Trivia Tuesday #26

It sure is tough to get back into routine after an extra day off!

Teaching:

We got through a sheet about what students did on Thanksgiving, as well as gym and a collage about needs versus wants.

My students weren’t horrible but I definitely did a lot of explicit teaching around behavior today. We covered how to get space for yourself in a lineup or on the carpet and how to play on the playground. I’m hoping this helps with certain students, but I guess we shall see.

Exercise:

I stopped in to get my eyelashes and eyebrows died today and then forced myself out the door for a run. I only went to the park and back, so not even 3km, but it was at least something. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better running day.

Reading:

I’ve been listening to a podcast called Not Your Mom’s Romance Bookclub and they had talked about a book series that included knitting by Penny Reid. I’ve never been a huge Penny Reid fan, but decided to try the first book, Neanderthal Seeks Human. It ended up being a cute read. I liked how the main female character starts spouting random thoughts when she’s nervous. It was also great when knitting needles were used in a fight and characters argued over the loss of a skein of MadTosh merino不. I will definitely move onto the next book in the series.

Eating:

Thankfully I’ve had a better day than yesterday. I’m wondering if my being out of sorts is caused by a lack of sweets? Hmmm

Today I’ve had:

Oatmeal with peanut butter

Banana

Turkey, dressing, veggies

Fish and chips (I gave up my after school snack and went for a run so I could have this).

I finally got myself a treat for being at day five yesterday and bought my first knitting magazine. Actually I bought two! Knit scene and Knit Simple.

Trivia:

There were four of us for trivia tonight. I knew:

Who wrote The Handmaid’s Tale?

Margaret Atwood

Who did Einstein marry?

First cousin

Who was Ariel’s dad?

King Triton

Finish the Eminem lyrics

There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti

What does a lapidary do?

Polish gems

I just didn’t feel like we knew anything tonight. Oh well, it was still fun:)

Have fun!

AJ

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Happy Thanksgiving

I had a great day, but was really torn! I wanted to stay home on my bonus day off as I think that always makes the day feel longer, but I also had errands to do and wanted to get my treat for another five days of good eating!

Eating:

I might as well start here. I decided to have my leftover turkey sandwich for breakfast so that I wouldn’t spend the whole day thinking, “I want a turkey sandwich!” It was really good. I actually ended up finishing my turkey and dressing at lunch:)

I’ve also had two rice cakes with cream cheese and jam and a bowl of popcorn. I love being an adult and being able to have popcorn for dinner if I want to!

Knitting:

I had the goal of finishing my daddy-son hat test knit today so spent a lot of time knitting on it. Thankfully it’s simple enough to listen to podcasts while I do that.

I did end up getting the toque done!

Sorry for the bad night picture, but I think it will be super cute!

Exercise:

It was great to not have to jump out of bed early for my run and I actually ended up going out mid morning. I managed 6.19km at a 6:41/km average. It’s neat to see hat consistently running really has brought improvements as I wasn’t trying to run fast today, but still didn’t have any kilometers at even 7min. Yay!

I did a few exercises tonight- squats, front kicks, back kicks, calf raises, jabs, crosses. Not as much as I wanted to do, but at least something.

Household/ Errands:

Staying home won out over leaving the house, though I did run across the street to vote. It took 45 minutes!!! It was great to see so many people had come out to vote, but having to wait in that line-up almost convinced me to skip it this year!

I also got my dishes done and the windows and mirrors cleaned. I have seen that Maureen Gets Real has a timetable of cleaning and I decided to give it a try. It was great to have a job done in no time that will hopefully keep my house looking clean all the time!

Movie:

The secretary at work had loaned me The Help so I watched that this evening. It was quite the movie and I enjoyed it.

Well tomorrow it’s back to the classroom.

Have fun!

AJ

Thank Goodness for Friends

I am truly thankful today for the friends who fill my life. I’m a super family- oriented person so it’s always tough for me not to be with my family at a holiday (it doesn’t seem to bother any of them though 不), so I was really happy to have a couple of events with friends today to keep me busy and not alone.

