Friday Eve

It was a tough day as the mid-week snow day really threw off the kids and the teachers.

Teaching:

I seemed to spend a lot of today talking about following directions right away! We got through our hip hop lesson this morning, then calendar. We wrote about our snow day yesterday. I was disappointed with how little they wrote. I need to find a way to inspire them to write more.

This afternoon we had a lesson on deciding strategies and then I gave them some centre time after silent reading and buddy reading.

All in all, not a bad day for a Thursday!

Exercise:

I left school quickly to get my eyebrows and eyelashes done, but I had noticed that the sidewalk looked cleared so I immediately headed out for a run. I figured anything was better than nothing! I actually got 4.25km as it was cleared right over to the park. I was happy with an average 6:33/km pace as I was trying to be cautious because of the snowy slushy, wet, slippery ground under me.

This evening I also got a hallmark workout done. I jogged for a minute between these exercises: squats, reverse lunges, Bridges, pushups, plié squats, crunches, reverse crunches, curtsy lunges, burpees, and dips.

I’m thinking maybe I had better add some weights to this soon!

Movie:

Tonight’s Hallmark movie was Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday. It was super cute and I enjoyed the movie overall:)

Knitting:

The toque for Liane is completely done! This is the Thistle Seed Beanie knitted in Loops and Threads Charisma.

She went with the original chunky toque and now I need to reknit the second one I did as one of our EAs wants it.

Well that’s it for me.

Have fun!

AJ

Snow Day

Well I got my third snow day in 35 years today. I wanted to go back to sleep this morning, but I was just too excited!

Knitting:

I have spent a lot of today knitting. I finished a second version of the thistle seed beanie for my co-worker Liane. This one is made with yarn from my deep stash and is still quite chunky, but I think it may just slouch for her. I did he decreases but haven’t tied off yet in case she wants it longer.

I have started the sockhead slouch toque for myself in some yarn I picked up in Seattle last summer. I realize I’m going to end up with yet another blue toque, but I think it’s the best option I have. I am a little worried about how big it is looking. I tested gauge and was right on, and I am using a smaller yarn as it’s light fingering instead of fingering, but 144 stitches seems huge!

I just hope I come up with my next project while I’m working on this one!

Reading:

I am still reading Seduce Me With Sapphires by Jane Feather. I have previously read some Jane Feather and really liked it, but this book has been a slog for me!

House:

I made myself get up each hour and do something around the house. My dishes got done, all counters wiped down, kitchen floor washed, bathroom wiped down, bedroom floor swept. It’s not everything I want to get done, but it’s at least a start!

Movie:

Today’s movie was Christmas at Dollywood and it was super cute. I always like Danica McKellar, trough I have to admit that she kisses weird!

Exercise:

With all the snow we’ve been having today, I couldn’t see going for a run. I decided to put on my new snowshoes I got last year, but never got to use, and try them out. The first thing I learned was to make sure you wear waterproof pants when snowshoeing as the snow kickback got me soaked in no time. I loved being out but I did sink into the snow. I don’t know if it was just because the snow was super light and fluffy or if I’m too big for my snowshoes. If you know, please let me know.

I also got a hallmark workout done. I did a minute of high knees between each of these: squats, reverse lunges, crunches, bridges, burpees, dips, reverse crunches, Superman, mountain climbers, pushups, and curtsy lunges.

I really need to sit down and think of some new moves so my body doesn’t get used to these.

Finally Answers

Sorry for no post- yesterday I was home for a specialist appointment so it really wasn’t at all interesting. I did as poorly at trivia as usual🤣

I did see a specialist and got some answers. My iron is low in the first place because I am celiac and he has set me up to have my iron tested every three months. As well I got sick from the iron infusion simply because they gave me 3X more than they should have.

I still have to get a ton of blood tests done, but it feels great to have answers.

I had to do a stress test in my snow boots yesterday and even with the extra weight and clunkiness I was deemed healthy and able to do whatever I want!

Well we have a snow day here today- I am amazed as we don’t normally get one, but I’ll take it.

I’m knitting and making myself get up once an hour to do something around the house.

Have fun!

AJ

Lazy Snow

We had quite the accumulation of snow last night and it lazily continued spitting snow all day today. The kids loved it!

Teaching:

I only had fourteen children today so it was difficult to really get anything done as I knew anything I taught today would need to be re-taught tomorrow. We started with a gym block as we were supposed to have our first hip hop lesson but the instructor was late. The students did pretty good at learning a few moves in the fifteen minutes we ended up having.

I decided to go ahead and teach the friends of 10 strategy for addition. The children seemed to get it quite well, but we’ll see how tomorrow goes.

