Weekly Wrap-Up #118 – May 14th, 2023 – Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted May 14, 2023 by Lisa Mandina in Weekly Wrap Up / 26 Comments

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! I hope you were celebrated the way you want! This year I am extremely happy and relieved that my mom is doing well after our scare back in April.

Now last Sunday we celebrated my brother’s birthday, where he actually grilled the food for his own dinner, lol. We also did a mini-belated celebration for my mom’s birthday, since she’d been in the ICU on her birthday last month. Both dogs had normal poop, sorry for the tmi, I was just so excited to be done with that fun from last week!

Monday at school began the attempting to scan every students’ laptop since they get to keep them over the summer this year. We are having all the English teachers bring their classes. Two teachers a day, which means one class at the beginning of the hour and one at the end every hour. We should get all the teachers in over this week and next week. Today was pretty smooth with how it started.

Tuesday wasn’t quite as smooth of a day with several things. We are still trying to get the End of Course testing finished for a few students. But the assistant principal in charge of that had meetings both Monday and Tuesday and on Tuesday she asked us to just take care of any students that came in. Then one of the hours two of the teachers assigned to come bring laptops with their students didn’t show up till the last 10 minutes of that hour, so that was a rush! But both dogs seem to be pretty much back to normal, so that is good!

Wednesday our administrators grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for the teachers and staff for lunch for teacher appreciation week. Our principal also had the ice cream truck park at the school and we all got to pick something from them. It was also another crazy day with trying to get laptops checked in, one of the teachers who was supposed to come didn’t even show up for the one hour she was supposed to. When I emailed her, I didn’t even get any response. Grrr. Late Wednesday night my clerk texted me to tell me that her husband had gotten worse and they’d put him in a ventilator. So she wouldn’t be in the rest of the week.

Thursday was a busy day by myself once again in the library working to get all the laptops in. I’m so glad I spread out the teachers coming the way I did so that I can handle it by myself. For teacher appreciation the admin provided a taco meal, not exactly buffet as we were served and couldn’t put as much of things like cheese or whatever that we wanted on our food. It was a rainy day, and once again we could hear leaks/drops in the ceiling, actually one was a lot louder than normal. No water came into the library though. They also were interviewing candidates to replace our principal in the library conference room all day. One thing I don’t understand is why there are certain teachers on that interview committee. For instance a PE teacher who actually is going to work in a different school district next year.

Friday was straight hell. It was the seniors’ last day, so they all had to turn their laptops in. Plus I was still checking on laptops of 9th-11th graders from two English classes each hour the rest of the day. Now most seniors were to turn their laptops into their 7th hour teacher at the end of the day and then they’d be brought down to me. But some seniors finished early, like they work the second half of the day. So in between my English classes I would have to check in those laptops and textbooks. Plus the tech department didn’t put any missing laptops/chargers on the fees last year, so when I would try to say something to students about that, I ended up just taking them off their accounts because it was more of a hassle, and I knew in the end the admins would probably end up taking it off anyway, so why should I get yelled at. Not to mention the kids that would just go ahead and pay, when others would get out of it, didn’t seem fair to me. Plus I know that they will probably just throw out most of these senior laptops as they are old and not in great shape most of them. And, of course, my clerk was gone, so it was just me trying to do all of this. Ugh.

At home I have a stupid wasp that keeps trying to build a nest in between my door to go to the backyard and that storm door, so every time I open the door I’m worried he will fly inside. I’ve sprayed the next and knocked it down. I’ve tried to spray him but he always gets away before I can. And I’m worried about spraying the stuff into my house and my dogs licking it or something. Ugh. Three times I’ve knocked down his start of a nest. And sprayed where it was. Saturday morning he was back at it again. Other than that Saturday was a nice relaxing day.

Books Finished

First was an audiobook I’ve been listening to off and on since November I think. Second was for a blog tour on Wednesday. Third was a book for the library committee I’m on. I thought I was going to get a review copy of The Problem With Pretending by Emma Hart to review and post that yesterday, but I did not get a copy until Satureday, so that wasn’t read this week. Fourth was a freebie novella online by the publisher that I read with a few extra minutes I had at work this past week.

New Additions to My Library




Got the first from the library, it is on the possibly Gateway nominees I am working my way, or trying to work my way through. Although I may have given up on it after only one or two times listening. Second was one of the ones that is free on Audible, I’ve loved the other audiobooks by this author, so was in the mood to try her next one. Third was also for a possible Gateway nominee that I got from the library.

Bookish Stuff:



Both are for reviews this upcoming week? Although the second one I checked and I just have to get it reviewed in the next 3 weeks, so it will be okay if I don’t get it done this week for sure.

Free E-books:

Still doing my best to not download any because it’s not like I’m getting to any of them!

