All posts for the month October, 2012

It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween… or not.

Published October 28, 2012 by krystal

Wednesday will be my fifth Halloween in rural Alaska.  Halloween is a big deal out here.  All of the kids dress up and trick or treat.  The mischief genius ones hit up teacher housing two or more times.  I have caught them doing so many times!  Last year we had over 250 trick or treaters!

We have a costume parade at school at the end of the school day.  The audience judges the costumes based on applause.  Joey and I have won 2nd and 3rd place in the past.  We lost to a couple of Eskimos dressed as Eskimos last year.

We plan our costumes over the summer, as costumes and materials used to make costumes are often very difficult to obtain out here.  Plus, we really enjoy making our own unique costumes.  I can’t wait for Wednesday to show off our awesome costumes!

We usually go home for Christmas, so we do not decorate our Alaskan apartment.  Instead, I like to do a little decorating for Halloween.  In the past, I have decorated all of the windows.  This year, I decided to stick with the entryway and kitchen windows.  The BOO was made out of clothes hangers a few years ago. The blue light is a high efficiency bulb from Home Depot.  I wanted a red one (Woo Pig Sooie), but Joey said it was not the red light district, so Mountaineer blue it was!  I’m sure some kids might be scared, but hopefully most will enjoy our festive decorations.  Now all we need is spooky music and sounds!


Lights in the kitchen window


This is the half moon window on our door. It is actually a blue light, but is still creepy!


The entry way window with crime scene tape, broken blinds, spider webs, and the blue light glowing. I used the flash to show it off better.

We are all decorated, have costumes and candy, and are completely ready for the big day, except… there is no SNOW!  I have so many memories of watching children run through snow to get to our house.  Having to shovel the porch immediately after school has also been a common activity.  This year, we have gotten snow twice, but each time it has melted off.  I guess it would be nice to begin November without snow, it wold just be very different, as it has never happened to us before!

It’s a suicide! No, it’s a murder!

Published October 27, 2012 by krystal

We had sausage sandwiches for breakfast/lunch this morning.  We left the uneaten one on the stove when we left for the store.  I put my tongue ring by the plate, because I do not wear it out of the house.

When I walked back into the house, I noticed a creepy sight!  The final uneaten hand pressed sausage patty was lying on the floor.  It was a little messed up, so I had no option but to say, “It’s a suicide!”  About that time, Joey came through the door to investigate the scene.  He picked up the sausage off of the floor, and looked at the plate.  He picked up my tongue ring and said, “It wasn’t a suicide!  It was a murder!”

Of course, I flipped out and told him he just got all the germs on my tongue ring and HE had to clean it.  Poor, poor detective.  Before I knew it, the sausage was thrown out to the dogs, and all of the evidence was destroyed.  The case was apparently closed, though we have not found the unsub.

Multicultural? Check.

Published October 27, 2012 by krystal

I am a School Counseling Master’s degree student.  I am currently doing my internship in the same school where I have taught for four years.  I know many of the students under 10th grade, which is good because my internship is with the secondary students.

Today, one of my former teachers from came to the village to observe me and to work a little on her own project. She flew in last night, so my site supervisor and me planned a dinner for all of us (with the help of our spouses, of course!).

We chose to make bread in the bread maker, because fresh bread is one of the finer things in life.  A Google search informed me that gelato, lace cookies, or canoli would be the best dessert to go with spaghetti.  Canoli was out, because we did not have many of the required ingredients.  Lace cookies look a little creepy.  Conveniently, we had one pint of heavy whipping cream in the fridge just begging to be used.  So… gelato it was!  Even though I’ve never had it, apparently Joey was the only one who had eaten the Italian version of ice cream.

The recipe called for some sort of fruit or berry.  I had a ton of salmonberries in the freezer from last year.  I have wanted to use them for something, but could never think of anything.  So now was the perfect time!  Salmonberries are a berry exclusive to this area.  Native Alaskans use them for canning, or in their akutaq (Eskimo ice cream).  Children can often be seen picking the berries directly off the ground and eating them, too.  Salmonberries are a little tart, and have a taste of their own.  They are without a doubt my favorite berry, aside from the rare Alaskan version of the raspberry. 

The salmonberries in the gelato were fabulous, and a huge hit at dinner!  The sugar and cream took the concentrated tartness away from the berries, leaving me with one of the best desserts ever!  Not to mention, it was totally multicultural:  Italian and Eskimo (neither of which are MY culture 🙂 ).


The gelato is ready to go! Image Gelato in my bowl with my all time favorite spoon.


Published October 27, 2012 by krystal

It’s almost Halloween, which is one of my favorite holidays!  Our costumes have been ready for of a week!  🙂  It thinking about Halloween takes me back to many years of trick or treating, and more recently, dressing up for the school “costume parade” at school.

Our first year together for Halloween we were Johnny Cash and June Carter.  I had a bump the size of Texas, a Guitar Hero mic, a blue floral dress my Grandma wore in the 70’s or 80’s, and plenty of red lipstick.  Joey, was in all black, of course, with the Guitar Hero guitar.  We were pretty awesome.  I don’t think anyone actually guessed that we were Johnny and June, but many knew that we were singers, and some actually said country singers, which was refreshing.

Our second year together we were much more recognizable.  That summer, we watched Toy Story 3 in 3D, which inspired us to dress as Woody and Jessie.  I do realize that Woody and Bo Peep were officially together, but it was much cuter with Jessie.  We I made the entire costumes.  My shirt was painted to look just like Jessie.  Joey’s vest and my chaps were hand sewn.  We did not have hats, as it might have been difficult for shipping.  There were 3-4 other Woodys at the costume parade, but only one Jessie!  The audience loved it so much that we won 3rd place!


Last year, we I was inspired by another kid’s summer movie:  Gnomeo and Juliet.  My mom helped us make the gnome hats, and after a little newspaper in the tip, they were perfect.  Juliet had chin length hair, so to achieve that look, I loosely put my hair up so that it looked cut.  My students were surprised to see that my hair was back to normal the next day.  Some thought it was really cut!  My mom also helped paint my apron.  My red dress was found at Goodwill, and Joey made his “G” belt from a ribbon and wooden letter from Wal-Mart.  Joey wears jeans and a fleece vest each day, so that part of his costume was nbd.  We were really cute, but some people thought I was a farm girl!  Also, one lady told me, “Your costume really fits you!  It’s perfect!”  I did not think I had very much in common with a cartoon version of a lawn gnome, but perhaps?  Maybe she was right, because the audience voted us #2!


Will we do it this year?  Will we be #1?  Only time will tell!


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