Adventures in planning

Earlier today I was relishing my nothing-to-do-ness by complaining to my husband that we never go anywhere. It’s a favorite past-time of mine although (as he frequently reminds me) complete bullshit (I love you honey). My argument (whining?) was reaching it’s climax when I heard the tinkling sound of a text message.

What the deuce? I was just getting started…

I checked my phone and found a message from my colleague/girlfriend informing me that she had just picked up the new Barnes and Noble planner and had mapped out the whole first week.


She can’t be serious.

Well, she wasn’t. But it was a good one and I totally fell for it and went running down the stairs, grabbed some keys, threw on my new fabulous lime-ish grassy green peep-toe flats and jumped in the car. I’m off to Barnsey!!! (That’s what I like to call it…my husband refers to it as that place where I deposit all our money, but really? I could be doing worse things with my/our/his money.)

I enter the store and immediately wander over to see if the new Sophie Kinsella novel is out in paperback. Damn! I stroll to check on the Jodi Picoult hardcover situation. Damn! How long does it take a book to come out in paperback? As I start to peruse the buy-two-get-the-third-free table I wonder, “What am I doing here again? I could swear I came in for something specific.”



Starts next week!!

Planner!! That’s right, I’m here for a planner. Yes, buying that planner will get me in the right frame of mind. I’m sure that within moments of purchasing it, I’ll go home and plan brilliant new units, think of engaging new author studies…you name it! I’m psyching myself up and congratulating myself on my teaching prowess when I realize that I can’t find the flippin’ planner anywhere! I’ve been to the “Teacher Reference” section and the “Education” section. Nothing. Maybe it’s a sign. Yes! A SIGN! I should DEFINITELY go work at Papyrus…I’d have such great stationary and no pressure.

But…I do kind of like my job. Most of the time. I like the kids at least. I continue to wander around the children’s section but all of my previously felt bravado is gone. I’m crushed. What kind of teacher am I anyway if I can’t even FIND the planner??

And then it’s like the seas parted. There it was. And in THREE COLORS!! There’s never been a choice before!! I can have it in purple. Life is good again. That’s it, I’ll go back to work. Sorry Papyrus, your loss.

(Heehee…I used the word “tinkling” in my blog.)

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  • Hope planning goes well….

    PS. The word tinkling always makes
    me laugh..hhehehehehe

    August 17, 2007 at 12:28 am
  • You should get a W.P. Kinsella book. 🙂

    August 17, 2007 at 3:23 am
  • I was going to buy a planner this week (I’m going to be student teaching this year) and stumbled across your blog – is there a particular kind of planner that you are buying for planning out your weeks? I’d love to know what you recommend so that I could go down to B&N and take a look.


    August 22, 2007 at 5:58 pm
  • sandra Engstrand

    I think we all love supplies, it’s a sickness really… we should be attending TA (Teachers Anonymous) meetings in order to deal with our addiction. Although, I don’t think I wan’t to be cured…

    August 25, 2007 at 6:40 am
  • Hi Kate…I love the planner that B&N puts out themselves. It’s pretty basic, but has great pockets, spaces for kids info and enough blocks for the day. I try to stay away from the super cartoony ones that the sell there…this one is about as plain as it gets!! Good luck student teaching!

    Sandra- seriously, I get so excited over new Sharpies that it’s really just sad!! 🙂

    August 25, 2007 at 8:12 pm

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