Way Better

I’m still going crazy with report cards and children in full summer mode at work, but two things have happened that have made life so much better!

My parents are visiting!!!!!! I am so happy to see them after a year of only having voices on the other end of the phone! I am collecting as many hugs as possible while they are here!

We went to the pub for dinner tonight which was awesome! It is our first day of the lightened restrictions so it was great to celebrate with dinner with my parents!

I finished the test shawl!!!! This is the one that I have had many problems with, but they have all been ironed out and it is quite gorgeous! I’m not sure I’m allowed to show it yet, but I’ll give share as soon as possible. It feels like it’s been forever since I finished a project!

I got 5.38km in today and hope to do another run in the morning to make up for my missing 2.5km from Sunday. The rolling hills and pouring rain got to us so we turned around early. I’d really like to get to Kathy’s soon so hopefully I’ll be able to get a few extra runs in over the next two weeks.

I also did a weights workout on FitOn though it was so late, I really wasn’t sure it was going to happen!

Well I need sleep as I’m playing chauffeur tomorrow.

Have fun!

AJ

SAL Update

When I was a teenager I loved the work of Paula Vaughn and my grandma very kindly bought me the Paula Vaughn cross stitch book “A Quilt for All Seasons”. I immediately started on the January one. I’m not sure when exactly this was, but the project then languished on a shelf in my spare room for twelve years after I moved into my condo. Last year I heard about this SAL and decided it may help me actually get this project finished.

This is where I was three weeks ago:

I thought I would be much further along, but my knitting projects and work have been stressing me so I have been spending all my time on them. I did do a little bit though so here’s where I am now:

Happy stitching! Make sure you check out the stitchers linked below as there are some amazing projects being worked on! There is also a ton of variety and it is very inspiring:)


Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Helen

Quiet

Sorry I’ve been quiet- it’s not been the best time. It is super stressful at work- report cards and problems between co workers making for a tense atmosphere.

In knitting I have nothing to show because me and the test knit shawl are still arguing. I got to row 48 with no problems, didn’t realize I made a mistake on row 49, got to row 51 and had to tink back to row 48🙄😖

I have been super tired and actually slept in for two hours yesterday morning as my phone shut down during the night and for the first time in my life, I was almost late for work. The girls at work laugh as I arrived 16 minutes after waking up and still beat a few of our coworkers to the building. It made for a super stressful day for me though.

Exercise wise I am still running and doing my FitOn workouts. Nothing new there, though I am trying to go a little higher on run mileage so I can reach Kathy’s house ASAP!

Otherwise, nothing is happening so I will write again when I have something to show for my life.

Counting the days until I get to see my parents!!!!!!

Have fun!

AJ

Run to Rapid City Update #14

Well I am getting closer! It’s tough to think that it is going to take me at least fifteen months to do what others do in a matter of a few months, but I have to remember that comparison steals joy so I’m not going to think about that! Instead, I’m going to think of how I’ve run 1,852 kilometers and am super close to seeing Kathy!

I have been working on running to visit Kathy in Rapid City since the start of 2020. This virtual trip has provided a lot of incentive to get out the door for runs. Especially now that I am getting so close to the end!

Last month I was at Suicide Pass Road and I’m glad to be past there. I am currently in Hammond, Montana at the start of the Kaufman Trail.

There may be a campground down this road, so if I needed some rest I could stay there, however, with being only about 200km away, I just want to press on.

There may or may not be some awesome hiking in this area. From where I am standing it just looks like a road, and there seem to be a couple of places called Kaufman Trail- one of which I’m standing at and the other is in Butte, Colorado.

Let’s hope the picture above is from Montana and not Colorado or I’m definitely going the wrong way!🤣🤣🤣

Well I’m off to get some more of that 200km done!

Have fun!

AJ

Hump Day:)

It’s nice to think the work week is half over!

Teaching:

I am feeling very behind as I still need to have 9 kids read to the class and I need to assess a ton for reading individually. Ugh!

It was super hot again today so we spent as much time outside as possible. We did our goals for the report cards. Grade 1s setting their own goals- it really is a joke! I am becoming very good at just saying- nope go pick a different one.🤣

We did our chalkboard spelling, did gym outside. We then walked around the school on our way back to class finding objects outside that are the same size as our foot. We did our math drill and then went to lay on the gym floor to cool off.

This afternoon I assessed two kids, and we read a book about First Nations and started colouring a feather. 215 children’s bodies were found on the grounds of a residential school so it’s been a tough week acknowledging this event while being appropriate for six year olds.

We ended the day playing outside.

I left pretty quick after school and stopped by the grocery store to pick up some food.

