This is an extra post as I was tagged by

I have been tagged by the lovely Emma for the Autumn Tag. The Autumn Tag is a way to share some personal things about the season. I love autumn because the rainy weather allows me to stay inside knitting and reading without feeling guilty:)

Rules:

  1. Put the tag badge and rules in your post.
  2. Answer the 10 fall-related questions.
  3. Tag at least 5 other bloggers to join the fun!

What’s your favorite fall outfit? I can be found most often in my skinny jeans, tall boots and sweater and vest. I get to be warm and not look weird:)
Your favourite drink to have in the fall?  I drink tea all year round, but during the Fall I make chai tea at home more often.  I love the spicy sweet combination.  Feels like a treat without being bad for me:)
Does your family have any fall traditions? If so, what are they? My family really don’t have any traditions now, other than trying to meet up on Remembrance Day.  When I was younger we always camped on the Thanksgiving long weekend as it was my brother’s birthday and the start of hunting season.
What are some activities and events you enjoy going to in the fall months?  I don’t really have specific activities for the Fall, I still run, read, bake, knit, hang out with friends, etc.
What’s your favorite fall-scented candle? I think it would be the smell of baking as I get to bake more in the Fall since the weather is cooler:)
Tell us about one of your favorite fall memories.  My family was camping one year and we were having Thanksgiving dinner so there was a turkey in the oven of the camper. At about 8pm my father realized that the oven was not working. We didn’t end up having dinner until 1am that year, lol.
What are some fall movies you enjoy watching? I don’t like scary movies, but I do enjoy the cheesy Hallmark Fall movies. Unfortunately, they put this picture of activities I should be doing in my head.
What’s your favorite fall treat? I would say my favourite Fall treat is carmelized pear ice cream. So yummy!
If you celebrate Halloween, what is the best costume you’ve worn?  I was very lucky as a little girl and my mom and grandma always made my costumes. I really loved my cat costume and my fairy godmother costume.  In fact, I’m getting my mom to make me another fairy godmother costume as I need to dress up for school every year. If I had known I wasn’t going to grow, I would have just kept all of my costumes and had an amazing collection!

I nominate anyone who has some Fall favourites they would like to share:)
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One Foot in Front of the Other

It’s been a good day, just wish I felt better to enjoy it!

Exercise:

I was almost glad to wake up with a sore throat this morning as it explains my lack of energy and vigor lately. I did Bea Free‘a Tuesday workout. This was another deck of cards workout that was all ab exercises. I don’t think my abs have ever had twenty five minutes spent just on them. I’ll make sure they do again though! This week’s exercises by Bea Free are perfect for when you can’t be noisy! 

I also got out for an easy going thirty minute run after work today. I was going to go to clinic and do hills tonight but I’ve had this sore throat all day and I can’t miss work tomorrow so I decided not to do a gruelling workout tonight, but I didn’t want to do nothing! It was a great afternoon for a run as I caught a break when the sun was actually out. Glad for my wool though as it’s cold already!

I need to remember how well self- massage works to relieve pain and tightness in my legs during the weeks I don’t go for a massage. I’m finding my legs are feeling tired everyday, so I had better dig out the lotion (something I always have too much of) and dig in to loosen up those tight muscles! I don’t do anything special, but it really seems to help, just try to cover each major muscle group in the leg- quads, hamstrings, shins and calves. I obviously can’t dig my elbow in like my RMT does, but my thumbs are pretty good at digging in 😀

Teaching:

Miss crier had a great day. I’ve noticed that she’s smiling more these days which is good. I’ll take whatever I can get!

I had one little guy who went home after he started crying for the third time and complaining that his throat hurt. He’s not going to learn anything when he’s laying on the floor crying so he might as well go home. If I lay on the floor crying multiple times, will they let me go home, cause my throat hurts too!!??

I got my bottom desk drawer tidied and organized on my prep today. I know this is not exciting for anyone else, but this drawer has been driving me nuts and has been on my to-do list since the beginning of school in September so to have it done feels wonderful!😀

We even managed to get outside for some play time this afternoon as the sun came out. It’s been super windy here yesterday and today. When I opened the door to let the children out the sound of the wind rushing through the trees was amazing! It was so cute to see the children running around trying to catch leaves that the wind was tossing around!

I played a “game” with my anxious little guy first thing this morning. Flip an alphabet card and the first to say the letter name gets the card. I gave him a five second head start each time. He managed to get ten cards which is an improvement from the five letters he knew at the start of the year:) Im hoping that by Christmas we are playing using the sounds, as he’ll know the letter names!

Some of the lead rubbings I’ve been talking about. Definitely turned out better than the other class’. I should have taken photographic evidence to submit, but didn’t think about it until just now:(

Eating:

I mainly stick to the plan so I’m happy with myself:). Feel so much better!

Family & Friends:

I picked my friend Lyndsay and her son up this morning as her car was broken and she got in with a Starbucks drink for me.  It was totally not necessary, but oh so sweet of her. I don’t know what she got me, but boy did it taste good! Or maybe the taste was enhanced by the kind act!

