Long day!

I took my son to school this morning and then went to the grocery store to get some Diet Rite. It’s diet with sucralose, caffeine free, and sodium free. And it tastes good!

I grabbed the shirts I was mailing out and went to the car wash. I dropped my car off. They said it would take 2 hours so I went off and walked to the post office which was a mile away.

I mailed the 2 boxes and then walked to the smoke shop for a cartridge for my Cue which was a little over half a mile from the post office. Since they didn’t open until 10, I went into the convenience store next door and got water. I stood outside the store ready to wait the 30 minutes and about 10 minutes later, a guy opens the door and asks if I was waiting on them. I said yes and he let me in!

I got my refill and walked over to the shoe store which was a little under half a mile away and walked around the store but Sketchers glues their insoles into their shoes so I can’t buy them since I have to use my insoles. So I then walked to my moms work a little under half a mile away because I knew I could use the restroom there. My mom wasn’t working today but everyone there knows me. I hung out there chatting for about 10 minutes and then walked back to get my car.

Total walked this morning – 2.5 miles (4 km). And I got a lot done! My car is now free of cigarette smell (I asked my son and he said he couldn’t smell any), I still need to get new tennis shoes, but I’m happy! Maybe I got my exercise groove back?

I came home and watched Netflix the rest of the day other than picking up my son and the neighbor kid at school. Finished Lemony Snicket’s Unfortunate Events, finished Black Mirror, and played games on my phone.

I got a package in the mail this afternoon from BFF. She sent me my Christmas present and I am so excited! I need to buy some zucchini and try this out! I can’t wait to play with it!

Thank you thank you thank you!!! Oliver decided he wanted a gift too, the box. He stayed in it for over an hour too!

What did you do today?

Here’s where I am today

I’m feeling good. According to my quit app, I have got 4 goals plus 3 days of no smoking. If I wasn’t using the vape, the nicotine would be out of my system too.

I still haven’t exercised since last Wednesday. I will get back to it, I just haven’t felt like it, which I saw in my quit smoking app that my energy levels should return in the next 3 days. I am still at 150 pounds (68 kg) so I’m doing good there too.

Boy is my smell better! I walked in my room and it stank like crazy! It was the dog food I was smelling. I didn’t realize it stunk so bad! Crazy!!! And cool too that I can smell so well!

On the caffeine front, I have allowed myself to have one Dr. Pepper each day the past couple of days. I also found caffeine free Bang and so glad I did and it’s cheaper than regular Bang too. I’m not doing the Dr. Pepper anymore because today it made me feel funny. I also found out that Diet Pepsi has switched to using aspertame again even in the caffeine free ones so no more of that for me. Aspertame and I do not get along. I read that Diet Rite is sugar free (they use sucralose), caffeine free, and even sodium free. So why not try and see how it is? Better than Dr. Pepper for me.

I watched a lot of Netflix yesterday and today. Watching Black Mirror now. I love this show! It’s really good. I love the first episode where you make the choices of what the character does. I took my smoker client to a doctor earlier today. I had her try my vape but she didn’t like it and that’s okay. It will take more than one time for her to make the switch. I know it would be better for her and her son is all for it. Maybe if she watches me for a while and how much happier I am, it will work better getting her to switch but at 77 years old, she may not. Who knows. I will see her again on Friday afternoon too. So more jobs this week. Yay!

Here’s the bad news. The excess skin doctor told me I can’t come in for an appointment until I have the money to get the surgery. Since I’ve made a whopping $29 with my gofundme, I’m not sure what to do. I canceled my appointment with the psychologist because I don’t feel like I need to spend $140 for nothing, I’m doing great. The good news is, I saved $240 by not having appointments this week. Plus making a little more than usual this week so that’s good too.

Today was the first day back at school for my son and he enjoyed seeing his friends but not the learning.

That’s it. I hope you had a good Monday as well.

Another nothing day

Woke up, took my son to church, went grocery shopping, came home, cleaned out the downstairs coat closet and the upstairs linen cabinet. I finished reorganizing my room and washed clothes and sheets today. I finished watching Marie Kondo on Netflix too.

School starts again tomorrow for my son. The last half of junior high. My baby will be a high schooler in 8 months!!! I planned my vacation for spring break with my son and planned his 14th birthday. I’m ready for him to start school but not ready to start myself. I have a meeting with my advisor on Tuesday finally too. H is back in Houston too so I will see her when I go to school.

I have to take my son in the morning and work too so I’ll chat with y’all later!

Nothing kind of day

Seriously, I didn’t do much today at all!

I met my friend for lunch at The Toasted Yolk, switched dressers with my son, started Marie’s tidy show on Netflix, and that’s it. My room is not done, this is the in-between stage. I am saving up the money I am not using on cigarettes to get a smaller bed frame and put my bed under my window to have more space in here.

I didn’t smoke all day and was perfectly fine with my vape.

I hope you are having a great weekend!

