Tomorrow is the 'official' school year kick off (teachers this week-students next week). My work schedule has been popcorn all summer with little work events, including a week's worth of 'things' this past week, but tomorrow is the day all my old buddies get to join myself and the few others who couldn't quite break away from the school for a 'full' summer vacation. Since I have a few control issues, they let me be a part of the school's leadership team a few years back, so I also get my hands completely dirty helping with the school's themes. My job is to steal ideas I like, the rest of the team spends their time trying to talk me out of some of the more insane ideas, and off an unrealistic creativity ledge. There are some really creative people on the team, so that's been a lot of fun for me as I learn from them. This year's theme is Space-or rather-Space Odyssey....it's all about looking at the futures etc (my principal always brings the idea). If it were up to me, we'd probably start out with a moon landing, but due to Robin Hood, we can't quite afford that, so there is a slew of things planned tomorrow with little team building activities around each corner....therefor, I have weaved in my new favorite book-Hello, Cupcake for an activity. Have a mentioned I LOVE this book? This is my second attempt at a cupcake, and it is just so much fun to work with all the fun ideas and candies. There are about 6 more steps you can take to make these little guys smoother, but the cupcake station only has 15 minutes, and it requires melting icing, 'firming' time in the freezer etc, so this was fun way of inserting the cupcake with out the professional polish. I had a lot of fun making the samples. It took me awhile to find the candies, including shoe string black licorice, that was almost impossible. I finally found some candy coated jelly belly 'things' at Target in a bin, and I seriously stood in the aisle for more than ten minutes with a candy shovel wading through the other 5 colors for only the black ones (100). I apologized to everyone that came down the aisle and tried to tell them I wasn't crazy-which is maybe the first sign that there is a problem. They didn't kick me out of Target, but I don't know if they will let me return. Usually, the other teachers groan when I bring in a new activity, but for the 3 out of 50 that like to craft....we will have a good time tomorrow!