Getting Back To It

It’s been another quiet day, but that’s probably a good thing before the chaos starts again on Monday.

Exercise:

I met up with Sarah for a run this morning. We got a little lost, as usual, but it was fun!

This evening I managed to get out for a walk as well. It wasn’t running so I figured I had better get it while it was good:)

I also did squats and a plank for the second day. Need to start building up the muscle again. I swear they all atrophied while I was laying on the couch last week🤣

Family:

Well we finally settled on a place to rent for Christmas next year. It only took two days. It was a tough decision because there was one that was an amazing deal but required the kids to sleep on air mattresses if there was the gorgeous one with enough beds but double the price. We’re going to go with the amazing deal as we can do a lot of events for all that money. It’s tough to do group things as there are just so many different personalities in my family. It will be interesting to see if we survive our first family holiday together.😳

Baking:

I grabbed a few groceries after my run and made a batch of Bisquick biscuits to use up the bisquick I had in the cupboard. They looked good, but were super crumbly. I think it was just the nature of Bisquick, or at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Movies:

I watched A Shoe Addict’s Christmas with Candace Cameron Bure this afternoon and loved it. It is such a cute movie! It follows the basic outline of A Christmas Carol but its shoes that move her through time. Most of the shoes were gorgeous so of course it gets my vote for being a good movie!

Knitting;

I also finished up the cowl I had started earlier. It used up three skeins of yarn and was a super easy knit while turning out pretty. It used Morena yarn and the free pattern off Ravelry called Cowl for Coba. This is a “no think” pattern that shows off yarn very nicely.

I am happy with how it turned out.

I have also spent some time weaving in ends on my temperature scarf. I feel like I may be old and gray before I get them all finished.

Well I’m going back to watch another Hallmark movie:)

Have fun!

AJ

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A Few More Things

Well a few more things got marked off the list today. I googled lists last night and so my mom and I are testing out Wunderlist; so far, so good!

Exercise:

I got back to routine today and got out for my Sunday morning run. It wasn’t a particularly great run- slow and my legs definitely didn’t feel strong, but it got done:)

I wish I had gotten out for another run this afternoon as I will yet again not get my mission as I have a massage after school tomorrow:(

Family:

My cousin came and dropped off his truck. It’s a good thing I store this for him as it ensures I see him at least twice a year!

Shopping:

I got a baby present mailed away, wood picked up to hang my alphabet rug, a lightbulb bought, figured out my spare room light, and got woolite and a collapsible cart from my parents. I tell you shopping at the house of mom and dad has the best prices🤪. I’m glad the day started off with some success as I checked out another two furniture stores and didn’t find a new couch and I looked into Ting My Doorbell, but it’s $250! I’m going to have to do more research!

I checked out Costco and saw good planners for $10! Oh well, I will have to remember that for next year, but for anyone who hasn’t bought one- look at Costco!!

Cool Moment:

When I was at the store, the cashier recognized me. I taught her daughter in grade two and she is now starting teacher training. It was so cool to have this moment!!

On Friday, I also got presented with my 15 year pin at work. I’ve been working 16 years, but they don’t count my first year towards it:(

Movies:

I had a lovely long nap this afternoon on my comfy couch:). Then I enjoyed watching several Hallmark movies on my new large tv. I so enjoy “Cooking With Love”, especially the moment where Kelly sends Steven a picture of her spaghetti as that’s something I would do. This movie always makes me want to cook!

Knitting:

I am working along on my 22.5 degree scarf. It really is taking forever and definitely doesn’t reward me with much progress:(

Blogging:

Ugh! I can’t include any pictures today as I have no space left:( I’ve already taken out all my book and movie pictures and so don’t really know what else to do:(. Any suggestions are welcome as I am getting tired of writing about this problem!

Oh and if anyone knows how to get to other people’s posts you’ve saved- can you please tell me🙂

I’m back to my Hallmark movies:)

Have fun!

AJ

Hurry Up and Wait

Today didn’t go exactly as planned.

