Sunday was cold, but still a little warmer than the days before. I got some blogging done, did the WTZ read along chat, which was a lot of fun! Glad I’m participating. Went to my brother’s for dinner and watched the first half of the Chiefs game there. Drove home at half time and came home to the Chiefs being in the lead again! It was a back and forth scoring game, but glad in the end my Chiefs won!
Monday morning had been predicted to be ice and some snow and rain mix. When I took the dogs out about 2 am, and there wasn’t anything, I figured it would be a normal Monday at school. However right before 5 am I was woken up by the phone call with our district canceling school or doing a remote day. So I guess it was a little worse further east and south of where I actually live, because the districts that surround where I live all still had school. I’m also doing my local library’s winter reading challenge. And they changed to just reading 5 books to get the mug, I completed that Monday.
Tuesday we were back in school, although the districts around where I lived canceled school. It was the first day of the testing for the English language learners in the library which meant I had to sit outside the library to keep other students from going in while the testing was going on. My library clerk was out because her son was having surgery again, so basically I was also having to go into the library when I had to check out loaner laptops or books for classes, etc. It was not a fun day. Here’s a picture of my “desk” setup out in the hallway as well as the view of the foggy morning from my seat.
Wednesday warmed up a bit. I was actually able to go between school and my car with no coat when I got out at 2:30 pm. But we had another crazily foggy day! And I got to sit outside the library again all day. Ugh. I went and had my annual mammogram, and this was the quickest and easiest one I’ve ever had! And since I’d been craving Red Lobster for a while, and Thursday was payday, I went and had dinner after. They didn’t have the special flavored shrimp I’d wanted to try last month, but since crab legs are my favorite, I splurged on that.
Thursday was another crazy foggy morning/day. But in the afternoon we got some rain that kind of washed it away and also washed away almost all of the snow. Of course all this weather means there is getting to be a lot of pot holes on the road!
Friday I finally got to be back in my library! The fog was mostly gone for the day, but it was rainy and cloudy all day. It was warmer though, so I was able to leave the coat off again on my way back out to my car after school. However, there was another leak in the library, the ceiling tile with the light right by our circulation desk again. And then there were several fights throughout the day. Ending up with one that was so bad they pulled students to separate places. Actual police came to school, and later I heard one of the kids had a gun that had fallen out of their bag in the scuffle. I also heard one of the security guards might have gotten punched. They took one of the students to the library office where they sat with handcuffs I believe until after the students left on the buses for the day.
Then I got a text from my library clerk that she was going to have to take next week off too because her son needed another surgery because things weren’t going the way they should with just the one. I’m just so tired of working alone in a large school library. If I was in a small town, I would expect to be alone in the library and doing all the things along with technology by myself. This isn’t how it is supposed to be in a district like this. In fact it was one of the things I asked about in the interview before I took the job, if I had a clerk. And of course I feel guilty for being upset because I know it’s not because she is just skipping work. She has good reason. But I also feel like they need to replace her or get a sub or move her to a job in the district that doesn’t have to work with students every day so she’s not relied on. I had promised myself I’d stop writing such long Sunday posts, I know no one reads all this. But then I decided that I do go back and look at them myself, and since blogging was originally supposed to be like journaling, I’m keeping them like this so I can go back when I need to look at what was going on in years past.
Also Friday night my brother’s less than a year old puppy chewed up my nephew’s albuterol inhaler and had to spend the night at the emergency vets. The one good thing is that the inhaler was only a quarter full, because otherwise he probably wouldn’t have made it.
Saturday I tried to sleep in. Bad dreams and my mind just stressing and then feeling guilty over stressing made for bad sleep. Had coffee as usual with my dad, stepmom, and sister. Drove out to Nebraska Furniture Mart afterwards and looked around at couches. The cheap one I bought about 3 years ago is already not doing well with the back cushions feeling like springs or something inside has broken or deflated. And it is hurting my back. Found one I liked, but will wait a bit to see if I want to put it on credit or just deal with what I have. My brother’s dog was doing better and got to come home.
The first two were e-galleys for blog tours and reviews posted this last week. Third was a freebie e-book I had that I started reading at school in between other books on my phone, then when I finished one book I just decided to continue and finish this one before I started the next on my list. Fourth was one of my TBR Challenge reads.
New Additions to My Library
First is the mug that was the prize for reading 5 books during my local public library’s winter reading challenge. I love it! Second picture is a beach towel with slight issues that was on sale on the Jennifer L. Armentrout website. And third is the llama from that website also on sale! From the series she is still not ready to finish according to the note she keeps putting out for people who keep asking about it. A series I love!
The first two are for the authors’ review team, and the reviews should be the first week of February. The last one is for a blog tour in March.
I found a feed your e-reader sale on Tuesday for the first 5, and all of these were free on Amazon.
First picture is of the Patreon box for Avery Flynn for January. Second picture is the special edition book I won from Book Bistro Blog’s blogoversary giveaways over on Facebook.
What I’m Watching
Finished up the Monarch show. And with all the stress I decided to start rewatching Outlander from the very first episode again. And pointing out to my dogs sitting on the couch with me the places that I’d visited, lol. I tried to find something new to watch Friday night, but it was just more comforting to go back and rewatch.
Coming Up Next Week on My Blog
First is an e-galley from the author for the review team. Second is an e-galley I got from Edelweiss because I love the author. Third is an ARC I got from the publisher.
I also have a couple promo posts, and should be sharing my L-L-L-Little Review and DNF Report posts this week.
January is just about done! Only part of this week! It’s been a cold one, and I’m hoping with all the really cold days we had it will make the bugs be less of an issue this year. I think I’ll share my favorite meme of the week. And you’d have to have watched the Chiefs game last Sunday to understand, or have seen Jason Kelce take the attention away from Taylor Swift, lol.