I am doing well!

Past few days have been good.

I got my first 2 postcards in my mailbox! I am so excited and can’t wait to get more!

I took my exam and I got an 80! Woo hoo! I am SO thankful that I did not fail like I thought I was going to.

My son fell in love for the first time. I wasn’t looking for a family edition but, well, he fell in love!

This dog is part lab, part yorkie, and part chihuahua. It is SO cute!!! I just hope my son will take care of it and train it like he says. I don’t have time or money for a second dog but I will love it!!!

We went to a birthday party on Saturday in Katy TX (nowhere near me) and while the kids played, I went shopping because there is no way I am driving back and forth twice. I finally found a new zip up hoodie at Katy Mills Mall and I got a new pair of tennis shoes. I forgot how awesome Reebok’s are! I am really happy with my shoes.

I am on season 3 of Friends. This is a great show! I’m having too much fun. Not enough sleep but loving the show! Lol I made a rule to keep me on track with school. I have to study an hour for each class and THEN I can watch some episodes. I am starting tonight turning off electronics at 9:30pm because I want to go to sleep at 10 each night. I need sleep! I studied all four classes today. I feel great about that.

I had brunch with my friend Maria on Sunday before my exam. One of my other friends kindly delivered Girl Scout cookies today.

I am going to go watch Friends. Have a good night!

Just another Tuesday

I say that although it’s Chinese New Years! Year of the pig. I was born in the year of the Ox but pigs are cute, can I switch? We have numerous New Years celebrations here today but I can’t go. 😫

Only one job today at noon. I don’t want to work (who does) but that’s how I make money at the moment. I would much rather go to a celebration!!! 🎉

I have my first exam tomorrow and the 2nd on Friday. Both are for Anatomy. I’m not ready, not studying, and don’t really care right now. That’s horrible, isn’t it! Some days I just want to quit school again and go to the local grocery store for a job. If only they hired older people to do the menial jobs (all I ever see there are teens). Oh well. I’ll get in the mood to study at some point today. I must keep going. 📚

I am doing badly on my healthy eating regimen. Yesterday I got on track for breakfast but it went downhill after that and I ended up eating like 2500 calories. I’m not doing any better today so far either as I ate Oreos for breakfast. Oreos are now all gone so hopefully I will do better from here on out.

My nonsmoker BFF (she was never really a big smoker but it’s been MANY years since she smoked) got a Cue after I tried and love mine. The past few days she has been looking for cartridges as the one she had got pepper in it (pepper package exploded in her pocket with the Cue and went all in the cartridge). I joined with her calling a BUNCH of stores near her in North Texas and between the 2 of us calling like 15 places, could NOT find anyone that carried them!!! I got frustrated and went to my smoke shop and bought and then mailed her 3 different flavors. Well, it will take at least 2 days to get to her so she persevered and finally found a place last night that actually carried some. They are also going to order her what she wants so now she has a place to go. Woo hoo!

Amber decided this morning that I shouldn’t be in bed and stole my pillows. I think she loves my bed as much as I do. Speaking of, I have been trying to decide if I should sell this bed and get a daybed instead to have more space in my room. I looked online but do not want a bed made from particle board and I want storage. Right now, I have boxes under this bed.

I have rediscovered Tumblr and Twitter. I am Juliehcares on mostly everything. Or Julieh Cares if all one word doesn’t work. I still have my gofundme which is not doing well but I am keeping it on because at some point, I need the skin removed. It’s definitely hurting me. I know, so is my diet sometimes.

https://www.gofundme.com/ef9x9v-excess-skin-removal-surgery?pc=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=09472a3860be4fe59658e12440643692

I gotta get up and ready for work now so I hope y’all have a good day and a prosperous New Year!

Just studying

I am working one job a day this week and studying when I’m not working.

I do have good news on the cigarettes though!

25 days now not smoking! Woo hoo! I love my Cue vape. I truly believed it helped save me from smoking.

I had lunch with my oldest friend. We met in kindergarten and have stayed in touch all these years. She would kill me if she knew I put her picture on here!

And here’s Oliver sleeping and not letting me study.

I hope everyone is having a good week so far!

What a day!

Here in the US, today is a holiday. It’s Martin Luther King JR day where we celebrate this man for his determination to end racial segregation.

My day however was not quite celebratory!

Started the day taking my son to the mall to meet his friends. His friends were late so we got breakfast at McDonald’s and waited for 40 minutes! I said hello to another parent and left the kids to wander around like they do.

