Clean Closet✅

It was a lovely day 2 of my holidays and I accomplished something:)

Exercise:

I met up with Brenda and James for my usual Sunday run. They were both walking for various reasons, but I managed to get 4.75km in. I am definitely slower in the morning than I am on my afternoon runs, though I think it might be the lack of fuel- a spoonful of peanut butter as I go out the door isn’t the best, but I’m not willing to give up sleep!

I am right on track for my mileage for this month, though I am still hoping to make up some mileage for February too.

I also did an L workout this evening called Count it Out. I had to do 100 skips, then 90,80,70,60, and 50. Then:

3 sets of:

10 step up each leg, 10 sumo squats, 10 plank hip dips each side

3 sets of 30/20/10 of:

Squats, alternating reverse lunge, bicycle crunches

3 sets of:

20 Spider-Man crunches, 20 flutter crunches, 1 minute plank

I hadn’t realized I did very little exercise last week so that will need to change this week!

House:

I finished my sweater/ linen closet and managed to get rid of 22 sweaters! I always have a difficult time getting rid of sweaters because I’m always cold! My mom has some space bags and they really helped!

I also got my house changed from the cranberry accents I use in the Fall/Winter to the teal I use in Spring/ Summer. With three sunshine the last couple of days, it is actually feeling like Spring:)

Shopping:

I dragged my mom along for some shopping this afternoon. I’ve been hankering to sew for a while and realized I’d like to make my close friend a small quilt for her two boys. I’m hoping for something bird themed as both her and husband have doctorates in biology in the area of birds. Unfortunately I haven’t seen anything that inspired me yet:(

We also hit Lee Vallley which is always fun! Please tell me I’m not the only one who has a Lee Valley list on their phone? I managed to only buy two things- a new carbiner for my keys and a heavy duty stapler for work. Of course, I added five other things to my list🤣

We also stopped at Bed, Bath and Beyond. This store drives me nuts as they never have prices on anything and whatever I am looking for is always on the opposite side of the store from where I start! I got myself a couple more space bags and a new non-stick rolling pin. I’ll do a review of the rolling pin once I use it. I am loving the space bags though as I have already gained two shelves that were full before!!!

Knitting:

I am still working on the yoked sweater. I have finished the 15″ of stockinette and now have to start the sleeves. I thought I got to start the fun stuff after the 15″ and have to admit I’ve spent the evening reading rather than working on sleeves, since I was disappointed to hear I had to do them first. Of course, if I had thought about it I would have realized I had the boring sleeves to do first!

Reading:

I had another book come through on Libby so am trying to finish the one I already had first. It’s called Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins. I always love Kristan’s books and so wanted to read this one. It is about two friends fulfilling a teenage wishlist after the death of their other friend. I have to admit that so far it’s not my favourite book because I’m having difficulty keeping the characters straight. Plus the whole book is about being fat which is a tough subject for me.

Well, I’m off to do laundry (haha). I’m really just going to read on the couch while the machine does the laundry🤣

Have fun!

AJ

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Bruce’s Market * New Restaurant ✅ Replace Plants✅

It was my first day of holiday and quite lovely!

Exercise:

I met up with Sarah and Kula for a run/ walk this morning. We ran a few Km then hiked up the coquitlam crunch and then ran back down. It was a little shorter than I was hoping for, but always nice to have company!

I also got my 200 squats and 100 crunches done today:)

Shopping:

I picked my mom up and she had the great idea of heading to Bruce’s Market which has been on my list for a year.

We first went looking for a new quilting store I had heard about from a colleague, called DinkyDoos. It was definitely difficult to find in the back of a new industrial park. The store is very large and bright and has some beautiful packages of fabrics. I did notice that a lot of their fabrics had a muted tone to it. I think they need to have a couple of people doing their material ordering so they get greater variety in their fabric selection.

I remember stopping at Bruce’s Market when I was a kid on the way to camping. I hadn’t been back in about thirty years!

