This afternoon, Mom and I decided it would be best to start tackling the timely task of packaging our Alaska goodies to be shipped ASAP. I both look forward to and hesitate to start this task. I am actually very excited about the thought of heading back to St. Paul Island and our jobs – an absence as long as three months allows you to recover from and look forward to diving back into the teaching world. But it also makes me realize that there is a ticking clock, drawing us closer and closer to leaving our families and friends for another nine months, with a few breaks sprinkled in.
But these feelings are not new; I felt them when I moved away to college. Such an immense amount of freedom placed in your laps, but also brand new responsibilities and a dose of homesickness that you will never anticipate are also entwined in the package. And there was never such relief than the moment you realized, you’ll be ok and that your mother is only a phone call away.
Thankfully, Mom was only an arm’s length away as I laid out all of my Sam’s Club and Gordon Food Service purchases. I love buying in bulk; my fellow St. Paul Island teachers tell me that shopping will never be the same, and I think they’re right.
We ended up with seven boxes total. Please keep in mind that this does not include the items that we’ve already purchased through Amazon.com that will be shipped directly to the island – and the food we’ll buy through our on-island shipping program, Bypass.
Our big cleaning purchase is a Swiffer – I actually really enjoy cleaning with them, so this makes me really excited as 75% of our flooring is tile.
In summary, these boxes contain our:
- cleaning supplies
- dry soup/stew mixes
- Ziploc baggies
- Assorted dry goods