Pretty Good

It was a pretty good day that just kept humming along:)

Exercise:

Wow I slept right to the late alarm this morning and still didn’t want to get up!!

Thankfully I got a workout in with Lyndsay after school. It didn’t go according to plan as there were no treadmills available, so we used the bike, rowing machine and elliptical. I definitely noticed that they used different muscles than running so it was probably a good thing there were no treadmills. We did some floor work as well. Clean & press, lateral step ups, planks, skaters, up/downs, seated leg crunch, and probably some other things I’ve forgotten.

I fell walking across the road coming home from Lyndsay’s. it was wet and dark! A woman thought I was a kid so she hopped out of her car in rush hour traffic, to come check on me. It was very kind of her! Another week with a sore knee, I guess🙁😏

I had been starving all day and before my workout I ate oatmeal. When I came home I had salmon on cucumber and celery slices and roasted cauliflower. If I was going to eat everything in sight, I had to at least make it healthy food!

Of course I went from starving to stuffed so I ended up working out a second time. I did a half hour Pinterest workout that had push-ups, mountain climbers, squats, wall sit, jumping jacks, planks, lunges and high knees in it. Thankfully I feel just right now:)

Teaching:

Today was pretty chill with the children. I still have four away so it makes it tough to cover content. Math went completely sideways on me today. We were doing a worksheet on using two coloured counters to create equations that equal ten. Well my children seem to love making patterns so they all coloured the blocks in nice patterns and so all the equations turned into 5+5=10.🤣. Thankfully we’ve covered this concept other ways too, so it wasn’t the end of the world:)

We did snowflakes for art today. We read the book, Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin.<<<<<<<<<br
d circles and folded them and then cut into them to make interesting snowflakes. I like doing art projects that are a little more simple or old fashioned sometimes so the children get the idea they don't need an electronic game to entertain them at home! Our classroom now looks like a blizzard hit it😂 Reading:

I’m still working my way through my current book, so nothing new to report there. I do however have my next three books laid out waiting for me, so I need to get this one finished. Tonight I’ve made good progress as I’ve had the luxury of having a night where I knit a pattern repeat and then read a chapter:)

Knitting:

My Cowl is coming along. I’m liking the lace pattern, though I’m a little worried that it might be too stiff:( I don’t like cowls that stand up, I prefer when they drape nicely. I guess we’ll just have to see.

Tea:

My tea today was David’s Tea Honeycrisp Apple. It was super good! I think it would be an excellent fall tea. It didn’t get bitter even when it had been left for hours in my insulated thermos:)

On the note of drinking- I’m good about drinking water. I usually finish my one litre water bottle every day, but lately my lips are still dry:) This is driving me nuts so if anyone has any ideas of how to solve this problem, I’d love to hear them. I keep them covered in lip balm ( and yes mom, only gluten free lip balm)and they are still dry.

Well I’m going back to my knitting and reading pattern.

Have fun!

AJ

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Brrrrr

It has been such a cold day!!

Exercise:

I met up with Lyndsay at 6am for a workout. We did three speed circuits on the treadmill. We then did two circuits on the floor that we had to repeat three times each. I was sweaty by the end, but it felt good to get it done. I really hadn’t wanted to go and I probably would have just walked if I’d been by myself, but I managed to do everything Lyndsay told me to do. It’s amazing what the human body can do!

Teaching:

I only had fourteen children today! Most of the day was spent just finishing up tasks and cleaning up. The afternoon I got a little bit of time to prep while the school was watching The Polar Express in the gym.

Beauty:

I left immediately after school and had my nails done for my trip. I also got my eyebrows and eyelashes died so I’m back to having some🤣. I am so blonde that this is something I do regularly!

Shopping:

I grabbed four bottles of beer for my co-workers husband to say thank you and I’ll make him some lemon bars in the morning:)

Knitting:

Tonight I got my republic hat and Cowl that I made a long time ago but rarely wore, remade into just a republic hat for my co-worker. Another of my little jobs done.

I also decided to rip out my purple handwarmers and beanie and make a toque holding two strands of the yarn so it will be thicker and warmer. I am hoping to work on this on the plane, but we’ll see if the knitting needles get taken away:(

Tea:

Today’s tea in the advent calendar wascandy cane crush and I loved it!! It was so good!

Well that’s the short recap of my day as I just got home and I’m exhausted, so I’m off to bed:)

Have fun!

AJ

Check✅

It was a long day, but got a big event off the list!

