ProD Day

Well I had no children today, but I was plenty tired at the end of the day anyways.

Exercise:

It was great to get a workout in with L this morning and not have to get up super early to do it! We did a half hour of hills on the treadmill and then hit the weights. We did something new for me where you do 4 reps of an exercise with heavy weights and then do the same exercise for 12 reps with lighter weights. We did squats, shoulder press, and rows. We also did leg drop crunches, reverse crunches, bicycles and planks. I definitely felt like I had a workout by the end.

This evening I went out for a run that was much shorter than I had planned as I was still full from lunch. I guess four hours wasn’t enough time! I managed a park loop for 4.5km and am just glad I didn’t see my lunch a second time!

Teaching:

No kids today, but I did a bunch of research about ADST as I have to teach and assess it this term. I have a plan for three activities and we’ll see how it goes!

I also got some time in on my loose parts program, but still need more Starbuck’s cups. Ugh I’m going to have to ask again:(

Eating:

After putting in a good full day of work, Lyndsay and I headed out to try a new restaurant three towns over. On Spring Break I had gone to The Big Feast and today I went to their sister site- The Big Smoke Alehouse.

I had the Big Bad Guacamole Burger. It was incredibly messy, but yummy. I did miss the cheese on it though. I had mine with Cajun fries, which were good but I think Lyndsay’s garlic fries were even better. I would definitely go back again! Though I may not need to eat until Monday!

Reading:

I finally got approved for another NetGalley book and am enjoying it a lot:)

Knitting:

Today was the start of Woolith Fair which is a local yarn shop crawl. I usually go with Brenda and you can read about last year’s Here. Brenda is away this year though and I just can’t decide if I should go see some stores by myself or not. Will it be fun or just a waste of gas?

Well that’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ

Survival Mode

The day was great, but not one I looked forward to or particularly ever want to repeat (or at least not the end).

Exercise:

I really didn’t want to run this morning. I don’t know if it’s because I don’t normally run in the morning on Tuesdays or if I just didn’t want to face the day. I did force myself to go, but only made it for twenty minutes. I was at least doing well for speed- another run consistently under 7min/km ( except for walking across the road at the end which we will ignore).

The abbreviated run was my only exercise of the day except for a five minute exercise video with the children, so I guess I’ll count today as a rest day!

I did notice that the rec Centre that is close to me has a six am class every morning from Monday to Friday.  I’m thinking I should look into this as that may be a good option for me during these dark,cold months. I would want to start before January when it will be crazy though!

Teaching:

My students were great today! I had time to play a game to practice letters and sounds with two boys and to have another boy read to me. We discussed historical thinking and then practiced by remembering what we did on the long weekend🤣 We didn’t seem to get a ton finished but they were amazing listeners today!

This afternoon we did something completely new! We did ADST bins or STEM bins. Each student was paired up and the pair was given a small bun with supplies in it. Each bin is different and has things such as toothpicks and styrofoam balls, or cue cards and tape, Lego, dominoes, blocks, etc. The students were then given a card that showed a picture of a structure they had to build with the materials in the bin.  My students were fully engaged for more than an hour and complained when they had to clean up to go home. I wish I had pictures of what they created as it was quite amazing!!! It was neat to see some children shine who usually have difficulty:)

Life:

Unfortunately I have not managed to read, Knit, craft or bake at all today. I’m hoping tomorrow. Although I will be doing a lot of baking the rest of the week as I need to do a birthday cake, the applesauce cake for the bake a long and at least two Italian desserts for a staff luncheon on Monday. I would love some suggestions!! I’ll be looking to make one of them gluten free and dairy free so if anyone has a tried and true recipe I’d love to hear about it!

One of my co workers wants me to do an athletic yoga with her one night a week from January to March. It sounds intriguing, but the only problem I’m having is that it’s up the top of a hill behind me and I’m worried we’ll have a winter full of snow like last year:( I just do t know what to do about this!

The only thing I accomplished this evening was to attend the celebration of life for my former student. It was a tough night, her birthday and her funeral on the same day, but the massive attendance showed what an amazing little girl she was!  

