Liebster Award #2

Thanks to Baking Thad for nominating me for this award. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to do it again, but he has different questions, so I suppose it won’t hurt. I’ll still do my regular post later, but here goes!

First off, you should definitely visit Thad on his blog if you haven’t already as he always has really cool thoughts on a variety of books!

Rules:

You can read the rules at the Global Aussie here, but let’s get these questions answered!

Questions:

What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?

The worst book I’ve ever read was probably You by Caroline Kepnes. I’m sure it was well written, it just wasn’t my taste.

What’s the best book you’ve ever read?

I think there are just too many! I loved A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  I also love Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  It really depends on my mood.

What’s your earliest memory?

It’s weird, but I don’t know if I remember or have just been told about things so many times that I think I remember them!  One of the clearest memories from my childhood is when I was on a trolley and my big brother was holding onto me. I said I wanted to get down and he said, “ok”. I let go and fell over him and hit the ground and cracked my elbow. I remember my mom being all calm and saying it was fine and then in the middle of the night she woke me up and took me to the hospital.  When we got there, she knew the doctor in the ER- he was an old boyfriend.

Cats or Dogs?

Definitely dogs! I like cats, but I can’t resist how happy dogs are and the fact you can take them for a run with you ( well except for the dog I dogsat).

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I’ve actually wanted to be a teacher ever since I was eight years old! My mom told me to save my money and I did,LOL!

Why did you start blogging?

I wanted to concentrate on the positive and I wanted to keep track of so many different aspects of my life that I figured it was either blogging or a leaning tower of notebooks on my bedside table!

If you’re not blogging what are you doing?

Reading, knitting, running, teaching, working out. Yup that about sums up my entire life!

Tea or Coffee?

Tea! Coffee might make me short! LOL My grandma told me this as a child and by the time I figured out it wasn’t going to make any difference it was too late to become addicted.

What’s your dream holiday?

My dream holiday is one where I have enough time that I get to see everything I want to see in a place without having to break land speed records! I want to be able to eat great food, see all the major landmarks, run the side streets, check out the cool architecture and of course, do reconaissance on any great book or knitting stores.

What’s the last record/album/mp3 you bought?

I seriously can’t remember what the song was, but I know that it was two summers ago because I was rewarding myself for losing weight by buying a new song off Itunes for each pound.

Nominations:

I like these questions and will say that I nominate anyone who wants to take a crack at answering them.

 

Have fun!

AJ

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The Liebster Award 2018

Ok another special post as I was nominated for this award a few days ago.   I always have to wait until I have access to a computer before I do these posts. My regular daily post will be up later:)

Thank you to Penchantress for nominating me.  She is new to WordPress and has only been with us since December, so lets support a new blogger and go check out her blog!unnamed

 

Rules:

Acknowledge the blog who nominated you.

Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked.

Nominate 11 other bloggers.

Ask them 11 questions.

Let them know you have nominated them.

 

 

 

Questions:

What is your native language?

Though I took French all the way through school, I would honestly say that I only speak English well.  I had to attend speech therapy when I was a kid to even be able to speak English, so this was enough for me to learn. I wish I was the kind of person who picked  up languages easily!

What according to you is an ideal personality? 

I think humor and positivity are  the most important things in a personality to me.  I feel like most other things depend on the situation.

 

Writing in a diary Or typing words in MS Word- which one do you prefer?

I am not a big writer which is why I keep a blog to keep track of my life so definitely computer.  I write myself lots of notes every day, but then unfortunately, I can never remember where I put them:(

 

Who is your favourite author and why?

Oh gosh, this one is impossible for me to answer. I was an “Anne Freak” my entire childhood so I would have said LM Montgomery then, but now, it depends what I need at the time as to which author I enjoy.

 

How important do you think is reading?

LOL even my students can tell you that reading is everything to me. I don’t think I’ve ever gone a day where I have read nothing. I actually can’t even imagine that! I’m of the belief that if you can read, you’ll be successful because you can teach yourself anything else you need to know.  My love of reading is one of the reasons I love teaching grade one because I get to introduce my students to reading!

If  you were to write a biography of someone, whose would it be?

