This Week- Covid and Christmas

On December 1, Gage started his yearly advent book tree. Luckily I had finished it a few days early because on that afternoon I started to feel awful and spend the next few days fighting fever and headache thinking I had the flu. I tested negative for covid that first night, but by December 4th I tested positive and the next day Gage fell ill too. So, I spent a week and a half isolated upstairs with Gage while the healthy man in the house was at our beck and call. I didn’t feel normalish until day 8 and it was about the same for Gage.

So, now we’re getting all of our decorating and shopping done a little late and we’re looking at a laid back season this year.

Cybils Awards I’ve been reading like a madwoman for the first round of Cybils judging. I’ve been a finalist judge the last few years, so the sheer number of books for the first round has been daunting. I’ve read 156 nonfiction elementary, middle, and high school titles. It’s been crazy. There are nine judges for this panel and we’ve met four times over Zoom to discuss the books and narrow down the finalists. We’re thisclose to finishing. For any of you considering applying next year, I recommend doing it, but be prepared for the time committment. I’ve had fun being a part of the process.

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Food Journeys with a Side of Covid

Plans for the week Gage has tutoring and a few online classes this week, but we’re not doing anything extra, so I’m counting them as half days. But that does give me a change to start my end of the year lists and I’m so excited. I’ve read 399 books so far and doing stats and choosing favorites is a happy place for me. I’m still in the middle of about six books so that number will go up.

Are you a stats person? Do you like doing yearly favorites lists?

6 thoughts on “This Week- Covid and Christmas

  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    Oh, gosh, I’m so sorry you and Gage have been sick! And you didn’t feel better until the eighth day? Oh my.

    That’s a lot of books that you have read for the Cybils. I’m glad you can still say that you are enjoying the process.

  2. Lesley says:

    I love all the year-end stats and look forward to seeing what you loved. That’s an amazing amount of books you read this year!

    Hope you guys are feeling better. My mom came down with a cold yesterday and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn’t turn into pneumonia. She’s 89. Take good care, Stacy!

  3. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out says:

    I love the book advent tree, I’m sure it brings Gage much joy!
    It seems like we were both diagnosed with CoVid on the same day, it’s taken me a bit longer to feel normal again though.

    Wishing you a great reading week and a joyous Christmas celebration.

  4. Gofita says:

    I am so so sorry you all got COVID. How miserable. I hope you are feeling better and that you don’t have any lingering effects! Merry Christmas and I hope you have a lovely New Year’s Eve.

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