Old Friends

I should know better than to worry about a day!

I had a rough night last night with not being able to breathe and so didn’t actually get to sleep until after four am. Now in the past this has not stopped me from my usual Sunday morning run, but in this case, it did! I took advantage and slept until ten am (that’s actually only nine as we had a Spring ahead time change). At this point I am back to being congested and can’t hear out of my left ear. I haven’t decided if this is improvement or not??!!

I didn’t accomplish much this morning other than hard boiling a few eggs. I must admit this cold has been great for shrinking my stomachs down and dropping a few pounds:) Sorry, I have to find a silver lining somewhere:)

Socializing:

My oldest friend was in town from Regina and I had said I would meet up downtown with her and her husband. I had let her know a few days ago that I had a cold, but she was still okay with meeting. I wasn’t sure how long I would last, but took some DayQuil and headed out!

It was an awesome drive down as I got to listen to more of my Wives and Daughters audiobook. I’m almost to the end!

We ended up taking advantage of the spectacular day (14 degrees out) and walking across most of Vancouver today with two stops for coffee. It really felt like Spring. The sane spot from opposite sides.

It’s always awesome to meet up with this couple as they are so easy going and it never really feels as though any time has past. I even feel comfortable with her husband which is kind of amazing! We have often gone years without seeing each other, but this time it’s been less than a year which is a record for us!! We had a great talk and catch up and she is looking amazing at 26 weeks, still won’t tell me what she is having though😂. I got to be the first baby gift they have received and they seemed to like the baby vest I had made for them:)

We ended the day with an early dinner at Los Margaritas which was as good as it always is!!!

Way too much food though! I was stuffed after the first taco and didn’t even start on any of the sides!!

Well I am off to cast on my next project, mostly just so that I can listen to more of Wives and Daughters🤣

Have fun!

AJ

A Little Productive

I was slightly productive today, but mainly stayed quietly by the fireplace hoping to beat this head and chest cold once and for all!

Exercise:

I met up with a friend this morning for a nice slow trail run. Two minutes slower per kilometre than my usual pace, so I definitely wasn’t pushing myself at all! It was super slow, only a half hour and it was nice to see Sarah, get out on the trails, be in the sunshine and get some fresh air:)

This evening I went for a half hour stroll hoping the fresh air would help me breathe! It was nice to amble along listening to my audiobook and enjoying the evening sun:)

Reading:

Forget binge watching Netflix shows, I seem to be binge listening Librivox books. The Wives and Daughters has gotten pretty good. I know it was originally published in several pieces in the newspaper, like the original sitcom🤣. I only have seven chapters left and I am definitely hooked! I just want Molly to end up with Roger and for the squire to accept his grandson. Wow, it really does sound more like a soap opera than a sitcom🤣

Knitting:

Of course I needed to be doing something as I sat by the fireplace listening to my book, so I spent the day finishing projects.

I got the button bought and sewed onto this baby cardigan I will give away tomorrow. It isn’t quite the button I wanted, but it will have to do! This may be my new favourite baby knit.

The pattern is called Wee Speedy on Ravelry and it took less than two hours to make start to finish! I may make one in every colour just to have them on hand😂

I also got my new heating pad cover constructed sand finished. All winter I have had trouble with my heating pad getting twisted in its cover and it’s been driving me crazy! So yesterday I took a skein of yarn I knew I was never going to use, casted on forty stitches and did double moss stitch until I ran out of yarn. I had to block it to get it to 31″x12″, but once it was dry I sewed up the sides and put in a zipper and voila I have a new heating pad cover.

I have to admit I’m pretty happy with it:)

Cooking:

The only other thing I did today was to make myself a tuna melt for lunch. Boy was it yummy!!

Well for having a nice, quiet day at home, I seem to be going backwards in my healing. I suddenly have a sore throat:(. I’m going to bed early as I have to go downtown tomorrow to meet up with my oldest friend who is in town from Regina! Hopefully some extra sleep will help!

Have fun!

AJ

More Rest

I spent another day resting, but I must be starting to feel better! Though I missed being outside on this beautiful day!

