Have We Turned a Corner?

I don’t want to jinx it but today was finally a better day at work.

Teaching:

I told my students as we went through the shape of our day that if I didn’t have to raise my voice- they would get an extra long centres time in the afternoon. I had one little boy who just couldn’t control himself (running and sliding across the room), but the rest did a great job!

We got through calendar, music, quiet time, math, silent reading, desk clean out and a read aloud.

It probably helped that there was a TOC in the building for our AbEd worker who came in and actually helped children during math. I always love having an extra set of hands!

Cooking:

I made my first Fresh Prep meal today- Shrimp Pad Thai. When I put the first pot of water on to boil I started my timer and it took 38 minutes to make the meal. It was quite easy and the recipe card was well laid out and clear. I did think there could have been a few more shrimp, but that’s probably me just being a seafood piglet. I also was lucky that all of the sauce ingredients were going into one bowl as I wasn’t able to definitively tell the difference between some of them. Some labeling would have been nice. One thing I really appreciated was that their picture of the meal looked like mine. It didn’t look incredibly styled where the shrimp are equally spaced across the plate and all going the same way. I liked how I knew I had done it right because it looked the same as the picture.

The end result was so yummy! I liked that the hot sauce was given separately, well marked and you could add however much you wanted. The portions were quite generous and I have split the meal, meant to feed two, into four portions for meals over the next couple of days.

I am hoping to make the other meal tomorrow so I will let you know how it goes, but as of now, I would definitely do this again.

Exercise:

I had watched a hallmark movie last night but hadn’t gotten around to the workout so I did it tonight. I decided to do a minute of skipping between exercises, but surprisingly my heart rate didn’t seem to go as high as it does when I jog between exercises. I had thought it would be way higher! Tonight I did:

Squats, around the world lunges, plié squats, crunches, burpees, bicep curls, dips, bicycle crunches, pushups, Bridges, froggers, reverse crunches and front and side raises.

Knitting:

I finished my market bag. I once again used Berrocco Indigo in black for the bag and I really like this yarn for market bags. It holds up well, and yet isn’t tough on the hands. I did the fantasy naturale market bag pattern, a free pattern off ravelry. It is an easy, well written pattern that generates a bag that I think looks like the ones you can buy in the stores. We’ll see if my friend Michelle is happy with it.

I have now started on a toque for my friend Sarah’s daughter. I hope it goes quickly so I can go back to the Date Night sweater.

Well, I have to go try and read about 530 pages of my book as Bookclub is on Sunday.

Have fun!

AJ

Good Thing It Was My Plan

I had planned to have a quiet weekend as last weekend was busy and next weekend will be as well, but I got sick on Friday and didn’t feel better until late this afternoon.

Knitting:

I have finished the Triple Jubilee shawl and am quite happy with it. I soaked it, but couldn’t pin it down because my blocking mats weren’t wide enough. I just hope it turns out okay this way too.

I also got another market bag made today. It felt good to get going on my Christmas presents. Only several million to go🤣

I really loved this pattern which is called Let’s Go Shopping and is free on Ravelry. The yarn was Berroco Indigo and I really liked how the natural and white turned out. Sorry for the poor lighting picture.

Reading:

I finished my latest NetGalley book, Wrapped Up in Christmas by Janice Lynn. This was a very sweet book that really made me want to get ready for Christmas. It was a cosy read and I enjoyed its sweetness.

Exercise:

This morning I met up with my regular Sunday run crew, but just walked. I was a little afraid to jostle myself too much. We got soaked, but it was nice to get some fresh air.

Late this afternoon I was feeling better and decided to go for a short, slow run. I did 3.88km and it felt pretty good. I am a little worried that I’m getting behind on my mileage for the month. It’s going to be tough to make it up as I’m heading into report card writing, but I’ll have to find a way! I don’t want to blow my yearly goal!

I also did 25 minutes of easy low impact aerobics this evening.

Eating:

I had brunch with my running crew this morning and had my usual jumpstart sunrises.

I had cucumber with crab for dinner. I am hoping for less eating events this week.

Well I’m going back to rewatching Hallmark movies that I’ve been watching today.

Have fun!

AJ

Super Fall Saturday

I at last left the house so this post will hopefully be more interesting🤣

Shopping:

I met up with my co teacher this morning to attend a garage sale at a local private school. We like to see what the rich people are getting rid of. It didn’t seem as busy as it has in previous years, but boy did they have a lot of stuff!

I ended up getting a large deck of cards for showing the children card games, Nora Roberts books for my mom, a few books for my classroom, two Lululemon sports bras, two movies for the classroom, and an angel food cake pan. Not bad for $19:)

Knitting:

I spent the time between events finishing up my second market bag. This was the Easy Netz pattern, a free pattern on ravelry and it knitted up easily and quickly.

I definitely played yarn chicken with this one and just barely won!

I had started a hobo bag but wasn’t super happy with it, but I just thought of the fact that I have a knitting book on bags so maybe I will look there. I was super disappointed that there were no knitting books at the garage sale today:(

Fall Event:

I had asked Lyndsay about a month ago if she and her son Brady would be willing to go to a fall event with me. They go to the pumpkin patch every year so today I went along with them. It was about a forty minute drive away and we couldn’t believe how busy it was!!!

We checked out the animals area which had rabbits, hens, chickens, turkeys, etc. I’m not sure I like seeing my food like this!

We also did a quick circle in this little kid’s glow in the dark area. Brady was most interested in how his shirt glowed🤣

We watched them launch pumpkins through with an air pressure cannon. Was pretty neat to see them knock things over.

