Trivia Tuesday Tournament End

Well it was the end of the current trivia tournament.

Exercise:

I went out this morning for a run. It was slow and painful. The only good point was that I went back to the path I had fallen on and managed to not fall:). It was a busy path as I came across eight other women!

Teaching:

We finished up our Canada unit by blitzing the Maritime provinces. The kids had a blast using their planner, books and an iPad to find out facts. I’m glad we got to the end of the country.

We had three subtraction drills to make up so that was our only math today.

This afternoon we had the kindergarteners visit us. I did my job as one little boy said “Miss B is scary.” 😉

Socializing:

We had a baby shower for one of it teachers after school today. The rhubarb dream bars went over really well:) I also had some rice crackers, tortilla chips and fruit.

Knitting:

I finished the back of my cardigan today and started on the left front. I wish this sweater was made in one piece!

Trivia:

I wasn’t much help tonight except for the country music section.

I knew:

Shania Twain- Man I Feel Like a Woman

Johnny Cash- Ring of Fire

Brad Paisley- American Saturday Night

Garth Brooks- The Dance

Toby Keith- I Love This Bar

Who led the Argonauts?

Jason

Order the bridges longest to shortest?

Lions Gate, Granville, Burrard

What gives a target rash?

Ticks

What colour does lithium burn?

Red

What band was Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor part of?

Duran Duran

The Well bought all of us a free round:)

Well I need sleep!

Have fun!

AJ

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Monday with a Side of Drama

It was an interesting day to say the least! Thankfully I was just the audience for most of it!

Teaching:

We had a fire drill first thing this morning, but after that I had arranged for the students to use a giant marshmallow and 6 pretzel sticks to create a character that they then wrote about in their journal. The students were super engaged and were surprisingly good about getting down to the writing portion. Getting to eat their creation for recess may have helped:)

After recess we wrote about Sports Day and boy did they have a lot to say. I wish I had had more time to give them!

This afternoon we moved across Canada to Quebec. The students are getting really good at using their planner information pages to find out facts:)

At the end of the day we had our usual half hour of outside playtime:)

The drama came at lunch. We had arranged a breakfast for the last day of school, but we have to be there on time so the breakfast is at 7:45 for anyone who is interested. Teacher A was complaining about how early it was and Teacher B (who was in on the planning) said that it wasn’t mandatory so people didn’t have to come who didn’t want to. Well ten minutes later Teacher A is going on about how hurt she was. I thought at first she was joking around, but I guess not!

Then Teacher C asked what we did last year so Teacher B explained it to her. She didn’t bother to listen and asked again. Well Teacher B said I just answered your question and you didn’t bother to listen. Teacher C got up and stormed out. Teacher C then pouted and glared and my co-teacher and I on the playground later (neither of us were involved in any way!). I think we all need a break from each other!!!!

Exercise:

After a few classroom chores I got home in time for a run. I had a really good run and once again felt really strong. It’s a nice change for me! I still went out the shorter side of the trail as it’s shadier and it was really hot at 4:30 this afternoon!

It was weird though because my shoes felt big today! It’s strange as it’s been at least a month of my feet feeling way too big in my shoes and now they felt so big. I wonder what’s up?

I also did a workout I saw on Facebook this evening. It was:

30 sumo squats

30 walking lunges

80 high knees

40 glute kickbacks

40 side jacks

40 curtsy lunges

30 bridges

It was quick but I only did one round as I wanted to take it easy on myself tonight.

Baking:

We have a baby shower for one of the teachers at work tomorrow so I made Rhubarb Dream Bars. They were super easy to make as they are just a shortbread crust and then a vanilla custard with rhubarb added topping. They looked good when they came out of the oven.

I just hope they taste good! The teacher has a peanut allergy so I was examining my ingredients when I realized the flour blend I currently have has milk in it. I guess I now know why I’ve had so many instances lately of being sick.

Knitting:

I finally sat down and worked on my cardigan today. I am a little worried that I’ve made it too long, but thinking I’ll just keep going- better too long than too short!

