On The Couch

It has been a quiet day, even quieter than I was planning.

Medical:

I went over this morning so they could unhook me from the heart monitor. I didn’t sleep last night as I was really bothered by the sensors. I was wondering why I was being such a wimp about this when everyone I had talked to had said it was a nothing test to have done. Well when they took the sensors off they found out my skin had reacted to the sensors and the tape so I have lovely blisters everywhere I was touched. They are still burning and itchy😖😖. I just keep reminding myself that life could be much worse!

Knitting:

The blisters made for a great excuse to knit for the day. I am down to the cabled hem on the Not A Boring Sweater test knit, but am on hold right now. The pattern calls for a 2/1/2 RC Inc 1 which is not listed in the legend and which I think is

sl2 to CN1, hold to back, skip 1 to CN2, hold to front, k2, k1fb from CN2, k2 from CN1

I really don’t want to mess up at this late date though so am on hold until the designer confirms my thoughts or if one of you knows this is right.

I did something I haven’t done before and recast on the cowl for HPKCHC. I have been knitting away, but now have to decide if I should do three cowls that are all one colour or two cowls that each feature three colours. I have about the same amount of all three- a plain green, a plain tan and a variegated with red, green and tan. Your thoughts?

I have been watching Hallmark movies and listening to podcasts all day and it really has been a lovely way to spend a rainy day:)

Kitchen Time:

I was supposed to do the Sally’s Baking Challenge for September today, but it just didn’t happen. I was also supposed to make breakfast tacos out of my current cookbook, but that didn’t happen either. I did however make rice pudding and get the ingredients ready to make the tacos tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll also get to the bread tomorrow.

Well, I’m back to watching Frozen in Love for the third time🤣

Have fun!

AJ

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2 Down, 38 To Go

It’s so hard to believe that another whole week is gone! It wasn’t my typical day today.

Exercise:

I got up early for a workout with L. We did sprint intervals and I got to add 4.22km to my yearly mileage. These sprint intervals felt way easier than the hills last week! We then did 3 sets of squats with a shoulder press, hamstring curls, sit ups, calf raises, skipping and burpees. It felt great to get a workout done, but I was dripping sweat!

Good thing I got up early for that because I have done nothing else active today.

Blog Hop:

Since I didn’t teach today and can’t go a day without talking about school, I will do another day of Teacher Turned Mommy’s awesome back to school blog Hop.

A new box of crayons are so exciting to me! I actually like getting any new supplies like this. First of all, I try to keep them in their original order for as long as possible (yes I am one of those types🤣). I love when crayons are brand new because they are sharp, as soon as they have lost their sharp point, I don’t seem to love them as much.

I remember as a kid there was only one box of Crayola 8 crayons available, now there seem to be as many different crayon options out there as there are objects to draw. I haven’t had one of the bigger boxes so I’m not sure, but I think they might just overwhelm me with the choice🤣

The other thing I love about a new box of crayons are the names of the colors. I always inspect the names and find it very interesting which ones are chosen. I don’t know what happened to just red, green, blue, purple, grey, black, yellow, and white. Now I regularly have children asking to borrow sienna, mulberry, and sunflower!

Medical:

After loading the dishwasher, taking out the garbage and having my first nap of the day, I went off to start my holter test. If you’re unaware this is where they put five sensors at certain areas of your chest and you wear a heart monitor for twenty four hours. The worst part is the netting they put over top to keep everything in place. You can’t change, shower or get wet for those twenty four hours:(. I am super itchy and some of the sensors burn, but I was told that was normal when you have sensitive skin. The whole thing doesn’t hurt, but I’m super aware of it. I just can’t wait for it to be over at this point!

Knitting:

I have to write down absolutely every time I get up so after a couple of errands to get gas, etc I have mainly been sitting on the couch. I had a second nap of the day and now I have gotten to row 70 of 80 of the body decreases and am waiting to hear from the designer if I can skip the last ten rows and start the increases. I’m not sure if this is allowed in a test knit, but I’m short and I don’t think I need another ten rows of decreasing:(. We shall see what she says.

While I am waiting for an answer, I did something I never do, and casted on another project. This is going to be a fall coloured cowl that will hopefully fulfill my HPKCHC September class requirement. Hopefully it will also get another three skeins out of the stash.

Well I’m on my fourth Hallmark movie of the day and will get back to the cowl.

Have fun!

