So tired

It’s only 9pm but I am ready for bed.

My son and I picked up H at 8:15 and went off to my sons dentist. The dentist said he is healing but needs to brush and floss better. He also has to use this MI Paste for the entire time he wears braces. Poor kid.

We then went to the Mexican Bakery. So good! They had emoji cookies so my son got a lot of them. They are usually out so he was a bit overexcited.

We took H back to her dorm and headed home. My moms maid/my friend was here cleaning. I gave her her baby gift (she’s due in February). She loved the UH bib and baby shirt.

She also had her daughter with her because they were going to the doctor when they left my house so I gave her daughter a hello kitty emoji cookie. A couple hours later, my son and I took off to check out Bellaire High School.

I would love to say I took this but it was raining and yucky here so I got a stock photo off google. I was NOT impressed with the school. I had a lot of friends that went to this high school and thought it would be great. I was wrong. They are building a new school next to the original one and are staying there in the old building while it’s being built. If my son went there, he would have to be there through all the construction for the next 2 years. No thanks! My son is asthmatic and does not need to be around construction. There were also kids sitting outside school that did not look like the best kids. So yeah, I wasn’t happy.

We came back home and I changed the schools he is applying to. So we didn’t have to go take the language aptitude test which I also found out is not any particular language, it’s just a test to see if he can tell languages so I thought that was weird. I asked how they were preventing another flooding like they had with Harvey and the lady just said they had to. Is that actually an answer? I watched a bit of Netflix and am now going to bed. Have a wonderful night or morning.

Chat later!

Thursday was alright.

Got up, hit the door on the way out. Made it on time to my appointment at the podiatrist and got my suction cups again but at a higher level so I could definitely feel it! I’m only due for another 6 treatments so I hope this is working!

Came home and took my son to the orthodontist way down south of us. He doesn’t have to go back until the beginning of June. He said it hurt having his braces tightened. Duh. And he got more rubber bands this time. He did so well in the last month not breaking the wires or popping off the rubber bands. I’m proud of that!

After all the appointments, I came home and was downright lazy! I was going to cook but eh, don’t feel like it. I was going to the gym but eh, I’ll wait until this guy calls about a possible new client. Etc etc

He did call, at 3:15pm. We talked about the fact that both our fathers passed last year, that our moms were friends in the past, and how much it sucks how they are aging way too fast. He wants me to meet with his mom and sister soon and start driving her to doctors and such but we have to go slow about it because she says she doesn’t need help. That’s every client I have! Maybe she will come around.

Around 5, I decided to get up and do something. It took another hour for me to move but I left for the gym at 6. I made myself actually. I felt the need to go so I finally did. I rode the bike for 45 minutes and of course I felt great after. Reading this, I’m like you shouldn’t force yourself! Oh well. I needed it so I did it. My calories were great yesterday too. I finally updated myfitnesspal to match how I’ve been eating the past couple of weeks so now it is all in sync.

I came home and ate too much for dinner so I was stuffed. I started watching new episodes of New Girl on Netflix and didn’t go to sleep until 11pm and up this morning at 5:30. So tonight I plan to get more sleep.

I’m glad it’s Friday the 13th. I always feel luckiest on this day. I feel I should buy lottery tickets lucky. Maybe I should! 🤔

Have a great Friday and keep me posted on what’s going on in your world! Tomorrow is weigh day for me so wish me luck!

Lazy Sunday

I had a very lazy day and it was awesome not being sick and being lazy.

I watched Netflix. I didn’t get dressed. The only thing I did during the day was wash dishes and cook up some boudain for my dinner. I also took ground beef out of the freezer to thaw to make burgers today. What a great day! Guess it’s back to the grind!

Around 9pm, I was talking to BFF through text and saw on my watch that the only goal I hit was my stand goal. Well crap. So I took Amber for a walk and came in and decided to get some exercise in. I used my 5 pound dumbbells and did 16 minutes of arm exercises with them. So I hit the exercise goal. Then I moved around a bit more and got the move goal too so I hit all 3 even on a rest day.

I also stayed in my calories yesterday. Usually I have a cheat meal on Sundays but I didn’t feel like it yesterday. I wasn’t that hungry and I’ve learned that if I don’t feel hungry, DON’T EAT. I drank 6 glasses of water and 3 sodas plus one cup of milk. So I drank quite a few calories but also ate what I wanted.

