Day 21

Well it was definitely a better day, even with some bad news.

Exercise:

I just wanted to stay home and read my book but I was meeting Dennis so there was no choice but to show up for my run. I wonder if I will ever not be nervous before a run?

We ran out 4km on the opposite side of the river than we normally run, and I was finding my knees were hurting because it was loose gravel. I have to admit I had a small meltdown and said I was done at 4km. Unfortunately I’m small and Dennis just pushed me along. We ended up running the dyke into a regional park and through there and back to where we started. His watch said 12km, mine said 10.56 as I only have it going when I’m running so warm ups and water breaks don’t count. I felt good when I was done! Dennis says I’m getting stronger and if you’re running buddy says it, it must be true right?

That statement did get me to workout this evening. I changed it up and did only weights and no cardio moves. So a minute of jogging between these moves: reverse lunges, curtsy lunges, sumo squats, plié squats, deadlifts, hip raises, plank, Russian twists, knee tucks, bicycle crunches, crunches, reverse crunches, bicep curls, chest press, bent over rows, front raises, pullovers, overhead tricep extension. I sure hope I hit every muscle group!

Knitting:

I am working on a sleeve using the magic loop method. So far I am much slower at it than when I use DPNs but I figure I have to persevere and give it a fair try. I’ll let you know what I decide.

Reading:

I finished the book Burn For Me by Lea Coll, another of the books in the series I have been reading. I liked this one best so far as I didn’t yell at the heroine at all. I always like it when characters snipe at each other. Now I am trying to resist the temptation of buying the first book in the series, Choose Me as I am not supposed to spend money on books!!!

I have also been listening some more to Cooked by Michael Pollan as I work on the jigsaw puzzle. It’s been interesting so far.

Eating:

I need to get back to my healthy eating. I had bought frozen food because of the situation we are in, but so far I’ve been able to get out to grocery shop every week so I think I’m going to go back to just buying my fruits, veggies and protein.

My fish and chips were good today though:)

Well I think that’s my whole day.

Have fun!

AJ

Day 21- just can’t settle

I don’t know if it was because of a lack of exercise today, the fact I didn’t stick with routine or if life just got to me but I unfortunately spent most of the day moving between the regular activities and eating 🙄

Knitting:

I have finished the first skein if yarn and am thinking I will do the sleeves next so that I can get as much length on the sweater as possible. I probably could have had a sleeve done today, but it just didn’t happen.

Reading:

I finished Rock Bottom Girl by Lucy Score. This is the next book that is being read by the Not Your Mom’s Romance Bookclub. I really enjoyed it even though the main heroine couldn’t get out of her own way. I think that was done purposefully though. I liked the messages in the book that we don’t know how other people feel about their life, not everything that looks perfect is, and that everyone can be important in some way, and to someone. This was a good read!

I also finished Be With Me by Lea Coll. It is the next book in the series I have been reading. This book was better as I only yelled at the heroine to not be stupid at the end of the book🤣🤣🤣

I am planning to start the next book in the series as soon as I finish writing this.

Exercise:

It was tough to get myself to do any activity today but in the end I did 20 minutes of yoga. My plan had been for a bike ride and a longer yoga session, but once again I’m going with the idea that something is better than nothing!

Other than working on the puzzle that is all I have done today. Tomorrow I am back to my usual run routine so let’s hope that helps!

Have fun!

AJ

Day 20, I think…

It’s so tough to keep track of days now!

Friendship:

I started the day off by grocery shopping for a friend who has to quarantine after travel. It was kind of fun and let me get out of the house and talk to the cashier a bit.

I have definitely realized how lucky I am with my friends- including you all on here. Thank you! You definitely make a difference to my life lately as I live a very solitary life!

House:

I had fifteen mi items left before the time I had set for phone calls so I got my kitchen tidied, the dishwasher on and the floor swept. It’s amazing how having a tidy kitchen immediately makes me feel better about the state of my condo. The rest can be a wreck as long as my kitchen is clean 🤣

Work:

I made myself finish off the phone calls and they went fine. The parents of one of my most difficult students are already getting a peak at what I’ve been talking about since September. Yes I smiled to myself:)

I also got Fresh Grade put into my phone and looked at the website version to start familiarizing myself with it. I added parent emails and sent the necessary invites and then had a conference call about Fresh Grade basics.

