Another day, another story

It was an interesting day for sure. Miss Priss was good company. She had me drive all over town to run her errands and we got a lot done in 3 hours. She didn’t mind that I bought vegetables while we were at Whole Foods either.

After 3 hours with her, I dropped her back off. I like sales so when I saw that Target was having a bedding sale, I jumped on it. I picked up a new set of sheets yesterday and oh boy, I’m in love with my bed again! 700 thread count, funky blue color that sets off the dark wood frame, and so soft and comfortable! All for $50!?! Sold! Amber likes them too, she was snuggled up under a pillow on the new sheets all night.

I then picked up my sons medication and got milk and lunch foods from HEB. I came home and had to turn around and leave pretty quick to take the couple to dinner. When I got there, I found out that they had already eaten out for lunch but still wanted to go. I let them go in to eat and I went to the Vitamin Shoppe to check out Quest products that I heard are a good snack with lots of protein. I spent $25 on snacks. 😀 I ate one and then walked around the corner to smoke and wouldn’t you know, the couple came out to the car while I was gone. Oops! It only took them 45 minutes to eat! They got in by themselves and I got there after they did. They said they hadn’t been there long but who knows. So I screwed up! Yet another reason I need to find a regular job I think.

These snacks are around 200 calories a piece so one each day as a snack is plenty although it does help me get a bit more protein in my diet which I won’t complain about. The birthday cake one was a bit too sweet for me and definitely filled me up. No sugar but overly sweet? Yes please!

My son is a trip. He asks Alexa to play 21 Pilots all the time so at any given moment as I walk by his room, I will hear Heathens. Good song but when you hear it 20 times a day, you get a bit sick of it. Not him though! He popped in my room at 9:06pm for me to turn his jaw extender and flops on my new sheets and says he’ll take them. Lol! Nope! And I’m not going to spend more either. He can have my 600 thread count red ones.

My mother says her garbage disposal isn’t working so Godfather text me this morning to say he’s coming over. Umm, ok? Guess I better get dressed quick!

-Skip 2 hours-

There was a screw in the disposal. It’s not broken. Thank goodness! Godfather also helped get all the paint that was in our garage out to my moms van to take to the recycling plant and he took all these tools that I told him he could have once we found them. That’s fine and I am with Cranky to take her to the dentist. I have this and taking Mr. 95 year old to dinner tonight. I should have plenty of time to go to the gym which I didn’t do yesterday.

I did 10 minutes of arm weight exercises instead of the gym. My calories were great so I’ll be fine. No big deal.

So that’s enough for me today. I am going to do my best to go to the gym since I have been skipping it lately. At least I’m still exercising at home!

Well crap

So you guys may not know this. I have thin skin on my arms due to the asthma steroid inhaler I use daily plus getting older (and I’m NOT old!!!). I worked really hard to move 3 loads of stuff to my Mom’s. I noticed just now that in that process, I kind of screwed up my arms. Now I’ll get to wear long sleeves to work all week while they heal. 😫 It’s so hot here still, I don’t want to wear sleeves!

Anyway, I still have my desk to clean up and get over there tomorrow. Otherwise I’m done for now until my place sells.

I still have to finish cleaning the rooms at her house, take out all the trash and furniture that we don’t need or want, and organize my Moms stuff so there’s room for everything she wants to keep. Maybe 2 more weeks? If I go every single day and work 2 hours or more over there, hopefully I’ll get done. That’s in addition to working every day driving people too!

I keep telling myself that it will all be worth it in the end. I hope and pray I am correct!

Walking

I almost called his post Waking before I realized my mistake. That would be a whole different subject!!!

I need your help. Especially the trainers or gym rats or people that take their exercise seriously. I walked this morning like I said I would. I checked my stats when I got home and saw my heart rate was 171 during my walk. Is that safe for a 44 year old at 200 pounds? I’m alive, I could speak while I walked (I know this because I said good morning to a couple people on the road with me). It just worries me because I don’t think it’s ever been that high!!!

I am walking faster and farther than ever which is awesome. Even after taking 3 days off, I did better than the past 2 weeks.

