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“The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” – Neil Degrasse Tyson

It’s been a really long time since I lasted posted, but the last few weeks have been really busy! Let me try to think back to where I left off in the last post and fill you in on what I’ve been up to.

The week of May 26th to the 30th was a fairly normal week. I did have the Kindergartens in my class for a couple hours Tuesday and Wednesday. There were meetings at the Band office for all community members, except for non-members. The Kindergarten teacher had to go, but the other teachers didn’t. So I took her kids for a bit. That was pretty crazy! Going from having 13 kids to about 21 was a big jump. And the Kindergartens were a little wild being in a new classroom!

I went fishing again on Thursday, but it was a pretty unsuccessful trip. We took the boat out and only caught one fish! When we called it a night and went back to the dock we decided to give it one more try. As soon as we put our hooks in we each caught a fish! We have much better luck on the dock.

Friday I flew home for the weekend. It was a pretty long day. I flew to Winnipegand then had about a 6 hour layover until my flight to Toronto. It took forever to get my bag in Toronto, so by the time I got home I was exhausted.

I came home for the wedding of my best friend, Ivonne. I spent most of the morning at her house getting ready. The ceremony was very short and took place at her house. There was a lot of singing and drumming. It was very neat!

After the ceremony we all headed to Waterloo Park for some pictures. Then there was a break until the reception. The reception was very nice and the food was really good!

Sunday I did a few errands before I had to head back up north. It was hot the last week of May so I bought some shorts to bring back with me. Unfortunately since I’ve been back it’s been cold and raining so I haven’t needed the shorts!

Monday (June 2nd) I flew to Thunder Bay. It was pouring rain all day so I was disappointed I wasn’t going to be able to go to the store. I showed up at my hotel to find out that I had accidentally booked at the wrong hotel. So I ended up being out in the middle of nowhere. It was a pretty boring day but the hotel had a nice restaurant so I was happy!

Tuesday I flew to NSL. It seemed to take all day because I had to layover in Sioux Lookout and Red Lake. But I finally got back around 1 pm and headed over to the school. When I walked in the classroom I was greeted with “Ms Jordan! You’re back! I missed you!” from the students.

After school I went back in the evening to make a drum. It was pretty hard work! You have to pull the sinew really hard. But it turned out well.

Wednesday and Thursday were half days of school because there were Treaty Day activities in the afternoon. Thursday afternoon there was a Native Princess and Prince competition. Monika and I were the only adults to dress up! The native language teacher dressed us up. We were a big hit and everyone wanted to take our picture.

Thursday night there were fireworks. They were actually pretty decent. Everyone was standing so close though, it made me really nervous. But they were a nice end to the Treaty Day activities.

Friday was a relatively normal day at school. Surprisingly a lot of students showed up. Saturday and Sunday were uneventful. I was so tired from the wedding and the week that I just slept and laid around all weekend.

Monday (June 9th) began a very busy week. I had a 100 item long to do list. I had to start cleaning my classroom, write report cards, work on my AQ course, clean my house, and start packing. We didn’t do a whole lot of work except for finishing up units because I needed to write report cards.

The busy week meant staying late a school every day. I even had to go into the school on Saturday. I got report cards done and all but one assignment for my AQ course done on Saturday. I even got much of the classroom cleaned up.

Sunday it was pouring rain. Like tropical storm rain! I thought that the trees were going to blow over. So I took advantage of not wanting to go outside and cleaned my house. I scrubbed everything and started to pack up my clothes.

I don’t have too much left to do this week. The students helped me clean and organize a lot of things this morning so the classroom is coming together. It’s so bare and sad looking now!

This is the last week of school. I head home on Monday. It’s bitter sweet because I’m looking forward to being home for the summer, but I’m not returning in September so that’s sad. I got a job at a reserve down south. I’ll only be about a 3.5 hour drive from home. I’m really looking forward to being closer to home!

Well that’s my update. Sorry it took so long! 

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“Nothing is really work, unless you would rather be doing something else.” – J.M. Barrie

Time for another update! There isn’t too much to tell from the week, but the weekend was pretty good. Saturday the 17th I had fresh moose for dinner. Some of the guys went out hunting earlier that day so they cut up some meat and we cooked it up! Sunday was a pretty uneventful day – like most weekends are.

Monday was a holiday so myself, Monika, Rachel (native language teacher), and Gladys (Kindergarten TA) went for a long walk to and from the rapids. In total we did about 140 minutes of walking. I was pretty beat by the end! But it was a really nice day for a walk.

Tuesday was a normal day back to school. We got a bunch of our units finished up and things were relatively normal for my class. The whole week was a little different for other classes because the older kids went fishing. There aren’t lifejackets for the younger ones so we couldn’t go. But the school was pretty quiet because all week it was mostly just the Kindergartens and my class.

After school on Friday, Monika and I decided to go fishing. We only had ice fishing rods so Brandonoffered to take us fishing in the boat with real rods. Our fishing trip however, got a little side tracked.

