A Little of Everything

Running:

For the first time in a while, there were a few running buddies around this morning, unfortunately none of them ran with me:( We ran Mundy Park and I am proud to say I didn’t get lost this time and I did it in 29:58 which I think is good for me! Mundy Park in Coquitlam is a great place for a summer Sunday morning run. First it is well forested so it’s often several degrees cooler on the trails than in the parking lot. Secondly, it is dog off leash time until 10am so I get my dog fix as I run. This morning I had to stop at the bottom of cardiac hill because I was being herded. 😂 The trails in Mundy are wide and well groomed IMG_8873so it is appropriate for strollers etc, just beware the entire park is a hill. I have ran the Perimeter trail both ways and it is within seconds and meters of each other. You just can’t win!

I also got a workout I need on this hot day, bough I was sweating bullets. I started over in my book of workouts with workout #1 and it was still a challenge! I keep waiting for the day when they become easier! I am really motivated right now though because I’m hoping working out will build muscle which will make running the crunch easier and faster!

My walk tonight was the same old Inlet trail.IMG_8872 It was very pretty tonight, but I really need to investigate some more walks I can do on my own!

Eating:

I thought I’d be able to say I hadn’t had a treat today, but nope I had a frappe after my run this morning, a very large one because it was free. I should never have a drink as a treat as it just doesn’t seem to register with my stomach like food does:(

Otherwise, today is Sunday which is my food prep day and I decided to stick to the schedule. My fruit salad, tuna salad, egg salad and veggie sticks are all prepared. I liked how this week I cut down on plastic bags by putting my veggie sticks in a larger container and then putting the hummus in a silicone muffin cup in the same container. I hope it works well! I’m also hoping that having all my food prepared will help with the transition back to work this week, though as I type this I realize I should get my dinners ready too.

Knitting:

I fairhfully did another pattern repeat on the afghan for my parents. I’m loving how it looks, but I must really love them to knit an Afghan in thirty degree weather!!! I so wish I had more time so I could work on a small project right now!

Otherwise, all I did today was spend three hours making up the supervision schedule, ugh:(!!!!

Its off to sleep with me now as tomorrow is the last day I don’t have to set an alarm! We’ll see if I manage to sleep in at all.

Have fun!

AJ

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Good Things

Why does there have to be balance in life, can’t it all just be awesome?

Running:

Well… I did it! I got up this morning ( though I didn’t want to), laced up my running shoes and walked over to the Coquitlam Crunch. I was giving myself a pep talk the whole way there- ” it doesn’t matter how far you get, it’s a starting point, you’re lucky you can run at all, just do your best,” etc. I gave myself no chance to chicken out and started as soon as I got to the gate. I ran the entire first section which is all uphill, ran to the stairs in the second section, did 437 stairs at a steady pace, ran to the end of the second section. On the third, fourth and fifth sections I ran parts and walked parts. It took me 25:24 minutes to get to the top. Yesterday when I walked the crunch it took me 31 minutes so I suppose I was better. There is a lot of room for improvement, but at least I’m now over the mental hurdle of the first attempt. I’m thinking that I will try to run it every Saturday morning. Now that I have a time, I can work on lowering it! Lol for being not into competitive sports, I’m sure competitive with myself!

I also got my inlet walk in and a workout. I know I need to work out daily as I noticed on my run up the crunch this morning that my legs didn’t feel very strong😞Definitely need to work on that!

Back to School:

I gave in and went to the teacher store downtown Vancouver today. Collins Educational has everything a person could possibly imagine! It cost me $60 to get out of there, and that didn’t include the paper I had to buy for the school! I keep telling myself that I won’t spend any more money on my classroom, and yet I do at the first opportunity. Collins is an interesting place because while the three women are very helpful, none of them seem to enjoy their job:(

Eating:

My mom came to the teacher store with me and on the way we stopped at The Gluten Free Epicurean. IMG_8868.JPGhttp://www.glutenfreeepicurean.ca

This is a totally gluten free cafe and bakery. It has a large selection of baked goods along with smoothie and frozen and packaged items you can take home.

