Weekend Wrap Up

It has been a weekend of spoiling thanks to my friends at work.

Saturday:

My friend said that for my birthday I could choose a run anywhere and she would come with me. I chose Kanaka Creek. I was there a while ago with another friend, but we didn’t have time to walk the entire dyke and I was hopeful that it would be a nice, long run. It was a gorgeous sunny day and we set out, only to find out the dyke only goes 880 meters🙄. We ended up doing the dyke as part of a loop around the park and did this loop three times for a total of forty minutes for forty years. It was a fast run for me, but so fun to have a friend with me. We chatted the whole way which made the time go really fast.

We then adjourned to a local cafe called The Big Feast and had brunch. This was part of the birthday present as it is my favorite meal to go out for. I had my first mimosa and a pulled pork hash. It was all extremely yummy!

I came home for a quick nap and then we met up again to have a pedicure. My friends got to see exactly how bad i am at having pedicures! My feet are extremely sensitive, but I do have very pretty red toes for Christmas now. We also walked over to a new distillery that has opened locally. I had been wanting to check it out. I am not a big drinker, but like to visit everywhere once so I can talk about it if it comes up in conversation. The kindergarten teacher from my school was there too so it was nice to see her. We also stopped on the way home and shared nachos, chicken wings and dry ribs.

My friend Lyndsay definitely made my big day as wonderful as she could in light of the restrictions we are under. It was an awesome day!

I ended it with a chat with my brother on the island and his family.

Sunday:

It was a good thing I woke up naturally as my new phone doesn’t seem to have my run alarm on it yet.

It was just Dennis and I running this morning. I had unfortunately dressed for cold, instead of the drizzle we got. I really hate running with rain on my nose! We got ten kilometers in and at a decent pace so I’d call it a success.

I checked out the dollar store on the way home and found notebooks and pencils for my students’ Christmas gifts. We wanted to do gingerbread men decorating with them, but we aren’t allowed to, so had to come up with a different gift.

I once again had another nap and then spent the rest of the day knitting on my test knit sweater and reading a book.

It really was a lovely day! I even got some yoga done and an Epsom salts bath.

Well, I’m going back to my book and it seems as though life hasn’t magically changed now that I’m forty 🤪🤣

Have fun!

AJ

A Busy Friday Eve

It was another buy day for me- this time with fun.

Teaching:

We got through the day. I realized today that I only have 11 days to go and I’ll have managed to go through a whole term with no days off. I was tempted yesterday though!

This morning we printed the letter d (very quickly), had music (the kids went outside so they could actually sing and I got my classroom for my prep for the first time this year), and we did more work on counting by the kids 10s. The kids know this well and the only problems were because of short comings of the worksheet.

This afternoon we had silent reading, did a directed drawing of Santa that didn’t turn out great😥 and went outside to play.

Not an exciting day, but the kids were still crazy- they are already in full Christmas excitement mode!

The funniest thing today was that pretty well every person in the school commented on my hair. It made me start to wonder how bad I usually look.

I did a bit of puttering around my room.

Shopping:

A friend gifted me with a quick shopping trip after school. She had inquired about when the quietest time was and they were right- it was very quiet. It was an awesome half hour spent together and the first time I have been shopping, for anything other than groceries, since last December! I found a couple of shirts, running capris and a dress:)

Eating:

My friend Emily and I had done a sushi car dinner at the start of November for her birthday and tonight we repeated the experience. It was awesome to catch up and a lot of fun, at least until my brother had to come jumpstart my truck because the battery died during dinner. I have no idea why, but I’m guessing my battery is getting old and I don’t drive enough for it to stay charged.

Crafting:

I m busy trying to get a stocking name done for a friend for tomorrow. My grandma always said that if you had a job to do, get it done right away. I guess that has stuck with me. I am feeling the pressure though as this stocking is homemade and absolutely gorgeous!

I’d better go work on it.

Have fun!

AJ

Wednesday

It was another busy day!

Teaching:

We are up to 101 items collected for the food bank. The children were asked to bring baby items today and one little girl brought used items from home-Avery sweet gesture, but not what is being looked for. I added the bag to the pile, but will have to arrange for it to disappear.

