It’s Friday! Time to celebrate our successes, curse our enemies, and gather ‘round the virtual table with laughter, tears, and the beverage of your choice in the Friday Open Thread! Mine would be Del’s frozen lemonade because it is sweet and tangy and from Rhode Island – just like my girlfriend! Some of you may prefer something stronger, and to you, I say, go right ahead! It’s Open Thread o’clock, and you deserve whatever your little hearts desire.
This week was a week! After three glorious months of summer vacation, which I spent almost exclusively eating pasta salads (not really, okay? but kind of actually maybe), I finally returned to school. It was terrifying! It was exhilarating! It was exhausting! And it convinced me once and for all that, yes, summer vacation is one of the best things about being a teacher.
In spite of the trauma of suddenly having to get up wayyyyy earlier, I am all about back-to-school season. I have a September birthday, my color palette is apparently “autumn,” and I have been going back to school every year without fail since approximately 1992. According to my mother, I cried when I first found out that I couldn’t go to school on the weekends. For the record, my feelings on this particular issue have changed.
Real talk: the best part about this time of year — no matter what your age or educational status — is getting new school supplies. Am I right or am I right? Consider this your invitation to trumpet your highlighter preferences to the heavens and tell us all about that epic Lisa Frank folder you had back in elementary school.
Do you prefer pencils or mechanical pencils? Ballpoint pens or rollerball pens? Three-ring binders or expandable file folders? Mini staplers or mini scissors? Composition books or legal pads? Once, a wise woman called Laneia told me she thought Autostraddle should feature more content about paper products. This is your opportunity to make her dream a reality.
While you’re at it, tell me any and all of your memorable back-to-school stories! Kindergarten cuteness and middle school trauma are equally welcome — as are tales about your children/nieces/nephews/imaginary friends. If you didn’t go back to school, what are you doing this week? Listening to great new tunes? Falling in love? Cooking or eating delicious things that can become my new favorite after school snack? Talk to me, beautiful humans!
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1. Find a photo!This is the easy part. Find a photo on the web, right click (on a Mac, control+click), hit “Copy Image URL” and then…
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