Hip Hip Hooray for the Weekend!

It was a pretty good day- amazing what a good book can do.

Teaching:

I sat on my couch this morning and seriously thought about taking the day off so I could read my book, but I didn’t and work wasn’t that bad, though I did sneak in reading every break I could!

We got through our self reflection for the report card, drained compliment rockets and did a kindness sunshine with our big buddies.

Not a lot accomplished, but no one got punched for a change so I’m going to count it as a success.

Family:

I quickly headed home after work to go pay my utilities bill and then went to pick Gus up at school. We went for ice cream and then looked for material for a new blanket for him. Finally we also hit Wendy’s for dinner. I do love my time with Gus!!!

Reading:

Last night I started a new book, not expecting a lot because I’ve been in a reading slump lately. I read: The Two Date Rule by Tawna Fenske.

It was awesome! This is the story of Grady, a bush firefighter and Willa, a web designer. Both have a lot of baggage, like every adult does, but somehow they find their way to each other.

I loved how complex these characters were. Multi dimensional and interesting! Willa is battling demons from her past and Grady is scared of the future. Their problems seemed realistic and how they dealt with them was too.

The pace was great- moves along without a lot of head games and it had more showing than telling which I appreciate.

There were so many swooney moments, but my two favourites were the excuses he kept coming up with about why their meetings weren’t a date and the calendar he created.

This was a great book that I just couldn’t put down.

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

Well I’m going to go organize some knitting patterns and then head for bed.

Have fun!

AJ

A Solution

So today the solution to my always being cold at work became clear to me as for the first time ever, I wasn’t cold once! I just need to wear flannel pajamas and a robe to work every day!🤣🤣 Happy pajama day!

Exercise:

I worked out with L this morning even though I didn’t have the energy to push ashard as I usually do. We did about 24 minutes on the treadmill with hill intervals and then did floor exercises that included banded lateral steps, step ups,squats, power sit ups, planks with leg lifts, and lateral lunges. I just keep telling myself that something is better than nothing.

Teaching:

I can’t say that I did much teaching today. We had music this morning, then after quiet time we coloured stockings and gingerbread men while watching the original Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

After lunch we had planners and silent reading and then watched The Muppet Christmas movie which was a mistake. I had wanted to show the children the Jim Carrey Grinch movie but it is rated PG so I showed the muppet movie whose box said rated G. Turned out it was way worse than the Grinch ever was and I will never show it again! Let’s just hope I don’t hear from parents about it!

Knitting:

This evening I had a massage and then have been trying to pack. If anyone has any helpful hints for deciding what to bring, please let me know!

I have spent the evening restarting my blue market bag. I won’t be giving it away until the new year so I have the time, but need to get a few more projects done for my goal of 40 projects this year.

Movies:

Tonight I watched the Hallmark movie, The Christmas Club. The premise of the movie- that our good deeds keep going around- is one I love, but I didn’t love the movie as much as the one I watched last night.

Reading:

I did finally finish the book, Those Sweet Words by Kait Nolan. This is book two in the Misfit Inn series. I enjoyed this book a lot and loved the strong presence of family and community. Now I just have one more to read and I’m done that series.

Blogmas:

I’ve never been a huge board game player as my family always played cards when I was growing up. I have accumulated a few board games in the hope of playing more, but it just hasn’t happened yet. Maybe it will in the future as it always sounds so wonderful in books and movies!

Well that’s it for me today.

Have fun!

AJ

A Lump on the Couch

I slept in until 9am this morning which is almost unheard of. Unfortunately this extra sleep doesn’t seem to have helped as I was super tired all day:(

I started the day by heading over and getting my iron checked again. I just checked and my iron has gone from 6 this past August to 2. I don’t think any iron stayed in me long enough to help, but I guess this explains why I’m asleep all the time!

