0.5 Week 1

I can’t believe I’m already halfway through my first week of holidays. I wish it would slow down a bit!

Monday:

I’ve been waking up super early so started the day with an easy 3.67km to the park and back. I was trying to run slowly and keep my heart rate down like I’ve been reading easy runs should be, but I definitely didn’t succeed at that- my pace was slow, but my heart rate was high. I also got some yoga done.

The big highlight was my trip to Othello Tunnels. I have been wanting to visit this historic site for many years and finally found a friend willing to make the two hour drive. It was not a long walk, but was cool to go through the four tunnels and over the bridges. The water was such a beautiful blue! I find it amazing to think of how they built these tunnels through pure solid rock over a hundred years ago when they didn’t have all our technology.

The bonus was that since I wasn’t driving I managed to get an entire vanilla sock knitted during this trip.

Tuesday:

I once again got up early and ran. This time with Dennis though. It was our usual Thursday night 7km loop, but it felt better today than it does on Thursdays. It was also nice to sit and have coffee afterwards. I also did a NourishMoveLove workout and some yoga. This summer I am keeping track of how many days I manage to do all three types of exercise. I figure I had better take advantage of the time to do this.

I spent some time with my friend Emily checking out a shopping centre that has been revamped. It was okay, but nothing too exciting. I was further unimpressed when there was absolutely nothing I could eat there for lunch. Thankfully it looks as though more places will be opening soon.

I spent the rest of the day knitting and finished my test knit tee for Josee Paquin of UandIKnit. I knitted it out of Polka Dot creek yarns in Funfetti Natural. I absolutely love this yarn and the top. I think it will become my new favorite top! I can’t wait until I can show it to you, but it may be another couple of weeks.

Wednesday:

Today was once again started with a run to the park and back. They aren’t long runs but hopefully these little runs will add up to my making it to Kathy’s house soon!

I also did another NourishMoveLove ab workout and then a yoga class on FitOn.

I walked up to school and printed my new sock knitting pattern and then met up with Brenda for coffee so I could pass off her copy. Boy can two hours go by fast when you’re talking knitting!

I have spent the rest of the day starting my Hong Kong socks and working on my Age of Steam and Brass shawl. It seems as though I am on a mission to finish this shawl tonight.

Oh and I am so happy that I can now share the test knit shawl I had completed for Josee Paquin. It is called the Mountain Reflections Shawl and I made it out of Shibui Pebble in two colours. It is a neat shawl as it looks like colour work, but is actually mosaic knitting so the back isn’t a mess of strands.

All of my test knits are done now so I can knit whatever I want:)

But reading this over again, maybe I’ve been doing too much knitting.

Well there it is in a nutshell.

Have fun!

AJ

At Last

Last night was tough, but I have to say, life has improved!

Last night I did Costco with my mom and teaching buddy. I didn’t buy very much, but seemed to spend a lot of money 😞. I then came home and spent three hours fixing report cards. For someone who usually goes to bed at nine, staying up til midnight made today tough.

I did get my reports posted, printed and handed in right away this morning. It felt really good to not have to think about them for the weekend!

Teaching:

We used loose parts today to have students create a character and a setting. This is where students can use any type of materials and be creative. They were super engaged and it was neat to see what they came up with!

We had a big hunt after recess which was cool! One group found a golden beetle that was gorgeous! I read them the book, The Bug Girl which was really good!

This afternoon we had our wrap up for the Jump Rope For Heart campaign. Our little school raised over $8000! The kids have been living skipping and have taken to bringing skipping ropes to school. It’s great to see!

Exercise:

I thought I’d be going out with my mom again, but she met up with my aunts and uncles. I suppose they can have her for one afternoon😜. I took the time and snuck in another 3km as I had to cancel my run yesterday to get my report cards done. This makes the second week I’ve been short mileage. Thankfully non-school time is coming!

I also did my FitOn class which was an EMOM workout. Every minute on the minute you have to do some moves and get them done in that minute. I’ve heard of the workout style before but hadn’t done it, but it was fun.

I have a conundrum. I feel like a lot of the FitOn workouts are not that hard or long, but I love how it gets me to exercise everyday by giving me badges, and my exercise stats, etc. I would love to go back to NourishMoveLove as it has longer and tougher workouts but it doesn’t have those extra little perks. I’ll have to think about how I can solve this problem

Knitting:

With staying home I have been working on my Kith Shawl and am actually getting very close to finishing it. I thought I might finish it tonight, but I think I’m going to sleep instead.

Thankfully I can finally share the test socks I did.

