A Change of Plans

My day changed slightly, but I think it was for the better:)

Teaching:

My alarm went off this morning and I slept solidly for another half hour. That means I got ten hours of sleep last night, but I obviously needed it as this was the first morning I’ve gotten up without a sore throat in a long time!

Our day was okay, though we had to change items around as our special helper was out of the room first thing. The children did great with their journal and I taught about exclamation marks which they all used today, whether they needed them or not🤣

We also had science this afternoon where the children looked at different signs of Fall with a magnifying glass and drew what they saw. It was a highlight for some which I was happy about as I think I looked pretty odd walking up the hill this morning collecting and carrying those signs of Fall.

After school I was slated to go to an I service workshop, but I had mixed up who it was speaking and decided that while it would be great, I just didn’t need to add another item to my list. I stayed at school until 6:15 and got a few jobs done that I’ve been hoping to. It felt pretty good:)

I swear this is a job I could work at 24-7,365 and never be done!

Movie:

As I was working, I listened to/watched a new Hallmark movie called The Sweetest Heart. I enjoyed this movie, perhaps because it was based around a bakery. It had a cute guy and a semi-realistic plot:)

Exercise:

I made myself exercise as soon as I walked in the door. It was a short, but cardio intense workout. I had to do one minute of skipping and between each minute I had to do plank jacks or burpees counting backwards from 20 by 2s- so 20 burpees, 18 plank jacks, 16 burpees, etc. I was definitely breathing hard by the end!

Household:

I then made myself unload and load my dishwasher and mop my floors before I got to sit down. The house is getting there- just the bathroom and vacuuming left to do:)

I did get home to a nice picture of my dad using the blanket:)

I hear he is trying to claim it as his own and not let my mom use it. I’ve sent the message that he is welcome at my next lesson in sharing!🤣

Well, that’s it for the day! I’m off to read more of my Bookclub book.

Have fun!

AJ

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Happy Thanksgiving

There was way too much work involved with my holiday!

Exercise:

I had the Monday Squad Runner mission of 5km to do, but decided to walk it and give my legs a little break. It was so quiet when I set out and nobody seemed out yet. This didn’t last long though:(

I also got out this afternoon for the 45 minute Tuesday-Wednesday mission. I miss summer where I could just run the mission on the day it was for! I did run all of this and had a consistent pace so that was good. Hopefully it helps to counterbalance all the eating!

Knitting:

I sat down first thing this morning to get the ends woven into the afghan so it would be ready for my parents today. I know there are mistakes in it and it is 1.5 inches shorter than I wanted, but I’m still happy with it. The pattern is called Courtly from the Leisure Arts Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans. I really love this book because all of the Afghans are made in one piece so there’s little chance of them coming apart:). I bought the book when I was in junior high and have made many of the Afghans out of it. It has certainly paid for itself many times over!

Household:

On my way home from my run, I stopped in and grabbed the groceries I still needed to make my food for the week. I got Greek salad made for my dinners and yogurt and granola made for my breakfasts. I plan on turkey and cheese sandwiches so I’ll have to make them each morning for lunch.

I got started on cleaning my kitchen after this. I have book club at my house next Sunday and have been stressing about getting the place clean enough by then! My lovely mother came to the rescue and helped. She got my spare room tidied enough for the sewing table to go in there. I will just need to mop floors, clean the bathroom and vacuum during this week, much more manageable. This evening I even managed to get my sheets changed and my new pillows put in my bed:)

Eating:

For getting the kitchen deep cleaned, I decided I deserved ice cream!

I grabbed the vegan pumpkin pie and the vegan everything but the kitchen sink from Rocky Point Ice Cream. It was okay, but I may have to make my own as I didn’t find them very creamy:(

I also had dinner out with my parents at the Coquitlam Grill. They offer a turkey dinner which both of my parents enjoyed. Of course it wasn’t dairy free and gluten free so I had a turkey and cranberry sandwich with a side salad. It was still yummy and nice to get a last minute visit in before my parents leave in the morning!

Reading:

I finished the book a parent at school had lent me, way too long ago. The War That Saved My Life was an excellent book, though definitely written with a sequel in mind. Good for kids who want war books but are too young for anything too scary. I think a boy or girl aged 9-11 would like this book.

I have now begun my Bookclub book for this month which I need to have done by Sunday. Thankfully my mom and friend Michelle have both said it was a quick read. So far, that is proving true thankfully!

Well, I’m off to sleep off all my eating!

Have fun!

