Hump Day:)

It’s nice to think the work week is half over!

Teaching:

I am feeling very behind as I still need to have 9 kids read to the class and I need to assess a ton for reading individually. Ugh!

It was super hot again today so we spent as much time outside as possible. We did our goals for the report cards. Grade 1s setting their own goals- it really is a joke! I am becoming very good at just saying- nope go pick a different one.🤣

We did our chalkboard spelling, did gym outside. We then walked around the school on our way back to class finding objects outside that are the same size as our foot. We did our math drill and then went to lay on the gym floor to cool off.

This afternoon I assessed two kids, and we read a book about First Nations and started colouring a feather. 215 children’s bodies were found on the grounds of a residential school so it’s been a tough week acknowledging this event while being appropriate for six year olds.

We ended the day playing outside.

I left pretty quick after school and stopped by the grocery store to pick up some food.

Knitting:

I finished my test knit socks last night!

Tonight I was working on my test knit shawl, but really feel like I’ve made a mistake so I have emailed the designer to see if I am on the right track or not. In the meantime I am using my leftover skein of Fleece Handmaiden to make a The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. This yarn is a fingering where it calls for worsted, but I have double the amount of yarn, so will just keep knitting until I finish the skein. It has been really nice to be doing a straightforward knit!

Exercise:

I did three laps of the field with the kids today for National Running Day and then this evening I did a kickboxing video in FitOn. My high speed data ran out so my workout took forever as I knitted in between it buffering🤣

I managed to get a salad made and my dishwasher loaded so I am going to call today a success.

Have fun!

AJ

Fell Asleep

I can’t believe I fell asleep before posting last night and it was such an exciting day!

Teaching:

We started the day with a staff meeting telling us that our principal is moving to another school as of July 1st and the acting principal we have right now will become our regular principal. Our original principal can come back before June 30th, but at least we know we won’t have to put up with her for long.

My class spent the morning doing chalkboard spelling, getting items handed out and making 105 words from the word experimentation.

At recess we had a second quick staff meeting where it was announced which staff member would be taking the surplus and thankfully it was the one I thought should!

My class did skipping in gym and we had tears. I solved two sets of tears as I worked one on one to teach them to skip, but the third set took it to the bench and kept crying🙄

In the afternoon we had a fire truck visit. The kids were super excited and had a million questions and at least as many stories. They got fire helmets at the end and I got to try out using a fire extinguisher. It was cool, but I really don’t want to do that in real life!

Knitting/Stitching:

I came home right away and did my stitching. I have been putting on a podcast and stitching for that time, but today I was down to 76 stitches so I just kept going and the curtain is done!!!!!

I spent the rest of the night working on my test knit shawl. I got confused and emailed the designer about something, but it was my misunderstanding. I thought she wanted the two colours to alternate across the row so when I had three stitches in one colour in a row, I thought I had made a mistake. Nope and now I probably look like an idiot to the designer and I was hoping to do more of her test knits. I am killing my reputation with a lot of designers lately:(

Exercise:

I ended the night with a FitOn HIIT class. It was a half hour and I was sweaty so I’ll count that as a success!

Well I have to get moving.

Have fun!

AJ

Book Character Day

This year we have had a spirit day each month at school and today it was dress as your favorite book character.

My day actually started with a meeting with my new principal which went quite well I hope I was tactful- it’s definitely not my strength🙏🏻🤦🏼‍♀️

The kids and I finished their friendly letters that we started yesterday and we sent them home with them so they could actually send or give the letter to whomever they had written to.

We also did chalkboard spelling and the kids are doing really well! We went outside for gym and I introduced the kids to the game British Bulldog and then we got through a math drill. This afternoon we concentrated on discussing healthy food and they created their dream, healthy dinner.

For the book character day, I dressed as Anne of Green Gables and my students didn’t know who I was😥. We then had to watch a few animated parts of the book I found on YouTube. The kids were super interested as the EAL kids didn’t want to leave. Our new principal dressed up, gathered the staff for a photo at lunch and read her favorite book to the school online this afternoon. She did more in one day to foster school spirit than has been done in the past four years!

Exercise:

I left school early and came home, got my recycling taken out and did my FitOn workout which was an arms and upper body. It didn’t use weights, but I probably should have grabbed some!