These are the scalloped shorties pattern by Josee Paquin (uandIknit). They are done in cascade heritage yarn in the colourway Anis. I find shorties knit up so quickly that it’s fun to make them!

Hopefully I will have more finishes to share with you soon!

Have fun!

AJ

ProD New Tradition

Today was a ProD day and we’ve been informed that going forward this year, all will be done from home. We have to listen to dumb seminars, but at least I get to be comfy and cozy at home!

One of the things I love most about ProD days is that I can get a quick run in before work. This morning I could feel my knee so I just did 3km, but that’s three closer to Rapid City! I also did my 40 sec plank on right, left and centre this evening. I should have worked out or done yoga, but it just didn’t happen.

I unfortunately didn’t learn anything new from my ProD today:(. I did get the situpons done for the kids though. These are newspapers in ziploc bags that the kids sit on when we are doing a lesson outside. I hope they work well!

However, my teaching buddy and I went for a lovely rainy walk once the sessions were over. We walked for about an hour and a half and then had ice cream. I should have ordered first as I would have gotten my usual one scoop, but I was influenced by Liane and got a flight. Way too much ice cream for me, but it was yummy! We sat outside to enjoy it and by the end, I felt like I was drooling because my lips and mouth were so frozen and I was definitely shivering.

Knitting:

The exciting news is that I finished my test knit for U and I Knit (Josee Paquin) last night. I love her patterns and this one is no different. It knit up super fast and is so lovely and soft and squishy!! It’s the Alexis Vest and you should look out for the pattern coming soon!

My new knitting books came today and I am super excited to start SPY21 with a pair of I Scream socks from Operation Sock Drawer. All 20 patterns in this book seem amazing and I want to make them all! I couldn’t start tonight as I washed the red to see how bad it was going to bleed. Just a tiny bit pink so I put vinegar in the water and am waiting for it to dry so I can cast on!!!

I have been working on an entrelac scarf tonight and am loving what it is looking like! I have always wanted to try entrelac and once you get the pattern, it’s not tough:)

Well I’m suddenly very tired and so think I am off to bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Quiet Day

Not as exciting as yesterday, well almost as not.

Exercise:

I didn’t really want to do anything, but it’s great having a parent who’s first question is- are you going running? It forces one out the door. I just went to the field and did 3.3km around there and then came home and did a 10 Minute Full Body Stretch from Nourish Move Love.

Baking:

Today my excitement came at the baking time. I needed to make zucchini bread as that was what my dad asked for, but after the lemon zucchini muffins he decided he wanted the bread to be lemon too. Not a problem. Until I went to he t everything out and realized I didn’t have enough gluten free flour to make the bread. I decided that I would just make the bread with regular flour and sour cream.

It was going along fine. I remembered a warning my SIL has given me and wore a mask when I was measuring and adding the flour so that I wouldn’t inhale any. I was mixing the batter when I looked down and realized that both of my hands had gone beet red and splotchy. I guess I can’t even really touch gluten or dairy. I did finish the bread and then put ice on my hands after washing them a zillion times.

The bread turned out well my mom and dad said.

Knitting:

I have spent the day working on my second test knit- one that I am doing for Alicia Plummer. I was super excited to do one of her sweaters as I always love her designs. I am just about a third way through.

However I did run into town and get blocking pins so I could get my sweater from yesterday blocked.

This sweater pattern is called Juliette by Josee Paquin and the pattern should be out soon. It is knit back and forth until the v neck is complete and then carried on in the round. Stitches are then picked up for the neckline and the sleeve bands. I found the pattern very easy to follow and quick to complete. The only change I would make would be to pick up more stitches around the neckline so it was a tiny bit bigger.

The yarn I used was Berrocco Folio which is incredibly soft. I just didn’t realize that it is slightly see through too. I still think this sweater is going to be a work horse in my wardrobe.

Socializing:

I joined my parents for wings Wednesday but that has been everything that has happened today.

Have fun!

AJ

A Finish!

I finally finished something. I really shouldn’t take on so many things at one time as there are other things I would like to be doing.

Exercise:

I finally found a decent route. It’s still hilly and has a giant hill at the end, but it’s a better length and I don’t feel like I’m suffering the whole time. I got 5.7km in. I then had to go over to the field and run 2km of laps to complete my Squad Runner mission. I didn’t feel bad for doing 7.7km today.

I got 20 minutes of yoga in and also did another NourishMoveLove workout this afternoon. I’ve been doing them off Instagram, but I think I’d better go find her website and see if she shows all the moves there.

