Grateful Sunday #2

We had to Fall back in our time today. I am really hoping they decide not to continue this practice as it seriously messes me up!

Exercise:

We had a short run today at Mundy Park. It was really neat that a friend we haven’t seen in a while came out too. She walked with Brenda, while Dennis and I did the usual route. We had a 6:35 average and I had to giggle at runkeeper sending me a message saying it was my fastest average in a month- it’s my first run of the month🤣 Dennis did tell me he’s proud of me for having a steady pace and running continuously. What a great guy!

I’m thankful for my running buddies as they accept who I am and what I’m capable of doing.

I definitely earned that tea with my 26 minute run as it used to take me 44 minutes. I also enjoyed the view at tea as we sat beside a group of firemen:)🤣

Reading:

I finally finished Meant to Be Yours by Susan Mallery which is the fifth book in the Happily Inc series.

What a wonderful book! This book takes us back to Happily Inc, a wedding town that has seen the pairing up of four wonderful couples before this. Renee is a wedding planner and Jasper is a writer.

I was actually surprised by the pairing as I was expecting the book to be about Jasper and Wynn, whom he was with before. I quickly figured out that this was a much better pairing!

The character growth in this book is huge and very satisfying. It was down realistically as we all do or say stupid things and have to learn from them. Both of these characters experience this emotional growth and it was great to see.

The supporting characters are also wonderful as usual. They aren’t perfect, friends show up at the wrong time and others say what is right, not what is popular, but they definitely add a wonderful element to the book.

The pacing was different as Renee and Drew hop into bed together quite quickly, but then it slows right down.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys small town romance!

Thank you to Susan Maller, the publishers and to NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

After listening to a podcast of Not Your Mom’s Romance Bookclub I have spent a lot of today reading Melt For You. I’m really enjoying and thinking I may be up until I finish it. I’d better read quick.

I’m thankful that I’m a reader. I think being a reader makes life easier and it allows me to experience things I never would be able to otherwise.

Socializing:

I met up with Brenda for ice cream as I had to get a pair of knitting needles to her. I had the peach caramel ice cream and it was so good!!

I’m thankful for having such amazing ice cream, that doesn’t make me sick, available so close to home!

Eating:

I have had a better eating day today than I usually do on Sundays. I’ve had a mini kind bar, a steak, veggies and dip, ice cream.

Knitting:

I have also been spending some time knitting another market bag. This time the pattern is from Purl Soho and I’ll share when I’m done:)

I’m thankful I have a hobby that allows me to be productive while relaxing and also allows me to make things for friends that will hopefully show them how much I appreciate them in my life.

Oh and I have bought three skeins of Shi Bui Pebble in a gold colour that I’d like to use to make a shawl for my friend. I have about 600 yards and would appreciate any pattern suggestions anyone can give!

Well that’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ

5 Weeks Down, 35 To Go

Thankfully it was a better day today!

Exercise:

I didn’t sleep last night, but still got up for my workout with L this morning. We went up and down a giant hill on the treadmill and then did reverse crunches, two types of rows, up downs, shoulder press, and tricep extensions. I felt much better at the end of the workout than at the start!

Teaching:

We made it through calendar, music class and got a decent amount of the math words booklet done. This afternoon we finished our leaf art and played math word concentration. My students also got their first twelve minutes of centers. They didn’t do too badly, thankfully!

Family:

After prepping some sight word and number recognition games, I picked up my nephew at his field hockey game. I had no idea boys played field hockey, but I like him playing any sport! It was so great to see him! We went for pizza and then for ice cream.

Knitting:

After a quick trip to Costco to pick up more pictures of my students, I have spent the evening knitting on my scarf. I have been amazed at how far I’ve gotten as I wasn’t expecting to even get this much. I will finish it tonight, but not before I post this, so you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see it.

Eating:

I’m really unsure whether I can colour a square for today or not. I’ve had:

2 rice cakes with Pb & j

Banana

Kale and sausage pasta

Mini kind bar

I slice of vegan pizza ( southwest with beyond meat sausage and chipotle sauce. I was impressed they didn’t use Daiya cheese as their cheese actually melted) and one scoop of vegan ice cream (I had vegan caramel fudge pecan ice cream and it was amazing!)

Everything except for the pizza was planned, but maybe that’s too many treats in a day to count as a good day. 🤔🤔

Well I’m going back to knitting.

Have fun!

AJ

1 Down, 39 to Go

Lol not that I’m wishing life away, but this week was tough!

