A Busy Friday Eve

It was another buy day for me- this time with fun.

Teaching:

We got through the day. I realized today that I only have 11 days to go and I’ll have managed to go through a whole term with no days off. I was tempted yesterday though!

This morning we printed the letter d (very quickly), had music (the kids went outside so they could actually sing and I got my classroom for my prep for the first time this year), and we did more work on counting by the kids 10s. The kids know this well and the only problems were because of short comings of the worksheet.

This afternoon we had silent reading, did a directed drawing of Santa that didn’t turn out greatπŸ˜₯ and went outside to play.

Not an exciting day, but the kids were still crazy- they are already in full Christmas excitement mode!

The funniest thing today was that pretty well every person in the school commented on my hair. It made me start to wonder how bad I usually look.

I did a bit of puttering around my room.

Shopping:

A friend gifted me with a quick shopping trip after school. She had inquired about when the quietest time was and they were right- it was very quiet. It was an awesome half hour spent together and the first time I have been shopping, for anything other than groceries, since last December! I found a couple of shirts, running capris and a dress:)

Eating:

My friend Emily and I had done a sushi car dinner at the start of November for her birthday and tonight we repeated the experience. It was awesome to catch up and a lot of fun, at least until my brother had to come jumpstart my truck because the battery died during dinner. I have no idea why, but I’m guessing my battery is getting old and I don’t drive enough for it to stay charged.

Crafting:

I m busy trying to get a stocking name done for a friend for tomorrow. My grandma always said that if you had a job to do, get it done right away. I guess that has stuck with me. I am feeling the pressure though as this stocking is homemade and absolutely gorgeous!

I’d better go work on it.

Have fun!

AJ

Weekend Wrap Up

It was a nice, relaxing weekend:)

Exercise:

I ran both mornings. On Saturday, Dennis and I did an 8km run out on the dukes. It was a tough run for me as I was sore from my workout on Thursday. My legs were incredibly stiff and sore! The highlight of the run was seeing three eagles- two were fighting in the air and one was eating on shore. It was awesome to see!

This morning I did another 8km with Sarah along a different dyke. This run felt much better, but that may be due to the slower pace.

We got lucky both days with gorgeous weather!

This afternoon I re-did the workout I did Thursday- NourishMoveLove’s 30 minute full body circuit workout. I figure I had better redo it until it no longer hurts.

Knitting:

I spent a lot of the weekend knitting. It was lovely and relaxing and quite productive. I finished the toque for my secretary’s daughter.

This is the Antler Toque from TinCanKnits. I love their patterns- easy to follow and I like how the pattern includes all the sizes. I used the Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn in black so that it is teenager friendly and washable.

Today, I finished a toque for Lyndsay. I used the Mother-Daughter toque pattern from Zanete Knits. I have made this pattern before with Regia sock yarn and Lyndsay liked it. I couldn’t find Regia sock yarn, so I used Patons Kroy sock yarn. I did the pattern exactly the same, but unfortunately it came out much thicker and smaller. This is definitely more of a beanie. I will take both the original and the new one to school tomorrow and Lyndsay can choose.

Reading:

I love the Heartbreak Bay series from Jill Shalvis and have been reading Wrapped Up In You. I usually gobble up Jill Shalvis, but I’m having a tougher time with this. It’s not the writing- it’s the fact that there is tension and a bad guy. I just find I can’t read anything right now that isn’t super fluffy and happy.

Socializing:

I met up with Lyndsay this morning at the farmer’s market. This is definitely a good social event for right now- outside, not too crowded and mask friendly. We looked around and I tried a pork bun and a cranberry cookie that were both wonderful!

Lyndsay had said a few weeks ago that I had plans for next weekend, and she finally explained today. She had planned that her, another friend and I would go downtown to the spa, go out for dinner, spend the night at a hotel and then go for a run on the seawall in the morning, followed by brunch and shopping. Unfortunately our latest restrictions put this plan out of order, so she has simplified it.

Lyndsay will go for a run with me next Saturday, followed by brunch and then later in the day, I will be picked up for a local adventure.

I can’t believe what sweet friends I have! It means so much that they made plans for us! Now I have to come up with where to run!!!

Well, other than that I have put up lights in my bedroom, and did laundry. Lol not very exciting.

Have fun!

AJ

Fun and Thankful

I am definitely an introvert so have just a few good friends. Thankfully a group at work decided I should be one of them.

