The packing is reaching a fever pitch, as classes have ended so there are only two more weeks of work at my current school, and I will be out of my apartment soon. My apartment is a horrible place to spend time right now. Half the furniture is gone, there are piles of stuff in various states of disorganization everywhere, there are boxes. The feng shui is terrible in here. I am sitting on the floor of my empty, dirty back porch writing this so I could escape from the chaos for a minute. There are rogue items with no home yet whose fate is uncertain. There are things I have never used that I can't bear to part with because they evoke some image of myself that I have yet to realize. There is the feeling that if this were the Game of Life I am moving five spaces back. It's terrifying. But also pretty liberating. It's just stuff.
Delta will let me check ten items, one of them will be a bicycle (already re-packaged in a box, check), so I get nine bags for everything I want/need. You might think that sounds like plenty of room. You would be wrong. Just try packing one even very large suitcase and see how little goes in it when compared to all the items in your dwelling. So the culling, it is ruthless. I am trying to dedicate just one bag for school-related items. These are things I'm planning to put in it, so far, until the next round of culling:
- Books: Key Press Discovering Geometry, CME Algebra 2, CME Geometry
- The better posters from my classroom, to make the new one feel more like home
- A folder of keepsakes : thank you cards, senior portraits, etc
- Approximately three dozen freezer bags containing sets of index cards, blocks, etc made specially for different lessons.
- A bag of counting chips in four different colors
- A small set of connect-to-class hubs and cables for the Nspire
- Three calculators with assorted accessories
- An economy pack of AAA batteries
- A full, new set of: sharpie markers, sharpie pens, and mechanical pencils
- Three packs of these divider pocket things
- A good three-hole punch and stapler (a Swingline, natch. Not red.)
- As many packs of index cards as will fit in the remaining space. Blank, lined, white, colored, grid.
See how that list devolves from "Sure, those things would be very hard to replace. Totally reasonable." to "Don't they have office supply stores in Argentina?" and yet I will feel unready to plan a lesson without index cards and Sharpies! They are like my teacher safety blanket. I needs them. Don't judge.