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Monday, October 29, 2012

Happy Halloween!

After that week when the Packers got screwed out of a win by those replacement refs, I knew what I was going to be for Halloween.  A blind replacement ref!!!  Avery reused his costume from 7th grade and was a parasitic twin.  He also went trick or treating for the first time in many, many years.   And he even gave me all of his Reece's.  I handed out candy for the first time in many years, but only have about 10 kids all night.  It was a fun halloween.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Puppy Play Date

 Ryder had a puppy friend over last week.  He is the only gray hound that I know of in town.  I thought they would play well together since they are both big, energetic dogs.

I took them out to the park and let them run and chase each other for awhile and they were ready for a nap when we got home.  I have had many people tell me that Ryder looks like he could have Gray Hound in him.  Seeing Ryder and Decky together makes me wonder if this might actually be the case.  They look so much alike and have such similar body shapes.  All the way down to the long tail with the white tip at the end.
They do have differently shaped muzzles though because Ryder is likely yellow lab too.  I really want to get one of these doggy DNA tests to see what Ryder really is.  I'm just so curious.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Just Desserts

 Just Desserts is a local fundraising event where people donate desserts to be sold by the slice, sold whole, and auctioned at silent and live auctions.  It is also a live concert.  Various local talent perform on stage.  They sing and dance and do comedy acts.  This has traditionally been one of our favorite events to go to every year.
 A whole big group of us get together and get a big table and all sit together and share our desserts.  Everybody gets to try everything!  This year, we celebrated a couple of birthdays while we were there. I went early and decorated the table with balloons and wrapping paper.
 It was a good time.  The musical numbers vary in their greatness, but we have fun through the good acts and the bad.  This year they were mostly good.
 The money that is raised goes to the BRHS Passport Club which is travelling to Germany this summer.    I always try to donate something.  This year I made a hummingbird cake with painted frosting.  It was easy to make the cake and frosting, but then actually frosting the thing was a little more difficult.  It took a ton of frosting to get it covered and I ended up making a second batch.
 Painting the frosting was alot of fun and something I'd definitely like to do again sometime.  It turned out beautiful.  My cake sold for $55 which realistically is not much more than it cost to make it here in Bethel.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Filling the Freezer

This year is the first year ever that I dont have any salmon put up in the freezer.  I was really stressing over how we were going to be able to afford to fill the freezer this winter with all that empty space.  One of my friends put our names on the moose call list.  Basically if someone has moose that needs to be claimed, they call you and you have to come get it right away.  My friend doesnt have a car so we agreed to split the meat if I would be the driver.  We got the call one evening and went straight out to get it.  The meat was from some Lower 48 hunters who got a big bull moose, but couldnt take all the meat back home with them.  They gave us two big 50 pound bags of meat.  I took one and my friend took the other.  After two days of processing it, I ended up with a freezer full of clean, processed, packaged meat ready to go for the winter.  What a major stress reliever!!!

Monday, October 01, 2012

Blood Drive

For the last two years, my Medical Terminology class has participated in the Blood Drive in Bethel.  These are also the first years that there has even been a blood drive in Bethel because the logistics of having a blood drive in a remote place like this is pretty difficult.  I always like to get to donate because I have A- blood.  Anything - is pretty high need for transfusions and such.  I really like to have the opportunity to provide this experience to my students.  I hope the sense of giving back to the community with stick with them throughout adulthood.