Welp, it happened. I signed up to chaperone prom next weekend!! I’m strangely excited about it, even though I only know two seniors, both of whom don’t like me because I actually make them do the same amount of work I make my freshmen do in my World Geo class. Oh well :)
I just keep thinking about how much of a disaster my own prom was. I don’t think the problem was with the prom itself, but the circumstances and the events leading up TO the prom made me relatively unhappy. Let’s face it, though, my senior year of high school was kind of a mess—but that’s another story. My first problem was that I simply couldn’t afford to go. My mom had had to leave her job during my senior year of high school, and money was suuuuper tight. I felt AWFUL because she really wanted me to go (she went to a private school her senior year & didn’t have one) but we really couldn’t afford it so my grandpa had to help out. I chose a dress & shoes that I didn’t really like because it was cheaper, but in retrospect, I’m impressed that I managed to get a dress & shoes for only $75 while my friends were paying $300 on the dress alone.
Then, the day of the prom. Not that anyone NEEDS to know this, but I got my period the day of the prom so I was feeling awful and tired and as usual during my lady time, I had a major headache when I first woke up that lasted through the night. I went to get my hair curled, but since it was 95 degrees (with 100% humidity, of course) of the day of prom, the curls didn’t stay. I didn’t know it then, because no one told me, but you’re not supposed to straighten your hair before getting it curled and I did. Whoops!! Anyway, my hair was a hot mess by the time I put my dress on and the dress itself looked bad. I believe I was such a mess that when I was getting ready I was crying and saying I shouldn’t even bother going—I didn’t have a date, so what did it matter? I only went because my mom had already spent the money for my ticket.
I wasn’t asked to prom and all of my senior guy friends ended up taking junior girls. I had to go with my best girlfriend (who isn’t my friend anymore, as of a few months ago) and we ended up driving with a guy who I WASN’T talking to and his date. We took pictures outside (again, 95 degrees!) of a girl’s house whom I didn’t like and was already getting blisters from the shoes I hated and a rash from the dress I only liked a little.
The night was so-so. I was never asked to dance (I really didn’t much), the music was pretty awful, and I wasn’t allowed to go to any after-parties so I ended up going to IHOP and then Wal-Mart with a few friends to pick up some Mother’s Day flowers because Mother’s Day was the next day.
So long story short, I’m a little excited to re-live prom. The circumstances are different (I’ll be a chaperone, so no date is necessary) but I’m happy that I have a dress all picked out that I like—not a formal, but a summer dress that happens to look great on my pale skin and WON’T give me a rash. Going to the prom will be free for me, and we even get fed beforehand so I’m going to get some food in me before I have to work. I won’t have to deal with people I don’t like because I genuinely love hanging out with my co-workers (I played flip-cup & beer pong with them yesterday at the faculty crawfish boil…boy, I never thought I’d say that). I basically get to dress up, look nice (and NOT straighten my hair before I curl it), eat some good good, and be around really cool people. Niice.
As for what comes after prom, finals & the end of the year? SUMMER! :)
Plans for the summer:
- Professional Development, including 30 hours of GT training since I’m teaching Pre-AP World Geography next year & another AP Summer Institute. Womp wompppp. At least the APSI is free and I’m going the same week as my good friend who is teaching World History.
- See my best friends graduate from THE University of Texas/re-live last year’s graduation festivities/REUNION WITH AUSTIN, TEXAS!!!!!
- Buy new classroom stuff and have a set theme for next year
- Drive to Dallas to see one of my good college friends get married! (and congratulate another one!)
- Attempt to plan through the YEAR. It’s going to be impossible, but wouldn’t that be awesome if I could do that?
- Save up for a new car (hoping I can save enough by the end of this year..)
- Watch the entire “A Bit of Fry & Laurie” series on DVD—I’m not wasting $40!
- Take a vacation. Or 2. Or 3.
- Keep losing weight
- Help my pregnant BFF choose a baby name if her baby is a girl!
- Continue to watch Gatsby (my kitten—7 months old now!) grow :)
- Spend as much time as possible reading for fun by the pool or at the beach