Not What I Pictured

Sorry I’ve been quiet, but there hasn’t been much to say.

I was so excited to have two weeks off and to have my mom visiting for one of those weeks. I should have known not to get excited!!!

It has been either snowing or -15 for the past two weeks. My mom and I couldn’t even do anything fun:(. She couldn’t even come over to my house and just hang out:(. What a waste of a holiday!

It has led to a lot of crafting time and I will be going into the new year with a lot less projects.

3 project bags were made- two were gifted to the ladies I knit with and I kept one. I really love the fabric that it is made of!

2 advent cowls were completed with my Wool Interrupted advent calendar. I really wasn’t sure about this calendar and yet it turned out to be my favourite. I love how it created a rainbow so the colours go together. I am finding the advent calendars that seem completely random to be difficult to knit up. I have enough yarn leftover that both of my sisters in law will get a cowl for their birthdays this year, though I think I’ll leave the white stripes out.

A cowl that I am not super happy with, but that will go into the gift basket. I just don’t love how it fits on me. I like them more drapey than this!

I redid my nephew’s Musselburgh hat for his Christmas present and hope that I now have it the right size. After knitting this toque three times, I’m done with it!

My oldest nephew has requested a scarf in his school colours. He went to the store and picked the yarn with me and he was amazed when he had a scarf for Christmas less than a week later. I didn’t enlighten him that with worsted weight yarn, it really doesn’t take long to finish a simple scarf!

The final project that had to be knitted got finished today. This is an Afghan for my close friend. It is meant to be her housewarming, birthday and Christmas presents. It was super simple to make, but absolutely ate yarn!

This was the end of my gift knitting and I have to admit I’m sitting here happily imagining all the things I am going to knit for me😀

I will have one more big finish to show for this holiday, but it won’t be done until tomorrow.

There you have my holiday!

Have fun!

AJ

Vacation Day 1

I had all these plans for my day, but nothing went as planned.

It was pouring rain so I had no ambition to go running since my running buddy is out of commission.

I decided to head to Michaels to get more yarn for my friend’s afghan, but though they said they had some, they didn’t:(. The store also didn’t have any pompoms or even pompom makers:(

I went into Pomme instead and spent way too much money. I was looking for some appetizers, but didn’t find any:( I guess I’ll have to add those to my list to make over the holidays.

The best part of my day was when my nephew texted me to go for lunch. I grabbed him and we went to Red Robin. I had the Tuscan salmon burger with fries and it was wonderful! I rarely get to have fries so this was a nice treat.

We then carried along to two different ice cream stores to get the ice cream for Christmas dinner. I spent way too much on ice cream and now really want to try making eggnog ice cream!

We also stopped at Michaels on the way home so I could get some red, white and black yarn to make G a scarf for Christmas. I’m glad he finally wanted something!

I came home and made myself go for a run! I really didn’t want to and probably shouldn’t have gone as running on burger and ice cream didn’t feel very good:(. It got done though!

I finally got my advent knitting done. I have been opening and knitting the advent from Wool Interrupted into the Land of Sweets cowl. I didn’t realize until today that I had opened and knit the wrong day yesterday so today I had to take yesterday’s knitting out and redo it with today’s. I am finally caught up.

I really need to get going on sewing a bag for my friend. I’d better get off the couch and get going.

Have fun!

AJ

quiet Quiet Quiet

It’s been a quiet week!

Saturday I went for lunch with two of my oldest friends and then to the park so the boys could play. It was great to catch up!

Sunday I went for a walk and then was home knitting. It was a very quiet birthday for me. Usually it’s the difference between my expectations and reality that give me trouble, but this year I didn’t mind the quietness of the day. Perhaps too quiet for a birthday, but rather quiet over crazy!

The most exciting thing about Monday was that my principal provided treats for the staff meeting and she actually found chips and chocolate I could eat. It was great to not have to watch others eat. The treats also made the meeting more bearable. I did a workout when I got home to make up for all those treats.

Tuesday we got almost everyone done their parent Christmas card. my running buddy cancelled so I did another Nourish Move Love workout.

Hopefully this quietness continues- as I’d rather have quiet than drama!

Have fun!

AJ

A Moment

It has been a crazy busy day!

