A Little of Everything

This weekend was a little of everything and felt great!

Saturday was probably the busiest day I have had in the past year! I ran over to my parents apartment and got the Ott light that was languishing there. I went for a walk with Brenda so we could talk knitting. I had a quick stop in not one, but two knitting stores, I met up with a friend for an outdoor Mexican lunch and a look at the bed and couch she is thinking to buy, and my cousin came to hook up my dishwasher. He didn’t quit get it complete, but we are getting close. Of course I had to do dishes and clean before my cousin arrived so he wouldn’t think I was a slob.

2020 Wrap Up-Exercise

So this year I kept a notebook in which I recorded all runs, workouts, bike rides and yoga/ stretching sessions. I often questioned why I was doing this because I have a Garmin, but it turned out it was a good thing because there were a few times when my Garmin didn’t record! I have to say I didn’t record any walks because I walk to work every day and have often socialized this year by walking, so to keep it simple, I did not record any of these. I don’t think one book would have been enough!

Overall Totals:

I was active in some way 299 days, which is 82% of the time.

Running:

I ran 1,450.67km this year.

I ran for a total of 160:54:38 hours.

I had an average pace of 6:51/km. I had trouble with this stat because I slow down to run with my running buddy Sarah, and didn’t feel like this really reflected my increased abilities, but I also know I need slow runs and Sarah makes sure I take those.

January- 17 runs for 72.25km

February-16 runs for 77.74km

March-20 runs for 116.33km

April-21 runs for 142.02km

May-21 runs for 152.79km

June-21 runs for 107.23km

July-20 runs for 126.36km

August-23 runs for 131.05km

September-11 runs for 68.05km

October-18 runs for 100.62km

November-17 runs for 120.3km

December-25 runs for 128.41km

I like how consistent I was for April,May and June.

Workouts:

This includes both cardio routines and weights and the combination of both.

I worked out for 76:44:52.

I worked out on 188 days this year.

January- 22 days

February-14 days

March-26 days

April-21 days

May- 20 days

June-17 days

July- 15 days

August- 18 days

September-15 days

October-10 days

November-11 days

December-10 days

I really don’t like seeing the decreasing trend here! I guess that explains why my running felt so much easier in April, May, June and so much more difficult at the end of the year.

Biking:

I biked for 12:37:37

I biked 123.12km (this is somewhat of an estimate as I’m really bad at starting my watch when I’m on a bike).

I biked 15 times this year.

This is probably the most I have biked since I was a tween. I really noticed on the last ride how much more comfortable I was.

Yoga/Stretching:

I did yoga for 14:58:31 this year

I did yoga 50 times this year.

My yoga was all over the place, but definitely not consistent:(

I burned a total of 84, 280 calories this year.

Strava tells me that my most consistent day was Sunday which totally makes sense because that is the day I meet a group for a long run.

However, my data tells me that Saturday was my most consistent day to do exercise of some kind.

Monday- 42 times

Tuesday-42 times

Wednesday-43 times

Thursday-38 times

Friday-43 times

Saturday-46 times

Sunday-45 times

I do love seeing that all of these numbers are close. It’s also a good thing I literally just signed up for a Thursday exercise class!

Well, I went back and looked at last year and I ran about 249km more and spent 14 more hours running this year. At least I know I’m improving and hopefully I will continue to do so next year!

Have fun!

AJ

2020 Wrap Up Knitting

I’m going to do a series of wrap up posts as I love numbers and to review my year, but I’ll do them separately so you all can avoid reading the ones that don’t interest you.

According to Ravelry:

I completed 50 knitting projects in 2020. My goal was just forty so I think that’s pretty good. I actually did a few more than that as some projects contain more than one item.

13 sweaters

17 toques

9 cowl/scarf/shawl

2 pairs of socks

3 pairs of booties

5 headbands/ear warmers

1 baby blanket

1 market bag

When did I do all this knitting? Well,…

January – 8 projects

February- 10 projects

March- 10 projects

April- 2 projects

May- 4 projects

June- 1 project

July- 1 project

August- 2 projects

September- 2 projects

October- 3 projects

November- 2 projects

December- 5 projects

Wow I never realized I knit so much more at the start of the year than during the rest of the year. I also had thought the quarantine time would be the most projects, but obviously I did almost no knitting during quarantine.