I would write a biography of

Which movie/series can you watch over and over without getting bored of it?

Hmmm I have watched the Anne of Green Gables movies a lot, as well, I seem to have  a penchant for watching Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version a lot).  Amazingly, movies are my escape, so even the Hallmark ones work for me. I don’t ever just sit and watch, I’m usually knitting or doing something else at the same time.

Given a chance to do something for the society, what would you do?

I would make sure that everyone could read!

Do you believe in the saying- “The Best things in life are free” ? 

Yes I do because they don’t charge for love and they don’t charge at the library for books and you can run on the street for free:)

What inspired you to start blogging?

I just wanted a place where I could keep track of the knitting, reading, crafting, exercising, running, baking, cooking and successful teaching I do and where I wouldn’t lose the notes!  I also wanted to make an effort to concentrate on the good things in life and realize how many wonderful small things happen every day!

What do you want to be remembered for?

I want to be remembered as a teacher who cared.

 

 

Nominations:

As usual, I don’t want to put anyone on the spot, so if the following questions are of interest to you, please answer them!

Questions to Answer: (sorry they are a mishmash)

  1. How do you keep up on reading and commenting on blogs?
  2. Are you an inside person or an outside person?
  3. If you had a day with absolutely no obligations, what would you do?
  4. What makes a good blog?
  5. How do you decide what to write about on your blog?
  6. Who is your favourite actor and why?
  7. If you could become anyone, past or present, for a day, who would you become?
  8. Do you follow blogs that you can’t read?
  9. How did you decide/fall into on your career?
  10. Is reading or writing more important?
  11. What inspires you to keep blogging?

 

TAG: Amazon’s “100 Books To Read In A Lifetime” Tag

My regular daily recap will be up tonight, but I got tagged for this and wanted to get to it while I had a computer:) 

(Image credit: Amazon.com)

Thank you to Noriko for tagging me.  If you haven’t discovered Noriko yet and you love to read, I highly recommend her blog! She writes amazing book reviews that are fair and interesting. She often makes me read books I never thought I would want to!  So go check her out!

This seems to me a very cool tag that could lead to some great reading!  “Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” Tag 🙂

Rules:

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the Person that tagged you
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you read
  7. Tag 5 new people! (And comment on one of their posts to let them know you tagged them)

Ok let’s see how literary I really am:)

100 Books To Read In a Lifetime List

Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell  Yes
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket  Yes
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle  Yes
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll  Yes
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume  Yes
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl  Yes
Charlotte’s Web E. B White  Yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese  Yes
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney  Yes
Dune Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury  Yes
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow
Great Expectations Charles Dickens  Yes
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling  Yes
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison  Yes
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder  Yes
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen  Yes
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak  Yes
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger  Yes
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank  Yes
The Fault in Our Stars John Green
The Giver Lois Lowry  Yes
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald  Yes
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood  Yes
The House at Pooh Corner A. Milne  Yes
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  Yes
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien  Yes
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan  Yes
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle  Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame  Yes
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein  Yes
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak  Yes

 

Ok thirty books – I definitely have some reading to do!  Oh my, this list is going to expand my TBR:(

I Tag anyone who wants to give it a shot and see how they do on this list:)

 

 

 

 

AWARD: Brotherhood of the World

This is a new award for me. I hadn’t heard of it before Abbey nominated me for it.  I’m sorry Abbey it took me so long to get to it, I just needed a computer:)  I’ll still have my regular post up this evening, documenting my day:) Oh and everyone should check out Abbey’s page – she’s a super interesting person who blogs on a variety of topics from her succulents to knitting and is also part of the Fantastic Bake-a-Long!

So without further ado….the Brotherhood of the World Bloggers Award:)

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Questions

What is it that helps you to continue blogging week after week?

I love to have the interaction with people all over the world!  It is so neat to hear other’s perspectives! For someone who is quite shy, it’s kind of cool to feel like I have so many new friends that I can ask questions of:)

What do you do when you need inspiration for new blog posts?

