A Busy Bee

I always find it interesting how some days I feel like doing nothing and other days I go non-stop.

I started the day with an easy run to the park and back. I am trying really hard to slow down some days and run easy so that I don’t hurt myself running everyday. So far it seems to be going pretty well.

I quickly ate breakfast so I would be ready to order my yarn advent calendar at exactly 8am. This advent calendar is put out by Stash Lounge in Calgary, Alberta and features 25 different Canadian yarn dyers. It seemed like a really good way to try out a bunch of different dyers. I had better stop shopping for a while though!

I then got picked up by Dennis for a bike ride. I chose for us to go from the bridge to Osprey Village, but I should have picked the other way as this one had more hills than I remembered! My bike is still not going into first and something seems to be rubbing. It also takes forever to move from 2nd gear to 3rd. I do notice that I am calmer on the bike though which is a good thing. I’ll just keep making myself go out so I keep getting more comfortable!

After a well- deserved tea after 20km, I came home and watched the newest Crazy Sock Lady vlog. She talked about scrubbing her shower so that inspired me to try cleaning my tub and surround. I hope it worked, but I’ll inspect tomorrow during my shower.

I also got all my recent yarn purchases put into my Ravelry stash.

I worked out to the newest NourishMoveLove workout. It was a leg workout using the mini band and I was once again a hot, sweaty mess by the end of it. Her workouts are definitely a challenge. I just hope they’re doing something for me!

In knitting, I finished my brioche cowl.

This was made out of Perle yarn in two different colours. This yarn is from my grandma’s stash and is so old it came from Woodward’s. That store hasn’t been around since I was a little kid. I used the Brilicious pattern off of Ravelry and found it very easy. It only used up one of the four balls so I may make a second one to use up more. I think I might try it a little smaller in circumference, but taller so it will be extra warm inside my coat.

This afternoon I finished listening to Knit to Kill by Anne Canadeo. It was an easy listen and nothing earth shattering, but I still enjoyed it. I thought it was the first in the series, but it is actually the 9th. That does explain a bit of the dialogue in the book.

I have done some rolling and yoga as I am really trying to keep being consistent with this practice this year. I know it’s important to not getting injured, so I’m making it a priority.

I am back knitting on my second sock that I started yesterday in the hopes that I will be done by Sunday when I get my next sock pattern.

Well, I think I’ve done enough today and I’ll just sit and knit until it’s an appropriate time to sleep. I did have a nap this afternoon since it has been very hot here again today, but I still don’t think I’ll make it to very late. I wonder how much sleep it would take to get rid of the bags under my eyes?

Have fun?

AJ

Heat Wave Starts

I live where I live so I don’t have to put up with hot weather and this summer I’m having to do just that:(

I started the day with a quick, short run as I slept much later than I have been lately. It felt good to get out and get a few kilometers in, even though I didn’t really want to go.

I was then picked up by my friend Em and we went downtown. We had plans to go to a very popular restaurant called the Jam Cafe and I was prepared for at least an hour wait. Well, we lucked out and walked right in. I quite enjoyed my vegan bowl and cup of tea!

It was way too much food of course so I haven’t had to eat much for the rest of the day!

After brunch we did some looking in stores. We were really there to pick new glasses out for Em at Warby Parker so we did that first. I like the pair she picked:). I managed to not buy a thing, not even a Lucky’s donut. I hear about these donuts all the time, but they only had chocolate sprinkle or chocolate pistachio that were gluten free and dairy free and I don’t really like chocolate. I guess I saved myself those calories.

I also got a sock finished on the way home and the toe of the second done. I love it when other people drive!

It was a quick turn around for me as I headed right back out to my massage and then some grocery shopping. I made myself an awesome greek salad when I got home and got the ingredients for chicken Caesar salad and fruit salad too. Lol I’m definitely craving lighter food after the past four days!

I have spent the rest of the day holed up in my bedroom in front of the fan. I watched This Nanny Knits’ newest podcast episode and have been listening to Knit to Kill while working on my brioche cowl. Brioche really is easy and I think this will turn out pretty. I can’t wait to take another four skeins off the stash count!

I ended the night with a yoga sequence off of Pinterest. I did it, but ended up deleting it as the pictures were way too small!

Well that’s it for me today.

Have fun!

AJ

Family Visit

The start of week two started busily again.