From Monday to Thursday we rented a small cottage on the coast and enjoyed three nights, four days of resting and relaxing. It was so fun!!

It started with lunch at the Black Bean where I had smoked salmon, egg and avocado. How can it get better??

The inside of the cottage was slightly rustic and I would definitely have some suggestions for them as they definitely rely on the pool and view to draw people in.

But really how can you blame them? I spent a lot of time in the pool and it was cool because it was a salt water pool.

We did go down onto the rocky shore and one friend went swimming in the ocean, but I stuck to the pool.

We mostly stuck to charcuterie and snacks so we could enjoy lounging.

However we did go out to a pub one afternoon for lunch and I had a turkey sandwich which was quite yummy.

We really enjoyed the sunsets each night.

The only bad part was that we all got eaten alive by mosquitoes:(

I got back home this evening with great memories and feeling very grateful for the inclusive group of women that I call friends!

Oops

I actually didn’t realize I hadn’t posted yesterday until I got on here.

I set off with L andSon a road trip that lasted two hours. We aren’t really going all that far from home, though boy is it nice to see new scenery.

We stopped in the drive for coffee because we were extremely early for the ferry. ( you just never know about traffic as there is a bridge involved). The wait and the ferry ride were uneventful. Getting back to the highway we had to follow a loaded dump truck up a huge hill. My car started to rattle really bad:(

Once done with the crossing to the coast, not an island, we stopped at the Black Bean Cafe for lunch. I had a gluten free bread with egg, avocado and smoked salmon. It was amazing!

I was so hungry though that I ate it in about a minute.

We then made the hour drive and thankfully my car was fine.

We arrived to a very cute three bedroom cottage. It is nothing fancy, except for the view.

Even better, it has a pool with glass fencing so you can be in the pool looking at this amazing view. Needless to say, we did nothing but this for the rest of the day.

Thankfully we had brought chicken wings and salads for dinner so we didn’t have to go out again!

The sunset was just as spectacular.

The only downfall I have found so far is that it is the worst year in twenty years for mosquitoes, so guess who is getting eaten alive?:(

I am so lucky that when I was forced back to work, and I had the other teachers become my bubble, that these people are friends I like doing things with.

Well I’m going to go enjoy my first cup of tea on that deck.

Have fun!

AJ

Socializing

I always find it tough to ask people to do things as I’m afraid I’m bothering them, but this week I made it a challenge to arrange a friend outing each day. Yesterday I took a friend for ice cream, and today I managed an outing too:)

Exercise:

I tried to do a workout this morning, but my body just wasn’t having it. I stopped and sat back down on the couch and knitted. I had my first massage in four months and it turns out it’s been my psosa that has been giving me trouble. It is a very deep hip flexor and boy does it feel much better now!

Socializing:

Last week when I was walking in the other side of town I had seen that a new cidery had opened up. I arranged to meet two friends there this afternoon for a late lunch. It turned out that we had to sit inside because it was pouring when we got there. Of course it was beautiful by the time we were leaving. It also turned out its a brewery, not a cidery. They only had one type of cider. It was okay, but nothing I have to make the twenty minute walk for.

It was super nice to catch up with friends though and I’m the one who arranged it, so I take that as a major success!

I ordered mixed nuts and olives and they came in a plastic container, like you get in the bulk section of the grocery store. I am really hoping this is just because of the Covid Pandemic as it really didn’t add to the atmosphere at all!

Crafting:

After a lovely two hour nap, I spent the evening knitting on my sweater and watching a Hallmark movie I had never seen before. Both were very enjoyable.

Well I’m tired again, so I think I’ll go crawl into bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Purple Day

Why does everyday bring questions and no answers???

Exercise:

I met up with Dennis and we did a rerun of a run we tried to do a couple of weeks ago but abandoned because it was too busy. Today was much better, especially after my legs loosened up at 4km. I dropped about 30 seconds per kilometer after that. I am finding that my runs are way harder lately and I’m not as fast. I’ve been reading and it seems like this might be a side effect of trying to lose weight. Hopefully it won’t last forever and I can go back to being faster.

This evening I tried to do a workout, but only managed seven minutes when I realized I just wasn’t into it tonight. I’ll try to make up for it on Sunday.

Teaching:

It was a quieter day as all I had to do was check work on the three different platforms. It’s a good thing because I came home from my run to a power outage.