I also went to let Wilson and Kula out for my friends who were working tonight. Wilson heard the wind and refused to step a paw out the door, but Zkula happily played in the yard for a bit before collapsing on my lap.   Awwwww!

I also dropped by to visit my aunt and uncle quickly to get them to take my birthday gift to my nephew over to the Island for me. It was great to see them as it seems like it’s been forever! My uncle of course, asked if I was dating anyone. Sorry to disappoint you uncle, but no one in this town wants to date me, lol. He says I’m too strong and I intimidate guys. I really don’t think that’s possible at 4’7″!🤣
Blogging:

I read about so many good books and ideas and I don’t want to come across as someone who doesn’t follow through so today I started a page for two of the reading challenges that Abbey at Three Cats and a Girl has started. I’ve had to alter the classics challenge a bit as fifty classics in five years was just overwhelming to me when added to all the other reading I do, so I’m aiming for ten:) I know, with my personality, I’ll try to do all ten right away to get the job done. Lol. I did download the Librivox app today which Abbey had suggested. It’s free classic audiobooks. I think I might try listening to them on my longer runs. I’ve been listening to Hospital Sketches by Louisa May Alcott as I knitted today. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to follow it and would lose track of what was happening, but so far so good:)

Reading:

I am still making my way through The Shadow of the Wind. I have twenty more chapters to go before Sunday, but I think I’ll make it as it’s more interesting now. That’s only four chapters a day:) I can do that!

Knitting:

I have finally finished the doll blanket I am making for my secretary’s granddaughter. It is just blocking, but will hopefully be dry by morning! It really is a pretty cream colour, it’s just the lights in my condo that make it look yellow:( Now I need to figure out what to do next. The last class on Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup that I’m interested in this month is learning a new technique. Maybe I’ll look for an entrelac pattern.  Oh as I write this I realize I should cast on the 98-33 handwarmers pattern so that I have them to keep me warm at work!

Well I’m going back to knitting, reading and drinking hot tea with lemon. If anyone has a way to cure a cold (I’ve been taking ColdFX and Emergen-C), I’d love to hear it as I really don’t have time for this right now!

Have fun!

AJ

Running All Day!

I feel like I’ve been running all day (and not literally so it’s not a good thing🤣)!

Exercise:

This morning my alarm went off and I actually turned it off, set another alarm for an hour later and rolled over…but then my eyes popped open as I thought of having to tell you all that I had skipped my run. My run was not pretty, not fast, not lovely, not long, but I went. 16 mins, 2km in a figure right around the block. There were lots of people out for a rainy morning, and one car drove me nuts twice!!! Grrrr😖

I also got a quick workout in this evening, again didn’t feel like it, but didn’t want to have to write that I didn’t do it. When I got home, I spent some time catching up on my wordpress reader (can’t miss what everyone is up to!) and came across this deck of cards workout by Bea Free. I knew I didn’t have the energy for my typical Lyndsay workout, so I decided to do this one. I did the entire deck of cards in about twenty minutes. It was fun, went quick and was something new. I think it might be my new Tuesday morning workout as it was quite quiet! The only thing is that I’m not sweating like a pig like I do after Lyndsay’s workouts. I think I may need to mix and match these workouts so there is one leg move, one arm move, one ab exercise and a cardio move in each workout. Though I need to thank Bea as she got me off the couch and moving tonight:)

Teaching:

Shucks! As I start to type this, I realize I didn’t get a picture of the leaf rubbings we did on Friday to share, though I did get them up. I have to giggle a bit at how competitive I can be. The teacher I work closely with( we both teach grade one so we plan and prep together and often put our classes together to do things too) doesn’t work Fridays and there is a new teacher this year who comes in. She is my age but has mostly just parks and rec experience, not classroom. Last week when we decided on leaf art, she suggested leaf prints using paint. I replied that there was no way I was going to use paint with my class yet and so decided to do the leaf rubbings instead.  Well today I got to see the other class’ art as the teacher put them up and mine look way better 🤣🤣🤣. I need to stop this, but I just giggle at myself and carry on.

We had tears again this morning, but I just completely ignored it and they stopped pretty quick. She was out of the coat room and ready for the day in an appropriate amount of time and I praised her for that.

My class was amazing at one point today! I have a prep right after recess break while my students go to music. I guess the music teacher dropped the children off, but I was next door planning with the other teacher. By the time I got to my classroom, 95% of the children were at their seats already doing quiet time. They had the music on, lights off, lamps on even! I am always so impressed when they can follow the routines without my direction!!!! It makes me smile just thinking about it now!

Of course, I also had a little guy who decided to scribble all over his desk! This is the second time so today he was handed a rag along with soap and water and told to clean it up! He had to scrub pretty hard so hopefully this will discourage any future artistic moments!

I feel like I never stopped today as I spent every spare second completing the family group lists for the school and setting the children up on a home reading program. At least both are done now and hopefully tomorrow qill be calmer at school. Then at lunch I had to run home to get my keys and the pillow cover I had forgotten this morning.

Reading:

I haven’t even gotten to my book yet today:( I’m halfway though and the story is picking up which makes it much easier to read!

