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The wind has been howling here something awful the entire day, to tell the truth. Everyone got paid, so that was a yay! kind of thing. I know I was happy! I can start paying off stuff. I paid off my Virgin Mobile bill and I still have to call those fuckers to see what's going on with my refund, since they couldn't give me any answers on that the last time I spoke to them.

I also still am dealing with my idiot school board and that's a bit of a headache. I will just start gathering the paperwork from the Alberta Teacher's association and the UofA and get my passport sorted out now that I do have the money to get that done. Hopefully they will stop having shitfits about my birth certificate. Ergh.

Today was good for me since I only had them for three classes and I got the core that behaves and does work, even though I have to chase them down and tell them to get out of the closet, (there's one with a washing machine and dryer, so they try to hide in there. Why? I don't know) but they really did a good job with the cookies (simple sugar cookies, but we managed to sell some to the boys running around in the hall) and I was so proud of them. They exasperate me and they are kind of gross with the spitting and picking their noses, but they are sort of cute and make me laugh somewhat. Odd how that goes.

Pizza tomorrow. I think. I don't know how it will go, but i am hoping that it somehow works out. I want to give them a bit of a treat...nah.

Anyways, it's been sort of dark, but okay. I know all I talk about is work, but yeah, that's the path I chose and it's hard work...but when they do something well and when they are proud of's kind of nice, ya know?

One bag is still missing and I am counting down the weeks until Kuujjuaq! Fun times!

One more part to the Sharpie/Jono fic and then...I dunno. I just dunno.

I also have set up my paypal account and I need to pay off and close my Royal Bank account. I don't want to ever deal with those guys again. When I get to Kujjuaq, I'm opening a Desjardin or CIBC account. Fuck it.

And that's all for now. Cheers!
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I was very lucky in that I got a little breather time today before I got to see my students. It was actually good for all of us, since they came more determined to work well before going to the kitchen. They produced evil cookies, but behaved much better than yesterday. Although a couple of the girls freaked at me when I took their camera away after telling them repeatedly that they are not allowed in the classroom. I am guessing she will come tomorrow if just for the camera. I honestly need to enforce rules and although it's not my favourite part of the job, I did learn the lesson that if I try to be nice, it will cause chaos later.

It's also a hell of a lot easier than dealing with a ton of boys bigger and way more rambunctious than these guys. I still remember that my first month in the Scheff had me kicking out at least three kids and getting filthy innuendoes thrown at me non-stop. Gad. So yes, it is tiring, but I have seen the future brother and it is murder. LOL. But yeah. Most of them here are a little immature and teeny, so yes, they go nuts, but they are easier to herd along if things go odd.

I am keeping in touch with a lot of the other teachers and we are comparing notes and trading info and it seems like it's all across the board with all of us. It's the testing time. I figure that it will continue till October. It is a transition, that's for sure.

I also have a phone now! I am well connected now and I am glad of it. I need to have that human contact and it has served me better so far than before. Even if it's just writing emails or on LJ.

The crying jag was like an "Ok, I so needed it." and has gone. I am also guessing it was the hormones. Travelling and the North always causes me some kind of hormonal stress and I don't think I had cried in ages. But it passed and I am on a more even keel. More tired, yes. I think it's the drop in the atmosphere. I always sleep when it rains.

There will be rain the rest of the week. I am thinking that I will have to sleep earlier than I have been doing lately.

One more hour, me thinks then sleep.

Off to read Ovie fics. LOL

Tired out

Aug. 23rd, 2010 07:21 pm
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Today was my first day and I got the usual tests from the kids. We didn't go to the kitchen to bake as I had originally planned because the girls decided to act up, whereas the boys were actually fairly quiet and did a lot of work. I had to run after them to get them to do the minimum of work. I have been told that it will take about a month or two to get them settled down and working on things. I am not surprised. It is the average for things to settle down.

It was a bit exasperating, but it wasn't as hard as the other years where I was in a similar situation. It's not that I'm coasting, it's kind of like "Ah...I see what experience can bring me and it is actually coming handy." I don't know if it's just "You know, I heard all of this before and it's pretty much BS, really." or simply the fact that I don't care what they think as long as they respect the rules and actually do work, but it's not as hard as it was with the previous classes. I have hope that we will reach some kind of working understanding and things will go in some fashion. I hope so and we'll see.

I am just tired and surfing the net when I should be napping. I just don't want to sleep all evening and not do anything. Unfortunately, there's almost nothing interesting on anything tonight. God does Monday blow sometimes. I might just start writing again. I'm sort of playing with ideas for the moment, but I kind of want to write a 3-some with Ovie and Elsid and random girl. The idea is starting to build. Soon, I guess.

