Oops

I usually write so that my mom knows how my day went, but with her knowing as I’m with her, I’ve forgotten to write.

It’s been a good holiday so far. I spent a day and night with my brother, sister in law, niece and nephew. I laugh that I come to visit the whole family, but end up spending all my time with my sister in law. It was fun even though the Chinese food place was closed Mondays:(. We spent the time picking blackberries instead. It was pretty cool because we were at my brother’s golf course so we used the lift to get to the high berries. So fun to be able to reach all the good berries!

My SIL and I got out for a run on Tuesday morning. She is recovering from an ankle injury so we took it easy and did 4.8km in walk/running.

I checked my oil and headed up island. I stopped at the Origin Gluten Free Bakery. The guy said I came on the worst day as they were short staffed so they didn’t have much product. I still enjoyed a very moist lemon poppyseed muffin.

I moved on to finding a yarn store I had missed the last time I was on the island. I was in the wrong side of the road so took it as a sign I should grab oil from the gas station I turned around in. I hung out for about forty five minutes waiting for this yarn store to open, only to see absolutely no indication of it. I called the number twice and then gave up. I finally got a response to an email in the evening saying the store is permanently closed. I really wish they had updated their website!!!!

I made my way up the island, but got to two towns away from my parents when my truck started making a very loud, weird noise:(. It had nothing to do with my engine, but was horrible!

I spent the day with my parents catching up.

Wednesday we went into the city for my mom’s appointment (after I did a run, workout and yoga). We had lunch afterwards, and visited two sewing stores and a yarn store. I found fabric for two project bags, but saw so much other fabric I wanted! I also found some yarn for socks for my mom and a toque for my dad.

We tried to go to Costco, but realized neither of us had our debit cards with us🤣 I finished my socks and balled up the new yarn.

This morning I did a quick run around the local field and then went for a walk along the rail trail with my mom. it’s nice to have my mom feeling like taking walks:)

I have spent the day sewing and got one of my tank tops made. I made the binding for the arm holes about an inch too long so the arm holes are a little looser than I want, but I’ll fix the next one.

I also finished knitting a hat for my niece. She had chosen the yarn last time I visited and then chose the patternthis time. I love how it turned out.

This is the Martine Hat out of Color Story Yarn in Orchid. The picture was taken in the dark so doesn’t do justice to the colours.

The best part is that I have enough yarn left to make socks for myself.

I’ve also started a beanie for my dad.

Well there you have it- the start of my holiday.

Have fun!

AJ

Cooler

Well it rained for about thirty seconds last night:( It’s looked like it could rain most of the day so let’s hope it does tonight!

I started the day with my usual 3km run to the park and back. I know it’s not long, but mentally it gets me out the door. Today I decided that I should see how fast I could go. I was about a minute and a half faster than my usual time, but I know I can do it even faster! I may make this a weekly challenge as I think it would be a good indicator of my running improvement.

I came home and immediately did the NourishMoveLove workout which was a quick abs workout. I had every intention of doing the workout twice, but then I got distracted.

Around the house I got my towels changed and washed. Knitty Natty calls it Fresh Towels Friday and I liked that. I see she has a YouTube episode about a cleaning schedule so I may watch that as I’m always looking for pointers. I also got my Christmas lights taken out of the window and put away and the recycling taken out. I’m going to call that a success for doing at least one thing around the house so far. Is two days in a row long enough to call the plan a success??

I packed up my sewing machine and took it over to the local sewing store as they have an agreement with a guy who will pick it up and service it. I have been trying to do this since Spring as my machine won’t go into zigzag but my timing is always off. Today I decided just to take it and it can wait over there as it’s not like I can use it anyways. Of course, now all I want to do is sew!!!!

After a quick ice cream stop

I have learned to just stop and eat an ice cream and not bring a container of it into my house!

I spent most of the day knitting and actually accomplished a pair of socks! I had gotten my latest Knitting Expat Tokyo sock pattern on the fourth but couldn’t start them until today. They just seemed to go very fast, even faster than normal. I really love Knitting Expat sock patterns and would recommend them to anyone and everyone. These socks were done in some leftover Sweet Georgia tough Love Sock yarn in beige. It’s a beautiful yarn, but I still have some leftover. Sometimes I wish for bigger feet so I wouldn’t have leftovers!

Sorry for the bad photo- it’s dark here.

And since I promised, here is my most recently finished sweater- the Rock It Tee by Tanis Fibre Arts.

I had been a little worried when I saw the yarn caked up because it was extremely bright, but it’s actually not even as bright as it looks in the picture. The yarn is a merino fingering and a silk mohair that are died identically. You simply alternate between the two. I don’t know why this sweater took me so long as it was very simple. I am glad I did it though!

This evening I did my yoga and rolling. I definitely noticed this morning the fact that I hadn’t done yoga and rolling last night. I guess this is one habit I’ll have to try my best to keep up. I actually ended up with my yoga and rolling being almost as long as my run🤣

Well I’m off to bed as I have an early run in the morning.

Have fun!

AJ

Poor Puppy

I am over house sitting and dog sitting for my brother and his family while they are away. He is not a happy camper as he doesn’t like his people being away.