Shopping:

My mom and I hit the dollar store for some kitchen essentials today. She says my dad isn’t great at this type of shopping so I think we’ll be doing more of it before I go home🤣

Knitting:

I finished my test knit for Josee Paquin today. The sweater is called Juliette and I really like it! It only took four days and is quite simple, but has sleeve detail that I like. The only change I would make would be to pick up more stitches around the neckline so it would be slightly looser in the neck. It will stretch out as I wear it though.

I will need to block it so that the bottom won’t flip. Josee designed it with no bottom edge, but I don’t like sweaters that flip so I put the same edging as the neck and sleeves on it.

I’m not sure how I’m going to block the sleeves so that the pattern will show nicely.

Baking:

The neighbour had brought my parents some peaches off his tree. I wanted to do muffins for them so that they can be frozen and so had to look up a recipe. I ended up making peach cobbler muffins from The Busy Baker. I forgot to put the oil in and didn’t put the topping on and they were still really good.

Perhaps not as good as the lemon zucchini muffins as there are still four left.

Mom and I had some quiet time this evening as my dad went to play horseshoes. I started my next sweater test knit and played some scrabble.

Reading:

I also finally finished my latest book. It was the second book in Lauren Layne’s Oxford series- I Wish You Were Mine. The writing was good and the characters were interesting, but I just didn’t love the premise so it was tough to get through it. I am going onto the third book in the series though.

Have fun!

AJ

Woah Wednesday

What I learned today…I don’t like people who feel the need to flaunt their power just because…😖

Teaching:

We started the day with an assembly for pink shirt day. The kids were pretty well behaved and the assembly itself was good- probably because two teachers planned it. I think the best part was the video or Don’t Laugh at Me by Mark Wills. Of course, I don’t think any teacher actually paid attention, going by how many pointed out the cute cop to me🤣🤪

We also got through a lesson on reading strategies and a lesson on using the number line to do subtraction. I so love having my prep in the afternoon (I switched as another class was having a field trip) as then I have all this great morning time to actually teach! With just a minute to sword fight, etc my students were then able to focus for a full 20 minutes during the math lesson. I felt like singing hallelujah!

This afternoon we started a Social Studies art project that the kids were super engaged in! Hopefully I’ll have photos tomorrow.

We ended the day with one of my students reading a book to the class. She was so proud and it seemed like other kids were interested. Thankfully that will be their sharing for April.

I ended my work day with another three report cards and then had to run very fast down the hill.

Dentist:

Well my tooth fell out again last week and I managed to get into the dentist today. He cemented it back in again but is putting in a request to do a standard bridge. Oh yeah, more dental work. It’s pretty sad that I was able to explain dental work terminology to some confused teachers at lunch.

Reading:

When I got home my first order of business was to finish the kids Bookclub book as the other teacher still needs to read it too. This month we read, The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller.

It was a good read. It deals with the very serious topic of depression in a way that is appropriate for kids. I did find it overwhelmingly sad though and wondered if a few more lighthearted moments could have been added. I also wondered how a therapist husband hadn’t explored therapy or meds before the situation got dire?

Exercise:

I didn’t have time for a Hallmark movie tonight, so I just made up a workout. I really wanted to go for a run, but it was already dark when I got home. I did a minute of jogging with four pound weights in each hand between these moves:

25 shoulder presses

40 squats

20 front raises

40 plié squats

40 reverse lunges

20 bicep curls

40 bridges

40 Russian twists

40 second plank

20 full sit ups

25 crunches

25 reverse crunches

20 dips

25 pullovers

I did each move with 8lb weights, but that won’t be lasting long as I promised myself I would move up to a new weight in the next month.

I figure it is better than nothing, but I sure hope I get a run in tomorrow!

Knitting:

I got permission to share my test knit! I test knitted for Josée Paquin, which I was super excited about as I love so many of her patterns. I got to do the Laughing Out Loud Hat which was a gorgeous solid colour hat with a nice spiral design.

The hat was a great excuse to buy and try out Brooklyn Tweed: Shelter yarn in the colour Pumice. This yarn sure knits up softer than you’d think and it was great to knit with. I wouldn’t say it had great stitch definition though.

The pattern was super easy to follow and knitted up quickly, so I would definitely recommend it!

Tonight, after I finished my workout and the Bookclub book I got to sort and determine yarn weights for the odd balls that have been living under my coffee table. I have a goal to use up 8 more skeins before I go to Fibres West in Mid March so I printed off some hat patterns today and figure I’ll tackle some of these small balls.

Well, that’s all my excitement for today (said facetiously)!

Have fun!

AJ