Half Alive

Well I went back to work today though all I really wanted to do was sleep!

Teaching:

We had to do a lot of catch up as my TOC spent a lot of time singing with my class. Singing is great, but I really wish she had done what I had left first!!! My students were great though and we got through a lot!

Of course, first thing this morning I got the news I was getting a new international student today! It definitely made for a busy start and I’m nowhere near having everything ready for her:(

After school, I got home as quickly as I could so I could get a nap in. Totally necessary by that point!

Family:

I’ve had my nephew Gus tonight. We met up with my parents for dinner at Red Robin. I split a guacamole bacon burger with my mom, and it was okay. It was nice to see my parents finally since I was quarantined until this point

Gus and I continued on to play a couple of games of bowling. We were way better when we had them put the bumpers up🤣. I’m not sure bowling is ever going to be our game.

Finally we stopped for ice cream at Matteo’s and came home to veg. He is playing on his phone and I found a Hallmark movie:)

Movie:

The Sweetest Heart is about a bakery owner who wants to expand, but just as her business has the opportunity to grow, her old flame returns to town. This movie has two very cute men in it and makes me want to bake!!!

I’m back to enjoying the couch with this cutie!

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A Wimp

I feel like such a wimp, but I’m still home:( Today was supposed to be my extra day to go back feeling awesome, well until this afternoon when the fever, aches, pains and chills came:(. It seems I now have my voice back but also got a nasty cold.

I feel like a wimp because I don’t hear other people having to take four days off work for a cold, maybe I should just find some cold medicine and go into work! (I have been takin cough syrup and Tylenol but can’t seem to stay awake).

I don’t have much to say as I haven’t even knitted in two days- does that tell you how bad I feel?🤣

I did manage to finish my two Bookclub books between naps.

Flunked by Jen Calonita was a book I was excited about as I like fairies in kids books. However, it ended up being just so so. It felt too surface, not enough background was given and I felt like I was being told everything instead of experiencing it along with the character. I’ll let you know in May if the kids felt differently.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is my adult Bookclub book this month. I procrastinated reading it a very long time, and it took a while to get into it, but it turned out well. It definitely elicits a lot of emotions and I have to admit I don’t like crying in books, but the ending made up for it as I sure didn’t see that ending coming. It’s a good read and I’d recommend it, except not for when you have to go out afterwards.

Well that’s it for me- I’m going back to bed!

Have fun!

AJ

Sent Home

Well I got up and went to work this morning, so I get any points for that?🤣

Teaching:

When I woke up this morning I acknowledged my throat was a little sore, but went off to work as it was the first day of track attack, which I am organizing. Unfortunately with living alone, I didn’t realize I had no voice until I went to say hello to the secretary. Supposedly they question my ability to teach with no voice, though I’ve done it plenty of times over the past 17 years!

I came home and promptly slept for 5 hours straight. I guess I was a little tired.

Reading:

I did manage to finish Decoy Date by Mira Lynn Kelly. It was a nice, light read, though I really think it would be better to start at the beginning of the series as there were some references I didn’t get.

I also began the kids Bookclub book after my next nap. It’s called Flunked by Jen Calonita. So far I am enjoying it.

Knitting:

Still have 55 more rows of stockinette on the April Tank and only managed 5 rows today:( I feel like this knitting is going much slower than normal.

Baking:

I took the failed buns from last night and made a quick bread pudding recipe out of them and walked it the 500m to Lyndsay’s house so I would quit eating it. I love this recipe from Joanne Fluke- so easy! Pour 1/3 cup of melted butter over your bread, put it in a greased dish, layer on the 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup dried fruit of your choice. Mix 3 eggs and 2.5 cups of milk and pour it over everything. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. I had to put tinfoil over it as it was browning too quickly, but boy is it yummy! It was actually a good test for me as I learned I’m not as energetic as I thought and I still don’t have a voice. Guess I’m not going anywhere tomorrow:(

Night night!

Have fun!

AJ

I took the

Sunday Sunday

Why does Sunday always have to be ruined by adulting?

Exercise:

I got out for a 3.5km walk with Brenda this morning and it was nice to get caught up. I couldn’t believe we didn’t get rained on!

This evening my luck held and I had a dry 4.5km run. Not my best run, but not my worst either.

