Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sentence a Day: April 2017

April was a very busy month, and I'm glad that I documented some of what was happening by writing one sentence a day. I'm very glad that I started joining Sarah and Leslie in writing one sentence a day in January. You can read my January sentences here, my February sentences here, and my March sentences here.

Saturday, April 1, 2017
I fell asleep after 4 a.m. and got up at 8 a.m. to go downtown with my parents for some appointments; then we did some shopping and enjoyed a lovely lunch.

Striped T-Shirt

Sunday, April 2, 2017
I got up early and met my aunt in Hannover, and we visited the Herrenhäuser Gardens; the visit was too short, but we had a wonderful time together.

Hannover Herrenhäuser Gardens

Hannover Train Station

Monday, April 3, 2017
Another early day as my mom had to be in the hospital by 9 a.m.; I picked up my dad at noon at the stroke/aphasia center, and we had some coffee with my mom at the hospital.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
My mom had her procedure done today and wasn’t doing very well afterwards; I’m glad that I was there to be with her until 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
My mom had hoped to be released today, but she had to stay another day; my dad and I visited her and we had lunch there and coffee.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
My mom was finally released from the hospital; she is doing okay but was very tired.

Friday, April 7, 2017
We went downtown and enjoyed a nice lunch and did some shopping; everyone was sad because I’ll have to leave tomorrow.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
It’s time to fly back “home;” the week went by so quickly, and I’m physically and emotionally exhausted, but I’m really looking forward to seeing the boys!

Sunday, April 9, 2017
I slept pretty much all day after getting up very early and putting the finishing touches on my spring quarter classes.

Monday, April 10, 2017
The first day of the quarter is always exciting!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Taught my class, did some prep work for the rest of the week, took a nap, and made it to the gym (which I’m very proud of!).

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
This jet lag is getting ridiculous; I’m still waking up at 12:30 a.m. and am not able to get back to sleep.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Same old same old; will I ever have a normal night’s sleep again???!!!???

Friday, April 14, 2017
Andy and I went on a spontaneous date to Livermore Wine Country; it was sooo nice to spend some quality time together.

Saturday, April 15, 2017
It was a beautiful day today, and we went on a long walk in Shoreline Park.

Shoreline Park Mountain View Walk

Sunday, April 16, 2017
It was a cold and rainy Easter.

Monday, April 17, 2017
It rained again today even though it was not forecasted; I shouldn’t complain as the dry season is right around the corner.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
It’s been tough getting my workouts in while dealing with terrible, terrible jet lag (still waking up at 2/2:30 every morning), but I’m proud that I got a really good workout in today.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
I collected my first writing assignment of the quarter today; I’m excited to see what my students wrote but also feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of papers to read and comment on.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Today was a busy day of grading papers.

Friday, April 21, 2017 
I did a lot of grading, but I also made it to the gym and enjoyed a beautiful evening walk with my boys.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 
We spent the day at the Cider Summit in the Presidio in San Francisco and at the Walt Disney Museum; unfortunately, the kid started feeling sick toward the end of the day.

Sunday, April 23, 2017
The kid was sick, so we didn't do much other than run some errands and going to the gym.

Monday, April 24, 2017
The kid stayed home from school today.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Another sick day for the kid made getting my work done a bit challenging.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
It was a busy day, but I got lots accomplished and even made it to the gym.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Our townhouse complex got painted today, and I got stuck inside by accident with no way to get out for a few hours; I also chipped one of my front teeth a bit - not the best days.

Friday, April 28, 2017
I started cleaning up our patio and bought some plants; looking forward to lots of flowers and some veggies growing; I missed our nice patio since we have been waiting for the house to be painted since Thanksgiving, and I pretty much neglected it since then...

Saturday, April 29, 2017
I didn't feel very well all day but started to feel better in the evening, and we got out to the park and played frisbee; it was the perfect way to end the day.

Sunday, April 30, 2017
We went to a bbq and the kid played cornhole and read his book.

Question: What were your highlights in April? Are you going to join us this month and write one sentence a day? It’s lots of fun to look back at the month; I promise.

