Thursday, January 21, 2010

Semester 2

Yesterday marked the start of the second semester. It went pretty well. I have a few more students in my classes. I'm not complaining. The high school remodel seems to be right on schedule, it should be finished about Spring break. There is a music room in the high school that is getting purposed as being a music room. I turned in an equipment list for basic equipment that I need in the new classroom, i.e. chairs, stands, etc. It looks like they are pretty set on there being two music classrooms, now if only they can be convinced that they need two music teachers. With the new semester, I also now have a TA (teacher assistant) during my first hour. Hopefully I will get a little more organized. We also had the new phone system installed yesterday, I once again have a phone in my classroom.
In other news, my heater finally got fixed. That's a good thing. I also made a poppy seed cake from a recipe that I got from a friend. It is awesome. I plan on taking the rest of it to school today. The last thing I need is a whole cake sitting around my house.
I wish I knew something more exciting but sadly work is about all I have right now. Just a side note though, yesterday was sunny and 48 for more than half the day, it was amazing.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

First week back done

Well this week went by pretty well I guess. Monday didn't feel like a Monday, but man Tuesday did. The rest of the week went pretty well. Friday was crazy just cause the kids were nuts. I'm glad today is Saturday. I've spent sometime today finding all the paperwork I need to mail in with my PFD application. I still need to find my W2 from 2008. What a hassle but luckily after this it should be pretty easy.
It's that time of year again to fill out residency and work permits on the island. Apparently a memo with the applications went out this week, but I didn't get one. I received an email about the memo and responded saying, 'what memo?' Well I went to the district office for mine. (Apparently I'm the only one that didn't get the memo.) Oh well.
It's nice to have a weekend off with no basketball games. Next week we have games Thursday and Friday. It's going to be a busy two months with basketball.
We are officially on the IFA ferry schedule as ours has gone in for regular maintenance. I'm not really excited about the ferry situation but oh well. It's not like I go over to town very often. It just means that I'll be going less. I guess we are going to be having the IFA service until about April. We'll see what happens. I'll be glad when we have our ferry back.
I don't think there is too much else to report. I better get back to looking for my W2.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Back to the daily grind

I'm not sure that my life is really exciting, or at least that I make it sound that way, but sometimes some interesting things happen to me. Sunday, in the early morning, I got on the ferry to head back from Wrangell. I got on the ferry and went to sleep (woohoo 3AM). I woke up about 8:30 so that I could get ready and everything for our 9:30 arrival. I doesn't take me an hour to get ready in the morning, I just like being up and ready to go. Well about 9:15 they make an announcement that it's probably going to be 10AM before we dock. There was another ferry docked that was having mechanical problems so it couldn't leave. At 10 we were still out in the channel but starting to go around in circles. It was announced that it was going to be another 15-30 minutes. There were several more announcements made that sounded exactly like that. I finally stepped off the ferry at 11:15AM. The rest of my travel Sunday was very uneventful. I got home and walked into my house and my oil heater wasn't working. I checked all the usual things....nothing. I called Siri to see if I could borrow an electric heater since it was 44 degrees in my house. Her son Anthony dropped it off and tried to see if there was anything he could do to make the heater start. We checked the oil tank, I have plenty of oil. We tried a variety of things with the heater, still nothing. I called my landlord. 'I'll come look at in the morning.' I think it was about 50 degrees when I went to bed. Luckily I have electric heaters in my bedroom so it wasn't too cold in there.
I got up and went to work yesterday, during lunch I got a phone call from my landlord. 'I think you're out of heating oil.' Not possible. I told him that I had checked it the night before and had quite a bit. So they checked to see if there was water in the filter. Well they drained the water and cleaned the filter. Still no heat. When I got home my landlord and someone else were working on the heater. I guess it was leaking some oil and maybe the pump isn't working right. I don't know what else is wrong with it. Basically as long as the exhaust to a different heater is the same, I'm getting a new(er) heater. Thankfully my landlord brought over another electric heater to run in my house. This morning when I woke up it was about 60 degrees, that a lot warmer than the 45 degrees on Monday. I hope that they can get the whole heater thing figured out. Till then my house smells like heating oil.
School yesterday went surprisingly well. It is nice to be back in the swing of things. I don't think anything really exciting happened. Two weeks until the first semester is over, not that the second semester is going to bring any real changes. I guess someone counted up the days of school that were left and as of today there are 143 days. That seems like a lot and the next break isn't until spring break. It's going to be a long haul getting through January and February but that's how it goes. The kids have the 19th of this month off for teacher inservice.
We also got the reminder notice that our regular ferry will be getting serviced starting next Monday. Mumble, mumble, mumble. The Inter-Island ferry, or IFA ferry, will be running "in it's place." Our ferry runs twice a day Thursday through Monday. So it makes two runs to Ketchikan and two runs back to Metlakatla. When we have the IFA ferry it makes one run from Ketchikan to Metlakatla at 11AM and goes from Metlakatla to Ketchikan at 2PM. Simply put, it's not possible to get to Ketchikan and back on the same day via the IFA ferry. We are going to have to do this for at least the next 3 months. I guess I'm not going anywhere. I'll deal with the ferry thing for spring break when I go somewhere but that will probably be the only time I'm going to leave the island, unless I float plane it. The joys of living on an island in Southeast Alaska.
Well I'm off to start another day.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year 2010

Happy 2010!!! I'm still up in Wrangell. Last night Tasha and I went and did karaoke. Woohoo!!! We had so much fun. We were pretty much the only ones that could really sing. It was fun. Today has been pretty laid back. I didn't get out of bed till after 10AM. I like sleep. Tomorrow is my last day in Wrangell. I get on the ferry at 3:30AM on Sunday, well that's what time it leaves, I'll be on it earlier than that. Then it's back to work Monday.

We'll see what the new year brings.