You win some, you lose some…

Not exciting day, but a productive one:)

Running:

I just got my usual inlet run over to Rocky Point park in this morning. I was frustrated because it took until 25 minutes for me to get into a good rhythm and the run is only 30 minutes! Grrr😖 At one point I thought that after I had been running for a while I wouldn’t have bad or weird runs anymore, but I’ve come to the realization that those odd runs are always going to crop up no matter how often, how far or how well I run normally. I guess I might as well just embrace them. Lol but I do hope I go back to normal soon!

I also got a walk in, shorter than normal and no workout as my legs are feeling achy. I figured a little rest was better than an overuse injury. Tomorrow is another day:)

Back to School:

My mom and I worked all day in my classroom today. I got the major project of my classroom library completed so I’m happy! My books for older kids are all stored and the easy books look enticing:) My mom even got my centres tidied up as well so that they look more inviting to the children. I have a couple big organization projects left, but nothing that can’t be done after the children come back.

Eating:

In June I received a gift certificate to go for high tea at the Cakes and Sweets Bakery in Coquitlam. I called yesterday and made a reservation for today at noon for my mom and I. I was so looking forward to it! I didn’t pack a morning snack as I know that I’m usually so full after high teas ( they are one of my favourite events to go out for)! This morning I received a phone call saying that while they could accommodate gluten free, they couldn’t deal with dairy free. I ended up cancelling my reservation:( Have they never heard of vegan butter or oil??? If I can bake delicious gluten free, dairy free sweets ( that the skeptical men in my family will eat), then they should be able to as well! I was really disappointed and am thinking of stopping in and seeing what they can do for me since I now have an unusable gift certificate:(

With the tea disappointment, my mom did exuded to go to Pasta Polo in Coquitlam for lunch as we needed to get blue painters tape at Rona down the street from there. It was obviously not my day for eating out. I was so hungry that I couldn’t make a decision by the time our waitress got to us, so I ended up with gluten free fusilli with a bolognese sauce. I always get seafood when I go out and I should have stuck with that trend. The food was fine, but it really tasted like something that I could have made at home.😞 The horrible part was the service! I actually had to go looking for someone so that I could pay the bill!  This isn’t my normal experience here so I’ll give it another shot.

Reading:

I finally got to the Burnaby Public Library, McGill Beanch who have a great selection of trashy romance novels:) They even had the book I’ve been looking for! So glad as I refuse to spend money on trashy novels!

Knitting:

I only got eight rows of my afghan done tonight ( I wanted to get my kitchen floor washed in case my mom sees here tomorrow), but it’s fun to do more than just knit one, purl one. This pattern even has a cable.  I will appreciate when I get to know the pattern better though as right now, I’m just following the pattern very carefully!!

Well tomorrow will be another busy day with going to the Fair, so I’m off to bed.

Have fun!

AJ

A Great Day:)

Today started off great! I laid in bed with my breakfast and watched a hallmark movie and I weighed in at 98.2, definitely a step in the right direction!

It continued to be great with a run around Sasamat Lake with an old running buddy who has just moved back into the area after a year. This lake run is not super long, just a half hour if you take your time and it is interesting with some ups and downs and some technical details. I wasn’t expecting to, but we ran the whole thing:) The hill at the end is just enough to make you feel like you really worked.

I then got a tour of my running buddy’s new townhouse and we took her dog for a walk and got coffee.

I had been wanting to try this new coffee place, The Beanery on Panorama Drive in Port Moody. I always thought a coffee shop was needed in the area so was super happy when I saw one go in. I hate to say it, but my iced chai latte with soy milk wasn’t very good:( First, it was slightly warm so nothing iced about it, and secondly it tasted powdery. I’m hoping that the place will improve with age. The breakfast pizzas definitely sounded good! There was also no gluten free options:(

A quick stop at home and then I picked up my Cookie Lady friend for a shopping trip to Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver. This has been my favourite shopping centre for a while because it has Ivivva ( kids lululemon), J Crew,  and The Shoe  Company which has a great selection of kids shoes. Today a few things annoyed me though:( Ivivva is closing their store and will only be available on West 4th in Vancouver or online. I’m an adult shopping in a kids store so obviously I’m not typical; how do they expect me to shop online without being able to try things on???? I think they’ve lost me as a customer:( Secondly, I’ve always liked J Crew as their clothes fit my style, but it drives me nuts that they advertise a teacher discount and then every time they find a reason not to honour it:(  Not at this location, not on that item, not when we have this promotion, etc. The khaki pants I bought for work that don’t have to be shortened are great, but they would have been better if I had gotten my teacher discount!Finally the hour and forty five minute drive home ( when it only took thirty to get there) did me in.  I have no idea how people drive in that every day! It was fun, but I think next time I’d rather drive to the airport!

