Boy was it tough to get my head into the game today!


Last night I finished Smitten with the Brit by Melonie Johnson. This was the second book in the series and I very much enjoyed it.

This is the story of Bonnie and Theo that we were introduced to in book one of the series. This was a enjoyable read and quite different from the first book,but the changes matched the characters well.

I really enjoyed this book even though I saw some events coming for a while!

The characters were interesting and multi-faceted with issues, but no unnecessary drama. The hero was perfect- dimples and an accent, need I say more?!?!

I also really liked how the friend group played as big a role in this second book as in the first!

I am now on the hunt for a new classic book to listen to. If anyone has a suggestion, I’d love to hear it!


My students were relatively well behaved for the first day back. We’ll see how long this lasts. We shared about our Sprint Break and then wrote about it in our journals. We explored fact families and practiced as a class and this afternoon we started our new Socials unit on Canada. We of course, started with a list of wonders. They had some good questions and I’ll take a picture when I get them put up tomorrow. We are doing something similar to our Santa exploration, but the children will be participating in jog-a-long, a school wide running program, and we will use their mileage to move across Canada, learning about places as we go. Today they did their first running and managed to run the equivalent of 68km! I’ll just have to figure out where is 71 km away from us.

I survived the staff meeting after school, but ate way too much junk food! Does anyone else resort to eating when stuck in an interminable meeting? I need to find something else to do!


This morning I got one row of my April Tank done, but thankfully after I got home from work I got another ten done. I’m on the never-ending stockinette now. There are about 14 stitches of interest each round, but it’s not quite enough to make it interesting.

I have been doing well at using up skeins this year-38 to date, but unfortunately I just added 37 more to the stash. I think I may have to sell some!


I got out for a quick run tonight. I had planned on going all around the inlet trail with Sarah but her back is bothering her. I didn’t even make it the whole way as I felt like I was going to be sick after eating all that junk! I got something done towards my April mileage and it was below 7min/km so I need to be happy!

Well that’s it for me! I’m off to bed as this going to work thing is tiring! 🤪

Have fun!


30 thoughts on “Back to the Grindstone

    1. We have three staff members who talk forever and I just end up eating:( I’ll have to be super good for the rest of the week!

  1. Hm when you say classic I think of a true classic and you can’t go wrong with Gone With The Wind. One of my favorites even if it is incredibly long. That’s great your students made it 68km in the first day!

      1. I just finished reading a classic. It’s a more modern classic though. I forgot!! 🤦🏽‍♀️ I’m so simple sometimes. 🙄
        It’s called The Bad Seed. It was written in 1954, but it was very good. I have to post my review. I liked the movie too, which came out in 1956. It’s not a romance though, obviously, so you probably wouldn’t be interested in it. It’s more of a psychological suspense movie.
        I can’t remember if you’ve read any Jane Austen books. 🤔

      2. Are you looking for classic books or movies? I watched one of my favorite classic movies today. It’s called All About Eve starring Bette Davis. I LOVE that movie!! Have you ever seen it?

      3. I’m looking for a book and yes I’ve loved that movie! My grandma was huge on old movies so I got well educated as a kid!

  2. Hi AJ! I usually read your posts through the reader, but am so glad I decided to visit your blog. Your site is lovely! I feel inspired to start reading some fiction again it has been awhile since I have been so busy with school, but I can start this summer. I can definitely relate to munching out of boredom. That has been an issue with working a sedentary job. Thank goodness for our workouts. Also, your class is lucky to have such a fun and engaging teacher!

    ❤ Alana

    1. I am bad about just reading through the reader too, but thanks for the compliment!
      It can be tough to get the workouts to balance the rating!

  3. staff meetings are the worst and eating is one way to keep from snipping at those who like to hear themselves talk.

    I’m glad that your students are behaving, can you send some of that my way? I can’t wait to see what they are wondering about Canada. I love the idea of combining the running and learning about Canada. It would be neat to give them a few choices of places the could possibly go.

  4. Now you can start counting down to Summer vacation. You already have your trip planned … let the count down begin! How about “The Grapes of Wrath”? “To Kill a Mockingbird” … all great classics.

    1. Our kindergarten teacher told us today that there are 57 days left until summer vacation! 😳. Don’t know how I’m going to get through everything!

      1. It’s never too early to start thinking about Summer … p.s. – I’ll bet the kids are already counting down, unless they are too young to count that high?

      2. Oh no they can count that high but to them it seems forever away so they won’t be counting yet

  5. What?! You area already back?! That two weeks FLEW by… I feel like we were just talking yesterday about how you were on break. But glad the first day wasn’t too bad.

    1. Yes those two weeks did fly by!!! It’s been tough to get going the past two days, but thankfully the kids haven’t been bad

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