Traveling:

Like anything good, my girls weekend had to come to an end. I ate the rest of my ice cream for breakfast, cleaned up the cabin and then we had to sit around waiting for the towels to dry! 😖😝. I got a lot of new songs added to my running playlist on Spotify🤣

Finally, about 12:30 we had to say goodbye to our lovely cabin and head for the ferry.

They obviously knew I was coming with this towel!

The trip in the car was fine, and the ferry terminal had some kiosks for us to peruse. I had seen this photographer’s work in Gibson’s and I’m going to need to look him up as some of his images were amazing!, I finished off my unhealthy food on the ferry ride, but then I got onto the skytrain and it was like playing sardines. It was absolutely stuffed!!! I did finally manage to get home, but it seemed to take forever and I was super tired!

I quickly got the laundry in and my bag unpacked.

Exercise:

The Squad Runner mission was a forty five minute run today, but we have an extreme air quality warning, supposedly we have the worst air quality in the world right now due to the wildfires:( Between this and being tired, I decided a brisk walk would have to do! I got that done and picked up a bottle of wine for my friends on the way home. I thought afterwards I should have put the wine in a bag before I walked down the street with it🤣

I have been eating junk all weekend and without much exercise so I wanted to make sure I got right back to clean living, so a workout had to occur tonight!

I had a picture on my phone of a Simply Susan HIIT workout. I’m not sure from where, but I’m guessing a blog, so thank you to whoever posted it! It was quick and easy and a good way to ease back into working out.

Do 5 rounds of:

15 push-ups

15 jump squats

15 squat thrusts

I was a little breathless by the final round!

Movie:

Oh last night we ended up watching a second movie, a new one called “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”. It is based on a YA novel and was a very cute rom com movie. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who has Netflix and wants just a sweet, feel good movie. I’m sorry I don’t know how it compares to the book as I haven’t read the book.

Well I’m in bed with my book:)

Have fun!

AJ

A Little Cheeky

A day of meetings:(

Exercise:

I had to do 5km for my Squad Runner mission today and figured since I didn’t actually have to teach today that I could get it done before work. It was a spectacular morning for a run and the 5km actually went by quite quickly!

I find it amazing how many more people are out for a run at 6am now than we’re in January🤣🤣🤣🤣 Well, honestly, no I’m not amazed, most people aren’t as crazy as me!

I also got my plank of 2 minutes done and my 27 push-ups:)

A Lyndsay workout was necessary as well today. This was an interesting one where I had to skip for 30 seconds and increase by 15 seconds each rep (5 times) and do 10 jump squats and increase those by 5 each rep.

I then had to do weights- mountain climbers, squats, rows, high knees, shoulder press, push-ups, plank leg lifts and hip bridges.

Then it was back to the skipping and jump squats by working down from 1:30 skipping and 30 jump squats. It was only 27 minutes, but it was intense:(

I was supposed to do another 40 minute run this evening but it turned into a walk.

Work:

I so dislike sitting in meetings all day! I sometimes wish they would just take away ProD days. I have to admit I was slightly cheeky when I was getting dressed for work this morning and put this on:I wasn’t actually late thankfully:) This was the principal one where we make decisions for next year. At least I managed to put the sitting time to good use and got the parent drivers organized for the track meet and got all the labels made for the student’s events.

We got to meet our new principal today and the first impression wasn’t bad- much quieter and more serious than the principal I have now. I’ll wait to see how it goes in September as I wouldn’t want anyone judging me before getting to know me (even though I realize this is human).

I helped Lyndsay out after our meetings making a poster for her son’s lacrosse team. I have to say that no lacrosse team poster has probably ever gotten that much attention before! That’s what happens when you turn two teachers loose🤣

Eating:

I took the raspberry rhubarb brownies to work today and it seemed like most people liked them. I really don’t know why I Bake for my colleagues when they never have anything good to say about gluten free food:( oh well, I guess I do it because I get enjoyment out of the act of baking and that way I don’t eat it all. I’m glad I took something as there was just fruit and bagels otherwise and fruit wouldn’t have been a very filling recess snack for me!

