I went to Books-A-Million..........TWICE.
Yes, twice. (shivers)
I first went Wednesday night. My kiddos have gotten into the "Geronimo Stilton" series and they were begging me to get more. I only had about 6 of them and they had read them all.
Sure. No problem.
I had a plan for myself. I would go into the store with tunnel vision. I wouldn't look around or browse the aisles, especially the "new" section. I kept hearing Mark's voice in my head, "WE CAN'T FIT ANYMORE BOOKS IN YOUR CLASSROOM TANYA!!"
I had my game face and Cubs baseball hat on. I pulled it tightly over my face in hopes that it would block my eyes from darting to shelf to shelf and opened the front door of the store.
"Walk FAST, Tanya," I said to myself. "Go, go, go......but wait, what is that display of Dr. Seuss books over there?"
NO YOU HAVE ENOUGH DR. SEUSS BOOKS! JUST KEEP WALKING. I sniffled a bit in disappointed but kept going.
After what felt like an hour walk to the middle of the store, I finally arrived at the kids' chapter books section.
I suddenly realized my plan was flawed!
How many do I get???????
I never thought of that!
This dang series has close to 50 books in it...in addition to special editions....in addition to Geronimo's sister, Thea who has her own series....in addition to some spin off character named "Creepella" who has her own series!!!
I was beginning to hyperventilate.
My gut was telling me to take my arm and slide it across the shelf holding these books and watch them all fall into my cart.
And then I heard it......Mark's voice. "WE CAN'T FIT ANYMORE BOOKS IN YOUR CLASSROOM, TANYA!!!"
He's right ok....I'll get 3....well 7......ok
SUDDENLY I felt a violent gravitation pull to the children's picture books section.
NO. I. CAN'T.
well ok I can....
"Tanya, you will just LOOK." That's it. Then you will leave.
Ok, I can do this.
BUT WHAT IS THIS? LIBRARY MOUSE HAS A NEW BOOK!!!!!!!!!!
I. LOVE. LIBRARY. MOUSE.
If you aren't familiar with this series, please get familiar ASAP.
My kids ADORE this series. We have read all of them. In fact, Mark read the last one when he came to visit earlier in the year. Even he enjoys them.
So naturally I had to get the new one. It was a basic life necessity.
And I wasn't worried about Mark because he is a fan too.
Although it's a hardcover. YIKES on the price. That fact lasted literally 2 seconds in my head but then I was over it. THERE WAS ONE COPY AND IT WAS ALL MINE.
I know I should have left....
....and been satisfied with my great find.....
.....I kept looking.
WHAT IS THIS? A NEW MIXED UP FAIRY TALE!!!!!!!!!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME?
It's called "The 3 Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot."
After hugging it for 20 minutes I put it into my cart. Another hardcover...oh life is so unfair.
NOW TANYA YOU ARE LEAVING!!
Then I remembered that the new "My Weider School" book came out earlier in February but when I went to go get it a few days after its release date, it wasn't there and I had several disappointed students in my class.
Go ahead Tanya and look because it's not going to be there.
Of course, it was. My cheapest purchase though.....$4.00. I breathed a sign of relief. No problem there.
Then I ran to the checkout. LITERALLY RAN. Several people turned their heads as the sound of my cart speed past them, but I had to get out before I lost my mind with excitement.
Library Mouse saved my life with Mark. He was so excited that I found a new one that he didn't realize the other 437 books sitting in the bag. He did however make me promise to hold onto the book and save it for when he comes to read at the end of the year. *sign* Okay.
Here is a picture of my finds:
Penny approved the loot. :)
Then today Mark and I were out shopping...
...and then he said something that opened Pandora's Box.
"You know...your kids are like INSANE readers that read everything in sight. They will tear through those chapter books you got in a few weeks. I know you're just dying to get more of that Geronimo series to finish your collection. We should just go to BAM and get the rest of the ones you need"
HOW DOES HE KNOW ME SO WELL?
I have been plotting all week how and when I was going to finish that series.
"OKAY!" I said.
16 books later...I have a stack of books which comes to my knee and this long post to show for it.
BUT in my defense today was all Mark's FAULT. Blame him. I sure am. :)