That's all for now. I think I will nap.
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It feels like it's crunch time now, since Monday is my first day with my students. I ran into them when I was out on the coast today and one of them knows a couple of kids from the town I was at. I told her at first that I knew them...but then I backtracked when she said she would ask about me and I told her that they didn't know me, because they were in Montreal at the time (which is sort of true, really.) that I was there. I don't care to bring my past into the present, but fuck does it seem determined to come back and piss me off. I was sort of upset at first when this encounter happened, because I really don't want people looking me up. I am not who I used to be. That was me almost two years ago and I have changed. I know it.  And I don't want anyone to judge me on the basis of those years. I thought about it and was like fuck it. That's not my business anymore. Living my life well now is my business.

I'm also sort of lonely. I miss the two J's pretty badly at the moment. I was listening to HS J (We've been friends since I was 17 and he was 16. I haven't seen him since 2008) song and I just got this raw wave of almost physical loneliness. I am resisting emailing the 2nd J because I know I just am going to do it because I'm sort of lonely at the moment and Friday's events kind of got me off kilter and despite being a douche sometimes, he was there when I did need him. He had this almost uncanny ability to email me when I was feeling low. But we're no good for each other. So no.

And another friend (whom I will see in Kuujjuaq in a couple of weeks) has been pining after this one other teacher she met at the orientation.And there's another chick and another teaching hooking up and I'm sort of torn between thinking it's nice and wondering again if I will be like my namesake Hel and remain cold and alone.

I am also kind of fucking annoyed at the genetic legacy at the moment. 

My hair has turned red. Yes. RED. How the fuck did it happen, I honestly don't know. The same red I used to dye it when I was younger. Funny. I got surrounded by kids today and they kept stroking my hair. I really felt weird. And I keep getting asked if I am an "Indian". It's starting to really irritate me, to tell the truth. And they don't mean it in a bad way, really. It's just that the two groups really don't interact much. Except for two towns further south, there's almost no interaction. Maybe in Kuujjuaq, but it's rare. So I'm a novelty in that I'm new and not white. And have red hair.

Blah. That's my whining done for the week. I'm as prepared as I can be for the moment in regards to my classes. I am hoping that it goes not as crazy as it used to back in the day. I have hope it's going to work out.

I've been having dreams again that start Ovechkin and Crosby and Tootoo, (I am sure that the latter is because I'm living in the Tundra. I'm actually across the sea from Nunavut) and I am sure that they will multiply once October gets here.

Yeah. I feel a bit better now.  I really have to go to bed now. I want to be there a bit earlier to get things ready and myself ready.

Here's hoping I get some good dreams.

Have also discovered Hetalia Axis Powers and it looks sort of WTF and amusing at the same time.

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Today was a different day altogether in that it was sunny! I hadn't seen the sun for almost a week and I did miss it. I went to do some work and then went and sat on the coastline and just enjoyed the weather. It was beautiful and I took pictures and updated my blog. It was a lovely counterpoint to last night's mild douchebaggery, which follows in the cut below:

This is NOT my parade )
Other than that, I managed to get my cleaning done and put clothes away that arrived this last Wednesday. Still waiting on my bag, but I think it will show up in time. It's not a serious, holy shit emergency, but I do need to have the other hoodies and t-shirts that I have in that bag sometime soon. Well, it just means that I will re-buy my favourite hockey shirts and hoodies. But i think it will come.

I did have a lovely talk with A about everything under the sun and I told her about the hockey program and I am still excited about the situation. I am such a bloody fangirl that I am all like "WHOAH! I'm going to be working with Joè Juneau!!" and also looking forward to going to Kuujjuaq to get that training and see how I can get stuff sorted out here and there.

I am also enlisting someone to make me an amautiq with the tails and the hood. Here's a link to show what I am talking about: Amauti info.People are joking that I can carry my groceries in it and then my twins afterwards. I am like "Unless I open my closet and find Sheldon Souray or Crosby or Tootoo or Ovechkin, I highly doubt it" But yeah, I hope I can get it made in black with silver, black, red and white piping.

So yeah, that's it for now. Off to read crap and maybe watch some boxed sets of Dr. Who or Moonlight. I'm in a better mood now that I talked about the situation and I won't dwell on it, because it's not my stuff. I know who I am and where I stand. That's all that matters.
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I'm tired again today. It was all about movement. Getting stuff to make with the kids, thinking up projects, cleaning up all the stuff that accumulated and wasn't needed and on and on and on. I need to photocopy stuff for Monday and plan everything for the rest of the week. I also need to get stuff done for the week after, since I will be again in Kuujjuaq for the weekend of mid-September. Shit. I can't believe that it will be September soon. I mean, I know that it's bound to happen, but Christ!

