Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sentence a Day: July 2017

I first joined Sarah and Leslie in writing one sentence a day in January, and this is my seventh sentence-a-day post. You can read my January sentences here, my February sentences here, my March sentences here, my April sentences here, my May sentences here, and my June sentences here.

Overall, July was a very good month! We got to spend a week at the beach, I was off from teaching, and Andy only had to teach an online class. Unfortunately, there were also some costly and unplanned (in addition to some planned) home repairs that had to be taken care of.

July 1, 2017
We went out to lunch at Lazy Dog and ran lots of errands afterwards.
July 2, 2017
My MIL and FIL came over for a BBQ to celebrate my MIL's birthday.

July 3, 2017
We went to Great America for a few hours, but sadly Andy's back didn't feel all that good after going on a roller coaster.

July 4, 2017
We went to the track and jogged/ran; we all realized that we are a bit out of shape...

July 5, 2017
The kid and I had dentist appointments in the morning, and then we went on a long and strenuous afternoon hike.

July 6, 2017
We spent pretty much all day getting ready for our trip.

July 7, 2017
We drove to Avila Beach and were in vacation mode as soon as we arrived.

July 8, 2017
We started the day with a 1.5 mile walk to the fish shop on the pier and then spent some time at the beach.

July 9, 2017
Got up at 4 a.m. and made the 3-hour drive to Universal Studios; it was an exhausting but fun day!

July 10, 2017
We spent the morning at the pool and in the hot tub and went on a long beach walk in the afternoon.

July 11, 2017
Perfect day: wine tasting (for me), beer tasting (for Andy), and another long walk on the beach.

July 12, 2017
We went to the beach again; the kid loved being buried in the sand.

July 13, 2017
It was a cooler day today, and we explored San Luis Obispo and had lunch again at Libertine Brewing Company.

July 14, 2017
Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Avila Beach and make the drive back home, but we stopped at a few breweries on the way which made the drive more fun, especially for Andy who did the drinking (and I the driving).

July 15, 2017
The day consisted mainly of chores like laundry, grocery shopping and cleaning, but in the evening we were invited to our friends' house for dinner, which was very nice.

July 16, 2017
It was a very hot day, and we went for a hike in the afternoon; unfortunately, it was still very, very hot.

July 17, 2017
Our water heater started leaking suddenly and a LOT; luckily, we were able to get it replaced the same day, but it cost $1,400 for labor and a new water heater... Ouch.

July 18, 2017
We went to California's Great America for a few hours in the morning as we had to be home because the "water heater guy" had to finish up some work in the afternoon.

July 19, 2017
I went for an early morning hike with a good friend I don't see often enough, and then it was another home improvement day: consultation with an electrician (it's going to be expensive but must be fixed) followed by dry wall repair from the previous water damage (the damage is much worse than previously thought and also very, very expensive).

July 20, 2017
More dry wall repairs...

July 21, 2017
I went to a 6 a.m barre class to catch up on my barre and yoga class summer bucket list goal; later in the day we went on a hilly hike.

July 22, 2017
We spent a relaxing morning at our wine club's pickup party and went on a long walk in the afternoon.

July 23, 2017
I started the day with a barre class, and then we celebrated the older kid's birthday; I can't believe I've been a mom for 26 years!

July 24, 2017
The electrician was supposed to come bright and early, but he forgot; the highlight of my day was meeting up with Dawn from Fashion Should be Fun and Lynn at Santana Row.

July 25, 2017
I met another San Jose blogger, Prerna from Prerna High on Chai, for lunch (strangely we didn't take any photos...); in the afternoon, after the electrician left, we went on a hike.

July 26, 2017
We went to Great America and went on a bunch of water rides right when they opened; then we hung out in the shade for a few hours and read.

July 27, 2017 
I started the day with a barre class, and then we took the kid and one of his friends to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

July 28, 2017
The electrician was back to do more work, and we ran a bunch of errands.

July 29, 2017
We went to the Ciderwalk in Willow Glen in the early afternoon and to a fabulous "Taste of Summer" dinner at Whole Foods Market in Santa Clara in the evening where we learned where many of the ingredients that went into the dinner came from - a truly tasty and inspirational evening!

July 30, 2017
I started the day with a tough barre class - I'm really proud that I have been keeping up with my barre classes, and my lower back is thanking me...

July 31, 2017
I started the day with another barre class, and then the kid and I went on a hike.


Question: What were your highlights in July? Are you going to join us this month and write one sentence a day? There is still time to catch up and write one sentence a day for each day in August.  It’s lots of fun to look back at the month; I promise.

Be well,


  1. Looks and sounds like you had a great July! I have been trying to write at least one sentence a day, but I wasn't very successful... I'm trying again in August!

    1. Yes, July really was a good month! Keep writing a sentence a day; it took me several months before I was successful...

  2. I love that you include the food shots too, Andrea!! I always load those to my IG stories and then don't have them for the monthly post!!
    I laughed when the kid got buried in the sand----how cute is that??
    And those home repairs....we always say that it's always something!!! But at least you had a wonderful vacation too!!

    1. It was actually quite difficult to collect all the photos yesterday since some of them were on my phone, some of my husband's phone, and some on his laptop... I should really add them throughout the month and not add them the day before I post...

  3. It looks like you made some wonderful memories as a family! Sorry to hear about the water heater - ours went out in April and cost the same which was a shock for sure.

