I have been loving the time each day that I have had to do normal day to day home maker type things. I actually have been making some meals for Tim this week, keeping the kitchen clean, and the house sort of clean. I told Tim the other day that I was feeling very domestic. :) I love that feeling. I have also had the chance to work on some personal projects. I finished a quilt I had been working on. I did the mending: 4 months worth of mending. I finished a book. I've done some crocheting and a lot of digital "scrapbooking". (I am putting all of our blog posts together with all of our pictures and getting a book printed.)
There are two other couples and another single teacher that decided to stay in Togiak over the holidays, so we haven't been hurting for company. Tuesday night we had pizza night with the Lee family. Michael teaches middle school science, Delorie teaches 2nd grade, and their sons Charlie and Tristen are both in high school. Their family is great company and the boys keep me laughing all the time. Friday night we had a movie party at our apartment with the Greg and Corey Cejka (two high school teachers) and Billy (elementary special ed teacher). We have also become self-appointed dog-sitters for our neighbor Evelyn. Technically, Billy is taking care of Buster, but Tim and I realized a couple days ago that the poor dog is just sitting alone in that apartment all day long and we're just across the hall hanging out in our apartment. So that past few days we've just been bringing Buster over to our apartment during the day. Billy still comes up and feeds and walks him. This is definitely the way to have a dog.
Today was Tim and my first Christmas with just the two of us Opening presents goes MUCH faster when there's only two of you. Tim surprised me with a handmade set of ivory crochet hooks made by a local carver. I tried to surprise him with a handmade seal skin hat made by a local skin sewer . . . uh, not a stinky sewer but one who sews. He's hard to surprise though.
For Christmas dinner we were invited over to the Parker's home. Fanny is the 5th grade teacher and a local native. She is the school's Yup'ik teacher and also the one who has been teaching me how to sew kuspuqs. It was, as far as I understand, a pretty typical Yup'ik afternoon. She never told us when to arrive but just invited us over for Christmas. We came at about 2:30 pm with rolls and salad ready to be eaten. She was just starting to cook and we jumped in to help. After the food was made we ate and visited. Throughout the next few hours several other visitors would stop by, eat, visit, and leave. There wasn't ever an expectation to arrive or leave at a certain time and the food was just there to be eaten whenever anyone would like.