Knitting:

I don’t really love having more than two projects on the go at one time- one for home and one portable one. Suddenly I have five😳😥

Tonight I did three stripes on each of my socks and am almost done gusset decreases. This morning I did a pattern or two on my hitchhiker shawl. I then switched over to my Ankers Summer Shirt. I am about two inches past the sleeve separation and I decided I had better do the sleeves and then I can just knit the body as long as possible. I don’t think I’ll be short yarn, but who knows. I have finished the right sleeve this evening as I changed it and made it only five rows of ribbing as I don’t love a deep ribbing.

I really need to knit a lot this weekend and get a few of these projects finished up as I have a test knit to do!

Well I’m done for tonight. For some reason I am super tired tonight:(

Have fun!

AJ

Meetings Should be Banned

The day was fine, but the meeting didn’t help it at all!

Teaching:

We created monsters in our journals and then wrote about them. The children also had music class and we began our pumpkin study. Each student has brought a pumpkin so today we brainstormed what we know about pumpkins. We’ll be doing something fun with the pumpkins each day until Friday when we will decorate them. Thankfully it was nice enough to end the day with playtime outside.

We had a CDMC (collective decision making committee )after school. These meetings always feel useless as nothing is ever decided.

Medical:

I finally found a place that had flu shots available so I went after work and had my flu shot and then rewarded myself with ice cream on the way home.

Knitting:

This is the back of the test knit I just finished. It is a cardigan called Garnered by Alicia Plummer. I wore it today and it was super comfy. I did it in LettLopi in Heathered Grey. I did it in a smaller needle size than the pattern called for and next time I would definitely use a larger needle so it would be drapier. I do really like it though.

I am almost done another Alicia Plummer knit- this one a pullover which I should be able to show you soon.

Well there my day in a nutshell, 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

Woah Wednesday

What I learned today…I don’t like people who feel the need to flaunt their power just because…😖

Teaching:

We started the day with an assembly for pink shirt day. The kids were pretty well behaved and the assembly itself was good- probably because two teachers planned it. I think the best part was the video or Don’t Laugh at Me by Mark Wills. Of course, I don’t think any teacher actually paid attention, going by how many pointed out the cute cop to me🤣🤪

We also got through a lesson on reading strategies and a lesson on using the number line to do subtraction. I so love having my prep in the afternoon (I switched as another class was having a field trip) as then I have all this great morning time to actually teach! With just a minute to sword fight, etc my students were then able to focus for a full 20 minutes during the math lesson. I felt like singing hallelujah!

This afternoon we started a Social Studies art project that the kids were super engaged in! Hopefully I’ll have photos tomorrow.

We ended the day with one of my students reading a book to the class. She was so proud and it seemed like other kids were interested. Thankfully that will be their sharing for April.

I ended my work day with another three report cards and then had to run very fast down the hill.

Dentist:

Well my tooth fell out again last week and I managed to get into the dentist today. He cemented it back in again but is putting in a request to do a standard bridge. Oh yeah, more dental work. It’s pretty sad that I was able to explain dental work terminology to some confused teachers at lunch.

Reading:

When I got home my first order of business was to finish the kids Bookclub book as the other teacher still needs to read it too. This month we read, The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller.

It was a good read. It deals with the very serious topic of depression in a way that is appropriate for kids. I did find it overwhelmingly sad though and wondered if a few more lighthearted moments could have been added. I also wondered how a therapist husband hadn’t explored therapy or meds before the situation got dire?

Exercise:

I didn’t have time for a Hallmark movie tonight, so I just made up a workout. I really wanted to go for a run, but it was already dark when I got home. I did a minute of jogging with four pound weights in each hand between these moves:

25 shoulder presses

40 squats

20 front raises

40 plié squats

40 reverse lunges

20 bicep curls

40 bridges

40 Russian twists

40 second plank

20 full sit ups

25 crunches

25 reverse crunches

20 dips

25 pullovers

I did each move with 8lb weights, but that won’t be lasting long as I promised myself I would move up to a new weight in the next month.

I figure it is better than nothing, but I sure hope I get a run in tomorrow!

Knitting:

I got permission to share my test knit! I test knitted for Josée Paquin, which I was super excited about as I love so many of her patterns. I got to do the Laughing Out Loud Hat which was a gorgeous solid colour hat with a nice spiral design.