On Monday I ran in the morning and then met up with two work friends to go look around Fort Langley. I always enjoy spending time with these ladies and we often go to Fort Langley together. We looked in every store and had lunch at Little Donkey. The lunch was amazing! I had the brisket burrito which they put in a bowl rather than a wrap for me. Their chips and Salsa was also amazing and incredibly fresh (the chips were still warm!)

After checking this town out I then met up with two friends that I had not seen since the start of Covid. Michelle and Katie are both teachers so it was very interesting to hear how their school years went.

On Tuesday morning I got up early and was out the door before 6am to catch a ferry to the island. Amazingly it took only a half hour to get there so I had tons of time to knit on my socks.

It was amazing to see my mom and dad. We just spent the day visiting and I finished my vanilla socks, which I am calling Rainbow Ferry Socks

It was interesting to see that my gauge changed between knitting in a car and knitting on a ferry as one sock is much bigger than the other. The yarn is Sugar Bush Blaze in Sizzle Stix colour. I used 48 stitches and did them toe up to use all the yarn. I definitely used all the yarn as I had to grab a different yarn to finish the cast off in the second sock. I decided to reduce to 42 stitches for the ribbing and like the fit!

On Wednesday my mom and I went to Nanaimo to the Costco. I wanted to get my Downy Unstoppables that was on sale and she got shorts and shirts for my dad. We tried to go to Fabricland so I could get material for a project bag, but as luck would have it, it was closed for that one day.

I spent the day working on and finishing my current shawl- the Lightweight Hipster by Joji Locatelli. I did the shawl in the Tea For Two from SmashKnits. I am super happy with the results, but unfortunately don’t have blocking materials with me so it may be next week before you get to see them.

Today we made it to a local knitting store. I had called and was told they had some local yarns. I feel as though I can get commercial yarns everywhere, but love to see what stores have for local yarns. I came away with one skein of Laughing Sea yarn in an unnamed colour. My mom says it should be called Vanilla Tutti Frutti. It is a vanilla coloured base with orange and black/grey speckles.

I have spent the day knitting on a cowl that I have just ripped out to start again. Hopefully my second try will be successful.

I have ran both days that I have been here even though this entire city is all hills so it is tough to find an easy run route! I have also done a workout both days and also got my yoga done today. I’ll call that a success. I took the time this morning to count how many days I have done a run, workout and yoga and was super unhappy with the fact I’ve only managed to do that 18 days this year:(. I’d better get moving on this to improve that number!

Well I’m going back to my cowl.

Have fun!

AJ

Week 1

I can’t believe it’s already Sunday, but thankfully I feel like I’ve done a lot.

Exercise:

I have ran 29km this week so it was nice to see those little 3kms a morning add up to something good. I also did two 7km runs and a 5km too:)

I have done a few NourishMoveLove workouts this week and I hurt from the last one still! It was a measly twenty minutes, but it obviously hit everything it needed to. My yoga has also gotten done so I am happy:)

Adventures:

On Thursday I did a knitting store tour with the Brenda. We started at the Knit and Stitch Shop which is about an hour away. It was a huge shop, but I wasn’t impressed enough to go back. It seemed cluttered and messy to me. She also carried lots I could get closer to home so it won’t be worth the trip. I didn’t buy anything here.

We then hit Baaaad Anna’s. I have to admit it was hilarious to hear how Siri said this name! This shop is lovely and carries a wide variety of Canadian dyers. I really wanted another scissors and tape measure set- this time in green, but they only had pink ones left. I bought one 50g skein from a local dyer who I’ve enjoyed using in the past. It’s a really pretty pink speckle. I do love when dyers offer 50g skeins as I just don’t need four pairs of socks all the same!

We then had an amazing lunch at Scandelicious. They are known for their waffles and they have a vegan, gluten free one so it works for me. This time I got their west coast one which had eggs and salmon on it and it was amazing. Of course, I didn’t have to eat again!

We finished the day up at Valley Yarns which is clear in the other direction, but Brenda needed wooden needles and we hadn’t found any yet. I got a skein of Madeline Tosh speckled and the book West Knits Best Knits as it was on sale for 50% off. I’m sure I will get $13 of use out of the book!

Since we are talking knitting, I will share what I finished this week.

These are vanilla socks done in the Hue Loco colourway of Woodland Nymph. I feel like this is the first pair of socks I have done in a trendy yarn as most of my socks end up in plain colours. I love them and the fit is amazing! I did 48 stitches on 2.5mm needles with my usual German Short Row Heel. The only thing I don’t love is the toe, but I’ve solved that now.

