You Just Know

It was a pretty good day, even though it snowed all day!

Teaching:

We celebrated 100 day today which means we have been at school for 100 days so far and have 80 left.

The students brought in a collection of 100 small items (Pom poms were the most popular this year) and we sorted them into different configurations. I always read the book One Hundred Hungry Ants to start the students off. It’s a great book and the pictures really make it!

We started a class book about “I’ve been Told This 100 Times”. Usually there are some really funny ones, but the best this year was “chop chop buttercup”. Next year we have already decided to do, “if I had $100 I would buy”. I think that would be super funny!

This afternoon we did stations with all the primary classes. I read three picture books to each group and had them vote on their favourite. It was funny that every class picked a different favourite. The stations were a little scary when the kindergartners got there and I saw what was coming up next year😳😫

Reading:

I got through a little extra of The Other Alcott today and only have 123 pages to do by Sunday:)

Exercise:

It’s been snowing most of the day and it’s a mess of slush out there so I went with a Lyndsay workout tonight at home. It was called leg burner and I had to do 75 reps each of the following:

Narrow squat, alternating reverse lunges, right donkey kick, right fire hydrant, left donkey kick, left fire hydrant, bridge, pulsing squat.

I definitely felt it!

Knitting:

The rest of the skein of pink and white twisted yarn has been proving difficult to use up. I tried it in a Cowl but didn’t like it. I tried a toque and didn’t like it. I finally found a baby sweater pattern and it has been going great! I am actually 2/3 done in a single night! It’s been a dark and wet night so the perfect knitting weather!

I’m off to bed now!

Have fun!

AJ

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Thank Goodness For Friends!

My friend saved the day and got me to do what’s good for me!

Reading:

I finished Delectable by RL Mathewson this morning (when I was supposed to be running). This is the 9th book in the series and they are very similar. I liked the humor of the book and the premise, but who starts a renovation knowing nothing and who can’t keep their hands to themselves? These two things drove me crazy, but otherwise I enjoyed the book.

Knitting:

I had finished knitting the body of the vest and only had the trim to do when I realized I’d better text my friend to see if she wanted to run as I sure wasn’t getting out on my own!

I did manage to finish the vest today and it is cute. No idea what size it really is though🤣. The patterns in Timeless Knits for Kids are great, but the gauge drives me crazy! So the question is, do I keep the book?

Exercise:

We ran the famous sidewalk again as it was safe and clear. It was so much nicer to have company! Sarah even dropped me off at the grocery store so I finally got my groceries, but still managed to forget the vegan butter:(

I went out again this evening to get my Squad Runner mission for tomorrow. This 45 minutes seemed to take way longer when I was on my own. It definitely wasn’t my fastest run, but it got done.

I also managed my 200 squats, but skipped the crunches as my stomach wasn’t happy.

I’m back to knitting as the vest didn’t finish the skein:( I sure hope an adult toque will!

All in all, a nice quiet day off to regenerate before it’s back to work tomorrow.

Have fun!

AJ

A Little Work, A Little Fun

It was a nice mix of a day and way better than I was expecting.

Exercise:

It was just Brenda and I this morning so I walked with her. We did 2.5km and thankfully I had my yak trax on as this trail was slippery with ice too! It was definitely a lot quieter out there!

I also got another short walk in later today and a workout. The workout was three sets of 8 minutes where you do as many reps as you can. I did 30 side shuffle with touchdown, 20 squats, 10 pushups. The second set is 30 jumping jacks, 20 lunges, 10 tricep dips. Finally the third set was 30 mountain climbers, 20 bicycle crunches and 10 donkey kicks on both sides. I was definitely feeling a little warm by the end!

Reading/ House:

I got my four chapters done of The Other Alcott and I got some housework done. I am becoming my mother! I used to get after her about getting distracted with other jobs, but now I do it too. I went to the kitchen to gather the recycling and realized I needed a pop box so I went to the fridge, but getting the box out of there led to me cleaning the fridge, which led to loading the dishwasher which finally got me back to the recycling. I also got the vacuuming done and a load of laundry done. Not bad as I figure I’d better start today for Bookclub is at my house next Sunday!

Socializing:

I was sitting quietly reading when I heard from my friend Michelle. We decided to walk to get coffee and then watch a movie at her place. We wandered through Donald’s Market as well and I found my Soya cheese for cheaper!

Movie:

We watched Hallmark’s A Winter Proposal. This is a sequel to One Winter Weekend. It was a very cute movie, though Michelle and I had it figured out well before the end. I laugh at how every movie is all action for the last ten minutes. I have to admit I liked the first movie better, but I’m glad I saw this one.