I’ve also gotten 100 squats, 100 crunches and 100 arm exercises done today:)

Cooking:

Sunday is all about getting ready for the week so after a quick stop at the grocery store, I hit the kitchen. I had bought a Thai mango salad at Costco and made it up for my lunches this week. I love how it has a bite to it.

I also had picked up beets so I combined them with the bright herb greens, some feta and Candied walnuts. I always love making all the ingredients as then I feel like I’m really cooking. This recipe was nice and simple, but I would suggest blotting the nuts on paper towel before using them.

I made peanut butter cookies. I had planned to make chocolate peanut butter bars, but forgot to buy icing sugar so instead made the cookies for this week’s treat. I bought Jiff peanut butter as the recipe had recommended a non-natural peanut butter. I really don’t know how people eat that stuff! I’m taking the rest to my friend at work who loves it.

I also got the Sally’s Baking Addiction Challenge.

The April Challenge was for soft dinner rolls but this recipe didn’t translate to gluten free, dairy free as well as the others have. The rolls taste good, but definitely resemble hamburger buns more than dinner rolls. It was still nice to make some bread as that’s something I always enjoy doing.

Knitting:

Still on the April Tank Top.

Family:

I ran over this afternoon to watch my nephew play an exhibition lacrosse game as he was playing across the street from me. I always love seeing him, but was slightly uncomfortable as he was playing my previous students so I knew a lot of the families I had to walk by to join my brother and sister in law. Nobody was rude, you just know that feeling when everyone is teasing you as you walk by.

Reading:

I finished Definitely Not Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos today. The story is of Chloe who is a divorced mother of one whose life is spiraling downward so she decides to enter a reality tv show in London. It’s not quite the reality show she is expecting as it’s actually a dating show.

I realized about halfway through exactly what was going to happen which is always somewhat disappointing. I also found the premise so unrealistic as to be hard to get into the story. However, I sure wouldn’t mind meeting a man like Henry Wrightman.🤣

Well that’s it for me today.

Have fun!

AJ

Bookends

It was a quiet day with bookend outings.

Exercise:

I was laying in bed when I heard from Sarah my running buddy. She won this week (not surprising after the staff meeting fiasco) and chose to run the inlet. It was rainy and windy so it’s a good thing I had company or I probably wouldn’t have been out there! We did 35 hilly minutes and called it done.

I went out again midday to finish off my Squad Runner mission. Somehow I seem to always have good runs when I only have to run to the park and back. I wonder if it’s the lack of worry about “making it”.

I also got 100 squats, 100 crunches and 100 arm exercises done. I cut the squats back to 100 and added 50 pushups and 50 dips to the routine. During Friday’s workout with Lyndsay I realized I have little upper body strength so decided it would be good to add upper body to my usual quick routine.

Reading:

I am still reading Definitely Not Mr. Darcy. In some ways the book has me hooked, but in other ways I just find it too unrealistic.

Knitting:

I got another 15 rows done on the April Tank, but I really need to devote a few hours and make some real progress! I love the looks of fingering weight knitting g, but it sure seems to be taking forever!

Baking:

I made another recipe from The Best of Clean Eating 2 Cookbook today- lemon meringue cupcakes.

The muffin batter was very runny and even though they browned nicely the tops still collapsed. The muffin is lightly flavored lemon, and is very quick and easy to make. The meringue makes way too much! Overall, the recipe was good but I think it could be improved by putting a spoonful of lemon curd in the muffin for a stronger lemon flavour.

Socializing:

I had a great time at a dinner with friends tonight. Anna and Simon hosted Caroline, Emily and I for dinner. We have been friends for over twenty years and still have a great time. We used to be a group of five, but one girl has decided to quit talking to Emily and I. I am doing my best to not let it bother me, but it still does. Even with this, tonight was a great time rehashing old memories and catching up:)

Well my run will be here before I know it.

Have fun!

AJ

Yay Friday

Well the highlights of my day were first thing and last thing. Pretty good bookends:)

Teaching:

In the month of April, our show and tell theme is “something you can read”. Each student practices a book to read to the class. It is one of my favourite months of sharing as it is so neat to see how far they have all come in their reading!