AJ

Sit, Assess, Repeat

Yesterday was another busy day!

Exercise:

I showed up for my Sunday run group and stupidly told them I needed to do 11km for my Squad Runner mission. We weren’t positive so I laughingly said we’d run until Dennis turned around. Well at 2km I was ready to make it a 6km run and be done with it, but Dennis never even looked back until I caught up to him stopped at the 5.6km mark. I guess they really are the best running buddies as they make sure I get my miles in whether I want to or not🤣

Shopping:

After a shower and a delicious grilled cheese sandwich with my new jalapeño cheddar cheese I headed out to grab my mom.

We started at the furniture store my brother got his couch at. I found one I liked the shape of, but it wasn’t that soft and it was grey:(

We also hit Winners to look, but all I found was the last pair of boots I needed to replace.

These are all the shoes/boots I have bought over the weekend. I should be good for a couple of years. Oh and just to put it in perspective the youngest boot I am getting rid of is 8 years old!

We then carried on and tried another 8 furniture stores. I came home with nothing, though I did refine what I wanted with each store:). My couch needs to have legs, be a lower back, plain seat, tufted back, textured material, lower arms, not too big- just big enough for me to lay on for a nap, be comfortable for other people. Now I just have to find that!🤪

Eating/product Review:

I really wanted dairy free seasonal ice cream so we stopped at the cafe I thought we had the best chance with. They had regular pumpkin pie, but that was it:( My mom said it was really good!

We stopped at Pomme so I could check out the sales and they had a Daisy Pumpkin Spice cheesecake. I bought one, even though it wasn’t on sale. I quickly cut it up and put it in baggies for individual servings when I got home. I did half serving sizes as I don’t need 350 calories of cheesecake at one time! I tried some frozen and some thawed and while I like the texture a lot better frozen, the taste definitely comes out more when it is thawed. I think it would be a great dairy/ gluten free alternative, especially with coco-whip on top!

Knitting:

I spent the evening knitting and managed to finish my parent’s afghan!!!!🎊🎉. I just have to weave in the ends and I will share a picture.

Well that was my Sunday and now I’m off to start my day!

Happy Thanksgiving and have fun!

AJ

I Should Have Listened

When your day starts out a certain way, it pays to listen and change your plans!

Exercise:

I met up with Sarah and Kula for a morning trail run today. I arrived early and so went for a little jog along the road to warm up. It was a slow run, but still nice to get out and since we were early it was quiet.

I’m always worried about slowing people down when I run with them, but today Sarah slowed me down and it didn’t bother me at all as having someone to run with was more important. I need to keep this in mind as perhaps those other people feel that way too!

This evening after dinner I got out for a bit more of a run. I started out on the trail, but decided it was going to be too dark and so went out onto the sidewalk. I felt like I was running really fast, only to get home and realize I wasn’t. It was funny that I wasn’t feeling my legs at all whereas this morning they were tired and sore from my workout yesterday.

I was hoping to get to 10 or 11 km today as I have to do 21km for the mission this weekend, but I only got to 9.81km. I sure hope my running buddies are flexible tomorrow.

Shopping:

After a quick shower, I picked my mom up and we headed out to tackle my list.

We started at the brewery so I could pick up a hat for my brother, but unfortunately they weren’t open yet. I really should have taken this to heart and gone home at this point as it didn’t turn out to be a super successful shopping trip until late in the day. I stopped in to order Birkenstocks and got the impression the guy really didn’t want to deal with this. I tried to buy Woolite and couldn’t find the size of bottle I wanted. I looked for a duvet cover and couch and didn’t find either. I then went back and got the hat, but the woman in front of me took forever!

At this point I decided I needed food and introduced my mom to Freshii as she had never had it. I guess I’ve never been there so early and hadn’t seen their breakfasts before.

The Huervos bowl was awesome! I liked how it was smaller than their usual bowls.

At this point I decided to head for West Van to look for new shoes. We got stuck in horrible traffic for an hour!!! I turned around and headed to my least favourite mall which turned out not to have the store I wanted. We walked around the block to it and on the way back discovered there was an easy pedestrian overpass.🙄

It was finally on the way back to the car that my luck changed. I stopped into Zara and hit paydirt! I found a pair of tall brown boots I had been looking for, along with some cute shiny blue galoshes and a super warm coat:). It’s a good thing I walked that way through the mall or the whole day would have been a wash!