While I was reading what everyone had posted today, I came across Jay’s post about the book Carnegie Maid. It sounds awesome and when I commented he came back with the fact that it might still be on netgallery. I’ve never even heard of this place, but am thinking if it has books, I might be in trouble😂🤔😳

Errands:

After school I dropped my friend and her son off at home as her car is broken, then hightailed it out to Costco for gas. I was hoping it would be a little quieter on a Monday and I suppose it was though there seemed to be a tour group there. Since when is Costco a tourist destination?  I grabbed gas and then went looking for a pillow insert, buttons and lego at Walmart and completely struck out:( I decided to go back to Costco and boy am I ever glad I did! Lego sets for $18 (about half of what Walmart was charging) and I even managed to get a window art set for my niece for her Christmas present! I always love how lego products say for ages 5-12. I think my almost forty year old brother has at least as much fun as my eight year old nephew, or perhaps more, playing with Lego. I love Costco!  It made for a very busy night though as I didn’t get home until 7, then had to eat and workout.

Eating:

I’m pretty mad at myself for what I’ve eaten today:( I had all my food ready for the week, but I still ate extra and I just never seemed to get full:( I need to get my eating back under control as I don’t want to put any more weight on! I want to get rid of the four pounds I’ve already put on!!!! I sure hope tomorrow is better! No, let me change that, tomorrow will be better because I will make it better! 

Knitting:

Haven’t gotten to that yet either:( I really don’t like this getting home so late! I’m just working on a doll blanket so it should have been done today! I’ll have to knit a bit around breakfast time tomorrow, maybe it will help with the eating too!

Ok I’m going to skip the rest of the night and just crawl into bed on this rainy, cold, ugly night!

Have fun!

AJ

A Little of This, A Little of That…

Since I plan to do nothing more than knit on the couch, I might as well tell you about my day:)

Exercise:

As I drove to my run this morning at a local park, the sky ahead of me was so beautiful! The sun was just coming up and I always love that yellow glow that overtakes the sky. I thought about stopping to get a picture, but I knew it wouldn’t do it justice. I did get a picture of the gorgeous pond at the park though. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it that still. The park is off leash for dogs until 10am so normally there’s a couple playing in the water. I guess it was just too cold this morning.

My run this morning was lovely as Sarah and Kula showed up to keep me company and Dennis also came and went on our run. He’s super fast so I think he was doing circles around us. Even with taking it slow and allowing for Kula stops (everyone wants to pat a cute puppy), it still only took us 37 minutes. I was expecting 45, so pretty good.  It was a gorgeous morning, but I was surprised by he lack of colour change on the leaves. I keep wanting to have pretty Fall running pictures for you, but I’ll just have to give you the gorgeous views from my condo!

I also got my butt off the couch later this evening for a workout. It was called the leg burner and was aptly named. Only 16 minutes long, but by 3/4 of the way through, my legs were talking. Think a lot of lunges, squats and jumping with weights! I cheated at the end and did twisted mountain climbers instead of broad jump burpees. 😂

Now I just have to come up with where to run tomorrow!

Socializing:

Just coffee after our run, though I did hang out in Starbucks for an extra fifteen minutes after all my running buddies left to take advantage of the free wifi.  It was just a quiet day today for me:)

Eating:

I got all my food ready for the week- cinnamon raisin bread with peanut butter for breakfast, blueberries and yogurt for recess, turkey soup to which I added the ground pork I needed to cook up for lunch, cheese and cucumber for dinner:) Hopefully this will help me have a healthy week as the scale hasn’t been my friend since Thanksgiving and I’m not about to let it get out of control.

The one thing I did do for the first time in the kitchen today was to cook bacon in the oven.  I hate cooking bacon because I am level wi the stove so all those splatters are getting my face and neck- not fun!  I put a cooling rack over a tinfoil lined baking sheet and laid out the bacon slices. I cooked them at 350 for about ten minutes and they came out great. Definitely the easiest and cleanest way I’ve ever made bacon before and I’ll definitely be doing it again! I put the bacon in my soup as I don’t actually care for bacon, so I’m hoping I won’t notice it too much in there! 

Reading:

I made myself read a chapter of the Shadow of the Wind after every twelve rows I knitted today. I’m almost halfway and the story line is picking up and becoming more interesting. Yipppee!

Lol I realized I do this a lot- work on many things at once, doing a little of each. It can’t be multiples of the same type though- like there is never two knitting projects at once, lol. I like to accomplish and I feel as though this technique allows me to accomplish as much as possible without getting bored or a project. The only thing I haven’t worked on today that I should have was my photo project. I’ll have to start doing five or ten labels each day and I’ll be done in no time:)

Knitting:

This got the majority of my attention today. I was knitting away on the cushion cover and was over halfway when I realized that it seemed quite large. I of course hadn’t heckled gauge because it was just a cushion cover 😜, but I quickly determined it was going to be a long and low cushion cover instead of a square.

