Hip Hip Hooray

It was such fun to have my mom home. We never do anything super exciting, but it’s just nice to hang out with her.

Financial:

I went downtown this morning and met my new financial advisor and liked him. He did a pretty good job of making financial items simple so I could understand them. Hopefully I will now not have to think about my money!

Eating:

Well it was an interesting eating day. 1/2 a banana, 1/2 an order of fish and chips and 2 cupcakes. Lol it was definitely a super yummy eating day🤣

Shopping:

My mom said she needed new running shoes and I probably should have run for the hills screaming as I always spend too much money in there. I did find a new water bottle which will hopefully not leak on me. Also two pairs of my favourite running shoes were there in my size, though I swear they had discontinued them! I don’t get it, but I bought them both quickly?!! I also got myself a new smartwool running shirt as I wear my old one continuously!!! I never regret a smartwool purchase as I wear it to work to keep warm too.

I had my car checked out. The problem is the knock sensors which I just had replaced last summer, so I may need to start looking for a new vehicle. Ugh another thing I don’t like doing!

I also got a haircut and ran through Costco. I managed to spend money in Costco but didn’t come home with any food. 🤔. I’m sure I’ll regret that later in the week, but oh well, what can I say, I was still full from lunch.

Blogging:

After talking with my mom I have decided to stick with this blog but start deleting old pictures. I took advantage of her WiFi and I got rid of a ton of old food pictures so that I will have room to show you new things. I think this is going to be my new plan going forward. I can include any photos I want with the idea that they will only be there until I need room. Now it’s just too bad that I don’t have any photos from today to share🤣

Knitting:

Since getting home I have managed to successfully knit the first twenty three rows of the Date Night sweater 🎊🎉. This is a much better start:)

Well I need sleep as I’m running early tomorrow morning.

Have fun!

AJ

Meeting For a Run Is The Best Way

It was an incredibly quiet day! I didn’t even get out of my pajamas until 1:45pm!

Knitting:

I spent this morning finishing off the scarf I had started last night. It actually turned into a cowl as it wasn’t very long. It will be nice and warm for someone though. It was just thirty stitches and knit each row, made with Wendy wool.

Reading:

I have been reading Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore. This is the first book of the year for the Not Your Mom’s Romance Bookclub and I have to admit I wasn’t super excited to read it by the back cover description. It was available from my library online though so I figured I would try it. I have been really enjoying it. It’s about one of the first women to attend Oxford and she is on scholarship from the Suffragette league so must help with their cause. She’s assigned to convince the most powerful duke to support the cause. It’s been a very cute historical so far.

Exercise:

This afternoon I did another Hallmark Christmas movie workout. I watched Christmas Under the Stars which was just okay and then did a workout. I did a minute of jogging in between: 10 reverse lunges per leg, 35 crunches, 25 jacks, 5 burpees, 10 squats, 10 plié squats, 5 dips, 5 mountain climbers per leg, 10 pushups, 15 curtsy lunges per leg, 5 high knees per leg.

The movie didn’t seem super Christmassy and I think the low numbers in this workout prove that.

This evening, after a lovely nap, I met up with the Thursday night group for a run. It was a good thing I had committed to meeting people as there is no way I would have gone otherwise! We did 4.57km and I felt like I was running fast, but I really wasn’t and was actually running slower than usual:(

Shopping:

I stopped at Chapters on the way home to grab gifts for my friend’s sons whom I will see tomorrow. I had started the older son on a Robert Munsch collection and so this time got him More Pies which is set in Vancouver. I’m starting the younger son on a Dr. Seuss collection so this time he got Fox in Socks.

I always think starting a book collection for kids makes gift buying easier!

I also got them playdo and kinetic sand to go with the books.

Well I’m going to go finish my book.

Have fun!

AJ

Shopping, shopping, shopping…

Well I bought lots today, now I just need the motivation to use it all.

I spent the morning figuring out my running stats for the past year. I am happy with the fact that my faster runs have gotten faster:) I am forgiving myself for not having my average pace continue to improve as I see I started slowing g down in September which is about when I started feeling really tired. Hopefully my iron infusions starting this week will help solve this problem, and I’ll become rocket fast (🤪🤣 or at least continue to slowly improve).

Shopping:

My friend Allison has told me about a kids consignment store yesterday at brunch so this morning I called to see if they were open. They were and the woman was even kind enough to check to see if they had my favourite exercise brand in stock.

