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Friday, November 02, 2007


Avery definitely had a better Halloween than me. Here he is with his friends when they stopped by to trick or treat me. Avery brought home a nice big bag of candy. Meanwhile, I sat at home being sick and miserable and I only had two trick or treaters besides Avery and his friends.

In other Avery news, he got to travel again this weekend for wrestling. He's in a village about 3 miles down river called Napaskiak. He just called and said that he had a bye his first round and won his second round, so he should be wrestling for first in the morning. I was supposed to go with them to chaperone the JH girl wrestlers at the same tournament, but being sick kept me home.

Noticing a pattern? Being sick is a real bummer. Not only am I missing out on a ton of cool Halloween stuff, but I really feel like I'm not a very effective teacher these days. Being home sick and not having a good plan for the sub and just generally having everything completely out of whack. And if that weren't enough...we have no subs here. So basically that means that if you are out sick, it falls on the other teachers to cover your classes. That means they lose their prep time and have to try to piece together a disfunctional lesson plan because you were sick and couldn't put anything of substance together for them. So, in addition to all those other reasons why being sick is a bummer, you also get to burden your fellow teachers. Ok, I'm done venting now...

On a more positive note...I am feeling much better, except for a cough that just won't seem to let up. And what is the deal with chicken noodle soup, really? Is there some scientific evidence that says that eating it with help you recover from a cold/flu? Or is that just one of those old wives tales? Or maybe it's just a comfort food, so we think it makes us feel better? Placebo effect anyone? Anyway, while I was home sick, I made some chicken noodle soup, from scratch. Ok, well mostly scratch, I had this chicken noodle soup season packet deal, but I added the noodles, veggies, and chicken. It made this huge pot of soup that turned out very yummy, but way too much to eat. So, I froze some for next time. Hopefully, I won't need it.

I think I got my first semi-glimpse of the aurora last night. I was up really late because I had slept most of the day trying to get over being sick. So, I was looking out the window and the sky was just on fire. It looked like the sun was setting on an overcast night. There were reds, oranges, and yellows just blazing over the overcast sky. It was WAY past sunset, so it must have been aurora! How exciting! I can't wait to see my first full blown aurora!

One more really important thing...HAPPY BIRTHDAY NAN! 75 years! 3 quarters of a century! Hope you get well soon(she's been sick for two weeks)! If you see her out, make sure to wish her a Happy 75th Birthday!


Anonymous said...

Hi Alisha,

Glad you're feeling better. I've read many articles in regard to chicken noodle soup. This is an excerpt from the book Food Remedies; Researchers at the U of Nebraska Medical Center found that chicken soup was able to prevent white blood cells from causing inflammation and congestion in the airways. This is only found in homemade soup and doctors aren't sure why.

Good Luck on your match Avery!


alisha said...

Thanks for the info Kathy...somewhere along the line, I think I've read studies like that too, but I can't remember exactly what they said. What do you think it takes to qualify as being homemade?

Anyway, I'm going to go have some of my semi homemade chicken noodle soup for lunch! Thanks for the comments!

Anonymous said...

It's the meat and the broth that comes from "real" chicken meat. Adding peppers does that much more!