Bed, Couch, Bed

You are all welcome to say “I told you so”🤣

Exercise: nil

Teaching: none

I woke up this morning, booked a substitute teacher and went back to sleep until 1:30. I then moved to the couch to read for a bit, but fell asleep again. I then moved back to bed. Scintillating day I had, huh?!😂


I finished Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan today. It is a series I have been reading and I enjoyed this instalment as it gave further information about the background of the family that is at the heart of the series. The pace was quite fast, but I’m beginning to suspect that perhaps I just move slow:) Anyone who likes a series or a summer fling type of book would enjoy this one:)

I am three quarters of the way through another book, but I’ll wait and finish it before I report on it:)

Holiday Movie:

I watched Cookie Cutter Christmas in the moments I was awake. It’s the usual cute Christmas Hallmark movie but I didn’t like the competition aspect- it was cringeworthy! I just kept hoping the characters would get some self respect 🤣. I also would like to go live wherever they taught as teachers supposedly get paid enough there to drive a Lexus and live in a mansion! The cooking scene between the two main characters was pretty cute!


I can’t tell you about the Northh African Mint tea in my David’s Advent Calendar because I CAN’T GET THE LID OFF🙁 I’ll take it to work tomorrow and see if someone there can help me.


I’ve had a lot of ginger ale today. My stomach and ears are really bugging me. I stopped by my staff Christmas party this evening for a few minutes to drop off my secret Santa gift. Why do I always get sick just when I have something fun to do?!?!😖. I left when their food came out, but as I was leaving I noticed the restaurant had this greenhouse still going- so cool for an Italian restaurant!

Well I’m sorry my day isn’t more exciting to tell you about, but I’m going back to bed in the hopes of feeling good enough to go to work tomorrow!!

Have fun!



I Gave In

I finally gave in today…


Just nineteen minutes of cardio in my living room, and even that hurt:(


We started our gingerbread theme today so we did gingerbread directed drawing. It was really cool as I found a guy on YouTube doing step by step gingerbread. The children really loved it and most did well!

We also read the original gingerbread man story and did a beginning, middle, end writing about it. 

This afternoon we did a science experiment demonstrating translucent, transparent and opaque properties of light. It’s amazing how excited children get over the simplest experiments! It definitely makes my day fun!

The children want to decorate our classroom with things they have made, which works for me as all my decorations are very high up. I’m on the hunt for some art project that would look good hanging from our clothesline.


Today’s tea in the David’s Tea Advent Calendar was Glitter and Gold. It’s a black tea that I have been given before. I have found this tea to be quite bitter each time I have tried it, and my co teacher was also remarking about that.  I tried it this evening with milk in it and still didn’t like it. Hmmm so far, I haven’t had a ton of winners, but hopefully it will get better as December moves on.


I’m getting close to the end of my book so I’ll have an update soon:)


All I accomplished was another square on the scarf at work during lunch. I had to walk home during my prep for my vehicle and since I have no appetite, I had plenty of time to get another forty rows done. I’ll try to remember to take a photo!


Well I gave in today and went to the doctor. I slept last night with my face on a heating pad and after taking pain meds (doesn’t happen often) as the whole right side of my face hurt. When I got to work this morning, it was unanimously decided by my colleagues that I was going to the doctor. He fit me in this afternoon. One thing about having the same doctor most of your life is that he knows me way too well. Lol I walked in and he commented I was swollen and glassy eyed and asked if I was planning to wait until my head fell off before I came in? Maybe😂. Turns out there isn’t much of my head that isn’t severely infected- throat, ears, sinuses, you name it. Guess I know why I hurt now.  I spent the rest of my birthday waiting at the pharmacy for the prescription. I’m curious how long they were planning on making me wait until they told me they wouldn’t give me the prescription??? Good thing I went and asked!! You would think that when they saw the size of me they would understand the large child dosage?!?!? Grrrr! I told them I wanted the prescription and they could have it out with my doctor in the morning. Lol he knew this was what was going to happen and told me to go this route:)

At least I had this while I was waiting.