Eating:

My friend Sarah has been loving having a meal delivery service and has talked me into trying one. I found one, 2 Guys with Knives, that does a gluten free, dairy free version and don’t charge for delivery to my area. I ordered two meals as I am hoping that will get me through lunches and dinners for the week, but we shall see next week. I really don’t think this will become a regular thing, but it will be neat to try it out.

Family:

For the first time in a long time we had a family dinner with one of my brother’s, his wife and son, my parents and I. We were just missing my other brother and his family. We were once again at Pasta Polo and called this our Thanksgiving/ my brother’s birthday dinner. It was so great to see everyone and catch up!

I had an orange drink which still wasn’t sweet enough and the salmon with potatoes and veggies- still way too much food. It was all lovely though! I think they are going to start calling us by name!🤣

Knitting:

I am halfway through my pattern for today, so must get back to knitting!

Have fun!

AJ

Full Speed Ahead

Today just felt busy, though I had less happening than yesterday.

Knitting:

I started the day with three rows of my next afghan pattern and am back working on it now. I’m hoping to get this afghan done, though I’m thinking I might need one more ball of yarn as it is only my height so far, and I come from a tall family! We shall see though as I don’t want any leftover!

Teaching:

It was a pretty typical day. We had our Friday journals where I was surprised the children named the turkey activities as their favorites before the science activities.

We had some math and it showed me the children are good at making patterns, but not at continuing them so we’ll have to do more on that next week. It was unfortunately a very rushed math class:(

We had gym where I finally figured out how to hook up my phone to the sound system so we could listen to music. It was so cute to see them dancing away to the music during our games.

Finally this afternoon we had buddies and started our STEM project surrounding the book, The Rusty Robot. It was a little crazy as the older children didn’t know as much about measuring as we thought, but everyone survived:)

Exercise:

After work I hit up the gym with L for a workout. Boy did it seem tough today, but all I kept thinking was that it would make me a faster runner!

It was bike and treadmill cardio intervals alternating with a ladder workout. We did DB power squats, DB power jacks, v sits, push-ups and squat with press. I don’t even want to think about how many reps I did of each move in the end, not about how sore I will be tomorrow! I really wish I could run as fast outside as I do on the treadmill!

Reading:

I have two books on the go right now and am making good progress, but Bookclub is next weekend so I decided I’d better get the book. My mom kept me company as I drove a town over to get the book from their library. I restrained myself so well and only got seven other books too🤪

This morning I had mentioned to my mom that I needed new Barbie clothes for my Barbie centre. If you want something done- tell your mom:)

She hit the jackpot and I am going to have some very happy little girls on Tuesday afternoon!

Well I need to get back to knitting or this afghan will never get done!

Have fun!

AJ

She’s Back

My co teacher is back after having been off sick for two weeks and boy was it ever nice!!!

Knitting:

I started the day getting three rows done on the afghan pattern and managed to finish that one up later this evening. I am on my second to last call of yarn, so we’ll see if I’m going to have enough or have to go buy more. It seems unbelievable that I am so close to being done this big project too:)

I’m starting to daydream about what I will make next.

Teaching:

The day went pretty well! We finished our seasons mini book and the children all practiced reading it. I changed math to a 100 chart picture of a turkey. It was very interesting to see who knew the numbers well and who didn’t and got frustrated.

This afternoon I was the one frustrated as we tried to cram too large a project in the afternoon space. It got done and turned out well, but I just felt that I was always after the children to hurry and worried about running out of time. That’s what I’m trying to avoid this year!

The directed drawing turkeys did turn out super cute, even though I did the steps in the wrong order. And yes I did say this was one time they didn’t have to colour realistically:)

Baking:

I got home to beautiful sunshine and just felt like baking. I have a super easy granola bar recipe that turns out great no matter what you put in it, so I whipped up some of those:)

The recipe comes from Lunch Box: Creative Recipes for Everyday Lunches which I have had forever.

2 eggs

1 cup brown sugar ( I use less)

1 tbsp canola oil

1 tbsp flour ( I used millet)

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1.5 cups oats

1/3 cup raisins

1/3 cup dried fruit

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup chopped nuts or seeds

This time I used oats, raisins, craisins, dried blueberries and chopped pecans. I have done all different mix-ins though and it’s always turned out great!

Exercise:

This evening I went back to athletic yoga with my friend Corianne. It was still a great workout, but I did like that there seemed to be a bit more stretching in it this time:)

Well I’m off to sleep so I can survive Friday tomorrow:)

Have fun!

AJ

Tired Today

I was just tired today!