Physical Books:

This came from the publisher for the Gateway committee I’m on. It’s nonfiction, so doesn’t work, plus has a 2023 pub date, so would have to be considered for the next round even if it would work.

What I’m Watching

I finished Queen Charlotte, and oh my gosh, I loved it so much!!!

Decided to give up on my rewatch of The Walking Dead, and start a rewatch of Arrested Development. But then remembered I’d wanted to start watching the Grease spinoff, Rise of the Pink Ladies, so started that.

I found a new show that is like Whose Line Is It Anyway? that I am enjoying as well, and the two are on right in a row!

Coming Up Next Week on My Blog

The first two are SmartyPants Romance books, third is for the author’s review team, and the fourth is for a blog tour review. The fifth is some time during the week? Not sure as I had it scheduled for yesterday in my blog planner. Also a couple promo events scheduled for the week.


Don’t forget that I do now have the nice little box on the right hand sidebar so you can check out giveaways all the time! My new monthly giveaway started this past week and it is HERE. Remember if I get over 100 entries in that monthly giveaway I add more winners, and last three months I had over 100, so that was two winners each month this year so far.

Upcoming Scotland Tour Tidbits

The second place we will visit on the fourth day is the village of Falkland, which was used as Inverness in the tv series. We will see the outside of the Falkland Palace, but also stand in the same spot in the show where Jamie’s ghost was seen by Frank staring up at Claire on the first episode.

Final Thoughts

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

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26 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up #118 – May 14th, 2023 – Happy Mother’s Day!

  1. Amazing that they give laptops to students to borrow. It sounds like a crazy week. Hope things settle down.I’ll take a gander at that colleen hoover book. I’ve read most of her books.

    • Lisa Mandina

      Yeah, it’s called 1:1 and all high school students get a laptop checked out to them that they get to take home and use for the whole year, and now they don’t have to check it back in each summer. But when they forget to bring it, or it is getting repaired, we have loaner computers that are only for one day, or supposed to be for one day. At least on Monday I should just be dealing with one teacher all day, and then trying to get all the rest of the senior laptops I didn’t get checked in Friday taken care of.

    • Lisa Mandina

      Yes! Only 2 more weeks of school, well regular school year. Then crazy me signed up to do library clerk job for summer school for extra money for my Scotland trip. So another month.

  2. I’m glad to hear your week was less stressful (although still very busy) Lisa! I love those photos about your upcoming trip. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Thanks! Looking forward to hopefully a little bit less stress this week too. If the dogs can stay healthy, and my sinus infection goes away quickly, should be good.

    • Lisa Mandina

      I’m guessing summer school isn’t that busy at the high school level. But we shall see!

  3. That is weird about the interview committee. And what a persistent wasp! I’ve had problems with em too. When my dad passed away there was a nest and I didn’t know it was there until one day they started swarming and I had to run like #$%^ ha ha! Ome got in the car and I didn’t know it til the next DAY. I was on lunch and there it was on the door. Thankfully iy flew out when i lowered the window…

    Ooh It Looks Like Us. I thought that was pretty good.

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    • Lisa Mandina

      So far the wasp hasn’t shown back up today. But I tried to spray the wasp killer on the back door so that if he landed on the door it would get on his feet or whatever. Luckily he hasn’t really tried to swarm or attack me, has just flown away each time, and I’m so glad he’s never tried to fly into the house yet. Yeah, I enjoyed It Looks Like Us.

  4. I cannot imagine the chaos of trying to manage all the high schooler’s tech stuff. Our seniors have one more week left, so this week is sure to be crazy! Glad the puppies are feeling better!

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    • Lisa Mandina

      Seniors were done last Friday and graduation will be at the end of this week. So technically I will still be getting things turned in all week. Ugh. And I’m supposed to get fees, etc. to the secretary tomorrow. Not sure how I’ll do that by myself, but we’ll see. And it’s so nice to have healthy puppies again! Although now I’m paranoid at everything they try to put their mouth on outside, lol.

  5. What a crazy week for you! I hope this coming week is better. I’m so glad you got to celebrate your mom’s birthday and mother’s day after her health scare.

    My reading has been pretty sporadic. I’ve been doing some re-listens of favorites. I’m trying to keep up with my review schedule, but I’m only reading a book/week at this point. Some of those you picked up look pretty good!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I wish I had time for re-reads. I miss those, but like you, that review schedule keeps me behind. Thanks for visiting!

    • Lisa Mandina

      A little less crazy today, of course today my clerk was back, so yeah. Thanks for returning the visit!

    • Lisa Mandina

      It was really annoying to find out this week that they aren’t even going to really charge the seniors or check if they’ve turne din their laptops. So kind of a waste of time for me. Ugh.

    • Lisa Mandina

      I feel like I don’t get to actually do librarian stuff very often. It’s frustrating like you said. And I know unfortunately it is how a lot of librarians feel these days.

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