Weekly Wrap-Up #173 – June 9th, 2024

Posted June 9, 2024 by Lisa Mandina in Weekly Wrap Up / 28 Comments

I’m connecting up once again with Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer.

Sunday was a lot of blogging, mostly getting some time to go comment on other blogs finally! My niece’s very last dance recital since she’s no longer going to take dance was in the evening as well. Also spent a lot of time reading as I needed to finish an ARC to post a review of on Monday. I didn’t get it done before bed unfortunately.

Monday I went into work with a good attitude, only to have my principal behave in a way that once again made me hate the job. Plus the football players from the other high school get dropped off at our school in the morning since the main summer school is there. But they take a bus back to their high school at 7:30 for their morning class, then come back to our school around 10:20 for their second class of the day. That doesn’t sound bad, but they get to school at 7 am, which means they sit in the library for a half hour. And that many big high school boys get loud. Ugh. Oh well. I went and visited puppies again after school which always helps with my stress. Then my mom and I went to Red Lobster for their Crabfest and I had crab legs which were yummy! Got home and found out my real dad had been in a car accident earlier in the day. He was okay, but his car was totaled when a speeding police car ran a red light. They did have their lights on, but there was a car between my dad’s car and the police car so he didn’t see it in time.

Tuesday was a little calmer at school for the day. As much as I started thinking maybe I can do this job for another 4 years, when I got a call for an interview at a school in the district where I live, in fact like 5, maybe 10 minutes from my house, I went ahead and scheduled it. Even if they don’t offer me the job, or I don’t decide I’m interested, it doesn’t hurt to interview.

Wednesday seemed like a pretty easy/quiet day at summer school. Again I was doubting if I wanted to leave to go back to teaching. Then in the afternoon there was a big fight during one of the break times. Of course because they had so many students to deal with, one of them ended up with one of the administrators in the library conference room, so I got to listen in to the student and their craziness and lying. So yeah, I need to be away from this place. For dinner I went to my brother’s house and my sister-in-law had made spaghetti. My mom had gone over a little earlier and she had worked on some of the things she wanted to put out about my stepdad for the Celebration of Life on Saturday. Afterwards I needed some nice flats to wear with the dress I planned to wear for the interview the next day, so my mom actually went with me and bought me some at Dillard’s.

Thursday was weird. My principal actually came in and talked to me and asked me my opinion about things that were happening in the library. And of course I thought maybe it won’t be so bad next year. I had an interview at 3 pm for an 8th grade science job at the middle school just a few miles from where I live. It went well, but I also am worried that looking at the salary schedule for the district, it won’t pay quite as much as I make this year, and next year I am getting at least a $4500 raise! So yeah. We’ll see what happens. I worked on making a slideshow with pictures of my stepdad for his Celebration of Life on Saturday.

Friday was a very quiet day at school. For the most part anyway. The principal was gone. No fights, easy day. One of our Spanish teachers that I’m friends with came and hung out in the library all day because his boyfriend is working summer school, but they share a car and so he needed to be able to have the car right after he got off work. I spent the morning finishing up the slideshow for my stedad’s Celebration of Life, and then uploaded it to YouTube to show on Saturday. Shortly after I finished, all the internet in the school district went down for almost 2 hours. My mom and I went and had Mexican for dinner. Then I went home and started watching Oppenheimer since I saw it wasn’t going to be streaming on Peacock much longer.

Saturday around 1:30 am a storm rolled through and knocked my power out. It didn’t come back on till 9:30 am, so sadly I had to throw out the leftovers from Mexican the night before. Also had to get rid of just about all the few bits of food I had in there. I had to go to my mom’s in the morning to finish getting ready for my stepdad’s Celebration of Life we had. It was very nice. Saw people from the Mini Cooper groups he and my mom liked to participate in when they used to both drive Minis. Several of his family members from SE Kansas came. My dad and stepmom and one of my sisters came. Lots of people showed up. Of course I came home and had no food, fortunately we had leftover sandwiches from the day and I was able to eat those for dinner with some chips. Finished watching Oppenheimer and prepared for possibly more storms overnight.

Books Finished

First was an ARC from the publisher that I finished and posted that review on Monday. Second was the audiobook I started between WTZ and finished at the beginning of the week. Third was the e-galley I got last minute for the series I’ve really liked. The last two will have their reviews posted in my June L-L-L-Little Reviews post.

New Additions to My Library




Bought this with my June Audible credit.

Bookish Stuff:

The June Picklegram for the Patreon of author J.J. Knight was a fun bracelet!


