #91
  8. Audrey D Wilkerson (

    Thanks again for the mention! After 2 weeks of reviews of Merit Press publications, I will start up my Wednesday posts again on 12/10.

    I have a Galaxy S5 and a Galaxy Tab 2. We’re definitely a Samsung kind of family! I heard the Note is awesome. Have fun with it!

    Audrey D Wilkerson ( recently posted: The Sunday Post 11.30.2014 Edition
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have been very happy with Samsung. We had the Galaxy S3’s and enjoyed them. I thought the Note would feel too big but it is amazing how quickly it felt normal.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I had to upload your button for the image. Hopefully it will be there next week for you to select.

  9. Berls

    Oh I’m sorry you’re not feeling well 🙁 Hopefully a relaxing day today will nip it in the bud! Love the new toy – I’m considering a new one soon too. Love getting new gadgets! Man, I need to check out those Sherry D. Ficklin books- everything of hers ice read so far I’ve loved! Have a great week Kimba!!

    Berls recently posted: A Month of Giving Thanks Day 30
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Our 2 year contract ended and we managed to get a really sweet deal. Oh Berls I have failed you miserably if you haven’t read Extracted yet!!!!! Go, go now and get it.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thank Alreem with the party next weekend I am hoping this passes quickly..I have way to much to do 🙁

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ya know I thought at first it was too big..and now it feels normal. Yes I feel naked if it isn’t within reach.

  10. Glass

    I am so jealous because of your new toy! 🙂
    I have cold, too, but that’s perfect excuse to tell everyone to leave you alone and avoid boring chores. 😉

    Glass recently posted: The Sunday Post (#35)
    • kimbacaffeinate

      They are cool, this is the first time we have gotten the latest and greatest. Usually when we renew we get a deal on older versions, so we are giddy.

  11. Nyze

    Sounds like you guys enjoyed Thanksgiving! We’re decorating the house for Christmas too and it is so much fun. Have a great week and I hope you’ll feel well soon enough 🙂

    Nyze recently posted: My Week in a Wrapped #10
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Have fun decorating, I cannot stop humming holiday songs..hehe

  12. Lark

    I’m glad you had a good Thanksgiving but sorry you have a head cold! We haven’t decorated yet – maybe I’ll do a little today. And congratulations on the new smartphone!

    Can’t wait to read about The Incredible Charlotte Sycamore And The Secret Traps – the title alone would pull me in!

    Lark recently posted: Sunday Post – 11/30/14
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Lark, hope your holiday was lovely. I am glad the decorating is done with the party next weekend and my hubs work party the following it is good to be done.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Lol yes and of course it happens when I have oodles to do before the party next weekend. Enjoy your day Angela 🙂

  13. Camille

    That’s definitely my definition of a great way to spend your day! 🙂 And I love your new smartphone. I have Note 3 and I really think it was a great and worthwhile purchase for me when I got it after its release in the market. Have a great week ahead, Kim. 🙂

    Camille recently posted: Sunday Post (40)
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am loving the Note Camille, and really glad we got such a sweet deal. I am hoping to have that tea and read soon.

  14. Holly

    So many people I know put up trees and/or lights yesterday. I feel behind. But geesh – I get so tired of the clutter by the time Christmas gets here if I put it up too early. My kids are begging me to start decorating today. Enjoy your week and I hope you feel better!

    Holly recently posted: Sunday Post #104
    • kimbacaffeinate

      We always put it up Thanksgiving Weekend and take it down the day after New Years. I am hoping this cold moves on quickly the week ahead is a crazy one for me.

