Can you believe that January is over on Monday? I’d like to say it flew by, and in a way it did, but man it was long in so many other ways.
So, Sunday night was a heart-stopping crazy edge of my seat football game as my Kansas City Chiefs won in overtime. It was such a great game. The Bills played so good, it was nice to beat a team that it felt like they were worthy of and had to work to beat. It was such a roller coaster last two minutes of the game and then OT. Crazy! And thanks to the win, our school district superintendent sent out an email on Sunday night saying we could wear jeans to work all this week!
Monday I knew was going to be busy because we’re still getting virtual classes final grades sent to us. And I was so glad that a teacher had asked me to go over databases and some research tips with her students. I had to go to her classroom to do it because they were doing ESL testing in the library, which led to some lovely technology based problems, but we worked it out and I think it went really great. And it felt so good to be doing librarian things! Unfortunately my assistant was pulled out of the library, so the whole time I was in the classes teaching, which was only the first and last hour of the day, there wasn’t really anyone in the library to help students, so I had to basically close it, while still leaving it open.
Tuesday was some of the same. We had the testing in the library. My assistant had to go cover someone again. I had to go sub for a class during advisory. And I am still working on enrolling students into second semester virtual classes and getting final grades for their first semester virtual classes. I took a little time to do some stuff with new books, added barcodes to textbooks, checked some classroom set books out to a teacher. There are so many teachers out. In the district closer to where I live, where my brother lives, that school district ended up closing Thursday and Friday of this week because they said they will not have enough staff to cover those days.
Wednesday, the same. Alone in the library. Plus having to go sub for an advisory class. However Wednesday night I got to go see the movie Moonfall early because I am considered an investor in AMC theaters. I own a part of a share of their stock through the app RobinHood. I should try to buy a full share I think. The movie was a lot of fun!
Thursday I was still alone in the library, and while it was still kind of busy, I am getting closer to being done with the online school enrollments so that is nice! I got to take the new books from the last order and do a little display.
Friday was a little slower. I was pretty much done with enrolling the virtual students, so that was nice. I was still alone in the library, but was able to get all the books from the past two weeks completely checked back in and got about half of them shelved.
Saturday early in the morning, about the time my dogs usually wake me up to go outside, around 1 am, my vertigo seemed to be back. Even though I now know I shouldn’t just lay around the house and hope it goes away, I have to get up and move and go about like normal or it gets worse. But I refused to not go ahead and sleep until when I wanted to sleep in on a Saturday morning. Then I made sure to get out and about on Saturday to try to keep it from getting worse. It helped for the most part. I went to a thrift store and an antique store and found an old wooden soda bottle crate. I like to use those for bookmarks in my library. And I also went and got some cookies since I ate one a week last week and they seemed to be good luck for my Chiefs winning. Or not, I might be a little superstitious. lol
I also bought an Iced Tea maker. My principal has one at school in the little kitchen area in my office. And I’ve been thinking I need to maybe try switching to tea. While I’ll still want it sweet for now, I think it is the type of thing I could eventually work on drinking less and less sweet.
I adored the first two so much. They were both for reviews this past week. The third one was an audiobook that was funny for the most part, but I didn’t quite get the ending or maybe it felt like we were left hanging. But I did enjoy it. Will be posting a review of it next month. The last one I got behind on reading and while I posted a promo post on Friday, I didn’t have it finished in time to review. Even if I had gone ahead and done an early review without finishing it, I would have only given it a 3 star rating. But instead I finished it Friday night and ended up rating it at a 4 star, so I will post the review later.
I did buy one that I mentioned last week based on a TikTok author that I follow that also bought my novella.
And then an author I loved let us know in her newsletter she was kind of adding some alternate covers to a series I am loving. As much as I enjoy the sexy covers with hot men on them, I also kind of like the ones without them. So I immediately ordered them when I saw it, and they already came!
I also got some swag in the mail from the new Helena Hunting store along with a coupon. Now I’m going to go buy more stuff. lol
The publisher reached out to me a little bit ago and asked if I’d be interested in this one. So I’ll be reading and reviewing around the time it comes out.
This is for a review tour in March.
Several free e-books, but a few are from authors I’ve already read, so might get to them sooner!
What I’m Watching
I mentioned that I got to go see the movie Moonfall this past week. It was a fun action-science fiction movie.
Oh yeah, at the beginning of the movie the song Africa by Toto is playing and he sings the lyrics the way I always thought they were: “I miss the rains down in Africa.” I learned about two years ago when the song was playing at the bookstore where I worked that it was actually “I bless the rains”. Which doesn’t make sense to me, but whatever. And he was corrected about the lyrics and he agreed with me. Not a big deal, just was something that happened to me recently so it stuck out!
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 – open till Monday at midnight!
- Blog Tour with Giveaway: It Started With a List (Pacific Grove University #1) by Tinia Montford
- Book Blitz with Giveaway: Falling for the Suitor (Suitor Science #1) by Holly Kerr
How was your week? Can you believe it is almost February? Did you get any good books? Are you binging any tv series you’d recommend? What are you looking forward to this upcoming week?