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Back to School, Laptop In Tow

This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Intel

I started teaching English 15 years ago. That has absolutely nothing to do with this post except that I have experienced 15 separate years of Back To School shopping for both my own children and also for my students and that fact is kind of mind-boggling to me right now.

When I was in elementary school (or grammar school, if you prefer) my mother took me and my sisters school shopping in late August of every year. It was the 70s, we were living in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago, and we went to Catholic school. Now, this fact I mention because there isn't much clothes shopping that's very exciting about getting our required uniforms. Every year the same shop had our uniforms and the only thrill was deciding between plaid jumpers, plaid culottes, and plaid shorts. There really was no way to make that fun. Unless you count the time we found plaid headbands to hold back my afro and you know what? I totally do not count that time.

The rituals were much the same for getting our school supplies and I was convinced that any folder or pencil or eraser with Hello Kitty on it would surely be accepted by the nuns who would be teaching me. (I need to shout out to Sister Geraldine here. Hey, sis! What up?) Honestly, the real fun came when we got to get our saddle shoes. My mother always found this to be funny and nostalgic because she wore them to school when she was a girl and it amused her that her girls were wearing them since they came back in fashion. My mom never worr her shoes home from the store because she adored opening the box to smell the leather even more than wearing them and she spoiled us occasionally and let my sisters and I wear them so long as we didn't scuff them up too badly.

Now that I'm a mom, I find that it's regrettable that saddle shoes aren't in fashion. Or that my children don't wear uniforms. Or even that my boys refuse to use anything with Hello Kitty on it. (They are SO missing out on something cool here. I mean, how many girls would be all, "Oh, how C-U-T-E!" and then they'd be a hit with them?) (Wait. I don't need any girls flirting with my boys.) (Back off, girls! I mean it!) Our routines are much different than when I was a kid. Normally, we shop for jeans and cargo pants and polo shirts. They get one pair of tennis shoes and then we scurry over to the department stores for paper, notebooks, and expensive calculators. My sons, both in high school now, will probably get a haircut before school starts, ask for money to buy music or go to the movies, and then we'll call it a day. My routines as a kid seemed to happen all in one day. Theirs seems to go on for about a week while I go back and forth to work myself and call them during the day as they play out their last days of summer:

Hey. I have a packet of sticky notes in my drawer here at work. Want it?

Sure, mom. Whatever. Wait. Are they pink?

No. Maybe. YES.

Bring me yellow ones. Do you have any good pens?

You know I do. I like good pens.

How about a new zip drive?

DUDE. You're pushing it. I have some thumb drives at home. Use those.

I need some more CDs to burn some music. (We buy all our music in this house. ALL of it. Don't judge me.)

This goes on for some time until I eventually realize that they are just hoping to get some electronic devices out of me. I don't fall for it. Not all the time anyway.

You're done hearing about the exchange between me and my sons now. You probably want to know how you can win a new laptop, right? RIGHT.

ACER Aspire

To enter the contest to win that pretty shiny laptop, leave me a comment below and leave a comment about what back to school tools or rituals you had vs. what your children have today - or you may leave a link to your post on your own blog in the comments below. The contest will begin at 9:00 a.m. (PST) July 21, 2009 and will end 5:00 p.m. (PST) August 31, 2009. Make sure that the e-mail address you leave is correct.


  • No duplicate comments.
  • You may receive an additional entry by linking on twitter and leaving a link in the comments.
  • You may receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments.
  • This giveaway is open to US residents, aged 18 and over
  • Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.
  • You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
  • Please see the official rules here.

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Acer Aspire's homepage can be found here and dang! That thing looks super slick on this page.

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