2019 Reading Review

It was a very long travel day, but we all survived and made it home safely.  I was the random person who got their phone tested. I could have told them there’s only chips, sweets, book ink and yarn fiber on it🤣

Reading:

I spent much of the day finishing a NetGalley read, called Between Friends by Elsa Miles.

This is the story of Tessa and Jordan. They have been friends since they grew up on neighboring farms in Wyoming. However, can they become more?

This is a friends to lovers trope that is quite successful though it is a very slow burn.

The hero and heroine are interesting and dynamic characters who remain true to themselves.

The one element I questioned was that if these two were such good friends wouldn’t they be better at talking things out?

I had decided that as I met my goals in each area, I would do a review if that part of my life and since yesterday I made my goodreads goal, that means I am starting with my year in reading.

I have recorded 100 books read on Goodreads though this does not include the books I read to my students every day. I can only imagine how many books I read in the classroom!

So some stats:

100 books

30,502 pages

Average length is 305 pages

The most popular book I read this year was Where the Crawdads Sing

My average rating is 4.2 on Goodreads

I have read 21 books for NetGalley

I have read 10 books recommended or read by the Not Your Mom’s Romance Book Club.

Genres:

Kids:8

Fiction: 16

Historical: 10

Romance: 67🤣

I think my goal next year is to read some non fiction!

Ok off to not read🤣

Have fun!

AJ

 

Better

I didn’t get much done so I don’t get why I’m so tired!

Tea:

My tea today was David’s Tea: Mother’s Little Helper. I have to admit that it is not my favourite!  So far, in this 8 Nights of Tea set, I have only liked one:(

A colleague rescued me with a tea bag she likes. It was delicious!!! I would totally recommend it!

Teaching:

Today was better. We finished up our gymnastics, without any falls. We also completed our visualizing activity from yesterday along with a community ABC mini book. In the afternoon we revisited hibernation in Art by making these:

We talked about using different medium in art and looked at examples. I think we did pretty good for only having a picture to go from since I couldn’t find any directions.

The only incident I had was when bad breath boy told me he was smarter than me this morning. Some children….🙄

Exercise:

I met up with lyndsay after school for a workout. We did 25 minutes on the treadmill and then hit the floor for squats, overhead triceps extensions and knee tucks. It was like a ladder- first round one set of 8 each, second round two sets of 8, etc. We then did v ups, static lunges with weights and hamstring curls using the stability ball. The same ladder set up but with a minute on the elliptical between sets. The coolest thing about my workout today was that I had to up the weights. I ended up using twenty pound weights for the squats and lunges:) It’s nice to see progress:)

Reading:

Just a bit of Ready Player One on my lunch hour:). I highly recommend reading on your lunch hour. It’s such a nice, calming twenty minute break:)

I read a blog post by Perfectly Tolerable this morning that talked about Goodreads stats so then of course I had to go have a look. I never knew that Goodreads could tell you what author you’ve read the most of!!! So cool! Then of course I started wondering how I could change those stats. I need to get two short books read quickly so it will quit telling me I’m behind on my goal!

Knitting:

Tonight was knit night and I got another twenty one rows on my sweater finished and that used up one ball of yarn. LOL I’m already starting to think of what my next project will be.

I did look up how to determine the weight of yarns do i will hopefully get going on that.Not a super busy or productive day, but I sure am tired so I’m off to bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Bittersweet Homecoming

Today was the day; after 19 days of lazing around my parent’s boat, I had to come home.   It’s always bittersweet for me coming home from a holiday. On one hand, having 860 peaceful, fully stocked  square feet to myself is bliss, however, I enjoy spending time with my family, being on the water, and coming home means unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping, in other words, work:(

I worked on my Reyna shawl on the ferry while my nephew played on his iPad. I was actually very surprised that no one spoke to me about my knitting. I’ve always avoided knitting in public because I thought tons of people would ask questions and my shy personality didn’t want to deal with that. I wonder if that’s the normal experience or if I just had the sleepy Saturday morning crowd?

My condo was in one piece, and other than being slightly warm, quite lovely.  Before I left, I had put water bottles with holes in the lids in a few of my plants. It worked for one but not for the rest:( My lavender and chives may never be the same again:( Is there a better holiday watering solution out there?

I have finished my Reyna shawl but it is being blocked so I can’t share a picture quite yet.  My shawl turned out to be 12 rows shorter than the designer’s as I just didn’t have quite enough yarn. I got smart and measured the yarn I had left when I got near the end by taking an arm measure, knitting a row and then taking another arm measure. This way I knew exactly how many arm lengths it took to do a row and I knew exactly how many rows I could do. I thought I was so smart until I started to do the bind off. It was a new technique for me and made a pretty edge (though it had the tendency to roll on me), but it took double the yarn I had planned on. I ran out of yarn thirty stitches from the end and had to tink the bind off and go with my usual bind off.  With this bind off, I had success and have less than a meter of yarn leftover😀 I dislike having yarn leftover and feeling like I could have done another row and then there’s the question of what do you do with that tiny bit of yarn?  I am very happy with the Reyna shawl! It’s gorgeous!!!!img_7281.jpg

The Indigo Moon yarn in Hollyhock red turned out to be beautiful! The variegation is quite subtle, but very pretty. The yarn was easy to work with, though it is definitely a heavier and slightly rougher than the fingering wool I have used in the past.

I managed to also do some reading today. I love Goodreads!!! I was looking through “my books” and noticed the Neighbours from Hell series by RL Mathewson and when I looked I saw there were some I hadn’t read yet. I’m working on Christmas From Hell and quite enjoying it. It’s a trashy romance or chick lit ( whichever you prefer to call it) so perfect for a laid back summer day!

With being back home, it’s time to get back on the healthy wagon! I was going to workout tonight but I have a shawl taking over most of my living room floor so I just went for my usual walk along the inlet trail. It was a lovely night!IMG_7282.JPG I ran into two families that I know from school, but I know this is a side effect of living and teaching in the same community:) I actually think it’s a good thing for my students to see me out and about so that they realize teachers are normal people with lives too!  I also noticed, that while I was away, the city removed the extra railroad tracks that were used for the handcar races during Golden Spike Days when I was a kid. I’ve noticed that Golden Spike Days has changed dramatically since I was a kid and I guess this is just the next step:( It’s kind of sad through as I think my childhood ones were better, but maybe that’s just nostalgia talking.🤣

Well I’ve finished my knitting project, so it’s time I went and started my next one. This one is a retro pattern from one of my Grandmother’s magazines and some recycled wool from a vest, but more about that another time.

Have Fun!

AJ