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The goal 😬

So this blog is supposed to do what i dreamed my Youtube would… but I can’t edit… πŸ˜‚

It being easier to cut & paste, I decided to try my hand in blogging πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

I figured, I have thoughts and have been reading ALOT so why not! πŸ˜‚

What do y’all want to see?

Social Handles:

@listenwithprecious on IG

Listen with precious on Good Reads (may require email… πŸ€” DM me on Instagram ! πŸ™πŸΎ)

Note: countering a problem πŸ˜‚πŸ˜† so much I wanna read!

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Me 101

πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ! My name is Precious! aka @listenwithprecious on IG & @precious’moments on yt πŸ€— I am a Filipino-American πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ stroke survivor πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½ UC Berkeley alum UNH alum RN ❀️ HR 🎧 audio listener! πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦½ I’ve only joined the book community this year (after watching Bridgerton on Netflix πŸ˜‚πŸ˜)

Part of why I’m doing this blog is to chronicle my reading journey thru Romance-land! So I’d just like to say thank you πŸ™πŸΎ for joining me!

Love Precious

P.S. Decided to blog since I’ve been reading a crazy amount, and I have thoughts… (I’ve got reading notes… πŸ˜‚) why not keep myself more accountable? πŸ˜‚ I just find reading belps my moodπŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ and gives me something to do πŸ˜‚

So buckle up (click it or ticket πŸ˜‚) and enjoy the ride!

Plan to post weekly every Sunday at 10 am!

Additional posts via Instagram @listenwithprecious!

Stay tuned! πŸ™πŸΎ

Common abbreviations:

IG = Instagram

FB = Facebook

Listen with Precious 🎧 for family and friends β€οΈ

So I wrote this post month ago BUT accidentally deleted it πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚ Thankfully I love Google Docs πŸ˜‚than stress on it… Why not update it and make it better! That’s what I’m going to do-move forward πŸ˜‰

In the initial post, I c&p’d the links for each of my posts… This is more of a level up! I’ve grouped posts depending on its content, to better cater to the various sides of my personality

Originally, I compiled these lists for older family members… I wanted to save them the trouble of sifting through ALL my posts πŸ˜‚ I just wanted to be more accommodating πŸ˜‰

Broke it up by posts related to me (Me 101, life updates, etc.), posts related to healthcare (vaccine update, doctor appointments, etc), posts related to PT, life-hacks! That’s it (for now πŸ˜‚)!

Medically posts

My 1st read-along! – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/03/21/my-1st-read-along/

Bookish Sick Chicks Reaction Blog – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/03/23/bookish-sick-chicks-reactio-life/

Migraines EST 2002 – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/04/03/migraines-est-2002/

My home exercise program πŸ‹πŸ½β€β™€οΈ – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/04/04/my-home-exercise-program-%f0%9f%8f%8b%f0%9f%8f%bd%e2%80%8d%e2%99%80%ef%b8%8f/

Spaulding Group – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/04/04/spaulding-group/

Vaccine Update πŸ’‰ – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/04/14/vaccine-%f0%9f%92%89-update/

Social anxiety is real… – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/04/16/social-anxiety-is-real/

πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈ checklist – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/04/23/%f0%9f%91%a9%e2%80%8d%e2%9a%95%ef%b8%8f-checklist/

Annual Eye πŸ‘ Exam – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/05/06/annual-eye-%f0%9f%91%81-exam/

Neuro follow-up (F/U) – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/05/06/neuro-follow-up-f-u/

Re-eatablishing healthcare in a pandemic 😷 – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/05/07/re-establishing-care-with-my-providers-in-a-pandemic/

PCP F/U – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/05/12/pcp-f-u/

Heme Appt – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/05/26/heme-appt/

Monthly Support Group – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/06/09/monthly-support-group-%f0%9f%98%84/

Life Hack posts –

disABLEd modifications – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/03/21/disabled-modifications/

PT

My home exercise program πŸ‹πŸ½β€β™€οΈ – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/04/04/my-home-exercise-program-%f0%9f%8f%8b%f0%9f%8f%bd%e2%80%8d%e2%99%80%ef%b8%8f/

Return to PT – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/05/13/return-to-pt/

For all the advice, input, inspiration, and help ❀️ – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/04/12/for-all-of-the-advice-input-and-help-%e2%9d%a4%ef%b8%8f/

PT with my β€œold” PT – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/05/27/pt-with-my-old-pt/

PT (more regular now) – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/06/04/pt-more-register-now/

PT (more or less the same…) – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/06/10/pt-more-and-less-the-same/

Personal posts-

Me 101 – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/03/01/example-post-3/

The goal πŸ˜„ – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/03/01/the-goal-%f0%9f%98%ac/

disABLEd modifications – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/03/21/disabled-modifications/

