Home Again

Well it was a day of travel. I got up, packed and sadly left my parent’s place. Usually I make sure that I stay long enough that they are driving me crazy- makes leaving them so much easier. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case this time.

Home:

I got home to the horrible chirping of my smoke alarm. My poor downstairs neighbour has been putting up with this since I left. He came up to help me change the battery, though I will have to go looking for a lithium battery as all I got at the drug store was an alkaline one.

Exercise:

I met up with Sarah for a run around the river. It was hot, humid and busy, but still nice to stretch the legs. I want to put more mileage in this month so am trying to be super consistent.

Reading:

I read Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson. I loved it! I started it yesterday and finished it today. This book has a lot of heart, but reads quickly and lightly. The characters are interesting and of course, I love that it centres around a knitting store. I sure hope it’s just the first in a series!

Well that was my whole day other than some grocery shopping. I had better do some knitting now!

Have fun!

AJ

It Goes So Fast:(

This last day has been rainy and went so fast:(

It has been a very lazy day as my only exercise was 23 minutes of yoga.

I did do some cross stitch and knitting. I am excited that I touched the edge of the first page of the cross stitch pattern. I think I may have to go back to the curtain again though.

In knitting, I got the top done and will be connecting it into the round on the next row. I messed up but think I finally got the right number if stitches, just maybe not in the right place🤣

Otherwise I have done nothing but happily hang out with my parents. I’m going to miss having company!

Have fun!

AJ

It Keeps Getting Shorter:(

The nice thing about visiting my parents is that I get to do what I would do at home, but with company. Plus having someone else around forces me to be the better version of me.

Exercise:

I did 5.65km this morning, and yes it was more hills. I think I managed to figure out a route for tomorrow which should only have one massive hill, but several smaller ones. I really don’t like how the first hill comes at 0.5km – I’m not even warmed up then!

I did ten minutes of yoga when I got home to try and stretch out my poor legs. I really can’t wait for my massage next week.

I also did a BeFitDavis abs workout this afternoon- plank, Russian twists, leg drop to reverse crunch and crunches. I added on the pushups so another part of me would get exercised too.

Shopping:

My mom and I went to a different grocery store today and I found five different types of my soya cheese. This cheese is good when I’m having cheese and crackers as it holds it’s shape like regular cheese. I always love looking around grocery stores when I’m in a new place, though the two I’ve been in on this trip make me happy I live where I do.

Crafting:

I spent some time on both my cross stitch and my knitting. I’m not sure there’s visible progress yet, but I know I did stuff!

Reading:

Still working on Beach Read. I don’t know why this book is going so slow, but I am over halfway so hopefully will be done soon.

Family:

This afternoon my mom found out that her specialist appointment is on the phone so she doesn’t need to go home. That means she isn’t going and I contacted my brother to see if I could get a ride with them. I can, but it means I’m going home on Saturday:(. Even with how quiet the trip has been, I will miss having my parents for company:(

Well I’m going back to the book.

Have fun!

AJ

At The Least

It was a very quiet and restful day.

Exercise:

This is the one thing I did well today. I started the day with a 5km run that was one hill after another. I got to start running down a hill but then had to go up the other side. I made it to the top and turned the corner, only to see another steep hill. On the way back, I had the first hill again. I swear this town is trying to kill me with hills!

This is not the steepest one!

I did some yoga when I came back because I was shocked to find out I hadn’t done any yoga in June. Hopefully it will help with my tight muscles!

Finally this afternoon I did a BeFitDavis workout. It was four sets of lateral lunges, squats, static squat with heel lifts, and pulsing plié squats. I then added on knee raises, a plank, crunches, reverse crunches, bicycle crunches, leg drops, heel taps, and scissor legs.

My goal was to do all three activities each day so this was a success:)

Stitching:

I got some more done on my cross stitch project. I cheated on the curtain and did a part that is a different colour so it will be visible.

Knitting:

I had to restart my sweater. I’m just hoping it will turn out well and move along quickly!

Reading:

I could almost swear I am reading Beach Read backwards as it is going so slowly.

That is my whole day- pretty quiet!

Have fun!

AJ

Back to Quiet?

My last brother and his family left today so we may just get back to quiet relaxation.

