All Things Wonderful

It was just a nice day:)

Exercise:

I have to admit that getting up this morning wasn’t easy! I think it was due to lack of sleep after my night out. My run definitely reflected my night out! I guess lack of sleep and cider don’t fuel a run very well. I at least had company as Dennis was with me and he kindly waited at the places where I could get lost or maybe he waited by the water features so he could laugh if I fell in, but I’ll take the positive, nice outlook:). Though my run was slow, it was a trail run so it was still awesome! I much prefer a trail run over a road run- better scenery, better sounds and better focal points!

The end view was nice too!

I have gotten behind on my squat/push-up/plank challenge and thought I would just restart next month, but I don’t want to be a quitter! So this afternoon I got into plank and managed to hold it for 1:45. I looked and this put me right between day 14 and 15 on the challenge sheet, so I have backed up to day 14 and completed that plank, 135 squats and 27 push-ups. It will take me a week longer, but I’m used to taking longer to do things than others and I figure that’s better than quitting!

I also got a Lyndsay workout done this evening. It was called legs extreme and it really was!!! There were a ton of squats and lunges along with every other way to torture legs. It only took 26 minutes to complete, but there was a puddle of sweat on the ground by then!

I love days where I get all my exercise in:)

Socializing:

I had a cup of tea with my running buddies after my run- the best part of Sunday run! Brenda thought she might be able to come over and knit, but it turned out she couldn’t. At least my house got tidied so then I could play guilt free😁

Reading:

I finished my book today in between projects and cleaning. The cover photo is not how I pictured the characters though which bugged me every time I picked the book up!

When I Need You is the final book in James’ series about the Lund family, or at least to date as I’d love some more. It tells the story of the youngest Lund son, Jensen who plays football and Rowan who is a cheerleader, single mom and coach. She therefore, breaks all of Jensen’s dating rules.

I enjoyed this book immensely. I liked how the family plays a part as usual. I liked how the sex doesn’t happen until the last quarter of the book and a real relationship seems to develop first.

I liked the characters- they were interesting and not annoying; neither is a whiner.

I loved the ending of the book!!! (I’ll leave it there so I don’t spoil anything for anyone).

I would recommend the book for anyone who likes sports romances.

I also finished listening to my newest classic, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton on LibriVox.  This book tells the story of Newland Archer and Mae Welland, a young couple in New York in the late 1800s. They become engaged before Newland meets her cousin Ellen Olenska, which in the grand scheme of things is probably for the best. It’s an in depth look at the New York upper society of the time, with all its foibles and idiosyncrasies.

This book kept me interested all the way through without being melodramatic, stereotypical or outlandish. It definitely gave me a surprise at the end!

It was an awesome book to listen to as I really enjoyed the narrator Elizabeth Klett. It was easy to follow and easy to put down and pick up as well.

Crafting/ Knitting:

I got my weekly rug square done this morning. It took extra on the weekend as I had a couple of days I couldn’t do anything this week, but so far I have remained on schedule and I only have 13 squares left. There might just be a light at the end of the tunnel!

In knitting, I got a roll brim baby hat done. I’ve done this hat many times in many different colours and love it because it’s simple and yet looks so cute!

This one was done in three colours, three rows each stripe so that it would count for the Potions class on HPKCHC on Ravelry. The pattern is super easy! Cast on 64 stitches and distribute over three needles, knit every stitch for 5″. Next row- place marker after every 8th stitch. Alternate a decrease row ( knit2together before each marker) and a plain knit tie until only 8 stitches remain. Knit2together all around. Do I cord for 3″. Cast off, weave in ends.

I’m really happy with how it turned out and it used up two small balls of yarn so my stash number went down by 2🎉🎊. Maybe when the number becomes less embarrassing, I’ll actually name it.🤣

Well I’m off to start my next knitting project and watch a Hallmark movie:)

Have fun!

AJ

Laughter is the Best Medicine

My day was busy and started early with being out of the house at 7am and having a jarring experience immediately, but it has steadily improved all day:)

Exercise:

I got out this afternoon for a run. It was super wet, smartwool socks aren’t the best for wet conditions, but it was still nice to go in daylight. I didn’t push myself but still managed to be consistently below 7min/km even with not being able to breathe well. I think I can finally check that goal off the list.

