Weekly Wrap-Up #67 – May 15th, 2022

Posted May 15, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Weekly Wrap Up / 27 Comments

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).

For Mother’s day I ordered my mom a tumbler from the place I got both my own blog themed one and one for my step-dad. Here is what it looked like:

So Monday we were supposed to be done with testing other than about 10 seniors who needed to take the constitution test in the morning. But there were several students who still needed to take their EOC because of absences so we let them use the library. Which meant still had to be pretty quiet. Ugh. Not too much done, although I got some more weeding/discarding done, almost done with the nonfiction. Well, still have to pack and then also box up the discarded books for the auction process. I also needed to mow the yard because I had no time all weekend. But we got our first over 90 degree weather, so yes I still mowed when I got home from work, but man it sucked in that heat!

Tuesday was back to a little normalcy in the library. We had classes in two hours. There was also an assembly that they held out in our football stadium where one student who had perfect attendance won a car! My library clerk had to take a half day for an appointment with her son. I spent the day working on more discarding of books and also more of the virtual student issues I deal with. We had another 90 degree day. It is too soon for this weather!

Wednesday was another really hot day. We had testing in the library AGAIN. But I was able to finish going through all the nonfiction and biography sections in my library to see what books to discard. By the end of the day though I’d gotten so sweaty, when I got home I changed clothes right away. I had a hair appointment and my hair is finally getting back closer to the red color that I like that got ruined by my last hairdresser when she decided to do it all a dark brown instead of just the lowlights with the darker color. And I love how the color turned out! Light with some blonde highlights in it, perfect for summer hair! Still have some of the dark underneath, but it looks like lowlights.

Thursday, well let me just say, I was about in the same frame of mind as at the beginning of the year when I was ready to just walk out of my job. The ridiculousness of how the end of the year things are handled still boggles me. It’s like no communication, no organization, just the people who have to do all the things being dumped on last minute and running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Not to mention we had another fight today right after lunch. Last week there was a fight and one of our assistant principals got shoved down and we’re not sure if she broke a wrist or what, but she hasn’t been back other than one day this week and today there was an email saying we don’t know for sure what days she will be back. Today’s fight our other female assistant principal got shoved or hit, so hard her glasses flew off and my clerk who ran up to help said she wouldn’t be surprised if her nose was broken. I feel so sorry for that AP too because she’s been so stressed trying to get our EOCs finished, and even went home early on Wednesday because she had been dealing with horrible headaches for like a week. It’s crazy because the last high school I was at for 8 years, I can only remember 1 or 2 fights the whole time I was there. This school I’d say there are at least 1 or 2 fights a week.

Friday was crazy busy with it being the last day for seniors. And they have to turn in all their laptops, chargers, textbooks, library books, etc. by this Friday in order to get tickets to graduation. And some teachers, most teachers in fact, used textbooks and laptops right up till finals, and laptops for finals. So the last hour of the day was crazy! Friday night I went to the movies.

Saturday I got up and noticed my neighbors were having a garage sale, so asked if I could drop off a few big items I’d had sitting around my house. I sold almost all my things. Made $48! Then my stepdad came over and helped me pull my old stove out from between the counter and the wall so I could clean behind it and under it before the new one comes on Monday. It wasn’t as disgusting as I’d expected it to be.

In the afternoon, we had the first Eridox Dachshund owner picnic since I think 2019? It’s always so much fun to get together at someone’s house and just hang out and let the dogs play. It is so much fun to see all these dogs just hanging out. You wouldn’t think that many dachshunds would all be just okay with that many people and even kids, but the dogs from Eridox are almost all sooooooooo good with kids and other people. I’ve not ever heard of one that wasn’t. Well, I guess Argyle’s dad wasn’t great for a while, but he’d not had a good life with who his first owner was. Someone the breeder would not give one too again. She may be picky and the prices more than $200 for adopting a dog, but you know that she’s done the genetic work on all her dogs and that they will be great pets. One of the dogs there was a standard, so he was so big compared to the others. But he was so sweet and gentle! And I loved his name, Draco! It was still pretty hot, and there weren’t as many owners there as we’ve had in the past, but it was still fun. We did have a couple regulars and also some new owners! I didn’t get a lot of pictures, but here are a few.

Saturday night I was working on this post and got an update for an event in June on Facebook. It then showed me that the Crumbl cookies by my house they’d been building just opened up, so I immediately went up to get some cookies. Every other location had huge lines from what I’ve heard. I walked right into this store and placed my order. Here are the cookies I got:

Tonight, Sunday night, I’m going to see NKOTB! So excited! Their concerts are always so good! I go with my cousin, and a friend of mine that I met working at the bookstore many years ago. This year my cousin is bringing her high school daughter along with us.

Books Finished

I finished the Helena Hunting book in about a day and a half, loved it! This is also one I pre-ordered with the B&N sale last month. The second one was also for a blog tour this past week. Third was an audiobook I think I got on sale on Audible, that was HILARIOUS! I had an all audiobook mini-review post on Saturday with this in it. Another review book this past week was the last one.

New Additions to My Library





Bookish Stuff:

They said they weren’t going to be doing the personalization after these shirts, so I just had to buy one for my favorite Teagan Hunter hockey player character.


