On The Couch

It has been a quiet day, even quieter than I was planning.

Medical:

I went over this morning so they could unhook me from the heart monitor. I didn’t sleep last night as I was really bothered by the sensors. I was wondering why I was being such a wimp about this when everyone I had talked to had said it was a nothing test to have done. Well when they took the sensors off they found out my skin had reacted to the sensors and the tape so I have lovely blisters everywhere I was touched. They are still burning and itchy😖😖. I just keep reminding myself that life could be much worse!

Knitting:

The blisters made for a great excuse to knit for the day. I am down to the cabled hem on the Not A Boring Sweater test knit, but am on hold right now. The pattern calls for a 2/1/2 RC Inc 1 which is not listed in the legend and which I think is

sl2 to CN1, hold to back, skip 1 to CN2, hold to front, k2, k1fb from CN2, k2 from CN1

I really don’t want to mess up at this late date though so am on hold until the designer confirms my thoughts or if one of you knows this is right.

I did something I haven’t done before and recast on the cowl for HPKCHC. I have been knitting away, but now have to decide if I should do three cowls that are all one colour or two cowls that each feature three colours. I have about the same amount of all three- a plain green, a plain tan and a variegated with red, green and tan. Your thoughts?

I have been watching Hallmark movies and listening to podcasts all day and it really has been a lovely way to spend a rainy day:)

Kitchen Time:

I was supposed to do the Sally’s Baking Challenge for September today, but it just didn’t happen. I was also supposed to make breakfast tacos out of my current cookbook, but that didn’t happen either. I did however make rice pudding and get the ingredients ready to make the tacos tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll also get to the bread tomorrow.

Well, I’m back to watching Frozen in Love for the third time🤣

Have fun!

AJ

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2 Down, 38 To Go

It’s so hard to believe that another whole week is gone! It wasn’t my typical day today.

Exercise:

I got up early for a workout with L. We did sprint intervals and I got to add 4.22km to my yearly mileage. These sprint intervals felt way easier than the hills last week! We then did 3 sets of squats with a shoulder press, hamstring curls, sit ups, calf raises, skipping and burpees. It felt great to get a workout done, but I was dripping sweat!

Good thing I got up early for that because I have done nothing else active today.

Blog Hop:

Since I didn’t teach today and can’t go a day without talking about school, I will do another day of Teacher Turned Mommy’s awesome back to school blog Hop.

A new box of crayons are so exciting to me! I actually like getting any new supplies like this. First of all, I try to keep them in their original order for as long as possible (yes I am one of those types🤣). I love when crayons are brand new because they are sharp, as soon as they have lost their sharp point, I don’t seem to love them as much.

I remember as a kid there was only one box of Crayola 8 crayons available, now there seem to be as many different crayon options out there as there are objects to draw. I haven’t had one of the bigger boxes so I’m not sure, but I think they might just overwhelm me with the choice🤣

The other thing I love about a new box of crayons are the names of the colors. I always inspect the names and find it very interesting which ones are chosen. I don’t know what happened to just red, green, blue, purple, grey, black, yellow, and white. Now I regularly have children asking to borrow sienna, mulberry, and sunflower!

Medical:

After loading the dishwasher, taking out the garbage and having my first nap of the day, I went off to start my holter test. If you’re unaware this is where they put five sensors at certain areas of your chest and you wear a heart monitor for twenty four hours. The worst part is the netting they put over top to keep everything in place. You can’t change, shower or get wet for those twenty four hours:(. I am super itchy and some of the sensors burn, but I was told that was normal when you have sensitive skin. The whole thing doesn’t hurt, but I’m super aware of it. I just can’t wait for it to be over at this point!

Knitting:

I have to write down absolutely every time I get up so after a couple of errands to get gas, etc I have mainly been sitting on the couch. I had a second nap of the day and now I have gotten to row 70 of 80 of the body decreases and am waiting to hear from the designer if I can skip the last ten rows and start the increases. I’m not sure if this is allowed in a test knit, but I’m short and I don’t think I need another ten rows of decreasing:(. We shall see what she says.

