Daily Dose of Awesome – Day 108

1. Awesome was watching snow melt at warp speed yesterday. A little bit of rain and a 20 degree jump in temperature over the past few days has turned Tasiujaq into soup. With forecasts equally as rainy and warm, it’ll be a messy week, but finally, it’s Spring!

2. Awesome was finding a little bit of solace from the painful shin splints I’d been getting lately – the result of high-impact activity in a confined space on unsuitable surface in older shoes, I’d imagine. I’ve been using ice the past couple of days and find that it helped immensely.

3. Awesome was a change in workout scenery. Feeling unmotivated to workout at home, and unable to go for a comfortable run due to all the slush and water, I decided to go to the school gym where I’d have no distractions pulling me away from my workout. It was refreshing, not to mention a much more spacious place with a more suitable surface for marathon jump roping (thus helping my shin splint situation).


Daily Dose of Awesome – Day 107

1. Awesome was hearing the snow buntings chirping as I wrote my post of awesome yesterday.

2. Awesome was another afternoon and evening of hockey – watching the semi final and final games with friends. The results: Kuujjuaq won gold, Kangiqsujuaq won silver and Tasiujaq won bronze!

3. Awesome was planting some seeds for some exciting end-of-summer plans. More on that to come…

Daily Dose of Awesome – Day 106

1. Awesome was gathering up all the motivation I needed, and had been lacking over the past few weeks, to clean my house in its entirety. It wasn’t overly dirty, but it’s amazing how much stuff can get scattered around if you let it.

2. Awesome was cheering on Tasiujaq’s hockey team as they won yet another game (against Kuujjuaq). And, rumour has it they won another game yesterday evening (against Kangirsuk). Let’s go Tasiujaq!

3. Awesome was literally laughing out loud at myself yesterday as I tried with little-to-no grace to do some balancing exercises on my balance ball.

Daily Dose of Awesome – Day 105

1. Awesome was cheering on Tasiujaq’s hockey team as they won their third out of three games (Tasiujaq versus Quaqtaq) in the Ungava Cup men’s tournament. This team is on fire!


2. Awesome was beautiful weather (sunny, -10 degrees with calm winds) – perfect weather for the run for which I went with joy after maybe 2 weeks of wind, snow and excruciating cold.

3. Awesome was treating myself to a home pedicure and manicure – 2 things I’m neither good at nor particularly enjoy doing most of time time, but feel so good afterward.

Daily Dose of Awesome – Day 104

1. Awesome was experiencing the opening game of the Ungava Cup men’s hockey tournament, which is happening in Tasiujaq this year.

Game 2
Mary introduces the two teams – Tasiujaq (right) and Kangiqsualuujjuaq (left).

Tasiujaq won the game, 12 to 3! Atai Tasiujaq!

2. Awesome was hanging out with my buddy.

Game 1

3. Awesome was buying my first car! Well, technically I haven’t bought it yet, as I need to pay for it, but the agreement has been made and it won’t be long until it’s mine!

Car2005 Chevrolet Equinox

Daily Dose of Awesome – Day 103

I changed the name of my blog project. Afterall, I liked my first 100 days of awesome project so much that I started a second. After my second, I’ll likely start a third. There’s no reason why this project shouldn’t simply be a daily dose of awesome, with no countdown or expiration, and no goal other than to keep recognizing the awesome in my day-to-day doings for as long as I possibly can. With that said, since I’ve already written 100, I pick this project up at day 103.

1. Awesome was seeing my students significantly more relaxed and less panicky during yesterday’s regional exam practice. Soon, we will be starting the real regional exam, as mandated by the Ministere de l’Education in Québec. On Monday, when I introduced the practice exam, I sensed panic and intimidation in their uncooperation and lack of effort. However, by yesterday, we’d worked through enough of the activities in our practice exams (and even the evaluation rubrics) together for them to see that the real thing won’t be such a scary experience and that I’m there to help them get through it.

2. Awesome was feeling significantly less panicky myself. This is my first year doing the regional exam with my students, and I’ll admit, I found the thought of it to be a tad intimidating. Doing the practice exam activities this week was just as beneficial for me as it was for my students. Having worked through the practice exam activities this week with my students, as well as having spent time preparing some of the activities for the real exam, I see that won’t be such a scary experience and that the school board (namely, my pedagogical counsellor) is there to help me.

3. Awesome was seeing Eva, my 3 year old little buddy, yesterday during my prep period. She always makes me smile.

Daily Dose of Awesome – Day 102

1. Awesome was receiving my order of seal skin and leather in the mail. I immediately took it, and my duffel to the lady who will be sewing my kamik. All I need to do now is wait until they’re finished!

2. Awesome was finding a maybe car. I’ve never purchased a car before (I don’t even really know how to drive yet, but will be learning this summer). I still have some questions to ask the seller, but I’m very interested. It’s a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox.

3. Awesome was seeing this hilarious scene yesterday on my way home from school:

Four kids have a dog harnessed to a crazy carpet. One kid is leading the dog, another is lying on the crazy carpet and the other two are running behind them. Between their fits of giggles, they yell “Uit! Uit”, while the dog pulls them along the tundra joyfully (had the dog looked miserable, I, of course, wouldn’t have found this so comical). It reminded me of this scene a couple of years ago:


One kid is on a scooter while the other leads the dog up and down the street in front of the school – Spring 2011