Lovely

I started the week thinking I had a very quiet weekend, but today ended up being full.

Exercise:

I did manage to sleep in this morning and awoke to gorgeous sunshine, which was perfect for the hike I had planned with Sarah. It was slightly delayed as I got the chance to talk with my mom on the phone which immeasurably lifted my spirits:)

Sarah had said she had a new route for us to try today. I think it was a stream bed as we spent the entire hour walk in water!

This one at least had a plank walk over it!It actually became funny after a while! The hour spent in nature with a friend and cute pups was an awesome start to my day, though I am having a difficult time counting this as exercise.

Knitting:

I pulled out my little tree, but I really don’t want to have to pull out all my boxes of ornaments. They fit really tight under my bed, so it makes it tough to get them out!

I left this project and went to Brenda’s to knit. I am over 2/3 of the way through my current cowl, Everyone Likes Stripes Cowl on Ravelry. I am disappointed that it didn’t use up the entire ball of one colour:) I guess I’ll have to do a headband out of it too.

Movie:

While we were knitting we watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I remember wanting to see this movie when I saw the trailer, but hadn’t. Well today I did and I loved it. The animals were adorable, the characters were interesting, and I loved how it was set in the 1940s . I think JK Rowling has such an amazing imagination! I can’t wait to see the next one in the series and I’m definitely going to need to find these books to read!

Blogmas/ Christmas Event:)

I am linking up with Abbey, Mischenko, and Amber for Blogmas this year. So please go check out their interesting insights as well:)

Today’s topic is Christmas Lights which is one I am very torn about. I really love houses that have all warm, white lights. They glow in the snow and are just so inviting and classy, however, the other side of me also loves those old multicolored lights! My grandma had them along the roof edge of her house and it is always so cheerful. I find I take a lot of pictures of both of these types of lights.

Christmas lights used to signal a fun night for me too! When I was in my late teens and early twenties there was a group of five girls who hung out together. To celebrate my birthday at the start of December, we would pick up Starbucks drinks and then drive around looking at Christmas lights. I remember these nights as a lot of fun, filled with oohs and ahhhs and a whole lot of giggling!

This evening I got to see Christmas lights in another way as I headed out with my friend Lyndsay and her son and nephew for a local Christmas event called Cheer at the Pier. IT WAS LIKE I WAS IN A HALLMARK MOVIE! You had the young cute mayor, train ride, hot chocolate and cookies for the kids, we counted down and then they turned the lights on along the pier. It was pretty cool. Not a huge event, but still nice to go see what it was all about. Lyndsay and I checked out the food trucks and Lyndsay had bulgagi steak fries which smelled amazing and I had arancino which is supposedly a Sicilian rice ball. I had it mixed with salmon, one with beef and one with vegetable medley. They tasted great but I don’t eat a lot of fried food so my tummy isn’t particularly happy with me. The first Christmas even was a success:)

Tea:

Today I also got to start my Twinings Christmas Tea Advent Calendar. I have to admit I am biased as Twinings is one of my favourite tea companies. Today’s tea was English Breakfast and it was great. The tea bag was fresh and didn’t smell at all musty (I sometimes wonder how old tea bags are), and it brewed up two great cups of tea. This is the tea I always think of when I think of a “good cuppa”. The first cup was lightly brewed and yet still had a robust flavor and was greatly enjoyed. The second cup was stronger and I added soy milk and honey to it. I love that this tea is strong enough to handle having add-ins and yet you still get a tea flavor. This first day was great!

Well, I’m going to go enjoy my bed and tv along with knitting.

Have fun!

AJ

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Impromptu

Well tonight definitely didn’t go according to plan!

Teaching:

The best thing that happened today was that I got my report cards back and they are stuffed and collated so I don’t have to look at them again before I hand them out on Friday:)

We also did our Friday journals, practiced counting by 2s and had buddies. It was odd that the children liked doing movement while counting by 2s, but didn’t remember writing to Santa🤔

Exercising:

I was supposed to be working out with Lyndsay tonight, but we ended up meeting up with Corianne and Sue. Sue went home and the three of us went to Lyndsay’s place, so I just quickly did a workout here at home. I did 3 sets of 12 of each of the following exercises: military press, rows, tricep extension, bicep curls, chest press, squats, sumo squats, roundhouse kick, front kick, curtsy lunge, full weighted sit up, and reverse curls. It was at least something!

Socializing:

It was great to meet up with the girls tonight and have a relaxed gab fest. I, of course ate too much and I’m a little mad at myself that I had a glass of ginger brew, but the socializing and venting was worth it! I’m lucky to have these two friends in my life!

