Sunday was a bit warmer and we were looking forward to a warmer week overall! Another Chiefs game that we didn’t know if it would be the end of our season or take us to another Super Bowl. But it was an awesome game and we are once ahead headed to the Super Bowl!
Monday started off with a quick staff meeting before school for anyone who wanted to know more about the incident last Friday. Found out one of our admin had been knocked unconscious for a few minutes I guess. Heard that it was only bullets that actually fell out of a bag, and the head custodian showed me a picture later. It was kind of busy being alone with my clerk out all week, but I kept the doors closed instead of leaving them wide open. That cut down on the noise, and I think also cut down on students just “stopping by” to get snacks that my clerk keeps in her desk for them.
Tuesday was pretty calm in the library for the most part. I did get a chance to talk to the new principal about if there was any way possible to get a sub or some help on the days my clerk is gone when she’s gone this long. My guess is she’s not coming back for a while. I told him about her absences and how I often end up with weeks at a time by myself every year I’ve been there so far. He said he’d look into seeing about getting some help for me if he could. I went out to dinner with my indie author friend who I assisted at the Flirty in KC convention Saturday morning.
Wednesday was another mostly calm day at school fortunately. I was able to get a new display put up, but I didn’t want to take pictures yet since I had a few things to fix up with some border I’d ordered on Amazon that didn’t arrive till I got home from work. I also went and got my hair colored and cut. I made a couple signs at school to put up if I have to leave my desk to use the restroom or something, as well as one for lunch, not that it stops anyone from coming to bug me when I’m just sitting at my desk.
Thursday was kind of miserable at times. I tried putting the lunch sign in the door, but it didn’t work. I even had one student come in and when I asked her what she needed, I mean she was already there, and she didn’t answer me, I asked her to come back later since we were closed for my lunch. She started asking me why I was talking to her and muttering to her friend that was with her about how she didn’t know who that teacher was that was talking to her. I’m just so tired of the attitude and all I’m dealing with, after I walked her out of the library to meet up with one of our instructional assistants who deal with students who have those types of issues, I couldn’t stop the tears and had to go stand in the library back office area. I was very tempted to take a mental health day on Friday.
So the border I ordered to do my display with came in, and it wasn’t at all what I thought. It was small one foot adhesive sections, four to a page. Not the roll of bulletin border you normally find. So I ordered another one online that I saw in the pictures it was a roll. Not as good of a deal, but I guess that’s what the deal was. I also made some more stickers from other images that I bought the downloads of. Here at least for now is a picture of the poster I made and the stickers I made to set out for my students.
Friday I got both good and bad news. First, the bad news, my clerk is going to get FMLA, good news for her, but bad for me as she is taking all of it at once and will be gone till April 30th. Good news is that my new principal has found out that I can look to get a sub to cover her for as much of that time as I can find someone for! Oh, yeah, we had another student with a gun in their backpack at school too. Someone in the community called and gave a tip to the school about it. He supposedly had it because he’s maybe worried about something after he leaves school, not for anything at school. And while I did get another border delivered from Amazon yesterday, I didn’t add it to my Valentine’s Day display, final picture below. I also put up a Black History Month display as well.
Saturday was an exciting day because I got to be the assistant to my author friend Michelle Sodaro at the Flirty in Kansas City book convention. I told myself I wouldn’t buy any books, but I did end up buying some, oops! It was a cloudy day, and a long day for a Saturday, so when I got home after 5 pm I just ate some dinner, my first meal all day, and then finished this post up and watched some tv. Here’s a picture of my friend at her table. I had to cover over the two authors’ banners on either side of her because they don’t match her type of books!
First one was the second audiobook in the read along for the WTZ series. I finished a little quicker than expected, since I won’t be reviewing till mid-Feburary. Second was an e-galley review for the author’s review team, and posted it on Wednesday. Third was another e-galley I posted the review yesterday.
New Additions to My Library
I don’t think the publisher reached out to me about this one ahead of time, and I don’t think I requested it. While it sounds like it might be good, I don’t know that I’ll have time to get to it. So for now it’s going to probably just go to my giveaway pile.
As I mentioned, I tried not to go around and pick up a lot of stuff at the Flirty in Kansas City convention because then I wanted to buy lots of books! Here are the few stickers and things I got as I wandered or some of the authors came to my friend’s table.
I have enjoyed another book by this author, although I also had one DNF by her. However this one sounds good, so I got it for free.
First are four of the five books I purchased at Flirty in KC. The one in front is an anthology that about 10 or so of the authors submitted short stories for. I also purchased one from the author of the book in the middle, Allie Lasky, that she didn’t get in time to bring, she only had her ARCs, so she is mailing me a copy of that one and I’ll share it when it arrives. The second picture is the second book in my friend’s series that she gave me a copy of in exchange for helping her out! I’ve needed to get it, but haven’t had the time yet, so this was awesome. I put my name badge and the sticker that goes with the series that she had made to hand out at the event.
What I’m Watching
Still rewatching Outlander from the beginning as it is a comfort show for me and I’m so stressed being alone at work again.
Coming Up Next Week on My Blog
All three of these are e-galleys. The first two for author review teams, the third one I requested because I love the author and request all her books early if I can!
And we’re now in February! With an extra day at the end since it is a Leap Year. How has February started out for you? Here’s a meme that represents our weather this past week!