Exercise:

I’ve continued sleeping in, but went with Lyndsay right after school for a workout:). I started in the spin bike- wow do I need to go on there more often! My legs were jello in no time! We then did three circuits on the treadmill- speed, hills and speed again! Then for two circuits of weights with three sets in each. I challenged myself to use heavier weights. It felt good at the time but I may regret that in the morning!Then it was back on the bike for another five minutes😫. It felt like a workout:)

Teaching:

I can’t say that I did a ton of teaching today😂. We wrote about cookie decorating yesterday. I think my students may have turned their brains off as we write about all the major events at school so this is about our eighth so far this year. We brainstorm words and then they write sentences using the words. Today they just wrote down the words 😫 what were they thinking?

The rest of the day we watched the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie as we finished the book first thing this morning. The children were super engaged even though we had to watch it in chunks as we had two Christmas concerts today.

The concerts went very well! It was a good thing that the two grade one classes were together as one class only had ten children show up:(. The students did fabulous and looked so cute in their dress clothes and Santa hats!

I literally just got home from the evening concert. It went just as well:) I am so tired though:(. This is a big event that is now done so it feels great!

Tea:

Today’s tea in my advent calendar was hot chocolate. I have to admit that I’m not a big hot chocolate fan so this wasn’t my favourite:(

I have literally done nothing else but be at work today and my one workout, so not much to tell you about. I’m now going to crawl into bed!

I have to say sorry that I’m so far behind in reading posts. I promise to catch up once I’m on holidays!

Have fun!

AJ

A Fun Day

It was a fun day at school and a fun evening so a win-win:)

Exercise: 

I got a workout in with Lyndsay after school today. We did the 12 days of Christmas. It was a ladder workout of a plank, burpees, push-ups, star jumps, dips, double crunches, squat jumps, punches, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, superwomen, high knees.  It was quick, but intense. There was a lot of planking in there!

Unfortunately no run for me and probably realistically not another one until Saturday:(

Teaching:

When I came out this morning to get the children, there were only seven in my lineup! Boy would that be a quiet day!  I got up to sixteen eventually, but there were a lot of stories about frozen car doors😂

We took the opportunity of the snowy scenery to go for a nature walk in the forest. It was very cool! We talked about how we know it’s winter, why snow doesn’t melt in some places, and though we didn’t see any birds, we heard a Northern Flicker! The children all seemed to enjoy it:)

We did a lot of reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory today to get ready for watching the movie tomorrow. We only have five pages left do we’ll get there:) 

This afternoon we decorated gingerbread cookies. We had a ton of parent volunteers so it went really well! We did it in the multipurpose room by laying roll paper out on the floor and have kids across from each other. It was so neat to see the different ways children decorated. Some spread icing and then literally dumped every candy they could on top, while others went much more minimalist and carefully. It definitely highlighted the children’s personalities:)

My class gave me a group gift today that was so perfect! I got a David’s Tea classic teas set, a colour changing mug with an included strainer, a beautiful warm scarf in my favourite colour and a gift card!! I was so spoiled!!!! 

Shopping:

I’ve been putting off going to the mall for weeks now, but tonight I went with Lyndsay and it was way more fun to have company! We got Wal Mart, Sephora, Bath and Body Works, London Drugs, Lululemon, and Chapters in two hours!  I got everything I needed to so I’m happy:)

Tea:

It was carrot cupcake tea in my David’s Tea advent calendar today. It is the first tea ever, I think, that I couldn’t drink. It did not taste good to me:(

Christmas:

This evening I have gotten a few of my gifts wrapped up. I’m not giving anything big. It’s a tea hot pad that I sewed along with a couple of tea bsgs and a chocolate. Just a little treat for the people I care about:) I saw the tea hot pads in Maine this summer and thought they were such a good idea. They look like a hot pad, but they have essential oils in them so when you put a hot tea mug on them, they smell good:). I hope everyone can enjoy at least one relaxing moment over the holidays.

Reading:

I’ve been getting a bit more of The Nagic Strings of Frankie Presto read over the last couple of days as I would like to get that and Jane Eyre finished this year!

Well that’s it for me tonight!

Have fun!

AJ

Yipppeeeee!

A good day with a surprise!

