Out Of There

We had plans after school and we’re out of there by 3:15🤣

Teaching:

It was a good day. I am very thankful for having a good class with all the other craziness going on! We did calendar and then went out to do the Terry Fox run. I felt sad about the fact the kids only got to do 20 minutes of running around the field by themselves:(. So different than the usual, fun run!

After recess we tried out having a quiet time where the kids could eat and then do something at their seats. I liked it because I got their Fall leaves cut out and put up on the window.

We tackled our math number booklets and most finished. My one little guy who has trouble focusing has embraced using a timer and actually lots of kids wanted to set a goal for what they could get done in five minutes.

Finally this afternoon we did silent reading, a Fall poem, and played outside.

A pretty good day all in all and we were out the door quickly:)

Socializing:

It was Lyndsay’s birthday yesterday so we wanted to take her for a drink. We went up to the golf course again and it was crazy busy! We managed to have a quick drink and some chicken wings and nachos (shared five ways). It was a great start to the weekend!

Exercise:

Dennis thought I was insane to plan a run after happy hour, but I need to make up for September. I will have a Run to Rapid City update out this weekend, I promise!

Our run today seemed tough, but I guess that’s just because I was running faster than I have been lately. It really did feel good to put some speed on (or my version of speed🤣). We got 7km done and the last kilometer coming down hill was super fun!

Well I got a load of laundry put in, so I guess I can say my house chore got done today. I will have to find time to change my sheets tomorrow as that is the one chore I didn’t get done this week. Not bad:)

Have fun!

AJ

In a New Place

Well I have yet again hanged locations, but this one is only about fifteen minutes from home. I am dog and house sitting for my brother.

I had to cancel my run yesterday on Dennis as I really didn’t think my hip was going to make it. It was a little sore while walking the dog right now, but it seems to have gotten to the point where it loosens up once it’s warmed up- let’s hope I run this afternoon!

Baking:

I iced the lemon zucchini muffins and finished off the poke cake. The poke cake isn’t hard, just a lot of steps. The kids liked it and I didn’t mind it, though I want to try it with the fruit salad and pistachio pudding my grandma used to use.

Socializing:

I quickly walked the dog and then met up with two friends at a local park. I wanted to make sure I saw them all as once I’m back unschool I won’t be able to. Most of my friends have made it clear that they’ll be keeping their distance. I get it.

The park was awesome and new to me, though it isn’t far from home. The top has a regular play structure, but then there is a long slide that goes from that level to the next where there is a field and a climbing wall. Then you go down one more level and there is a water park and a sand pit. We spent most of our time on the lowest level as it was a warm day.

I then rushed back as I had some friends coming over for dinner. It was a great night as the kids loved the pool. They’ve been in lakes, etc this summer, but no pool due to Covid, so I was glad I could give them a treat. We had glory bowls for dinner and they were amazing!

I spent the rest of the night watching The Great Canadian Baking Show and then went to bed with Banks.

Well I need to go search down some tea!

Have fun!

AJ

Friyay!

Even on holidays, I like Fridays!

Exercise:

I met Dennis for his favourite trail run. It is not my favourite, but I figure I’d better do this one for him sometimes. I always seem to be slow on this trail run. It is an out and back along a river to a waterfall. I know that I will be slow on the way out because it is all slightly uphill, but the trail is also technical so I never really feel like I get into a groove with my running. It did give me 7.56km more towards my goal which is important since we are approaching the end of the month!

I unfortunately didn’t plan well and didn’t get any other exercise in today because I had a massage. After paying for a massage I try to enjoy the benefits for at least a day!

Socializing:

After a lovely nap, I met up with a friend and her husband. I had texted her in the morning to let her know I had her shirt and some baking for her kids. Her and her husband came down and we had a great visit in the park across the street. I wish I got to do this type of thing more often!

Knitting:

I have been busy knitting away on my Weekender and I actually finally undid the previous start as I committed to this newer, slightly smaller sized one.

I hope this works well as I went to put away my Seraphina sweater today and I’m so disappointed that it is just so big on me! I hate doing all this work to end up with something that doesn’t fit well:(

Reading:

I always try to hold off until I’ve finished a book before talking about it, but this one I can’t resist. I am listening to Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin and am absolutely loving it. It is all about making and keeping habits. It has definitely made me think about myself and what I want my life to be about. The bonus today is that it got me to do a little tidying around the house too.