Clean November Challenge:

While it was not quite as successful as I would have liked, I will now own up to how my month went.

60% on eating only planned food. This is definitely my weakest moment and the item that I have to continue working on. I think it may become easier the emptier I get my cupboards. I did best when all of my food was planned and portioned out but unfortunately that only happened 18 of the days this month☹️

70%- Drink 2+ water bottles per day- this happened 22 days this month which I have to admit is better than I thought it would be. I think I still drank a lot of water the other days, it was probably just in the form of tea. This is another item I want to keep working on!

97%- no alcohol. I have to admit to being a little upset at myself for this one as I only ruined it this evening. I had a glass of ginger brew with the girls. It was in celebration of finishing report cards and my birthday coming up, but part of me wishes I had gotten 100% on this one. I don’t drink a lot anyways so this is never a big thing for me, but I will continue to try and choose water more often.

100%- exercise every day. I am super happy with how I got back to exercising everyday. I did four yoga sessions this month, 11 weight workouts and 15 runs. I loved getting the exercise each day and plan to keep it up. The challenge got me to do the yoga on my massage days and it got me out the door when it was super wet. The challenge even got me to do weights tonight after I got home just because I didn’t want to ruin my streak! I am starting to feel stronger and definitely want to keep up the workouts as I know they will benefit my running.

Well, I definitely learned the food portion is way more difficult for me than the exercise. While I will continue to not drink much, I will o my be trying to keep up the drinking more water, exercising daily and planning what I eat in the weeks to come.

Well I desperately need sleep!

Have fun!

AJ

They’re Done!

I worked every extra second today and managed to submit my report cards this afternoon🎉🎊

Teaching:

My students were wired and crazy today and then I found out this afternoon that all the classes were like that! I thought we were done with the full moon!

We got through writing to Santa this morning. The children got to ask for one present and then ask Santa a question. They had some very interesting questions! Which makes your sleigh fly- the sleigh or the reindeer? Do you have children? How naughty are the elves? Etc.

We also started counting by 2s. It was a bit of a challenge for a lot of the kids, but we’ll get there.

This afternoon was a little crazy! While my class was at computers an EA came and got me as my friend Lyndsay’s class was without a teacher so I hung out with them for my prep. It turned out Lyndsay had to take her sick son home and called for a TOC, but at the same time our sub secretary went home sick and a new one came so no one knew Lyndsay had left and that no TOC had shown up.

See it was just one of those days!

After school I read report cards until my eyes were crossing and then finished up the prep to be able to start Santa Around the World next week. It was a late night, but hopefully it will help next week!

I do have to say that I have the most amazing co-teacher! I came into my classroom to plan to see a package sitting on my desk.

Last year we both had the David’s Tea advent calendar and weren’t really impressed for the price. I can’t wait to try this one out as Twinnings is one of my favourite brands. I had just been thinking today that I need to figure out an advent calendar for myself this year.

Exercise:

I got home and realized exactly how late it was when I immediately had to head out to Athletic Yoga. I swear that class was trying to kill me today. It probably didn’t help that all I could think was that I was hungry!

Travel:

I still hadn’t had confirmation of my tickets to visit my parents so I called tonight and the lady said it was confirmed. I like confirmations!

I have to admit I’ve crawled into bed and turned on a Hallmark movie on. It will be lovely way to end the night!

Have fun!

AJ

Appointments

I was off today for several appointments so not my typical week day.

Relaxing:

I managed to sleep in until 8am today and that is very rare! I have to say I enjoyed my night after I got home from my date last night though. I snuggled into bed and watched a DVD on the TV in there. I’m so glad my mom convinced me to put the tv in my bedroom and not get rid of it. It felt so decadent to be able to do this! I still went to sleep at 9:30 though, so got lots of sleep!

Adulting:

I did great at adulting today though. I walked over to my second appointment of the day and managed to mail my ballot and drop off my prescription for filling. On the way back I remembered to stop in and see if the local store had any good coffee travel mugs and picked up my prescription. I also tried to buy the ingredients to make vegan cream of mushroom soup, but the store didn’t have what I needed:(

I would definitely call this trip a success!

Exercise:

After a lovely nap this afternoon, I went out to complete the Squad Runner mission. I once again was running in horrible rain. I think I’m developing webbed feet from running in torrential rain so often! The run went well and was once again very consistent in timing. I just wish that timing would get a little faster!

Knitting:

I found a three colour striped scarf and have started on that. So far I am super happy with how it’s looking as it’s in pinks and cream and is very soft! Hopefully I get it done by November 30th and hopefully it uses up all three skeins!