I went to NYX and got a few more eyeshadow colors. I had the woman working there do my eyes too. She made them look good! I tried the darker lipstick again today but I really don’t like it. I’m going back to red tomorrow.

I then went to VSPink and got a pair of yoga pants because I had forgotten to do laundry yesterday (I started it when we left for the mall) and only had yoga shorts, in this weather!

I ran back home to throw the clothes in the dryer and take off for a job.

I picked up Cranky and her caregiver and we went to Cranky’s shrink for her dementia. We had a good visit with her, started to drive back from the medical center, and decided to get fried chicken from Popeyes. I don’t have a problem with that! I talked to the caregiver on our ride and found out some personal news about her that she asked me not to tell anyone until she can let our boss know – so sorry I can’t put it on here (he may read this, who knows) but it is exciting for her and NOT going to be good for Cranky! I got them back home after 3 hours and drove home.

I started reading my Anatomy book and first PowerPoint on Chapter One. I had barely finished reading over everything when a parent text me to let me know that the movie the kids were at would be over at 8pm. I chatted with BFF over FaceTime for a while and got to see and say hi to her boys which is always nice. I drove to the theatre right before 8 (another parent took them from the mall to the theatre while I was working). I also took Amber with me so I could walk her while I waited on my son. I talked to another kid’s parent while waiting for the movie to end and she is going to send me recipes for her Lebanese food. I can’t wait! Yum yum!!! She loved on Amber until her daughter text to say they were coming out, then the kids came out of the theatre, so I walked back to my car. Another girls parent hadn’t come so we gave her a ride home.

When we got home I made chili for dinner and chatted with Arizona about Math for a while before I started working on my Anatomy lab homework.

I didn’t quite finish (one page left) but I did 5 pages so I feel good about that. Tomorrow I have to do Math. I have 2 homework assignments due on Thursday! I also have a job and H asked me to go with her to take pictures for one of her homework assignments so it will be another busy day.

No time for exercise today but I stayed below my calorie goal so I am okay with that. It’s a few minutes past midnight now so I have to go to sleep so I can wake up to take my son to school and then come back and start on my own schoolwork!

I hope you had a good Monday. I will find time to read blogs in a day or 2, promise!

Finally half a lazy day!

This morning I took my son for his last day of school and took my dog in to have her nails clipped and get yearly blood work done.

On our way home, we stopped at the bank to get money to pay my moms maid. I saw a classmate of my sons walking down the street and text his mom because school had already started so that was strange. After about 10 minutes of texting with her, she called the school and got a hold of her son who said swimming practice got out late and made him miss the bus so he walked home to get his bike. Umm, really? You would rather walk a mile and a half home to get your bike when you could have walked the half mile to school? Kids, I swear. At least he was safe! I told her I’m sorry if I scared her and I hope she would do the same for me. She said she would. It really does take a village to raise these kids!

After that mess, I got home and started to do dishes, clean the litter boxes, and take out the trash (the maid is pregnant and I wanted to make sure she didn’t go near the litter boxes or lift anything heavy). I played on my phone until 10:30 when she came. I had her go through and pick some stuff out she liked Christmas wise in the garage and she as well as her parents cleaned the house while I started organizing everything.

My son is having some friends tomorrow evening and I want the house to look nice and be presentable (even if it is just for teenagers). Why do I never remember to take before pictures??? Well here is the after.

I love my table! Even with all of my moms stuff behind it, I just keep focusing on the nice table. I left my moms couch and coffee table mess out of the picture (it’s to the left of the 2nd photo) because it still looks horribly messy but I didn’t want to go through her personal stuff. I played on my phone a bit more and then went to pick up my son and his friend. Right before I left, I got a text from my sons friend asking if he could come over too. There was a catch though! He wanted me to pick him up 30 minutes after school in the park so he could hang out with his girlfriend and her friends for a while. Whatever. I had nothing else to do and he’s a good kid. I got all the boys in 2 trips and now his friend is spending the night. They are in his room playing music and video games.

Notice I did not do much today, for once, right? It was nice. I didn’t cook, I didn’t exercise, nada! I guess since I was running all over the place organizing the downstairs is how I got 18 minutes of exercise according to my watch. And hit my daily move goal.

When I got home from school today, I found that Oliver had gotten a Christmas ornament off the tree again and was batting it around.

It seems like he climbs the tree, takes just those off somehow, then plays with them and leaves them for me to put back on to start all over. Doesn’t seem to matter how high I put them or that there are plenty of other balls on the tree, he likes mine.

It’s only 9pm but I am exhausted so I’m in bed curled up with Amber. Have a great night!

