Are My Eyes Open?

I am happy with my accomplishments today, but I have been utterly exhausted feeling all day!🙁😫😏

Exercise:

I dragged myself out of bed this morning for a workout with Lyndsay because Friday doesn’t work for her. It was a tough workout where we did the floor weight work first and then the treadmill workout. I wasdefinitely sweaty by the end!! It was good to get this done first thing because I knew I had a meeting after school to prepare for Friday and then another meeting with my co teacherctoweite report cards.  At least I didn’t have to worry about getting a workout in!

Teaching:

We had a slow start this morning as we had a presentation on the CPR this morning. The kids loved it as the three guys presenting sang, danced, wore crazy costumes and hats! I had a hard time staying awake, but that was just how I felt all day!

I had a prep where we worked on report cards. My co teacher and I both have to write report cards for our own classes but we like to be in the same room when possible as it’s nice to be able to confer about assessments and wording. Company makes this horrible job a little bit better!

This afternoon we had buddies where we took the STEM boxes and did them with our older buddy class. The children were fully engaged again and having a great time. I plan on doing them one more time on Wednesday where I will take a picture of what they build to post in FreshGrade for their parents.

After school it was a meeting to prepare for the Friday curriculum day. All got done but thank goodness we planned it at the session a month ago as none of us had any recollection of the material!

I also found out after school that I get a new student next Monday who is an extreme behaviour category child. I always end up with the behaviour boys and now my class will be over in class size so I’ll be having to fill out forms for remedy, etc. I was just thinking how much I enjoy my class so I hope this boy doesn’t wreck the dynamics of the classroom!

Baking/ Eating:

Today we had a staff luncheon. We used to do birthday cakes, but the amount of treats was becoming g crazy so we decided to just do three luncheons a year. My group decided on an Italian theme which I was super inexcited about because it’s the most difficult cuisine for me to eat. There was only one dish I could eat out of everything, grrr! I was not a happy camper as I could have had a better meal bringing my lunch from home! The one good thing was that the secretary said my almond chocolate torte I made yesterday was the best part of the luncheon😀

Glad I grabbed this photo at lunch because there was nothing left after school!

Knitting:

I finished my ponytail toque. I adapted a pattern I use for my mother’s toques.

Pattern:

CO 84 stitches, place marker and join in the round.

Knit 2, purl 2 for 39 rows ( I would make this 50 rows next time).

Row 40: rib to the last five stitches, bind off four stitches. I would increase this to bind off six-eight stitches next time.

Row 41: rib to the end, cast on four stitches using backwards loop method.

Row 42: rib

Row 43: Knit 2 together, purl 2 around.

Row 44-47: rib k1, p2

Row 48: Knit 1, purl 2 together

Row 49-52: rib k1,p1

Row 53: knit2together around

Row 54: purl

Row 55: Knit

Break yarn and thread tail through remaining stitches.
I’m happy where the ponytail hole is, but I really wanted a turn up on the bottom of the toque so would definitely make it longer next time.

The wool was wonderful to work with! So soft and it didn’t split at all! I love the colouring!!

This also qualified for the November wand lore class on HPKCHC, so I’m doubly happy!

Well I think I’m going to cuddle into bed with a book and perhaps go to sleep early tonight so that I can try to be less tired tomorrow!

Have fun!

AJ

Smiles All Around

A good day all the way around:)

Exercise:

I got my butt out the door this morning and ran the hill again, just like last Thursday morning. The difference today was that I ran more and walked less so it only took me 11:30 to get up the hill, down from the thirteen of last week. I just felt really strong today and pushed myself to start running solidly from the curve just past halfway. Yay!

I walked to work but these two things ended up being my only exercise for the day.

Teaching:

It was a day of no tears, much better than yesterday. I’ll even take alternating days as it’s at least an improvement. I find dealing with the crying and tantrums so draining! The children were great today. When the computer teacher dropped them off after my prep and I wasn’t in the room, some of them read and others got their planners out to be ready for the message. Pretty impressive! I was also pleased they didn’t go crazy but went and got the teacher next door:)

The worst thing today was spending the day scratching because one of my students has lice. I do t think I have it, but even the word makes me itchy!!!!!

Baking:

I got home earlier than I was expecting. I had really wanted to make the muffins Nothing But Knit 2 had talked about this morning, but then realized I disnt have time to convert it to gluten free and dairy free and I didn’t have the applesauce I thought I did:(. So I grabbed a scone mix my class had given me as a gift. I don’t normally buy baking mixes as I find it very easy to do things from scratch, but I wasn’t about to let it go to waste ( yes I’m a frugal person😀).  I had never used a Pamela’s product before, but was game. 

The recipe for both biscuits and scones was on the package. It wasn’t anything difficult. Cut 8tbsp of butter substitute and 1/2 cup sugar into the package contents. Add 1/2 cup dried fruit, 1/4 cup nuts and 1 cup milk and mix until just combined. Turn the mix into a greased piece of parchment, shape and then bake for 20-25 minutes. I also brushed them with milk and sprinkled sugar on top ( to make them seem more like the Starbucks ones I see). I used white granulated sugar on some and brown turbinado sugar on others. I’ll have to remember to pay attention to see if it makes a difference.

They looked good.

But I can’t say that I really love the taste of them. I find the texture a little grainy and they seem to taste old to me. I definitely won’t buy the mix myself as I think I like from scratch scones better. Oh well, at least I now know:)

Knitting:

I had started a good in gray last night, but decided tonight after talking to my knitting buddy who was over, to rip it out. I think it was going to be too short and would probably drive me crazy! I decided to make a toque instead.

Yarn:

This is a basic Red Heart bulky yarn. It’s fine for what it is, but definitely nothing special. I’ve been trying to think what I had used it for and I think it was an afghan.

Pattern: Lomond Hat by Littletheorem.

I slightly altered the pattern by joining into the round immediately instead of doing the brim flat. I also did 5″ of the double seed stitch brim, rather than 3″. I skipped the short row shaping too, otherwise I followed the very clear instructions.

The toque knit up very fast on 6mm needles with the bulky yarn and I managed to finish it in one knit night! I am happy with the results and it is super warm and thick😀 I think it will also count for a third class in the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup.

I already know what project I’m starting tomorrow, though maybe I should sort something first!

Well now I have to be off to sleep as I have a meeting in the morning and I still want to run before that!

Have fun!

AJ