Busy busy day

2 jobs plus helping my mom. Whew!

Took Cranky to her dentist to pick up her partial. She was very happy. That only took an hour and a half total. I went home and my mom had gone to the closest recycling center and was told that she had to go to a different one way across town. So guess who got to take her van and get that done? Yep! I drive there and the men working there only took about half and said we could just throw away the others. Really??? After all that we were told about not throwing away old paint cans, these environmental workers tell me to do just that? Stupid.

I went back to my side of town, got barbecue from my moms favorite place, stopped at the grocery store to get her snickers ice cream bars and finally get back to the house 2 hours later. I ate, relaxed in my room for a bit, walked the dog, and decided to get my fat booty up and to the gym.

What I’m finding is it’s hard to go there but once I’m there, I work my butt off. I got on the stationary bike and picked the variety button instead of interval button. OMG 😮 I thought I would die when it hit level 18! It starts easy on level one, jumps to level 6 (still easy for me), jumps to 10 (umm, this is a bit hard), then just jumped to 18 for 2 minutes before it went back to 10 or 8 and just kept going up and down levels for the full 30 minutes! I had to do the cool down so I did 35 minutes on the bike.

I also wanted to walk some so I got on the treadmill and started walking at 3.6 miles per hour. After 10 minutes, I did 3.8. At one mile, my foot started screaming at me so I quit which is fine. I still did a lot.

After all that, I took Mr. 95 year old and Mr. Happy to dinner. Mr. Happy asked me if I would drive him Saturday evening but I can’t work on weekends. I would love to make the money but I need my weekends for my son. Plus if I was going to work on Saturday evening, I would have to take Mr. 95 year old and Miss Priss to dinner first since I used to and that wouldn’t be fair to Mr. 95 year old.

With the 4 oz of barbecue (split between lunch and dinner), I went way over on my sodium but other than that, my calories were great again. It helps when you take the meat out of the sandwich (no bread) and just eat the meat with a little sauce.

Since I am eating more protein, I stay full longer and don’t eat as much. I hope 1500 calories is enough for my body. I don’t want to go back to all those bad carbs. I’m not trying a meat only diet like Atkins or Keto, I’m just trying to have more protein. I am loving Quest snacks and the other products I found! I had a peanut butter Rice Krispie treat earlier for 20g of protein and 10 grams of fiber. Plus I weighed 203.2 this morning. Woo hoo!

And with the rest of my barbecue for dinner while waiting, I had a cookie. It wasn’t as good as the Rice Krispie treat but I have other flavors to try.

Yum yum! Helps the sugar addict in me too and it’s got pretty much NO sugar!

Today I have to go to the couples house, take one of their cars to be inspected, and then take the husband to the bank and grocery store. It’s going to be a long day. But also payday. I like that as long as he doesn’t get mad at me again. That’s one of those things that makes me want to stop doing this.

I’m also meeting my friend for coffee at La Madeleine in the morning. She has Girl Scout cookies for me. I need to give them away. I told her I just want to pay her and not take them and she said, “I don’t want them in my house!” 😂 So I’ll just have to give them away. That’s fine.

So I took pictures of the cats yesterday so I just have to share their cuteness.

My ex husband wanted to go see his son last night. Thank goodness I was working and my son was with his friend. I’m not a fan of people being in my house when I’m not there.

That’s it for today. I hope it’s an easy and no argument day. I want to try and work out again after work is done.

Baking in the rain

Not really OUTSIDE in the rain but I decided to bake while it was raining.

I made the chocolate cake for Cranky and because I had enough cake mix, I made another one for us.

So then I decided to bake my son his favorite sugar cookies with sprinkles because, you know, he is my valentine.

Then I made pumpkin brownies from the Hungry Girl website because my son loves them and they are really easy to make.

Then I took a few cat pictures and was talking to my mother all morning.

Now I am charging my watch and phone so I can take off to the gym to try that elliptical again.

Chat later!

An interesting Tuesday

So last night, Home Depot calls my mother and lets her know that they are coming this morning to replace our lower cabinets. Basically, they gave us 12 hours to clean everything out and be ready to have our kitchen taken over by a contractor. So before I took the couple to dinner last night, I took out everything that was in 3 of the cabinets. This morning, I emptied out all of the other drawers and cabinets and just removed a couple of drawers as they’re filled with junk and set the entire drawers aside. The rest of the drawers were pretty organized so they were easy to clean out. The 2 I just set aside were basically junk drawers.

