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?

Very productive day here

I took my son to school this morning, got petrol for Rose (the car), came home and told my mother goodbye, moved my car into her spot, and got to cooking. I made cheese crackers and ate 10 of them in the 2 hours I was cooking them.

I talked to BFF the entire time too. She wasn’t tired (she works at night), so we chatted a long time!

I then went through all of my mothers Christmas stuff, all 15 boxes of it! I started texting my friends to please come look through it and take whatever they want. 15 boxes??? Too much!

I decorated the tree. It seems dark at the top because of my mothers bow.

I then decorated the rest of the house. I put up our very old nativity scene, hung a Ho Ho Ho banner, put my wreath on the back door and a banner on the front. I also pulled out the Santa and Mrs. Claus things that were my grandmothers as well as a white tree that my grandmother always had at her house. I just found out today it has my mothers initials in it too. Did she make it? I don’t know!

Then I decided to go ahead and bake the keto bread I had promised to BFF and to my fellow blogger Authoress51. It turned out looking good, I just hope they think it tastes good!

It’s now 5:30pm and I am done for the day! Tomorrow I should be receiving the cookie mix I ordered and I will be baking cookies and putting them into this cookie tin I found in my mothers Christmas stuff. It’s huge!

Have a wonderful evening. Chat later!

So tired

Yesterday ended up alright. I ate my cupcake and don’t feel bad for it. I took my son to karate and then went upstairs and rode the bike for almost an hour. That level 18 kicked my ass though!

I was only going to do 30 minutes but after 20, I had only burned 88 calories! I wanted to burn off my delicious cupcake so I kept going. I had to stop when karate was over which is why it wasn’t quite an hour. When i picked up my son and his friends after school, they were so excited that there were cupcakes and chocolate milk. They all grabbed one of each and then my son rolls down his window and starts yelling at other kids, “we’ve got cupcakes!” Lol

I emailed a dietician some questions for a 3 page paper I have to write for nutrition. She emailed me back so before I went to the bike upstairs, I stopped by to tell her thank you. It was very nice of her to help me out! She teaches Bodyjam so I know where she is every Monday evening!

At school today, I don’t have Anatomy class because of the exam but I came early anyway to make sure I get a parking spot. I also want to go to my professors office at 10. I have my doctors appointment here at 11 and then algebra class at 2:30. It’s going to be a long, busy day. I brought my nutrition stuff to study in between and I am going to ask my friend about breakfast and lunch since I didn’t get a chance to cook yet.

I have to cook tonight when I get home. Tomorrow, my mother has Home Depot coming to put in tile in our kitchen and if I don’t cook tonight, I won’t be able to for a couple of days. I have to take everything off every countertop in there tonight too. I have chorizo, beef, vegetables, eggs, cheese, and milk so I’m sure I can come up with something!

I didn’t realize when I left for school this morning that I was almost out of gas. I had to stop at the gas station. Then on my way to school, I hear something in my tire. It just never stops, does it? Always something going on. First the car just decides to die in line a few days ago getting my son something to eat and now something in the tire. And people wonder why I’m so tired!

One huge complaint. I got my son medical insurance through the state. I got mail saying that I have to apply for jobs or get a job and work for 30 hours a week to keep it. Huh??? So now I have to add more crap to my already crazy life??? Something has to give. I can’t keep up with everything as it is! I haven’t even had time to go by and see Cranky in 2 weeks which upsets me.

I’m also not getting donations on my gofundme which I really need. Y’all should see my belly button right now. All the skin rubbing has infected it and it’s really red and hurting. I’m going to ask the doctor about it today. I’ve been putting my non chafing stuff on it already. I also have an ingrown hair (down there) and that hurts! And that time of the month showed up early (gotta love premenopause). What a week already!

Have y’all noticed that I haven’t even watched Netflix for a while? I don’t even have time to do that! It’s funny though, I don’t really miss it. I’m sure if I ever get a bored moment, I will.

I hope y’all have a good Tuesday. I’m going to try!

Whew!

Oh man! I was out the door after I posted earlier to work on the car. I called AAA and they came out and replaced the battery FOR FREE! I had no idea it was under warranty and I am SO glad it was! I then drove the car to the local gas station and the guy there checked all the fluids, the tires, and even cleaned the windows for $9.76. I gave him a $5 tip too. He was really nice! I then drove it to the dollar store and bought a “for sale” sign, a permanent marker, and some tape and put the sign on the car. I drove home and posted the car on Facebook marketplace, Instagram, and Nextdoor. Here is my ad. Tell me what you think!

I sent the info to about 10 friends as well so they can help spread the word. Even my sons psychologist said he would send it out. Yay! Now I’m playing the waiting game to see who will come buy it.

Happy Saturday!

Boy this should be an interesting day.

