This post was sponsored by Sagebooks. All opinions are mine and mine alone. 

Friends, last you heard from me, I was preparing to go to Taiwan as a gift to myself for my upcoming 40th birthday and somehow got conned into taking my 6.5 year old daughter with me. Well, I suppose it’s only a con if I got tricked and I went with my eyes wide open so I suppose it’s more accurate to say that I made a poor life choice when confronted with Gamera’s pitiful begging as she promised to do whatever I asked and I decided to believe her even though I knew it for the filthy lie it was.

Anyhow, as you probably guessed from our last Sagebooks Summer Reading Thingy and my non-reality based hope of us jumping right back into Sagebooks the day I got off the plane from Taiwan at 7:30am, I did not. In fact, I did nothing for two whole weeks. (Ok, I guess this is cheating and eats into my update for Weeks 12 & 13. Consider it a 2 for 1 deal today.)

So, in light of that, is there any use to reading further?

Um, of course. Surely you don’t read just for the updates, right? You read for my ingenious wizardry with the written word and to secretly judge me when I fail and begrudgingly congratulate me when I succeed! Oh, wait. You’re probably a better person than I am.


Where Are We?

We started Week 10 at intending to review all of Set 2 Book 4 by the end of Week 11 to make up for the loss from my week in Taiwan.

Did We Do It?

OMG – not even remotely.

What Happened?

I’m not going to lie. Jet lag did a number on me. Also? I’ve been struggling in general so I just let it go. Every day, I told myself that I would do Sagebooks tomorrow and every day, I accepted the outright lie for what it was. An outright lie.

If I’m being super generous with myself, I think I might have tried once or twice to review. But after several days off, let’s just say Glow Worm (~5) was not interested in the slightest. I didn’t have the energy to put up a fight.

Anything Else?

If you’re a loyal reader, you may be wondering if I will ever get my act together. And the answer is, probably.

I mean, yes? YES.

Yes, because I paid for these darn Sagebooks sets and they were NOT cheap. Yes, because I’m getting paid for these posts and there’s only so many times I can write the same I FAIL I FAIL SO HARD PLEASE UNDERSTAND ME type posts before I get fired.

However, as my old boss used to say because he was US Army through and through, “Hope is not a course of action.”

So, what is my REAL course of action? Well, most of it is just to act like a grown up already, pull out the Sagebook and sit my kid down and read one lesson. And then give him a Lindt Chocolate Truffle because that’s how we roll in my house and I’m never too good to bribe with deliciousness. Then I will snap some pictures and take some videos for proof and do it again the next day. And before I know it, we’ll be back on track.

Alright. Next week, there should be another Sagebooks Behind the Scenes post and in the meantime, I will have dragged myself out of my funk, kicking and screaming, and perhaps with copious amounts of self-bribery.

One thing that has kept me going is the other parents in the Sagebooks HK Parent Support Group on Facebook. I’ve enjoyed seeing them make progress with their children even if I’ve gone backwards in the momentum department.