Cooking:

For my snack this morning, I made the homemade eggnog recipe off of Minimalist Baker. I made a third of the recipe as I definitely didn’t need eggnog in the house. It was fine, but I can’t say it really tasted like eggnog to me:(

Knitting:

Since I was on a roll I called about the bands I need for my winder and got assured that they would send it out today! I sure hope it shows up soon!

I worked on my sweater a bit, but have to admit that the short rows are confusing me right now. I think I need more brainpower for that!

I have also spent some time working on another market bag. I need to get going on these!

Reading:

I finally finished The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary. I loved the premise of two people getting to know each other through sticky note messages. This book also tackled a very tough topic and did a great job. I have to admit the epilogue was the best part for me!

Exercise:

I dragged myself out for a run today as I was hoping the fresh air would help. I just went to the park and back so only 2.8km. It was slow and steady, but got it done. Thankfully I’ll be doing 10km tomorrow to help with my lack of mileage lately.

This evening I did another Hallmark workout as I watched Picture a Perfect Christmas. I ended up doing:

5 squats

40 jacks

10 plié squats

5 pushups

20 pulsing squats

5 burpees

15 curtsy lunges

35 crunches

35 reverse crunches

40 front kicks

In between each of these I did a minute of skipping or jogging.

Movies:

I also watched Recipe For Love today, but have to admit it definitely isn’t my favourite Hallmark movie. I found the lead guy really annoying as he can’t control his temper at all.

Eating:

I’ve had eggnog, roast beef slices with cream cheese, mustard and pickle slices, cucumber with cheese and half of an eggnog cupcake.

My friend Melissa and I ordered from Pikanik which offers food that is top 8 allergen free. I went to Langley today to pick up my half of the order. I got eggnog cupcakes, butter tarts, and sugar cookie and gingerbread dough. I had half of the eggnog cupcake tonight and have to say, I still think homemade is better!

Well I’m off to sleep again, as usual.

Have fun!

AJ

Why Not Do Both??

It was an okay day- one of my “good” kids supposedly had an incident at lunch but didn’t report getting hit in the face because “he didn’t want to stop playing”. I figure it couldn’t have been that bad!

Teaching:

We read a story, had music and started in place value in math. We do place value every day, twice during calendar and yet for some of the children, it didn’t transfer:( I see a lot of practice in my future🙄. It is the most important thing I teach though.

This afternoon we had buddies and made cards for seniors. The children actually did a really good job:)

Reading:

I actually managed to finish the kids book club book today on my break. the Problim Children. I can’t say I would recommend it as it seemed just weird to me, but we shall see what the children thought of it.

Exercise:

I had arranged to workout with l after work as she couldn’t this morning. I appreciated the extra time as I slept horribly last night. This afternoon I really didn’t feel like doing anything, but we did it anyways. It was a tag team workout so while one person did ab exercises on the floor- the other ran while increasing the incline by one percent per minute. Then we both did step ups and squat jumps. For two such simple movements, my legs felt like jello afterwards. We then had a short interval session on the treadmill and ended it up with another session where one person did ab exercises and the other did the treadmill- while playing with the incline. I was definitely dripping sweat and enjoyed the steam room for a minute afterwards.

On the way home though, my friend texted to see if I wanted to go for a run, I figured I might as well. We ended up doing a really nice, easy 3.78km. It was just good to catch up and visit.

Knitting:

I have started the test knit for Zanete Knits of the Mommy- Daughter Hat. It’s going pretty well so far, except my yarn has twice been broken:( That makes me nervous! I do not want to have to buy yarn for this!

Movies:

I got to enjoy another Hallmark movie tonight:) This time I went with Just Add Romance. It was a super cute cooking competition movie. I giggled when the Lake Michigan resort turned out to be the local golf course about a half hour from me. I think that’s partially why I love watching these movies so much is trying to determine where they are filmed as most are done around me:)

Eating:

I’ve had a second great day of eating! I’ve had a rice cake which I did half Pb and cheese and half Pb & jam. It was yummy! Then I had a banana, a tuna snackit, an orange and a salad with tuna and balsamic dressing.