I was thinking of working out tonight, but I’ve ended up on the couch instead.

Teaching:

I had no children today as it was a curriculum implementation day. I never really find these days all that helpful and I was the one presenting the material today🤣.  I don’t know how we did it, but we went through a whole day’s worth of material by 11:40. Okay, class dismissed:)

It was a self directed afternoon, but I didn’t seem to get much done:(

Eating:

Some of the women from work were going for sushi so I went along. It was so yummy, but I just realized now that I was so busy talking that I didn’t take a picture of my sashimi platter. It was better than the place closest to me, but I still prefer Wasabi Sushi where I can get rolls, ginger and soy sauce! The company couldn’t be beat though. I am so lucky with my work colleagues. I was actually out with six of the new teachers and me. It was a lunch filled with a lot of laughter. At one point I couldn’t even breathe I was laughing so hard!

I had a small mishap with a new gf/df product I bought to try. I had read a blogger’s review of Soyatoo Rice Whip, and I found Soyatoo Soy Whip at the IGA shortly after. I almost did a happy dance right in the store! Up til now I’ve been using they So Delicious Cocowhip which is yummy, but has a strong coconut flavouring so I was excited to try something that wouldn’t be coconut flavoured. I don’t know what I did to it, but I couldn’t get anything to come out of the aerosol can of soy whip. One of the daycare workers at my school had a plan so I took the soy whip and a bowl with me to work today. This afternoon, I went down and found Marilyn and she stabbed the can with a pair of scissors and got some of the soy whip out for me so I could at least try it. It had absolutely no propellant as it just dribbled out. Here I had pictured a big explosion of whip cream everywhere 😛. The taste was really good, almost like normal whipped cream. I will definitely be buying this product again!

Today, I was in charge of bringing treats for the meeting so I hit Thrifty Foods first thing this morning. I really think IGA has a better selection of gluten free dairy free products but they just weren’t open early enough. We had decided on fruit, muffins, bagels, jam and cream cheese and then something I could eat. I chose these to try:

These muffins were small, especially when sitting beside typical bakery blueberry muffins. They were easy to open which is a real plus for someone like me who is all thumbs. The muffins were cutely packaged with the bright orange wrapper and could be set out just as they were. The muffins were moist, but I have to say that they didn’t have a strong flavour. They were supposedly cranberry orange, but I sure didn’t taste that!  I suppose they weren’t bad though as others were eating them too.  I’m not sure they were worth the $10 though!!!! I could have made a few dozen for that price!

Oh I almost forgot that I also tried a new tea today. I tried the David’s Tea- Coconut Cream Pie. It’s a very light coloured tea and I really didn’t taste much. I’m worried about saying that as perhaps it’s just my cold that’s keeping me from smelling and tasting much. I will give it another try when I’m healthy but at this point, I wouldn’t recommend buying it.

Reading:

I have been relaxing, sniffling on the couch this evening and have finished another book on my kindle app. I prefer a real book when I’m at home, but my library books were due back and I haven’t had time to grab some more yet:(

I chose this one to start getting into the Christmas spirit, but that didn’t really work out.

This novel is the story of Stratto who is a creator and CEO of a gaming company that produces games and accessories for blind people. The female lead is Meg, his PA who is obviously hiding secrets of her own. Due to people in both their pasts, they decide to try a pretend engagement. It goes from there:)

I liked the pace of the book as it was neither too slow nor too fast, well no faster than any other romance novel😂.  The characters were multifaceted which was nice. The playboy billionaire had worries and concerns and I loved his relationship with Meg’s thirteen year old son. It was enough to melt your heart and really did steal the book!  Meg was a very typical woman with her concerns and worries and this didn’t bother me at all as I prefer books about real people.  I also liked how the characters were in their mid thirties!

The only thing that was weird for me was the book is set in New Zealand so their Christmas is happening in summer dresses and palm trees and swimming in outdoor pools. It didn’t really help me with getting into the Christmas spirit🤣.

It’s a fun, steamy read and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes businessman romances.

