This week was pretty normal. It was Tim’s 2nd week of wrestling practice. I think practice is going pretty well for him. He’s had about 12-14 kids interested, which for Togiak, is quite a lot. The first wrestling match is next Friday in a village called Koliganek.
Saturday evening, our neighbor, Eve, invited the entire staff over for lasagna. I made a bunch of breadsticks to take over. (I was disappointed though, because they did not turn out very well). I’m glad that we have some activities like that to look forward to on the weekend.
I came to a realization this weekend. Every week I plan on getting so many lesson plans done on Saturday and to get ahead. By the time Saturday comes around, I am too exhausted to lesson plan and then I beat myself up for not getting enough work done. So I decided yesterday, I’m no longer going to expect to get planning done on the weekend. I will relax so I can survive the next week. It might mean that I’m still at the school until 8:00 every night, but at least my weekends will be more relaxing.
I had the pleasure of trying some herring eggs earlier this week. I went to the 2nd grade classroom to ask the teacher a question. She is a native from Togiak. She was just having a snack and offered to share with me. She told me that the herring eggs were from last year. She had a quart size bag full of them. It looked as if they were stuck to seaweed. She put some seal oil and soy sauce in a bowl, grabbed a handful of eggs, smothered them in seal oil and soy sauce, and ate them with her fingers. She then told me to help myself. I took a much smaller handful. I managed to swallow it all, but the seal oil was very potent and the eggs were very crunchy. I don’t particularly want to try it again.
Tim and I haven’t been too surprised by the sunlight here, because we knew what to expect. When we first arrived in July, we had about 15 or 16 hours of daylight. Now we’re down to about 11 or 12 hours of daylight. The thing that surprised me most is the time of day that we have our daylight. Right now it is getting light around 9:00 am, but doesn’t get dark until about 8:30 pm. It’s like living in Idaho, but being on the eastern time zone. We are so far west that we get our daylight later in the day. Alaska time zone works great for those in Juneau and even those in Anchorage, but it has been a little weird out here in southwest Alaska.