Well, the week started off nice with a Chiefs win over our most hated team, the now Las Vegas Raiders, on Sunday night. But then I got a text right before bed that my library assistant’s son was sick and she wasn’t going to be in on Monday. So I was once again by myself in the library on Monday. Now I forgot to mention last week that on last Friday, the 12th, I got my first shipment of books for my first order at my new library. I spent Monday going through and stamping them all with the school stamp, and then categorizing them in the computer system so that I can genrify the collection next year if I want. I didn’t get all the stickers on the spines for that on Monday though.
Tuesday my assistant was back and so most of the day went by as usual, but actually, both Monday and Tuesday went by crazy fast! They did call her away to cover another secretary who had to leave because her son was sick at the end of the day, and she had to cover that secretary on Wednesday.
And Wednesday was another day in hell. The library was crazy busy and I was alone. And then we had another meeting about the virtual learning issues. I was made to feel like I’m not doing enough. And I wanted to tell the person who was acting that way, like she had signed up for taking on the job. I mean yeah, I knew I had to do virtual students when I took the job, but I did NOT know this is what it was. Also found out that the other high school librarian in my district is retiring after this year because of all this ridiculousness with the virtual learning. Which reminded me that I can retire early in 2028, or I will be fully vested in 2031. So in less than 10 years. I used to think I would keep going past that time. But that was before I was hating my job like I am now. So what I’m thinking, is if I’m still this miserable or not happy with the job at that time, I’ll retire. Get my monthly retirement check and then maybe go work at a public library as a clerk or something easier. Has anyone seen the movie Friday? That’s how I felt going out to my car (warning, the f-word is in the video):
I did see my library assistant when I finally got to leave on Wednesday, she was on the way out too. Just telling her how stressed I was, there were a few tears.
Thursday was pretty much another crappy day. My assistant had to go cover the other secretary again. I guess the only bit of a saving grace is that we had a Blood Drive in the library on Thursday so for the most part I got to have the library “closed”.
Friday was a lot calmer in the library. My assistant got to work in her spot doing library stuff. We also had a speaker all day that was there for every FACS class, so that meant we didn’t have a lot of people in the library and it was kind of a nice quiet day. Friday night my mom and step-dad and I took my 8 year old niece, and 3 year old nephew to Chuck E. Cheese so my brother and sister-in-law could have a bible study group from their church at their house. It was my nephew’s first time there, and I think he had a good time! Here is a picture of him with my step-dad, his “Papa”.
Saturday was the annual craft fair at a local high school that normally my mom and step-mom both have booths at. But this year my step-mom wasn’t sure about doing it with the pandemic stuff, so my mom went ahead and paid for my step-mom’s spot and will spread out because they don’t want to lose their spot. My step-mom did the same for my mom a few years ago when my mom had back surgery and wasn’t able to do the show. My mom did really well at the craft show. I had helped make some little card caddies to help kids or even adults when it is hard to hold a hand of cards. Here are some pictures from the craft show.
Looking forward to a two day work week thanks to Thanksgiving break! And the district emailed that we could just wear jeans all week to school. I started a little Christmas decorating, but I’ll take pictures and share once it’s all done! Also, still not a word written for NaNoWriMo.
I read and posted my review of these all this past week.
So I was all excited when I saw a box from Sourcebooks on the front porch when I got home from school on Friday. Unfortunately, not a single one of the 6 books in the box are books I would read. I am going to reach out to the publisher to see if they’d want me to either send them back, or if they’d prefer maybe I just do a giveaway on my blog. Usually I get YA books from them. I also would have loved a box full of their romance brand instead. But none of these are either books I would read or that I would order for my high school library.
So it’s not actually a book, but I got a swag pack and a cool tumbler that I ordered from a favorite author, K. Bromberg.
I love the titles of this 80s retro series by Karen Grey, and can’t wait to get started on this next book in the series! The second book I won from the author in a newsletter giveaway. I won’t get it read before pub date, but hope to read over Thanksgiving break this coming week.
So, I started listening to Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras, I had enjoyed the first book in the series, Kaleidoscope Hearts, so I got this second one to try to get more read by her before Book Bonanza next summer. Unfortunately I had some trouble getting into it, and then the love interest was a smoker and the heroine seemed to like that, so I just was turned off. I exchanged the audiobook in Audible and got this one instead.
Most of these came from signing up for author newsletters again, or else the authors were showing they were free in the newsletters I already subscribe to.
What I’m Watching:
Nothing, too busy of a week, so didn’t get much time to watch anything other than my normal shows. Although I did enjoy a few new episodes recorded of Whose Line Is It Anyway? That show cracks me up so much!
Giveaways to Check Out:
- The Looooong and the Short of It with a Giveaway: October 2021 Wrap-Up Post and What to Expect in November
- Book Blitz with Giveaway: Warming My Winter Heart by Michelle Cornish
- Blog Tour with Giveaway: Towers and Tithes (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #8) by Christina Bauer