It was great to get all the text messages from friends and family today! My parents had left me a card so I opened that this morning. My mom and I tried to talk, but the phone wasn’t co-operating:(. My brother and his kids called and sang to me as well. Birthdays are always quiet, but it’s still nice to be remembered:) 

Well, I’m on the couch with my Hallmark movies and am not moving!  Hopefully the meds will kick in quick and I’ll have fun and exciting things to report soon!

Have fun!



A quiet day.


I did a twenty minute cardio workout but that was it for exercise today. I did a minute of jumping jacks, skipping, downhill skiers, cross country skiers, in outs, toe touches, fast feet, high knees with a minute of running in between each. Not much, but better than nothing.


I took this morning off and slept from 8:30pm last night to 11:50am this morning. I went in for the afternoon with my students and they were horrible! I leave them for half a day and they go off the rails! I got to talk to another boy about flashing people and another about hitting. What is it with my class and nudity???  We had staff meeting after work so it was a late night at work for me.


I finished the dog sweater for my friend and will send it home with her tomorrow for a test run. I’m assuming some changes will need to be made so after that I’ll weave in ends, block it and finish it off.   Right now, it just looks kind of funny to me!

I’m now just taking it easy on my couch watching, “The Twelve Men of Christmas”.  So far, it’s cute. I like that it has Kristin Chenoweth in it as she is short like me:) I always love looking at the outfits in these movies, but I don’t think any of them crawl around on the floor with kids all day🤣


I had the strawberry rhubarb parfait tea that was from yesterday. I’ve had this tea before and there neatest thing about it is it’s bright red colouring from the beets in it. I never really care for it though as it seems tart or bitter to me!

Today’s tea was Silk dragon jasmine. It’s a green tea and I was really happy with it. I got to try out a new setting on my fancy kettle too!  It wasn’t bitter and had a nice, light flavour. I’d probably buy it for an every day green tea:)

Well, I’m going to lay on my couch and rest now! If anyone has any home remedies to help with sinus pain, please send them my way:)

Have fun!


Back to Reality

After another day spent with my brother and his family I had to make the return trip home. They may be happy though as I wasn’t an amazing house guest today:(


One thing I love about visiting this brother and his family is that they live quite an active, healthy lifestyle too so it’s easy to continue with mine. We didn’t run this morning (which was probably a good thing), but we did go for an awesome walk around the golf course in their neighbourhood. I ran the path this summer and promised myself I wouldn’t again as it’s one massive hill, but walking it was great, especially with views like this:(

My nephew had come up with the plan for the day so after the walk, it was time to get a Christmas tree. When I was a child we always had a real Christmas tree but after my oldest brother brought home a monster one and ruined my mom’s new paint job, we had artificial, so it was a real treat to go pick out a real one. Even with my stuffed up nose, I enjoyed the smell of real tree.  The biggest problem is that the trees are like furniture- they all look small at the store!  My brother picked out a seven foot noble fir which was quite pretty!  I would have had a very difficult time choosing one- just too many pretty options!  

The tree made it into the back of the SUV and safely home with us. The kids were disappointed it couldn’t be decorated immediately, but they had that to look forward to this evening.


My brother took me downtown again to a place called Russel’s Books.  It has not become a permanent fixture on my to do list when I visit him. I would even walk there if I had to. It is not as big as Powell’s Books in Portland, but has the same feel!  I loved how yet had so many books that there were stacks on the floor everywhere!!! I think I could have spent days there!

I contented myself with just three books as I was trying to be quick!

I definitely NEED to go back there!!!!

Eating/ Baking:

I unfortunately didn’t do any eating today other than a banana first thing this morning. To the best of my ability, all I can figure out is that perhaps the cold medicine I took this morning had gluten in it as I have not been a happy camper today:( I bought ginger ale on the way home, but that wasn’t very successful either. I hate when this happens when I’m away as I know I’m not good company when my stomach isn’t happy and I have a terrible headache and no energy:( I’ll owe my family a much better time next time I see them!

Unfortunately, I have absolutely no interest in drinking tea right now so my Tea advent calendar for today will have to wait until tomorrow when I will hopefully feel better!

The return trip home was uneventful other than I got a spot on a tip deck of the ferry and so had a nice view.


I almost forgot that I finished my school book club book when I was on the ferry. I just stayed in the car since it was crazy busy!