Exercise:

I’ve been sleeping in in the mornings this week so there was no run for me.  However, I got a real workout in this evening. I warmed up and then did six circuits consisting of two exercises each with a cardio blast after each circuit and bonus abs at the end. Each move was repeated twice and done for 45 seconds with 15 seconds rest in between. It felt so great to sweat and really workout with both cardio and weights!!  I’m baaaaaack:)

Teaching:

I only had sixteen children today, but I think each might have been the equivalent of four!! First, it’s only six days until Christmas and second, we had our first snowfall today!  

Sorry I missed getting the pretty picture of the tree outside my place that I wanted to:(

We were all about gingerbread today. We read a story, labelled a gingerbread man, and described gingerbread men. I taught about adjectives and it was one of those amazing moments where I got to actually teach a concept and the children got it!!!!😀

We also finished our parent cards and took the present and card home today. I sent home a card for each child from me as well. It was just photocopied, but it was cute and I wrote an individual note to each child inside. We could only give pencils because a child had an allergic reaction yesterday to a treat he had been given by a friend so our principal is hyper alert about this issue right now and all the candy canes said, “may contain Nuts”.  It’s definitely not the most exciting gift, but at least it’s a little something.

I also got given two presents today. One was a Santa container filled with chocolates ( that I can’t eat). I kept the container that is super cute and gave the chocolates to a co-worker for her children. The second gift was a natural remedies set from Saje which has spray, lotion, etc in it. It was so kind of parents to send me gifts, I just always feel so bad they’ve wasted their money as I can’t enjoy them so I just give them away:(

This afternoon we had a hold and secure drill which the children did fabulous at and we made a class book about eating parts of the gingerbread man. It turned out super cute as their pictures had to leave out the part they had eaten. I think the missing tummy was the cutest!

Picture Project:

I have had my album of my oldest friend’s wedding on the go for months and tonight I decided I needed to finish it! Mostly because I need to print and label some photos off my phone so I can make room for my upcoming holiday!  I timed myself and it only took 32 mi Utes for me to finish the album!  It felt so good to get it done! Now I just have to get some photos off my phone before Sunday!

Shopping:

I meant to go to the mall today to pick up some travel items and new headphones but after walking across the street, I decided not to. It worked out for the best though as I’m now going with Lyndsay after school tomorrow. It’s always more fun to do things with a friend!

Tea:

Today’s tea was Organic The Spuce is Right. I tried it plain and it does have quite the spuce to it, but later in the morning I made a second cup and added almond milk to it and I preferred it that way. I don’t think this is a tea I would buy myself.

Christmas Movies:

Tonight I watched, “A Boyfriend for Christmas.” This tween girl asks Santa for a boyfriend for Christmas and he promises her one by the end of twenty years. Of course they meet and he lies to her so she’s not interested. I’m sure you can figure out the ending😜. It wasn’t the best one I’ve seen as I didn’t live the actors in it and I really don’t know why?!

Knitting:

My post is late this evening as I wanted to finish my niece’s rainbow toque. It turned out great though I really should learn to make a proper Pom pom!  I used the pattern “snow hat for kid” off Ravelry. I knitted it flat and seamed it and I also did an extra decrease row at the top as it seemed too big to finish to me.  I’m happy with how it turned out and it’s super warm! The great thing about my niece is that she’s the same size as me so I know that since the hat fits me, it will also fit her:)

Well, it has felt great to get back to accomplishing things in a day! I even got a load of laundry done. I always laugh at how difficult I can find it to put a load of laundry on when you think about a hundred years ago when laundry was an all day chore. I should really have no trouble putting it in a machine and pressing two buttons!!!

Well I’m off to bed!

Have fun!

AJ

Christmas All Around

I saw a little bit of Christmas everywhere:)

Exercise:

I got out for a run after school today- nothing pretty or fast, but at least I went. I know I did at least half an hour as I just did a usual route, but my phone turned off halfway:(. Grrrrr!

I was so happy to get out before dark but this picture would have worked better in the dark!

Teaching:

We had the dress rehearsal for the holiday concert today. The Holstein did very well. Now my co-teacher and I just have to figure out what we’re doing! 🤣

We made cards with our big buddies this afternoon. They are not quite finished, but are already interesting! My favourite says, ” you are my favourite parents”.🤣

I just realized that my students didn’t pick up a pencil at all today, except to write their planner message. I’m obviously being way too easy on these children! It was funny when a very sociable little boy came up to me today and said, “I’m the second one done my planner and I didn’t talk to anyone!” Now I just need him to make the connection between those two things!!!🤣 (I did try to help with that connection).