It was nice this morning as I feel like I was so productive before work!

We got through chalkboard spelling and started learning about patterns. I’ve decided to do just a short unit on patterns as they get tons in kindergarten and grade two, but grade one is mostly just consolidation. We will do some movement and art to practice.

We did relay races in gym and the kids are getting better at them. One little girl is just too competitive so we talked about learning to do the movements right being the focus.

This afternoon Fin the puppet showed up to help us finish our happiness sunshine’s. The kids created suns where the rays show things that make them happy.

I left school right away for a physio appointment and then met my cousin to get a mini tree she was getting g rid of. It was then out to Costco for gas.

Stitching:

If I ally got home and took a look at a stocking project I’m altering for a friend. This might be what I talk about for my SAL update this weekend as I don’t think I’m going to get it and my cross stitch done.

Well I need sleep. Have fun!

AJ

Weekend Wrap Up

It was a nice, relaxing weekend:)

Exercise:

I ran both mornings. On Saturday, Dennis and I did an 8km run out on the dukes. It was a tough run for me as I was sore from my workout on Thursday. My legs were incredibly stiff and sore! The highlight of the run was seeing three eagles- two were fighting in the air and one was eating on shore. It was awesome to see!

This morning I did another 8km with Sarah along a different dyke. This run felt much better, but that may be due to the slower pace.

We got lucky both days with gorgeous weather!

This afternoon I re-did the workout I did Thursday- NourishMoveLove’s 30 minute full body circuit workout. I figure I had better redo it until it no longer hurts.

Knitting:

I spent a lot of the weekend knitting. It was lovely and relaxing and quite productive. I finished the toque for my secretary’s daughter.

This is the Antler Toque from TinCanKnits. I love their patterns- easy to follow and I like how the pattern includes all the sizes. I used the Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn in black so that it is teenager friendly and washable.

Today, I finished a toque for Lyndsay. I used the Mother-Daughter toque pattern from Zanete Knits. I have made this pattern before with Regia sock yarn and Lyndsay liked it. I couldn’t find Regia sock yarn, so I used Patons Kroy sock yarn. I did the pattern exactly the same, but unfortunately it came out much thicker and smaller. This is definitely more of a beanie. I will take both the original and the new one to school tomorrow and Lyndsay can choose.

Reading:

I love the Heartbreak Bay series from Jill Shalvis and have been reading Wrapped Up In You. I usually gobble up Jill Shalvis, but I’m having a tougher time with this. It’s not the writing- it’s the fact that there is tension and a bad guy. I just find I can’t read anything right now that isn’t super fluffy and happy.

Socializing:

I met up with Lyndsay this morning at the farmer’s market. This is definitely a good social event for right now- outside, not too crowded and mask friendly. We looked around and I tried a pork bun and a cranberry cookie that were both wonderful!

Lyndsay had said a few weeks ago that I had plans for next weekend, and she finally explained today. She had planned that her, another friend and I would go downtown to the spa, go out for dinner, spend the night at a hotel and then go for a run on the seawall in the morning, followed by brunch and shopping. Unfortunately our latest restrictions put this plan out of order, so she has simplified it.

Lyndsay will go for a run with me next Saturday, followed by brunch and then later in the day, I will be picked up for a local adventure.

I can’t believe what sweet friends I have! It means so much that they made plans for us! Now I have to come up with where to run!!!

Well, other than that I have put up lights in my bedroom, and did laundry. Lol not very exciting.

Have fun!

AJ

Friday Eve Again

Wow these Friday Eve’s come quickly!

Teaching:

We got through printing a this morning. I keep telling the kids that they are the only ones who can beat their bad habits! During printing they were all doing a’s right, but we’ll see how they do in normal printing activities.

I got some prep done during music class and then we tackled counting by tens after recess. We played Around the World and amazingly the kids were doing great, even on the first round!

This afternoon we created cards for seniors. The public library is giving care packages for seniors and our cards will be included. I was super excited with how much care the kids took.

After school, I tackled more report cards and am now done 13. I won’t finish tomorrow, but hopefully I’ll be close!

