Day 1

Sorry i think life is going to be pretty boring for the next two weeks as I’m just home.

I really wanted to sleep in today but was up at my usual time:(

Exercise:

In the back of my mind I’m thinking I’d like to see if I can run everyday if the holiday. I started off well with a run last night with Dennis and another 5km this morning on my own. I went right away because it wasn’t raining and that seemed to be a popular thought as it was quite busy on the path.

This evening I also got a short workout in. I was going to do a Hallmark, but had to knit so couldn’t keep track of the different elements.

Shopping:

I finally got out to get my nephew’s gift and the cord I needed for work. I also went out to a little shop to check out their puzzles, but the one I liked was $18 and only 500 pieces:(. I did come home with two new to me knitting books so it wasn’t a wasted trip.

Reading:

Oops I’ve finished a few books I’ve forgotten to mention. I read the Mistletoe Trap which was super cute! I really loved the family and supporting characters in this book.

I also have read Her Halloween Treat. This is the first of a three book series so of course I had to start with it. I am now onto the second book.

Knitting:

I had to laugh or I would have cried! I laid out my brother’s scarf to measure it as I thought I must be done, only to realize I had accidentally added a stitch 4.5m back. I guess that’s what I get for knitting while chatting in the lunch room. I ended up ripping it right back to the start. I have made up 30 of the pattern repeats and think I have 66 to go. I hope I can get it done by Christmas!

Holidays:’speaking of Christmas I am trying to compile a list of one thing I can do each day to be festive and take my mind off the fact that I have to be alone for the holiday. So far the list is comprised of: baking cookies, looking at lights, going snowshoeing, but I need two more ideas!

Blogmas:

The awesome Abbey came up with the idea for Blogmas of doing would you rather questions.

Today’s question is: would you rather star in a popular holiday single or in a popular holiday movie?

This one is quite easy for me as no one wants to hear me sing! Besides, I watched two Hallmark movies today and I think I could do as well as some of those actors! 🤣🤪😜

Have fun!

AJ

Costly Costco

It was a good day with an expensive ending!

Teaching:

We got through McCracken spelling this morning and then I had to leave the kids for a stupid meeting. It only took ten minutes as I didn’t have much to say at this time. We also did a patterning sheet where the students had to follow the rules. They got the concept, but so many forgot to actually look at the rules!

We got the rest of the parent gifts finished and sent home✅ another thing off the list.

We did relays in gym again where the children got to choose the Christmas movement. We had a lot of flying angels!

Finally this afternoon we did silent reading/ guided reading and we did a class book. This provided the best moment of the day! The book was comprised of pages that said ” For Christmas I want to give — to —-. One little girl told me she wanted to give love to her family and we had hugs for mom, candy canes for the elf, etc, but then the last page says, ” I want to give alcohol to my dad.”🤣🤣🤣

Exercise:

My teaching buddy doesn’t work on Wednesdays so I was out of there pretty early. I felt like doing nothing but that won’t get me to South Dakota, so I made myself go out for an easy run. It ended up being 5.26km of easy run and it felt good, though I got extremely wet!

Knitting:

I got a few patterns done on my brother’s scarf at lunch and a few rounds done on my sweater tonight. I saw two pretty yarns on Instagram today. One is called ugly Christmas sweater and I love the speckliness of the red, green and cream, but it’s $30 a skein and it’s worsted so I would need several skeins to make a sweater:(. The other is a matched set of small balls of self fading yarn for socks- such gorgeous colours!!!

Shopping:

After a shower and dinner, I picked up my friend and headed for Costco. For those of you worried, she is one of my people as I’m single. Yet again, I spent way too much at Costco and I didn’t even really buy a lot. I did buy myself a lovely new robe that I am already enjoying. I put a ton of stuff back, including a bread maker. The bread maker had a gluten free setting which the lack of one is the reason my mom ended up with my last bread maker. I am just wondering if I would use it enough to make it worth spending money on. If anyone has an opinion, I’d love to hear it!