This morning I slept in a bit. I tried out my brother’s exercise room – really just a bedroom with the soft mats put down. I did a Nourish Move Love workout and boy was I sweaty! I tried to do yoga upstairs with Banks, but he was all over me. I ended up heading home to do my yoga and then take a shower.

I got back and started my new test knit- a tee! I finished my socks last night.

These are the Dubai socks by Knitting Expat. I have been participating in her around the world in 8 socks Kal and have been loving it. I find her patterns really well written and they turn out beautifully! These socks are done in Area51 Fibres Sturdy Alien sock yarn in the Claire colourway. I feel like the blue is actually more green than it looks in the picture. I wish I had made the sock one size larger because the cables make them fit smaller.

In the afternoon my running buddy Sarah picked me up and we went for sushi. She was willing to go to the next city over so I could have sushi rolls. This one restaurant does gluten free sushi and I love when I can have something other than just sashimi.

Sarah and Brenda came back to enjoy the pool, but we just ended up visiting in the backyard. It was a lovely afternoon.

This evening I have spent my time watching the Knitty Natty podcast on the tv and working on my test knit for UandIKnit.

Well I need to go drag the poor pup around the block.

Have fun!

AJ

At Last

Last night was tough, but I have to say, life has improved!

Last night I did Costco with my mom and teaching buddy. I didn’t buy very much, but seemed to spend a lot of money 😞. I then came home and spent three hours fixing report cards. For someone who usually goes to bed at nine, staying up til midnight made today tough.

I did get my reports posted, printed and handed in right away this morning. It felt really good to not have to think about them for the weekend!

Teaching:

We used loose parts today to have students create a character and a setting. This is where students can use any type of materials and be creative. They were super engaged and it was neat to see what they came up with!

We had a big hunt after recess which was cool! One group found a golden beetle that was gorgeous! I read them the book, The Bug Girl which was really good!

This afternoon we had our wrap up for the Jump Rope For Heart campaign. Our little school raised over $8000! The kids have been living skipping and have taken to bringing skipping ropes to school. It’s great to see!

Exercise:

I thought I’d be going out with my mom again, but she met up with my aunts and uncles. I suppose they can have her for one afternoon😜. I took the time and snuck in another 3km as I had to cancel my run yesterday to get my report cards done. This makes the second week I’ve been short mileage. Thankfully non-school time is coming!

I also did my FitOn class which was an EMOM workout. Every minute on the minute you have to do some moves and get them done in that minute. I’ve heard of the workout style before but hadn’t done it, but it was fun.

I have a conundrum. I feel like a lot of the FitOn workouts are not that hard or long, but I love how it gets me to exercise everyday by giving me badges, and my exercise stats, etc. I would love to go back to NourishMoveLove as it has longer and tougher workouts but it doesn’t have those extra little perks. I’ll have to think about how I can solve this problem

Knitting:

With staying home I have been working on my Kith Shawl and am actually getting very close to finishing it. I thought I might finish it tonight, but I think I’m going to sleep instead.

Thankfully I can finally share the test socks I did.

These are the scalloped shorties pattern by Josee Paquin (uandIknit). They are done in cascade heritage yarn in the colourway Anis. I find shorties knit up so quickly that it’s fun to make them!

Hopefully I will have more finishes to share with you soon!

Have fun!

AJ

Is it only Tuesday?

April went so fast and yet May seems to be taking forever!

Teaching:

My six little boys definitely have Spring Fever and are driving me crazy. They don’t seem to realize that the rules apply to them!

Today we practiced for our student led conferences and that went surprisingly well. Well except for the little guy who has been off school since Spring Break and doesn’t seem to realize that he needs to do what the rest of us are doing!

We got through a math drill and the kids had library.

This afternoon we did silent reading and then we went outside for outdoor Ed. This time it was science and the kids were gluing confetti to show the molecules inside solids, liquids and gases. They had more fun pretending to be the molecules, but they seemed to get the idea.

We are still waiting on staff members to make up their minds so there is no resolution of the drama and/or uncertainty at work yet.

Exercise:

It was just Dennis and I for the run tonight. I had planned a slow, easy run but there was this woman in front of me who really didn’t look to be running fast, but I was doing a 6min kilometer and couldn’t catch her. My legs were heavy from my massage yesterday so there was no way I was picking up the pace anymore than that!

I came home and immediately did the HIIT workout on FitOn as I knew I wouldn’t otherwise.

Crafting:

My plan to use the brown alpaca for my shawl isn’t going to work as the halo obstructs the pattern. I then tried out some coal Kroy I had, but didn’t get gauge and thought- do I want a shawl out of Kroy when there are so many super soft yarns out there.

It was at this point I realized I hadn’t done my stitching for today, so I sat down to do that. I am down to just 146 stitches to do on the curtains. Let’s hope that by the end of the week they are done!

I then had to do the toe on my current lunch sock. I always knit while visiting at lunch but today I got to my toe and couldn’t visit and do that. I got this sock finished and got through the cuff on the second so that I’m ready for lunch knitting tomorrow.

I am now back to doing another swatch with stash yarn for the shawl. I really want to finish so that I’ll know if this yarn is going to work, but I also know that I need sleep!

Hmmm what to do???

Have fun!

AJ

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