It looks like Spring has finally arrived:)

I feel like a little kid with my nose pressed to the window🤣

Knitting:

I got a heating pad cover knitted out of some very boring yarn. I made up the pattern and will show it off once it is finished blocking. It used up an entire skein out of my stash, unfortunately that makes absolutely no difference:(

Reading:

As I was knitting, I was listening to Wives and Daughters on Librivox and made really good progress. I am now 2/3 done the book! Yay:)

Cooking:

I can’t really call it knitting, but last week Maureen at Maureen Gets Real had talked about putting nutritional yeast on a baked potato. I decided that I had to try that out today! It was very yummy:)

Between naps I have spent most of the day trying to figure out what to do with 410 yards of light fingering weight yarn? Everything suggests socks, but it doesn’t take that much to make socks for me and I don’t like having yarn left over! The other most popular Ravelry return is a shawl and I already have made three so that seems like enough:(. I’m the worst at deciding what to make!

Have fun!

AJ

From the Mouths of Babes

It was an interesting day. At some point, someone should have stuck a fork in me! I hope to get back to being interesting very soon!

Teaching:

I dragged myself into work today, and survived to tell the tale. My students were quite kind and I have to admit I made a few changes to my day so it was a little easier. We had a financial analyst parent talk this morning and he thankfully left a cool credit card template so the children had the rest of that morning block to design their own credit card. Leopard and zebra seems to be in for credit cards for the seven year old set, well along with hearts and rainbows.

Math involved doing a drill, a game of counting by 2s and some counting back subtraction.

Finally this afternoon I had a prep to get my report cards collated and stuffed, ready for Monday, then gym and planners and silent reading.

You would think it would have been an easy day, but most of the time I felt like I just wanted to lay down and have a nap. One colleague very kindly said I was still pretty, but that I looked and sounded terrible😂At one point during my prep the secretary and principal said in unison, “for goodness sake- go lay down before you fall down”. Finally, the children at the end of the day said, that I should really stay home and rest tomorrow. Lol I don’t think anyone will be surprised that I won’t be there tomorrow.

I’ve mostly just slept since I got home and listened to a bit of Wives and Daughters on Librivox. I’ve been enjoying it, though I still feel like I’ve read it before.

Otherwise, I don’t particularly have anything to report, other than it wasn’t cold enough to wear my new mitts today- we’re back to just wet and gray, and I’m going back to bed!

Have fun!

AJ

75%

I’m definitely getting better:)

I again spent most of my day sleeping. I’m off soon to go back to bed so I can face tomorrow. My TOC can’t work tomorrow so I have to go in.

Knitting:

I did manage to finish up my second mitten today. I absolutely love the Tin Can Knits Pattern: World’s Simplest Mittens and would recommend it!

Now I just have to hope for a little cool weather to try them out!

Reading:

I finally finished a book too. I read Julia Quinn’s novel The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy.

It wasn’t a bad read, though I didn’t feel it really lived up to her other books.

Well, hopefully I will have more to tell you about tomorrow!

Have fun!

AJ

Not Even a Touch

I don’t have much to share as there was not even a touch of excitement to my day. I have slept for most of it, again!

It has taken me absolutely all day, but I finally have clean sheets on my bed and have showered. My grandma always used to say that when you didn’t feel well you should shower and get dressed and make yourself look good and you would then feel good. I’m not sure if a shower and fresh sheets have that power, but hopefully they will work a miraculous recovery!

My friend and Mom both asked if I was knitting or reading, when I said no, they both came to the conclusion that I am really sick. 🤣 A very interesting ruler for sickness!

Well I hope everyone is healthier than me!

Have fun!

AJ

🎼Are You Sleeping? Yes I am🎼

I literally did not wake up until 10:30 this morning. It felt so good to finally sleep! I have spent all but two hours of this day asleep so I don’t have much to say.

Reading:

Yesterday I finished the latest book I had gotten from NetGalley, Stay With Me by Jules Bennett.

This book tells the story of Olivia and Jackson. It is not part of the Monroe Brothers series, but is definitely a worthy addition to Haven. Olivia and Jackson knew each other from her dad’s airport as kids, but she moved away with her mom and never came back until she needs to deal with the fact her father left her half of the airport, and Jackson got the other half.

I read this book in one day as I couldn’t put it down! I liked how once again there’s a strong friendship storyline in this book, though with three men and three women, I guess we can see where Bennett is going with this. I liked how it was more than just a basic will they get together storyline, the airport and the decisions around it, has a big presence throughout the book. Olivia and Jackson both seem very realistic to me. Olivia wants to get in and out of Haven and doesn’t really want to deal with her emotions, while Jackson has cut himself off Ashe doesn’t plan to be hurt again or to let his family be put in that position either. I also liked the fact that Olivia is five years older than Jackson.

I think anyone who enjoyed the Monroe brothers series will equally enjoy the start of this new series. As well, anyone who likes small town romances. It would also intrigue someone who is looking for an older woman, younger man romance.

