On Friday night, after a long day at school, I stuck around the house working on a bit of my project and catching up on the news on the Internet. I was exhausted and didn't feel like doing much so I went to bed to catch up on some sleep.
On Saturday, Domenic and Sheryl took me to Stratford, around 45 minutes west of Bairnsdale, on the river...you guessed it...Avon, of course. I was really keen to go to the Turkish store in town along the main road. Having lived in Turkey for a few years of my adolescence, I was really interested to see what they had. I was only disappointed with the prices, which seemed to be marked up around 200%. They had everything that you would expect to find in a store in the Grande Bazaar in downtown Istanbul. Rather than being rolled up like they normally are, the carpets were hanging from carpet racks that moved like pages in a book. The lady was surprised when I greeted her with "Merhaba" and "Teșekkürler" when I left. She probably doesn’t get that a lot!
After coming home from Stratford, I helped out with some yard work and decided to mow the lawn. After a couple weeks of sun and rain, the lawn really needed it. I'm sure at the end of the week, it will seem like weeks since cutting it; it really grows fast here! After finishing, Domenic took me to the supermarket to pick up a few things for that night.
The plan was to go to Pam's house, in Nicholson, with a few other teachers for some drinks and games. I was invited to stay the night. She just got a new kelpie puppy a few months ago; she looked just like Red Dog from the movie Red Dog. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it! The evening went well and I ended up on the winning Pictionary team. It’s a good thing I’m not an art teacher though!
I was really excited for a bike ride on Sunday so as soon as I got home from Pam’s, I hopped on the bike and headed back to Nicholson. I got about 75% of the way and headed home. I passed the Wy Yung oval and saw that there was a cricket match going on, so I stopped to watch the end of it. I had absolutely no idea who was winning and how far into the match it was until a few wickets later when the ball was tossed up in the air and the team on the field started celebrating. I turned around to get back on the bike and there was the scoreboard…definitely a “duh” moment, especially since I was looking for it the whole time!
I was back to school today, and had only one class to teach. I spent the morning planning for the coming lessons. When fourth bell came around, I headed over to the science center. The student in “Bones” class started working on their final project. I came up with a project that I could take back home with me to show future employers, except, I didn’t want to carry it back. So, the students are working with weebly.com to construct a website. Their website will focus on a specific bone that they chose today. After a quick tutorial, the students went on their way to start the construction. I am really excited to see the final products! Whilst the students are working on their sites, I will be working on a site that will provide links to each of the students’ sites.
It has been a while since I last wrote and this post is quite short, compared to the post I made after last weekend, but things are starting to get really busy as the term is coming to a close. I will make an effort to keep up to date this week and have something every day.