The Last Day of Family Vacation

It was a much more low key day today.

Exercise:

I hung out for the morning and then went for a run around the neighborhood. It was just 3.6km but it felt amazing to be able to be in capris and a tank in December!

Reading:

I’ve been working my way through Chasing Stanley by Deirdre Martin, but I’m not loving it.

Shopping:

I ran out with my SIL to grab KFC for dinner but then went out after dinner to Nordstrom Rack. I had seen very cute Toms on sale but they didn’t have them there. I did find some of my underwear though so it wasn’t a completely wasted trip.

It was nice to have sunshine and warmth today, but it will also be nice to go home and have all my amenities around me. The Airbnb has been great space, but it isn’t great about having the little things you need.

That’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ

Boxing Day Like No Other

At home this is the biggest shopping day of the year, but down here it felt like just another day.

Reading:

I spent most of the day reading Yule Be Mine by Lori Foster. This book has four short holiday stories. I appreciated that all of the stories were different enough that it didn’t feel like I was repeating anything. It was an easy holiday read and the short length helped me be part of things with my family.

Exercise:

Thankfully this afternoon my SIL agreed to go for a hike with me. I’m lucky I’ve had my SIL here to do things with! We went and walked part of the Cove to Lake Trail. The trail is very well marked and easy to follow. We saw every type of weather out there though! It was neat to see some local terrain and check out the mountains.

This evening it has just been reading and visiting.

Have fun!

AJ

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Exercise:

My sister in law and I went out for a 6.3km run this morning. She sure gets me to run faster than I ever think I can. I did discover that my Garmin sure tells me a lot more than I realized.

Other than a quick trip to the grocery store I have just spent my day reading and visiting with family. We managed to get through the day with just one yelling match- not bad🤣

I hope Christmas has been wonderful for everyone!

Have fun!

AJ

Happy Christmas Eve

It was a lovely day!

Exercise:

I went for a run around the larger block loop with my sister in law. Boy is she fast! It was nice to catch up though. We also had a discussion on whether fruit hanging over the fence is free game?🤣

Sightseeing:

I went with my middle brother, his wife and two kids to Joshua Tree Park. It was just so beautiful and so different from home! We walked through the cactus garden and climbed some of the jumbo rocks. It was cool to see such different terrain, but it was also packed!

Knitting:

After getting back and enjoying my dad’s amazing spaghetti, I finished up the market bag I had been working on.

Movies:

I started watching White Christmas with my niece, but ended up having to go to bed.

Well I’m off to enjoy my family. Merry Christmas!

AJ

First Family Vacation Day 2

Well we are all still alive🤣. Oh and Happy Christmas Eve!

Exercise:

Yesterday I ran around the community where we are staying. I learned the loop is only one kilometer so I started doing cul de sacs and got the run up to 2.69km. Not much, but better than nothing. It was funny though to see people absolutely bundled up and I was just in capris and a t shirt.

Shopping:

After lazing around, my mom and I headed out to the used bookstore that was close by. The Book Rack was wonderful! Bright, neat, clean, and well organized! My mom finally hauled me out of there and we went home and spent the afternoon putting the puzzle together that she had bought.

Knitting:

I’m working on a market bag, but I don’t have anything to use for a round marker so I may have to frog it and start again:(

Family:

My other brother, his wife and their children arrived in the afternoon, in surprisingly high spirits for their adventure!

We just sat around talking and catching up. Sheilagh and i went to get groceries and we had barbecued burgers for dinner- so yummy!

After the football game ended we had a second viewing of The Grinch. It was just as good the second time!

Blogmas:

My favourite gift received this year was a stack of Hallmark Christmas movies. I will be happy all month long!

Have fun!

AJ

First Family Vacation- Day 1

It was an interesting start, but I learned quick not to complain cause someone else always has it worst.

It started when I got up super early and spritzed on a new perfume sample that I instantly hated, but didn’t have time to shower off. Of course it was also very strong:(

We got to the airport and through security. I bonded with the security agent over how much fun it is to travel as an adult with your parents🤣🙄😜🤪

Then we sat:( Our flight ended up leaving an hour late and it had and it had a crazy dog and two babies on it.

The flight was fine though I had a Chatty Cathy mom beside me. I even gave up most of my bag of chips to my dad who was sitting behind me. No, I couldn’t get seats together, but that was probably a good thing.🤣

My first car rental experience went smoothly. He upgraded me to an SUV, didn’t charge me for an extra driver and took ten percent off. I’m happy. It was just a mistake to let my dad drive from the airport. Him and my mom have an interesting communication and navigation style. I have heard it was similar in my brother’s car though.

We found the house but we’re an hour early, so we went to the nearest shopping centre. We wanted to go to the Beer Hunters Sports Grill, but it was packed! We had forgotten that it was Sunday! We ended up at a Mexican grill and then went grocery shopping at Von’s. There’s now enough food in this house for an army for a month.

I enjoyed chips and guacamole for dinner while my family ordered pizza. I’m just fine with that.

I also really enjoyed a dip in the hot tub. I have been warm since and I had forgotten what it was like to be warm through. There will be many dips for me this week!

We ended the night on the couches watching the new (2018) Grinch movie, well the adults all watched it, the kid was in the games room. This may be the best Grinch movie yet so if you haven’t seen it, do so. It is super cute! My dad and brother realized they are grinches!🤣

After all our foibles, we learned that my other brother’s first flight had been delayed by several hours as the plane was unrepairable. They then missed their connecting flight and were stuck for the night in Calgary. See, someone is always worse off than you! Hopefully they get here today.

Blogmas:

I love to give presents I have made. Every year since I’ve been a kid, I have given my friends an ornament I have made. This year I have all of my friends a market bag, except two who got shawls I had knitted. I’m always hopeful they realize the gift says how much I care about them:)

I’m off to find a running route.

