ProD New Tradition

Today was a ProD day and we’ve been informed that going forward this year, all will be done from home. We have to listen to dumb seminars, but at least I get to be comfy and cozy at home!

One of the things I love most about ProD days is that I can get a quick run in before work. This morning I could feel my knee so I just did 3km, but that’s three closer to Rapid City! I also did my 40 sec plank on right, left and centre this evening. I should have worked out or done yoga, but it just didn’t happen.

I unfortunately didn’t learn anything new from my ProD today:(. I did get the situpons done for the kids though. These are newspapers in ziploc bags that the kids sit on when we are doing a lesson outside. I hope they work well!

However, my teaching buddy and I went for a lovely rainy walk once the sessions were over. We walked for about an hour and a half and then had ice cream. I should have ordered first as I would have gotten my usual one scoop, but I was influenced by Liane and got a flight. Way too much ice cream for me, but it was yummy! We sat outside to enjoy it and by the end, I felt like I was drooling because my lips and mouth were so frozen and I was definitely shivering.

Knitting:

The exciting news is that I finished my test knit for U and I Knit (Josee Paquin) last night. I love her patterns and this one is no different. It knit up super fast and is so lovely and soft and squishy!! It’s the Alexis Vest and you should look out for the pattern coming soon!

My new knitting books came today and I am super excited to start SPY21 with a pair of I Scream socks from Operation Sock Drawer. All 20 patterns in this book seem amazing and I want to make them all! I couldn’t start tonight as I washed the red to see how bad it was going to bleed. Just a tiny bit pink so I put vinegar in the water and am waiting for it to dry so I can cast on!!!

I have been working on an entrelac scarf tonight and am loving what it is looking like! I have always wanted to try entrelac and once you get the pattern, it’s not tough:)

Well I’m suddenly very tired and so think I am off to bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Monday Musings

It was an okay day- nothing out of the ordinary.

Teaching:

We got through a journal entry and then while the children had music, I gathered my courage and called Telus. I actually got a guy who was super helpful and went through all my options with me. My new phone is in its way.

We played games in the gym while we can and then had lunch. I got a couple of rows knitted during lunch.

I had to start assessing reading during my guided reading time today. It is the week of assessment as we then had the kids do their collaborative goals for the report card. The children then had centres while I got PHE assessed. Too much assessment!!!! Poor kids:(

Shopping:

Just as the last child got picked up my phone rang and it was the courier. He wasn’t willing to put the package at my door and would only leave it in the foyer of the building. Of course just this weekend a notice was put up about robberies in the foyer and from mail boxes. I had no other choice so I literally sprinted down the hill, and thankfully it was still there.

Knitting:

My package was my lovely new heated blanket. I have spent the entire evening under my new blanket trying to get a second sock made in a day.😳. I am 34 rows from the end and have a very sore hand. I think I’ll get back to work in the morning.

Have fun!

AJ

Weekend Wrap Up

I can’t believe it’s Sunday again already! I have to survive a five day week this week:(

Exercise:

I ended up running on Saturday morning with Dennis as he had an appt on Friday evening. I was tired of running around my house so we went out to the dyke to run. It was super bright and sunny on the way out, but then the big black cloud moved in on the way back.

We got 6.6km in which is better than nothing.

I worked out yesterday afternoon and did another NourishMoveLove workout- 20 minute resistance band workout- legs, cardio and core. I definitely was feeling that workout on my run this morning.

Sarah and I did another ten kilometers this morning. It seemed super slow though we picked up the speed on the way back. I’m not sure how to approach this with Sarah, but really feel we could be running faster at the start as we drop almost a minute off our time. I’d rather run a little faster on the way out and a little slower on the way back and be more even!

We got lucky though and it was a gorgeous morning for a run!

I did the seven hip and low back stretches for the fourth time this week. Hopefully it helps:)

Shopping:

I met up with another teacher from work at Chapters yesterday so we could choose a few books for the kids Bookclub this year. We have had kids asking about it so we are going to try and do the club over zoom once a month. It will be nice to have a little bit of normalcy! We also enjoyed a lovely tea afterwards:)

House:

I have been very productive this weekend for little things. I got the curtains fixed, my hydration bladder fixed, all laundry done and put away and my plants watered.

