Errands with Comapny

I had several things to get done today, but they were all improved by having my mom along for company:)

Exercise:

My running buddy Sarah got to choose the route today and so we did Colony Farms. It’s a flat dyke area that is out in the open so we figured it would have gotten sunshine and be free of ice. It was pretty good and we got a nice half hour run in. Sarah didn’t want to do herself in on her first run after being incredibly sick for the past two weeks. I was just happy to get some more mileage done. I am finally working on March mileage. My mom worked out that I have to run at least 3.68km a day to make my goal of 1200km this year. I hope I can do at least that much. I’m actually thinking that perhaps I should try another half marathon while I’m on holidays, though I haven’t been doing high mileage so we’ll have to see.

I got a weights workout done this evening called Assymmetrical weights. It had three rounds of three different circuits.

A) reverse lunge with single arm press, rows, squat with bicep curl

B) chest press, tricep kickback, plank with alternating leg raise

C) skipping, lateral raise to front raise, sit up.

It was at least something:)

Family:

I quickly showered and set off to visit my brother and parents. It was a great way to get rid of the lemon bars and I got hugs from my nephew and fur nephew:)

The were equally enjoyed.

Errands:

My mom and I continued on to pick up student prizes from the dollar store, cedar rings from Canadian tire to take on the moth problem, cheese and yogurt and knitting needles. A lot of stops, but company made the traffic and jobs bearable:)

House:

My mom and I sprayed my hall closet and had tea to give the product time to work. We then tackled sorting out everything that had come out of the closet. I am pleased to say I got rid of two garbage bags of stuff and my closet looks way better!!!

Knitting:

This morning I was knitting along on my Midnight Rose sweater when I realized it was going to be huge on me:(. I frogged all that hard work. I’ve been finding it very difficult to find patterns that fit me lately:(

This evening I searched Ravelry to no avail, but did finally find a pattern in my Nan books. My mom and I had saved my grandma’s knitting patterns and organized them into binders. I love it when I find patterns there! This is a colour work kids sweater so hopefully it will turn out perfect!

Reading:

As I knit the ribbing, I have forced myself to listen to Great Expectations on LibriVox. At this point, I just want this book to be over!!!

Well it’s not happening tonight as I’m heading to bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Friday At Last

With just a week left of school the days seemed to have slowed down significantly!

Teaching:

Well if nothing else, I got to try out my new Sorel boots on my way to work today:)

They were fabulous and kept me warm all day:)

It definitely didn’t feel like a very productive day today. We had a mom come and talk to the class. She is an animator and it was amazing to learn that it takes 24 pictures to make one second of movement. I don’t want to think about a feature length film!

We had gymnastics and I must remember to put out the yoga cards every time now. I always have the children do different stretches or exercise between stations as I find it stops lineups at equipment from happening, but they were much better at doing them with the cards!

We just didn’t get to much math and this afternoon we worked on our box projects with our big buddies. I also managed to finish reading Freckle Juice with the combined reading group. At least I accomplished that!

Exercise:

I walked home (thankfully on snowless streets) and then quickly over to meet Lyndsay for a workout. We did a session on the treadmill and then three sets of deadly bench decline toe taps, cross overs and power step ups, then bicycle crunches. For not moving much, my legs were spaghetti afterwards. Of course we then did reverse lunges with torso rotation, front raises, plank step outs and scissor leg crunches.

I was obviously a glutton for punishment as tonight I did my 200 squats too. I figured I had already covered 100 crunches in the workout.

Reading:

I am still making my way through Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard. I am enjoying it as it is the story of an American woman who falls in love with a French man and moves to Paris. I have to admit I am just skimming over the recipe pages though.

Baking:

This year I am trying to participate in the Sally’s Monthly Baking Challenge From Sally’s Baking Addiction that I follow on Instagram. Last month, I took the truffles to work and this month I made the lemon bars tonight. I followed her recipe, but used dairy free and gluten free ingredients. I’m hoping my dad will help to eat them!

Truthfully after tasting them, I think they have too much egg in them and I think I’ll stick with my usual recipe from Joanne Fluke. I did like the excuse to bake though!

Well I’m back to reading!

Have fun!

AJ

Yipppeeee

Well the day started oddly as halfway to school it suddenly started pouring down snow and it stayed that way most of the day at school. However, when I got home there was no snow here. Weird!

The best part of the day is that my parents have arrived in town!!!

Teaching:

We had a professional engineer come and talk to the class today. He brought some of the tools of his trade, though unfortunately he couldn’t get the working traffic light through the snow:(

We had some catch up time, worked on double digit addition, had computers and finally got some silent reading time in. The children were amazed that they got centers two days in a row, but we had a change of plans this afternoon, so it was the simplest solution.

Reading:

After school we had the kids book club for The Unlikely Story of a Pug in the City. For the most part the children enjoyed it, though I think they like the chips the best!

I’ve been reading Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard. It’s good so far, but a very light read.

Exercise:

I ran the long route over to visit my parents and it went pretty well. I swear the only snow is on their block! It was so nice to get a mom and dad hug! Think I’m going to need one each day that they are home!