It was not as large as I was expecting, but they sure pack a lot into this small space. It starts with a deli that has some delicious sounding sandwiches and wonderful looking desserts at it. If you have food allergies though, this is not the place for you! I was super hungry but didn’t find anything that would work for me:(

They had a cute gift section where I found a couple of gifts for Christmas:). There were lots of mugs, stationary, scarves, and kitchen gadgets.

There was a small section at the back of refrigerated items like milk, ice cream, cheese, etc. I did notice that items were at least a dollar or two more than what I usually pay. After seeing this, I didn’t pay much attention to the fresh veggie or canned goods items.

I’m glad I went and looked at the Market after having it in my list for so long, but I don’t think I need to go back.

Eating:

I always have lots of restaurants on my list and one was only a 13 minute drive from where I was, so we went for it. Humble Roots was definitely a little off the beaten path. It is a small cafe with a patio that would double the space. They serve breakfast all day and are open until 3pm. I ordered the Salmon Sammy along with fruit salad and my mom got The Canuck- a breakfast sandwich with turkey sausage and a side of hash browns.

My sandwich ended up coming with hash browns, but they did kindly bring me a side of fruit salad when I asked.

The sandwich was fine- a little soggy on the bottom, but the salmon was a nice large juicy piece and I liked the pesto on it. My mom’s sandwich was so big she couldn’t get her mouth around it. We both found the hash browns to be overdone so didn’t make much progress on them! The fruit salad was awesome- fresh and not from the can!

It was good enough, but not something I have to make the half hour drive for.

Gardening:

Since we were driving right by I decided to knock another item off my Spring Bucket List by stopping at the nursery. I asked the woman for a plant that likes bright sunlight and to be watered once a week. I thought overwatering had killed my mom’s Christmas cacti, but she made me realize maybe I was underwatering. Obviously I can’t progress to an animals yet as I can’t keep a plant alive🤣

I came home with two new Christmas cacti, but will wait a few weeks to see if my cacti come back to life.

House:

I kidnapped my mom to come home and help me tackle another closet in my place. I figured my sweater closet was a good place to go looking for the moths. I haven’t completed it yet, but have re-organized and gotten rid of a few things, so am feeling very productive!

Reading:

I finished the book, Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis. This is a part of her Hertbreaker Bay series and I’ve read them all. I enjoyed this book as much as all the rest. This book is the story of Molly Malone and Lucas Knight. They work for Hunt Industries and Lucas is tasked by his partner and friend Joe (Molly’s brother) to protect Molly on her first investigation. I loved how drama-Free this book was and how the whole crowd was featured:). Definitely a great chick lit read, though I would read the series in order.

Blogging:

So I’ve just noticed that my stats are way down lately- anybody want to tell me what I’m doing wrong?

Well I’m going back to my chick flicks and knitting:)

Have fun!

AJ

T-19 Hours

I am so close to a holiday, I can almost taste it!

Teaching:

Today was as crazy as ever with trying to tie up loose ends. We had a visit from an operating room nurse this morning that was informative and interesting. I didn’t realize the hospital near me provided so many services!

It was also the wrap up of our community unit today so we had the students dress up as a career. There were some super good ideas- arborist, lacrosse player, vet, dance teacher, hockey player, mom, teacher, coach, etc.

We wrote about the parent visits. I can’t say they was any great writing- mostly just lists of which parents came.

We also did some catch-up before the students took their books home.

After school I had the fun of meeting with eight different parents. The last one showed up out of the blue:(. I survived, but that’s about all I can say about the meetings.

Exercise:

My stomach wasn’t very happy so my run was not great and definitely not as fast as yesterday. I feel like I weigh about a hundred pounds extra right now, so I’m just glad I went and that I’m still on track to make my 100 kilometers this month:)

Knitting/ Reading:

I have discovered a way to read a hard cover while I knit endlessly in the round so it’s been a nice, quiet evening by the fire:)

Have fun!

AJ

Another Monday

I was amazed that it wasn’t more difficult to get up this morning, though I definitely missed the daylight:(

Teaching:

We had a policeman come and talk to the class today and another professional engineer who works for hydro. The students were well behaved and had some interesting questions, though they seemed to be super obsessed with bad guys🙄

We got a tiny bit of math done and a Spring Bucket List. I wrote mine while the children wrote theirs.

