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Saturday, June 19, 2010
An Unkindness of Ravens
I woke up this morning to a commotion outside of my window. It's 7am on a Saturday morning and I'm awake because of an unkindness of ravens arguing over some trash. Yes, that's right, an unkindness. That's what a group of ravens is called...an unkindness. Kind of makes sense if you think of the fact that a group of crows is called a murder and ravens are very similar to crows. They have also been named a dark and unpleasant name. I found this really interesting website about ravens...check it out! They certainly were unkind to me this morning...waking me up at 7am on a Saturday morning...that's definitely what I call an unkindness.
In Yup'ik traditional stories, the raven is known as the creator of everything, the bringer of death, and also as a jokester or trickster. This morning it was just being a pest! There were three of them in the dumpster and three of them on top of the roof of the house right next door. They were squawking back and forth to each other as if arguing over who would get the trash. None of them were actually eating the trash, but I'm sure they'll get to that at some point today. There must be something good in it today.
So, anyway, I'm up now. I've called back the person who called me at 5am. It was mom, apparently Avery cut his hand this morning and they took him in for stitches, but he didnt need stitches, so they just wrapped it and sent him home. She was just calling for the insurance information. I've weighed in on the Wii and I lost 2.2 pounds, yay! I've brewed some coffee. I usually dont drink much coffee, but it's kind of like my saturday morning treat. To me coffee is something that I associate with a leisurely morning when I get to lounge and relax in my pj's for awhile. Now I'm just writing this post while I wait for my workout partner, Sadie, to call and come over for Saturday morning yoga. We've been doing the Wii Biggest Loser game and today is our challenge and weigh in for the biggest loser! So fun! I've never played it long enough to get to a weigh in and elimination before...I am curious as to how it will work.
I love the fact that I dont need to turn on any light arounds the house anymore. It's been days since I've turned on a single light! By the time I woke up at 7am, the sun had already been up for several hours. Unfortunately it is still cold, overcast, and raining. It's been like this for at least a week and I'M SICK OF IT! Come on sun!!!
I'm a high school science teacher currently living my dream of teaching out in bush Alaska. I'm always up for new adventures and like to travel anywhere and everywhere. This blog is a way to keep in touch with friends and family, journal about life, and share my experiences with the world.