This time last year, I was just trying to get back on my feet and on with my life after being smacked down so hard that it took me a couple of months to get my shit together to actually go and do something productive...and now...I'm working and planning things and trying to figure out how to run things well and smoothly. And looking for banana bread recipes. LOL.

I've also been fancying Alex Ovechkin something awful again. It's his eyes and yeah...I am in a small town, so fancying Ovechkin is the only cure for being in the small town area. It doesn't bother me. It's just the way it is.

I am actually going to just goof off a bit longer and then I'll lie down for a nap. I'm exhausted and I really should be sleeping more than I have been lately.

But yeah, I'm happy about today. I have cheesecake! Whoot!
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 i had a pretty good day about setting up my work area. Some of my co-workers though...I honestly don't know what lesson I am supposed to learn in regards to these people, but holy fuck...I am just like "They seriously HAVE people like you around still?" I am seriously getting a not so great picture of one of our provinces. And no, it's not either Ontario or Quebec. I am just going to stay the fuck away, because I know ignorance can be remedied...but sometimes I wonder if it can be changed if it's that deeply set. And I always have to wonder why the good looking men are the biggest douchebags, ever. At least it only took an exchange of about 15 minutes for me to realize this and turn tail to flee.

The douchebag and mrs douchebag are my neighbours. So once again, I seriously am wondering what I am supposed to be learning from the situation here. Time will tell, I guess.

Had a long conversation with S and she agreed that there has been progress made in regards to the radar of douchebaggery. I am trying to refrain from being a) paranoid and b) passive-aggressive in the situation. I am also glad that i don't have to interact much with these people. I am actually okay with the possibility of not really having homies here. I got my circle of friends and I will continue to cultivate them instead of, to quote Morrisey "Waste valuable time with people who don't care if I live or die."

Tomorrow is another day and I will spend it working more. I am still not sure as to what the hell to do next week when school starts, but things will work out one way or another. I am positive in that sense.

Just a few more minutes of goofing off on the net and then sleep.

