It's the end of our first week back to school and I think we're both feeling pretty readjusted to our normal routine. The actual getting back to it is never as bad as the day or two before, I think. Anyway we only had a 4-day week with the kids, which also helped make the week a little easier.
I'm definitely feeling a bit anxious about the next 8 weeks. Basketball practice has me at school every night until 6, and then I'm taking 3 more classes this quarter. Plus we have 4 basketball games, 3 of which will mean overnights in neighboring villages (and hopefully we won't get stuck anywhere - last year the basketball team got stuck in another village for NINE DAYS). So it'll be a busy two months. But basketball will be over by the end of February and then my classes will be done in mid-March. I'll still have two more classes to take after that, but that'll be a little easier without basketball.
We had a wonderful time on the east coast, seeing our families and some friends. The time always goes too quickly, of course, and it's always a little tricky trying to see both of our families. But I relaxed to the point where I forgot what day it was, and I love when that happens.
I was sort of hoping that there would be a ton of snow here in the Village when we got back, but there still isn't much. In places you can see the tundra grass sticking up. I guess the snow will come eventually. The wind has been pretty crazy though. Today it was really hard to get up the hill to school. At one point B and I couldn't take the next step, the wind was basically just keeping us from moving forward. And it's SO loud, it sounds like a roaring ocean.
Not too much to report - we're working on a podcast and will post the link here when we finish our first one.
Oh, one other quick story - for basketball the kids have to fill out these eligibility forms that list all their classes and teachers. One of our junior high students, she's a little scatterbrained at the best of times and couldn't remember what she had first hour. Instead of checking the schedule or asking a friend, she handed in her form with the first box labeled "learning whatever". Which turned out to be reading.