Saturday, November 14, 2009

Too much travel

What a busy week. I flew to Anchorage on Saturday and had a great time. Rikki and I went to Village Inn, where Bryan works, to celebrate Cara's birthday. We had a good time. Then we wandered around Anchorage some. It was fun. Sunday I went to church while Bryan slept. I made a few contacts, they hope I move to Anchorage. Monday I ran a couple errands and took a nap. When Bryan was up we went to a nice restaurant for dinner and then saw a movie. It was a nice date. Then we wandered around some and then got donuts. The donut place is a 24 hour shop and the donuts are good. On the way back to his apartment we saw a moose strolling down the sidewalk going the opposite direction as us. I didn't notice until Bryan shouted "Moose". Tuesday was pretty laid back as well. It was just nice hanging out with Bryan.
Wednesday morning I left of Chicago. I went out to dinner with my parents and friend Beth. Mmmm Red Robin. Thursday, Friday, and today were spent at the National Orff Conference in Milwaukee. I had a great time. I can't begin to describe how fun it was. I'm currently sitting at the airport waiting to board the plane to go back to Anchorage. I should arrive there about 10:15PM, which is 1:15AM Central time. I've been up since 6AM (CST) so I'm hoping to sleep on the plane. I depart Anchorage tomorrow morning at 8AM, so I will probably be getting up about 6:30AM. I don't get into Ketchikan until about 1PM and the ferry leaves at 4:30PM. By the time I get to Metlakatla, it will be 7PM. That includes one more time change. What an exhausting amount of travel. I might be asleep by 7:30PM tomorrow night. I'm exhausted now. Nothing like going home tired and then having to teach right when I get back. Oh well, that's how it goes.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Watch out here I come

I was overjoyed to get on the ferry yesterday afternoon. I'm currently sitting in Ketchikan, I'll go to the airport in about an hour. I arrived over here yesterday and Megan and I bummed around for a while. This included going out for Thai/Chinese food. Mmmm. We had a good time. Then we just kinda hung out the rest of the night. It was fun. This morning she's going to cheer practice and I'm getting on a plane to go to Anchorage for a few days. The one hour time change meant that I've been up since about 5 this morning. Wednesday I'll be changing time again when I see my family and go to the National Orff Conference. It'll be fun to see them. I love hanging out with my family and my friends. It looks like the only day my friend Beth has off this coming week is the day I fly in, so I'm trying to convince her to ride down with my parents to come pick me up and then we'll all go out to dinner. I think there is Red Robin in my future.
Not only will I be going through some time changes, but some major weather changes. It's been wet and windy in Metlakatla. It's been in the low 30's in Anchorage and in the upper 50's/low 60's in Antioch. The forecast says snow in Anchorage Monday. Weird weather is what I'm used to, I did grow up in northern Illinois. It'll just be nice to be on this trip. I've really been looking forward to it. I'm glad that I get to see Bryan and my family. It's been several months since I've seen them. The only downside is the long hours on a plane. Today I'll spend about 5 1/2 hours on the plane. Wednesday will be about 6 1/2 hours, that's also the same for next Saturday. Then next Sunday is only about 4 1/2 hours. That's only a total of 23 hours on planes. Wow that's a lot.
I don't have much to report about from work. We had parent-teacher conferences Wednesday and Thursday. Those were long days, but they went pretty well. I think I saw a total of 12 parents, which is way more than I saw last year. Nothing really exciting happened I supposed. The high school secretary did put in her letter of resignation though, very sad face. She's a great secretary. I can't believe how she's being treated. It really irks me. Apparently some people missed in their education classes on how secretaries run the world. I was given very good advice in an education class, NEVER get on the bad side of the secretary and the janitor. Definitely words to live by.
On another side note, as I was leaving town I read on the marquee by the school that they are celebrating principal's day on Friday. What the heck is that and why are we celebrating it? The administration isn't that good, well at least at the high school/middle school end of things. I just googled principal's day and it's May 1st, so why are we celebrating it November 13th? I'm glad I won't be there for it. Instead I can be home celebrating my parent's 30th wedding anniversary. Wow they've been married a long time.
Another week down and the coming one should be way more fun. I'm looking forward to it.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Happy Time Change?

It's that time again where almost everywhere else in the US changes from daylight savings time. Does anyone know what time it is? My computer and cell phone say one thing and my watch and other clocks say something else. It cracks me up. In case you forgot (or didn't know) Metlakatla doesn't change time. It is kinda nice to not have to reset my clocks twice a year but we are the only town in Alaska that doesn't change. It still amuses me.
I have parent-teacher conferences tonight and tomorrow. Joy (not). I'm sure it's going to be loads of fun, sitting in the high school gym at a table waiting for parents to come talk to me.
I'm excited for Friday. I get on a float plane and get out of here for a week. I fly to Anchorage on Saturday. YAY!!! I get to spend a couple days with Bryan. Then I fly to see my parents and go to the National Orff Conference in Milwaukee. I'm not looking forward to dealing with the time change but I am looking forward to all of the above mentioned things. I'm also excited to see Bill's new apartment. I think moving out was harder for him than it was for me. He'll be living about 10 minutes from our parents. Well that's two kids out of the house. Jamey's still living at home, which I guess works for him. I think my mom likes having some one of her kids living at home. She'll have a hard time when we're all some where else. I'm probably going to be the only one that lives far away. If I were to move to Anchorage, it would be cheaper and easier for me to get back to see my family. I'm strongly considering the move to Anchorage, not because I want to be in "the city", but because it might be a good move for me. It will be easier to be involved in church and a lot of other things. Not to mention being able to see Bryan more often. I've made some great friends here, but I don't think I'm supposed to be here after this school year. I know that no matter what things will work out. I'm not too worried about what happens.
Well now that I've been up for an hour and a half, I might as well do something productive.