I listened to the premier speak and though he said we would be going back to school on June 1st, there were still no details of how this is going to work. For the month of June it is voluntary whether kids come to school which means I have to teach online and in class. I’m really not sure how this is going to work:(. All I know so far is that I don’t think anyone who works with six year olds is making the decisions!πŸ˜–πŸ™„

Shopping:

I probably shouldn’t be allowed out of the house alone with my Visa card. Lately I’ve been finding that I need more water as my runs get warmer and longer. My hydration pack is about fifteen years old and doesn’t owe me anything. I was looking for a cheap pack online, but ended up buying a new one at my local running store. I really do prefer to support local when I can.

My new, very purple Nathan hydration pack. I’m going to look interesting when I wear red!

Reading:

I finally finished one of my current books. I had been listening to Born To Run by Christopher MacDougall. It was a super interesting book that took a lot of different elements and connected them through the story of a race. It was great, though I think it would be better to listen to it than read it.

Socializing:

I had my usual Friday teacher meet up in a local park. It was definitely busier than it has been in the past. It was nice to catch up and our friend Cori joined us today too. It’s nice to not feel alone in this craziness!

Knitting:

I finally finished my newest sweater tonight. It is the Seraphina sweater by Irina Anikeeva, available on Ravelry. The shoulders are the most complicated part of the sweater and after that it is good social knitting. The yarn I used was a new to me yarn called Gathering Yarn: The Harvest is Here. I like the colour of the yarn, but found it to be quite splitty.

Well that’s the end of my purple day!

Have fun!

AJ

Redeemed

Last night at knit night, I failed. I went with two projects well on the way and came home with both of them frogged. And I hadn’t even taken the project that requires me to concentrate!

Errands:

I was one of those odd ducks who were out at the Costco gas bar at 7:30 this morning. My eyes opened at 6:15 and I just couldn’t get back to sleep:(

Besides this, I got a load of dishes done and some groceries bought , but that’s it.

Exercise:

I had thought it would be mid morning before I would be running, but Dennis was ready earlier so we went out this morning. It looked beautiful, but was quite cold. I should have worn gloves! We went out along Guildford again and right from the start, it felt tough as my legs were tired. We did 7.75km and though I didn’t get a PR for my 5km (though I was trying for one), I did get my fastest kilometer ever- 5:45/km!! I didn’t think I’d ever see a kilometer in the 5s!!!πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰

Shopping:

I stopped for coffee with Dennis and then went to pick up my new Brooks Christmas running shirt that just came in. I haven’t ran in it, but it seems expensive for the type of material it is. It is super cute though so I will just enjoy it and try not to think about how much it cost me!

Baking:

I had bought frozen cookie dough for a school fundraiser for a friend’s nephew and it’s been calling my name so today, I decided that I should try to get it out of my freezer! I do much better when there’s no yummy food in my house! The cookies took two minutes longer than called for and didn’t really spread at all, but they did taste good. I took a dozen to my friend Anna for her boys.

Movie:

My friend Anna has had a very busy fall as her husband prepared for his PhD thesis defense so when she called me up to see if I would go to a movie with her, I didn’t mind seeing Little Women again so that she could get out of the house. This was the first time she’s been out without her boys since September. I think she deserved a break:). I enjoyed the movie just as much the second time:)

Eating:

What have I had today? I’ve had a rice cake with peanut butter and cheese on one half and peanut butter and jam on the other, a cup of tea after my run, a seafood cannelloni out of the freezer for lunch, cookies and ice cream. I had a gift card to my favourite ice cream store and I saw they had a ton of new vegan flavors so I stopped in tonight on my way home from the movie. I tried many and they were all amazing, but I had the Raspberry Pistachio Nut and loved every bite. The people are so kind there, the lady pulled a chair up in front of the heater for me to sit and eat in:)

Knitting:

I have spent much of today working on my Date Night sweater and thankfully I’m to the point where I just continue in pattern until it’s as long as I want it. I have found that I have to concentrate for the lace rows, but can listen to podcasts for the plain rows. I’m hopeful I can get a good portion of the body done tomorrow!

Well I’m tired, have fun!

AJ

Grateful Sunday

It was a very nice day:)

Exercise:

This morning turned into a walk with Brenda and Dennis as my legs were still tired from yesterday.

I tried to get a run in this evening, but that was derailed too🀣

Oh well!

Grateful: to be flexible enough to not let changes in my plans bother me.

Grateful: for the gorgeous place I live where I saw a heron up close on my walk this morning.

Knitting:

I have spent most of the day knitting, actually I have spent most of the weekend knitting.

