Weekend wrap-up

Weekend wrap-up

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Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:

  • I’ve been having a hard time handling multiple tasks.  It’s not that I actually have that much going on, but if I have an email to deal with on one account, an email on a second account, a blog comment to respond to, and a Twitter notification, my brain gets very confused.  Even with my organization system it’s been hard.
  • I passed $1000 in sales generated by my ad campaign on Amazon for my book Psych Meds Made Simple.  That’s gross sales, and what I actually made was substantially less than that, but still it’s pretty cool.  I’ve figured out some keywords to target that are doing really well, and I sell a couple of books pretty much every day.   I’ve just started an ad campaign for my new book Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, and hopefully I’ll be able to figure out some keywords that will generate some sales.  It may be hard, though, since I don’t have any reviews on Amazon.
  • I had some sales on my little blog store, which was super cool.
  • Had to go underwear shopping because either the dryer monster has been busy or I have a burglar with a fetish.  The shop that I usually go to sometimes has some excessively perky sales staff, but luckily none of those types were working that day, and I was able to get in and out with less than 10 words said.  Success!
  • I found out my brother’s wife is 3 months pregnant with their first child.  I feel totally indifferent.  I know I “should” have more of a reaction, but I just don’t care.  I don’t exactly feel guilty about my reaction, but I know it’s not normal.  And it’s not as though I’m in shock or anything; I knew they wanted kids and the biological clock is ticking.
  • Fall is such a good time for eating.  It makes me more motivated to cook and bake.  I was going to make my first pumpkin pie of the season yesterday, but I forgot to pick up an ingredient, so that will happen today.
  • I’ve been pretty good this week about keeping up with cleaning, which is not my forte.


How has your week been?


books by Ashley L,. Peterson: Managing the Depression Puzzle, Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, and Psych Meds Made Simple

35 thoughts on “Weekend wrap-up”

  1. My brain would go coconuts with more than 1 account, emails and twitter. And the book and a store …. wow … you’re a super-multi-tasker to me. Congratulations with your book! I think that is very rewarding after what must have been a lot of work. Also fun underwear story with great succes. I keep putting that off till one day I’ll have 1 left I think 😉 Have a nice weekend!

  2. I always have so much to do and it’s overwhelming. As I said before, I have to tell myself out loud to do things like I’m my own mom. I just did the dishes after telling myself to. After each task, I reward myself with a little blog-read break.

    My week was very busy. Today I have two social things, but one is only with one other person so that’s okay. Tomorrow is just for me.

    Congrats on your sales! 🎉

  3. Congrats on the sales! That’s fantastic news. What I believe is even better is that you successfully got through a store without a perky sales person bothering you. LOL! Way to go!
    I myself just learned something about my sisters health. I’m not quite sure how to feel about it because of all the damage done. Both my brother and sisters birthday’s are coming up and I’m debating if I should reach out to either one of them even though they blew me off on my birthday.
    I’m too old for this shit.
    In other words, I can understand you feeling indifferent towards this news of the pregnancy.

  4. Holy flip, congrats on the book sales!! That’s astronomical!!! Wowz!!

    Yeah, I hear ya. It’s terrifying that my sister’s pregs, so I can relate to your indifference somewhat! I think your feelings tie into a lot of womens’ post-partum depressions, like, “I just had a baby, and I’m supposed to feel something about it… but I don’t! I’m a bad, bad mommy!” 😮

    I cleaned all day yesterday too, and then I slept late, and then Big Woof peed on my carpet tiles overnight. Bad Woof!! Bad, bad Woof! (It’s not really her fault.)

    Oh my!! I buy all my undies and bras on Amazon!! They have everything there! But I’m glad you got in and out without the chattiness! 😀

    Why all the email accounts? Maybe you could simplify!! That sounds complicated!!

    My week has been lazy, and I’m falling out of my fitness goals!! I must try harder!!

    1. I have 3 email accounts, and it actually helps keep life simpler; one is for blogging and related things; one is my personal account, and the other is for junky unimportant kind of things.

      That must have been annoying to wake up to Big Woof’s pee accident.

      It was slow getting started with my first book, but after a couple months of monitoring and adjusting every day, I managed to find the sweet spot.