Looking at my pictures, I realize I’m not a huge colour work person, but I do really like texture or interest in my projects.

I think the projects I am most proud of are the baby booties I made for a friend’s new nephew as I had to crochet and knit and I had to figure parts out for myself.

Sweater wise I am happiest with my most recent finish- the Instillness Mini by Alicia Plummer. This isn’t a tough knit, but I like that I went back and made fixed it so I am completely happy with it!

I also am pleased to say that I used exactly 100 skeins from my stash this year:)

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday

Teaching:

We had a pretty good day. We are up to 67 items we’ve collected for the food bank and I read them a book called On Our Street about poverty so they would understand why we were doing this fundraiser.

We did a quick practice of counting by 10s, had library, and this afternoon we learned a new poem. The kids chose a poem to read to the class and I video taped it to send to parents.

After school I managed to proofread three report cards. Time always goes faster after school.

Exercise:

I ran with Dennis and Sarah after my cosmetology appointment. We got 5.25km in and it felt really good!

Trivia:

For trivia, we had the regular crew and we won the first round.

In the first round we knew:

Who was the main actress in Oceans 11?

Julia Roberts

Put the following Michael Douglas movies in order.

Romancing the Stone

Fatal Attraction

Basic instinct

Which NFL quarterback has thrown the most touchdowns?

Tom Brady ( I got this one!)

What does ECG stand for?

Electrocardiogram

What three other countries came out of Yugoslavia?

Serbia, Croatia,Slovenia

What is the supplementary angle to 70 degrees?

110

Who shot Abe Lincoln?

John Wilkes Booth

In the music round I knew the long song American Pie by Don McLean.

In the Kahoot round I knew:

What border is the Thousand Islands on?

Canada-US

What organ makes bile?

Liver

In the fourth round we knew:

What bird is released into a coal mine?

Canary

What are the names of the Howells on Gilligan’s Island?

Thurston & Lovie

Who played Dharma?

Jenna Elfman

What is the Seattle Mariners stadium?

T-Mobile

My friends very kindly paid my bill and I got this awesome gift from Jacqueline for making her socks!

And for those who want to know, there was actually a cute guy at trivia tonight, but I didn’t get the chance to talk to him.

Have fun!

AJ

Finally

It seemed like a bit of a crazy day!

Teaching:

It was picture day and I forgot so now I will need to get retakes:(.

We got through a book and a journal about feelings.

We started to practice relay races in gym.

We studied and drew pine cones and pine seeds.

We had a discussion about asking people to play at recess and lunch and how to answer.

We played outside on the swings.

I wrote two report cards. The first ones are always the most difficult and it was even more so as I wasn’t sitting with my teaching buddy:(

My prep got changed again and it’s the end of November!

Medical:

I happily left school and went for a massage!

I soaked my foot and poured some peroxide on it and then masked up and went to visit my running buddy who used a needle and got the last piece out of my foot. Hopefully I’ll now be able to walk normally.

House:

I talked to my mom and she made me think I had better get my fireplace vacuumed since the pilot light refused to go on. Well it was more cobwebby than dusty and it started right up after I vacuumed it.

Knitting:

I’m at a cross roads and thinking I’ll do the toque for my secretary’s daughter next. She has picked the Antler toque by TinCanKnits and I love their patterns so I’m not upset about that.

Reading:

I finished Tremaine’s True Love by Grace Burrowes and usually I rave about her books. This one had a good premise, but the story seemed longer than it needed to be.

Right now I am reading Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis, though I should really be reading a kids Bookclub book.

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday

It was a pretty good day!

Teaching:

My prep got changed without my knowing it so I was a little off kilter as I didn’t know what I was going to do this morning.

We got through a phonics lesson on short a, and another lesson on big problems versus small problems.

I started on the parent teacher conferences I have to do by phone this week. It was very enlightening when one of the parents told me that he son is being hit by another little boy and she got told by another parent. I can’t believe nobody told the teacher!

