I got an extra day off and I put it to good use:)

Exercise:

I had arranged to meet Lyndsay for a workout this morning and I’m glad I did so that it got done! I liked how this morning the floor work was interspersed with the treadmill workout so the whole thing seemed to go fast. It also helped that we threw some biking and the body in there as well! Of course, I got three quarters of the way through the treadmill workout and found out I had done the whole thing at an incline of four! No wonder it seemed so much more difficult today, of course I did it too so perhaps I should be upping the speed again.

Workouts with Lyndsay are awesome because it combines both running and weights so I don’t feel as though I need to do a second workout. Good thing as I wouldn’t have had time today!

Oh and just to let you know I did do my regular Thursday morning hill run yesterday, but I was feeling my legs so I didn’t add the loops on the way home and just kept it a short run. I’m hating the new headphones I bought, so if anyone has a suggestion for headphones, I’d love to hear it!

Knitting:

Last night I had knit night with my friend Brenda (at the end of a long and crazy work day). I started a toque with the pretty purple variegated yarn and got quite a ways in it before I tried to put it on my head and found out it was too small🙁 I ripped it out, came home and crashed into bed. Well today, I started the toque over again, with more stitches. I guess my usual toque pattern was written for heavier weight yarn.  It’s going well, but not done yet. I’m almost to the point where I should be trying it on again, so wish me luck! I also need to decide if I want to put a ponytail hole in it.

This morning Brenda and I headed out to buy the materials we needed for the My Year in Temperatures scarf that we will be starting on January first.  We had heard about this project about a month ago on the news and decided to do it next year. Each day you add one row to the scarf based on what the temperature high was for the day. When I thought about this project I realized it was the perfect excuse to buy the Prismatic Mini Mini Skein set by Sweet Georgia Yarns that I had seen at Knit City, but couldn’t come up with a reason to buy.  The shop is only open from Monday to Friday and is closed weekends and holidays so with the extra week day off, today was definitely the day to go! It was a little difficult to find and I realize from the store and hours that they seem to focus mostly on online sales. It turned out to be a small, bright and welcoming store!  The yarns were all gorgeous and the samples were inspiring! They had many samples on display and I just wanted to do them all!

They say they are all about colour and they definitely are!

They also had a wall of “seconds” as they do hand dyeing.  The “seconds” weren’t as much of a sale as I would have liked. The best was the red dots at $9 off, but I didn’t see any of them, most were a $1.50 off.  I think next time I would just order online. Brenda looked and saw you get 10% off your first online order which would cover the shipping so that’s a little bonus.

I decided on a gray to use as the division between the months in my scarf while Brenda chose saffron. Her scarf is going to be different as she is going to incorporate the date and the names of the months, while I am not.  I am going to get the header of the scarf done and then I have to put it away until January:(

My mom laughed when I told her about this project. She thinks it will be funny to watch me try to keep a project for a whole year. What can I say? I really like finishing things🤣

When I was little my mom was knitting a sweater for my dad. It never got finished and at some point she frogged it and gave me the yarn. I asked her today if she would want me to make up the sweater for dad or if she would prefer I use the yarn to make an afghan for the boat. She chose the afghan, as I figured she would, so I made her choose the pattern today as I probably won’t see her until March.   Thankfully she chose one I haven’t done before:)

It is from the “Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans” by Leisure Arts.

I love this book because all of the afghans are done in one piece. I have made almost all of the blankets in the book!

I also got two threads on the rued rug done today to make up for missing yesterday. I really need to figure out what I’m going to do with this so that I’ll be more inspired to work on it!

Reading:

I finished the book, Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery today.

I have enjoyed most of the books in Susan’s Fools Gold series and this didn’t disappoint.

This book tells the story of Madeline who grew up in Fools Gold and now is part owner of the Paper Moon Bridal Boutique and Jonny Blaze, a Hollywood actor. The two are brought together through Madeline being asked to help organize Jonny’s sister’s wedding.  Madeline has had a celebrity crush on Jonny but learns a lot about the actual man through the process of planning the wedding.

I liked this book for several reasons. First, both Madeline and Jonny felt well developed and real to me. They had flaws and quirks and as the reader you really get to know them. I also liked how when, Madeline freaked at various times as the relationship developed, she realized it and dealt with it in a realistic manner. The drama was minimal which I appreciated.  As the reader you get a nice update on some of your favourite Fools Gold characters as well. I love he extended cast in these books, though I may need to start keeping a list, a challenghe of the book- keeping everyone straight!

I think that readers who enjoy a sweet romance, small town romance or a celebrity crush would enjoy this book.

What’s even better was that there was a bonus novella included in the book! A Kiss in the Snow was a satisfying short story about Shep and Nancee.  It was a neat story because it also gave some background about a Fools Gold legend- Gladys. It was nice to finally get to know a bit more about her. The story is a second, actually fourth chance at love for these two,and is again, a very sweet, romantic story.