AJ

Bookends

It actually turned out to not be a bad day, outside of school 🤣

Exercise:

I did a lot of exercise today! I started the day with 3.18km run to the park and back. I was going to go to the bridge, but decided not to in car I ended up running again.

I actually did end up doing another 6.25km this evening with Dennis and Kathryn. I got an email late this afternoon and decided to leave work early to make sure that I got out with them. I was worried that I would be significantly slower, but it turned out okay.

Teaching:

Today was interesting! The honeymoon period is definitely starting to wear off. Today we had a cutting lesson and cut out our stars- they did pretty good. We also made an art project this afternoon where all of the students decorated a hand and it was used to make a flower. I wish I had taken a picture to show you as t turned out cute:)

I had one little guy who started fighting on the playground over Pokémon cards and right after he got talked to about that, he started making farting noises on my carpet😖😖😖. I had another little guy who had to talk to the principal but couldn’t remember what it was about🤔. I had two little girls who disobeyed the EA and went to the washroom together. Thankfully these things are mostly happening when they aren’t with me!

We got everything planned and prepped for next week so hopefully the week to come will be slightly calmer!

Blog Hop:

Thanks to Teacher Turned Mommy for hosting a back to school blog hop. I am a few days behind, but hopefully I’ll get caught up!

Apples- some of my best teaching moments when I started teaching were around apples. I went crazy and bought apples and the children had a taste test, we also made apple sauce and did apple prints. It was so much fun and it had great hands on moments of teaching.

In real life, I love apples! I like to eat Gala apples raw and with peanut butter or cheese. I also will make apple rounds and put peanut butter, raisins and coconut on top.

I will often also cut up an apple and throw it into a ziplock bag with a tiny bit of water and some cinnamon. It makes a great sweet snack without being unhealthy:)

I also love baking with apples, though I try to always use a mixture of apples. There is nothing like apple crisp at this time of the year.

Make sure you check out Teacher Turned Mommy- her posts are always interesting!

Knitting:

It was great to get ten rows knitted on my Not a Boring Sweater:)

Ok I have to hit bed as I have an early workout in the morning:)

Have fun!

AJ

A Little further

Each day I’m just trying to get a little further ahead in my preparations for the year.

Exercise:

A 3.14km run the opposite way this morning. Have to remember that when I go this way I have to go to the bridge either coming or going to make up the distance.

The best part of the run was when the golden retriever cane running at me and then proceeded to lean against me🤣

This evening I got a weights workout done. It included three sets of 12 of the following:

Bicep curls, shoulder press, tricep kickbacks, upright rows, squats, plie squats, calf raises, deadlifts, crunches, and reverse crunches.

Teaching:

Another very long day, but hopefully I’m making progress. I had forgotten that I had a prep today so my morning consisted only of calendar and then getting as much done as possible .

After recess we had quiet time, and then tackled our safety tips. I love reading the book Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman because the pictures tell a whole different story so not only do I cover school safety, but I also start on the reading idea of looking at the picture as a reading strategy. We had a great giggle and then wrote our own safety tips on paper stars. Tomorrow we will have a lesson on cutting and the children will cut them out.

Finally this afternoon we got our planners and wrote a message in them ( it took forever!), we also tried out silent reading for the first time and managed five minutes. Finally we read the book The Best Part of Me and wrote a class book having each student name the best part of themselves. It was a lesson to me to put better pictures on the board. I had drawn a quick sketch beside each body part they named so they could find the word again, but I found they just copied my pictures on their page. It makes for a very interesting book🤣

Finally we cleaned up and went outside.

After school I got the journal books labeled, the hands and background cut out for art tomorrow afternoon, he job chart names made and I started on my timetable. My list never seems to go down.

Knitting:

I made a quick run to Michael’s to grab a gift card for my volunteer and am now going to sit down for twenty minutes and knit a few rows.

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday #21

I really can’t believe I have been to trivia 21 times!

Exercise:

Once again I got my butt out the door for an early morning run. I always figure it’s a success as soon as I’ve made it out the door. I got another 3.44km done and only saw two people! I can’t believe everyone has given up mornings already! I’m just glad it’s still light out enough for me to do the trail in the morning. I know soon it won’t be and I’ll be stuck with the sidewalk.

I did notice that my left hip was hurting throughout the entire run, thankfully I had a massage this afternoon and he worked on it!