I changed up Friday journals again for last term to having the children write a newspaper. We still brainstormed all we had done this week and each student picked one topic to write about. I then shrunk the writing and pictures down, attached them to one 11×17 sheet I had folded in half and photocopied one for each student. I was super happy with how it turned out! This week I made the children correct their spelling, but the other teachers were suggesting that I don’t so parents can see how their child is doing. I’ll think about that and may alternate between the two as I think it’s also important for children to learn to edit for a good copy. The neatest thing was that they voted on a name and decided on Miss B’s Busy Bees at Work.

We also finally got to our word problems this morning, but had to give up running in order to do so.

Finally this afternoon we had flashlight Friday reading which the children love, buddy time with our older buddies and the Miss B draw. All in all, a pretty good Friday!

After school we had to stay and put the gymnastics equipment away:( At least it’s done now.

Exercise:

I met up with L for a workout and it was okay, though I already feel it.

We did a half hour rolling hills workout for cardio. I was on the bike so it definitely used different muscles than normal!

Then we did squat to military press, plank rows, hip swings and push-up to plank jacks -10 reps each with a minute of treadmill running in between.

Since that wasn’t enough we ended with static lunge with front raise, swing lunge to lateral raise and v ups- 3 sets.

I was definitely ready for the steam by the end!

Shopping:

I ran home and grabbed a quick shower then we hit Freshii for dinner (the kids Kung fu bowl is perfect for me), and then we did Costco.

It was great to do Costco as Lyndsay and I eat similarly so we could share a lot of things that normally come in too big of a quantity for me to buy. We got tomatoes, celery, beets, sole fillets, ground turkey, overnight oats, mushrooms, grapes, and Thai peanut coconut sauce. I can’t wait to try it on the fish!

We both felt a little unorganized tonight and figure we’ll do a better job of lists, etc next time:)

Have fun!

AJ

Chaos and Art

My day just felt very chaotic start to finish.

Teaching:

Half of my class seemed to be missing for different reasons this morning so we finished our project from yesterday. As part of Health and Career Education the students had to decorate a person like themselves and then surround the person with words that describe themselves. Some, of course, turned out better than others. Some had real trouble identifying characteristics of their personality rather than just what they like.

We finally accomplished Calendar and read the book The Recess Queen and brainstormed ways we can solve problems for a class book. I was super impressed with what the students came up with!

We did get a tiny bit of math done which centered around addition and subtraction word problems. I had to slow the children down as they just wanted to blurt the answer, but I need them to learn the steps!

Finally we did some rainy day art, even though it turned out to be a spectacular sunny day. It was simple and yet quite cute!

After school we had the kids Bookclub which went really well today!

Exercise:

I walked home with sore feet, but still had to go out for a run to finish my Squad Runner mission and to get going towards my yearly goal. My slowest km was the first and it was the only one where I got to go downhill. I’m sure you can figure out my run wasn’t super great today, but I did what I had planned to do!

It was definitely my music that got me through the run! I sometimes run without, but prefer to have music. I know some people stick to s certain genre, but I’m all over the place. Some of the ones that got me going today were:

Rockin Robin by Bobby Day

Singles You Up by Jordan Davis

Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson

Downtown by Macklemore

Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard

Stick Like Glue- Sugarland

Don’t Stop Believin- Journey

Hit Me With Your Best Shot- Pat Benatar

Stronger- Kelly Clarkson

I have hundreds of songs on my playlist, but maybe I’ll share some regularly in case anyone is looking for some new running music. I have to warn you that I don’t pay attention to how fast the music is though.

Knitting:

Still working on the April Tank Top…

Reading:

I’m working hard on getting some books off my TBR and tonight I was reading Definitely Not Mr. Darcy. It is about a broke single mom who goes to England to participate in a Regency era reality dating show. So far, it’s okay, but not amazing, but maybe it will improve dramatically.

If my mixed up day was t enough I had both my laundry detergent and my fan fall over this evening. They both startled me as they made quite the racket!

Well I have an early day tomorrow so I’m going to sleep early!

Have fun!

AJ

Better

Well I put more polysporin drops in this morning and I noticed this afternoon that my eye felt better. Hopefully that will continue!

Teaching:

We had a quiet morning with printing. We tackled fact families after recess and this afternoon we worked on describing ourselves and learned about British Columbia. The children have ran 671km so far so we have made it to Kitimat. The students did great at remembering facts about British Columbia, such as we have 1/4 of the freshwater in Canada, our tallest waterfall is on Vancouver Island, 4% is the land is farms and we have about 5 million people in population.

