Best Laid Plans

I don’t like when my best laid plans go awry! I had to have a procedure on Wednesday morning which caused me to be off work for the rest of the week. I had all these plans to get a massive amount of knitting done, but unfortunately, I learned that knitting moves your entire body:(. I have gotten a bit done, but nowhere near as much as I had hoped for!

I have finished one of my Halloween socks that I am knitting a stripe a day from Area51 Fibres and using the Heel Toe Do Si Doe pattern. I just started the second sock this morning and got the cuff done on it.

I am also up to date on the test knit I am working on for Char Knits right now. This is the Second Chance Shawl and is meant to be done with an advent calendar. Since I will only be getting my first yarn advent calendar this year, I found some cool grey with rainbows to stripe in. The knit is going well though the ten rows a day are starting to take much more time now that the shawl is over 300 stitches. I just worry that it might get too big for me.

I have also been working on Shawlography. This is the first Steven West design I have knitted and the first mystery knit a long I have done. I got the first clue done in the nick of time and so am trying to be more proactive with this clue. I have to admit I am actually procrastinating by writing this blog post because I’m at a part that I don’t really understand. I’m not giving up but I am having a break and a cup of tea and then will try again. I love how he does a video that guides you through each and every row! I’m going to have to watch closely for this one!

Reading wise I did a whole series this week by Evelyn Adams. It was really good because it had just a touch of thriller or mystery to them. Enough to be interesting but not enough to truly scare me:)

I have actually just started a new audiobook on Libby. It is The Husband List by Janet Evanovich. I am super enjoying it too!

Well, I will get back to shawlography now.

Have fun!

AJ

It’s Been Forever

Sorry about this- my life just doesn’t seem exciting enough- I go to work, I run and I sleep.

I had blood work done this week and sure enough my iron is dropping rapidly. It’s thankfully almost at the point where they will begin thinking about doing g something about it. Hopefully by the new year I’ll be more energetic.

I did get to have Thanksgiving dinner last night. I went to my teaching buddy Liane’s house. It was awesome! They had enough food for about a million people🤣 I took this Broccoli salad from Minimalist Baker. It was super yummy and very easy to make.

I stayed up way too late and then had to get up early to make banana bread for a friend who has been in hospital. I used this Banana bread from Minimalist Baker. Again it was very easy to make and I hope it tasted good.

I did get an easy run in with Sarah at the river today. It was a gorgeous day so we couldn’t resist hitting the trails.

With being so tired, the only other thing I got done today were some groceries picked up. The rest of the day I read and knitted.

Right now I have a lot of daily knitting. I do a stripe on my October socks which I am using an Area51 halloween half skein for, but I also have to do one section on the Second Chance Shawl which I am test knitting. After those two projects, I move on to working on clue one of the west knits kal- shawlography. I need to be done by Friday so we will see if that happens.

Reading wise I read Falling Free by Evelyn Adams and really enjoyed it so now I am reading the second book in the series.

Mostly I am trying to stay awake until 8pm🤣

Have fun!

AJ

So Excited!

I was so excited last night that I barely slept and was awake at 6am!

It was Knit City Mini!!

It was half sized, fully masked, fully vaccinated event! With all the covid measures I felt comfortable going and boy was it fun!

I spent three and a half hours squishing yarn and probably buying too much of it🤣

I then got Chickpea for lunch and got to meet a podcaster i watch! I also got to meet the Grocery Girls!

I just wanted to share my excitement, but I will definitely be sleeping well tonight. Now I just have to figure out something new to look forward to!

Have fun!

AJ

Lovely Day

It was Truth and Reconciliation Day here today. This is a new federal stat holiday to observe Orange Shirt Day which honors those Indigenous people who have been after by residential schools.

I really feel like I observed it yesterday as we had an assembly about it, talked about it, read about it and did art about it with the kids yesterday. I have to admit it was nice to have a slower day today!

I was awake way earlier than I expected, though it was still a sleep in from my regular time. I put the time to good use and got my bathroom cleaned, my floors swept, vacuumed and mopped and my living room tidied.

At that point it was time to leave for my run. It wasn’t a great run:(. It was pouring rain, like bucketing down, I ran too fast and my legs were tired from my workout yesterday so I took way too many breaks and my watch lost GPS signal so my fast speed wasn’t even recorded. Needless to say I was happy to be done with the hilly park and to go for tea!

I dropped Dennis off and then had lunch and tidied a bit more. It was then time to sit down and read while I waited for Brenda to arrive for knit group. I decided to take advantage of my extra day off and fill it with my favourite things- running, reading and knitting.

I have been reading a series called Lighter Ones by Aleatha Romig. Just like the series title implies these are fluffy and low angst, which I am appreciating right now. I am on the third in the series and the second was definitely better than the first, but for a light, fluffy read that’s a little spicy I would recommend them.