Teaching:

LOL I completely rearranged he day by mistake, but it turned out okay. We started with hallway writing about what they thought grade one would be like and what they wanted to learn. I was really impressed when one little guy came up with the word challenging:). They sure did have a lot of different things they want to learn about.

Hallway writing is writing we do on fancy paper after each major event of the year. I love this as I don’t help too much with it once we get past this first one so you really get to see how the children’s writing is improving. I then make it into a book for each child at the end of the year.

I had to find a new game for between recess and lunch and found an easy one on Pinterest. We took turns in the circle rolling a die and if you rolled a one you had to say your favourite tv show or movie, two was your favourite food, three was your hobby, four was a game, five was an animal and six was your favourite place. The kids did great and it was super interesting to hear! Unfortunately Miss M, the EA and I both got favourite tv show or movie which we then had to quickly think up a kid one to say🤣

Finally this afternoon we did a rule sort, learned how to put things into a duo-tang and then headed outside to play. I had one little guy who tried to leave the playground with his friend without telling me and another who threw sand just because his friend did🙄. Bring on the thinking before acting lessons!

Trivia:

After a massage, a cup of tea and a few rows of my knitting, it was off to trivia.

What I knew tonight:

who was the actor who drove Miss Daisy?

Morgan Freeman

What was Mark Twain’s real name?

Samuel L. Clements

What do women hunt?

Shoes

We did horrible on the music round.

What was Kesha’s real name?

Kesha

What is helium?

A Noble gas

Who won a football game on Sunday?

Minnesota Vikings

What was explorer Cook’s first name?

James

Who played Peter Pan I’m Hook?

Robin Williams

What were the two characters in the Odd Couple?

Oscar and Felix

What is the aurora Borealis?

Northern lights

What is the first season in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons?

Spring

In which state did Woodstock take place?

New York

Name the first seven words of Jack and Diane?

A little ditty bout Jack and Diane

Eating:

Not horrible, but I did have a treat.

Hard boiled egg on rice cake, yogurt, plum, salad with chorizo sausage, some “Good Food” crackers/chips, hard boiled egg, salmon and veggies

Well I’m off to bed!

Have fun!

AJ

The First Day

I realize school started a week ago, but today was my first day with my class for the year. I was super nervous about it.

Exercise:

I got out this morning for my morning run and managed to be out the door at 6:30 so I’m happy with that as I didn’t want to have to get up any earlier! I got 3.47km in. I really want to make sure that on non-work days I get more mileage in so my body doesn’t get used to only doing 3km. At least this 3km ensures I am still on track this week:)

This evening I got a little bit of weight work done, 3 sets of 12 of the following:

Bicep curls, squats, front raises, calf raises, tricep kickbacks, bridge, shoulder press, deadlifts, sit ups, and Russian twists.

Teaching:

It was a truly exhausting day because I had to teach absolutely everything! We came in and sat down and I taught how to use the coatroom. We did a talking circle and everyone introduced themselves. 8/21 children challenged themselves to come up with something they liked that starts with the same letter as their name. Not bad for a straight grade one. I taught the bathroom routine, the recess routine, we read a story called First Day Jitters which I always love. We also read No David and brainstormed our rules. I always post the rules and have the children sign them and I had one little girl who didn’t plan on signing them because she didn’t plan on following them. Can you guess that this was the same girl who drove me nuts all day with her attitude and learned helplessness!!!

The children finally went home and I got to sit through a very painful staff meeting where nothing seemed to be decided and then did some more prep for tomorrow. I got home extremely late:(

Knitting:

I got a few rows done on my sweater:)

Eating:

A hard boiled egg, a mini kind bar, salad with chorizo sausage, grapes, cherry tomatoes and crackers.

Well I’m off to bed!

Have fun!

AJ

Quiet and Bookclub

It was a pretty quiet day but still nice as I had my mom for company.

Exercise:

I met up with the group for a run this morning and ended up doing circles around Brenda as otherwise she would have been on her own. I still got 4.5km in and had a nice visit. I’m happy it was a bit more as that gives me a little cushion this week.

Shopping:

I stopped on the way home at Costco and couldn’t believe how busy it was already when it had only been open for a few minutes! I guess it’s never quiet. I grabbed a new planner as it was driving me nuts to not have one!

Knitting:

Still just doing stockinette in the round on the Not a Boring Sweater.