Life Update Template – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/03/29/life-update-template/

Day in MY life – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/03/28/day-in-my-life/

Book Blogging Plans – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/03/31/book-blogging-plans/

Stroke All Over Again πŸ˜’ – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/04/02/stroke-all-over-again-%f0%9f%99%84/

Social Media (SM) role on getting the word out – https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/04/02/social-media-sm-role-on-getting-the-word-out/

PT (more and less the same…)

Have PT today! I won’t go over it EVERY week, just touch on developers πŸ€— Added an inner thigh stretch myself, my PT knows… With more STS and walking πŸšΆπŸ½β€β™€οΈ, my hip flexor muscles are tight and I feel it… Feels better after stretching!

I’m just a normally flexible girl, so I especially asked my PT to help stretch me out!

I expect PT to he more walking πŸšΆπŸ½β€β™€οΈ, STS, and standing for 1 minute (wrote this portion pre-PT) That’s what I need to work on and what I typically do… Walked 8x..

Did new exercise today! My PT calls it β€œThe Shackle” or ball and chain πŸ˜‚ Basically we tied a stretching strap on my ankle and looped 7 lbs. around it πŸ˜‚

Monthly Support Group πŸ˜„

Today was my monthly virtual support group with my old in-patient OT group πŸ‘πŸ½ May not know everyone YET but I just feel safe with this group πŸ€— Feel like group members understand what it’s like…

We went around and introduced our selves πŸ€— In addition we shared a new fact about ourselves πŸ‘πŸ½ Bad with names, but trying to remember 1 at a time πŸ˜‚ Today there were 16 of us πŸ˜‚

We played a therapy form of Taboo, where each redundant answer is an additional rep (12 baseline) The group did a great job πŸ‘πŸ½ For exercises, we did chest presses, shoulder presses, and bicep curls. We used our bodies, weights, cans, etc.

Serious SLOW down…

So I started this blog for fun (not to stress me out…) I’m a person who stresses myself out… So for transparency, there’ve been less posts throughout the week… Partly because reading my current read on ebook is taking longer… (i get sleepy 😴 on my side… on my bed πŸ˜‚) I’ve been going through books quickly until now… but there WILL still be a life update Sunday β˜€οΈ May not mean anything… πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ But for my own sanity… I’m sorry… Please bear with me! πŸ™πŸΎ

Notable changes

Changing Trigger Warnings to Contact Warnings from hence forth!

Just learned I have a content warning… realized it last week watching a movie… hospital scenes… they don’t anger 😑 me BUT make me cry 😒

Life Update 6/6/21

Mood: Happy πŸ˜„

Currently Reading: Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross

Walk it out: PT more regular πŸ‘πŸ½ Will walk around the neighborhood this weekend

Events I’m excited for: Mom’s birthday πŸ₯³ festivities

Funny story πŸ˜‚: Added a picture on my story captioned β€œSunday Funday…” but it’s Saturday πŸ˜‚

Something good: 🀫 Suprise birthday πŸ₯³ photoshoot for my mom! πŸ’œ

Deal With The Demon Book Review

Deal With The Demon by Chase Verity 

Read: May 2021

Star Rating (of 5): ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Trigger warnings: Mail order bride, Coming out

Prevalent Tropes: Mail order bride, House husband

3-word Summary: Mom summons demon

The set-up: Heidi is a single parent, hustling to provide for her family. Drystain is a demon, brought into Heidi’s life through a QR code.Heidi needs Drystan’s help with the house while she works.

Thoughts πŸ’­:

  • Stance on mail-ordered brides?
  • Roles reversed! Husband at home 🏑 
  • Questions of sexuality while in school?

Movie/show rec: πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

Deal With The Demon Reading Blog

As part of the Love In The Night Readathon I’m taking part in, Deal With The Demon is the group book. I’m also using it for the following bingo prompts: Read a demon novel πŸ‘Ώ, Try a different format, and Read the group book. This would be my MOST efficient TBR for a readathon yet (if I can manage to read them all πŸ˜‚)

Deal With The Demon is about Heidi, Drystan, and the Murphy’s. Drystan is only set to work for the Murphy’s for 4 weeks. Sounds like a house husband… I anticipate great fun πŸ˜‚

Check-ins/Updates:

I like the chapter lengths! Goes by quickly! πŸ‘πŸ½

Chapter 6

Glad Drystan came into the mix in this section! ❀️ Heidi’s kids name Drystan ❀️ Their initial reaction is not what I expected… πŸ€” 

Love that Heidi considers Drystan as her β€œpartner” β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ½

Chapter 27

Got lost and forgot to update πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ They finally got intimate in this section πŸ‘πŸ½

End of book πŸ“–

Enjoyed this novella! πŸ‘πŸ½ Wish it was longer! Never would have thought that was the case! Romance is all about a couple, but I loved the family dynamic! The romance was gradual and slow going, but when it got going, I was here for it πŸ˜‚

PT (more register now!)

