Grateful Sunday

It was a pretty good day of my activities.

Medical:

I started the day by going for my necessary bloodwork. I love he new app our LifeLabs has- Save My Spot. I hit the button as soon as the lab opened and went from the end of the line to second. I don’t think the people in front of my liked it, but I sure did as I was home in twenty minutes.

Exercise:

I managed to be home in time to meet up with Dennis and Brenda for a run. As we headed out on my regular sidewalk, my thought was that I should push the speed a bit since we wouldn’t be going very far, but wouldn’t you know it, Dennis found a way to add on. We got a total of 5.44km done which isn’t bad when we’re still dealing with snow everywhere. I felt like I was running fast, but my Garmin shows otherwise. It wasn’t until I was talking with my mom tonight that it dawned on me that perhaps the loss of nine vials of blood just before my run, had an impactšŸ¤£

This evening, I got another Hallmark workout done. I did a minute of jogging in between each move and I tried to go faster than usual with this. I did: squats, pliƩ squats, crunches, reverse crunches, burpees, Bridges, reverse lunges, curtsy lunges, dips, pushups, Superman, and froggers.

Baking:

I finally spent some time in the kitchen today. I started by making a loaf of banana bread. It turned out to not be very sweet as I was short of honey and used bittersweet chocolate chips, but I actually don’t mind it. The recipe came from The Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread. I love this series of books as everything always turns out, even when I make a ton of substitutions like I did today.

I also attempted a batch of granola bars. The recipe is from LunchBox and I have made it many times and it has always worked really well, but unfortunately today it didn’t. I think it’s because I was short of oats and used puffed cereal instead. They got brown too fast and so the bottom didn’t cook completely. My mom suggested using the top as crumble over yogurt so I may give that a try tomorrow.

I was supposed to make bread today, but that just didn’t happen.

Knitting:

I started my sockhead slouch over today, twice. I started the first time and then was worried it was going to be too big so took it off the needles to try it. I determined it would be fine and so then had to start again. I have gotten the for inches of rubbing done and now am on to the plain stockinette. I am using the same size needles as I did for the ribbing and am wondering if that is a mistake. I don’t have a 3mm though and so would have to go to 3.25mm needles. If anyone has made this hat, I’d love to hear an opinion!

Well that is my entire day.

Thankful:

I am thankful for technology that saves me time and makes life a little easier and more efficient.

I am thankful for my running buddies who push me.

I am thankful that there are so many options available for people with allergies these days.

I am also thankful I enjoy cooking and baking so I can have treats that are safe for me.

I am thankful for podcasts that have kept me entertained while I do boring knitting.

I am thankful for my knitting that allows me to accomplish something while being on the couch.

Have fun!

AJ

Super Surprise Saturday

Well for a day that I had no plans for, it turned out quite lovely.

Knitting:

I tried to go get my blood test done this morning, but one part has to be specifically timed so I’ll try again tomorrow. Thankfully I had much better luck buying a Pom Pom at the yarn store. I finished knitting the second version of the Thistle Seed Beanie with only worsted weight this time. I haven’t attached the Pom Pom yet and won’t until the EA tries it on.

Socializing:

I met up with Brenda at the yarn shop and we went for tea afterwards. We tried Black Sugar which was a new cafe for me. It was super busy on Saturday morning, but I have to admit I wasn’t super happy with their chai latte.

Eating:

I just got home from coffee with Brenda when I got an offer to go for lunch with Lyndsay. We grabbed waffles from Green Mustache. This is really the only thing I ever order from this cafe. They are super yummy!

I’ve also had oatmeal, popcorn and cucumber with cheese today. Hopefully better than yesterday!

Exercise:

I did finally get out for a run this afternoon. I had to do my usual sidewalk to the park and back, but I figure that is still better than the treadmill. I knocked another 4km off. It wasn’t my fastest run as I’ve been fighting tired all day.

I’m sitting at 9 runs and 11 workouts so I’d better get back out there tomorrow!

Movie:

I went tonight with Lyndsay to see Parasite and wasn’t impressed. I feel like someone should check on the mental health of the people who nominate movies for the Oscars as they all seem to be violent or depressing this year. This movie was going along pretty good until it suddenly took a turn to awful! I definitely wouldn’t vote for this movie!

Well I’m going to watch a little Hallmark to get Parasite out of my head.

Have fun!

AJ

Cowboys Everywhere

It was finally Friday. Having that snow day in the middle of the week was lovely, but boy did it grow me off!