It was productive enough for me as I was again e haunted by the end of it!

Exercise:

I had arranged to run with Dennis at 1pm, but it turned out to definitely be too close to when I had eaten lunch. Digesting food is not a good thing to be doing while running. Note to self- I need more than an hour between eating and running.

It wasn’t a great run and I thought k Dennis was torturing me on purpose- he found every hill he possibly could, and if that wasn’t bad enough we had a strong headwind on the way home. I can now tell you that there are 158 squares in the sidewalk between Falcon and the top of hospital hill. Hey, whatever gets you up the hill, right?🤪. We finally called it quits at the fire hall at 8.02km.

This evening g I tortured myself with a Lyndsay workout. I had to do 1 min of each of the following: hip rotations, squats, jumping jacks, jog, skaters, burpees.

Then I did 36 banded squat walk, banded squat with side leg lift, banded hip raises, and 72 bicycles.

I then had to do two minutes of squat jacks, 2 mins of jogging and a minute of burpees.

It was then time for 36 banded front raises, 36 dumbbell rows, 36 dumbbell overhead tricep extension and 72 banded knee tucks.

I ended this torture with 20 second squat jumps, 10 second rest, 20 second squats, 10 second rest and repeat for four minutes.

Thank goodness tomorrow is a rest day!!

Though I have to admit I was thinking about going for a bike ride. How bad would it b for me to just grab my bike and go without a tune up?

Knitting:

I continue to knit in circles. I love fine gauge, but boy does it take forever!!

Well that’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ

Woah- Exhausted!

It was quite the day. I guess I really haven’t been doing much.

Work:

I had to get up and moving this morning as it was my turn to go into the school to get what supplies I could think I’d have a need of. It took me the full two hours I was given, though that may have been partially because I was playing ninja and sneaking into other classes to get materials my friends had forgotten. (I had to sneak because I wasn’t supposed to go into any classroom but mine). I came home with my chair, my laptop and four bags of resources. Let’s hope I didn’t forget anything important!

I spent the next half hour getting everything up into my condo and then another half hour setting up my table as my “office”. I already don’t like having all of this extra stuff in my house!

I then spent two hours this afternoon calling parents. I got through half of them. Thank you so much to Kathy and all the rest of you who gave me good advice. I set myself up so that I had two questions for parents and two for kids (though only three of the kids wanted to talk to me), I put my phone on speaker and typed notes as we talked. It went better than I expected, though we won’t talk about the muffins I ate! The funniest parent was the one who told me that they were doing okay because the liquor stores are an essential service and can’t be shut down. They are shopping, not working there🤣😜🤪. There was also the parent who wanted me to tell her son that he had to work each day and I would be making sure he did. She says he just runs away from her. Hmmmm, bigger problems there! I also giggled in my head at the parent who told me she had always wanted to be a teacher and felt she was doing quite well. 🤣you go right ahead with your TWO kids!!!

I was exhausted after this and collapsed on my couch!

Exercise:

In the middle of the day I went out for my run. I had thought this would be a good time, but it was way too busy!! I like the route to Moody Ales as I now know it will give me 5km, so I don’t really want to alter this in order to avoid people. Maybe I will just try to get my run in before I start work in the morning.

I really didn’t want to workout tonight! Most of my friends told me to just skip it and take it easy on myself, but my friend Lyndsay told me to get my butt off the couch and get to it! I ended up doing 37 minutes and did feel better after. It was my usual jog for a minute between weight moves. It was good to do it, but I was also very glad to be done!

Knitting:

I rewarded myself for working out by crawling into bed to watch Persuasion with my knitting. I have finally gotten to the part where I have divided off the sleeves. Finally!!!! This light fingering weight definitely takes longer to knit than the last sweater I knit. Oh why do I have to like fine gauge sweaters best???

Well I’m going back to my relaxing as tomorrow I have to tackle calling the other half of my class.

Have fun!

AJ

Day 18- Emotional Crash

Well it finally got to me and it manifested itself in eating:(. Most of the time I’m pretty good now at not eating my emotions, but today, I went down hard!

