Day 1 (of what I don’t know)

It was the first official work day off for Spring Break today.

Exercise:

I set off to do 6km for my Squad Runner mission this morning while it was still -2. I don’t know if my body or my brain was the problem, but I actually had to pause my watch and take a couple of breaks. It was definitely not my best run:(. It did however, get done!

Later I went for a lovely walk in the sunshine. It was just too pretty to stay in!

Finally this evening, I did a workout. A minute of jogging between 25 reps of each of these:

Tricep extension

Bent over row

Pullovers

Chest press

Bicep curls

Squats

Plié squats

Bicycle crunches

Crunches

Reverse crunches

1 minute plank (just for my mom)

I am still one ahead in running than workouts, but I’m sure a day will come when I won’t run. Right now, I’m just trying to make up some mileage!

Errands:

We didn’t know what all the announcements were going to bring and my friends were starting to worry about me, so I ran some errands. I got my prescription renewed, groceries picked up (though I realized today how little packaged food I can actually eat), a new CO2 canister picked up, and library books returned and two new ones borrowed. It was pretty quiet everywhere so at least they went quickly. These were all the things I was saving for when my mom was in town to keep me company. I didn’t try to do Costco however!

Knitting:

I have spent most of the day knitting again. I have some finished objects to show off though I apologize for the bad lighting.

My new sweater. It is an Anne Budd “recipe” from her book Top Down Sweaters. The pattern was very easy to follow and I enjoyed being able to make it my own. The yarn is unmarked handspun that was in my stash. I don’t even remember when I got it or where it came from.

My favourite baby hat to make! It is a simple rolled brim hat and it turned out cute in the sock yarn, though I do wish it was a little taller. It will need to be for a small baby!

A kids hate with a very cute snowflake pattern that is tough to see in this nighttime picture. I loved this pattern, Schneeflocke Hat by Liz Deane, and will definitely make it again! I used up two small balls of bulky weight yarn so it was a success.

Well I have an early morning run tomorrow with Dennis, since they hasn’t been outlawed yet, and I’m thinking I’d better call my cell provider as I imagine I’ll be over my limit very quickly as I don’t have WiFi at home.😳. That will be the extent of my excitement for tomorrow.

Have fun!

AJ

Social Distancing or Normal?

Well some might call it social distancing, but it really has been just a normal weekend for me.

Saturday:

I have to admit that I sat down to knit a row at 6:16am on Saturday morning and finally got into workout gear at 8pm, only to put my jammies back on 25 minutes later🤣

I spent the entire day knitting my striped sweater.

I baked banana bread, but don’t like how it turned out so I may just throw it away.

My workout was a Kayla Itsines workout I saw on Facebook. It was quick and simple and consisted of 3 sets of 12 reps of the following:

Bent over rows

Military press

Mountain climbers

Hand release pushups

Goblet squats

Squat to reverse lunge

Step up with knee up

Bridge

I didn’t get very sweaty but it had a lot of good moves.

Sunday:

I started the day with my usual run meet up. Two walked and three of us ran. It was very sunny but very cold, actually colder than it was in January!

I enjoyed having company but found it a little tough. I usually run with Dennis who definitely challenges me as he runs faster than me, but today Sarah came out and I felt like I should stick with her, but we were running a full minute slower per kilometer. It shouldn’t bother me as plenty of people have slowed down for me and I have lots of other times to run fast, but this morning, it did kind of get to me:(

After coffee and a quick stop for groceries, I have spent the day knitting again.

I have one button band to do and I am done this sweater so there should be a finished object photo tomorrow:)

This evening I have gotten a workout done- day six from the Ten Pound Shred book. It consisted of 40 seconds of each exercise for three sets. I did:

High knees

Lunges

Stability ball bent over rows

Plié squats

High knees

Up downs

An crunches with a dumbbell

Stability ball Superman

I was definitely sweating by the end of this workout!

I have been quite calm about everything that is happening, but this evening I had a friend text me and it kind of got to me. I think it’s because I don’t know how anything would work. Maybe I should go buy a bit more food. I don’t keep much in my house as it calls to me. I’m supposed to be visiting my parents next week or later this week, but now I wonder if I’ll be able to? Of course, I can’t tell if they actually want me to come for the whole time or to limit my time as they are busy with their renovating? I sometimes wish someone else, anyone else, would organize my life!