Pattern:

I used the pattern smushion from Ravelry for its stitch counts, etc but didn’t follow the pattern as my mom was right, it wouldn’t have shown up.  I knit 94 stitches for about 44 rows, then bound off 47 of them for the back. I knit another 3″ and then made four button holes in the next row. My button holes were only 2 stitches wide as the four called for, seemed extremely large! I knit another inchc after the button holes and then casted off. I mattress stitches the bottom together and voila I had a cushion cover. I just need to hit Walmart tomorrow for a cushion insert and four buttons because of course I don’t have four the same:(

I have entered this project into the Muggle Studies class on the Harry Potter House Cup group because it definitely was made with irritating yarn!  I sneezed repeatedly from dust while taking the sweater apart and then since the wool wasn’t smooth, it was continuously getting caught on itself, grrrrr!😬

I have just started a doll blanket out of the same yarn for my secretary’s granddaughter, but hopefully I’ll be done that before bed. I think tomorrow I’ll be casting on the 98-33 handwarmers that Abbey of Three Cats and a Girl is making. I need a pair for work because my room is cold!

Well I’m off to finish the doll blanket. Sorry I didn’t have an exciting day to tell you about, but I did get some rest and relaxation which will hopefully stand me in good stead for the week!

Have fun!

AJ

Rearranged Day

A busy day that rearranged itself into a quiet day. I was supposed to go for a run and lunch and then shopping with another friend, but…

Exercise:

I slept in this morning and didn’t wake up until 8am. I never put an alarm on as I don’t normally need one but I may have to start using one for Saturday morning. I felt it was too late to go do the crunch as it gets super busy there so I said goodbye to the cinnamon roll for today. Lately I had been thinking about the step aerobics video I used to do daily when I first started getting fit in university. I decided to try it out this morning. I popped it in and did the whole thing. I was warm and glistening but not dripping sweat like I usually am after a bootcamp workout. It was nice to know I’ve improved in fitness over the past twenty years 🤣

Later this afternoon my running buddies joined me for a run around Coquitlam River. I have been wanting to run here as it’s beautiful when the leaves turn colour and fall, but there really weren’t any picturesque spots yet:( I had to make do with these photos. Kula had been at doggy daycare so we didn’t know how far we’d make it before he refused to go any further but we actually got all the way around- a 5km run. At the end we saw this cute signboard on the fence.He is getting better at being a running buddy every time we got out though he still provides cross training in the form of jumping over him as he cuts you off😂 He was definitely tuckered out by the end!

Eating:

I finally finished all the Thanksgiving leftovers (but not the turkey soup yet) and got the chance to try another one of the Vegan cheeses my mom had brought me from the Oliver Wine Festival. I tried the smoked Gouda this time. It was again a little slippery to the touch and the flavour was light, but still quite delicious. Would be great with an apple in a sandwich as it’s not a strong taste. 

So far, I’ve been impressed with these Vegan Black Sheep cheeses!

I also had the chance to go out for sushi today with my human running buddy. Kula decided to stay home for a nap instead 😂.  I’m lucky Sarah was willing to drive to Maple Ridge so we could go to Wasabi Sushi which has a huge gluten free sushi menu:)

I managed to decide on the salmon avocado roll, the BC roll and the Botan Ebi nigiri. It was all so delicious! 

I highly recommend this place! It’s even nice enough for a date:). The only thing was that tonight they made a point of bringing me gluten free ginger; I didn’t realize there could be gluten in pickled ginger. I’ll have to look into this.

Knitting:

I finally did something useful today and organized my circular knitting needles. When I checked Pinterest for ideas on how to store them, I liked the CD case idea, but settled for the page protectors I already had. I’ll have to bring home a binder from school on Monday.  Is it weird that I wish I could buy new circular needles to replace some of mine just so that they would be in their original packages. I’ve now learned to store my needles in the package they come in, but I have to admit I didn’t always know this and now I regret it😞

I also got the yarn organized that has been piling up in the basket beneath my coffee table. It was a real wreck and was getting out of control! It is now a lovely organized basket:) If anyone has any pattern suggestions for what to do with multiple small sock yarn ends (less than 100 meters and some as small as 20 meters), please let me know, otherwise I may need to garbage them.

I have started just a plain pillow cover for my mom as she was right when she said that a pattern wouldn’t show up with the fluffy yarn I’m using (sometimes I hate how she’s always right lol). Hopefully I’ll be able to show you a finished product soon!

Blogging:

You may have noticed I had an unusual blog post earlier today. Abbey at Three Cats and a Girl (an amazing reader and interesting person so check out her blog) had tagged me in a reading blog and I finally got it finished today. It was a tough blog post! First I had to learn how to tag people, then I had to figure out the answers. That was quite the task as I’m not great at remembering what I’ve read.  I had Goodreads to help me, but I’ve recorded 1152 books I’ve read on there so it was still quite overwhelming. I never did learn to cut and paste so I had to retune everything on my phone which took a lot longer than it probably should have. It was an interesting experience and really made me think so probably a good thing!

Reading:

It really worked last night writing about my book club book as I got a few chapters read and am now almost 1/3 of the way done. I’m hoping to get a few more chapters read tonight. Perfect night for it as it’s cold and dark here!