Well I’m back to reading and maybe a little knitting as I’m so close to being done the vest now!

Have fun!

AJ

Where I ran today, but on a much less snowy day!

An Adventure

Well I had a lovely day and I still have two more days of weekend!!!😀

Exercise:

I headed out this morning for a trail run with my friend Sarah and Kula. We thought we had picked a good place that would have been protected from snow by the thick forest, however, the run was one big icy, slushy mess. We tried to extend it along the sidewalk a bit, but that was also icy and slushy:(. I think my calves are going to hurt tomorrow!!!!

I also got an hour walk along our local sea wall. It was super busy out there today probably as it was sunny and no snowing and 8 degrees!

I will also try to get my squats and crunches done today too!

Socializing:

I got picked up at 11am this morning and headed out for fun with two colleagues. It was an awesome day of doing whatever took our fancy! We were going to stop for lunch, but the restaurant didn’t open for another twenty minutes so we headed to Platform 7 for coffee. I had a almond milk chai latte and we all shared a vegan, gluten free double chocolate cookie. It was lovely!

We walked down the block to a cafe I’ve been wanting to try called Chomp. It is vegan comfort food. It was cool as they bring popcorn to the table to start and then I had Mac n cheese as that is something I don’t get very often. My friends had burgers with Beyond Meat patties. The burger and fries were very yummy too!

We carried on to downtown and had a lovely walk on the seawall and then sat and had a cider at a local brewpub. We couldn’t believe how many people spend Saturday afternoon in a brewpub!

All in all it was an awesome day with two good friends!

My day in one picture.

Reading:

Last night I finished Anything You Can Do by RS Grey. This book reminded me of the RL Mathewson series Neighbors From Hell. This is a good enemies to love book, though I have to admit I found RL Mathewson’s version funnier.

Today I have been making progress on The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper. So far so good!

Knitting:

I am trying to get this vest finished so I can move onto anything with an easier yarn!

Have fun!

AJ

Predictable and Boring

I had a fellow blogger just comment that I was about to post my day’s content. I didn’t find my day predictable and boring, but maybe I am 🤣

House:

I got my dishwasher unloaded, loaded and turned on. Sometimes it’s the small steps that matter🤣. I also took the opportunity of my day off to go pay my utility bill. I don’t like paying them early, but I do like ticking things off my list:)

Reading:

I finished another NetGalley book last night, Believe in Me by Ella Quinn.

This book tells the story of Lady Augusta Withers, the Worthington who spends her time learning as much as she can about languages and geography. Her mother worries about how such a learned lady will find a husband, but even with this concern she forces Augusta to undergo a season, rather than heading directly for university in Italy. Augusta is sure she won’t find a man who interests her until she meets Phineas Carter Wood, a man who is focused on learning about architecture, but who also has to find a wife and have a child ASAP. As they end up in the same traveling party throughout Europe, maybe they will find a way to bring their lives together.

The highlights of this book include the characters and the setting. I liked how the same crazy, big, loud and loving Worthington family is present in this book. You have to love all the different personalities, though for me I really liked how Augusta was so focused on education in a time when that just wasn’t done, how Phinn was shocked at first but then supportive in every way he could be and how Grace quietly and calmly ensures things turn out as they should.

I also felt like the setting details added to this book. It was a delightful tour of Europe and actually seemed quite realistic.

The ending of the story was lovely!

This is a great read and I’d recommend it to anyone who has ever dreamt of going on The Grand Tour.

Thank you to the writer, publisher and NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

While I was out I grabbed my Bookclub book from the library and started, The Other Alcott. I hope it’s good as it was my pick.

Of course, I have spent a lot of today reading an RS Grey book. I always seem to get sucked into reading her books in one day. I’ll let you know my thoughts tomorrow.

Socializing:

I had made plans to meet two friends for a late lunch and movie. We got Cactus Club for lunch and I had my first tuna poke bowl. It was good, but how could it not be with tuna, avocado and mango in it:)

We saw Isn’t it Romantic where Revel Wilson is stuck in a romantic comedy. I love romantic comedies so this was good for me, though it is silly at times. However, it has an awesome soundtrack!

Exercise:

When I went to city hall and the library today I realized my trusty sidewalk was actually too slippery since all the rain had turned the snow to slush. Hmmmm.

I ended up just doing a quick and dirty workout (it’s name) this evening. I did 5 rounds of: 15 pushups, 15 plié squats, 15 squat thrusters and 15 bicycle crunches. It’s not much but it’s at least something!

Well after my late night reading last night, I think I’ll go curl up in bed and hope I finish my book earlier tonight!

Have fun!