Brenda arrived and I had a goal to finish my sample knit today. I only had the last ribbed border to go. I got five rows in and then moved to my nephew’s Musselburgh hat as I’m trying to get that done too. Unfortunately the brambles section of the sample knit just kept not looking right. I am knitting the Solstice Rose Cowl by Justin’s Lorkowska. I ripped it back to the garter ridge before the brambles after Brenda went home and reknit it. I’m not sure it looks any better, but that’s how it’s staying. Maybe I’m too easy going about mistakes to be a sample knitter😥

I am back to where I was this morning and have the last ribbed border to go and an I-cord bind off, but it will have to wait until tomorrow. I will also take my Musselburgh back to school with me and try to get a bit more done. I am on the last colour!

I have enjoyed this slower day of all my favourite things and just hope tomorrow goes smoothly and quickly as I have something fun to look forward to on Saturday!!

Have fun!

AJ

ProD Day

I think the best part of ProD days is that I get to do a bonus run that’s not before dawn!

I started this a few years ago and really love starting ProD with a run. This morning it was just around the park and back. It was interesting though who I met. At 6am there are usually about 13 people- one dog walker and the rest runners, but at 7am there were 26 people only two of whom were running and the rest were dog walkers. I do wonder what I would find at 8am.

ProD wasn’t very exciting. I spent most of the morning sitting in the library listening. Our principal brought in Mexican food for lunch and it was nice enough for us all to be outside in the sunshine eating together. The afternoon was my time to work on what I wanted to do and I had a very long list, but all I wanted to do was nap:(. I got one board changed, some reading on a new program done and some YouTube videos watched about it, but nothing compared to what I wanted to get done.

When I got home I started knitting but quickly realized I was just too tired so I had a nap and then went back to knitting. I have almost finished my sweater sleeve, but am thinking I want to rip it back because it is much wider than what I like. Yes I’m almost done, but there’s no sense finishing a sleeve I’m not happy with. 😖😖😖

I may need to leave it and get my sample knit done first as that has a deadline:(

Well I’m off to bed to read for a bit.

Have fun!

AJ

Better Get Moving!

That title seem to be the story of my life lately.

I didn’t run this morning as I didn’t get to bed as early as usual last night. I am thinking it makes sense to take Wednesday as my rest day while I am doing trivia Tuesday night.

I went to work early this morning so that I could get the planners labeled and organized and the printing books labeled and put together. I then sat down with my teaching buddy to get the journals ready. We then had a busy day. We got through graphing the number of letters in our name this morning but I couldn’t figure out why I had time left over. It’s because I have completely forgotten about modeling calendar the last few days!😳 ugh I hope the next two days is enough!

After recess we read a Dr. Seuss book on birthdays and filled in the birthday chart. We then went outside and did a physical graph with the other grade 1/2 class. We will have to do the actual paper graph tomorrow.

Finally this afternoon we tackled planners for the first time! It didn’t go too badly. We then had our first assembly in about two years. The kids didn’t do too badly. We had a person from ICBC and our police liaison officer in to talk to the children about safety. Hopefully we will continue to have assemblies this year as I think it’s important for the kids.

After school I got the extra books ready and the songs and poems books ready. i feel as though I’m a hamster on a wheel that has sped up and someone just flooded the cage too. Ugh. I hope I get to the bottom of the to-do list soon.

Since coming home I have knitted about an inch on my current sweater. I really want to finish it so that I can wear it! I also got a message saying that the yarn is on the way for the sample knit I agreed to do. I guess I’d better get moving on all the other knits I have on the needles right now. The email did get me to put down the sweater and take out my Vancouver socks and get going on them. I need to get one projects accomplished here soon!

I have also made some zucchini muffins to take to work tomorrow. It only used a cup of zucchini though:( I really need to find a recipe that uses a ton of zucchini at one time as I still have a half of this huge zucchini left!

Well I’m going to get myself organized for my early morning and get to bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday

It was another super busy day.

I got up for my 6am run and the best that can be said is that it got done. It was interesting to see what leaving two minutes later than usual affected. It was weird to see people at the “wrong” time. Lol

Work was fine though I feel really discombobulated! We got through the book Chrysanthemum and a name sheet this morning, then we tackled more supplies organization after recess. In the afternoon we did silent reading and then they headed off to music class. I was so excited to be able to have my prep in my classroom! I got the drawing books organized and the printing books copied and a writing sheet for after our assembly tomorrow. It is very weird to think that these kids have never been to an assembly before. We can’t have the whole school at one time, but it’s the closest we have come in a few years.

I had a massage after school so that got me out of work really quickly after work. I did a lot of self care I guess as I also had a nap after the massage.

I also got a chance to watch the new KnittyNatty podcast and split for the sleeves on my current sweater.

I did finally get my butt over to trivia. It was my first time having to show my vaccine passport, but it went fine.

In the first round I felt like I knew a good amount.

What movie is Cobra Kai a spin-off of?

The Karate Kid

What is the name of the donkey who is a football star in the 1976 Disney movie?

Gus

What sport has shooting and skiing?

Biathlon

Who makes Ritz crackers?

Christie

How much money do you get for going past Go in Monopoly?

$200

What fossil fuel is gas made from?

