I didn’t mention last week that I’d had a bit of an issue pop up with one side of my family. So I probably won’t be seeing them for Christmas this year due to disagreement on certain things to do with how life is these days.
Then Monday started out that I was walking in from the parking lot and everyone had jeans on. Turns out that the district sent out an email about a half hour after I got out of work last Friday that we could wear jeans every day for the rest of the school year before holiday break. But that meant I knew and could wear them for the rest of the week. Well, once we got inside, my assistant told me she’d also received an email from our nurse on Sunday night telling her she would be out, and just assuming that my assistant would cover her day. And then we found out Monday morning three other secretaries were out. So my assistant was gone all day. Now this is ridiculous that they expect her to cover the nurse because my assistant is not a nurse! Not to mention she doesn’t earn what a nurse earns. I also ended up having to cover a class in the library one hour. The teacher said they knew what to work on. But didn’t leave me anything. The students of course said they didn’t know what they were supposed to be working on. But I’m at a point I just don’t care anymore. So as long as they were mostly quiet, I was okay with it.
Now what is really not fair is that I will get an hour worth of sub pay for covering that class. My assistant doesn’t get any extra pay for covering other people all day. Not to mention there are things I can’t get done when she is gone.
Tuesday was more of the same. While my assistant got to be in the library all day, we had classes almost every hour, working on projects, or taking tests for special ed classes, nothing they needed me for. So of course I had to go sub in another class.
Wednesday was more. The nurse was gone again, no substitute nurse available, so my assistant had to go back and forth between the library and the nurse’s office. We had two quarantine students first thing this morning as well. Things are so bad at my school right now that we’ve had two secretaries give notice, one leaving at the end of 2021, the other at the end of the school year in May. One of my assistant principals was giving End of Course tests for students taking college credit courses in the library today, and she is just as frustrated and mentioned she’d been updating her resume as well. Education is a rough place to be right now. Even my assistant is close to being ready to walk out. She’s not comfortable being the nurse, she’s not certified to be a nurse. It’s been another day where if I could walk out I’d be close to that too right now.
Wednesday night we had crazy storms here where I live. I feel very fortunate that this time around I did not lose power. Had a few larger branches down in my back yard, but nothing like earlier this year when it was really bad and knocked my power out.
Thursday at school was as bad as Wednesday, and my assistant took half a day, so the afternoon I was by myself. Plus both tech guys were out, so I was really alone. I do have to say that we didn’t seem to have too many computer problems that day, so that was nice! Sounds as if my assistant principal who I mentioned she had said maybe she was looking elsewhere on Wednesday had applied in the same district I did. I told her if she got the job there and it was a school where I’d applied for a library job, to put a good word in for me.
Friday one of the secretaries ended up having to take her husband to a doctor appointment, so from 10 am on I was alone again in the library. But at least the tech guys were there most of the day. Friday night we had our staff holiday party right after school at a local brewery. It would have been nicer if there had been more room. I had though I wouldn’t go until Friday when my assistant said she had decided to go, so I went ahead and went for an hour. But I waited to go till she got off, a half hour later than the teachers. So by the time we got to the location, there were no chairs, and not really any place to even stand. I got a small plate of food and went and stood back behind everyone else. A few teachers near me did pull me into their conversation, so that was nice. But otherwise I didn’t necessarily feel like a part of it all. I know that is partly from being new and partly from being the librarian in a high school where you don’t get as many teachers in as you would a lower grade level school. Afterwards I wished I’d just went ahead and gone to see a movie like I’d wanted to instead.
So Saturday I went ahead and went to see the new Spiderman movie. Of course I bought my ticket on Friday night because the theaters were already filling up! Guess people are ready to go back in person finally to the movies.
School is out on Wednesday and I’m soooooooooo ready! Wednesday night I signed up to try a kickboxing class at a local martial arts studio. I’ve got to do something to get back in shape and I can’t seem to do much for dieting.
All except the audiobooks were for review tours this past week. The first one won’t actually have a blog post till later this month though, and the third to last one will be next week. I am actually only one book away from hitting my Goodreads goal.
