Sitting at Starbucks: New Feature!
I’ve decided to stop doing Stacking the Shelves and instead rebrand this feature into Sitting at Starbucks. I will still be showcasing new books I receive, but I didn’t want the feature to be limited (at least in the title) to just new books. I want it to be more of an all around update kind of feature, where I talk about a bunch of new stuff. Just imagine going to Starbucks with a friend to catch up on your lives. (Plus I’m just addicted to Starbucks, so there’s that.)
Here are the new books I got this week:
As I’m sure some of you know, HarperCollins has once again EXPLODED on Edelweiss. They probably have 10+ new books there. Unfortunately I only actually found myself interested in two of them. 🙁
A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris
I read My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century this week! I’d had that book for AGES but never read it. But then Rachel Harris hired me to do her website (SQUEE! It’s still in progress) and that finally nudged me to read the book.. and I LOVED it! So I immediately bought and started reading A Tale of Two Centuries. It has swoon!!
After 8 weeks of waiting, my new chair has arrived!
I ordered this chair about eight weeks ago, and it finally arrived! It’s a Herman Miller Mirra 2 chair. I have the Mirra 1 back home in the US, and since there was no way to realistically bring the chair over to the UK, I had to buy a new one. But, the Mirra 2 had just come out, so I decided to wait a little while longer to get the newer model. I’m SO happy with it! And now I finally have a chair to sit in when Coding God isn’t at work.
New blog design
The main new design I have to show this week is SMW Book Blog!
You probably remember this design when it was a Nose Graze potential. Well Annaiss saw it on Twitter and completely fell in love with it, so she decided to buy it!
I also added in a few customizations like a tabbed widget and the ability for commenters to submit their ratings for books she reviews (similar to what you’ve seen on Nose Graze).
I have like two other designs that are in progress that I hope to show you soon!
I got my UK spouse visa!
Okay well I haven’t gotten it yet, but I have been approved for it! Now I just need to wait for the little bit of special visa paper to come in the mail. Basically this means I can now live and work in the UK on a slightly more permanent basis. This visa lasts like 2½ years, then I can renew it for another 2½ after that. Then, after that, I can apply for indefinite leave to remain (basically like citizenship, but without a few perks). Theeen after that I can apply for citizenship. Yeeks!
I will be writing a full post about my experience later. I’m not sure how many regular Nose Graze readers would actually be interested in that, but I think other people who are applying for the visa might find it useful. When I was applying, I kept trying to find posts about the process and peoples’ experiences, but didn’t find a whole lot of recent ones. So I just hope my post will be useful to other people who are looking to apply.