 

My mom and I got the vegan cinnamon bun, a strawberry galette and a pot of English Breakfast tea.  IMG_8864We demolished everything. The galette had a crisp, flakey pastry that had sugar crystals on it. The filling was sweet without being too sweet. The cinnamon bun was moist and doughy.  My mom even liked both items and said they didn’t taste gluten free or dairy free! That is a big compliment coming from her! I noticed on the way out that they even have gluten free waffle cones!  I baked the frozen cinnamon buns I brought home ( it got too hot in my car for them) and they turned out fabulous too! This cafe is definitely worth a visit and I will be stopping by to try other goodies for sure!

I didn’t eat again until this evening when my parents and I went for dinner at the Brew Street Pub in Port Moody. I had been there before and had been very impressed, but unfortunately this visit was not as successful. You now seat yourself so my parents and I found a spot on the patio with a few other patrons. We waited more than fifteen minutes and then had to flag down a waitress. We were sure to order both our drinks and food at the same time. It still took another fifteen minutes for our drinks to come out. The food came quickly after that. I had the tuna tataki and it was okay, though the tuna was not very flavourful:(. The sangria was also not very flavourful and had canned peaches in it:( We had to ask to have our table wiped off as it was filthy dirty and when we looked around we noticed the patio as a whole had a lot of garbage on it and was mainly being used for storage it seemed. I hate to say it, but I don’t think I’ll be back.

Shopping:

Had a chance to go shopping with my mom today. It’s a nice treat to have a brutally honest opinion to go shopping with! I definitely know if something flatters me from the back as well the front with my mom around. I found a cute jean jacket to replace the one I shrunk out of, a blouse for work, and a couple of pairs of pyjamas:) All in all, a good shopping trip. I even convinced my mom to buy a new pair of shoes!

Knitting:

i am enjoying knitting this afghan pattern. It comes from a Leisure Arts book I bought years ago and is about the eighth afghan I have completed. This book has definitely paid for itself! I am getting a little concerned though as I’m only on my second pattern repeat and I am already on my third ball of wool😳

Well I suppose all these good things today had to be tempered by something not so good:( I thought that my parents were going to the Oliver Wine Festival and then coming home for a month or so before heading south for the winter, but they informed me today that when they leave for the wine festival they’ll be gone until Spring. This is great for them and I’m glad they’re enjoying their retirement, I just was expecting them to not be leaving before November 11th! I just need to wrap my head around this. I suppose it’s just because I don’t have my own family that I really notice their absence when they’re gone. It almost makes me want to go back to online dating so I’m not alone so much!

All of these great things happened to me today- vanquished a running fear, a craving satisfied, successful shopping, peaceful knitting and great company and allmy mind focuses on is the one element not to my liking that I can’t change! Grrrrr!

Well that’s enough complaining for one night.

Have fun!

AJ

Play in the Sunshine

The labour day weekend is always tough for me as it signals the end of my freedom to do anything and everything I feel like each day:(

Socializing:

I spent most of the day at The Fair, aka The PNE.  It is not my number one way to spend a day, but a close friend loves it and I count it as quality time with her:). I think my problem with it is that I don’t love big crowds (being short and in a crowd is not a good time!) and the Fair is all about the food- mini donuts, cotton candy, fudge, deep fried everything, etc, none of which I can eat:( Oh well, I survived another year:) We started off in the barns where I saw chicks, ducks and this beauty who is called Manley.IMG_8793

We grabbed food. I found a Pad Thai that was gluten free and dairy free at Saltspring Noodlebox. Thank you!  I actually did research this year and had four choices I was looking for. The wraps all had cheese on them, I didn’t find the salmon salad until much later as it was over in Playland and I unfortunately also missed seeing the tacos I could have had:( The Pad Thai had good flavour and I watched them use a new pan and utensils to make it, just wish the ingredients had been a little more mixed. I ate through layers- cilantro, bean sprouts, rice noodles and finally some chicken on the bottom. Lol.IMG_8800

We watched the Superdogs show. It always make sense me want a dog for about five minutes until I remember how much work they are and how little I am actually home.

We went through toytopia which is advertised as the history of toys. It was interesting, but I found it very unorganized, and you had to pay a $1 each to try the arcade games!!!