Today I am taking my son to school and then going to the dentist. Then I have to go to Costco and get stuff for the month (beef, chicken, toilet paper, paper towels, babybel cheese, and milk). I also have to stop by HEB to get my veggies for the week. Fun fun day, right? So I know I will have plenty of time to get my exercise in at the gym.

Having the gym within 2 blocks of my house doesn’t give me any leeway to skip or excuses about having to drive there and not feeling like it. As you may have noticed, I exercise even away from the gym. I would like to try that steam room again too but I can’t go in there with my contacts on or with my phone (the steam bothered my contacts). I need to remember to take my lock so I have somewhere to put everything! I probably will not do that today though, I don’t feel like it.

Another thing, I’ve made a foot decision. I spoke with Dr. B (the chiropractor) and he said the NMES will do wonders and I should try it so I am going to call Dr. Parker and sign up. I’m nervous but don’t want to have surgery. So that’s happening.

That’s it. I hope you all have a great day! Monday Motivation coming later today too! Add me on Instagram juliehcares 😀


He likes them!

In the car on the way to the dentist:

They had a sign with his name but he didn’t want a picture of it.

Now with braces:

I’m so proud of him for not even fighting a little bit!

The orthodontist said his jaw hasn’t gotten as wide as it needs to be to let his teeth come in so we have to turn his jaw extender each day for another 18 days. Poor kid! The best part is that she put him on a cold liquid diet for the rest of today and through tomorrow. I know he is not complaining about all the ice cream he can eat!

I’m still sick so not working out again today. Better to get better first and then be able to hit it and not have to worry about a relapse. So I will just be hanging out here in bed watching Netflix and maybe taking another nap. I didn’t go to sleep until 4:30am and woke up at 7:30am this morning so I’m a bit tired.

Enjoy your Wednesday!

What a day

So I am definitely sick. I pretty much stayed in bed today. I walked the dog a few times, I watched the latest season of Bates Motel, and checked Instagram way too often. I remember walking the dog around 4pm and checking the mail. I then turned on a video from fatgirlfedup and then somehow woke up at 10:30pm! Oops! So I finished the last season of Bates Motel (totally freaky by the way) and now at 1am I am watching Everything Sucks which is a teen show on Netflix but it’s alright.

My son and I both have dentist appointments at 11am. I hope I can go back to sleep soon. My son is getting braces. I’m having my teeth relined. I’m excited for both of us. Before the dentist, we are going to the chiropractor. I guess I need to wear a face mask. I had a fever earlier of 99.4 (very low fever). Mr. 95 year old wants me to drive him at 6pm too. Not really looking forward to that because I like him and don’t want to get him sick. We will see how I feel. If I’m still sick, I may have to cancel. I cancelled today. Everything I was supposed to do. I need to get better first and not be around elderly people until I’m better.

Anywho, have a great day! I’ll post later with pics!

Sad day

Today would have been my Dad’s 76th Birthday. Happy Birthday Dad. I’m sorry you’re not here so I can celebrate it with you.

I went to the gym at 7:20am yesterday. I did 30 minutes on the bike and the arm weight machines. It was a good workout and I was almost late to pick up Styled for her appointment after coming home to shower. I made it though!

This morning, I am going to this car wash place as they said they can get the paint off the side of my car. He showed me yesterday how easy it was for them and told me to come this morning to get it done.

Yesterday was the first time I had gone to this car wash place as it is a bit out of my way. I waited in line for a full service car wash and then drove through behind the line of cars. Then I went to park where I was told so they would do the inside. I sat on the phone for a bit talking to Cranky’s niece about how she shouldn’t move and then got out of my car. I stood around waiting for anyone to come dry off my car. Nobody came. 10 minutes later when I should have been gone, still nothing. Then some employees skipped my car and went to the car next to mine that had driven in after me. I finally called the phone number for the company listed in google.

After hitting 0 a few times, I was directed to the owner. He was very nice and said he wants his customers to be happy and they were under construction and he wasn’t sure where his employees were, etc etc. He text his shift manager to get someone to my car. I didn’t know he was on his way to the car wash. As I stood outside, this man came up to me and introduced himself and told me he was the person on the phone. His name is Scott. He’s the owner. Holy crap! That I didn’t expect! He was very nice. He had stayed on the phone until someone came up to my car. Then his manager came up to me to apologize and told me my next car wash is on them. I’m kind of embarrassed to even go back now. I know complaining had to be done but I didn’t need that much attention. I just wanted my car done! So if you are in Houston, Swish car wash on Westheimer will take care of you.