Ugh I think I’ll just go back to knitting!

Have fun!

AJ

The Last Day

Well I guess it’s good I have a quiet life as I’ve watched a lot of people have to make some tough decisions today:(

Teaching:

I only had twelve kids for a bit and eleven for most of the day. We had gymnastics and music this morning. Then tackled calendar, our big math drill and a desk clean before lunch. After lunch we did silent reading, buddies and 3/4 of a spy kids episode as a final treat.

I can’t believe what it’s like having so few kids!! They all seem a bit more needy than usual, but I’m sure they’re just reacting to the weird vibe in the air.

Socializing:

I left school pretty quick and went for tea and a treat with our secretary to celebrate spring break.

My treat was a trifectabar, but thankfully the company was better! I didn’t like the coconut oil topping on this. It was too rich for my tummy and too hard to cut through. I should have gone with the cookie!

Exercise:

There wasn’t much time to linger over tea as I had arranged to meet Dennis for a run at the river.

There were so many times on this run when I wanted to tell him to go ahead that I was going to slow down. I didn’t and managed to keep up for most of it. Another 4.47km closer to Kathy’s house:)

Knitting:

I finished off a headband at lunch:

It’s actually a pretty purple basketweave, but nighttime photography is horrible🤣

I also worked on my sweater some more. I had a panic attack when I realized I messed up my colouring. The pattern said to knit to 11.75″ and I planned for a total of 11.75″ instead of 11.75″ from the sleeve down. Obviously I had no brain at that point. I have found a lighter pink I can add stripes of, but if that doesn’t take me to the length I need, I’m not sure what I will do as I only have a brown or a different blue colour left. If you have an opinion or idea, I’d love to hear it.

Well that was my day yesterday and I’m sorry I forgot to press publish last night.

Have fun!

AJ

A Disappointment

Well my life was affected by Coronavirus:(.

Teaching:

I had eight children away today so there were only 14 kids in my class and boy was it different. The class was quiet and calm as for a change- it was major players who were away. It was lovely- almost like a holiday!

We got through writers workshop where we did persuasive writing, and library and we made mosaic tulips for our window. We finished the day with gymnastics.

I was amazed that we got the art done, but I guess that again just shows how calm the class was.

Reading:

I made myself finish the kids Bookclub book right when I got home. The book, The Year of the Ray by Grace Lin. This book is a very quick read and deals mainly with the idea of dealing with change for children. It was a good read, but I wouldn’t say you have to run out and buy it.

Knitting:

I have been busy knitting my cardigan this evening as I was still thinking I may get it done for Saturday morning. However that no longer matters as the knitting show is cancelled due to Coronavirus. I know this is very small compared to what people in different parts of the world are dealing with, but I am extremely disappointed as I was so looking forward to this event!

As I was knitting I was thinking about the fact that I haven’t stockpiled any toilet paper or food, but I’m good for books and knitting for two weeks in my house🤣🤣🤪

Well, I’m going back to knitting.

Have fun!

AJ

Knit Night

It was so nice to have knit night to look forward to!

Teaching:

It wasn’t a bad day until my students embarrassed me at the end of the day. We had music this morning and I got next week planned during this time.

Quiet time was awesome as I read with all seven kids and my lowest girl read a new book all the way through with no mistakes!!🎉🎊. So exciting!

We tackled two math drills and just got started writing about gymnastics when lunch rolled around.

After lunch we had gymnastics where one of my students fell off the bar – my worst nightmare! He went home as he wasn’t feeling good, though I’m not sure how much I buy that.

After gymnastics we had a fire fighter come talk to the class. First off my class was super loud and talkative and weren’t listening respectfully, then when he showed a picture of his two boys- one of the girls said (loud enough for everyone to hear)- “oh too bad- I thought you could date miss B”. OMG!!!!! Please just let me sink into the floor!

I was happy to get out of there and into the sunshine!

Exercise:

I was sore, tired, hungry and didn’t feel like running, but still made myself go. I got 3.07km in and kept my average below 7min/km so I’m counting it as a success. I really should be running further than that though!

Knitting:

I finished a little black headband at lunch and so got to take another skein off my stash list🎊🎉. Other than that I have been knitting on my sweater and tonight I separated out the sleeves and went beyond that. I always love when I get less stitches on the needles!

My sweater so far. Two more days and I get to go to a knitting show!😀

Well I need sleep as yet again I didn’t want to get up this morning.

