Vacation Day 1

A pretty great day to start my vacation off with:)

Exercise:

I started Saturday off with a run through the trails with Sarah and Kula:). I had remembered Kleenex so we were able to add on and explore a couple new trails:). At the time we had no idea where we were or we’re going, but now that we know the route, it nicely extends that run which we always thought was too short. My phone yet again drove me crazy, but I won’t let that ruin an awesome trail run on a beautiful sunny day!

I started a workout later in the day but only got about five minutes of it done before I realized it was a bit much for me today. I’ll get there soon!

Reading:

I finished reading my latest Net Galley book. It was actually two stories in one by Samantha Chase.

Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced copy in exchange for a review. This book was a lovely surprise in many ways, the first of which was that there were two stories in it!

The first story tells of Holly and Stephen. Holly has been Stephen’s PA for three years and has an unrequited crush on him the whole time, but it’s not until the night of a storm that leaves them stranded together that there is finally a change in their relationship. I really loved the character of Holly in this story because she experiences what I often do. She finally speaks up about all the things that are bothering her at work and Stephen very kindly agrees to change them all, but once she has what she wants, Holly determines that it’s not as good as what she had. The characters in this book were so human and relatable! I also liked how the supportive friends were the guys in this book! It made a nice change from the regular. The book has a great pace and no lulls; I definitely had to keep reading until I was finished!

The second story was a surprise to me and while I was expecting it to be about one of the friends from the first story it wasn’t. It was completely unrelated and told the story of CEO Adam Lawrence and caterer Cassie Jacobs. Again they have worked together for three years and have had a very professional relationship. It is not until Cassie speaks her mind that the relationship changes.

As I was reading along, I was thinking that there were a lot of instances of Adam being a jerk in this book, but then I realized that that was perfect because it was true to his character. I really loved the sweetness in the relationship in this story which has Adam taking care of Cassie when she is unwell. It showed the dichotomy that existed within Adam and gave hope that he would come around right from the beginning. The supporting cast of the Jacobs family was also awesome! I’d like to be adopted into this family!

Overall, both of these stories were wonderful! I did nothing but read until I was done and simply couldn’t put the book down! I would highly recommend these two stories to any romance reader who enjoys a strong female lead and a sweet, yet spicy read!

Cooking:

I had plans to meet up with two of my running buddies for drinks and appies this evening so of course I took this as an opportunity to play in the kitchen:) I was quite ticked that I couldn’t find any of my go to recipes!!😖, so I improvised. I made the very easy, but delicious appie of wrapping roast beef around pickled asparagus spears- oh so good!!!!

I also made an easy ham ball- mixing a tub of Daiya chive and onion cream cheese with 1/4 cup mayo, 1/4 tsp of chili powder and a can of flaked ham. I mixed it, shaped it into a ball and then refrigerated it for a few hours. Later on I rolled it in chopped fresh parsley since I wanted green for st. Patrick’s Day. (Otherwise I would have put parsley in it and rolled it in nuts).

The third thing I made were turkey roll ups. This was supposedly a copy cat of a Costco product, but of course, I’ve never had that. I found some gluten free tortillas at the store which weren’t too bad, just not quite as soft as flour ones. I mixed a tub of Tofutti cream cheese with 1/3 cup whole berry cranberry jelly. This was spread on the six tortillas and then I put in each tortilla lettuce, 2 deli turkey slices, slices of Soya mozzarella cheese, and four cut up cherry tomatoes. This was all layered down the centre. I rolled them and refrigerated them and then cut them into 1″ rounds later in the day.

I also made the In a Pinch Polenta crackers again with 1/2 cup more water this time and they were perfect!

Overall it was an awesome evening of visiting, with way too much food and a couple of drinks (those PalmBays go down way too easily!) and two very cute party crashers!

Well I’ve got to get back to living today so I’ll have something to post about tonight!

Have fun!

AJ

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Freedom 😀

We all survived the last day and I now have seventeen days to do whatever I want! An awesome feeling for someone who normally has to plan every work day down to the minute!

