Stretching Saturday

I can’t believe how lazy I have been!

Reading:

I finished my latest book, Take a Hint Dani Brown by Thalia Hibbert. I find her books start off oddly, but end wonderful sweetly. I enjoyed the book and if you’re looking for fluff it’s a great option.

Shopping:

I grabbed milk and later in the day I picked up my new trails and road running shoes. It was an expensive day!

Family:

I got a text from my nephew asking me to see his name on his jersey so I did go over and pick it up.

Knitting:

I am trying to get a toque done for a friend’s birthday by Thursday so I started today. I got it almost completely done when I realized it was going to be big and I was going to run out of yarn, so I have ripped it out and will start again.

Exercise:

Thought about running because I didn’t hurt, but decided a day of rest wasn’t a bad thing. I did do a ten minute cardio and core workout from a NourishMoveLove and started her HIIT AMRAP workout, but didn’t get to finish it.

Have ten weeks today until my birthday and would like to feel more in shape by then so I’d better pull up my socks with my eating and exercise!

Baking:

Last year I had done some of the Sally’s Baking Challenges and this year, Abbey and Kathy and I decided to all do them.

This month the challenge was a cinnamon swirl quick bread. I actually made it earlier in the month and found it quite easy to make. I used Bob’s Redmill all purpose gluten free flour, Earth’s Own Unsweetened vanilla oat milk and Earth Balance vegan buttery spread. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly.

I would not put the topping of cinnamon sugar on as thickly as they call for in the recipe again as I found it just brushed off, and I may add raisins if I make it again, but otherwise I was happy with the recipe.

I took it to work to share with friends and two of them loved it, but unfortunately I dropped it on the floor before anyone else got to enjoy it:(

Well I think that’s my day in a nutshell.

Have fun!

AJ

Ya I Get to go Home

I was so excited today when my run was canceled and I realized I got to just go home and stay home!

Teaching:

It was a pretty good day. We did calendar and I was happy I could regularly get to my little guy with poor fine motor so I could help him with his printing. We then had music. I had to go back into my class to grab something and it was interesting to see my awesome class out of control. Guess that’s what you get when a teacher has only taught high school and the kids are bored by your lessons. Do five year olds care about beat, meter, rhythm, etc? No. There is actually a collective sight when I tell them they have music 😦

We played with numbers and the kids are so funny. The simplest games entertain them. Each child has a box with number cards and they got to take turns naming which number everybody had to find and show them. They loved it. Sometimes little kids still amaze me!

This afternoon we had silent reading and I tested two more kids on their alphabet knowledge. I am really missing having my volunteer who usually does this all for me! We also had some catch up time and read a book about having a positive attitude. We ended the day with outside play, though it started to rain again with three minutes left. It was funny to see all the kids huddle under the tree as though the rain was going to melt them.

I can’t say I’ve done a whole lot. I have stretched and rolled and played scrabble and read.

Reading:

Have finished the book That Summer by Lauren Willig. I love her Pink Carnation series so was happy to borrow another of her books. This one was interesting as it has some mystery to it, but I did find the ending sad.

I also finished You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria. This book took me forever to read and I have to admit I didn’t love it and I won’t recommend it.

I have now started reading Take a Hint Dani Brown by Thalia Hibbert. It was once again a weird start, but I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt as her other book turned out so well after a weird start too. She takes the idea of a quirky hook to the extreme.

Well I’m going to go crawl into bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Stretching My Skills with Sally and an Asian Slaw

My weekends are not super exciting, but I kind of like life like that!

Exercise:

My hip has been really bugging me since Friday so I have spent lots of time rolling and stretching this weekend. Saturday I fit in an upper body weights workout and on Sunday I had a run with Sarah and Dennis and got in 8.26km. I’m not really sure how to fix this hip if the stretching, rolling and more rest than usual, doesn’t, so let’s hope it does!

Knitting:

I have been plugging away on my Weekender sweater and have gotten to the shoulder shaping. I’m leaving that for tomorrow when I’m fresh though. I have come to accept that the boxy style probably isn’t the best for me and so this will be a comfy, cosy, home sweater most likely. I love the colour enough to enjoy it.