Well, I think that’s everything about my day.

Have fun!

AJ

I Can’t Believe It!

I must be right out to lunch that I forgot to write the last two nights!

Exercise:

Yesterday I went with Dennis back out to the dykes for 7.26km. I had said I wanted to do as many dyke runs as possible before school starts as i won’t be able to once I’m working. It was a perfect day for a run- cool at the start, quiet and beautiful!

I also got the NourishMoveLove 30 Minute Power Barre workout done. It hurt while I was doing it, so I’m taking that as a good sign. I signed up for her email and so am just following the weekly schedule she sends.

Knitting:

I started the Weekender for the third time yesterday. I kept trying to convince myself that it was okay, but I really didn’t like the fabric that was being produced. I have now gone to a 3.75mm needle and that’s my final offer!

Socializing:

I met up with my friend Anna and her boys for some blackberry picking and it was the highlight of my day, even though we were too late for the good blackberries.

I also didn’t manage to come home with any berries, but that’s okay.

Well I need to get some baking done before I get Gus and it gets hot.

Have fun!

AJ

Ruined In One Day

Well my mom gets me to relax and I undid it one day back home.

Exercise:

I took my butt out the door for my usual 5km mill run. It was nice to know exactly where I was going and that there wouldn’t be any huge hills!

This evening I did another NourishMoveLove workout. I did the upper body dumbbell workout and boy did I feel that! I’m afraid to think about how I will feel tomorrow.

Shopping:

I set out first thing to the fabric store and grabbed material for more tanks. Hopefully I’m not biting off more than I can chew!

Knitting:

I also stopped in and grabbed my next pattern from my running buddy, who very kindly printed it for me. We are doing a bit of a knit along of the Weekender sweater by Andrea Mowry.

I have been doing the gauge swatch tonight and have to go down an entire needle size to get gauge.

My friend was showing me her shelf of homemade sweaters. I called it her happy shelf as it definitely makes one smile! I want a shelf like that!!!

Socializing:

I met up with a couple of friends that I hadn’t seen in about a month. We had lunch and did some window shopping.

My lunch was super yummy! A summer salad with chicken added to it at the Fort Trading Post.

Cooking:

It’s nice to have a cooler day as I had to cook up one of my Freah Prep meals. I decided to make the Five Spice Shitake Glazed Salmon with Jasmine Rice and Shanghai Bok Choy. It said it would take 30 minutes, but actually took 40. It wasn’t tough to make and I got four servings out of it.

I am hoping for some more cool weather tomorrow to make the second dish and hopefully some items for the freezer.

Well, I have an early run so I’m off to bed.

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 improve🤣

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, plié 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

Socializing

I always find it tough to ask people to do things as I’m afraid I’m bothering them, but this week I made it a challenge to arrange a friend outing each day. Yesterday I took a friend for ice cream, and today I managed an outing too:)

Exercise:

I tried to do a workout this morning, but my body just wasn’t having it. I stopped and sat back down on the couch and knitted. I had my first massage in four months and it turns out it’s been my psosa that has been giving me trouble. It is a very deep hip flexor and boy does it feel much better now!

Socializing:

Last week when I was walking in the other side of town I had seen that a new cidery had opened up. I arranged to meet two friends there this afternoon for a late lunch. It turned out that we had to sit inside because it was pouring when we got there. Of course it was beautiful by the time we were leaving. It also turned out its a brewery, not a cidery. They only had one type of cider. It was okay, but nothing I have to make the twenty minute walk for.

It was super nice to catch up with friends though and I’m the one who arranged it, so I take that as a major success!

I ordered mixed nuts and olives and they came in a plastic container, like you get in the bulk section of the grocery store. I am really hoping this is just because of the Covid Pandemic as it really didn’t add to the atmosphere at all!

Crafting:

After a lovely two hour nap, I spent the evening knitting on my sweater and watching a Hallmark movie I had never seen before. Both were very enjoyable.

