I Feel Better

The day got better as it went on:)

I definitely had a difficult time getting out of bed this morning, but I finally did to run out to Costco to grab some gas. I probably should have gone when the store was open, but oh well.

Eating:

My eating today was definitely not normal, but it definitely was yummy!

This morning I tried out the new Green Mustache cafe that opened across from my place. I was really excited to try this place as everything is gluten free and dairy free. I tried the Banana and Buckwheat waffles with caramel cashew cream and chia jam with figs and walnuts. It was so delicious!!!!!!

Thankfully I didn’t eat again until I had dinner with a friend this evening. We were out shopping and stopped at the Village Taphouse for dinner. I had the Classic Handpressed burger on a gluten free bun. It was super messy, but also super yummy!!

It’s been a great eating day!

House:

I was having a tough time settling this morning and couldn’t decide why. I finally figured out I needed to deal with the parking issue. I called and explained the situation and the manager was super great and reversed the fine and everything!! I suddenly felt much better:)

Exercise:

I definitely needed to get out running today!! I feel like I have lost all muscle in the past week! I got a short run in and then did a plank and some squats this evening.

Family:

My family is trying to book a holiday to Palm Springs next winter. It will be the very first time that we will ever be on a vacation all together so it might be interesting! It will definitely give me impetus to do more weights this year!

Shopping:

I met up with a great friend this afternoon for some shopping. It was a great time! We found some awesome sales-a new rain jacket for my friend and these cute items for me.

I couldn’t believe I got out of J Crew for $11. I’m super excited about the new slippers as they are the style my mom always has, but you don’t normally find them in kids:) These plus an awesome restocking at Bath and Body Works made for a great haul!

Knitting:

I worked on a cowl today that will probably go into the holiday market. I also finished knitting my temperature cowl. Now I just need to tie in the 365 ends😫

Well I’m going to go watch a movie in bed:)

Have fun!

AJ

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Still Quiet

It was another quiet day here.

Movies:

My mom and I enjoyed several rom-com movies today, including A Christmas Prince and the sequel to it. They’re cute and my mom enjoyed them for the second time.

We also watched Christmas Crush which was quite funny. We both noticed that the musical scenes in this movie were well done.

I didn’t realize that my mom has actually seen more rom-com’s than I have!🤣

Knitting:

I got a headband done out of the rest of one of the skeins I used for my sweater. It also worked for one of the HPKCHC classes this month. It’s my favourite colour so I think I’ll keep this one for myself.

Product:

I have to mention the cheese I have been eating down here. It is a cashew cheese and it is so yummy! My dad actually had some and didn’t realize it was vegan!

Well I’ve packed my bags and checked in for my flight, so I guess I have to go home tomorrow. I hear I’m going back to torrential rains again😖☹️

Have fun!

AJ

Year in Review

It’s been quiet here- reading, watching movies and doing jigsaw puzzles.

Reading:

I finally finished my most recent book, Prejudice Meet Pride. The fact that it has taken me three weeks to read this book probably says more than I ever could. I just found the characters weren’t connected enough, went from hate to love too easily, and damsels in distress drive me crazy!

My Reading Year:

I read 113 books this year which is equal to 31,132 pages. The longest book I read was 679 pages and on average I give books a 4.1 star rating.

I read 8 kids books, 10 fiction books and 88 romance books. Next year I should probably try to even this out a bit 🤣

Exercise:

While this week has been super sedentary for me, I did manage to run further than I ever have before. I ran 1103.6km this year. I had an average par of 7:02/km which has improved from 7:54/km last year. I ran 200 times for a total of 129 hours, 38 minutes and 39 seconds.

Next year my goal is to run 1200km and I’ll keep an eye on these stats so I can have round numbers🤣

Knitting:

I finished my sweater and am considering a cowl today, but we shall see what the day brings.

This year I completed 49 knit items. These included:

8 headbands

8 sweaters

8 baby items

7 cowls

4 bags

3 toques

3 scarves

3 dishcloths

1 each of: toy, pair of socks, pair of mittens, and an Afghan

Mid year I counted the skeins in my stash and discovered I had an embarrassing amount (too embarrassing to admit to here). Using up my stash became a focus for me and I managed to use up 54 skeins this year. This will continue to be a focus next year!

I have joined the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup on Ravelry again as I find it helps me to decide what to knit next.

The only thing I am unable to report on is my baking. I am thinking I should start a page for that so I can easily keep track of what I bake.

Well I’m off to live:)

Have fun!

AJ

Happy New Year

This won’t be the post I was expecting to do today, but I’ll save that for tomorrow!

TV:

I have spent a lot of time watching the Great British Baking Show again. I finished season 4 and tried 5, but really missed Mel and Sue and Mary so I’ve gone back to watch the Beginnings show instead. What am I going to do when I finish this???

Knitting:

I have been watching a lot of TV because I finished my sweater today:)🎉🎊

I am super happy with it even though the sleeves did end up being slightly different lengths. I’m really not sure how that happened, but I spend my life with my sleeves rolled up so it won’t bug me:)

I used Caron Simply Soft yarn and am super happy with how soft it is. The entire sweater only used 1.75 skeins!!! I have another 2.25 left for the stash.