The thermos had my treat- a homemade chai latte- for the last day of school. Normally I wander to work with just plain tea, but I figured the last day deserved some sort of treat:)

My way to work this morning:) It feels like Spring, but still cold in the morning. It was tough to convince the children they needed to wear their jackets!

Teaching:

It was a crazy busy day with a parent presentation about emergency preparedness (tough to keep six year olds interested in the last day before holiday), finishing up our read aloud of Matilda, gluing all of our art work into our portfolio and watching the movie Matilda all afternoon. We all survived and the classroom actually didn’t look too bad. The only thing I didn’t get to was the desk clean out but maybe we’ll do that the first day back.

I got out of there at 3:30, completely ready for April 3rd:)

Exercise:

I joined up with Lyndsay for a workout after work. She wanted to ramp it up as she’s hitting the Mexican beach this holiday, but I knew better. It turned out to be good I needed an easier workout because only one treadmill was working so I ended up on the elliptical. It was fine, but definitely not the crazy, sweaty workout of a run. We also did floor work of: deadlifts, lateral bench step ups, snatches, lateral steps with the band, bridges with the band, straight leg drops, and three other exercises I can’t remember for the life of me right now! Each was three sets of ten reps with cardio blast in between of twenty seconds hard, ten seconds easy. I did take it easier on the cardio, but it felt great to get back to working out!!!

My goal for my holiday is to run each and every day! We’ll see how it goes:)

Walking home from my workout in the gorgeous sunshine, knowing that I’m on holidays made me fly high!

Otherwise I’ve been taking it easy on the couch and trying to catch up on my blog reading, though I also really want to continue with the NetGalley book I’m reading right now!

Right now though, I’m exhausted so I’m off to bed. Pathetic I know on a Friday night, but I want to run in the morning!

Have fun!

AJ

Ending and Tidying

A day of endings, but also of tidying so I can begin on a positive note:)

Teaching:

We were certainly busy today, but still didn’t get to everything I wanted to. I started the day by coming in to a report that one of my boys was kissing another boy on the lips yesterday 🙄. So I got to inform his mom and talk to the class. Ugh! Just what one wants to hear about her son first thing in the day😂

The children got to tour the school looking at all the box projects. There were some very cool ones! The imagination some children have is amazing! We had a grade two student build circuits and create a sound effect board out of his box! Here are two from my class: a cat and a unicorn. I wish I had grabbed a picture of the boxtrolls though, so cute!

It was an early dismissal today for parent teacher conferences , but thankfully I only had two so I got some time to tidy my classroom:). I just want to know how come when I do one thing, I immediately think of ten others I could also do! Teaching seems to be a job where you could work 24/7-365 days and still not be done!

Reading:

I finally finished my next book from NetGalley, His Wicked Charm by Candace Camp. It had been a while since I had read one of her books, but I’ve enjoyed many of her past series.

Thank you to NetGalley for the free copy in exchange for an unbiased review.

This is Candace Camp at her best. The story is of Delilah, a very prim and proper young debutante who is perhaps not what she seems and Constantine, the debonair smooth talking brother of her best friend’s husband. The two cannot seem to get along for even a moment, but maybe that’s not quite how it seems.

This book centres around an occult theme which I was not expecting at all. However, even if it isn’t my regular read, this book was fast paced, entertaining and thoroughly engaging. I wanted to know what was coming next! Camp did not disappoint and the action was in full swing by the third chapter and continued through to the last page. I loved how Delilah was being pulled in two different directions and really had to search deep for her true self. I also liked how Con had two very different sides to his nature and Lilah came to realize both were valuable.

I think anyone who enjoys a little mystery, the occult or just an entertaining historical romance will enjoy this book!

