Why is this holiday going so fast?!?!


It was tough to get out of bed this morning, but my new strategy worked. I joined Squad Runner this week in the hopes it would get me out of my running rut. It’s just too easy to go out and do my usual half hour loop. It worked! This morning I went out and did 5km in the beautiful sunshine:). I stuck to the road today too and the SR app had no problems. I’ll do the same thing tomorrow with my runkeeper app and see if that helps. The best part of my run was getting hugs from my parents about a third of the way through as they were out for a walk:). The worst part is my run was that I seem to be slow again. I’ve enjoyed the last year of running faster and really don’t want to go back to being sloth slow:(

I also got a workout in this evening. It started with a Rabat’s if power jacks and high knees, then it’s a grab bag workout which means I have about 50 cards and I have to randomly pick 20 to do. I ended up doing:

A plank, 20 v ups, 20 skaters, 16 shoulder taps, 20 plank jacks, 15 barrow squats, 20 burpees, 10 front step ups each side, 5 push-ups, 15 hamstring curls, 20 decline mountain climbers, 30 Spider-Man plank climbers, 5 squats, 30 plié squats, 15 dips, 10 push-ups, 30 lunges, 50 bicycles, 10 hand release push ups, and 50 jumping jacks.

The best part is that it doesn’t take long and I figured out how to hold a weight between my feet so I could do hamstring curls (really need to buy a new band). The worst part was that I don’t feel like I did enough abs.


I met up with my friend Anna to help her out. It was her first time taking both of her sons to the kids drop in gym time and she wasn’t sure how it was going to go so I went along to help kid wrangle. It was a great time and we got to catch up:). By the end though, I was exhausted even though I had had an hour nap before I went:(. Maybe I overdid it yesterday:(

I ended up cancelling my shopping trip I had planned with a friend for this evening as I would like to have some energy before I hit the mall.


Instead of shopping I walked across the street to the pub and had a blueberry tea with my parents. It was nice to see them, especially since I missed seeing them yesterday!

It was a short visit and then I was back home for another rest.


My parents had brought their new instant pot home with them so I could try it. My mom warned me this morning though that my dad had bought a roast to make in it, so I wouldn’t have it for long.

I ended up doing a small roast in it this evening. It only took 45 minutes to fully cook. I actually think I could have gone with less as I like my meat a little on the rare side. I loved how I didn’t have to dirty another pan to sear the outsides, which is one of the things I don’t like about my slow cooker! This evening I also ended up making rice pudding in the instant pot. It took 30 minutes completely, but was super yummy too. I have portioned it out and have tried freezing some to see if that works.


I finished watching the movie version of Wives and Daughters and really enjoyed it. Anyone who likes period films like Pride and Prejudice would enjoy this one, I believe.


I have also managed to get halfway through the first sleeve of my sweater and am hoping to get back to it and finish it up tonight! I need to get the sweater done so I can enter it into this month’s HPKCHC!

Have fun!


20 thoughts on “Vacation Day 5

  1. When ti comes to exercising, I’m such a slacker and tend to procrastinate making convenient excuses… I really have a great respect for you, AJ!
    And I totally agree- time flies past when you’re having fun!

    1. I’m just good about exercising because I love to eat and I don’t want to go back to where I was!!!
      Yup time off always goes too fast!

      1. Do you exercise everyday? Apart from when you were ill, all your posts seem to have at least one run or workout in them. I make a lot of excuses, like Noriko.

  2. I love my electric pressure cooker. I don’t use it as much as I should, but I have enjoyed the results when I did use it. sounds like you are making the most of your break

    1. I enjoyed using it yesterday. Just don’t know how much use I would get out of it since I only cook on Sundays, not every day.
      I am definitely trying to:)

  3. You’re probably just a little slow with the running just because you’re getting back into it after a little bit. I’m sure it’ll pick up!
    You may have been a little sleepy with your friend BECAUSE you napped. I don’t know about you, but I always get groggy after I nap… I just can’t do it! Lol! All in all sounds like you had a great day!

    1. I hadn’t planned to nap, just woke up an hour later😳
      I’m hoping that once I can breathe normally, I’ll go back to being faster!

  4. I’m so happy that you joined SR, and I really hope you enjoy it as much as I have! I just wish there was some way for members of other teams to keep in touch as well and give kudos! 😀

  5. I have heard a lot about Instant Pots, but I never really looked into what they are exactly. I think that is next on my list of things to do, especially if it simplifies meal preparation.

    1. It’s just a new pressure cooker:). I think it would be really good for people who need to get dinner on the table quickly at night.

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