Another long week. Sunday night was nice seeing my family for our usual Sunday night dinner. My niece had made a cake Saturday for a project for school, then she brought it for us to share on Sunday night. It was the same recipe as the chocolate cupcakes she made for NYE. But in a cake form and with fun frosting!
Unfortunately my assistant’s son had been sick all weekend and they ended up going to the ER Sunday. They admitted him that evening and so it meant she was going to be out all week.
Monday was a busy day on my own in the library. And I went home and cooked myself a new recipe I got from an Old El Paso e-newsletter. I also had a leftover piece of cake from my niece’s cake as well.
Tuesday was again a busy day in the library. Parent conferences were taking place from basically a half hour after the end of the day until 6 pm. We were allowed to do them virtually, and while I’d originally planned to stay and work in my library, I decided I just wanted to be home. So I went home and sat with my laptop open to my school mail in case anyone reached out to me. I also had my evaluation for my job on Tuesday. It went well. I think they know I’m working as hard as I can and they’re just happy that I am there and doing my best in the crazy world of education. Honestly, it really isn’t the people I work with, or really the kids most of the time either, that are making education miserable. It is all the craziness of the pandemic world of education.
Wednesday the library was closed for testing in the morning. That means I could get some things done, right? Nope, I ended up having to help out with the testing. It made me think about how at my old school we had a testing coordinator who would train everyone before the test and they knew they were going to be there. I don’t know if everyone else there had been trained, but I had not. So it was not a fun deal. Fortunately, technically Wednesday was the last day of school for the week.
Thursday we got a bunch of snow in just the first hours of the day. Now I’d taken the dogs out at around 2 or 3 am I think and there was nothing. It wasn’t even doing the rain or sleet they’d said to expect. I think it finally started around 5 am? By 10 am, I’d had to shovel several inches of snow off my back deck and a little path for the dogs to potty TWICE! By the end of the day I think we had 6-7 inches. Here is a picture from 10 am.
While other school districts in the area either called school off completely or went to remote learning for the day, my district had already planned on virtual conferences. So while they did shut the buildings down in the district and close the day care, etc., I still had to be available all day, from 8 am – 8 pm if a parent reached out to talk. So I planned to use the day for lots of blog stuff, commenting on other blogs, and hopefully then I could use the day off, Friday, to just work on my writing! I actually ended up leaving my computer about 7 pm instead of waiting till 8 pm for conferences since I had not had anyone reach out.
Friday I had my rescheduled mammogram. It turned out fine, some cysts in the area I had noticed something different, but the doctor said nothing that worried him. I was going to spend the day working on my writing, but just didn’t get around to it, so I figured that I could maybe get out to the library on Saturday and work there with no dogs to bother me. Did some laundry, and rearranged some things around the house to get ready for my new exercise bike to be delivered hopefully soon. They had called earlier this week and rescheduled my mattress delivery for next week, so I didn’t get that today. Now I have to either hope to get the afternoon off next Wednesday if that’s when they will deliver it instead of the morning. I ended up staying by my computer again until 8 pm, this time for an auction I was waiting to see if I would win, as well as I also thought a package was going to be delivered. Well when it wasn’t there by 9 pm like they update said, I checked the postal website and it turns out it was in St. Louis yesterday morning, so no way would it be at my house today. I hate when they get my hopes up like that. I ended up also rearranging my bookshelves. I kind of moved all my favorite romance authors that I have multiple books of and/or have met or want to meet, into the bookcases behind my desk. I still wanted to keep all my other autographed books together so I condensed them down to the bottom of the bookcase along with the smaller one. I moved some decoration/knick-knacks out of the little cubbyholes built into the walls and moved my writing books and all my notebooks, as well as some of my blogging stuff into the cubbyholes so I could free up those shelves. I’m still trying to figure out one shelf of blogging supplies that I need to get rid of or organize, and that will give me a little more room to spread out my books I’d moved.
Saturday I enjoyed waking up on my own, not having to hear my neighbor starting their car up to warm in the morning, which then wakes the dogs up even on days I don’t have to go to work. I really wish my bedroom wasn’t on the same side as their driveway. Oh well. Then I just kind of lounged around and read and played games on my phone in the morning. I decided I’d wait till Sunday to work on my writing, and go see a movie instead. I’m paying monthly for the AMC theater A-List program where I get to go to up to 3 movies a week for about $20 a month. Of course over the last two years there have barely been enough movies to even go twice a month, which kind of covers the cost.
The first two were read for reviews for author ARC teams last week. The last two I read for review posts this coming week.
None, although I did end up ordering a book because I hate that I don’t have any new ones, lol.
The first two are for blog tours reviews in April. The third one is for a review later this month, and the fourth one is for a review in March.
I’ve read the first one, and need to read the rest, so when the author offered this for $1.99 this past week, even as just an e-book I had to buy it.
What I’m Watching
Finishing up rewatch of season 5 of Outlander. Thursday night I gave in and finally watched Encanto. It was cute. Although I had tears streaming down my face at the beginning. I also decided to go to the movie theater to see a scary movie. The Cursed was not quite what I expected, but still pretty good.