It started off great with opening my advent calendars. We won’t talk about how many yarn advent calendars I have🤣

It continued to be great when my behavior student was away- the tension in the room instantly melts away! It was also a lovely morning as we started the day making cards for seniors with our buddies. My students love their buddies!!

My lunch break was improved By my tea advent calendar. I splurged and shared a bird and blend tea advent with my teaching buddy. It was super expensive but the first two days have been wonderful- Christmas cranberry pie and mulled cider.

I got my report card final changes made during my prep. We finished the book Stuart Little and so began watching the movie with our lunch and ended the day doing gym with the other grade 1/2 class.

The best moment came after school though! I had Bookclub with the grade 3/4/5 students. We had 22 kids show up today which was wonderful! As we went around the circle letting kids give their opinion of the book, one kid I taught in grade one (I’ve taught 90% of these kids at some point) said that he remembered my talking about how when I read a book, I see it like a movie in my head and that’s what the book was like for him. Awww a kid actually remembered something I said!!! It was such a great moment as most of the time it feels like the kids forget all about grade one and two when they get to higher grades.

After that I dropped some books off that I had sold, went for a short run (finally!), had my eyebrows and eyelashes dyed and picked up groceries.

I finally got my advent knitting done. I am only knitting using one yarn calendar right now. I am knitting the Land of Sweets cowl with my Wool Interrupted advent, however, I am knitting two of them concurrently- one for me and one for my mom. Even with knitting two, I still have yarn left over🙄

I’m going to need to come up with another plan, but right now, I need sleep.

Have fun!

AJ

Happy New Year

All week I have been waiting to post until I was done my sweater and had something to share. It finally happened late last night. I have had a fun week.

I went to three used bookstores with a friend (one of two in my bubble). It is cool because you make an appointment so you have the whole store to yourself. I managed to find six books to buy, though one is a gift for the friend I went with. It must have been my knitting book day!

I also met up with the friend at chapters and returned the class gift (a cape that was huge on me). I can definitely find more books to buy!

I have done a run every single day of my holiday so far and only have three days left to complete the streak. Today’s run in Burnaby was the best and most interesting. I’m glad I got at least one run somewhere I can’t go when I’m working. I’m already starting a list for the next holiday.

I have to admit I spent an entire day binge watching The Bridgerton’s. It was entertaining, but not as good as the books and I was surprised by a couple of things.

I have knitted a sweater and am fixing another.

Look out for some year end posts in the next couple of days, as well as my Run To Rapid City Update.

Have fun!

AJ

Happy Christmas Eve

It’s been a good day!

It started with an awesome coffee chat with Kathy who is as wonderful as her blog makes her seem! Thanks Kathy- it gave me something to look forward to and was a lovely way to start my Christmas Eve!

I then proceeded to go for a run with Dennis. We got a very respectable 7km done, but had to run the main road because the sidewalks were still too icy:(

After a coffee with him, I came home to a FaceTime with my brother and his family. We had to play Among Us (according to my niece and nephew) and I had flashbacks of being stuck in a hole in Minecraft. Age is not making me better at video games.

I did some knitting on my current black toque and had a nap before going to join my friend Lyndsay for Christmas Eve pizza tradition. We played celebrities and it was a fun night!

Blogmas:

I can’t believe how bad I am at getting these done. I’m going to have to do multiple questions tonight!

The awesome Abbey developed would you rather questions for Blogmas this year.

Would you rather wear a light up necklace or a red nose during the season?

I would definitely go with the light up necklace. I have the tradition going that for every school day in December I wear red or green and Christmas jewelry so this really wouldn’t be that different for me. As well, I don’t really like having things touching my face so the red nose would drive me crazy!

The final question is: would you rather bake or eat Christmas treats?

I would much rather bake the treats than eat them. I loved it when I was young and living at home. I could bake a ton of things, leave them on the counter and they would all be gone by morning. Big brothers are good for some things. Now I don’t let myself bake much because I just eat it all 😥

Well merry Christmas to you all!

AJ

It’s Going Too Fast!

I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday!! It was definitely a busier day today.

I met up with two friends from work (my usual two) and we headed up to the mountain to go snowshoeing. I was super excited because I had gotten new snowshoes at the end of winter 2019 but didn’t get to use them last year.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to use them today either:( We got halfway up the mountain and got turned around as there was no more public parking. We had planned to do the free provincial park trail, but weren’t even allowed up. We ended up going for a walk in a nearby park.