Tea:

The tea today is cream of Earl grey which I have had many times before. I forgot my fireplace on today so am feeling too warm for tea tonight:(

Socializing:

I went to a retirement party for one of my running buddies tonight who works at our local running store. It was held at a local brewery. If it had been anyone else or if I didn’t have this blog to fill, I would have stayed home on my couch!  It was a lovely few hours. I just don’t really get the appeal of standing among huge vats on a concrete floor drinking beer?!?!  I am glad I went as I hadn’t been in this local brewery before and I always like to experience things once, but I still don’t get it. It was nice to see so many people to come out to hibor my friend- I definitely wouldn’t be a runner today if it wasn’t for her and her husband!

Knitting:

I got signed up to be sorted for the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup group that I am part of on Ravelry. I really don’t care which group I am in, just love that it helps me decide which projects to do!

I’m also glad that I got a few of my projects put up on Ravelry too. I seem to be getting behind in everything:(

For those of you who were wondering, here is a picture of the dog sweater that I made for my colleague’s dog.

She kept saying today that I should be selling my work, I didn’t tell her that there are many people way more talented than me who are selling their work. It’s just a hobby for me:)

I am still working on my niece’s rainbow toque tonight as I watch Christmas movies.

Christmas Movies:

Well I am in the middle of Christmas in Homestead where a movie star comes to film in a small Idaho town and the mayor is not happy about it. Lol I’ve never seen such a young and cute mayor in my life!

Have fun!

AJ

So Cute

My day was pretty typical for lately. I want to get back to my normal reading, running, baking and knitting!

Exercise:

None:(

Teaching:

We got our parent gifts organized and wrapped today. Do I need to make a card to go with them?

We practiced our Christmas concert song again. The children did okay, but the music teacher changes our song slightly and we managed to mess it up today. I hope we’re okay for he dress rehearsal on Monday though!

This afternoon we did a directed drawing picture of a reindeer. They turned out so cute and the children were so into it!!

This was mine as I’ve already put them all up on the clothesline in my classroom. I love directed drawing because the children have to practice their quiet listening and usually the art turns out better!

I had one little guy this afternoon who after lunch said he was worried he wouldn’t be able to go to the movies with his mom after school because he hadn’t been good this morning.  Awwww:( Thankfully I could report he had an awesome afternoon:)

I ran home at lunch to let Banks out and then again right after work.

Socializing:

I met up with Emily and Melissa this evening to see the movie Lady Bird. 

I knew absolutely nothing about the movie. It was quite artistic and I’m sure there will be some academy award nominations for the movie. I was shocked when the lights came up as the movie just seemed to end.

We finished the evening up with dinner at the Cactus Club. I was really hoping for something holiday inspired, but they really didn’t have anything so I ended up with tuna stacks and a seasonal daiquiri.

Tea:

Today’s tea from the David’s Tra advent calendar is a raspberry cream pie. I’ve had two cups from it and the second was as delicious as the first. This is definitely a tea I would buy again!

Christmas Movie:

I’ve been trying to watch The Christmas Inheritence on Netflix this evening, but yet again Google seems to hate me and keeps turning off the projector:(

Oh well, that must mean it’s time for bed!

Have fun!

AJ

Sorry

Sorry there was no post up last night. My phone had died and I fell asleep before it turned back on:(

Exercise:

Yesterday I tried to do another run with Banks, but he was having none of it:(  He turned around halfway down the block on every walk and run,  grrrrr. I thought dogs were supposed to like to run and walk!

The best I got in the exercise department was a minute of jogging on the spot every time I steeped a cup of tea.

Teaching:

We had a short day yesterday due to parent-teacher conferences after school. I was lucky and only had to be there until 4pm, but I felt bad for the teachers who were there until 6pm!  Of course, they are all done now, and I have two more conferences to look forward to next week:(  I’ve always said that parents are the toughest part of my job! If there is an orphanage looking for a teacher, I’d jump on that!  The parents weren’t too bad – I spoke a lot about how physicality is normal for six year old boys and that we are still providing reminders to use our words, not our bodies. That time management is not a six year old’s strength, and that yes, they need to do practice at home!  All in all, not bad. I just find some parents difficult to read, so I never know if they’re satisfied with what I’ve said or not.

Baking:

Nothing!  We had lunch brought in for us courtesy of one of our daycares and then the principal provided dinner. I need to get back to eating an appropriate amount of healthy food! My pants were tight yesterday morning:(  I have to make lemon bars for a co-worker’s husband next week, but I will try to make that my only baking!

