It is almost time to get back to the usual routine.  Hard to believe – summer seems to have just started - but yes – it is time to gear up for back to school. Registration is underway.  LISTS of school supplies will soon be available. Back packs – mechanical pencils – baby wipes – loose leaf paper –Kleenex – crayons and markers – will overflow the store shelves at Wal-Mart, Target, Office Depot and the Dollar Stores. 

As back to school time approaches - it is as if you could almost smell the freshly waxed floors of the classroom.

This year is going to be a little different at our house….the usual routine of back to school won’t be so usual. This year is the year our daughter begins her college career. If you think (like I did) the kiddos need a bunch of stuff to go to school in K – 12, well just you wait. Very market savvy companies have very sophisticated marketing campaigns targeted at those 18 to 22 year olds … they have LISTS – lists that let college students know about all the things they will need to be successful in their studies (cause that is why they are going to college…right?). Admittedly, some of the things are truly necessary – others – well - maybe not so much. Here is a sampling of some of the must or should haves on LISTS we have seen ….and purchases we have made. 

Duct Tape; Hurley 15” Backpack; Cocoon GRID-IT organizing system; Door Mirror;  Incase Neoprene Pro Sleeve; Speck SmartShell case; Tooth brush; HP Photosmart Printer; Laptop; Camera; Umbrella;  LaCie 500GBPorsche Design P’9223US; Mobee Magic Charger; Q-tips; Flash light; Antibiotic cream;  Beats Solo HD On-Ear Headphone; Pillow; Beats by Dr. Dre Pill Speaker; Hand Vac; Steamer; Water Pitcher w/ Filters; Coffee Maker; Curtain Panels; Body Pillow; Bed Bug Spray; Surge Protector; Ramen Noodles; Ethernet Cable; Pizza Cutter; Board Games; Snow Shovel; Band aids; Sheets XLT; Mattress Pad; Memory foam Mattress topper; Bedcaddy; Bicycle; Sleep mask;   oh yes and pens, paper, pencils and a desk lamp.

I think we have successfully navigated the “LISTS.” The only necessary items left to get are the pens, paper, pencils …oh yes… and a desk lamp.