Knitting:

I have mainly been working on socks for a lady at trivia. I have one sock done and am just considering if I could get the other done by Tuesday night. I somehow don’t think so:(

Well that’s it for my weekend, well except for my reading but I’m not done my book yet.

Have fun!

AJ

Maybe I Should Make Plans

Lol as I sat here tonight with a few more knitting projects done, I wondered if perhaps I should be making plans for my weekends other than sitting on the couch knitting.

Exercise:

I did start the day with a very brisk walk with my running buddies for 5.5km. After yesterday’s 10km run, I didn’t want to run again, so decided to just walk and it was a good decision as even with walking there was a horrible head wind!

Shopping:

After a lovely tea with the group, I stopped for groceries. I was hungry so picked up steak, extra milk, crackers, cheese, and luncheon meat, though thankfully I left all but the bananas, apples and rice cakes at the checkout counter. I shop at the same store every Sunday after my run so they’ve gotten to know me and a few of the cashiers were giggling at me today🤣

Knitting:

I have literally spent the rest of the day knitting. I have finished the Rose City Rollers, Littles Edition socks today and when that didn’t use all the yarn up, I also made a tiny hat. I keep telling myself to try a new sock pattern and I think i will after this one as I wouldn’t mind something with a leg. I do like how this pattern goes so quickly and fits well. I still prefer to knit the socks on DPN’s as the decreasing at the toe is also easier on the DPNs than on the circular – there is no counting required on the DPNs.

The little hat is probably too little to be useful, but maybe I’ll donate it to the Christmas market in December and some little girl can buy it as a doll hat.

I have actually started another knit, but it’s a test knit so I’m not sure I’m allowed to talk about it. It is going really well and will be done soon:)

Well I’m off to bed!

Have fun!

AJ

Painful

It was a painful day in many ways!

Exercise:

Dennis picked me up for a run this morning. I thought we were doing a 5km so I was definitely not in the right head space for a 10km. Then we also had to deal with a zillion puddles so it was painful dodging too. Also figured out that my calves weren’t really hurting- it was the inside of my left heel that hurt which is my “tell” that my running shoes are done. We got ten kilometers done, but it definitely wasn’t our fastest and we both felt kind of dead.

This evening I did a hallmark workout as I am a workout behind my runs. I continue to like to include cardio in these workouts, though I was thinking today that maybe I should be doing extra sets instead. I’ll think about it more before deciding. Tonight I kept to a minute of jogging between these moves: burpees, froggers, dips, bent over rows, pushups, pullovers, front raises, lateral raises, stanchion raises, bicep curls, squats, plié squats, bridges, mountain climbers, crunches, reverse crunches, bicycle crunches, 30 second plank, right plank, left plank.

I was happy to get a workout over a half hour and will continue to try to go for longer.

Knitting:

I have to admit that I have spent most of the day knitting, and have been using up the end of a skein of sock yarn making a pair of socks for myself. I knew I wouldn’t get matching socks so I decided to try a technique that’s on my list to try this year- two at a time. I have been enjoying the process as it makes both socks go quickly and there’s always change, but I have the socks on two different needles. One sock is on double pointed bamboo needles which is lovely but the other sock is on an 8″ Addi turbo with blunt ends which I am not enjoying. The 8″ and super small needle is making my hands and wrist hurt and the blunt ends slow me down as they don’t easily go between the stitch and needle. I guess I’ve learned that I need another set of DPNs at this size. I am also trying out the Rose City Rollers Littles Edition. I have made lots of socks with the adult version but decided to see if the kids six fit me better. I am hoping to be done tonight so I had better go start knitting again!

Have fun!

AJ

Why Won’t It Stay?

It was a very quiet day, but I was okay with that as I know this week is going to be crazy!

Exercise:

I got up this morning and went directly out for my run. I did just under 6km and was happy to see that my average pace still stayed below 7min/km even with the longer distance. It sure didn’t feel that way! It was nice it wasn’t raining, but I felt like I was plodding along.

