Knit Night

It was a different type of knit night, but still fun!

Teaching:

We got through calendar, two poems, a math game and the art cards. Whew!

The poems were cute! The one we will be saying this week is:

Turkey in the barnyard

What does he say?

Gobble, gobble, gobble

Gobble all day.

Turkey on the table

What do you say?

Yummy, yummy, yummy

Yummy all day.

Turkey in my tummy

What do I say?

I ate too much turkey

On Thanksgiving Day!

Hearing the children say this is so cute!

I then had them write a poem and there were a lot of neat responses, but here’s one.

I can do a flip, but a turkey can’t.

I can wear underwear but a turkey can’t

I can play soccer but a turkey can’t

I can eat turkey but a turkey can’t

But a turkey can grow feathers and I can’t

The student had a lot of fun with this one!

The art cards were a variety of products and some went home not finished. I do wonder how many parents will fix up their children’s art?!?!

Exercise:

I walked Lyndsay’s son home and then headed out for my run. Once again, I really didn’t want to go! I felt really slow but I was consistently under 7min/km so not as bad as I thought. I got another 3.17km done and hopefully I get a bit more tomorrow.

Baking:

I tried the recipe for apple bread that Kathy Reeves included in her blog a few weeks ago. By the way, you should totally check out her blog as she is so inspirational with how much she accomplishes!!! The bread was super easy to put together, and I’ll let you know tomorrow how it was as I am stuffed tonight. It did feel great to spend a little time in the kitchen though!

Knitting:

Tavia and Cori came down so Tavia could finish off her projects. She has completed a dishcloth that we are blocking right now. It was so neat to see her so carefully separating all the holes and lining everything up. She also finished a cape for her stuffie. It will be interesting to see what she chooses next!

Eating:

No colouring today:(

Breakfast: oatmeal

Recess: mini kind bar

Lunch: leftover hash from last night, a handful of smoky barbecue seeds from the staffroom table

Snack: tbsp of peanut butter

Dinner: salmon poke bowl and a cider

I really hope I haven’t undone all of my hard work in one day:(

Well, I’m exhausted so I’m off to bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Busy Bee

I was just busy from start to finish, but it did feel good to get things accomplished for a change, despite wanting to do nothing but sleep!

Teaching:

We had music today, finished our math word booklets and started the art project that will probably take the next three days!

Two cool things happened today though. The first was that the special helper brought a book for sharing that was from I See Me. This was a super cute book that featured this little girl on every page. This one happened to be about fairies, but I’m sure they probably have other themes. I want to keep this in mind for anyone I know having a baby though as what an awesome gift it would be!

The second thing was that when I came back after lunch my entire class was sitting quietly with their planners and pencils out. I almost cried as it’s the first time they’ve managed that. We had a big discussion after recess about being kind and I asked them all to come up with a plan of how to be kind to someone by lunchtime. They decided to be kind to me😍. It definitely made my day!

Socializing:

I left work early today to meet up with my friend Emily. It was great to see her as with us both being teachers, it’s been a while! It was horrible to hear that she’s suffering from nerve pain, but it was great just to be able to grab a tea and catch up! I really can’t wait until she lives closer next year:)

Reading:

I finally finished a book today! I feel like it’s been forever! I finished A Dash of Christmas by Samantha Chase.

This is the story of Carter Montgomery, the son who went against his father’s plan and became a successful chef, though that decision continues to affect him daily. Carter has been competing against Emery Monaghan since fifth grade, but maybe this Christmas their relationship will grow.

This was such a lovely Christmas book and a great addition to this series. I liked how Christmas was present without being overkill. As well, I loved, as always, how big a roll the family played in this book. I loved reading how the mothers and aunts interfere while the uncles provide sage advice and the siblings are just regular siblings- handing out both help and ribbing. All of the characters were well developed, complex and interesting. I can’t say that there were any stereotypical characters which was nice.

The plot moved at a good pace and was an interesting mix of both inner conflicts within each character and the usual problems between new couples.

This was a great read and would be a must read for anyone who has enjoyed the Montgomery Family series!

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

Exercise:

With being so tired, I really didn’t want to run, but I knew I needed to. I told myself I just had to do the 2.6km to the park and back, but actually ended up doing slightly more for a total of 3.68km. It was gorgeous, sunny weather, but cold! We actually broke a 90 year record for cold today. I was happy to have my wool shirt and merino vest! I don’t know if the cold helped, but I did have a 6:18/km average which is really good for me:)

Knitting:

I didn’t get much knitting time as I had to clean my house tonight. Cori and Tavia are coming to knit tomorrow night, so I had to clean as I didn’t this weekend! I did take the opportunity to switch to my fall colour scheme though.