Reading:

I finally managed to finish my current book, The Rancher’s Redemption by Melinda Curtis

This is the third story in the series and follows Ben Blackwell, the lawyer. He returns home to battle Rachel Thompson over water rights and perhaps put his past to rest.

I have to admit I had a difficult time getting into this book as the start seemed to be quite depressing to me.

About 2/3 of the way though it grabbed me. I began to like both of the main characters as they had their flaws and their redeeming features.

I also liked the family dynamic on both sides. These families are both very realistic.

I did find the ending a little short. I really thought it was resolved a little too easily, however, the epilogue about Big E will have me reaching for the next book.

Thank you to the author and publisher for the free copy in exchange for a review.

Socializing:

Another date tonight, and hopefully the last of the set ups. Once again I really didn’t want to be going, I’d rather be watching a movie in bed on this rainy, dark night!

It definitely went better than last night. He talked a lot, but I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt that maybe he was as nervous as I was. He can have a second date if he wants one, so we shall see.

Well that’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ

A 360

Our weather is insane here! It was a gorgeous sunny day (nice enough to take the kids out to play) until exactly 2:20 when our earthquake drill started.😖😫

Teaching:

We did our last overt lesson on pre reading strategies and I think most of them have gotten it.

We did some practice of counting by 5s backwards.

We also did an art lesson that was led by three of the girls in my class. This is quite the surprise as one of these girls was so shy last year she wouldn’t talk at all! It’s been nice to see her come out of her shell this year!

This was of course interrupted by a lovely earthquake drill where the first drops came down as we were exiting the building and by the time we got to go back in, it was pouring!

Exercise:

I got to enjoy the rain bouncing off the sidewalks even more during my run. I ended up only doing 4.5km as I had had enough! Every part of my body was dripping!

I was thankful for the Clean November Challenge though as it got me out the door in this terrible weather!

Shopping:

My package from Amazon arrived today.

I can’t believe that the slime and the LEGO were the same price! The LEGO box is about a fifth of the size of the slime. I might have to get something to go with it just so that it looks more equal as these are for a brother and sister.

Of course since I was getting a package anyway, I may as well get a little something for myself too😜

Socializing:

Tonight was my blind date that a parent in my class set up. I really didn’t want to go as I was freezing and tired and really just wanted to go to bed!

I went and it was okay- he was a nice guy, but not the nice guy for me. I feel like he thinks I’m a ditzy blonde. Then he mentioned being fatigued and I knew he still had a drive home so I said I should let him go and he acted surprised. So then I was left feeling socially awkward, as usual. The date ended with a hug, but not any hopes of a second date.

Now I’m home in my cozy bed with my knitting and a movie. Night!

Have fun!

AJ

Torrential Rain

Im not sure I’ve ever seen it rain as hard as it has today and it hasn’t let up once. I hear there is flooding all over the place and it doesn’t surprise me!

Teaching:

Well we got a lot accomplished: journals about what will happen in December, music class, math practice of skip counting, assessment of skip counting, silent reading, Christmas vocabulary brainstorm and relay races in gym. I spent my prep with my co-teacher starting to plan our December theme. I noticed most of the kids questions were about Santa so we’re going to do a Santa Around the World theme. If anyone knows something about the Santa legend in another country, please let me know. We’re going to try to cover up to 15 countries and do a small activity too.

I’d say it was a successful day and I think being with my colleagues and the kids improved my spirits!

I ran out right after school for a massage that was great. It hurt, but that’s a good thing!

Knitting:

I got two small projects finished tonight that will go into the Christmas market.

They aren’t that exciting, but they did use up another skein. I’ve spent the evening trying to come up with my next project. I have three colours of bulky yarn and only 170 grams in total. Maybe a hat:)

Exercise:

I didn’t want to break my Clean November Challenge, but I also didn’t want to undo my massage so I did a half hour of yoga at home. I used the yoga journal website again and did the standing poses. It worked great! Now I just have to do it more often!

Reading:

I am reading the third book in the Return of the Blackwell Brothers series. I don’t think this book is helping my mood as it seems a little depressing so far:(

Movies:

I watched Switched For Christmas tonight. I enjoyed it, but liked Greg much more than Tom! Candace Cameron Bure did a great job of playing Twins!

Well I’m off to sleep!

Have fun!