The pattern is called Waiting For Spring and is free on Ravelry. The pattern was relatively easy to follow, but I think my thirty plus years of knitting helped. There were some issues at some of the decrease areas. I had to use my knowledge of knitting to get it to work so I wouldn’t recommend the pattern for beginners.

Eating:

Once done the sweater my parents and I had turkey dinner. It was very yummy and nice to feel like I had Christmas dinner with them.

Family:

My mom and I had bought puzzles when she was last home from Costco and we finished one tonight. Maybe we chose way too easy a puzzle🤣

Well I’m hoping tomorrow to do a recap of my year, but it will have to wait for tomorrow:)

Have fun!

AJ

Quiet Inside

It was beautiful and sunny today but I have to admit I never set foot outside.

Exercise:

I did none today after being frustrated yesterday when my exercise disappeared:(. Maybe I’ll make up for it tomorrow.

Knitting:

My sweater is going well. I split for front and back and finished the back. I now need a quiet time to work the front as it has a lot of different shaping happen at the same time. Maybe I’ll get brave and tackle it tomorrow. I think I’m also stuck because I’m not sure how I’m going to do the sleeves as I have no DPN sets with me.

Movies:

I watched Coffee Shop with my mom this morning and really enjoyed it. It ended happily so I was happy.

I have to admit most of the day was spent watching the British Baking Show. I am now on season 3. I have to admit I was shocked by the winner of season 2.

I just saw British Baking Show: The Beginning so I am curious about whether I should have started with that one.

Baking:

After watching so much of the Baking Show, I of course, had to bake. This can be great but also tough at my parent’s place. It’s great because I can use normal ingredients and not contaminate my kitchen, but it can also be a nightmare as they don’t bake, so they don’t have a lot of ingredients. Today I made brownies from this Recipe.

I learned an awesome dessert from a colleague so I took the brownies, put some cherry pie filling and whipping cream on top and called them Black Forest brownies. My parents both ate them and enjoyed them.

Well that’s it for me, and yes I’m going back to The British Baking Show🤪🤪🤪

Have fun!

AJ

Grrrr!

I woke up this morning to cold!

Exercise:

I decided not to go out this morning as I had only brought capris and a t shirt to run in.

This afternoon I realized that I may have trouble tracking my run. I walked the 5km necessary for the Squad Runner mission, but unfortunately it disappeared completely when I got home, without giving me any points:(

Grrrr😖😖😖😖😖😖😖😖😖

Shopping:

I headed into town with my mom to drop a friend off to pick up her truck. We stopped in at the local IGA and I happily wandered the aisles. I brought home a nut treat that was truly awful and went to the hens!

Thankfully I also brought home Schar entertainment crackers. They are amazing!!!! They taste like real crackers!! I’m going to have to get my mom to bring some home for me!

Knitting:

I have been knitting away while enjoying the British Baking Show. I am up to the point where I need to separate for front and back, but I decided I will do that tomorrow when it is quiet and I can concentrate.

Well I’m just starting season 2 of The Great British Baking Show so I’m off:)

Have fun!

AJ

What is this???

It was a quiet holiday day, but I was supposed to be escaping the rain!

Technology:

Last night in bed I was thinking that maybe I had dropped my headphone charger in the truck, but unfortunately it turned out not to be true:( I also haven’t heard back from any of my inquiries☹️

Family:

My mom showed me around all their recent projects. It’s neat to see all the things she has been talking about. Now I just have to talk them into letting me help.

The cutest part of the tour was the black lab who belongs to the owner:)

Exercise:

I didn’t get any exercise today so it’s going to be scary if this continues! I’ll have to talk them into letting me do work if no running occurs or I’ll go home a roly-poly little one.

The cool thing I learned today was that one of the members of my Squad Runner team lives near to where I am! Hopefully I will get the chance to meet her!!!

Knitting:

I have spent a lot of today knitting. I have decided to go ahead using the same needles as I usually have to size sweaters down. It’s a nice knit so far because it’s mostly just knitting and yet it has thirteen interesting stitches every round.

Shows:

I am officially obsessed. I am working my way through season 1 of the Great British Baking Show. This was actually the compromise between my Hallmark movies and my dad’s violent movies. Of course now all I want to do is bake!

It has rained, thunder and lightning all afternoon. I was supposed to be avoiding this by coming to Arizona!

I’m going back to the baking show!

Have fun!

AJ

Boxing Day

Definitely not my typical Boxing Day- no parties and no shopping.

Travel:

The day came early at 4:30am and I was at the airport for 6:10am. I had quite the wait, but spent it catching up on the reader and making my photos smaller in the hopes of freeing up space for more photos.

I did finally arrive in Phoenix this afternoon. All was good until I discovered that I’ve lost my storage case and charging cord for my Aftershockz headphones☹️😫😥😢. I have emailed the airline but I don’t hold out much hope. I also emailed the company in the hopes I can purchase a cord and case. Next step will be try to contact Visa. I really hate when I do this type of thing:(

Family:

I got a very nice hug from my mom and I plan to get many more in the next week. Have to build up my stores to get through another 2.5 months! We managed to get out of the airport without yelling which is quite amazing!