After looking through ravelry and the web a zillion times, I decided to combine a few elements I liked and make up my own shawl pattern. This is probably already somewhere, but I’m enjoying knitting it:)

Eating:

I did have an extra item at lunch, but did without an afternoon snack so it all worked out in the end. I’ve had:

Oatmeal with raisins and peanut butter

Mini kind bar

Slice of pizza

1/4 of an avocado

Potato, beet and egg hash

Well I need sleep!

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday #25

Remind me not to wear four inch heels to work! I think it was the walk to and from and demonstrating relays in them that did me in!

Exercise:

Not a thing! I flaked out this morning and then when I got home I had sore feet so I guess today became my rest day.

Teaching:

Today was better than yesterday. I had another meeting, but hopefully that’s the last one for a while!

We only had ten minutes of math before we went to gym for our relay races, and after lunch we tackled a class book about what we are most thankful for.

Trivia:

After a bit of couch time and a massage, it was time for trivia.

What we knew:

Where are the next Olympics in 2020?

Tokyo

Where does cashmere yarn come from?

Goat

Who said “you’re a wizard” in Harry Potter?

Rubeus Hagrid’s

What was the first name of the Martian in Bugs Bunny?

Marvin

What is the official language of the Bahamas?

English

What did Captain Cook name Australia?

Botany Bay

Where was Anne of GreenGables set?

Prince Edward Island

Put these cities in order from North to South.

Port Alberni, Bellingham, Victoria

What was Bruce Springsteen’s back up band?

The E Street Band

What was John Cleese’s comedy group?

Monty Python

Which defense man played the most games?

Chris Chelios

Where is the Greenwich meridian?

London

What is the name of the funny bone?

Humerus

What is the name of a company’s private server?

Intranet

Eating:

Not a bad day.

Oatmeal, grapes, slice of pizza, slice of vegan cheese, salmon and veggies

Ok that’s it for me.

Have fun!

AJ

Moving Monday

It was quite the busy day today!

Exercise:

I really didn’t want to go for a run this morning as it was the first dark, rainy morning of the year. I did finally get out for 3km, but it was definitely a slog.

We had great perseverance and did a bootcamp workout after a very long staff meeting. Thank goodness for meeting friends. We did supersets so two exercises back to back that work the same muscles- ouch!!

This workout included:

Double crunches with a dumbbell and power sit-ups

Banded hamstring curls and banded dumbbell hip bridges

Bicep curls and alternating lunges with hammer curls

One legged squats and dumbbell squats

Uppercuts and lateral arm raises

Dips and overhead tricep extensions

Pushups and chest press while in bridge

Band lat pull downs and dumbbell rows

Hmm maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned to L how I thought my upper body was weak!!🤣

Teaching:

It was as usual, a very busy day at work. We got calendar done and got a journal entry in.

we worked further in our number words booklet and two lovely students actually finished today:)

This afternoon we talked about needs and wants and made a mini book about them.

We ended the day with dodgeball in the gym.

I was happy to get a new shawl pattern chosen. I was tricky and actually had Lyndsay pick the pattern:)

I also got the artwork put up in the hallway and we’re super happy with it!

For any teachers- students traced leaf tracers at least twice, outlined them with black marker, coloured the leaves with warm coloured pastels and then coloured the background with cool colour pastels.

Family:

It’s my oldest brother’s birthday today so I stopped in to give him a hug and money. I’m saving the environment by not giving cards as I feel like everyone just recycled them anyways. I tell everyone I’m concentrating on the important stuff!

Shopping:

After a quick stop for gas, I headed out to get my treat as yesterday was my fifth day of good eating:) I decided that I didn’t have to start over at one after my Friday slip. Lyndsay has been saying she got a bath caddy for her birthday and I’ve always wanted one so I picked one up at Canadian Tire. In fact, I’m writing this post on it right now.

Eating:

I will definitely be coloring today in even though I wasn’t perfect, because I showed way more self will than I usually do at staff meetings!

I’ve had:

Oatmeal with raisins and peanut butter

Grapes

A slice of pizza

One tortilla chip, one rice cracker, one small cookie (I saved from recess, but it turned out not to be that great), fruit and veggies with hummus.

It’s probably more than I need but I was pretty impressed with myself for not eating a ton of chips and salsa and rice cracker with hummus as those are favourites of mine.