Be well,


  1. Anonymous5/04/2017

    Looks and sounds like a busy month indeed. I love all the photos!


  2. I'm so glad your mom is okay, Andrea!
    I'm the worst when it comes to international flying and jet I can totally relate!! I don't know how others do it so easily!

    1. Thanks, Jodie!

      I truly never had such bad jet lag...

  3. How really, really nice that you could be there for your mom, whom I'm sure appreciated it so very much. Some folk appear to sail right through time changes after a trip, but like you, I struggle for days to get back to normal. Hopefully by now all is well with both your sleeping and your mom!

    1. Thanks, Tamara! And, yes, both my parents were very glad that I was able to be there.

  4. Hi there Andrea! I'm Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond and this is my first time participating in A Sentence A Day. It was good to read that your Mum is okay. It is difficult to try to fit all of our responsibilities in isn't it? Sounds like you had a very busy month so I hope that you can have a more relaxing May. I'm looking forward to reading your Sentence a Day next month. Have a relaxing weekend you deserve it!

    1. Thanks, Sue! I'm glad that you are participating in Sentence a Day! I truly love looking back at the beginning of the year; it's so easy to forget all the "little" things in our daily life...

      I'm teaching until the end of June, so it's still busy, and I'm (already) looking forward to my summer break! :-)

  5. What a busy month! I hope your mom is recovering well still. Jet lag is no joke!

  6. I'm sure your parents appreciated you being there. Hopefully you get your sleep routine back by now and your mom is well.

  7. I have heard of getting painted into a corner but never heard of getting painted into your house! You had a hectic month, my friend. Hope May will be more tranquil and less stressful.

    Your mom looks great in the photos. So glad she doing better. Love the pic of she and your dad holding up their big glasses of ale.

    I am interested in the courses you teach. How well do your students write? I work with such a large bilingual population and so many of my 'babies' struggle to write in either language. Just curious if that is the case with your students everywhere, bilingual or not.

    Did you buy the outfit in the picture from your shopping spree in Germany? I really like it on you. Seems more casual than some of your pieces and there are those gorgeous silver shoes I have drooled over before.

    I have completely fallen off the work out bandwagon. Every day I get up with the best intentions to make time for the gym but I get home from work and sit down a minute, next thing I know it is bedtime. Reading a book called Miracle Morning and going to try to implement the author's strategies for making the most of early morning.

    Andrea, I am so thankful to have met you through the world of blogging. Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm for Sentence a Day. Anxious to continue to get to know you better.

    1. Yup, it was quite the experience being stuck in the house, especially since I had to pick up the kid and there was no one around for quite some time... I'm glad it all worked out in the end.

      I teach different levels (and skills - writing, reading, and listening/speaking) of ESL classes in a community college. Right now, I'm teaching a low advanced writing class, and we work on writing well-developed paragraphs. How literate students are in their first language plays a big role in how well they can write in English. Often they have an easier time in listening/speaking classes...

      Yes, I bought the outfit... :-) I love buying clothes as souvenirs... ;-)

      It's hard to make time for exercise! Right now, I try to fit in a quick lunchtime workout. And sometimes I make time for a second, evening workout.

      I'm very glad that I got my act together and joined you and Sarah in January!

  8. You look just like your mother! This was lovelyto Read. Happy weekend Andrea!

  9. The wine day country looks fun! It is so nice you were there for your parents, I am sure they appreciated it. Jet lag is the worst!


    1. Thanks, Carrie! It was really nice to get away for a few hours. And I'm very glad I got to spend time with my parents.

  10. This is so creative & cool Andrea!!!! I love that you did this & I think the struggle for me is to not always write the stuff that is bad for me - but write the good stuff too... Loved this!

    1. Thanks, Jody! I really like reflecting on each day. It took me several months until it became a habit, and I consistently wrote one sentence...

  11. Great photos, a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for you. Jacqui

  12. You crammed a lot into April! Hi's and lo's. Hope your mom and kid are on the mend. Gail