I would recommend this story and you don’t have to read the whole series first, unless you’re me🤣

I am super excited that I can now watch the movie that is based on this book!!

Cooking:

I made chicken Caesar salad for lunch for my mom and I and chai tea (you can find the instructionhere.). It is my favourite so far! for out me tea later in the afternoon. Neither of which are an amazing thing, but I did use some new products.

I had bought a new Caesar salad dressing and both my mom and I thought it was good today. It tasted like Cesar dressing to me, though it was a little thicker than I am used to. 

It was almost double the price of the Daisy Caesar dressing, but it was nice to have Caesar salad for the first time in five years!

I also picked up some eggnog while I was at the store today because I saw it and it was my favourite last year!

It most reminds me of light eggnog because it isn’t as thick as regular eggnog, but it’s definitely yummy!

Organizing/ Life:

I got a lot of little things done today, but not what I was actually expecting to get done!

I got my truck taken in for a tune up (which it ended up not needing so it didn’t cost me anything😀).

I also got a new lamp dropped off into my classroom and my new schedule cards cut out and magnetized while I was there.

I got the new sweater hanger put up in my closet and my running gear transferred to it. They fit much better and I’m using the small one for my underwear.

I got one picture labelled in my friend’s wedding photo album. Hopefully this is enough to get me moving on this project.

I got my flu shot with my mom and some groceries bought, including a veggie platter for tomorrow’s family dinner.

I got two games cut out for my students as well.

Only about a million left to do, but it makes a good excuse to watch a. Movie and I decided on Sweet Home Alabama.

What was I supposed to be doing today?? Sewing my Christmas presents for my friends and colleagues! I have to get these done while my mom is in town to help if I need it!!!!! Well, I guess tomorrow is another day, but there is just still so much I want to do with her and so few days left:(

Well I’m going to do some yoga and continue on with my projects so…

Have fun!

AJ

38 thoughts on “Maximizing the Day Off

    1. Yup I’m looking forward to the scarf project- it’s going to be difficult to not start until January!
      I didn’t get to the yoga- I collapsed into bed:( I did print a routine the other day so hopefully I’ll get to it soon! How’s your yoga going?

      1. You’ll et back to it:)
        I have no idea how long 365 rows will be, lol. My mom suggested making a tote rather than a scarf

      2. I hope so:) I need to figure out what is stopping me. Honestly….I think it’s been ever since I got a bigger bed in my room. So now I don’t have any floor space to do it. Lame reason, but I’m thinking that’s it.
        Lol for real! it’ll be one you can wrap around your neck like 4 times!

      3. That could very possibly be true! I find it’s the littlest things that throw me off!!
        I need to ask my mom about he tote as that might be a better option for me

  1. I’m not sure I could stick to a year long project but I love the idea of it. That blanket pattern is really lovely. I hope you get to do all the things with your mum that you want before she returns home 🙂

    1. Well we shall see if I can do it🤣🤣🤣 I’m definitely going to need other projects!
      Yes I’m looking forward to doing the afghan, but it probably won’t be until January and February.
      I’m trying my best to get through the list and just enjoy the time. I try not to think about her leaving!

  2. I would love to be good enough to knit an afghan but it seems hard to me! I’ve only ever knit a scarf and just some practice areas.
    The temperature scarf seems really fun! Maybe one day I’ll do that but I’m no where near good enough at knitting to constantly be changing colors of yarn. I hope you stick with it so we can see how it looks at the end of 2018!

    1. If you can knit and purl- you can knit anything:) keep practicing and you’ll be there. The cool thing is that you can create things as you practice:). I just kept trying a new skill with each project:)

      1. Ok so I would suggest either a Cowl where you learn to purl or a dishcloth where you can learn to increase and decrease. I would suggest these two because they are relatively short projects that you see progress quickly and yet you learn a new skill:)

  3. I think the afghan is beautiful and your mom will love it! I did not know SoDelicious made eggnog! Is it low sugar, hahaha. I wish, then I could have it. I crochet some, or I used to, I never learned how to knit. You’ve been very busy, it’s made me tired just reading about it!

  4. You certainly were very busy! Thank you for the tour of the yarn store. I could see myself making several of those items. Good luck with your year long project. Inspite of your moms lack of enthusiasm I hope you are successful. The afghan pattern looks gorgeous. I look forward to seeing your progress.

    1. Thank you for reading! I love checking out new stores. That was a much smaller store than I was expecting, but I’ll see if I like working with the yarn before I go back to buy more.
      Lol I shouldn’t paint my mom in a bad light- she’s supportive, she just knows how I like to finish projects and so knows it will be a challenge for me to have a project incomplete for a year!

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