Busy, but Fun

Today was a busy day which is both good and bad. I love to do all these fun things but I also like to do very little on my weekends so that they feel longer and I actually get some rest! Oh well, maybe next weekend.

Exercise:

I got up this morning and didn’t really know where to run so I googled it and a mapmyrun result came up that showed a lot of different options. It was really cool! It inspired me to walk up Heritage Mountain Boulevard and then run fifteen minutes out along Favid Avenue and then turn around and run back home. I ran up Heritage Mountain years ago and remember being so proud because that was just the warm up and I managed to do the hill repeats after that. Today, I thought that might be too much for me and it’s a good thing I walked up because it turns out David Avenue is all hill!! I often think I want to run it because it has a lovely wide, paved path that runs beside the road and it goes forever and lends itself to loops, but I think today’s run cured me of that yen.

Unfortunately there was no other exercise for me today:( I need to get better at scheduling my workouts so they happen!!!

Treefest:

For years my mom and I have been wanting to go look at the variety of trees that dot the landscape of Riverview Hospital in the neighbouring city. From the road they look magnificent and I can now tell you that up close they don’t disappoint:). Earlier in the week my teaching colleague had asked if I wanted to go with her and I jumped at the chance. It fulfilled her “go to a festival” entry on her fall bucket list and fulfilled my long desire. The festival was small with about ten different ecological focused tents and kids activities, but you could also do a tour of the historical buildings and take in a museum on the grounds. I would have also liked to do the building tour but unfortunately the tours were at the same time:(. I learned a lot about the different trees from the certified arborist who led the tour ( she teaches at a local university) and she was fabulous. I’m hoping I have her lined up to come and do a tree talk with my class of grade ones in May.  The only disappointment of the day is that we got told about ten minutes in that we weren’t allowed to take pictures:( Thankfully I got a couple before we were told that. I totally don’t get this as we weren’t anywhere near the buildings and were just taking pictures of the trees!

Baking:

I did a second batch of the Swedish Cardamom Buns today and I can’t say they turned out any better, though they aren’t burned this time. I think perhaps they would have been best served warm as they were quite hard by the time we were eating 😦 I did like how they were shaped much better this time! I’ll have to play around with the recipe a bit.

Book Club:

I always love going to book club as we read a book and then make food based on the theme of the book. We’re a very easy going book club as you’re allowed to come even if you haven’t read a book and we have one awesome member who doesn’t read many of them so the rest of us all feel ok when we don’t finish one:) lol Tonight we were discussing the book, A Man Called Ove by Frederic Backman, which I read about a year ago. It’s about a man who lives in a housing complex and is trying to kill himself, but he keeps getting thwarted because people keep needing him.  I loved it!! It is tough to get into, but then you’ll be hooked!  I think the premise is that we all need to feel as though we are a part of a community and have connections in order to be truly happy.  It is an awesome read and I would recommend it to anyone!!!

Well it’s been a super busy and fun day, but I need some sleep so I can get up for a 6am workout in the morning.

Have fun!

AJ

A Well Rounded Day:)

A lovely day on almost every front:)

Exercise:

I woke up at six, but didn’t really have the motivation to go run the crunch like I had promised myself. I finally gave myself permission to just walk it today if I needed to as I didn’t want the pain and tingling in my finger to become a permanent thing. ( For one tiny appendage it’s sure being a pain!). I wish I could say I was motivated to do it by the knowledge that it was good for me mentally, physically and emotionally, but rather I was motivated by a cinnamon bun 😜 When I froze the cinnamon buns I made last week I told myself I could have one each Saturday that I ran the crunch. I really wanted a cinnamon bun today!  When I got to the crunch there were tents set up and I realized it was the crunch challenge today. I didn’t really want to be inundated with people so I asked someone when it started and found I only had twelve minutes. I figured I’d be dealing with people by the third section, but the man must have been wrong because I made it all the way up and down without being run over by a horde:) I walked a lot and ran the flats, but still managed to better my time!!🎊🎉 I took fourteen seconds off my time and now sit at 25:10. Still not great, but I’ll take every second of improvement I can get:)

I also got a walk in today as I walked around Sasamat Lake with a running buddy and her two dogs.  This path includes a service road at one of the lake and then a well maintained path the rest of the way. There are stairs so I wouldn’t recommend it for someone with a stroller or wheelchair or bike, but it’s a lovely forty minute walk with gentle inclines and a clear path for the most part. It was a stroll today,  but a lovely one.  These times with my running buddies are as effective as counselling, but cheaper than therapy:). It’s one of the things I love best! The two cute dogs didn’t hurt either. 

