Hello from a whirlwind of a week! There has been a lot going on in the last few days, which I feel is best expressed, like so many vlogbrothers videos, in parts:
Part 1: I made this!
Several of you have already seen, but this weekend I not only bought, but assembled, my very first piece of furniture! Something about it just feels like adulthood to me. I’ve been living on my own for several months now, paying bills and being responsible and whatnot, but something about buying my own bookshelf, carrying all 60 pounds of it up to my third story apartment, and screwing and nailing (my poor neighbors) it into existence all by myself just feels… momentous. Important. Like I’ve accomplished something significant. I don’t quite know how to explain it. Does this make any sense to you guys? Have you had similar moments in your own lives? Let me know.
Aside from just getting it put together and upright, I have also had the joy of allowing it to fulfill its purpose! Though I have, as I said, been living in my apartment for months now, mooooost of my books are still in boxes in what would be my laundry room if I had a washer and dryer. This week, I unpacked about 4 of those boxes to fill the shelves of my lovely new bookcase!
For those of you who are interested, I put time and effort into organizing said books, and for those of you who are not, I’m going to tell you about it anyway. I started at the bottom and worked my way up, with nonfiction taking up the bottom three shelves. On the very bottom shelf, which I thought could best do some heavy lifting, are quite a few of my textbooks, organized by subject (I have never sold a single textbook and I don’t plan on starting now. Don’t judge me…). I put most of the core subjects- math, science, social studies- down here, just because the books were heavier.
Going up a level, I put the special areas- art, P.E., music- together next to language- communications, various English topics, and my Spanish/ASL/Italian collections. Up another level are those subjects I care most about, teaching and religion.
The last two levels aren’t completely full yet, because I have reserved them for my favorite fiction books, most of which are still packed. Because, even though I just bought this brand new, five level, six foot tall shelf on Saturday, and I have unloaded about 4 of my remaining book boxes, there are still at least 6 or 7 in my laundry room, as well as a couple more in my bedroom closet.
In short, I’m going to need a few more bookshelves.
That’s right, folks, I have broken into the world of field trips from the teacher’s perspective with not one, but two back-to-back outings this week. The main thing that I learned was how to count to 20 over and over again. I’d get to 19 and start panicking a bit, but then- oh, there’s 20, hiding behind 16 and 17. This happened every single time we moved.
Our second field trip I didn’t do this so much, because we had chaperons, so I was only personally in charge of 4. But that didn’t stop me counting every time I passed one of the other chaperons, trying to think in my head who I had put in their group and match up the faces. It all turned out fine, of course. The kids stayed together, they had a blast, and they were exhausted by the time of the bus ride home.
It was actually kind of the cutest thing ever. We are, after all, talking about kindergartners, and what’s more, kindergartners who had been on two school outings in a row. Their poor little bodies just could not take so much excitement. It was just crazy comparing their energy levels from before and after.
Part 3: We’re going Into the Woods!
Jake, Jill, and I got tickets for a production of Into the Woods at the Kentucky Center, and I was soooo excited! I saw a recording of the play forever ago when I took creative writing in high school, and then of course the movie came out over Christmas, and it has to be one of my favorite musicals ever (I haven’t quite decided how it ranks compared to Phantom of the Opera…). It got even better when we walked in and realized how tiny the theater was! The theater was called the MEX, and Jake had told me several times that it was really tiny, and it only seated like 90 people, but my brain couldn’t really conceive of how small it actually was until I walked in. It was literally like the size of a room. We were feet from the actors, aaaaand it was excellent. Essentially front row seats to one of the best musicals ever? Yes, please :)
Anyway, that’s why this is technically going up on Saturday morning. We didn’t get back from the musical until almost 1 a.m., which is hours and hours past my teacher bedtime, so blogging was just not gonna happen.
So that was my crazy fun week! I've had a lot of fun reading about all of yours, and I shall talk to you next week!