I keep my blog posts to just recounts of my day. I started the blog because I wanted to take more notice of what happened in my day. With spending the majority of my day with 21 interesting little people, I am never at a loss for something to write about LOL

Are you able to shut off your blogger brain after a long, or short for that matter, day? Or are you constantly thinking about/planning your blog posts?

I am not always planning my posts. I literally open a new post at the end of the day, just before I go to bed, and simply write about what has happened during my day. What I find interesting is how many things I forget have happened, even just by the end of the day!  I don’t want to forget things as that’s how you get into a rut and stop appreciating everything you have, blogging definitely helps with this.

What is your favorite blog post on your website?

Hmm my favourite blog post I think is actually the series of posts I wrote while I was in Boston in August. I loved how I could use my blog to record what I had done and seen that day and share my photos and all the fun I had with my friends.

What do you wish you saw more of on the blogosphere? (blog content, topics, etc)

I love seeing positive things on blogs and I am always on the lookout for these posts as I really believe, that being positive leads to recognizing more positive in your life and therefore, having more positive things in your life:)

 

Nominees:

I’m really sorry! I know a ton of super interesting and creative bloggers, but I just can’t bring myself to nominate anyone. I’ll just say – if you want to take a stab at answering the following questions, please do!!!

 

Questions to Answer:

Why did you start your blog?

What do you like blogging about best?

Have you shared your blog with your physical friends and family?

How long do you spend blogging and reading blogs each day?

What is your favourite blog post of yours?

 

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the questions sent to you.
  • Nominate around ten bloggers.
  • Create your set of questions for your nominees.
  • List the rules and display the Brotherhood Of The World logo in your post.

TAGGED: End of the Year Book Tag

Thanks to Abbey of Three Cats and a Girl for tagging me on this awesome tag. If you don’t follow Abbey, you should!  She does awesome posts around a multitude of topics from house plants to Marvel.  I like how some of Abbey always comes through no matter what she is writing about:)

1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Just the one I am currently reading – The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.  I cannot bring myself to start a new book when I haven’t finished one, so I don’t end up with a lot of books to complete.

2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?   

Oh I fibbed without meaning to on the question above as I am still listening to Jane Eyre on Librivox.  I enjoy it when I am listening to it, but haven’t listened since I got to my brother’s place. I had better get going on that!

3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

No, I don’t allow myself to buy new books, so I try not to look either so I’m not tortured. I’ll go to the library when I get home from Arizona and see what I can find that is interesting. I should really make 2018 the year to get rid of my TBR!

4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

I want to finish the Magic Strings of Frankie Presto and Jane Eyre and I have a couple (or maybe more) Christmas books to enjoy in the Arizona sunshine.

 5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

No because I like all the books I read for different reasons. That’s like asking a mom who her favourite child is!

6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

No because I don’t seem to really plan out my reading.  I would like to tackle some of the books on my TBR, but otherwise, it’s just whatever looks good at the library and whatever books my bookclub has chosen.  Between two book clubs and the library, I don’t have time to plan my reading!

Well, I’ve learned a lot about myself answering questions. I had never realized that I refuse to plan my reading. I think it’s because my job requires me to plan every day down to the second, so I don’t  like to plan my leisure time.

 

I am going to tag:

Maureen of Maureengetsreal

Susan Dyer of Susanlovesbooks

because I’m always wanting to read the books they talk about so this way I may get a head start:)

Desperate Plea:)

Ok so I thought I’d be able to go back and look at posts in the future, but I can’t:(. 

It’s my book club’s Christmas party tonight where we choose the books for the next year.  I have liked and commented on a lot of book reviews on here and would like to ask that if I said yours sounded good- could you please comment below with the name of the book. At this moment all I can remember is The Carnegie Maid:(
Thank you!

AJ

Award: Sunshine Blogger

Any extra post as I got tagged:)

So I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Abbey of Three Cats and a Girl.  Thank you Abbey!  I always find your posts interesting and I love hearing about your adventures and opinions! This award means a lot to me as it still comes as a bit of a shock that anyone other than my mom finds my blog interesting enough to read! LOL   I am very encouraged to keep going with this award 🙂  T

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.☀️

How does it work?

