Well, we are now past Christmas officially! Hope everyone had a nice holiday!
First thing, Sunday I hit my Goodreads goal, and so any other books I read this year are all extras.
I started my week off with two and a half more days of school. Monday was a pretty normal day. Actually kind of quiet. Tuesday was also mostly quiet, if a little busier. Wednesday we had a half day, and had a very short staff meeting before we left for the day where our principal gave us all a small bag of Topsy’s popcorn, which is so yummy! Then I went and tried the Whataburger we got a month or so ago that has been crazy busy. I wasn’t that impressed. I mean it was okay, just nothing that blew me away. I ended up canceling my appointment to go to a kickboxing class on Wednesday night because I just was not in the mood to deal with it.
Thursday morning I woke up earlier than planned on my first day off, 6:45 am, not quite sure why. But I went ahead and took the dogs outside and then we went back to bed. Where I saw a notification on my phone that the USPS had delivered the last Christmas gift I was waiting on at 6:45 am. Wow! Didn’t realize they delivered that early! But it was nice to have all my gifts. Well, except I had one more to get, a gift certificate for my mom from the woman who does our hair. And since I had a hair appointment Thursday afternoon, I just got it then. I also realized while I was out driving around that something I’d seen bounce up on the highway on my way home from work on Wednesday had actually done some damage to the front of my car. I’d thought it just hit the wheel well from what I could tell while I was driving, but turns out it busted a little chuck of the front bumper. I’m guessing it will not be a cheap fix. Need to figure out my insurance I guess. Here’s a picture of the sad damage to my pretty orange car.
Friday I had thought I would get to go play with puppies, but then the breeder’s plans changed so maybe next week. But it was supposed to be really warm on Friday, high 60s, so would have been perfect to be outside. We had a nice quiet family Christmas on Friday night, just me, my mom and stepdad, brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew. I got a wonderful Christmas gift from my brother’s family. Just have to find a place to hang it! It’s their yearly pictures on a little wooden plaque.
My actual Christmas day was pretty quiet. Stayed home since I am not talking to one side of my family. My stepdad brought my jewelry cabinet over and we put it together. Then that night I went to my brother’s for his traditional soup and cheesecake dinner. With all the traditions my niece and nephew have had to miss out on because of craziness this year, they wanted to have this one still.
The first two were for reviews requested by the authors. One was this past week, the second is on Monday after Christmas. The last two were for my Tackle My TBR Challenge. I just have one more book to finish if I want to reach the goal for that challenge!
Well, I did order about 4 books for myself this week when I didn’t get any books for Christmas, lol, but they won’t be here till next week.
I canceled my Book of the Month club since I’d only read one of the books in the over two years that I’ve been paying them, and the rest are sitting on shelves. But guess I didn’t cancel till after one more month had been charged. So I got this book. I probably won’t get to it till next Christmas time though.
The second part of my order from Helena Hunting opening up her new shop was a t-shirt with the name of her Facebook group on it. I also got another copy of the little novella or short story collection I got with my other order last week. But I’m going to give this one to my friend who is also a big fan of Hunting.
I won another book from YA Books Central, and it came this week with an awesome matching keychain!
All three are for blog tours. I’ve wanted to read something by Sarah Ready for a while, and I had time to fit this into my blogging schedule so I did! The second one sounds good, hot hockey guy, right? And the third one is not the final cover, I can’t share that till Monday, but I am on Maya Hughes review team so I will be reading this one too! The last one is also for a review tour, authors I’ve wanted to read for awhile and think I’ve fit them into my schedule this time!
Several little shorts from authors that I couldn’t find on Goodreads, so I had to take a picture from the Book Funnel download email.
What I’m Watching:
I was going to go see a movie this week, but ended up not going. I was thinking about seeing Nightmare Alley, but at the last minute, I was afraid I’d be disappointed or bored and decided not to go. Sadly? Other than a couple of kids movies that kind of look cute, I’ve already seen all the movies that look good, and there aren’t a lot more like usual. However, I am not complaining too much, because this is the first time in a long time there has been more than one movie a week come out that I’ve wanted to see.
I tried to start watching a few new shows, but my brain wasn’t cooperating. I may go back and give them another try. I finished Squid Games. Watched the first episode of A Discovery of Witches, which I’ll probably keep watching, I have been a fan of Matthew Goode since the Leap Year rom-com movie with Amy Adams. I started watching Wheel of Time, but not sure if I’ll go on. I do think I am going to sign up for HBO-Max because I want to watch the Harry Potter reunion, and also the Station Eleven show looks good as well!
I have been rewatching The Amazing Race season 7, because I found out that the guy who played Zack from The Big Bang Theory, who also went to my college, was on that show. And what’s funny is that I actually watched that season and of course had no idea who he was at the time! The quality of the video isn’t great from however long ago that was, but it is still fun to watch. Some of my favorite teams, Uchenna and Joyce, Rob and Amber from Survivor fame, were on that season. Now I’m just so excited that there will finally be a new season starting in January. While it made sense being able to do a new Survivor during the pandemic because it was out in the middle of nowhere away from all the crazy virus issues, I am very intrigued to see how they will race around the world with all of this. Here is a preview for the new season!
Oh yeah, one big complaint I have about tv right now, while they seemed to show Christmas Vacation over and over after thanksgiving, I have yet to see Elf on anywhere! I mean I own it on DVD, but I can’t believe it isn’t showing on any channels for free this time of year! Ridiculous!
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