Project:

I’ve had pictures from my Boston trip printed for a while but haven’t written the date on them yet so they can be deleted off my phone ( the whole point of printing them!) and today I finally asked myself why?  I realized it was because I have pictures printed and dated from my last three trips that aren’t in albums yet and I want to get them dealt with first so I don’t get all these photos confused.  So here I sit organizing the photos from my trip out East in May for my friend’s wedding. I don’t know if I’ll get them labelled tonight but they will at least get put into an album today:)

With knitting, reading, album making and laundry to do tonight, I had better get going!

Have fun!

AJ

This Is My Truth Now Tag

I am doing an extra post today to do this tag. I’ll do my usual daily recap tonight:)

I have been tagged by Abbey of Three Cats and a Girl for the This is My Truth Now tag that Jay created. I have loved getting to know Abbey and Jay through their blogs. Abbey inspires me with her reading habit. She is so good about challenging herself through her reading and learning new tasks such as knitting. Jay keeps me entertained with his dog Ryder’s posts and gets me to think about words in new ways through his 365 Challenge. I am in awe of his recent holiday- beautiful pictures! 

You should definitely check out both of their blogs!

Here are my answers to the questions:

Truth:

1. You’re on your way to a birthday dinner that your friends have thrown for you. When you arrive, your favourite author is having dinner by himself or herself and asks you to sit with them, before you even see your friends or they see you. You have two choices: (1) You can sit with the author, but can’t tell your friends that you’ve abandoned them for three hours, or (2) Meet your friends and lose the only chance you’ll ever have to talk with the author. Pick one or the other- no exceptions or communication to your friends to tell them about the author – and explain why:

I would like to sit with the author as my friends know me well enough to know I am book crazy and when you’ve been friends for as long as we have, they have to forgive you. I think in real life though, I’m way too shy to talk to someone I don’t know:(

2. You’ve got an opportunity to spend a few hours alone “in your bedroom” with a character from any book you’ve previously read. The character tells you that (s)he would like to lock the door and spend some alone time with you. What book and character is it, and do you decide to enter the room and lock the door, or tell them you’re not interested?

Hmmm I read a lot of trashy romances so there’s plenty of characters to choose from, but it would depend whether this was going to be a one night stand and how well I knew the guy!

3. If you could turn any male character from one of your favourite books into a female character (or change a female into a male) in the book or book series, which one and why?

I would change “Joe” from You by Carolyn Kepnes into a female as maybe then he wouldn’t spend all his time stalking and killing women!

4. What blogger currently on your follower’s list (meaning they follow you too) do you admire the most and why?

I admire Chelsea at Thedancingrunner as I’m always inspired by her. She seems to be living life to the fullest and she ran a 100km and still ran later that week! I just can’t imagine being able to do that, but it definitely inspires me to get out there!

5. If you could any one decision your favourite book character made, what would it be and why?

I can’t say I really have a favourite book character- there’s just too many good ones, but I would definitely have Anne Elliot of Persuasion marry Frederick Wentworth the first time he asked!!!

6. If you could pick one character from a book and one character from a TV show you watch (that is not based on a book) to be in a relationship together, who would you choose and why?

Sorry I don’t have cable and I don’t watch any online TV so I really can’t answer this.

7. It’s your last day on Earth. As you are about to cross that final finish line, a mysterious shadow appears, giving you a choice: (1) You can move forward to whatever comes next for you (based on your own spiritual and religious beliefs), or (2) you can become a character in a book series and exist permanently doing whatever that author chooses to do with you in the book. Which do you choose, and if its option 2, reveal the book and author.

I’ll take the moving forward because one bad book review and who knows what the author would Have me doing😳.

8. If you could steal a pet from someone in any book you’ve read but had to replace it with a friend’s pet (meaning they wouldn’t ever see their pet again), would you do it? If so, explain the who and why.

No I wouldn’t do it. First, pet selection is individual so a friend’s pet suits that friend, not someone else. Plus I think pets have feelings and that would be cruel for the pet too!

9. If you could turn someone from your real life into a character from a book, who from your life, who in the book and why?

I would turn my friend Lyndsay into Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games as she is tough emotionally and physically!

10. Post a picture of the cover of a book you read in 2000 and the book you are currently reading now. (Note: if you weren’t alive in 2000, pick the first book you ever read and tell everyone what year it was from).

I was in university and changing my life in 2000.


This is the book club. I’ll I am slowly getting through now.

11. Your favourite character(under18) needs a place to stay for three months and asks if (s)he could stay in your spare room (yes, you have one for the sake of this question). Who is it and what is the reason (s)he needs to stay with you?

It would be Matilda from the book by Ronald Dahl and she would be going to university.

12.  What is one superpower/magic skill that a favourite haracter of yours has that you wish you had as well? What character, what power/skill and why? (You can change this question when added to your blog, but please let me know your answer to this question in the comments below).

It would be the magic ability of Hermione in Harry Potter. She is so good with that wand!

Dare: If you choose not to accept the tag, you have to follow through in whatever dare the person who tags you chooses.

Read a book that is wildly popular right now, but that you really don’t want to read!

I Tag:

Anyone who follows me and wants to try this challenge! I don’t really want to impose on anyone, but would love to see what other people say:). it’s quite the challenge!