Exercise:

This morning the group run started from a coffee shop right by my place so it gave me a few extra minutes. Yesterday I had felt like doing a second run and was all energetic and feeling svelte, but today, I felt blah and lifeless. Maybe it had to do with dreaming that one of my students pushed my down the stairs, or maybe it was just one of those days. Dennis, of course, kept me going and didn’t let me turn around and go home. I did end up getting 5.34km in and just squeaked under the 7min/km average so it can’t be called a bad run, but it definitely wasn’t fabulous. Maybe I should have just ran twice yesterday and skipped today.

The group was hilarious at coffee so it was a great way to start my day off. It’s nice to hang out with people you know well and who don’t take themselves seriously or allow you to take yourself seriously!

Since I have eaten a turkey meal today, I decided that I had better do a bit more tonight. I got 3 sets of 12 of the following done:

Squats

Dips

Front kicks

Side kicks

Calf raises

High knees

Crunches

Reverse crunches

Banded side steps

Pushups

It probably didn’t work off the meal, but it made me feel better不

Knitting:

I woke up to an email from the designer of the toque test knit I’m working on, saying that she had the wrong needle size in the pattern. I found myself once again frogging the toque and starting over. I have made it to row 50 of the body and I’m not pulling this out again! In fact, I’m hoping to finish it tomorrow.

Cooking:

I spent some of the day making my contributions for the dinner tonight. I had bought one of each vegetable to roast and it still turned out to be a huge amount of veggies. I also did the dressing, which thankfully my dad called and walked me through. It turned out a lot drier than his ever did so I will need to watch him make it so I can see what I did wrong.

We ended up with an awesome dinner of turkey, dressing, gravy, cranberries and roast vegetables. We still had enough food for about six people though. I will have my turkey sandwich tomorrow and then I’ve actually gotten four lunches out of the leftovers too!

Brenda and I managed to eat in ten minutes, but at least neither of us spent all day cooking for those ten minutes. We knitted while watching the James Bond movie, Skyfall. I still think that Sean Connery was the best James Bond, but feel free to argue with me.不

Well I think that’s all I’ve done today so I’ll go back to my podcasts and knitting now.

Have fun!

AJ

Just Quiet

I have purposely had a quiet day after spending the whole week being tired. I’m hoping it helps!

Exercise:

I slept in this morning and then met Sarah and Kula for a run around the river this morning. At one point I remarked on the fact that it seemed extremely busy today, but Sarah reminded me we were an hour later than usual. It was a slow run for me, but still felt good to get out with company. I always seem to run the same pace so it was probably good for me to slow down and maybe it will make me faster tomorrow.

I have been neglecting my weights while L is out of town, so last night and tonight I did 3 sets of 12 of: squats, deadlifts, reverse crunches, crunches, bicycles, side steps with the band, hip bridges and chest presses.

Knitting:

After a quick stop to get the veggies I need for tomorrow’s dishes, I have spent a lot of the day knitting.

It has taken me three tries, but I have finally been successful at the daddy-son hat that I am testing for Zanete Knits. I am doing this out of the same blue Ancient Arts yarn I made the Not a Boring Sweater from and it will be for me, if it fits. My gauge swatch stretched a lot, but it still looks small to me.

Reading:

I am reading two books right now. I have been listening to a podcast called Not Your Mom’s Romance Bookclub and they were talking about a Penny Reid series featuring knitting. I’ve never been a huge Penny Reid fan, but I’m giving her Knitting in the City series a try.

I’m alternating that book with my latest NetGalley read, Seduction on a Snowy Night. This is composed of three short stories and I am just finishing the first one. I have to admit I didn’t love the first story at the start, but it has gotten better.

Eating:

After two bad days, I have had a good day today. This makes four days and I’d really like to be able to get myself a treat so I’m hoping for another good day tomorrow, regardless of eating a meal out!

Today I’ve had:

Oatmeal, cheese and tuna on cucumber slices, banana, hamburger patty with a slice of vegan cheese.

Well, I’m going back to my knitting and reading, though maybe while curled up in my bed不

I really need to go do something exciting for you guys- you must all be falling asleep reading this lately!

Have fun!

AJ

TGIF!!!

My students did not make me want to be in my classroom today!