  15. Sandy

    I started putting up decorations but didn’t get to finish. Hope your head cold goes away soon. I’m kind of in the same boat. I’m not ready to say I’m sick yet, but I’m feeling a scratchy throat and drainage too. Ugh! I almost got Illusionarium, but decided not to request it. I’m not a huge fan of time travel/parallel universe books. I hope you enjoy them all thought!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love time travel, it’s the Whovian in me..LOL Hope you feel better soon!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Have fun decorating..I will spend next Saturday cooking and cleaning for the party on Sunday. 🙂

  16. Lexxie

    YAY for new toys, Nay for headcold! I hope you will feel better quickly! I have that Sabrina Jeffries book, too, and I just can’t wait to start reading it. Your other new books look great, too, I hope you’ll enjoy them all 🙂
    Have a spectacular Sunday and a fantastic week, Kim 🙂

    Lexxie recently posted: Sunday Post #8 – Concert
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Lexxie..hope you are enjoying your day. I am excited to read Jeffries’ book as well:)

  17. Kristin T.

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 and I love it – I had the S3 before that and I find that they are great phones. It’s always fun playing around with them and seeing just how much they really can do!!! I think I am going to wait until next week to start decorating…just not quite in the mood yet, plus it’s supposed to be near 50 degrees today!

    Hope you’re feeling better soon!

    Kristin T. recently posted: The Sunday Post #49 (11.30.14)
    • kimbacaffeinate

      We had the S3 before we upgraded and almost went with the S5 but our daughter is a rep and talked us into the Note. It’s 18 here. We have a huge party at my house next Sunday, so I am glad to be done decorating. This week I clean and cook in preparation.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy MacLean, I love her books. I hope this funk passes soon..too much to do!

  18. Reanna

    Ooh…sick is no good, but it has an upside – more reading time! And it looks like another great book week for you, Kimba! Illusionarium sounds amazing.

    I’ve been tossing around getting the Note 4, but it’s so BIG! I’ll be curious to hear how it goes for you 🙂 Have a great week and I hope you feel better soon!

  19. Stormi

    New phones are always fun to play with, hope you feel better soon. I am looking forward to your The Wolf in Winter review, I accidentally picked that one up and then realized it was part of a series. That new Sabrina Jefferies looks good too! 🙂

    Have a great week!

    Stormi recently posted: The Week In Review #13
    • kimbacaffeinate

      hehehe…same thing happen to me Stormi! I should have done more research but the synopsis sounded so good.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I tried a similar product Ali, but with my RA I have trouble shaking them. I probably did too much last week. Hopefully this afternoon I will be able to chill and feel better.

  20. A Voracious Reader

    Oh, no, that simply will not do. *raises hand in no-nonsense manner and twiddles fingers* I banish thy head cold to someone more deserving of such. Be gone! *lowers hand* There. 🙂

    Nice book haul this week and oooooohhhh…a new gadget! Enjoy! 🙂

    A Voracious Reader recently posted: The Sunday Post ~ 69th Edition
    • kimbacaffeinate

      *shivers* I felt something. What? You must have misspoken a word..I think my boobs grew!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      it is referred to as that. My daughter is a rep. After having the Galaxy S3 I thought it would feel huge..but it is amazing how quickly it feels normal..LOL

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo shopping and crowds..not my thing. We will go shopping around the 14th.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      With all the deals this weekend now is the perfect time. I have the Nook HD tablet and love it, since I can have kindle on it and all of my apps.

    • kimbacaffeinate more food. Learning the new gadget is always interesting. Have a good one Kay.

  21. Samantha

    We spent the weekend decorating the house as well! It was quite the project but it feels good that it is finally done. I hope that you start to feel better soon! I have a few of these books thanks to NetGalley and Edelweiss as well. I’m most looking forward to trying Illusionarium which just sounds intriguing! Happy Sunday!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It does feel good to be done Samantha. I am hoping Illusionarium delivers

  22. Jan

    It sounds like you had a lovely Thanksgiving, Kimba! We finally leave for home tomorrow and I must admit I’m ready since I’ve gotten a cold. I’m ready to spend some downtime! I hope you get over your cold soon. I’m off to check out some of your older posts and some of the books you got. Hope you have great week!