This is my forth Kate DiCamillo book and it tells the story of a china rabbit, called Edward Tulane. Edward is owned by a little girl named Abilene who he doesn’t really take an interest in. During a trip to London on board a ship, Edward is lost overboard and the book tells the story of his adventures.

The chapters of this book are short and there is plenty of white space in the pages so it is a good book for children or even as a read aloud. Every few chapters Edward moves onto a new adventure so the pace is quick and also appropriate for children. It doesn’t lag so they won’t lose interest.  The vocabulary would provide some room for discussion as there are words that may be unfamiliar.   The adventures are all quite different and while there isn’t a ton of detail, there’s enough to be interesting. I did feel like crying at one point, though thankfully it ends on a happy note!

The book would be great for both a boy or a girl from the age of 7-9. I also think it would make a good movie!

Well I think I’m going to take my poor little body off to bed in the hopes of sleeping!

Have fun!


Family Time

Another lovely day spent with my family!


My nephew had a soccer game this morning so while my brother drove him down, my sister in law and I ran while my niece rode her bike. I had forgotten how hilly this area is! We were running slower than I do at home, but it sure felt more difficult. It didn’t help that I still can’t breathe through my nose!  We ran down, watched the game for about and then ran home. My legs weren’t really happy running up a hill after getting cold. I wasn’t going to be the one to cry uncle though!! It was about 4.7km total, so not long, but something:). It was just so nice to have company! I need to put more effort into finding a running buddy when I get home as I really miss having a buddy!


My sister in law, her sister and my niece and nephew were going to the Nutcracker Ballet this afternoon and so we headed to Sears this morning for some new shoes for the kids. My nephew found shoes and pants while my nice found shoes and a dress.  I tried lots on, but didn’t find a thing! It was funny to shop with my niece- she had definite ideas of what she liked and they are different than mine. Haha it was still fun though!

While they were at the ballet, my brother and I walked through downtown, explored a used bookstore we found in a back alley and had tea at Merchies! I had never been there. I had a Parisian Stroll Tea Latte while he had the Hazelnut Dream latte. I think mine was better.  It was yummy and we had it in such a pretty surrounding. We also had perfect timing as there was a bagpipe flash mob right outside! I love bagpipes so it was really cool!

We checked out a couple of outdoor stores as I’m looking for a down quilted vest for running in the cold, but I don’t really want to pay $298 for one! The last store we went into was so that my brother could ask about his goretex jacket that is delaminating. We were both surprised to learn that we should be washing our goretex jackets regularly (with the special detergent). We’ve both been avoiding washing them but you’re supposed to about every three months. Huh, who knew?!?!

We picked the family up at the theatre and there was a playground right outside the courthouse. They turned a “tent city” into an awesome playground. I also couldn’t resist taking a picture of the pretty church!


This morning my niece was trying to wear the handwarmers I had made for my nephew for his birthday. It turns out she had lost one of the ones I had made for her, so while my brother and I were downtown, I stopped in at Beehive yarn Shop and bought a skein of multicoloured polyester yarn to make her a new pair. The yarn is bulky and called partytime. I wish it was softer, but I know it will be better to have it long lasting. I got the handwarmers done this evening and still had yarn left over so I started a toque for her as well. Hopefully I’ll have a picture of that tomorrow. My nephew was a little perturbed that I was making it for my niece, but I reminded him that he just got a pair. He’s put in an order for a toque that says Canucks on it. 🤣


I didn’t bake anything today, but we did come home to discover the brownie bag on the floor. Pinot Noir the dog, had polished off all of the brownies while we were downtown!  Hopefully dairy free chocolate is better than normal chocolate for dogs 😳


It was Day 2 of my David’s Tea advent calendar and thankfully I had remembered to bring it with me. It was a chocolate macaroon tea today. I was a little worried as I’m not a big chocolate fan, but thankfully it tastes more like coconut. It was fine by itself, but I liked it even more with milk in it!

I’ve spent some time reading, but haven’t finished anything. I’ve just been enjoying every moment I can with my family:)

My nephew has quite the ambitious plan for us tomorrow so I think I will go to bed, in the hopes of. Ring able to keep up with him!

Have fun!