I tried to have dairy free frozen yogurt, but they were sold out so I settled for the vegan vanilla from Rocky Point Ice Cream.  Not the most exciting thing.

When we were going through the pop up market tents right after, I wished I had saved my money and calories for the ice cream marshmallow combo item that was for sale in those tents. It sounded very interesting.

We also checked out the Marketplace and the History of the Hockey Hall of Fame. I’m a huge hockey fan, but neither of these was all that interesting:( I don’t know what I was expecting, but that wasn’t it.  Overall it wasn’t a bad day, the only part I really didn’t love was walking through Playland at the end. I don’t ever need to see that many people or hear them shrieking on rides.

Baking:

Before I left this morning I made a batch of Apple Chai Scones so that there would be something in the house for my mom to eat if she ended up at my place sewing today. The recipe is from a new cookbook I got called, The Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread by Laurie Sadowski. The recipe was very easy to follow and quick to pull together. The baking time was accurate and the scones were moist! They were very delicious! The only problem I had with them ( which was completely my fault) is that they were too thin to slice open and put butter on, but that’s only because I patted them out too thin, forgetting that they wouldn’t rise!IMG_8787

The only change a I made to the recipe was to use turbinado sugar on top and next time, I’d probably just use normal.

Exercising:

I did not run this morning because I slept in and my knee was still a little sore.  I ended up being very lazy and don’t work out either so with these two fails in mind, I decide do that my walk had to be more difficult than my usual inlet walk.  I decided to do the Coquitlam Crunch.

The second section of five has 437 stairs. I can never remember how many there are but today I counted back from 475 and that strategy worked well. The trail is wide and well groomed, but very steep! I used to run this trail both ways before I got hit, but haven’t yet gotten back to doing so. I’ve mostly avoided trying to run it for fear that I won’t be able to:(. I’ve decided that tomorrow morning I should try because the worst thing that can happen is that I will need to walk and that will give me a starting point for improving. I figure by putting it in my blog, I now have to do it! Hopefully it works!

Exercise wise, I’m going to try something new in September. Kathryn @ Dancing to Running has inspired me to set a distance goal. This goal will only be for my running and since I have no idea how far I run in a month, I’m going to try for 80km this month.  We’ll see how I do😳

Knitting:

I’be been working on the afghan for my parents and have finished one pattern repeat and the bottom border which has taken one and a half balls of yarn!  image.jpgI went with the needle size that was called for on the yarn package and I considered ripping it out for the second time and going with the larger needle called for in the pattern, but have decided to go forward with what I’ve started as i don’t like big holes in my afghans.  This just turned into a very heavy and expensive Afghan however! I had better get it done before they leave on their trip because I definitely wouldn’t be able to ship it or put it in my luggage when I visit them!

Well, I’m going to go start one of mtn been library books:)

Have fun!

AJ

Thinking

Wow! I seem to be thinking a lot today!  Don’t worry, it doesn’t happen often. As I told my friend Michelle today, I’m more a surface girl, 😂

Running:

No running buddies were available today so after waiting the requisite five minutes I set out along the street as I don’t like running the Coquitlam River trail by myself. It ended up being a great run (not as fast as I wanted) as it was mainly downhill on the way back. I also got some entertainment by looking at all the different types of gates I passed. I’ve learned that an open gate really is so much more inviting than a closed one! I’ll have to remember this as What a great metaphor for attitude towards life in general. I’d forgotten how nice it is to run somewhere different and see something different!

Running in this area reminded me of two goals I’ve had for a while. First, I really want to run all of Shaughnessy Street in Port Coquitlam. I’m really not sure why, but its been on my bucket list for a while. I think the first step may be to drive the street and see how long it actually is so I can determine if it’s a short term or long term goal.

The other running goal I was reminded of today is to run from my house in Port Moody to the Hyde Creek rec Centre and back. I have done this once, several years ago during a half marathon training session and I would like to do it again. I love being able to say I ran through three cities! It is definitely a long term goal right now as if I remember correctly, it’s about 11km each way. I’m just not there yet.

I got a walk in ( to the ice cream store and back 🤣, not sure t counts but it will have to do. I also got a workout done- Legs on Fire. Short , but my legs definitely felt it!