Teaching:

This morning we had music where I didn’t get much done other than my Thanksgiving file sorted and organized. We got through a math sheet that showed that some of my students totally got the idea of before and after and others did not! Thankfully we’ll be spending all next week on it!

This afternoon I was greeted at the door with reports of problems on the soccer field. One of the boys was the same as yesterday. Ugh! It really doesn’t make me want to come back, though I must mention that the class was ready for planners quite quickly:)

I wasted time this afternoon by going through the lost and found, cleaning desks and playing Roll a Turkey. It was a low key afternoon and we all survived. That’s about all that can be said.

When I write about it, it doesn’t seem that bad, but I’ve glossed over the many moments that my students were rude to me or unkind to each other.

Oh and I found out last thing on a Friday before a long weekend that I am getting a new student on Tuesday morning. Thank goodness for the secretary letting me know as I probably wouldn’t have found out until the student arrived otherwise. I ran around as my students were working this afternoon getting stuff set up for him so he would feel welcome. I just hope he is a positive change in the classroom and doesn’t add to the problems.

Knitting:

After running into a parent at the grocery store and having to take a moment to speak with her (her son is on day two of problems on the soccer field), I managed to get home and settled for the evening.

I have been working on my shawl and loving the pattern, but for the past hour it’s been in time out because I messed up the latest lace section and now need to rip back:(

I also did a gauge swatch for daddy son hat I’m testing and started the pattern, only to have to rip it out too. I think it’s time for some reading!

Eating:

Definitely not a coloured day:(

I’ve had:

Oatmeal, a slice of apple bread (it was delicious), potato/beet hash, Smokey barbecue seeds, cucumber with tuna fish and more apple bread. I need to get it out of my house!

Well I’m going to go stretch out and read:)

Have fun!

AJ

Knit Night

It was a different type of knit night, but still fun!

Teaching:

We got through calendar, two poems, a math game and the art cards. Whew!

The poems were cute! The one we will be saying this week is:

Turkey in the barnyard

What does he say?

Gobble, gobble, gobble

Gobble all day.

Turkey on the table

What do you say?

Yummy, yummy, yummy

Yummy all day.

Turkey in my tummy

What do I say?

I ate too much turkey

On Thanksgiving Day!

Hearing the children say this is so cute!

I then had them write a poem and there were a lot of neat responses, but here’s one.

I can do a flip, but a turkey can’t.

I can wear underwear but a turkey can’t

I can play soccer but a turkey can’t

I can eat turkey but a turkey can’t

But a turkey can grow feathers and I can’t

The student had a lot of fun with this one!

The art cards were a variety of products and some went home not finished. I do wonder how many parents will fix up their children’s art?!?!

Exercise:

I walked Lyndsay’s son home and then headed out for my run. Once again, I really didn’t want to go! I felt really slow but I was consistently under 7min/km so not as bad as I thought. I got another 3.17km done and hopefully I get a bit more tomorrow.

Baking:

I tried the recipe for apple bread that Kathy Reeves included in her blog a few weeks ago. By the way, you should totally check out her blog as she is so inspirational with how much she accomplishes!!! The bread was super easy to put together, and I’ll let you know tomorrow how it was as I am stuffed tonight. It did feel great to spend a little time in the kitchen though!

Knitting:

Tavia and Cori came down so Tavia could finish off her projects. She has completed a dishcloth that we are blocking right now. It was so neat to see her so carefully separating all the holes and lining everything up. She also finished a cape for her stuffie. It will be interesting to see what she chooses next!

Eating:

No colouring today:(

Breakfast: oatmeal

Recess: mini kind bar

Lunch: leftover hash from last night, a handful of smoky barbecue seeds from the staffroom table

Snack: tbsp of peanut butter

Dinner: salmon poke bowl and a cider

I really hope I haven’t undone all of my hard work in one day:(

Well, I’m exhausted so I’m off to bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Busy Bee

I was just busy from start to finish, but it did feel good to get things accomplished for a change, despite wanting to do nothing but sleep!

Teaching:

We had music today, finished our math word booklets and started the art project that will probably take the next three days!