I’m back for another PT session πŸ‘πŸ½ Today was out a old NEW office, with so much room to walk! Exercises similar to last week’s- a lot of walking πŸšΆπŸ½β€β™€οΈ and STS! Also did one-legged marchlike things that were hard…Noticed my legs are hard to move sometimes..

Not much of a sweat-er so I gauge the intensity of my PT on if I peri-sweat or not… Peri-sweating is when you don’t sweat but feel hot πŸ₯΅ (which is in my case πŸ˜‚)

Love In The Night Readathon πŸΊ

So The Love In The Night Readathon (#loveinthenight) is a paranoid romance Readathon I’m going to participate in!

It spans Monday to the following Monday (so 1 week!) Below I’ve attached my TBR for the readathon πŸ€—

I’ll probably follow the same blogging format that I’ve used for previous readathons (namely the day of the week, what I’m reading, what I’m doing, etc.)

3 books (Deal with the Demon by Juliette Cross, Deal with the Demon by Chace Verity, Vision Of Heat by Nalini Singh) are a little more higher priority because they hit my bingo prompts πŸ˜‚ I’m going for blackout πŸ˜‚

Reading order (due to format and bingo board prompts) will be Deal with the Demon, Slave To Sensation, Wolf Gone Wild, and Vision Of Heat. And that’s as far as I go πŸ˜‚

Monday

Let the reading begin! Let the readathon begin! πŸ‘πŸ½

Already currently reading Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas. Already on chapter 4, I’ll get to chapter 6 the switch to Deal with the Demon, so I can focus my reading better πŸ€— I still intend to follow my book blog format, checking in on chapter 6, chapter 17, and end of book πŸ“–.

Decided I’ll start all my paranormal (PRN) reads tomorrow πŸ˜‚

Tuesday

First OFFICIAL day! Plan to start Deal with the Demon πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½ The book looks fun! Spent yesterday finishing my chapter of Then Came You. And did some prep work for when I start a new book (set up my book template)… Been fiendishly reading πŸ˜ˆπŸ˜‚

Wednesday

πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈβ€™s appointment today! So thought πŸ’­ of starting Slave To Sensation on audio! But the appointment was faster than I anticipated πŸ‘πŸ½ Instead, found myself at a coffee shop (for the first time in a long time πŸ‘πŸ½) Got to resume (and 🀞🏽 finish) Deal With The Demon.

Started Slave To Sensation on audio while at the park. Set up mr rereading blog πŸ‘πŸ½ Read after my walk πŸšΆπŸ½β€β™€οΈin the car πŸš™ (needed to charge my phone πŸ“±πŸ˜‚). Enjoy rereads, pick up on more!

Thursday

Finished Deal with the Demon πŸ‘πŸ½ My first FULL length novel read by my eyes πŸ‘€! Starting Wolf Gone Wild. Set up my reading notes πŸ“ Might blog the book too πŸ˜‹

Friday

Still reading Wolf Gone Wild… Reading with my eyes does take longer.. But I like that titles are more accessible to me! πŸ˜„

Saturday

Didn’t do much reading… lived life πŸ˜‚

Sunday

Tried to get back on my kindle… think it froze… But I am watching a YT video with Juliette Cross in it! Might just access Kindle (app) on my phone πŸ“± πŸ€”

Have a full day ahead so I’ll probably go back to Slave To Sensationalism.

Monday

Official end of readathon! Might extend 1 day… Hopefully I’ll finish Wolf Gone Wild… Still have an eventful day before us…walked the whole day on my walker πŸ‘πŸ½

*Tuesday*

Continued reading Wolf Gone Wild πŸ‘πŸ½ It’s definitely entertaining! Didn’t finish my book but its ok… Physically reading takes longer than listening πŸ€”

Also a special occasion! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM πŸ₯³!

Life Update 5/30/21

Mood: Happy yet tracing of sadness πŸ₯² As Boys 2 Men said β€œIt’s so hard to say goodbye” 🎢

Currently Reading: Love In The Night Readathon, Book 2! Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross

Walk it out: PT yesterday πŸ˜‚ See PT with my β€œold” PT

Events I’m excited for: upcoming wedding of 2 good friends πŸ‘πŸ½

Funny story πŸ˜‚: Went to a wedding yesterday, got to dance and sing a lot! Everyone was nice! If you’ve seen me dance, you know its funny looking πŸ˜‚ But I don’t care πŸ˜‚!

Something good: Bon Voyage gatherings are sad 😞 BUT the fact we got to congregate at all