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday #43

It’s hard to believe I have been to trivia 43 times!

Teaching:

Today was pretty good though my students had a lot of energy! I had a meeting about coding first thing this morning and then we had a parent presentation. He is the general manager of where I go for trivia, but thankfully he went to school to be a teacher so he did a great job of making it appropriate for kids.

We finished off our pictures of urban, suburban and rural communities and glued our art projects into our scrapbooks before we had a second parent presentation- a control systems engineer. I’m still not sure what she does but she brought lots of things for the kids to touch so they liked that!

After school I stuffed my report cards and hopefully I am done with them!

A lovely massage (or st least a helpful one) and some grocery shopping rounded out the afternoon.

Trivia:

For the first round we had help from a fifteen year old which really helped!

Where was Lord of the Rings filmed?

New Zealand

What were the names of the parents in Happy Days?

Howard and Marion

Who was a famous Simpson?

Bart

What is a full house in Yahtzee worth?

25 points

Which country invented the Caesar?

Canada

The music round was good for a change as part was New Country which is my guilty pleasure:)

In the Kahoot! Round I knew:

Which Canucks player averaged more than one point per game in the playoffs?

Panel Bure

Which car manufacturer makes the Highlander?

Toyota

How many theses did Martin Luther nail to the door?

95

Which triangle has two equal sides?

Isosceles

What is the capital of New York?

Albany

How many miles to the Love Shack?

15

Who was the first woman to fly solo?

Amelia Earhart

Who sand Tequila?

Dan & Shae

Sorry I forgot to pay this last night!

Have fun!

AJ

Stop Worrying

I went to bed early last night as I knew I had a 6am workout and then I was awake half the night worrying I would miss the alarm:(

Exercise:

I got a good workout in with L this morning. I used the spin bike again and managed not to harm myself. I also did weights- plank rows, seated rows, pikes, pushups to knee tuck, crunches, and abs on the ball.

It was a great workout except o forgot to start my watch for the floor work. Did it happen if it’s not in my Garmin?

This afternoon it was too beautiful to not go for a run, so I did a short 3km loop to the park and back. I felt like I was going so slow and my legs were feeling very tired, but I survived and put a few more kilometers in:)

Teaching:

Today was a good day with the kids, but not with administrivia. We had gymnastics first thing and we had a different instructor again who wasted the first ten minutes of my kids’ session setting up. I was not impressed!

We got through calendar, and a math drill and the writing of a Spring Break Bucket List. I giggled over the fact that supposedly one little boy is going to both Mexico and Africa. Wow!🤣🤣

Sorry it’s so difficult to read. The kids erased it before I could get a better picture.

This afternoon we had a parent visit who is a documentary filmmaker. It was really cool to hear about her job and in fact, I have been impressed with the breadth of jobs we have in our parent community.

Reading:

I have done a bit of knitting, but spent my evening finishing off the book, When A Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes. I always seem to enjoy Grace Burrowes books, though this one is slightly slow through the middle. I do love her heroine though.

Unfortunately, Goodreads says I am six books behind on my reading goal for the year, so I’m going to need to find some good books to speed through!

Well that’s it for me. Have fun!

AJ

My Weekend

I just realized I forgot to post about my actual activities last night. I went to bed early but unfortunately didn’t sleep well.😖

Exercise:

Saturday morning I ran a new part of the dyke with Dennis. This is the part I had been curious about. We started out and figured we would do 5-8km. It was spitting rain, but nothing too bad. We hit the next major road in 4.47km and Dennis suggested going back on the other side of the dyke. We walked the bridge and started back. This side was fun to run as while the first side was super smooth and compacted, the second side was like a goat track. I had to watch my footing so it took my mind off the fact I was running. We were about 2km from the end when I saw Dennis stop in front of me. It took me a moment to realize he had stopped because there was a canal offshoot of the river that went right and we couldn’t get across it. We had to turn around and run the whole way back, and of course it was sleeting by this point. Instead of a lovely 5-8km, we did 15.55km. It wasn’t always fun, but I maintained a pace under 7min/km and it was probably a good thing as if he had asked if I wanted to go 15km, the answer would have been no, but obviously I can do it:)

That was my only exercise on Saturday, but on Sunday I got a 5km brisk walk in with my running buddies, a 25 minute yoga session and a workout.