Exercise:

I did a workout run with Dennis. We warmed up and then did 90 seconds hard, 60 seconds easy, 60 seconds hard, 30 seconds easy, 30 seconds hard, 90 seconds easy and we did it 5 times through.

Trivia:

Who was the older man on Three’s Company?

Ralph Furley

What are the three most westerly NFL teams?

Seattle, Arizona and Las Vegas

How much is a bottle of Bailey’s?

$27.99

What Mexican food means little donkey?

Butrito

Where was Bombay Sapphire created?

England

What are the second letters in each row of the keyboard?

W, S, X

Put these dynasties in order?

Mayan, Viking, and Inca

The music round was done by decade- 1975, 1985, 1995, 2005, 2015

What was the name of the butler on Fresh Prince?

Geoffrey

Where was the first real housewives?

Orange county

Where did Michael Jordan also play?

Washington Wizards

What ladies gym is associated with club 16?

She’s Fit

Who is not like the rest? Ben Franklin, George Washington, Abe Lincoln and John Hancock?

Abe Lincoln

We actually won the last round:)

Well that’s it for me.

Have fun!

AJ

15th Time is the Charm

It was an awesome day!

Exercise:

I knew I had a busy day so I got it started with a workout. I have been wondering lately if I have been letting myself off easy with my workouts, so I decided to redo a workout I did in February. The workout took me 28 minutes in February and only 24 minutes today and I used heavier weights. This definitely made me feel better.

I did: squats, dips, hip raises, upright rows, bent over rows, front raises, lateral raises, crunches, reverse crunches, pushups, pullovers, plank, mountain climbers, bicep curls, and plié squats.

I felt good to start the day with a workout:)

Socializing:

I had made plans for a coffee and walk with my friend Emily this morning. It was a lovely morning for it and a nice way to start the weekend.

From the walk, it was a quick transition to a bike ride with my friends Cori and Lyndsay for Lyndsay’s birthday. I have never been an awesome bike rider. In fact, I often feel anxious when I’m on a bike, especially when I see people ahead of me. However, it seems like the fifteenth time is the charm as I was way more relaxed on the bike and felt much more confident.

We rode over to Provincial Spirits which is a local distillery and also stopped in at North Paw Brewery before stopping for dinner at Earls. My favourite place was Provincial Spirits as it has interesting drinks beyond beer and cider.

It was an awesome day with friends and really revived me:)

Now though, I need to go to bed and rest up.

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday

Well it was the first day back to school and it was weird.

Teaching:

I didn’t end up getting much out of my coat room storage as we aren’t allowed to share anything and we aren’t allowed to use the coat room. I don’t feel like I got much accomplished, though I sat through two meetings and got all my desks and chairs out. At the end of the day, I looked around and my thought was that my room goes against what I believe in as a teacher:(

Exercise:

Sarah cancelled our run as she got hauled into a meeting so I just went over to the mill and back. I wasn’t happy that my hip was hurting. I got 5.1km done, but I think tomorrow I will just do simple weights and see how my hip reacts to that, rather than a NourishMoveLove workout.

Trivia:

After a lovely shower, I headed to the pub. I have been trying to come up with a plan for food all day and finally decided on;

A burger and salad, but one of the other girls had a veggie plate with a chicken breast that looked good!

What we knew:

Who wrote Ulysses?

James Joyce

What is Dr. Phil’s last name?

McGraw

What are the names of the kids on Family Guy?

Chris, Meg and Stevie

What do men worry about more than women?

Money

At Tim Hortons, put these in order from cheapest to most expensive?

Coffee, medium ice cap, 20 Tim Bits

What are the prongs on a fork called?

Tines

Which car manufacturer makes the Lexus?

Toyota

What is the square root of 625?

25

What type of poetry has five lines?

Limerick

Who didn’t Cher date?

John Travolta

What was Mr. Rodgers first name?

Fred

What is the slogan for Port Moody?

City of the Arts

What movie was Bradley Cooper not in?

The wedding Planner

We are in first place right now:)

Well that’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ

Almost There

Today was my last day with kids in class all day, even though it was just two kids.

