Surprise!

It was quite a nice day with a surprise:)

Exercise:

We were out on the dykes for the run this morning. Yesterday I had been thinking I’d go as far as the marina, but this morning I really didn’t think I’d make it that far (about 7km roundtrip), but surprise surprise, I did. I didn’t push the pace and wasn’t as fast as I would have liked, but I did it comfortably. It’s been nice to have a couple of runs in a row that have felt good!

I got out for a walk this afternoon to take care of the Monday Squad Runner mission and I managed a 1:20 plank and my 200 squats. A pretty successful exercising day!

Cooking:

I didn’t plan to spend the day in the kitchen again? But surprise, surprise, I did.

My friend was just told she had to go gluten free and dairy free, but she was craving chocolate chip cookies. I decided to test a new recipe before sending it to her to make sure it was good

I tried the recipe from Minimalist Baker and was super impressed! They were easy to make and quick, though they did require a half hour of chilling. They tasted good right from the oven and a few hours later. I’d definitely recommend this recipe!

I also had coconut milk left over from my mac n cheese yesterday, and instead of making hot chocolate with it, Sarah suggested a curry. I had a few veggies left over so decided to make the creamy vegetable curry from Oh She Glows. I have to admit Oh She Glows and Minimalist Baker are two of my go-to resources for gf/df recipes. You need to have all the ingredients recipe as the process goes super quick. I have done this before with the cashew cream it calls for, but it was just as good with the coconut milk too!

I really felt like I was cooking as I even made my own curry from this Minimalist Baker recipe.

All in all, a successful cooking day. Amazingly it was a successful eating day too as I managed to restrain myself and got the cookies into the freezer quickly. I have also frozen a bit of the curry to see how it turns out.

Socializing:

While I was out walking, I got a surprise text from my friend Lyndsay wondering if I wanted to go for an early dinner at the Green Mustache. I wasn’t super hungry so I had the powerfoods hot chocolate. It tasted good, but I have to admit that while their food and desserts have been amazing, I find their drinks a little powdery. Maybe putting them through a bit milk bag would help.

I do love having a friend who lives close and likes to do the same things I do!

Knitting:

After a nap, I went back to my knitting. I am down the front of the new sweater and am on the back, and hopefully by tonight I will be starting the sleeves. Sometimes it’s a really good thing to be small!

Surprise, surprise, I finished my temperature cowl today! I’ve gotten tired of having it hanging over my head, so I finished it. I really wasn’t thinking I’d like it, but I think I do😳. I’m going to wear it tomorrow to work, so I’ll let you know how it goes!

I don’t love the joins at the day breaks, but I did like how it ended up going in bands.

The yarn is Sweet Georgia sock yarn mini skeins.

Well, I’m back to the sweater now that I have my clothes ready and all my food prepped.

Have fun!

AJ

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Two Good, One Ugh

It was a nice kitchen day for me today:)

Exercise:

I slept in this morning, but still made it for my run with Sarah and Kula.

We went a slightly different route today which seemed even hillier than normal, but somehow my run app says we were faster than we have been. We don’t believe it, but we’ll take it:)

I also got out for an hour walk this afternoon just because it was so beautiful and sunny, and I did a plank and 200 squats.

Knitting:

I got another row of ends sewn into the temperature cowl, only two to go and I’ll share a picture. It seems like a weird size so I’m not sure I’ll ever wear it:(

I also made good progress on my sweater and am up to the placket.

I am wondering about being a test knitter. Has anyone ever done this? Have an opinion about it? Want to share their experience?

Cooking:

I got into the kitchen today:). It started with this Vegan Mac ‘n cheese recipe that a parent shared with me. I made it up and divided it out for lunches this week. I had some for lunch today and it was super yummy!

After my walk I got busy and made these peanut butter protein balls. They were super easy, super fast and super yummy!!!

Earlier this week a new EA at work brought energy balls in. They were gluten free and dairy free, but tasted quite disgusting so I kind of felt like I needed to make some to redeem the gf/df food rep around school!🤪

I will definitely be adding both of these recipes to my recipes completed page as I would make both again!

Socializing:

Finally tonight was soup night! Every few months I get together with women I run with for something non running related (or water related) and tonight it was for soup. We had an amazing lemon chicken rice soup that was super lemony and so good!! I’ve asked for the recipe so I will share it when I get it. We also had borscht which was yummy too. I had made this vegan cream of mushroom soup. This is the second time I have tried it and I haven’t been super happy with it either time:( It definitely won’t be going on the recipe list!