Exercise:

I was late getting home so there was no run for me tonight. Thankfully I got 4.8km in yesterday with Dennis and today I did the NourishMoveLove 30 minute dumbbell full body circuit. I think I’m going to feel it tomorrow. Today I realized I’m missing workout classes where I get my hour of exercise without having to do any thinking.

Well it’s time for some knitting and a Hallmark movie!

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday

It was a long day as it was once again an indoor day, all day:(

Teaching:

My students did really well for not being able to get outside and run around. We learned about the short i this morning. They had library while I wrote a report card and then this afternoon I took a reading group and then we did STEM. This month we concentrated on creative thinking and read the book, Not a Stick. We then went out in the pouring rain to each find a stick and played charades until someone guessed what our stick really was. We then recorded our idea with writing and a picture and made a class book. The kids really seemed to love it!

After school I got to work with my teaching buddy and now have eight report card drafts done. I do feel like I need to go back and rewrite the first ones though. It’s always like that as it takes a few for me to get into the swing of things.

Trivia:

Trivia tonight is themed around the show The Office. I’ve never seen the show but studied the character Angela a bit and brought my best printing.

My tea really knew their stuff!

I knew that the character Angela had the same name unreal life and on the show

We came in first for the first and second rounds, did horribly the third round and then came first again the fourth round to win the night overall🎉🎊🎉🎊

On that news, have fun!

AJ

Weekend Wrap Up

It was a quiet weekend, but everyone is supposed to be having those right now with these restrictions, so it didn’t bother me.

Saturday:

I started the day with trying to get my Garmin connected to my phone and was almost in tears, before it connected up. I’ve been a happy camper since though:)

I decided that since my watch would record now, I’d go for a long run since I didn’t know what was happening for my usual Sunday run- it looked like it would just be a walk. I did 10km out on the dyke in gorgeous sunshine. I had a great time going out, but took too many walk breaks coming back:(. Of course, I got back to a message that Sarah wanted to run on Sunday.

I decided to do my errands so I wouldn’t have to go out on Sunday. I tried to go buy ribbing, but the line up to get into the store was just too long. I checked out the dollar store for indoor Christmas lights but they didn’t have any. I did manage to pick up a few groceries so that at least got done.

I spent the rest of the day having a nap, watching Christmas movies and reading Pippi Longstocking for work.

Sunday:

I got my butt out of bed and hit a different dyke with Sarah this morning. We managed 6km and that was enough for me! Since last week, I’ve intermittently had a sharp pain in the bottom of my foot. It bugged me twice yesterday and was again this morning. It is definitely worse when I’m on concrete. It turned out I had a sliver and Brenda tried to dig it out for me while Dennis held my foot still. We must have made quite the picture outside Starbucks this morning.

I came home to a very cold condo as my gas fireplace had gone out. I texted my cousin, but he couldn’t come so he gave me instructions on how to relight it and I actually managed to do it. I felt quite proud of myself as I am seriously unhandy!

I had a lovely long nap and then finished Pippi Longstocking. Now I know why I never read this book as a kid- it is seriously weird! It is safe for the kids to read though. I have one more book I have to read this week for Bookclub.

I have also spent some time knitting, but have just torn the toque out again. I could get so much more knitted if I didn’t tear everything out so many times!

Well I guess I’ll go try to start the toque again, maybe sixth time is the charm.

Have fun!

AJ

Triumphs and Tribulations

It has been quite the day!

Teaching:

The kids were fine today. We got through another reading lesson on pre-reading strategies and a math lesson on even and odd. I also managed to squeeze in assessment of rights and responsibilities, McCracken spelling and gym.

I spent the morning moments trying to get my phone to back up and then spent the afternoon free moments trying to get my new phone set up. Ugh

The most exciting moment came at lunch when I won a Starbucks gift card for the staff wellness challenge. I really wasn’t expecting to win and it was a lovely surprise! From this challenge I learned that I’m really good at getting physical activity into my day and really bad at getting anything social incorporated.

Exercise:

After having four other teachers try to help with my phone, I left school and got home five minutes before I was set to meet Dennis for a run. Needless to say, I didn’t get to take my hydration pack today. We got 5.71km done and it felt pretty good. I was worried my foot would still be sore from yesterday, so I wore brand new shoes, but I had no problems.