Blogging:

So far, I’ve treated this blog just as a diary for myself so I can keep track of what’s important and it forces me to think about my day, attach importance to the little things, and focus on the positive. I have to admit that the ding of another view or like does give me a smile however. I was talking with a friend who shares her blog posts on social media so that more people will look. I don’t think I’m quite to the point where I want my general friend population to know I blog, but this conversation did make me realize that The blog is getting me to interact with more people and new people which I think is really important for me. In the past I have been on dating sites and I’ve always really liked texting with my “matches”, but maybe this blog will serve that purpose for my psyche, that human connection,  without the emotional roller coaster that goes quite dating (can you tell I haven’t quite gotten past my last relationship??😜)

Reading the other blogs is just as important I think. Today after reading “Fear” by LifeofaCanadianGirl, I decided to do something I normally wouldn’t have. I was having a good conversation with a guy last night and had not gotten around to asking him a question so I messaged him on Facebook. I don’t want to date him (he’s a smoker 😞), and he may never see it, but at least I asked! A definite step in the right direction as one day before I’m 100 I would like to be less shy!

Reading:

Well I did something I never do, I gave up on a book! My accomplishment-seeking mentality never lets me do this, but I had to either give up on the book or start banging my head against the wall in frustration (and I actually like my neighbours so really there was no competition). The book was Penelope: A Madcap Regency Romance by Anya Wylde. I love a humorous book, but this one just went too far. When the heroine leaped over the sofa, fell across the room and grasped the hunting rifle off the wall, all while having a sprained ankle,  because he modiste turned out to be a man, I just couldn’t take it anymore! If you’re looking for a book that is just one ludicrous episode after another, this is the book you should read. If, like me, you were just looking for a humorous historical romance, I suggest passing!

Eating:

Well I hate to have to admit this, but I went back to Matteo’s GelatoIMG_8737.JPG for the second day in a row 😞 At least, I’m not the one who suggested it this time. My friend Michelle suggested it and I just couldn’t turn her down as it’s super hot here today, and I was desperate to hear where things stood between her and her fella!  Today, I was much better and had four fruit flavours ( that must count for at least a serving of fruit, right 🤣). I had blueberry, pink grapefruit, lemon and raspberry. IMG_8734They were all dairy free and gluten free and were amazing! I promise, I’ll try not to go there tomorrow!

Crafting/ Knitting:

I spent some time this afternoon with my friend K covering plain pencils with cool, gorgeous Japanese paper. imageThey will be presents for my students and though they are not perfect, they’re pretty cool! If any of them notice the few wrinkles, I’ll be able to turn it into a life lesson on not having to be perfect and just trying your best!

Knitting wise, I finished all the parts for my sweater, laid it out in the floor to start seeing the parts together and noticed that one sleeve’s raglan decrease section was a different colour:( I thought about leaving it, maybe no one would notice, but I would know and there’s no sense making something you’re not willing to wear! So I ripped it out… I’ve managed to get it knitted again and have started seeing it together. Will I ever be done this sweater???

Well, I’m back to it!

Have fun!

AJ

A Little Change in Plans

Today has definitely not gone according to plan!

Running:

I had a run this morning at Crystal Falls with my running buddy. It was great to have company and be out on this gorgeous trail. Crystal Falls is a forest trail that leads out to a small waterfall. IMG_8702.JPGIt is obviously uphill going out as you are following the Coquitlam River. The trail has recently been widened and cleared so it quite accessible, though there are still streams you have to make your way across. IMG_8701The  log barriers that the mountain bikers use now have trails you can take around them. This trail was a great choice for today as it was several degrees cooler (a nice break from the super hot day).  Of course on this hot day when I wouldn’t mind a refreshing foot bath, I managed to stay completely dry, but on a cold, winter day I always seem to manage to end up in the water🙄.

Unfortunately this run was my only exercise for the day:( An epic fail😫

Eating:

I was supposed to be making a batch of apple chai scones today but a friend called me up and suggested lunch before the craziness of school starts up again. We met at the John B Pub on Audtin avenue in Coquitlam. The waitress was super knowledgeable about allergies and made sensible and clear suggestions of what I could order. I ended up with the celiac stir fry with scallops and prawns. It was absolutely delicious and looked just as lovely with big pieces of veggies and seafood.