Shopping:

We stopped in at Fry’s in Maricopa on the way home and I was amazed at the selection of Free From products. I tried to be good as I’d like to go home weighing less!

Knitting:

I had sent yarn and needles down with my mom and brought a free Ravelry pattern called “Waiting for Spring”. I got the ribbing done and made do with yarn for a stitch marker, but I may be in trouble as it now calls for changing to a larger circular needle and I only sent one set of circular needles down. Do you think I can just go on in the same size needle?

Netflix:

I have already made myself at home and taken over my dad’s Netflix. I was super excited to see The Great British Baking Show as I’ve read about it on so many blogs. I loved it!! I liked how I could just listen and the fact that they were nice to each other and helped each other out. I will definitely be trying to watch more of this series before I go home!

Now I’m onto a Hallmark Christmas movie- Christmas Inheritence. So far it’s cute!

Well, that’s it for me:)

Have fun!

AJ

Merry Christmas

My day was surprisingly quiet but lovely. I have a few pictures to show you but unfortunately I’m yet again out of memory:( I guess I’m going to have to step up and pay and change my site. I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

Baking:

I was supposed to go to my brother’s for 8:45, but my sister in law texted about 7:30 and said they were already awake and to come anytime. I quickly baked the maple nut scones I had made previously for the Fantastic Bake Along. I knew immediately they weren’t going to be as good as last time. The batter was just too runny:(. I took them anyways, but at this point I’m almost afraid to try baking anything☹️

Family:

I sat and opened presents with my brother, sister in law and nephew. I love how they do one gift at a time so everyone can see what people got. I love watching people open gifts! They surprised me with a gift card for a pedicure. It was so not necessary!

My sister in law made an amazing breakfast of egg cups, bacon and fruit salad. It was all so yummy!!!!

Cooking:

I came home and got my dressing prepared. It’s always drier when it’s made outside the bird, but boy is it yummy! I tried cornbread stuffing but definitely prefer my pork and poultry seasoning- easy and yummy!

Exercise:

With my dressing done, I got out the door for a quick run. It was painful as I was way too overstuffed from breakfast! It did feel great to get out though in the cold!

Knitting:

I finished a green vest for next Christmas season (and I wore it tonight). I also did a green headband with the leftover yarn so that’s two skeins off my stash list.

I then started a cowl for the holiday market next year when I was at Brenda’s. I’ve used up two skeins on that so far so I’ll be able to take four skeins off the list:)

Movies:

I got a change to take in Christmas Kiss this afternoon and this evening I am enjoying The 12 Men of Christmas. I have to watch this as we watched Die Hard 1 & 2 at Brenda’s and I need something sweet and happy before I try to sleep🤣

Eating:

I spent the evening at Brenda’s knitting and watching movies. I enjoyed the quiet time and the dinner was amazing!!!! It takes forever to make and it only took twenty minutes to eat and clean up🤣

Gifts:

I ended up getting two tea pots, two boxes of tea and four tea mugs. Does everyone think I do nothing but drink tea? I’m going to have to go through and cull my mug collection so I can fit these new ones into the cupboard.

Well I’m off to bed as I’m getting up super early for a flight to visit my parents in the morning. I’m not sure what the WiFi situation is down there so you will either hear from me continuously for the next week or not at all. Let’s hope for the former!

Have fun and Merry Christmas everyone!

AJ

Happy Christmas Eve

It’s been a lovely day:)

Exercise:

I went out this morning for a run, but it didn’t go all that well as I was super hungry. Running after not eating for 15 hours wasn’t very successful.

I got out again this evening for a much longer run! This one was much more successful and finished off my 9km Squad Runner mission.

Home:

I spent the morning cleaning and tidying my place. I gave myself three hours to get as much cleaning done as possible. I love having a clean house, but so don’t love cleaning!

Baking/Cooking:

I spent this afternoon cooking and baking. I started to make the dressing for tomorrow when I realized the ground pork I had wasn’t gluten free so then I had to go looking for more. I tried two stores before I found ground pork, and I never found any more non dairy eggnog:(. There went being organized and prepared:(

I am still waiting for the pork to thaw so I got the apple crumble done for tomorrow night’s dinner. I also got the maple nut scones prepared for morning. They definitely aren’t the eggnog snickerdoodle doughnuts I wanted to make, but they will hopefully be good.

Knitting:

I have spent the rest of the time knitting my green vest. I’m hoping it’s ready for tomorrow but we’ll see. I really wanted to get a white tree put on it, but that is definitely not happening before 8am tomorrow morning.

Movies:

I have definitely been hitting the Christmas movies hard today. I have watched the original Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas in Connecticut, A Very Merry Mixup, The Christmas Ornament and I am now watching Hitched For the Holidays. This is a new one for me and I am enjoying it. The lead male is gorgeous, but human. Hopefully it ends as cutely as it’s been going along!

Merry Christmas to all!

AJ