Unfortunately I have not done a workout today, so I get a fail on that one:(

Reading:

I have a shelf in my house where I store books that have been loaned to me so that I can ensure they stay neat and don’t get mixed in with my many piles.  Two of my work colleagues had loaned me books last June and both have mentioned them this week so I knew I needed to get going on them (a difficult thing when I have so many chick lit books in the house).  I had started the book, Between by Angie Abdou in June when my friend had given it to me, but had found the main female character, Vero, very difficult to read about. She exhausted me with her dramatic mood swings and I found her to be annoying, though I suppose all this angst is the main theme of the book. The book is well written, but not really my cup of tea. The thing I liked the most was that it mentioned Canadian places in it, like Edmonton. If you’re feeling confused about your life or the role you have in your life or are having difficulty with your role as a mother, you will identify closely with Vero and probably enjoy the book.

Socializing:

Today I met another friend that I have had since junior high, but unlike Thursday, I have been looking forward to this one. My girlfriend has a one year old boy who is a delight and it’s so awesome to see her interact with her son! There is a lot of love in every moment, even though I know she’s exhausted! We met at the Port Moody Public Library which has an awesome children’s section with many toys attached to the walls and a train table as well as large board book, picture book, novels and movie collections.  It was so neat to see how much her boy has grown and he’s walking now! I can’t wait to see him again!

Baking:

I was so ecstatic when it started raining on me on the crunch this morning because that meant I could finally bake! ( Just wish I had thought to put my phone in a bag! I’m lucky it’s still working.) I have book club tomorrow so while I wanted to make a set of cinnamon buns, I decided I should try Swedish Cardamom Rolls which turned out to be just like cinnamon buns. I found these when I searched Swedish food recipes on Pinterest and it looked easy and pretty. You can find the recipe at:

http://www.girlversusdough.com/2015/11/09/swedish-cardamom-buns/

The recipe was easy to follow and while it wasn’t created to be gluten free and dairy free, it of course, ended up being these in my kitchen. It’s a simple bread recipe with the addition of cardamom to the dough. The difference came in the shaping of the dough into braids rather than rolls.  The recipe adapted to dairy free milk and butter and gluten free flour very well. I’m just upset that they didn’t turn out perfectly because of my own stupid mistake.  A few weeks ago I suspected that my oven temperature was out and so bought a thermometer to stick in it. Of course tonight I forgot to check what the temperature really was in the oven and then because of so many raw mistakes lately, I decided to force myself to stick to the full cooking time it called for. Wouldn’t you know it, they came out looking very brown. They taste great still and I really like the addition of the cardamom to what seems just like a cinnamon roll. I will make them again tomorrow for book club and will be very careful to not overbrown them. I guess this batch will join my other cinnamon buns in the freezer as crunch incentives in the coming weeks.

It’s been a great day and there is no set run tomorrow at 8am as the organizer is away at a wedding so I’m going to go snuggle into bed with my book and wake up to a run whenever I do so naturally:)

Have fun!

AJ

Finally Friday:)

Here’s hoping this new app works better for me!!!
Exercising:

My day started out great because I got to go for a run! I went out my usual way but switched over to running along Murray Street as it still seemed a little dark on the trail, around Rocky Point Park and back home along the trail. I purposely ran slowly so my blood pressure hopefully didn’t go crazy and I didn’t bleed so as far as I’m concerned, I’m good to go for running again!

I walked to and from work which I have come to realize is going to have to count for my walk on weekdays now that I’m back to work.  There just isn’t enough time, even with leaving at four to get a run, a walk and a workout in each day. I guess my trifecta will have to wait until the weekends!

My workout was awesome today! As I was leaving work at 5:30😞, my co- department head and regular exercise buddy asked if I wanted to meet for a workout. I immediately took her up on that offer because I know it’s easier to workout when you meet someone and I feel like I push myself harder when I’m with her.  It felt great to get back to our workouts after the summer hiatus! A five minute warm up on the treadmill, a two hill repeat, a sprinting repeat and then onto weights. I even pushed myself on the step ups to use the middle height bench instead of the shortest one). I had no problems with my finger or any other body part except during the treadmill hills my hand was tingling. I don’t know why, but I did slow it down a little.

