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November in Numbers


Welcome to our monthly review, done in numbers or whatever novel way you can use to look back at your previous month.  You can see the previous link ups here

November has come and gone and I feel like I spent most of it sick.  If I would have counted the days I felt under the weather, I'm sure my total would have been 62.  What I did count, however, was the days I spent with little to no voice, sounding like either a 90 year old Granny or a pre-pubescent boy. My students had good laughs on my behalf, which is all good cause I kinda like them.  Anyway, I spent 10 days of November without a voice and we're still going.  I should have picked a different profession. Like train conducteur.

While we're talking about my health, I spent 0 days at the gym. Sad.  I started the month off great, doing the 21 day fix, and I made it into the last week then the germs hit.  Just this week I have started to get back on the treadmill, walking for 20 minutes.   I'm scared to look at my Fitbit average to see how much I've fallen in the ranks.

I feel I should add in that I got up for 1 morning workout and it felt great.

With the 21 day fix and lack of appetite, I did lose 4 lbs this month.  We'll see how that carries over to December, the month of the nanaimo bar conundrum.  I'm 5 pounds away from my goal for the end of January.

12 different pairs of shoes worn teaching and then I realized that I forgot to take a picture of one pair. So I'll save that for December. So really 13.  I am now done my rotation of shoes that started the first day teaching.  

I spent a lot of couch time with Lucia this month, so I was able to up my reading. I finished off the last 3 Jen Lancaster books that I had at home. Thanks for the borrows, Jana. I have them at school, but keep forgetting to bring them to you.

I don't think I read them in this order but I enjoyed Such a Pretty Fat and My Fair Lazy.  Pretty in Plaid was kinda uneventful and I mostly fastforwarded through it.

147 episodes since summer watched of Gilmore Girls. I finished the series finale last week and bawled.  Can't wait for the Netflix special.  I have since moved on to Jane the Virgin on Shomi.

644.68$ spent on groceries. Except I know I missed one bill that was somewhere in the 70$s.  This is much better than the 900$ish we were averaging when I was counting our spending.  I should also look into how much we spend on restaurants. We've taken up the habit of ordering in on Friday nights.....

6 hours prepping report cards.

3 toblerones snitched from the snack cupboard. Really, I should just eliminate the snack cupboard. Or I could just start putting broccoli in it.

1 Google Hangout with blog friends. This needs to happen monthly as it's a great blogstorming session, but also we do funny things like show off our animals and kids and husbands and give tours of our homes but mostly we laugh.


16 posts done, 5 of them were sponsored, so I made almost 100$ this month on the blog this month.

2720 pageviews which is up from last month, but not where it has been in the past.  46% of the traffic comes from Canada (Sask #1, Alberta #2 for numbers of visitors), 29% from the States (Texas #1, Cali #2)  6% from Russia. (WHAAT? Cool) ... looking at this really makes me want to learn how to read Google Analytics.  So many neat things you can find out, like for example, 66% of my referrals come from my friend, Jordan's page.

5 pics of the beautiful colours being painted in the sky.  I love this time of year.  When we leave for the city around 8 am, the sun is just coming up and I get to witness the shades of the morning in all its glory. Then there's the sunsets lately. The land of the living skies is where I belong.

2 successful parent teacher interviews.  More on that later this week


1 massive 11 foot tall tree decorated.  Decorating is a process that takes me a couple weekends...I usually start near the end of November.  The house is now festooned with awesome.




 1 lovely drive through the Enchanted Forest.  The kids loved it.  I need to really put more effort into doing special family things this Christmas.  I forgot how much they get wrapped up in the awe.  They were thrilled to see our elf, TicTacToe, come back and spend every morning talking to him.  I love that Willis still believes at 8 years old.


2 white knuckle drives into the city because of this fluffy, beautiful stuff. Which has now almost all melted. Sigh.  Please let there be snow for Christmas. 


So friends, what do you have to show me for your month?





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