This evening I went out again for a short run to the park and back just to finish off the Squad Runner mission. I swear it started pouring the moment I stepped outside! I only saw four people out which is quite remarkable for my town! Amazingly, I was slower this evening than I was this morning. I definitely thought it would be the reverse!

House:

I really didn’t want to do anything today, but I did get my dishes done, laundry done and sheets changed. I am so looking forward to crawling into bed as I don’t think there’s many things better than clean sheets!

Reading:

I finished the kids Bookclub book called Short. It was by Holly Goldberg Sloan who has written some other kids books that I loved. This book is about a short girl who is chosen to be a munchkin in the community theatre play one summer. She doesn’t want to at first, but finds herself becoming enmeshed in the theatre and learns a lot about herself. With being short myself, I found it interesting and an easy read, but it also felt at times like the author was trying too hard to teach lessons.

Baking:

So I did my dishes and had a lovely clean kitchen, then of course I wanted to play in the clean kitchen so I made scones and suddenly I have a messy kitchen again. It’s just a vicious cycle!

I made another batch of Sally’s Baking Addiction master scone recipe, however, this time I made lemon blueberry ones. I even put the lemon drizzle on top, which I normally wouldn’t. The scones taste great but they are almost too light. I expect a scone to be dense, but I’m wondering if they’re light just because I made twice as many as he recipe called for. I may have to try big ones and maybe they would be denser. I loved the recipe again and it went faster for me this time:)

I’m loving the Cup 4 cup flour I’ve used for both sets of scones and the Melt vegan butter spread. Both have been producing great results. I may have to try cinnamon buns with them!

Knitting:

I finished one of my socks today and have gotten up to the gusset decreases on the second one. I’m hoping to finish this pair tomorrow as I have to get moving on something for a two year old boy. I have sirdar snuggly yarn I’m going to use in a pale blue. If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them!

I spent the rest of the time working on my mom’s present. She tells me they may be coming a day later than planned. That may be a good thing🤣

Have fun!

AJ

A Pretty Good Day

A pretty good day:) It started with a beautiful view this morning!

All the snow is gone from the trees now as we’ve had beautiful sunshine all day:)

Reading:

I stayed in bed for an extra hour this morning reading the chick lit book I started last night.

This book, The Perfect Present contains three short novellas in one. Each is about 100 pages. The first story is A Christmas Layover by Rochelle Aleta, the second is The Christmas Lesson by Cheri’s Hodges and the third was Christmas With You by Pamela Yaye. I really enjoyed the first two stories, but didn’t really care for the third one. The first story has a teacher meeting a serviceman on the flight from LA, home to Chicago for Christmas. Yes it is quite amazing how easily it is accepted that she has brought a man home by a household of alpha military men, but at least the two main characters had a connection and were likeable. I also loved the large family atmosphere and the perfect family Christmas events:).

The second story has Kayla returning home to North Carolina after a nasty divorce. She immediately meets up with her best friend from high school. It turns out they both wanted it to be more than friends so the relationship moves fast, but still seems realistic. The story also features a sideline of a problematic sisterly relationship which gets ironed out. The main character of this story reminds me of a blogger I read:)

The third story, I found annoying and I found myself skipping paragraphs just to be done it. It has the magic moment across the dance floor, not once, but twice. Instantaneous attraction, a one night stand, and the obnoxious overbearing brother. I just felt like if the heroine was staying true to her character she wouldn’t have let her brother dictate her life. There were way too many baby’s and darlings and the main character didn’t seem genuine.

All in all, three quick Christmas reads to help anyone get into the Christmas mood.

I also got some more of my school book club book read. I just wish it wasn’t so sad! That’s why I had to read a chick lit at the same time! I’ll get it done by Monday though!

