Once again I’ll be linking this up with the Sunday Post (hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer) and with Stacking the Shelves (hosted by Reading Reality). Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! Yet another year I’ll be alone as usual. And then Tuesday is the beginning of parent conferences.
So Monday I actually got to have my assistant in the library with me. However the counselors were calling students down, and so actually my assistant was being used to call students down for them all day.
Tuesday we found out that some of the grades for the first semester virtual students hadn’t been entered yet, so I had to go back through every single of the over 120 online students and see who didn’t have their full grades entered yet so our registrar could enter them into our system. Which wouldn’t have been as big a deal if once again the counselors weren’t expecting my assistant to call students down for them. And I had classes coming to check out books all day. I was in tears for a little bit in the morning. So tried of so much. Yet again I just wish I could walk out of the job. I can’t. I’m single and don’t have the savings needed to do that. Plus, with my contract, I’d have a huge fine to pay if I left early. On a little better note, I got another estimate on my bathroom remodeling I want to do. It was better than the first one I got. But still I have a couple other companies coming out before I will make a decision. Also, the guy who came out Tuesday night was kind of attractive. And very talkative, but in a nice way. I’m sure he was probably gay, and obviously that attractive would never be attracted to me, but it was still enjoyable talking to him. lol
Wednesday I had to take a mental health day. I did need to get blood work done so that I can keep saving about $30 a month on my insurance. So I did that. I then went after that and got probably one of the worst pedicures I’ve paid for ever. I will not be returning to that place. Pretty sure last time I went there the quality was bad too. I did start reading The Love Hypothesis though and am hooked! I can see why everyone was going on and on about it! I also started listening to Electric Idol by Katee Robert this week, I won the audiobook. And while other than thinking the covers were really cool, I never quite thought about reading them. But I am blown away so far! I double booked estimates for Wednesday night. One for my back deck that I want and one for a bathroom renovation. Except the first one didn’t show up and I couldn’t remember who it was. The deck guy did come by, and with the price of it, I’m thinking I probably won’t be doing a deck. I mean I have a patio. So maybe I just save up to figure out how to put a roof over my patio. The thing is I also want to be able to walk outside and not get wet when it is raining, but of course the little stairs from the door are higher than the patio.
Thursday was another busy day in the library, but I was at least feeling a little better. Then I had a “writing date” with my friend who is a self published author, Michelle Sodaro, you can check out her books HERE. I got a little planning on one of my novel ideas done, but not a ton. The more I thought about how she published her books the way she wanted, not necessarily worrying about what would sell, I got more thinking about my own stories that I had either finished, only one YA, or was close to finishing, a couple romances – one NA and one adult. Not that I don’t want people to read them, obviously, but I also saw an author on TikTok ask if anyone else would pick up their own books and get sucked in. And I do get sucked in when I pick up my stories and try to read to edit, etc. So I think I need to just get them all edited and go ahead and self publish. I’ll start with my YA which is finished. I had debated redoing it as an NA story, adding some sexy times to it, so that I’d then publish under my pen name. But I kind of want to just go ahead like it is. Then I’ll publish under my own name!
Friday was a little bit calmer in the library, but everyone at school was just exhausted and said something to that effect every time you talked to them. So Friday night I just came home and relaxed. I also found out Thursday night that I am no longer on the borderline of being pre-diabetic, but I AM pre-diabetic now. So I decided I needed to go join a gym. But the more I thought about it during the day Friday, because I didn’t feel like doing more than the few easy thing I needed to do at work, I decided I’d by a recumbent exercise bike and use one of those programs like Peloton. But they’re really expensive I found. So I asked my brother about what he used, and he uses and iFit program, that he has an extra family member account I could use if I get a bike that works with them. Also sitting around the house Friday night, I started thinking maybe a bathroom renovation isn’t the way to spend my money now. I could use a new stove, and a new mattress, as well as the exercise bike. Maybe that is how I will take care of things for now.
Saturday I got some reviews done. And then decided to head out to Nebraska Furniture Mart to look for all the things I want to buy right now. They didn’t really have the type of exercise bike I wanted there, so I didn’t get that. But I did find a new stove, of course they don’t have any in stock. But it is 6-8 weeks, and since it isn’t an emergency, I’m okay with that long. The other thing I got was a new mattress along with the base thing that makes it so I can adjust it so I’m sitting up or to raise my feet, etc. It wasn’t cheap, but it was needed, and when I have a cold, it will be nice to be able to sit up easily in the bed, not to mention for reading or watching tv. So I spent a lot of money on Saturday. Then I went home and relaxed.
The first was an audiobook, second in a series that I liked the first one a lot, and I enjoyed this one as well. The second book was an ARC that I posted my review yesterday. The third one I had fit in because a review book I had in my calendar, by an author I had the same trouble not getting a review book I’d signed up for once or twice last year. I thought they’d reached out to me to read the book, turns out they thought I’d said last year I wasn’t going to read through the reviews, just promote now. Big confusion, but third time is the charm and so I just told them to take me off their lists. Their books are good, but also kind of the same in a way, over and over. So I won’t miss out really. But oh my gosh, I LOVED The Love Hypothesis and I have to say the hype over it was totally deserved! Watch for my review soon! And the fourth book I read was another ARC, that I will be reviewing this coming week.
What I’m Watching
Going back and rewatching season 5 of Outlander to get ready for season 6 next month, and again watching more of All of Us Are Dead.
Also, an author had a little participation quiz in a newsletter this past week that talked about some different rom-com type of movies. So I decided to check them out Saturday night. Both were good! The second one I watched I Want You Back was sooooooooooo good! Just like reading a good rom-com, it made me laugh, and I did cry at the end before we got our HEA too! I highly recommend the second one below, and the first one is good too!
Giveaways to Check Out
- The Looooong and the Short of It with a Giveaway: January 2022 Wrap-Up Post and What to Expect in February
- Heart 2 Heart Giveaway 2022 – This one ends tomorrow, and there is a linky with lots of other blogs participating!
- Sale Blitz with Giveaway: Perky (Do-Over #2) by Julia Kent
- Blog Tour with Giveaway: The Girl in the ’67 Beetle by Linda Lenhoff