Wow Wednesday

It’s amazing how fast days can go and how fast I can go:)

Teaching:

Today was another pretty good day. Dare I say my students have turned a corner- nope, not going to jinx myself like that!

We got through calendar, music (when I went through my Remembrance Day box), math, and a new poem.

My best moment was during math. I have a low functioning autistic boy in my class and the EA was late making it back so we started math with no extra help for him. Lately we always start math with Around the World where the students stand around the edge of the carpet and we count by 10s and whoever says 100 has to sit down. The last person standing gets to be in the middle for the next game (pointing to who says the next number). Well R was on the carpet with us and the children were helping him with the answers when he needed it. It came down to just R and another boy. This other boy was still helping with the answers even though R was the competition, but the best moment came when R won and all the children started chanting his name and giving him high fives! It was so awesome to see them be so kind!!!!!

Definitely a moment that reminds me why I am a teacher.

It was also very funny to see my children when our new principal came on the PA at recess. The children were shocked as our regular principal never does that, plus he came and visited every one of the classrooms today to introduce himself. It’s a good start and I hope he stays for a while.

Exercise:

I managed to get out of school by 3:30 today (gasp that never happens!) but was having a tough time getting my butt out the door for a run ( I haven’t run since Sunday) and so I texted Sarah to see if she wanted to meet up. By the time I heard back from her I had talked myself into going so I ended up doing two runs. Maybe I should take two days off more often as I had my fastest 3km run ever. My average speed was 6:18/km and my lowest was 6:08- both of which are very fast for me!

Knitting:

I have to admit that I didn’t do my weights and instead knitted. Thank you for the suggestions and I will definitely be making some of them as you all know of some beautiful patterns! I have started the Triple Jubilee shawl and hopefully my friend will like it. I have gotten one pattern repeat done so far so I’m hopeful it will go fast.

Well that’s all my news.

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday #29

I can’t believe I’ve already been to trivia 29 times!

Reading:

I have to start by mentioning the book I finished last night. I read One Christmas Eve by Shannon Stacey. She is one of my favourite authors and she definitely didn’t disappoint with this book either- I read it in one sitting! I was laughing out loud by page five at the banter these two main characters had. I loved the supporting cast and especially liked how the author didn’t rely on miscommunication for the conflict!! For once I wasn’t left yelling at the characters to grow up! It had a satisfying ending and I really liked how the two characters would read together. My dream is to have a guy who will happily read on the other end of the couch🤣

Teaching:

It was another pretty good day as we had no physical violence. We got through a journal today and one of my little guys wrote a page and a half!!! So cool to see them start doing more:)

We played around the world and then went and did relays in the gym. I really need to think up some more movements for the relays. Today I could only think of horse galloping and frog jumping!

This afternoon we started making our poppies for the Remembrance Day wreaths. We had a discussion about all the things we love doing and the fact that we say thank you to those who have served our country and made it possible for us to do these things. I actually got to show them a veteran on the city website who just happened to be my dad!

Knitting:

This past weekend I bought myself a beechwood swift and a Knitter’s Pride Mega Yarn Winder. I finally set it up tonight to wind my shawl yarn and one of the belts broke immediately:( I have contacted the shop and hopefully they will send me a new one! I want to play with my new toy!!!

I have spent some time knitting on my current market bag, but kind of feel like I had better leave it and start on the shawl. Does anyone have a suggestion of a good shawl pattern that uses about 600 yards of light fingering?

Trivia:

There were four of us tonight:)

What street does the Canadian prime minister live on?

Sussex Drive

Who is the character that Will Farrell plays in Anchorman?

Ron Burgundy

Who was the character in The Outsiders and There’s Something About Mary?

Matt Dillon

What does DK stand for in DKNY?

Donna Karan

Who were crush and squirt in Finding Nemo?

Sea turtles

What’s the most common word to come after blueberry?

Pie

Which is the third province alphabetically?

Manitoba

Which song was done by the chainsmokers?

#Selfie

The music round we did okay.

What animal made Hootie cry in Only Want to Be With You?

Dolphins

What currency used to be used in Amsterdam?

Guilder

How do you spell Ross’ career in Friends?

Paleontologist

Who sand You Spin Me Round?

Dead or Alive

Who was the mascot of Mad Magazine?

Alfred E Neuman

Which NHL goalie has played the most playoff games?

Fleury

What does the NA in NASCAR stand for?

National Association

Which beer is the Champagne of Beers?

Miller High Life

What river goes through London?

Thames

That’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ

Monday again

Why does this day keep showing up???!!!

Teaching:

I had the district in to do their new reading assessments which are exactly the same as the ones I was taught to do 18 years ago so I’m still trying to figure out what’s cutting edge about this?!?!

We got through math and my students seem to be doing well at counting by tens, but I’d better get to assessing them tomorrow before we move onto counting by 5s and they get confused.

We also started a class book about solving problems in peaceful ways. Let’s hope it helps!

We managed to add 6 hearts to our wall today and had no violent incidence. I call that a good day!

