This week’s drama was the book fair at my son’s elementary school. I vaguely knew this was coming, but there are heaping helpings of mental load coming out of that school at the moment, and I’ve lost track of some of them. Plus, we don’t have a shortage of books at our house. We just ordered 8 new Magic Tree House books from Amazon. I kind of figured the book fair was Not A Big Deal.
Well, it was. My husband was out of town this week. I was gone Monday night, and came back at midnight from NYC on Tuesday night so we didn’t need two overnights of coverage. I woke up Wednesday morning to my son howling that he was the only kid who didn’t have money for the book fair. Further questioning revealed this was not true. Another girl had left her book fair money in her backpack on the bus. Another child forgot hers, and a third’s parents didn’t send any. Nonetheless, he had not been able to purchase number 40-something in the Magic Tree House series, the one with the pandas on the cover (see illustration).
We got a reprieve. The class visited again on Wednesday, and I had sent him with $15, figuring a Magic Tree House book was $5 (that’s per paperback on Amazon, lower pp for boxed sets as I tend to buy in bulk) so he could get three of them. He came home with one hard-cover book — the one with the pandas — that cost $14. I successfully stopped the cheap part of me from pointing out the price differential, and he is incredibly pleased with his purchase. So all is well.
In other news:
I have a post at Citibank’s Women & Co site called “Homeschooling & working: could it work for you?“
Over at CBS MoneyWatch, I write about “How businesses fail fast — and learn from it.“
At CEO.com I offer advice on “5 ways to upgrade your performance reviews.”
My next ebook, What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekends, will be out on Dec. 31. I welcome suggestions of bloggers and reviewers who might want an advance copy.
I’m also pondering regular book ideas — narrative non-fiction with a business or economic slant — and welcome thoughts! If you’re looking for direction, I heard a rumor that my editor at Penguin just acquired a book on the Beanie Baby bubble.
Photo of the Magic Tree House book in question. The hardback cover is nice and glossy!