This is the Age of Steam and Brass kerchief expanded into a shawl. I used a 4mm needle and Fleece Artist Handmaiden Merino Slim in Stormy. This was the extra skein I had left over from my Bentley Cardigan this Spring. I haven’t worn it yet, but it’s super soft so I think I’m going to love it. If you are interested I added two pattern repeats to what was called for.

On Friday I finally used a gift card my Sister in law had given me a few years ago for a pedicure. The place is right across the street from me and it was great. I finally figured out how to get through a pedicure( I have super sensitive feet and am very ticklish)- I took my knitting!!!!

I also got my eyebrows and eyelashes done and had drinks and appies with two girls from work. It was a nice, low key day.

On Saturday I met up with Dennis and Sarah for my long run early in the morning. We were supposed to do ten but only got 7.08km done because of a bear. It was a teenager and he was having a great time running back and forth between two spots in the river. Unfortunately we didn’t know where mama bear was so we walked carefully much longer than usual. It was nice to have company and I got some mileage in.

I then met up with Emily to check out a new market in the next city. It wasn’t very large but was well laid out and we got there early enough that it wasn’t crowded. I was really looking forward to having lunch from the Aloha Poke food truck, but everything had soy sauce. It turned out that this the Tornado Potato was the only safe thing for me to eat. I got the zucchini instead of the potato, but it was still huge!

I spent the rest of the day working on my Hong Kong socks and doing laundry.

Today my friends Emily and Melissa and I went to check out the Sea to Sky Gondola. It is very much a tourist trap, but I had to see it for myself. The view was amazing! You take about a ten minute gondola ride up the side of the mountain and then there is a restaurant at the top along with a suspension bridge (not too scary or wobbly) and some walking trails. We did the third easiest walking trail that went out to another viewpoint.

The restair ant wasn’t open yet so we went into a little town nearby for lunch. I was shocked. I used to camp near here all the time when I was a kid. We didn’t go into this town often, but I got to go once for ice cream after my dad pulled my tooth out with the camper door. It has changed beyond recognition. It’s much busier and bigger now, though I noticed that you could definitely tell who the locals were. We stopped at a cute restaurant called the Zephyr and I had a chicken avocado sandwich with a side salad that was delicious. We then walked the street and picked up an ice cream cone. I was so excited because they had gluten free cones. I don’t know the last time I had a cone!

Since I’ve been home I’ve cleaned the fridge and have dragged out some things so I can start figuring out what I’m packing for my island trip. So far I have tons of running gear and knitting supplies and two outfits to wear🤣

I’m going back to my knitting as I’m hoping to finish my second Hong Kong sock today.

Have fun!

AJ

0.5 Week 1

I can’t believe I’m already halfway through my first week of holidays. I wish it would slow down a bit!

Monday:

I’ve been waking up super early so started the day with an easy 3.67km to the park and back. I was trying to run slowly and keep my heart rate down like I’ve been reading easy runs should be, but I definitely didn’t succeed at that- my pace was slow, but my heart rate was high. I also got some yoga done.

The big highlight was my trip to Othello Tunnels. I have been wanting to visit this historic site for many years and finally found a friend willing to make the two hour drive. It was not a long walk, but was cool to go through the four tunnels and over the bridges. The water was such a beautiful blue! I find it amazing to think of how they built these tunnels through pure solid rock over a hundred years ago when they didn’t have all our technology.

The bonus was that since I wasn’t driving I managed to get an entire vanilla sock knitted during this trip.

Tuesday:

I once again got up early and ran. This time with Dennis though. It was our usual Thursday night 7km loop, but it felt better today than it does on Thursdays. It was also nice to sit and have coffee afterwards. I also did a NourishMoveLove workout and some yoga. This summer I am keeping track of how many days I manage to do all three types of exercise. I figure I had better take advantage of the time to do this.

I spent some time with my friend Emily checking out a shopping centre that has been revamped. It was okay, but nothing too exciting. I was further unimpressed when there was absolutely nothing I could eat there for lunch. Thankfully it looks as though more places will be opening soon.

I spent the rest of the day knitting and finished my test knit tee for Josee Paquin of UandIKnit. I knitted it out of Polka Dot creek yarns in Funfetti Natural. I absolutely love this yarn and the top. I think it will become my new favorite top! I can’t wait until I can show it to you, but it may be another couple of weeks.

Wednesday:

Today was once again started with a run to the park and back. They aren’t long runs but hopefully these little runs will add up to my making it to Kathy’s house soon!

I also did another NourishMoveLove ab workout and then a yoga class on FitOn.