Cue day one and regular Friday stuff

After one day I want to tell you what I think.

I like the Cue. I like the strawberry flavor. I didn’t like the menthol at all and as you know (Or not), that’s what I smoked.

The battery lasted about 24 hours which I guess is normal.

Yesterday I had 12 cigarettes and only tried this a couple of times. Today, I had a smoke when I woke up at 7am, one around 2pm, and one just now at 7:45pm, that’s it. The cigarette I just had burned my throat and made me realize that going to a vape was a great idea. I am out of cigarettes and I am going to just vape tomorrow and see how I do. I think I’ll be fine. I smelled a cigarette this afternoon and it stank!

I went by the store and picked up more flavors so I have enough juice for a week or two.

I’ll keep you filled in about this tomorrow evening. Everything I have heard from people is how this help them quit and get off stinky cigarettes. Yay! Still caffeine free too!

I took Styled to get her hair and nails done today. I had been craving Popeyes chicken since last night so I went by there and got a thigh. It totally filled that craving!

I took my son to the movie theater to meet his friends and see some horror movie. After the show, they hung out with a couple of girls and finally called me to pick them up. His friend is staying over which is fine with me.

His friend 2.0 (that’s what they call him) asked me if I had ever had bubble tea. I love bubble tea! He googled it and found out there is a place at the Galleria so off we went. Driving to the mall in 5pm traffic is usually a nightmare but it wasn’t bad today. While we were there, we decided to get pizza for dinner. There goes my calories for today but it’s only one day!

We got back home and my mother had gone and gotten herself a steak. She gave the bone to Amber and all I have heard since is her ripping the meat off the bone. She won’t eat the actual bone but she will make sure it’s completely clean of meat! She even held it in her mouth and brought it upstairs because Oliver kept creeping around. 🤣

One of my nephews messaged me on Facebook today. I haven’t seen him since he was 10 years old and he’s 19! He remembers my son as a toddler that wouldn’t leave him alone. 😂 He told me he’s been in some trouble in the past couple of years but he learned from it and he’s doing better. He’s engaged and says she will kick his butt if he does anything stupid so good for her! He turned out to be a cutie.

I told him as long as he learned from his mistakes, he will be fine. I also told him that I will be happy to talk to him if he needs me to since his family (his words here) all hate him. He and his sisters had a crappy childhood so if I can talk to him if he needs to, I’m okay with that! I wish I had this old photo I took when he was little. I’ll have to see if I can find it later.

That’s my day in a nutshell. I hope you all had a good day as well!

The New Year’s Eve celebration

I totally forgot to tell you guys about New Year’s Eve!

I go to the retirement home and sign in. I go up to Ms. 96 year olds room and of course was early. She loves that I am always early, she says it shows that I care about my clients. We chat for a little bit and she says she is ready to go down.

She is all dressed up and looking very nice and I am as usual in my workout gear but put on nice shoes and a sweater so it looked like I was wearing black pants and a nice shirt (if you read my post a few days ago you saw what I was wearing).

We go downstairs and there is no party. It’s just this lame guy singing softly to the oldies on his karaoke player. Seriously! It was so sad. They could have done much more. The paper they handed out made it seem like they were doing a buffet (she showed it to me) and there would be singing and dancing. I was pretty disappointed with the place! They had Chardonnay but I am not a big wine person so I just sipped it and drank mostly water.

So we ate the “special” for the day which was sweet and sour chicken (hard little pieces) with over cooked vegetables and over salted soup as well as this half “egg roll” that was mushy. The Rice was pretty much the only edible thing on the plate but they were hard, like they hadn’t been cooked throughly. She apologized to me for the food even! I told her it was fine and I thanked her for the invitation because it was very sweet of her to think of me. I did tell her that next time we just need to go out somewhere and actually have fun. She seemed to like the idea as well so maybe I will take her out to dinner one night (or lunch).

I came home and had a little champagne with my mom before going upstairs to watch Netflix.

My glass is from taking my son on a hot air balloon ride in South Park Colorado when he was 6. I need to find the video of that, it was awesome!

Y’all have a good night. It’s 11pm and I have to work in the morning so I need to get to sleep.

Good day

So. I finally figured out what to use a tiny bit of my Christmas gift card on other than the 3 shirts and 3 pairs of pants that I got. I went to a store that my friend suggested and got a vape machine. Nothing like I expected as I haven’t vaped in years.

So I couldn’t even figure out how to turn it on and off, I had to ask my friend. $44 got me a machine and 2 cartridges. I got menthol because that’s what I smoked, and strawberry because it actually tasted pretty good (they let me try all the flavors at the store). A cartridge is supposed to last a week so that’s good too.

They had all different colors but I chose black so it doesn’t stand out so much. They even make stickers for it! I tried it and it works well. I got the highest nicotine level which is only 6mg (a Camel cigarette has about 26 according to google). I will not smoke. I do not want to stink like cigarettes ever again. Let’s see how this goes!