The average heart rate per minute looks good, I’m just worried about that time I was at 171. Plus being at peak heart rate for 22 minutes, can that be good???

So! I also had my son with me. He jogged about a quarter of a mile and then walked another quarter of a mile to his old school and then turned around and walked back home. I told him just go a bit farther jogging each day and he will build up strength and sustainability. If he wants to do track, he has to be able to run. I walked the entire time other than when I had to run across a side street in order for a car to not run me over – I was there first but I don’t trust anybody these days.

My goal is to walk to my Mom’s house and back. It’s a mile and a half each way. I think I am going to have to get up earlier and leave earlier to do that. Today I would have made it to her house but not back home so I need to keep practicing. We left at 7am. It was already 80 degrees and humid. Maybe if I’m up at 5, I will be ready to go by 6-6:30. One reason we left so late was getting my son to get out the door. He didn’t want to. I don’t think he slept last night. When I woke up, he was awake and said that he woke up in the middle of the night to an ear bleed. There was absolutely nothing in his ear, I looked with a flashlight. So I still made him go out with me. Now he can sleep from now through to tomorrow when we do it again. He said he’s willing. Plus I think we need to go daily to get in shape. I also still need to get him using weights too. He doesn’t want to. If I don’t push a little, he will never do better though!

Yesterday my sons friend came over for the day from 10am-6pm. I got both kids lunch at Sonic (hotdogs) and then cooked macaroni and cheese plus meatloaf muffins for dinner. His friend had never had meatloaf and he said he liked it. He ate all of it so I guess he did. He seems like a good kid. I told his mother he can come anytime. She doesn’t speak much English (another reason I really need to learn Spanish) but she can understand me so it was good.

2 jobs starting in 2 hours so I’ll chat with you guys later. Please let me know if I’m doing okay!!!

Here we go again…another Monday

Good morning!!!

I did NOT cook yesterday. My ex-husband called and asked if he could come visit his son. Since by law I have to let him see his child, I let him. Since he was here, I went and helped my mother and ran an errand.

I called and asked my mom if I could use her minivan to pick up a freezer I had bought but couldn’t fit in my car. She said, “Of Course BUT you will have to do some things to have room for the box.”

1. Empty out the minivan of cat food, a hammock, hanging clothes, a ladder, 2 decorations, and move my huge Christmas bow.

2. Hook up the Apple TV for me.

3. Make sure everything is put away and lock up the house.

Umm, I really needed the vehicle so okay, I’ll do it. I hooked up MY older model Apple TV in her bedroom and even signed in to everything for her. I’m glad I gave her my older one and took the new one like she suggested. The older model remotes have direction buttons, an enter key, a menu button (used to go back if you don’t know), and a play/pause button. The new ones are completely different! You have to scroll using the top part of the remote, click enter in the top part. I’m not sure she would have been able to use the new one. In this picture, the old remote is on the left. Which on do you like better for an elderly woman?

So after that was done, I went and picked up my 5 cubic foot freezer. It is totally awesome! I can’t wait to find a good sale and fill it up with stuff we like. My pothead neighbor and his friend came out and helped my ex-husband bring it inside for me. I’m going to have to make him cookies for the help. It’s a bit heavy. I’m so happy with this though. It’s quiet, it’s small, and it fits perfectly where I wanted to put it! It looks like it will fit a lot of food too. When frozen vegetables are on sale for a dollar, when Blue Bell ice cream is on sale for $2.99 a half gallon (not often), when fried fish is on sale at Costco, and when beef is on sale for a dollar or two a pound, these are all good things to have extras of!

I went to bed at 10:30 last night. I planned on waking up at 5:30am, getting out the door by 6:30, and going walking using Zombies, Run. Well, dammit, I turned off my alarm at 5:30, 6, and 6:30 and woke up on my own at 7. Oops!!! So if I go walking around 8, it will already be hot as hell (not desert hot but still hot and humid), AND I will end up probably having sweat dripping in my eyes. Plus I just realized my headphones are dead so I would have to go with no music. I can’t do that! I think I will do weights today and get up tomorrow and go walking then. I let myself down by oversleeping but maybe I needed the rest. I haven’t gone for a walk in 3 days already! I really wanted to get off my butt. I HAVE to go tomorrow morning. I don’t have a job tomorrow until 10:30 so I will have time.

