Jack’s Book Recommendation: Princess Pulverizer

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Jack has been enjoying a new reading series, so I wanted to share it with you all in case you have a young reader in your life! The interest for this latest series came out of an online class with the school librarian where she told the kids about different books they can check out though the school’s online borrowing system.

I was in a meeting, but as soon as I hung up my phone Jack burst into my office with a list of book titles written on his whiteboard.

One of those titles was Princess Pulverizer.

Knowing literally nothing about the book other than the description literally made my kid excited to read, I immediately clicked over to my Amazon account and ordered the first three paperbacks.

Parenting Rule #108: If my kid is interesting in reading a book, any book… I’m buying it!

Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheese and Dragons by Nancy Krulik (find it here on Amazon)

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Synopsis: Princess Serena (or as she prefers, Princess Pulverizer) doesn’t want to be a princess–she wants to be knight! But her father, King Alexander of Empiria, thinks she still has a lot to learn when it comes to exhibiting valiant behavior. So, he presents a challenge: the princess must first go on a Quest of Kindness and perform good deeds to prove that she truly deserves to go to knight school. With help from a friendly dragon named Dribble and a perpetually terrified knight-in-training named Lucas, can she complete her quest and discover what it really takes to be a hero?

You guys, if I could hug the author, I totally would. This is a real, actual CHAPTER book with a Lexile score higher than my kid is currently testing. However, he loves this series so much that we have been reading a chapter each night. I read a page, he reads a page, and we go back and forth until the end of the chapter. He doesn’t complain that I’m making him learn… he LOVES IT.

We just finished the second book of the series together, Princess Pulverizer: Worse, Worser, Wurst and he liked it as much as the first one. Even though he thought the wizard was kind of mean.

There are 8 books in the series and I am happy to buy all of them if it helps my kid to be excited about reading!

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Life Update: My 1st Shot

Here we are a year into the pandemic… and there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. While vaccines started rolling out earlier this year, Maryland finally opened my vaccine group recently. Both my husband and I got our first COVID vaccine shots!

After hearing how difficult it can be to find an open vaccine appointment, I was pleasantly surprised by our county’s health department. I signed us up on an online interest form by vaccine groups and once our groups were opened, they send out a link to register.

The day of my appointment, the volunteers were incredibly organized. I went through each station, showed my ID and confirmed my information a few different times. Jack was with me, since it was a work/school day and I didn’t have anyone else to watch him. So, he very sweetly held my hand so I wouldn’t be scared of the needle. The shot was quick and surprisingly painless, and then we sat in a waiting area for 15 minutes before leaving to make sure I didn’t have an allergic reaction.  

That was it. Super easy-peasy.

As for side effects, for the next couple days my arm felt like the Winter Solder punched me with his metal arm. Honestly, I was shocked at how bad my muscle hurt at the injection site. For two nights, I could hardly sleep because I couldn’t find a comfortable position and lifting my arm was super difficult. I basically just tried to stretch it out and took Extra Strength Tylenol every 6 hours. Other than that, I was kind of tired… but that could just as easy be attributed to my seasonal allergies, or the fact that I wasn’t sleeping at night. The arm pain lasted about 48 hours and then dulled. By Saturday afternoon, I was totally fine again.

My husband got his shot the day after me and he felt a slight discomfort in his arm, but that was about it. He was fine within a day or so and never had any fatigue or other side effects. So, it really does go to show that everyone reacts differently. As it is, even with the throbbing arm… it was totally worth it.

We both get our second shots the last week of April, and then two weeks after that we are considered vaccinated. With us both vaccinated at home and Jack’s teachers vaccinated at school, our current plan is to send him back to in-person school in mid-May. Jack’s school currently has a 4 day in-person option available, so if we stick to that plan Jack will be able to go back for about 5 weeks of school before summer.

It is hard to describe the relief. The feeling of having an ‘end’ in sight and a load slowly being removed from my shoulders.

We have been hunkered down for so long. It is exciting to be able to plan to go back into the office, to be able to visit my vaccinated parents and sisters/spouses, to nomnomnom on my nephew’s baby belly, and to join the rest of my family at our Ocean City house this summer.

With summer coming, I finally feel like we have something to look forward to!

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Life Update: One Year of COVID

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One of the things I enjoy about blogging is that I can look back at older blog posts and it’s like a diary of my life. This is especially true during times like when Jack was first born, or upheaval like leaving a job and starting a new one. Well, now that we are marking one year of COVID, I took some time to look back at my “Life Update” posts over the past year to remind myself of the ups and downs… and ups and downs.

Looking back, I found my very first post where I mention that schools might possibly be closed for more than two weeks (aww, I miss hopeful Joules), I talk about how I decided to reschedule my March meetings for April when I’d be “back in the office” … and my total relief when Jack was able to go to (outdoor, socially distanced) camp last summer.

The year has certainly been full of uncertainty, which is probably one of the hardest things for someone like me who likes to make a schedule and then stick to it. As it turns out, Jack hasn’t been back to in-person school in a full year now. If I can get a vaccine, we may be able to send him to school before the end of 3rd grade. Otherwise, he will (hopefully) return in the fall for 4th grade.

If you would have told March 2020 Joules that, she might have lost her damn mind.

However, March 2021 Joules is getting a little better at rolling with the punches.

Here are all my life updates from living through the pandemic so far:

I wonder how I’ll look back at this weird moment in time a few years from now?

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