Petroleum

The music round was pretty cool because the song names went in alphabetical order, A-Z with no X.

We really didn’t do great at Kahoot- 6th for the round.

I was so excited in the last round to see th question-

Who are the two main characters in Pride and Prejudice?

Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy

Well I’m off to bed, have fun!

AJ

Exhausted

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I have been dropping into bed very early and going straight to sleep. I think tonight will be the same.

I survived the first week of school and finally got my class list after school on Friday. It was a little tough because I’ve had these kids most of the week but couldn’t tell them they were mine. I did lose one kid to the 2/3, but will have a new boy joining the class in October.

I did manage to stick with a run each morning this week, but have to admit not much else happened.

Saturday was a little busy. It started with a run and then coffee at which two of my old running buddies showed up. It was so great to see and catch up with them!

I then went straight to the fabric store. I was trying to support local and did find a few things, but also was frustrated with how their fabric was displayed. It was tough to see, especially the shelves that were over my head! I still need to go the other fabric store as they didn’t have zippers or interfacing. I didn’t let myself look at all the kits they had, but maybe in the future.

I then carried on to a local yarn store that had brought in some mohair for me. It turned out not to be the right shade of purple and I actually managed to leave the store with nothing!

The rest of the day was spent knitting and watching knitting podcasts.

Today I got my grocery shopping done early and got some hamburger stew made up. The recipe is from NourishMoveLove and hopefully it will be good as I will be eating it all week!

I had a nap this afternoon, but have once again spent the day reading and knitting. I’m hoping I’m rejuvenated for the week ahead!

Have fun!

AJ

The End:(

I can’t believe I am down to my final hours of holidays! It’s been good so I can’t be sad and I need to go back to getting a paycheck!

I started the day with a run around Mundy Park with Sarah and Dennis. It was a nice run and the hills didn’t feel as tough as they usually do which was a bonus. Kula had the chance to be off leash and was loving it! I think he would vote for this park for every run if he got a say!

He kept racing between Sarah and I and Dennis who was ahead.

After tea I came home and immediately did my workout. It was tough to make myself, but I knew I had to do it!

I then got my house dusted, laundry all put away, another sweater on the blocking a tank top sewed, my stash updated on ravelry and some knitting done. So I will call it a successful day.

I wanted to get a tank top done as I would like to spend more time sewing this year. Plus I want to make more project bags but had to finish up the projects I already have. I thought this was my last tank top, but I think I actually have material for one more. I had made the tank top up yesterday but ran into trouble with the binding being too long so ripped it out but then waited until today to resew. I am happy with it and think it will make a nice outfit with my green pants.

For knitting I am trying something different this month. I am usually a monogamous knitter on one project but over the past two days I have cast on two pairs of socks, a sweater, a toque and have plans to cast in a shawl tomorrow. I will see if I like being able to go between projects. I am loving the sweater so far so may end up being monogamous with that anyways. I also will be able to work on the vanilla socks and toque a lot tomorrow I think as I have to sit through two meetings.

I finally gave in and made my lunch for tomorrow and planned out my day. It’s going to be a busy one!

Well when I planned out everything I needed to do tonight and worked backwards for timing I realized I had to start it all at 6:40 so I guess I had better go.

Have fun!

AJ

Hit the Ground Running

I think the hardest part of a holiday ending is that there’s no easing back into life, you have to get moving immediately:(. Yesterday I got home and immediately dealt with the mail, got groceries and started on the laundry. Ugh, quite a change from quietly knitting on the couch!

Today turned out to be another busy day. I had decided that this would be the one day I would go in to set up my classroom. There will be tons of things to do in the coming weeks, but there’s not much I can do until I know who is in my class. Today I got the desks put out, my library put back together and the coatroom emptied. It took just over three hours and while I need to tidy and label my library and deal with the centers, I decided to save those items for another day.

I came home for lunch and actually made the time to cook a veggie and shrimp curry. It was wonderful! At the same time I cooked up brown rice, quinoa and red lentils to have in my fridge for the week.

My SIL had introduced me to the app “Daily Dozen” and I liked how it concentrates on doing things that are beneficial to the body. There are things I definitely won’t be doing, but if it gets me to drink more water and eat more veggies, it can’t be a bad thing. Hopefully it will help me deal with the vacation weight gain!

After a lovely two hour nap, I met up with Dennis for a run at the river. It was a tough go, but my pace actually turned out not to be too bad. This was despite the curry talking back to me. It drives me nuts that eating unhealthy makes running easier and eating healthy always makes runs painful:(

It was just good to get out and start on September’s mileage. I am still running to a destination so I will hopefully have that for you tomorrow!

This evening I have been knitting on my Halloween cowl and watching knitting podcasts. One podcast I wanted to highlight is the “A Stitch in Time Podcast”. This is a new to me podcast though she has been recording for 4.5 years. I really like how she does a variety of crafts and stays on top of her projects. I would definitely recommend checking her out:)

Well I need to go start on my new bedtime routine. September always feels more like a new year to me than January so I am trying to put some new good habits in place.

Have fun!

AJ