Knitting:

I got two rows of my next pattern done before school and about four after school. I will have to spend more time tomorrow night, though I now have until Monday to get it done:)

Teaching:

Our day was better today! We spent most of the morning getting our photos taken. It was definitely the longest it has ever taken so I hope the pictures turn out well! I had to assure my mom that I changed it up from my blue top and black sweater this year! I wore a pink top and grey sweater🤣🤣🤣

Math and science went well and I can confidently say that my students seem to be understanding patterns and seasonal changes😀. We’ll move onto more complicated growing and decreasing patterns next week to keep their interest.

Exercise:

Today I had to run home at lunch to get my workout clothes for boot camp as I had forgotten them. It did help me get my Squad Runner mileage in though:). It was a tough workout today as almost every station worked upper and lower body and abs at the same time! We did:

Weighted lunges off the bench

Weighted 1/2 gets ups

Weighted power jacks

Weighted cross country skiers

Shoulder press to get up

Bench sit up to burpee

V sit with press

Bench tap downs

I was definitely sweating doing the cross country skier while holding a medicine ball over my head! I need to be nicer to L so maybe she’ll take it easier on me!

Shopping:

I grabbed my mom after work tonight to hit up Costco. I had an interesting list- laundry soap and pillows. I got both but also new jammies. I don’t think there was any food in our cart!

Family:

I obviously have the best parents ever as they brought me home treats! I got vegan cheese, more of the okanagon rawsome crackers

Yarn

And a new water pitcher!

It was like Christmas!!!

Well I’m off to sleep early as I’ve been tired today.

Have fun!

AJ

Need To Learn

Every day I seem to find something else I need to learn to do!

Knitting:

My day started with a couple of rows on my afghan pattern. I got the pattern finished and a new one started late this evening. I now have until Saturday at least to get it done:)

Teaching:

The children were a little off this morning, but then again, so was I. My student services time was cancelled due to meetings. This happened way too often last year so this year, I’ve decided to ask questions. I sent an email, but got the usual spun answer😖. Our two student services teachers “work closely together” meaning they both go to every meeting. Unfortunately that means our students get half the service they should get. Ugh I wonder if these two teachers truly don’t get it or if they pretend to not get it as they know it’s wrong? All I know is that it’s incredibly frustrating! I’ve decided that this year I will keep track and call them on it when my service is cancelled.

Otherwise, the cutest thing was when my students surprised me after lunch by being absolutely silent and ready to do planners. I surprised them back by taking them outside to play before we did planners. For all the hugs I got you’d think I’d sprung them from jail🤣

Shopping:

I have added shopping to my mom list as it became clear on my way to work that I need to do some! I couldn’t figure out why my feet were getting wet, until I got to work and inspected my boots.

I don’t think these are doing the job anymore!

Exercise:

I had a ten kilometer run to do for Squad Runner and it was a beautiful day so I got out. It was colder than I expected so I ended up doing just over 4km and calling it a day. Just means I’ll have to do more tomorrow!

Reading:

I finished the book After All (Ever After in Sapphire Falls). I have enjoyed many Erin Nicholas books and this one didn’t disappoint.

This book tells of party girl Peyton and small town cop Scott. They have been circling each other for a while, but want the opposite thing from each other right now.

I really enjoyed this book. Normally I avoid books that have a lot of thinking and self-talk in them as I prefer a faster plot line, but this book was excellent. The characters are super realistic and complex and aren’t stereotypical.

The plot goes fast and is very satisfying. I would definitely recommend this book for a light, fun read:)

Well I have to get to sleep as it’s photo day tomorrow and I don’t want bags under my eyes!

Have fun!

AJ

Not Quite

Well today had a lot of parts that didn’t quite go as I had planned.

Teaching:

I had a new to our school teacher stop in twice this morning and once at lunch. This ate into a lot of the time I had set aside to work on sight word flash cards, and…my answer and advice never changed!

We had an assembly first thing this morning from our local museum about students doing a presentation board about their family veterans. It was cool to see a WWI officer’s uniform, but I tuned out after that. It would have been much more effective to give the presentation at the PAC meeting!

We went into groups today. I don’t normally let the children sit in groups until January, but there just isn’t enough room in my classroom for pair rows:(. The children were super e cited to name their groups! We have The Boo, the Jack-o-Lanterns, The Megs, and Halloween Candies.

The best part of the day for me was the afternoon. We did our first journal entry. (I can’t believe it’s October before I’m getting to that!) the children can write about anything they want, but I have the prompt, ” I am” in case they were stuck. Not they did amazing! One little guy wrote three sentences when last year he didn’t even know all of his letters!

