Monday, August 21, 2017

Easy LBD and 2nd Summer Bucket List Update

My summer outfits have been very low key, consisting mainly of shorts and tees. But on Saturday, we went out to dinner with my in-laws and my sister-in-law and brother-in-law, so I had a reason to get dressed up a bit.

I wore a comfortable t-shirt dress that I bought on sale at Old Navy in July. I love how comfortable the dress is and that it can be dressed up or down.

 
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We went to Korean Palace in San Jose, a restaurant we hadn't been to since the kid was a toddler. The food was very good, but the meat dishes are certainly pricey.

I always enjoy the wide variety of side dishes (banchan) that is served with a Korean meal.

 I ordered a cold, spicy buckwheat noodle dish (bibim naeng myun).

The guys really enjoyed the meat.   

2017 Summer Bucket List Update 

In June, I posted my summer bucket list along with a group of other bloggers, all organized by Leslie from Once Upon a Time Happily Ever After. A month ago, some of us posted a summer bucket list update. Today, we are posting a second update. See below for the linked-up posts.

2017 Summer Bucket List

1. Make at least five day trips to the beach. - We haven't really made any progress on this one.
2. Read three fun books.- Done. But since I read the three books at the beginning of July, I think I should make some more time for fun reading.
3. Go to the farmers' market at least once a week. -This is still not happening, mainly because the schedule is just not working out.
4. Go on one hike per week. - We are doing very well with this one!
5. Take two barre and/or yoga classes per week. - After realizing that I didn't do well with this one in July, I have been stepping up my game and am taking three or more classes per week.
6. Sleep in at least once per week. - I'm sleeping much better; I still wake up early, but since I sleep well, I am refreshed when I get up.
7. Barbecue at least once per week. -This hasn't happened in the past month, but I have  meats and veggies marinating in the fridge right now, ready to barbecue tonight.
8. Spend time in the patio every day. - I'm spending a little time every day in the patio, but I should spend more time there.
9. Swim at least four times per week. - Nope. Not at all. Somehow it's really hard for me to fit swimming into my schedule.
10. Make good use of our Great America and Monterey Bay Aquarium season passes. - We went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium one more time and also made it to Great America a few more times before school started for the kid.  

Even though I'm missing some targets, I'm very glad that I wrote a summer bucket list as it has reminded me to focus on things I want to accomplish. 


An InLinkz Link-up

 
Question: What was on your summer bucket list this year? Is there anything you want to do before summer is over? 


Be well,


Andrea

35 comments:

  1. It s a good way to remind ourselves to do nice relaxing things!

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    1. Yes! The bucket list really helped me to think about what I wanted to do a lot this summer and (for the most part) do it! :-)

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  2. It's nice to see how your list is going Andrea!!
    I haven't even had time to look back at mine, but we did get many house projects done!! I'm ready for the sleeping in part...ha ha!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Getting house projects done is huge! We had some planned and a lot of unplanned repairs and projects in the last few months, and it took a lot of time and money...

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  3. I don't do bucket lists because I can never stick to them Andrea! I have tried! Love the dress, simple and as you say could be worn with anything xx
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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    1. I think lists are definitely not for everyone! As long as you don't forget to have fun, you don't need a list... ;-)

      And, yes, I'm really happy with the dress!

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  4. You looked great in the LBD, Andrea. Korean food, yum! What you've accomplished are all fit and fun activities. Enjoy summer!

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  5. That's a very cute and versatile dress, Andrea. And the Korean food looks really yummy. Now get back on that patio! Thanks for linking up, XO

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Yes, I'm working on spending more time on the patio... But the funny thing is that it's getting quite cool quite early already... Which is actually quite normal for Northern California. I should have worked on that one a bit earlier...

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  6. I agree, Andrea, that just having the list reminds me to do the things I want to and not just let the days (and weeks and months) get away from me. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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    1. It's amazing what a difference having the list has made!

      Enjoy the rest of your summer, too!