So today, no jobs. Since I didn’t cook yesterday, I will today. My son asked if his friend could come over. Actually, his friend text him at 10pm last night and asked if he could come over. Same friend that was here the other day too. I don’t mind. I’ll let them play and watch TV while I cook. I’ll probably end up baking something for them too. I’ll ask if they want brownies, cookies, or cupcakes. If I gave my son the choice, he would say brownies and they would all be gone an hour after they came out of the oven. I don’t think I’m ready for teenage boys to hang out! I will have NO food left!!!

School doesn’t start here for another week. I need to go to the store and stock up on lunch stuff for school but not until this weekend. I had 12 lunchables in the fridge for my son to take to school when I went shopping and I looked yesterday and there are 2. 2!!! So he’s been eating one a day instead of eating what I cook. That child of mine!!! He wants me to find him a lunchbox that is small enough to fit in his backpack this year. It has to hold a lunchable and a drink because we are not going to go through what we did last year. Last year, he qualified for free lunch at school but never ate there. He said the line was too long and he wasn’t hungry (yeah right), he just wanted to chat with his buddies. So I packed lunch for him and would then have to go to the lost and found a few days later to get back his lunchbox. Geez child!!! His backpack is already 15 pounds (I weighed it last year) so adding something else doesn’t sound good. His school doesn’t have lockers so the kids have to carry everything with them everywhere. They get 4 minutes between classes too. Completely different from when I was in school! Since he needs to eat, I’m going to have to go look for one though. I have all week. This looks perfect! Now I just need to find one locally.

So have a good Monday. I guess I need to get up and get moving. I want to make a solar eclipse box in case these 2 boys decide last minute that they want to look at it today. You can make one using 2 index cards or even a cereal box, look it up! You do not have to buy stuff to be able to watch it today!

Practicing to be a runner

So my son had me wake up at 5:30, take an hour to wake up and start moving, and then he wanted to go out to start training for track.

He drew a line of chalk near our front gate and we attempted to measure 328 feet (100 meters) for him to start practicing. When we got halfway down, we realized that our parking lot is about 100 meters from the gate to the back so we stopped measuring (I hope we are correct) and drew a line at the end.

He did the first trial run in 38 seconds (not too fast but not slow either) and his second attempt ended halfway through as he said he just couldn’t run anymore and he walked the rest of the way to the line. He grabbed his water that I brought out and said “I’m done for today!”

He says tomorrow he is going to do the run 3 times. I stopped him from leaving and taught him a couple of runner stretches before I would let him go inside. It’s already 85 degrees here at 7am so I can’t really blame him for wanting to stop. It is WAY too hot and humid in Texas but I know there are plenty of people that run in hotter weather than here and made sure that wasn’t an excuse to quit.

I told him he had to stretch before and after and he needs to start jogging because it will help build up endurance for his 100 meter dash. I also told him that we need to start getting him to use the weights since he needs to build strength as well. By jogging, he will get used to running more and so when he does need to dash, he can just pick up speed and do it easier and probably faster.

I will show him the arm weight exercises in a bit as well since I need to do that today. I am going to try and use the weights longer than 10 minutes this morning! We will see how that goes. A full set of the 5 exercises takes about 5 minutes so basically I am trying to do 3 sets. Well, I did 2 full sets before I couldn’t go any longer. I don’t break between exercises and in between sets, I do the arm movements of jumping jacks. That way I keep moving. Maybe I’m doing that right. Maybe if I actually took a one minute rest, I could do another set. Please let me know!

Only one job today so I have plenty of time to help him. He just gave me some scenarios and asked me what I would do. When he was done, he said, “I’m sorry to waste your time with that.” I had to tell him he is NOT wasting my time. “You are my son and I am willing to listen whenever you want to talk to me.” I hate that he thought he was wasting my time. I wonder where he got that idea? Not from me! I always listen to him! He said it sounded like I wasn’t interested and that’s why. So I guess I need to do better!

Some of the arm exercises: