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“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” – May Sarton

So this post is a little late. I would like to blame the lack of internet (which it actually wasn’t working), however the real reason for no post a couple weeks ago was because I forgot and then I was too busy during school hours to post! So this week’s post will be a recap of the last three weeks.

Two weeks ago (March 24th – 28th) was once again a short week. This time we knew about the closures ahead of time – on the weekend. Monday was a normal day at school, but Tuesday it was closed. It was election week so on Tuesday they had a nominations meeting. I think it was kind of funny that they closed the school for this. The meeting was for those who are eligible to vote – First Nation and 18 years or older – to nominate people for chief and council. Which means that the teachers didn’t need to attend and neither did any of the students. However school was closed anyways!

I woke up to no power Tuesday morning and since my house was pretty cold it had gone off sometime in the night. I went over to Monika and Adrian’s house and we cooked breakfast over a fire. The power did come back on shortly after and the rest of the day was pretty uneventful.

We were back to school for Wednesday and Thursday. They were fairly normal days without anything out of the ordinary. There was a funny moment when I was grading math pages. Spelling isn’t our strong suit! One student's sheet said: seven - one = ___sex___

Friday there wasn’t school because it was Election Day. Once again I think it was kind of silly to close the school for this since the teachers and students couldn’t vote. But it made for another long weekend – getting really used to those! I spent the afternoon painting nails with Monika.

The weekend was pretty uneventful – so much so that I don’t remember if I did anything. I’m going to go with no. I probably just sat in my house all day watching TV. The internet wasn’t working and the water barely worked so TV was the only option.

Monday (March 31st) was back to school. And I’m pleased to say that it was a full 5 day work week! The first 5 day work week since December! It sure was tiring working a whole week!

The native language teacher gave me a recipe for bannock so I decided to make some with dinner. It wasn’t too challenging – it’s basically just flour, baking powder, and a bit of water fried.

That night Monika and I finally started exercising. We’ve been trying to get motivated to start exercising since September! Since there aren’t very many opportunities for physical activities we were turning into bumps on a log!

Tuesday morning I couldn’t believe that it was only Tuesday! I was not very motivated that day and it turns out that much of the school was either. A bunch of the kids were in bad moods and some were trouble markers!

However in the afternoon Monika’s class decided to play an April Fool’s day prank on my class. They took out the filling in Oreo cookies and filled them with toothpaste. I don’t think my class knew it was April Fool’s day and they seemed really confused about why their Book Buddies were feeding them yucky cookies! At first they didn’t want to admit that they didn’t like the cookies, but when I told them to be honest they hesitantly told the truth. When told it was toothpaste their reaction was very dramatic!

Wednesday and Thursday were pretty normal days. We’ve been in ‘get it done’ mode since March break because there is still so much left to cover before the end of the school year.

Friday felt like a very lazy day. For some reason most of the school didn’t show up. All the other classes are pretty small to begin with, but Friday they only had 2 or 3 kids show up. I had 5 away but that meant that more than half were there. So while the other classes weren’t doing much and watching movies, we were learning – in the morning at least. Friday afternoons are always free activities, so the kids played while I got some work done. 

Saturday I spent the morning cleaning the house – sweeping, mopping, etc. Then it was some TV. The internet is down again. It seems to work during the week, but not on the weekends – very annoying.

The water has also been very annoying the last two weeks. It’s never on in the mornings or before bed, so it makes getting ready for school in the morning a little difficult. Hopefully they get the problem fixed soon so that I can wash my face properly!

Sunday I baked some peanut butter cookies for a dinner later on. Then in the later afternoon I got a phone call asking if I wanted to go ice fishing. It was the annual Elders Winter Retreat and they wanted us to come out. So Adrian, Monika, and I hopped in the truck and drove out to Duckling Lake. It’s pretty close to the end of the Winter Road season so it was a pretty bumpy and slippery ride! I’ve posted a video in the video section.

Monika was the only one of the three of us to catch a fish. Adrian got a couple nibbles and I got absolutely nothing! So much for beginners luck!

Monday (April 7th) we had about 17 kids come to school. There was a memorial for someone who had passed last year, so we weren’t expecting too many kids to come. We decided to take those 17 ice fishing. It had been on the table for a few days and with the approach of warm weather our days to go were numbered.

So we piled the kids on the bus and headed out on the Winter Road to Duckling Lake. Now to put your mind at ease – the Winter Road is mostly through bush. It only goes over one lake.

However, when it starts to get warm the snow becomes very soft and difficult to drive through. Even in a pickup truck with 4-wheel drive you can slide a lot. So the task of getting the bus out to the lake was a little challenging. There were quite a few times when we thought that it was going to get stuck.

We did make it to Duckling Lake alright and the kids seemed to have a good time fishing. Within the first 10 minutes of being there they started catching fish like crazy. One of my students caught 5 fish!

I caught my first fish shortly after putting my line in the water. Now this was my fish time fishing so when I caught the fish I got too excited and wasn’t sure what to do. I didn’t pull the fish away from the hole in time and I ended of losing it. I was pretty disappointed!

Then about 10 minutes later I got another bite. Once again I lost it again! This time it fell off the hook before I got it out. However one of the men with us reached in and grabbed the fish just in time. It was a pretty big Jackfish. After that I had a couple nibbles but didn’t get any others.

After fishing we roasted some hot dogs for lunch before heading back to the school. We got back around 4pm and found out that some people had thought we had got stuck because we were back later than anticipated.

We bagged up the kids’ fish and dropped them off. Everyone got to take home what they caught. I ended up giving my fish away because I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I have no idea how to fillet a fish and I also don’t eat a whole lot of fish.

You can see pictures from the two days of Ice Fishing in the photo album titled Ice Fishing.

The rest of the week was fairly normal except that I’m taking an Addition Qualifications course in Special Education and it started on Monday. So after school hours have been spent working on that.

Wednesday was the 100th day of school so we did a bunch of activities around it. Fortunately we are learning about money in Math so we had to make 100 cents using various coins. The kids thought it was just a 100th day activity and didn’t realize they were learning!

Today (Thursday) we didn’t have school because we had the first power outage we have had in weeks. It went off Wednesday evening around 8pm and didn’t come on until around noon today. We actually thought it would be off longer because it’s pretty broken. But they managed to get someone to fly in and do a temporary fix until they can come back.

The weather is getting warmer. Yesterday it rained most of the day. I did wake up to almost a blizzard this morning, but it died out and it’s warmer out there now. Hopefully we will see some signs of Spring soon! That’s all for now. Hopefully next time I won’t take so long to post an update! 

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  • Yay for working a whole 5 days in a row!

    Haha so funny that your kids got toothpaste cookies! It's cute how they were so polite and didn't want to admit it!

    It's funny that your 100 day of school is so much later than ours!

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