A day with an awesome beginning and an awesome ending:)
I had a great thirty minute run this morning along my normal route. Passed a new guy in addition to my usual ones, I’ll have to get used to him I guess. I would like to figure out a way to extend my running route as I’m finding I’m slowing down at the end as I know I’m running out of path before I hit home. I think tomorrow I’ll try a one minute on, one minute off, running up the hill and see how that works.
I also got a bootcamp workout in after school with the women from work. We had a teacher from another school join us who I have worked with previously, but I was immediately intimidated because she looks so strong and fit (kind of resembles a Barbie). I was ok after the first few stations when I noticed she was slowing and didn’t have perfect form. I have to remember not to let people intimidate me based on looks, I’m now fit too!!!! It was a great workout though, we did: burpees, v sit ups, donkey kicks, weighted punches, rows, tricep extension, suicides, side plank leg lifts, high knees, skipping, reverse lunge with a hop, plank hops, single leg squat, and planks. I should feel some of that tomorrow! It was funny that we all decided to start at the station we find the most difficult and we all picked a different station!😂. I do love the tabata workout structure though as it’s always changing so I don’t get bored and mentally I always feel like I can survive anything for twenty seconds:) Even with missing my walk today, I feel like today was a successful exercise day:)
The little girl managed to not cry and earn herself a sticker😀. It was amazing what a difference it made to the feeling in the classroom to not have that crying episode first thing. I noticed everyone was more sociable and seemed more positive and we got a lot more done this morning. She did cry after lunch when she got in trouble for hitting someone, but it didn’t seem so bad then.
I started the day on a high note with unpacking the new supplies I had picked up at the dollar store. Some things I use every day and yet I’m using items that I’ve found or am making do with. When I saw some cute stationary supplies at the dollar store, I decided I was worth the theee dollars it would cost to give me a smile every time I saw them. I even shared my cute new binder clips with the colleagues in my wing so we’ll all smile now:)
It was picture day so it’s always cute to see the children dressed up. We managed to have our photos taken before recess break so I didn’t even have the struggle of keeping them clean and tidy until after:)
We played an awesome game in PE today called Tails. Each child had a scarf/pint tucked into their waistband and then the taffeta run around trying to steal as many tails as they can. If your tail is gone you can steal from someone else and if you keep your tail, you’re running around trying to maintain that. The children started even before we yelled go and ran continuously for about twenty five minutes. It was the best part of the day for a lot of them:)
I ran out to my brother’s place to see him and my parents and this cutie, as my parents are leaving in the morning for a month or so. (They refuse to plan, so we’re never quite sure lol). It was nice to see everyone, but it always highlights how different my brothers and I are. I really don’t think my parents could have raised three more different children if they had tried! Thankfully we all love each other and get along reasonably well for being so dissimilar ( or maybe that’s really well when I hear stories of other families). I wish I had taken a picture of the smoker my brother has built! It’s amazing and beautiful!!!
Tonight was the first night of “Knit night” with my friend Brenda. We’ve both wanted to be part of a knitting circle and have t found one in the area so we decided to start our own.
Unfortunately, I think it’s going to be too big for me now that I’ve blocked it:(.
I made the smallest size available and the pattern was very simple. It starts with a 3:1 ribbing which was new for me, but I really like the looks of it. The pattern then consists of a two row repeat, neither of which was difficult. I read on Ravelry that some people were confused by the final K1, but I had just ignored it and ended on the yo and had no problems maintaining the stitch count or pattern. I just had to make sure that I always did an even number of rows so I didn’t leave my knitting at a yo. The only glitch I ran into was for the top after you divide at the armpits. It said to use half your stitches, but that wasn’t a good place to stop in the pattern so I stopped one early, but then my stitch count kept changing:( It all worked out fine, but it was annoying. I didn’t do the edging as I didn’t think it was necessary.
I used Indigo Moon Merino Wool Superwash in Paradise Blue. This is the second project I have made with Indigo Moon wool and I was as happy this time as I was the first time. The yarn is soft to work with, doesn’t split and knits up beautifully, though I did forget how slow knitting goes with fingering weight yarn! This yarn is variegated and I absolutely love the variegation. There is nothing extreme in it, just slight differences that make it so pretty. The colouring is probably my favourite part of this project!
This project is blocking right now and will hopefully be ready to be worn soon!
I started a toque for my nephew tonight in Smith & Ewe’s Maryanne’s Team Socks yarn in Vancouver Canucks colourway. The hat is knitting up fast, but I may need to pull it out and make a size bigger. I got to use my new Flock Harry Potter stitch markers tonight and it gave me a smile every time I got to Hogwarts:)
Oh and my friend brought me some yarn she was given. A friend was helping to clean out a house and was given yarn but she doesn’t like mohair and neither does my friend, so it made its way to me:). It was like Christmas!!😀😀😀o
Well, I’m off to sleep so that I’ll feel like running in the morning.