Two cool things happened today though. The first was that the special helper brought a book for sharing that was from I See Me. This was a super cute book that featured this little girl on every page. This one happened to be about fairies, but I’m sure they probably have other themes. I want to keep this in mind for anyone I know having a baby though as what an awesome gift it would be!

The second thing was that when I came back after lunch my entire class was sitting quietly with their planners and pencils out. I almost cried as it’s the first time they’ve managed that. We had a big discussion after recess about being kind and I asked them all to come up with a plan of how to be kind to someone by lunchtime. They decided to be kind to me. It definitely made my day!

Socializing:

I left work early today to meet up with my friend Emily. It was great to see her as with us both being teachers, it’s been a while! It was horrible to hear that she’s suffering from nerve pain, but it was great just to be able to grab a tea and catch up! I really can’t wait until she lives closer next year:)

Reading:

I finally finished a book today! I feel like it’s been forever! I finished A Dash of Christmas by Samantha Chase.

This is the story of Carter Montgomery, the son who went against his fathers plan and became a successful chef, though that decision continues to affect him daily. Carter has been competing against Emery Monaghan since fifth grade, but maybe this Christmas their relationship will grow.

This was such a lovely Christmas book and a great addition to this series. I liked how Christmas was present without being overkill. As well, I loved, as always, how big a roll the family played in this book. I loved reading how the mothers and aunts interfere while the uncles provide sage advice and the siblings are just regular siblings- handing out both help and ribbing. All of the characters were well developed, complex and interesting. I cant say that there were any stereotypical characters which was nice.

The plot moved at a good pace and was an interesting mix of both inner conflicts within each character and the usual problems between new couples.

This was a great read and would be a must read for anyone who has enjoyed the Montgomery Family series!

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

Exercise:

With being so tired, I really didn’t want to run, but I knew I needed to. I told myself I just had to do the 2.6km to the park and back, but actually ended up doing slightly more for a total of 3.68km. It was gorgeous, sunny weather, but cold! We actually broke a 90 year record for cold today. I was happy to have my wool shirt and merino vest! I don’t know if the cold helped, but I did have a 6:18/km average which is really good for me:)

Knitting:

I didn’t get much knitting time as I had to clean my house tonight. Cori and Tavia are coming to knit tomorrow night, so I had to clean as I didn’t this weekend! I did take the opportunity to switch to my fall colour scheme though.

After looking through ravelry and the web a zillion times, I decided to combine a few elements I liked and make up my own shawl pattern. This is probably already somewhere, but I’m enjoying knitting it:)

Eating:

I did have an extra item at lunch, but did without an afternoon snack so it all worked out in the end. I’ve had:

Oatmeal with raisins and peanut butter

Mini kind bar

Slice of pizza

1/4 of an avocado

Potato, beet and egg hash

Well I need sleep!

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday #25

Remind me not to wear four inch heels to work! I think it was the walk to and from and demonstrating relays in them that did me in!

Exercise:

Not a thing! I flaked out this morning and then when I got home I had sore feet so I guess today became my rest day.

Teaching:

Today was better than yesterday. I had another meeting, but hopefully that’s the last one for a while!

We only had ten minutes of math before we went to gym for our relay races, and after lunch we tackled a class book about what we are most thankful for.

Trivia:

After a bit of couch time and a massage, it was time for trivia.

What we knew:

Where are the next Olympics in 2020?

Tokyo

Where does cashmere yarn come from?

Goat

Who said “you’re a wizard” in Harry Potter?

Rubeus Hagrid’s

What was the first name of the Martian in Bugs Bunny?

Marvin

What is the official language of the Bahamas?

English

What did Captain Cook name Australia?

Botany Bay

Where was Anne of GreenGables set?

Prince Edward Island

Put these cities in order from North to South.

Port Alberni, Bellingham, Victoria

What was Bruce Springsteen’s back up band?

The E Street Band

What was John Cleese’s comedy group?

Monty Python

Which defense man played the most games?

Chris Chelios

Where is the Greenwich meridian?

London

What is the name of the funny bone?

Humerus

What is the name of a company’s private server?

Intranet

Eating:

Not a bad day.