Rule Time:

  • Create your own new post and call it “Tag: Thu is my Truth Now” and be sure to include in your tags the words (without quotes) “ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag” 
  • Include these rules when you copy/paste your own post
  • Be sure to thank the person that tagged you and include heir responses at the bottom of your post, so someone can get to know them too. Tell everyone something interesting about the Person who tagged you.
  • Include a link to my (Jay’s) original post mentioning this blog so we can see how many people choose to play along. 
  • Choose twelve bloggers to tag and include a link to their latest post, so others can check them out and meet new people.
  • Answer all 12 questions in The Challenge Wuestions section, but replace the 12th question with your own new one around telling the truth or revealing something interesting about yourself- you can leave the existing if you can’t think of something or complete the dare at the end.
  • Be sure to copy/paste the truth or dare section at the end of this post. It’s important to the challenge- so you better read it carefully!
  • If you haven’t been tagged, but you want to play along, you can totally jump on in and post responses to the tag on your blog.

Where did the day go?

I don’t know how she does it?

Exercise:

I went out this morning for my run. I had been planning to do Guildford again, but I have to admit that run is always tough on me because I come back with such slow numbers. I know intellectually it’s because of stoplights and hills, but it’s still tough emotionally on me and I didn’t need that today! Besides, was I going to let one weird guy stop me from a run I like? So I decided to go out along Murray street. No weird guy, the usual runner and senior walking couple and awesome splits! I was happy! I was well under 7 minutes for each kilometre, except the last. I need to figure out a solution as I think I slow down because I know I’m running out of sidewalk.  Hmmm????

I didn’t walk to work today, but did have a workout with Lyndsay after school. We usually work out onMonday  morning but she was having to cut it short as her husband had to leave for work. It didn’t bother me ( I’m usually dying by then anyways), but it seemed to stress her out, so I suggested Friday nights. My motivation is way less to exercise on Friday after work so better to be meeting someone!  It worked great! I also grabbed a few pictures of the new garden across the street from me as I was waiting for her.

We jogged over to her gym as our warm up and then did 25 minutes of intervals on the treadmill. I’ve noticed that my pace has increased. She goes between hard and harder and my pace used to be 5.8/6.2 and now it’s 6.6/7.3. 🎊🎉🎊🤔

We hit the floor for some weights. 13 reps since it was the thirteenth and four sets of chest press, bicep curl, skier squat, jump squats and punch jacks. Yup I worked my tush off!

Teaching:

It was crazy today! We had a department head meeting so my day started early as it was my turn to pick up the coffees ( though I did enjoy the eye candy in the coffee shop this morning. Maybe I need to do this more often lol).  The meeting was fine but I was asked to deal with another discipline issue as my principal’s daughter was involved. This turned out to be a she said/she said situation around lice.  It worked out fine as it seemed to have been a misunderstanding, but it took all day to deal with it! I had to interview all three girls separately and then speak with them all together. I started st 9:30 this morning and was fitting it in all day until finally at 2pm it was resolved:( grrr I so don’t want to be a principal and I’m not paid enough for this!!!!! The one good thing that came if it was that my students have been rockstars dealing with me leaving all the time! They can be so sweet!

We made Where Is Turkey mini books this morning and they got their mini book bags ( ziplock bags) to keep in their desks. You’d think I’d given them gold!

We also did leaf rubbing art this afternoon. We took a quick run outside to collect four or five leaves each and then came in and did rubbings with warm colours ( there was the art concept!). They actually turned out great and I meant to get a picture of some of them. Oh well, Monday when I get them put up!

Eating/ Cooking

Just too many scones!!!

Blogging:

I’ve found so many interesting people to follow, but now it takes me so much longer to get through reading then all😂. A true first world problem!  Abbey, I’ll get to that tag this weekend, unless I’ve left it too long? Shucks I didn’t check to see if there was a time limit😳

Reading:

I haven’t been reading much this week but I think it’s because I have to read my book club book. I’m not really good when someone tells me what I have to do. Now though, I really have to read it as book club is next Sunday!😳. I love book club but some of the books are tougher to get through!

Knitting:

I was thinking of keeping my project a secret but decided to tell my mom what I was doing. I’m taking apart a sweater my grandma made for my aunt in the 80s or 90s. My mom called it a polar bear sweater but I think more of s yeti,🤣. Right away my mom said she thought it would make awesome pillow covers for her new RV. Thank you mom since that’s exactly what I was planning to do! So here I sit, taking apart a sweater.

The sweater, though it really doesn’t show its ginormous size.

I wish I had more interesting plans to tell you about tonight but it’s Friday night and I’m a teacher so the teapot is the furthest I’m going tonight!

Just had to show the pretty sky outside my place tonight:)

Everyone have fun for me!

AJ

Smiles All Around

A good day all the way around:)

Exercise:

I got my butt out the door this morning and ran the hill again, just like last Thursday morning. The difference today was that I ran more and walked less so it only took me 11:30 to get up the hill, down from the thirteen of last week. I just felt really strong today and pushed myself to start running solidly from the curve just past halfway. Yay!

I walked to work but these two things ended up being my only exercise for the day.