It’s 7am, I woke up at 5:20. Woo hoo! I wasn’t up at 3!!! I didn’t go to bed until 10:15 so maybe that’s why. I was trying to stay awake later so I wouldn’t be up so early and it helped!

Through the pain, I will be working on my dad’s old car today. I noticed a huge puddle of something under it, the tires are going flat, and the battery has been dead for a few months. I really want to sell it so I need to get it back how it was. I got offered $500 for it but according to Kelly Blue Book, it’s worth $1300 so $500? Uh, no!

My son has therapy today. I asked the doctor what time and he answered High Noon! A thought occurred to me this morning. I am so glad my son has someone he can talk to like I did when I was a teenager. I loved my meetings with Andi back then and I always felt I had someone on my side. Now my son has that with Dr. M.

I found a few funnies on that new app I told y’all about yesterday.

Last night, I went through my box of old pictures. I found so many of before I had my stomach surgery in 1998.

December 1997 in North Carolina with my Mom at the Biltmore House and GardensMe in front of Biltmore. This is the most shocking picture! My Cousin’s wedding in 1989Thanksgiving 1997Christmas work party 1997 – they couldn’t even hide me behind my friend! Christmas at my parents house in 1997Senior year of high school 1991This is after I lost my first 50 pounds after surgery. I thought I looked so good!Yep, this is me in 1996!My first wedding to John. Size 26 wedding dress. I was so embarrassed of the size, especially since I had my surgery 2 years before this happened!Me in Hawaii in 2002. My wedding to my sons father in 2005. Weight was 280. I had just had my son the month before.High school graduation party, 1991. My 21st Birthday party at a bar in 1994.

So I talked to my Mom and found out that I now weigh what I did as a 6th grader. As of today, I am 165. That’s a loss of .8 pounds this week. And here I thought I was going to gain!

I can’t begin to tell you how good I feel when I see how far I’ve come. I also can’t believe it took me over 30 years to be here. Really. In 6th grade, I was 11 years old. I was chunky at 160 pounds. At 45, I am finally back to 165. Why did I do that to myself? I remember always being on a diet growing up, cheating on said diet whenever possible, then saying screw it and eating what I wanted and kept gaining.

This is why I don’t tell my son he needs to diet. I give him healthy food options and have taught him to exercise. I noticed that he has stretch marks on his belly already so I am very nervous about his weight (he’s around 200 at 13). I don’t tell him that though! I am not my mother who was always saying I needed to lose weight! He is slowly learning. He has stopped eating candy and is eating what I cook again. He is learning not to drink his calories (I don’t put it that way to him – I tell him everything in moderation). I hope he learns from my mistakes. He saw the pictures of me and said “Mom, you were a fat ass!” πŸ˜‚My reply? “Yes I was. Now I’m not. Learn from my mistakes.” Let’s hope he does!

Another day

I exercised last night doing a YouTube video to help lower back and hip pain. It was great until I rolled over and hurt my front left side. Who knows what I did, I just know it hurts and it sucks! Maybe I should just walk. After working for 8 hours yesterday, I didn’t feel like dealing with the gym. Maybe I should though!

This morning I had a woman going to work. She needed to be there in 15 minutes which is how long the drive said it would take. She asked me to go a different way and told me to step on it. I got her there 3 minutes before it said I would. Tip? Nope!

Another woman got in my car this morning and reeked of pot. I guess some people need to smoke before they can deal with work! Then I had a guy that I had yesterday. He tipped me $5 which was so nice! And a guy going one mile to his office from his hotel. He was very talkative about the age of the hotels in the area. I had to agree since I’ve lived here that long! He did say that he had a 90 year old drive him yesterday which makes me think WOW. That’s a scary thought!

I took Ms. Forgets to therapy and then went right back to driving for Lyft. After taking a guy downtown, I am done for the day. My side hurts, I’m tired, and hungry.

Right after I got here, a Hispanic guy comes up to me asking me if my dad’s car is for sale. I had to get my sons friend that speaks Spanish to come talk to him for me. I am SO glad he was here! The guy offered to bring $800 cash for it on Saturday. Sure! My friends daughter hasn’t even contacted me in a month and hasn’t made a single payment. I’m letting her know on Saturday IF the guy shows up and has cash. Hopefully that will be gone!

That’s it. I’m watching last nights Big Brother and then I have to take my sons friend home. That’s it. I’m taking some Advil and relaxing for a while. Hugs!

Probably sick of me

I posted 3 times yesterday so this will be short (I think!).

Ms. Forgets would not answer her door or phone yesterday so her therapy has been rescheduled for this afternoon.

I went to the doctor appointment this morning and didn’t have to get my shots because my doctor does surgeries on Wednesday. So I will have to deal with that tomorrow.