Aside from my soup, the night was a lot of fun! I’m lucky to have the running buddies I have- not only do they run with me, but they also give me a social life:)

I’m exhausted now though!

Have fun!

AJ

Friday🎊

I was so happy to hop out of bed this morning and realize it was Friday:)

Teaching:

The day was pretty good and the students definitely enjoyed that there were lots of games involved. We did our Friday journals, but I really need to come up with a new twist to freshen this idea up and make it exciting again! We played sight word go fish after that.

In gym today my students are loving the beep test. There is a free app called BT Lite. It definitely gets the kids running and was a highlight in the journals this week.

Math was all place value games. For the past few weeks I’ve been missing games that my co-teacher has. Today I looked over at a shelf and there was a box labeled math. I’m not sure how I missed that? We played three different games, including the I Have Who Has from yesterday!

This afternoon we had buddies and I started doing a book club with our top readers. We’ll be reading Freckle Juice and I think the kids are going to love it!

Exercise:

I escaped work quickly and headed home to have dinner. I still went out too quickly! My stomach was definitely not happy running, but I got my usual Park route done.

It was cool that I got an email today telling me how my year of running was last year.

I only managed a one minute plank this evening as my forearm still that’s sore:( I did however do my 200 squats. I hope this all stars paying off soon!

Knitting:

I really wanted to bake or cook tonight but instead knitted as I’ll be doing lots of kitchen stuff tomorrow. I had meant to go grocery shopping tonight, but I put my jammies on when I got home from my run🤣

I got another row of ends sewn in and only have three rows left. I’ve also made progress on the stockinette body of my sweater. We’ll see if I go crazy before I get all this stockinette done!

Ok that’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ

Chaos

My day went okay, but this afternoon felt like absolute chaos!

Teaching:

I should have known it was going to be quite the day when we didn’t even get in the door this morning before there was conflict between two students. We learned how to politely disengage from a conversation because saying “you’re annoying” isn’t the answer.🤪

This morning we tackled both phonics and printing. I’m hoping the deliberate teaching of magic e will help those children who haven’t picked it up yet, but we shall see. We also tackled printing e. I have to remember not to do both of these in one day as it’s just too much!

Math was crazy as I had an I Have, Who Has game that we tried three times and it didn’t work once. I like when the first card is in some way indicated, but this one didn’t have that and it had two “27”s. That is so not helpful! I think I’ve got it figured out now and we will give it another try tomorrow.

This afternoon we took a double block to do art, but we were still trying to do too much:( It’s not done and felt way too rushed!

Actually that is probably what was wrong all day, trying to do too much so everything was rushed:(

Exercise:

After finishing planning and prepping for next week, I came home, had dinner and headed out for a run. I didn’t even need the run for my Squad Runner mission, but went anyways just because I’m trying to exercise each day. I’m pretty happy with myself for doing this! I just ran the route to the park, though I have added in the loop by the library to make it slightly longer. This was the first run this year where I have managed an average pace below 7min/km. Hopefully I am getting back to normal! It was a great run though as I got to that point where I wasn’t thinking about running, but was just taking in the world around me and the running felt easy.

As I was running I was thinking that my community is maybe a little different from others. On a dark, rainy, cold night I still came across 22 walkers, 2 other runners, and 2 cyclists. I have to admit I sometimes hope for downpours just so I have the sidewalk less crowded🤣

I also got my 200 squats and a 1:25 plank done:)

I took Maureen’s advice and had an Epsom salts bath once I was done my stretching.

The stretching routine I have been following lately. I hold each stretch for 90 seconds. It’s good, but I do really need a massage!

Knitting:

I forced myself to do another row of ends in my temperature cowl. We are down to four more rows of ends to do. I am aiming to be done by the end of January!

I also finally figured out the sweater from last night and managed to get the bottom border down and have started on the never ending stockinette in the round.

I can’t believe I forgot to tell you all my exciting knitting news last night. My knitting friend Brenda has to go for tests at a local hospital and as she was there early she stopped into the gift shop and was chatting with the woman in there. They are looking for knitters!!!!! I am so happy to have somewhere to donate the knitting I do that I don’t want to keep! I had tried two other hospitals, but never got any response. This definitely made my day:)

Reading:

I am still reading the Hallmark book for NetGalley. It does feel sort of like a war trying to get through it:(

However, I have gotten back to listening to LibriVox as I am seeing ends in and am making good progress on listening to Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

Well, that’s it for me tonight. Happy Friday Eve!

Have fun!

AJ

Switched Around

Well today didn’t go as planned, as usual🤣

Teaching:

Well we tackled our “during reading ” strategies of skip and reread and whether it makes sense. The children did surprisingly well at this first activity. We’ll see how they do on the next two.

