Yipppee!

It was a lovely day with the family!

My sister in law and I started the day with a run. My watch recorded 3.8km of it, but thankfully my SIL’s watch got all 5.4km of it. It felt really good to keep up with my SIL without feeling like I was dying.

In the afternoon we went out to Tod Inlet with some kids and a dog. All of them were happy to get into the water for swimming. The adults quite happily stayed out of the cold water.

The best part of the day though, other than spending it with family, was dinner! We ordered Chinese food and I got to eat all of it!!!! It was so amazing- it actually felt like real take out!

Beef chop suet, shrimp fried rice, veggies in black bean sauce, and eggplant hot pot. I loved it all. I told them that may need to become a tradition.

This evening we went for a walk in the neighborhood and ran into many friends and neighbors. It’s so nice to see the kids running around the neighbourhood- very 80s style and I love it.

Well, time for bed, have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday

Sorry I had a busy day yesterday and just collapsed when I got in.

Exercise:

I started the day with a hot, miserable 8.6km run with Dennis. We were on a well shaded path, but my heart rate was super high and my legs were sore and tired. I’ve decided to blame it on biking the day beforešŸ¤£

Socializing:

After a coffee, a massage, and some household chores I met up with my friend Emily for some more furniture shopping. We managed to finish off the other side of the street. I did notice that you don’t really know how uncomfortable the couches are until you sit in a really comfortable one. I didn’t buy one, but think I know what store I would go back to now.

There is also an awesome fabric store on this street that my friend wanted to grab some stuff at. I had no needs, but came out with sale fabric for making myself a new tank top. It really drives me crazy how racerback tanks all have super big arm holes right now so you end up having to wear a layer underneath them (totally defeats the keep cool purpose), so o think I’m going to try to make one. I found a pattern online at Sew Much Ado. I hope it turns out! It’s been forever since I sewed clothes rather than quilts or mending.

Family:

I had to stop in and grab my parents’ mail for them so I took the opportunity to print the tank pattern on their printer and visit my aunt and uncle.

I do worry about being an asymptomatic carrier of Covid now when I visit with people, even outside. I don’t want to make anyone sick!

Trivia:

I finally did make it to trivia. There were only three of us and we finished the night in third so I think we did pretty good. Here are some of the questions. Usually I write them down, but now I can’t find them so there will be way less than we actually knew.

Where the did the male characters on Big Bang Theory work?

Cal Tech Univeristy

Spell Gandhi’s first name.

Mahatma

Which planet is sixth from the sun?

Saturn

What show is about advertising company in the 1960s?

Mad Men

What was the first Nancy Drew book called?

The Secret of the Old Clock

Well I had better get going on my day. Have fun!

AJ

Run To Rapid City Update #5

I am kicking myself!!

Exercise:

I got a good weights workout in this morning and a bit of yoga this afternoon.

Reading:

I have finished the entire Sex, Love and Stiletto series by Lauren Layne and have enjoyed them all, so much so that I am starting on the spinoff series called Oxford. I think I like most the strong friend circle that is continuous through all the books.

Run to Rapid City:

At the start of the year I was having a very difficult time getting my butt out the door to run and I wasn’t quite sure how to solve the problem. I had done a speed goal and I had done a mileage goal, so what was there to do now. Then the wonderful Kathy suggested I run to her house for a visit. This inspired me and continues to get me out the door.

At my last check in I was almost all the way across Washington State, but boy is that state ever wide! This month I have ran 126.36km to make it to 800km overall for the year.

I have just past the city of Mullan, Idaho and am 10km from the border between Idaho and Montana. I am, of course, kicking myself for not running 10 more kilometers this month. It also seems so odd that after six months to make it across Washington, I did Idaho in a month.

The city of Mullan Idaho is in a silver mining area which is still active, and has a population of about 600 people (at the last census). I am definitely finding it more difficult to run here as it is at 3200 feet above sea level and at home I am at sea level. Definitely noticing that!

The city was created between two silver mines and was incorporated in 1904 and named after the Westpoint Graduate, John Mullan who was tasked with finding a road route between the fort in Montana and the fort in Washington.

I have ran by a John Mullan elementary school and a secondary school, along with an Olympic sized swimming pool!

The Morning Club building is the most interesting building I have seen in town. It was built in 1921.

Sorry, I can’t help my love of old buildings! This building now has the bowling alley and the library in it. I really hope they don’t operate at the same time!

Well, that’s as far as I’ve gotten and I need to get going on that last ten kilometers so I can start making my way across Montana. I have the feeling that state is going to take much longer!

Have fun!

AJ

Active, Active, Active

It has been a very active day which I love as it always makes me feel fit:)

Exercise:

I met up with Dennis this morning for a bike ride. It was slightly more successful than the last time we rode bikes, but I am definitely not yet a good cyclist. I realized I am quite nervous turning, but I think that comes from the fact I went headfirst into a ravine as a teenager because I didn’t turn enough. I’ll just keep going and we’ll see if I ever improvešŸ¤£

I left tea with Dennis to meet up with my friend Emily for a socially distanced walk around Coquitlam River. It was awesome to catch up with her and being with her makes things fun and normal.