Spring Bucket List (in no particular order)

Run a half marathon distance

Have naps

Walk on a beach

Go on a road trip

Visit a bookstore

Plant herbs

Check out Maria’s Gelato in Fort Langley

Fly a kite

Clean my closets

See my parents

Get some flowers

Wander around downtown

Replace my plants

Go on a trail run

Spend time with Gus

Ride my bike on the PoCo trail

Have ice cream at Umaluma

Stay in bed and watch movies all day

Visit a new town

Try a new restaurant

Go shopping for new clothes

This should keep my busy for a while🤣

Exercise:

I ran home quick and got out for a short run. It wasn’t as long as I expected but it was much wetter than I was expecting. I guess I should just be happy that it wasn’t the snow they were calling for!

I also got my 200 squats and 100 crunches done:)

Shopping:

I grabbed my mom to keep me company while I went out to try and get gas at Costco again. It was much quicker than yesterday! We wandered around the aisles which I never take the time to do, but I’m really glad I did!

I found this:

It’s probably crazy that I’m so excited about new tupperware🤣. I love that it has lots of 1/2 and 1 cup containers and the containers are marked with smaller amounts too! If it works well next week, I’ll be going back for a second set as that would get me through the whole week:)

I also stopped and got some more baking powder and flour but that’s not very exciting!

Movies:

I’ve spent the evening knitting endless stockinette in the round and watching Hallmark movies. I watched Walking the Dog. It’s a very cute movie that features gorgeous water scenery and two awesome puppies! Sam Page definitely didn’t hurt the movie too. I liked how the story was realistic and not overly dramatic. The second storyline is also very sweet!

I also watched Country Wedding. Again, Jesse Metcalfe seriously helps this movie. I wonder how Hallmark gets all these gorgeous actors? This is a cute movie, though I’m not as big a fan of the whole Hollywood wedding storyline.

I’m going to need to stock up on movies for Spring Break!

It seems as though my mom won’t be around for my Spring Break, but I’ll be a big girl and get over it. My friends will help as I already have a hockey game midway through the break. I just have to find a few more things to keep me busy:)

Have fun!

AJ

Everyone Came Home

It was a day of visiting as not only my parents have come home this week, but also my closest friend:)

Exercise:

This morning I just walked for an hour with Brenda because I realized I had to run this evening. I have kicked myself for this as it would have been a good stretch to run double in a day, especially if I want to try another half marathon distance run! Oh well, I’ll have to keep this goal in mind better!

I did get out for a run this evening and managed 6.5km in gorgeous sunshine. It was a great day for a run and I felt good and strong, yay🎉🎊

Visiting:

After a quick run through the grocery store for some veggies and fruit, I went up to see my friend and her husband and two sons as they just arrived home from six months in Mexico. It was a successful trip as they got lots of family time with members who can’t come to Canada. It sure is nice to have her home though!!!

Kitchen Time:

I did my food prep for today. I made a breakfast trifle with the muffins that kept falling apart last week along with yogurt and berries. I’m excited to have these for breakfast this week. I have apples for recess and a cookie for after school snack. I have discovered I need a little treat or else I go off the deep end at some point. At least now it is planned into the day.

This week I roasted a parsnip, turnip, Onion, eggplant, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, celery, carrots, peppers, and mushrooms with onion, basil, oregano, salt and pepper and mixed in some feta.

I love roasted veggies for lunch and already have a plan for next week- Italian seasoning and hot Italian sausage! It’s a super easy dish to make as you just cut all the veggies, mix with olive oil and seasoning and cook at 350 for 30-45 minutes. It is not a glamorous looking dish, but so yummy.

Knitting:

I am back knitting my sweater that I started last night. I am super happy with it so far and hope that feeling continues. I just noticed the pattern doesn’t have a name so I’m not sure how I’m going to record it on Ravelry.

I ran out this evening to get gas at Costco and the line up was about thirty cars deep! I definitely won’t make that mistake again. Hopefully I can fit it in on Monday or Tuesday night.

