Jan 29, 2024

Weekly Roundup: Free books from London Lovett, Two gift ideas, and a Tip for resolving a twitchy eye

Monday means it's time for another Weekly Roundup (I've marked affiliate/referral links with an *, which means I may make a little bit of money if you make a purchase or sign up using that link - thank you!):

  • London Lovett writes some of my favorite cozy mysteries, so I subscribed to her newsletter. The best thing about her newsletter is that she regularly links to free books - usually her own, but she often teams up with other writers, as she did last week. Her Port Danby series* is one of my favorites.

  • I really enjoy Character Lab's tip of the week email, and last weekend's was particularly insightful - or maybe just a timely reminder that "[a]nything seems obvious, after the fact," and therefore you shouldn't blame yourself for seems like a stupid mistake.

  • A gift idea for someone who might not be too easy to buy for: A reusable photo bag* with a pet's photo. I've done this a couple of times with my childhood dog's photo, making bags for my mom and aunts (who owned the dog before he became mine/ours). I need to get my hands on my husband's childhood dog so I can make a bag for my mother-in-law, but I'm not quite sure how to do that ...

  • Another easy gift idea is ordering flowers from Costco* - I've done it many times now, because they're reasonably priced (there are quite a few options under $50) and come well-packed. In fact, they also seem to last much longer than the bouquets my husband buys from the warehouse. Recipients have told me the flowers are still blooming after two weeks. Pro tip: You can pick your delivery date, but perhaps more importantly, you can add a gift message - but it's easy to forget to do it because it's at the end of the checkout page, so don't forget!

  • Last year, my eye kept twitching, and I was starting to worry that something was wrong. It turns out I have diplopia, or double vision, which my optometrist described as my eyes not being able to communicate well with each other. She added a prism to my glasses, which has made all the difference - I can only describe it as being able to see easier, like those eye muscles aren't having to work so hard to see together. In fact, I just went in for my annual exam and decided I want/need a little more prism in my new glasses. So if you happen to have a twitching problem, instead of freaking out (I didn't quite get to that level), just go see your eye doctor.

Please let me know if there's something you'd love to see in the roundup. I sent out my revamped monthly newsletter via email over the weekend, so if you're signed up and didn't get it, please check your spam folder. Have a great week!

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