This was the first week since basketball season started that we didn't have students out of town for games. It was kind of nice just having our student's in class and not having to worry about getting them their missing work and seeing them totally frustrated the days they were in class because they were so behind (okay, there was still a little bit of that). Although, I was shocked at how many students still were absent even though the basketball teams weren't gone. Next week is regionals in Chevak. Which means about a third of our high school will be gone from Tuesday-Sunday. It's crazy how much our classes are affected by sports, but that's the way it is when you have to fly everywhere.
This week we had mascot tryouts. One of the big accomplishments of our student council this year has been to order a long wanted husky mascot. We have had a volunteer wear the suit at pep rallys and games since we got it. However, the basketball players wanted to take the mascot to regionals with them, so it was time for some official tryouts. We actually had about 20 kids sign up to try out, which totally shocked me. Only about 5 showed up to actually try out though. The kid that has been volunteering to wear the suit was the one that won. I'm totally okay with that, because I already know that he will show up and be reliable, because he proved it over the past month.
We had middle school home games this weekend, one boys and one girls game on Friday night and the same Saturday morning. I stayed and watched the games on Friday. They were both close, fun games to watch. The boys won by one point. The were up by quite a few points and then one of their 5 players fouled out and they had to play the last 3 minutes with only 4 players. I don't think I'd seen that before. It made those last 3 minutes a bit nerve racking. Saturday morning I went to the school to make sure things went okay with the mascot and that concessions were open, but I didn't stay for the games. Instead, I went with Heather to the store. It took as an hour and half to get to the store and back. (Did I mention it's only 3 miles away.) We just kept getting stuck, even after the plow cleared the road. It was quite the ordeal and I decided that for now on I'm sticking to driving our smaller, lighter 4-wheeler . . . sometimes I wish we had a sno-go.
Friday evening, Tim left for Anchorage. He will be there until Wednesday at ASTE, a technology conference for teachers. He was really excited to go. It sounds like he's already learned quite a few things and has been enjoying himself. I've been trying to keep myself busy, so I don't get too bored without him. Heather and Kim have had me over for movies and dinner, so they're taking care of me!