Once again I’ll be linking this up with the Sunday Post (hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer).
First of all, do you love my new banner? I kept seeing all the cool banner changes that Anne oveer at Books of My Heart did this summer, and I decided I wanted to get a few themed/seasonal banners made by Michelle at Limabean Designs, especially since I loved the new one she made for me earlier this year. And she sent me this one and it is perfect! I’m also going to have her do a Halloween one, and later this year a Christmas one I think. Maybe next year I’ll have her make one for Valentine’s Day or summer or something. But isn’t this gorgeous! I had her do this kind of as a back to school theme, featuring me in a library, since I’m back to my school library!
Monday I had to work registration, different than my usual hours. I didn’t have to go in until 11 am instead of my normal 7 am. Which was nice for sleeping in. But because it wasn’t my normal work day I didn’t get to work in my library, plus registration was in the library so I wouldn’t have been able to do much anyway. I went over to my friend’s house after work, so around 7:15 and let her practice present a conference presentation she is doing in a couple weeks. I didn’t leave her house till 8:30 and so was really tired. It also turns out we found out that my step-dad’s prostate cancer that he had beat back in 2020 is back and may have spread. So Monday was a really hard day for me.
Tuesday morning it was so hard to get up, but I had to go to work at the normal time, even though it was for another registration day. I did find a few boxes of books that I could actually put out, so that was nice. Learned that I have to get something different to hang posters on the newly painted walls because they wouldn’t stay up.
Wednesday all the teachers were back and the morning was filled with a big staff meeting. With a couple lovely “ice breaker” type of activities where we all had to get up and talk to each other. Lunch was provided by our admin from a local Italian restaurant. Then in the afternoon we had time to work in our classrooms. I got some boxes unpacked, a few anyway, and a few moved closer to where they will go when I get to that point in the Dewey Decimal system. In the evening I went to a celebration of life gathering for my stepmom’s mother. She had considered me one of her grandkids ever since my dad married my stepmom. She was 89 years old.
Thursday was the district Convocation, but we were told that if we didn’t want to go, we could stay and work in our classrooms, or in my case my library. So I got a bunch of boxes moved in the morning. The afternoon was more meetings, and another hour or so of work time after that. I had to mow my lawn because it was past due time, and so by the time I was done with that I had over 14,000 steps on my Fitbit for the day.
Friday we had meetings for a short time in the morning, then time to work in our classroom/library. In the afternoon we had district meetings, so I went to meet with the new high school librarian at the other high school in our district. She is brand new, was an English teacher before. She doesn’t have a library degree, but took the test to qualify for certification. However our state just changed it back to what it was when I got my master’s over 10 years ago that you have to have a library degree or else if you have a teaching degree then you have to have a library master’s degree. So she is trying to figure out what to do to make sure she can get certified. My personal opinion is that they should require the degree because there are a lot of people wanting to be librarians but not so many openings, and it should be the ones dedicated to that career enough to get the degree. Obviously in an area where there aren’t a ton of candidates for the job, that isn’t necessary. But I know there are a lot of people trying to get library jobs who get their degrees, but then lose out on the job like in this case. The library clerk at that school was working on her master’s and applied for the job, but did not get it. They’d expected her to stay and help this new person. So of course she quit and I think got a library job somewhere else I hope! Nothing against the new person, she’s nice and I know she is going to do her best. Just as I dealt with not getting the job at the middle school where I’d worked when they gave it to someone like this situation, it’s hard not to feel a little frustrated.
I’m actually considering even applying for a law library job at a local college law library. I have a friend who was a librarian with me in my last district who went on to do that, and then she went to law school! I reached out to her to ask if she thought I could do that law library job, and she actually talked to the person in charge and they told her to tell me to apply. But, as I’ve mentioned before, I would have to pay a huge chunk of money to get out of my contract. I may still apply just to see if they’d hire me or if I’d be even interested after an interview. A law library would take me away from the YA books I love though.
Oh, and my stupid Vizio tv Smartcast keeps not working. So I gave in and put the Chromecast thing on that tv that I got when Google Fiber got rid of their tv service so they sent those out.
Saturday I was so happy to get to sleep in! It was heavenly! I had originally bought tickets to go see Where the Crawdads Sing at 10 am, but I canceled those and went at 1 pm instead.
The first one was for a blog tour review on Tuesday. The second one was also for a blog tour review on Tuesday. I was late getting them up because of how late I worked Monday night and how that whole day went. The third one I posted a review for yesterday. It was a big book, almost 500 pages, similar to the first one, so it took me longer to read than planned. Partly because of all kinds of other issues this week!
New Additions to My Library
Sadly I didn’t get a copy of this one before it came out like I’d hoped. However someone was trading, and they were willing to accept off their Amazon wishlist for this since I didn’t have anything they wanted. Which I need to quit doing that and just buy the actual finished copies for myself at this point I guess. But I like matching ARCs for my shelf! Don’t know when I’ll get around to reading this.
This is for a blog tour review later this month.
The first one was for signing up for an author’s newsletter. The rest were free on Amazon.
What I’m Watching
Still watching all the same series that are either one episode a week or that I’m binging. But one of my favorite shows, Never Have I Ever was back on Friday and I binged the first three episodes Friday night and of course was crying at the end of the third one, tears streaming down my face and I didn’t even realize it at first!
Saturday I went and saw Where the Crawdads Sing, which I hadn’t read the book yet, but I really liked it! Highly recommend!
- Summer 2022 Seasons of Books Giveaway Hop – This giveaway goes clear until September, and I will also have a few smaller giveaways after I go to Book Bonanza pulled from the rafflecopter before September too!
- The Looooong and the Short of It with a Giveaway: July 2022 Wrap-Up Post and What to Expect in August
- Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: Bloody Fool For Love by William Ritter
- Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: The Honeys by Ryan LaSala
- August 10th is my 13th Blogoversary and I got the celebration started this past week with a giveaway HERE!
Coming Up Next Week On My Blog
Also hoping to get a L-L-L-Little Reviews post up with some past due reviews. Although I’m behind on reading, so that may be postponed as well!
How was your week? Did you read or watch anything good? Get any good books? Have anything exciting coming up this week?