Tuesday, August 10, 2010

guerrilla shopping

When I got to Anchorage, the Welcome Wagon crew picked me up and took me to the UAA dorm. I finally got to meet Adrienne, my housemate in Diomede. It is her first year teaching in Alaska as well, and she is from California. Before we went guerilla shopping, I briefly and barely studied for my Alaska driver's test, but thankfully, I passed. I am officially an Alaskan resident. Whoo-hoo!

 We went to Wal-Mart, and we spent about $300 on food. We bought everything from spices to flour to frozen veggies. Both of us, having never cooked before, were pretty unsure of what to get, how much to get, how long it will last us, and how much it'd cost. The total was not as high as we expected it to be. We went to Lowe's and bought two 60 qt. coolers, and then we went to Mr. Prime Rib, a meat place in Achorage, and spent about $150 on a package deal with 45 lbs. of various kinds of meat and some veggies. The only chicken we bought was a whole fryer, which you can see below. We took our food back to the dorm, and the Welcome Wagon crew (returning BSSD teachers) helped us pack all of our food up into boxes. I cannot emphasize to you how helpful everyone at the BSSD has been. They've been so great. Everyone is generous with their time and resources! I am so happy to be working in this district!

All the food we bought.

45 lbs. of meat, some veggies thrown in.

This is my & Adrienne's whole fryer chicken.

Our stuff, nicely packed up. We took our two boxes to the post office and shipped them to Diomede for about $50. That is a great price. It is significantly cheaper to ship stuff within the state than it is to ship stuff out of state.

We taped down our coolers and took them as checked bags on the plane. When we got to the airport, the check-in guy asked for our current weights, which I thought was strange. It turns out that on little planes, they will put big people up at the front of the plane and smaller people at the back of the plane. Then, they will move everyone around based on their weight so that the plane is balanced. Adrienne and I were moved to the back of the plane, but at least we got to sit next to each other. The clouds were so thick we couldn't see anything the whole way to Unalakleet, so we did a crossword puzzle.


Sandy said...

Hmmm...Doesn't look like enough food for four months. I do believe you will need a few more groceries before Christmas! And I want to know who is going to cook that chicken? Does your principal give cooking lessons???

Amy Rebekah said...

i suppose you and Adrienne will have crash course experiences with cooking. the internet is the best way to find recipes though.