Exercise:

The beautiful sunshine tempted me to go for a run before my class tonight as I read a blogger who regularly runs before her spin classes, but I figured when I’m sick is not the time to try this out:(

It was my last athletic yoga class tonight. I’m in a conundrum as my colleague has signed up again, but while I love the class, I really need a regular yoga class for the stretching! I wish you could do both on the rec pass but I’d need a pass for the regular yoga classes and then a separate $90 fee for the athletic yoga class:( I haven’t decided what to do:( In a perfect world I would be rich and could do both!

Well, I’m off to bed so I can survive one more day with the munchkins!

Have fun!

AJ

Reassurance

A quiet day with some reassurance.

I think it doesn’t matter how old you get, your mom is still your mom. However, as the only single woman at work, I seem to have a multitude of moms and everyone of them has been worrying about me and telling me to go to the doctor. Today I gave in and did just that.

I got told that yes I have a horrific cold and that it’s probably a continuation of the one I had in December:( However, I also got told that my ears aren’t infected ( I’ve had ear problems my whole life so when they aren’t normal even I get worried), and that as long as I got lots of rest there was no reason I couldn’t go back to exercising😀. I also got given some kid decongestant so I’ll be more comfortable at work:). In the past I’ve had trouble with adult medications. Overall, I’m happy with my results. I think the no infections put my mind at rest most!

Cooking:

I tried making crackers today for the first time! There were called In A Pinch Polenta Crackers in my Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread Recipe book. It was super easy! Bring two cups of water with 1.25tsp of salt to a boil, stir in one cup of corn meal until it’s thick like porridge ( I think mine was too thick so I’ll try adding more water next time), then turn off the heat and add 2tbsp oil, and spices. I added 1/8tsp cumin, 1/8 tsp chili and 1/8 tsp garlic. Spread the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 30 minutes. They were so yummy and will make a good after school snack tomorrow:)

I had thought that making crackers would be so difficult and they really weren’t! One thing I did learn though was that I should have scored them as the recipe called for as then maybe I would have gotten nice, uniform crackers.

Exercise:

This evening I got back to exercising. I adapted this workout I read on the Vicki Lynn Fitness blog this morning. I didn’t want to kill myself so I toned it down a bit, but it still felt like a good workout and it certainly felt good to move again. I think my body also got a workout from my coughing fit halfway through too🤣

Reading:

I have spent most of the day quietly reading another book from NetGalley which I should be able to tell you about tomorrow night as I’m off to finish reading it😂

I am looking for a suggestion of a new classic to listen to on Librivox if anyone has one:)

Have fun!

AJ

Being Social

It was just another day:)

Teaching:

We worked this morning on a school wide project. We had read the book, The Most Magnificent Thing and every child in the school worked on turning a box into something. I unfortunately missed so much of it and was very worried about how crazy it would be, but this morning my class finished up and there were actually some quite clever projects! A cat, a dog, a unicorn, two boxtrolls, a rainbow, an airplane, and some that only the creator could name. We have a lovely assortment outside of our classroom for everyone to admire:)

This afternoon we finished our science unit about animals in winter with an animal adaptation experiment. The students were asked to put one hand in ice water and the other hand in a blubber hand in ice water. The blubber hand was made of lard. It was so neat to see their faces when they did the experiment and they all seemed to understand the concept that blubber is an adaptation that keeps animals warm and allows them to survive in cold regions:) ✅

Socializing:

After work we had a staff social at a local brew pub. It was nice to see most of the staff turn out and to see some smiles after the hard work of report card time. I left early as Who wants to drink beside a sick person, but it was an enjoyable evening of cider and two bags of chips (as the food truck hadn’t arrived yet🙁).

I at least got a tiny bit of exercise today in that I walked home from the brew pub:)

Now it’s off to bed for another eleven hour sleep in the hopes of turfing this cold!

Have fun!

AJ

Rudolph

I felt like all day people were staring at my nose!

Teaching:

Just a regular day though we had an undercover policeman come in and speak to the class today. I had tons of questions for him, but not with the children present. They had tons of “what if” scenarios for him. I think it made their day that four of them got “arrested”.🤣

Otherwise at the end of the day we went out and observed our tree in winter and then played on the playground. It got up to 18 today so we had to take advantage of the warmth and sunshine!