Well I’m off to bed ridiculously early on a Friday night to make up for last night.

Have fun!

AJ

Good Thing It Was My Plan

I had planned to have a quiet weekend as last weekend was busy and next weekend will be as well, but I got sick on Friday and didn’t feel better until late this afternoon.

Knitting:

I have finished the Triple Jubilee shawl and am quite happy with it. I soaked it, but couldn’t pin it down because my blocking mats weren’t wide enough. I just hope it turns out okay this way too.

I also got another market bag made today. It felt good to get going on my Christmas presents. Only several million to go🤣

I really loved this pattern which is called Let’s Go Shopping and is free on Ravelry. The yarn was Berroco Indigo and I really liked how the natural and white turned out. Sorry for the poor lighting picture.

Reading:

I finished my latest NetGalley book, Wrapped Up in Christmas by Janice Lynn. This was a very sweet book that really made me want to get ready for Christmas. It was a cosy read and I enjoyed its sweetness.

Exercise:

This morning I met up with my regular Sunday run crew, but just walked. I was a little afraid to jostle myself too much. We got soaked, but it was nice to get some fresh air.

Late this afternoon I was feeling better and decided to go for a short, slow run. I did 3.88km and it felt pretty good. I am a little worried that I’m getting behind on my mileage for the month. It’s going to be tough to make it up as I’m heading into report card writing, but I’ll have to find a way! I don’t want to blow my yearly goal!

I also did 25 minutes of easy low impact aerobics this evening.

Eating:

I had brunch with my running crew this morning and had my usual jumpstart sunrises.

I had cucumber with crab for dinner. I am hoping for less eating events this week.

Well I’m going back to rewatching Hallmark movies that I’ve been watching today.

Have fun!

AJ

Raining Rats

It was definitely not my typical day!

Teaching:

This week my students have definitely taken about three giant leaps backwards. We’ve had at least one violent incident each day and they’ve had to practice lining up and walking multiple times:(

I told them today that I would like them to come back as the kids they were last week! Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

I spent the morning worrying because I couldn’t find my keys anywhere so I ran home on my prep and found them in my knitting bag🤷🏼‍♀️

After school I ran to the dollar store to grab a card for my friend. I don’t usually do cards, but I only had a small gift so needed a card for them to go into.

On the way to the dollar store I was walking along when suddenly two birds started fighting in the tree beside me and the dead rat they were fighting over dropped to the ground about six inches from my shoulder!😳

Reading:

I at least got a few minutes to read this evening before heading out and managed to finish Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen. I had heard about this book on Not Your Mom’s Romance Bookclub Podcast and had found it to read it. It was a fun read, but seemed really familiar. It was a cute story, but I think it could have been a bit shorter as it seemed to drag a bit at times.

Socializing:

I had plans to meet up with my close friend Em for dinner to celebrate her birthday. We went to Meet which is a vegan restaurant by her. It is always a good time with Em and the food was wonderful as well. I had the spicy chili cauliflower bites.

It was yummy and thankfully not a late night!

Exercise:

I have felt very slug like all day so when I got home I managed to do:

50 squats, 50 back kicks, 50 high knees, 50 hamstring curls, 50 roundhouse kicks, 50 bridges, 25 crunches, and 25 reverse crunches.

Now I’m off to bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Saturday Errands

Sorry for no post last night. Yesterday was a good day- my students did great at the Remembrance Day assembly and I got a workout in, and had a night of negative knitting at Knit Night.

Reading:

I didn’t manage to sleep in this morning, but I spent the time laying in bed reading my latest NetGalley book, All Fired Up by Lori Foster. I really enjoyed this book as Lori does an amazing job of balancing romance and suspense. The amazing family cast helped too:). This book was a great end to her Road To Love series.

Exercise:

I did finally drag my butt out the door for a run to and around the park. I got 4.5km in, but there was nothing super exciting about it.

