It’s been interesting to say the least. This post will include some reflections on the past year in addition to my day:)


I got out for a run this morning, even though I didn’t want to go! When I logged into Runkeeper it had a challenge happening where you had to run for 20:18. That worked just perfectly for me today, so that’s what I did:). I probably could have done more physically, but mentally, I just wasn’t there:(

I spent the afternoon looking back on my running this year. I had been very surprised to have Runkeeper tell me that I had ran more last year. It turns out I was right and they were wrong!

2016- 464.27km, 98 runs, with an average of 4.73km

2017- 736.26km, 164 days, average of 4.49km

I am pretty happy with the stats for this year, especially considering I’ve had five dental surgeries since December of last year and was unable to run after each. I ran 66 more days this year and 271.99 more. You have no idea how tempted I was to go run 0.01km more so I could have an even number:)


I finished my 100th book of the year today. It was A Kiss For Christmas by Melody Grace. The book, A Kiss For Christmas includes three short stories which are loosely bound together by some overlapping characters. I found the stories had a lovely Christmas present, but I found the pace was very quick in all of the stories which made them difficult to believe. I think I would have enjoyed the stories more if they had been full length novels with more character development.

However, if you are looking for a quick Christmas read or like a hot read, you would enjoy this book.

Goodreads has informed me that I have read 100 books this year, 25,498 pages, which is less than what I read last year. I am happy to see that 1/5 of the books could be considered “good for me” books or at least aren’t trashy romances🤣

Cooking/ Baking:

I have continued my quest to remake my favourites into gluten free and dairy free creations. I feel that I have made a lot of interesting recipes this year, but unfortunately I don’t have any of that information with me. (Hence the need to task this stuff on my blog). I will continue this quest in the new year and also want to make homemade pizza and more stir fries.

I do have to ask if anyone has a good recipe for sticky buns with walnuts, I’d appreciate hearing it as that is what my dad has requested I make next and of course, my tried and true recipe is at home:(


I didn’t intend to make anything today, but I had just a little bit of the black and white yarn left over so I figured I might as well use it up! It made a quick, single loop Cowl that I will probably wear tonight:)
checked out my Ravelry projects thread today to discover what I have been creating this year.

I have completed 33 projects this year. (I really wish Ravelry would do a year in review like Goodreads does)! I have made:

7 toques

4 cowls

4 pairs of handwarmers

3 shawls

2 vests/tanks

2 tea cosies

2 blankets

2 scarves

2 sweaters

1 dog sweater

1 pair of slippers

1 pillow cover

1 baby sweater

1 headband

Not bad for the year, though next year I would like to make more sweaters for myself! I also want to make some socks! I was very surprised to see I hadn’t actually done any this year!! I would also like to follow more patterns as I seem to do lots of things just out of my head.


Probably one of the biggest changes I have made this year has been to start this blog and keep going at it. I am amazed and humbled by the fact that I have 303 followers (I often wonder to myself why anyone would want to read my posts🤣)? WordPress tells me that I have done 165 posts, had 8,191 views and 2,371 visitors. I started this blog to keep track of the above areas of my life along with my teaching life and to focus on the positive without any thought of actually having anyone else read my posts. I must say thank you though to those of you who read and comment. You give me lots of advice and encouragement and I often find myself talking about my “friends” on here as many of you have become that.

I leave you tonight with a beautiful Arizona sunset and a wish for all the best in 2018. I hope it is filled with everything positive! My New Years- a campfire and some fireworks with some really neat people!


45 thoughts on “The End of the Year

  1. You ran a lot! I hope to be able to get back to my walking soon and build up to running!
    Read 100 books? That’s almost a book every 3 days, that’s great!
    303 followers is awesome! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and if I ever get back up to the beautiful place you live, I want to be able to go running with you!
    Happy New Year! May our 2018 be great! 🎆🎈🎊🎉

    1. Yup I’m very goal and number oriented so seeing all those stats made my day:) Made me feel like the ear has been successful!
      I started with walking too:) and if you get here, we’ll hit the seawall! It’s gorgeous for a walk or a run:)
      I hope 2018 brings nothing but the best for you!!

