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After a long semester of hard work and one short week of work, I am officially on Christmas break. I know most people would be ecstatic to have a few weeks to relax, but I find that I’m worried about my finances. Student teaching drained everything I had saved last year and the idea of not working for several weeks has me on edge. Sadly, this has also affected my ability to get into the Christmas spirit. We’re only a day away and I’m still not there yet. I suppose this will just have to be a year where I fake it for the sake of my son. But I’m glad that he’s not aware of my worries and gets to enjoy his vacation.
Last Sunday we finally got our Christmas tree up. I believe this is the first year that we’ve had too many ornaments. Years ago, my son destroyed all of my ornaments, even those from my own childhood. When we moved up here, I purchased a new tree and for the first year, we had colored balls to decorate it. Over the past five years, we’ve been collecting new ornaments. This year, we barely had any room for even one set of colored balls. I’m impressed by how much our collection has grown, but now I wonder if we’re going to need a bigger tree next year. That would be my luck!
Sadly, I’ve been fighting with another severe sinus infection this week. I originally was going to volunteer at my son’s school for the week. Instead I spent two of the three days trying to sleep away the pain, pressure, and discomfort. However, I was able to go in on the final day and returned to my class. It was so nice to see my students again and I was so touched as all of them pulled out drawings and letters for me. It had only been a week and a half, but I really missed them. It was nice to see their performance during the Christmas program. My class used boom whackers to play the Star Wars theme song and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” One of our students was out, so I got the privilege to join them for the first song. Afterwards, I stayed behind to see my son’s performance of the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” They did a funny take on the original and I don’t mean to sound like a proud mama, but my son hit his mark every time.
The rest of the week was a blur of my epic battle against the dreaded sinus infection and studying for my first Ohio Assessment for Educators exam in Special Education. I found out Thursday night that due to my illness, I hadn’t realized the practice exam I had been stressing over all week was for another exam! Oops! I took my exam Friday morning and while I don’t know my exact score, I did receive a confirmation that I passed it! That certainly perked up my mood and my son and I celebrated by working out at the YMCA before eating at our favorite Mexican restaurant. Sometimes it just takes one little success to help push you into a better mood. I’m still battling this darn infection, but since Friday, I’ve felt much better than I did at the beginning of the week.
These next few days are going to be a blur, especially for our little family. Today, we are going to decorate and create some new ornaments. Tonight, I’m going to attend my cooperating teacher’s church so I can see her perform during the Christmas Eve service. Tomorrow, we will have a quiet morning with yummy donuts and presents. Then we’re going to see the new Star Wars movie and out to eat with some family friends. Perhaps it’s the start of a new era for my son and I… I guess we’ll see.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and that your days are full of laughter, joy, love, and great books!
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I’m a bit behind on reviews, so here’s the ones that will be coming out soon:
Here’s my (general) upcoming TBR list in no particular order:
I haven’t been borrowing books from the library lately. Too often the books would just sit on the shelves for a long time and I’d never get around to them. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back into the habit after I get more into the routine of things.
I promised I would take it slow as I come back to reading and reviewing. I’m worried that I will become overloaded and last year, I just suddenly stopped. I will be using this break to catch up on old Netgalley ARCs that I never got to. I am also not accepting new Author requested reviews until I get through these books. It wouldn’t be right for me to accept new requests when I still haven’t finished my reviews of other books that I requested to read and review.
I know it must seem like I have ordered a ton of books from Scholastic in the past few weeks. I have purchased a lot over the past few months, but sadly my busy schedule has left me too busy to unpack some of the boxes. It’s only been two weeks since I unpacked my November order and I already have my December order… Read more here
- The Heroes of Olympus #1: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
- The Heroes of Olympus #2: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
- The Heroes of Olympus #3: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
- The Heroes of Olympus #4: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
- The Heroes of Olympus #5: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
- Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine
- A Night in Terror Tower by R.L. Stine
- The Werewolf of Fever Swamp by R.L. Stine
- How I Got My Shrunken Head by R.L. Stine
- The Horror at Camp Jellyjam by R.L. Stine
- Say Cheese and Die! by R.L. Stine
- Be Careful What You Wish For by R.L. Stine
- The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb by R.L. Stine
- One Day at Horrorland by R.L. Stine
- The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine
- Monster Blood by R.L. Stine
- Deep Trouble by R.L. Stine
- Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine
- I am Slappy’s Evil Twin by R.L. Stine
- Andersen’s Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
- The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade by Jordan Sonnenblick
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- Middle School: The WORST Years of My Life by James Patterson