We did more place value and learned about penguins. It was amazing that we learned seven facts about penguins just from a poem.

Exercise:

I was supposed to be going to run clinic tonight, but my friend called that she had a dog emergency, so I switched and did my run right after school. It was awesome as I got to go out in daylight!

It wasn’t busy and was a lovely half hour run to get the legs moving. My calves are a little sore today as is my rear end🤪

I also got a 1:20 plank and 200 squats done this evening.

Socializing:

I ended up having a date this evening which was unexpected. It was either tonight or not for a month as he is off to Thailand for a month holiday. I get jealous of people who get to take holidays when they want to (and when it’s cheaper). The date went pretty well. He’s an RCMP officer, originally from back East and he was easy to talk to. We’ll see if he remembers me after a month of Thai beaches 🤣

Knitting:

I finished my latest scarf last night! I am super happy as I was not really enjoying this project. It’s short so I may need to make it into a cowl.

It is the Ribbon Rib Scarf which is free on Ravelry. It took skeins out of my stash (yay), but I don’t remember what the yarn is. The pattern was easy and didn’t take a lot of thought so would be a great TV project.

Well I’m ready for bed!

Have fun!

AJ

Not Quite

I was delaying writing this evening in the hopes I would be done my knitting project, but it’s not going to happen.

Exercise:

My alarm didn’t go off this morning so it was an all-our sprint to get to my morning run in time. I did 46 minutes around a local lake. It still feels much harder than it should and I’m slower than I was, but I’ll get there and that’s another 5.8km added to the yearly total.

I also got out for a walk this afternoon. We have had beautiful sunshine here today and I love it, but I don’t love how busy it makes the local trails! Maybe we could get some rain so I’ll get some space out there.

I also did my 200 squats and a 1:35 plank. I am thinking that for February I should probably add a resistance band for the squats, but we’ll see.

Cooking:

My cooking today was my own creation using the rice, chicken, peas, carrots and vegan cheese sauce. It was enough for lunches for the week and two more for the freezer. I also got my chicken boiled down. Now I just have to figure out what to make with it.

Reading:

I’ve been working on a new NetGalley book, but am not making fast progress. I might just have to find a book by one of my usual authors to get rid of this reading block I’m having!

Knitting:

I did some more sewing of ends on my temperature scarf and I have made some progress on my current scarf. It definitely isn’t a fast moving knit though!

I’m going to go persevere on the scarf!

Have fun!

AJ

Old Friends

A nice day with only a few commitments.

Exercise:

I met up with my friend Sarah this morning for a trail run in a local park. We always just follow her dog Kula and he must have taken us further over than usual. We had no idea where we were but ended up in the usual spot so all was good:) we ended up with a nice 3.5km run to start off the weekend:)

I got out for a walk this afternoon though I cut it short because there were just too many people out on the path!

I also did a 1:30 plank and 200 squats so that I wouldn’t have to admit to not doing them🤣

Socializing/ Eating:

I met up with some old high school friends for lunch this afternoon. It was great to catch up. I was feeling bad as another friend has dropped the group completely, but today I came to the realization that it’s not me- it’s her!

We went to Milestones and while it is definitely not my favourite restaurant as a person with allergies, I did manage to have a good seafood salad:)

Baking:

Yesterday I had a parent in my class send me this recipe for chocolate chip zucchini muffins. I whipped them up this afternoon , they took no time, and they ended up being so delicious! I ate way too many of them, but finally managed to get the rest put into the freezer!

Reading:

I finished Suddenly Mine by Samantha Chase this evening.

This seemed like a different type of book for Samantha Chase. It’s the story of Christian and Sophie who are both in need of a new direction in their lives when they meet each other.

This book seemed much more realistic and serious than previous books by this author. It definitely has you crying, sighing and laughing, though thankfully it does end happily. I appreciated that it was realistic and characters had to deal with big issues. The relationship was still the central focus, but there were a lot of other things happening too.

I also appreciated the timeline of this book. It was not insta-Love and it took a while for the relationship to build. There were also plenty of misunderstandings and arguments. The whole book felt more real than many romance novels so.

Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this wonderful book!

Knitting:

I have been knitting away on my current scarf, but it’s one of those annoying ones that shows no progress!! I have also finally gotten all the outside ends tied into my temperature cowl. Now I just have to tackle all the ones on the inside🙄

Have fun!

AJ

Quite the Day

It was a good start, but it’s amazing how quickly everything can change!