  2. You had a great 2017! The cowl is great! Gorgeous sunset!
    I read your blog for the inspiration! You cram so much into a single day. It amazes me!
    I don’t have a good sticky bun recipe but maybe you can find one on Pinterest:)
    Happy New Year!

    1. Oh thank you! I thought the Cowl might look a little weird being so small, but I’m thinking I’ll wear it like a soft necklace when I’m wearing a plain shirt:)
      That’s so cool- I never thought I’d inspire anyone and super cool because you inspire me in knitting!! I’ve “favourited” the sweaters you mentioned the other day:)
      I’ll definitely be checking out Pinterest if nobody has a good one. It’s just always so difficult to know if they’re going to be good!

  3. Woah! You’ve had an extremely prosperous year in reading, running, and knitting! That’s so awesome to be able to look back and see it all!! And with blogging too!! Those are some awesome stats!
    It’s been lovely getting to know you!😊❤️

    1. Thank you! I’ve loved getting to know you as well! It’s been great joining this online community – everyone so far has been so friendly and welcoming:)

    1. Happy New Year to you! I’ve enjoyed your posts this year and look forward to many more in 2018!! Thank you- I’m loving keeping track of what I do:)

    1. Thank you! It is definitely my stress relief! Helps me stay sane with 24 children every day! Let me know if you need more encouragement, I make a good cheerleader:)

  4. You have had a good year AJ,ne crept for all the dental work, but hopefully that is finished now and 2018 will be a great one is all aspects for you! I would have wanted to run another 1/10 too!

    1. Yup I plan to be very healthy in 2018 or at least avoid the dentist🤣
      I’m so glad to hear that as I sometimes wonder if I’m just really weird!

  5. Although we blog about totally different things, your blog has inspired me to exercise more, though I cannot do most of the things you do. When I see you do something everyday then I know I should do something every day no matter how little.
    happy new Year from the gang at the felinecafe.

    1. I always have in my head that as long as I do something I’m good as anything is better than the couch option:) I’m glad I help in some way! I sure didn’t start out doing what I do now! It was tough to just walk to the mailbox when I started!
      I love your cat posts!

    1. Oh I’ve always wanted to ride a horse. My cousins had horses but they were too big for me and when I wanted to ride a pony at the fair, they wouldn’t let me:(. I’m not sure how I’m going to succeed at this goal!

  6. Happy New Year AJ!!!
    Wow! You had a great year! Nice work on your runs that is impressive!!! I am thinking about taking dairy out for awhile and I just started running more consistently. Do you have any good pointers for a newbie runner?

    I hope 2018 will be a wonderful year for you!
    Keep writing and sharing. I love your blog!

    ❤ Alana

    1. I would recommend following a learn to run program if you’re really brand new as it will get you a good base of thirty strong minutes of running. If you need one, let me know as I used to lead a program and it’s stuck in my head:)
      Dairy can be tough to avoid as it’s in a lot of things! I think it’s doable though as it seems to just be the combination of gluten and dairy that makes my eating difficult:(

  7. Great stats! We can be so hard on ourselves. I think as long as you get out there and do something, it’s way better than doing nothing so pls give yourself more props. We need to add reach other on Goodreads of we haven’t already. Hau’oli Makahiki Hou.

  8. I have enjoyed your blog. I feel I get my exercise by reading about yours. John and I are into very sensible walking. I admire all teachers, because they have a gift for something that is totally foreign to me. That’s why I like to read about your adventures at school. Everything else rounds you out as a person. I certainly count you as my blogging friend and am the richer for having known you. Happy New Year!

    1. Oh thank you!!! I consider you a blogging friend too and love reading your posts!
      I’ll be sure to do enough exercise for you, John and me, though I love to walk too! You see more:)
      I’ll be back to recording my teaching adventures on Monday and will hopefully be a better teacher for having the holiday!

  9. A very happy new year again AJ! I think you did amazing this year, I’m so in awe that you have run and read so much! And I really enjoy reading you, so here is to another great year in your company 🥂😘

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