Last week I received a shipment of items that I purchased from target.com. When the package came it was in the midst of a busy few days so I didn’t get to try on the items immediately. Finally, over the weekend I was able to rip open the package and try on my new clothes. I ordered 2 pencil skirts–one in navy and one in khaki and a grey scoopneck cardigan.
I was pretty confident that the items would fit since I am a regular Target shopper, but I wasn’t 100% certain since I don’t own any of the exact skirt that I ordered. Both skirts fit great, albeit slightly differently even though they are the same style, same size. I didn’t try on the cardigan, but I am sure it will fit. Of course when I get something new I want to wear it right away. So, Sunday evening I planned an outfit with my new navy skirt. I have been wanting a navy pencil skirt for quite some time, but have never picked one up. I’ve seen a few in the stores here and there, but never the right color, length, style, or price. But, I used my birthday money to splurge a little on this skirt. I say a little because it was less than $25. A true splurge would have been one from The Limited, Banana Republic, or Ann Taylor which all retail for closer to $100, give or take.
Working with the skirt as my base, I looked for different tops that I could pair with it. And what do you know, even though I have wanted to add a navy skirt to my collection for while, I had a little trouble composing an outfit at first. I thought about my navy gingham shirt, but I had just worn it the previous Monday. Eventually, I paired it with a sort of asparagus-green shell and a three-quarter sleeved flowered cardigan. I don’t know why, but my BF despises this cardigan and I love it. I used to wear it all the time, but once I found out that he wasn’t fond of it I started wearing it a little less.
This outfit, IMHO, is a quintessential teacher outfit. I can’t exactly say why, it may be the cardigan and the pencil skirt. Or it may be the pumps. I’m not sure. But when I think “teacher” this is the sort of outfit that pops into my head.
My Early College High School (ECHS) students began their demonstrative speeches on Monday. Even though I warned them over and over again, many of them missed several of the homework due dates along the way and got swept under by their speech. After the middle of the semester, things start to move really fast.
After class, I was walking across the parking lot to my car and I fell out of my shoes. I don’t know how or why, but I did. First, was the left one and then the right. For any Sex and the City fans out there, it was kind of like when Carrie fell down the runway. Usually when I walk to my car after class there isn’t a soul in the parking lot, but of course on the day that I fell there were two ladies behind me. They were both very sweet in making sure that I was o.k. I caught myself as best I could and sort of fell on my knees and then plopped over. I scuffed my hose but managed not to tear or run them. The biggest bruise was the one on my ego. But, I stood up, dusted myself off, stepped back in my shoes and walked the few feet to the solitude of my car where I could be alone.
My second class of the day went o.k. My students are working in groups for their next speech and they are all having some struggles with group work. One group was missing one person last Monday and then a different person last Wednesday so they were trying to get everyone on the same page. The second group had the luxury of having all of their members present for all class meetings, but they had 4 people and they had to deal with a lot of opinions. That group had some very strong-willed and outspoken members. The third group had one member who dropped after the first group meeting. I thought that they would be able to get on track quickly, but there are some very methodical members in the group who want everything to be just perfect. Monday, they were missing a member and it was causing a lot of stress for the other two members. Needless to say, tensions were a little high amongst everyone.
Believe it or not, the semester is almost over! Depending on if you count Spring Break as a week or not, we are in week 14 of a 16 week semester. If you don’t count Spring Break, we’re in week 13 of a 15 week semester. Either way, there are 2 weeks left! That means that I will meet with my students 4 or 5 more times and then they have their exam. While this week is sort of a light week for me in terms of prep since my M/W/F students are doing speeches all week, my M/W class is doing group work and then speeches, and my T/Tr class is doing speeches on Tuesday, I have a bit of grading to do! For M/W/F I have to grade their revised outlines, speeches, and note cards. For the M/W and T/Tr classes I have to grade their preparation outlines, speeches, and note cards.
I’d better get to that grading!