This weekend has been a busy one. Productive, a little stressful, but overall good.
Yesterday, we went out to the Green Valley Book Fair. I love the drive out - it's so pretty! The mountains are alive and lush, and the houses we see in the little towns and villages along the way are cute. What I don't love? How tired I get when I go to the GVBF. My stamina is not the best right now, but it's been difficult in visits past as well. Then again, it's like four separate rooms the size of a high school cafeteria full of books of all sorts - and I have to look through every aisle and shelf.
We picked up a bunch of books. I found some nonfiction I'm interested in reading, recced from the "Side Hustle School" podcast, and one by the Freakonomics guys. I also stocked up on coloring books, since they were pretty cheap, and I've got bedrest coming up. I don't want to run out of things to color! Coloring makes me happy and relaxed, so it'll be good for me when I'm recuperating. All told, we spent about $70 at the fair. If we'd paid MSRP, the total would have been about $270. Pretty sweet savings.
Today, I went into work. The building was open pretty much all day. I did the usual Sunday morning things, like talk to my mom (and heard all about the wonders of her hearing aid - I'm so glad it's working out for her!), then went in after lunch for about three hours. Downside? The AC isn't on during the weekends. So, I didn't do anything too strenuous. I did finish up some of the things I'll need for my student center bulletin board, and I climbed up on my stool to write out the meanings of all the Latin question words I have posted at the front of the room. That was the most-requested thing my kids mentioned on their exit cards last spring. And since I want them to focus on the content and understanding the content, I'm cool with that idea. I don't want them to misinterpret a question and thus give an incorrect answer. That's discouraging, even in English. I'm not directly quizzing or testing them on the question words - they come up in comprehension activities or conversations naturally.
I also got a bit more work done reverse-engineering something I bought on Teachers Pay Teachers. I found an amazing beginning of year reference booklet to glue inside a notebook, but it's in Spanish. The license doesn't allow for editing the original document, so I'm using it as inspiration for my own version. I needed to see how something like this was done so I could layout the necessary items myself and make something useful for my kids. I think I'm about halfway done with it thus far. The goal is to finish a lot of the "must copy for Wednesday" items tomorrow, print them at home with my awesome new ink subscription printer, and then do the copies first thing on Tuesday, so I'll have the day to organize them all.
I've been working since I got home, as well. Mostly nuts and bolts related to NHS, but some work on materials for class. I also need to set up the LMS for each class, and remake my content folders - I was lazy and didn't backup my organization and files from last year's classes in time, so they all got wiped off the LMS. I have all the materials still, and access to the video clips I'd embedded from youtube, but I have to remake the system and put it all back together.
Tomorrow is a late day, because of new student orientation, but I know the custodians will be in at normal time. So, my current plan is to wake up when I wake up, get my morning routine done, pack a lunch, and go. Up and out, but no alarm. I think that will give me the time I need in order to get the things done I need for the first few days by the time I see kids on Wednesday, no problem. Plus, if I go in early, it'll be like today, where there were very few of us in the building, and those who were there came to work. It's really easy to get distracted when your colleagues are around and popping in and out, or you see someone in the hall and stop to chat. Fewer people = more productivity.