Knitting:

I finished my test knit socks last night!

Tonight I was working on my test knit shawl, but really feel like I’ve made a mistake so I have emailed the designer to see if I am on the right track or not. In the meantime I am using my leftover skein of Fleece Handmaiden to make a The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. This yarn is a fingering where it calls for worsted, but I have double the amount of yarn, so will just keep knitting until I finish the skein. It has been really nice to be doing a straightforward knit!

Exercise:

I did three laps of the field with the kids today for National Running Day and then this evening I did a kickboxing video in FitOn. My high speed data ran out so my workout took forever as I knitted in between it buffering🤣

I managed to get a salad made and my dishwasher loaded so I am going to call today a success.

Have fun!

AJ

Weekend Wrap Up

It was a nice weekend, but as usual- not long enough!

Medical:

I started my weekend off with my yearly blood tests and as far as I can tell, I am incredibly healthy. Yay! We will see if my doctor agrees.

Exercise:

I have spent plenty of time being active this weekend. On Saturday I did my first bike ride of the season and it was awesome! It was a perfect day weather wise and the area was pretty quiet until we were leaving. I planned on just a 10km ride to start the season, but soon found myself at 17.5km.

I also did my yoga session on Fit On. I’ve been enjoying doing more yoga and am definitely better about it this year than last!

Crafting:

I met up in Brenda’s backyard with Brenda and Patti. It was lovely to spend some time with friends knitting. I started on the container that my running buddy Dennis wants. I spent most of the rest of the night working on crocheting this container.

Sunday started out with my usual 10km run. It was just Dennis and I. We seem to have lost Sarah and I just hope it wasn’t something I said or did! I tried to keep my pace to 6:30/km and it went really well!

This evening I got my FitOn workout done and it was a weights routine. I would like more of my workouts to be weights as I’d like some definition in my body!

After tea with the group, I came home and got my laundry done and my floors swept.

I then went back to crafting. I got the container done. It was super easy and used two skeins out of my stash!

I also got the buttons sewn onto my Bentley cardigan and started my second test sock. I have gotten onto the gusset of the sock, but am super close to running out of yarn. I can’t decide if I am going to unravel the first for its yarn as there is a mistake in it or if I’m going to try and find a very similar yarn in my stash????

Baking:

I baked for the first time in a long time. My friend at work had brought me rhubarb from her garden so I have made Rhubarb Dream Bars from the Noshing with the Nolands website. This treat is always a success, but it’s a really good thing I am taking all the rest to work. Two treats, (I stopped for ice cream yesterday) in two days is probably not the best idea for shrinking my hips back down!

I have ended the evening with watching an old Hallmark movie- Cooking With Love which I always enjoy:)

Have fun!

AJ

Happy Hump Day

It was just an ordinary day:)

Teaching:

Wednesday’s always seem nice as I plan less so we don’t have to rush rush rush:). We got through some reading practice this morning and it was nice to be able to let the kids work in pairs!

We did some more skipping practice. Today we introduced the long rope. I tied it to the door handle and the kids practiced jumping over it. I do wish some teacher had done these skills step by step for me when I was little! I just keep telling the kids that grade one is a good year to learn things! We did our math drill. Then in the afternoon I continued to call kids for reading assessments. I’ve only gotten five kids done in two days and these are my good readers. It’s been interesting to see that while they can all decide at above grade level, the comprehension isn’t as high as I expected. If I have the chance I will try to test them at mid grade two as well and see if the comprehension is better.

We finished our sheet in germs from last week and then I had the kids tell me what their favorite art project was this year. I was so surprised when so many of them said the cherry blossom art as my teaching buddy and I figure that’s our worst lesson of the year. We tried to do art outside and everything that could go wrong, did go wrong! We ended the day with outside playtime

Exercise:

I made myself come straight in and change as it had gotten cold today so I really didn’t feel like running? I did manage to get 3km in, stop at the grocery store for veggies and then get my FitOn workout done. I had to choose between the 6 minute Pilates abs or the 16 minute HIIT class, but I was good and did the HIIT.

Crafting:

I have spent the rest of the evening knitting. I did my two rows on my shawl which went very smoothly and then I have been working on my test socks, which I had to rip four rows out of. Thankfully I am back to knitting again. I had better get back to them as I want things done so I can knit with that Road to China yarn!

Have fun!

AJ

Long Weekend Wrap Up

It’s so lovely having that third day off, even if it is raining. I wish I had a third day every week!