Exercise:

I got off to a good start and got a lovely five kilometers in under beautiful sunny, blue skies, much better than the rain I was expecting. Now that I know exactly where I have to run to for five kilometers, it doesn’t seem far. In fact, my brain now seems to think of it the same way as I did the 3km to the park opening. I’m hoping tacking in two extra kilometers to my everyday run will get the mileage adding up faster.

This evening, I did a workout my friend L had sent me. It looked so easy, but wasn’t. All the rounds together added up to 50 static linger per leg with weights, 50 squat jumps, 100 skater lunges, 100 Spider-Man planks, 100 plank punches and 50 back extensions. I was definitely feeling my abs by the end!

Knitting:

I have spent some time working on my newest sweater. I thought I would make it to the underarm today, but no such luck. Hopefully tomorrow!

Reading:

I finished another Lea Coll called Stay With Me. It was another cute, easy read that I spent much of it telling the heroine not to be stupid. I see I have another of these in my kindle app so I will be reading at least one more in the series. We will see if the heroine is stupid too.

I have started a new book called Rock Bottom Girl by Lucy Score. I am reading this because the podcast Not Your Mom’s Romance Bookclub will be discussing it on Monday. So far it’s pretty good:)

Finally as I work on my puzzle I am listening to Cooked by Michael Pollan. I have read a few of his books in the past and enjoyed them and I am hoping that both listening and reading books will help me get back on track for my yearly goodreads goal.

Work:

Well midmorning we got an email saying that we were required to call every parent in our class and speak to every child. This is what upset me as this is my worst nightmare! First, I’m super shy and I have no idea what to say to parents. I am not good at small talk at all. I blame my mom for the fact that I am super blunt and just state what I have to say and then hang up. Secondly, I don’t hear well on the phone. I spend most of the time saying, pardon me. I’m supposed to take careful notes on what each parent and child says too. Oh yay!

Oh and I also have to submit a record of what work I do each week. It appears they don’t trust me to do my job:(

Some of the teachers got to go into the school today. One brought home her desk chair which isn’t a bad idea. I can’t decide if I want to add that to the amount I already have to cram into my little condo. As well another teacher snuck her iPad out. I am such a rules girl that I’m not sure I can do it. It would be so awesome to have a school iPad, but what would I say if they asked me where it was??? I’ve asked and been told no so I can’t even say I didn’t know.

I’m thinking of curling up in bed with my book and pretending none of this exists until tomorrow. Thankfully there’s no junk food left I think!

Have fun!

AJ

Run to Rapid City Update

At the start of this year I was having a difficult time getting myself out the door for runs. I just didn’t know what kind of goal I wanted this year and without a goal, I wasn’t getting the miles in.

Well then an awesome woman named Kathy helped me out. She gave me a goal. I am running from my house in British Columbia to her house in South Dakota. It is a very long way!! It may actually take me years to get there, but it does the trick and gets me out the door:)

At the start of March I was in Arlington, Washington and I have now made my way to Olallie State Park.

This Park is day use only and know for its waterfalls and rock climbing. It has lots of hiking trails and thankfully some are short as I just want to rest my feet!

Trivia Tuesday a New Way

It was a good start to the day, but the afternoon wasn’t fun!

Exercise:

Dennis dragged me out to finish our run of the dyke. We had just one section on the right side left to do. Amazingly we managed 9km without rain. I was too hot, but then my hands froze, but I suppose if that’s the worst I have to complain about, that’s not bad.

This evening I did a longer workout to try and make up for some poor choices. I did a minute of jogging between these exercises: burpees, bent over rows, froggers, overhead tricep extensions, skaters, shoulder press, mogul jumps, bicep curls, front raises, dips, pushups, reverse lunges, squats, plié squats, deadlifts, hip raises, plank, crunches, reverse crunches.

My plan was to do more but then I heard from a friend and ended up venting for a while.

Knitting:

I have started a new sweater which is in my book New American Knits by Amy Christoffers. It is called Serra turtleneck and I am making it in my Maryanne’s Sock by Smith and Ewe in the Northern Lights colour way. I am done the collar which I modified slightly and am at the point where I need to put it on waste yarn and see if it fits like I want it to. I will tackle that tomorrow sometime.