Movies:

Once again I’ve been enjoying a Hallmark movie as I knit boring stockinette. Tonight it is The Sweetest Heart. Once again there are three very handsome gentlemen in this movie and it’s about a baker so I of course love all the cupcakes and baking scenes. I have to admit I find myself slightly distracted by the mark Julie Gonzalo (lead lady) has between her eyes. Oh well, it’s still cute!

Well that’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ

Very Quiet

It was lovely to have a quiet day that felt a little productive too:)

Exercise:

I got out for a lovely 6km run this morning with Dennis.

Sorry you always get the same picture as it never changes🤣. We did see three planes take off though as that’s a small municipal airport I’m running beside.

I know it’s probably just in my head, but my legs actually felt stronger this morning. I’d like to think it’s because of the exercise I’ve been doing. I also loved that I ran to the hedge and considered it short. I remember the days I used to tell everyone to go ahead, that I was turning around, now I’m the one wanting to go further:)

This afternoon I got out for a quick walk just because it was too lovely not to:)

Finally this evening I did my exercises again, just in case that’s what made my run so good this morning. I did: 50 squats, 50 plié squats, 25 front lunges, 25 lateral lunges, 25 curtsy lunges, 25 back lunges, 100 front kicks, 100 back kicks, 100 side kicks, 100 hamstring curls, 100 standing crunches, 33 calf raises, 100 jabs, 100 hooks, 100 uppercuts, 100 heel and toe touches.

It was nice to get all this movement in:)

Household:

I managed to get all the laundry done and the dishes and I love how “doing” these things allowed me to lay on the couch reading my books🤣

Reading:

Making my way through The Wangs Versus the World and to offset this, Getting Out of Hand by Erin Nicholas.

This is the story of a brilliant scientist who meets a woman when he returns to his hometown. It is definitely a case of insta-live but was an enjoyable, quick, easy read. One character drove me crazy, but I won’t let ruin the book for me.

Eating:

I’ve had a very good eating day!

Breakfast- honey stinger chews on the way to my run

Snack- fruit salad with yogurt and granola

Lunch- chorizo sausage

Snack- cucumber and cheese

Dinner- bun with smoked salmon cream cheese

Movies:

I’ve quite enjoyed watching a hallmark movie called My Christmas Love tonight. Johnny Campo is so nice to look at and I really liked his character in this movie. I have to admit I found the leading lady annoying. She’s a ditz so if that is what she was going for- she did a great job!

Well I’m going to go finish my book!

Have fun!

AJ

If It Rains, It Pours (good things)

I don’t know if anyone else’s life goes like this, but some weekends I have absolutely nothing planned and other weekends, it is insanely busy! Why can’t it even out so I’d have a couple things each weekend?

Exercise:

I had a short run through Bert Flynn Park with Sarah and Kula this morning. It was lovely and cool in there, but we also noticed the humidity. It was a slow run, but it’s a couple more kilometers towards my yearly goal:)

This afternoon I did an L workout that I missed yesterday. I liked it because it was a band one and I love the short circular bands! I did 3 sets of:

hammer curls with band and weights

Banded chest press and scissor abs

Banded plank walks

Banded iso squat walk

Bench flies

Sit ups

Jump squats

Uppercuts

Lunge jumps

Amazingly I felt strong:)

This evening I managed to fit in 50 plié squats, 100 hamstring curls, and 100 standing crunches.

Socializing:

First thing after my run I met up with my friend Anna and her two boys at a local park. It’s amazing how much the boys have grown and it was great fun to play on the playground and then go on a berry and duckling and gosling search:)

Shopping:

From the park I ran down to meet my co teacher at a local teaching store so we could get the supplies we need for September start up. We’ve learned to buy them now as the store is quiet and has lots of stock; definitely not the case in September!

Liane and I had a quick lunch together, but I quickly had to fly.

Family:

From lunch, I raced over to get my nephew and take him to his lacrosse game. I take any opportunity to spend time with this cool dude. I stayed and watched his game and was really impressed with how much he has improved! He’s also grown on me- 5’7 now!!! I also got to see my sister in law’s brother and his kids as they came out to watch too. It is so neat to see their personalities! The youngest is all muscle and determination, the middle girl is the brains and the ideas, and the oldest boy is so sweet! It made for a lovely afternoon!