As a staff we had ordered Greek food for lunch and mine was guaranteed to be gluten free and dairy free, well… it wasn’t. I had no feta, no tzatziki, no flatbread, and even without these things within the hour I was sick and lying down😏🙁

I just shouldn’t try to eat out, but I so love trying new things. Think I might need to limit myself to just trying things at vegan, gluten free restaurants as I’m getting tired of feeling this horrible!

Crafting:

I got a ton done on my rug today as I again worked on it as I watched a movie . I might actually get this square done early this week:)

Movie:

I watched the Hallmark movie, Moonlight in Vermont this evening. It was better than some of the movies in that I always like it when the characters bicker. It didn’t hurt that I also enjoyed the secondary storyline of the brother and friend. The only things I would complain about was the lack of information about the decision at the end- it came out of nowhere!!!

So, if anyone knows of any “good” Hallmark movies that aren’t Christmas themed, please let me know in the comments:). I’m on the search for some new ones!

Well I’m off to work on my sweater knitting for a bit before bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Better Late Than Never

Knit night really does do me in! I fell asleep immediately:(

Teaching:

We spent almost all of the day creating our Mother’s Day cards and gif wrapping. I got the idea from my nephew as he was making this card, but maybe I should have kept in mind that he’s in grade five, not grade one! On the other hand I was super impressed with what they created!

The only other thing we accomplished was a pre-test for our subtraction drills!

Exercise:

I met up with Lyndsay after school for a workout. I combined my walk home with my walk over and ended up with a few minutes to sit in the sunshine:) I love working out with her because she always pushes me to do more than I think I can! We did intervals alternating between the bike and the treadmill- boy was that tough! I obviously need to spend more time on a bike! We then hit the floor- three sets of everything-8,10,12 reps. We did tricep extensions two different ways, goblet squats, get ups, v ups, and lunge and press. I thought we were done and she pulled out one more set!

At least I got rewarded with a quick steam. We unfortunately had an annoying guy in the gym- banging weights, talking on his phone, talking to himself, and another annoying guy in the steam room! Grrrr!

Knitting/Crafting:

I ran around tidying when I got home from my workout as I only had twenty minutes until knit night started. It’s amazing how much you can do in twenty minutes (and how often I waste that amount of time too!). I finished my rug square for the week, got caught up on my temperature scarf (which is actually starting to look nice as it kind of goes in bands of colors), and managed to knit two rows on the tabard and have to rip them out. I guess I better save that project for when I’m not visiting.

Movie:

We started watching The Queen with Helen Mirren. So far there have been some funny parts and it’s been interesting. I just find myself keep thinking, “what does the royal family think of this movie?” I really like Helen Mirren in it though.

Well that was my whole day!

Have fun!

AJ

Lazing

Every once in a while I get the feeling that everything in my life is a wreck- house, car, work. Those days I just need to tackle some jobs.

Exercise:

I ended up having an awesome day of exercise today. This morning I headed out for a 12.5km run around a local lake. It was gorgeous, I managed to run 0.2/km faster and I completed my Squad Runner mission. This was in serious dairy today as running 27km between Thursday and Saturday is not normal for me!

I got my squat, plank, push-up challenge done mid day and then completed Lyndsay’s Legs on Fire workout this evening!

It felt great to get all this done as lately, though my weight is fine, I’ve been feeling pudgy. I think it’s just been because I had not been doing as many workouts each week. Hopefully today is a turning point to correcting that situation!

House:

I have to admit I had a lovely nap after rolling and stretching and woke up with much more energy. I managed to get all my laundry done, my deck completed, my decor switched from fall/winter to the spring/summer colors, and my garbage, my house generally tidied up and things put away, and recycling dealt with. It made me feel much calmer to at least feel like I had accomplished something around the house! I can’t believe I haven’t switched my colour scheme until May, usually this is something I do in March. Today just felt like Spring with the windows all open and an awesome breeze:)

Crafting:

I worked on my rug done today, but will need about 90 minutes tomorrow to finish my square for the week.