This greatness continued into gym where we played tail tag. I explained the purpose was to really run and get hot and sweaty, and they did it! Not one person asked to go for a drink or to go to the bathroom and that’s s huge improvement! I love perpetual games like that!

We had a staff meeting after work which was super painful! The only saving grace were the treats!

Eating:

Speaking of treats, I enjoyed having all my food ready today. I had cream of rice with cinnamon and raisins, yogurt/raspberry/granola parfait, coleslaw, a chicken thigh and chips, mini cookies and chickpea treats.

Exercise:

I did t want to go for a run, but I had to. I used the walk home to get some mileage in (like a warmup) and then went straight out for a run. After walking to work in pouring rain, it was a beautiful afternoon for a run!!! I didn’t wear headphones and just enjoyed my 3.4km:)

Knitting:

I have spent the rest of the evening knitting. I will be trying to get this afghan done this week, but I’m not going to sacrifice time with my mom for it! The Mom list is super long now!🤣

I did get 3/4 of a pattern repeat done which puts me in pretty good place for getting done by Saturday morning. I had wanted to get a whole pattern repeat done but the staff meeting and run meant I didn’t sit down to it until late. I’ll just work away at it! The one nice thing is that it keeps me warm as I’m working on it:)

Well I’m off to bed as I’m super tired tonight!

Have fun!

AJ

Challenges

I read blogs that set yearly, quarterly, and monthly goals, but do I do that….😝

Exercise:

Well the spider in my bathtub got my heart beating this morning- nothing like seeing movement out of the corner of your eye! Thankfully they aren’t a big problem to me and my shoe took care of it. My running buddies kept my heart racing! I really do have the best running buddies though! I showed up to a planned 5km run and casually mentioned I needed to do 7km today. They said nothing, just changed the route and kept me company.❤️

We ran the river which meant it was awesome going out as it’s a slight downhill most of the way:) we ran from bridge to bridge which is not usual for me, but was fun. The way back was another matter as it was now slight uphill the whole way and actually some of those uphills weren’t so slight!

My average was a 6:38/km pace and I feel like I slowed down at least a whole minute per kilometer coming back! I must have been flying going down!

I also did a walk this afternoon, again in the pouring rain, to get the Monday Squad Runner mission. It was bucketing down and I could tell because I passed very few people which is rare.

I’ve already surpassed my running miles from last year and managed a nice 100km this month. I am thinking I would like to try for 1000km this year which means I need 101km more. It shouldn’t be a problem. Actually I may need to reassess that goal.

The other thought I had today was about running on Thanksgiving. Chelsea of The Dancing Runner was talking about how she runs before eating turkey and that seems like a good idea to me. I started thinking I’d like to try and do two loops of Burnaby Lake to see what kind of time I could get on a 20km. (I haven’t done a half marathon in 8 years and I’m a little worried I would be as slow as I used to be😏☹️). I routinely do about 12km here. This would be a great goal if I had eight weeks, but Thanksgiving is next weekend! Why do I always wait until the last minute to set a goal??? I haven’t decided if this is doable. If you have an opinion, please share it.

Household:

After a yummy tea, I had to take care of my adult chores. I got my groceries bought, laundry done, food prepared for the week, plants watered and some tidying done. I didn’t get to my teaching work, but decided I’d done enough adulting for the day!

Knitting:

I got my new stash put into Ravelry as I am slowly trying to get all of my stash on there. I also got caught up on entering my projects.

This is the headband I made last night and the cowl I finished the other day. I really like how the cowl turned out. I had made up the pattern and can’t decide if I should put it on Ravelry or not? I’m sure there’s probably tons on there already just like it, so I’m not sure it’s worth it. Again let me know if you have an opinion.

I also picked up the boat Afghan again today, and here comes the second crazy challenge I have set for myself today. My mom had said that they would be home for the week and I am thinking I should get this Afghan done this week so they can take it with them. This is the time of the year they really need it on the boat, so it makes the most sense, however, it also means I need to get three or four more pattern repeats done by Friday! I am crazy! I should have thought of this s month ago, not a week out! It means 31 rows a night and I’d be done in three or four nights. That’s quite the time challenge when each row has 230 stitches!

I think it will be top priority this week, but we shall see! Maybe I can talk my parents into staying a couple of extra days…

Ok, well I need sleep as there was no nap in my life this weekend:(

Have fun!

AJ