Socializing:

I had a date this afternoon for coffee with a guy I met online. It was okay, but I felt like I could have been talking to anyone and didn’t really feel a connection or like we had much in common. I had decided to try an older guy as everyone says I’m old, but I think ten years might be too much for me, but I suppose it really depends on the personality. Oh well, at least I finally went on another date, my friends will be happy. I just really shouldn’t have let my vanity get the better of me! I always wear heels the first time I meet someone as my height does come as a bit of a shock, but I didn’t take into account the puddles from the snow and I think I ruined my black boots:(. The date was not worth that!🤣

Cooking:

With the rule of having only soft, non sticky food until May I figured I’d better plan out some food! I was wanting to do meal prep for the week as I had gotten out of the habit and had noticed the scale reflected this. I now have six bags of cantaloupe for recess snack this week, seven servings of roasted veggies (I had to do something to make all the veggies I had just bought to eat raw with hummus work), and I put my granola into my yogurt so hopefully it will soften up by the time I eat it.

I have a plan to make blueberry muffins, but know I will want to eat one so I’ll try to do that for tomorrow at recess time.

Friendship:

I helped out my friend Sarah by going and letting her dog out this evening. Wilson is a very easy dog to take care of, but I almost lost him in the snow tonight! I had to wade in and get him and bring him back to the pavement!

Exercise:

I went on an awesome evening walk in the snow with Lyndsay and her son this evening. It was so quiet and peaceful as there were very few people out. We stopped at the ice cream store in the park and I managed to not buy ice cream. We were planning to hit up one of the brew pubs for a drink, but there was a line up at all of them:(. Neither of us were desperate for a beer, just for something to do, so we just walked back home.

The walk was good reconnaissance for the fact that the sidewalk is cleared all the way to the park, so I should be able to get a run in tomorrow morning:)

Knitting:

Wondering if I can get both of these socks done in four days, by the end of the month so I can enter them into a HPKCHC class?? I finished the heel flap of one today and will try to do a bit more tonight.

Well, not a super exciting day, but quite nicely full of fun things:)

Have fun!

AJ

Busy but Better

I never seemed to sit down!

Teaching:

My day started early with our first running club practice. In years past there has only been two teachers running this, but thankfully this year there are five so hopefully it will be slightly less work. We have also limited it to grade 4 and 5 students. Running club happens three times a week and is to get the children prepared for the Como Lake Relays where teams of 4 compete. Each child will run 1.2km. It is quite the commitment for the children, but we’ll see how many stick it out. Today we had to do it all in the gym as it was too snowy and slippery outside:(. I hope they stick with it as I really wish I had started running much earlier than I did.

Today we had writing today about the Rocks and Rings program. I seemed to spend the whole time reminding the children of capitals and periods; figure I’ll be saying that in my sleep tonight!

On my prep we wrote the weekly email, and I got one report card written.

For math we started the addition drill booklet. The children took it so seriously and only three of them did the wrong page. I haven’t quite figured out what I’m going to do about that yet.

This afternoon we read with our buddies and then did the last lesson on migration. Most of the children can now name four to six animals that migrate, but I’ll have to test that for sure tomorrow. Their pictures of geese, whales, seals, fish, butterflies and reindeer were really quite cute!

I teamed up with two other teachers after school to write more report cards. We can’t write them for each other, but we can keep each other company, commiserate and provide the odd synonym when you can’t say what you really want to. It does ease the pain of report card writing slightly.

Eating:

We had a staff luncheon at work today. It was Greek. My co teacher very kindly made potatoes and chicken that I could eat so I stuck to that. I really wanted Greek salad!!!!

I know every workplace has that one person, but ours was a real doofus today. He was asked to bring drinks and six skewers. What did he show up with, nothing! Then, after two emails were sent out last week, he tried to ask if this was a sign up and pay luncheon. Ugh I so dislike having to deal with him- one of the reasons I moved to primary!

Friendship:

I picked my knitting buddy up at the bus station this evening. It will be nice to have her home!

Exercise:

I was about to let the weather get to me like I did yesterday. The high was only one degree and it was already back in negative numbers by the time I got home, but I did get out for a run. It was just a quick half hour, but it was at least something and it felt good to be active!

Knitting:

I’m thinking I’m going to put my sweater aside for a few days and work on a pair of socks for myself with my New Hampshire wool. My goal was to make a sweater a month, but this may not happen in February, we’ll see how the socks go. I’m going to try a new pattern for short socks as I prefer to wear those, but never make them. Obviously a situation that needs to be ameliorated!

I’m off to cast on it maybe read another chapter🤣

Have fun!

AJ