When February ends, we will have been in winter for 5 months. Not the calendar winter of course, but the winter where it’s cold, dark, and cold. In addition to that, it’s cold. The good news is that the darkness is receding. The bad news is that it’s still cold and stormy.
Yesterday, my class had our monthly Saturday Funday. We ate hotdogs, played computer games and yelled loudly in the gym. Man, those kids can yell. And for no reason that I could tell. They were playing a game of basketball/yelling. At least they had fun. Monica baked cookies for them in addition to the hotdogs. We kinda throw nutrition to the wind on our Saturday Fundays. Next month we’ll just set out a bowl of sugar cubes and gum.
|Outside our front door.|
Our middle school basketball team traveled upriver to Marshall for a basketball tournament. They were able to arrive on time Friday, but couldn’t make it back on Saturday due to a storm. The way the storm is going, they might have to stay in Marshall until Monday. It’s about zero degrees right now and snowing sideways, so visibility is about 500 ft. I do not envy the coach and chaperone who are stuck in a school with three other teams for two extra days. The kids will enjoy spending the weekend hanging out at the gym. The adults probably have a different perspective of the enjoy ability of the weekend.
Our spring break starts Wednesday of this week. Larry’s memorial service will be held Friday. We’re only going to be down for 5 days, but we’ll have a lot to do. It will be a bittersweet few days and I’m glad we’ll be there.
One of the things we will do when we are near stores is to stock up on a few supplies. With only a few months left until we leave for the summer, we don’t have to bring that much back with us. We’ll be going down with empty luggage and will check our bags on the plane for the trip back. Alaska Airlines offers two, free checked luggage for Alaska residents while flying into and out of Alaska. This will be much cheaper than trying to mail them up and wait for 2-3 weeks for them to get here. We’ll load up on some non-perishable items like soap, shampoo, and Breathe Right Strips. The commercial says they help with snoring, but Monica says I don’t need any more help. I’m not sure if they stop me from snoring, but those bruises on my back in the shape of Monica’s fists have disappeared, so I’ll keep using them.
Twelve more weeks mean that we are starting to make our summer plans. We are going to spend most of the summer in Oklahoma. We will make a trip or two to see family elsewhere, but we haven’t filled in the calendar yet. One thing I do know is that we are going straight to Vegas from here in May. We’ll see two distinct extremes in a matter of hours. The Yukon will still be frozen when we fly to the desert of Nevada. The only thing cold I want to feel there is the drink in my hand.