Errands:

I grabbed my mom and did all my errands. I just realized that I save all my errands for when my mom is in town and can keep me company. She or her hair cut and I wandered superstore and bought beet hummus, cashew dip, an oatmeal raisin cookie to try and Floradix iron supplement to try. Hopefully some of these things will be good!

We also hit Pomme, Costco, and the mall and I spent way too much money, but thankfully, I only do this when my mom is in town.

Movies:

At one point my mom decided she had had enough and wanted to go home. I got a small Hallmark fix with watching Mingle All the Way which was super cute and Dashing Through the Snow was okay, but slightly confusing.

Knitting:

After my dad arrived home and took the tv over, I went home to get a couple of pattern repeats done on the shawl I’m making. This shawl has so many errors in it that I’ll just have to pray it doesn’t fall apart or look weird!

Tomorrow is going to be long so I’m going to bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday #29

I can’t believe I’ve already been to trivia 29 times!

Reading:

I have to start by mentioning the book I finished last night. I read One Christmas Eve by Shannon Stacey. She is one of my favourite authors and she definitely didn’t disappoint with this book either- I read it in one sitting! I was laughing out loud by page five at the banter these two main characters had. I loved the supporting cast and especially liked how the author didn’t rely on miscommunication for the conflict!! For once I wasn’t left yelling at the characters to grow up! It had a satisfying ending and I really liked how the two characters would read together. My dream is to have a guy who will happily read on the other end of the couch🤣

Teaching:

It was another pretty good day as we had no physical violence. We got through a journal today and one of my little guys wrote a page and a half!!! So cool to see them start doing more:)

We played around the world and then went and did relays in the gym. I really need to think up some more movements for the relays. Today I could only think of horse galloping and frog jumping!

This afternoon we started making our poppies for the Remembrance Day wreaths. We had a discussion about all the things we love doing and the fact that we say thank you to those who have served our country and made it possible for us to do these things. I actually got to show them a veteran on the city website who just happened to be my dad!

Knitting:

This past weekend I bought myself a beechwood swift and a Knitter’s Pride Mega Yarn Winder. I finally set it up tonight to wind my shawl yarn and one of the belts broke immediately:( I have contacted the shop and hopefully they will send me a new one! I want to play with my new toy!!!

I have spent some time knitting on my current market bag, but kind of feel like I had better leave it and start on the shawl. Does anyone have a suggestion of a good shawl pattern that uses about 600 yards of light fingering?

Trivia:

There were four of us tonight:)

What street does the Canadian prime minister live on?

Sussex Drive

Who is the character that Will Farrell plays in Anchorman?

Ron Burgundy

Who was the character in The Outsiders and There’s Something About Mary?

Matt Dillon

What does DK stand for in DKNY?

Donna Karan

Who were crush and squirt in Finding Nemo?

Sea turtles

What’s the most common word to come after blueberry?

Pie

Which is the third province alphabetically?

Manitoba

Which song was done by the chainsmokers?

#Selfie

The music round we did okay.

What animal made Hootie cry in Only Want to Be With You?

Dolphins

What currency used to be used in Amsterdam?

Guilder

How do you spell Ross’ career in Friends?

Paleontologist

Who sand You Spin Me Round?

Dead or Alive

Who was the mascot of Mad Magazine?

Alfred E Neuman

Which NHL goalie has played the most playoff games?

Fleury

What does the NA in NASCAR stand for?

National Association

Which beer is the Champagne of Beers?

Miller High Life

What river goes through London?

Thames

That’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ

Monday again

Why does this day keep showing up???!!!

Teaching:

I had the district in to do their new reading assessments which are exactly the same as the ones I was taught to do 18 years ago so I’m still trying to figure out what’s cutting edge about this?!?!

We got through math and my students seem to be doing well at counting by tens, but I’d better get to assessing them tomorrow before we move onto counting by 5s and they get confused.

We also started a class book about solving problems in peaceful ways. Let’s hope it helps!

We managed to add 6 hearts to our wall today and had no violent incidence. I call that a good day!

