Adulting Sunday

It’s so unfair that life and adulting get in the way of such a lovely day as Sunday!

Exercise:

I met up with Dennis and Brenda again this morning for a run. We did laps around Brenda again as she’s still working her way through the learn to run program. I got just over 5km done.

I ended up going out again this evening. Amazingly I felt so good and made a personal best in my 5km time of 31:47. I am getting closer to my goal! When I looked down to turn my tracker off, it said I was doing a 4:22/km pace- hopefully that’s true as it’s amazing for me!

Cooking:

I am mainly a snacker but decided I should try making some of the actual meal recipes from my current cookbook- Sylvana’s Gluten Free and Dairy Free Kitchen: Timeless Favourites Transformed. I tried the Homemade Fettuccine with Sausage, Broccoli Rabe and Parmesan. I can’t say I gave it a great test as I didn’t make the fettuccine but rather bought pasta. I also couldn’t find broccoli rabe and was a little disappointed she didn’t give an alternate suggestion. I also bought a ton of cheese today, but not parmesan🤣. I’ll say it looked good and was easy and I’ll let you know how my kale and sausage pasta tastes tomorrow.

Products:

I did buy a lot of cheese today! I tried three new kinds for dinner.

I had Sheese vegan mature cheddar style slices. I found it had a sharp taste to it, but quite a rubbery texture:(

Next I tried Chipotle Cheddar Style Wedge by Nuts for Cheese. This had a nice kick to it, but was soft like a cream cheese.

Finally I tried the Nuts for Cheese Smoky Artichoke and Herb Cheese. This had a tang to it and was even softer than the cheddar variety.

I would buy the Nuts for Cheese items again for a charcuterie board, but wouldn’t bother with the Sheese again.

Eating:

Speaking of food, as long as I maintain this, I’ll get to colour in another square today. I’ve had:

Brunch: steak ( makes my mom worry less about my iron)

Late lunch: Mac and cheese

Dinner: cheese and cucumber

Knitting:

After a quick cleaning of the important parts of my condo, and all my laundry, I have spent most of today knitting on my Not a Boring Sweater second sleeve. I actually finished and got the ends woven in. Here it is:

Well that’s it for my day!

Have fun!

AJ

Meh Monday

You ever have those days where you really just wanted to stay home and curl up on the couch?!?!

Teaching:

The children started out really quiet today! We got through calendar and our individual photo day. We had quiet time and finished the math sheet from Thursday. I have two little girls who don’t seem to understand the concepts of before and after. I need to come up with a way to practice this idea. We also finished up our rights and responsibilities work.

My problems at work today came from the staff. We have problems at our school and generally within our district, I’m not trying to deny that, however, they are problems that I can’t do anything about so I would prefer not to rehash them every lunch and recess time. All it seems to do is bring me down. I’m not sure how to solve this problem though as I can’t avoid the staffroom- I want my cup of tea at recess and don’t really want to eat my lunch with my students, so I’m left not knowing what to do:(

Exercise:

I got out of school quite quickly today and went right out for a run. I wanted to do a little more than my 3.3km minimum and actually managed 4.05km by going around the park. The amazing thing was that I was fast! For me🤣. I can’t run after school every day, but hopefully on occasion I can if it makes me that fast:)

Knitting:

I got the best news today! I had looked online for anyone who sold the yarn I am quickly running out of on the Not a Boring Sweater knit but even Ancient Arts who made it doesn’t seem to carry it anymore. I decided to email them my dad plight just in case and today I heard that they had found one skein left over in the back of their stockroom. The woman said she had never had someone reply so quickly (I called with my payment info before she had even opened the email saying I wanted it)! At least now I can make the sleeves as called for and don’t have to worry. It relieved a lot of stress!

Baking:

I made a bread pudding out of my hot dog buns instead of making myself eat them, but I’m thinking they may have managed to ruin bread pudding too:(

Well that’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ

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

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

Just The Usual

It was just a day of usual items and getting things done.

Exercise:

After quickly tidying my house, I got out for a run that felt significantly better than the past couple of days. I got 4.85km done and only stopped because my runkeeper paused the session without my permission. I only had about 100meters left so it seemed like as good a time as any to stop.

This evening I got out for another run along the River with Dennis because I can’t resist saying yes when it means I can have company on a run. We got exactly 5km in and had a decent pace except for the walk at both river crossings. I definitely wasn’t upset about them though! Dennis is a great running partner as he stayed with me the whole way even though he can go way faster!

Knitting:

Tavia came for her knitting lesson this morning and she learned how to decrease. She’s doing a great job and her dishcloth looks fabulous. She also has a plan for a cape for her cheetah stuffie🤣😀

I have spent lots of time knitting today and am down to just 8 rows of the yoke to do! Maybe I can be done tonight!

Reading:

I finished A Gingerbread Romance by Lacey Baker.

The story of Adam, a baker who is stuck doing basic cookies and donuts and Taylor, an architect longing for home. These two team up to create a life-sized gingerbread house for a city competition. Through the process they find more than the right recipe for gingerbread.