While I am waiting for an answer, I did something I never do, and casted on another project. This is going to be a fall coloured cowl that will hopefully fulfill my HPKCHC September class requirement. Hopefully it will also get another three skeins out of the stash.

Well I’m on my fourth Hallmark movie of the day and will get back to the cowl.

Have fun!

AJ

Bookends

It actually turned out to not be a bad day, outside of school 🤣

Exercise:

I did a lot of exercise today! I started the day with 3.18km run to the park and back. I was going to go to the bridge, but decided not to in car I ended up running again.

I actually did end up doing another 6.25km this evening with Dennis and Kathryn. I got an email late this afternoon and decided to leave work early to make sure that I got out with them. I was worried that I would be significantly slower, but it turned out okay.

Teaching:

Today was interesting! The honeymoon period is definitely starting to wear off. Today we had a cutting lesson and cut out our stars- they did pretty good. We also made an art project this afternoon where all of the students decorated a hand and it was used to make a flower. I wish I had taken a picture to show you as t turned out cute:)

I had one little guy who started fighting on the playground over Pokémon cards and right after he got talked to about that, he started making farting noises on my carpet😖😖😖. I had another little guy who had to talk to the principal but couldn’t remember what it was about🤔. I had two little girls who disobeyed the EA and went to the washroom together. Thankfully these things are mostly happening when they aren’t with me!

We got everything planned and prepped for next week so hopefully the week to come will be slightly calmer!

Blog Hop:

Thanks to Teacher Turned Mommy for hosting a back to school blog hop. I am a few days behind, but hopefully I’ll get caught up!

Apples- some of my best teaching moments when I started teaching were around apples. I went crazy and bought apples and the children had a taste test, we also made apple sauce and did apple prints. It was so much fun and it had great hands on moments of teaching.

In real life, I love apples! I like to eat Gala apples raw and with peanut butter or cheese. I also will make apple rounds and put peanut butter, raisins and coconut on top.

I will often also cut up an apple and throw it into a ziplock bag with a tiny bit of water and some cinnamon. It makes a great sweet snack without being unhealthy:)

I also love baking with apples, though I try to always use a mixture of apples. There is nothing like apple crisp at this time of the year.

Make sure you check out Teacher Turned Mommy- her posts are always interesting!

Knitting:

It was great to get ten rows knitted on my Not a Boring Sweater:)

Ok I have to hit bed as I have an early workout in the morning:)

Have fun!

AJ

A Little further

Each day I’m just trying to get a little further ahead in my preparations for the year.

Exercise:

A 3.14km run the opposite way this morning. Have to remember that when I go this way I have to go to the bridge either coming or going to make up the distance.

The best part of the run was when the golden retriever cane running at me and then proceeded to lean against me🤣

This evening I got a weights workout done. It included three sets of 12 of the following:

Bicep curls, shoulder press, tricep kickbacks, upright rows, squats, plie squats, calf raises, deadlifts, crunches, and reverse crunches.

Teaching:

Another very long day, but hopefully I’m making progress. I had forgotten that I had a prep today so my morning consisted only of calendar and then getting as much done as possible .

After recess we had quiet time, and then tackled our safety tips. I love reading the book Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman because the pictures tell a whole different story so not only do I cover school safety, but I also start on the reading idea of looking at the picture as a reading strategy. We had a great giggle and then wrote our own safety tips on paper stars. Tomorrow we will have a lesson on cutting and the children will cut them out.

Finally this afternoon we got our planners and wrote a message in them ( it took forever!), we also tried out silent reading for the first time and managed five minutes. Finally we read the book The Best Part of Me and wrote a class book having each student name the best part of themselves. It was a lesson to me to put better pictures on the board. I had drawn a quick sketch beside each body part they named so they could find the word again, but I found they just copied my pictures on their page. It makes for a very interesting book🤣

Finally we cleaned up and went outside.

After school I got the journal books labeled, the hands and background cut out for art tomorrow afternoon, he job chart names made and I started on my timetable. My list never seems to go down.

Knitting:

I made a quick run to Michael’s to grab a gift card for my volunteer and am now going to sit down for twenty minutes and knit a few rows.