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  7. I love this list Andrea! And girl, you've got legs for miles, such a pretty dress!

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  8. I'm happy with the public list making as well. Even if I'm cramming in items right before posting -- well, that's how I generally operate any way.
    I saw those food pix on Instagram and they made me SO HUNGRY! Twice now!

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    1. Yes, I did the cramming thing before the first update... :-)

      Sorry about making you hungry! In fact, looking at the photos right now made me hungry!

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    2. That's when you know that you took good "food porn". Droooooool.

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  9. Mmmm Korean food is soo delicious. Bulgogi is my favourite.
    Great job on your bucket list.

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  10. Mmmm, all of those unique flavors and textures of the Korean dinner. How delicious. Like edible art.

    Ditto what Andrea said about your LBD look and those shapely legs of yours! Wowzers.

    Bravo for stepping up your barre workouts. Thank you for sending me the information about barre. I have so little upper body strength, wonder if I would be able to do it at all. I like the idea of wearing a cute little leotard more than doing the work out.

    I am reading The Glass Castle right now. My emotions are all over the place as I listen to the book on Audible. Would like to see the movie once I finish the book. I bet you can squeeze in another book or two before you head back to work...or are you back at work already?

    Glad the bucket list posts have inspired you to focus on accomplishing/enjoying more. I feel the same way. It's too easy for us to fall into the same rut weekend after weekend unless I have a bucket list to guide us.

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    1. One thing that's great about barre workouts is that there are always modifications, and a good instructor will make the workout doable for all levels. I love it most for what it does for my low back and abs. The strengthening really helps with low back pain...

      I'm not going back to teaching until September, so, yes, theoretically, there should be plenty of time for some fun reading. But somehow there isn't... It even seems I'm doing less with the blog than I do when I teach... Which is sort of crazy. Yet I'm always busy...

      Thanks again for all you do to keep us organized with the bucket list and sentence a day posts!!!

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  11. I love korean food too! I love their samgyupsal and bulgogi meat!

    Angelie // The Ruins of Baclayon Church

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    1. Yes, bulgogi and pork belly are great for grilling!

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  12. Love the dress! It's the perfect blank canvas for styling so many different ways. I have gotten a lot more accomplished this summer in regard to getting out of the house and doing more so I'm happy with that!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.com

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! Glad you are happy with what you got accomplished this summer!

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  13. Love the ootd Andrea. Effortlessly chic. Bucket lists are just not my cup of tea. I cannot stick to them. :) Have a great week. xo Sabina

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    1. Thanks, Sabina! Lists definitely don't work for everyone. And there is really no need for them as long as you still incorporate fun things into your life, right!

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  14. The Food Looks so tasty
    and I love your Outfit.

    take a look at my BLOG and also INSTAGRAM

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  15. Hi Andrea! I love an LBD and you look great in yours. I've never tasted Korean food but it looks delicious. Glad you are enjoying Summer and looking forward to your Autumn list.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

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    1. Hi Sue, Korean food is really tasty! In fact, I ended up cooking some at home after we went to the restaurant as I realized how much I had missed it...

      I haven't even started thinking about what I'll put on my autumn list...

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  16. Andrea, you've shown how versatile LBD can be and how it's a must-have for any wardrobe. Your summer bucket list was ambitious and you need a good job of achieving many of your goals. Thank you for sharing your post on my Fine-Whatever link up.

    Rena
    www.finewhateverblog.com

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  17. Thanks for joining the Top of the World Style linkup party with your great LBD. Cool sandals!

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  18. This black tee shirt dress looks wonderful on you! At first I thought it was a much fancier LBD! You had a really good bucket list for the summer and it was interesting to see where you landed. Very cool to see you did get in lots of hikes. I love hiking and haven't done nearly enough this year.

    Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday!

    Jennie - A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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  19. You certainly look more relaxed Andrea and taking some time out for ourselves is always so important. I don't really have a Summer bucket list but maybe it's a good idea to start one. When it's written down somewhere it such a great reminder to actually do something about it

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