Off today!

I should work because all I made this past week was $270 but I’m taking my day off to not deal with dementia and crankiness. I already know I’m slow in December so I plan for it. So yay for taking a day off!

Yesterday was great for exercise. I think I did really well!

In addition to my exercise which included walking to the grocery store and back, I baked more cookies. I made the PB Blossoms THE RIGHT WAY, and made these Christmas Wreath cookies. A few actually looked like wreaths, a few looked more like Christmas Trees, and the rest were just blobs. I refrigerated them overnight and tried one this morning. They taste pretty good, like Rice Krispie treats only made with cornflakes. Excuse my blurry selfie, hard to eat a cookie and take a picture!

This morning I was woken up by banging right outside my bedroom door. It was either my Mom or the cats. I don’t know which. I wasn’t about to open my door and have a conversation at 8am on a Sunday! I didn’t go to sleep until 1. I was still making cookies until midnight! I swear my mother doesn’t like to let me sleep in. And when she was gone for the one day, I had to wake up and take my son to school. I know, poor me, I had to wake up on time. šŸ˜‚

Oh! The washer issue! Get this crap. My mom opened the washer to do laundry and it was FULL of water from that drip! I used a water bottle and got about half of it out before I was like, you know what? Why don’t we just turn on the spin cycle to drain it all? Now why didn’t I think of that in the first damn place??? So after running all the water out, my mom started her clothes and let the washer finish it’s cycle completely. Then I ran my clothes. Then my son ran his clothes. And guess what??? Because we let the washer complete the cycle each time, it’s not leaking anymore!!! Go figure! Well thankfully that saves us a plumber bill too.

This morning after being woken up, I took my new vitamin that I bought yesterday. I’m kind of hoping that it’s what I needed. I have not ever taken vitamins regularly. I’m really not good at taking pills and these are damn horse pills but I’m trying! It says to take 2 each day so I’m debating that. Can’t I just take one? I got them at the local GNC store and they were recommended by the sales guy. He said they constantly run out of them so they must be popular, right? Hmmm… I’m not too sure but he said these were easier to take than the other ones they had and these are time released vitamins so it helps you throughout the day. He said to take them for a week before I give up to see how I feel. At $60 for a months worth, these better be the best damn vitamins I’ve ever taken!

I packaged up all the cookies this morning, took the dog out on a 1,500 step walk, and did all the dishes from my cooking. Now I’m back in bed to write. I must move around a lot in my sleep. My butt doesn’t hurt anymore, now it’s my knee! This is why I bought vitamins. Something has to help! I also stopped using my sleep thing on my fitness watch because it drains the battery and doesn’t actually help me any. The Fitbit had a much better sleep minder. I also am bad about remembering to turn it off in the morning so I have a few days where I was sleeping for 24 hours. The Apple Watch isn’t BAD necessarily, I guess I’m just used to the Fitbit one.

So it’s 10am. All I’m doing today is my exercise and watching Netflix, well, that’s my plan. I am noticing that I have tons more energy lately and don’t stay in bed as much as I used to. I may run up to Michael’s to get the melting chocolate and make these chocolate and nut dipped meringues. The meringue is already made (I cheated and bought some) and so now I just need the chocolate and nuts.

My son is still asleep and my dog pooped 4 times and has now eaten so I’m sure she is about to take a nap. I just need to figure out what I want to do! Have a great Sunday!

My poor aching feet!

Yes, my feet hurt. Not as bad as they did last night and they don’t actually hurt, they ache. And I’m going to go with it’s because they have to carry all this weight around everyday. But why does my butt hurt? I haven’t fallen on it, I don’t plop down when I sit, nothing, but the area around my tailbone is killing me today! It hurts to sit down! Maybe I’m losing weight there first since I’m walking? I’m just hurting today and I’m glad I’m off tomorrow. I need to figure out this drip in the washer still too!

I lost a pound this week. Go me! So after that weight gain a few weeks ago, I only have 43 to go! I don’t mind losing slowly, maybe it will stay off that way. My goal this week is to hit all of my goals every single day. Here they are.

Goals:

  • Do 10,000 steps a day.
  • Do 30 minutes of vigorous exercise each day (like walking at a fast pace).
  • Stay within my calories – I get 2,100 a day so I should be able to although it’s hard some days.
  • Hit the stand goal of 13 hours a day (that just means you weren’t sitting for an entire hour).
  • Hit my move calorie goal each day (I’ve doubled it a few times).

Since I got my watch, I’ve missed those goals more than once. This week, I missed my step goal on Tuesday by under 1,000 steps. Yes, it’s still bugging me. I started the week on Monday for this goal adventure after not hitting goals last Sunday, so I have a few more days to go to do this to see if I can meet every goal. Since I missed it on Tuesday, I will step it up next week and do it all over. I really want to make this a daily thing! Even if I can’t do it perfectly, try try again, right?

Today, I have Styled to get her hair and nails done as usual and then I have to go see Forgetful. Her step daughter in law asked for me to meet her there too. I think she wants to give me a Christmas present. She’s very sweet like that.