I really wanted to be looking in my new knitting books for my next project, but I think I’ll make myself wait until my tabard is done.

Cooking:

Saturday is always my day to try and clean out any odds and ends out of the fridge before I grocery shop on Sunday. Today I cut up a head of broccoli, mixed it with a tiny bit of oil, garlic, salt and pepper and roasted it at 450 for 15 minutes. Oh my it was great!!! I will definitely be doing this more often!

Reading:

I finally finished another book. Love Walks In by Samantha Chase.

I don’t think I’ve ever taken so long to read a Samantha Chase book before. I loved the family dynamic again, but I think I just found the premise a little unrealistic. I also wish the characters had been more explained earlier in the book. I loved the book by the end, but it definitely took me a while to get into it.

I also got started on my next book which is the next kids book club book- My Life as a Book. I’m halfway done. So far it’s interesting:)

I have two more books waiting that I really want to be reading so that should get me through this book quickly🤣

Movies:

I have data leftover for the month so I’m enjoying a Hallmark Movie. It’s called My Perfect Romance. So far it’s cute, but I have to admit I like the movies where the primary characters can’t stand each other at the start.

The secretary is a hilarious character and steals every scene she is in. I also have to admit I’m a sucker for Christopher Russell:) Well I’m going back to the movie now:)

Have fun!

AJ

If I Didn’t Love My Job…

My day had definite good parts and frustrating parts!

Teaching:

My day started off with a coworker worried about track attack coverage and when I tried to solve this problem I got snapped at by another colleague. She later apologized, but since I’ve been putting up with it for a year now, it’s too little too late! Really, this is what she finally apologizes for???(insert head shake here) I haven’t had any nasty emails so hopefully it all worked out!

I did have some successes with students today:). My little guy who likes to roll on the carpet was doing an awesome job sitting! I should have moved him a long time ago as maybe it’s being surrounded by people that’s helping???

We have quiet time each day after recess and I always play a different type of music during this time that students may not hear at home- blues, jazz, piano, classical, etc (I take suggestions 😀). I looked over at one little boy – his eyes were closed and he was swaying to the music- so cute!!!

Another little guy sounded out and wrote three sentences in his journal with finger spaces included!! It was awesome!

Then I had to leave to go to a meeting about the report cards. I was so angry and frustrated by the end!!! If I didn’t love my days with my students I would be looking for a new job as I so dislike the direction my district is going! They are not doing the children any service!

When I was a kid and was complaining about having to do my own laundry or make my lunches or help clean- my mom would always say the same thing- “I wasn’t put on this earth to be your babysitter, but to make you responsible, successful, contributing members of society.” I always hated that line, but the day they asked me for my teaching philosophy it popped out of my mouth!

Now my district says that I cannot put “not yet meeting expectations” on the report card. It’s bad enough that every student passes whether they are ready and successful or not, but now I can’t even say a student isn’t meeting expectations! Why bother assessing if every student has to be meeting??? I think that if I was a parent I would be very upset if I wasn’t informed that my child was having trouble with an area or a concept!!! What kind of adults are we creating with this??Grrr! Ok rant over:).

My mom sent this to me today and I love it!!

Exercise:

None because I did the mission last night and had a massage this afternoon. I try to enjoy my nice, loose muscles for 24 hours after a massage:)

I did get my mission list for the week and made a plan!! It’s going to be another heavy running week though!

Crafting:

I’m working away on my rug and my SIL’s bag. I’m not really loving working with this material as my hands are getting sore, but thankfully it’s a pretty small project!

I impressed myself by getting my two new yarns entered into my Ravelry stash this evening. One day all of my yarn will be in there! It would be great as it would force me to determine the weight of each!

I can’t wait for the new term of HPKCHC to begin tomorrow!

