By: Christina Keasler, Tween Librarian
Hi middle schoolers!
The Nerf war was a success. Sure, there was blood, sweat and tears shed that night, but we had 25 middle schoolers, over 200 darts, and a LOT of pizza all adding up to a great night. As promised, high school and middle school attendees had their chance to shoot at Hannah and me. Keep your eyes peeled for a video in the near future.
The high schoolers and middle schoolers have officially unlocked the first and second tier! Let’s keep this going!
Today, I wore a simple black dress with a crazy magenta wig – just in case Hannah forgot to dress weird. That way, I can de-wig and save face. While it was simple, I didn’t think this completely through. There were SO many kids that were scared of my magenta hair. I might have traumatized a few kids for life. I was at the reference desk and kids would look at me, change directions and ask the other librarian. There were adults that had a judge-y face when asking me questions. Some of the older kids didn’t want to say anything rude, but others didn’t hesitate before bursting into laughter. Some of the library staff members thought that it was my natural hair – although most of those reactions were positive. I wore an extra name tag that said “Ask me: ‘Why are you wearing that funny outfit?’” and that helped a bit. I’m a little nervous to be doing this from home tomorrow!
Today was kind of a cheat. I didn’t go out too much since I wasn’t at work. I wore a Forever Lazy – one of those as-seen-on-TV snuggie competitor. The main thing that I did outside was drop my sister off at the airport. People weren’t really focusing on me, but I didn’t have my “Ask Me” nametag to rely on. My sister couldn’t get over it though. She couldn’t really take me seriously looking like a blueberry with legs.
Hannah and I decided to make Wednesday 80s day. I was planning on going as an 80s rocker, but my giant leopard dress was still damp in the dryer. Returning Friday? My hair doesn’t really crimp, but I put it in a top-side ponytail. I had to change tactics and wear an 80s-inspired suit jacket complete with shoulder pads, and an entirely pink outfit underneath. Again, no one was paying attention to my nametag and just assuming that I dress like this. I got a few weird looks, and a few middle schoolers who knew me started laughing as soon as they saw me. I even had the stab of betrayal as the only 80s thing Hannah really wore was a scrunchie. Could someone remove the knife in my back please?
Today was kind of laid back compared to Wednesday. Hannah and I decided it would be Christmas in July, and with this chilly weather, it nearly felt like it! Some staff members blamed our outfits as the reason they had to wear a jacket outside. I wore reddish pants and an awesome dinosaur cross-stitch inspired Christmas t-shirt. I was pretty comfy. Unfortunately, I think this outfit was casual enough that people probably just assumed that I am ignorant enough to wear red and green together normally.
My vacation starts today! But that doesn’t mean I’m off the hook for my last day of the silly outfit challenge. I decided to return to the leopard dress that evaded me on Tuesday. Again, I didn’t go out much, but I couldn’t get away from GEPL. Logan and I went to the baby storytime. I got a few looks from other parents, and I kept stepping on my dress when scrambling to catch the baby. The worst part is that I didn’t have my beloved “Ask Me” name tag for any excuse. I was just pure weirdo. I had to get ready for our road trip by packing, cleaning my house, and weeding my garden when I got back. I must say, I looked a little strange dressed in leopard print crouching in bushes. It must have looked like I actually thought I was a wild cat.
What a week! Thanks for the opportunity to embarrass myself, readers. I look forward to the next challenge!