Baking:

I had Bookclub tonight and plums were mentioned in the book we read so I did a plum upside down cake. It turned out tasty but not pretty as the batter went below the plums so they ended up being in the middle:(

Reading:

This morning I finished the book for Bookclub. It was How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. I really enjoyed this book as it’s about a group of people who don’t age as quickly as others and so end up living hundreds of years. I guess the history geek in me liked all the historical aspects and I liked the premise of being able to see what happens to the world over a long period of time. A lot of the women in Bookclub didn’t love it as they wanted more action or felt that he was a whiny main character. I would recommend it if you like history:)

Bookclub:

Bookclub was fun as always and really great to see everyone as I think I missed the last one. I’m glad it didn’t go late though as I was tired driving there and home!

It’s always a feast at Bookclub!

Well I have ten minutes to knit another row before bed.

Have fun!

AJ

No answers

Well today was a bit disappointing in one way.

Exercise:

I looked and realized today’s run needed to be 5.5km to make up my missing mileage this week. I was feeling super tired and didn’t want to go, but did. It was nothing spectacular, but it is another 5.52km done:)

Medical:

I had my follow up appointment today and it was seriously disappointing! My iron is at 6 when it’s supposed to be over 100. The doctor figured that is what is causing my problems. I get to take iron pills for three months and see if it helps.

All this appointment did was confirm that I will be looking for a new doctor! He asked me why I was there when the office called me, he didn’t want to know anything about me, and he never looked up from his computer. No thank you!

Eating:

I got to try another new restaurant today for lunch – Yoga Chef . I had the Flow bowl with avocado added in. It was so yummy!!!!

Roast cumin potatoes, black beans, salsa, sprouts, parsley, pickled jalapeños. Roasted garlic vegan aioli. So fresh and good and filling!

Today I also had a rice cake Pb & j, a mini kind bar, cucumber and cheese.

Errands:

I had my mom for company on my errands, so started by making the trek to my favourite nursery- Amsterdam for some Fall colour for my deck. Katherine out there has been amazing at suggesting plants that have worked great for me. I loved how happy my summer plants made me so decided I needed to continue to have colour out there. I got some Dragon’s breath Celosia, coleus, and pansies. My deck looks great again:)

I also stopped into a few other places, but wasn’t very successful.

I did manage to book our flights for Christmas though:)

Knitting:

I am on the body and love how this pattern gives directions for both a fitted and loose body. I’m enjoying knitting, but can’t wait to wear Not a Boring Sweater!

Reading:

Just trying to finish up my Bookclub book, How to Stop Time by Matt Haig.

Well I have to go back to reading!

Have fun!

AJ

1 Down, 39 to Go

Lol not that I’m wishing life away, but this week was tough!

Exercise:

This morning was a workout with L and it felt great to get back at it. We did a half hour of hills on the treadmill and I finally thought of adding that to my running mileage. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought to do that before!!! We then did squats, squat walks, crunches, plank toe taps, goblet squats with two minutes of cardio between each routine.

On the walk home I decided that I think I’m going to use my Saturday runs to catch up on any mileage I’ve missed during the week. This way I don’t need to worry about it during the week and yet I can get caught up each week. Again, why didn’t I think of this before?

Teaching:

We got our class lists today. Everyone looks at me and just shakes their heads, though all but one of the classes is like this is in my school. I really dislike when I get punished for being able to do my job!

This year I would like to keep track of what I do in my classroom that works well, in case any teachers follow me and are interested. These are the activities that the kids were really engaged in:

We had last year’s class so had to find engaging activities that their new teachers wouldn’t want to do. We did a nature hunt where they had to record one item that started with each letter of the alphabet. For example a leaf for L.

We had a September survey where they had to go around and ask their classmates questions to find one person who had done each item in the boxes on the page. Hey could only ask one question of each person and then had to go away and ask someone else. They spent almost an hour doing this and were upset when recess interrupted it.

We read the story Carumba which was great about how everyone is good at something.

We also wrote a top five list of what we’re excited about this year.

As far as my goals go- I got two files organized this week, and finished the work week 0.2lbs lighter- not bad for a stressful week. I’m not sure if I talked less and listened more, but I did refrain from signing up for a ton of extra curricular activities.🤷🏼‍♀️

Blog Hop:

My grade 4,6 and 7 teacher made a definite difference in my life. In grade two I hanged schools and it wasn’t a particularly welcoming group of children I came into, in fact they were pretty horrible. My teacher made a quick appearance as a TOC this year and then came back as my teacher for three other years. It was great as he showed interest in who I was and made me feel like someone cared and thought it was okay that I was who I was. He definitely encouraged me in all of my pursuits and crazy ideas. He is also definitely the reason I became a teacher!