AJ

Just Off

I had a lovely day planned and it went according to plan, but something was just off:(

Organization:

My day actually started at 3:30 when I was wide awake and booked tickets to visit my parents in the middle of nowhere this winter holiday. For the deal I got, I can afford to go to the middle of nowhere and do nothing for a week, though I am going to try and talk them into doing one thing while I’m there. We could go look around a nearby town or city, park, monument, trail, etc, just something so people don’t look at me weird when I go back home.

I decided to book this because I kept looking at tickets so I figured that meant I wanted to go. Hopefully my dad doesn’t drive me too crazy in seven days- maybe a miracle will occur. I just worry too much about what other people think of my decisions and I know I shouldn’t! I just have to focus on how restful and warm I will be there and I’ll get a little dose of my mom:)

Exercise:

After grabbing a few hours of sleep, I got up for my regular Sunday morning group run. It was a shorter one today as coffee and tea definitely seemed to be more important. Brenda wasn’t awake yet and Dennis has a chest cold so the forty minute run was just fine with all of us!

Shopping:

After a lovely cup of tea, I did make myself stop in and pick up a few things for the week. I decided to not buy much as I couldn’t remember what I had in the freezer and thought it would be better to just go back if I needed to!

Crafting:

I had decided today was the day to get ahead on some of the projects I have piled up. I started with sewing up Brady’s pants. Boy that kid can destroy a pant knee!! I hope the seaming doesn’t bother him too much as without using a patch, I didn’t really have any other options. I also got the rest of the curtains done for Liane’s camper. I’m really glad both of these things are out of my house! The only project I have left for other people are pillows for Brenda. I’ll have to get to them before Christmas.

Cooking:

I also got back to being organized and spent some time in the kitchen getting ready for the week. I made up a hash that I can cook an egg on top of each morning and be feeling very spoiled for my breakfasts. I also got my cereal portioned out for recess snack, and soup taken out of the freezer for lunches. Thankfully I also got the kitchen cleaned up after myself as that will also improve my week!

House:

I also got a ton of laundry done and all of my new clothes entered into my clothing app. I have a cleaned off bed, and a clean hallway which was lovely to walk into! Now I just need to go through my sweater cupboard and get it tidied up too! I swear the sweaters rearrange themselves!

Reading:

I finished my latest ARC that had to be done by November 30th. A Lot Like Christmas by Kait Nolan.

This is the story of the waitress Hannah Wheeler whom we have met in previous books. She is ready to re-enter life and fortuitously meets Ryan Malone, an army medic home on leave, at that very time!

I really enjoyed this book. I liked that Ryan developed over the course of the book. He starts out a man who has seen too much horror in his life and moves towards a man who remembers the good things he is fighting for.

I also like Hannah. She is multifaceted which made her much more realistic. When we start the book she is portrayed as a merry elf of a woman, but as we come to know her through the book, we find she has a backbone and has had her fair share of hardship. Her positivity is a choice, not naivety.

The story does go by very quickly! I didn’t want to do anything but read, and the quick timeline of a few weeks didn’t negatively affect the story. I liked how the ending was realistically portrayed as happening a year later.

This book also offers some humor in the form of the great uncle Percy. His timing is horrible, but led me to giggle several times:)

Finally, this book also communicated a great message. When Ryan is upset about something, Hannah encourages him to see that he was meant to be where he was. We can’t carry all the burdens or take all the blame for events.

I thank Kait Nolan for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book definitely keeps up the excellent Wishful series.

Knitting:

I also got some knitting done this evening, once I sat down. The bag I started last night is finished, except I’m blocking the handle so it hasn’t been attached yet. I will hopefully have a picture tomorrow, but surprisingly I’m really happy with it. It is the second project I’ve made from the knitting bags book I bought earlier this year:)

Movies:

I have to admit, I rewatched Christmas movies as I was knitting. I watched A Very Merry Mix Up with Alicia Witt. I enjoy her as an actress, but every movie seems to show her running and she looks really weird when she runs! I like this movie because it shows a family that is seriously into Christmas and making it fun!

I’m thinking I should come up with a list of Fun Christmas things to do for the month of December so I don’t become a Scrooge! It will have to wait until tomorrow though as I’m exhausted. Maybe that’s what threw off my day?

Have fun!

AJ

1,2,3, 🛑

It has seemed like such a busy day with three things in one day, but thankfully they were all wonderful!

Exercise:

My friend Sarah had texted to see if I wanted to do a trail run this morning and it was super nice to look forward to running with someone! We had a forty minute, slow run and it was lovely as we managed to time it for a break in the rain:). Kula has fun too as there must have been some wildlife through that trail recently as he was going crazy sniffing!