We have even already answered some of their questions.

Exercise:

After a quick meeting with a parent I walked a few laps for jog-a-long with Lyndsay and then went to boot camp. It was tough to get going when I haven’t been working out much. We did: iso squat front walk/ lateral walk, banded toe reach/ squat to lateral leg raise, banded overhead press/ banded plank in-outs, 1/2 get up/ high knees, push-up to plank jack/ static crunch heel touch, bench lunge, stepdown to bicep curl, burpee with a bench hop over.

I was definitely tired by the end! However, I still had to finish my Squad Runner mission so went out for a 4km run this evening. I passed the learn to run group I took when I started running. It made me realize I still have some of the habits they taught me, such as having my thumbs brush my thighs.

Knitting:

I have been working on my April Tank some more. It’s going pretty good, though it takes a long time to make progress with fingering weight yarn.

Movie:

I’ve been watching the movie Ed. It’s a cute movie about a baseball playing chimp. It has some bathroom humor so I think 8-10 year old boys would love it!

Well I’m off to sleep!

Have fun!

AJ

I’m All Owchie

This is what one of our Little grade one EAL boys came along and said when we were out running. It was just so cute!

I had a weird start yesterday where my eye once again felt like it had something in it and I literally couldn’t stay awake. I actually fell asleep at my desk and one of my colleagues woke me up. Don’t have a clue what that was about, but I did come home last night and go straight to sleep!

Teaching:

We started a new warm-up in writer’s workshop to practice fluent writing. We put a topic on the board and the students have to write as much as they can about it in two minutes. It went well as did the beginning of their story writing:)

We changed desks and we started learning about Canada in the afternoon. The students were super excited to find out where we got to. Since we’re still in BC we did an overview of the province and today we’ll learn about Abbotsford.

Knitting:

I had a lovely massage and then spent a bit of time on my April Tank.

Socializing:

Tuesday has turned into trivia night at the pub. There were three of us last night, but I really wasn’t much help:(. It was still fun though!

Have fun!

AJ

Back to the Grindstone

Boy was it tough to get my head into the game today!

Reading:

Last night I finished Smitten with the Brit by Melonie Johnson. This was the second book in the series and I very much enjoyed it.

This is the story of Bonnie and Theo that we were introduced to in book one of the series. This was a enjoyable read and quite different from the first book,but the changes matched the characters well.

I really enjoyed this book even though I saw some events coming for a while!

The characters were interesting and multi-faceted with issues, but no unnecessary drama. The hero was perfect- dimples and an accent, need I say more?!?!

I also really liked how the friend group played as big a role in this second book as in the first!

I am now on the hunt for a new classic book to listen to. If anyone has a suggestion, I’d love to hear it!

Teaching:

My students were relatively well behaved for the first day back. We’ll see how long this lasts. We shared about our Sprint Break and then wrote about it in our journals. We explored fact families and practiced as a class and this afternoon we started our new Socials unit on Canada. We of course, started with a list of wonders. They had some good questions and I’ll take a picture when I get them put up tomorrow. We are doing something similar to our Santa exploration, but the children will be participating in jog-a-long, a school wide running program, and we will use their mileage to move across Canada, learning about places as we go. Today they did their first running and managed to run the equivalent of 68km! I’ll just have to figure out where is 71 km away from us.

I survived the staff meeting after school, but ate way too much junk food! Does anyone else resort to eating when stuck in an interminable meeting? I need to find something else to do!

Knitting:

This morning I got one row of my April Tank done, but thankfully after I got home from work I got another ten done. I’m on the never-ending stockinette now. There are about 14 stitches of interest each round, but it’s not quite enough to make it interesting.

I have been doing well at using up skeins this year-38 to date, but unfortunately I just added 37 more to the stash. I think I may have to sell some!

Exercise:

I got out for a quick run tonight. I had planned on going all around the inlet trail with Sarah but her back is bothering her. I didn’t even make it the whole way as I felt like I was going to be sick after eating all that junk! I got something done towards my April mileage and it was below 7min/km so I need to be happy!

Well that’s it for me! I’m off to bed as this going to work thing is tiring! 🤪

Have fun!

AJ