School starts in about 5-6 weeks and I'm still jobless for the fall. I keep hearing that there is a chance I could still get an FT position as some schools are still hiring up until school starts (even after). So I remain hopeful. My question is - do I start preparing basic things like I have a classroom (buy more books for classroom library, thinking of decor, etc) or do I wait until the eleventh hour when, God willing, I do get a position? I am also a little strapped for cash since I do not have much spending money after rent and utilities. Since I'm superstitious, I don't want to jinx anything by preparing and then I end up with no classroom. However, I also hate being unprepared and don't want to be scurrying at the last minute trying to get my classroom set up. Also, I'm certified 1-8, so I don't want to spend money on books for 2-3 and end up at an MS. Any advice? What should/can I be doing to prepare? Anyone hired late in the summer that can share their experience?