Teaching:

It was a day of no tears, much better than yesterday. I’ll even take alternating days as it’s at least an improvement. I find dealing with the crying and tantrums so draining! The children were great today. When the computer teacher dropped them off after my prep and I wasn’t in the room, some of them read and others got their planners out to be ready for the message. Pretty impressive! I was also pleased they didn’t go crazy but went and got the teacher next door:)

The worst thing today was spending the day scratching because one of my students has lice. I do t think I have it, but even the word makes me itchy!!!!!

Baking:

I got home earlier than I was expecting. I had really wanted to make the muffins Nothing But Knit 2 had talked about this morning, but then realized I disnt have time to convert it to gluten free and dairy free and I didn’t have the applesauce I thought I did:(. So I grabbed a scone mix my class had given me as a gift. I don’t normally buy baking mixes as I find it very easy to do things from scratch, but I wasn’t about to let it go to waste ( yes I’m a frugal person😀).  I had never used a Pamela’s product before, but was game. 

The recipe for both biscuits and scones was on the package. It wasn’t anything difficult. Cut 8tbsp of butter substitute and 1/2 cup sugar into the package contents. Add 1/2 cup dried fruit, 1/4 cup nuts and 1 cup milk and mix until just combined. Turn the mix into a greased piece of parchment, shape and then bake for 20-25 minutes. I also brushed them with milk and sprinkled sugar on top ( to make them seem more like the Starbucks ones I see). I used white granulated sugar on some and brown turbinado sugar on others. I’ll have to remember to pay attention to see if it makes a difference. 

They looked good.

But I can’t say that I really love the taste of them. I find the texture a little grainy and they seem to taste old to me. I definitely won’t buy the mix myself as I think I like from scratch scones better. Oh well, at least I now know:)

Knitting:

I had started a good in gray last night, but decided tonight after talking to my knitting buddy who was over, to rip it out. I think it was going to be too short and would probably drive me crazy! I decided to make a toque instead.

Yarn:

This is a basic Red Heart bulky yarn. It’s fine for what it is, but definitely nothing special. I’ve been trying to think what I had used it for and I think it was an afghan. 

Pattern: Lomond Hat by Littletheorem. 

I slightly altered the pattern by joining into the round immediately instead of doing the brim flat. I also did 5″ of the double seed stitch brim, rather than 3″. I skipped the short row shaping too, otherwise I followed the very clear instructions.

The toque knit up very fast on 6mm needles with the bulky yarn and I managed to finish it in one knit night! I am happy with the results and it is super warm and thick😀 I think it will also count for a third class in the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup.

I already know what project I’m starting tomorrow, though maybe I should sort something first!

Well now I have to be off to sleep as I have a meeting in the morning and I still want to run before that!

Have fun!

AJ

Good decisions, bad decisions…

I made good decisions today, I just wish everyone else I came into contact with had as well! 

Exercise:

I got out this morning for my run along Guildford Drive. After it being so busy on Friday morning I was surprised to see no one out this morning. I passed one dog walker and a couple of people at bus stops, but no runners. It wasn’t my best run, but not my worst and it’s done so it’s a success and a run is always a good decision.

It’s unfortunately the only exercise I got today because I had a massage and had to miss my usual Wednesday workout with the staff at school. I was so mad as this always feels like such a great workout!!! I checked and I have five more massages on Wednesdays this year. I’ve asked to be put on the wait list but if nothing else comes up, I’ll have to go as I become a rusty robot who can’t move without them:(. Here’s fingers crossed that I get different appointments because I can’t make the poor decision to skip them!

Teaching:

I spoke too soon yesterday. We had tears and wailing this morning:(. This little girl was just really defiant all day. I turned around at one point during clean up at the end of the day (I had crouched down to tie a child’s shoelaces) and she was standing on a stack of chairs eating!! We’ve talked about both of those things not being allowed in class!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr😬 You can bet we reviewed it again! 

I was principal today as my principal was away and most of the time nothing happens and this is an easy gig, but not today:( I had to take an hour out of my afternoon to get to the bottom of three grade two girls’ bathroom antics.  Who would want to hang out and play in the bathroom? I just don’t get it! I made each of them write out exactly what had happened and why it was not appropriate. Then sent it home with a note to parents and said they had to bring it back to me signed in the morning. I really wanted to make them clean the bathroom as I figure that would keep them from doing this ever again, but I’m not allowed to:(. I so dislike having to get my tough persona out!!!

Cooking:

My teaching partner had brought me her turkey bones so I threw them into the crockpot with water this morning. This evening, I’ve removed the bones and added celery, carrots, rice and spices. This is definitely the easiest way I’ve found to make turkey soup. I had to put all of my extra celery in because I’d forgotten to wrap it in tinfoil so it had gone soft (the best discovery my mom and I have ever made! We drove all the way to Chilliwack, an hour away, to a quilting store that turned out to be nothing special, but we picked up a free country newspaper and learned to wrap celery in tinfoil to keep it fresh and crunchy for weeks!). Hopefully this will make an awesome dinner tomorrow night:)

Knitting:

I declined doing much cleaning, only tidied and cleaned the bathroom and swept even though I have company coming tomorrow night. Knitting won out over cleaning! I finally finished the Canucks scarf for my nephew! 