Tea:

The tea in my advent calendar was lemon yesterday. It smelled very strongly of lemon and that was neat, but I can’t say that it was my favourite:(

Knitting:

I delivered the dog sweater yesterday and I got started on the toque to match my niece’s handwarmers. It should be done relatively quickly and it felt good to make some progress on these projects that are hanging over my head!

Christmas Movies:

I went slightly crazy on Christmas movies last night. I watched December Bride, which I quite enjoyed. Then I watched the 12 Gifts of Christmas which was equally enjoyable and I finished it off with a Netflix Christmas movie which I can’t remember the name of right now.  I guess it wasn’t as good as the other two.

Well that was my entire day in a nutshell! I’m hoping for less eating today!

Have fun!

AJ

Better:)

Still a very busy day, but at least it had more of the things I enjoyed and was a bit more typical for me:)

Exercise: I have given up on anything other than walks with Banks where he is in charge of where we go and how fast. We have had three walks today, but thankfully I also got a bootcamp in after school. I already hurt 😭 It did feel good to sweat and get back to it though!

On my walks with Banks I have discovered that I really am particular about which Christmas light displays I like. I really like the houses that just have warm, white lights. I missed the gorgeous tree I love, but here’s a couple:)

Ha! I found one of the tree from last Christmas:)

Teaching:

Me and nineteen monkeys hopped up on Christmas described my day! 😂. We worked on decorating paper bags to put our parent gifts in. 

We had a family group activity today for an hour to create trees to decorate the gym for the holiday concert. This is where every teacher has a group of children from kindergarten to grade five with them and siblings are together. It sounds crazy, but it actually often turns out to be quite peaceful! I put some Christmas carols on and we decorated “balls” to put on our tree.  After seeing what some of the other teachers did, I’m not that happy with mine, but oh well, it’s “kid art”.

This afternoon we had our first practice getting on and off the stage in the gym.  It went pretty good! We did it twice and they actually all were in the right place the second time. Usually grade ones end up bunched up on one end of the risers 🤣. I had two boys who were being silly even after several warnings, but maybe their parents need to see that.

Baking:

I had all the crusts and a couple of slices of bread left from the sandwiches I made for the tea yesterday so I made bread pudding up tonight. This Recipe was super easy and quick. The only change I would make is to add cinnamon. I also cooked it for about 30 minutes, rather than 25.

Knitting:

I had knit night tonight with Brenda and actually accomplished finishing the dog sweater. The ends are even sewn in, though it turned out the buttons were too small, so I will check tomorrow in my button collection at school to see if I have three big buttons all the same. Otherwise I’ll see if my co-worker wants to put them on herself or wants me to find some. I’m just glad I finally have one of these small jobs done, Only three more to go before I can start my sweater vest!

Well I think that’s it for me tonight as I haven’t read, nor watched any Christmas movies.

Have fun!

AJ

Just Another Day

Sorry I have a boring day to report:(

Exercise:

Two walks with Mr. Banks and a third to come, but that’s it. He really didn’t want to go for a walk, even though it was a beautiful morning!

Teaching:

Not a very exciting day. We just chugged along getting stuff done. There was no nudity nor melt downs and parents all co-operated with setting up conference times. I have five conferences out of twenty one parents and it’s a new report card so that seems pretty good to me.

We had a tea party after school today for a retirement. 

I didn’t get to stay long and wasn’t much into the food:( I was off to a doctor appointment where I found out my head and glands have improved really well and the upset stomach should go away in a couple of days.  Right now, I guess u might as well just see it as a diet tool to lose the high tea and book club weight gain:(

Dog Sitting:

Banks really didn’t want to walk this morning, but he was better when I came home for lunch. He’s been a bad boy this morning and has chewed up my EOS lip balm container and balm. Now I have to worry all night that he’s going to get sick:(

Tea:

The tea today was coffee pu’erh.  I don’t like coffee so I didn’t particularly care for this tea either:(

Christmas Movies:

I am on my second Christmas movie of the day, well I guess technically third. I watched most of A Christmas to Remember this morning, though I needed to leave before it ended. They really need to adjust school hours so I can see all of the Christmas movies in the morning🤣. I watched the last bit of Four Christmases and a Wedding when I got home. Right now I am watching A December Bride while waiting for Mistletoe Inn to come on. LOL. My doctor says his wife likes watching Christmas movies too and they are Jewish. See these movies are universally adored🤣🤣🤣 except by my family!

Well I’m back to my Christmas movies. 

Have fun!

AJ