I walked up to school and printed my new sock knitting pattern and then met up with Brenda for coffee so I could pass off her copy. Boy can two hours go by fast when you’re talking knitting!

I have spent the rest of the day starting my Hong Kong socks and working on my Age of Steam and Brass shawl. It seems as though I am on a mission to finish this shawl tonight.

Oh and I am so happy that I can now share the test knit shawl I had completed for Josee Paquin. It is called the Mountain Reflections Shawl and I made it out of Shibui Pebble in two colours. It is a neat shawl as it looks like colour work, but is actually mosaic knitting so the back isn’t a mess of strands.

All of my test knits are done now so I can knit whatever I want:)

But reading this over again, maybe I’ve been doing too much knitting.

Well there it is in a nutshell.

Have fun!

AJ

Run to Rapid City Update #15

At the start of 2020, with no knowledge of what was ahead, I was having a tough time getting out the door for runs. The awesome Kathy said that I could make a goal to run to visit her in South Dakota. Since Kathy always gives good advice and is so amazing at so many things, I was quick to agree!

It has taken me much longer than I was expecting as I have spent a large portion of 2021 sick or injured, but I am so close, I could cry.

I really wanted to get there for the Fourth of July as I have always wanted to experience a US July 4th as it seems so much bigger than Canada Day, but alas that just didn’t happen.

To date I have ran 1,940 kilometers and am standing at Crow Creek Road on the outskirts of Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

When looking up Belle Fourche, it appears they are very proud of being the centre of the nation and Google also says that it is very near the georgeaphic centre of the United States when Hawaii and Alaska are included.

Belle Fourche was founded in 1903 and now has an estimated population of just over 5,000 people. It was named by French fur trappers for the beautiful sight of three rivers coming together and was a hot spot for fur trading. Farmers and ranchers took over from the fur traders and the railroad even came through this spot on the map. Seth Bullock is considered the founding parent of this city and turned it into the largest livestock shipping centre in the world. The city still provides support for the wool, cattle and bentonite industries.

Belle Fourche seems to grow athletic people as three athletes hail from this city- Lloyd Eaton, Jason Kubel, and John Strohmayer.

What I have learned mainly this month is that I wish I plotted my route as I did the mileage so I would know how long of a run I needed to get to the next city. Hopefully, barring issues, I will be at Kathy’s for my next update.

Have fun!

AJ

Hot Time

Well I’m almost done work, but it’s a struggle in this heat!

Our normal summer is about 25-28 with the odd day at 30 degrees. Well today we have spent the day at 43 degrees. They cancelled school for the kids which was a good call, but we still had to go in. I looked at it’s a way to have extra clean up time in my room, but when it hit 30 + degrees in my classroom (we don’t have AC), I was done. They finally let us go home at 1:30pm. Walking home at that time was torturous!

I ran this morning before school and got three kilometers in. I still think this will probably be my lowest mileage month yet:(. I am running tomorrow afternoon too, but am considering going out in the morning too just to get a little extra in.

When I came home from school today it was even too hot to knit, so I did a jigsaw puzzle so I can return it to a school friend tomorrow.

It was gorgeous and only 500 pieces so three hours was enough to get it done.

I also managed to do a yoga class in front of my fan. I am getting good at doing everything in front of the fan! I have spent the entire weekend in front of the fan during this heat wave!

Well I’m going to go pull my PJs out of the freezer and head off to bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Happy Friday Eve

This is just a quick check in.

I am still at school. Unlike the districts around us we go right until Tuesday at 2:50pm. It’s going to be interesting as it is supposed to hit 41 degrees on Monday which is unheard of. We haven’t had that temperature since one of my pseudo brother’s wedding fifteen years ago. I have to admit to being a little worried about keeping kids safe in an unair conditioned building at that temperature😳

Today was PJ and stuffie day so the kids were super excited. They also got their year end movie this afternoon. I spent the time ticking off some year end jobs.

I met up with Dennis after work for a run. We went to a local park that is wooded as it was 28 degrees and it actually went better than I was expecting. I have to admit I’m not getting much mileage in with these hot temps, but I’ll hopefully be able to make it up in July when I am off.

I also got a yoga class done on FitOn tonight. Every time I see my much lower mileage so far this year I remind myself that I’ve quadrupled my yoga time so far so that has to have benefits too. Besides I didn’t have any time working from home this year where I could squeeze in a lot more runs!

Knitting wise I have finished a shawl and I am on the second sleeve of a sweater, but as they are both test knits I am not yet able to share them. I will do so as soon as I can.

