Jumping with both feet into the new school year is kicking my butt!
But it is also fun.
This week, I completed 19 items off my back to school to do list.
I worked on a few more too...like reading chapters in the 5 or so books I want to get through.
I mean, I sent a dozen productive emails and started two projects.
An agenda has been started and everyone can intend our first PLC meeting next week--which is awesome!
I edited and submitted a blog post for an individual who is amazing and who I admire intensely. (It will be published in a few months and then it will appear here, I promise!)
I provided some ideas for an article in a parenting magazine that will come out in September (with attribution to me for my input!).
I participated in a local Twitter chat and learned a lot.
But the best part was probably the shopping.
All the best school sales seem to be happening this week. You know, before tax free weekend.
And, I love to shop. Bargain hunting might actually be my favorite thing in the world.
I love it with a passion and a single-minded desire to find the best deal that few can match.
Actually, I've honed the skill to a point that it is largely unconscious...and sometimes annoys people.
Before I went shopping I made a list of supplies I might need...
and more importantly, a list of things of I am NOT ALLOWED TO BUY.
My classroom is always jam packed with supplies.
When I find a good deal, I tend to stock up (my friends might say "overbuy hoarder style"-they might be right).
So this year, I took inventory in my classroom ahead of time.
I was looking for pencils, colored pencils, markers, scissors, tape, colored card stock, and composition books.
And I was not allowed to buy lined paper, construction paper, colored paper, notebooks, pens, post its, erasers, or dry erase markers.
Mostly I stuck to those lists. Mostly.
I found Crayola markers and colored pencils for .97$ and Westscott scissors 1$ each, and composition books for .50$.
Then I also found erasers super cheap and dry erase markers for like 4$ for a pack. Oops.
There is just something extremely satisfying about finding the things you need for a price that is just embarrassingly low.
Plus I really to give stuff away.
I got a great little present for all our new teachers.
The point is, shopping is my happy place.
Knowing your happy place and getting to spend some time there is a pretty good thing.
Bonus: School shopping helps with the motivation mojo.