Reading:

I decided that at night I would read real books so that I wouldn’t be looking at a screen and it would also get me through the pile of books that have accumulated in my house. Well, I started The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber on Friday night and then spent lots of Saturday finishing it. I found the second book in the trilogy on the library app and so have spent a lot of Sunday reading it.🤣. If you like a sweet book about women’s relationships this would be a good trilogy for you.

Baking:

Last year I had done some of the Sally’s Baking Challenges and this year, Abbey and Kathy and I decided to all do them. I’m sorry I was supposed to post about this yesterday.

This month the challenge was breakfast pastries which to Sally, means danishes. I made mine up on Thursday when I had an unexpected day at home.

For this recipe I only had to use gluten free flour and Earth Balance vegan butter to make it safe for me. When I made up the dough it looked dreadful as it was more batter than dough. However, after its first time out in the fridge, it behaved quite well. The danishes were pretty easy to make, however, my yeast was old so they didn’t rise much, which allowed the filling to escape and went everywhere.

I tried one lemon and one raspberry and gave all the rest away. The feedback was that the raspberry was better than the lemon and that they were quite heavy and rich.

I may try them again with new yeast and see how it goes.

Cooking:

Yesterday I made up my chore schedule so I can get back to having a clean and tidy house. I have been spectacularly bad at this all summer. Well, sunday is grocery shopping and meal prep. I had decided while at my parents that I wanted to work my way through this salad site I had found. I am actually following through and made the first salad today.

It is an Asian Summer Slaw from Love and Lemons. I picked up the ingredients this morning at the grocery store and it cost about $20 for the ingredients I needed. I have to admit I cheated and got a bag of coleslaw mix as I didn’t want to have cabbage hanging around all week. The recipe went together quite quickly and was super yummy! I think I will make this again, actually I’ll have to as I now have a large container of miso paste.

I added chicken on top of mine and cut up the peaches into the salad so it could just be ready to eat all week.

I will warn you that if you don’t like cilantro- this is not the recipe for you. However, I loved that it used a large amount of the cilantro bunch I bought and all of the basil! It drives me crazy when I have bits of these leftover!

Home:

I have been quite productive for a change. I got plants bought and put into the containers on my deck. Now I should have some nice fall colour:)

I got a schedule of chores made up and posted on the fridge. I have chosen one job to do each week so that hopefully my house will stay clean.

I got my shredder set up so that I can deal with the mail immediately. I also got through all the paper on my counter and dealt with it. Wow I have so much more counter space!

I finally got my medical claim done. Now I just have to wait and see if they send me money.

Well that’s it for me. Oh and I’m trying a new type of title to see if I can find things in my blog better.

Have fun!

AJ

Just a Nice Day

It was just a lovely day all around.

Reading:

I stayed in bed this morning to finish my book. The Light Over London by Julia Kelly.

If you like historical fiction and double timelines you’ll like this book. I would actually recommend it to most people as it was a great read! It captured my attention quickly and kept it. It is also quite short at 290 pages. Both the 1940s storyline and the present day storyline were interesting and well- developed. I also liked that it was based on the gunner girls in the Second World War.

Baking:

I did some baking today, but you’ll have to come back on Saturday to hear about it.

Family:

I took my nephew for lunch today. We went to White Spot which is no longer in the reasonably priced category! $50 for lunch for two and there was no alcohol involved! I had a teriyaki bowl with no rice, but extra veggies.

Gus had a double double burger that was there one minute and gone the next. I told him he must have grown again as I felt even smaller beside him.

We of course went for ice cream for dessert.

Exercise:

After dropping Gus off and having a nap, I met up with Sarah for a run at the river. It was hot and we were slow, but it’s another 4km done. I do so enjoy having company on runs!

I also did the NourishMoveLove 15 minute Power Yoga routine. I started doing some simple weights before this, but then thought that since I don’t know what’s called for tomorrow, I should just do the yoga. It felt good and I think my knee actually came closer to my elbow, even after just these few sessions.

Shopping:

I had ordered two books and one showed up the other day. I live chatted and thought I had arranged to have the other book shipped again, but then today I got an email telling me that they were shipping me the book I already had! I spent some time on the phone getting this sorted out and hopefully my second book will show up soon so I can show them off.

