Phewf!

Have I stopped today??

Running:

I set my alarm this morning after yesterday’s fiasco, but of course it wasn’t necessary as I was wide awake at 6:20am😫  It did mean I got out for a run. I love the start of Fall for running! It’s so crisp out! I had fun with my running app, Runkeeper, this morning as I changed its voice. Now I get my timing cues and a little humor with a Boston accent. It seemed appropriate after my recent vacation:). It was just a half hour but made all the difference! Phewf, I won’t be a monster with a bad attitude like I was yesterday!

I walked to and from work and got out for half of my normal walk today.

Blogging is obviously good for me as I got my workout squeezed in at the end of the day here. I didn’t want to have to admit that I hadn’t done it! I did the ” More than a Minute” workout which is actually twenty minutes of heart pounding cardio. Phewf, I completed all my exercise today.

Teaching:

I went to school today but didn’t see my classroom much:( I met with my co-teacher and we planned and prepped next week ( tough to do but I know I’ll appreciate it next week!). We also got a good start on a year plan. It’s difficult to do and not laid in stone, but the plan definitely helps keep us focused and so that we don’t spend two months on place value🤣

I also had a Department Head meeting today. It looks like I’ll be doing the scheduling and the assemblies this year. A little daunting as the previous teacher was really good at them. I have a tendency to be very blunt so these assemblies might be quite short. I’m going to try and get as much done in advance as I can!!!

Hopefully tomorrow I will get back into my classroom as there is still stuff everywhere!

Eating:

I was good until I came home from school. I had no snack prepared so I ate everything I could find:(

Socializing:

I ended up going to Earls in Port Coquitlam with a couple of friends for happy hour. We do this sometimes and it often makes me feel like I’m actually an adult, lol. All I need now is to come home with leftovers to complete the picture I have in my in head of being an adult. Lol my life is definitely not as exciting as I obviously thought it would be.  I had tea really looking forward to having a fish taco butter then r waitress didn’t seem too sure it could be gluten free and dairy free so I just went with garlic fries that are done in their own fryer. For three dollars you would think I could have stopped eating when I was full, but no I kept going and ate them all. By the end I felt completely sick! Thankfully it seems to have been a case of eating too much, not an allergic reaction, phewf! I’m just so mad at myself because I was already up in weight this morning and now this afternoon and evening I’ve let my eating get out of control😞 I think the timing was the biggest problem for me. I am hungry when I get home from school and usually have dinner right away, so I ate too much before going out. Next time, I should take a small snack and just stay at school until it’s time to leave for the restaurant. I also had a gin and sprite to drink and didn’t mind it. I’ll have to remember that one as $7.50 for a night out seems pretty good!

Happy hour wasalso beneficial as my friend’s calmed me down about my classroom by reminding me that all the stuff I’m seeing on Pinterest and Instagram is stuff we used to do, but now my district takes a much more calm and natural approach to our classrooms. Phewf, I’m not a screwup, I’m just keeping my surroundings calm so we all remain calm!

Shopping:

I decided to share my garlic breath with everyone and stopped in the way home at Chapters to get a birthday gift for my friend’s son who turned one earlier in August. I bought him three Robert Munsch books and I’ve de used that this will be the beginning of a collection for him. image6.jpgThey are a lot of fun to read and he’ll enjoy them for many years.  Now I just have to find a safe spot for a list keeping track of which ones I’ve bought him.

I was obviously meant to go to Chapters today as they had a gluten free, dairy free cookbookSweet Eats For All I’ve borrowed from the library before on sale for $5!!! And they only had one left so it was meant to be!  As I write this I realize I probably should have been looking for a birthday present for my friend as well! I’ll have to think of something bird related for her.

Projects:

I really wanted to start my next knitting project but figured I should finish something already started instead, so I finished my photo album for my trip to Montreal three years ago ( can you tell I’m behind lol). I’m happy it’s done, but mainly because it means tomorrow I can start a new knitting project! Now just to pick one….

Well I want to get up for a run in the morning so I’m off to sleep.

Have fun!

AJ

Voila:)

Today was my first day back in the classroom and of course it was the first day that I managed to sleep past seven all summer:(

Exercise:    Grade:D

With waking up at 7:30 there was no time for a run before I got into the school. Unfortunately, I let this mess with me. I was feeling down because I felt like school was already messing with my positive, healthy lifestyle on the first day. Definitely not the best way to start the day!

Overall, unfortunately the only exercise I got in today was an inlet walk in the sunshine. This was beautiful, but definitely not cardio. I started to do my “More than a Minute” workout but my feet are seriously swollen and sore. I’ve never had this before and hopefully it’s just from the heat and being on them and it will go away quickly!!!  Well tomorrow is another day and I have already set an alarm so a run will happen in the morning:)

Back To School:      Grade: C

I walked into a nice clean room, and felt completely overwhelmed as to where to start. I set up my room every year, but I always seem to draw a blank when I first start. For this reason I mainly just put stuff back where it was so the room is useable and I’ll go from there making changes.   I’m only on box ten of my classroom library out of forty boxes so I see a long day in my future tomorrow,😝 And unfortunately my room is messier now than when I started.

It is always darkest before the dawn.

 

The biggest problem I faced in my classroom today was letting go of my expectations of myself!

What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.

I see all these amazing rooms on Instagram and forget that I need to make this work for me and the grade one students I’ll have.

Eating:                Grade: C-

Not my best day as the uncertainty I felt in my classroom caused me to eat all my food before 10:30 so by the time I got home at 3:30 I was starving. I did however manage this evening to organize some food for the rest of the week without going grocery shopping!

Knitting:      Grade: A

Well, I finally finished the Nubby Knit Turtleneck ( though mine is not a turtleneck).  This sweater took me longer than most, and I was very worried that I would have put all this effort in for nothing.  It is my retro sweater as it is made from wool my Grandmother originally used to make a sweater vest for my uncle with a pattern from one of her 1960s/70s Good Housekeeping Needlecraft Magazines. I realized about 3/4 of the way through the pattern that it was a retro pattern so was probably sized smaller than the patterns of today 😳 But it turned out perfect!!!!

This pattern is truly the perfect pattern when you have a show you want to binge watch.  Every piece is literally knit one, purl one with increasing or decreasing as needed. For this reason, a show to watch is a necessity as otherwise, it’s an incredibly boring pattern!  It is easy to follow as a pattern and would be fine for a beginner knitter.

I made a couple of changes to the pattern and would make a couple more. I ended up going to 57 stitches on the sleeve increases instead of 53 as I felt they may be a little tight. In addition, some of the parts end with you doing a full row of purls ( front left and right side), I wouldn’t do this as I don’t love that it shows up on the front of the sweater as a ridge.  I would also be tempted to either do the cuffs with the larger needle or add stitches as they are quite close fitting.  I really liked how all the parts matched up really well, there was no need to hide any extra in the armpit or anything:)

It is not the most exciting sweater, but the plan is a white button down shirt underneath with my skinny jeans and brown boots to make a warm, comfy work outfit this fall:) I think this sweater will get a lot of use in my wardrobe between September and November! Even better, the wool ended up not feeling scratchy against my skin:)IMG_8742.JPG

Now I get to go and dream up what project  I’m going to start on next:)

Have fun!

AJ