Well I’m going to go crawl into bed as my morning is going to start early.

Have fun!

AJ

A Little Exercise, A Lot of Knitting

It was a quiet day, filled of nice things!

Exercise:

I got up for my run this morning and ended up actually running straight for a full 4.5km as James was back to walk with Brenda. I had a slow start, but then it picked up and got better:)

This afternoon I got out for a walk to the local yarn store. I could have driven, but thought a little extra exercise wouldn’t hurt.

Knitting:

I got a baby sweater finished for my RMT and his wife who should have a new little boy any day now.

The yarn is 100% acrylic so it is washable and will stand up to baby. The pattern is from 101 Designer One Skein Wonders. The pattern is called Zane’s Coming Home Sweater.

I also started a shawl that I am thinking will be for my friend Lyndsay for Christmas. I am using a single skein of Maryanne’s Sparkle in Simplicity that I bought at Knit City two years ago. The pattern I started is Easy Goes It, but I’m not sure about it yet. I’ve done Reyna and Stormy Skies and don’t want to do them again, but am looking for any suggestions:)

I also started another test knit for Zanete Knits and made progress, but then realized I hadn’t checked gauge and it seemed small to me. I ripped it out and will try to do a gauge swatch tomorrow.

Movies:

This evening I have been watching PS I Love You as the secretary at work loaned it to me and said I needed to watch it. It’s been pretty good so far:)

Eating:

I think I’ve had another good day, so I will get some sort of treat for myself. I’ve had:

Oatmeal

A slice of pizza

A steak

Grapes

I guess I’d better get organized for tomorrow.

Have fun!

AJ

One of my favourite days of the year!

Well it finally got here!!! Knit city 2019 was super fun:)

After quickly dropping off some more sold items and returning a library book, I got picked up by Brenda and Patti to head to Knit City.

We didn’t want to stand in line when it wasn’t moving so we planned to arrive when the doors opened and it worked really well as we still got in within fifteen minutes.

I may not go into every single stall, but I have to go systematically so I know I haven’t missed anything.

One of the neatest things was seeing everyone wearing their knit items. I wore my Not a Boring Sweater and Brenda wore her latest shawl, but I sure did see a lot of sweaters I want to make!! I actually asked one woman what pattern it was and added it to my Ravelry queue.🤣

I tried to be good and follow my rules of no single skeins and no yarn that wasn’t on sale and looking for accessories and patterns predominantly, but I still came home with quite a bit.

I will describe what I got starting at the top right corner. I got a really cute stitch marker/progress keeper that is a cup of tea from Firefly Notes. I always find something there and I thought this was perfect as I usually have tea at the end of rounds, however I also bought a marker that says BOR🤣. Maybe I’ll just use both! I also got markers that say RS and WS for right and wrong side because sometimes I have the worst time remembering! These cane from Julie Adeline Yarn. Finally I also got a shawl cuff from Knox Mountain Knit Co. This is the one purchase I slightly regret as I should have held out until I found the perfect one, but instead I just bought a plain black one that is hopefully skinny enough not to look weird on me. In this category, I also wanted to buy sock blanks for blocking my socks, but it was her first year making my size and she didn’t have any of the really cute patterns in them yet so I decided to hold off until next year.

You then see the beautiful red DK yarn I bought from Kensington Farms that I think I’m going to make a sweater like Gramps sweater by TinCanKnits. I am trying to break out of only buying blue, black and gray so this was my attempt. It’s super soft and was a great price, though I have to admit it wasn’t on sale.

The variegated blue I bought from Baad Anna’s because it was 50% off so it counted for sale yarn, even though it is blue. I have enough to make a sweater and it is fine enough I’ll be able to use it for one of the projects out of Knit So Fine (the book I want to work through).

The project bag also came from Firefly Notes. I had bought three from them last year and really liked them. They have deep enough handles to go over my shoulder, but are also super lightweight so they scrunch up into nothing when not in use. It was also a fabulous deal at $12 as most of the other bags I saw started at $45 and went up from there 😳. Obviously making project bags should be my new side job!

Beside the project bag are the five patterns I bought from TinCanKnits. I love TinCanKnits and have made most of their free patterns on Ravelry. Their patterns are always well written and I love how they come in multiple sizes so you don’t have to buy multiple patterns to get all the sizes you want! I know my mom isn’t going to love some of them, but I plan to buy more next year. Well it might be before next year as I just realized I didn’t get the Gramps Sweater one.