I’m off to bed early as last night was a tough night. I got my second covid vaccination on Tuesday night and yesterday afternoon and evening it was just like I had covid again. Not very pleasant. I’m glad to be feeling better today, but want to give my body a little extra rest.

I’ll try to check in and let you know if I’m surviving the heat wave. I know it’s not hot for some places, but it’s very hot for us!

Have fun!

AJ

Weekend Wrap Up

It was a pretty great weekend!

Friday night I stayed home and knit.

Saturday morning I picked my mom up and we tackled my spare room. I wanted to lay down one of my bookcases so I could set up my swift and winder. I thought it would take forever, but it really didn’t. I am so happy with how it turned out! Next trip I think we’ll tackle my closet because it really needs help!

After having very yummy ice cream with my mom I dropped her off for the BBQ she was going to. Dennis picked me up and we went and did a 20km bike ride out on the local dykes. It was a perfect day for it and not too busy which I liked. I still have trouble with my gears so rarely get up a hill successfully, but I feel like it goes better every time I go out. This time it might have been because Dennis put more air in my tires🤣

After the ride we stopped for Starbucks and I actually had a free drink so that was nice.

I spent the rest of the night knitting on my Kith shawl and I actually managed to finish it.

This is a super easy pattern by Justyna Lorkowska. I did it in Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Cobblestone Heather, Dove Heather and Sprinkle Heather. I love this yarn as it is so soft!!!!

Sunday started off with my usual run. Sarah came out and did the first 3.5km with me and then I carried on to 5km by myself. It was so hot!!! We started at 7:30 am but it was still super hot in the sun. Dennis and I managed 10.15km,but it was tough. My heart rate was high, but I’m assuming it was because of the heat.

I picked my mom up again and she helped me block my test shawl. I finally gave in and went and bought blocking wires. I didn’t love having to put the wires in, but if it gives me straight sides, I’ll forget how bad it was!

While my mom went out for dinner with my aunt and uncle I got busy on my Fernwood Raglan which is a test knit for Alicia Plummer. I am starting to worry already that I won’t have enough yarn:(

I also got my FitOn class done each day. Saturday was yoga and today was a Pilates class.

Well that’s it for me. It has been awesome having my mom here! I even just like having her at the other end of the couch for company- we don’t have to do anything exciting! I already miss her as she and my dad are off to the island early tomorrow morning:(

Have fun!

AJ

At Last

Last night was tough, but I have to say, life has improved!

Last night I did Costco with my mom and teaching buddy. I didn’t buy very much, but seemed to spend a lot of money 😞. I then came home and spent three hours fixing report cards. For someone who usually goes to bed at nine, staying up til midnight made today tough.

I did get my reports posted, printed and handed in right away this morning. It felt really good to not have to think about them for the weekend!

Teaching:

We used loose parts today to have students create a character and a setting. This is where students can use any type of materials and be creative. They were super engaged and it was neat to see what they came up with!

We had a big hunt after recess which was cool! One group found a golden beetle that was gorgeous! I read them the book, The Bug Girl which was really good!

This afternoon we had our wrap up for the Jump Rope For Heart campaign. Our little school raised over $8000! The kids have been living skipping and have taken to bringing skipping ropes to school. It’s great to see!

Exercise:

I thought I’d be going out with my mom again, but she met up with my aunts and uncles. I suppose they can have her for one afternoon😜. I took the time and snuck in another 3km as I had to cancel my run yesterday to get my report cards done. This makes the second week I’ve been short mileage. Thankfully non-school time is coming!

I also did my FitOn class which was an EMOM workout. Every minute on the minute you have to do some moves and get them done in that minute. I’ve heard of the workout style before but hadn’t done it, but it was fun.

I have a conundrum. I feel like a lot of the FitOn workouts are not that hard or long, but I love how it gets me to exercise everyday by giving me badges, and my exercise stats, etc. I would love to go back to NourishMoveLove as it has longer and tougher workouts but it doesn’t have those extra little perks. I’ll have to think about how I can solve this problem

Knitting:

With staying home I have been working on my Kith Shawl and am actually getting very close to finishing it. I thought I might finish it tonight, but I think I’m going to sleep instead.

Thankfully I can finally share the test socks I did.

These are the scalloped shorties pattern by Josee Paquin (uandIknit). They are done in cascade heritage yarn in the colourway Anis. I find shorties knit up so quickly that it’s fun to make them!

Hopefully I will have more finishes to share with you soon!

Have fun!

AJ