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

The Questions!

Who is one famous person you’d love to meet, and why? I would love to meet Meryl Streep just because I think she is an amazing actress.

How did you come up with your blog name?  I am incredibly short so that’s where the petite part came in and then slice of life is because I started the blog to pay more attention to the little things that happened in life each day. I didn’t want the blog to be only about one of my interests.

What is your favorite quote, and why? My favourite quote is, “tomorrow is fresh with no mistakes in it yet.” It is from Anne of Green Gables and it has always made me feel better about all the mistakes I’m always making.

If you could go back in time, what decade/era/year would you go to, and I would go back to the 1940s or 50s because I think my body shape and interests were more acceptable then:)

If you could have any super power, either from a movie, book, comic, or something you made up, what would it be? Well my superpower right now is being able to make absolutely anyone and everyone feel tall, but I think I would go with being able to read minds – it would make my job easier, and I’m nosy.lol

You can choose one animal from anything that ever was or is currently, fictional or real, to have as a pet. What would it be? I would have a dog as I had one growing up and loved him. I would have someone to run with on these dark mornings too:)

Going with the animal theme…Do you wish animals, insects, fish, etc. could talk? Yes I would love it if animals could talk as then they could speak up and stand up for themselves. As well, I think they could have an interesting perspective on some things:)

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever eaten? I have allergies so I am pretty limited in what I eat, but other than avoiding dairy and gluten, I’m usually game to try anything. I can’t say that I’ve eaten anything crazy:( Obviously, I need to change that!

Favorite blog you are following right now? Oh that’s really tough and I am horrible at making decisions.  I love reading Abbey at Three Cats and a Girl because she’s always trying something new and inspires me to read more of a variety of books.  I love reading Chelsea at thedancingrunner as she inspires me to get my butt off the couch and get out there and run more!  I enjoy the imagery that Dippity Dotty Girl shares.

What is a place that would you never want to visit, and why? I would never want to visit Alcatraz. I had the opportunity when I visited San Francisco, but did not go! Too many bad vibes there for me.

If you had to lose a sense (taste, touch, smell, sight, sound), which would you choose to lose? I would lose my sense of sound.

Questions for Anyone who Wants to Try:

  1. What is the best tradition your family has?
  2. What did you want to be when you grew up?
  3. What is your absolute favourite meal to eat?
  4. What is the best book you have ever read?
  5. How did you meet your significant other or best friend if you aren’t with someone?
  6. If you could go on holiday anywhere, where would it be?
  7. What is your favourite thing to do on a day with no commitments?
  8. What do you think most about?
  9. What do you wish you were better at?
  10. City, country or suburb to live?
  11. What have you had to work really hard at to learn to do?

Sorry I don’t want to nominate anyone specific as I would hate to bug someone, so if you’re interested in answering these questions so we can all learn more about you, please do!

This Is My Truth Now Tag

I am doing an extra post today to do this tag. I’ll do my usual daily recap tonight:)

I have been tagged by Abbey of Three Cats and a Girl for the This is My Truth Now tag that Jay created. I have loved getting to know Abbey and Jay through their blogs. Abbey inspires me with her reading habit. She is so good about challenging herself through her reading and learning new tasks such as knitting. Jay keeps me entertained with his dog Ryder’s posts and gets me to think about words in new ways through his 365 Challenge. I am in awe of his recent holiday- beautiful pictures! 

You should definitely check out both of their blogs!

Here are my answers to the questions:

Truth:

1. You’re on your way to a birthday dinner that your friends have thrown for you. When you arrive, your favourite author is having dinner by himself or herself and asks you to sit with them, before you even see your friends or they see you. You have two choices: (1) You can sit with the author, but can’t tell your friends that you’ve abandoned them for three hours, or (2) Meet your friends and lose the only chance you’ll ever have to talk with the author. Pick one or the other- no exceptions or communication to your friends to tell them about the author – and explain why:

I would like to sit with the author as my friends know me well enough to know I am book crazy and when you’ve been friends for as long as we have, they have to forgive you. I think in real life though, I’m way too shy to talk to someone I don’t know:(

2. You’ve got an opportunity to spend a few hours alone “in your bedroom” with a character from any book you’ve previously read. The character tells you that (s)he would like to lock the door and spend some alone time with you. What book and character is it, and do you decide to enter the room and lock the door, or tell them you’re not interested?

