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“There is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” – Christopher McCandles

Blog post time! This week was ‘interesting’ for a few reasons. The first reason is that there was barely any water all week! I’m starting to feel that not having water is more normal than having water. You only have small windows of opportunity to shower, do laundry, and wash dishes.

Another reason is the length of this work week. We were in class for close to 4.5 days this week. So close to 5 days! We haven’t had a 5 day week since December.

Monday and Tuesday it seemed like we got a lot of work done in class. We needed to finish up units because report cards are soon. So I spent Monday and Tuesday evenings marking a lot of assignments. The good thing about grade 1 and 2 is that the assignments don’t take that long to mark.

Wednesday was a sad day. Our teepee that we built back in October was knocked down. They needed to fill up the heating tanks in the house and the teepee was right in the way. It had a good run and I’m actually surprised that it lasted this long!

Wednesday became the start of my students’ obsession with hugging me – constantly. I’m not sure what sparked it, but for the rest of the week every time they went to and from recess or lunch they group hugged me. I felt so loved this week!

Wednesday evening was the beginning of the Winter Carnival. It was supposed to be over March break, but it had to be delayed. There were a bunch of different games and activities happening over three days. So Wednesday evening I went to the school to play some BINGO. I didn’t win anything though. BINGO doesn’t seem to be my game!

Thursday school ended an hour early for the games. I spent some of that time starting report cards. Later Monika and I decorated a cake for the contest later in the evening. It was supposed to be at 5pm, but it didn’t start until around 7:30pm– after some nudging from us! There were four cakes in the contest and we came in 2nd! The prize money basically paid for the cake.

(our cake - I made the pencil and Monika made the paper)

(some of the other cakes with ours)

Friday there were a bunch of kids missing in the morning, then school ended at lunch for the games. So I spent the afternoon working on report cards. I worked for a couple hours and got quite a bit finished.

Around 4:30pm myself, Monika, Adrian, and an elder drove around to judge the snow sculptures. There were some really creative ones and it seemed like it took some people a few days. They were really well done! Then Monika and I entered the arm wrestling competition - I'm really weak! 
Here's a link to the video: (if you don't have Facebook you probably won't be able to watch it - sorry! It's not that exciting anyways) 

Friday evening Monika and I hung out at the store with Susan. It was our Friday night out on the town! 

After a busy week was I happy for the weekend. Saturday I attempted to make some homemade soft pretzels. They didn’t turn out very well though. I’m not sure why – it’s rather disappointing!

Saturday night I hung out with Monika and Adrian for a bit. Then we decided to finally go to the store around 10:30pm to get food for a very late dinner. While there we ended up hanging around for a bit. When we were thinking of leaving the power went off. So, so much for cooking food! I went home and had a bowl of cereal before going to bed. Just as I was going to bed the power came back on! The power has been pretty good lately. It’s gone out a couple times, but usually not for too long.  

Today has been very uneventful. I’ve just been watching movies all day and taking advantage of having some water in the afternoon. I also did some lesson planning. On Monday we’re starting my favourite writing unit – procedural writing. It’s fun because we write the instructions for things and then we actually try it out!

Well that’s about it for now. I leave you with a couple Google maps pictures of my house and community. I think the pictures were taken a few years ago, but only recently have you been able to see it.

(the community - airport to the bottom right, school is orange dot, house is red dot)

(my house is in the red circle, the school is the orange circle - although the building isn't in this picture so it was taken a couple years ago)

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“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Well this week was fairly uneventful. Monday was the official start of March break and it wasn’t a very interesting week. The whole week I wondered if staying around all week was worth saving money!

Like I said I didn’t do a whole lot. I mostly watched TV and cleaned the house. I tried to start getting into a routine of exercising, but with the lack of things to do each day made exercising so difficult!

The water was off for most of the week. It usually goes out without any notice so that’s really annoying – especially if I haven’t put any boiled water aside. It’s off right now, so hopefully it comes back on before school tomorrow.