I had ice cream with my nephew and sister in law and then headed home.

Knitting:

I have been knitting all afternoon (well after my nap). I’m working on a samosa bordered cardigan for myself. The yarn is recycled from a sweater my grandma had made for my aunt and the pattern comes from one of her original Patons books- Raglans for 2 to 12 in Canadians by Beehive. I’m hoping it will become my go to cardigan!

Movie:

I treated myself to a Hallmark movie tonight. Summer Villa was a very cute movie about a blocked romance writer who goes to France for the summer with her daughter. Of course she ends up in a villa with the hot chef that she had a bad blind date with. The movie has tons of cooking in it so of course I loved it:). I liked that it lacked drama!

Eating:

Not the best food choices today, but at least it’s a better amount of food!

Breakfast: fruit salad parfait with yogurt

Lunch: vegan fruit orchard cookie and tea- the only thing at the cafe I could eat

This was bucaneer tea which I would highly recommend if you ever get the chance to try it- so good!

Snack: vegan salted caramel and chocolate peanut butter ice cream

Dinner: salad with chicken

Sports Day 2019

Well I survived sports day yesterday:)

Teaching:

There was no teaching. We had ten stations in the morning that went well. The students liked all but one of them. It was neat as they were a little old fashioned- we had the sack race, egg and spoon, water relay, three legged race, dress up, but then we also had a bench race, cone race, bean bag toss, mat race, and a freezer station. The children had fun and that’s all that matters.

In the afternoon we had sprinting races and the tug of war. We were short two teachers so our admin and student services both had to take a class, which they weren’t expecting to.

I was wanting to do a run and workout after school, but ended up sick. My tummy didn’t like the olive tapenade, though it was super yummy when I was eating it.

Reading:

I did end up finishing my book,The Duchess War by Courtney Milan. The book was okay, but a little slow to start and just too much in the head for me.

Well I’m off for a much more exciting day today, hopefully!

Have fun!

AJ

Merry Friday Eve

I really do love thinking about Thursdays this way:)

Teaching:

We had to be flexible as this morning I only had ten children for first block as so many were pulled out for different reasons. Then we had AbEd come in and do the legend of the butterfly with my students and do a butterfly craft with them.

We did our last day of shapes and it went quite well. The students mostly seem to know their shapes and what a vertex, face and edge are.

This afternoon we worked on our art project. I only have one child done after two sessions so I see lots of art in our future next week.

After school I had the last Bookclub of the year and then finished my report cards. Still lots of editing and tweaking to do, but at least I have something I could send home!

Exercise:

It was the first night of trail clinic. I wasn’t super excited as we were just doing Mundy Park, but it actually turned out awesome because we did a route I’ve never done before. We even got to run around a lake I didn’t know existed! I put my self in the slow, short group and I was at the front of the group easily, but am not sure about moving up as I’m assuming it’s just going to keep getting longer and harder…?????

This evening I’ve done a bit of a workout before bed. I did: 50 squats, 50 plié squats, 100 front kicks, 100 back kicks, 100 roundhouse kicks, 100 hamstring curls, 100 standing crunches, 100 jabs, 100 crosses, 100 uppercuts, 30 v ups.

Have fun!

AJ

Workout Wednesday #2

It was definitely an active day!

Exercise:

I went out this morning and even as I was jogging across the street I was wondering if I should just turn around. Everything felt tight and off kilter:( True enough I struggled and was slow for all but the last two minutes of my run. I did the absolute minimum and only got 3km in:(

After school I did L’s bootcamp. It was a doozy today and even she was tired! We did our usual tabatas but then also did a cardio interval in between each. The intervals were two each of: pogo jumping, see saw, explosive star jumps, lunge jumps to squat jumps. That alone was enough to make me sweat and then we did the tabatas in between. We all noticed there was a lot of sore wrists! We did:

curtsy lunge to reverse lunge

bear shoulder taps to plank jacks/ dips with alternate heel touches

v sit with pat pull downs/ dumbbell half get ups

banded plank leg raises

bench leaps/ plank tricep press backs

narrow squat to hammer curl to wide squat and hammer curl/ twisting mountain climber

And I seem to have managed to block the other two stations🤣

This evening it was time for Zumba. The last class and I’m still not good at it🤣. I’d been looking forward to it ending and trying something new but then I saw the friendly/ cute TOC in the gym and wished I had some more Wednesday nights to go to!🤣🤣🤣

When I got home tonight I did 50 squats, 50 plié squats, 100 standing crunches, 25 v ups, 100 front kicks, 100 back kicks, 100 roundhouse kicks, 100 hamstring curls, 100 jabs, 100 uppercuts, 100 crosses.