For the workout I did another of the 10 Pounds Shred workouts. I did 3 sets of 40 seconds of the following:

Skipping (actually 2 mins each time)

Superman’s on SB

Squats

Spider-Man pushups

Skaters

Deadlifts

Reverse crunches

SB hamstrung curls

I feel like I did enough this weekend!

Shopping:

On Saturday I headed downtown to spend time with one of my oldest friends. We walked across the bridge from her place and spent five hours browsing through the shops on Granville street- mostly furniture but with a few clothing stores and an Indigo stop as well. It was an awesome time as she is easy to be with and it was nice to catch up. We laughed cause it was a beautiful day, but when we came out after lunch it was sunny and hailing at the same time!

Eating:

We went to an awesome restaurant downtown called Heirloom. This is the second time I have been here and I’ve enjoyed it both times. It is a vegetarian/ vegan restaurant so it cuts down a lot of the worries for me. I was super excited when I saw I could have a soup and sandwich. I decided on tomato soup and grilled cheese. YUM!!! It was so good!

I figured after 15km I could afford the grilled cheese indulgence. Next time though, I’ll eat less as I learned they had three desserts I could have enjoyed!

Knitting:

On Sunday I spent most of the day knitting on my sweater. I had to rip out what I had done during the week as it was way too big. I found a pattern in a book I owned called a top down yoke sweater in a child’s size. So far it has been super easy to follow. Now I just have to hope it fits and blocks out nicely. I am using handspun from my stash and the yarn is all thick and thin, but some of it is thinner than I was expecting:(

Well there’s my weekend in a nutshell- it was a good balance of out and in:)

Have fun!

AJ

SAL Update

Wow three weeks can go fast!

Stitching:

This is a picture of the project that has set on my shelf for the past eleven years). This year I am determined and it at least sits on my coffee table now. This is where I was at three weeks ago.

And this is where I am now:

It still doesn’t seem to look like much. I have put 188 stitches in since the last update. I have finished the columns that I had left undone (yes I try to work evenly across the columns and rows, but I did purposely try to do some more of the green as I figured that would at least. I think you may still have to take my word for it that I’ve done some stitching on this.🤣 Kathy’s suggestion to keep track of my stitches definitely inspires me, though we will see how far I can keep increasing to. Oh well, it’s still better than the eleven previous years!

Be sure to check out everyone else’s progress! Welcome to our two new members of the SAL- Laura and Cathie! Welcome back to Linda:) There are some amazing projects! If you’re interested in joining, just click on Avis’ link.

Jenny

Avis

Claire

Gun

Carole

Sue

Constanze

Christina

Kathy

Margaret

Cindy

Heidi

Jackie

Sunny

Hayley

Megan

Deborah

Mary Margaret

Renée

Carmela

Jocelyn

Sharon

Daisy

Anne

Cathie

Laura

Linda

No Wonder

I’ve been feeling really flabby and out of shape this week, actually mostly like a baby elephant. When I started thinking about it, I realized I ate out Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and will probably be again tomorrow. No wonder!! As soon as I go out I’m eating more than I should, but here’s the quandary… I like having a social life. Ugh somehow I need to find how to balance social life and weight🤔

Teaching:

It wasn’t a bad day, but maybe that’s because we didn’t learn much. My students started the day with gymnastics, then music. We had quiet time and calendar after recess. We finally tackled some learning with fact families. All but two students seem to have gotten it. I will need to pull them next week and see about going over the concept with manipulatives.

This afternoon we had planners, silent reading and centres. Thank goodness for our math drills and fact family work or we would have done nothing all day!!

Socializing:

One of our teachers has been really feeling stressed this week so she suggested going out for drinks. We got one of the local pubs and it was a lovely hour of socializing:)

And more food! I should have asked for just the sandwich:(

Knitting:

I spent a lot of time cutting my odds and ends into 4-8″ pieces as my friend is going to put them out for the birds.

I did get a bit of knitting in, and am really hoping this sweater will fit me! Of course I may grow into it quickly if I keep eating out!🤣

Socializing:

Today I finally set my goodreads goal for my usual 100 books and it says I’m six books behind! I had asked my co teacher Liane if she wanted to hit Chapters with me tonight. We had a lovely couple of hours looking at books though I came home with no books. Even though I have a gift card to spend!

Ugh!

I think I’ll just go to bed!

Have fun!

AJ