Exercise:

We had a meeting about report cards after school but then worked out after that. It seems as though my butt hurts as soon as I get into a lunge position. Maybe my body is protesting! We did:

Lunges with front raises

Lunges with lateral raises

Bird dog/ double crunch

Banded alternating leg raises/ banded squats

Split lunges

Slider froggers/ slider planks

Step ups

Hamstring curls on the medicine ball/ mountain climbers

And between each of these we did a minute of cardio which was froggers, skaters, jogging, squat pulses, reverse mountain climbers, skipping, jacks, and burpees.

There was a little puddle of sweat around me by the end!

Reading:

Yesterday I spent most of the day reading Melt For You by JR Geissinger. It was so good! It had lots of funny banter between the characters. The plot moved along at a good pace, the characters were interesting and grew a lot, and underlying it all was an important message that I think most women need to hear!

Tonight I started my next NetGalley book which is One Christmas Eve by Shannon Stacey. She is one of my favourite authors and I was laughing out loud by 5 pages in, so I think this one is going to be good too!

Well, I should be knitting, but I think I’m just going to read some more.

Have fun!

AJ

Grateful Sunday #2

We had to Fall back in our time today. I am really hoping they decide not to continue this practice as it seriously messes me up!

Exercise:

We had a short run today at Mundy Park. It was really neat that a friend we haven’t seen in a while came out too. She walked with Brenda, while Dennis and I did the usual route. We had a 6:35 average and I had to giggle at runkeeper sending me a message saying it was my fastest average in a month- it’s my first run of the month🤣 Dennis did tell me he’s proud of me for having a steady pace and running continuously. What a great guy!

I’m thankful for my running buddies as they accept who I am and what I’m capable of doing.

I definitely earned that tea with my 26 minute run as it used to take me 44 minutes. I also enjoyed the view at tea as we sat beside a group of firemen:)🤣

Reading:

I finally finished Meant to Be Yours by Susan Mallery which is the fifth book in the Happily Inc series.

What a wonderful book! This book takes us back to Happily Inc, a wedding town that has seen the pairing up of four wonderful couples before this. Renee is a wedding planner and Jasper is a writer.

I was actually surprised by the pairing as I was expecting the book to be about Jasper and Wynn, whom he was with before. I quickly figured out that this was a much better pairing!

The character growth in this book is huge and very satisfying. It was down realistically as we all do or say stupid things and have to learn from them. Both of these characters experience this emotional growth and it was great to see.

The supporting characters are also wonderful as usual. They aren’t perfect, friends show up at the wrong time and others say what is right, not what is popular, but they definitely add a wonderful element to the book.

The pacing was different as Renee and Drew hop into bed together quite quickly, but then it slows right down.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys small town romance!

Thank you to Susan Maller, the publishers and to NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

After listening to a podcast of Not Your Mom’s Romance Bookclub I have spent a lot of today reading Melt For You. I’m really enjoying and thinking I may be up until I finish it. I’d better read quick.

I’m thankful that I’m a reader. I think being a reader makes life easier and it allows me to experience things I never would be able to otherwise.

Socializing:

I met up with Brenda for ice cream as I had to get a pair of knitting needles to her. I had the peach caramel ice cream and it was so good!!

I’m thankful for having such amazing ice cream, that doesn’t make me sick, available so close to home!

Eating:

I have had a better eating day today than I usually do on Sundays. I’ve had a mini kind bar, a steak, veggies and dip, ice cream.

Knitting:

I have also been spending some time knitting another market bag. This time the pattern is from Purl Soho and I’ll share when I’m done:)

I’m thankful I have a hobby that allows me to be productive while relaxing and also allows me to make things for friends that will hopefully show them how much I appreciate them in my life.

Oh and I have bought three skeins of Shi Bui Pebble in a gold colour that I’d like to use to make a shawl for my friend. I have about 600 yards and would appreciate any pattern suggestions anyone can give!

Well that’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