Teaching:

It was a nice day because it felt like we were productive.

This morning we did printing- mastered the letter v:)

We then finished our Father’s Day gifts- a rock that says You Rock. We did them over two days- the first day we painted them with acrylic paint and the second day we decorated them. I’m actually happy with how they turned out:)

We made simple cards and decorated an envelope to put it all in.

After our break we tackled making 3D objects out of toothpicks and clay. I had never done this, but the kids did great! They made one on their sheet, identified the faces, edges, and vertices, got a picture with it and then destroyed it up make the next. I thought it would be chaos but they were super engaged and they learned so much! We reviewed the worksheet afterwards and I was super impressed with what they knew immediately. I tried to give you a picture but once again I’m out of space.

This afternoon we tackled nutrition. It’s all just changed so none of my resources are up to date, but the children still seemed to enjoy it:).

Eating:

I just ate lots of little things today so we’ll see if that works better or worse for me.

I ate: fruit salad with yogurt, mini homemade larabar, egg, tuna on crackers snackit, coconut chips, salad, wiener, mini scone, Rice Krispie square.

As I write this, I realize it’s probably s good thing I exercised a lot today. Maybe tomorrow I’d better go back to my four small things!

Well I’m off to sleep.

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday #11

It was a nice enough day, though the summer is already too hot for me. I like it around 20 and today it was 29 and it’s just supposed to keep climbing😳😢

Exercise:

I got out first thing this morning for a run. Once again I was quite slow, but at least I got the 3.25km done! I went out the opposite way as I usually do and it was nice and cool and I didn’t meet any bears:) I just figured out that if I do 4.5km per day in June I could be completely caught up on my yearly goal by the end of June. We will have to see how it goes.

I also went for a walk on my lunch hour as I wanted to check out a possible lunch running route. Unfortunately it’s not going to work as it’s still a hill. I’m trying to find something that wouldn’t make me too hot and sweaty but would let me get a run in. Today I just walked and it sure was nice to get out and enjoy the sunshine and quiet:)

This evening before I headed out to trivia I got 50 squats and 50 plié squats done. When I got home I got 5 minutes of marching on the spot, 100 front kicks, 100 back kicks,100 hamstring curls, and 100 standing crunches,

Teaching:

It was a calmer day than yesterday, thankfully! We did writers workshop this morning where we read three versions of The Three Little Pigs and then asked the students to write their own version. We only just got started so I guess I’ll have to wait until next week to see how they do. I had two awesome versions of the book though: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. I loved the second one because the pig uses a sledgehammer, a pneumatic drill and dynamite to blow up the houses. These books definitely appeal to active little boys.

We had an assembly where I got to hand out the track ribbons and finally put the track file away for the year. My principal said I’m a good public speaker so I guess I did fine.

This afternoon we finished our Father’s Day gift and played outside. Overall, a pretty good day, well except for the four report cards I had to write after school!

Trivia:

There were 6 of us tonight. Some of the questions I knew:

Who sang Timber with Pitbul?

Ke$ha

Who sings with Macklemore?

Ryan Lewis

What body of water is between France and England?

English Channel

The name of the main character in The Matrix?

Neo

In which Eminem song is spaghetti mentioned?

Lose Yourself

Which body of water does the Seine River flow into?

English Channel

What are the three states that California touches?

Nevada, Arizona, Oregon

The three Batman movies after the original?

Batman Returns, BatmanForever, Batman and Robin

Where are Birkenstock’s from?

Germany

What does Failce mean in English?

Welcome

Well I’m off to bed!

Have fun!

AJ

Manic Monday

It’s been quite the day of work!