I got my #TBTBSanta box this week and I couldn’t wait til Christmas to open it, so I did, and here is all the cool stuff I got! Even treats for my dogs! I’d already read/listened to Well Played, but wanted a copy to put on my bookshelf with the first book in the series. And after listening to it, I decided I wanted to read the third book instead of listening, which is what I did with the first book in the series that I loved. So now I have my own copy to read!
A while back one of my favorite authors, Helena Hunting, did a live video when she opened up her new merchandise store. Even though I shouldn’t have spent the money, because I already own the book and have it signed by her when from I met her the first time, I had to buy the fancy hardcover edition of it with the special slipcover. It only came with the box set, so I also got a little novella and other fun stuff! I did order something else from her store, so just waiting on that now!
A book I finished reading and reviewed on Friday, The Romance Novel Formula, was helpful enough that I decided I needed to buy a physical copy of that.
I also was lucky enough to win a prize from Shannon at It Starts At Midnight‘s blogoversary and that arrived this week!
I signed up for an ARC giveaway through a library event. I got one in the mail this week from Harper Collins, and I’m so excited for this one!
And when I went to grab one more book for my nephew’s Christmas present, because I had two for his sister, so I have to do two for him too, right? Well, I remembered seeing on TikTok that there was a book available for sale out in the real world, not just on Amazon now, and I went to see if it was there. It was, so I grabbed it. Then while standing in the long line to pay, because this Saturday is always the busiest shopping day of the year, I stood by a Christmas book display in line at Barnes & Noble, and saw the other book I’d been meaning to buy.
So J.A. Huss posted in a newsletter or maybe on her Facebook, I can’t remember which, that these three books were free through Authors Direct, so I went and downloaded them! And then when I finished the really short audiobook above, I decided I needed one more holiday book to listen to this year, so I got the one from Audible Escape that is the sequel to Nick and Noel’s Christmas Playlist.
The first one the publisher reached out and offered me the e-galley on Netgalley, it doesn’t come out to May though, so it’ll be a bit before I get to it. The second one the author reached out on Goodreads and asked if I would be interested. They sound good, but I told her I would only be able to do one of the three in the series and I couldn’t read until the end of January. The third one I will be reading and reviewing for a review the last week of December. The last one is for a review tour at the end of January
I pretty much get these from author’s newsletters, occasionally I’ll see an ad on Facebook and click on that as well. I know I did skip a few freebies I saw this week, but went ahead and got all of these. A lot of holiday reads! Don’t know that I’ll get to them this year, but I’ll look forward to next holiday season I guess!
Last week I showed you the cool blanket my Festivus partner through the Penny Reid’s Sharks of Awesome Facebook group sent me. I opened the other box that came later for the date of the planned event a little early on Friday night because I was kind of down, but since Sunday the 19th, today, was the day we were supposed to open, I don’t think I did that bad. The left picture is what was in the box. Candy, cool, bookmarks, and an adorable dachshund ornament. The blanket came before the box did, so you can see she put a little paper in the box expecting I’d open it first. It’s funny because I said in my wishlist if my partner could get me a blanket with a Winston brother on it they’d be my best friend forever, she is stuck with that title now! lol Thought I’d share a picture of the blanket again.
What I’m Watching:
Well, I missed the first half of the Survivor season finale thanks to the only local channel that decided to continue storm coverage, after the storms had mostly passed us by. Ugh. But it was good. After watching the tribal council, I wasn’t surprised at who won, I was surprised that the person I wanted to win didn’t get a single vote though! Especially the way some of the people on the jury had talked to him and about him!
And oh my gosh! The new Spider-Man movie was so good! The surprise characters that showed up! Now it will be interesting to see what comes next in this world!
Giveaways to Check out:
- The Looooong and the Short of It with a Giveaway: November 2021 Wrap-Up Post and What to Expect in December
- Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: The Romance Novel Formula by A.K. Leigh – ends tonight I think!