Saw the first one on Edelweiss as I was doing my weekly look through what had been added over the past week and had to get it! It doesn’t come out till November, so I won’t get around to it till then though. Second was from the author since I’m on her review team, and it comes out later this month, so expect a review in a few weeks!

Free E-books:

This one was free on Amazon.

Physical books:


What I’m Watching

Of course no new tv, so trying to see some movies along with watch shows that I’ve wanted to watch. Like continuing with Maxton Hall. Although a lot of the week I was just really so tired I couldn’t concentrate on anything new. Which meant once again putting on my favorite Outlander again. And then Friday night and Saturday night I watched Oppenheimer finally.

Coming Up Next Week On My Blog

All three of these are e-galleys. The first one I requested and started reading this past week, the others were sent to me by the publishers. I’m also planning to do the Top 10 Tuesday this week.

Final Thoughts

This is a less busy week maybe? Next weekend will be Father’s Day. I’ll definitely spend time with my real dad. But it will be tough not having my stepdad around this year. I feel like I’ve spent so much more time with my mom’s side and not had coffee or anything with my real dad like we do on Saturdays for several weeks now. Since my stepdad passed away actually. So I want to make sure he knows I am still thinking of him too. Only 3 more weeks of summer school! But who is counting? lol

I decided to do the Chapter Break Bingo sponsored by Chapter Break Book Blog for June.

How was your week?

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28 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up #173 – June 9th, 2024

  1. Glad the interview went well. I hope the end results are to your liking! I can understand the dilemma of wanting out of one place but liking the pay. It’s tough. Wishing you the best of luck in that area for your desired outcome! Ugh, sorry to hear about the storms too. That sucks. I think those storms stayed mostly south as we just got a bit of calm storms early yesterday morning and then some lightning last night, but that was about it. I hate when life makes that go out in summer. I need my AC! Why can’t it be forced to go out in winter when I won’t sweat to death? Lol. I think ours went out for half of the 4th of July weekend last year. I remember being miserable and sleeping in our downstairs guest room. Then as I am sweating and trying to fall asleep I hear the glorious sounds of electricity returning! I don’t think we even had a storm that weekend too so I don’t remember how/why it went out.

    Nice new reads! I picked up The Whispering Night as well! I can’t wait to see how that one ends! Not sure when I will get to it, but it will definitely have to be before October as I might be re-reading Stephanie Garber’s Caraval trilogy again before her novella sequel comes out! Lol. Hope you enjoy all your fantastic new reads!

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    • Lisa Mandina

      OMG, I was thinking the same thing about when the power went out. Why does it always happen to me in the summer instead of in the winter when I can keep myself warm with blankets? lol With my teacher retirement they will base that on my highest three years’ salaries, so it also seems crazy to go down in pay when I only have 4 years left and I could be making a lot more instead. It also feels like I’m giving up on my dream of being a librarian if I go back to teaching. So I’ll probably stay where I am, although it’s not like I’ve been offered that job yet anyway to make the decision. I have got to read Caraval one of these days as much as you love it! Have a good week!

    • Lisa Mandina

      It was a quieter week. But still more not being home because I am making sure to be there for my mom for anything she needs. Which means I don’t have as many nights just sitting at home all night like I’m used to. I mostly have July completely off. But I have a couple meeting/training days, I will get paid for those, and my contract starts 10 days before the rest of the teachers do, and with the way it falls this year it will be the last two days of July I think that I have to already start next school year. But again, I do get paid for those. Yeah, I am not a fan of this heat!

  2. What a hectic week for you, Lisa! I hope all the interviews work out. Is haggling for for better pay at the places you interviewed not an option? That’s something that some people do here where I live, though I’m personally way too anxious to do that myself. 😅 You deserve a job with awesome people AND good pay. I hope your dad’s fine, too. This is why I can’t drive in the city. 😭

    • Lisa Mandina

      I’m not sure how much haggling we can do as teachers? But we’ll see if I get the job offer if I can try that. It will be one of the first things I ask if they do offer it. But like you I’m not great about that! I also feel like I’m giving up on my dream of being a librarian if I go back to the district I was in for 14 years, back to the type of science job that I couldn’t get out of to get a library job with them. So there are second thoughts the more I think about it. My dad is find after his accident thankfully! Thanks for asking!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Yeah, I’ve thought about the commute time and gas. But not sure $1000 is worth it when if I stay where I am I’ll be making $5K more than I’m making this year. And at the end of my retirement, they’ll use the 3 highest salary years to determine how much I get. That makes it hard! Plus teaching will be so much more work than I do in the library, so more work for less money is making me rethink it. But maybe they’ll let me negotiate if they offer the job. Plus, one negative on less commute time is less audiobook listening time, lol, not that it would be a decision making decider.