I have asked her to go through all of this stuff of hers while we have to have it out anyway too. She gives me this exasperated look and tells me, “I guess I can.” I cleaned out my stuff before I moved in here. Now it’s her turn. She has these 2 deviled egg trays but she doesn’t make deviled eggs, she has all this outdated cookware that I don’t use so why are we hanging on to it all? She put stuff in boxes but didn’t go through it. 🙄

The guy came and was here all day doing the first step. He will be back tomorrow to do the next step. It’s one guy! That’s it??? So I had to wait to go work out. While my mom was home, I went to take the couple to their dermatologist. Then I went by to see Forgetful who was in a pissed off mood saying that everyone tells her what to do and she’s an attorney and shouldn’t have to stand for it. Umm, sorry?

Speaking of working out, I kind of took yesterday off because I had worked so hard on Sunday. I did a 20 minute YouTube video of sitting exercises while I waited on the couple to eat last night but that’s it. At least I did something, right? Plus I guess I needed a day off since my foot was hurting. I want to get back to the gym today. I’m so scared that I’m wasting money if I don’t go at least 5 times a week!

I was so worried yesterday about not exercising that I was nervous about anything I put in my mouth. I ended up having 100 calories left over. Whew!

I went to the gym after the guy left at 5. I was nervous that the place would be packed but it wasn’t! There was no wait for the bike or the leg machines. I did 42 minutes on the bike and 22 minutes doing legs. Not bad! I should have gone last night but I really didn’t feel like it. I guess we all need a day off sometimes.

I didn’t take any pictures at the gym because there were a lot of people there. They just weren’t using what I needed to use!

Tomorrow I have to spend about 4 hours with Forgetful. She wants to go have lunch and then go to get her hair done. Again. What is it with that generation and getting their hair done so much? Every 4 weeks she gets it cut, colored, and styled. Every other week, she gets her hair styled from where she lives. I wish I could afford $500 a month just on hair!

Y’all have a good night. I have to go downstairs to break the news to my mom that the doors in her garage cannot be used as a front door for our house. They are a double door set and they are not in the correct direction she needs either. Plus she would have to buy a new frame because the doors she wants are twice as heavy as what we have now and the frame won’t hold it. Wow. She’s not going to be happy!

Not sure if I showed you what a mess the little guy made of my toilet paper roll the other day. He just stands by it proudly too!

The other are both cats looking at me like, “What? We didn’t do anything! You left the door open to our newest play area!”

First things first

I moved my moms potting station out of her garage and into the patio. It felt like it would fall apart at a moments notice but whatever she wants, right?

Then I moved the cat tree in front of a window and I think they like it!

I’m a bit worn out after that and my heart is beating fast so I’m taking a break for a bit.


I hadn’t posted yet today because I’ve been a bit busy.

Yesterday after Styled and Forgetful, we went to the symphony and had a great time! My son got a wand and my mom and I both got a Gryffindor scarf 🧣.

I stayed up until almost midnight cleaning the kitchen last night. I got to sleep until 9:30 this morning! Woo hoo! It was SO nice!

Today, I discussed with my Mom what we are going to get rid of downstairs. I will be so happy once we get rid of some of the stuff! I actually asked her about all the candles, dishes, and a multitude of other crap down there. Then I went to multiple stores for food. Went to Costco and got my sons hot dogs and and drinks and a lot of foods we enjoy eating (like cottage cheese and bacon). Then went to Randall’s but they did not have my energy drinks so I just left. I went to Kroger and got everything else on my list. I ended up spending $300 on food and drinks. My Mom wanted champagne for tonight so I got her a little individual bottle and when I got home, she said, “I thought I asked for 2!” Umm, NO and why does she, by herself, need 2 bottles??? My son nor I drink champagne 🍾! Plus she said ice cream but not what kind so I called her from the store and she says, “I was wondering when you would figure out that I didn’t say what kind.” Really? Then why didn’t you call or text??? OMG I got her Dr. Pepper and a bag of almonds without her having to ask and this is what I get in return. This is why I stay in my room most of the time. Probably why my son stays in his too. Just irritating stuff like that is why I was never close to her. If I send someone to the store for me, I am VERY specific on what brand, what product, everything. I’m also trying to get her to eat at home more and since she likes convenience foods, I got some healthy, no preservatives type frozen foods to heat up quickly in the microwave. Now let’s see if she actually eats them! Real good breakfast burrito, Jimmy Dean sausage egg and cheese microwave biscuits, Nancy’s quiche, and Green Giant broccoli steamer bag. These are things she’s been going to fast food places for so if she can just make them at home, it would save money and not have as many calories or sodium! The joys of having a diabetic mother that doesn’t care about what she eats. 🙄

I brought my snack foods to my room because if I don’t, they will be gone so fast it will make my head spin between the 3 of us and my mother shouldn’t be eating any of it. I haven’t eaten yet today (it’s 3pm) so I broke out an individual can of Pringles and a small bag of Ritz Bits cheese crackers. Not healthy but I’m starving and that’s what I want. My son comes in from playing outside and half my box of snacks is now gone into his room. I should have guessed that would happen! I just hope he doesn’t eat them all today. If I don’t specify how much he can have, everything would be gone today. Growing boys eat a lot!!!

