Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sentence a Day: November 2018

Here are my sentences for November 2018. Since I practiced yoga again every day of the month (and will do so until the end of the year), I didn't mention the yoga challenge very often so that I wouldn't bore you (and myself). You can read my past sentences on my Sentence a Day Page.

Thursday, November 1, 2018
I kept my walk short as my calf is speaking to me; after yesterday's indulgences, I tried to eat clean and roasted some veggies and topped them with marinated chickpeas.

Friday, November 2, 2018
Andy didn't feel well, so we didn't make it to our weekly barre class date, which was probably not a bad thing as it allowed my calf to rest; I bought rumbutans for the first time - so good! Can't believe I hadn't tried them before!

Saturday, November 3, 2018
We saw Harry Potter in Concert (our bday gift to Andy), and afterwards we got delicious sushi in the Lobby Lounge at the Fairmont San Jose.

Sunday, November 4, 2018
We went on a beautiful hike at Wunderlich Park.

Monday, November 5, 2018
I'm starting a modified cleanse today and started the day with a green smoothie; for lunch I had sauteed veggies and ground turkey over a bed of "power greens."

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
It was a busy day, but I managed to sneak in a barre class, and in the evening the kid had his first rehearsal for the Christmas play he is participating in.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Another busy day: walk, work, lunchtime barre class, more work, kid's choir practice at night.

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Andy and I attended a painting party at Bottle & Bottega in Belmont and had a great evening.

Friday, November 9, 2018
The air quality was really bad today, and I had the worst headache all day; I feel so bad for all those directly affected by the fires.

Saturday, November 10, 2018
We went to AT&T Park in San Francisco for the Bacon and Beer Classic where Andy was a judge; after several hours outside, the air quality really started to affect me.

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Andy and I were invited to a press preview at a new restaurant in Cow Hollow in San Francisco - Cow Marlowe - it's a beautiful space with great drinks and food.

Monday, November 12, 2018
We decided to go on a short hike but didn't get very far before breathing became difficult due to the bad air quality, and we had to turn around.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
I'm going to work a few hours a week at my barre studio, and training started today.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
The air quality was really bad, and I had constant headaches, chest pain, and a sore throat; I got training during the morning and the evening shifts.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
More training at the barre studio; unfortunately, the air quality continues to be "unhealthy," bordering "hazardous;" as a result the community college district where Andy and I work cancelled classes today and tomorrow.

Friday, November 16, 2018
I woke up with a terrible headache, burning eyes and a sore throat, so I booked a hotel in Pismo Beach (where the air quality is much better), and we left after I got training at the barre studio in the morning. It was so nice to be able to enjoy the rooftop terrace at night and breathe much better air.

Saturday, November 17, 2018
We are so thankful for being able to breathe better air.

Sunday, November 18, 2018
Unfortunately, we had to head back home as I'm scheduled to work at the barre studio on Monday; because of the bad air quality the colleges we work at are going to be closed on Monday. It was tough getting back into the "unhealthy" air, but we were thankful that we got to buy some air purifiers and masks (which were completely sold out in the Bay Area for days) down south.

Monday, November 19, 2018
I worked at the barre studio in the morning, we made a Costco run in preparation for Thanksgiving, and we stayed inside the rest of the day, decorating for the holidays as I'll be visiting my parents for a week in December and wanted to enjoy the holiday season with the boys early.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
I worked a few hours at the barre studio in the morning and spent all afternoon completing an assignment for my online class; there is supposed to be a storm with wind and rain moving in that will hopefully help with putting out the fires and improve everyone's air quality.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
The air quality was not "unhealthy" or "hazardous" for the first time in almost two weeks, and we are so thankful and hope the fires will be contained 100% soon; the kid had his annual checkup in the morning, and I worked a few hours at the barre studio.

Thursday, November 22, 2018
I started the day with an early morning barre class, and we had a lovely Thanksgiving with the older kid and his wife.

Friday, November 23, 2018
I started the day with another barre class and worked a few hours at the barre studio.

Saturday, November 24, 2018
We went to Picchetti Winery to take some photos for the blog, went on a hike there, and then did some wine tasting.

Sunday, November 25, 2018
I started the day with the seventh barre/yoga/Pilates class in a row, and we spent the rest of the day getting ready for the week.

Monday, November 26, 2018
I took a break from barre but worked a few hours at the barre studio; I finally ordered our holiday cards and took care of numerous items on my to-do list.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
I'm almost done with my sports physiology class and worked several hours on an assignment; I love that I learned quite a bit and can apply what I learned to real life situations.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
I started the day with a yoga class, worked, and then worked a shift at the barre studio at night.

Thursday, November 29, 2018
I had a doctor's appointment and a mammogram scheduled, but an hour before the appointment, it got cancelled; I got caught up on work instead.

Friday, November 30, 2018
I started the day with a barre class, worked at the barre studio for a few hours and got caught up with life in the afternoon.

Question: What were your highlights in November?


  1. That's so amazing how the air quality affects us. I'm glad you were able to get away for a short time!!
    And I've never tried Rumbutans before...I doubt they even have them out here, but I'm going to keep my eyes peeled.

    1. Yes, definitely look for rumbutans. I think they are more readily available in the summer. I'll definitely make a point to eat more of them next year.

  2. That Harry Potter concert sounds like something my boys would enjoy. Glad you got to take a mini trip to Pismo Beach and escape the poor air quality for a bit.

    1. Thanks! The Harry Potter was a lot of fun and great introduction for our son to a live orchestra.

  3. How awful those fires are, I only hear about it in the news of course, but can't imagine how devastating it must be. Have a great December and enjoy your time in Germany!

  4. Wow! You've had a lot of healthy food and you've gotten in a lot of barre classes. Ugh, bad headaches are the worst! I guess it is from all of that poor air? I hope it is better now. I am glad you were able to get away from it for a bit. That Thanksgiving meal looks delicious!


    1. Hi Carrie, yes, the poor air quality affected me pretty badly. I had horrible headaches, a sore throat, watery eyes, etc. for almost two weeks.

  5. You eat so well with such a fun variety of food! I have never heard of rumbatans before but now I want to!

    1. Thanks, Laura! Yes, look for them. I think they are more readily available in late summer (and also cheaper).

  6. I love that shot of Thanksgiving meal, wow! We don't celebrate it here in Australia so it's always interesting to hear about it from others. I hope the air quality has improved, sounds like it was really bad!

    1. Thanks, Debbie! Yes, the air quality is back to normal, and we are very thankful. Definitely something we took for granted...

  7. I'ts good you got so many barre classes in, although how terrible the air quality was so bad! We have had a few fires here, nothing very close, but it always makes me appreciate those up close fighting the fires as the air just feels so heavy and smells so bad, I can't imagine being in the bushfire fighting it!

    Hope that you are having a great weekend :) We are heading down to my parents today to spend time with the family :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

    1. Thanks, Mica! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  8. Oh goodness, I can't even imagine with air quality. I know my family had some issues too, and spent some time away from their house too. The kids school got cancelled for almost two weeks! You did great with the barre class considering you started with a calf issue. Way to work through it!