Hmmm I read a lot of trashy romances so there’s plenty of characters to choose from, but it would depend whether this was going to be a one night stand and how well I knew the guy!

3. If you could turn any male character from one of your favourite books into a female character (or change a female into a male) in the book or book series, which one and why?

I would change “Joe” from You by Carolyn Kepnes into a female as maybe then he wouldn’t spend all his time stalking and killing women!

4. What blogger currently on your follower’s list (meaning they follow you too) do you admire the most and why?

I admire Chelsea at Thedancingrunner as I’m always inspired by her. She seems to be living life to the fullest and she ran a 100km and still ran later that week! I just can’t imagine being able to do that, but it definitely inspires me to get out there!

5. If you could any one decision your favourite book character made, what would it be and why?

I can’t say I really have a favourite book character- there’s just too many good ones, but I would definitely have Anne Elliot of Persuasion marry Frederick Wentworth the first time he asked!!!

6. If you could pick one character from a book and one character from a TV show you watch (that is not based on a book) to be in a relationship together, who would you choose and why?

Sorry I don’t have cable and I don’t watch any online TV so I really can’t answer this.

7. It’s your last day on Earth. As you are about to cross that final finish line, a mysterious shadow appears, giving you a choice: (1) You can move forward to whatever comes next for you (based on your own spiritual and religious beliefs), or (2) you can become a character in a book series and exist permanently doing whatever that author chooses to do with you in the book. Which do you choose, and if its option 2, reveal the book and author.

I’ll take the moving forward because one bad book review and who knows what the author would Have me doing😳.

8. If you could steal a pet from someone in any book you’ve read but had to replace it with a friend’s pet (meaning they wouldn’t ever see their pet again), would you do it? If so, explain the who and why.

No I wouldn’t do it. First, pet selection is individual so a friend’s pet suits that friend, not someone else. Plus I think pets have feelings and that would be cruel for the pet too!

9. If you could turn someone from your real life into a character from a book, who from your life, who in the book and why?

I would turn my friend Lyndsay into Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games as she is tough emotionally and physically!

10. Post a picture of the cover of a book you read in 2000 and the book you are currently reading now. (Note: if you weren’t alive in 2000, pick the first book you ever read and tell everyone what year it was from).

I was in university and changing my life in 2000.


This is the book club. I’ll I am slowly getting through now.

11. Your favourite character(under18) needs a place to stay for three months and asks if (s)he could stay in your spare room (yes, you have one for the sake of this question). Who is it and what is the reason (s)he needs to stay with you?

It would be Matilda from the book by Ronald Dahl and she would be going to university.

12.  What is one superpower/magic skill that a favourite haracter of yours has that you wish you had as well? What character, what power/skill and why? (You can change this question when added to your blog, but please let me know your answer to this question in the comments below).

It would be the magic ability of Hermione in Harry Potter. She is so good with that wand!

Dare: If you choose not to accept the tag, you have to follow through in whatever dare the person who tags you chooses.

Read a book that is wildly popular right now, but that you really don’t want to read!

I Tag:

Anyone who follows me and wants to try this challenge! I don’t really want to impose on anyone, but would love to see what other people say:). it’s quite the challenge!

Rule Time:

  • Create your own new post and call it “Tag: Thu is my Truth Now” and be sure to include in your tags the words (without quotes) “ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag” 
  • Include these rules when you copy/paste your own post
  • Be sure to thank the person that tagged you and include heir responses at the bottom of your post, so someone can get to know them too. Tell everyone something interesting about the Person who tagged you.
  • Include a link to my (Jay’s) original post mentioning this blog so we can see how many people choose to play along. 
  • Choose twelve bloggers to tag and include a link to their latest post, so others can check them out and meet new people.
  • Answer all 12 questions in The Challenge Wuestions section, but replace the 12th question with your own new one around telling the truth or revealing something interesting about yourself- you can leave the existing if you can’t think of something or complete the dare at the end.
  • Be sure to copy/paste the truth or dare section at the end of this post. It’s important to the challenge- so you better read it carefully!
  • If you haven’t been tagged, but you want to play along, you can totally jump on in and post responses to the tag on your blog.