I would count today as a success exercise wise!!

Teaching:
It was the last day of our introductory week where we worked in grade groups. The children were so tired this morning!!! I tried a go-noodle video to energize them and it was interesting to see how they slowly caught on to the movements. I think I should have played it one more time and then they would have done more of it.  I ended up being on supervision which isn’t my favourite thing, but it’s also not the worst, since the kids at my school are pretty tame compared to others I’ve taught! Two of my girls from last year spent the entire fifteen minutes hiding behind me and trying to jump out and surprise me. Might have worked better if they moved quicker and didn’t giggle so much 🤣

We got our work done much quicker than expected this morning so we played a game I had never played before- “This is a marker, but it’s not a marker, it’s a…”. The responses were sometimes hilarious! I love how kids are so creative! The marker became a magic wand, a car, a rocket, a cheetah, a pickle, etc. Super easy and they were giggling away and being creative so definitely a success!

It was our multicultural lunch today which amazingly comes together every year on the first Friday back to school. It never looks like it will, but it does! This year there was actually a seven layer dip I could eat, a quinoa salad and a blueberry bar. I definitely made a piglet out of myself! I wish I had taken a picture of my plate as it was a definite improvement over last year when I only had pickles and olives to eat.

Well I led a rally this afternoon and survived:). It wasn’t perfect, but for a first try I’m satisfied. One of the intermediate teachers was saying his students asked that we do it again next year, so I’ll take that as a success. I think I’d better send an email to staff asking for feedback so I hear what they think too.

I would count today as a success because I also got completely ready to welcome my new class on Monday morning- all labels are adhered, desks have been organized, and planners have been labelled:)

Knitting:

Not a thing:( I’m dying to do it, but with large sharp needles and thick wool, i know I’ll want to use my left pointer finger so it’s not happening yet. All that happened was the afghan moved off the couch.

Well since I want to get up at 6 to do the crunch, I’d better get to bed:).

Have fun!

AJ

PS: The app really did work better:)

What to do when you can’t run or knit?

Sorry for the delay. I tried to post last night, but it just kept reloading:(

Exercise:

Nothing but a short walk to the park and back.  I have never been someone who can sit around and do nothing  ( probably why I knit), so these past two days have been quite difficult! What do you do when you can’t knit, run, or workout?

Reading:

I’ve always read a lot, but these two days that’s all I’ve been doing! I have just finished another last book in a series, The Danvers series by Sydney Landon. I’ve read all the books and have enjoyed them all. This last one, Wishing For Us was equally good.  This series features a group of women who all work at the same company, Danvers, or at least in the building in which Danvers is housed.  There are a variety of personalities but most are quite outspoken and like to kiss and tell. Lol I think I would be upset if I was their man! This last book has Lydia marrying Jake in Vegas and then deciding to remain married for the sake of his custody battle. The book is realistic, well thought out and moves along at a good pace.  I would recommend this book for anyone who likes a series, who likes a strong woman or who likes a sweet read.

Teaching:

It has been crazy busy at school! I’m already getting to know the characters in my class.  I have the little boy with no impulse control who knows he’s cute and relies on it and the little girl who has been brought up as the princess. It will be interesting next week to see their academic abilities!  I just got told after school yesterday that I have to run the rally this afternoon. First I have to figure out what a rally is!!😳

Knitting:

My afghan has been sitting in the same spot for three days now saying, “AJ come Knit on me.”  I am dying to get going on it and am hoping to give it a shot this evening!

Socializing:

When does friendship become easier? I deal with friendship problems in my classroom every day and I’m still dealing with them in my own life as an adult. I had not been looking forward to this day for two weeks. It didn’t turn out as bad as I thought it could, but it definitely wasn’t comfortable!  Last January, I went to the movies with a friend and her partner for her birthday. It had taken a lot for me to get there due to traffic situations and I didn’t want to see the movie, so I was a little perturbed that she hadn’t returned texts or anything else. When I got to the movie theatre I asked her about it and later she accused me of embarrassing her because I was talking too loud. I am hard of hearing so I naturally do tend to be loud and have been for the entire twenty years of our friendship. After some very hurtful and lengthy emails, I got told she didn’t want to talk about it and I haven’t seen or heard from her since. I wanted to make the effort as her mom volunteers in my classroom so two weeks ago, I texted asking if she was up for a walk in the park. I postponed when my parents came into town(yes probably just delaying this), but finally we met up last night. I was walking over when I got a text that said she was there fifteen minutes early but didn’t know how long she could stay. There’s a good start🙄  We walked once around the park and it definitely wasn’t comfortable but no one cried or yelled so I suppose it was fine. She made it pretty clear she really wasn’t interested in being there, so now the ball is in her court and we’ll see if I hear from her again. At least I tried and I can look her mom in the eye!