Teaching:

My students have definitely been yawning a lot lately. We wrote about our New Years Resolutions this morning after watching a reading of the book, Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution. Thank goodness for YouTube as my school doesn’t have this book and there aren’t a lot of books about resolutions for kids.

We also tackled a bit more of place value and we brainstormed what they already knew about penguins. Quite a successful day for us!

Family:

After chatting with colleagues, I clicked on Instagram. My colleagues say I went white immediately.

PSA- before you put anything on social media, make sure your family knows.

My nephew posted that he had a seizure last night and was in hospital. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that horrible before! He is the closest I will ever come to having my own child and boy did that hurt! He’s had an MRI this evening and has come home with his parents.

I thought it was bad when he was little and I worried about him choking, now I’m going to be worried he’ll have another seizure:(. He’s going to be under constant surveillance when he’s with me! My mom is threatening a Michelin man suit🤣

If you have a dog- give him or her a cuddle tonight!

This is the hero of the day as he jumped on my brother and barked at him until he got up last night as he knew something was wrong with my nephew. Animals are amazing!

Exercise:

I decided to go for a run while waiting on the MRI as I don’t wait well. I definitely had a lot of emotion to power my run and managed 5.7km. It was pouring rain and my gloves were dripping, but I didn’t even notice!

I also got 200 squats and a 1:20 plank done.

Knitting:

I tried to distract myself with knitting and finished a cowl in this horrible acrylic yarn I had in my stash. Thankfully you can’t see the mistakes I made as I just couldn’t settle tonight.

Well I’m going to go try some yoga to calm down. Im not sure I will until I get to hug my nephew!

Have fun!

AJ

Back to the Grindstone

Well today I returned to work…

Teaching:

The day didn’t go too badly. We managed to write about three events from our holidays, two special gifts and one person we spent time with. We also changed our desks around, started place value and we started a unit on penguins by listing our wonders. The students had better wonders this time than they did the first two times we did this activity this year. They want to know if babies are born knowing how to swim, if the eggs are different sizes, and how do penguins dry off. These are actually only three of three pages of wonders they came up with!!! It was neat to hear some really good questions from students who struggle otherwise. Inquiry teaching is a big thing right now in our district, but when I questioned how that was done with grade ones, I got told that if they left grade one being able to ask a great question, I would have put them on the right path. So that’s what I’m working towards!

Exercise:

After surviving staff meeting, I headed out to get my 8km run done. Unfortunately, I was at 6.68km when my massage therapist called and my phone turned off:( I was not going back out to finish that off, so I guess I just won’t be getting that mission☹️

I did manage to do 200 squats, walk to and from work and do a 1:15 plank.

Baking:

I couldn’t get warm and so decided to do some baking. I made apple cinnamon bran muffins from the cookbook, Gluten Free Baking. They were easy to make, but they look very dry to me, they taste dry and they don’t have a ton of flavour.

Well I’m now back to being curled up in bed with my knitting and a Hallmark movie.

Have fun!

AJ

Last Day

It was the last day of my winter break.  It’s always tough, but I know I can’t complain as I get two weeks off.

Exercise:

My regular run was a little different today. We started a half hour later to accommodate some out of town friends. I had to do 9km for my Squad Runner mission and knew my buddies weren’t going to be up for two loops of the river, so I decided to run over to the river from my place for the extra 4km.

I got over to the river fine, though every step felt difficult. I had planned that I would just walk with my friends once I got there. Unfortunately, Dennis said we were running. I ended up doing 9.2km and it was painful. It may not have been the best idea to have that long of a run after so many days of doing nothing! I sure hope my speed improves again!

I got home to one of my running team member’s recommending 5 yoga moves to do after runs. They are located at this site. They really helped along with some rolling to loosen up my body!

I got my plank done and 200 squats completed. I also got out for a walk this evening. This is more like it and hopefully I’ll be back to normal quickly!

Baking:

After doing my meal prep for the week, I decided to bake. For the last year I have been following Sally’s Baking Challenge and dreaming of participating. I decided to finally give it a shot today! I made bagels for the very first time. They were gluten free and dairy free and the recipe came from this book. They turned out awesome!!! They look like bagels and taste like bagels. I restrained myself and only had one for dinner tonight and put five of them into the freezer.

Friends:

The friends I had breakfast with this morning stopped by this afternoon so we could exchange Christmas gifts. I got the best gift!!!!

It is pure wool so this may be my chance to try felting as I have never felted anything before. If anyone has a suggestion for a good pattern, please let me know!

I have spent the rest of the day getting my food ready, tidying my house, watching Hallmark movies, and knitting. All in all, a pretty good day!

Have fun!

AJ