This is the last week of summer reading at my library.
I almost typed summr there, corrected it, and then thought "wait - we could use that! Summr Reading @ Your Library!" And then the rest of my brain kicked in and rational thought resumed. It was close there for a moment, though.
So anyway, that huge thing that takes over our library in June and July has its final big program on Thursday evening, after which we should (and I say that with all the hope in my heart) see things slow down a bit.
I mean, we're a little library, so it's not like we move tens of thousands of books a month, but all things are relative and for the past 2 months we've been circulating 30% more stuff than average. We have a lot of fun with it. We're just getting a little slap-happy, is all.
I should go buy us all some good chocolate.
Of course, we have a couple more events to handle in August, one not so stressful, the other one huge, so the minute we drop SRP we'll be off and running to gear up for the next thing.
Some days I'm completely overwhelmed, other days I love it. Yesterday was the first, today was the second.
In the middle of all of this, I'm making a mental list of things Otto will need this fall. He might not need them immediately, but he'll need them soon enough, so might as well get the torture-shopping done all at once.
Shoes, jeans, backpack, shirts... the usual list, plus school supplies.
First on the needs list, though, are shoes and a backpack.
Last weekend we stopped at REI to reserve a tent for our camping trip (we're renting, to see how it goes), and looked at backpacks too. Because Jon loves to look at gear and dream about spending a summer backpacking in Colorado.
Otto fell in love with this boy-sized version of the big guy packs:
It's pretty nice. Sturdy zippers, nice straps, a stretchy pocket on the outside where he could stash clean shoes or a fleece in winter. Big enough inside for folders and a lunch. Kid-appropriate sizing and fit. He, of course, loved the waist strap and the cool bird graphic on the back. I like that it's not a character backpack, and that it should last for more than a year. But it seems a little... serious, no?
I told him we'd think about it and go back later. He was OK with that. He might change his mind and want another character backpack after all. I'm hoping an REI coupon drops into my email inbox in the interim, because shoes are still on my list. You know. WIDE shoes at Stride Rite. As we do.
It's fun, this planning and shopping for school, as long as I don't think about it too hard. My baby, off to kindergarten!