I’ve also been listening to Jane Eyre on Librivox as I was knitting. I’m up to chapter five and am quite enjoying it. I hope I get it finished this month!

Knitting:

I finished one of my handwarmers today, but now need to decide if I’ll leave it as a handwarmer or create a foldover mitt portion too.

Any opinions out there?

Well I think that’s my day in a nutshell. I’m off to watch a Hallmark movie and sneeze:)

Have fun!

AJ

Intense but Rewarding

My day was quite rushed at times, but really was lovely!

Exercise:

I forgot to check last night whether my Sunday run alarm was on. Thankfully I woke up only seven minutes late, but it was a rush to get out the door in time!  We ran Coquitlam River trail. Only two of us were running and the rest wanted us to get it done so they could get to coffee. I wanted to run all the way around so we set off at a pretty good pace (for me).  Forgetting to bring extra shoes and socks when running during a rainfall warning is not a good thing! I became one of those people I usually chuckle at- the ones who carefully run around puddles. I usually run straight down my side of the path and take mud and water as my badge of a run well done, but alas, not today. I tried to stay dry but it just wasn’t possible! One thing both my running buddy and I noticed was that we had to watch a lot more carefully as the leaves were good at hiding roots and rocks. Thankfully only two near misses and no catastrophes:). We did the whole loop in thirty five minutes which is unheard of for me and we were back before the walkers! I think my phone lost its signal as it says we were doing a 7:27 at the start and we most definitely were going faster than that! I am proud of this run because I was running fast for me and though I wanted to slow down, I didn’t and kept pushing myself:) It might have had something to do with the fact Dennis waited for me regularly and I didn’t want to hold him up. It was sweet of him to keep me in sight as this is a trail I don’t like to run alone!

I haven’t liked having to say repeatedly that I didn’t get any other workouts in so tonight I made sure I did! I warmed up and then did a tabata workout of: mountain climbers/push-ups, skaters/squats, high knees/ jumping jacks, burpees/flutter kicks. It was short but intense and I felt great!!!

Family:

After a quick tea with my running buddies I drive by my parent’s place. I had perfect timing! Just as I was starting up the stairs I heard their voices in the foyer. I helped my mom distribute everything my dad had piled in the doorway of the trailer and then got one last hug from both of them before they set off on their next adventure:)

Baking:

I grabbed some groceries and finished up the tea food. I made open face cream cheese and cucumber on rye ( gluten free- Canton Bakehouse makes a good one) sandwiches. I got the cake writing done and I got scones made. This is the Recipe I made and they turned out fabulous! I used the cup 4 cup flour I used yesterday and they came out looking amazing. I had one when they were warm out of the oven and it was amazing ( truthfully better than when they were cold later on).  It only took about ten minutes to whip them up too so I was super happy! I’ll try a few more recipes with this new flour, but it might become my new regular flour. I just have to find a cheaper buying option!  My friends seemed to enjoy the spread and thankfully they kept most of the leftovers!

I’m sure the other visitor at tea would have enjoyed some too, but he had his own feast!

We told my friend she needs to get a mini heat lamp so they can get warm and dry!🤣

One thing I learned at the tea is that the fifth member of our junior high group was in town two weeks ago. Three of the girls got together but nobody bothered to let Em and I know:(. I have the feeling I know who organized this and I think it just gives me permission to stop trying. I had texted her about today’s meetup which she declined due to a family commitment, but I really think I’m done!

I also made the Oh She Glows Chocolate Hazelnut Torte tonight just because I already had the cashews soaking. I’ve made this recipe before and it’s always a hit:). You can find the Recipe on this blog. I’ll try to grab a picture of it tomorrow at the luncheon. I had planned this and a tiramisu but nobody at work really seems to appreciate my baking so I bought them lemon loaf and a caramel cake. They are only getting the torte because I had to use the soaked cashews. I don’t think it got very smooth though so it might not even taste good:(

Knitting/ Reading:

I’ve been having a lovely evening sitting here listening to Jane Eyre on Librivox and knitting on my toque. I thought I’d finish so I could show you, but it won’t happen tonight, so maybe tomorrow:)

I hope you all had a great Sunday!

Have fun!

AJ