My indulgences didn’t end with the lung however as my nephew and I hit Matteo’s Gelato in Port Coquitlam tonight. img_87091.jpgThis is my absolute favourite ice cream store in the area because out of fifty flavours of Gelato, 38 are gluten free and 18 are dairy free. There are so many options that I feel overwhelmed!  img_8711.jpgI also love how you can have as many flavours as you want in each size. Today I tried five different flavours- coconut, chocolate peanut butter, salted caramel, chocolate covered cherry, and mango. I would have a very difficult time choosing a favourite as they were all amazing!

Events:

My friend and I checked out IKEA for back to school items. I went in looking for nothing but came out with magazine holders, an aloe Vera plant and some kitchen scrubbers. At least at IKEA when you go crazy, it’s still cheap:)

I’ve done a little bit of knitting but still have half a sleeve to complete. I am babysitting my nephew tonight so ended up in the pool with him IMG_8720and am now watching the Mayweather/ McGregor fight with my brother’s company. Definitely not what I planned to do tonight! Lol I can’t even knit because they smoke! As well, this cutie keeps getting on my lap and chasing the needles. 😂IMG_8718

Oh well, I suppose it’s days like these that make life interesting!

Have fun!

AJ

Today’s the Day!

I had another good day! I know I’m trying to be consistently positive, but I do wonder whether it’s that or the fact that I’m on holidays that keeps giving me these great days? I  guess we’ll find out soon enough, though my fingers are crossed that they continue!

In case people actually read my posts and are interested in only certain things I’ve decided to put in headings. I see most people only talk about one thing, but I have lots of interests and things to record and I don’t want to do more than one post a day! But I do get that not everyone has all the same interests as me so hopefully the headings will help:)

Running:

The best that can be said for today’s run, is that it occurred. Today is a holiday at home however, so I went out and did thirty minutes but I was hungry and thirsty and my legs were still tired from yesterday’s 10km. Its a quandary though as I try to do the 10km runs the day after my massage because my legs feel great and I’ve had a rest day, but then I don’t want to take another rest day the day after I do a 10km run because I just had a rest day. I wonder how other people solve this problem? Maybe I’d better make my next book a running book:)

I got my walk in by walking over to meet my friend for dinner and surprisingly I so got an “Arms On” workout in when I got home! I think it was motivated by my dinner and having to admit on here that I hadn’t done everything, 😂

Gardening:

Last summer I had a gorgeous garden going on my deck and then when I got back from my holiday on my parent’s boat, everything was dead and I was super upset at the death and the waste of money, so this year I didn’t let myself plant anything as I knew I was going away on two trips again, but I did promise myself that I could plant when I came home. Well today was the day!  I called up my friend from work who also likes wandering the plant store and headed to Amsterdam Nursery in Pitt Meadows. IMG_8699.PNGIt is by far my favourite nursery in the area. The people are very knowledgeable and helpful without being pushy, it’s always clean and well organized, the plants are healthy and the prices are reasonable. I ended up getting pansies to add to my perennial pots for some colour in the next few weeks, some herbs and some veggies. Can you tell I like to eat what I grow?? For herbs I got lavender, rosemary, basil, cilantro and parsley. For veggies I got Kale, spinach and turnips and a full size tomato plant with tomatoes on it for $10!!! I got everything planted and the deck cleaned up. I miss having the third of an acre I had growing up, but this little bit of green makes me smile every time I look outside:)

Sorry a lot of the plants are inside so they don’t show in the pictures.

Eating:

A few weeks ago, I was talking with a vice principal friend about how much I love Tacofino and figured out the food truck was at one of the local brew pubs tonight, so tonight was the night! We met at the Parkside Brewery which is still he only brewery I have been to on Port Moody’s new brewery row. I don’t drink beer (gluten), but I like to at least see the places. I’ll have to try and remedy this soon. The food truck wasn’t here yet, so I got a cider as I kind of felt like one of us should get something since we were sitting on their patio. There was an immediate line up when the food truck pulled up. Tacofino started in Tofino,BC and now they have eight locations which include both restaurants and food trucks! IMG_8692.JPGI was slightly disappointed that I couldn’t have the fish tacos that I’d been craving because the fish is battered ( I’ll have to go to the restaurant where it isn’t), but my friend had those and I had the pulled pork tacos without the cheese and on a corn tortilla. It was so yummy that I was done before I realized that I hadn’t taken a picture!   The lineup moved fast and the food came quickly so I would even do Tacofino with kids!