Have fun!

AJ

The First Day

I realize school started a week ago, but today was my first day with my class for the year. I was super nervous about it.

Exercise:

I got out this morning for my morning run and managed to be out the door at 6:30 so I’m happy with that as I didn’t want to have to get up any earlier! I got 3.47km in. I really want to make sure that on non-work days I get more mileage in so my body doesn’t get used to only doing 3km. At least this 3km ensures I am still on track this week:)

This evening I got a little bit of weight work done, 3 sets of 12 of the following:

Bicep curls, squats, front raises, calf raises, tricep kickbacks, bridge, shoulder press, deadlifts, sit ups, and Russian twists.

Teaching:

It was a truly exhausting day because I had to teach absolutely everything! We came in and sat down and I taught how to use the coatroom. We did a talking circle and everyone introduced themselves. 8/21 children challenged themselves to come up with something they liked that starts with the same letter as their name. Not bad for a straight grade one. I taught the bathroom routine, the recess routine, we read a story called First Day Jitters which I always love. We also read No David and brainstormed our rules. I always post the rules and have the children sign them and I had one little girl who didn’t plan on signing them because she didn’t plan on following them. Can you guess that this was the same girl who drove me nuts all day with her attitude and learned helplessness!!!

The children finally went home and I got to sit through a very painful staff meeting where nothing seemed to be decided and then did some more prep for tomorrow. I got home extremely late:(

Knitting:

I got a few rows done on my sweater:)

Eating:

A hard boiled egg, a mini kind bar, salad with chorizo sausage, grapes, cherry tomatoes and crackers.

Well I’m off to bed!

Have fun!

AJ

Quiet and Bookclub

It was a pretty quiet day but still nice as I had my mom for company.

Exercise:

I met up with the group for a run this morning and ended up doing circles around Brenda as otherwise she would have been on her own. I still got 4.5km in and had a nice visit. I’m happy it was a bit more as that gives me a little cushion this week.

Shopping:

I stopped on the way home at Costco and couldn’t believe how busy it was already when it had only been open for a few minutes! I guess it’s never quiet. I grabbed a new planner as it was driving me nuts to not have one!

Knitting:

Still just doing stockinette in the round on the Not a Boring Sweater.

Baking:

I had Bookclub tonight and plums were mentioned in the book we read so I did a plum upside down cake. It turned out tasty but not pretty as the batter went below the plums so they ended up being in the middle:(

Reading:

This morning I finished the book for Bookclub. It was How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. I really enjoyed this book as it’s about a group of people who don’t age as quickly as others and so end up living hundreds of years. I guess the history geek in me liked all the historical aspects and I liked the premise of being able to see what happens to the world over a long period of time. A lot of the women in Bookclub didn’t love it as they wanted more action or felt that he was a whiny main character. I would recommend it if you like history:)

Bookclub:

Bookclub was fun as always and really great to see everyone as I think I missed the last one. I’m glad it didn’t go late though as I was tired driving there and home!

It’s always a feast at Bookclub!

Well I have ten minutes to knit another row before bed.

Have fun!

AJ

No answers

Well today was a bit disappointing in one way.

Exercise:

I looked and realized today’s run needed to be 5.5km to make up my missing mileage this week. I was feeling super tired and didn’t want to go, but did. It was nothing spectacular, but it is another 5.52km done:)

Medical:

I had my follow up appointment today and it was seriously disappointing! My iron is at 6 when it’s supposed to be over 100. The doctor figured that is what is causing my problems. I get to take iron pills for three months and see if it helps.

All this appointment did was confirm that I will be looking for a new doctor! He asked me why I was there when the office called me, he didn’t want to know anything about me, and he never looked up from his computer. No thank you!

Eating:

I got to try another new restaurant today for lunch – Yoga Chef . I had the Flow bowl with avocado added in. It was so yummy!!!!

Roast cumin potatoes, black beans, salsa, sprouts, parsley, pickled jalapeños. Roasted garlic vegan aioli. So fresh and good and filling!