The beautiful weather continued all day into a spectacular sunset:)

I managed a two hour nap when I got home from school 😀.

Reading:

I finally finished listening to Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell this evening.

It was an excellent read. The characters are well portrayed and very in-depth with many foibles and follies, though you become invested in them and want the best for them. I liked that while this was obviously the original soap opera, it didn’t read as implausible. The characters made mistakes and many things happened, but it rang true.

The only thing I didn’t like was that it wasn’t finished!!! At the end I learned the author had passed away when she was one chapter short of finishing the book. While we all know what would have happened, I really would have liked to have heard the author’s rendition of it.

I think that anyone who likes period classics would enjoy this book. It in many ways reminded me of Pride and Prejudice, especially in how the mother and father are portrayed.

I also have to put in a race review of the narrator of this book, Elizabeth Klett. This is the second book I have heard her read and they have both been wonderfully done!

Knitting:

I have casted on a new sweater, but I am having to make changes to it. It called for 82 stitches just for the back and I think that would be quite huge on me so I have pared it down to 62. Hopefully I don’t regret that. It is nice how quickly it knits along with being in worsted weight yarn.

Exercise:

My friend Lyndsay was going for a hike after school and I so wanted to go, but even I know I’m not healthy enough for that:(. I can’t wait to be back to normal!!!!!

Well, I’m off to bed early to try and get healthy.

Have fun!

AJ

Old Friends

I should know better than to worry about a day!

I had a rough night last night with not being able to breathe and so didn’t actually get to sleep until after four am. Now in the past this has not stopped me from my usual Sunday morning run, but in this case, it did! I took advantage and slept until ten am (that’s actually only nine as we had a Spring ahead time change). At this point I am back to being congested and can’t hear out of my left ear. I haven’t decided if this is improvement or not??!!

I didn’t accomplish much this morning other than hard boiling a few eggs. I must admit this cold has been great for shrinking my stomachs down and dropping a few pounds:) Sorry, I have to find a silver lining somewhere:)

Socializing:

My oldest friend was in town from Regina and I had said I would meet up downtown with her and her husband. I had let her know a few days ago that I had a cold, but she was still okay with meeting. I wasn’t sure how long I would last, but took some DayQuil and headed out!

It was an awesome drive down as I got to listen to more of my Wives and Daughters audiobook. I’m almost to the end!

We ended up taking advantage of the spectacular day (14 degrees out) and walking across most of Vancouver today with two stops for coffee. It really felt like Spring. The sane spot from opposite sides.

It’s always awesome to meet up with this couple as they are so easy going and it never really feels as though any time has past. I even feel comfortable with her husband which is kind of amazing! We have often gone years without seeing each other, but this time it’s been less than a year which is a record for us!! We had a great talk and catch up and she is looking amazing at 26 weeks, still won’t tell me what she is having though😂. I got to be the first baby gift they have received and they seemed to like the baby vest I had made for them:)

We ended the day with an early dinner at Los Margaritas which was as good as it always is!!!

Way too much food though! I was stuffed after the first taco and didn’t even start on any of the sides!!

Well I am off to cast on my next project, mostly just so that I can listen to more of Wives and Daughters🤣

Have fun!

AJ

A Little Productive

I was slightly productive today, but mainly stayed quietly by the fireplace hoping to beat this head and chest cold once and for all!

Exercise:

I met up with a friend this morning for a nice slow trail run. Two minutes slower per kilometre than my usual pace, so I definitely wasn’t pushing myself at all! It was super slow, only a half hour and it was nice to see Sarah, get out on the trails, be in the sunshine and get some fresh air:)

This evening I went for a half hour stroll hoping the fresh air would help me breathe! It was nice to amble along listening to my audiobook and enjoying the evening sun:)

Reading:

Forget binge watching Netflix shows, I seem to be binge listening Librivox books. The Wives and Daughters has gotten pretty good. I know it was originally published in several pieces in the newspaper, like the original sitcom🤣. I only have seven chapters left and I am definitely hooked! I just want Molly to end up with Roger and for the squire to accept his grandson. Wow, it really does sound more like a soap opera than a sitcom🤣

Knitting:

Of course I needed to be doing something as I sat by the fireplace listening to my book, so I spent the day finishing projects.

