I feel like today was productive, but not as productive as it should have been.

Exercise:

I knew I wanted to go to run clinic tonight at the Runner’s Den so I decided I would do a workout when I got up at six instead of a run. My friend’s workouts are awesome, but all include jumping so I went and hauled out my old Bikini Body Bootcamp workout in Shape magazine. At one point I did this workout religiously and amazingly I still enjoyed it today. I had all five months out so I could find lots of exercises that didn’t require jumping (I really don’t want to meet my neighbour that way!). I ended up doing exercises from three months, 18 exercises and I did each 12 times. It was only about twenty minutes long, but that was enough this morning when I was feeling yesterday’s workout in my arms and abs still!! Ouch! It was just nice to workout without feeling like I was disturbing anyone. I think this will become my regular Tuesday morning workout as it is all weights.

I walked to and from work and got out for Run Clinic. Tonight it was long intervals. We ran over to a neighbourhood loop and ran the 700m loop three times. It seemed like a shorter and easier workout than last week, though I was at the back of the 10min group. I just didn’t seem to have a lot of energy tonight๐Ÿ˜žIt might have been my disappointment when I found out that my 7 minute kilometre that I was feeling so good about is still a 10:30 mile๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜ฅ I was really hoping that I had become faster, but I guess not. Hopefully the run clinic will help with this!

Definitely a successful exercise day!

Teaching:

I only had my students for the morning as I had department head duties to take care of in the afternoon.  It was cute this morning. I have a “soft start” to my day where children get their supplies organized and can then read, draw or extra book (puzzle and colouring sheets) with a partner for the first fifteen minutes. A few years ago I realized I don’t leap straight into work when I arrive as I want to catch up with my colleagues, so I now give my students the same opportunity. It makes for a very peaceful start as I can get all the admin tasks done during this time.   It has also allowed me to learn a lot about my students as I overhear their conversations. This morning two students did not have their planners on their desks. I spoke to them and then kept going. The next thing I hear is, “hey it slept over”, definitely a new way of expressing that she had forgotten her planner in her desk overnight ๐Ÿ˜‚

I spent the afternoon preparing  for the assembly that I will lead tomorrow morning. I haven’t done this before and frankly was surprised to be asked as I thought the principal would want to run the first assembly to set up routines and expectations, but it has become my responsibility. As I wrote out my four pages of exactly what I was going to say, I realized that while it took me two hours to prepare, the whole assembly will probably only take twenty minutes ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜ซ I feel like this prep should have taken half an hour, not two hours!!! I could have gotten so much more done.  I hope I get some feedback after this assembly as its tough to prepare something if you don’t know what is wanted!!!  I’ll let you know tomorrow how it goes.

Socializing:

I met up with one of my closest friends after work for a coffee at Starbucks. (I am proud I stopped at home and got a healthy dinner rather than buying something there.) She is also a department head at her school this year and we’ve both been feeling overwhelmed so it was nice to vent! We’ve been friends for twenty years and I can definitely see us being friends for another sixty. She is just one of those people who always makes me feel great again, no matter what’s happening in life. I just hope I do the same for her!

Knitting:

Well I was supposed to be casting on my New Hampshire slippers today but I have yet to decide on a pattern. If anyone has a good slipper pattern, I’d love to hear about it!  My mom had requested a tea cozy for the new teapot she bought for the boat, so I decided to start this. I sent her fifteen Ravelry options and she picked “David the Basketweave Tea Cozy”. It doesn’t look hard and in fact in ten minutes, I’be already made good progress. Just hope it fits as the pattern is written for bulky yarn and I’m using worsted. I love the yarn though. It just is a scrap from my blue yearn box, but it has a real pretty sheen to it.  It does seem odd to be knitting on something so small after that afghan!

Well I’m determined to accomplish something today so I think I’ll go make some coleslaw for lunch tomorrow.

Have fun!

AJ

8 thoughts on “Productive?

  1. I’ve knit Fuzzy Feet slippers. They’re felted booties, extremely warm and fun to knit. There are two cute patterns I’ve thought about Non-felted Slippers by Yuko Nakamura and French Press Felted Slippers by Melynda Bernardi. Good luck!

  2. What a nice start to the day for you and the children at school. I love that idea. I take small groups of children to help teach reading in half hour intervals. We start the school day at 7:40 and I have a little time until 8:00, my first group. Do you have a camp in New Hampshire? I’m wondering why you call your slippers NH slippers. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    1. It is a nice start to the day:)
      I visited Boston this summer and went on a train trip to Maine. We stopped for a few hours in New Hampshire and I visited a yarn store and bought the wool. That’s why I’ve taken to calling them my New Hampshire slippers. The wool is also a Madeline Tosh wool that is named for New Hampshire as it is named Granite State.

  3. That sounds like a fun trip and I didn’t know that you could take the train from Boston to Maine! I live in northern New Hampshire, that’s why I was wondering. I bet that wool is going to make beautiful slippers!๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    1. The train trip was great. We used the Downeaster.
      I’ve changed my mind four million times and have finally settled on handwarmers:)

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