Well I’m off to work and hopefully I’ll be able to post about my day and the rally tonight!

Have fun!

AJ

Note to Self: Stay Out of the Kitchen!

Well I’m just going to have to be careful with my data in other ways as I like to post at night. I use this as my reflection on the day and it just feels right to do it on the day I actually experience the stuff! Don’t know about you all, but I have a good memory, it’s just incredibly short so who can remember what happened yesterday?

Exercise:

No run for me this morning:( I still got up at six so I keep the pattern going but just got ready for the day and read. Supposedly on Friday I will be able to go back to my morning runs. I hope so as I am much happier and more patient when I run in the morning! I did manage to get out for an inlet walk tonight and I didn’t start bleeding this time so we have progress.

Teaching:

Today was my first day with the grade ones for this year. They don’t know it, but barring unforeseen catastrophes or boards that make us reorganize, they will be my class for the year. It was difficult and kind of annoying to pretend all day that I don’t know if they’re my class. I totally get why we have to do it as we don’t get approval of our classes until later this week, but with so many changes happening in BC schooling, couldn’t this change too? Of course, I’m at a relatively stable school so maybe it’s chaos at other schools😳

I only have twenty students so far this year and amazingly it feels so much smaller than the twenty-four I had last year! You wouldn’t think four students would make so much difference, but it really does! So far, it’s the honeymoon phase so I escaped the day relatively unharmed.  I had one little guy who was rolling around in the coatroom. I still haven’t figured out what would make someone want to do that? He then turned around and told me straight out that he didn’t want to do our next activity. Time to show him who is the teacher in the room… lol

Another little guy had to have his dad come in with him and spend about an hour because he is very anxious. I was prepared for this, but then by this afternoon he put his hand up and talked in front of the whole class ( I had been told he was selectively mute)! I hope we can keep this success going past the first day! It’s going to be an interesting year, but so far, so good!

Socializing:

I managed to meet up with one of my running buddies for coffee today. She rebandaged my finger at the same time:) It was a great way to get out of the school and keep to the eight hour work day I am trying to have this year! Teaching is definitely a job where you could work 24/7-365 days a year so I am trying to have more work/life balance this year. I’ve done pretty good so far, but it’s only been two days and the list on my desk is growing. Anyways my running buddy also knits so we are talking of creating our own knitting club as we’ve both always wanted to be in one, but we don’t know anyone else who knits around here:( Of course we might be dangerous enough on our own! She started helping me pick projects for some of the wool I have. ( I opened a bag last night and found two other sets of yarn I had bought and completely forgotten about!) I really need to start recording my purchases on Ravelry!

Kitchen:

Well the English Muffin struck again😫 I had taken one out to thaw as I didn’t want to try cutting a frozen one again this soon, but it wasn’t quite thawed enough so I figured I’d clear out the dishwasher while I was waiting. I took a frying pan to put away, opened the cupboard and had the entire top shelf of pots, pans, glass baking dishes, blender and food processor breakand fall on me.😫 Ouch:( At this point, I’m not ever eating an English Muffin again!!!

Sorry I have no pictures from my day, but I’m glad to be back up to date and I’ll be sure to snap some tomorrow:)

Have Fun!

AJ

Can I Move Any Faster?

It has been quite the couple of days! I’ve decided to try and move my posts to my lunch hour so I’m not using so much data, but we’ll see if I can organize my brain around this!

Running:

Yesterday morning was the first day with children at school. I have decided this year to get up earlier so I can run before school (it worked really well this summer) and also not be so rushed in the morning. Yesterday morning was going along great- solid run, great hair, even remembered to put some make up on! Then I went to cut my English Muffin for breakfast and managed to slice through my left pointer finger instead😫 Lol I’ve dealt with a multitude of injuries with my brothers but I’m not good when it’s myself. I managed to get a bandaid on it and then got myself off to school. The first aid attendant looked at it and said I should have gotten stitches. I took it easy that night and just web for a walk, but it started bleeding again. Thankfully one of my running buddies is a retired nurse and she fixed me up and gave me strict orders for no physical activity for a couple of days. I hate being benched!!!😖 And I was just getting into a routine!

