As a long time thrift store shopper, the majority of my clothes are either used or were purchased from Land's End ten or more years ago. I buy good, expensive shoes now, ever since I dealt with plantar fasciitis, and I buy new undergarments, but other than that, it's mostly thrifted stuff. As a result, sometimes I have stuff that doesn't work and I mostly have separates, and since we live in a house that was built in the fifties, our closets are small and crowded. The other week I had the idea that I needed to pull everything out and either start wearing the stuff I own or give it back to the thrift store. Surprisingly, it didn't take me very long to match up separates to create "outfits" and as a result, it's been kind of fun this week choosing a new look to wear each day. A few things did end up in the give away bag, but not as many as I had originally thought. Turns out that I can't put things together in the morning when they're all crammed together in the small space of our closet. Who knew?
For a four day week, it's been pretty tiring and long, probably due to the fact that there is so much state testing going on in our building. We lose planning time to administer tests and we lose teaching time when so many students are being pulled out of class to test in other subject areas. Next week we give final exams, then gear up for the second semester with all new students. This type of schedule has it's pros and cons and a major con is the diminished energy we have at the start of a new semester; completely different from the start of a new school year. Another con is that you have to learn about two major groups of students a year and train them as well. Of course a positive is that if you have a particularly difficult group, you only have them for ninety class periods. And I do like the idea of tweaking and improving my lessons without the summer break affecting my memory of what worked and what flopped.
By now everyone has heard of the winter storm Jonas heading to the East Coast; I live so close to the warmth of the Chesapeake Bay that our area is only expected to get a sprinkling of snow out of it. Still, things could change and if they do, I'll be ready for it. Even if I don't get a day off work, I still would love to get some snow.
I have library books, and knitting to look forward to this weekend, whether it rains or snows. Hope you are ready as well.