Today I also had a rice cake Pb & j, a mini kind bar, cucumber and cheese.

Errands:

I had my mom for company on my errands, so started by making the trek to my favourite nursery- Amsterdam for some Fall colour for my deck. Katherine out there has been amazing at suggesting plants that have worked great for me. I loved how happy my summer plants made me so decided I needed to continue to have colour out there. I got some Dragon’s breath Celosia, coleus, and pansies. My deck looks great again:)

I also stopped into a few other places, but wasn’t very successful.

I did manage to book our flights for Christmas though:)

Knitting:

I am on the body and love how this pattern gives directions for both a fitted and loose body. I’m enjoying knitting, but can’t wait to wear Not a Boring Sweater!

Reading:

Just trying to finish up my Bookclub book, How to Stop Time by Matt Haig.

Well I have to go back to reading!

Have fun!

AJ

1 Down, 39 to Go

Lol not that I’m wishing life away, but this week was tough!

Exercise:

This morning was a workout with L and it felt great to get back at it. We did a half hour of hills on the treadmill and I finally thought of adding that to my running mileage. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought to do that before!!! We then did squats, squat walks, crunches, plank toe taps, goblet squats with two minutes of cardio between each routine.

On the walk home I decided that I think I’m going to use my Saturday runs to catch up on any mileage I’ve missed during the week. This way I don’t need to worry about it during the week and yet I can get caught up each week. Again, why didn’t I think of this before?

Teaching:

We got our class lists today. Everyone looks at me and just shakes their heads, though all but one of the classes is like this is in my school. I really dislike when I get punished for being able to do my job!

This year I would like to keep track of what I do in my classroom that works well, in case any teachers follow me and are interested. These are the activities that the kids were really engaged in:

We had last year’s class so had to find engaging activities that their new teachers wouldn’t want to do. We did a nature hunt where they had to record one item that started with each letter of the alphabet. For example a leaf for L.

We had a September survey where they had to go around and ask their classmates questions to find one person who had done each item in the boxes on the page. Hey could only ask one question of each person and then had to go away and ask someone else. They spent almost an hour doing this and were upset when recess interrupted it.

We read the story Carumba which was great about how everyone is good at something.

We also wrote a top five list of what we’re excited about this year.

As far as my goals go- I got two files organized this week, and finished the work week 0.2lbs lighter- not bad for a stressful week. I’m not sure if I talked less and listened more, but I did refrain from signing up for a ton of extra curricular activities.🤷🏼‍♀️

Blog Hop:

My grade 4,6 and 7 teacher made a definite difference in my life. In grade two I hanged schools and it wasn’t a particularly welcoming group of children I came into, in fact they were pretty horrible. My teacher made a quick appearance as a TOC this year and then came back as my teacher for three other years. It was great as he showed interest in who I was and made me feel like someone cared and thought it was okay that I was who I was. He definitely encouraged me in all of my pursuits and crazy ideas. He is also definitely the reason I became a teacher!

Thanks to Teacher Turned Mommy for hosting this blog hop and be sure to check out hers and others posts on Back to School.

Socializing:

After watching several parents freak out about their child’s class placement a few of us teachers escaped to the local pub for some snacks and a glass of sangria. It was lovely to get away! I am lucky to have a great set of friends I work with who keep me sane!

Knitting:

I divided for my sleeves on the Not a Boring Sweater and had to send a picture in as it is a test knit. I am really liking it so far!

Eating:

Well I have to say I’ve been happy with myself for resisting all the treats at work this week. Today I had a rice cake with Pb & j. A Pb & j granola bar, yogurt, the rest of my steelhead romesco, my share of some appetizers, and a scoop of ice cream ( I walked over to Vashti Rose with Brady and Lyndsay).

Well I’m going back to my knitting.

Have fun!

AJ

A Light at the End of the Tunnel

It’s been quite the week, but we saw progress today:)

Exercise:

I got out again this morning for a run, but just did 2.9km because I had a run planned for tonight. Unfortunately I was too late getting home from work so even though I had extra mileage planned, I ended up short. I should just know to do the whole thing in the morning, just in case!