AJ

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all! It was a good day and made even better by not just being Friday Eve, but by being my Friday this week:)

Teaching:

My students were surprisingly good today, though I had the lovely present of having my most difficult student absent:). It made quite a difference in the class and so many people noticed it, even the children!

We did some printing, finished reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins and gave out our valentine cards. The children also had computers and we started some Kandinsky valentines art, but didn’t manage to finish it.

The day was made even better by getting the template for the grade one report card completed after school. My co-teacher and I try to get them done early as we are both much calmer if we have a clear picture of what we still need to cover.

House:

I checked the mail on my way in, but was surprised there was absolutely nothing. It was therefore a great shock to see my Breezy Wrap order right at my door. I have to admit I was excited to see what patterns I got this time and I wasn’t disappointed. I love that this product is useful, environmentally friendly, smells good and is cute! The size I bought this time fits my lunch sandwich perfectly! I am always so happy to get a sandwich for lunch and a cute wrapping just adds to my joy:)

Exercise:

It had started to snow again after school, but I still got out for a run. I figured I had better go if only to keep myself on track for my 100km this month. The run was definitely not as successful or as fast as they have been lately, but that’s my fault for eating too close to running. It got done though which is the important part!

I also managed to get my 200 squats and 100 crunches done today:)

Reading:

I have to admit I did a tiny bit of knitting while I listened to today’s chapter of Great Expectations, but otherwise I have been happily reading in front of the fireplace all evening. Ella Quinn weaves a very interesting story in Believe in Me. I like that it is different as the female lead wants to attend university at a time when this wasn’t done by women.

Well I’m going back to my comfy couch and good book:)

Have fun!

AJ

Do, Do, Do

I was sort of grumpy today and I’m not sure why. It wasn’t helped by being on the go continuously🙄

Teaching:

We rearranged the day to fit the important things we missed yesterday into today. We read more of Mr. Popper’s Penguins. We almost finished our penguin research books. We had a lion dance presentation. We wrote about the lion dance and then we went outside to build snowmen. It was neat to see the children work together to solve their problems (the balls were so big they were too heavy to lift).

Among all of this I was on supervision this morning, had to run Como Lake relay practice at lunch and then had boot camp after school. I think my bladder may have gotten the best workout of all!🤣

Exercise:

I hit L’s boot camp after school even though my body was feeling kind of tired already from the double walk to school this morning (lost my yak trax and had to go back to find them). We did: tricep extensions/ slider hamstring curls, double crunch with dumbbell, burpees/ stairs, banded lateral iso squat walk/ squat jumps, sumo squat to frogger/ pushups, banded iso squat front walk/ scaptions, single arm press with hollow hold/ , bicep curls/v-ups.

It felt like a good workout and I definitely felt the banded iso squat walk and jump squats the most!

I got home from school and made myself some pho and then headed out for a run with Sarah. We yet again did my familiar sidewalk, but it’s the only thing clear around here right now. It was a decent run and I felt better afterwards.

House:

My co teacher gave me a ride home today as I had told her I had two frames the size she was looking for. Unfortunately when I picked one up, I didn’t realize the frame was broken in many places so the glass slipped out and shattered all over my floor. Of course part went into my bathroom where I am mainly in bare feet. Does anyone know a foolproof way of getting rid of all those tiny specks of glass? There will definitely be slippers at all times for a while for me!

Reading:

I got so many books today and of course, none of them are the Bookclub book for this month:(. I have started on Believe in Me by Ella Quinn and am quite enjoying it.

Well I think I’ve earned my bed now!

Have fun!

AJ

Snow Day

Well the miraculous occurred- my third snow day in 33 years with the district!

Teaching:

I still had to make my way to work, but thankfully Lyndsay came with me! I would have been on my own as my principal didn’t show up for another hour! Then she said I had to stay all day, even though we had no kids show up! I was not a happy camper! She did finally let me go around recess time. I got stuff done though- three addition anchor charts made, the loose parts at least put in the empty drawer, my home reading assessment books moved to a more easily accessible spot, a box in my library replaced and labeled, and a couple of shelves gone through. Not bad, but if there’s another snow day tomorrow I’m wearing more clothes and taking food, in case I am kept there all day!

Eating:

On our way home, Lyndsay and I stopped at Green Mustache for brunch. We both had the walnut waffles with chia jam and cashew cream.

They were very yummy! I know I should have tried something new, but these just called me name. They also kept me full for the entire day!

Exercise:

After a lovely 1.5 hour nap on the couch, I got out for a quick run. I am very grateful that my city keeps one sidewalk plowed. I’m getting bored of the route but it’s better than not being able to run at all! I had another quick 35 minute run and it was great. I don’t know where this relative speed is coming from, but I’ll take it and I hope it sticks around! I did get snowed on pretty hard on the way home!

