Sunday Post #65 – New Year, New Adventures

Sunday Post Meme

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We had a nice quiet Christmas.  I woke my son up a little after midnight to open presents.  I know that sounds cruel, but it’s just the two of us and it works for us.  My son made out like a bandit.  Apparently when I made my list of gift ideas for my Educational Department, they got everything I listed.  This led to him getting a huge stack of comics and books.  We joined some family friends for dinner and movie later on that day.  We went and saw the new Star Wars movie.  It was okay.  I’ve always been more of a Star Trek fan, but I liked it well enough.  It was really long though.  Afterwards we went to our favorite buffet and I got to enjoy sushi and hibachi.  I know a lot of people look down on going out to eat for Christmas, but it’s just my son and I and we didn’t have anywhere else to go.  My friends have an in-home daycare, so Christmas is one of the few opportunities they have to actually go out to eat with their family.

The rest of the week has gone by well enough.  I was able to pick up a few groups to work, which isn’t a lot, but it’s enough to pay one bill this upcoming month.  One of our groups was a pajama party for some of our early childhood kids and it was a blast.  I got to sport my new panda pajamas that I received from my aunt and we had a blast decorating cookies and making crafts. Our other groups were a movie group, in which we got to watch The Wizard of Oz, and an arts and crafts group.  I really enjoy doing groups and since I have more free time this next semester, I hope I get to work more of them.

I’m still fighting off my sinus infection.  I have one really good day and then it’s followed by 2-3 days of feeling as if I can barely move, stay awake, or focus.  Fortunately, it allowed me the opportunity to catch up on some reading.  I got so far ahead that I’m actually struggling to write reviews for books I’ve already finished.  On Friday, one of my better days, my son and I managed to hit up a Zumba class, go out for lunch, shop for new books and games, and then meet up with my personal trainer.  Perhaps I overdid it, because I found myself struggling to get out of bed yesterday.  Hopefully, I will get over this darn infection soon enough.

Schools reopen on Tuesday, so hopefully that means I will have some substitute positions to fill.  I am starting my part-time position at one of the schools on Thursday.  I still haven’t heard back about the position I interviewed for.  I’m going to assume I didn’t get the position and will begin looking for a more stable, reliable job during the next week.  While I do okay with subbing, I hate bouncing around from building to building.  I like consistency and I wish I could find a position in a single school without having to be a core sub.  Worst case scenario, I’ll apply at pizza delivery places.  Then I could work on my graduate project during the day and work part-time in the evening.  We’ll see.  I just despise feeling so lost after my student teaching.  I think it’s cruel to force people to pay to work a full time job and not give them at least a stipend for it.  If they ever wonder why most people from the lower pay scales don’t opt to become teachers, it’s because it is a financial burden. Anywho, I have always made it work and I don’t mind working hard to keep a roof over my head.

I’ve already begun to think about my reading goals for next year and I realize that my next semester might prove to be my most difficult.  So my goal is 52 books.  That’s one book a week and I know things like my Walking Dead comics or rereads will easily help me meet that goal, even if I have to skip a few weeks of reading.  My goal in general is to try to relax as much as I can this semester.  I’ve worked hard and I think that if I figure things out work-wise, I should be able to finally find a nice work-school-home balance.  This is something my son and I desperately need and I hope I can finally figure it out.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I look forward to seeing what the new year brings you!

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Library Loot

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.

ARC Corner

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.

Stacking the Shelves

It’s been a good week off from school and work.  My son was fortunate enough to procure a ton of new reads for Christmas.  Some from me, some from others.  One thing he did receive was a gift card to Books-A-Million.  I actually found myself eager as we went to the store yesterday.  Walking through the aisles as he looked through all of the books, reminded me of my childhood… Read more here

  • It’s Negan! by Robert Kirkman
  • Coco: A Story About Music, Shoes, and Family by Diana Lopez

About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

3 comments on “Sunday Post #65 – New Year, New Adventures

  1. Sounds like you had a nice Christmas! A nice stack of books and comics sounds pretty good! Hope you have a great New Year.

    I’m so behind on The Walking Dead. 😦

  2. I’m glad you guys had such a good Christmas! We also went to see a movie on Christmas. It was very hard going thru student teaching and supporting myself – in addition to paying for it. The year I went thru, my university reversed it’s decision that revoked all student teachers’ financial aid in addition to requiring you not to work. It was crippling. Their basis was (despite you working 40 hours in the school) that you were only taking 6 credit hours, so not a full time load. It was a huge blow. I struggled to find a job after graduating, especially mid-year. Find something else in the meantime until hiring starts around April.

    • I’m sorry to hear that your student teaching was financially straining. I had 13 credit hours during mine, so my financial aid was good. But I didn’t see much in the end. Thanks for the advice! I can sub for now. I’m thinking I might do something like pizza delivery or something to make it through. I want to finish my final semester with good grades and I don’t want to strain so much. So I’m okay with taking a lesser paying job to have more time for home and school.

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