I left there and have a couple hours until I have to pick up Ms. Forgets so I drove to the car stereo place. My alarm went off on its own for a couple days and now has quit setting. So I wanted it checked out. They fixed that for free, 3 months after I bought the alarm. How cool are they? I also decided to ask them about my Bluetooth system which has been acting up for a while. I decided to spend $200 and get a new stereo with Bluetooth in it as well as a USB port to charge my phone. This kenwood actually hooks up to my phone and will even play Spotify or pandora!

I’m sitting here waiting for it to be installed now. I am watching the food network with the owner too. How funny!

Mr. 95 year old already called and cancelled on me for tonight. I need to get back to driving for Lyft. I need to make up this $200!

Have a great day guys! I think I’ll go swimming tonight since I don’t have to work.

My car

As you know, I drive for Lyft and Uber. I am usually driving around between 2-6 hours a day. My poor car decided she didn’t like all that driving so my air conditioning started to act up. If I sit in traffic, I have only hot air blowing on me. If I am moving more than 30miles per hour (48kph), it starts to go back to normal after about 5 minutes. This has been going on for a while. I have taken her to mechanics who say they can’t do anything until it actually breaks. Wth!

After driving these men in 5pm traffic the other day and almost suffocating them with heat, I decide to go to the mechanic again. Now, this mechanic owns a Camry so I figure he’s the best person to go see. And he never charges me to check it out which I greatly appreciate! So I headed from the one Lyft fare I had yesterday morning to take her in. OMG I have to tell you about that one ride too!

The mechanic says that I will need to leave the car with him over 2 days so he can try to make the problem happen for him. Of course it was blowing cold while I was there! I say that is perfectly fine with me and get a Lyft to take me to a rental car place. I love talking to other drivers! This college student and I chatted and told stories about crazy people we have driven. Really good ride. The rental car place wanted to give me a Chevy Malibu which is too small for my clients. I asked if they had a foreign car and they have a Kia Optima so that’s what I got. πŸ™„

They did not wash this car inside or outside. The woman that checked me out said “Oh. Don’t worry about the scratches or cut in the dash, I’ll be here when you return it.” Yes I am going to worry! I don’t trust that! So I made notes about the dirtiness of the car and signed the paper and took off. The rear view mirror shakes when you are driving and it’s one of those cars that has to restart if you stop at a light. I really don’t like that. Anyway!

I took the new client, Mr. Kisses, to his doctor appointment in the rental and told him that it was not my car. He said he can’t wait to be in my car (guess he didn’t like the Kia either). I brought him home and he literally blew kisses at me! That’s why he has this name. Good tipper as well, just like Mr. 95 year old.

My mechanic called me while he was in his appointment and told me that my car acted up for him! Yay!!! He is going to completely flush the a/c system and fill it with Freon and then test it and I can pick it up today. I am so excited! I called the rental company and told them I am returning the car a day early and I can’t wait! And for the a/c to work in 5pm traffic when it’s 90 degrees is worth the $250 it’s costing me to do this! I’m just happy I don’t need an entire new a/c system. I would sell the car before I did that!

Photo from autotechnyc.com

Then I took Mr. 95 year old and Mr. Happy to dinner last night which I am so happy about! The retirement home people didn’t recognize me in that car so I got looked at funny and watched through a window for a while. That cracked me up. Mr. Happy got a bit drunk at dinner but he got back to his place safely. You know I made sure of that. Mr. 95 year old was in good spirits. He told me all about how he has to have 24 hour care and he had to go to dinner to just get away from these people. πŸ˜‚

So this woman yesterday morning! She would not let me get a word in for the entire ride. She has 2 kids, a fiancΓ©, and his 2 kids so I’m sure she doesn’t get a chance to talk much. She told me that where she lives is very haunted and then told me how her daughter can see and feel spirits and they had to move because of one, etc etc. It was quite a long ride and it was filled with ghost stories at 7am! I believe in ghosts, my grandmother wandered around my condo and one day when my son was 3, asked me who Mimi is so I know he saw her too (I’m glad he doesn’t remember it). You might say that my son heard me talking about her but I usually say my grandmother so when he said Mimi, it freaked me out. Anyway! This woman cracked me up the entire ride!

Picture from dreamstop.com

So yesterday was a difficult but decent day. I started washing my sheets already this morning. My mom has the maid coming so I want things clean to make the beds! I have to pick up Miss Priss in the rental here in an hour and she will be without her butt pillow to sit on so I have to call her and warn her before I go so she can bring her pillow. I will then return the rental car and get a Lyft home until the mechanic calls and says to come pick up my car. I plan on walking to the shop (about a mile and a half) to get my exercise in today. I hate that I haven’t exercised in a while!

I hope you all have a great day. I look forward to hearing what’s happening in your world!

Stressful yesterday, good morning!

