So, it was back to work this week. Fortunately we had Monday off, which was good because several school districts that didn’t, went ahead and canceled because roads still were icy and not in great condition in the morning. On Sunday night a Facebook Group I joined last year, Tugboat Cover Designs had a cover resale sale. They had a couple book covers that I really liked, because I like the more illustrated covers these days. And even though I keep saying I’m not going to do any writing this year, I gave in and bought them! Maybe having the cool covers sitting around will get me writing?
I also started trying to use a Google Spreadsheet made by Kate over at Your Tita Kate.
Tuesday was back to school, no students, just teachers, which was nice. I also had to take one of my dogs, Argyle, to the vet because he’s been sneezing and what they call reverse sneezing a lot lately. The vet listened to his heart and said it seemed everything was fine, he may just have a little bit of an infection and a cough (the reverse sneezing thing). She gave me some antibiotics for him to start.
Wednesday was the first day with students. And the nurse was gone in the morning, so my assistant had to go cover her, and then she ended up leaving early too because she had a sick kid. So my assistant basically spent most of the day as the nurse. Wednesdays are our early release day, which means the students leave at 12:50, and then we have professional development for the rest of the school day. Today was the annual lockdown/intruder safety training day. So we had a police officer show us how to set up special equipment the district has bought to help keep doors from being able to be opened once you lock and barricade them. And we talked about things to do or keep in mind that people often make mistakes with in shooter situations. It is sad we have to do this kind of thing, but that is the world today.
Thursday was about a normal day in the library. Unfortunately all week the local weathermen had been saying that Wednesday late evening into Thursday morning we were going to get snow and it would be so cold that schools might call the day off. No such luck. I know we only started back on Wednesday with students, but I was sure hoping for a surprise snow day!
Friday I was alone in the library for all but the first hour and a half. I’m assuming this is just how it is going to be with all the absences there are these days. Then I went home and enjoyed finishing up the book I was reading that was so good!
Saturday morning I got up earlier than I would normally, but my friend asked me to let her dogs out while she and her husband were on a staycation over night. Then we were supposed to have dinner together Saturday evening. We did go have Mexican at a restaurant and spent lots of time talking about family and work, and I was able to ask her thoughts on the online dating guy I’ve been talking to. It was nice to get someone who agreed with me about how some of his responses sounded.
The first three were read for reviews this past week. The fourth one was an audiobook I listened to because I love the author. The last one is a review book I’ll be posting on Monday.
Only one that I bought on the last day of 2021, so I’m not counting it as a new purchase for the year, lol.
I’d been interested in this one when I first saw it, then I saw it listed as a top read of 2021 on another blog, so I used my January Audible credit to buy it.
Can’t wait to read this latest by Meghan Quinn! Will be posting my review on Monday! The second one is two stories, one by a new author I found and loved last year, Evie Alexander, loved her book Highland Games, so I signed up to review the two novellas in this book. The third one I don’t know for sure when I’ll get it read, but I get this author’s e-galleys sent to me all the time and I haven’t downloaded one in a while because I haven’t gotten them in time to fit them into my schedule, but I will get this one! And then I’m so excited for this next book in the Jay Crownover newest series. The last book is one that I couldn’t get into the first book in the series, but I’ve liked the other book I read by this author and this one is about cheese!! Well, you know, part of the story anyways, and I am a huge cheese lover. I wasn’t chosen to get the swag pack for the e-galley, sadly, but maybe I’ll do my own Instagram pic with cheese to chow just how much I am excited for it. lol
Trying to just do this one!
What I’m Watching:
Of course finished up and loved season 4 of Cobra Kai. I had tried the first episode of Station Eleven and really liked it, but the second episode wasn’t anything like it, so I got bored. I attempted an older series this week too, The Man in the High Castle, and again I really liked the first episode, the second episode was really good too! I’m so eager to see where this will go.
Also excited for a new season of The Amazing Race which I didn’t realize they had been in the middle of filming when the pandemic started, and so the first three episodes were before everything. It will be interesting to see how they picked it all back up!
So I thought I’d add in what game I’ve been playing if I’ve been wasting time doing that, lol. Back when the whole pandemic started, I gave in and bought a Nintendo Switch and got sucked into Animal Crossing New Horizons. I basically completed that, and was bored so decided to get a new game, which I’ve been playing for a while. I think I might be getting close to the end of it, but still enjoying it for now! It’s called Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town.
Anyone else play either of these games?
I’m sharing the above because I love that Diana Gabaldon even gives permission to quit reading her own books if it isn’t working for you! I now do not feel guilt when I have to DNF a book that just isn’t working for me.
Giveaways to Check Out:
- The Looooong and the Short of It with a Giveaway: December/End of 2021 Wrap-Up Post and Looking Forward to 2022
- Blog Tour with Giveaway: Digging Up Love (Tasting Love #1) by Chandra Blumberg
- Book Blitz with Giveaway: Sidetracked by Lauren Alsten