Last month I learned about a fun blogging and writing challenge called A Sentence a Day. I took this challenge for the month of June wondering what would be so interesting in my life that I could journal my daily thoughts into a post. Although I do not work in the summers, I have plenty of activities and interests to keep myself busy.
Not wanting to forget my daily thoughts, which happens more often than not…I hunted for a journaling app. I tried a couple, then gave up until I found Write A Day. I wanted something I could save to a WORD doc (if anyone knows of something besides One Note or EverNote please leave a comment)! Even though Write a Day does not save to WORD, it will save your post as an image that can be shared on social media. Here is an example from June 12.
June Begins with a San Diego Road Trip
June 1 Thursday. Due to hubby’s work schedule, I took a solo drive to San Diego with 2 dogs. Took 9.5 hours. Listened to audiobooks—so nice to be read to! Today was my brother’s birthday, so let’s start out this post with a photo of the moonshine we bought to celebrate the birthday and engagement party!
June 2, Friday. Did my morning workout at a San Diego 24-hour Fitness. Helped my brother by running some errands for his party. Later that evening we went to a hotel in Mission Valley for hors douvres.
June 3, Saturday. Today I met my daughters and two of three stepchildren for breakfast for a belated Mother’s Day. This evening was all about my brother’s engagement party to his partner and our entire family traveled to San Diego from several California locations.
June 4, Sunday. My morning walk with my dogs yielded a bonus of gorgeous jacaranda trees and bougainvillea plants. I adore these since I don’t see them in Sacramento.
June 5, Monday. Enjoying the cool, overcast air known as “June Gloom.” Little did I know it would be scorching hot two weeks later all over the state of California. Oh, if I could bottle this cool air and save it for later! Met my stepdaughter for a nice lunch in Mission Valley near the gym where she works as a personal trainer.
June 6, Tuesday. In preparing to leave San Diego to go home, my brother’s dog attempted his last bite on my “puppy,” Brodie. Why was it his last? Brodie finally just bit him back and took a piece of his ear. How I wish I could have left 20 minutes earlier.
June 7, Wednesday. Nice to be back home from San Diego and discovered a blog post announcing my role as a blog panelist for WordCamp Sacramento 2017.
June 8, Thursday. Thursdays seem to be my “spa” day! I wake up, enjoy coffee, check in and engage on social media with my Thursday blog posts. I usually attend cardio/bootcamp class, run home, shower, then on to my Weight Watchers meeting.
June 9, Friday. Today is my mom’s 77th birthday. I tried to call her at the nursing home, but no luck. At least I got to visit with her the previous week while in San Diego. In a weak moment, I previously signed up for a Ladies Windsurf Clinic held all this weekend. In need of a new wetsuit, I tried on three at the Windsurf shop. Talk about exhausting and none of them felt right. Plus I was tired and slightly anxious about the clinic. I got to meet Arrianne, the Dutch Windsurf pro running the clinic.
June 10, Saturday. I woke up in our trailer at the windsurf campground having anxiety about this morning’s impending windsurf clinic. Without hubby here as my “rigging boy,” I got some help loading my own sails and boards onto our truck and slowly drove the mile to the beach area. We watched Arrianne demonstrate some dry land skills, but I couldn’t execute the skills on the water. I was so frustrated, but I did get my front foot in the foot-strap for a few moments. The water was cold and my wet-suit did not keep me warm. The wind was fairly strong—I was complimented by the instructor for using a 4.7 meter sail (it was all I had rigged).
June 11, Sunday. Very light wind today for the clinic. Hubby was here now and helped me get my gear to the beach. I was able to attempt the quick-tack skill a few times but mostly just fell in and got too cold. I ended up wrenching my right knee. I literally sobbed as I dragged my gear out of the water. Then one of my sails laying on shore upended with a gust of wind and landed in some brush, tearing small holes in it. That was it! Plus I was cold, sore and tired. Thank goodness two of my windsurfer girlfriends talked me off the ledge and made me feel better. I did get a ton of exercise, not to mention zillions of activity points for hours of sailing 🙂 but, still…
June 12, Monday. At home and still tired from the weekend, but I went to my workout anyway. I bought a new wet-suit online from a store in the Columbia River Gorge, then new workout shoes at the mall. Should I be worried that shopping makes me happy?
June 13, Tuesday. I wrote over 1100 words on my Fitness book today while my car was being serviced.
June 14, Wednesday. Got a great 60-minute morning workout before it got hot. Ran errands and found a great new dog groomer in my neighborhood.
June 15, Thursday. I went to my weekly cardio/bootcamp class. Unfortunately, it was hot in the group exercise room. Once at home and comfortably cool, I managed to write 300 more words on my fitness book.
June 16, Friday. I try to practice Yoga every Friday at 8am, but it was very hot in the group-ex room. The instructor finished our yoga journey with the pronouncement “this was our first hot yoga class,” but I wasn’t amused. I ended my day with a nice dinner date with my hubby.