Have fun!

AJ

A Busy Friday Eve

It was another buy day for me- this time with fun.

Teaching:

We got through the day. I realized today that I only have 11 days to go and I’ll have managed to go through a whole term with no days off. I was tempted yesterday though!

This morning we printed the letter d (very quickly), had music (the kids went outside so they could actually sing and I got my classroom for my prep for the first time this year), and we did more work on counting by the kids 10s. The kids know this well and the only problems were because of short comings of the worksheet.

This afternoon we had silent reading, did a directed drawing of Santa that didn’t turn out great😥 and went outside to play.

Not an exciting day, but the kids were still crazy- they are already in full Christmas excitement mode!

The funniest thing today was that pretty well every person in the school commented on my hair. It made me start to wonder how bad I usually look.

I did a bit of puttering around my room.

Shopping:

A friend gifted me with a quick shopping trip after school. She had inquired about when the quietest time was and they were right- it was very quiet. It was an awesome half hour spent together and the first time I have been shopping, for anything other than groceries, since last December! I found a couple of shirts, running capris and a dress:)

Eating:

My friend Emily and I had done a sushi car dinner at the start of November for her birthday and tonight we repeated the experience. It was awesome to catch up and a lot of fun, at least until my brother had to come jumpstart my truck because the battery died during dinner. I have no idea why, but I’m guessing my battery is getting old and I don’t drive enough for it to stay charged.

Crafting:

I m busy trying to get a stocking name done for a friend for tomorrow. My grandma always said that if you had a job to do, get it done right away. I guess that has stuck with me. I am feeling the pressure though as this stocking is homemade and absolutely gorgeous!

I’d better go work on it.

Have fun!

AJ

Lest We Forget

It was a very odd Remembrance Day for me.

Exercise:

I decided that since I had the day off I would put it to good use getting some extra mileage in. I did 10km with Sarah this morning out on the dyke. Thank goodness our new restrictions still allow me to run with other people!

I am hoping to get some yoga done before bed tonight too.

Shopping:

I stopped on my way home to get the yarn I need for the three knitting projects that I owe to other people. Thankfully the store was very quiet and I didn’t meet anyone!

I also stopped at the grocery store and got two advent calendar gifts and some protein for the next couple of days. I really didn’t want to have to go out again but I hit three different grocery stores today:(

Knitting:

After a lovely nap in front of the fireplace I have spent the day working on the socks for a lady at trivia. These are due first so I thought I’d start with them. The pattern is going quickly, but I really hate the first time I make an item for someone as you never really know if it’s going to fit and be comfy!

Reading:

I also finished the book I have been working on for a while. It is called Fatal Inheritence by Rachel Rhys. It tells the story of an English woman in 1948 who inherits 1/4 of an estate from a man she does not know. It was really good and I didn’t figure out the mystery until it told me at the end. I would recommend it to anyone who likes cosy mysteries or that time era.

Remembrance Day:

It has been a very odd Remembrance Day for me. This day is really big in my family- usually bigger than any other holiday. We all get together and I have never missed a Remembrance Day ceremony. I was even there when my mom was pregnant with me. It made today feel weird and lonely. I did take the time at 11am for a minute of silence and thought of all the things I am thankful for having in my life. I just hope never to have such a quiet Remembrance Day again!

My dad’s newest project. He created his own ceremony by playing the last post and Reveille and having a moment of silence. All of the neighbours stood at the end of their driveways.

Have fun!

AJ

Monday Musings

The day went pretty well. I am attributing it to everyone feeling more at ease because our principal was away for the day.

Teaching:

We got through a journal entry about peace and I was super happy that so many children volunteered to read what they had written- even the little guy who cried the first time!

We had gym and did the stations approach again- hoop jumps, plank, jumping jacks and squat jumps. I did them with the kids and got quite the workout!