Teaching:

It was great to see my old class yesterday, even if just for a half hour! They’ve grown so much!  It was nice to also get all of their stuff out of my room so I can quit walking around it! The rest of the day was a whole lot of meetings. I find these more difficult to get through than teaching all day!

Reading:

Since exercise and knitting are off limits due to my finger I have been doing lots of reading. I just finished Love Me Again which is the seventh book in Jaci Burton’s Hope series. I love reading books in series as you get to know the characters so well. Jaci Burton is fabulous at this aspect as the friend group always plays a big role in her books. She makes me want to have friends like these as they do such fun things!  This is a store of second time love but what is unusual is that the leading lady left the guy when they were teenagers. I love how kids and dogs also play a big role in this book!  It is also a pleasure to see the leading lady, Loretta,grow stronger and stand up for herself. The only problems I had with the book were minor- I wanted to know what happened between Loretta and her parents and I felt that Loretta and her guy got back together too easily.Still it was a pleasure to read and it is a series that I wish I had bought! If you like small town romance, series romance, kids and dogs or second chance love, I highly recommend this book!

Knitting:

i may not be able to knit right now, but my nurse/ running partner distracted me with talking patterns last night and showing me her current projects. She went to visit her sister this summer and came home with tons of new project ideas. It made me want to visit someone who knits as I sure didn’t get this during my holidays:(!  I have to say we managed to track down the Mika wool she was looking for on Ravelry and I discovered a new website- Purl Soho which is amazing! I just want to make everything. They have tons of free downloads and if you sign up for their newsletter, you get a free paid download! I can’t wait to pick one!

Well I’ve taught young minds all day so I’m off to read a chick lit book:)

Have fun!

AJ

If It Rains It Pours

Sorry for the lack of posts yesterday and today:( I’m having trouble with my phone data and then today (on the first day of school) I sliced my finger really badly.  I’ll try to blog tomorrow.

Have fun!

AJ

A Little of Everything

Running:

For the first time in a while, there were a few running buddies around this morning, unfortunately none of them ran with me:( We ran Mundy Park and I am proud to say I didn’t get lost this time and I did it in 29:58 which I think is good for me! Mundy Park in Coquitlam is a great place for a summer Sunday morning run. First it is well forested so it’s often several degrees cooler on the trails than in the parking lot. Secondly, it is dog off leash time until 10am so I get my dog fix as I run. This morning I had to stop at the bottom of cardiac hill because I was being herded. 😂 The trails in Mundy are wide and well groomed so it is appropriate for strollers etc, just beware the entire park is a hill. I have ran the Perimeter trail both ways and it is within seconds and meters of each other. You just can’t win!

I also got a workout I need on this hot day, though I was sweating bullets. I started over in my book of workouts with workout #1 and it was still a challenge! I keep waiting for the day when they become easier! I am really motivated right now though because I’m hoping working out will build muscle which will make running the crunch easier and faster!

My walk tonight was the same old Inlet trail.IMG_8872 It was very pretty tonight, but I really need to investigate some more walks I can do on my own!

Eating:

I thought I’d be able to say I hadn’t had a treat today, but nope I had a frappe after my run this morning, a very large one because it was free. I should never have a drink as a treat as it just doesn’t seem to register with my stomach like food does:(

Otherwise, today is Sunday which is my food prep day and I decided to stick to the schedule. My fruit salad, tuna salad, egg salad and veggie sticks are all prepared. I liked how this week I cut down on plastic bags by putting my veggie sticks in a larger container and then putting the hummus in a silicone muffin cup in the same container. I hope it works well! I’m also hoping that having all my food prepared will help with the transition back to work this week, though as I type this I realize I should get my dinners ready too.

Knitting:

I fairhfully did another pattern repeat on the afghan for my parents. I’m loving how it looks, but I must really love them to knit an Afghan in thirty degree weather!!! I so wish I had more time so I could work on a small project right now!

Otherwise, all I did today was spend three hours making up the supervision schedule, ugh:(!!!!

Its off to sleep with me now as tomorrow is the last day I don’t have to set an alarm! We’ll see if I manage to sleep in at all.

Have fun!