A Change of Pace

A lovely day:)


I got the bodyweight challenge done this morning. I guess I like this app parkour because it’s quick but I still feel like it’s effective. 

70 jumping jacks

 60 mountain climbers

50 squats

40 push-ups

30 toe touch abs

30 tuck jumps

10 second 4 point plank

Skip for 5 mins

Repeat going up the ladder.

I also heard today about a fitness advent calendar that I may try, though I’ve already missed the first day:(


I had the first day of my David’s Tea advent calendar. It was “snow day” perfectly lovely though I liked the second cup when it wasn’t as strong better!


I had a request for pancakes and brownies so I threw a pancake mix I had been given into my bag and whipped up a batch of Oh She Glow brownies. I didn’t realize I only had 1/3 cup of almonds left rather than one full cup so I made up the rest with oat flour. I don’t know if this made the difference or that I cooked them too long but they turned out more cakey than fudgey. I didn’t hear any complaints though🤣


I grabbed a ferry to Vancouver Island and am visiting my brother, sister in law, niece and nephew. I have to tell you- my nephew makes the best welcoming committee! Him:”How long are you staying?”  

Me: 2 nights

Him: yippeee and a full on happy dance

Talk about feeling like royalty!!

It has been awesome spending the night with them! We had dinner (it’s great to be with people who eat similar to me, ie healthy), played a board game, went for a walk and hung out and talked.

I had to take a photo of the back of this truck- such interesting art!

Right now, I need sleep though as it’s going to be early when my nephew gets up!

Have fun! (And I promise a longer post tomorrow😀)


A Big Job

A day of jumping over children to get to the Kleenex and a big job!

I’m sorry for the lack of post last night- I worked, did only a bootcamp class and had knit night last night where I worked on the dog sweater. Unfortunately I was so exhausted when I got home that I fell asleep even before I got my jammies put on:(. So here I am back today:)


I went to work early, got home late and managed a whole eleven minutes of cardio before I realized I had to go back out:(

I am feeling very pudgy from the lack of running and exercise, and it doesn’t seem to be making much difference to this cold! Yesterday I had my staff workout, but I was freezing during it:(. I think I’ll just go back to my usual workouts!


Well the other shoe dropped at lunch, though thankfully outside rather than in my classroom! I guess some little girls came to play in the sand by him and he didn’t like that so he kicked sand at one and pushed the other and then refused to apologize.  He ran from Dad when I went to talk to him after school and dad’s concern was that he looked upset😳😳😳😳. This is not looking good:(. Wrong response dad!  I’m keeping my fingers crossed it continues to be an only outside problem (yes I realize I’m living in dreamland!)

After school, three other teachers and me tackled the art room. It had become a depository for junk over the years so it looked full and yet we never have any art supplies!  We figure it hadn’t been cleaned out since the 80s as there was stuff in there that we recognized from when we were students!!!  It was a disgusting job- so dusty that I looked like the Ghost of Christmas Past when we were finished, and hard work, but it felt great to get it done!!!  I’ll be able to go order paper and supplies on Monday:)

I should have taken a before and after as the transformation was quite amazing!

Errands/ Shopping:

I feel like I have been all over the countryside tonight as I get ready to go away for the weekend.  I hit Costco for gas, the dollar store for gift wrap and to round out my niece and nephew’s gifts and the mall for a thumb drive. I looked at earbuds too but I want to try out my brother’s this weekend first before I buy.


For the past several years I have been hearing about the David’s Tea advent calendar and everyone who knows I drink a lot of tea is always telling me I should get it. I was never willing to spend the $45 on it and so have resisted, however this year, I got a good deal so I’m trying it out:). Starts tomorrow!

I was just thinking that I could also do a Hallmark movie advent calendar and continue my spree of watching one holiday movie each night:) Hmmmm tea and chick flicks- sounds like perfection:)

Well I’m off to make a list of what I need to do tomorrow:)

Have fun!


Still Waiting…

It was another good day, so I’m still waiting for that second shoe to drop.


Well I yet again didn’t work out this morning. I woke at the alarm but set it for later and was instantly back asleep. When I’m not laying there pretending to sleep, I figure I need it!