Finally the bottom three yarns are all lace weight yarns from Isis Fibre Arts. She is no longer dyeing lace weight yarn and so had her lace weight on sale. I thought getting almost 900 yards for $20 was a good deal since that will do a sweater for me:). I bought a turquoise, a variegated teal and a variegated purple. There were so many more I could have gotten!!!

I once again eyed the yarn bowls and a couple of skeins by Maidenhair and a few off dyes by other companies, but managed to resist them all. I also looked at Sweet Georgia Yarns for some neutral tone of Tough Love Sock so I can make the Life Savers cardigan, but there was no way I wanted to spend over $80 on that today. I think I’ll just look in my stash for some neutral sock weight to go with the remnants of the mini skein set I have from Sweet Georgia.

We also eyed all the advent calendars, but the cheapest one was $170 for only 12 days and all the 24 day ones were over $200. We all want to do one so we’re going to need to figure something out for next year!

We were there a lot longer this year, but I think it’s because we took a break for an early lunch at the Rolling Cashew foodtruck. I was super excited that they were going to be there and thoroughly enjoyed my cauliflower wings. Brenda and Patti had them too and also liked them!

Knitting:

Of course after being surrounded by all this yarn and loveliness I came home to knit all the rest of the day, rather than cleaning or cooking or anything useful.

This is the triple check scarf that I finished last night. It’s a little on the short side, but is super warm and cozy. Right now it’s in the charity bin, but it might become mine:)

I really wanted to cast on a sweater for me, but I have spent the day knitting a baby sweater for my RMT. It is very simple and is Zane’s Coming Home Sweater from 101 Designer one skein Wonders book. I am almost done and just have to finish the sleeves and edging, so you should see it tomorrow.

Eating:

I think I get to colour in today as I ate exactly as I had planned. I’ve had:

One rice cake with Pb & j

Cauliflower wings

Cucumber and cheese

Well I’m going back to finish my sweater and keep listening to podcasts.

Have fun!

AJ

5 Weeks Down, 35 To Go

Thankfully it was a better day today!

Exercise:

I didn’t sleep last night, but still got up for my workout with L this morning. We went up and down a giant hill on the treadmill and then did reverse crunches, two types of rows, up downs, shoulder press, and tricep extensions. I felt much better at the end of the workout than at the start!

Teaching:

We made it through calendar, music class and got a decent amount of the math words booklet done. This afternoon we finished our leaf art and played math word concentration. My students also got their first twelve minutes of centers. They didn’t do too badly, thankfully!

Family:

After prepping some sight word and number recognition games, I picked up my nephew at his field hockey game. I had no idea boys played field hockey, but I like him playing any sport! It was so great to see him! We went for pizza and then for ice cream.

Knitting:

After a quick trip to Costco to pick up more pictures of my students, I have spent the evening knitting on my scarf. I have been amazed at how far I’ve gotten as I wasn’t expecting to even get this much. I will finish it tonight, but not before I post this, so you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see it.

Eating:

I’m really unsure whether I can colour a square for today or not. I’ve had:

2 rice cakes with Pb & j

Banana

Kale and sausage pasta

Mini kind bar

I slice of vegan pizza ( southwest with beyond meat sausage and chipotle sauce. I was impressed they didn’t use Daiya cheese as their cheese actually melted) and one scoop of vegan ice cream (I had vegan caramel fudge pecan ice cream and it was amazing!)

Everything except for the pizza was planned, but maybe that’s too many treats in a day to count as a good day. 🤔🤔

Well I’m going back to knitting.

Have fun!

AJ

Friday Eve

I still love thinking of Thursday as this. The day definitely wasn’t as good as yesterday!

Teaching:

I had a new poem to introduce today, but first I took the opportunity to review with the children the words they learned through reading last week’s poem. The kids loved being able to get up and point to a word they learned. Our new poem is much shorter but it still has plenty of sight words for them to learn!

I finally got to introduce the number words concentration game, but that was it because of my library prep.

This afternoon it was a continuation of art and while they were super noisy, the art is actually turning out quite beautiful!

It was in the last twenty minutes that everything fell apart. Kids not listening, and I had to teach how to wash hands as they had soap spilling out of the sink. I feel like I’m teaching preschool so far this year:(

Knitting:

I got home, dropped off a tablecloth to a woman who had bought it and then went back to working on my triple check stitch. Right now I think it’s going to be a length somewhere between a cowl and a scarf. I love it, but if anyone has an idea of what I can do with a scarf width item this length, I’d appreciate the idea!