The hat was a great excuse to buy and try out Brooklyn Tweed: Shelter yarn in the colour Pumice. This yarn sure knits up softer than you’d think and it was great to knit with. I wouldn’t say it had great stitch definition though.

The pattern was super easy to follow and knitted up quickly, so I would definitely recommend it!

Tonight, after I finished my workout and the Bookclub book I got to sort and determine yarn weights for the odd balls that have been living under my coffee table. I have a goal to use up 8 more skeins before I go to Fibres West in Mid March so I printed off some hat patterns today and figure I’ll tackle some of these small balls.

Well, that’s all my excitement for today (said facetiously)!

Have fun!

AJ

Another Pain?!

I woke up this morning with a painful right eye and it got progressively more sore all day. I finally got into the shower and let the water run over it. I’m hoping that between the shower and a good night’s sleep it will go away!!!

Teaching:

Ugh my students just don’t seem to be improving. It makes it tough to keep going when you don’t see any results from your efforts. Maybe tomorrow there will be a glimmer.

Today we wrote a journal and I have to admit they worked well and most got a good amount done. Of course there are still those ones who think that one sentence is enough. I got a couple of children to the point where they could do a bit of editing and we had time to read a couple of them. I only had to make one little girl reread because we couldn’t hear her at all. It’s a good thing I have to write this because t made me realize the day started better than I thought.

Math after recess wasn’t bad either as we started subtraction today and just did hands on practice with manipulatives. I was supposed to be counting back on the number line, but they were engaged so we kept on with what we were doing. I wish there were more of me as it wasn’t until nearing the end that I got around to one little girl and realized she was still trying to add:(

I got three children’s reading assessed during the quiet time and silent reading and we got a lesson on lacrosse. I tried to do a lesson on a new reading strategy- trying a different vowel sound- but they just couldn’t sit still.

They weren’t great listeners during lacrosse either which was super embarrassing since we had the captain of Vancouver’s professional lacrosse team in to do a lesson. It was great and included the history of lacrosse too. The guy was great and you could totally tell he has kids himself.

I also had a talk with my kids about the fact that while they might do something well, there is always room for improvement. So many of my students want to be perfect the first time or think they are perfect the first time. I have a colleague who calls it the result of the confetti generation and I can certainly see that.

Knitting:

After writing four report cards I headed home to finish up my test knit. I have finished and love the end result. I have sent an email to see if I can share about it, so you’ll know when I know:)

Exercise:

I knew it would be super easy to wimp out of working out today so I arranged to have Lyndsay text me later to make sure I had.

I did a simple Hallmark workout again, but tried to get a few new moves in. I did a minute of jogging while lifting or holding 8lb weights between each of these moves:

Burpees, froggers, squats, plié squats, push ups, dips, upright rows, around the world lunges, bicycle crunches, Russian twists, pullovers, Bridges, twisted mountain climbers, military press, bicep curls, front raises, crunches, reverse crunches, plank.

I’m glad I did it, but was much happier once I was in the shower!

Have fun!

AJ

Recharging

Today definitely felt better than yesterday!

Teaching:

We got through calendar and I set up the parent reading during my prep. I only have four parents this year, but that makes for some extra practice for the kids, hopefully at least once a week they will each get to read. I so wish there was a magic solution to learning to read, but a lot of it is just practice and time with books.

We also tackled greater than and less than again today and the kids did great. I kept it mostly to talking about the alligator eating the bigger number, but they seemed to get that. I also came up with a quick game to practice. I often wonder what teachers did before there was the card game war? I swear you can practice almost every math skill with that game!

This afternoon we started out directed drawing turkeys, but both Liane and I forgot which website we had used in the past and I don’t think this activity is going to turn out as cute as it has in the past:(

The best part of the day for me was that there were no big problems on the playground and one of my boys now knows all of his sounds!

Exercise:

After getting some laminating done after school, I headed out for a run. It was raining horribly and I really didn’t want to go, but I forced myself too. I love how my mom didn’t let me off the hook as when I texted to whine to her, she just told me to suck it up and go🤣

I got just over 3km in which is slightly short of what I’m supposed to do, but I’ll make up for it tomorrow when I go out with the group. I had a pretty good pace though both Achilles were sore going up the hills:(

Knitting:

I have done a bit of knitting on the shawl tonight while listening to podcasts, but didn’t quite get as much done as I wanted to.