    1. Yes, we really did make wonderful memories. And the water heater was a complete shock. Our old one broke a few months after we moved into our house 11 years ago but that one was covered by the home warranty plan the seller purchased for us. So we had no idea how costly they are. Plus, the plumbers who installed the new one said that the average life span of a water heater you buy today is only 7 - 8 years...

  4. You guys sure know how to do summer right! Oh, I hear you, just last week our water pump broke and cost us $1800. We were like why couldn't this have happened after we move and have sold the house, LOL! I hope you have a wonderful day beautiful lady!

    1. Thanks, Andrea! I'm glad that we were able to fit in a lot of fun activities this summer... Hope you are having a great day, too!

  5. Anonymous8/03/2017

    Great recap & wonderful vacation photos!


  6. Your beach trip to SLO and Avila Beach sound hubby would have liked the microbrews! This gives me a good idea for Fall, since my daughter lives in Atascadero. And we are neighbors, somewhat, I live in Sacramento! Fun post and great photos!!

    1. Atascadero is such a nice area! Enjoy your visit! And hello sort of neighbor!

  7. Your vacation looked fabulous. Here's hoping your trades issues are behind you now! As an aside, I'm exhausted reading about your hiking in the heat...

    1. Thanks, Jo! And, yes, hiking in the heat is not the best idea...

  8. Andrea, you've made the Bay Area look like fabulous fun! The barre classes you are taking sound so interesting, particular in that they appear to strengthen your lower back? I could definitely use some of that these days!

    Am curious if your electrical issues were in anyway related to your hot water heater replacement? We are up to our eyeballs in home repairs at the moment (do they ever stop???) and so inquiring minds want to know!

    1. Thanks, Tamara! Yes, barre classes are great for strengthening your low back, but you have to make sure to listen to your body when you first start so that you don't do too much...

      No, the electrical issues were independent from the hot water heater replacement. Apparently, the sediment that collects inside the water heater eventually causes it to leak... We were told you can delay the sediment from causing problems by draining the water heater every few months...

  9. Oh, water heater problems. I remember them so well. In one morning, my water heater developed a leak and flooded part of my house, my refrigerator went out and so did my oven/stove. And I was one perpetually poor single mommy at the time. Seems we are all having appliance or other home-related issues right now. And they usually come right after you've spent a whole lotta money on something you really didn't need in the first place. Hope yours are soon resolved with minimal damage to the bank account.

    I particularly like the photo of you and the 'kid' for July 1. I enjoyed seeing you close-up. You are beautiful. And remind me a lot of my dear German friend Claudia in your coloring. I really like your shorter 'do. You have good, good hair!!

    Enjoyed 'meeting' the hub's family. They are so cute. What is their nationality? I love how your children are a combination of the two of you.

    What an enjoyable vacay to Avila! You settled right into vacation mode with ease. Atta girl. I don't know that I ever totally relax...often find my hands balled into fists and my neck contorted into some strange position when I am trying unsuccessfully to fall asleep. Even during a massage, I can be 98% relaxed but that 2% that isn't keeps me worrying about the cellulite on my legs, the Jell-o that is my tummy.

    What do you wear to barre class? I am thinking maybe I need to try to find a class here. Does it involve a lot of stretching? Would love to know more. Maybe even a pic for August?

    1. Hi Leslie,

      I know you can relate to our home repair issues.... They are nothing compared to your pool nightmare... I hope things are improving on that front!

      My husband's parents immigrated to the US from Korea, and he was the first of his cousins who was born in the US.

      Avila was very relaxing, but I did wake up at 4:30 every morning... :-)

      Most people wear leggings and a fitted top to barre classes (instructors can correct your form easier that way...). Barre classes involve a lot of body weight strength exercises (push ups, lunges, squats, etc.), stretching, and there is a big focus on the abs and low back. In fact, yesterday the instructor reminded us that a barre class is basically a 60-minute ab class because your abdominals are supposed to be engaged at all times (it not only strengthens them but prevents injuries; basically, you are only supposed to go to a point in each exercise where you can actively engage your abs). I actually wrote a post about barre classes back in 2011: I think it's probably time to write a new one, but it'll give you some of my thoughts for now...

  10. This sounds like it was a great July (minus the water heater) and your beach trip looked so fun! You're inspiring me to go on more hikes!

  11. Looks like you had a nice July, Andrea, with time outdoors, and good food. Sorry to hear about the water heater. Hope the new one lasts longer than 7-8 years. That doesn't sound like a long time span for appliances. Have a great August!

    1. Thanks, Natalie! Yes, 7 - 8 years for the lifespan of a water heater sounded awfully short to me, too! The plumber did suggest draining the water heater ever few months to allow the sediment to drain (apparently the built up of sediment causes the heater eventually to leak...).

  12. Writing a sentence for every day of the month is a good method to realise that you spent pleasant days with your dears!

    Meeting other bloggers is fun and you three look great!

    1. Thanks, Dan! And, yes, writing a sentence a day is a great way for me to be mindful...

  13. Seems like you had a lovely July,
    good Food and amazing time outside, there is nothing better than that :D

    with love your AMELY ROSE

  14. Wow, lots of hiking! I used to love to hike. The "sentence a day" is really interesting, and you got a whole blog post out of it! Impressive! It's almost like journaling. I like this.
    Sorry about the home repairs. What I hate about them is...they must be done, but they don't ever look pretty, and you can't enjoy the effects much....not like when it's a new kitchen or something.

    1. Yes, writing a sentence a day is really a form of a mini journal to me. It's amazing how quickly I forget what I did just a few days ago (this becomes very apparent when I forget to write my sentences for a day or two and have to make them up...).