There were a ton of stairs, but it was gorgeous and worth the climb. It was nice and quiet too!

We had lunch on the way home at Colony which turned out to be a lovely bar and grill. The burger and salad was fine, but nothing I need to drive over there for again.

Exercise:

I decided a walk didn’t count towards my run streak so I went for a short run when I got back home. It was just a short run to the park and back for 3km. Something has got to be better than nothing!

Knitting:

I finally got my sister in law’s toque finished for the second time.

It seems huge to me, but I decided to put the pompom on and if she wants it smaller or bigger, I’ll change it on Christmas.

I decided to start on another toque in case my nephew will wear one.

Blogmas:

The awesome Abbey has come up with twelve would you rather questions around the season. Today’s question is:

Would you rather put up Christmas lights for all the neighbors or wrap the gifts for all extended family?

I would definitely rather wrap gifts! First of all, nobody would want lights put up where I could reach🤣😜

Secondly, as a kid I always wrapped all the gifts for the whole family so doing so for the extended family would be no problem. I love knowing what people are getting, way more than being surprised, so this would definitely work for me!

Have fun!

AJ

Blogmas

How did I get so far behind? I’m going to have to do multiple ones a day.

The wonderful Abbey asks today: would you rather know the perfect gift for others or always get the perfect gift.

I would rather know the perfect gift to give! My family doesn’t do gifts and that works in my favor because I never felt like my gifts were great anyways. Even with my friends I don’t feel like I do good gifts, so it would be amazing to always know what was perfect for someone.

Ok I’m off for an outdoor adventure. I’ll tell you all about it later!

Have fun!

AJ

Blogmas

It was a quiet day of knotting, watching a hallmark movies, getting a massage and watching the surprise snow come down. Nothing very exciting to tell you, though I did manage to mess up my scarf, again! I’m waiting for daylight to figure out my mistake.

Oh and for hallmark watchers- I recommend Write Before Christmas. It has a Love Actually vibe.

And yes I did keep up my holiday run streak. I got a very easy 3km run in the pouring rain this morning and then did a NourishMoveLove 30 minute workout.

The awesome Abbey came up with would you rather questions for Blogmas this year.

Today’s question:

Would you rather vacation somewhere hot or cold for Christmas?

Last year my family took our very first Christmas holiday together. We went to Palm Springs, and… it was cold 😖😖😖

With this in mind I would rather holiday somewhere cold because then you know it’s going to be cold. You can prepare for it and you won’t be disappointed. In addition no one looks at you weird for continuously having a warm drink in your hand!

Have fun!

AJ

Day 2

I can’t believe I’ve already gone through two of my days off:(

Exercise:

I didn’t want to wake up this morning and it was super dark, but at least it wasn’t raining. I met up with Dennis and we did 8km this morning. He said six at the 1/3 mark, but I didn’t look at my watch again until 3.93 so at that point we figured we might as well do 4 before turning. He ran slow today so that he’d be close by since the area we run in isn’t the best. I appreciate his awesome running buddy qualities!

This evening I did a bit of a workout just using body weight. It wasn’t much, but anything is better than nothing!

Knitting:

I spent lots of today knitting. I have gotten back to 2/3 done my brother’s scarf. He had better love this thing!

Of course I’m seeing a ton of things on Pinterest that I want to make while I already have a zillion things to do!

Baking:

After a lovely nap, I made some Christmas cookies with the Christmas music going. You will hear about the cookies on Saturday, but it was good and bad. It did put me in the Christmas mood for a bit as I’ve been baking cookies since I was tiny, but it also made me miss my family as I’m usually baking for them!

Hallmark:

I have also spent a lot of time watching movies today. I have had some really bad ones, like Christmas in Paris, but I’ve had some decent ones like Christmas under the stars too.

Blogmas:

The awesome Abbey came up with would you rather questions for Blogmas this year. Today’s question:

Would you rather meet Santa or Frosty?

Oh I would love to meet Frosty as I love snowmen better than Santa, though I do have to admit meeting Santa would probably give me a lot of points with my students. Nope I’m sticking with Frosty. Maybe he could give me pointers on how to survive happily while being freezing all the time😜🤪🤣

Have fun!

AJ