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  • I didn't update here, but I updated my blog. *Shakes head* Heh. I just don't want to NOT do it consistently. I tried one for the Scheff and it all ended up here anyways. I will post a link up in my Profile for those who want to see it, because it's cool and it has ZOMG! Pics!
  • The other reason was that I've been kind of feeling...weird. Not bad weird, but "I gotta evaluate this shit" weird. I like twitter and I like tumblr and blogs...but I don't know...not as fun as they used to be. I love going on them and seeing the things that are there, but it's not like it used to be. Maybe because I've got a job now that it's starting to fall by the wayside? I don't know.
  • The other thing is that I am going to wear a few more different hats here. I am teaching basically a vocational component that is project based, rather than full on academics. I am in a new town and I am the newly appointed academic adviser for the hockey program, which means promoting, keeping reports, selecting kids and flying out to the capital of Nunavik to do workshops for the program. I will also do library duties on top of that, since it's part of my job agreement. That's going to keep me busy and I am happy about that. I want to make it work as well as I can possibly make it and be a good example. I am living in the town where I will work. It's different than before.
  • I have met a few of the other teachers and one has got me just hissing and recoiling in the warning thing. I guess it was because I saw her when I was walking and I had to do something at the post office, since i have just gotten a PO box. She wasn't warm or friendly at all until I told her I was teaching. She then got friendly. But it made me go cold towards her. I did get proof that I can pass for Inuk. (I had people address me in Inuktitut yesterday already. It was interesting. They speak it pretty fast here) and I can't help but to just wonder why my radar was all off the mark with that girl. And I have a suspicion that it was because she may have thought I was a transplant from another community. She tried to test me by asking where I had worked before and I could see she was like "oh" when I told her this was my 4rth year in a Northern community, 5th year teaching and I did the South Korea stint. Moral of the story-don't fucking judge people. You will get more than you have bargained for.
  • Other than that, the rawness and the feeling of the land being so primal has got me entranced. The waters on the Hudson Bay are so dark blue and tempest-tossed today that I can't help but to stare at them in wonder. The coastline is quite beautiful in its own way. I just love it close it feels to the earth and how the rocks are like the bones of the land, you know?
  • Have almost finished unpacking. Put up the posters today. I will see about getting shelves to put up my collection. In time. Started writing more on the penultimate part. Will hopefully tie it up soon.
  • That's all for now.
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  • I slept till late. I was just very sore and tired from all the activity yesterday. I almost got most of my stuff unpacked and the house is clean enough that I don't feel disgusted walking around in it. I am sleeping in a room that was painted by parents for a child and I am debating painting it over or leaving it as such. I don't really give a fuck, but it would be awkward to explain it to visitors.
  • I am currently trying to decide if I want to set up my office/workspace area downstairs or in my bedroom. I think the net is better up here, but i don't want to just hole up in my room. I will have all of my paperwork and art supplies down there. Gotta get used to the fact that I have a shitload of room now.
  • I do have to see about spreading out the posters and stuff. I know I will get more prints, but gotta plan that out a little better.
  • My sewage tank is totally full. I gotta wait till tomorrow for the truck to come and empty it. I am so pissed at the guy that lived here. Not only was it reeking of fish, he also left the place FILTHY and overflowing with garbage in the kitchen and in the bathroom. That was why I took so long to get it all sorted out. He did leave some food though. LOL.Now I gotta figure out what to do with the frozen fish in my freezer.
  • I will try and get something written, but I highly doubt it. Just not in the right frame of mind at the moment and all the moving around has left me sort of at odds and not interested at the moment. I want to write about being back in the North. I hate to admit it, but it does get under your skin. I know that sounds sort of weird to say, since I was born so far from this place...but yeah...I can't fully go away from it. Everywhere I go, I always think I can go back to the North. I don't know what it is about this place, but that's how I feel now that I am back here.
  • Going to watch tv or something. Cheers.
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  • I once again should be sleeping. But I am up telling everyone I made it to the Pov safe (I love how I always end up in a hood town with it's own nickname) and that I have set up a Blog on blogspot. It's called Hanging in the Pov and yeah, check it. It's not as personal as the El-jay, but it's got it's own flavour.
  • Arctic Char made my house smell...burned incense and so far it has worked. Will continue until it stops smelling.
  • I cleaned my duplex from top to bottom and have more or less finished packing. I worked my ass off, but I'm still going to have to do some more work here and there.
  • I'm exhausted. The early flight and the work I put in the house have wiped me out. But i couldn't live in a nasty, dirty house. But I got proof that Vim really is a fantastic cleaning product.
  • Going to bed now. Will have more details and pics later. I am still like "WUT?" after flying so damned close to the North Pole and the fact that I am now living North of 60!
  • Gotta get to bed.
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  • I'm a little cross-eyed from being tired at the moment. I gotta get to bed at around ten, because we have to leave really early for the airport to get to our town on the West coast of the Hudson Bay. I am not kidding. I am in the Arctic. Seriously. The mosquitoes are fierce as are the blackflies and so on and so on.
  • I am going to be packing up soon and getting some shit sorted out here and there. We leave EARLY tomorrow and I think it would make sense to take a shower today rather than wait till the early morning. I have a sneaking suspicion that I won't get the time to do it tomorrow, so I have to get all cleaned up and ready. And my hair will have to suffer it's hippy status for a few days longer.
  • My boxes got there on time and I am happy! I have to just set up the home-space and be prepped for the Wednesday and whatnot.
  • The irony of ironies in regards to how small the world is. I spoke about the crazy cow that I worked with and how I ran into her BFF. The girl didn't approach me today and we found out that she's stressed because she will be teaching elementary rather than secondary and she's freaking out about it. I figure that she won't have time to do stuff...and it's not my problem either way. That was such a screwy scene that no one will look good in the long run. So yeah.
  • Spoke with S and we had a good long conversation and I am glad that I have been more aware and more conscious of what's going on around me.
  • I will be setting up a blog about my town. Stay tuned. Anyways, I really have to get going here. I need to start shoving stuff in bags and I need to shower tonight. I have a feeling I won't get the chance tomorrow.
  • Next entry: The 60th parallel.
  • Night.
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Really should be asleep, but I'm kind of wound up today. I met a girl who is like besties with this witch at my last workplace (the naked psycho one that hit on me when we were at a party) and I was like I'm not impressed, I won't talk about her either, since she's your BFF. Now I'm just like eergh, because I wonder if the chick will ask her friend about me and get a pack of lies that could potentially affect my work.

And as I typed that, I realized that I am just totally giving myself too much importance in this girl's life. Not to mention that it's not my problem. Yep. There we go. End of that.

But I had to tell others about it because out of all things and places...yeah. Like WTF?

Anyways, I'm again in the North and so far, it's been an amazing blast. I will expand this later. I really need to get to bed now. I uploaded a ton of pics on FB for all to enjoy and today was a long and cool day...except for that weird-ass glitch.

I'm cool here. I am feeling the old work ethic and challenge come back again and although I am nervous...I will show up and do my best.



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