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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Back to School Teacher Cool

One of the best things about teaching is not only getting to buy fresh school supplies for my classroom but also getting to pick out a few new "supplies" for myself. Even if you're not a teacher, treat yourself a late-August work refresher. Here are a few items on my supply list:

LL Bean tote bags are so durable and long-lasting. This bag is perfect for all my school stuff - laptop, papers, notebooks and more! 

I'm constantly giving my students words of affirmation but I want The Best No. 2 Pencil Set for myself.  

Warby Parker frames are not only stylish, but they are really reasonable. 

Goody Spin Pins - for the days when you just need to embrace messy hair.

I should probably start wearing heels more often so I don't blend in with my 7th graders, but it's hard when I'm on my feet all day. I usually go for cute flats like the Sam Edelman Clive Flat

 "Don't be tardy to the party!' - one of my many classroom mottos. I absolutely love this Michael Kors wrap watch

Check out my teacher supplies from last year - they are still some of my favorite things! 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Book Club — Summer Reading List

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? - Seth Godin I read this book at the suggestion of my husband who kept referring to my occasional bouts of self-doubt as my "lizard brain." The main idea of this book is believing in yourself, focusing on your art (everyone has some sort of gift, whether it's what you already do or what you want to do) and mapping out your own plan rather than complying with the system. 

Still Missing - Chevy Stevens Grace of Stripes and Sequins highly recommended this psychological thriller. A young realtor is kidnapped and held captive by a psychopath. It kept me hooked and was the perfect alternative to a fluffy romance "beach" read.

Bossypants - Tina Fey To put it simply, this book is laugh out loud hilarious.

Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins  Obviously. Hannah passed this book on to me, I'm sure knowing that we will end up bonding over the teen cast when the movie is released. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series and having something to discuss with my new 7th graders.

I'm currently reading Jaycee Dugard's story, A Stolen Life. It's like the non-fiction version of Still Missing. Crazy stuff.

What books did you read this summer? What are you currently reading?