Posts Tagged ‘school’

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Bikey, bikey

June 28, 2011

School is now over and my focus has shifted. This summer I’m all about cycling! Not that I won’t be doing prep or the usual hiking and climbing, but cycling is at the top of my list.

Back in my university days I loved to ride and even after breaking my wrist, it was hard to keep me off the trails. Back then, mountain biking was the only thing for me and I even raced for a season. It was such an adrenaline rush and so Much FUN!

As I got more serious about cycling I started thinking about getting a road bike so I could train more. I had such a hard time finding anything that would fit and then a whole bunch of other things changed. I moved around, was introduced to new sports and re-introduced to backpacking, climbing and hockey 5 nights per week. And I started breaking bones…

Mountain biking was still part of my regular routine (albeit at a lighter pace) until 6 years ago when my crunched up wrist stopped being able to handle my aggressive position on the mountain bike. It was a painful number of years before I could even handle a couple of km’s of riding. Thankfully those days are over and for the past 2 summers and this spring I’ve been steadily increasing my riding. I’ve also had some help to make my trusty old mountain bike fit better and equipped it with slicks.

It’s been so much fun to be able to get away from school stuff and ride with new friends nearly every week. Bring on summer!

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change is coming

April 29, 2010

Change has been brewing for quite some time now and it’s made for quite the balancing act lately. Earlier this month I was adjusting to being back at school, trying to sell the house from a few provinces away, being without the computer and desperately waiting for word on the jobs I had applied for. Oh, and there was school too of course!

It’s hard to believe that in such a short time I’ve completed my last practicum, celebrated a great birthday (on more than one occasion now!) and gained a computer. Together, Kevin and I have sold our house and made a decision on where to go too! Quite the handful but all really good things.

There is so much to do in these last few weeks of school and as much as I would like to be here more often, I know my days of multiple posts a week are over… well at least until summer!

I’m so excited!

There are only 5 weeks left of school now and then begins the journey west to pack up and move further on west. I’m so excited to be joining the class I connected with and to be moving somewhere we both want to be… where the ocean touches the mountains which touch the sky.

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paddling song

October 26, 2009

Last week each of the classes in grades 1 through 8 performed for parents and friends of the school. It was meant to provide insight into what was happening in each of the grades and what I got to see of it was great.

I was most struck by what the grade two class did. Their performance was a bit of a medley but their first thing is what stands out the most because it’s so similar to what I’ve been planning to try with my classmates when they pretend to be in grade 2 later today.  (The television poem from last week was someone else’s interpretation on the same assignment.)

In the performance at the school the children went on stage carrying sticks with fabric on the bottom and they kneeled down in two rows as if they were in a giant canoe. Then they started tapping their sticks in time with the song they sang – “My paddle’s keen and bright, flashing with silver….

Some people consider the verse those children sang to be part of one of my favourite songs from back when I was around the same age. The verse I know best goes like this:
“Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver, where still the mighty moose, wanders at will.
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more, boom ditty boom boom, boom ditty boom boom, boom ditty boom boom boom.”

I hadn’t thought to kneel down as if in a canoe but I will stick to my plan of teaching the rhythm in a circle and then learning the words from there. The context – learning a song that helps keep us in time as we paddle – is the same.

I still can’t get over the fact that the grade two’s at the school here did something so much like what I’m going to try out with my mock grade two’s today. Hopefully it all goes well!

On a completely different note, here’s a photo of my recently completed recorder case.  It took me a week to get around to ?finger knitting? the cord….
completed recorder case

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I’m back!

September 13, 2009

It’s been a whirlwind of a summer, but I should be back to some regular posting now.

16 days ago I played the song “I quit my job” by Old Man Leudecke to celebrate my last day on the job for a year or so and tomorrow I start school.  After my last day of work Kevin and I took a road trip, visited family and a few friends and enjoyed each others’ company.  Yesterday I got on the plane and today walked around my new neighbourhood, acquired food and set up my room.

Before I get too far ahead of myself, here are some photo highlights from the last 2 weeks.

sunset at okotoks erratic

bridge at lundbreck falls2

prairie fields and rocky mountains

Glacier NP, Montana

kootenay lake ferry

sewing at the beach

goldstream

arbutus ridge

west coast waves

small cottages

driftwood art

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step 1 completed

January 27, 2009

So that big change that’s on the horizon… one piece of it is school.

Today I sent my applications off to my top two choices and now because of the slowing down of our economy I’m getting ready to put together 3 more application packages… just in case it’s hard for Kevin to find the right job.  That’s going to be pretty hard to do regardless though because he’s pretty happy where he is.

Two years ago I was afraid to force a move because he truly wasn’t ready but a lot has changed in that time and he’s no longer talking about some far off time in the future when he says he wants to go back to he coast.

I’m so happy to have those applications out and know that we’ve finally taken some action towards leaving.  Our plans won’t become very firm for a few months yet but we’ve made one of the first baby step.  Yippee!