The book I just started reading last night is my last holiday read. I found Dear Santa by Nancy Naigle in my pile of personal to-be-read books. My mom says we gifted it to her for a previous Christmas, and after she read it she passed it back to me. It sounds like a Hallmark movie in print form - yay!
Dear Santa,It's me, Chrissy, again. I'm still being good. I'm going to have a Christmas tree in my room. You can put my presents there so I don't have to wait until Daddy wakes up Christmas morning. He sleeps way too late. Be careful on the stairs.Chrissy
Each chapter starts out with a cute little letter from young Chrissy to Santa. Chrissy is the niece of the main character, Angela.
from Page 56:
A lump formed in his throat, and his mouth went dry as he noticed a woman standing near the edge of the sidewalk wearing a black sweater. She looked like...almost had the same coloring as...the womannn at the coffee shop. Her dark hair fell in waves past her shoulders.
Five Things for Friday
- Well. This week's big news is that the school superintendent has brought a new proposal to the school board. Essentially, when we return to classes in mid-January, everyone will have half-days (eliminating the need for mask removal and impossible-to-implement social distancing at lunch). Middle school and high school will only attend half of the students at a time (alternating days for everyone), and elementary kids will do their specials via zoom (so they don't have to walk around the building when they're there). During non-attending days and afternoons, they'll have remote/online stuff.
- Which brings us around to the fact that kitchen jobs will probably be cut back again. While all buildings will be handing out lunch and breakfast for the next day to kids as they leave, that will never require 10 hours (in the elementary buildings, at least) to accomplish. This will also eliminate the staff associate position - these people previously supervised the lunch room, any classrooms where kids were eating lunch, and recess. There were seven staff associates per elementary building. Our district has six elementary schools. You can do the math. And that's just the elementaries.
- But in brighter news - my holiday shopping is pretty much done. I'm still waiting on one box from Scholastic books, and a gift sent to me for a Secret Santa swap we're doing online on Sunday. I think it means I'm officially old since I'm excited to hang out in the party online, but don't 'need' a gift. I hope the person I sent to likes what I sent them! My package is just having Amazon issues. I get it. NBD - no big deal ;)
- My kids are so happy to have the next two weeks off!! Hubs also took vacation time for the entire holiday break. While I'm happy not having to report to hand out meals (I did a few shifts previously, but I'm just not scheduled on the two days or so they're handing out over break), I may be updating my resume and poking around at other options in case my job is one of the ones eliminated. Wish me luck!
- Don't tell anyone, but the snow does look kind of pretty as long as I don't need to go anywhere. And I will be braving the cold this afternoon to fill my bird-feeders. I love seeing happy birdies!