I finished a wide headband out of my MJ Yarns leftovers from the sockhead slouch. I love how this headband turned out and you can see the details of the pattern I made up on my ravelry projects page:).

The hat is my version for Sarah, the secretary at work. It is the Wellem Im Sturm pattern. It went super quickly with the bulky yarn and used up another ball from my stash:)

I am currently knitting the hat pattern Sarah picked in the yarn she picked. Can you tell I don’t think it’s the best fit for her. She can take her pick and I’ll donate the other!

Grateful to have people around me who appreciate my hobby.

Grateful for ravelry where I can find so many awesome patterns and lose myself for hours looking at all the options.

Socializing:

I went out for a run tonight and just as I was coming into the park o saw my friend Cori and her husband and kids ahead of me. By the time I had caught up with Cori I found myself getting ice cream and walking around the park. It derailed my run, but I think the social time was way more important for both Cori and myself (she’s the friend who just lost her dad). The time definitely cheered my day:)

Grateful for friends that are easy to be with and just include me.

Grateful for Bruno’s friend who bought me ice cream:)

Grateful for the energy that kids display that spurred me on.

Well I’m going to see how much of this toque I can get done tonight.

Have fun!

AJ

The Friends Get You Through It

Often I see these memes on social media about how teaching is a solitary profession and we need to connect. Tonight was the perfect example for me of how the people you work with really do make the difference.

Socializing:

I met up this morning with two of my high school friends for coffee. One of them lives on the campus of one of the local universities so we took her kids over to the main building and let them careen down the hallways on their tricycles. It was the cutest thing ever! We have to put a helmet on the littlest guy cause he’s a daredevil who goes super fast!

I was saying that I hope they will remember this when they are older cause talk about an awesome bragging point and a great memory!

Having my car quit for the second time in a week on the way home, not such a great memory πŸ˜–

Knitting:

I got a little bit of knitting in around naps. I was at a loss this morning because I couldn’t think of what to knit next. Then I decided that even if I had missed the deadline for the HPKCHC club this term, didn’t mean I couldn’t look at their prompts. The first I read was to knit something white. Well, I’ve started a small baby blanket that will hopefully get five skeins out of my stashπŸ˜€

Socializing:

This evening I met up with four of the ladies I work with. My work isn’t a happy place right now, but these four ladies make all the difference and make it bearable. It really is great to work with friends!

We went to Browns Socialhouse for dinner and then carried on to see the new Little Women movie. I thought the movie was very well done and liked how a lot of the story is told by flashbacks:) I also appreciated that they did a great job of recreating Orchard House which was the Alcott residence, though there were a few changes. It’s so neat to have been there! I also liked how they included the fact that Louisa didn’t want the book to end the way it did. I would recommend seeing this movie, though take Kleenex with you.

Well I’m up later than I have been in a long time so I’m off to bed.

Have fun!

AJ

The Best

I really do have some amazing friends!

Teaching:

We got through our first day in December. It wasn’t all great but we are all alive:)

We started working on patterns in math and did a search for them in the classroom.

We also wrote our letters to Santa. It was neat that a couple of children had a difficult time coming up with three things they wanted to ask for.

This afternoon we made our Christmas class book about what gifts we want to give to others. They had done good ideas.

Our staff meeting after school was wonderful because it was only 45 minutes long!!!πŸ˜€

Socializing:

My friend Lyndsay has asked if I wanted to grab dinner with her tonight and of course I said yes! I was a little confused when she said we were going to GreenMustache and to meet at 4:45 since they close at 5. I eat fast, but not that fast! It turned out she had arranged for Liane and Cori to also meet us and we did an Inferno Escape Room and then had dinner at Milestones. She even brought me a piece of gf df cheesecake. It was such an awesome night and the first time I’ve had this type of thing done for me by friends. It was such a great night out!!!!!

Movies:

Tonight I watched Holiday for Heroes because I got home late. I enjoyed it again:)

Exercise:

My Hallmark workout tonight was:

20 burpees as they went to four town traditions.

15 curtsy lunges as there were 3 decorating scenes

45 pushups as there were 9 bright dress coats

30 squats because Santa was mentioned or seen 6 times

35 crunches because Merry Christmas was said or seen 7 times

30 jumping jacks because there were 6 scenes of drinking hot festive drinks

15 squats because Christmas spirit was mentioned 3 times

In between each of these I put a minute of skipping or jogging in place so that I got some cardio too. Still not much but at least something.

Have fun!

AJ