Teaching:

So it has been a very stressful week due to a lack of communication. We had been told that our school organization may be changing but then nothing further was said. My teaching partner was then told she’d have six major issues in her class, which of course caused her a lot of worry! We have heard nothing for about two days and then finally at the end of the day we were given our proposed class lists. Unfortunately I am still not teaching the same as my colleague ☹️ but we have decided to continue to collaborate anyways. At this time it appears that I e gotten the short end of the stick☹️. 21 students- 13 boys, 8 girls and seven major problems. It’s going to be quite the year! What drives me nuts is that three people who don’t work with any of the children have spent two days creating this organization when it could have been better done and more quickly done if the teachers (the experts on these children) had been asked!!!!😖😖😖😖😖😖😖 I will stop now as I could keep going with all my grievances for several more pages, but I’ll just say that it’s been painful and exhausting this week and it doesn’t appear it’s going to improve!

Blog Hop:

I missed yesterday, but loved meeting new people through the Teacher Turned Mommy blog hop so I’ll do another tonight:)

My favourite school supply. Oh this is a tough one for me as I really do love all things stationary! As a kid I really wanted smelly markers, but knew there wasn’t the money for them, so when I started at the school I’m at now, I bought myself a set. I use them to make all of my chart papers and they make me smile daily:)

I also love sharpies! I like how they come in so many cool colours and how nicely they print!

Sticky notes would probably be the third item I would choose as I love how they come in bright colours, and a zillion different sizes so I can colour code everything:)

I’m sure I could go on and on, but I’ll stop with those three cool supplies. Make sure you check out Teacher Turned Mommy and Ally Bean!

Cooking:

After a very late evening of planning I came home to make dinner (after my mom told me not to run again). I had ordered a meal through Fresh Prep as I have a friend who orders each week. I thought this would be a good week to try it and ordered Steelhead Romanesco. It was definitely something new for me to make.

All the ingredients come in pre-portioned containers. It did seem like a lot of plastic waste:(. It took me exactly 23 minutes to make the dish which was just under the 25 the recipe called for. The recipe was easy to follow and only had seven steps.

The dinner turned out delicious! I was hoping to get four meals out of it, but only got two and some extra rice. At least I will have lunch tomorrow.

I can see myself doing this again as I enjoyed cooking and it was quick enough for a week night since they do the grocery shopping and some of the prep. There wasn’t a whole lot of thought required.

Knitting:

With not running, I got some time to knit and managed the last five rows of the yoke that are just plain knitting. I sure hope I get a chance to separate for sleeves tomorrow!

Well I need sleep as I’m getting up early for a workout.

Have fun!

AJ

Goodbye Holiday

I can’t say goodbye summer because summer doesn’t actually end until September 23rd.

After a frustrating final walk with Mr. Banks and a good belly rub, I headed home to meet up with my mom.

She spent the day hemming more of my pants (wow it’s like I have a whole new wardrobe) while I tidied my spare room so we could actually get into it. The room is only partially done, but even that made me happier. And yes I know how to hem pants, but my mom does a way better job of it and I prefer to quilt.

Knitting:

I finished the yoke on my test knit- Not a Boring Sweater! I’m so happy I got the yoke done before school started. Now I can do stockinette in the round forever more when I get home at night.

Exercise:

I finally got back to weights after a month away from them. It was sad to see how much strength I’ve lost😢. I also didn’t want to push too hard as I’ve definitely noticed that I don’t recover well right now and seem to stay sore for a long time. Another thing to ask the doctor about, I guess.

I did 3 sets of 12 reps of the following:

Shoulder press- 7 lbs

Front raises- 4 lbs

Overhead tricep extension- 7 lbs

Bicep curls- 5 lbs

Bent over rows- 7 lbs

Flies- 5lbs

Chest press – 7lbs

Dead bugs-2lbs

Stability ball sit ups

Deadlift- 7lbs

Squats- 7lbs

Inner thigh squeeze with stability ball

Well my lunch is ready for tomorrow as our my clothes, so I guess all I have to do now is go to bed.

Have fun!

AJ