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I think it sold!

           Brace yourselves, people - I have a job!  :-O  I've been hired as a substitute teacher, and my head is spinning.  I've been bouncing back and forth between excitement and panic for days now.  In my calmer moments, I know I can do this, no problem.  Other times?  I'm convinced the kids will shut me in a locker and run, while I scream for help until my voice is gone.  (Hey, I have a vivid imagination!)   I suspect that the reality will be that most days I'm fine, some days I'm great, and some days I'll go home and eat too much ice cream.  In other words, normal life. 

            One side note to my newly employed status is that I really need to update my wardrobe.  I've spent 25 years as a stay-at-home mom, and the dress code for that is pretty darn relaxed.  Now I need to look like a professional, which means my tie-dye t-shirts and baggy sweats aren't going to cut it.  I will freely admit that I like to shop; what I don't like is trying on clothes.  The whole "body positivity" movement hasn't really clicked with me yet, unfortunately.  :-/   Still, I've managed to pull together a few nice outfits that I think will fit the bill, and I didn't even cry when I tried them on! 

            School starts next week around here, so it'll probably be a couple weeks before I get any assignments.  In the meantime, I'll be trying to put together some materials to help me in the classroom.  If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for resources, please share!  Right now I'm available for K - 12, but if I do well I'd eventually like to stay with junior high/high school.  I just really enjoy teens, and I think I'd do well with them. 

            So, I'm going back to school!  Wish me luck, everyone!