Another Road Trip
June 17, Saturday. Knowing California was in for a HOT few days, we decided early in the week to avoid the delta (if there is no wind, it’s brutal—no A/C in the trailer), and decided to spend the weekend up in the Sierra foothills at my Dad’s place for Father’s Day.
June 18, Sunday. We spent Father’s Day spent in Foresthill with my dad. Another hot day, but we powered through a sweltering 45-minute hike at 3500 feet on the Western States Trail. I am prone to heat exhaustion and got a touch of it at the end of the hike, but I got 4500 steps in. I had intended to write while Dad and hubby went shooting, but we ended up staying in the house with the fans blowing on us. Hubby grilled steaks and my step-mom made her amazing potato salad. So glad we spent the day with my dad. He will be 81 in mid-July.
June 19, Monday. Enjoyed watching the early morning hummingbirds on my dad’s deck while eating breakfast! We later drove home with the A/C blasting in the car as this horrible heat wave continued on the west coast. Broke temperature records all this week. Cooling centers have opened in many communities. I didn’t do much of anything but take a long nap (which is rare for me).
June 20, Tuesday. With this ungodly hot weather, 80 degrees at 9am, I went to our gym’s version of water aerobics. I actually got a decent workout! The water and air in the indoor pool were warm but as soon as I stepped into the main gym area, it was much cooler. Did some more writing on my book, another 1000 words.
June 21, Wednesday. Early morning walk with the dogs to beat the heat. The temps will be 105 today! Got a much-needed pedicure, then spent the afternoon on book research and re-familiarizing myself with mail chimp!
Focus on Fitness
June 22, Thursday. I am proud to announce I launched my new blog page Focus on Fitness with the link to my newsletter mailing list to draw interest for my upcoming book, No Excuses Fitness!
June 23, Friday. Early morning yoga session, some class schedule prep work, then off to lunch with a fellow Sacramento blogger to discuss our next local meetup. This may be the last day of 100+ degree temps.
June 24, Saturday. Saturday morning, heading to the nice, cool gym. Hubby’s new work schedule has his days off Sunday and Mondays through the rest of the summer. It’s kind of nice to drive to our windsurf campground in the delta on a Saturday instead of negotiating Friday afternoon traffic. Being semi-retired, I have little patience for traffic anymore!
June 25, Sunday. The wind blew 30+ mph today at the delta! Too spicy for my blood, so I finally put my camera to work! I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to take photos of windsurf friends and see what kind of action/sports shots I can get. I can now say I have my own collection of “pro-shots!”
Feeling slightly motivated by all the fun, and having hubby rig up a small sail, another friend and I thought we could catch the sunset sail with the ebb tide, later that day. I was terrified but I felt ready for the challenge and the conditions were right…or so I thought. No sooner than I put on the wet-suit and rest of my armor, drag my gear up over the levee, and enter the water…the wind died! Kind of like getting dressed up with nowhere to go!
But wasn’t the sunset amazing?
June 26, Monday. I managed to windsurf on this very windy Monday morning. I sailed on a 3.7 meter sail. My friend even took photos and made a cool video of me flying through the waves and posted it on Facebook.
Once I was finished windsurfing, I noticed a dragonfly in the molting process of shedding its exoskeleton. I managed to capture several photos of the process. Nature is amazing!
Back to School…Almost
June 27, Tuesday. I spent my morning as a guest lecturer for a class one of my colleagues teaches, who is undergoing chemo treatments. That afternoon, one of our friends came over so I could help him submit an online supplemental job application. As a thank-you, he and my hubby started dinner prep and our friend badly sliced his finger. I had to drive him to Kaiser ER, luckily, we were only there an hour (a miracle if you ask me). Nope, no photos of this!
June 28 Wednesday. With the exception of my workout this morning and a quick trip to the vet, most of my day was spent writing—two blog posts with images (tried Canva for the first time); and some work on my book.
June 29, Thursday. The dogs woke me up early today, might as well get some work done! Posted a blog today then went to my Bootcamp workout! My goal is to use Thursday afternoons as my school prep day in order to have my Fall class schedules ready by mid-August.
June 30, Friday. Where did the month go? I only have two short months to get my book written until I start teaching 150 students in the Fall semester! Getting ready for the July 4th long weekend. Today I launched my first newsletter to my subscribed “FIT Readers.” If you are interested, please take a look at this link!
Summary of June
In capturing my thoughts for A Sentence a Day, I was amazed to read all of my thoughts written each day. Had I not written these daily, I would have forgotten some of the details.
This is easier than I thought… What was your highlight for the month of June? Please consider joining other bloggers for July’s “Sentence a Day” post. Start writing those sentences now!
I have joined up with a great group, but there’s always room for more. If you are up for this challenge, please visit Leslie at her Sentence a Day for May post.