It hasn’t been an exciting day, but it also hasn’t been bad:)
I met my running buddies at a nearby Starbucks. They starte the morning guessing why I had driven when I usually walk. Brenda thought I’d had too good a time at my brother’s last night and had stayed. Dennis thought I had a really good date🤣, alas neither was right as I had driven because I was being given some heavy supplies by another of my running buddies. These people obviously think I have a more exciting life than I actually do!
I opted for another short run today as my legs were feeling quite heavy after yesterday’s quick, short run.
It turned out not be that easy going a run and I was going too fast and it was too gray to get a good photo:( I managed to stay on Dennis’ heels:) It felt good to make myself work hard for the second day in a row! It felt even better that the rain started as we walked in the door of Starbucks! 🤣. However, I did opt for no workout this evening. I might even take a day off from running this week, but we shall see. I need to remember to give my legs a massage tonight and I should do the yoga routine I printed out!
I really wanted to bake more cinnamon buns or oat bran muffins today, but I don’t like how pudgy I’m feeling right now so I resisted!
This is my week to not go grocery shopping so I will become quite creative with my meals. I love how it cleans out my fridge and cupboards though so they don’t become filled with “old” things!
I am right now boiling up my chicken for chicken stock which I think I’ll turn into chicken and rice soft lunches this week.
I finished the kids book club book this afternoon.
This book, Fish in a Tree tells the story of Ally Nickerson. A student in middle school who has managed to bluff and humour her way through school as she feels completely downtrodden and weird because she can’t read. Finally the new teacher who arrives recognizes that she is dyslexic and provides the help she needs after school.
I enjoyed this book for many reasons. First it was quite realistic about the classroom. When I’m reading a book that has perfect children in a perfect classroom or something else that is highly unrealistic, it drives me crazy! This book unfortunately, has all the usual stereotypical characters represented in the classroom, but I suppose it serves the author’s purpose. I liked how the social interactions between the students was realistic. Allies are always changing and the dynamic is never stable in a classroom and that was definitely highlighted. Ally makes friends with two other “misfits” in the class and it was great reading about how they come to care about and for each other. What I loved best about this book is how the teacher recognizes Ally’s difficulty and helps her. It is definitely what I strive to do in my classroom each day, but this was on a grand scale!
I would recommend this book to families who have dyslexia within their members as I think it explores the emotions of these sufferers really well. It would also be a good book for a reading group as it offers lots of opportunity for discussion. If I had older students, I would probably use it as a read aloud and to trigger discussion about some of the elements explored in it.
Overall,a good read:)
I got busy at the sewing machine today and got four of my Christmas presents made. This summer I saw these in a little art gallery in Freeport, Maine and I knew I wanted to try making them. The picture is very poor and there are actually five stacked here, but they are mug cosies. Quilted squares with scent inside so that when you set your hot cup of tea on them, it smells good and protects the furniture.
A far away shot so one of the amazing sewers on here and can see how out of practice I am! Thankfully none of these are going to sewers! Each is slightly different as I tried out different seaming options. It sure doesn’t take much to make me want to sew! I’m adding to the list in my brain as we speak!
I’ve also finally gotten to restart my toque for the fourth time. Lol I hope the fourth time is the charm! I want to wear this thing when the weather turns cold again! I would also like to submit it to the potions class on HPKCHC for a project that brings me joy, however, if it takes any more tries, this may no longer be true!!!
As I sat and cut out the pieces for ten sight word games that my students will be playing this week, I have been watching Persuasion. I love this Jane Austen book and was super excited to get the movie! I watch the movie regularly even though there are parts that drive the history major within me crazy!!! She runs in public! He goes out in his shirt sleeves! They kiss in public!!!!! I could go on, but I won’t. Talk about artistic license! I’d really love to also find the A&E version of this film so that I could alternate between the two movies:)
I went to meet everyone at a local field to watch my nephew play lacrosse. I have been feeling like a bad auntie because he’s been playing field lacrosse for the past two winters and I hadn’t seen him play yet. Unfortunately today probably didn’t help matters as I left after the first period. It was raining so hard and was so cold! Too cold for metal bleachers, that’s for sure! Even after I convinced my nephew to sit on my lap so I could take advantage of his furnace like quality, I was still cold. It was nice to have one more visit with my brother, sister in law, niece and nephew before they left. When the kids were born I promised myself I would be present in their life, so they’d never have reason to say, “who’s auntie Ali again?” Im unfortunately not as close as I would like because they live on the island. I always want to visit once a month but between their busy life and mine, months go by between visits:( I’m glad they have another auntie who lives close by and I just try to give them lots of hugs while they’re here and I hope they always know how much I love them! I’m hoping to have they come for visits now that they are older.
Well that is my oh so not exciting Sunday🤣