Baking:

Yesterday I tried to make bread in the bread machine for this week just using the basic recipe in the manual and it was probably the worst loaf I’ve ever made! So tonight I’m having a second try and using the recipe I used last time:) You can find it in this Post🙂

Movie:

Last night I treated myself to a Hallmark movie before bed. It took me several tries to find one and I finally settled on Mr. Write

I have to say I didn’t love this movie! The main couple was Dori and Michael. She is engaged and he is a writer with a block. She is the new junior editor who gets him back to writing. The characters were just seriously annoying and there didn’t seem to be any chemistry. They go from strangers to him falling in love with nothing but work between. The secondary storyline of Dori’s colleague who is afraid of commitment with a great guy was much more entertaining, but I’m not sure it was enough to save the movie. I would bypass this movie:(

Well, I need to get knitting if I’m going to get this bag done for my SIL. It is her birthday tomorrow but I’m seeing her Friday, so I’m aiming for then- still a challenge!

Have fun!

AJ

Couldn’t Be Better

It was an awesome day with a little bit of everything I needed.

Exercise:

I got a hike in today with my favorite hiking buddies:)

It was a gorgeous day for it and we were way faster. It was all uphill and then all downhill, but still an awesome time! I love the affect nature has on one’s mood:)

I got a short run in later on. I need to run 2 hours before 3pm on Sunday so I figured I might as well start today. I had planned for at least a half hour, but jalapeños and running don’t mix very well! Besides it decided to rain and get super windy so I was happy enough with a quick tour of the park.

Family:

I met up with my parents for lunch at a local pub. Gotta get that quality time in while I can! It was nice to visit! My mom and I decided to share the nachos but I think we needed about another three people to help us!

They were very cool though as they are actually homemade potato chips instead of corn tortilla chips. So yummy and took care of my craving for pub food!

Crafting:

I got another half hour done on my rug and am actually almost done the square for this week!

I also got my tabard frogged so I can start again. I decided that I didn’t want to decrease any stitches on the sides- I’d prefer they just went straight up. The tarn isn’t very soft so I know I’m going to want a loose fit!

I also got around to making myself a new pair of unmentionables:) I had bought the stretch lace about a year ago so I could replicate my favorite pair (that are expensive and only available in the states) and today I finally got around to it. Now I just have to try them out and see how I did.

While I was playing around on all of this, my mom created magic! She took her old ski jacket and recreated it into a yoga mat bag for me!!!

It even has two zippered pockets for my phone, keys, rec pass, etc. I have the MOST AMAZING mom! She just starts cutting and suddenly I’m left with something amazing. She even centered an arrow on the strap for me and has snaps for when it’s really pouring:)

Family Time #2:

I had a special invitation to my nephew’s lacrosse game this evening. I always go to these things as I live in fear of when I won’t get invited anymore. I really need to get a book on lacrosse as I have no idea about all the rules. To me it seemed like the refs were totally unfair!!! I am definitely too high strung to watch sports comfortably! I wanted to go after #18 who knocked my nephew down twice!! I did survive though and got a hug:)

Friends/Movie:

I met up with my friend Michelle at her place for a chick flick. Of course, with two teachers there was some venting, but we did manage to watch Trainwreck. It is one interesting movie…

Well that’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ

So Cute

My day was pretty typical for lately. I want to get back to my normal reading, running, baking and knitting!

Exercise:

None:(

Teaching:

We got our parent gifts organized and wrapped today. Do I need to make a card to go with them?

We practiced our Christmas concert song again. The children did okay, but the music teacher changes our song slightly and we managed to mess it up today. I hope we’re okay for he dress rehearsal on Monday though!

This afternoon we did a directed drawing picture of a reindeer. They turned out so cute and the children were so into it!!

This was mine as I’ve already put them all up on the clothesline in my classroom. I love directed drawing because the children have to practice their quiet listening and usually the art turns out better!

I had one little guy this afternoon who after lunch said he was worried he wouldn’t be able to go to the movies with his mom after school because he hadn’t been good this morning.  Awwww:( Thankfully I could report he had an awesome afternoon:)

I ran home at lunch to let Banks out and then again right after work.

Socializing:

I met up with Emily and Melissa this evening to see the movie Lady Bird.