Exercise:

We had a meeting about report cards after school but then worked out after that. It seems as though my butt hurts as soon as I get into a lunge position. Maybe my body is protesting! We did:

Lunges with front raises

Lunges with lateral raises

Bird dog/ double crunch

Banded alternating leg raises/ banded squats

Split lunges

Slider froggers/ slider planks

Step ups

Hamstring curls on the medicine ball/ mountain climbers

And between each of these we did a minute of cardio which was froggers, skaters, jogging, squat pulses, reverse mountain climbers, skipping, jacks, and burpees.

There was a little puddle of sweat around me by the end!

Reading:

Yesterday I spent most of the day reading Melt For You by JR Geissinger. It was so good! It had lots of funny banter between the characters. The plot moved along at a good pace, the characters were interesting and grew a lot, and underlying it all was an important message that I think most women need to hear!

Tonight I started my next NetGalley book which is One Christmas Eve by Shannon Stacey. She is one of my favourite authors and I was laughing out loud by 5 pages in, so I think this one is going to be good too!

Well, I should be knitting, but I think I’m just going to read some more.

Have fun!

AJ

Grateful Sunday #2

We had to Fall back in our time today. I am really hoping they decide not to continue this practice as it seriously messes me up!

Exercise:

We had a short run today at Mundy Park. It was really neat that a friend we haven’t seen in a while came out too. She walked with Brenda, while Dennis and I did the usual route. We had a 6:35 average and I had to giggle at runkeeper sending me a message saying it was my fastest average in a month- it’s my first run of the month🤣 Dennis did tell me he’s proud of me for having a steady pace and running continuously. What a great guy!

I’m thankful for my running buddies as they accept who I am and what I’m capable of doing.

I definitely earned that tea with my 26 minute run as it used to take me 44 minutes. I also enjoyed the view at tea as we sat beside a group of firemen:)🤣

Reading:

I finally finished Meant to Be Yours by Susan Mallery which is the fifth book in the Happily Inc series.

What a wonderful book! This book takes us back to Happily Inc, a wedding town that has seen the pairing up of four wonderful couples before this. Renee is a wedding planner and Jasper is a writer.

I was actually surprised by the pairing as I was expecting the book to be about Jasper and Wynn, whom he was with before. I quickly figured out that this was a much better pairing!

The character growth in this book is huge and very satisfying. It was down realistically as we all do or say stupid things and have to learn from them. Both of these characters experience this emotional growth and it was great to see.

The supporting characters are also wonderful as usual. They aren’t perfect, friends show up at the wrong time and others say what is right, not what is popular, but they definitely add a wonderful element to the book.

The pacing was different as Renee and Drew hop into bed together quite quickly, but then it slows right down.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys small town romance!

Thank you to Susan Maller, the publishers and to NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

After listening to a podcast of Not Your Mom’s Romance Bookclub I have spent a lot of today reading Melt For You. I’m really enjoying and thinking I may be up until I finish it. I’d better read quick.

I’m thankful that I’m a reader. I think being a reader makes life easier and it allows me to experience things I never would be able to otherwise.

Socializing:

I met up with Brenda for ice cream as I had to get a pair of knitting needles to her. I had the peach caramel ice cream and it was so good!!

I’m thankful for having such amazing ice cream, that doesn’t make me sick, available so close to home!

Eating:

I have had a better eating day today than I usually do on Sundays. I’ve had a mini kind bar, a steak, veggies and dip, ice cream.

Knitting:

I have also been spending some time knitting another market bag. This time the pattern is from Purl Soho and I’ll share when I’m done:)

I’m thankful I have a hobby that allows me to be productive while relaxing and also allows me to make things for friends that will hopefully show them how much I appreciate them in my life.

Oh and I have bought three skeins of Shi Bui Pebble in a gold colour that I’d like to use to make a shawl for my friend. I have about 600 yards and would appreciate any pattern suggestions anyone can give!

Well that’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ

Happy Halloween

It went better than I was expecting!

Teaching:

We started the day with a Halloween parade in the gym. I was a ladybug this year. It went pretty well and I learned a trick from our grade five teacher. I really hate having to walk around in front of all the parents, but I noticed this one teacher walks in the middle of the line beside the kids. I tried this and it was way better!

We got calendar done, did a pumpkin investigation where the kids talked about ribs, seeds, etc.

Then this afternoon we watched a magic school bus video about bats and then the Smurf Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

The kids were so good I’ve decided we’ll just do art and watch movies all year!!

I love the movie time as I got all the Halloween decorations down and my calendar turned over for the new month.

Exercise:

I didn’t actually need to run tonight as I was already at 100.1km for the month, but it was a nice day and I am kind of in the habit of running, so out I went. The 3km went better than I expected!

Knitting:

My market bag has a mistake:(. This knit has been taking forever. I am finally at 11″ of 14″ requirement, but to fix the mistake I would have to rip back to 4″. Anyone want to weigh in?

Well that’s it for me as I’m going to get up early for a workout tomorrow.

Have fun!

AJ

PS- I wrote this last night but didn’t realize it hadn’t posted. I had to delete every tag post to get this one to go up. I guess I have to explore a new blog as it’s now saying I’ve used all my available space, not just media space:(