Well I’m tired again, so I think I’ll go crawl into bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Two For Two

Well I got two things done that I should have gotten done.

Exercise:

As I was laying in bed this morning, my running buddy texted to say run without her. I decided that I had better just get it done right away as it would get less and less likely as the day went on. At least today’s 5km run was better than yesterday’s. My hip flexor (I think) is still bugging me, but definitely not as bad as yesterday.

I also got a weights workout in this afternoon. I changed up what I did and took the cardio out of it. I did three sets of ten reps with decreasing weight for: military press, overhead tricep extension, bicep curl, crunches, reverse crunches with a heel tap, bent over rows, pullovers, Russian twists, side to side heel touches, and hip raises. It didn’t burn a lot of calories, but at some point I’d really like to see some muscle tone!

Chores:

I got my bathroom wiped down which was my daily job today and I got my house insurance renewed. It’s a good thing I got these two things done as nothing else got done.

Socializing:

I met up with a fellow teacher friend for a walk (six feet apart) over to the ice cream store. She had never been to Vashti Rose, so I of course had to introduce her, and she of course, loved it! I had the blood orange with a little taster of lemon pineapple and they were great! On our way over there we saw:

I’m embarrassed to say that I have walked by this cuteness several times and never noticed it. I think my story is going to be that it is new and wasn’t there the last several times I was in the area. I now also know my friend is way more observant than me.🤣

Reading:

I have spent all day reading in any little time I had. I finished Get a Life Chloe Brown by Thalia Hibbert. I have to admit this was a slow start for me as it seemed odd and I didn’t love how they talked to each other, but once I hit their email exchange, I was hooked. I would recommend the book as a good, fluffy summer read and I will definitely be reading the next in the series.

Crafts:

I actually got both stitching and knitting done this evening:)🎊🎉. I just needed to get going on the podcasts and it all fell into place. You will see the stitching on Sunday and hopefully the knitting soon.

Well that’s my day folks!

Have fun!

AJ

A Glimmer

Sorry I thought I had posted last night, but I have to admit I was really tired!

Exercise:

I got up early yesterday so Dennis and I could do a ten k along the Central Valley greenway. This is an urban trail in the city next to mine to the west. It is definitely not a run I would do alone and we both agreed that there are a lot of bikes on it. Fair enough it is meant to be a bike route.

The nearest thing was being able to compare yesterday to when we did the exact same run in February. I was about a minute faster this time😀

Right before I crawled into bed last night I did a quick seventeen minutes of cardio as I try to keep my runs and workouts even. I just randomly picked moves and did them 100 times- squats, plié squats, high knees, front kicks, roundhouse kicks, rear leg raise, calf raises, jabs, hooks, and crosses.

Teaching:

I managed to get through all the work including the RAZ kids and Prodigy. I have one little guy who has gone through four levels of books! I am so proud of him!!

The best moment came at the end of the night when I got an email from one of the parents in my class. Their son has been diagnosed with ADHD in kindergarten. For comparison, most kids don’t get assessed and diagnosed until grade four, so that tells you how extreme he is. He has been one of my biggest concerns with going back to school, but they’ve realized it wouldn’t be best for him and are keeping him home!!🎊🎉. I am so glad!! I just couldn’t imagine him trying to sit there all day!

Knitting:

One bootie (not wheels or sole) done and onto the second:). Finally progress! I want these things done for Tuesday so this may be my top priority today.

Socializing:

Only three teachers could gather today so two of them brought their husbands who are friends and we had a garden party. It was an awesome afternoon as the two ladies are the two in the group I have been friends with the longest.

The rhubarb dream bars were a hit so I suggest checking them out if you have rhubarb in your garden.

Cooking:

I decided at the last minute that I had better take a second thing in case there was nothing else I could eat. I didn’t have a lot in the house, but threw a large spoonful of mayo, sour cream and cream cheese into a bowl, added a can of shrimp, and a quarter tsp of garlic powder, salt and pepper and mixed it all together. I put a dollop of seafood cocktail on top in the centre and some chives from my garden and I got compliments! Another easy, quick recipe if you need one.

I collapsed at the end of the day as it was a really long day, but now I’m back for more!

Have fun!

AJ