I grabbed my mom and set off. Not For Long in Surrey was an awesome kids consignment store. It was bright, well organized and the clerk was super helpful without being pushy or in the way. The prices were very reasonable and they had a good selection of both new and used. It was a very fun time and I came out with:

2 short sleeved running shirts

6 running tanks

2 sweaters

1 pair of running tights

2 long sleeves running jackets

And all for a price I was willing to pay:)

It was a long drive there and back so mom and I shared fish and chips at the pub.

Of course the pub is right across the square from the running store so I had to look in there as I missed the big Boxing Day sale as I was away. I guess sometimes it’s good to be a weird size as I found a new pair of running shoes, two running tanks (I’ve never regretted any Smartwool purchase), a long sleeved warm jacket and a cute dry fit dress.

I definitely needed to go home and put my Visa card away!!! Though thankfully I used up a few gift cards at the running store:)

Knitting:

I have spent the evening finishing off my last two market bags. I got them done and this allowed me to make my goal of knitting projects for the year🎉🎊

There will be a craft review post tomorrow:)

Exercise:

I did finally do another Hallmark workout this evening which puts me up to date and will allow me to binge watch some more tomorrow.

I did: 10 reverse lunges per leg, 35 crunches, 35 dips, 25 jacks, 20 squats, 35 plié squats, 10 curtsy lunges, 5 burpees and 15 high knees per side. I also did a minute of toe taps in between each exercise.

It did drive me a little crazy not to run today, but I don’t want to make a lie of my stats, so no running until Wednesday!

Well I’m going to go try to determine my next knitting project.

Have fun!

AJ

Grateful Sunday

It was a really good day and so nice to be home I’m familiar ground again. I didn’t realize how tense I was just driving when I had no idea where I was going and was in an unfamiliar car.

Grateful: For the opportunity and resources to be able to have a family Christmas vacation and all that family time.

Grateful: for a comfortable home that makes me happy and safe.

Exercise:

I finally got back to normal! I met up with my regular running buddies Brenda, Sarah and Dennis. James couldn’t join us as he dell off his roof and hurt himself. I can’t wait to hear this story!

We did a run of the river and it was great that Sarah came along so I had someone to run with and yet Dennis got a good run in:). It wasn’t super busy and it didn’t rain so definitely a win win!

The river on a Fall day.

I did meet my goal today so there will be a running review up tomorrow, but I was disappointed that RunKeeper doesn’t celebrate meeting a goal at all- the goal just disappears:(

Grateful: For all my awesome running buddies.

Grateful: For the animals in my life that provide me with lots of cuddles. Kula was a smuggler today:)

Friendship/ Eating:

I ran home and cleaned up and then met up with a couple of friends for brunch. It was Allison’s last day in town so I was happy to get one more meetup. We went to Wendel’s in Fort Langley. This place is always super busy! I got there early and had a few minutes to peruse the bookstore part of the establishment. Lots of cool knitting books, but all too expensive:(

I had three choices for brunch and went with the avocado Benny which as my mom says was just avocado and eggs on gf toast along with some tomatoes. It was still super yummy though!

We then wandered the Main Street and through the grocery store where I picked up a few gf/df treats.

Grateful: for friends who are easy to be with no matter how long it’s been:)

Grateful: to live in a place where there are options for me when I go out:)

Shopping:

I grabbed my mom and hot Costco for gas and food. My dad has given me the idea of buying steak at Costco and just freezing it for my regular Sunday lunch as this way I would be able to afford better steak. I ended up with steak, shrimp, yogurt and cucumbers. It’s going to be interesting meals, but I never know if I should bother shopping when I’m on holidays as it always seems like I’m out a lot. We shall see, but hopefully I didn’t waste my money.

We carried on to the clothing store where I immediately found the red winter wool jacket I had wanted. It must have been my day for red as i also found a red and white striped shirt and a red sweater. Now I just have to get rid of a few things from my wardrobe to make room for this new stuff! One of my goals on this week off is to get all my closets tidied and everything entered into my app.

Grateful: to have my mom for company as I was running errands. It makes the tedious time go so much quicker.

Grateful: to have made peace with my body so that I can feel comfortable wearing bright colours. I know I’m not perfect at this, but I’m a whole lot better than I used to be!

Reading/ Listening:

I listened to another episode of the Not Your Mom’s aromanxw book club podcast and found another book I want to read. I’ve decided that I’m still going to read lots of romance next year, but I will try for one non fiction book a month.

Grateful: for this podcast that keeps me entertained while I knit tedious sections.