Exercise:

Once again I managed to get out for a run right away this morning. It was literally fifteen minutes from awaking to out the door. I ran out of town as I went the opposite way, so I did a few laps around the local field and then went back how I had yesterday.

I also got a BeFitDavis workout in. It is one I had skipped before because it had lots of jumping in it and I have someone living below me, but not here. It was 45 seconds each of squat jacks, scissor jacks, single knee drives, high knees, and pop jacks. I managed to get through all of them twice before my parents arrived back home.

Family:

My brother, SIL and nephew stopped in this morning. We bonded while shelling crab. 🤣🤪. I always love seeing them so it was a nice visit before they left for the other parent’s place.

Stitching:

I sat down in the sunshine this afternoon with the plan to knit for one hour and stitch for one hour. Unfortunately, I brought everything for knitting but the one page of the pattern that I am on. I will have to look it up tomorrow I guess. I ended up doing about an hour of stitching which was quite lovely:)

Reading:

I am still working on Beach Read by Emily Henry. Scrabble is definitely slowing down my reading.

I am so tired that I think I might be off to bed already🤣

Have fun!

AJ

It Only Took a Moment

I had a great moment in my day and it was a good reminder.

Teaching:

We read stories, ran, sorted school supplies, did a nature scavenger hunt and did our annual cloud activity. Every year we take the children outside and read the classic book, It Looked Like Spilled Milk and then we have the kids look and see what they see in the sky. I always love what they come up with. Today we had flamingos, hamburgers, dragons, lego pieces, etc. It is a highlight of the year for me.

My sushi lunch that my EA kindly picked up for me.

After I got back from the grocery store I had a message to call a parent. I was worried that she was upset about the report card, but decided to call right away as it’s usually better to not put these things off. It turned out the parent just wanted to thank me for my hard work with her daughter this year. It was so nice to hear as I really haven’t felt like I’m doing very well at either online or in class teaching. It only took that parent a moment, but it really changed my day:)

Cooking:

I left school quickly so that I could get to the grocery store to see if they had ice cream. They did and I made my recipe, but you’re going to have to wait until next week to hear about it.

Knitting:

I am making progress on the sweater I have started:)

Exercise:

I really didn’t feel like doing anything tonight and so just did 8 minutes of abs.

I really don’t have much to report now that I write it out!

But for anyone who read yesterday’s post- I did get my bathroom cleaned today.

Have fun!

AJ

Just One of Those Day’s

Ugh- everything I try to do doesn’t work out:(

Exercise:

I met up early with Dennis, but forgot that he can’t go as far as he normally does. We ended up doing 7km and so I had us back too early to meet up with everyone else. I don’t complain though as he was practically running backwards for me last year. We will hopefully know more on Wednesday.

My workout tonight was a BeFitDavis as I just couldn’t get into a movie today. I did four sets of: squat to stand, reverse lunges to rear leg raise, up downs, and plank to down dog. It didn’t seem tough, but anything is better than nothing!

Baking:

I wanted to do my baking challenge today, but I got all the ingredients, except one:( I tried two different grocery stores and neither of them had it:(. I may end up just doing part of the baking challenge this month:(

Knitting:

I was happily knitting away on my toe up sock until I realized it was going to be too big for me:(. I ripped it out. At this point I had a 2.5 hour nap and then started a sweater, which of course I have now started twice.🙄

I think I’m just going to get ready for work and then crawl into bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Almost Back

Today almost felt like an AJ day:)

Exercise:

I had texted Sarah last night and she was up for a run so we headed out in the pouring rain for a quick run to the mill and back. It’s a good thing I was meeting someone as I don’t think I would have gotten out otherwise!

This evening I did a Hallmark workout. It was a minute of jogggng between: squats, reverse lunges, pushups, mountain climbers, weighted sit ups, bicep curls, upright rows, reverse crunches, plié squats, burpees, deadlifts and overhead tricep extensions.

I am really trying to put at least one different exercise each time, but I figure I need the squats and lunges in there for sure to make me a stronger runner.

Reading:

I finished the book Wallbanger by Alice Clayton. I have had this book forever but was very hesitant to start it based on the title. It ended up being a cute, funny book. I admit the end seemed to drag and was a little dumb, but it was still a good read.