    Jan recently posted: Sunday Post: Nov 30
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh too. Colds stink. Not sure what happen, you ended up commenting twice. Gremlins perhaps. I deleted the second comment. Safe travels!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      There may have been a glitch, as some others reported the same. Thanks for your diligence. I agree the cover is stunning. Hope your week is amazing!

  23. Mariana

    I love to get a new phone, it’s so fun on the first few hours. I usually get lost downloading all those apps we love and getting everything set up. I’ve heard of this phone and it has a great screen. Congrats!

    Mariana recently posted: Sunday Post #24
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Marina..yep I had to get it all set-up the way I like it..LOL Than learn the ins and outs of the newer model. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  24. Ann Noser

    I’ve been wondering about ILLUSIONARIUM…looking forward to your review. Hope you had a fun (and tasty) Thanksgiving!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      We had a wonderful one, and I hope you did as well. I have my fingers crossed that it delivers, my review will post closer to release date.

  25. Amber Elise

    Sounds like you had a lovely Thanksgiving, and your new shiny toy! Oh my! 🙂 We just put our tree up today actually, gotta put the lights up tomorrow. I received Illusionarium as well, I hope it’s the bee’s knees, I adored ENTWINED by the same author!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I so hope it is not just another pretty cover tease..LOL Glad your tree is up! Have fun decorating.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It does..except for the stuffy nose and aches. I just want to sleep 🙁 Boo

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Glad you are home. I hope the month is relaxing and allows you to recharge and enjoy your family 🙂

  26. ShootingStarsMag

    My mom put up a lot of Christmas decorations this past weekend, but we don’t get a tree until closer to the actual day so we can have it up for awhile afterwards. I’ve been doing well with holiday shopping though! Just have to finish up a few more people and I’m good to go!

    ShootingStarsMag recently posted: Zulily: Great Deals on Awesome Gifts!
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I haven’t even started shopping. LOL As a child we put our tree up on Christmas Eve, but the train tracks went up Thanksgiving Weekend.

  27. Ro

    Every year I do something different with my tree, so I’m really going out there this year with a pink lighted tree with silver and white ornaments! Yay. Hubby thinks I’m nuts, but I think he’s resigned himself to the nuttiness. Sadly, romance author Catherine Anderson’s beloved hubby died recently, so I’ve pushed back my interview with her, but tweaking interview questions for whenever she’s ready. Also dedicated to checking out new Blogs that I haven’t seen. I hope everyone is able to achieve goals, rest a little and hang out with friends and family. Hugs…

    • kimbacaffeinate

      So sad, and what an awful time of a year to lose a loved one. I love finding new blogs. I like your changing trees.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am on book three Magic Strikes and loving the series Ronyell. The audio versions are fantastic

  28. Jeann

    Sounds like you had a really wonderful thanksgiving with the family Kimba. We still need to put our tree up, but hope to do that this weekend. Have a wonderful week and enjoy your reads!

  29. Donna C

    Enjoy your new toy! I have the Samsung Note 2, and am due for an upgrade next June. Everyone else in the family has Apple, and I said if they ever got a big screen I would switch back…….but I LOVE that little stylus, which is not found on iPhone.

    Donna C recently posted: Review: The Evolution of Alice
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am loving the Note 4 the screen is a wonderful size and it is lightening fast.

  30. Tyler H Jolley

    Nice phone! I drank the apple juice years ago and have been hooked ever since, but I’ve heard great things about the Galaxy’s. Hope you’re feeling better!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Apples are nice but hubs is a computer geek and prefers Android.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Me too Steph, it is fun figuring all the new features out. Thanks:)

  31. Teddyree

    Hope you’re feeling better now … new toys help lol. I’m an apple girl and my partner loves Samsung so we’re a divided camp but love giving each other heaps when someone’s smartphone or laptop, smartpad etc is playing up …
    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

    Teddyree recently posted: It's Monday! What Are You Reading?