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 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!

Walking days

I forgot to write yesterday! I guess I gave Hunida a chance to catch up. 🤣

What did I do yesterday? No really. I guess nothing because I don’t remember anything!

This morning I took Styled to get her hair done. She just text me (it’s almost 7pm) and asked if I got her water bottles. Umm, she never mentioned water! I asked her if I can get and bring her some tomorrow and she said she will wait until next week. So I’m going to the store tomorrow for her.

I came home after that and turned on Fit for Fashion. While watching these people do challenges and work out, I decided I should too so I did my arm strength training. It’s been a week since I did it and boy did it show! I hurt so bad while I was doing it!

Now I am sitting at the Galleria mall while my son runs around here with his friends. I walked around for an hour and a half and then got some water and sat down in the food court.

I text him asking how much longer he wanted to be here and I got the standard teenage reply, “I don’t know”. So here I sit. For how long, I don’t know. Oh well. I have my headphones playing 80’s music in my ears and I’m updating you guys on my day.

Tonight I will hit one full week without a cigarette and I am very proud of myself!

I’m happy for the weekend. Do you have any plans?

Exercise and Netflix day

Oh man. I had a tough morning and a relaxing afternoon/evening.

After dropping my son off at school, I drove to school. I had to meet with financial aid to find out what’s going on. This woman was so very short with me, I left very upset. I am out of federal financial aid available for an undergrad degree and can only get more if I change and go for my masters. I met with my advisor and she suggested I meet with a masters degree advisor so I went. This twig of a woman made me feel like an imbecile. Since my GPA is 2.77 and my BS degree is in psychology, I do not qualify for the nutrition masters program unless I finish my undergrad degree first. She seemed like she was trying to not roll her eyes at me while I was talking to her. I was ready to cry when I walked out. I didn’t so I’m proud of myself but this may be my last semester of going back to school which is very upsetting. I had a plan and I guess the world doesn’t want me to.

I was so upset after the first appointment with financial aid that I drove to the Mexican bakery and got my son a couple of things he likes and donut for me.

After my advisor appointment, I called my friend at UH H. She is back from home for the semester so I picked her up and we went to the park to walk. She is shorter than me and is not as in shape as I am but I walked at her pace so my watch didn’t give me the credit for exercising but I did it. I have almost walked 13,000 steps today too!

We then came back to my house and I made some food for us. She went through my moms Christmas stuff and packed a box, we ate, then I took her back home. She forgot her headphones so we chatted while we walked which was nice. It was nice to hang out with her again! I introduced her to Diet Rite and she liked it too!

When I picked up the boys at school, I told my son I didn’t feel like driving all the way out to this swim meet he wanted to go to (a 45 minute drive away) and he said that was fine with him because he could be lazy. So I didn’t have to get in the car again and drive out there twice (once to take him and once picking him up when it was over).

I hit another non smoking goal today.

I watched a couple hours of this show on Netflix called Fit for Fashion. It’s crazy but interesting. I am going to go back to this Korean cooking show next because it’s funny and everything made so far looks amazing. Authoress51, thanks for telling me about it!

I hope you had a good hump day!

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?

Cue day one and regular Friday stuff

After one day I want to tell you what I think.

I like the Cue. I like the strawberry flavor. I didn’t like the menthol at all and as you know (Or not), that’s what I smoked.

The battery lasted about 24 hours which I guess is normal.

Yesterday I had 12 cigarettes and only tried this a couple of times. Today, I had a smoke when I woke up at 7am, one around 2pm, and one just now at 7:45pm, that’s it. The cigarette I just had burned my throat and made me realize that going to a vape was a great idea. I am out of cigarettes and I am going to just vape tomorrow and see how I do. I think I’ll be fine. I smelled a cigarette this afternoon and it stank!

I went by the store and picked up more flavors so I have enough juice for a week or two.

I’ll keep you filled in about this tomorrow evening. Everything I have heard from people is how this help them quit and get off stinky cigarettes. Yay! Still caffeine free too!

I took Styled to get her hair and nails done today. I had been craving Popeyes chicken since last night so I went by there and got a thigh. It totally filled that craving!

I took my son to the movie theater to meet his friends and see some horror movie. After the show, they hung out with a couple of girls and finally called me to pick them up. His friend is staying over which is fine with me.

His friend 2.0 (that’s what they call him) asked me if I had ever had bubble tea. I love bubble tea! He googled it and found out there is a place at the Galleria so off we went. Driving to the mall in 5pm traffic is usually a nightmare but it wasn’t bad today. While we were there, we decided to get pizza for dinner. There goes my calories for today but it’s only one day!

We got back home and my mother had gone and gotten herself a steak. She gave the bone to Amber and all I have heard since is her ripping the meat off the bone. She won’t eat the actual bone but she will make sure it’s completely clean of meat! She even held it in her mouth and brought it upstairs because Oliver kept creeping around. 🤣

One of my nephews messaged me on Facebook today. I haven’t seen him since he was 10 years old and he’s 19! He remembers my son as a toddler that wouldn’t leave him alone. 😂 He told me he’s been in some trouble in the past couple of years but he learned from it and he’s doing better. He’s engaged and says she will kick his butt if he does anything stupid so good for her! He turned out to be a cutie.