This afternoon we started our polar bear unit by brainstorming our questions about polar bears. There were no earth shattering questions, but there was also only one silly question, so I’ll take it:)

Finally this afternoon we took the children outside so they could play in the snow. We don’t get dry, fluffy snow very often so felt they deserved the chance to just play. It was gorgeous, but very cold out.

Knitting:

We all got out of work quickly after school as everyone wanted to get off the hill in case it snowed me. So far it hasn’t and it had better stay that way!

I finished Liane’s toque, but I’m not sure it is going to be what she wants. She wanted a slouchy toque, but picked a bulky yarn and the two don’t seem to go together very well. I haven’t attached the Pom Pom yet until she tries it on. If anyone can shed light on this problem, please do!

This evening, I have started a knitted backpack that I had bought the yarn and pattern for this last summer. I really liked having both the yarn and pattern ready and together. Maybe I should always buy supplies and patterns this way.

Movie:

Tonight I watched the movie Christmas Town. It was cute but so unrealistic that I found it tough to watch. The Christmas cafe was my favourite part of the movie.

Exercise:

Since I watched a hallmark movie I had to do a workout. I did a minute of jogging in between: squats, reverse lunges, burpees, pushups, crunches, jacks, froggers, plié squats, mountain climbers, reverse crunches, curtsy lunges, dips, and high knees.

Eating:

Not a bad eating day until I ate six cookies after school! I think I was just trying to give myself energy.

I think now I’ll give myself energy by going to bed!

Have fun!

AJ

Sunday Quandary

Everyone in my family knows I collect opinions and then make my own decision and I’ve decided to use you guys for some opinions:)

Exercise:

We had a dusting of snow and a whole ton of rain overnight where I live. Everything above me got a lot of snow. We had a bit of a problem when text messages didn’t go through this morning, but did finally meet up for a wet, quick walk at the river this morning. We decided it was a much better idea just to go for breakfast.

This evening I got a quick Hallmark workout in, though I must admit I wasn’t feeling very energetic. I did a minute of skaters in between: crunches, pushups, squats, plié squats, burpees, mountain climbers, dips, froggers, high knees, curtsy lunges, and lateral lunges.

Knitting:

I have been working on a toque for a co-worker. She picked the thistle beanie off of Ravelry and I have knit it twice today. The first time I had gone down to a size 5mm needle to get gauge, but didn’t like how stiff the knitted product was turning out. The second time I have gone back to a size 6mm needle and will hopefully get a slouching hat. Thankfully she figures her head is bigger than mine so the extra in gauge will hopefully not matter too much.

Socializing:

I visited my friend C today along with Lyndsay. C lost her dad on Thursday night. Here is my conundrum.

C sent three of us text messages telling us that the prayers were this coming Friday night and the funeral is at 12pm on Saturday. Today I learned the prayers are open casket and then on Saturday there is the mass at 12, followed by the internment at 1:45 and then a wake that goes until 6:30.

The other two ladies at work don’t think they want to go to any of it. I don’t particularly want to (who WANTS to go to a funeral) but kind of feel like I should go to show support for my friend. I have known C for three years- we worked together for one year and have worked out once a week for a year and socialized a bit. I had never met her father.

So please tell me what you all would do. I would appreciate any opinions:)

Media:

I listened to a new to me podcast today called Yarniacs. It was quite cute! I bookmarked a few patterns on Ravelry from their suggestions and I liked how simple their show was to follow.

I also watched the Hallmark movie Grounded for Christmas. It was quite cute and displayed a lot of traditional Christmas elements.

I wonder when I will stop watching Christmas movies for the year. Not yet as I’m off to watch another.

Have fun!

AJ

Finally an FO

I had a whole list of things I wanted to get done today, but unfortunately the energy level just wasn’t there for all of it.

Exercise:

Of course I couldn’t sleep in this morning, but after lazing in bed and having a lovely 1/2 of a fried egg sandwich, I got out for a run. Later in the day, I wished I had waited as it was pretty grey when I was out there. I ran slowly as I needed to get 45 minutes in for the Squad Runner mission. I didn’t run that long (used some walking to make up the time), but got a nice 5.24km though it went downhill quickly at the end when my stomach started talking.

After recovering for the rest of the day I got a short hallmark movie workout done this evening. I did a minute of jogging between each of these: crunches, reverse lunges, squats, reverse crunches, burpees, plié squats, dips, froggers, mountain climbers, and high knees. Not many of each, but something.

I’ve been keeping track of my workouts this year and am thinking my goal might be to keep my number of runs and number of workouts equal.

Stitching:

I will have an update at the end of the month, but I actually did some stitching today. It was so nice and bright and sunny that it seemed like the perfect time and I did a lovely calm hour of stitching.