I managed to get my three exercise times in, but it was doubtful for a while. My run this morning, a quick 15/12/10 workout and then a walk around the inlet trail this evening. At least something got done and hopefully it was enough to keep the scale number going down and the muscle building up!

I didn’t get much done on my list today, but I don’t really think it’s my fault as my phone turned off around 2:30 and then only turned back on around 6:45. I’m wondering if this is because my memory is so low. I wish I knew more about iPhones, maybe I wouldn’t find it so frustrating then!

Well it was a busy but fun day with the good outweighing the bad, so a success!

Have fun!

AJ

Bittersweet Homecoming

Today was the day; after 19 days of lazing around my parent’s boat, I had to come home.   It’s always bittersweet for me coming home from a holiday. On one hand, having 860 peaceful, fully stocked  square feet to myself is bliss, however, I enjoy spending time with my family, being on the water, and coming home means unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping, in other words, work:(

I worked on my Reyna shawl on the ferry while my nephew played on his iPad. I was actually very surprised that no one spoke to me about my knitting. I’ve always avoided knitting in public because I thought tons of people would ask questions and my shy personality didn’t want to deal with that. I wonder if that’s the normal experience or if I just had the sleepy Saturday morning crowd?

My condo was in one piece, and other than being slightly warm, quite lovely.  Before I left, I had put water bottles with holes in the lids in a few of my plants. It worked for one but not for the rest:( My lavender and chives may never be the same again:( Is there a better holiday watering solution out there?

I have finished my Reyna shawl but it is being blocked so I can’t share a picture quite yet.  My shawl turned out to be 12 rows shorter than the designer’s as I just didn’t have quite enough yarn. I got smart and measured the yarn I had left when I got near the end by taking an arm measure, knitting a row and then taking another arm measure. This way I knew exactly how many arm lengths it took to do a row and I knew exactly how many rows I could do. I thought I was so smart until I started to do the bind off. It was a new technique for me and made a pretty edge (though it had the tendency to roll on me), but it took double the yarn I had planned on. I ran out of yarn thirty stitches from the end and had to tink the bind off and go with my usual bind off.  With this bind off, I had success and have less than a meter of yarn leftover😀 I dislike having yarn leftover and feeling like I could have done another row and then there’s the question of what do you do with that tiny bit of yarn?  I am very happy with the Reyna shawl! It’s gorgeous!!!!img_7281.jpg

The Indigo Moon yarn in Hollyhock red turned out to be beautiful! The variegation is quite subtle, but very pretty. The yarn was easy to work with, though it is definitely a heavier and slightly rougher than the fingering wool I have used in the past.

I managed to also do some reading today. I love Goodreads!!! I was looking through “my books” and noticed the Neighbours from Hell series by RL Mathewson and when I looked I saw there were some I hadn’t read yet. I’m working on Christmas From Hell and quite enjoying it. It’s a trashy romance or chick lit ( whichever you prefer to call it) so perfect for a laid back summer day!

With being back home, it’s time to get back on the healthy wagon! I was going to workout tonight but I have a shawl taking over most of my living room floor so I just went for my usual walk along the inlet trail. It was a lovely night!IMG_7282.JPG I ran into two families that I know from school, but I know this is a side effect of living and teaching in the same community:) I actually think it’s a good thing for my students to see me out and about so that they realize teachers are normal people with lives too!  I also noticed, that while I was away, the city removed the extra railroad tracks that were used for the handcar races during Golden Spike Days when I was a kid. I’ve noticed that Golden Spike Days has changed dramatically since I was a kid and I guess this is just the next step:( It’s kind of sad through as I think my childhood ones were better, but maybe that’s just nostalgia talking.🤣

Well I’ve finished my knitting project, so it’s time I went and started my next one. This one is a retro pattern from one of my Grandmother’s magazines and some recycled wool from a vest, but more about that another time.

Have Fun!

AJ