When I realized I only needed 10.55km to get to a nice round number, I knew I had to go out and try. I ended up going at 5pm which wasn’t the best as it’s been a super hot day, but I survived and lived to tell the tale. The run went fine though just before the end I had a rush of tingles through my right leg. I wonder what that is about?

Overall this month, I ran 20 times for a total of 126.36km. I worked out 14 times, did 4 yoga sessions and went on 3 bike rides for a total of 35.75km. I know that next month I really need to do more workouts and more yoga!

I will be giving an update on my run to Rapid City tomorrow.

Socializing:

I met up with another friend for a quick look at the bookstore and to get my gift card fixed. I of course, came home with more additions to my TBR, but no physical books. I think I’m just going to order the ones I want from the store online as they didn’t have them in person.

Knitting:

I have been working on my sweater today and kept thinking that it seemed big. Tonight I decided to take the time to put it on waste yarn and try it on. Well

This is how much extra I had. I’ve ripped it all out and think I’ll stick to the shawl for now as I may be starting a test knit.

Well I’m going to rest my weary body.

Have fun!

AJ

Stretching My Skills with Sally

Well it was a busy day that unfortunately included a dud.

Exercise:

I had my day planned out and knew I had to get my run in early if it was going to get done, especially with the heat. I got a lovely 5.5km to the mill and back.

This afternoon I did some weights. 36 each of: bent over rows, banded front raises, bicep curls, overhead tricep extension, pullovers, chest press, shoulder press, plank, crunches, bicycle crunches, reverse crunch with a toe tap, Russian twists, scissor legs, heel touches, squats, curtsy lunge, pliƩ squat, adductors, calf raises, banded side shuffle, and hip bridges.

I’m sure there’s muscle under the heat wave bloat!

Baking:

Last Saturday I was supposed to share my July baking challenge, but I was waiting until I had somewhere to take the cake so that I didn’t eat it all.

Today I grabbed ingredients at the grocery store and got to work early before it got even hotter. I had decided to do lemon cupcakes with cream and blueberries. I decided on the cupcakes so that it would make it easier to divide up, during this time of Covid when no one is supposed to share food.

The cupcakes were quick and easy. I only had to change the butter to vegan butter spread and the milk to oat milk for these. They didn’t rise much, but they had a great lemon taste.

I had decided to use coco whip as my cream because dairy free whipping cream uses full fat coconut milk which is often too rich for me and the light doesn’t turn into whipping cream.

I got the cupcakes, the whip and the blueberries out to start the process, only to learn that coco whip doesn’t like 33 degree weather.

It was a disaster!! The coco whip slid right off the cupcake and took the blueberries with it.

I ended up not taking these anywhere and scraped the remaining coco whip off and froze the cupcakes.

Make sure you check out Abbey (Three Cats and a Girl) and Kathy (Sewing etc) to see how their baking challenge went. I’m sure better than mine!

Socializing:

I met up with my friend Anna and her two sons at a local park and were lucky enough to have it pretty much to ourselves. The distancing was a little tough but we did our best and avoided direct contact. It was awesome to see them as I haven’t since February!

I then grabbed Gus and we went to have ice cream. It was a quick trip as he had plans to go fishing with a fiend so I dropped him off on my way home. I’m happy with even a short Gus fix:)

Knitting:

After a 2.5 hour nap, I spent some time getting a few pattern repeats on the shawl done and a couple of rows towards the 3″ of knitting stockinette in the round I have to do for the sweater.

That isn’t day!

Have fun!

AJ

To Be Expected

Well it always happens so I was just waiting for it all day.

Knitting:

I started the day with some knitting and reading time. I think I have worked out a strategy for working on both knitting projects at the same time, happily. We’ll see how it goes.

Exercise:

I was supposed to bike the entire PoCo trail, 26km, with two friends today while stopping at each brewery or restaurant along the way. It sounded great until we realized it was going to be over 30 degrees and we’d hav to start at 11:30. We changed it up and just did a short bike ride down the Coquitlam River trail to the new brewery Patina. It was really great to sit and visit. I had the brisket and fries since that’s what they told me was safe.

I really wish I had had the special which was chicken wings with veggies.

The other two ladies are much better cyclists than me and on the way back we just got to the end of the street when I hit the curb wrong and fell. It happens pretty well every time I’m on a bike, so I was waiting for it, but it still hurts! I am also kicking myself for not starting my watch and recording my bike ride!

I got back just in time to do a run around the other end of Coquitlam River trail with my friend Sarah. It was so hot that it was a super slow run, but we still got another 4km in.

It was so hot when we finished the run that I stopped by my brothers again and jumped in the pool. This is becoming a habit!