Knitting:

I went to the knitting store today and got a Pom Pom for my friend’s toque that she wants me to make her. I got that and the Gramps pattern from Tin Can Knits with the gift card I got from a student this Christmas.

I also got busy and got my baby blanket done. I used all five balls of yarn I had, but it still didn’t turn out to be as big as I wanted. I still really like the pattern, but also would have liked it if I had done the full 18 rows of border on both ends instead of shortening it to 9.

I tried to have ice cream after the yarn store, but Vashti Rose wasn’t open yet. I guess I was saved.

Movie:

Tonight I watched Homecoming For Christmas which was very cute.

Well that was it for my quiet day!

First Snow Day

It was our first snowfall of the winter though it only amounted to a skiff on the grass in my area. Sometimes I love living in a “banana belt” area!

Teaching:

The kids were so incredibly excited about our tiny bit of snow. I was less than excited about the ten minutes it took before and after each break to get the kids in and out of their snow gear😖

We had music today, completed a worksheet on the counting on strategy for addition. It was so weird that the children did great counting on using a number line but got really confused when using their fingers. I’ve never had that happen before!

This afternoon we had buddy time with our grade four buddies and then the children had centre time. All in all, a pretty good day!

Knitting:

This morning I really wanted to look for more yarn but figured that was dangerous, so I only let myself look when I got home. I had one more skein of sport weight white in the box, but I think this is going to be it. I’ve done two pattern repeats tonight and am kind of hoping to finish this blanket tomorrow. The pattern called for 18 pattern repeats and I’m only at 12 so I don’t think it’s going to make 18, but maybe two more.

Movie:

Tonight I watched Our Christmas Love Song. It was a very cute Hallmark movie with Alicia Witt. I liked the family aspect and the fact she didn’t hid her problems from her family. It is also very Christmassy so it led to a good workout.

Exercise:

It has been miserably wet here all day and I really didn’t want to go out in that, but also didn’t want to have a no exercise day, so I did a hallmark workout. I did a minute of jogging in between each of these moves:

60 reverse lunges, 90 squats, 15 jacks, 20 mountain climbers, 10 burpees, 60 plié squats, 20 dips, 15 pushups, 25 crunches, 5 froggers, 15 reverse crunches, 20 curtsy lunges.

I can’t wait until I’m feeling more energetic and can up the intensity of what I do for these workouts and add weights.

I definitely missed my workout with L this morning but figured I shouldn’t stress my body that much yet.

Well I’m off to bed as I’m exhausted.

Have fun!

AJ

Thunderous Thursday

Finally a difference!

Teaching:

We had Thunderous Thursday this morning where the kids spend the first fifteen minutes running. I was so sad that the girl who loves running in my class missed it.

We did a lesson on short and long u. We have now officially covered all of the vowels.🎊🎉

We played around the world and I was so amazed at the difference in their ability to focus quietly and to count by 5s. Maybe we really are making a difference!

This afternoon we finished up our snowmen and I promise to take a picture tomorrow and add it to the post as some of them are so cute!

After school we had Bookclub and talked about Turtle in Paradise. I really liked the book and how realistic and historically accurate it was. There were a couple of events that weren’t realistic but nothing major and one of the other teachers noticed a few things mentioned that weren’t necessary and that we didn’t want to discuss, but overall a good book!

Exercise:

I got home just in time to head out on a run with Dennis. It was the first night where I wore both wool and down. We’ve definitely come into our first winter weather. We headed out from the running store and did 2.35km out to the aquatic centre and then turned around. It was nice to run with someone and he was great! If I fell back, he checked on me. If I cleared my throat, he checked on me, and he dragged me up the hill at the end. I told him I’d meet him at the top, but he stayed with me:). It was a great 5.28km with decent speed:)

Movies/ Knitting:

I watched the movie Staging Christmas tonight. I don’t think this is a hallmark movie, but rather an Ion movie. They are definitely not as good as hallmark movies. I didn’t do a workout, but will watch it again tomorrow and work out then.

I am still working on the snowflake baby blanket and am done the fourth ball. Any idea how big a baby blanket should be?

Well the best part of today was that my stomach was finally feeling better. It still has a bit of a heavy feeling, but it is so much better than it was!!!!

I am so glad I live and work where I do as all the other teachers are freaking out about the snow we’re supposed to get tonight. Perfectly okay with me, I’ll just wear my new snow boots as I walk up the hill:)

Have fun!

AJ

Still Going But Not To The Same Extent

I just realized tonight that while I’m still trying to do everything I’ve always done, nothing is done as well as it usually is.