I did however get a project page made for my daddy-son hat test knit. I tried it on tonight and I think it’s going to make a great running hat.

The pattern is called Daddy-Son hat by Zanete Knits and I used Ancient Arts Yarns Socknado in Cats Eye Cobalt. It is knit top down with a new to me cast on method and it knit up super quick!

Reading:

I was really enjoying reading my new Knit Simple magazine, but had to stop in order to read the kids Bookclub book as I have to be done by Friday. I may take it to work tomorrow and see if I can finish it off there.

Eating:

I have had a really good eating day and my mom said I could colour in yesterday too as fish and chips isn’t the end of the world. Today I’ve had:

Oatmeal with peanut butter (yes I am a creature of habit)

Banana

Turkey, stuffing and vegetables

Celery with cream cheese, celery stalk and carrot with hummus and guacamole to dip them in

Rice cake with cream cheese and jam

I’m going to have to start thinking about what I want to get myself next!

Well I’m going to go read something I want to read now!

Have fun!

AJ

Calm Before the Storm

I decided I’d better try to have some quiet days as it is getting very close to when I’ll have no chance of that!

Exercise:

After enjoying a cup of tea in bed, I headed out for my run. I got about 4.5km in when the rain started pelting down. All I could do was tuck my phone in my sleeve and head for home as fast as I could. I finished 5.3km and the last kilometer was my fastest by far! I guess it’s time to put my phone in a bag on my runs again.

This evening I finally got back to my weight training as well. I did 3 sets of 12 of the following:

Calf raises, hamstring curls, reverse lunges, squats, deadlift, bridge, sit up, dead bug, chest press, flies, bent over rows, bicep curls, overhead tricep extension, front raise, and shoulder press.

It’s good to finally get back to it and now I just have to make it a habit!

Knitting:

I have spent most of the day in absolute silence working on my knitting. I am loving how the Not a Boring Sweater looks already, but it sure does take concentration and counting.

I am twenty rows into that yoke full of cabling. I think I’ll be thankful for the mindless stockinette when I get there! I am a little worried the sweater is going to be too big for me:(

Eating:

Not a bad day:

Banana with peanut butter and jam

Salmon burger

Blackberries

Carrot, celery, cucumber slices with guacamole and two ham sticks ( no idea, but I found them in my freezer).

Well I’m going to take a break and read or watch a chick flick.

Have fun!

AJ

Tradition

It’s amazing how once you do something more than once, it becomes a tradition.

Socializing/ Shopping:

Today was the city wide garage sale and I again went with my co-teacher. We hit 37 different houses in 3.5 hours. I managed to spend about $35. Some stops were great and others not so much. I am happy with what I got though and I think the deal of the day would be either the $5 Coach Tote or the $15 Lululemon backpack. I just hope I didn’t embarrass my co-teacher as I made offers on everything!

Knitting:

I have done a little bit of reading, but have to admit that most of the day was spent finishing up my April Tank Top. The lace went so much easier and quicker today! I thankfully only had to rip out the one row! I finished the lace and all of the I-cord bind off. Unfortunately, I think it’s going to be way too big forme(

We shall see after it finishes blocking.

The pattern was a lot of fun because it starts with the back lace, then has lots of tv stockinette knitting and ends with the interesting bottom lace. The pattern is the first for Carolyn Day Designs and it was well done- easy to follow, lots of pictures, all necessary information, both metric and imperial measurements, and it even had imbedded links for techniques that might be unfamiliar.

Unfortunately I was less happy with the Cascade Heritage yarn. I loved the colour- anis, but I found it incredibly splitty and slippery:(

I am already looking for my next project. I have a multicolored Cascade Heritage Prints yarn to use up. I need a simple pattern done in the round to show up the colours. Does anyone have a suggestion?

Exercise:

I just did: 50 squats, 50 pair squats, 50 pushups, 50 dips, 50 crunches and 50 bicycle crunches so that I could say I had done some exercise. The plan was to go for a run today, but unfortunately I finished the tank after it had gotten too dark outside.

Well I’m off to peruse ravelry and read.

Have fun!

AJ