Work:

It finally got to me! We have been receiving a million emails every day from the school district, the union and the ministry all saying different things. The only thing they have in common is they keep telling me to take it slow and we’ll work together and not to stress. I have been doing pretty good at that as I had thought about the programs they approved and picked one that myself and the children were familiar with. Then today I got an email that told me I couldn’t take an iPad home. Well my platform is iPad based. I spiraled. I admit it. I ate ice cream!

I have since calmed down, with help from my friends and realized that if all else fails I will put the program on my phone or use the program website- neither is as easy as an iPad, but I will make it work. The worst part is that we aren’t allowed to take iPads in case kids need them. Have they seen where I work now? The kids have more tech than I do!!! Ugh tomorrow is another day…

Reading:

I have finished a couple of books. I read Lean On Me by Lea Coll. It was a light, fluffy read, though I spent a lot of the book yelling at the heroine to not be stupid!

I also finished listening to Do Life. It is about a man who lost 120 pounds and took up running. I found the beginning to be quite a downer, but it improved as it went along.

Trivia:

Tonight trivia was done on YouTube. I guess that means you could all participate. You just need to search My Friend the DJ Entertainment. I wasn’t very smart today and only got a few.

How are Donald Sutherland and Keifer Sutherland related?

Father- Son

Who has won the second most World Series?

Saint Louis Cardinals

Which team did Brent Gretzky play for?

Tampa Bay Lightning

Which flag is white with a red circle?

Japan

On which day were fish created?

5th

What college did Bill Gates drop out of?

Harvard

What is the second largest city in England?

Birmingham

He says you can cheat on the first round, but I prefer not to. There is a second Kahoot round, but you need two devices for that so I only did the first.

I think I will take myself off to bed and read some more!

Have fun!

AJ

Day 16: Are these Answers?

All this is a day after spring break like no other!

Exercise:

It looked as though it was going to pour so I got out of the house for my run as quickly as possible! I told myself I had to do at least three kilometers but very easily did five, and it was beautiful out the whole time!

This evening I did a workout. A minute of jogging between each of these: burpees, froggers, bicep curls, deadlifts, plank, squats, plié squats, pullovers, dips, pushups, crunches, reverse crunches, reverse lunges, and hip raises.

I find I like these types of workouts better because it’s always changing and it seems to burn more calories than doing just the weights alone.

Work:

After a quick trip to the grocery store (and no the cute guy want there) I had to come home and take a survey for work.

It was the quickest work day I’ve ever had- seven questions. Of course I got a phone call immediately as the principal knows I don’t have WiFi or home internet. I’m so glad I got a new plan as my only other option was to go into the school each day😖

We got lots of emails today, but none of them gave answers. I don’t want to do too much as my district can be quite strict about resources so I’m waiting for direction so I only have to do things once!

I did find out that I get to go in Thursday morning for 1.5 hours to get everything I need.

My one worry is that we will just get this all set up and they’ll say,”oh you can go back to school now.”😖

Knitting:

To take my mind off work and look at the bright side (I have an extra three days of spring break) I decided to spend the day knitting and try to finish my Meditate Cowl. I thought I’d be done this morning but it was actually 5pm when I finished, but I did finish:)

This is the Meditate Cowl by Elizabeth Doherty done in Anzula Squishy yarn in the colour toffee. I loved the yarn and the pattern. It was quite an easy pattern to follow as she uses stitch markers so you don’t need to count. The yarn is absolutely fabulous- so squishy and soft! It turned out a little shorter than I was expecting, but I wore it tonight as a double wrap cowl and it worked just fine:)

Socializing:

I finished the night with the new form of socializing – a Zoom conversation with my friends from work, but it’s now time for bed!

Have fun!

AJ

SAL update

Wow three weeks can go fast!

Stitching:

This is a picture of the project that has set on my shelf for the past eleven years). This year I am determined and it at least sits on my coffee table now. This is where I was at three weeks ago.

And this is where I am now:

I’m sorry for the poor lighting!

This is 203 stitches later. I feel like it should be more since I was on Spring Break, but I just haven’t been motivated to do anything. I did force myself on our bright, sunny days to get some stitches put in some stitches. This is actually my record for stitches so far!