Grateful: for the variety and number of books I have available to me!

Movies:

I rewatched Write Vefore Christmas as I hadn’t managed to do a workout to this movie the first time i watched it. I really enjoyed this book and it reminded me of Love Actually with its multiple story lines.

I ended up doing a 17:30 workout with a minute of jogging between moves. I did: 30 reverse lunges, 37 crunches, 37 reverse crunches, 5 pushups, 20 jacks, 5 burpees, 25 curtsy lunges, 10 high knees, 25 squats, 15 plié squats.

I know it’s not a ton, but I figure it has to be better than nothing! I’m thinking that I’d like to come up with a similar workout for non Christmas hallmark movies that I could do throughout the next year. If anyone has ideas of elements that are in lots of Hallmark movies, please let me know:)

Grateful: for hallmark that produces feel good movies

Grateful: for the clever person that came up with the hallmark workout so I can combine two of my favourite things and not feel guilty about sitting watching a movie.

Eating:

Not fabulous, but not as horrible as lately. I think I will still give myself a couple of days before I get on the scale.

I had: half a tortilla with peanut butter, the avocado and egg on toast, shrimp plate,1/3 of ginger cookie, 1/3 of chocolate chip cookie ( neither were very good) and 1/2 of peanut butter bar ( delicious)!

Well I’m off to start a new book.

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday #35

Sorry for no post yesterday. The day was normal, but then I went downtown and went for dinner at Nightingale. It was fabulous! I have never had a restaurant do such a thorough and great job about my allergies. The food was amazing! We shared roasted cauliflower, roasted Brussels sprouts, Arctic char and then I had carrot cake for dessert. I would highly recommend this restaurant as it is fancy enough for a Christmas gathering or a special event, but not hoity toity or snooty.

ok today..

Teaching:

We literally spent the entire day working on and finishing our parent gifts, but they did finally go home with the children today!

I also spoke with two more parents about the report cards so at least I’ve spoken with four parents. That should mean I shouldn’t have any more than 18 emails to come back to!

Medical:

I went to meet a new doctor today and was super pleased. Hopefully everything comes through. She has ordered three more iron infusions for me, and another blood test as my platelet levels were low. I hope I get one more infusion before I leave, but I somehow doubt it:(

Knitting:

I am furiously trying to get another market bag done for Thursday, but I’m not sure it’s going to happen:(

Shopping:

I was right by the mall so grabbed two new pairs of jeans, though I wish I had taken someone else with me and that I had tried on more styles. I really shouldn’t be trying to do anything with this foggy brain!

Blogmas:

Thanks Abbey for making me think about things I just take for granted. Lol our tree skirt growing up was an old red piece of fabric that was raw edges and all. I have no idea where it came from, but it survived as our tree skirt for my entire childhood. I dream of cross-stitching a fancy tree skirt, but always decide not to bother as I rarely put up a tree🤣

Trivia:

Tonight was the last night and we did okay on the first and last round, but horribly at the middle two. Some of the questions we knew:

Who gave the Statue of Liberty to the US?

France

Who wrote Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

Robert Louis Stevenson

What is the third most common use of the word beaver?

Busy beaver

What is a group of owls called?

Parliament

Who are the members of the Brat Pack?

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.

Which city is in the central time zone?

Regina

What is the nickname of the Loch Ness Monster?

Bessie

How do you spell seize the day in Latin?

Carpe Diem

Well I’ve been dying since round 2 so I’m off to bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Tradition Maintained

For the past few years, a colleague and I have made our way out to the Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market and we did so again today.

Shopping:

I picked my friend up and we hit the road and then spent four hours looking through the vendors at the market. I loved all the Christmas items on display, but I just don’t have a big enough house for all that! Most of the things they were calling vintage were items I grew up using!! Some I even still have!! I spent a lot of time being shocked at what people were charging for their handknitted items. The friend I was with has been saying for a while that I should sell what I make, but I’m just not good at that part! I just donated all of my extra knit goods to the holiday market at school which is a fundraiser for sports supplies.

I ended up buying a few more reusable snack bags as I get lots of use out of these. I also got a smaller version of the microwave bowl holder as I use my big one a lot. Finally I got a new flannel blanket just like the one I had as a kid, and for only $12!

It was a fun day with a friend, but I was happy to come home to my couch too!

Knitting:

I have spent the evening restarting my mommy daughter hat as my yarn kept breaking:(. It is going slightly faster this time, though I am writing right now because I just messed up a row and need to redo it.

