Thursday, December 7, 2017

Sentence a Day: November 2017

I first joined Sarah and Leslie in writing one sentence a day in January, and this is my eleventh 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, my June sentences here, my July sentences here, my August sentences here, my September sentences here, and my October sentences here.

November 1, 2017
I gave my first midterm today, did a lot of grading, completed a lunchtime barre class, went on an afternoon walk and did a short interval workout at the gym while the kid was at Taekwondo.

November 2, 2017
I started the day with a barre class (class 23 in 26 days), went on a long hike with a good friend, and then got caught up on work.

November 3, 2017
I gave my last midterm today and went to a beer release party with Andy in the evening.

November 4, 2017
I started the day again with a barre class, got a bit caught up at home, did some grading, and then we went to a very fun birthday party in the evening.

November 5, 2017
I started the day with a barre class, did a lot of grading, grocery shopped, and we went on a long afternoon walk.

November 6, 2017
Started the week not really prepared but quickly caught up by making soup for our lunches as soon as I got up, taught my class, held office hours, wrote a blog post, graded, and made time for a barre class.

November 7, 2017
I started the day with a barre class and went on several walks throughout the day that ended up totaling 20,000 steps.

November 8, 2017
I was in a bit of funk all day, so I bought some beautiful flowers to cheer me up; I also took a barre class at lunch time.
November 9, 2017
I started the day with a barre class and then got caught up on work and took care of some details for our Germany trip.

November 10, 2017
It was nice to have the day off; we went on a morning walk, out for lunch for Pho, and explored downtown San Jose a bit.
November 11, 2017
I went to a barre class, on a walk, to a stress management workshop, and in the afternoon Andy and I stopped by a new brewery for a while.

November 12, 2017
I started the day with a barre class, we walked 2 miles to a cafe for lunch (and back), went grocery shopping and got ready for the week.

November 13, 2017
I took a lunchtime barre class and got 17,000 steps by the end of the day; I may need to rest a bit soon.

November 14, 2017
Lots of grading and prep work after a morning barre class; in the evening the kid presented in front of the School Board, and we are very proud.

November 15, 2017
The kid finally got California rolls, which he had been asking for. Unfortunately, they were not very photogenic.

November 16, 2017
I met a dear friend of mine who recently moved back to California 2.5 hours away for lunch; since it was raining a lot it turned into quite the adventure.

November 17, 2017
I started the day with a barre class, and I brought treats for my 3-hour class.

November 18, 2017
It was a cool day, and we got some tofu soup for lunch.

November 19, 2017
We walked to our neighborhood cafe after my barre class, and I did some shopping at Old Navy in the afternoon.

November 20, 2017
The kid is off this week, and we went on a nice hike in the afternoon.

November 21, 2017
The kid and I walked to our neighborhood cafe for lunch and had the best time talking on the way.

November 22, 2017
Held office hours, taught my class, went to a barre class, and saw Wonder with the kid in the afternoon - such a good movie!

November 23, 2017
Our Thanksgiving plans changed abruptly, but we ended up having a nice day after all, including a last second meal.

November 24, 2017
The older kid and I have a standing Black Friday date for ten years now, ever since the younger kid was a tiny baby; we had fun doing a bit of shopping, going out to lunch and getting some coffee; in the evening we checked out the Winter Fest at Great America and then stopped by my friend's house.

November 25, 2017
I had some of my friends from grad school, some of whom I hadn't seen in years, over; it was good to catch up.

November 26, 2017
The kid's friend slept over and we went out for Japanese ramen.

November 27, 2017
I'm still trying to get organized after Saturday's party; plus, I realized today that we'll be in Germany in three weeks! Yikes!!! So not feeling prepared...

November 28, 2017
After several really difficult months, I feel there was a breakthrough today, and I'm very thankful; I'm also thankful for my daily walks.

November 29, 2017
It's week ten of the quarter and my students are losing steam; I tried to motivate them today...

November 30, 2017
I started the day with a barre class, got a haircut, and got lots of work done.

Questions: What were your highlights in November? Are you going to join us this month and write one sentence a day?

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Be well,


  1. What a great month for you! I have heard to many great things about barre classes, I'd love to try them! I love those burgundy leggings on you too!

  2. I truly enjoyed my one barre class when I was visiting California, but you are amazing!! I can't believe you can do it at lunch and not be a mess of sweat.
    I'm so glad you had a breakthrough this month....I know you said it's been rough, and I've been hoping and praying for you, Andrea.

  3. Wow, so much barre class, so awesome! I take sort of a barre class on Saturdays, haven't been in a while, but hoping to get back this week! You really had a great month! How long with you be in Germany?

  4. A sentence a day is such a fun idea and a great way to document the day! Also, I love the concept - for me, it focuses on paying attention to only the positives of that day and forgetting about the negatives. After all, there is only enough you can type in one sentence!

  5. What a fabulous month we all had! I love keeping fit but haven't tried a barre class even though I did ballet in my younger years. I should put that on my list for 2018. Loved the autumn colours of the trees and love the burgundy pants! See you at December's S.A.D. it should be very festive!
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  6. All that fantastic food! Especially the California roll! That s my favorite. Is,,the older kid,, Andy s son?

  7. Your haircut is wonderful! :) I like this way of keeping track through the month, and it was nice you had photos to accompany the sentences. I often look through my phone to remember what I did some days, I take photos of everything, haha!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! After a crazy week I'm hoping to do a little bit more for Christmas, getting those last few gifts and doing some more wrapping!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  8. So glad to read there was a break through in your stress and difficult time. Hope you end the year on a positive note and that 2018 is far less stressful.

    Way to get those steps in, girl! Crazy good job. We hardly moved while we were visiting our parents. I have to get busy tomorrow - back to exercising and eating better.

    Hope you bought that striped, strappy little top at Old Navy. Your shoulders and back look so strong and shapely. Super cute on you.

    I know you are scrambling to finish the semester and get ready to visit your parents. Hope everything continues to improve and that you can enjoy being home. XO

  9. I love how dedicated you are to barre class! Your haircut is beautiful as are your kids. And I LOVE yellow roses!
    :) gwingal

  10. Wonderful month! You are looking fabulous and those yellow roses are so pretty, great pick me up! Have so much fun in Germany!

  11. What a great idea to do a post like this. I too am so impressed at your dedication to your barre class - and this explains how you always look so sleek and fit. What is it about flowers that just cheer us all up? A lovely, lovely post Andrea, thank you!

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!
    Anna x

  12. Your schedule is so perfect. I can't even give enough time to exercise. This one is so inspiring. I think I should make some new year resolutions.

  13. This is such a cool and fun way to track your life in one sentence! That's so great that you got 20,000 steps in one day. It's amazing that we have technology like the iPhone and eclinical works to track our daily fitness. Hope you continue to have fun and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.