I got an e-arc of this book, although I’m waiting for the physical copy hopefully before I start actually reading. I loved the first book in this series, so excited for this one. I also had one other book I got, but it was kind of a wrap-up to a series that I had only read one of, so I let the ARC team person know I wouldn’t be reading it.

Free E-books:

Both of the first two were free on Amazon Kindle. The second two were from signing up for author’s newsletters. Anton is by an author I’m hoping to meet at Book Bonanza this summer and I’ve read the next two in this series, but not this first one.

Physical Books:

Last month I “won” a bid in the auction for the LIFT charity for Autism. One of my wins was this special edition of Here With Me by Samantha Young. It arrived this week!

On Sunday I stopped by Barnes & Noble to look for a book my niece was having trouble getting from the public library and of course her school library has stopped checking out books for the rest of the year. They didn’t have her book, but I ended up buying two for myself. Plus, my B&N has been out of bags for at least a year now. So I bought the cute little shopping bag to carry my books in.

One of my pre-orders from the B&N sale last month arrived this week. I hate that I didn’t get it shipped until the “pub date” because people were going into stores and buying them before it was officially that date.

Another Bookish First win. One I’m so excited to read. But again, so close to pub date, I will have to try to fit it into my reading schedule.

What I’m Watching

Still rewatching Stranger Things. I went and saw the new Firestarter movie. It was pretty good. It’s been awhile since I read the first book, so now I want to go back and at least read the end to remember how King ended it. Because his books never really ended that happily, not that this was a happy ending exactly, but still, can’t remember how close this was.

My cousin reminded me about the new Netflix movie with Rebel Wilson too, and I watched most of that Saturday night. It was fun, but nothing that super great.

Giveaways to Enter

  • The Looooong and the Short of It with a Giveaway: April 2022 Wrap-Up Post and What to Expect in May
  • Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: Bravely by Maggie Stiefvater

Final Thoughts

How was your week? Did you read or watch anything good? Get any good books?

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27 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up #67 – May 15th, 2022

  1. Mowing the lawn when it’s that hot sucks lol! I know because I had to as well ha ha.

    That’s crazy about the fights! And our B&N has been out of bags too like forever.

    I didn’t know there was a new Firestarter movie! I’m so behind the time on new movies…

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    • Lisa Mandina

      I guess I should get used to the hot weather for mowing, it’s not going to get cooler for a while. I only knew about the new one because there haven’t been a lot of new movies, so when you go you usually see the same few previews every time. Although there are starting to be more.

    • Lisa Mandina

      Yes, beginning and end of school years are the best, even if the end is soooooooo stressful! We have two more weeks. I’m jealous of your 4 days!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Yeah, I was shocked at no line! But happy. The cookies were good, but so far I’m still thinking a local cookie place here is more my favorite, if only it was closer!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Oh yes, we have a/c thank goodness! The end is near, two weeks away! The doggie picnic is always a fun thing, I love hanging out with the wiener dogs!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I got my mowing done on Monday, it was cooler than the weekend when I had no time, so that worked out okay. And yes, I am soooo ready for summer break!

  2. I’m so sorry to hear this week has been so hard. That’s so scary about the fights. I don’t think I could work in an environment like that and I know that you have make things work if it’s the only job you have at the moment. I hope things get better.

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    • Lisa Mandina

      I’m fortunate that the fights haven’t occurred in the library, thank goodness. But just knowing about them happening and adults getting hurt is scary! But yeah, I’m also kinda stuck there for now. Only two more weeks of school, so that’s one nice thing!

  3. Wow, that’s crazy about all the fights at your school. When my kids were in school they called the cops and you left in handcuffs if you were in a fight. My district is serious about any kind of violence. I hope work gets better!

    • Lisa Mandina

      We have cops at the school, but I don’t know what happens to the kids. It’s weird because my last school we had metal detectors that the students had to go through in the morning, but I wasn’t worried about those kids. I wish we had them at the school where I am now though. That’s sad to say I guess. Although to be fair, I was at the magnet school with the “good” kids, the ones who were academic compared to the other schools in my last district, so I was lucky for what school I was at.

    • Lisa Mandina

      Yep. Friday I was a little more prepared for, but I know things are only going to be more insane the last two weeks of school. Sorry you had a bad day as well! Hope it does get better for both of us.

    • Lisa Mandina

      I’ve been going to the movies. I wish they’d have kept the surrounding seats open when you buy tickets liked they did when they first opened back up during the pandemic. But nope, it’s back to every seat for sale. When I go by myself, which is most of the time, I try to buy the second to the end seat, then usually no one will buy the seat at the very end and I can always move over and have a seat between me and the next person.

  4. Sounds like a busy week! But oh my! Those cookies look awesome! We have one that I think opened not too long ago. I forgot where it was, but my sister bought a set for my mom for Mother’s Day and we were munching on those all weekend! There was a really good Pink velvet cookie with cream cheese frosting that was good! A classic chocolate chip, a nutella thing that I stayed away from and a M&M Chocolate Chip that my nephew loved! Lol.

    Nice new reads too! Those are mainly new to me ones, I still need to get Bravely myself, but just haven’t been able to get to the store these past few weekends! Eek!

    Happy Reading!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Pink velvet sounds delicious! I guess the flavors rotate, so I’ll maybe try some others! The salted caramel one I got was probably the best. I was not a fan of the chocolate chip. Hope you get to read Bravely soon!

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