Thank you to NetGalley for the free advanced copy in return for my honest review.

I am now reading The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn. I’ll let you know how it is.

Knitting:

I haven’t touched my knitting today:(

I hope you all have done more than me today!

Have fun!

AJ

The Children Got Me!

Exercise: Nil.

At about 3am I texted my running buddies to tell them I wouldn’t be showing up today. I finally had to admit that I am sick:(

I ran across the street this morning for some oranges and chicken noodle soup and ended up having to buy the ingredients and make my own soup as they didn’t have any gluten free and dairy free. I really dislike food allergies when I’m sick and just want to lay on the couch. To add insult to injury I realized when I got home that I paid twice for the chicken:(

Cooking/Baking:

I have had many naps today and don’t really last too long on my feet, but managed to get the chicken noodle soup made for lunch and some cranberry orange upside down muffins made and frozen for my recess snacks this week. Yes, I am trying to lose these five pounds, but I know myself well enough to know that if I deny all treats, I’ll just go crazy one day. One small muffin a day should do the trick!

This muffin recipe was again from my The Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread recipe book. It was quite easy and quick and they taste delicious. I really love how these cookbooks also give the calorie count for the treats too.

I just probably wouldn’t serve these for a special Christmas morning as they didn’t come easily out of the pan and so weren’t as pretty as o guess they could be.

Knitting:

I finished my socks a couple of days ago and unfortunately still had some of my New Hampshire yarn left, so… what to make with it to use it up? I decided on mitts but tried two different patterns with no success. Nothing But Knit has recommended the recent sock pattern to me that I loved so I decided to ask her if she knew of a mitt pattern. She suggested the World’s Easiest Mitts by Tin Can Knits. I have now finished one mitt and can say I’m loving this pattern. It comes in many sizes and for all different weights of yarn. Thank you Nothing But Knit!!! I think you just became my knitting pattern advisory board as you’re two for two, though I should probably learn your name🤣

Hopefully the second mitt will get done tomorrow!

I have so many things in mind for after that, such as a heating pad cover, another pair of socks and now I need to get something for a baby done by next Sunday!

Reading:

I have made good progress on listening to Wives and Daughters with all the knitting, but have also managed to read two other books too. That’s what happens when you can’t breathe so you can’t sleep.

I grabbed this book, The School for Heiresses off the pile under my desk. I had read it years ago, but reread it today. I enjoyed three of the four stories and think the last was my favourite. I was expecting the stories to be connected in some way, but they weren’t. It was okay with me and I think anyone who enjoys historical romance would enjoy it.

I also read this book, On the Plus Side by Alison Bliss which is the story of bubbly Valerie Carmichael who has crushed on her older brother’s best friend Logan Mathis her whole life. He comes back to town and opens a bar and Valerie ends up working for him.

This book pretty closely followed the typical older brother’s friend crush plot line with the necessary blowup at the end. I did feel as though the male character really needed to be fleshed out more and both characters did stupid things that drive me crazy. It was a light, quick read but didn’t stray too far from the stereotypical romance lines:(

Now I am halfway through another book from NetGalley.

Well I’m exhausted just from typing this so I’m going back to sleep.

Have fun!

AJ

Not Quite Right

Exercise:

I got up this morning and dragged myself out for a run. I wasn’t feeling quite myself but figured fresh air would help. My plan was to go out the opposite way so my run would be more than my usual thirty minute loop, but not my ten in route. I just got into the trail when Runkeeper paused the workout. When it had done so twice more within five minutes and then told me I had run 2.2km in those five minutes, I gave up, erased the workout and went to fix the settings. I started up again, only to have my shoelace come untied, just got back running and the other came undone. I figured the third time was the charm and I would help it out by turning and doing my usual route- it was better than nothing. Right after that I slipped and slid across the leftover ice, straight into the puddle. I was obviously being told something so at this point, I went home. I figured I would try again later, but that didn’t happen so I guess today is my rest day. It seems such a waste as the day started like this, but turned out beautifully!.

Outing:

I had decided that as I had no commitments and it wasn’t snowing, today I would go to the bakery three towns over and have a dairy free, gluten free cinnamon bun. I saw them at the GF Expo and have been trying to get there ever since. It took about forty minutes to get there, and I was almost drooling by the time I got there.