AJ

Good Things

Why does there have to be balance in life, can’t it all just be awesome?

Running:

Well… I did it! I got up this morning ( though I didn’t want to), laced up my running shoes and walked over to the Coquitlam Crunch. I was giving myself a pep talk the whole way there- ” it doesn’t matter how far you get, it’s a starting point, you’re lucky you can run at all, just do your best,” etc. I gave myself no chance to chicken out and started as soon as I got to the gate. I ran the entire first section which is all uphill, ran to the stairs in the second section, did 437 stairs at a steady pace, ran to the end of the second section. On the third, fourth and fifth sections I ran parts and walked parts. It took me 25:24 minutes to get to the top. Yesterday when I walked the crunch it took me 31 minutes so I suppose I was better. There is a lot of room for improvement, but at least I’m now over the mental hurdle of the first attempt. I’m thinking that I will try to run it every Saturday morning. Now that I have a time, I can work on lowering it! Lol for being not into competitive sports, I’m sure competitive with myself!

I also got my inlet walk in and a workout. I know I need to work out daily as I noticed on my run up the crunch this morning that my legs didn’t feel very strong😞Definitely need to work on that!

Back to School:

I gave in and went to the teacher store downtown Vancouver today. Collins Educational has everything a person could possibly imagine! It cost me $60 to get out of there, and that didn’t include the paper I had to buy for the school! I keep telling myself that I won’t spend any more money on my classroom, and yet I do at the first opportunity. Collins is an interesting place because while the three women are very helpful, none of them seem to enjoy their job:(

Eating:

My mom came to the teacher store with me and on the way we stopped at The Gluten Free Epicurean. 

http://www.glutenfreeepicurean.ca

This is a totally gluten free cafe and bakery. It has a large selection of baked goods along with smoothie and frozen and packaged items you can take home.

My mom and I got the vegan cinnamon bun, a strawberry galette and a pot of English Breakfast tea.  We demolished everything. The galette had a crisp, flakey pastry that had sugar crystals on it. The filling was sweet without being too sweet. The cinnamon bun was moist and doughy.  My mom even liked both items and said they didn’t taste gluten free or dairy free! That is a big compliment coming from her! I noticed on the way out that they even have gluten free waffle cones!  I baked the frozen cinnamon buns I brought home ( it got too hot in my car for them) and they turned out fabulous too! This cafe is definitely worth a visit and I will be stopping by to try other goodies for sure!

I didn’t eat again until this evening when my parents and I went for dinner at the Brew Street Pub in Port Moody. I had been there before and had been very impressed, but unfortunately this visit was not as successful. You now seat yourself so my parents and I found a spot on the patio with a few other patrons. We waited more than fifteen minutes and then had to flag down a waitress. We were sure to order both our drinks and food at the same time. It still took another fifteen minutes for our drinks to come out. The food came quickly after that. I had the tuna tataki and it was okay, though the tuna was not very flavourful:(. The sangria was also not very flavourful and had canned peaches in it:( We had to ask to have our table wiped off as it was filthy dirty and when we looked around we noticed the patio as a whole had a lot of garbage on it and was mainly being used for storage it seemed. I hate to say it, but I don’t think I’ll be back.

Shopping:

Had a chance to go shopping with my mom today. It’s a nice treat to have a brutally honest opinion to go shopping with! I definitely know if something flatters me from the back as well the front with my mom around. I found a cute jean jacket to replace the one I shrunk out of, a blouse for work, and a couple of pairs of pyjamas:) All in all, a good shopping trip. I even convinced my mom to buy a new pair of shoes!

Knitting:

i am enjoying knitting this afghan pattern. It comes from a Leisure Arts book I bought years ago and is about the eighth afghan I have completed. This book has definitely paid for itself! I am getting a little concerned though as I’m only on my second pattern repeat and I am already on my third ball of wool😳

Well I suppose all these good things today had to be tempered by something not so good:( I thought that my parents were going to the Oliver Wine Festival and then coming home for a month or so before heading south for the winter, but they informed me today that when they leave for the wine festival they’ll be gone until Spring. This is great for them and I’m glad they’re enjoying their retirement, I just was expecting them to not be leaving before November 11th! I just need to wrap my head around this. I suppose it’s just because I don’t have my own family that I really notice their absence when they’re gone. It almost makes me want to go back to online dating so I’m not alone so much!