I got the button bought and sewed onto this baby cardigan I will give away tomorrow. It isn’t quite the button I wanted, but it will have to do! This may be my new favourite baby knit.

The pattern is called Wee Speedy on Ravelry and it took less than two hours to make start to finish! I may make one in every colour just to have them on hand😂

I also got my new heating pad cover constructed sand finished. All winter I have had trouble with my heating pad getting twisted in its cover and it’s been driving me crazy! So yesterday I took a skein of yarn I knew I was never going to use, casted on forty stitches and did double moss stitch until I ran out of yarn. I had to block it to get it to 31″x12″, but once it was dry I sewed up the sides and put in a zipper and voila I have a new heating pad cover.

I have to admit I’m pretty happy with it:)

Cooking:

The only other thing I did today was to make myself a tuna melt for lunch. Boy was it yummy!!

Well for having a nice, quiet day at home, I seem to be going backwards in my healing. I suddenly have a sore throat:(. I’m going to bed early as I have to go downtown tomorrow to meet up with my oldest friend who is in town from Regina! Hopefully some extra sleep will help!

Have fun!

AJ

More Rest

I spent another day resting, but I must be starting to feel better! Though I missed being outside on this beautiful day!

It looks like Spring has finally arrived:)

I feel like a little kid with my nose pressed to the window🤣

Knitting:

I got a heating pad cover knitted out of some very boring yarn. I made up the pattern and will show it off once it is finished blocking. It used up an entire skein out of my stash, unfortunately that makes absolutely no difference:(

Reading:

As I was knitting, I was listening to Wives and Daughters on Librivox and made really good progress. I am now 2/3 done the book! Yay:)

Cooking:

I can’t really call it knitting, but last week Maureen at Maureen Gets Real had talked about putting nutritional yeast on a baked potato. I decided that I had to try that out today! It was very yummy:)

Between naps I have spent most of the day trying to figure out what to do with 410 yards of light fingering weight yarn? Everything suggests socks, but it doesn’t take that much to make socks for me and I don’t like having yarn left over! The other most popular Ravelry return is a shawl and I already have made three so that seems like enough:(. I’m the worst at deciding what to make!

From the Mouths of Babes

It was an interesting day. At some point, someone should have stuck a fork in me! I hope to get back to being interesting very soon!

Teaching:

I dragged myself into work today, and survived to tell the tale. My students were quite kind and I have to admit I made a few changes to my day so it was a little easier. We had a financial analyst parent talk this morning and he thankfully left a cool credit card template so the children had the rest of that morning block to design their own credit card. Leopard and zebra seems to be in for credit cards for the seven year old set, well along with hearts and rainbows.

Math involved doing a drill, a game of counting by 2s and some counting back subtraction.

Finally this afternoon I had a prep to get my report cards collated and stuffed, ready for Monday, then gym and planners and silent reading.

You would think it would have been an easy day, but most of the time I felt like I just wanted to lay down and have a nap. One colleague very kindly said I was still pretty, but that I looked and sounded terrible😂At one point during my prep the secretary and principal said in unison, “for goodness sake- go lay down before you fall down”. Finally, the children at the end of the day said, that I should really stay home and rest tomorrow. Lol I don’t think anyone will be surprised that I won’t be there tomorrow.

I’ve mostly just slept since I got home and listened to a bit of Wives and Daughters on Librivox. I’ve been enjoying it, though I still feel like I’ve read it before.

Otherwise, I don’t particularly have anything to report, other than it wasn’t cold enough to wear my new mitts today- we’re back to just wet and gray, and I’m going back to bed!

Have fun!

AJ