Well I definitely need to get some new Hallmark movies as I find myself watching A December Bride tonight. 🙄🤪🤣. It is however taking my mind off my slightly queasy stomach. Everyone around me has the stomach flu so I’m thinking I should be thankful I got the flu shot this year!

Have fun!

AJ

Errands with Comapny

I had several things to get done today, but they were all improved by having my mom along for company:)

Exercise:

My running buddy Sarah got to choose the route today and so we did Colony Farms. It’s a flat dyke area that is out in the open so we figured it would have gotten sunshine and be free of ice. It was pretty good and we got a nice half hour run in. Sarah didn’t want to do herself in on her first run after being incredibly sick for the past two weeks. I was just happy to get some more mileage done. I am finally working on March mileage. My mom worked out that I have to run at least 3.68km a day to make my goal of 1200km this year. I hope I can do at least that much. I’m actually thinking that perhaps I should try another half marathon while I’m on holidays, though I haven’t been doing high mileage so we’ll have to see.

I got a weights workout done this evening called Assymmetrical weights. It had three rounds of three different circuits.

A) reverse lunge with single arm press, rows, squat with bicep curl

B) chest press, tricep kickback, plank with alternating leg raise

C) skipping, lateral raise to front raise, sit up.

It was at least something:)

Family:

I quickly showered and set off to visit my brother and parents. It was a great way to get rid of the lemon bars and I got hugs from my nephew and fur nephew:)

The were equally enjoyed.

Errands:

My mom and I continued on to pick up student prizes from the dollar store, cedar rings from Canadian tire to take on the moth problem, cheese and yogurt and knitting needles. A lot of stops, but company made the traffic and jobs bearable:)

House:

My mom and I sprayed my hall closet and had tea to give the product time to work. We then tackled sorting out everything that had come out of the closet. I am pleased to say I got rid of two garbage bags of stuff and my closet looks way better!!!

Knitting:

This morning I was knitting along on my Midnight Rose sweater when I realized it was going to be huge on me:(. I frogged all that hard work. I’ve been finding it very difficult to find patterns that fit me lately:(

This evening I searched Ravelry to no avail, but did finally find a pattern in my Nan books. My mom and I had saved my grandma’s knitting patterns and organized them into binders. I love it when I find patterns there! This is a colour work kids sweater so hopefully it will turn out perfect!

Reading:

As I knit the ribbing, I have forced myself to listen to Great Expectations on LibriVox. At this point, I just want this book to be over!!!

Well it’s not happening tonight as I’m heading to bed.

Have fun!

AJ

What is this?!

I started the day in an awesome way! I figured out how to read a book while knitting the endless stockinette of my sweater. It would only have been improved if I could have continued this all day!

Teaching:

I left for work this morning thinking that it kind of felt like Spring was in the air. It was cold, but more Spring cold than bitter cold. Of course, I walked home in snow, so so much for that thought😫🙄

We had a Body Science presentation first thing this morning. It was fine, but covered a lot that I just don’t think was necessary for six and seven year olds.

After recess we finally got calendar done and some printing. It was so nice and quiet during printing! How do I get that all the time?🤣

Finally this afternoon we had a mom come and talk to us about her job as an occupational therapist. It was super interesting as she brought a lot of the tools and gadgets they use. I also learned a lot, like it started after World War II to help the returning vets and it’s called occupational therapy as they work on things that occupy your time.

Knitting:

After trudging down the hill in snow once again (thankfully I keep a pair of boots at school), I wasn’t going very far from my fireplace. I spent some time working on the endless stockinette of my current sweater. I really hope I like this sweater when it’s done!

Exercise:

I did finally drag myself outside for a short run as the sidewalk was clear. When am I ever going to get to run something different??? My run wasn’t spectacular as I was being careful with my foot placement, but it did get done:)

Since then I have been alternating knitting endless rounds while reading with proofreading my friend’s report cards. She’s doing the same for me and here’s hoping I can hand them in tomorrow!