All of these great things happened to me today- vanquished a running fear, a craving satisfied, successful shopping, peaceful knitting and great company and allmy mind focuses on is the one element not to my liking that I can’t change! Grrrrr!

Well that’s enough complaining for one night.

Have fun!

AJ

Play in the Sunshine

The labour day weekend is always tough for me as it signals the end of my freedom to do anything and everything I feel like each day:(

Socializing:

I spent most of the day at The Fair, aka The PNE.  It is not my number one way to spend a day, but a close friend loves it and I count it as quality time with her:). I think my problem with it is that I don’t love big crowds (being short and in a crowd is not a good time!) and the Fair is all about the food- mini donuts, cotton candy, fudge, deep fried everything, etc, none of which I can eat:( Oh well, I survived another year:) We started off in the barns where I saw chicks, ducks and a beauty of a horse who is called Manley.

We grabbed food. I found a Pad Thai that was gluten free and dairy free at Saltspring Noodlebox. Thank you!  I actually did research this year and had four choices I was looking for. The wraps all had cheese on them, I didn’t find the salmon salad until much later as it was over in Playland and I unfortunately also missed seeing the tacos I could have had:( The Pad Thai had good flavour and I watched them use a new pan and utensils to make it, just wish the ingredients had been a little more mixed. I ate through layers- cilantro, bean sprouts, rice noodles and finally some chicken on the bottom. Lol.

We watched the Superdogs show. It always make sense me want a dog for about five minutes until I remember how much work they are and how little I am actually home.

We went through toytopia which is advertised as the history of toys. It was interesting, but I found it very unorganized, and you had to pay a $1 each to try the arcade games!!!

I tried to have dairy free frozen yogurt, but they were sold out so I settled for the vegan vanilla from Rocky Point Ice Cream.  Not the most exciting thing.

When we were going through the pop up market tents right after, I wished I had saved my money and calories for the ice cream marshmallow combo item that was for sale in those tents. It sounded very interesting.

We also checked out the Marketplace and the History of the Hockey Hall of Fame. I’m a huge hockey fan, but neither of these was all that interesting:( I don’t know what I was expecting, but that wasn’t it.  Overall it wasn’t a bad day, the only part I really didn’t love was walking through Playland at the end. I don’t ever need to see that many people or hear them shrieking on rides.

Baking:

Before I left this morning I made a batch of Apple Chai Scones so that there would be something in the house for my mom to eat if she ended up at my place sewing today. The recipe is from a new cookbook I got called, The Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread by Laurie Sadowski. The recipe was very easy to follow and quick to pull together. The baking time was accurate and the scones were moist! They were very delicious! The only problem I had with them ( which was completely my fault) is that they were too thin to slice open and put butter on, but that’s only because I patted them out too thin, forgetting that they wouldn’t rise!IMG_8787

The only change a I made to the recipe was to use turbinado sugar on top and next time, I’d probably just use normal.

Exercising:

I did not run this morning because I slept in and my knee was still a little sore.  I ended up being very lazy and don’t work out either so with these two fails in mind, I decide do that my walk had to be more difficult than my usual inlet walk.  I decided to do the Coquitlam Crunch.

The second section of five has 437 stairs. I can never remember how many there are but today I counted back from 475 and that strategy worked well. The trail is wide and well groomed, but very steep! I used to run this trail both ways before I got hit, but haven’t yet gotten back to doing so. I’ve mostly avoided trying to run it for fear that I won’t be able to:(. I’ve decided that tomorrow morning I should try because the worst thing that can happen is that I will need to walk and that will give me a starting point for improving. I figure by putting it in my blog, I now have to do it! Hopefully it works!

Exercise wise, I’m going to try something new in September. Kathryn @ Dancing to Running has inspired me to set a distance goal. This goal will only be for my running and since I have no idea how far I run in a month, I’m going to try for 80km this month.  We’ll see how I do😳

Knitting:

I’be been working on the afghan for my parents and have finished one pattern repeat and the bottom border which has taken one and a half balls of yarn!  I went with the needle size that was called for on the yarn package and I considered ripping it out for the second time and going with the larger needle called for in the pattern, but have decided to go forward with what I’ve started as i don’t like big holes in my afghans.  This just turned into a very heavy and expensive Afghan however! I had better get it done before they leave on their trip because I definitely wouldn’t be able to ship it or put it in my luggage when I visit them!

Well, I’m going to go start one of mtn been library books:)

Have fun!

AJ