I was home in time for a run in daylight this afternoon. I don’t know if it’s the time- right after work, or if I’ve suddenly become stronger, or what, but I had another amazing run tonight. I ran almost 6km, though my phone died at 5.79 and felt amazing! I was strong at the end and carried on past my house cause I felt so good!! I don’t know what it is, but I hope it keeps up!

Tomorrow I’m hoping to get out for a run in the morning because it’s the only way I’ll make my mileage goal for November. I still have 11km to go in two days😳


I was principal today, which was a surprise, but thankfully it was a pretty calm and quiet day.

We finished off the short vowels with u this morning so we’ll get to move onto the long vowels. I love it when things start getting more interesting. Lol my new kid said he remembered our sheet from Kindergarten. I wonder if I’m going too easy on my students??? Something to think about for the new year!

We finished our letters to Santa, and the torture of the Christmas concert song officially began! I will be singing Santa Claus is coming to Town in my sleep and by December 21st I should be officially tired of it!  The children already sound pretty good to me and we figured out the lineup today, now we just have to tackle how not to jump off the risers or sound like a herd of elephants getting onto them!


I got the second colour done on my scarf at work, or at least it might be done. I am doing a scarf in garter stitch and a variety of colours just to use up my odds and ends at work, so the question is, do I use the yarn up or just make each square the same (forty rows)??? Opinions?


I worked on my photo album project again tonight and realized I only have fifty prints left to label. Hopefully I can have this done before the weekend!!


I have been trying to come up with a good cinnamon bun recipe ever since I had to go gluten free and dairy free. I’ve come close but haven’t found a terrific one yet:( Tonight I wanted something sweet so I searched mug cakes on WordPress and band across a cinnamon roll mug cake Here. For one minute and thirty seconds, it was really good!! It would be an awesome snack with tea!

I’ve used several new gluten free, dairy free products lately, but I think I’ll group those into another post:)


I’ve been making my way through another Frederik Backman novel, “My Grandmother Asked me To Tell You She’s Sorry.” I got another chapter done tonight:) I’ve been really loving the Scandinavian authors lately, though I need to get to the library soon to get my next book club book.


I have now watched six Hallmark movies, and tonight was:

A Rose for Christmas

It was cute, of course and had a happy ending so it fulfilled my requirements:)

Maureen Gets Real gave me a good idea this morning when she suggested watching them while I was doing chores or jobs. I tested it out by watching A Dream For Christmas this morning while I was tidying the kitchen and it really did make the job much more palatable! It was nice to not work in silence!

Well if I want to run in the morning, I need sleep so I’m off to bed early.

Have fun!


Waiting for the other shoe to drop

I kept waiting all day, but so far, nothing!


I slept in this morning on purpose. I know I need more sleep since I still have this cold so decided to sleep in and just get home early enough for a run outside. My co workers laughed when I said I was going to be home by 4pm today, but I almost made it! 4:06 I walked in the door; I think I walk slower in heels. I changed and headed out the door immediately. It was great to be in daylight! I noticed almost immediately that I felt better than I have in a while! I felt strong and yet loose and ended up doing more than I was planning:)

I had awesome timing, except when I stopped to take this photo! Note to self, figure out how to turn on auto pause. It ended up being my fastest 5km:) I kept waiting to be tired, but it just never happened and I got down as low as a 6:11/km- fast for me:)

Love how runkeeper celebrates everything:)

That was the only exercise I did today, but the plan for tomorrow has a workout and a run:)


I got my new student today and spent the day waiting for the other shoe to drop! So far I have noticed that he’s a snazzy dresser with a cute little sweater vest today. He knows how to read, he prints better than 3/4s of my class, he knows to raise his hand, he remembered where his spot on the carpet and in the lineup was. I’m still waiting! I think I have the right to expect the worst as he brought a gift for each kid in the class and his parents showed up after school with a huge tower of Ferrera Rocher chocolates for me. Who does that if there’s not a problem??? 