Exercise:

I went out trail running in the dark with a new group tonight. Don’t worry, my usual running buddy Dennis was there too! It was great to get out and though I was worried about being able to keep up, I had no problems with that. It was pretty neat afterwards to realize I did 6.87km without any real thought:)

This is the River I ran around though it was much darker tonight.

Eating:

I have had three extra grapes today, but I’m not beating myself up about that! I realized today that I definitely have a more difficult time sticking to my plan in the morning. I seem to spend the whole morning hungry. However, when I started thinking about it, I wonder if it has to do with the stress of starting the day. It is very chaotic and I never know how my students are going to be, so it could be some emotional or stress eating too. So far, I have managed to resist:). Today I’ve had:

2 rice cakes with Pb & j

Banana

Sausage and kale pasta

Salad greens with cheese and a wiener

3 grapes🤣

This is what happens when I cook a meal on Sunday- I end up eating it all week!

Well I have an early workout so I’m going to bed!

Have fun!

AJ

Knit Night Resumes

It was awesome to have knit night to look forward to today.

Teaching:

It was another good day with my class which was a nice treat. We didn’t get as much done as I wanted to, but I need to lower my expectations in that area, I think.

We had calendar, finished out five senses sheet about Fall, and started some leaf art.

I managed to work with one little guy on his sounds. I laid out all the alphabet cards, then said a sound and he had to find the card that made that sound. It worked great, but he only knew 14 sounds:(. Definitely need to work with him more!

I did get to give one parent good news after school as her son has been super sweet playing with our new autistic boy. It’s been awesome to see! I like to try and get out just as often to tell parents good things as negative things.

Exercise:

I got out for a run after school. I love that this week I’ve had the time to run in daylight after school:) I got 5.79km in and had a decent pace, though my Achilles were both sore:(. I need to do some more stretching for them!

Eating:

I had another good day, though this morning was definitely more difficult than the other days. I seriously thought of eating my recess early and having oatmeal in addition, but I managed not to:). I’ve had:

2 rice cakes with Pb & j (I would like to get this back down to one)

Orange ( I find a banana more filling)

Sausage and kale pasta

Salad with sausage and cheese

I just arranged to take my nephew for ice cream on Friday so I guess that will be one of my four treat meals this week. Yes I did sit down and figure out that 80/20 meant only four “treat” meals a week. I’m going to have to plan carefully as I’ll also be having lunch out on Saturday. The rest of my days are going to need to be fruits and veggies based!

Knitting:

It was great to have knit night resume. I went to Brenda’s and we actually had a third lady join us which was great. Patti seemed awesome and will be joining us on Saturday too:)

I worked on my triple check knit pattern. I think I will just have enough to create a cowl. We all agreed it would also make a really nice blanket.

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday #24

A pretty good day:)

Teaching:

I wasn’t there to meet my class this morning as I was in a meeting and it threw me off all day. Of course I had also forgotten to tell my class I had changed their desks, so I guess we were all off!

We tackled printing this morning, started our home reading program, worked on our math number printing book and finished the day by finding signs of Fall outside.

Not a perfect day, not a horrible day, just another day at work done.

Exercise:

I put off my run until after work as I had to get the calendar ready for the new month this morning. It was a good decision though because it was a gorgeous afternoon. I got 4.6km in. It wasn’t my fastest run as my calves were killing me. I don’t know if it’s from all the stairs yesterday or if it was the heels I wore today.

One of the best parts of the run was I got to wear my new Goodr sunglasses today and they worked great! I had no idea my other glasses bounced so much until I wore these. It also worked well wearing these with my aftershocks headphones.

Eating:

A pretty good day! I had:

2 rice cakes and Pb & j

Banana

Pasta with sausage and kale

Mini kind bar

Salmon and veggies

Trivia:

It was just three of us and I was super annoyed that our usual table was taken by non-trivia players😖😖😖

What I knew:

What letters are given in the final round of Wheel of Fortune?

RSTLNE

What song has been done by spatula Clarke and Macklemore?

Downtown

Where did the Sound of Music take place?

Austria

What was the job of Sandra Bullock’s character in Miss Congeniality?

FBI agent

Which soap opera was Alex Baldwin in?

Knots Landing

Who won in football this Sunday?

Tennessee Titans

Which animal wasn’t in Animal Farm?

Spider

How many minutes are there in a day?

1,440

I just felt like I knew nothing tonight:(

Well I’m off to bed with my empty head.

Have fun!

AJ