Teaching:

After resetting the alarm twice and getting up 45 minutes later than normal, I got my butt to work. We had music this morning and then we tackled addition after recess. It went really well and the children were able to show me they could use manipulative to add, so we moved on to using the number line and counting on. They loved the game turkey trot and seemed to be getting it.

This afternoon we started making snowmen. I love art like this because while I gave them a tracer and some items they had to include, everything else is up to them. I like seeing how creative they can be! I also enjoyed having the very cute TOC come and work with me during this time:)

Exercise:

I dragged myself out for a run this evening. It wasn’t raining so I went to the park and around the park. I got in 4.33km, but it was slow as molasses compared to normal. I’m really missing running faster and being able to run longer. There were actually several times that I thought about stopping and walking, but then it would have taken longer to get home.

After several hours of sitting on the couch I did a hallmark movie workout tonight too. In between each move I did about a minute of a shuffle on the spot. I did: squats, crunches, reverse crunches, pushups, jacks, dips, reverse lunges, burpees, plié squats, curtsy lunges, lateral lunges, mountain climbers, high knees and froggers.

I find it really tough to think about the fact that now I do 20 high knees when usually I would be doing a minute of them and my workout would include a lot more demanding moves, power and speed. I find it tough to not workout because it seems like a slippery slope to what I used to be, but it’s also tough to see my workouts be so easy because I can’t do more. 😖😖

Knitting:

I’m still working on the baby blanket, but am really loving the snowflake pattern. I am hoping I have more sport weight yarn so I can make it bigger! It’s also nice to think I’ve already used up four balls from my stash:)

Movie: my movie tonight was the Two Turtle Doves again. It was just as cute and Christmassy tonight as it was two nights ago. I really liked the line that all traditions were once new. They were new ornaments that are now put on the tree very year, it was a new baked loaf that is now made and eaten every year. I think that’s an awesome thought to keep in mind to get through the holidays healthily:)

Well I’m off to bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday #36

Sorry I’ve been MIA. I’ve just been sitting quietly on my couch trying to recuperate as best I can. My stomach and arms are still quite unhappy, but I at least managed to get back to work today.

Teaching:

My students were quite good today for the most part, though some things never change. The same boys took forever in the coat room and there were the usual shenanigans, though I saw hope in the fact that they managed to walk to the gym silently. Maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

We spent the day working on our New Years Resolutions. We first watched Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution. There is a version that is read online and it’s great at explaining what a resolution is and gives some simple examples. The kids came up with a lot of soccer examples, but there were a couple of good ones about learning to read and reading every day.

We spent some time in the gym doing relays to get rid of energy and then this afternoon we started talking about winter and Drew our tree in winter. Thankfully we can do so through the window as it has been raining continuously for days.

Exercise:

My stomach and arms are still bothering me, but I was hoping some gentle exercise would help with the stomach at least. I did a VERY slow 2.78km run to the park and back. I hope it helps!

Movies/ Knitting:

I watched Two Turtle Doves and loved how Christmassy it was. I will have to watch it again as I didn’t do a workout to it.

I am still working on my baby snowflake blanket and am quite loving it, even though I wasn’t planning on it:)

Trivia:

I decided that I might as well go to trivia as I could sit there as easily as I could sit on my couch and maybe it would take my mind off of the pain.

In the first round:

Where is Gray’s Anatomy set?

Seattle

Which show was Laverne and Shirley a spin off of?

Happy Days

Put these cities in order from North to South.

Everett, Lynwood, Bellevue

Who was the dog in the Little Orphan Annie comic?

Sandy

We got the math question:

7

Who started White Spot?

Nat Bailey

Round 2 was all music and I actually got the very first song and the very last.

Mm Bop by Hanson

Great Day to Be Alive by Travis Tritt

In the third round we didn’t do great but knew:

Which country has won the most Olympic golds in boxing?

Cuba

What is a small strait worth in Yahtzee?

30 points

What did one wear as penitence in the Middle Ages?

Sackcloth

Which European city is known as The Eternal City?

Rome

Who wrote Catcher in the Rye?

JD Salinger

What was the first James Bond theme song to win an Oscar?

Skyfall

Which band’s first album was called Bleach?

Nirvana

Amazingly I felt even dumber by round 4🤣 and it was a round all about 2019.

Who was the baby of Harry and Megan?

Archibald

Where was the Super Bowl held in 2019?

Atlanta

The biggest song of 2019?

Old Town Road by Lil Naz

Who is the leader of Great Britain?

Boris Johnson

Which month did Norte Dame Cathedral burn?

April

Which tv was the most watched?

Sunday Night Football

Who won best picture Oscar?

GreenBook

Who won the Con Smyth trophy in 2019?

Ryan O’Riley

What day was Halloween on?

Thursday

Well I desperately need sleep!

Have fun!

AJ