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. 😂

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!

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. 😫

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 😀

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!

I did it!

I did what I said I would do! The issue I have now is I gained 2 pounds. How did that happen? Hopefully it’s like a gain before you lose thing because I had dropped 4 and now gained 2. Not cool.

I believe my mother is getting sick of us now. Yesterday I asked her to pick up my son at school since it was 36 degrees. She did. When she picked him up, she told him “we are going to discount tire”. He asked if she would drop him off on the way and not even having to turn down our street, he would walk from the main road. She refused and drove on. He called me and asked when I was getting off work. Since I just had left the couple, I said I can come get you since the couple lives 3 minutes from discount tire. I start driving there because who knows how long it will take her. It took me 3 hours when I went! I get there and pick up my son with no grandma in sight. I asked him where she was and he said, “Oh. She left.” HUH? She left my child at a store by himself on a busy street???? Thankfully she had only left a minute before I picked him up and we passed her on our way home and we even beat her here (I know shortcuts). You do not leave a child, he may be 12 and 5’8 but still a child, alone! So I’m pissed at her and she’s pissed at his attitude and pissed that I was willing to pick him up. Oh my GOD mother! So my son told me last night that no matter what the weather, if I can’t pick him up due to work, he’s going to walk with other kids from school. I don’t blame him! She asked me why I picked him up and I asked her in return why did you just leave him there. No answer to that one! He did get to see the gun range where I got the membership and he’s happy it’s close by and now can’t wait to go.

Yesterday I went to my appointment at the breast examination place. I was there in July for my mammogram and got sent a letter stating they need more tests. No specifics, just that. So after being scared and nervous (I mentioned it in a post way back then I think), I finally went back. They did different pictures yesterday and then an ultrasound. I was there almost 2 hours. After the ultrasound, they had me sit and wait for the doctor. He walks in, sits down, looks at me, and says, “You do not have breast cancer. You have a mole under your skin that confused the test reader and required you to have these extra tests.” THANK YOU GOD! I’m safe for another year. He told me since I was here this month, I don’t need another test until next December. Woo hoo!

Then I took Forgetful to pick up cat food and go to Whole Foods for lunch. We all ate at their salad bar. I guess she and her caregiver didn’t understand what I meant by the cost goes by the weight of your container because their lunch was so stuffed full, they both took half home and their meals were $11 and $13! Crazy! My little salad was $5.70. Oh well. I know I will get paid back from her kid, I just hate spending like that. I always watch what I get at places like salad bars because I know they will weigh it and charge. Whatever. 🙄

Then I took the husband from the couple out on errands. I’m glad I did him last because I had a feeling he wanted to go multiple places. First the pharmacy. Drive through, that’s fine. Then the fresh food place. $320 spent there on foods that you probably already have at home but whatever, he bought me a chocolate walnut cookie so I was excited. Then by the bank and then the grocery store where you had 4 things on your list but you spent over $300 including 6 bottles of wine. Okay. That was 3 hours total but since he had overpaid me last time, he only paid me for 2 yesterday. I hate when he does that. I deal with it though, like usual. No tip from them lately either, I guess the cookie was my tip. 😂

Today I have Styled to go get her hair and nails done and then Forgetful. That’s it today for work. I will come home to meet Xfinity because our internet went out last night and never came back. I called them last night and they said according to their system, it has been acting up going off on its own for 2 months and they would come out and get it fixed today. That’s amazing. The next day??? Usually it’s a week! AND the lady on the phone gave my mom a $25 credit for the hassle. I’m amazed. At my old place, I could never get a technician to come out before a week had gone by and then they would charge me. Maybe it’s because my mom is “elderly?” She’s not but her age sounds like it plus the fact that I called it in for her. Who knows but I’m happy with their service for once!

That’s my day in a nutshell. Not too bad. I just hope it goes to plan. For once in my life. So probably not. Have a great day!

Ridiculous

Yes. This exercise watch is ridiculous. Okay, okay, it’s not the watch – but I’m frustrated with these steps yesterday!

I went out and did a 20 minute, 3.5 miles per hour walk last night and I didn’t even get near the 10,000 step mark??? I still needed 2,000 steps! And this is AFTER walking around all day while working and going out with my mom. I did stay outside walking to make sure I got my steps in.