I also finally got the handle sewn onto my newest market bag.

This is the free Miss Carlotta pattern on Ravelry done in Berroco Indigo yarn in black. It is a true black- just a bad photo. I have to admit this is probably my least favourite bag so far.

I also finally got a picture taken of the shawl I have made for my friend. Again a bad, nighttime photo but here it is…This is the Triple Jubilee shawl which is also free on ravelry and it was done in Shi Bui Pebble in the colour brownstone. I just hope she likes it!

Eating:

I had a rice cake split between Pb & cheese and Pb & jam this morning.

A mini kind bar for snack.

I was amazed they had a quinoa salad I could eat at the convention centre.

Then this evening I had a salad with salmon and balsamic dressing.

And lots of tea as it has turned cold and rainy here!

Movies:

I watched another Hallmark movie this evening called Winter Love Story. It was super cute and had good banter in it.

Well I’m going back to the hat!

Have fun!

AJ

Lest We Forget

Happy Remembrance Day.

Exercise:

I was on a pretty tight schedule today and had awesome hair so my run had to be very slow and easy so I wouldn’t get too sweaty. I just did 2.85km and called it a day. It was super quiet out! I wonder where everyone was???

Family:

I attended the local Remembrance Day parade and service with my family. We laugh that I don’t think I’ve missed a year yet. It was good to see such a big crowd.

Shopping:

My mom and I always go shopping on Remembrance Day. I don’t know when this became tradition, but we decided to keep it going. It felt very disorganized but that might be because I had to go back home for my cards and phone and then we had to go eat as we were both starving. My mom got two warm sweaters and that’s it. I’m going to have to force her to shop again when they come back in December. That is not going to get a person through a BC winter! I got a couple of running items and a few hoodies. It will have to do me until December.

Knitting:

I have been working on the shawl some more but unfortunately am not going to get two full pattern repeats done today. I have to sleep! My eyes keep trying to close. Oh well, I’ll try for more tomorrow.

Have fun!

AJ

ProD Day

It was a ProD day today, but it didn’t really seem any less busy!

Teaching:

I spent the day trying to figure out our new report cards which have to be done online. I finally figured out how to input the curriculum points, but I have no idea how you see what you have put in so far:( Plus, you have to do one subject and then the next which is not how I work! I usually decide what I need parents to know about their child and then write that one report card ensuring I mention those points, but I don’t get to do that now. There is also an auto-full function they suggest you use, but I’m afraid I’ll forget to go back and change the children’s I need to😳

I suppose it was somewhat helpful and productive, but it didn’t really feel like it.

Shopping:

After a lovely late lunch with Corianne and Lyndsay (I inhaled a Browns tuna poke bowl), I went to take my friend Kathryn shopping. She had texted me last night asking to go to the Helly Hanson store. I managed not to buy anything even with their big sale. I checked out Aldo too and managed not to buy anything there either! I did get some raisins and pumpkin seeds( supposedly high in iron) from Bulk Barn along with some packaged items for Monday. I was pretty impressed with myself.

House:

I was even more impressed when I came home and took a closer look at the oven door and managed to fix it myself!!!

Exercise:

I decided not to run today as I was caught up on my mileage, but felt like I had to do something so I did an L workout called Skip To It. It had a lot of skipping along with squats with shoulder press, burpees, reverse curls, bicep curls, reverse lunges, crunches, mountain climbers, twisting mountain climbers and Spider-Man mountain climbers. It ended up being 28 minutes long, so I was happy with myself:)

Eating:

I have had a pretty good eating day! I had oatmeal with Pb & j, slice of apple bread, tuna poke bowl and that’s it since I’m still full from the poke bowl!

Knitting:

I am literally 6 rows away from being done my second market bag, but figure I had better get some sleep as I have a busy day tomorrow.

Have fun!

AJ

Moving Monday

It was quite the busy day today!

Exercise:

I really didn’t want to go for a run this morning as it was the first dark, rainy morning of the year. I did finally get out for 3km, but it was definitely a slog.

We had great perseverance and did a bootcamp workout after a very long staff meeting. Thank goodness for meeting friends. We did supersets so two exercises back to back that work the same muscles- ouch!!