Exercise:

This morning was a workout with L and it felt great to get back at it. We did a half hour of hills on the treadmill and I finally thought of adding that to my running mileage. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought to do that before!!! We then did squats, squat walks, crunches, plank toe taps, goblet squats with two minutes of cardio between each routine.

On the walk home I decided that I think I’m going to use my Saturday runs to catch up on any mileage I’ve missed during the week. This way I don’t need to worry about it during the week and yet I can get caught up each week. Again, why didn’t I think of this before?

Teaching:

We got our class lists today. Everyone looks at me and just shakes their heads, though all but one of the classes is like this is in my school. I really dislike when I get punished for being able to do my job!

This year I would like to keep track of what I do in my classroom that works well, in case any teachers follow me and are interested. These are the activities that the kids were really engaged in:

We had last year’s class so had to find engaging activities that their new teachers wouldn’t want to do. We did a nature hunt where they had to record one item that started with each letter of the alphabet. For example a leaf for L.

We had a September survey where they had to go around and ask their classmates questions to find one person who had done each item in the boxes on the page. Hey could only ask one question of each person and then had to go away and ask someone else. They spent almost an hour doing this and were upset when recess interrupted it.

We read the story Carumba which was great about how everyone is good at something.

We also wrote a top five list of what we’re excited about this year.

As far as my goals go- I got two files organized this week, and finished the work week 0.2lbs lighter- not bad for a stressful week. I’m not sure if I talked less and listened more, but I did refrain from signing up for a ton of extra curricular activities.🤷🏼‍♀️

Blog Hop:

My grade 4,6 and 7 teacher made a definite difference in my life. In grade two I hanged schools and it wasn’t a particularly welcoming group of children I came into, in fact they were pretty horrible. My teacher made a quick appearance as a TOC this year and then came back as my teacher for three other years. It was great as he showed interest in who I was and made me feel like someone cared and thought it was okay that I was who I was. He definitely encouraged me in all of my pursuits and crazy ideas. He is also definitely the reason I became a teacher!

Thanks to Teacher Turned Mommy for hosting this blog hop and be sure to check out hers and others posts on Back to School.

Socializing:

After watching several parents freak out about their child’s class placement a few of us teachers escaped to the local pub for some snacks and a glass of sangria. It was lovely to get away! I am lucky to have a great set of friends I work with who keep me sane!

Knitting:

I divided for my sleeves on the Not a Boring Sweater and had to send a picture in as it is a test knit. I am really liking it so far!

Eating:

Well I have to say I’ve been happy with myself for resisting all the treats at work this week. Today I had a rice cake with Pb & j. A Pb & j granola bar, yogurt, the rest of my steelhead romesco, my share of some appetizers, and a scoop of ice cream ( I walked over to Vashti Rose with Brady and Lyndsay).

Well I’m going back to my knitting.

Have fun!

AJ

Knitting

It was a day of exercise, knitting and friends.

Exercise:

It was cool this morning and felt so good to get out in it for a run. I was planning on 2km as I was a little seat sore from my bike ride yesterday, but it felt so good that I did just over 6km. This was a good start to my wish to up my mileage.

Baking:

I’ve been trying to use up all the blackberries before I leave so today I got busy making some blackberry muffins from the cookbook I am working from right now

These were supposed to be blueberry swirl muffins, but I figured blackberry was close. I have made them before with blackberries and had the note that they were yummy. They looked good and tasted okay, but I made them too big and the top collapsed down.

Knitting:

My friend Cori and her daughter came to knit with me again today. Tavia is doing amazingly and so we worked on her joining a second colour today. Hopefully it will add some interest while she continues to practice the basic knit stitch. I’m thinking next time we’ll start a dishcloth so she can practice increasing and then decreasing.

I tried on my sweater for them and they told me that I shouldn’t tear it out. I have continued on and finished the sleeves. I have just torn out the bottom ribbing and plan to add onto the bottom. I forgot I’d have to pick up over 200 stitches though and I so dislike picking up stitches!!!

Outing:

When we were done our knitting lesson for the day, Cori’s husband two boys joined us and we walked over to a new ice cream shop, Vashti Rose Ice Cream. This is a cool little cafe that is in the front of a gym. The guy makes his own ice cream and offers both vegan and dairy options. I got to try all of the vegan recipes and finally decided on a flight including peanut butter with blackberry jam, cookie dough and peach blueberry. It was amazing, but definitely too much ice cream! Thankfully there was a teenage boy around to help me out with that🤣

Well I’be packed and I’m going back to my 200+ stitches.

Have fun!

AJ