Have fun!

AJ

A Start

Yesterday was my first day of winter break, but it was just so busy!

Exercise:

Dennis has asked if I wanted to run a few Km’s. I pictured 4, but we did 7! It was tough at parts, but he’s an awesome running buddy and stayed with me. Probably a good thing as I ended up eating more than planned!

Shopping:

I grabbed toiletries with my mom after checking us all in online. I also looked at American Eagle for jeans, but learned they have little in store and you have to shop online for variety:(

I also picked up three new sweaters for going out, but didn’t end up wearing any of them🤣

Cooking:

I had a party to go to this evening and my running Brenda told me about an easy appetizer dish. It was all gone when I left the party so I’m going to take it as a success.

Put tinfoil or other covering on a cookie sheet and lay a rack over top. Spread out a layer of plain crackers (saltines). Put about a teaspoon of brown sugar on each cracker and then carefully wrap half a slice of bacon around it.

Put it in the oven for two hours at 250. It turned out super yummy!

Socializing:

I went to my friend Corianne and Bruno’s Christmas party. It’s the one party I go to each year. It was fun and I talked to one new person this year. He was very nice and it was a lovely evening:)

Blogmas:

I love smelling candles in the store but never seem to buy any. I have the tendency to not go for the overly sweet scents. I like the peach Bellini, etc.

Every time I go to buy a candle, I can hear my uncle Dale, a fireman, telling me that candles left burning is the most common reason for a house burning down. I wish he had never said this to me!!!

Well I’m off to the airport!

Have fun!

AJ

A Solution

So today the solution to my always being cold at work became clear to me as for the first time ever, I wasn’t cold once! I just need to wear flannel pajamas and a robe to work every day!🤣🤣 Happy pajama day!

Exercise:

I worked out with L this morning even though I didn’t have the energy to push ashard as I usually do. We did about 24 minutes on the treadmill with hill intervals and then did floor exercises that included banded lateral steps, step ups,squats, power sit ups, planks with leg lifts, and lateral lunges. I just keep telling myself that something is better than nothing.

Teaching:

I can’t say that I did much teaching today. We had music this morning, then after quiet time we coloured stockings and gingerbread men while watching the original Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

After lunch we had planners and silent reading and then watched The Muppet Christmas movie which was a mistake. I had wanted to show the children the Jim Carrey Grinch movie but it is rated PG so I showed the muppet movie whose box said rated G. Turned out it was way worse than the Grinch ever was and I will never show it again! Let’s just hope I don’t hear from parents about it!

Knitting:

This evening I had a massage and then have been trying to pack. If anyone has any helpful hints for deciding what to bring, please let me know!

I have spent the evening restarting my blue market bag. I won’t be giving it away until the new year so I have the time, but need to get a few more projects done for my goal of 40 projects this year.

Movies:

Tonight I watched the Hallmark movie, The Christmas Club. The premise of the movie- that our good deeds keep going around- is one I love, but I didn’t love the movie as much as the one I watched last night.

Reading:

I did finally finish the book, Those Sweet Words by Kait Nolan. This is book two in the Misfit Inn series. I enjoyed this book a lot and loved the strong presence of family and community. Now I just have one more to read and I’m done that series.

Blogmas:

I’ve never been a huge board game player as my family always played cards when I was growing up. I have accumulated a few board games in the hope of playing more, but it just hasn’t happened yet. Maybe it will in the future as it always sounds so wonderful in books and movies!

Well that’s it for me today.

Have fun!

AJ

Blogmas

Sorry for no post last night. It was a pretty typical day of teaching Christmas -crazy children, going for a run and watching the very cute Hallmark movie, Write Before Christmas. It so reminds me of Love Actually.

The Nutcracker Ballet is actually something I have never seen. As I write this, I realize I have never seen any ballet before. I guess I had better change this at some point!

Well I’m off to battle the grade ones!

Have fun!

AJ

Priorities

I guess we all have our priorities and they’ll be different for everyone:)

Teaching:

It felt like I spent the entire day setting up for and then doing the gingerbread cookie decorating. The children were super excited and could barely contain themselves. I had a bit of an internal meltdown when we didn’t have enough icing for a scoop for each child. We were disappointed in the bakery because we had repeatedly asked if it would be enough! Next year we’ll just buy the icing separate from Thrifty’s!

We all survived and there were no tears so I’m calling it a success!

Exercise:

I couldn’t help myself- I went for a run this evening. Just 4km so super short and in the pouring rain, but it still felt good to get out. I did feel like I was going incredibly slowly though, and I turned off the wrong tracker when I started to walk:(

Shopping:

I grabbed my prescription and a box of chocolates for the principal. Since we have no idea if our regular principal will be back after the break, a bunch of us are going together to get our replacement a thank you/ Christmas gift. I was in charge of picking up the chocolates. It’s always so hard to pick a group gift and of course no one is ever around to check their phone and give an opinion:(

Knitting:

I also got some laundry finally done tonight and a few items laid out to consider taking on my trip.

Mostly I spent the evening finishing another market bag for my co teacher at work. I did the produce bag pattern that is free on Ravelry in Berrocco Indigo. I have to admit I wasn’t really happy with either. The pattern ended with a three needle bind off which really limits how much can be put into the bag and the yarn had multiple knots in it:(

Thankfully only one more bag to go!

Blogmas:

I have never been one to write a wishlist. I prefer to be surprised as I have often found that the people buying gifts for me come up with way better ideas than I ever would!

Well I had a huge list but I guess my prescription and a run took priority for me. That’s okay- everything else will still be there tomorrow!

Have fun!

AJ