 After last year in Burundiwith limited water and again this year I have definitely developed an appreciation for running water. We certainly don’t know the value of something until we have to do without it.

There were two ‘exciting’ things that happened this week. Probably not exciting to most people, but to me it was great! The first thing was the internet. The internet actually worked most of the week. Friday it didn’t work, but other than that it was great! It was very nice to have consistent contact with the outside world – especially since the phones were down most of the week.

The second exciting thing was that I got some cheese! Yes, cheese! Two of the teachers left for a couple days and while they were in Thunder Baythey picked me up some cheese.

Now you’re probably wondering why this is such a big deal – it’s just cheese. Well up here the only cheese you can buy is Kraft Singles and Kraft shredded cheese. So they bought me a huge wheel of Brie. It’s about the size of my face – it’s giant! I’m very excited and now I can have good cheese for a long time! 


Saturday night I hung out at Susan’s house for a bit with Monika, Adrian, and Brandon. I hadn’t been over there is a while so it was nice. It was late when we went over so I wasn’t to sure if I would go, but it seems that my 10pmbedtime has labeled me as a grandma!  

The power has been good this week. So far it only went off Friday evening for just a couple minutes. Hopefully it stays on tomorrow since we’re going back to class. It would be nice to be able to teach for an entire 5 day week. Surprisingly this hasn’t happened since December!

I’m really looking forward to getting back in the classroom. I saw a couple of my students at the store on Saturday and they said they were excited to come back to school on Monday. I’m excited to – I miss them!

Well that’s about it for this week. Like I said it was a pretty uneventful March break. I probably would have welcomed it in any other circumstance, but since we’ve had so much time off I don’t want any more for a long time! 

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“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” – George Harrison

So the week started with a continuation of power problems. Monday was a fairly normal day; however the power was off for a bit in the morning. Classes continued like normal though.

Tuesday the power was on/off a bunch of times throughout the morning. It was Shrove Tuesday so we talked about what that meant and what Lent was about. The kids did some writing activities, but they were mainly focused on making pancakes. We were supposed to cook them after recess, but with the power we were worried we wouldn’t get to.

After recess the power stayed on so we joined up with our book buddies to cook. We only had the pre-made stuff where you just add water so it wasn’t all that exciting. But they had fun and enjoyed the pancakes!

The power went off in the evening and ended up staying off for most of it. I had just started cooking dinner when it went off so I had to put it in the fridge and settle for cereal. It did come back on shortly before bed.

Wednesday morning I woke up to no power. It had gone off late in the night so that house was kind of cold! It was off all morning so that meant no school. It did come back on at lunch time, but by then it was too late in the day to pick up all the students and get them to school in time to have class.

Wednesday late afternoon the band posted that they were going to close the school down for the rest of the week. There are still problems with the generators and the school was drawing too much power. 

Thursday I created homework packages for the students. Normally we wouldn’t send work home for March break, but with all the cancellations we need work in order to do report cards at the end of March. Phones also started working again Thursday and I got internet again. Fingers crossed it actually lasts.

Friday we had to deliver the homework packages. The school has a new truck, so I got to drive it to deliver the packages. I don’t really like driving pickup trucks because they make me feel so small! But it wasn’t bad and driving around is a good way to remember where people live.

Saturday and Sunday have been typical weekends of not doing a whole lot. The water has been off for most of the weekend, but the power has stayed on. Saturday I spent the day really cleaning the kitchen. It’s sparkling now, but probably won’t very long.

The temperature has been getting warmer here. Not as warm as at home with plus temperatures, but in single minuses! It’s also been snowing a lot so I guess spring isn’t coming anytime soon up here!

Back in September my dad said he wanted pictures of my house 6 months in. So I took some at the beginning of March and have posted them in an album. Go look under photo albums if interested or follow the link below!


Pictures of house 6 months in:

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