Teaching:

Today ended up being all about the hip hop. We had a practice first thing this morning and then music class. We tackled calendar and I demonstrated a couple of math games, then we had silent reading and buddy reading. Right after lunch it was time for the performance so I really didn’t teach anything. The children did do a great job of their dance, even with very little practice time.

They were all extremely cute little cowboys.

Socializing / Eating:

We headed out right after school for downtown. We had dinner at Storm Crow Tavern and it was super good and easy for me to eat there. We shared the chickpea fries, the tacos and the Brussels sprouts and they were all gluten free and dairy free. They tasted really good, though we all agreed that the tacos were the best!

We stopped at Turks coffee and had an after dinner treat. Lyndsay had the hedgehog mocha which tastes like Nutella and I had the chai latte with oat milk. It was very good and a cute little place to stop for a minute.

Finally we made our way to the church and attended the prayer evening for my friend’s father. We were a little late due to getting lost and having to find parking, but we were there and signed the guest book. My friend didn’t see us as it was packed, but I will check in with her at another time. I could have gone up but have to admit that the open casket and eleven siblings I don’t know got the better of me.

Knitting:

An EA at work really loved LianeMs toque, so I am busy making her one as well. I am done the rubbing and onto the first of seven pattern repeats. Hopefully this will be done tomorrow so I can go back to my sockhead slouch!

At the same time I have been listening to the Yarniacs podcast from the start. They sure introduce you to a lot of patterns, which is pretty cool.

Well I am exhausted!

Have fun!

AJ

Friday Eve

It was a tough day as the mid-week snow day really threw off the kids and the teachers.

Teaching:

I seemed to spend a lot of today talking about following directions right away! We got through our hip hop lesson this morning, then calendar. We wrote about our snow day yesterday. I was disappointed with how little they wrote. I need to find a way to inspire them to write more.

This afternoon we had a lesson on deciding strategies and then I gave them some centre time after silent reading and buddy reading.

All in all, not a bad day for a Thursday!

Exercise:

I left school quickly to get my eyebrows and eyelashes done, but I had noticed that the sidewalk looked cleared so I immediately headed out for a run. I figured anything was better than nothing! I actually got 4.25km as it was cleared right over to the park. I was happy with an average 6:33/km pace as I was trying to be cautious because of the snowy slushy, wet, slippery ground under me.

This evening I also got a hallmark workout done. I jogged for a minute between these exercises: squats, reverse lunges, Bridges, pushups, pliƩ squats, crunches, reverse crunches, curtsy lunges, burpees, and dips.

I’m thinking maybe I had better add some weights to this soon!

Movie:

Tonight’s Hallmark movie was Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday. It was super cute and I enjoyed the movie overall:)

Knitting:

The toque for Liane is completely done! This is the Thistle Seed Beanie knitted in Loops and Threads Charisma.

She went with the original chunky toque and now I need to reknit the second one I did as one of our EAs wants it.

Well that’s it for me.

Have fun!

AJ

Snow Day

Well I got my third snow day in 35 years today. I wanted to go back to sleep this morning, but I was just too excited!

Knitting:

I have spent a lot of today knitting. I finished a second version of the thistle seed beanie for my co-worker Liane. This one is made with yarn from my deep stash and is still quite chunky, but I think it may just slouch for her. I did he decreases but haven’t tied off yet in case she wants it longer.

I have started the sockhead slouch toque for myself in some yarn I picked up in Seattle last summer. I realize I’m going to end up with yet another blue toque, but I think it’s the best option I have. I am a little worried about how big it is looking. I tested gauge and was right on, and I am using a smaller yarn as it’s light fingering instead of fingering, but 144 stitches seems huge!

I just hope I come up with my next project while I’m working on this one!

Reading:

I am still reading Seduce Me With Sapphires by Jane Feather. I have previously read some Jane Feather and really liked it, but this book has been a slog for me!

House:

I made myself get up each hour and do something around the house. My dishes got done, all counters wiped down, kitchen floor washed, bathroom wiped down, bedroom floor swept. It’s not everything I want to get done, but it’s at least a start!

Movie:

Today’s movie was Christmas at Dollywood and it was super cute. I always like Danica McKellar, trough I have to admit that she kisses weird!

Exercise:

With all the snow we’ve been having today, I couldn’t see going for a run. I decided to put on my new snowshoes I got last year, but never got to use, and try them out. The first thing I learned was to make sure you wear waterproof pants when snowshoeing as the snow kickback got me soaked in no time. I loved being out but I did sink into the snow. I don’t know if it was just because the snow was super light and fluffy or if I’m too big for my snowshoes. If you know, please let me know.