I still need to remake those cookies and make the Christmas wreath cookies. Standing in the kitchen hurts my feet more than the walking I do! I blame the tile floor. Speaking of the cookies! So my screw up wasn’t that bad! I took them to the retirement home to pick up Forgetful yesterday at lunchtime and asked all of the people eating lunch if they would like a gingerbread or lemon cookie. First of all, the young concierge at the front desk loved the lemon cookies – she didn’t like chocolate on it so she took those off but she ate like 4 of them! I had no cookies when I left. It was wonderful!!! Saying they were lemon cookies worked out well. And the older generation doesn’t really have a peanut butter allergy so I didn’t have to worry about that either. They went over well and some of the ladies said I was making everyone’s day. How is that for sweet?

My mother came home yesterday around 5pm. Glad I ended up not having friends come by. That wouldn’t have worked out too well. Plus this place is nowhere near ready to have people over. I need to get rid of half the furniture before I feel comfortable with friends seeing it.

I have to get dressed for work, walk the dog, and get moving so y’all have a good Saturday!

Iā€™m loving my time!

It’s nice not having my mother around for a day. She will be back today though. I need to get my cookies finished this morning because if I don’t, I may not have another quiet chance.

Everyone loved the cookies yesterday and asked me to bring the others when I make them. I took those pictures to prove that I made them and didn’t buy them. Sad but it’s what you have to do when your cookies look so great. šŸ˜‚ I took some to Cranky too. She got all excited and told her caregiver to give her one now with coffee. I asked her if she wanted to say please and she rolled her eyes and said “Please šŸ™„” It was funny the way she did it. I took one for each caregiver too. I hope they both like it!

Again, all I have today is Forgetful. It’s been SUCH a slow week! I will maybe make $200 this week. So sad šŸ˜ž. Oh well. My bills are paid and we have food and that’s what counts! Forgetful and I are going out to lunch and then going to buy her step son and grandkids Christmas presents. I hope she has fun. She doesn’t want to do gift cards. She wants to go pick out something for each person. Eek!

I did way too well on exercise yesterday. I went out and walked a mile down the road and then walked back. I’m still sore so I will probably put off my exercise until later today but I will do it again. I’m on a mission to hit every daily goal every day this week. I know I can do it, I just need the motivation!

Since my mom kept having a fit about me walking outside in a black sweater, I ordered a red raincoat. I haven’t owned an actual raincoat in years. I usually use an umbrella. It came yesterday and The North Face opinion of red seems to be more orange. That’s okay. I like orange, I just really wanted red and had ordered red. Whatever. It’s nice. Lots of pockets inside and out and it’s warm. I’m glad I ordered a size larger too because this just fits me. That’s the problem I have with ordering online. You never know if it’s going to fit until you get it and try it on.

It’s 6:30am. My son and animals have been fed and I’ve played my phone games for the morning. I guess I should get dressed to take him to school and then come home and bake more. Then to shower and leave for the one job.

It is Thursday morning

I woke up at 4:20. And no, I don’t smoke the good stuff so why was I up at exactly that time??? I haven’t gone back to sleep. I caught up on my reading on WordPress and waiting for my mother to wake up to see if she’s actually going today. It would be nice!

Yesterday was good. You guys saw I got my nails done and I took Forgetful to her hair guy. He rolled his eyes so much at me whenever she repeated a question that I thought he would stay like that. And poor guy has shingles! He had it covered with some kind of cream, I hope that keeps anyone else from getting it. I don’t know if shingles is catching anyway. But she was in a good mood and we are going shopping for Christmas presents for her family tomorrow and lunch at her suggestion. Her step daughter in law told me what the grandkids (her kids) wanted although didn’t say what she wanted! Oh well. I told Forgetful that she should probably go with gift cards so people can get their own stuff and won’t be disappointed. She told me she got them this huge thing of different kinds of dinner rolls last year and it didn’t go over well. Umm, yeah, I’d feel the same! NO, I didn’t actually tell her that!

So I tried to fix my commode by myself yesterday. It’s just the arm that broke. That should be easy. NOT. I took out the old bar and handle but the nut in the tank is so corroded that I was actually trying to saw it off with a handsaw. I couldn’t do it. My son couldn’t do it. I couldn’t pull out the little pieces. I even chipped my damn toilet trying! So I called The Godfather and he’s coming this morning to fix it. I feel bad. I was trying to do it myself without having to call for help. I should have been able to. And I’m trying to save money too! At least The Godfather won’t be as expensive as calling a plumber! Maybe I should have him check the drip on the washer while he’s here. Hmmm…

Also, some guys are coming over here today to connect cable all over the house since Xfinity said they can’t do it for liability reasons. So it’s a day filled with strange men in the house! Then I have to go see Forgetful and then try to make cookies if I feel up to it. I hope so!