As if the two tacos weren’t but enough, my friend overpaid me for her share of the dinner so I took her to Rocky Point Ice Cream for dessert. It was obviously meant to be as we didn’t even have to stand in line!  There are only a few dairy free options, but I don’t mind their vegan vanilla so I got that. At least I resisted getting it made into a milkshake 🤣  My friend got  matcha ice cream and said it was really good! IMG_8694.JPG

Knitting:

I have been madly knitting in all the moments I could today and I am slightly closer to being done the retro Nubby Knit as I finished a sleeve today and will start the second one before I go to bed. Hopefully this means that I will make my goal of Sunday! I just really want to be done this. It has been a tough slog as my instagram feed is full of people making cute projects with gorgeous variegated wool. Then on here, there’s people like MyTangledYarn who has the most gorgeous, cheerful socks finished. Here I am using rather plain wool to make a rather plain sweater:( I know I’ll be happy when it’s keeping me warm in the fall breeze, but right now, it’s just tough! It’s just another example of my goal orientation. I inherited a bunch of wool and patterns from my grandma and it’s a goal to use up that wool!

Well, yet again, I am off to knit like crazy so I can make my goal.

Have fun!

AJ

Surprisingly Wonderful

Well for a day that started out with the disappointment off my running buddy cancelling, it has turned out to be quite great!

With being on my own for my run, I suddenly got the idea to do a ten km run as I haven’t done so for a few months.  I started off great, but had my tracking program giving he time every ten minutes. It got tough to keep going when I realized that I was going to be slower than I had been last time. I seriously contemplated stopping at just over 6km when I got back to my place, but managed to push myself to keep going with the thought that the time didn’t matter as long as I finished it.IMG_8682.PNG I would love to know what this pace is in miles!

It was definitely harder to accomplish true run this time and I think it’s due to the lack of weight workouts lately. I managed to keep up my running in Boston, but not my usual workout.  If nothing else, my tough run inspired me to do the Burpee Killer workout I’ve been avoiding. It turned out not to be as horrible as it looked:) I also got a walk in this evening so I’m three for three for exercise today 🎉

Since it was cloudy and much cooler today, I took that as a sign that I could do some baking:) I had chosen the Skillet Apple Pie from my almond flour cookbook. IMG_8681.JPGI love almond flour but buy it sparingly because of its cost.  This recipe didn’t turn out perfectly, but I think it was my fault, not the recipes!  First I would suggest getting all the parts put together in advance so you just need to mix together. None of them are difficult, just the timing is quick. Secondly, the recipe said to add the liquid mixture to the apples after you removed it from the heat, but I would actually put it in for there last minute or so, to help it thicken as it was still quite runny.  Thirdly, I may just put the skillet into the middle of the oven, not the top as it browned REALLY quickly!!! I also realized after I started that I no longer had a cast iron skillet which I think a 10″ one would be perfect for this recipe.  It would actually be quite a gorgeous dessert for company if you had that size. Mine turned out more like a crumble,IMG_8680.JPG but I’d definitely make it again because it tastes divine!  It was especially yummy with my apple pie ice cream from yesterday on top.  Thankfully, I quickly got it portioned out and frozen so I didn’t eat the whole thing today!

I got a few chores done around the house- laundry, tidying, little more on my Montreal album. I also surprisingly got my bathroom cleaned. I had bought a new shower curtain liner yesterday and I wanted to hang it but then decided if I was going to do that I should wash the shower curtain and then figured I’d clean the tub and by the time you clean the tub you might as well do the rest of the bathroom so now I have a nice, clean bathroom lol😀Never a bad thing!

I have been knitting furiously all day hoping that I’d be able to share a finished Nubby knit turtleneck, but I’ve come to the realization it won’t be done today. I’m so close! One sleeve and a collar to go! Just one question, does anyone have a better way of keeping track of rows than this?image.jpg

Well I’m back to knitting so I’ll be able to share a completed sweater soon!!