This story was very sweet and realistic. I enjoyed how the plot and pace were both realistic and it would make a great introduction to the Christmas season. I loved hearing of all the Christmas traditions and should have made a list of them all for myself.

The characters were interesting, and while there was a lot of internal dialogue, there was also a lot of growth and self-learning.

If you enjoy the traditions of Christmas this would be a great read for you.

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

Well I need to get back to knitting.

Have fun!

AJ

The Start of the End

It’s tough to block the fact that this is my last week of holidays. I wonder how time can go they fast!

Exercise:

I got out for a run this morning even though I really didn’t want to. It’s funny that my fastest time was when I was coming uphill🤣. At least that’s another 4.45km done.

I also got out for a walk this evening as it was just so beautiful out!

Reading:

I have finished two books this morning.

The first was Say You Still Love Me by KA Tucker.

I liked many things about this book:

– the way the book flip flops between camp thirteen years ago and the present day

– the very interesting characters who portray a ton of growth throughout the book

– that the lead female is a high powered CEO and the male is a security officer

– the plot twists and turns that I didn’t see coming

– the reconciliation between characters

– the realism of the plot and how it doesn’t skirt the fact that actions have consequences

Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for n honest opinion

The second was The Governess Game by Tessa Dare. This is the second book in her Girl Meets Duke Series. It was good and humorous, but just not as good or as funny as the first in the series.

Medical:

It’s amazing how quickly you get into see a doctor when you mention fainting. I didn’t think it was a huge problem, but my mom pointed out that most people go their whole lives without fainting.

The doctor said I should have gone to the hospital as it would have been easier to find the problem at the time. Instead, I will now start an endless round of tests to try and find out what happened.

Socializing:

I met up with my friend Michelle, Life of a Canadian Girl on WordPress. She has had some amazing adventures this summer and it was so great to catch up on them:). I will love having her back as she’s always up for things:)

Knitting:

I have managed to make more progress on the sweater yoke and would like to continue to get a bit further tonight:)

Have fun!

AJ

Woah 3 In A Row

It was a busier day than I was expecting!

Exercise:

I met up with the usual group for my Sunday morning run. It’s great to have Dennis back running though he’s already back to being way faster than me! He’s also back to running with the cyclists that go by🤣. He was a sweetie though and kept checking to make sure that I was feeling okay. We got 6.1km in which really helped my yearly goal. I was super slow to start and didn’t really feel like I had any energy, but I got it done:)

Socializing:

After a coffee, a nap and a shower, my friend Anna texted that she was in my neighborhood so I met up with her and the boys for a quick walk. Gosh I love those boys- they’re just so cute. It’s even better now that they aren’t shy around me. I’m hoping for one more meetup before school goes back in!

Shopping:

From there I had arranged to meet my friend Emily for some furniture shopping. I’m still looking for a couch and she has just bought a house and will need lots more furniture. It actually turned out to be a great way to catch up!

Podcast:

I actually had three rows of knitting that were simple enough I got to listen to a podcast. I’ve been enjoying listening to The Relentless Knitter. They are two women who live in the Okanagan which is about four hours from me, so it’s neat to hear them talk about places that I know:)

Knitting:

I am officially halfway done the yoke of this sweater and while I am still having to count out loud, it does seem more intuitive now and I’m enjoying it. It’s kind of nice to have a bit of a challenge for a change:)

Reading:

I am super close to being done a book, but probably not until I crawl into bed. I’ll tell you about it tomorrow.

Well I guess that’s it for me.

Have fun!

AJ

Trying to Give Back

It was a great day with one small problem.

Community:

This morning I headed off to meet up with Lyndsay and Brady along with her niece and mother in law for The Great Shoreline Cleanup. Since I use the trails so often, I figure I should give back to them. The five of us picked up seven bags of garbage in an hour. The main trail wasn’t bad, it was more where roads ended that were disgustingly dirty:(

Socializing:

I had arranged to meet my friend Melissa this afternoon. I figured she might be going a little crazy by now as she had surgery just over two weeks ago. She’s doing really well and was able to go out for lunch at a really cute cafe. Black Tiger Coffee in Langley has a great menu of drinks and food with lots of gluten free and vegan options- even donuts on Saturdays after 11!

My Mediterranean toast and nutty professor donut were wonderful.

Unfortunately lunch ended with my passing out again. Melissa says one second I was listening and the next my eyes rolled back in my head and I was out. I felt fine pretty quickly, but it was definitely scary (and not just for me), especially as this is the second time it has happened this summer. I guess it’s time for a doctor’s visit.

Exercise:

I finally got out for a run later this evening. I ended up going just to the track so that I was never more than 400 meters from my car, in case I didn’t feel well again. I did end up doing 12 laps which was 5.35km and felt pretty good. I didn’t push the pace and felt fine at the end. I admit it was nice that there were people around and even some of my former students:)

Knitting:

I got a little overly confident and felt like the knitting was going really well today. Then I ended up having to pull out an entire row! Thankfully it was nothing that counting out loud couldn’t help. I have definitely been enjoying this pattern today!

Well I’m off to rest up.

Have fun!

AJ