I saw the paint on the side of my car (still) after the car was clean and asked the manager about it since I had his attention anyway. He rubbed some stuff on it and it was coming off so I told him I’ll be back this morning to pay them to get it all off. I’m not out for freebies. They are nice but I just want my car to look like it used to – with no white paint splattered down the side of my red car.

After that this morning, I have to take my son to the dentist to get the expander put in to widen his jaw. Really no fun! The rubber bands they put in a while back haven’t come out so I hope they can put the extender thing in. Then we come home and I will take the couple to the grocery store.

Last night I took the couple to dinner and they invited me with them. They went to a VERY expensive restaurant called BCN. They didn’t understand the name until I told them that BCN is the airport code for Barcelona and this is a Spanish restaurant. “Ooh! It makes sense now!” I love the couple. It was SO good! They ate Brancino fish and I had Filet Minon. Yummy! They also ordered a bottle of wine, an appetizer of clams, and were even looking at desserts although we didn’t get any. A ton of food! The husband thought this little bowl on the table was some special thing for the bread and poured it over his piece. When he found out it was salt, he still ate it! I gave him my bread so he could have some without all the salt. He was happy. They made me charge them for the time too. I knew they would but had to offer a free ride.

So that’s my day. I guess I should get up and get dressed and tell my mom happy birthday to my dad. She’s been up since 6:30 for some reason and she didn’t even go to bed until 11pm. That’s not normal. So I need to check on her. She’s back from getting her coffee so it’s a good time.

Before I go, my mom has a friend coming today to keep cleaning out stuff. They got a lot done yesterday (the entire attic) and are going to do the garage today. Her friend said I should be able to park my car in it tonight. Wouldn’t that be nice? She also said that we need to start an organization business because I had already done so much by myself and done a good job. Well thank you! 😀

Y’all have a good day. After the grocery with the couple, I’ll go work out. I can’t miss leg day! 😂

Not good yesterday 😐

I ate too much and didn’t get any exercise at all! I meant to. It was really cold and wet though and I couldn’t go out to walk. The news said we had a possibility of snow overnight. Yeah right. 1. It’s not even close to 32 degrees. 2. Houston? Snow? 😂🤣 Yeah right! 3. I was WRONG!!!! It snowed! I actually went out in it to take a picture and video to prove it actually was snowing in Houston!!!

On the plus side, I did make 200 posts already! Woo hoo! Over 300 follows and 200 posts? Wow. Seriously guys, I never thought I would keep up with a blog and really never thought anyone would want to read it! Thank you so much! I love your thoughts and the likes. You guys are awesome!

So I took my son in to the dentist. He had 1 cavity. The dentist pulled his remaining 4 baby teeth too using laughing gas. He didn’t like the numbing shot but didn’t complain much at all until the orthodontist took forever to get in to us. So come to find out, his jaw is too small and they have to expand it before they can put braces on him. They took an impression of his top teeth and we have to go back next month to have the expander thing put in his mouth. I will have to turn it daily for 2 weeks and then we go in and get his braces on. This does not sound like fun! Plus not only does he have an overbite, his bite is sideways. They are going to have to fix all of that! In order to write it all off on my taxes, I paid for it so I don’t have to deal with that anymore. All we have to do now is go in and get it all done. So I’m WAY broke now but as long as he takes care of his teeth, he will have great teeth as he gets older which is good.

I tell my mom all this last night and she tells me about her family and how they all had small jaws and it made me laugh since I’M ADOPTED and her family has nothing to do with my kids mouth! 😂😂😂

I swear I will be back on track today. I have to. If it’s still cold and wet, I will have to go to the gym. Yuck but if I have to, I have to. I kind of missed my walk last night.

I have my breast ultrasound at 8:45 this morning, then 2 jobs if the roads are safe. The snow wasn’t sticking to the ground when I went out but that doesn’t mean it won’t be like that this morning. Sleepy’s son text me tonight asking if I was available tomorrow for a final Friday. Really??? I told you last Friday that I had to give you notice and you never answered me! So I booked other clients. So I actually told him that “since I never heard back from you, I booked other people”. He never answered. What a dumb ass. I’m glad to be done with him. I like her though! It’s not her fault he can’t do anything right! If you don’t communicate, I can’t help you though.