Good decisions, bad decisions…

I made good decisions today, I just wish everyone else I came into contact with had as well! 

Exercise:

I got out this morning for my run along Guildford Drive. After it being so busy on Friday morning I was surprised to see no one out this morning. I passed one dog walker and a couple of people at bus stops, but no runners. It wasn’t my best run, but not my worst and it’s done so it’s a success and a run is always a good decision.

It’s unfortunately the only exercise I got today because I had a massage and had to miss my usual Wednesday workout with the staff at school. I was so mad as this always feels like such a great workout!!! I checked and I have five more massages on Wednesdays this year. I’ve asked to be put on the wait list but if nothing else comes up, I’ll have to go as I become a rusty robot who can’t move without them:(. Here’s fingers crossed that I get different appointments because I can’t make the poor decision to skip them!

Teaching:

I spoke too soon yesterday. We had tears and wailing this morning:(. This little girl was just really defiant all day. I turned around at one point during clean up at the end of the day (I had crouched down to tie a child’s shoelaces) and she was standing on a stack of chairs eating!! We’ve talked about both of those things not being allowed in class!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr😬 You can bet we reviewed it again! 

I was principal today as my principal was away and most of the time nothing happens and this is an easy gig, but not today:( I had to take an hour out of my afternoon to get to the bottom of three grade two girls’ bathroom antics.  Who would want to hang out and play in the bathroom? I just don’t get it! I made each of them write out exactly what had happened and why it was not appropriate. Then sent it home with a note to parents and said they had to bring it back to me signed in the morning. I really wanted to make them clean the bathroom as I figure that would keep them from doing this ever again, but I’m not allowed to:(. I so dislike having to get my tough persona out!!!

Cooking:

My teaching partner had brought me her turkey bones so I threw them into the crockpot with water this morning. This evening, I’ve removed the bones and added celery, carrots, rice and spices. This is definitely the easiest way I’ve found to make turkey soup. I had to put all of my extra celery in because I’d forgotten to wrap it in tinfoil so it had gone soft (the best discovery my mom and I have ever made! We drove all the way to Chilliwack, an hour away, to a quilting store that turned out to be nothing special, but we picked up a free country newspaper and learned to wrap celery in tinfoil to keep it fresh and crunchy for weeks!). Hopefully this will make an awesome dinner tomorrow night:)

Knitting:

I declined doing much cleaning, only tidied and cleaned the bathroom and swept even though I have company coming tomorrow night. Knitting won out over cleaning! I finally finished the Canucks scarf for my nephew! 

I saved 10 grams of the yarn in case I need to make the toque larger. I’m just so happy to be done with this yarn for now! The scarf is simply 36 stitches, Knit 2, purl 2 every row. It definitely looks like a little boy scarf and I tested it on myself and I think the length will be okay.

On Sunday when I went to Brenda’s for dinner and knitting I had such a difficult time deciding on what my next project was going to be. I finally realized it was because I was looking at my new yarn when I really do try to switch and do a project with some of my recycled or older yarn between each I do with new yarn. One of the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup classes for October asks for something to be knit in gray so I found some gray in my stash and spent some time this evening measuring out how many meters I had. (Thanks mom for leaving your metal straight edge ruler at my house! Muhahaha you’re not getting it back now!) I have 136.8 meters so now I’m on Ravelry looking for a pattern. At least this new Ravelry group is helping me decide on projects, as I’m truly awful at making decisions!

Blogging:

Here’s my test for linking to  another blogger. I figure I have to figure this out before I can do the post that Abbey/Three Cats and a Girl tagged me in. Would someone please let me know if this link takes you to Abbey’s blog.  I just hope it does as putting that there has now taken me 16 minutes!!!!

Well I’m back to searching for my next project:) I just hope your days have been calmer than mine!

Have fun!