This afternoon we had silent reading. I always do guided reading during this time and today a little girl came up and asked when she got to come. I couldn’t believe I missed her on my plan!! I really praised her for coming and asking though.

We also did a cut and paste about peaceful versus not peaceful actions. We did it as a class and it went super smoothly.

We ended the day with outside playtime. I really wish I had worn about five more layers! It was so cold today and the kids were super excited because the forecast called for snow. None showed up though.

I spent some time after school working with my teaching buddy on the report card templates. They have changed it again on us. This is the fourth time in four years🙄😖

Shopping:

I did some more online shopping today as I work to use up gift cards. I have purchased an electric blanket from Walmart which should be here by the 20th and I spent an hour picking two books from Chapters to use up my store credit as I didn’t want to forget about it. I have the new Oh She Glows cookbook and a modern top down knitting book coming, hopefully!

House:

As I write this, I realize I forgot to do my floors today:(

Knitting:

I have made a list of projects I have upcoming and now I just feel overwhelmed:(

I was working on the October Hat, but screwed up and had to rip out again. Maybe I had better put this to the side for a bit.

On the list:

Sweater test knit

Fix my coral sweater- wore it today and I want the sleeves longer

Socks for Jacqueline

Toque for Lyndsay

Toque for secretary’s daughter

Fix purple sweater – I want it skinnier and longer

October hat

Mitts out of Weekender leftovers

I know it’s all fun, but the length of the list makes me nervous. Now I just want to get them done and off the list!

Well that’s it for me today.

Have fun!

AJ

Monday Again?

How did that happen? My nephew said the other day that his summer had gone so quickly. I told him to just wait, it gets faster!

There was absolutely no exercise today, just lots of foam rolling to try and get my hip to loosen up. I’m hoping one more night on the heating pad will do it. I did mean to take an Epsom salts bath, but didn’t quite manage to get there.

House:

My job today was floors and I went at them bright and early. I got my kitchen, hallway and living room washed, the bathroom, bedroom and deck swept and the carpet vacuumed in under an hour. I was super happy with myself🤣

Reading:

I am now on the third book in the Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber. So far I think I liked the first one best.

Knitting:

I have to admit that I have spent most of the day knitting. I have bound off the front of my sweater and am only six rows away from doing so on the back. I may just have a new sweater for the weekend.

Mail:

The final book I ordered came today. It is Living Freely Gluten Free by Jennifer Bigler. I think I will try one of the recipes out for Wednesday when I am seeing some friends.

Shopping:

With going back to school, I am really trying to get organized at home. Today I went to the mall to spend my David’s Tea gift card, but they are closed. I guess I’ll be buying very little online to get the gift card to cover the shipping as well.

I also looked for the containers we want for math manipulatives this year, but no luck with those either.

My luck improved when I stopped in the village. I had a gift card to the Tea and Paper Nook and found a very beautiful and expensive candle to buy. I have admired the smell of these candles before, but refused to pay the price. Well today they were on sale so my gift card covered the cost. It seemed like the perfect gift and I will enjoy smelling it:)

Well there’s my non exciting day for you.

Have fun!

AJ

A Finish!

I finally finished something. I really shouldn’t take on so many things at one time as there are other things I would like to be doing.

Exercise:

I finally found a decent route. It’s still hilly and has a giant hill at the end, but it’s a better length and I don’t feel like I’m suffering the whole time. I got 5.7km in. I then had to go over to the field and run 2km of laps to complete my Squad Runner mission. I didn’t feel bad for doing 7.7km today.

I got 20 minutes of yoga in and also did another NourishMoveLove workout this afternoon. I’ve been doing them off Instagram, but I think I’d better go find her website and see if she shows all the moves there.

Shopping:

My mom and I hit the dollar store for some kitchen essentials today. She says my dad isn’t great at this type of shopping so I think we’ll be doing more of it before I go home🤣

Knitting:

I finished my test knit for Josee Paquin today. The sweater is called Juliette and I really like it! It only took four days and is quite simple, but has sleeve detail that I like. The only change I would make would be to pick up more stitches around the neckline so it would be slightly looser in the neck. It will stretch out as I wear it though.