Well I’ve slept since I got home and think I’m going back to sleep.

Have fun!

AJ

Getting More Active

It was probably the most out I’ve been lately.

Exercise:

I met up with Dennis for a run at the river this morning. We went early to avoid the heat. It should have been a great run as I had a rest day and a massage yesterday and yet I struggled the whole way. It was the most painful 7.5km of the last while! I hope tomorrow is better as I need to get 20km done before the end of the month.

Socializing:

I met up with Brenda at the local yarn shop but managed to not buy anything.

I then went back on the hunt for donuts and found some two towns over. I delivered them to Dennis amidst his complaining. I had to do something though as he fixed up my bike for me.

Knitting:

I had a very long nap this afternoon partly because my ear is absolutely killing me, but the rest of the afternoon was spent knitting on my shawl. I don’t know if I should keep going on it as I’m not sure I’ll ever wear it. I did feel guilty working on the sweater yesterday though when I know that the shawl isn’t finished. I guess I’m just not one of those people who can have multiple projects going at once.

Trivia:

This evening I headed over for trivia. It was a good night, though I screwed up and hit the wrong button for the last question in Kahoot which could have given us the win, again. We won the first round too.

Some of the questions:

Who are the parents in the Brady Bunch?

Mike and Carol

What instrument does Steinway make?

Piano

What does NSFW stand for?

Not suitable for work

Put these people in order?

Betsy Ross, Charles Darwin, Adolfo Hitler

What was the name of the tool?

Crescent wrench

Who was the neighbour of Dennis the Menace?

Mr. Wilson

Which American actress became a princess?

Grace Kelly

Where is Yale located?

New Haven, Connecticut

What does the J in Donald J Trump stand for?

John

What is the name of a plant or animal that is both male and female?

Hermaphrodite

What are the boroughs of New York?

Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn

What acronym is Lou Gehrig’s disease known by?

ALS

Well, I need sleep?

Have fun!

AJ

A Quiet Weekend

It has been a quiet weekend for me.

I started both days with a run. I managed a lovely 12km yesterday morning and it felt great. This morning was 4.5 and it didn’t feel so great. I had gone long yesterday thinking we wouldn’t be running today, but we did, and my legs were tired! Oh well, at least some more mileage.

I also got a workout in this evening. I did 8 upper body exercises, 8 Ab exercises and 8 lower body exercises. Hopefully it helps build some muscle under the flab.

Reading:

I have spent a lot of time reading this weekend. It has exclusively been Lauren Layne. Maybe I should call this the Lauren Layne weekend. I finished her Central Park Pact trilogy. I loved the first two books and the third was okay. It was probably very good, but just not what I was expecting. I would recommend this series.

I am now on book 2 of her Sex, Love and Stiletto series, and am enjoying it so far.

Knitting:

I have been working on the scarf/shawl I started in the car, but can’t say I’m really excited about it. I usually only have one knitting project on the go at a time, but I may need to start another more interesting project, maybe another sweater.

Sally’s baking challenge:

I know that I was supposed to do the baking challenge on Saturday, but I will actually be doing it Tuesday and will let you know how it goes.

Well there’s my quiet weekend.

Have fun!

AJ

Peaceful

It was nice to do nothing and waste a day.

Exercise:

I somehow woke enough this morning to set an alarm so I wasn’t late to meet Dennis. We ran the dykes and it went better than I expected. A nice 6.62km added to my mileage. I definitely need to do a couple of long ones to get my mileage up to where it should be this month though!

This evening I made myself do a band workout just so that I’d keep the trend going. I did side shuffle, squats, pliĆ© squats, front raises, crunches, reverse crunch with heel drop, pushups and a plank.

Reading:

I had gotten a book from the library and then realized it was the second in a series so today I finished the first in the series called, Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne. I really enjoyed this book and liked the fact that it was the man at the end who wasn’t answering phone calls or notes. I would recommend the book if you are looking a fun summer read. I am onto the second of the series and am enjoying it as well.

I have to admit that that is all I have done today. Pretty sad, but enjoyable.

Have fun!

AJ

Day 3

Today we didn’t do much but boy was I tired from it.

We had a cup of tea and then headed out to do some hill repeats in town. I managed to do seven hill repeats and a short tour of the block run. We finished up in the park with three rounds of ten pull-ups, pushups, dips, step ups, and a plank. We then ran home. It wasn’t five kilometers but it was still an awesome way to start the day.

After a great breakfast skillet

We headed out to the valley which is where L grew up. It was so cool to see where she talks about. I got a few minutes of knitting in while they went swimming before the skies opened again.

It was back home for a visit with a sister in law and a niece and then another trip to the local lake.

I tried to get pictures of the crazy amount of frogs at the valley lake and the crazy amount of tadpoles at the local lake, but they just didn’t turn out. It really was something to see though.

Now it’s time for bed!

Have fun!

AJ