Thanks to Teacher Turned Mommy for hosting this blog hop and be sure to check out hers and others posts on Back to School.

Socializing:

After watching several parents freak out about their child’s class placement a few of us teachers escaped to the local pub for some snacks and a glass of sangria. It was lovely to get away! I am lucky to have a great set of friends I work with who keep me sane!

Knitting:

I divided for my sleeves on the Not a Boring Sweater and had to send a picture in as it is a test knit. I am really liking it so far!

Eating:

Well I have to say I’ve been happy with myself for resisting all the treats at work this week. Today I had a rice cake with Pb & j. A Pb & j granola bar, yogurt, the rest of my steelhead romesco, my share of some appetizers, and a scoop of ice cream ( I walked over to Vashti Rose with Brady and Lyndsay).

Well I’m going back to my knitting.

Have fun!

AJ

Summer Bucket List Recap

This was my summer bucket list that I wrote with the children on June 24, 2019.

Walk on the beach- Yes i got to walk on French Beach which was new to me.

Read on my patio- have definitely done a lot of that, and even knitted on my deck. I have so enjoyed having my four pots of plants to look at:)  I need to add some Fall plants so I can keep this going.

Go trail running- did lots of this with the clinic I took and by myself.

Visit my parents – I went twice just to make sure they knew I was there LOL

Go on a road trip – to Sointulla and Alert Bay

Go to Sechelt- had an absolute fabulous time with my running buddies.

Make ice cream

Go to Canada Day celebrations- had a great day with friends

Stay in bed drinking tea- definitely did lots of this!

Bake on rainy days- I didn’t bake a lot because I was trying to be super healthy, but I did manage to get my Sally’s Baking Challenge successfully completed.

Can fruit – I didn’t can any plain fruit, but definitely made and canned a lot of jam

Pick berries- I bought my raspberries this year, but did get out to pick some blackberries

Go to Seattle- had a great time with my friends

Visit my brother- I did get a quick visit in, but there’s never enough time with family.

Watch Gus play football- not yet as he hasn’t had a game yet and he told me practice is really boring

Workout lots- definitely did a lot of running, but not as many weight workouts as I would have liked.

Have a picnic

Go on a hike- finally got to enjoy Westwood Lake

Meet friends for fun stuff- did lots of stuff with a variety of friends

Walk along Main Street- I did this right away this summer with my friend

Explore Commercial Drive

Go on a bike ride-my friends can talk me into doing anything

Use my herbs – I used lots of my herbs in my manicotti

Go for ice cream- found my new favourite called Vashti Rose

Knit 2 sweaters- I got this black cardigan and this striped tee done

Visit new yarn and book stores – Oh I definitely covered this goal as I have now visited every yarn store on Vancouver Island and a post will be coming out solely about this… mainly so I can remember why to visit each one

Go to a farmers market- this is the first short visit I had at a Farmer’s Market and then I went to a large juried craft fair while I was in Sechelt

Try a new restaurant – Oh I found three awesome new restaurants on Vancouver Island that offered gluten free and dairy free. I had seafood, chinese and an awesome brunch.

Help on my parent’s house – nope not a thing because it was hanging in the air

Play with Anna’s kids at the park – I had a couple of awesome visits, but there’s never enough time with these cuties!

See as many friends as possible- I definitely tried to see everyone and even got a coffee in with my friend Michelle, who is Life of a Canadian Girl on WordPress

Work on my cross stitch – didn’t even touch the bag:(

Make my Christmas presents – I had all of the supplies and yet didn’t do any, so figure I need to come up with a different idea

Watch movies- watched a lot of movies while dogsitting for my brother this last weekend. What else can you do with a dog permanently attached to you?

Check out a new library – nope:(  I don’t know what it is that when I am out with others, they won’t let me into libraries or bookstores ( do you think I have a problem???) LOL

Go shopping – oh I definitely shopped my way through the summer, and finished with a big back to school shopping trip where I found 22 new things to wear to school! I have already worn 4, but need to get rid of another 14 to keep my closet in stasis.

 

Well that’s a pretty good look at my summer and I’m happy with how much I accomplished:)

Have fun!

AJ