I will need to block it so that the bottom won’t flip. Josee designed it with no bottom edge, but I don’t like sweaters that flip so I put the same edging as the neck and sleeves on it.

I’m not sure how I’m going to block the sleeves so that the pattern will show nicely.

Baking:

The neighbour had brought my parents some peaches off his tree. I wanted to do muffins for them so that they can be frozen and so had to look up a recipe. I ended up making peach cobbler muffins from The Busy Baker. I forgot to put the oil in and didn’t put the topping on and they were still really good.

Perhaps not as good as the lemon zucchini muffins as there are still four left.

Mom and I had some quiet time this evening as my dad went to play horseshoes. I started my next sweater test knit and played some scrabble.

Reading:

I also finally finished my latest book. It was the second book in Lauren Layne’s Oxford series- I Wish You Were Mine. The writing was good and the characters were interesting, but I just didn’t love the premise so it was tough to get through it. I am going onto the third book in the series though.

Have fun!

AJ

The Usual With Company

I really do just do my usual stuff when visiting my parents, but here I have someone to talk to🤣

Exercise:

I had no intention of running this morning as I’ve ran the last four days, but then my mom asked me about it and I heard my dad assume I was already out running. I ended up going out. I was going to just go do a few laps around the field, but it was too busy so I ran to the end of the street and there was a hill. I ended up doing seven hill repeats and then heading home.

I guess it’s better than nothing is my theme today as my workout tonight was a Nourish Move Love workout off of Instagram. My SIL has told me about her and I was looking at her posts and liked her mantra- never miss a Monday, so I did a ten minute workout before crawling into bed.

Shopping:

I went with my parents this morning to do some returns in town. I then dragged my mom to a yarn shop.

Knitting:

I crazily accepted two test knits at once so I have been spending a lot of time knitting! I am about two inches from being done the first sweater and can’t wait to show it to you. I think it may become a favourite!

I picked up a dark blue Estelle worsted yarn for the second today and will hopefully start tomorrow.

Baking:

Even before I got here, my dad was asking for specific baked goods. Yesterday I made Rice pudding from the leftover dinner rice. My dad refuses to eat leftovers so I was attempting to find a way to get them eaten. It did work.

Today I started on the zucchini issue. I was going to make a traditional zucchini bread until I discovered my parents didn’t have a loaf pan. I decided to make these Lemon zucchini muffins. They were super easy to make and absolutely delicious. My dad is already asking for more and my mom wants me to skip the traditional loaf tomorrow and make this as a loaf.

It has been a pretty quiet day otherwise and I’m looking forward to another one tomorrow🤣

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 before🤣

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

Score!

I might have found the score of the summer today.

Exercise:

I started the day by going out for a run around the neighborhood. By the way everyone was staring at me, I don’t think many people run around here. I know why too- the whole town is hills! I got 6.10km in so just have to make sure that I do at least 3km tomorrow. I can’t believe I’m having trouble getting to 100k this month when so many months this year I’ve been doing about 150km. Oh well, I will try to get out again in the morning.

I had planned to do yoga, a walk and/or a workout too today, but didn’t get to it.

Family:

The guys in the family went out boating so us girls hung out. We started by checking out a store that is closing down in town. I was really upset because I’ve had luck with shoes there the past couple of summers.

We had to go in one at a time and my mom and SIL sent me in first because I take the longest to make decisions. This time there were no decisions to make- I just took them all:)

There’s no way I can resist Birkenstock’s at that good of a price! I have enough for life now!

The rest of the day was just spent hanging out chatting.

My dad got clams and crabs for dinner. I’m not sure whether it was the sun or the clams, but I was too sick to eat crab 😥😰😱. I’ll have to make up for it at breakfast!

I’m off to sleep off whatever is wrong with me.

Have fun!

AJ