Exercise:

I have done my FitOn class each day and actually threw in an extra stretching class today. I figure I need all the yoga I can get. I sat down Friday night and figured out my mileage for the month and it got me out the door for 3km on Saturday morning and another 10km on Sunday. Sarah didn’t come so it was nice to push the pace a bit and my heart rate didn’t go insane🎊🎉

Socializing:

I met up with my friend Emily on Saturday and did some shopping. It was nice to spend time with her and to pick up some items I had been wanting, but there were still too many people around the outdoor shopping centre for my liking. I am starting to wonder if I’ll ever get comfortable with crowds again?!?!

I picked up a running visor which is camo, not black like I thought, but I’ll live with it. I also got some gifts, new underwear and a new straw hat. I think I’m most excited about the straw hat!

On Sunday, I went with Brenda to a local yarn shop for a private shopping appointment. I got the buttons for my Bentley cardigan which is all I need to finish that project and I got some interchangeable needle accessories. Of course I couldn’t leave without yarn, especially when I saw that Fibre Co Road to China was on sale! This yarn is alpaca, silk, camel and cashmere put together into the softest yarn you’ll ever feel! The skeins are small, but I snagged two blues that I am hoping to put together into a cowl or maybe I’ll make two cowls. I am desperate to knit with this, but won’t let myself until I get the test knit socks done. Oh and the bowl my running buddy wants to store his cleaning supplies in his trunk.

Most of my weekend was spent crafting. You may have seen my stitching yesterday which is coming along well. I have also finished a pair of socks this weekend.

This is the Raspberry Cordial socks pattern by Lisa Ross done in Knit Picks Stroll in Hollyberry. I followed the pattern, except for putting in Knitting Expat’s German Short Row Heel as I couldn’t understand the heel in the pattern. I feel like there may have been a typo. I did learn that I absolutely love the stroll yarn and wish I had it in every colour! I do wish I had knitted the leg longer to use up the skein however!

I have also been working on the shawl and am solidly in the mosaic section now. I am trying to do two rows per day, but I seriously have to concentrate and say every stitch to avoid making mistakes.

Reading:

While I have been stitching I have been listening to audiobooks from the library. I am sure that my data provider is happy about this! I have just finished listening to Persuade Me by Juliet Archer. It is a take off of Persuasion by Jane Austen which is my favorite Jane Austen book so I couldn’t resist. It was a well done version, however I think it would be better to read as then you could gloss over the parts where the book is trying too hard to be romantic.

I finished another book, but the fact I don’t remember the name doesn’t bode well for it. I am actually reading a book off of my TBR finally and can’t wait to get back to it, so hopefully I will have another recommendation for you soon.

House:

I did get a few things done around the house. I got the laundry and dishes done and I went out this morning and put air in my car tires and washed my car as I thought I’d be going car shopping today. Alas my brother said it was too mucky. I am trying to downsize my vehicle and since I would keep putting it off I have given myself a timeline of August. I saw a little Toyota Yaris and want to go sit in it to find out if that really is what I want.

Well I’m going to wrap this up and go back to my book.

Have fun!

AJ

SAL Update

When I was a teenager I loved the work of Paula Vaughn and my grandma very kindly bought me the Paula Vaughn cross stitch book “A Quilt for All Seasons”. I immediately started on the January one. I’m not sure when exactly this was, but the project then languished on a shelf in my spare room for twelve years after I moved into my condo. Last year I heard about this SAL and decided it may help me actually get this project finished.

It’s been doing a great job of this! Having to show a picture every three weeks definitely motivates me to at least get a few stitches in, and now that I’m on the second page of the design, I’m already dreaming of what my next cross stitch project will be🤣

Here is where I was three weeks ago:

And here is where I am now:

I am actually very happy as I feel like there is visible progress this time! The curtain is completely done and I will be happy if I never have to do a cream floss on an oatmeal background ever again!!

Happy stitching! Make sure you check out the stitchers linked below as there are some amazing projects being worked on! There is also a ton of variety and it is very inspiring:)


Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Helen

Yesterday

I just had to go straight to sleep last night.

Teaching:

We spent a lot of time looking at our new butterfly larvae and talking about them. It was cool to see the kids so excited and enthralled.

Besides this we managed to get to plant a few things in our garden, do chalkboard spelling, practice our skipping, do a math drill, and learn about germs. Of course we ended the day with outside playtime.

Shopping:

I left right away and met up with my teaching buddy for some retail therapy. I think I have everything I need for summer teaching now:)

Exercise:

I did my band workout from FitOn. It was fine and over in half an hour.

Knitting:‘I worked on another dishcloth at lunch and my test shawl at night, though there just wasn’t as much time for knitting as I would like!

Well I’d better get moving!

Have fun!

AJ