Of course, life isn’t that easy today. I walked in and asked for the gluten free, dairy free cinnamon bun only to be told that they are a special order item. I was so upset!!! I’ve been thinking about this for months! I ended up with a dumb maple blueberry scone that was too sweet. Zena’s Gluten Free Bakery, I’m not happy with you!

Reading:

I finished Fast Burn by Loti Foster today. Thank you to Net Galley for the free advanced copy in return for an honest review:)

I ended up enjoying this book very much. At the beginning I was annoyed with Sahara Silver. She thought she could say whatever she wanted just because she was the boss? She thought it was important for bodyguards to be sexy?? Ugh annoying. However, Lori Foster once again won me over. I came to know Sahara Silver and Brand Berry as complex characters who I wanted to see succeed in their relationship and their problems. Just when I was starting to doubt the friend dynamic in the book, Loti brought in some social time between the fighters, their wives and Sahara and Brand and made me a happy reader. The book is full of twists and turns and complex situations so even when you get a glimpse or an idea about something, there’s still a surprise around the corner. Another great Loti Foster Read! Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

I have since almost finished another book, but I’ll tell you about it tomorrow. I have a few pages left to read.

Baking:

Ever since I read a blog post last week about blueberry scones, I’ve been wanting one and after this morning’s fiasco I figured I could do better. I used this recipe from the Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread

The only change I made was to use buckwheat flour instead of quinoa and they turned out really well. Too well almost as I had one for lunch and another for dinner. I’m going to turn into a scone if I keep this up!!!

Knitting:

The best thing about my day is that my feet have been warm in my new socks all day. I have casted on my next project which I’ll share tomorrow. I have also gotten seven more yarns put into my Ravelry stash today. I love having my Yarns in there as then when I look at patterns on Ravelry it tells me which yarns I have that will work for the pattern:)

Have fun!

AJ

Calmer:)

A much calmer day than yesterday:)

Teaching:

My day was quieter and calmer today but that might be because I only had fifteen children today! I don’t think I’ve ever had that small of a class before! It was quite lovely!

The highlight of my day was the success of one little boy. My carpet roller who just cannot sit still on the carpet was moved to a chair today. It was amazing! I spoke to the children this morning to explain that he wasn’t in trouble and we talked about how I do different things for different people- some get extra reading help, some work on being quicker, etc and this little guy sits in a chair rather than on the carpet. He’s an angel on the chair, or at least today he was, and I’ll take it!!! It made such a difference to the day!

We did word practice, analyses our box and drew it this morning (the start of the box project), did a math drill, learned to count back to subtract, and made First Nation moons in art. The math was actually the highlight for a lot of the children as we used the smartboard!! Amazing, how little it takes to make them excited sometimes🤣

Family:

After work, I headed over to see my nephew. My brother arrived home exhausted so I took my nephew out for about forty five minutes to give my brother a break. What do you do with a ten year old who doesn’t say what he wants to do….

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 He’s the perfect excuse for my bad habits:)

Exercise:

I arrived home and really didn’t want to exercise at all. I thought I should go for a run as it was still daylight but the motivation wasn’t there. I sent this to my mom and she reminded me I would love myself after I ran. I was having an amazing run and felt really fast, but of course my phone had died by then.😏😞🤣. I at least got smart enough to manually enter the time and distance that I did after it stopped, but I’ll never know how fast I was flying:(

I guess I really should call my service provider next week and find out what they can offer me:(

Oh yes I also got an email about the updated race events in my area this year. It’s nice it was also offered in map form this time. There happens to be a race in April and one in June that are on routes I do regularly so I’m thinking those might be the two for me to try🤔

Reading:

My goal was to finish the next kids book club book by Sunday, but I managed to read it in a day!

A House Without Mirrors was a quick and good read. A little mysterious and I know it has a moral, but I couldn’t tell you what it is. It has a death and a magic wardrobe in it, so I probably wouldn’t go younger than nine or ten on this one.

Knitting:

I managed to finish my Socks last night!🎉🎊. I love them! The rose city roller pattern on Ravelry was very easy to follow and they provided a great fit for me:). I didn’t love how they Madeleine Tosh light merino kept splitting on me, even though I was being super careful! I will definitely be getting lots of use out of my New Hampshire socks and even better I got them entered into the newest HPKCHC quidditch match:)

Unfortunately I have lots of this yarn left, so I think I’m going to cast on a pair of mitts. I found a kid pattern to try, but it is driving me crazy already so if anyone has a suggestion, I would love to hear it!

Well I’m boiling eggs and making chicken stock out of my chicken from this past week, so I’m off.

Have fun!

AJ