I watched Tropic Thunder last night too as well as Sing and Mauna. I still love kids movies even though my son doesn’t. Tropic Thunder was a bit stupid. That didn’t surprise me though. That’s why I never saw it before.

Y’all have a good day!


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!

An easy day

We got a lot done yesterday. My son and I went to the 2 story Barnes and Noble in River Oaks yesterday morning where he was able to buy 4 new manga books and I got 2 new Bookshots by James Patterson. I also ate breakfast there at their Starbucks. I still can’t believe they have quiche!

So I brought my son home around 11 and went straight to my Mom’s. She had to talk to me for a while and then went to work. My ex boyfriend and I got to work around 1:30pm. I had already started my 2 loads of laundry and picked nails off the floor in my room as well as taken a few things of mine upstairs. He and I broke down the desk that’s been sitting in the patio for weeks to be taken away by the trash men, took a bunch more stuff upstairs, almost finished my closet (he had put too much mud on and has to sand it down – his hair was white when he finished most of it yesterday), moved the bookcase in my room where I want it, put doors on my mothers armoire, and talked about when he would come finish. We also got a ton of stuff ready for the Salvation Army to come on Wednesday. We did a few other things I’m sure, he was there for 3 hours. I finally gave him the extra keys and the title to the car and he was happy about that!

Since I worked hard yesterday, today is nice because all I have is a lunch with a neighbor and 2 ladies in a retirement home and then going over to see Indecisive for the first time in a LONG time. She called me yesterday morning while I was busy planning with my mother to ask me to come by. Since she just talks and asks me to fix her computer, I’m happy to just go be quiet for a while and let her talk to me. That’s it for today! Sounds good to me! I think I will just relax this morning before my lunch.

It’s weird how it works out. I really needed extra time to myself this week to be able to move the last of my stuff over and be ready for the movers and I am pretty slow this week work wise. The last 2 weeks of working my butt off helps too since I already have the money to pay for the movers and can take a slow week.

My home has been on the market for 17 days. 5 people have come to look at it. That’s it! That’s barely one every 3 days. I need this place sold. My son lost another baby tooth last night. He was complaining that his tooth hurt. He showed me his mouth and I told him, if you pull out the baby tooth, you’ll feel better since your adult tooth is already halfway out! Crazy child. He saw blood when he pulled it and said he couldn’t do the other two he has like that because he doesn’t want his mouth bleeding that much. 🙄

Oh! And it’s actually cool outside!!! 65 degrees! Woo hoo!!! The high today is supposed to be 78 so probably 80 but the past few days have had a high of 90-93 so I’m happy!!!! A good Monday!

Have a good day you guys!

March 2016

I already blogged about my dentures. I forgot that I wrote in a journal about the experience as it happened. This is long and may be boring to some but it is my story so I want it published!

Before surgery:

After years of crappy dentists and a hereditary link to bad teeth, I went to a friends dentist who is actually going to do what I have wanted for years. He is going to have his oral surgeon pull all of my teeth under anesthesia and he is going to give me dentures. I can’t wait! All of the other dentists I have seen want to “save” the teeth and do root canals and who knows what else, just as long as they make tons of money off me. How many times can a person go through the same procedures? I have no back teeth at all after having root canals with crowns that fell off and rotted or just had them pulled to save money on those root canals and and crowns!

I have 3 weeks before this will take place. I have started researching the procedure, what to expect, and actually spoke with 2 other women that have gone through this. Woman 1 had hers done 20 years ago. She paid $50 a tooth to be pulled (so not fair as these days the cheapest to get it done is $300 a tooth while you are awake) and was awake for the procedure. She doesn’t remember how many had to be pulled at this time. She got her dentures a week later and has had 3 sets of dentures in 20 years. The first for a year, the 2nd for 20 years. She just got this newest pair 6 months ago and she is very happy that she did this.

Woman 2 just had this done a month ago. She has NOT been happy so far. She has trouble keeping the dentures in, even after many trips back to her dentist. She gags a lot and cannot even eat soft foods yet! Her teeth look wonderful and she’s happy she went through the procedure even though she was awake with only Novocain to get her teeth pulled. She told me she didn’t have bottom teeth anyway so she was ready to get this done.