Socializing/ Shopping:

After a quick shower, I was out to pick up two other friends and meet a third for “The Olde Farmhouse Sale”. It’s a big sale with tons of vendors held about an hour away. I absolutely loved the shirts by ” Brand Squawk” by was disappointed to find that their extra small was still too big. I actually got called dainty by three different vendors today!

I managed to only buy two small things for myself and finish all but one of my Christmas gifts.

The purple polka dots is a new snack container for work and the other is a microwave bowl:). I’m really excited to use it and thought I didn’t want to have to buy the materials to make either for what I paid for them!

On the way home we quickly popped into Michael’s for one of the ladies to look for some yarn she needed. I managed to come out empty handed🎊🎉

Knit Night:

I came home from the sale to quickly tidy my house before Brenda came over for knit night. I managed to get caught up on my temperature cowl. It’s hard to believe I’m just over a month from being done that!

I also figured out I didn’t have enough yarn to do a poncho out of my bulky green yarn either, so I’ve ripped it out and am making a bag and a bowl out of it. After all this, it must leave my stash!

After this busy, but wonderful day, I’m about to sit down with my knitting and a Hallmark movie.

Have fun!

AJ

I Made It!

Well I made it through the week and that’s about the best that can be said!

Teaching:

It was a tough day that started with my feet and legs being drenched:(. Why didn’t I put on my boots this morning?

My most difficult boy had a better morning, but unfortunately didn’t hold it together for the rest of the day:(

We got through our Friday journals where we all realized how little we did this week! How did that happen???

We got through a counting by 5s lesson and a STEM activity with our buddies where we built a nest for Roz the robot from the book, The Wild Robot.

It was an okay day, but I think we were all happy to see the end of it!

Reading:

I finished the second book in the Return of the Blackwell Brothers series,The Rancher’s Rescue by Cari Lynn Webb.

This is the second story in the series and features Ethan Blackwell, or Day 2 as one resident calls him. (I loved this part and giggled out loud). He comes home to run the family guest ranch and to take some pressure off his older brother Jon. He had been in town a few months before and he now has some unfinished business with Grace, the little sister of his high school girlfriend.

The main characters in this book were fine- realistic and well rounded, however, the cast of supporting characters were great! I loved Grace’s mom and Pops, and the judge! What characters! They added a lot to the story!

I spent a lot of this book yelling at the characters in my head as they weren’t communicating. I guess the author did a great job as they were driving me crazy! The book got infinitely better for me once Ethan blurted out his problems.

The setting of this story is great and I really love the fictional town. It seems like a great place to live and grow up.

The one regret I had about thus book was that the couple from the last book only made one short appearance. I would have loved to have seen what Nanny Fantastic could do with this couple!

Thank you to the author for the free copy in exchange for an honest opinion. I really enjoyed the book!

Exercise:

I had a workout with L today and we were just getting into the rhythm of switching up treadmill intervals with floor exercises when the woman called to say she was nearby to pick up the mug she had bought from me. My workout turned into a run to the rec centre with the mug and then a run back. She even honked at me! Who does that? I’m not an inanimate object! She could have just called my name!

I finished up the workout and headed home. It was short but that’s probably a good thing as I’m still sore from my Wednesday and Thursday workouts!

Socializing:

This evening, I prove that I have officially corrupted, Michelle. She is watching Christmas movies in November! We watched Road To Christmas. It was a super cute movie and I even almost cried at the end it was so sweet! Now I need to see more!

Have fun!

AJ

Hurray!

It was a tough day, but also a good one:)

Teaching:

Even with two boys away, it was a tough day as some of my students are really struggling with the expectations right now. I’m hoping it’s just the full moon affecting them and it will get better, but I’m not sure. I guess we will see, but it’s truly exhausting right now:(

It’s amazing what I end up teaching about! Today, I taught “how to blow your nose”. Ugh this is not what I went to school for so many years to do!!!

I at least also taught how to print the letter “a”, and how to count backwards by 5s and different types of lines in art.

It was quite the day, but at least it ended with me finishing my last report card. 🎊🎉. I still need to edit them, but I always feel better once I have something that I can hand in! Now hopefully with those done I can quit stress eating!

It got even better when my second box from MEC showed up! I now have all my honey stinger chews and waffles:)

Exercise:

I was late at work so it was almost directly to Athletic Yoga. There were some interesting moves tonight!!! And why is every workout concentrating on arms and back right now? I was already sore from yesterday!

Reading:

I’m still on my second Blackwell Brothers book, but it’s coming along. I think I’ll go crawl into bed and finish it:)

Have fun!

AJ