Why oh Why?

Why do all of my library books need to show up at the same time? How am I going to read all of these books before they are due back????

Teaching:

It was a crazy busy day! We started by making connections to the book The Party by Barbara Reid. My students are starting to get the idea and this is a very cool book as the pictures are made with plasticine!

We also did half of our term reflection for the report card in what they learned about penguins and how they are good at working with partners. We also got the children to brainstorm and then choose two goals for next term. Some students did great and really know themselves and others are living in denial!

Finally this afternoon we had flashlight reading and drew our tree in winter.

It wasn’t too bad a day, but I was glad to write the two report cards I had to do today and get out of there.

Baking:

I tried a new recipe tonight when I got home for tomorrow. It was savory scones by Living Freely Gluten Free. This is the same woman I got the cinnamon roll recipe from and they are just as good! I don’t know how she gets the dough to be just like regular baking, but it was. The only changes I made to the recipe was to use the almond milk I already had and I used more cheese and green onions than called for as I accidentally cut up too much. I had one tonight and it was lovely and flakey!

I will definitely be making these again, but maybe not quite yet:)

Exercise:

I did get out for a run with Sarah tonight. We were supposed to do a pyramid, but actually ended up doing long hills in trying to find a route that wasn’t icy! We climbed 262 feet and ran almost the whole thing. There were just a couple of icy spots we walked.

We treated ourselves to pho after the run as it’s cold and calling for more snow:(

Reading:

I finished The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper this evening. It was a good read and very interesting to learn so much about May Alcott aka Amy March. I never expected the book to be so much about art! Even though some of the other girls in Bookclub have already said they found it difficult to keep track of all the trips across the Atlantic, I actually found that structure of the book made the book read quickly. The book was also enhanced for me by the fact that I visited Orchard House last year and so I could easily envision scenes set there. It was a great book, but I wish it had a happier ending!

I’m home now and heading to bed!

Have fun!

AJ

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Changed In One Bite

I had a different title for this post, however, my day and the post changed in a moment, or a bite:)

Exercise:

I went this morning and met up with the usual suspects for a trail run. I ended up just walking as the Squad Runner mission was finished and I knew I’d have to run later in the day again. What a mistake this decision was!

About 1:45pm the snow started unexpectedly. I laid down for a nap, thinking I’d be able to get out for my run just after three as I had planned. Well I woke up to a winter wonderland of snow everywhere!😖😫

Its of course not enough to cause a snow day tomorrow (I’ve only had 2 in 33 years in this district), but just enough to bury the sidewalk and keep me from running:(. There goes a mission:(

I finally gave up and did a home workout this evening. A warm up- then 30 reps of: shoulder press, bicep curls, squats, dips, plank jacks, speed skater lunges, upright rows, and reverse crunches, then 3 minutes of skipping. I repeated it again with 20 reps and 2 minutes and again with 10 reps and 1 minute. It wasn’t a run, but it was at least something.

Reading:

I spent the morning getting my food ready for the week- oatmeal and a grilled veggie and chicken salad with Greek dressing- and then got to read in front of the fireplace.

I finished the school Bookclub book- The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall. It was a quick, easy and enjoyable read. It is about a girl who is 11 and finds herself trying to find a home for a pig in the midst of all the angst of her regular life in a big family. It was relatable and I think kids, especially girls aged 9-12, would enjoy it.

Baking:

I have to admit I was having a difficult time dealing with the change in my plans and no run and so I flipped through Instagram. I saw a post about gf/df cinnamon rolls and of course they claimed they were the best. I love cinnamon buns and have tried many many recipes searching for one as good as I used to eat. Usually after trying these recipes, I’m upset that I wasted expensive gf/ df ingredients on them. Not so with this one! OMG these cinnamon rolls have the texture of a normal cinnamon bun. They are easy to make and so good! I found the recipe at Living Freely Gluten Free and I would recommend them to anyone and everyone!! The only change I made was to use a mixture of Bob’s Redmill All Purpose GF flour and Robin Hood GF Flour and I added raisins. I’m not sure I’ll eat anything else this week. Thankfully I immediately iced them and put them in the freezer, so I’ll wrap them tomorrow when I have more willpower:)

This image really doesn’t do them justice as they aren’t dry or crumbly!

Knitting:

On and off between looking out the window, I have been knitting today. I finished the heart handwarmers last night and got them to Brenda to donate to the hospital.

So today, I began a little girl’s vest. The pattern is from Timeless Knits for Kids by Chris de Longpre. This is the same book the orange sweater pattern came from. This is the final chance for this book and considering I had to go from the called for 5.5mm needle down to a 2.75mm needle to get close to gauge, it’s not looking good:(. Who gets 19 stitches per four inches in worsted weight yarn?!

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Well that’s it for me tonight. I’m off to bed to hope for a miraculous snow day!

Have fun!

AJ