Exercise yesterday was really good. When I got home around 4, I went out for a 30 minute walk. 20 fast walking and 10 at a slower pace. So I had my exercise done before 5pm. That was nice. And my mother was happy because I wasn’t walking outside wearing my black sweater at night. She thinks nobody can see me and I think I’m so damn pasty that everyone can see me! I would probably be a bit more noticeable if I still dyed my hair blond but I’m not going back to that! Too much time and money that’s just not me anymore. Plus my son and I walked around the block after dinner to just have a chat and for me to finish off my 10,000 steps for the day. So I was thinking that today I will try and get my walk in before my son gets home from school. Wouldn’t that be nice? Be able to just hang out with him? I hope he’s willing to walk with me again this evening too. I enjoyed that and I think he needs to go out more too. He may just be doing it because Christmas is 11 days away and he wants presents but he’s going to have to keep it up after Christmas too!

I hope you all have a wonderful day. Some of you are about to go to sleep and some are like me just waking up. It’s 5:41am and I’m going to get my day started!

Aww man!!!

My mom was supposed to leave today. She’s not going now. Her coworker that was going with her is sick so now she’s not going. šŸ˜«

I only have one job today and I was going to bake cookies. I don’t want to bake with her sitting there. I can’t do what I want (listen to music and watch movies) while her tv is going too. I’m taking Forgetful to get her hair done. Fun fun. Driving around with her telling me I don’t know where I’m going and such.

I started watching cheesy Christmas movies on Netflix. Right now I have nothing else to do. I am charging the rest of my electronics so I’m laying in bed which is nice. I already took my son to school and it’s nice and quiet.

Oh! I have to fix my commode today. The lift bar decided to crap out last night. It can’t be that hard to fix. My moms washer is dripping and I’m not sure if it’s from me stopping it a few minutes early or there’s a leak. I need to do some laundry and find out. So I have stuff to do, I’m just not ready to get up yet.

Y’all have a great day!

Morning šŸ˜€

Well good morning! I woke up at 5am and got up, went potty, drank 8 ounces of water, and then got back in bed to play games on my phone. I took my son to school, came home and had an unhealthy breakfast of an energy drink and 3 small sugar cookies (I made them last night), and now am ready to get moving. Smaller plates really does look like bigger portions.

I think I did well yesterday. I hit my step goal, exercise goal, even food goal!

Today I will do it again. Maybe I need to up my numbers because I’ve been doing this for 2 weeks and I gained those 2 pounds last week and am afraid to get on my scale yet!

Today I take Styled to the dentist and visit Forgetful for lunch. That’s it! It’s my slow time of year when I don’t make much but still have bills to pay plus presents for the kiddo and mother. It’s not easy! Well, this year my son is getting what he asked for because it’s the first time I actually can. Next year, he probably won’t get much of anything since I’ll be broke again. The bills will be paid though so I am not complaining!

I only made the sugar cookies yesterday but I got out my moms mixer so I can do the rest of the cookies. Holiday time and making all these cookies makes me want to eat them so I’ve either got to resist the temptation or exercise more. I haven’t figured out which one I want to do yet. I’m definitely making the cookies though. I have some friends that have told me it’s not Christmas until I bring them cookies. Isn’t that sweet? I stopped giving them out to everyone when my kitchen started to look like it had been taken over by said cookies a few years ago but I still give them to a select few.

That’s it for now, I forgot to tell my mom about a call for her I got! See ya!

Another Monday?

I decided that yesterday would be MY day. I didn’t exercise much. I didn’t even cook anything but the burgers (which are REALLY tasty too). Hell, I didn’t even shower. Gross, right? It was my day. I did wash the dishes, make the burgers on the George Foreman grill, then washed everything I used again. I also got rid of all the crap on the kitchen counters. Why does anyone need 3 huge unused containers just sitting there??? I asked my mom this and she says, I could fill them. With what exactly? They don’t close well, they are metal, and they are huge! What would you put in there? So she said she will find a place for them and having the counter space is nice.

Today I am going to shower first including shaving. Then I have to take a clients car to be washed (special request from the couple), and then stop by to see Forgetful. That’s it. My mother is off today and tomorrow so she is continuing to clean out all the crap in her bedroom. She leaves for Dallas at some point this week. Is it wrong that I’m a bit excited about having 2 full days where I don’t have to worry about anything and can just be me? I don’t even mind having to clean the litter box! I’m going to have a couple friends stop by to see where I am now. I need to make some snacks for them. One couple I’d like to have over is vegan so I really have to think! They would say don’t do anything but this is me, I always have something!

I found some cookie recipes on Allrecipes and I’m thinking I might make some. They sound really good!

Not sure if I will do all of them but they look like a new challenge for me, especially the macaroons! I’ve seen bakers on The Great British Baking Show even have issues with them. I just want to try. Why not?

And who doesn’t want gingerbread at Christmas? The princess cookies and cyclops (is that really the name of these?) look delicious too!

Now to find a vegan cookie recipe! You guys have seen me. Do I look like I would eat vegan? šŸ˜‚ These look pretty easy to make and good too! Guess I’ll find out! It’s cookie making time! Well, not right at this instant, but this week!

That’s it for today. I have a couple of jobs each day this week so in my spare time, I’ll go to the store for ingredients, bake, and post what I make. I am definitely making those lemon squares too!