My run seemed to go slow, but I was still a pretty good pace for me. I was definitely slower on the way home after having sat for an hour!

I’m a little mad at myself for stopping at 6.17km when I needed to do 7km for the squad Runner mission, but I guess it’s just not happening today.

Thankfully I did get my 200 squats in and my 100 crunches.

Cooking:

I really want to make the lemon bars for Sally’s Baking Challenge, but I think it’s too late so it will have to wait until tomorrow. I know my dad will like them so hopefully he’ll eat most of them!

I am back to knitting and reading at the same time. Turns out it’s just as nice to end the day this way as it was to start it:)

What is this?!

I started the day in an awesome way! I figured out how to read a book while knitting the endless stockinette of my sweater. It would only have been improved if I could have continued this all day!

Teaching:

I left for work this morning thinking that it kind of felt like Spring was in the air. It was cold, but more Spring cold than bitter cold. Of course, I walked home in snow, so so much for that thought😫🙄

We had a Body Science presentation first thing this morning. It was fine, but covered a lot that I just don’t think was necessary for six and seven year olds.

After recess we finally got calendar done and some printing. It was so nice and quiet during printing! How do I get that all the time?🤣

Finally this afternoon we had a mom come and talk to us about her job as an occupational therapist. It was super interesting as she brought a lot of the tools and gadgets they use. I also learned a lot, like it started after World War II to help the returning vets and it’s called occupational therapy as they work on things that occupy your time.

Knitting:

After trudging down the hill in snow once again (thankfully I keep a pair of boots at school), I wasn’t going very far from my fireplace. I spent some time working on the endless stockinette of my current sweater. I really hope I like this sweater when it’s done!

Exercise:

I did finally drag myself outside for a short run as the sidewalk was clear. When am I ever going to get to run something different??? My run wasn’t spectacular as I was being careful with my foot placement, but it did get done:)

Since then I have been alternating knitting endless rounds while reading with proofreading my friend’s report cards. She’s doing the same for me and here’s hoping I can hand them in tomorrow!

That’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ

Finally Fun

I have felt like my life has been boring lately with so little happening with all the snow so it was great to go out and do something new and fun tonight:)

Teaching:

For our community unit we always invite parents to come in and talk to the classes about their jobs. I love it when different jobs from the regular doctor, fireman, police man, nurse, etc comes in. Today we had our first parent and he was a senior operations manager who takes care of buildings in downtown. It was very cool and even I learned a lot.

Besides this, we tackled a couple of math games, and drawing pictures of places in the community, which we then taped onto a grid to create a community. We’ll be using this for more activities in the week to come.

House:

I left immediately to come home for the fiber optic cable people and they were late. After fifteen minutes I called and it seemed like they hadn’t even planned on coming. Thankfully they did as my closet contents are strewn across my living room right now.

Knitting:

While they were working I worked on my Midnight Rose sweater. I have completed the bottom colour work and had forgotten how much I enjoy colour work. My very first sweater was stranded colour work in a Scandinavian sweater, but I don’t think I’ve done any since:(. It was a lovely break from rushing around.

Exercise:

As soon as the workmen left, I headed out for my run. I noticed that it was super busy on the trails today! I got a nice half hour run done today, though it was slower, due at least in part to the continued ice on the trail.

Socializing:

After coming home for a quick shower I met my colleague Liane and her friend Cam at a local pub for trivia night. It was a lot of fun and we plan to go back again next week. It was 2.5 hours of four rounds of just plain guessing and good times. We plan to double the size of our team for next week!

Well I need sleep now!

Have fun!

AJ

Nothing Out of the Ordinary

The day was fine- nothing really out of the ordinary.

Teaching:

We did a journal on what the children want to be when they grow up as part of our community unit. There were a few who wanted to be teachers and one wanted to be a hockey player, specifically a goalie because his mom doesn’t want him to be a goalie. 🤣 oh my, those parents are going to have their hands full when he’s a teenager!

I discovered at lunch that my deconstructed stuffed pepper casserole was super yummy!!

We learned the commutative law in addition and this afternoon we brainstormed questions we can ask the parents who come to talk about their jobs. We are hoping to avoid the, “how old are you? Do you have a dog?” Questions this year.

After school was another painful staff meeting. It drives me nuts when people show up to meetings unprepared or who go off on unrelated tangents! Both scenarios waste everyone else’s time and I have much better things to be doing than sitting in that meeting!

House:

I have to have a fiber optic cable installed in my place tomorrow and was told they needed access to my hall closet. I cleaned out the closet completely and then looked up and realized the panel is high on the wall and I probably really didn’t have to move anything. Ugh teach me to not look up! It was probably a good thing though as I pulled out a sweater the other day that had holes in it and tonight my favourite toque had holes in it. Two things is too much of a coincidence- something is eating my favourite clothing!😖

Exercise:

I really didn’t feel like doing anything tonight. I had walked to and from school and had walked a little further with Lyndsay, but then I got a double boost and figured I had better get my butt out the door. I got 4.6km done. It felt tough as I had just eaten and it wasn’t as fast as I have been lately, but I’m still pleased I got out:)

MReading:

Late last night I finished my current NetGalley book, Love on Location.