Well I’m going to do a bit of Scrabble and then head to bed with a book to finish up this nice day:)

Have fun!

AJ

A Finish!

I finally finished something. I really shouldn’t take on so many things at one time as there are other things I would like to be doing.

Exercise:

I finally found a decent route. It’s still hilly and has a giant hill at the end, but it’s a better length and I don’t feel like I’m suffering the whole time. I got 5.7km in. I then had to go over to the field and run 2km of laps to complete my Squad Runner mission. I didn’t feel bad for doing 7.7km today.

I got 20 minutes of yoga in and also did another NourishMoveLove workout this afternoon. I’ve been doing them off Instagram, but I think I’d better go find her website and see if she shows all the moves there.

Shopping:

My mom and I hit the dollar store for some kitchen essentials today. She says my dad isn’t great at this type of shopping so I think we’ll be doing more of it before I go home🤣

Knitting:

I finished my test knit for Josee Paquin today. The sweater is called Juliette and I really like it! It only took four days and is quite simple, but has sleeve detail that I like. The only change I would make would be to pick up more stitches around the neckline so it would be slightly looser in the neck. It will stretch out as I wear it though.

I will need to block it so that the bottom won’t flip. Josee designed it with no bottom edge, but I don’t like sweaters that flip so I put the same edging as the neck and sleeves on it.

I’m not sure how I’m going to block the sleeves so that the pattern will show nicely.

Baking:

The neighbour had brought my parents some peaches off his tree. I wanted to do muffins for them so that they can be frozen and so had to look up a recipe. I ended up making peach cobbler muffins from The Busy Baker. I forgot to put the oil in and didn’t put the topping on and they were still really good.

Perhaps not as good as the lemon zucchini muffins as there are still four left.

Mom and I had some quiet time this evening as my dad went to play horseshoes. I started my next sweater test knit and played some scrabble.

Reading:

I also finally finished my latest book. It was the second book in Lauren Layne’s Oxford series- I Wish You Were Mine. The writing was good and the characters were interesting, but I just didn’t love the premise so it was tough to get through it. I am going onto the third book in the series though.

Have fun!

AJ

A Quiet Weekend

It has been a quiet weekend for me.

I started both days with a run. I managed a lovely 12km yesterday morning and it felt great. This morning was 4.5 and it didn’t feel so great. I had gone long yesterday thinking we wouldn’t be running today, but we did, and my legs were tired! Oh well, at least some more mileage.

I also got a workout in this evening. I did 8 upper body exercises, 8 Ab exercises and 8 lower body exercises. Hopefully it helps build some muscle under the flab.

Reading:

I have spent a lot of time reading this weekend. It has exclusively been Lauren Layne. Maybe I should call this the Lauren Layne weekend. I finished her Central Park Pact trilogy. I loved the first two books and the third was okay. It was probably very good, but just not what I was expecting. I would recommend this series.

I am now on book 2 of her Sex, Love and Stiletto series, and am enjoying it so far.

Knitting:

I have been working on the scarf/shawl I started in the car, but can’t say I’m really excited about it. I usually only have one knitting project on the go at a time, but I may need to start another more interesting project, maybe another sweater.

Sally’s baking challenge:

I know that I was supposed to do the baking challenge on Saturday, but I will actually be doing it Tuesday and will let you know how it goes.

Well there’s my quiet weekend.

Have fun!

AJ

Peaceful

It was nice to do nothing and waste a day.

Exercise:

I somehow woke enough this morning to set an alarm so I wasn’t late to meet Dennis. We ran the dykes and it went better than I expected. A nice 6.62km added to my mileage. I definitely need to do a couple of long ones to get my mileage up to where it should be this month though!

This evening I made myself do a band workout just so that I’d keep the trend going. I did side shuffle, squats, plié squats, front raises, crunches, reverse crunch with heel drop, pushups and a plank.

Reading:

I had gotten a book from the library and then realized it was the second in a series so today I finished the first in the series called, Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne. I really enjoyed this book and liked the fact that it was the man at the end who wasn’t answering phone calls or notes. I would recommend the book if you are looking a fun summer read. I am onto the second of the series and am enjoying it as well.

I have to admit that that is all I have done today. Pretty sad, but enjoyable.

Have fun!

AJ

Two For Two

Well I got two things done that I should have gotten done.