I have found that I do not have a couple of the colours called for, but that will have to wait until I can leave the house again.

Be sure to check out everyone else’s progress! Welcome to our two new members of the SAL- Laura and Cathie! Welcome back to Linda:) There are some amazing projects! If you’re interested in joining, just click on Avis’ link.

Jenny

Avis

Claire

Gun

Carole

Sue

Constanze

Christina

Kathy

Margaret

Cindy

Heidi

Jackie

Sunny

Hayley

Megan

Deborah

Mary Margaret

Renée

Carmela

Jocelyn

Sharon

Daisy

Anne

Cathie

Laura

Linda

Stretching My Skills With Sally

Baking (Stretching My Skills with Sally):

Last year I tried a few of Sally’s Baking Challenge items and quite enjoyed the challenge of trying new things. Most of the people in my life asked why I was doing this, thankfully there are people like Abbey! I was talking with Abbey of Three Cats and a Girl and we decided to both try these challenges and then link up to talk about our results, so please check out her attempts too. I was really interested in doing this because I knew she would be doing the recipes as called for while I would need to convert them to gluten free and dairy free. I should say that I change as little as possible and just sub in gf and df ingredients to see if the recipe will still work.

For March the challenge was crepes!

I have never made crepes before and I was a little nervous as they seem so fancy!

With the situation we are in, I hit WiFi and took pictures of the recipe, but didn’t get to watch any of Sally’s videos so that probably would have made a big difference! I found the recipe simple and easy to follow and I liked how it could chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or up to a day. I made the batter in the morning but then had the crepes for lunch.

My batter used Bob’s Redmill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour, Earth Balance vegan butter, and Earth’s Own Oat milk that was unsweetened vanilla. Everything else was just normal ingredients.

My batter made six crepes and boy did I learn a lot between the first and the last. I started with a pan that was way too big so after the first crepe I switched to a smaller pan. After the fourth I realized it worked better to just pour the batter into the very centre and let it spread by itself. On the sixth crepe I figured out the crepe didn’t have to be the size of the pan.

Mine are probably more brown than they’re supposed to be, but they still tasted good!

I had no idea what you put in a crepe as I’ve never actually ordered crepes before so I did one with herb cream cheese, one with peanut butter and one with cream cheese and jam. I think my favourite was the cream cheese and jam.

One thing I definitely learned is that crepes are not a diet food! The batter isn’t bad, but the amount of butter in the pan is crazy!

It is so cool that when Kathy read about Abbey’s and my challenge she decided to join us so make sure you go read about her crepe adventures too:)

Thanks Abbey and Kathy for taking on this challenge with me:)

I obviously wasn’t finished on the kitchen after the crepes because I also made hearty beer bread from my book, The Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread. I used ginger ale instead of beer and it turned out great! I think I will make more tomorrow to use up more of the ginger ale, but I’ll know to only leave it in for the lesser time.

Exercise:

I forced myself not to run today and to do yoga instead. I spent about a half hour this afternoon and did feel as though I was stretching some muscles out. I know I need to do more of this right now since I can’t go for massages, but it’s really tough to not run since I don’t seem to be racking up the mileage very quickly this year:(

Knitting:

The whole rest of the day was spent knitting. I was very determined to finish my newest sweater and I did!

I did the Love Note sweater by Tin Can Knits. I had bought the pattern at Knit City last year. I love Tin Can Knits patterns because they come sized from newborn to extra large in one pattern.

This sweater is done in Ancient Arts superwash Blue Faced Leicester in Water Lily Blue and Georges Picaud Tricheuse. I quickly learned that my mohair was obviously not lace weight as it’s much thicker than the pattern pictures, but I was determined to finish this sweater because I loved the colour it was coming out! I had to switch mohair halfway through but I can’t even tell where I did it so I’m happy. The modifications I made were to do short sleeves and I didn’t do the high low hem. I just knit until I was almost out of yarn and then did the ribbing. The sweater only took two days with this thicker yarn, but I still want to make a finer gauge one too!

It’s back to the meditate cowl for me now.

I finished the evening off with a zoom conversation with my friends from work. Boy did two hours go quickly!!

Well I have a run in the morning so I’m off to bed.

Have fun!

AJ