I also got a hallmark workout done. I did a minute of high knees between each of these: squats, reverse lunges, crunches, bridges, burpees, dips, reverse crunches, Superman, mountain climbers, pushups, and curtsy lunges.

I really need to sit down and think of some new moves so my body doesn’t get used to these.

Finally Answers

Sorry for no post- yesterday I was home for a specialist appointment so it really wasn’t at all interesting. I did as poorly at trivia as usualšŸ¤£

I did see a specialist and got some answers. My iron is low in the first place because I am celiac and he has set me up to have my iron tested every three months. As well I got sick from the iron infusion simply because they gave me 3X more than they should have.

I still have to get a ton of blood tests done, but it feels great to have answers.

I had to do a stress test in my snow boots yesterday and even with the extra weight and clunkiness I was deemed healthy and able to do whatever I want!

Well we have a snow day here today- I am amazed as we don’t normally get one, but I’ll take it.

I’m knitting and making myself get up once an hour to do something around the house.

Have fun!

AJ

Lazy Snow

We had quite the accumulation of snow last night and it lazily continued spitting snow all day today. The kids loved it!

Teaching:

I only had fourteen children today so it was difficult to really get anything done as I knew anything I taught today would need to be re-taught tomorrow. We started with a gym block as we were supposed to have our first hip hop lesson but the instructor was late. The students did pretty good at learning a few moves in the fifteen minutes we ended up having.

I decided to go ahead and teach the friends of 10 strategy for addition. The children seemed to get it quite well, but we’ll see how tomorrow goes.

This afternoon we started our polar bear unit by brainstorming our questions about polar bears. There were no earth shattering questions, but there was also only one silly question, so I’ll take it:)

Finally this afternoon we took the children outside so they could play in the snow. We don’t get dry, fluffy snow very often so felt they deserved the chance to just play. It was gorgeous, but very cold out.

Knitting:

We all got out of work quickly after school as everyone wanted to get off the hill in case it snowed me. So far it hasn’t and it had better stay that way!

I finished Liane’s toque, but I’m not sure it is going to be what she wants. She wanted a slouchy toque, but picked a bulky yarn and the two don’t seem to go together very well. I haven’t attached the Pom Pom yet until she tries it on. If anyone can shed light on this problem, please do!

This evening, I have started a knitted backpack that I had bought the yarn and pattern for this last summer. I really liked having both the yarn and pattern ready and together. Maybe I should always buy supplies and patterns this way.

Movie:

Tonight I watched the movie Christmas Town. It was cute but so unrealistic that I found it tough to watch. The Christmas cafe was my favourite part of the movie.

Exercise:

Since I watched a hallmark movie I had to do a workout. I did a minute of jogging in between: squats, reverse lunges, burpees, pushups, crunches, jacks, froggers, pliƩ squats, mountain climbers, reverse crunches, curtsy lunges, dips, and high knees.

Eating:

Not a bad eating day until I ate six cookies after school! I think I was just trying to give myself energy.

I think now I’ll give myself energy by going to bed!

Have fun!

AJ

Sunday Quandary

Everyone in my family knows I collect opinions and then make my own decision and I’ve decided to use you guys for some opinions:)

Exercise:

We had a dusting of snow and a whole ton of rain overnight where I live. Everything above me got a lot of snow. We had a bit of a problem when text messages didn’t go through this morning, but did finally meet up for a wet, quick walk at the river this morning. We decided it was a much better idea just to go for breakfast.

This evening I got a quick Hallmark workout in, though I must admit I wasn’t feeling very energetic. I did a minute of skaters in between: crunches, pushups, squats, pliĆ© squats, burpees, mountain climbers, dips, froggers, high knees, curtsy lunges, and lateral lunges.

Knitting:

I have been working on a toque for a co-worker. She picked the thistle beanie off of Ravelry and I have knit it twice today. The first time I had gone down to a size 5mm needle to get gauge, but didn’t like how stiff the knitted product was turning out. The second time I have gone back to a size 6mm needle and will hopefully get a slouching hat. Thankfully she figures her head is bigger than mine so the extra in gauge will hopefully not matter too much.

Socializing:

I visited my friend C today along with Lyndsay. C lost her dad on Thursday night. Here is my conundrum.