I knew absolutely nothing about the movie. It was quite artistic and I’m sure there will be some academy award nominations for the movie. I was shocked when the lights came up as the movie just seemed to end.

We finished the evening up with dinner at the Cactus Club. I was really hoping for something holiday inspired, but they really didn’t have anything so I ended up with tuna stacks and a seasonal daiquiri.

Tea:

Today’s tea from the David’s Tra advent calendar is a raspberry cream pie. I’ve had two cups from it and the second was as delicious as the first. This is definitely a tea I would buy again!

Christmas Movie:

I’ve been trying to watch The Christmas Inheritence on Netflix this evening, but yet again Google seems to hate me and keeps turning off the projector:(

Oh well, that must mean it’s time for bed!

Have fun!

AJ

Rush, Rush, Rush, Crash!

My day has been slightly crazy!

Exercise:

I started the day off well by meeting up with my friend who I worked out with last year. We’ve restarted our Monday at 6am workouts and it felt awesome! I’m always dropping sweat when I workout with her.😀 She needed to leave a little early today, but that actually worked better for me because it got me home earlier so I didn’t feel so rushed during my morning routine.

Unfortunately, other than walking to and from school this is the only exercise I got today:( If this keeps up I’m going to have to tweak my regime because I don’t like feeling like I’m failing every day at getting my exercise sessions in:(

Adulting:

Last week I forgot to contact my building manager so today I had to hang around home until 8am to find out if I could leave my key with her for the fire alarm testing. It was fine but it meant I had to come home at lunch to get my key back as she leaves at four and I don’t get home on staff meeting days until at least 5:30 (though today it ended up being 6:30😞).

Teaching:

I just had to show part of my walk to school as it’s sometimes the most peaceful part of my day. I changed schools seven years ago so I could walk to work and it has made such a huge and positive difference in my life! No more starting the day with road rage:)

I have already identified the boys in my class who are going to be a handful:( I had to send them to their desks on the first day!!! It may be a long year!

We did a talking circle today about what we love best about ourselves. It was very telling that one little girl said it was her brain (she seems quite bright), for another it was her heart, we had a couple of “my hair” and a few ” that I can run fast”.  They didn’t do too badly and this makes our second class book for the month already! Yay!!

We started an introduction to graphing. They’re a tough group to read so I don’t know if they really got it?

At the end of the day we played telephone. The message started as “we had s great day” and ended as “a car”. I always try to relate it to not spreading rumours because you don’t know if they’re true. Hopefully by the end of the year they’ll get that message.

I was super excited when we were given our new classroom IPads at the staff meeting as I’m wanting to start on Fresh Grade, but there’s no apps or FreshGrade on the iPads so they’re practically useless:( I will see how long it will take to get them fixed up. It drives me nuts that the district expects us to use technology and be cutting edge, but then they manage to make it impossible. Grrrr!

Reading:

I finished the book, Crazy For You by Rachel Lacey. It’s the second book in the Risking it All series. I enjoyed this book once again because the strong friend group added a great element to the book. In addition, the book, including its problem and solution, were realistic.  If you like outdoorsy books and self-made people you’ll enjoy the book. It has a great message for everyone as well, but isn’t preachy about it. I’ll definitely be reading the next in the series.

Knitting:

I managed to get three rows done tonight. It was kind of funny because I had to hold my left pointer finger far away from the needle so I wouldn’t hurt myself, but as I k toted it made all its usual movements in the air. So funny to see- like invisible knitting🤣. It was great to get back to my afghan and I’m hoping I’ll be able to do some every day now as I’m desperate to finish this project and get into the next. No, I’m not allowed to start another until I’m done, just another rule I have for myself, lol. I probably have too many rules for myself!

Movie:

I watched the movie, Inside Out for work tonight. It was a good movie. It was brought to my attention as part of a SEL lesson, and it would be great for this, but it was also just an entertaining movie. It’s all about the emotions inside an eleven year old girl and as you can guess, it gets tumultuous!

Well, I’m exhausted from my day, so I’m going to crash:)

Have fun!

AJ