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Mugless

Ok, not strictly mugless, but, I only have one mug up here right now, and even though everyone has said multiple times that they had extra if I needed anything, when I leave my only mug at school, I feel foolish. moreover, I’m stubborn and want to be independent. Fortunately, I had an Alfredo dish last night with the $2.99 classico I got from the Co op. I’ve used the jar method before, in which the lid makes it a handy travel mug, but hadn’t quite found a solution to the fact it made the glass scalding hot. I thought about knitting a cosy, sewing one together from fabric, or coating the outside with spray rubber when it hit me. I tried a sock (one I hadn’t warn yet), and it became a turtle neck for my travel mug. It almost looks commercial. I Wonder if Shawn would walk into a coffee shop with me with this baby in tow. Would you?

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A bit more of rankin, choir musings…

I thought I had avoided it, the first month teacher illness. After an evening and a day of resting, fluids and vitamins, I went for a walk.  It definately calmed me down and helped me regain my perspective.  Im ready to get back at it.  This week I have an informational choir meeting, which I hope to guage interest levels.  Ill need to rethink my approach actually.  Because none of them will be able to read music it will all have to be by rote. Ill try to pick out some strong ones to lead sectionals… Assuming I get more than three kids out.  Next step, repertoire! Here are some pics of my walk. I welcome rep suggestions in the comment section
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I hit a homer!

The staff student softball game was today, and its the first time I’ve seen a large stretch of green. But it was opposite, the infeild was green (astro turf) and the  outfield was gravel.  The infield, which was a rubber granual mixed with fake grass was pretty slippery.  We beat the middle school kids, but the high school drilled us pretty hard, save a miraculous catch by donald our pitcher to end the game. 

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Settling in…

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Here’s the picture so far: second year being redundant, not recalled this year, but offered an LTO. Not content with one period each semester that changes every other day, I start applying to everything…. I mean everything! July 25th get a call from Jesse in rankin inlet Nunavut. Start the mad dash of interviews, paperwork, phone calls, then buying enough clothes and a $500 winter coat that will keep my rear from freezing, getting things ready, packed flying on the 13th of August. What a rush!

So here I am adjusting to things in the north, things work differently up here, and I realize I haven’t blogged yet. “welcome to the north” seems to be the mantra when things go wrong or are delayed, so I’m going to chalk it up to that.

Everyone here that I’ve met are really nice! All of the staff are fabulous and very helpful. So helpful that just driving up to their house two teachers from the high school call me in for coffee and to find me a bag for the pile of books I was carrying. Most helpful of all has been Jesse, who went far above and beyond when I lost my keys on day two… He is just fantastic and I love his accent, which reminds me of home and nanny & poppy. Some of the staff even live in my apartment building, including the vice principal! I love small towns, but this feels like a large family. Three of us even did a 5k awareness run for diabetes. Even though it took twice around the town to rack up 5km…

I’m really looking forward to tomorrow when school actually starts. Of course the first day will be bogged down with administrivia, but all ready things seem to be moving quickly, it’s hard to believe its almost been a week up here. I miss my wife and family, but with my new iPad things will be easier. Things always happen for a reason, so let’s embrace what we have and do the best that we can. I hope to update this blog as much as I can with personal and professional tidbits, so stay tuned.

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