      1. Yeah… WOW! You and I need to talk marketing, but I don’t have any money to put into it at present!

        Yeah, I washed one tile she peed on last night, and the washing machine frayed it up really badly. Maybe I’ll wash today’s tiles in the bathtub or something.

        Oh, okay, that makes sense about the emails then!

        I just bought an old projector at a yard sale for $5. It could be worth upward of $80 on eBay…. if it works, and if I can figure out how to use it! Keep your fingers crossed for me!

  5. Amazing news on your book success, congratulations!

    We have had a lovely week, came back from our honeymoon yesterday and definitely feeling the holiday blues!

    I’m with you there, my brain is in overdrive right now as I’m trying to work my way through emails from throughout the week 😴

  6. Thanks for sharing. The apathy about the pregnancy is normal, given your diagnosis (though you already know that- sometimes it’s good to be normalized). I will share my book review on Amazon for you. If you can email me my review from your first book I’ll leave that review on Amazon too (not sure where that one is between blog and website switches).

  7. CONGRATULATIONS on all the book sales!! That is awesome! I also love transactions where you can get what you need with as little small talk as possible, and I’m happy you got to have that experience too. Happy baking today!

  8. Congratulations on your sales. With all the different accounts, I would get rather dizzy with it all, regardless of organisation. Fir me, it’s just 2 email accounts and my blog. One email acvount for my blog which I check every few days. So with mine, compared to your system, a much more relaxed system. But then yours is a business with your books.

    I have had Wed, Thurs and Fri annual leave in my evening job. But morning job I had Wednesday off. I was at Oxford for the day, meeting up with a friend.

    It’s been relaxing after working mornings. Dvd’s mainly and observing my hamster.

    I discovered Saturday morning by letter, that my mum has been sectioned under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act. This is no surprise. It’s just that I thought this would never happen with how the sysyem sometimes works. With me not around, maybe they finally seen a difference when mum had only her mental health nurse to chat to. Unless something else happened I am not aware of.
    I shall write to her doctor, back at the mental health unit where she was before, to make sure she knows of my no contact I currently have with my mum until November sometime for my own wellbeing. And that uf she wants to see me, I will call in to her, but not my mum, while it’s still my no contact I have.

    Today, I have plans with my neighbour. A walk, depending with weather, then we will buy a few things for our lunch and have lunch at mine.

      1. With weather being as it was, it was nust lunch in. How it’s raining here, you would get soaked in 5 minutes.
        Lunch was good, with a few hours chatting, before doing our own thing. I shall get back to my dvd watching.

        Mum is in the right place and so I know mum will be looked after there. So I am not worrying.

  9. Wow! That’s fantastic news about your book. I sometimes read of bloggers putting lots of work into their books and then only selling three copies. It is wonderful to hear of such success!

  10. I’m not sure how to comment on your blogs besides selecting reply. Maybe you will be more excited once the baby gets here. Congratulation on your book sales. I don’t ever feel like I have time for anything. I always feel like I have something I need to do.

    I know I’m random when it comes to writing.. But

    Do you cook for other people or do you just cook for yourself? How has your depression been lately? I never feel like I have time to keep up with everyone’s post. I stop and read some occasionally. You seem like your very popular on social media. It seems like a job for you instead of something you just do for fun. It’s nice though.. When you like all of my posts. It’s like you care about my life. I’m sure you make other people feel good also.

    You seem to handle your illness very well.

    1. Thank you. 💕
      Blogging is definitely something I do for fun. Social media can feel like a bit of a chore sometimes. I’m not a fan of self-promotion, so trying to promote my blog and my books can get tiring.

  11. Congratulations on your book sales, that sounds really brilliant! 🙂 I am generally a pretty good multitasker, at least in terms of email accounts and all that online stuff, but when my mood gets a real dip my multitasking goes out of the window and I’m absolutely rubbish at it then, so I’d think there is a very close connection between those two things. I hope things will get better for you in this regard soon.

  12. Congrats on the sales you’ve made. I can’t multi task and freak out over the number emails I have that are important.

    There was nothing wrong with your reaction to their pregnancy. When I found out my sister was engaged, I didn’t care. I didn’t have a reaction and ignored the message until I was ready to say something. I am happy for her but at the same time I have no feelings towards the news.

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