I haven’t sent out invoices yet for the week and my clients daughter in law just text me to ask about it so I guess I need to get that done. I’m going to eat first. I got my exercise in yesterday but it doesn’t show I’ve done anything today, probably because my arm was pushing a cart so it’s hard for the watch to track. I was supposed to take today off anyway.

I finally found the Christmas presents I got for the cats when the cat was IN the tree trying to pull something out. The catnip toys were there! So I took some pictures of the animals playing.

I think that’s it so far. I still need to do laundry so that’s next. Then I need to go down and cook for the week. I’m waiting until tonight to do that.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend. Happy New Years to all. I don’t do resolutions so I’ve been avoiding talking about it. It’s been a good year and a lot happened. I hope 2018 is a calm, healthy, and good year for us all!

Stairs suck!

I had forgotten how much climbing stairs sucks when you’re sick. I get out of breath just coming up them. And I ended up having to climb a lot yesterday since I still had to take care of my dog and eat. No fun!

This morning I am still not 100%. I wish I could take today off too. I’m afraid if I don’t go see Forgetful that she won’t remember me anymore. I also have to take the couple to the grocery store. Plus I need to make money. So there’s that. I may end up taking the day off anyway and just be doubly busy tomorrow. I can’t risk getting old people sick and I may need one more day in bed.

All of my bills are paid, I have $100 left in the bank. Technically I probably could take another day off, I’m just scared that missing 2 days will hurt me in the long run. I’m finally coughing yucky stuff up so I know I’m going to get better today or tomorrow. So I’ll make myself a deal. Since I don’t have to go anywhere before 11, I will shower, relax, and then see how I feel before I go anywhere.

My son got a 65 on that project of a cell. A lovely reader, AJ, who is a teacher, told me to have him talk to his teacher about how he can raise that grade. So I’m going to tell him that this morning. Let’s just hope he does it! Otherwise, he has A’s and B’s so far this progress report. Such a smart kid. We know he got that from me and not his father! 😂

I still enjoy waking up to everybody’s comments. So many of you have expressed how you hope I feel better soon and I really appreciate that! So much that I mentioned it to my mother and she, who is not really computer savvy, said, “That’s nice. I hope you didn’t tell strangers where you live.” OMG 😮 Mother, yes, of course I did. I told them I live in Houston. Hehehe She wasn’t too appreciative of my sarcasm but oh well. It’s not like I post pictures of my house with the number on it.

See? No house numbers!

I somehow got all 3 of our animals together for a picture so I wanted to share it.

Too cute. Just don’t mind all the crap in the rest of the picture! We are still working on clearing stuff out. I almost said her stuff but I’m not trying to throw all of her stuff away, I just don’t think we need so much furniture and chairs. This part of the house is pretty cleaned out already so you may not see any clutter which is a good thing!

That’s it for today. I hope everyone has a great Thursday. I may just be hanging out on the reader page of this or watching Slasher on Netflix if I don’t go to work.

Long busy day

Stayed up late last night (you may have noticed). I am still in shock. We actually won the World Series! I’m so excited about that. They are even having a parade here tomorrow for our team! I got the story from ABC 13 news app.

Today I am booked from 10a-9p. First the couple to their doctor in a suburb of Houston. I’ve told you how much fun it is for me to take both of them. Then Forgetful which is a whole different paragraph. Then Mr. 95 year old and Miss Priss to dinner. Obviously Mr. 95 year old did not go to his club last night. He decided to stay home to watch the game. I’m SO glad he did!

Forgetful started calling me yesterday afternoon about her cat. She called like 3 times. Her cat is sick, I need to come take her and the cat to the vet. She needs to go now. So at that time I was still booked for the evening so I told her I can’t until today. I don’t think the cat is actually sick, I think it is stressed from the 3 moves she’s made in the past 3 months. Forgetful tends to overfeed the cats as well (like 3 cans of wet food a day plus 2 things of dry food out) so it may just be that there was plenty of food and Forgetful just thinks he cat isn’t eating because it’s already had enough. I’m not a vet, I would never claim to be one. I HAVE owned cats most of my life and know that they go through stages. BUT, she wants her cat to go to the vet. So I called the daughter who got it set up for the cat to be picked up this morning. Then I will take Forgetful to pick her cat up this afternoon. She has cute cats so I want them to be okay too.

Anyway, my dog just scratched on my door and I guess that means she wants to go out. And I’m getting texts about Thanksgiving from cranky’s son already this morning!Y’all have a great day!