A quiet, relaxing day with a nap in the middle. It must be holidays:)

Exercise:

My amazing mother came up with a plan for how I could go running:) She set out for a walk and I ran along the BLM fence line. This put me away from the busy highway and yet gave me something to follow so I wasn’t just randomly running through the desert. It worked well enough that I’ll be repeating it each morning that I’m here. The bonus is that it gets my mom out for a walk too:). The footing is uneven and my calves definitely got a workout too, just like if I had been running on the beach. I found my breathing was out today, but that may be because I’m 1800 feet higher than I usually am! It also might have something to do with going out too fast🤣. My slowest kilometre was a 6:39 and my fastest was a 6:08. I only ran for twenty two minutes as we came across my dad out for his morning walk and I am actually here to spend time with them:)

It was a cloudy morning, but still beautiful! I’ve come to think that the most gorgeous thing I’ve seen in Arizona is the sky!

I laughed when the sun went away and I got cold in my tank top and shorts while reading outside today. This is home:

Shopping:

We headed into Ajo today for some shopping. Mostly we just needed ice and water, though that didn’t stop us from coming home with five bags. I had fun wandering through the IGA here. I always like to wander the grocery store when I’m somewhere new to see what gluten free and dairy free products they have. I was super excited to find the Bob’s Red Mill Muesli I had this summer in Boston! It is super yummy with yogurt and fruit! I may live off this for the next few days:)

Eating:

My mom had googled knitting stores (there appears to be none😫) and instead a coffee shop came up. We stopped by the Heritage Rail building and tried out Harris and Smith Coffee Shop. We had read online that they had gluten free and vegan and I had visions of cinnamon buns dancing in my head. My parents got to enjoy a cinnamon bun and quite enjoyed it:) Unfortunately they only had a blueberry or double chocolate muffin. I was slightly disappointed in the selection, but the muffin was good. Very light, but slightly dry.

Baking:

I made oatmeal raisin cookies for my parents today. I used the recipe Here and they turned out okay. I would suggest doubling the cinnamon, as though they smell great, they don’t have a lot of taste!It was neat to make them though as I used my parents microwave which is a convection oven. The cookies were baked perfectly:)

Reading:

I found out that I trotted home five books from the give and take that I had already read:( I started reading one of these today and even though I don’t have it marked read on Goodreads, I have definitely read it. I have instead made six chapters of progress on listening to Jane Eyre on Librivox (though my ears are now sore from my headphones- back to looking for another pair). I am determined to be done with this book by the end of this year!

Knitting:

I was planning to finish my toque before I posted tonight, however, I have now had to pull it out three times, so I decided to post and then go back to knitting. Hopefully I will have a finished product to show you tomorrow:) As I use this black and white combination again, I wish I had enough for a vest or sweater! I think it would be a very useful garment with both the black and white.

Family:

I am giggling in my head this evening as I think about how often people complain about kids being on electronic devices. I think my parents may be worse than any children!!!🤣 All I see are the tops of their heads and all I hear are the noises of my dad’s game! Of course I am just as bad with my ear buds in listening to my book.

Well I’m off to knit and hopefully it goes smoothly this time!

Have fun!

AJ

45 thoughts on “Holidays:)

  1. I’m glad you got to go out running, that was a great idea your mom had!
    Aren’t you glad you’re not at home???
    I love my Senso headphones I got from Amazon (since you’re looking).
    Cookies look yummy too. I didn’t see that coffee place when I went to Tuscan 😞

    1. I’m glad I got to go running too!! Thanks for the idea- I’ll look into the Senso headphones:)
      The coffee shop is in Ajo. I don’t know if there is another in Tucson. It looked like a pretty small business.

    1. Yup I’m enjoying being on the right side of that weather difference!!!
      Oh I’m glad to hear it’s not just my parents:)
      I’m going to try to finish by the end of the year. Today’s the first day I thought that might be possible. Lol I had to look up and see if it had a happy ending.

  2. Ajo! Did I mention I’m from Tucson? 😉 When you said you were surrounded by desert, I didn’t realize just how much. Still, it sounds like you’re having a lovely time. And really hoping your Vancouver storm doesn’t reach us here in Lake Stevens! ☺

    1. Cool! Yup every direction is just more desert! It’s a good thing I’m good at entertaining myself, or at least I am until I run out of yarn🤣
      I’ll keep my fingers crossed you don’t get that storm!

  3. Glad you are having an awesome vacation AJ! Is there no Walmart in Ajo? They would have the yarn no? I know where we lived, in the suburbs of Phoenix there was a Walmart every few miles…….I never made it down to Ajo so I don’t know what’s down there.

    Have a great day!

  4. Have you tried knitmap.com or the road trip part of Ravelry? Both will give you every yarn shop within a range that you set.
    Your at home weather looks miserable! Enjoy the desert:) We’re experiencing a cold spell. It’s 2f currently but the sky is blue and there is no snow falling.

    1. I tried the road trip on Ravelry but I’ll try Knit map now. Thanks for the idea:)
      Ugh- that weather sounds too cold for me, but I guess you can be happy it’s not snowing:)

  5. We are even cold here in Texas! Enjoy your trip, I wonder if you’ve ever tried Bob’s Red Mill version of steel-cut oatmeal (great for making baked oatmeal), it’s also great for making oatmeal “muffins”- you make the oatmeal on the stovetop, then spoon it in muffin tins and freeze it. Then when you’re ready for breakfast, pop out one or two, microwave them with toppings like butter and/or nuts and frozen blueberries! Yum!

    1. Oh that sounds great! My mom and I used to make oatmeal in a big 11×17 pan, cut it into squares and freeze it, but the muffin tin would delete one step:)

    1. Ugh I will enjoy the warm weather for you too! I’m hoping that by the time I’m home, we’re back to our usual mild temperatures at home.

  6. I wish I was in shorts and a tank top right now lol. I’m wearing jeans, a sweater, socks and slippers and still slightly cold. Although that could have to do with my run that was outside in 10 degrees. Glad you found a good running solution!

  7. Looks like you’re enjoying the holidays! Love that you went running, and love those cookies. And my sis and I were just giggling a couple of days ago when our parents were totally immersed in their devices, with the television providing the obligatory background noise – they’re the technophiles in the family now! 😉

    1. Lol it seems my parents aren’t the only ones:)
      Yes a holiday where I do nothing but sleep, Knit, read, bake and run is perfect:) sometimes😂

  8. My son and I are here in Tucson also! We are rock climbing in this beautiful weather! Have you been to Barrio Bread yet? It is fantastic if you are an artisan bread lover 🙂

    1. Oh no I haven’t been there. That’s cool that you are rock climbing. Looking around I would think this would be an awesome place for that:)

  9. I laughed about your parents using tech gadgets. I’m sitting here reading blogs as my grandson is playing games on his phone. I brought the laptop into the den to be near everyone else, so we are together while being involved in individual pursuits.

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