I saved 10 grams of the yarn in case I need to make the toque larger. I’m just so happy to be done with this yarn for now! The scarf is simply 36 stitches, Knit 2, purl 2 every row. It definitely looks like a little boy scarf and I tested it on myself and I think the length will be okay.

On Sunday when I went to Brenda’s for dinner and knitting I had such a difficult time deciding on what my next project was going to be. I finally realized it was because I was looking at my new yarn when I really do try to switch and do a project with some of my recycled or older yarn between each I do with new yarn. One of the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup classes for October asks for something to be knit in gray so I found some gray in my stash and spent some time this evening measuring out how many meters I had. (Thanks mom for leaving your metal straight edge ruler at my house! Muhahaha you’re not getting it back now!) I have 136.8 meters so now I’m on Ravelry looking for a pattern. At least this new Ravelry group is helping me decide on projects, as I’m truly awful at making decisions!

Blogging:

Here’s my test for linking to  another blogger. I figure I have to figure this out before I can do the post that Abbey/Three Cats and a Girl tagged me in. Would someone please let me know if this link takes you to Abbey’s blog.  I just hope it does as putting that there has now taken me 16 minutes!!!!

Well I’m back to searching for my next project:) I just hope your days have been calmer than mine!

Have fun!

AJ

Assessing

It’s been a day of assessing myself and my students.

Exercise:

The other day, Marina @ Happy Healing mentioned a boxing class and it made me remember how much I loved my kickboxing class, so this morning I got up and did a twenty minute kickboxing workout. I loved it and felt that my arms really got a workout. It’s only as I write this that I realize I didn’t do the abs that I had planned to:(

I walked to and from work and tonight I got out the door to Run Clinic at the Runner’s Den. We did a pyramid workout. We did two repeats of the pyramid and had thirty seconds of rest throughout. It went – 30 sec, 45 sec, 60 sec, 75 sec, 60 sec, 45 sec, 30 sec.  it was a quick workout- just over 5km but it was fun. You just start running and it’s over! Two women were bugging me as they were pulling the group and still able to talk during the intervals- move up!!! Grrr! I had to assess whether I was going out with the right group tonight, why can’t they? However, the great thing tonight was that I finally quit saving my new Asics running shoes and got them onto my feet!

Aren’t they shiny and clean?? Lol, not for long😜

Teaching:

We had a day with no tears!!! 🎉🎊🎉🎊 I think it’s the first time this year! I’ll have to think about the day to determine if there is anything special that contributed to that.   Nothing too exciting today, but we made thankful hands this afternoon. Each student got a traced hand and had to draw and write what they were thankful for on it. I was really impressed! Many years I’ve had to dig deep to get students beyond being thankful for their toys, but this year I didn’t have one who said that:). They were thankful for trees, the world, pets, parents, family, Granny, their house, water, being able to play outside, being able to go to school. It was great to see the children really get the concept:) 

The only other interesting thing today was that I wrote my student’s interim report cards today. These are a checklist of social behaviours and work habits that we send home on Friday to let parents know how their child is doing. It sometimes feels as though this is way too soon as I don’t really know the children yet.  As I wrote them, most were good, though two were the worst I think I’ve ever written, I realized that I’ve only had my students for nineteen days so far. Wow! Maybe I shouldn’t expect so much from these poor little five year olds😂. Thankfully most of them rise to the occasion.

I left the staff room early at lunch today as I was tired of listening to the complaining. We have a new report card this year, and we have to use it so let’s just accept it and move on. Some of my colleagues are spending way too much time complaining about it. This negativity starts to get to me! Why complain about something we can’t change at this time to people who can’t do anything about it? I’d rather just start dealing with it as best we can!

Blogging:

You’ll notice in the exercise paragraph I mentioned another blogger. That was where I was attempting to practice linking to another blog. Thanks for all the instructions, but I must have missed something:( I found the paperclip or chain and pressed that, but there didn’t seem to be a way to highlight the URL on the other blog. I am working on an iPhone, can anyone tell me how to highlight and copy a URL?? Please🙏🏻 

And to Abbey, I’m not ignoring the post you tagged me in, I just figure I need to know how to link before I do it:( 

I so dislike the feeling of not being able to do something that I think I should be able to do!!!!!! I think my 94 year old Grandma was better with tech than I am!

Socializing:

I am yet again the only single person on staff. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked if I’m married and then had to endure either the awkward silence when I say no or the “oh I can’t believe you’re not taken- you’re so cute” speech.  I’m not sure which is worse! I’m not sure what I’m going to do about this situation yet. I have a good life- a career I love, my own place, a vehicle, independence, etc, but I’m also surrounded by these great marriages in my family and I can’t help wanting that too. Hmmm this is going to require more thought🤔

Knitting:

I am still furiously knitting away on my nephew’s scarf. I had forgotten about run clinic when I said it should be fine today, but hopefully tomorrow!

I’m just sitting here listening to the rain start, boy did we have perfect timing for our run tonight as it stayed dry the whole time after pouring all day and starting again now!

I’m off to knit more in the hopes of being done before I go crazy from using the same yarn for too long!

Have fun!

AJ