We wrote our letters to Santa today though we didn’t manage to finish them so that will be tomorrow. It was. It’s to see what the children wanted- lots of Pokemon cards which I can’t stand, bet blades which I thought were out of vogue now but I guess aren’t, and thankfully lots of Lego still:) I love Lego as it’s so creative, well for everyone but me. I just spent all my time sorting my brothers Lego by colour and size🤣🤣

Today was my last day of peace at work as tomorrow we start learning our song for the Christmas concert. I always pick a traditional song as then there’s a chance I’ll be able to sing it🤣. This year my co teacher and I are putting our classes together and thankfully she can sing so no one will need to make a last minute effort to fix my class song this year😀😂

(Can you tell I am the least musical person you’ll ever meet???)


After running I didn’t have a ton of time but I am working on my photo album project as now I need to clear some pictures off my phone if I’m going away.  I got some done and think I’ll have about two more days worth of work.


I got my handwarmer project entered on Ravelry and got it entered for a class in HPKCHC – the Patronus class. I only got three classes done this month, but hopefully along with the six last month, that’s enough to get me put into a house for next term!


I watched another Hallmark movie tonight. I should really do other things that would accomplish something!!! 

Well I’m off to sleep early as I want to be able to get up for my workout!

Have fun!


This and That

The weather has changed by the hour today and so have my activities!


On my way to my run this morning it was raining cats and dogs, it was gray when we started and by the end it was beautiful blue sky and sunshine. I was in my own running this morning around Burnaby Lake. It was a wonderful morning though with the frogs croaking audibly and hopping over puddles. Just forty minutes as my body was asking if I was ever sending any oxygen down! A cold and a run don’t always go together but I’m glad I got out for something! I was almost completely under the 7min/km of my goal, but not quite:( The first kilometre did me in at 7:05.

I got a short weight workout in this evening, mainly because I didn’t want to admit I hadn’t. I’m trying to keep the weight training up as I notice right away in my running when I don’t! 


I wasn’t very social during my post run tea today as I was busy booking flights on wifi while I could. It doesn’t sound like my brothers are going to celebrate Christmas together this year and I really don’t want to have to choose between them ( one lives close but the other lives on the island- about three hours and a ferry ride away), so I’m abandoning g both of them and going to visit my parents in Arizona. I really want to celebrate and do Christmas things with my nieces and nephews but I guess it’s just not going to happen:(. I really wasn’t planning on going to Arizona for that long, but the cheapest option was the 24th to the 6th so that’s what I went for.  It will be relaxing and of course nice to see my parents and some sunshine. Of course now that I’ve booked, my brothers will probably plan some great thing. That’s how my life usually goes.  I will be heading to the island to visit my brother and his family this coming weekend and will make sure to visit with my other brother and his family as well, before I go.


My co teacher’s husband has been helping me out on a project so I wanted to thank him. A little birdie told me his favourite were oatmeal raisin cookies so I got busy and made some this afternoon, after my lovely nap on the couch. It’s a new recipe for me, so I hope they taste good! I’ll let you know what he says and if they pass I’ll share the recipe:)


I managed to finish up my handwarmers today while I was listening to Jane Eyre on Librivox. I am pretty happy with them and I even have a little yarn left over so I can hopefully turn my beanie into an actual toque!!!

I made up the pattern. I used 3.75mm DPN. It has ten rows of k2,p2 rubbing. 25 rows of stockinette, cast off four stitches in the next row and then cast them back in in the row following that. Stockinette for another ten rows and then ten rows of k2,p2 rubbing again. On the last row, cast off twenty 2/3 of your stitches and knit across the remaining stitches. In the next row, cast back on the stitches. Do 8 rows of ribbing k2,p2, then stockinette stitch for four rows. On the fifth row and every odd row thereafter, k2tog at the start of each of your three needles. When you are down to 8 stitches, break yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches.  Weave in ends and sew on a button to hold mitt when not in use. I used a dragonfly button so a stitch just slips over the tail to hold the mitt back. Otherwise, you’ll need to do a buttonhole at some point. 

I thought about using my yarn leftover to knit thumbs, but have decided to leave my thumbs out to use my phone with and to enlarge my hat instead!


I have watched four Hallmark movies so far:

A Dash of Love

The Best Christmas Party Ever

At First Bark

Broadcasting Christmas

I have enjoyed all even with the corniness and occasional bad script and acting:) I love them for their feel good vibes:)

Well it’s been a lovely day, but I need sleep to be a nice teacher!

Have fun!