That’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ

Finally Fun

I have felt like my life has been boring lately with so little happening with all the snow so it was great to go out and do something new and fun tonight:)

Teaching:

For our community unit we always invite parents to come in and talk to the classes about their jobs. I love it when different jobs from the regular doctor, fireman, police man, nurse, etc comes in. Today we had our first parent and he was a senior operations manager who takes care of buildings in downtown. It was very cool and even I learned a lot.

Besides this, we tackled a couple of math games, and drawing pictures of places in the community, which we then taped onto a grid to create a community. We’ll be using this for more activities in the week to come.

House:

I left immediately to come home for the fiber optic cable people and they were late. After fifteen minutes I called and it seemed like they hadn’t even planned on coming. Thankfully they did as my closet contents are strewn across my living room right now.

Knitting:

While they were working I worked on my Midnight Rose sweater. I have completed the bottom colour work and had forgotten how much I enjoy colour work. My very first sweater was stranded colour work in a Scandinavian sweater, but I don’t think I’ve done any since:(. It was a lovely break from rushing around.

Exercise:

As soon as the workmen left, I headed out for my run. I noticed that it was super busy on the trails today! I got a nice half hour run done today, though it was slower, due at least in part to the continued ice on the trail.

Socializing:

After coming home for a quick shower I met my colleague Liane and her friend Cam at a local pub for trivia night. It was a lot of fun and we plan to go back again next week. It was 2.5 hours of four rounds of just plain guessing and good times. We plan to double the size of our team for next week!

Well I need sleep now!

Have fun!

AJ

A Saturday at Rest

It seemed like a weird day to me.

Exercise:

Sarah is sick so my run this morning was cancelled. I of course, immediately thought, oh I’ll do it later. I went for a walk around the inlet and it was a gorgeous morning, but still icy.

I also did a Lyndsay workout. It was a ladder of burpees going down and squats going up. I definitely hate burpees!

I got my 200 squats and 100 crunches in and finally late this afternoon I got my run in. Just another 3.5km but yet again, it was fast. I have no idea where this speed is coming from, but I’ll take it🤣

Knitting:

I spent the afternoon knitting with Brenda. I have started a sweater on Ravelry called Midnight Rose, but I already think it might be too big for me. Oh well, we shall see.

Brenda and I are both going to start the top called Mount Pleasant. We had bought the pattern at Knit City and it’s time to get it done!

Reading:

I finished One Day in December by Josie Silver. It was an enjoyable read- very light. It reminded me of One Day and Me Before You, but thankfully it has a much sweeter ending! I liked how realistic the book is about how life works! The characters are flawed and make mistakes and it makes the book interesting. A good read:)

Another Quiet One

It was a lovely, quiet day:)

Exercise:

We didn’t get the snow that was forecasted so my running buddy Sarah and I headed out on “the sidewalk” as unfortunately most sidewalks are still covered in ice:(. We were both on the struggle bus today, but still managed 4.5km. It’s better than nothing, but I really didn’t need that headwind coming home!

I also did a workout this afternoon. It was thirty seconds of each of the following:

Inchworm push-up, hip Bridges, right side kick, tricep push-up, sumo squat with knee up, left side kick, walking push-up, side crunches, pile squats, right and left donkey kicks, sit ups, twisted mountain climbers, swimmers, plank with leg lifts, wide pushups, reverse lunges, right side plank, pike pushups, left side plank.

On top of this I got my 200 squats done.

Knitting:

I forced myself to come home from my run and go directly over to look for buttons for the two baby sweaters. I was unimpressed with the selection, but bought some boring ones and got them attached. I now have permission to buy buttons when I see cute ones! I also got a baby hat made.

I liked the pattern, free on Ravelry called Baby Bear Hat, but I would definitely make it bigger next time!

Reading:

I have to admit that I have spent most of the day reading Becoming by Michelle Obama. There is the pressure of only having ten days to get it done, but it’s actually really engaging! I’ll do a better review when I’m finished.

Well I’m off to read some more and maybe text with the cop who texted me today that he’s back from Thailand:)

Oh and I guess I should figure out what to take for Bookclub tomorrow.

Have fun!

AJ