After researching and speaking with these 2 women, I am really excited! I still have a week before mine will get done too. I am working as much as possible so I can take a few days off without worrying about bills.

I have my ride to the procedure set (thanks to my parents who said they want to meet the man they gave a shit ton of money to), my ride for my 24 hour follow up visit set (one of my oldest friends that I met in 6th grade who also gave me the dentist name), tons of soup in the pantry, and ice cream in the freezer. My son will stay at my parents for 3 days so I can recover and have a weird schedule if needed.

Day of surgery:

I am very excited! I woke up at 5am, did everything I needed to do, and then waited on my 6:15am ride to the dentist office with my parents. My Dad was not in a good mood since he was not used to getting up that early plus I’m sure he was nervous for me.

We are on time and yet the oral surgeon ended up being an hour late (he said traffic which doesn’t surprise me here). As I waited, my blood pressure elevated, probably because I was more and more nervous just sitting in the dentists chair. When he arrived, he told me what he was going to do. My dentist came in to say hello and meet my parents. That helped me relax a lot. He’s a great guy and truly remarkable dentist.

An hour later, I woke up with my dentures. My face was numb from my neck up to my eyes. I have a full set of teeth! Yay!

I get home and my Dad goes and picks up my prescriptions. As soon as he gets back, I take everything. He brought pain medicine (Tramadol), an antibiotic, an anti-nausea medicine, as well as a mouth rinse. After taking everything, my Dad left so I could rest. I watched TV, wandered around the house, ate ice cream (not easy with a numb face!), and text a bunch of friends. My son came home after school to check on me with my friend that drove him home. She and her son left a few minutes later and my son packed a bag to go stay with my parents (his grandparents) for a few days while I recover. After many hugs and kisses, my Dad picked him up and I was alone. The only time I got up after that was when a package was delivered to the door or human nature happening.

3:30am the day after surgery of pulling 16 teeth and waking up with dentures:

I went to bed at 9pm on Tramadol and a sleeping pill as pain was just starting and numbness was just wearing off.

PAIN woke me up at 3:30AM! My mouth hurt so bad! I feel like the dentures are cutting into my gums and I’m still bleeding from who knows where in my mouth. The surgeon told me that I have to keep the teeth in for 2 days so the swelling won’t get so bad that the teeth don’t fit. I am really looking forward to going to the dentist this morning just to be having these taken out – even if it’s just for 10 minutes.

I am not happy with these dentures. The impressions that the dentist took showed how my top teeth are big so why are these so small? And why are the bottom teeth so tall? Also, why is the gum color so dark? It looks like I am sick!

I take a picture of my teeth to share with certain people and send it to them. I take my pills, and then a 30 minute nap. Then I go and watch TV for a few hours. All I’m allowed to eat on the 1st day is cold liquid foods. I ate a pint of ice cream over the course of the day (not too much fun when you’re lactose intolerant either) and I don’t want anymore. My neighbors brought me some flowers and I told them how sick of ice cream I was. One of them ran home and brought me back a vegetable juice (Naked juice Green Machine) that tastes pretty good (I am really hungry but it’s actually good too). I drank an entire glass and took another pain pill. That juice and blenderized soups saved me from being too hungry.

My friend came to spend the night and drive me back to the dentist the next morning. We talked for a while and then I took more pills and went to bed at 9pm because when I stood up, I was dizzy from the sleep aid I took.

I went to the dentist and asked him for something other than Tramadol for pain. He gave me Vicodin thankfully so that took care of all the pain I had been in. He said I was doing well. He told me I could eat hot liquid foods so I almost raced home to put soup in the blender and eat it. I had to be on a liquid diet for 3 weeks while I healed.

I had to go to the dentist every 2 weeks for adjustments for about 3 months. Then I was able to not have to go for 3 months. I had gotten used to them. My clients love my new look and are very happy for me.

Cut to January 2017. I go in to the dentist, he takes new impressions, has me text him pictures of what my teeth originally looked like, and he HANDMADE my permanent set. Now I look like I used to other than I have pretty teeth now.

This was an experience I do not wish for anyone. It was necessary for me and for a lot of people. Don’t get this done over a few teeth. I had 16 teeth already pulled or rotted out and the remaining ones were starting to go too. That’s the only reason I did it. I am NOT good at taking pain (thank God for c-sections instead of natural childbirth – that’s a WHOLE different story). I am glad I did it though. It’s worth it in the end.