Oatmeal, grapes, slice of pizza, slice of vegan cheese, salmon and veggies

Ok that’s it for me.

Have fun!

AJ

Moving Monday

It was quite the busy day today!

Exercise:

I really didn’t want to go for a run this morning as it was the first dark, rainy morning of the year. I did finally get out for 3km, but it was definitely a slog.

We had great perseverance and did a bootcamp workout after a very long staff meeting. Thank goodness for meeting friends. We did supersets so two exercises back to back that work the same muscles- ouch!!

This workout included:

Double crunches with a dumbbell and power sit-ups

Banded hamstring curls and banded dumbbell hip bridges

Bicep curls and alternating lunges with hammer curls

One legged squats and dumbbell squats

Uppercuts and lateral arm raises

Dips and overhead tricep extensions

Pushups and chest press while in bridge

Band lat pull downs and dumbbell rows

Hmm maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned to L how I thought my upper body was weak!!不

Teaching:

It was as usual, a very busy day at work. We got calendar done and got a journal entry in.

we worked further in our number words booklet and two lovely students actually finished today:)

This afternoon we talked about needs and wants and made a mini book about them.

We ended the day with dodgeball in the gym.

I was happy to get a new shawl pattern chosen. I was tricky and actually had Lyndsay pick the pattern:)

I also got the artwork put up in the hallway and we’re super happy with it!

For any teachers- students traced leaf tracers at least twice, outlined them with black marker, coloured the leaves with warm coloured pastels and then coloured the background with cool colour pastels.

Family:

It’s my oldest brother’s birthday today so I stopped in to give him a hug and money. I’m saving the environment by not giving cards as I feel like everyone just recycled them anyways. I tell everyone I’m concentrating on the important stuff!

Shopping:

After a quick stop for gas, I headed out to get my treat as yesterday was my fifth day of good eating:) I decided that I didn’t have to start over at one after my Friday slip. Lyndsay has been saying she got a bath caddy for her birthday and I’ve always wanted one so I picked one up at Canadian Tire. In fact, I’m writing this post on it right now.

Eating:

I will definitely be coloring today in even though I wasn’t perfect, because I showed way more self will than I usually do at staff meetings!

I’ve had:

Oatmeal with raisins and peanut butter

Grapes

A slice of pizza

One tortilla chip, one rice cracker, one small cookie (I saved from recess, but it turned out not to be that great), fruit and veggies with hummus.

It’s probably more than I need but I was pretty impressed with myself for not eating a ton of chips and salsa and rice cracker with hummus as those are favourites of mine.

Well I’m going to go crawl into bed as my morning is going to start early.

Have fun!

AJ

A Little Exercise, A Lot of Knitting

It was a quiet day, filled of nice things!

Exercise:

I got up for my run this morning and ended up actually running straight for a full 4.5km as James was back to walk with Brenda. I had a slow start, but then it picked up and got better:)

This afternoon I got out for a walk to the local yarn store. I could have driven, but thought a little extra exercise wouldn’t hurt.

Knitting:

I got a baby sweater finished for my RMT and his wife who should have a new little boy any day now.

The yarn is 100% acrylic so it is washable and will stand up to baby. The pattern is from 101 Designer One Skein Wonders. The pattern is called Zane’s Coming Home Sweater.

I also started a shawl that I am thinking will be for my friend Lyndsay for Christmas. I am using a single skein of Maryanne’s Sparkle in Simplicity that I bought at Knit City two years ago. The pattern I started is Easy Goes It, but I’m not sure about it yet. I’ve done Reyna and Stormy Skies and don’t want to do them again, but am looking for any suggestions:)

I also started another test knit for Zanete Knits and made progress, but then realized I hadn’t checked gauge and it seemed small to me. I ripped it out and will try to do a gauge swatch tomorrow.

Movies:

This evening I have been watching PS I Love You as the secretary at work loaned it to me and said I needed to watch it. It’s been pretty good so far:)

Eating:

I think I’ve had another good day, so I will get some sort of treat for myself. I’ve had:

Oatmeal

A slice of pizza

A steak

Grapes

I guess I’d better get organized for tomorrow.

Have fun!

AJ