I hope you all had a good night!

Have fun!

AJ

Overwhelmed

The saying if it rains it pours was true for me today.

Exercise:

My run this morning was awful:( I felt nauseous the whole time and then the route I picked turned out to only take 24 minutes and had too many stop lights. Both of these were good today, but wouldn’t be usually! I sure hope tomorrow’s run is better!

I walked to and from work and then also walked up the crunch after work with a friend. We needed it after our day. Fresh air and exercise seems to solve all manner of problems:)

I didn’t get the chance to stretch though:( Since I got knocked over by an SUV several years ago, recovery has become a big part of my life. I was always battling stretching and rolling because it seemed to take so much time! Lately I have been stopping at a picnic bench on my way home and doing four simple stretches and it’s been working amazingly well! I’ve noticed that not only do I stretch further, but I’m not in as much pain or becoming a “rusty robot” as often:)

I wish I had gotten an actual workout in, but maybe it’s a good thing I didn’t.

Eating:

I’ve been so discouraged lately as my scale hasn’t been as nice a number as I want it to be, but then I realized tonight that I’ve been eating way too much. The school ordered in Indian food for lunch. I got lamb curry with no naan bread. Paying $12 and then being sick didn’t seem like the best value:( I was stuffed all afternoon and I didn’t even eat all the rice, but when I ate all the lamb, I realized at one point that would have been three meals for me. I need to go back to that! I wasn’t planning on having anything more, but then my parents called and invited me to meet them at St. James Well for dinner. It’s always great food there and I try to see my parents as much as possible when they’re in town ( so I’m tired of them and don’t miss them as much when they leave again), so I met up with them. I shared the nachos ( with no cheese or sour cream for me) and had a glass of sangria. Both were excellent as the chips were homemade and were like potato chips, but I still feel stuffed and sick:( I just seem to do better when I stick to homemade food.

I did stop at the grocery store to get food in case my brother gets hungry. He’s staying here tonight as he’s at his 20 year high school reunion. It wasn’t the healthiest food, but hopefully it will give me the chance to eat less!

Teaching:

It was a ProD day today and while it’s great to learn new things, I prefer having students over having ProD! Both presenters overwhelmed me as they gave too much detail and didn’t really give it in small, easy to digest steps. I think ProD would be more successful for me if a presenter was incredibly explicit about their lessons and timing and then gave the materials so I’d be able to implement it immediately. I need some spoon feeding, but while these ladies were doing amazing things, by the time I figure out how to apply it to my age group and gather all the materials, the year will be over and it will be forgotten:(   We did some very cool activities in both seminars, but none were really appropriate for my grade ones:( A friend I work with probably gave me the best ProD today when she was telling me about and showed me these STEM (it’s called ADST here) boxes the children use. I want to make them immediately as they are just using dollar store materials and she has all the components necessary to get started!  Even if my ProD had just been one presenter and then getting the afternoon to implement what I had learned, it probably would have been more valuable. Instead I come home overwhelmed and discouraged:(

Baking:

I made up a packaged brownie mix this evening. Mostly just to make my place smell good for my brother, but of course this time it turned out well! I’ll need to find somewhere to take it so that I don’t eat it! The mix was from Xena’s Gluten Free Bakery in Maple Ridge. It was incredibly easy to make up and it turned out great! I’m not even sure I can call it baking as all I had to do was add fake butter and warm water, stir and put it in the pan to bake.  I’ll distribute it among the family tomorrow or maybe take it to the family gathering on Sunday.

Knitting:

I have spent this evening looking at patterns. I had bought Madeline Tosh Merino light in Granite State when I was in New Hampshire this summer along with two deer horn buttons and I had thought I would make slippers out of it, but it turns out I have way too much yarn for slippers. I will need to come up with a different plan for this yarn so instead I am using some random stash wool to try a pair of slippers, called Rapunzel by Drops.  I’ve never made slippers before so  we’ll see how it goes:)

Well I’m exhausted and am still hoping to run tomorrow even with my brother here so I’m heading to bed ( at a completely pathetic time for a Friday night)!

Have fun!

AJ