Having a good day?

I think I did. The Godfather came over this morning to put in a deadbolt on my outside gate but my drill wasn’t charged so he’s coming back tomorrow. Nice to chat with him for a little while though!

Miss Priss called me at 8:30 and asked if I could drive her today. Well sure! I took her to deliver a Christmas present to her doctors office and to pick up a pair of sunglasses at her eye doctor and to the grocery store. 2 hours there.

I grabbed Taco Bell crispy taco for lunch and drove to Cranky’s. The rails have not been removed yet and the new ones were laying on the floor not put together so I told her son that I put the receipt on the fridge and if he wanted me to come by tomorrow afternoon to return those I would.

I came home around 1:30 and was looking at my phone. I set an alarm for 3pm (15 minutes before I need to leave to pick up the boys) and I am SO glad I did! I passed out around 2 and woke up to the alarm thinking I was late. Whew! I never nap! I know why though. Last night we had this huge storm roll through and at 3am, there was this HUGE bang and loud thunder after. Poor Amber was freaking out and between the car alarm outside my window, the dog jumping on me, and that loud boom, I was awake. At 3 fricking AM. Amber wouldn’t let me go back to sleep and when I went to use the bathroom, even Oliver the big boy cat was freaking out! I had to cuddle with each of them separately (Amber will growl if Oliver comes in my room). Eliza, the cute, tiny cat, was nowhere around. I guess she was snuggled up with my mother.

I got the boys, came home, cooked baked chicken and stuffing for dinner.

I ate and then decided that since my son had gone with the neighbors to the school band performance, I would get my arm workout in and do laundry. After 30 minutes of arm exercises (3 sets 15 reps of each exercise) and 100 squats and dancing in between, I walked Amber while still listening to Spotify. Here is my workout and the songs I listened to while working out.

I like all kinds of music but while exercising, I want upbeat, make you want to dance music. So that’s what I had.

My mother also got Amber a Christmas sweater.

Now I am so tired that I am writing you guys and then going to sleep. Have a good night! Laugh before bed:

Should be studying

I swear I can find SO much else to do other than study for this final exam! It’s on Monday, you would think I would be in full study mode. Nope! I had to exercise, I had to catch up on blogs, I need to write (I forgot last night)!

Amber isn’t helping either:

Yesterday, Friday: I took Styled to get her hair and nails done. I got mine done as well. I can’t complain about an $8 nail color change!

When I got home, my mom text me to have me bring her lunch from this restaurant that was $15 for a cup of soup and a sandwich. This is one day after she and I discussed her bank account situation. 🙄

It started raining and I went to pick up the kids at school. The one I usually bring home with my son had gotten sick and his mom picked him up early. 2 others got in the car but then one of their dads text that he was there so they got back out. No kids to drop off was a weird feeling!

I tried mat Pilates using a YouTube video. I was not happy with it and I didn’t burn many calories. So I did my strength training arm exercises as well. I also was invited to an Apple Watch challenge by a friend in Kansas so I felt like really showing how much I enjoy trying exercises. I am throughly kicking her butt in the challenge so far but it’s only been 2 days so she could come back and cream me. We shall see!

I couldn’t get to sleep until after midnight so thankfully I had nowhere to be early today!

Today:

It’s cold and wet. Yuck. I didn’t want to do anything but I knew I had to. My son had a karate belt test today at the gym. He told me specifically that he didn’t want me watching because it made him nervous. Umm, okay. So I went into the workout area and ran/walked for an hour.

Came home and my son told me that he was asked to help the higher belts test so I think he passed but we won’t find out until the 19th. I started going through my math stuff (finally, right?) but after the first 2 chapters, decided to go meet H for dinner.

We went to a place in the Montrose area that I haven’t tried yet called The Burger Joint.

My burger was really good (I still have half left for tomorrow) and I tried one of her French fries which tastes like every other fry I have…like oil and salt (this is why I don’t eat fries). I also got a St. Arnold’s root beer float. Yes, I am totally lactose intolerant but really wanted to try this! I’m paying for it now but I have to tell you – it was DELICIOUS!!!! I would drink those all the time if I could! I raced home to use the potty after dinner and parking down in that area sucks but I enjoyed it. Good friends and good food always works out well!

Came back home and got through the 3rd math chapter (there are 6 total) so I can get ready for bed and go through the other 3 chapters tomorrow. Not sure if I will be ready on Monday but I will do my very best to get ready and will make a good grade!

Hope everyone is having a good weekend, stay warm and safe!

Hugs and chat later!