The story of Delaney and Wyatt moving from friendship to romance. They’ve been friends forever, but they’re both afraid to ruin their friendship by taking a chance on love until a glamorous stranger is added into the mix.

I enjoyed the book as it had lots of details that depict that quintessential childhood camp experience. Some of the drama of the tv series was annoying, but the camp details made up for it.

The characters were interesting and I so wanted to work with that group of people! They seem like an amazing “family” of friends! It would be so fun to go to work everyday with them! They care about each other and look out for each other.

This whole book had a nostalgic feeling for me and it was a lovely read. Would be perfect for summer!

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

Well I’m in my jammies and settled on the couch. My biggest question is whether I should knit or read:)

Have fun!

AJ

Slow Sunday

I took it slow today as I was super tired from being out late last night. I obviously can’t handle staying up past ten anymore 🤣

Exercise:

I met the usual crew for our Sunday run. One section of the trail was still solid ice so we had an extended warm up and a core workout! Two of my running buddies are coming back off injury and are doing a gradual entry into running so I did their program with them. I did finally get warm, but it took a long time.

This afternoon I got out for a walk around the inlet in the sunshine and I also did a Lyndsay workout called 15-12-10. I had to do 15, then 12 and then 10 reps of step up with bicep curl and frog squats, then reverse lunge with lateral raise and bent over rows, and finally sumo squat with rows and skater jumps. In between there were two one minute planks and mountain climbers and then five minutes of skipping at the end. It felt good to do some arm stuff!

Cooking:

After an unexpected two hour nap, I got my cooking done for the week. I did up a big fruit salad that I’ll have with yogurt and granola. I really should have made my own granola! I also made a deconstructed stuffed pepper casserole. It is loosely based on this Recipe. I changed it so it didn’t have rice in it and I added celery and mushrooms to it.

I made muffins with the fruit salad I had leftover, and they taste great but they completely fell apart on me. What do you do with muffin pieces? For now they are in the freezer along with the extra casserole. I’m going to need to eat out of my freezer soon!

Reading:

The rest of the day I have been yawning and reading Love on Location which is my next NetGalley book. So far, so good!

Well I’m determined to make it to 8pm, but maybe not much past it🤣

Have fun!

AJ

A Saturday at Rest

It seemed like a weird day to me.

Exercise:

Sarah is sick so my run this morning was cancelled. I of course, immediately thought, oh I’ll do it later. I went for a walk around the inlet and it was a gorgeous morning, but still icy.

I also did a Lyndsay workout. It was a ladder of burpees going down and squats going up. I definitely hate burpees!

I got my 200 squats and 100 crunches in and finally late this afternoon I got my run in. Just another 3.5km but yet again, it was fast. I have no idea where this speed is coming from, but I’ll take it🤣

Knitting:

I spent the afternoon knitting with Brenda. I have started a sweater on Ravelry called Midnight Rose, but I already think it might be too big for me. Oh well, we shall see.

Brenda and I are both going to start the top called Mount Pleasant. We had bought the pattern at Knit City and it’s time to get it done!

Reading:

I finished One Day in December by Josie Silver. It was an enjoyable read- very light. It reminded me of One Day and Me Before You, but thankfully it has a much sweeter ending! I liked how realistic the book is about how life works! The characters are flawed and make mistakes and it makes the book interesting. A good read:)

A Kick for the New Month

It wasn’t the easiest day as I woke up with a super sore eye. I can see nothing wrong, but it has bugged me all day so I’m off to rest it.

Teaching:

We started the day with our first Friday journal in a while and wrote a list of what we learned in February. It was interesting to see what kids liked.

We started gymnastics today so I had to lay down the law about no running, only one person on the equipment at a time, and barefeet only. We have our own equipment, but gymnastics really does scare me to death. It’s just too easy for a child to get hurt!

I had a little guy today who went across the balance beam slowly and carefully sideways. He gets to the end, looks at me and says, “slow and steady wins the race.” Sometimes my students crack me up!

This afternoon my students were super happy to spend an hour working on their box project with their buddies. They were very engaged and excited.

We finished the day with flashlight Friday silent reading. It was pretty cool to see the kids super into it!

Exercise:

I left work right away, but really didn’t feel like going for a run. It’s the first of the month though and if I want to get to at least 100km this month I had to go. I gave myself a kick in the butt, but agreed in my head I just had to do at least 3km. I managed to get in 3.5km so I’ll take that after a busy week! It was fast too:)

I also managed to get my 100 crunches in and my 200 squats.

Reading:

I have spent the rest of the evening reading One Day in December by Josie Silver. It’s been very interesting so far. It reminds me of a cross between One Day and Me Before You.

Dating:

Well I am supposed to have a date tomorrow night. I had asked Thursday if he wanted to do dinner on Saturday night or brunch on Sunday. Yesterday he suggested going for wine, but I haven’t heard any response to my “did you have somewhere in mind?”. Is it too much to ask that we make plans before the day of? It seems to be his MO so far😖

Well I’m going to go rest my eyes.

Have fun!

AJ