C sent three of us text messages telling us that the prayers were this coming Friday night and the funeral is at 12pm on Saturday. Today I learned the prayers are open casket and then on Saturday there is the mass at 12, followed by the internment at 1:45 and then a wake that goes until 6:30.

The other two ladies at work don’t think they want to go to any of it. I don’t particularly want to (who WANTS to go to a funeral) but kind of feel like I should go to show support for my friend. I have known C for three years- we worked together for one year and have worked out once a week for a year and socialized a bit. I had never met her father.

So please tell me what you all would do. I would appreciate any opinions:)

Media:

I listened to a new to me podcast today called Yarniacs. It was quite cute! I bookmarked a few patterns on Ravelry from their suggestions and I liked how simple their show was to follow.

I also watched the Hallmark movie Grounded for Christmas. It was quite cute and displayed a lot of traditional Christmas elements.

I wonder when I will stop watching Christmas movies for the year. Not yet as I’m off to watch another.

Have fun!

AJ

Finally an FO

I had a whole list of things I wanted to get done today, but unfortunately the energy level just wasn’t there for all of it.

Exercise:

Of course I couldn’t sleep in this morning, but after lazing in bed and having a lovely 1/2 of a fried egg sandwich, I got out for a run. Later in the day, I wished I had waited as it was pretty grey when I was out there. I ran slowly as I needed to get 45 minutes in for the Squad Runner mission. I didn’t run that long (used some walking to make up the time), but got a nice 5.24km though it went downhill quickly at the end when my stomach started talking.

After recovering for the rest of the day I got a short hallmark movie workout done this evening. I did a minute of jogging between each of these: crunches, reverse lunges, squats, reverse crunches, burpees, pliƩ squats, dips, froggers, mountain climbers, and high knees. Not many of each, but something.

I’ve been keeping track of my workouts this year and am thinking my goal might be to keep my number of runs and number of workouts equal.

Stitching:

I will have an update at the end of the month, but I actually did some stitching today. It was so nice and bright and sunny that it seemed like the perfect time and I did a lovely calm hour of stitching.

Knitting:

I went to the knitting store today and got a Pom Pom for my friend’s toque that she wants me to make her. I got that and the Gramps pattern from Tin Can Knits with the gift card I got from a student this Christmas.

I also got busy and got my baby blanket done. I used all five balls of yarn I had, but it still didn’t turn out to be as big as I wanted. I still really like the pattern, but also would have liked it if I had done the full 18 rows of border on both ends instead of shortening it to 9.

I tried to have ice cream after the yarn store, but Vashti Rose wasn’t open yet. I guess I was saved.

Movie:

Tonight I watched Homecoming For Christmas which was very cute.

Well that was it for my quiet day!

First Snow Day

It was our first snowfall of the winter though it only amounted to a skiff on the grass in my area. Sometimes I love living in a “banana belt” area!

Teaching:

The kids were so incredibly excited about our tiny bit of snow. I was less than excited about the ten minutes it took before and after each break to get the kids in and out of their snow gearšŸ˜–

We had music today, completed a worksheet on the counting on strategy for addition. It was so weird that the children did great counting on using a number line but got really confused when using their fingers. I’ve never had that happen before!

This afternoon we had buddy time with our grade four buddies and then the children had centre time. All in all, a pretty good day!

Knitting:

This morning I really wanted to look for more yarn but figured that was dangerous, so I only let myself look when I got home. I had one more skein of sport weight white in the box, but I think this is going to be it. I’ve done two pattern repeats tonight and am kind of hoping to finish this blanket tomorrow. The pattern called for 18 pattern repeats and I’m only at 12 so I don’t think it’s going to make 18, but maybe two more.

Movie:

Tonight I watched Our Christmas Love Song. It was a very cute Hallmark movie with Alicia Witt. I liked the family aspect and the fact she didn’t hid her problems from her family. It is also very Christmassy so it led to a good workout.

Exercise:

It has been miserably wet here all day and I really didn’t want to go out in that, but also didn’t want to have a no exercise day, so I did a hallmark workout. I did a minute of jogging in between each of these moves:

60 reverse lunges, 90 squats, 15 jacks, 20 mountain climbers, 10 burpees, 60 pliƩ squats, 20 dips, 15 pushups, 25 crunches, 5 froggers, 15 reverse crunches, 20 curtsy lunges.

I can’t wait until I’m feeling more energetic and can up the intensity of what I do for these workouts and add weights.

I definitely missed my workout with L this morning but figured I shouldn’t stress my body that much yet.

Well I’m off to bed as I’m exhausted.

Have fun!

AJ