This workout included:

Double crunches with a dumbbell and power sit-ups

Banded hamstring curls and banded dumbbell hip bridges

Bicep curls and alternating lunges with hammer curls

One legged squats and dumbbell squats

Uppercuts and lateral arm raises

Dips and overhead tricep extensions

Pushups and chest press while in bridge

Band lat pull downs and dumbbell rows

Hmm maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned to L how I thought my upper body was weak!!🤣

Teaching:

It was as usual, a very busy day at work. We got calendar done and got a journal entry in.

we worked further in our number words booklet and two lovely students actually finished today:)

This afternoon we talked about needs and wants and made a mini book about them.

We ended the day with dodgeball in the gym.

I was happy to get a new shawl pattern chosen. I was tricky and actually had Lyndsay pick the pattern:)

I also got the artwork put up in the hallway and we’re super happy with it!

For any teachers- students traced leaf tracers at least twice, outlined them with black marker, coloured the leaves with warm coloured pastels and then coloured the background with cool colour pastels.

Family:

It’s my oldest brother’s birthday today so I stopped in to give him a hug and money. I’m saving the environment by not giving cards as I feel like everyone just recycled them anyways. I tell everyone I’m concentrating on the important stuff!

Shopping:

After a quick stop for gas, I headed out to get my treat as yesterday was my fifth day of good eating:) I decided that I didn’t have to start over at one after my Friday slip. Lyndsay has been saying she got a bath caddy for her birthday and I’ve always wanted one so I picked one up at Canadian Tire. In fact, I’m writing this post on it right now.

Eating:

I will definitely be coloring today in even though I wasn’t perfect, because I showed way more self will than I usually do at staff meetings!

I’ve had:

Oatmeal with raisins and peanut butter

Grapes

A slice of pizza

One tortilla chip, one rice cracker, one small cookie (I saved from recess, but it turned out not to be that great), fruit and veggies with hummus.

It’s probably more than I need but I was pretty impressed with myself for not eating a ton of chips and salsa and rice cracker with hummus as those are favourites of mine.

Well I’m going to go crawl into bed as my morning is going to start early.

Have fun!

AJ

A Pretty Perfect Saturday

It was a pretty great day, but nothing like my usual.

Shopping:

After being so tired last night, of course I was up super early this morning. I was super ready by the time my colleague Liane picked me up. The city next to ours had decided to do a Fall city wide garage sale, like the one in May, so of course we had to partake in it. We hit about 16 garage sales but definitely weren’t as successful as we usually are in the Spring. I ended up with some items for the price bin at work, along with an Ivivva tank top, a pair of shoes, an aloe Vera plant and a bankers lamp for $9. I think that’s decent:)

We are hoping that it was just slow because it’s the first time it’s been held. It was an absolutely perfect day for garage sales!

Socializing:

After a quick stop at home, I met up with my friend Anna for a walk to the park with her two little boys. It ended up being a longer trip than I had planned, but was still awesome. It was such a perfect crisp, sunny, Fall day and I couldn’t have asked for better company!

We couldn’t get over their stamina!

Knitting:

I have managed to finish one sleeve completely and am ready to start the fancy hem on the second sleeve. I have had to use the extra skein of yarn as I only got to row 73 on the second sleeve and I ran out of my original skeins. I’m so glad I had the new one sitting there waiting! I had actually already started the hem of the second sleeve, but messed it up and had to rip it out. I figured I had better wait for tomorrow and a clear head to tackle the last 32 rows.

Reading:

Since I didn’t have the brain power to knit, I decided to read instead and finished another NetGalley book. I do wonder why my percentage stays at 80% when I have provided a review for every book I have been given. I wonder what else it is based on?

Today I finished the book, An unforgettable Christmas by Ginny Baird.

The story of Sam Singleton, a jewelry store owner who is a workaholic and bordering on Scrooge. He doesn’t even recognize how amazing his accountant Angie is until he falls and hits his head and suffers from amnesia. This was a very sweet, romantic story that surprised me. I wasn’t expecting Sam to become such a different person during his convalescence. It was a neat take on a classic Christmas story.

I greatly enjoyed the story and thanks to Ginny Baird, Hallmark and NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Eating:

I think I get to colour in another square on my calendar. I’ve had:

2 rice cakes with Pb & j ( I should probably get this down to one)

Grapes

Mac and cheese

One scoop of vegan maple walnut ice cream

Red peppers and dip

Anna had warned me about going for ice cream in advance so I tried to make the rest of my day healthier so it would make up for the ice cream. It wasn’t unplanned so I think it’s okay. If anyone disagrees let me know. I don’t want to be too easy on myself!

Well, I’m done and going to sleep.

Have fun!

AJ