Teaching:

I slept for extra time this morning and then headed into work. This morning we got our journal done, we started learning about 3D objects, and this afternoon we tackled our Father’s Day projects. It doesn’t seem like much, but yet I was running all day! It really didn’t help that the children were called in at lunch because of a bear sighting:(

Exercise:

After writing another five report cards after school, I headed home and got out for a run! It was a beautiful night and I finally felt pretty good at the halfway mark. There’s another 4.5km covered for the yearly goal:). I am feeling the lack of my weights lately though so I did my 50 banded squats, 50 plié squats, and 100 lunges. I need to do more so my running feels easy again, but it was at least a start!

Knitting:

I have spent the evening knitting endless stockinette while watching a movie.

Movie:

I’ve been watching When Sparks Fly tonight. It was a cute movie, though some of the acting was truly awful! 🤣. I often wonder if July 4th is really celebrated how it’s portrayed. I’m always disappointed by the July 1st celebrations I’ve been to:(

Eating:

Breakfast: 1/2 cup fruit salad, 1/3 cup yogurt and some granola

Recess: hard boiled egg and a chorizo sausage

Lunch: tuna snack kit, a snack size bag of chips (my team won the pizza party for jog a long, but I couldn’t eat the pizza so they gave me chips)

Snack: apple, larabar

Dinner: Thai salad

Not perfect. I have great weekends, but then I return to work and it all goes downhill:(

Well that’s it for me tonight.

Have fun!

AJ

A Visiting Weekend

Sorry for going off the grid. I made a lightning trip to visit my brother and his family for my niece’s 12th birthday.

Friday after school I picked up teaching resources my SIL had bought and then drive across the city to take the ferry over to the island. I got a lovely evening with the family and in the morning I took my niece shopping for her present. I have started doing a shopping trip with the kids so they will get what they want. I don’t want to be the aunt who gives gifts they laugh at. I love that at 12, my niece still chose to buy playmobile. I really liked the cupcake shop, but she went for the playground and a few figurines.

My niece did indulge me and check out a knitting store with me, but I was very good and bought nothing!

I got to enjoy the family birthday lunch and a look at the open house next door, and then headed up the island for a quick trip to see my parent’s new property and then took the ferry home. It was a very busy 24 hours!

Today:

Exercise:

Since I was going to be home after all, I arranged to run Crystal Falls with Dennis this morning. This is his favourite run, but even he admits it’s not as much fun now. It used to be a single track, technical trail with lots of obstacles, water features, mud, puddles and not well known. Now it has been pedestrianized. It was still nice and cool and fun, but it also doesn’t seem as long!

I also got in a short walk this afternoon to finish off my Squad Easy mission.

Shopping:

After a leisurely cup of tea, I did do my shopping. It really gets to me that two little bags of groceries cost me $50! I’m thinking I should try a few different grocery stores out and see if any are cheaper.

Cooking:

I did get a second batch of strawberry-rhubarb jam made today. I used a different recipe from Pinterest and am happier as it is not as sweet. However, to use this recipe, I feel like you need to know how to can.

I still have rhubarb left and so am thinking of trying rhubarb oat crisp ice cream as it is a flavour at a local gourmet ice cream shop. I’m going to have to do some research first though.

I also made a fruit salad for my breakfasts this week and am just thinking I should go cook up some different proteins to go in my salads this week.

Reading:

After a lovely nap, I finished up the book I had been reading on the ferries. Bride of New France tells the journey of Laure who comes from an orphanage in France to the new world. She is sent to marry and have children to strengthen France’s control in Canada. It was an interesting read and definitely drew me in, though I do wish it had ended happier. I suppose that just means it’s realistic🤣

Movie:

In order to get over the book, I have been watching Summer in the Vineyard while casting on my new cardigan. So far, it’s been cute, but it definitely won’t be a favourite as it relies on lack of communication for its drama and that is a pet peeve of mine!

Eating:

Amazingly, I was good on my trip and so have been trying to keep it going.

Breakfast- coconut chips on my way to the run

Lunch- shrimp ring

Snack- mini scone, grapes

Dinner- tilapia mixed with everything but the bagel seasoning and a little mayo spread on cucumber slices

Well I’d better go get that protein cooked.

Have fun!

AJ