Have fun!

AJ

 

Kitchen Adventure

Today has been a quiet day- not even a run since I had a massage this morning, though I did get out for a walk tonight. I try to enjoy having a looser body for twenty-four hours.

I have been knitting on the Nybby Knit Turtleneck a lot today and may just finish the front tonight, or maybe tomorrow:)

I have definitely noticed lately just how goal oriented I am. Today I noticed that when I sit down to knit, I always try to do five rows and when I was working on my Montreal album, I realized I always have the goal of doing ten pages. I wonder if this is a good thing ???

The most exciting things I’ve done today have been in the kitchen. First, I got my spices organized. About a year ago I had bought small containers at my local dollar store and put my spices in them, but I had left lots of big containers of spices too. Today I decided I didn’t need big containers, just the small ones as the spice would need to be replaced long before I got to the bottom of a big jar. So I transferred what I could to the small containers, labelled them and three out the old, big jars. I love organizing things (not events)!image

I am trying out two different organizations for the jars to see which works better.

The second thing I did in the kitchen was to get busy cooking! It felt so good to be back working in the kitchen. I knew I needed to use up the apples so I decided to start with making Apple Pie Ice Cream from my new cookbook, Paleo Eats by Kelly Bejelly. image.jpgI had to hit the store for maple syrup and a second can of coconut milk so the recipe cost me approximately ten dollars to make as I had all the other ingredients already.IMG_8671.JPG It was an easy recipe and only took about ten minutes to prepare and then twenty minutes to churn in the ice cream maker. I like what the ice cream looks like and it has good flavour, unfortunately, I find I don’t like the texture. It is grainy or powdery and I’m not sure why. IMG_8675At this point, I would definitely say that the carmelized pear ice cream, from Food52, that I made last year was better!

( https://food52.com/recipes/14430-caramelized-pear-ice-cream)

Well I must get back to knitting if I want to finish Nubby by Sunday!

Have fun!

AJ

Productive:)

Why can I never sleep in? Want to bet that when I have to get up for school in two weeks, I’ll be wanting to sleep in?

This morning I ran the Admiralty Point trail in Belcarra Park with a running buddy. It was nice to have company! When I think about this run, the uphill at the start is always the first thing I picture and that’s usually enough to discourage me. Today I decided to time it so I’d know how long that hill is. It only took two minutes to run it! Totally doable!! Admiralty Point is a short out and back, about 12-15 minutes each way, depending on your running speed. It has areas of rocks and roots, but isn’t so technical that you can’t enjoy the view. The view at the end makes any discomfort on the undulating ups and downs totally worth it:)

I began on the front of my Nubby Knit Turtleneck. I have decided to set the goal of having it completed by Sunday. It might be a little ambitious, but I am definitely a goal oriented person, so I’ll give it my best shot!

My morning was a little rough as my kettle broke, I broke a plate and chipped my grandmother’s sugar bowl. It did get better though, thankfully:)

Finding a kettle was more difficult than I thought it would be! Four stores it took! I could get a cheap one for twelve dollars but decided to step up and get one that had different temperature settings for the various types of teas. I hope it actually makes a difference! Otherwise I went for simple and got a Hamilton Beach kettle that I only have to press one button in the morning. Too bad it’s black:(

Since I was out shopping I added a new shower curtain liner and a moisture alarm for my hot water heater. At nine years old, it’s starting to make me nervous! My friend needed one too so at $14 for two each, it’s the cheapest piece of mind I can get!

When I was in Home Depot, I ran into another of my running buddies who works there. Sometimes I forget how great it is just to get a smile from a friend. It was great seeing him and it definitely turned my day around!

I also decided today that I needed to use up the extra seven apples I bought yesterday. It’s quite a process when I decide to bake.

Trying to decide on a recipe starts with all my gluten free, dairy free cookbooks coming out, then perusing the recipes to narrow it down. I never used to buy cookbooks, but a runningbuddy introduced me to the pleasure of  sitting down with a cup of tea and my cookbook she to decide on a recipe. I’ve slowly been building my collection ever since! I’ve  decided on apple pie ice cream, apple chai scones and a skillet apple pie. Unfortunately with temperatures of 31 today, the actual baking will have to wait until Thursday morning:(  I’ll be sure to write reviews reviews once I make them.