Knitting:

After a lovely agonizing massage, I have frogged and redone the knitted vest I started the other day. The pattern is lovely, but I am not enjoying the yarn which splits on almost every stitch😖. It’s a perfect match to the Great Expectations that I am listening to🙄

Well I’m off to watch the snowfall and continue knitting.

Have fun!

AJ

Something Different

Well I’m 33 years in this district, I’ve only had two snow days and today was no different than usual. While almost all districts around us closed down, we were open as usual.

Teaching:

Other than allowing for extra time to put on snow gear, the children actually managed to concentrate pretty well.

We did more penguin research this morning, then we learned how to add zero to a number and this afternoon we made our valentines bags.

They finally got the last twenty minutes of the day to play outside and they had a ball! The snow is really dry which is very different for us so it was quite amusing to see them try and try again to roll snowmen balls 🤣

Exercise:

The staff all cleared out pretty quick after school as it was calling for another 25cm of snow starting early. I got home to see the usual sidewalk was cleared and couldn’t help myself- I went for a run. I got 6.75km by doing a few loops in a couple of places as not everything was cleared. It felt good, until I got to Battlefit Class.

Tonight we did these 1/2 TGUs. It meant nothing to me, but seems to mean that we are working on getting up from the floor to a standing with a full press. We also did a lot of swings and then 50,40,30,20,10 of wall balls, KB swings and box jumps. It really helped when the instructor finally found a smaller ball for me to use for the wall balls. At the end we had to do lying overhead raise and then burpees and then sit ups and squat jumps. Overall I survived!

I am home now and going to dry my hair and then collapse into bed. I’m not keeping anything crossed that there will be a snow day tomorrow:(

Have fun!

AJ

Changed In One Bite

I had a different title for this post, however, my day and the post changed in a moment, or a bite:)

Exercise:

I went this morning and met up with the usual suspects for a trail run. I ended up just walking as the Squad Runner mission was finished and I knew I’d have to run later in the day again. What a mistake this decision was!

About 1:45pm the snow started unexpectedly. I laid down for a nap, thinking I’d be able to get out for my run just after three as I had planned. Well I woke up to a winter wonderland of snow everywhere!😖😫

Its of course not enough to cause a snow day tomorrow (I’ve only had 2 in 33 years in this district), but just enough to bury the sidewalk and keep me from running:(. There goes a mission:(

I finally gave up and did a home workout this evening. A warm up- then 30 reps of: shoulder press, bicep curls, squats, dips, plank jacks, speed skater lunges, upright rows, and reverse crunches, then 3 minutes of skipping. I repeated it again with 20 reps and 2 minutes and again with 10 reps and 1 minute. It wasn’t a run, but it was at least something.

Reading:

I spent the morning getting my food ready for the week- oatmeal and a grilled veggie and chicken salad with Greek dressing- and then got to read in front of the fireplace.

I finished the school Bookclub book- The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall. It was a quick, easy and enjoyable read. It is about a girl who is 11 and finds herself trying to find a home for a pig in the midst of all the angst of her regular life in a big family. It was relatable and I think kids, especially girls aged 9-12, would enjoy it.

Baking:

I have to admit I was having a difficult time dealing with the change in my plans and no run and so I flipped through Instagram. I saw a post about gf/df cinnamon rolls and of course they claimed they were the best. I love cinnamon buns and have tried many many recipes searching for one as good as I used to eat. Usually after trying these recipes, I’m upset that I wasted expensive gf/ df ingredients on them. Not so with this one! OMG these cinnamon rolls have the texture of a normal cinnamon bun. They are easy to make and so good! I found the recipe at Living Freely Gluten Free and I would recommend them to anyone and everyone!! The only change I made was to use a mixture of Bob’s Redmill All Purpose GF flour and Robin Hood GF Flour and I added raisins. I’m not sure I’ll eat anything else this week. Thankfully I immediately iced them and put them in the freezer, so I’ll wrap them tomorrow when I have more willpower:)

This image really doesn’t do them justice as they aren’t dry or crumbly!

Knitting:

On and off between looking out the window, I have been knitting today. I finished the heart handwarmers last night and got them to Brenda to donate to the hospital.

So today, I began a little girl’s vest. The pattern is from Timeless Knits for Kids by Chris de Longpre. This is the same book the orange sweater pattern came from. This is the final chance for this book and considering I had to go from the called for 5.5mm needle down to a 2.75mm needle to get close to gauge, it’s not looking good:(. Who gets 19 stitches per four inches in worsted weight yarn?!

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Well that’s it for me tonight. I’m off to bed to hope for a miraculous snow day!

Have fun!

AJ