On our way to the fishing spot Brandonspotted a moose in the bush just off the shore, so he whipped the boat around without any warning. Monika almost flew out the back so I had to grab on to her while trying to see where the moose was. Brandondidn’t say anything, but we all knew he had seen a moose. He managed to shoot it before it took off. We pulled up to shore and piled out to go searching for it. It had been a good shot because it was already down pretty close to where it was hit.

The guys started to cut it up and us girls carried pieces back to the boat. Surprisingly it wasn’t as gross as I was expecting. Monika and I had to drag one of the legs together, but it was still so heavy and we struggled. The next leg we put a stick through it to help as. We had the stick up on our shoulders and felt very barbaric! I also had to carry the kidneys and the heart out to the boat. They were still warm and slimy so that was pretty gross! I’ll post pictures in the album Moose for those who are interesting in seeing. If you have a weak stomach or are an animal lover don’t look at them!

Saturday afternoon it was really hot so Monika and I decided to go fishing. There is a dock near our house so we got some fishing rods and minnows and headed down there. The owner of the dock let us sit in there boat and fish that way. They also came down and fished with us. We left the boat tied to the dock because we wanted help taking the fish off the hook.

We had a pretty successful day. We lost a lot of fish and for a while it just felt like we were feeding the fish. After a while we started catching some. In total I successfully got 4 fish – although I had a bunch more but lost them trying to get them in the boat.

The mosquitoes started to come out in the evening. They were huge and there were a ton of them. We toughed it out for a bit with bug spray, but then decided to call it a night. We knew a lady who could cut them up for us so as she was cutting them we were also frying some up. Monika tried to cut one up but it was still moving so she was a little freaked out.  I’m normally not much of a fish eater, but it was so fresh a really good! It didn’t even taste that fishy.

Well that’s about all for now. Don’t forget to check out the photo album Moose if you’re interested in the hunt. And there is also one called Fishing and Rapids so you can see pictures of the Saturday and from our walk. 

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“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

Monday, May 5th was a pretty uneventful day. We didn’t have school because of the power problems that occurred on the weekend. Monika and I decided to hang out at Susan’s house for most of the day.

There was also no school Tuesday. It was nice sleeping in and I wasn’t doing much in the morning. Shortly before noon Monika came to my house and told me to get ready to go to Red Lake for the day. While at Susan’s house the day before we were talking about how it would be nice to get out for a day or so. Brandon needed to go to the dentist in Red Lake so Susan decided to send all of us (Brandon, Destiny, Monika, Adrian, and me) for the day to give us a bit of a break.

We flew to Red lake in the afternoon and hung around for a but while Brandon went to the dentist and Adrianchecked to see if he could get an appointment. Adrian wasn’t able to get one until the next day so we went and got a hotel room then headed to the bargin store to buy some pajamas and toothbrushes.

In the evening we went for dinner at a small restaurant that had some really good food. I got a filet mignon with sautéed mushrooms, vegetables, mashed potatoes, and a glass of red wine. It was so delicious!

Wednesday we hung around Red Lake for most of the day. We did a little shopping at this nice store that sold moccasins and accessories made on reserves close to North Spirit Lake. I got some moccasins that were made in Sandy Lake which is really close to me.

After that we did some grocery shopping and seriously contemplated driving the Thunder Bay. But we decided not to because we weren’t sure when school would reopen. The plane ride back was pretty rough for the first little while because it was raining. Although we didn’t do much in Red Lake it was nice to get away for a little bit, have a good meal, and buy some groceries! 

Thursday the school was still closed so I spent most of the day working on the course I’m taking. In the evening Monika made Pakora which is a tradition dish from India. She made some especially for me that weren’t spicy.

Friday we were back at school. It seemed kind of silly to go for just one day, but surprisingly most of my students came to school. We didn’t do a whole lot over the course of the day because everyone seemed really lazy!

Saturday I had to work on the final assignment for the 2nd module of my course, but I procrastinated all day long. Monika and I went for a walk since the weather was a little nicer. We then painted our nails and played charades. Sunday I worked on my course assignment for a little bit and then didn’t do much else.

Monday was a relatively normal day at school. Most of the kids came and we got our work done. Tuesday I woke up to some snow on the ground! I was so shocked since it had been nice. Not many kids were in school that morning and with the snow it felt like a very lazy day. It snowed/rained all day so most of the snow did eventually melt away.

However, Wednesday I woke up to the ground and trees completely white! It had snowed quite a bit over the night and kept snowing for most of the day. It did eventually melt away, but I was not impressed to be seeing snow in the middle of May!

Thursday morning we had an assembly and the Chief and Council talked to the students about bullying. Other than that it was a very normal day at school. In the late afternoon it was graduation for the internet high school. It was done in our school gym so I went to watch for a bit after my class had gone home.

Today has also been a normal day at school so far. All but one student is here which is great because we have some assignments that need to be finished today. I’m looking forward to the long weekend – 5 day work weeks are killer since we rarely have them! 

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