It was really nice to have an actual book. I know my kindle app and Kobo are great for traveling or when I’m out and about, but nothing beats a real book.

House:

I knew I needed to do something, but all I got done was my rug vacuumed and the floors swept. I’m going to try my best to do one job a day this week so my house will be tidy and clean by the time I’m on holidays. I wish one of you lived close enough to check that I do this!🤣🤣

Knitting:

I actually picked up knitting again. When I went to get my bag, I realized I hadn’t recorded or shared the quick and easy kerchief scarf I made on my trip last weekend.

Now I have started my toe up sock. It should get me through my travel next weekend, but I need to pick a project to take with me.

Cooking:

I really should have started the baking challenge today, but the only thing I did in my kitchen was make kale chips from some of the kale in my garden. They were really good.

Well, I think that’s it. A lovely, rainy day:)

Have fun!

AJ

The Eye Got Me

My eye has been bugging me all day:(

Saturday:

I got out for a fourteen kilometer bike ride, but it was cut short when it started raining as I had no waterproof clothes on!

Teaching:

The rest of Saturday was spent working with two teaching buddies on report cards. 22 reports cards later I was done. Hmmm maybe that explains the sore eye! Not a very interesting day:(

Sunday:

Exercise:

It was the first time in months that the Sunday group got together. It curtailed our run to 6km, but it was nice to see everyone!

The magic happened again and I dipped under 6min km again for a kilometer. Hopefully this will appear more often:)

This evening I did another BeFitDavis workout. I did a minute of jogging between the four sets of pushups, squats, tricep dips, deadlifts, leg raises, v ups and a minute plank.

Baking:

I got suckered into trying an instagram recipe that looked so easy. It wasn’t easy and just turned out okay and now I have to eat it for the next two days breakfasts:(

Knitting:

I tried to start my toe up socks, but I’m having difficulty getting them both casted onto a single circular needle:(

Reading:

I finally finished the book Roomies by Christina Lauren. I have heard tons about it, but I have to admit it wasn’t my favourite. I found it lagged and was very angsty-two of my least favourite things in books.

I think I’m off to bed to rest my eye and I’ll get going on reports tomorrow again. Mom- they’re coming your way tomorrow! Muhahaha

Have fun!

AJ

Just One Email

My day was pretty good, minus one email.

Teaching:

It was my remote teaching day so after a quick run to the grocery store I sat down and checked and commented on the children’s work online. Then I found two appropriate books about the Coronavirus for kids and checked out the virtual field trips we will take next week.

It was a productive day though I didn’t really feel settled. I find it difficult to switch back and forth between being at home working and being in the classroom. I just never can get into a routine.

Family:

I took the opportunity of being home to spend my lunch hour with Gus. I grabbed him a bubble tea and a quick visit to a local park. I so love being with that kid! He then helped me vet virtual field trips. Figure the best way to know if a kid is interested is to get a kid to pick them.

I was having a pretty good day until I checked my email to find out that my principal has moved the report card deadline up to June 12th and the program we have to use will be offline for maintenance all weekend. I feel like lately it’s just a game of how can we make life difficult for teachers. My colleagues and I think that a requirement for being in charge and making decisions is a lack of common sense. I guess I know what I’m doing this weekend. This provided a lot of anger to fuel my run!

Exercise:

I got most of a kickboxing class down that I followed off YouTube. I really do love kickboxing as I feel so strong, though I did unfortunately notice a lack of stomach muscles. I guess those Hallmark workouts were doing something as I definitely had a harder time with the sit-ups today than I have been.

This evening I met Sarah for a run around a local river. It’s a slow run for me, but I’ve come to realize that that’s okay as it lets me go faster the other days. I added another 3.94km to my trek to South Dakota. We did notice that it was super humid!

Knitting:

I wasn’t allowed a Hallmark movie today as I wasn’t in the school so I spent the evening knitting and reading. I have finished a toque. The pattern is A Little Lonely Cable by Joji Locatelli and it is free on Ravelry. The yarn is just scrap yarn I had laying around. I am hoping to have a toque in every colour for next winter, so this will take care of the light blue one. Please ignore the error!

I was thinking of Compassionknit and realized I hadn’t shown any knitting lately. So this is for you:)

Well that’s it for me.

Have fun!

AJ