  3. Good job on landing the interview. You never know what might pop up. Glad you Dad wasn’t seriously injured. I’m always worried about law enforcement and ambulances leading to accidents. Sometimes it is impossible to get out of the way. It is nice you have puppy therapy. I saw them on Facebook and they are too cute. Sound like a nice Celebration of Life ceremony. Hope you have a great week.

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    • Lisa Mandina

      I doubt I’ll take the job if they offer it to me. Yeah, glad my dad isn’t getting counted as being the cause of that accident, because there’s no way the police should be going that fast through a city intersection.

  4. What a dilemma with they stay-or-go issue with your current job. Do you stick it out for the better paycheck? Or are (potentially) better working conditions worth a lower salary? I don’t envy you that decision! That’s terrible about your dad’s accident. I hope he is doing okay.

    • Lisa Mandina

      Yeah, and I mean I haven’t been offered the other job yet, so it may all be a moot debate with myself. But yeah, more money or less money but more work? Hard to decide! My dad is fine, he said he doesn’t feel like he had any injuries from the accident fortunately.

  5. Good luck with the interviews, and I’m glad your dad was okay. that’s scary! Especially when the car is totaled. Yeesh.

    • Lisa Mandina

      Thanks! We’ll see. Not sure the job is worth the cut in pay, or should I say the non-raise I’d get. It is crazy my dad is okay after that!

  6. I glad you got an interview and it sounds like you really want to take it. So i would look at the pluses and the negatives. Obviously they pay sounds like it be nicer at the current job. But your not happy there and your not sure if you be happy going back to teaching. I don’t have any advice other then i would choose happiness over money. Money all well and good but it not worth being miserable. If i could quit my caregiver job and take a different job that would make me happier i would but that not an option for me. I went and requested the susan dennard book i not been on eldeweiss in years as i find netgalley much more user friendly and will keep checking back there to see if it shows up there. I hope you have a good visit with your dad over fathers day both my father in law and my own dad have been gone for many years so it just celebrating my husband with my 20 year old when he gets back from his weekend job. Have a great week.

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    • Lisa Mandina

      Yeah, but I’m not sure going back into the classroom will make me happier. It will be more work and with my stress over money right now, I can’t imagine more work and more stress over money. But we’ll see! It will be a rough Father’s Day not having one day for my dad and one day for my stepdad. I’m sure that you understand that with both gone for you. I used to find Netgalley easier until I figured out how to have Edelweiss automatically send to my Kindle so now it is as easy to use for me!

  7. Oh man, I’m glad your dad is okay. Car accidents are stressful, even if no one is hurt terribly. And I’m wishing you the best of luck with the outcome of that interview! Having a 5-10 minute commute sounds like a dream! (And of course, being away from the district you’re in now also sounds great lol). I hope things start to calm down for you soon. I know it’s been one thing after another lately. But you got this!!

    • Lisa Mandina

      The more I think about the job near me, the less I think I want it if they offer it to me. I just am doubting wanting to go back into the classroom. Even with the stress at my current job, I think I need to just work on not caring about things as much, because at least I don’t have papers to grade or have to deal with parents! But we’ll see. Thanks!

    • Lisa Mandina

      The more I think about it, the less I think I’d take the job, as it would be more work to go back into the classroom and I don’t know that I have it in me to do that again, especially for a little less pay when I’m already financially a little insecure at the moment. Isn’t it crazy? The police need to slow down on city streets I think, that’s why my dad isn’t at fault for the accident.

    • Lisa Mandina

      It’s been tough, and I wonder how much has been dealing with family issues too. I think I will probably try to stay where I am as opposed to going back into the classroom and having more work. I just need to work on treating it as a job and not a career to make it through till I can get my full retirement in 4 years.

  8. I’m glad that the celebration went well and you got to be there with family. Too bad about the power going out. I’ll continue to send positive vibes for your job situation.

    Last week was a busy, as my youngest graduated HS on Friday. Our whole family was in town. We had a lovely party on Sunday. It took a few days to get back to normal and I decided to take today (Friday) off just to have some down time – mental health day.

    • Lisa Mandina

      Sounds like an exciting but busy week! Good for you for taking a mental health day, we need those! I’m taking one not this coming Monday, but the Monday after, to be down in Branson with my mom while she decides what to do with her little cabin down there.

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