I did get an award off my watch for doing 8 straight days of hitting all of my goals last night after I stayed out and made sure I got my steps in. I am really proud of that. I don’t think I have done this much work to better myself in forever! Literally! I’ve always been the one to work out a day, take a day off, work out a day or two, take more days off, take a cheat day on my diet plan, etc. Now I’ve gone 8 days straight.

There are 2 crackers left. Out of the 75 I made. Seriously. They are THAT tasty. I looked at what I had eaten in my log and realized my mother ate most of them. Okay Mom, I guess I shouldn’t have introduced you to those. They would have lasted me a week. That’s okay. That’s why I cook, so she will have something good to eat.

She and I had a serious talk yesterday (she was stuck riding around with me in my car for an hour) about what issues she has medically and what she’s been tested for at her doctors office. I want her to take the dementia test. Now she thinks that I think she’s crazy. Good lord mother. I just want to make sure you’re okay! I’m very glad I’ve been making diabetic friendly foods since she finally admitted to me that she’s diabetic and doesn’t check her blood sugar or control what she’s eating. She says if it’s her time, she’s fine to go be with my dad again. Umm, oookkkkaaaayyyy. I swear. If I could smack her upside the head I would. I’ll just keep cooking healthy stuff and she can keep thinking it’s normal food. I will cut out a lot of bread too (like not buying it, telling her the burger I made is steak (yeah right). This is making me nuts. She’s an adult though and I can’t make or force her to take better care of herself. All I can do is be here for her and cook healthy.

My son decided to go to school in shorts in our 40 degree weather yesterday too. And since it was raining, I picked him up to go home instead of the walking he usually does. All he had was a sweater too! It’s supposed to rain today as well but I’m picking him up early because he has a dentist appointment for a cleaning and then he will meet with the orthodontist about braces. I got a discount card that is supposed to save me $3,000 on his braces too so yay! It cost me $112 for both of us to be covered by it but since I need to go in and have my dentures checked anyway every 6 months, why not? This makes cleanings all free and discounts on everything else. It’s called My Smile Dental Plan. I used it when I got my dentures and saved almost $10,000 plus now with the savings on braces, I think it’s totally worth the money!

That’s it today. I will go see Forgetful and then pick my son up at school. He is going to the dentist to get told all about braces and what they will be doing plus a cleaning. Have a great day!

Apple 🍎 🍏

I decided to go with the Apple Watch. I can answer texts off my iPhone, have my calendar vibrate that I need to leave for a job, as well as track meals, exercise, and sleep. So it will work well for me. Well, I guess I’ll find out. I talked to a couple of friends with Fitbit and Apple Watch yesterday and that helped make my decision. Now to set it all up and get moving!

According to the Apple health app on my phone, I walked a BUNCH of steps and climbed a few flights of stairs. I didn’t have my phone on me for 2 flights of stairs or walking around the house for an hour while I charged my phone but that’s okay. I think it went well for my first real day of trying! I logged my food and only went over by 5 calories so I’m not complaining there either!

Now all I need to do is make those steps every day plus climb more stairs. I will get into actual going out for exercise (aka walking) when I’m not crazy busy like today.

I am with Styled at her attorneys office right now. Then she needs to run errands. Hopefully I will drop her off with enough time to go home to eat lunch before going to see the couple and take them to the doctor. I’m pretty sure they will want to go get food on their way home too, they usually do. Then I will go pick up Forgetful and take her to dinner somewhere. Or maybe I will just sit with her while she eats dinner at her retirement home. I would rather eat at home so I know I don’t go over on calories! Plus I’m trying to finish all the food we have before it spoils and definitely before I cook other stuff. And it’s healthy with all 4 major food groups so yes, I should eat at home.

While I’m waiting for Styled, I walked to the convenience store down the street and bought a bottle of Smart water. I love that stuff! That way I also wasn’t just sitting around to wait. I ended up getting an extra 500 steps. Yay me!

My son has 3 weeks left of school before the Christmas holidays. Must be nice. I’m usually a bit slow during this time of year but not this week! I’m glad about that. I will slow down closer to Christmas though and that’s okay, I want to be home more when my son isn’t in school. I know my Mom will be working extra since she’s in retail so it’s better if I’m at home. That’s one of those reasons I started doing this business anyway!

I hope everyone is having a good week. I’m trying to! I have a total of 40 pounds to lose (I had gained 5 since I weighed myself the last time – eek!). That’s what I’m up to.