Technology:

After a tea with Dennis, I ventured to the mall to get someone to set up my new phone. It turned out it wasn’t my fault, it was the fault of the WiFi I was trying to use at school. I think I’ve gotten everything set up, except my Garmin watch won’t pair, and of course this is the most important thing to me!😥😖. I am hoping that tomorrow it will just magically work because I’m not sure what I’m going to do if it doesn’t.

I have done nothing tonight except open apps, reset passwords, write passwords down and try to pair my watch.

The prize was exciting, the watch is frustrating and I’m hoping for a better day tomorrow!

Have fun!

AJ

Happy Friday Eve

Well it’s amazingly almost Friday again. I swear these weeks are going faster than ever before!

Teaching:

We tackled the letter e printing today and I made the children changed five e’s before they even came to see me.

They had music and I had a pretty useless prep:(

We finally got math and did a math assessment. I haven’t had a chance to look and see how it went with having all the children do it at once. Normally all assessment is done individually at this age, but we asked the kids to roll a die, and then print the number, day whether it was even or odd, put it into a ten frame, tally it and tell whether it was greater than or less than three. I guess we’ll see how much math they took in this term.

This afternoon we did art, but I’m not telling you about it until I take a picture of it tomorrow.

I was puttering around prepping for next week with my teaching buddy when my phone rang. It was another courier with my new phone, so once again I found myself sprinting down the hall so that my phone wouldn’t be left outside my door for too long. Of course, I haven’t done anything with the new phone yet.🤣

Exercise:

I was supposed to run today, but didn’t end up getting home quite early enough so I did a MetPro workout instead. I did bicep curls, squats, plié squats, wall sit, tricep kickbacks, crunches, and bird dogs. I then followed this up with fifteen minutes of yoga stretching for the hips and low back.

Knitting:

I have spent way too much time tonight playing scrabble on my phone, but I did finally pick up my knitting and got one row done. This knitting five stitches together definitely makes this my least favourite pattern!

Well, I’m already tired so I’m going off to bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Happy Hump Day

The day was fine, but another inside day so by the end, the kids were crazy again.

Teaching:

I didn’t have a ton planned for today because my teaching buddy is off on Wednesday’s and her partner does her own thing. I kind of like this though as it slows the pace of the day. We got through some McCracken spelling this morning and a lesson on pre-reading strategies. I have introduced them all now so we will simply practice until Christmas break. We also did some Cosmic Yoga this morning and the kids were awesome during this time.

It was an inside recess so I was super happy I had gym right after snack time. We did a circuit of moves the kids picked so we ended up with scissor jumps, squats, jumping jacks, plank and wall jumps. We ended the time with a round of freeze dance.

The children got to go out for fifteen minutes, but that’s it:(

This afternoon we had silent reading while I assessed three kids. They are almost at grade level, but not quite. Hopefully by December 11th they will be! Fin came to visit and had the kids practice how to say sorry and accept an apology. This was interrupted by an earthquake drill, though of course she didn’t make us go outside because she doesn’t want to go out in the rain. Finally, I had the children try cleaning their table tops. I have noticed that their desks are a wreck- more than just accidentally going off the paper sometimes. It was time to get them to realize how difficult it is to get all that marker and pencil off the desks. Hopefully I made my point and it will improve! I wish o could think of something that would easily take the marks off so they could start tomorrow with spotless desks and see if they can keep them that way!

Exercise:

I didn’t hang around for long as I wanted to get out for a run before dark. I got a five kilometer run to the mill and back. I took it easy, but still got it done:)

Knitting:

After dinner, I have spent the time starting and restarting my next project. My friend Lyndsay loved my toque the other day and asked if I would make her one. It is the mommy- daughter toque I did as a test knit for Zanete Knits. The hat ends up looking really cool, but I had forgotten how tough I found the pattern to start. I’ve been sitting in silence, saying the stitches out loud to get to row 10!

Well I guess I should keep on and try to finish the 15 rows of part one tonight.

Have fun!

AJ