Exercise:

As I was laying in bed this morning, my running buddy texted to say run without her. I decided that I had better just get it done right away as it would get less and less likely as the day went on. At least today’s 5km run was better than yesterday’s. My hip flexor (I think) is still bugging me, but definitely not as bad as yesterday.

I also got a weights workout in this afternoon. I changed up what I did and took the cardio out of it. I did three sets of ten reps with decreasing weight for: military press, overhead tricep extension, bicep curl, crunches, reverse crunches with a heel tap, bent over rows, pullovers, Russian twists, side to side heel touches, and hip raises. It didn’t burn a lot of calories, but at some point I’d really like to see some muscle tone!

Chores:

I got my bathroom wiped down which was my daily job today and I got my house insurance renewed. It’s a good thing I got these two things done as nothing else got done.

Socializing:

I met up with a fellow teacher friend for a walk (six feet apart) over to the ice cream store. She had never been to Vashti Rose, so I of course had to introduce her, and she of course, loved it! I had the blood orange with a little taster of lemon pineapple and they were great! On our way over there we saw:

I’m embarrassed to say that I have walked by this cuteness several times and never noticed it. I think my story is going to be that it is new and wasn’t there the last several times I was in the area. I now also know my friend is way more observant than me.🤣

Reading:

I have spent all day reading in any little time I had. I finished Get a Life Chloe Brown by Thalia Hibbert. I have to admit this was a slow start for me as it seemed odd and I didn’t love how they talked to each other, but once I hit their email exchange, I was hooked. I would recommend the book as a good, fluffy summer read and I will definitely be reading the next in the series.

Crafts:

I actually got both stitching and knitting done this evening:)🎊🎉. I just needed to get going on the podcasts and it all fell into place. You will see the stitching on Sunday and hopefully the knitting soon.

Well that’s my day folks!

Have fun!

AJ

Home Again

Well it was a day of travel. I got up, packed and sadly left my parent’s place. Usually I make sure that I stay long enough that they are driving me crazy- makes leaving them so much easier. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case this time.

Home:

I got home to the horrible chirping of my smoke alarm. My poor downstairs neighbour has been putting up with this since I left. He came up to help me change the battery, though I will have to go looking for a lithium battery as all I got at the drug store was an alkaline one.

Exercise:

I met up with Sarah for a run around the river. It was hot, humid and busy, but still nice to stretch the legs. I want to put more mileage in this month so am trying to be super consistent.

Reading:

I read Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson. I loved it! I started it yesterday and finished it today. This book has a lot of heart, but reads quickly and lightly. The characters are interesting and of course, I love that it centres around a knitting store. I sure hope it’s just the first in a series!

Well that was my whole day other than some grocery shopping. I had better do some knitting now!

Have fun!

AJ

Happy Summer!

I know that summer officially started six days ago, but for me it started at 1:15 today.

Teaching:

I went in at my usual time today, finished cleaning up my class library and sorted some files and then had to sit around bored until my principal finally let us go home at 1:15pm. It really bugs me because most schools didn’t even have to show up today!😖😖😖

Family:

The first thing I did was to call Gus and see if he wanted to go for a celebratory ice cream. We went to Vashti Rose, which even he admits is the best ice cream around! I had a scoop of vegan raspberry pistachio and they put a little of their new vegan Rocky Road flavor on top and they were both amazing! Gus has the maple pecan and the cookies and cream and said they were wonderful too. Callie and Hamid didn’t even charge me for mine- they said it wasn’t happy summer from them. They really are wonderful people!!!

Reading:

After a lovely two hour nap and two loads of laundry I forced myself to finish the book, The Doctor’s Husband by Ann B Harrison. I really didn’t care for this book. The lead female was conniving and unbelievable, the father was stereotypical and not well rounded, everything was way too convenient and who gets married after one date?!?!

Exercise:

I did a BeFitDavis workout of wall sit, side planks, clam shells, leg drop to reverse curl and lying hamstring curls and then added on squats, plié squats, bicep curls and overhead tricep extension.

I’m hoping to do lots of exercise and healthy eating this summer so I can erase June from my body! Mom get the fruit salad and the salads ready!

Well that’s it for me.

Have fun!

AJ