I finished a chick lit novel, otherwise known as a trashy romance today. A week ago, I got a new short story by Kait Nolan but then realized I hadn’t read the book that came before it:( I really dislike reading books I never a series out of orde, and the book was suddenly free on Amazon, so it seemed meant to be that I go back and read the first book! IMG_8664.PNGHere’s my review of Kait Nolan’s When You Got a Good Thing ( Musfit Inn #1):

I enjoyed the first in this new Kait Nolan series. She introduces us to the four Reynolds sisters who were all adopted by Joan. Joan’s passing brings the women back home where they have to deal with the issues between them and within themselves.
Kennedy and Xander were high school sweethearts who were split apart for the past ten years. They get back together when Kennedy returns to town, though they still have to settle some issues. I liked the complexity of the characters and the realistic take on forgiveness. While I thought the characters got together again a little too easily, I found both main characters highly likeable. I loved the family dynamic as well. The book espouses a lot of good messages without beating them to death.
I think that anyone who likes sweet romances, small town romance or second chance romances will enjoy this book.

I got my run and walk in and a small workout. I was supposed to do the Burpee Killer workout today, but just couldn’t bring myself to do it since my left leg was hurting. I did a twelve minute Betty Rocker 12 Minute Total Body Shred Workout off of Facebook instead. It was better than nothing!

I also got the photos from my Montreal trip put into an album. That was the other thing that went wrong this morning. I had bought an album with the Eiffel Tower on it for my Montreal photos, not realizing that it held double the amount of photos I had, aaaaand of course, I can’t find the receipt to return it:( I sure hope it works for another trip! Now all I have to do is write the labels and I’ll be able to take that album off my list!

Well, I’m off to knit furiously so I can finish this sweater and get onto a new project:)

Have fun!

AJ

Motivation

Well my holiday cost me two pounds and a lot of muscle tone. It could have been much worse ( I think running all but two days really helped), but it was enough motivation to get me back on a healthy lifestyle:)

I did my usual run around the Burrard Inlet to Rocky Point Park tonight. It was weird because at times I had the feeling I was kind of running sideways, like some dogs do🤔. I got back to this though so I was happy!IMG_8654

Just need to work on that one 7:05 now!

Those two pounds were also motivation for some healthy grocery shopping and meal prep. My fruit salad is ready for the week. This week it is cantaloupe, watermelon, pear, plum, Apple, banana and a mandarin orange. My veggies are cut up and ready to be munched on. I also splurged and got the individual packages of guacamole to eat with my veggies as I figure portion control is going to be very important as I get my stomach shrunk back down to its regular size.

The two pounds also motivated the Pylo Circuit workout this evening and a walk. Not bad for my first day back from holidays!

My walk was only half of the usual because I had a bee that just wouldn’t stop following me. That was enough motivation to come home!

I had meant to stop in at Matteo’s Gelato so I could enjoy a treat since I was going to  be in the area, but I was so focused on wanting to see the eclipse today that before I knew it, I was out of Port Coquitlamand up getting my groceries. I guess the eclipse provided good motivation today too:)

I spent a lot of today looking at slipper patterns on Ravelry. 46 pages of them in fact. I’ve narrowed it down to the fact I want a pair I can wear over socks, they need to have an interesting stitch pattern and they need to have one button that is just for pretty! I spent all this time looking as slippers are what I want to make out of my New Hampshire wool, but then I realized I had my turtleneck on the go still and my parent’s afghan to make. Wanting to get started on my slippers motivated me to get the back of my nubby knit turtleneck done. IMG_8653.JPGHopefully it will continue to motivate me!!!

Reading a wordpress blog I follow also motivated me to join KAL fanatics on Ravelry. Lately I’ve heard so much about these KAL’s that I’m intrigued. Hopefully this board is a good place to start. If there’s a better place, please tell me.

My sweater has also motivated me to stay up until an appropriate West Coast bedtime. It’s good I had the motivation as I’ve been wanting to sleep for a while now! I think I’ll give in:)

Have fun!

AJ