Teaching:

We spent the morning doing a virtual field trip to the Amazon Rainforest since we learned about rainforests last week. We also did some fun puzzle and colouring sheets.

After recess the kids helped create our posters for the car parade. Then this afternoon we watched the movie, Monsters Inc. I always love this movie!

It was an incredibly low key day though I did spend some time starting to switch over my word wall from tattered white letters to bright magnetic letters. Amazingly the different colours don’t bother me.

After school we had a teacher car parade. I went in the backseat of my teaching buddy’s car and her husband drove us. He made it very fun! We were yelling happy summer and waving to the kids and he kept honking the horn and yelling, more parade. He’s so crazy, but I think everyone had fun and there was a really good turnout.

Exercise:

I met up with Sarah for a run around the river and we ended up running in a rainstorm. There was a mist coming off the water. The skies opened when we were 3/4 of the way, but hopefully it helped with the humidity! We only did 4.4km so I desperately need some mileage over the next week as I’ve only done about 84km this month:(

June is always a tough month for exercising and eating and I am definitely noticing that:(

Reading:

I am trying to force myself to read this book, The Doctor’s Husband, but it is painful! I don’t know how my mom read it?!?!

Well that’s it for my day- a very boring last day!

Oh and I didn’t have to do housework as I did my Wednesday job on Monday this week and I am purposely not grocery shopping this week.

Have fun!

AJ

Stretching My Skills with Sally

Baking (Stretching My Skills with Sally):

Last year I tried a few of Sally’s Baking Challenge items and quite enjoyed the challenge of trying new things. Most of the people in my life asked why I was doing this, thankfully there are people like Abbey! I was talking with Abbey of Three Cats and a Girl and we decided to both try these challenges and then link up to talk about our results, so please check out her attempts too. I was really interested in doing this because I knew she would be doing the recipes as called for while I would need to convert them to gluten free and dairy free. I should say that I change as little as possible and just sub in gf and df ingredients to see if the recipe will still work.

For April the challenge was flatbread!

I had actually forgotten about it so was praying hard that I had all the ingredients I needed at home.

And thankfully I did!

The recipe only requires yeast, sugar, water, flour, oil and salt. My recipe was only different in that I used Bob’s redmill All Purpose Gluten Free flour.

I found the recipe very quick to put together and boy is that ever lucky!

For the first batch I made the batter, spread it into two long baguette styles on a cookie sheet and threw it in the oven for fifteen minutes. Well they were flat and well done:(

I have to admit I’ve been binge watching The Great Canadian Baking Show and it must be rubbing off on me as I actually redid the flatbread.

The second time I left the two “baguettes” to ride for the 45 minutes called for in the recipe and they did turn out better.

I have definitely eaten more than I should have!

It is so cool that when Kathy read about Abbey’s and my challenge she decided to join us so make sure you go read about her flatbread adventures too:)

Thanks Abbey and Kathy for taking on this challenge with me:)

Reading:

I did finish Always a Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen today and I really enjoyed it. I may have been unduly influenced by the cute puppies in the story, but it was a lighthearted story that made me giggle out loud a few times. I also love the strong friendship group in the book. The conflict was annoying, but I guess it can be forgiven as every book has to have one and it was short and not overly dramatic.

I would recommend this book, but would definitely read the first in the series beforehand.

My mom just finished it too, so o should ask what she thought of it.

Exercise:

With the rain this morning I was glad not to have to run!

I did force myself to stop watching baking and go do 38 minutes of yoga.

I was thinking that I’m unmotivated to get healthy right now because we can’t go out, but as I was finishing up my yoga, I was thinking that maybe I need to turn it around and say I have tons of time at home to get healthy!

I do think I need to maybe change it up so I am running one day and working out the other because I’m feeling like I’m not doing very much exercise right now:(

Knitting:

I did some more knitting on the Floridian cowl and am now 2/3 done so hopefully you will see a finished product tomorrow!

Eating:

1/2 banana with Pb

Shrimp plate

Caesar salad (with lettuce from the garden-YUM!!)

Flatbread

Not exactly what I was planning. I’m proud of the breakfast and the salad, but the rest needs help!

Well I have a run in the morning so I’m off to bed.

Have fun!

AJ