AJ

Numbers Lie

Exercise:

I went out this morning in the opposite direction as I normally go in the morning. I was a little concerned as the route has a hill at the start and end of my run, but it is lit and along a busy road. It turned out to be quite good. I passed five people, four of whom were runners, two sets of two. I wish I had someone to run with in the morning, but I’ve been keeping my eye out and haven’t seen anyone around. I see two of the women I was near this morning, most mornings, but they do a much longer run than me and they seemed very involved in their conversation and didn’t take any notice of me. This morning while I was running, I felt great, like I was floating along! When I got back however, my phone said that I had been running about 15-30 seconds slower per kilometre than usual. For a moment I was quite upset with myself, but then I realized that those numbers don’t tell the whole story. They don’t tell how I powered up the hill both ways or how I increased my speed to overtake the women in front of me. They also don’t take into account the traffic lights I had to stop for.  When I thought of these things, I decided that these numbers lie and I’ll go by my feeling- I had a great run this morning😀

I managed to walk to and from work and got a workout in this evening. I did the Rainy Day 30-20-10 workout and I loved it! It’s only the second time I’ve done it, but it covers the whole body and is relatively quiet for my neighbours.  I did jumping jacks, lunges, plie squats, Butt kicks, crunches, push-ups, mountain climbers, bicycle crunches and reverse crunches, skaters, burgers and supermen, and then around the world planks. I’ll have to remember this one!

Right now, I’m just trying to decide if I’m going to try and get out in the rain for my Crunch run in the morning before I meet up with a running buddy for a trail run??🤔

Teaching:

I only had fifteen students today! I don’t think I’ve ever had that small of a class before, but unfortunately I had some little boys who were making up for the missing ones. Grrrr! Rolling around on the carpet, talking during announcements, … come on, we’ve been in school for more than a month! 

The girl crier didn’t cry this morning but also was quite miserable (she stayed with her mom rather than distracting herself by talking to classmates before the bell). She got a small sticker of my choice instead of her usual big sticker of her choice as there wasn’t any crying, but she also sat huddled in the corner for a while. She did perk up when we sang happy birthday to her and she got her birthday certificate. I often feel like the meanest teacher in the world with her, but I suppose I’m not that horrible as I got a picture from her today.

We all survived the day and I’m thankful it’s a three day weekend!

Socializing:

I met a fellow teacher at Starbucks for coffee- a great way to start off a long weekend. I asked what they could do that was seasonal and dairy free, and I ended up with this:

A salted caramel macchiato without the caramel as it contains butter. I felt very high maintenance and I really didn’t need salt in my coffee! It tasted ok after I added sugar and vanilla flavouring.  I suppose that was my first mistake- having coffee as I’m really more of a tea girl!

Knitting:

I finished the Canucks toque for my nephew. I just hope it fits. It goes on my head but is quite short:( I guess we’ll see and I’ll redo it if I need to. 

Yarn: Maryanne’s Team Sock Yarn by Smith & Ewe. This yarn is fingering weight and was absolutely lovely to work with. It is smooth, had no knots or imperfections in it and didn’t split at any time. I loved the feel of it as I was working and i like it even more in the finished project. It is a quite fine yarn however, so it’s made a very lightweight toque.

Pattern: R&B off of Ravelry. This pattern was simple to follow, but I am very unsure of the sizing. It knit up very quickly And is nice looking. I’m just not sure about how the ribbing is going to look when it’s stretched out on a head😳

I managed to figure out how to submit the toque for the October Deathly Hallows class on the Ravelry Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup group. It is supposed to be a skill or technique you’ve resurrected- I definitely had forgotten how to ensure my ribbing stayed nice through crown decreasing! I’m glad it’s going to an 8 year old who isn’t going to look too closely at it. It is very cool to see what other people have been working on. I always find that so inspiring!

Well I’m off to cast on James’ hand warmers to go with the toque and consider:

1) whether I want to go check out the cranberry festival tomorrow in the rain, by myself?

2) what I want to make for the meal I’m going to share with a knitting buddy on Sunday?

3) whether I should do two runs in the morning and call it one 😜?

Have fun!

AJ