Yesterday I took Styled to get her hair cut at 8:10am. I waited 2 hours for her and then took her to her doctor. I told the doctor how she has an unclean odor about her, how her walking has gotten much worse, and how she’s not eating. Then she mentioned that she’s having headaches. So the doctor says she needs to get a MRI so I have to take her to the grocery store and to get the test. I called the couple to let them know that there was no way I would have time to take them. He said he would have his caregiver go over the weekend. So I have not been paid for this past Tuesday but I will get it next Tuesday. It was only for an hour and a half anyway.

I was with Styled for 8 total hours and introduced her to protein bars because we were at the grocery store and I didn’t want crap food so I grabbed one so she wanted to try it. After she did, she said it was really good and tasted like candy (she had Quest white chocolate raspberry bar). I dropped her off at 4:10pm after that long stressful day and went home.

Since I didn’t have much of a chance to eat at all, I definitely stayed in my calories.

This morning I got on the scale like I do every Saturday and I just may keep my Saturday weigh ins.

Holy crap. Can that be right??? I actually didn’t believe it and did it 3 times. Every time said the same thing. Wow! Wasn’t I just complaining that it would take me a while to get here? I’m in shock! I didn’t even exercise yesterday! I walked around a bit but not true exercise where I’m sweating and feel it like at the gym. I keep having plans to do more exercise and then don’t get the chance or am too tired or some other excuse. But that’s not all that happened!

Once I got home, I got a message on Facebook from an old neighbor. She said the woman that bought my dad’s car last July had moved out and left the car key taped to the car. Really? Just moved and left the car there? Well, I’m not having the city come after my mom for towing fees to have it hauled off and stored. It is a great little car. A 2001 Hyundai Accent. It’s a standard transmission too. I called the president of the board over there and he has given me permission to come get the car since she basically abandoned it. He told me I have to leave a note on her front door that she has 30 days to contact me and come pick it up. If she doesn’t do that, the car reverts back into my parents name. I will have to apply for a lost title but that’s doable. No, she never changed the title! I can’t believe this! I will do that and let my mom resell the car to carmax or Texas auto direct. I’m glad I had sold it to someone where I know people so I am able to get it back. Somebody told me I should just keep it for my sons first car. The only problem I see with that is that is still a few years away and storing it until that time is just not feasible. Unless one of my friends on here wants to come pick it up for themselves or their kids! Southwest is having their annual sale, right? πŸ˜‚ I’ll post a picture later. I am waiting for my mom to wake up and she said she will drop me off at my old complex to get it.

So today I wanted to go to the beach Galveston because the high will be 85 and it’s not rainy. My son on the other hand doesn’t want to go. I don’t want to force him. I do not want to go alone though. I haven’t decided if I want to drive down there alone just to go. Probably not. Maybe one of these weekends soon. I’m more of a mountain person but I was thinking how awesome walking in the sand is for exercise! I want to try it. My son has therapy at 1pm so I was going to go after that. I may still do that. I don’t know yet. I guess y’all will find out tomorrow! πŸ˜‚

So I should probably go get showered so I am ready when my mom wakes up. I hope you guys have a fantastical day!

Me? Complain? Nah! πŸ˜‚

Oh wow. Just wow. I seem to be in a heated discussion with a client over my 2018 rates. I went up on my weekly fee by $25 a week and hourly fee by $2 per hour. I didn’t put that I wanted an extra $100 a week for being a companion or $5 to $10 per hour for driving which is technically what I could charge for my services in this area (I never will because Uber is pretty cheap and they are my only real competition).

This is my first complaint about the new rates. This person wants to be “grandfathered” in because they are a friend. Sorry chickeeda! I can’t do that! I have to make money too! I understand you want to save $25 a week but look at it this way. I take care of all of your parent’s needs whether it be phone calls to doctors, fighting with insurance, or even dealing with the retirement homes.

Expenses have skyrocketed since I moved in with my mother. The Toyota I got from a client was never driven much for years and now everything is breaking, including the electrical system, since I drive it daily. My mother seems to think I’m made of money as well and doesn’t have to pay me back for all of the little things she asks me to “pick up while I’m out.” The list of things that have gone up in price goes on and on.

I had breakfast with Forgetful this morning. I took her breakfast from La Madeline and she was very happy. Her step daughter in law came too and that was fun, not! She screamed at her and told her she’s lying and doesn’t care, blah blah blah. Forgetful didn’t notice when I left either. Oh well. I’ll see her tomorrow.

The only other thing I have today is taking the couple to dinner unless someone calls me to take them somewhere. I guess once my food settles (I think I ate too much), I’ll go work out at the gym. Which is another expense! πŸ˜‚

Last night I went outside to take trash out and the sky was clear in between heavy downpours so I took a picture of the creepy looking sky.

Weird, right?