Brady did many circuits on a obstacle course they had.

We went through the corn maze which was super muddy! I liked how they had funny sayings throughout though, like what is a cow’s favourite activity? The mooo-vies.

We also did a race through the corn maze twice where you had to study pictures before you went in and then if you remembered the pictures to answer the questions you knew which way to go in the maze. Brady and Lyndsay won the first time and Brady and I won the second time.

After that we picked our pumpkins and headed out.

It was a gorgeous afternoon and I’m glad I can now say I’ve been to a pumpkin patch. The one downside to the afternoon was how rude and inconsiderate people were! It seemed to be all about them getting the perfect picture, even if it ruined yours. Very disappointing and sad:(

Eating:

Lyndsay has suggested stopping at Noodlebox so I tried to be ready for that. At first she was saying lunch which I didn’t really want as I had just had lunch two hours before, but it ended up being dinner, so it was okay.

I’ve had:

2 rice cakes with Pb & j

Chicken Caesar salad

Cambodian Jungle curry with chicken

I love Noodle box and so am always happy to grab food there. Today I made myself try something new and it tasted really good. The only downside is that it was soupy so I didn’t get the super cute takeout box they have!

We grabbed our dinner to go so we could check out Provincial Spirits which is a local place that’s like a brew pub but does mixed drinks instead.

One of the teachers at school raves about this place so we had to try it. It was okay tonight, but we think the difference might be in the circumstances. This other teacher bikes here with her husband in the summer and then sits out back for a drink and whatever food truck meal is available, whereas tonight it was super packed, we were sitting at a table in their storage area and people kept coming to look at us to see if we were leaving yet. Not quite the same. I’ll have to try it again in the summer!

Exercise:

After stopping at three different grocery stores, I finally made it home. I really didn’t want to exercise, but made myself do so before I sat down. I did a five minute warm up, then a four minute tabata of high knees and power jacks. Then I used a random number generator to pick twenty exercises from a list. I ended up doing a plank, Russian twists, crunches, lateral lunges, reverse lunges, jump lunges, squats, plie squats, jump squats, lateral step ups, plank shoulder taps, dips, and pushups. It wasn’t a run, but it was something.

Well that’s it for me.

Have fun!

AJ

ProD Day

It was a ProD day today, but it didn’t really seem any less busy!

Teaching:

I spent the day trying to figure out our new report cards which have to be done online. I finally figured out how to input the curriculum points, but I have no idea how you see what you have put in so far:( Plus, you have to do one subject and then the next which is not how I work! I usually decide what I need parents to know about their child and then write that one report card ensuring I mention those points, but I don’t get to do that now. There is also an auto-full function they suggest you use, but I’m afraid I’ll forget to go back and change the children’s I need to😳

I suppose it was somewhat helpful and productive, but it didn’t really feel like it.

Shopping:

After a lovely late lunch with Corianne and Lyndsay (I inhaled a Browns tuna poke bowl), I went to take my friend Kathryn shopping. She had texted me last night asking to go to the Helly Hanson store. I managed not to buy anything even with their big sale. I checked out Aldo too and managed not to buy anything there either! I did get some raisins and pumpkin seeds( supposedly high in iron) from Bulk Barn along with some packaged items for Monday. I was pretty impressed with myself.

House:

I was even more impressed when I came home and took a closer look at the oven door and managed to fix it myself!!!

Exercise:

I decided not to run today as I was caught up on my mileage, but felt like I had to do something so I did an L workout called Skip To It. It had a lot of skipping along with squats with shoulder press, burpees, reverse curls, bicep curls, reverse lunges, crunches, mountain climbers, twisting mountain climbers and Spider-Man mountain climbers. It ended up being 28 minutes long, so I was happy with myself:)

Eating:

I have had a pretty good eating day! I had oatmeal with Pb & j, slice of apple bread, tuna poke bowl and that’s it since I’m still full from the poke bowl!

Knitting:

I am literally 6 rows away from being done my second market bag, but figure I had better get some sleep as I have a busy day tomorrow.

Have fun!

AJ

Hump Day

My day was so long and with each hour it became clearer that I was getting sick:(

Teaching:

I started the day off with a parent meeting again. I can’t say that I love starting my day this way!

We had a very different day as we had an assembly first thing this morning and then music (where I tried to compile my notes on students). We then coloured the odd and even numbers on the 100 chart and it was interesting to see who got the quick way and who didn’t. This afternoon we just had silent reading and buddy reading because we had an early dismissal.

I then proceeded to talk to talk to 9 different sets of parents. I felt like I was completely incoherent by the end, but nobody was out for my blood, so I guess we’ll say they went well.

Knitting:

I got home and wipes off my stove and sprayed my oven. Hopefully I keep my skin as the oven spray leaked onto my hand:(. I then happily sat down to knit. this is my first market bag. The yarn is Berrocco Linsey and the pattern is Fantasy Naturale Market Bag. It knit up really quickly and easily, but I’m a little worried that the handles won’t be long enough to be comfortable.

I have started my next one, which I am using the pattern Easy Netz for. We’ll see how it goes.

Eating:

Not a horrible day! I need to be good every day until the end of the month to make 80%!

I’ve had:

2 rice cakes with Pb & j

Banana

Egg roll in a bowl salad

Gingersnaps

Chicken Caesar salad

The gingersnaps were planned as a treat before I faced all the parents.

Exercise:

Just 11 minutes of some basic aerobics. I’m just too exhausted tonight!

Have fun!

AJ