I told him as long as he learned from his mistakes, he will be fine. I also told him that I will be happy to talk to him if he needs me to since his family (his words here) all hate him. He and his sisters had a crappy childhood so if I can talk to him if he needs to, I’m okay with that! I wish I had this old photo I took when he was little. I’ll have to see if I can find it later.

That’s my day in a nutshell. I hope you all had a good day as well!

Hello! 👋

The past 2 days have been a bit busy.

Thursday:

Still a bit dizzy but not enough to keep me from working. I took Cranky to her doctor and the doctor said she was doing much better and doesn’t need oxygen anymore. Yay for that! Then we drove through the pharmacy for her prescriptions, went by her favorite burger place, and then went to the grocery store. Her caregiver went in while Cranky and I stayed in the car. I kept asking her to drink some water and finally got a glare about after the 3rd time I asked her. I got them home and drove myself home.

I left the house again at 5pm to pick up Ms. 96 year old. She is such a sweet lady and is still doing really well at her age although she cannot walk anymore at all. When I first met her, she walked around while her caregiver followed with a wheelchair. Now poor thing is always having to be in one. She had asked me to take and accompany her to a party for her great niece and nephew who are both getting married so it was a double party. She asked me to pick her up at 5:30pm. I didn’t realize the party started at 7pm and was only 3 miles away. I sat with her for over an hour just chatting before we left. She was a town belle in her youth and was in her local paper (she showed me the articles). She wants me to come to her retirement home and have dinner with her and go to some talk they are having there. So finally I drive to the party. We pull up right behind the couple’s son (the ones I used to drive that the husband passed away in April). So I open my door and say “Hi!” Good thing I did, he got the valet guys to let me park up by the house doors instead of trying to wheel my friend in the dark from the street. Yes, this party had valet!

I walk in and the place was packed. With everyone I know in that family. The couple has 5 kids and each kid has at least 3 kids. Plus the people giving the party (like 7 families) so there were tons of people. There was a mariachi band and Mexican food catered with a taco truck. There was an entire room filled with tapas and desserts too. They had servers and since I was sitting with the 2 elderly people, I got served with them. I tried a bite of each tapa and a bite of each cookie as well as had some rice and beans from the taco truck and I can’t forget the cute margarita with the names of both bride and grooms. I wish I could remember the name of the caterers, that food was AWESOME!!!

First photo shows the wife of the couple at the bottom. The funny thing at this party was everyone that saw me asked who I was. When I would start talking, they said “Julie? OMG you look great!” Yep, my voice gave me away. It was funny that they didn’t recognize me at first though! Ms. 96 year old wanted to go home once it was so full in there you couldn’t hear a word so we left at 8:20pm and she was home by 8:30 and I was home by 9.

I’m glad because I had to get up early today to take Styled to get her hair dyed and cut. Problem last night is that I couldn’t sleep so of course I overslept this morning but I still made it on time to pick her up. No exercise yesterday as I am still recovering from whatever made me crazy dizzy.

Friday (today):

Still a tiny bit dizzy and now have some weird pain on the side of my knee like I pulled a muscle. I picked up Styled at 8:15am and took her to her hair woman. I got her credit card once she was safely in the chair and went to the grocery store for her and bought some stuff on sale (Christmas candy) for myself (at least I thought). I went back and waited for her to be done and we discussed current affairs going on. She mentioned something about Harry’s wife being pregnant and fighting with William’s wife? I don’t watch the news and mostly hear about things from you guys so I had no idea what she was talking about. Maybe y’all can fill me in?

I got her home and started driving home. On my way, there are many “homeless” people on street corners. I decided that I didn’t need all this Russell Stover’s chocolate marshmallow candies so if I had a red light, I gave one to the person on the corner. This one man asked me if I was sure because Russell Stover is expensive and I told him about the sale and his face lit up. $.30 each??? I could get a box full right now! Hopefully I made his day. The guy on my street corner that I have given many a sweet treat to looks at it and asked if I ever carry cash on me. NOPE I said as I drove off.

Got home and took my son to his psychologist. I met with him first because I wanted him to know how good my son has been lately. Well, that’s not the only reason. I wanted to discuss my 2019 goals with someone and he’s not one of those therapists that asks you silly questions, he actually gives good advice and helps you. So I have a plan in place and I will be having my own meeting with him in 2 weeks to see how it goes. I’ll tell y’all more about my goals on New Year’s Eve. Jack, you already know one and BFF, you obviously already know!

We then came home and I played on my phone for a while, chatted with my mom and BFF, and then made fried fish for dinner. My mom has agreed to go keto for 2019! I am so excited for her. So now I will have to be keto as well to keep her on track (she does NOT like not eating carbs and I had to explain exactly what a carb is to her). Since she’s diabetic, this will be great for her too. Her doctor told her about keto way after I had been doing it and now she’s dating so she wants to lose some weight. I’m happy about this. So I will help. I love keto so it won’t be hard for me.

I believe I have bored you enough for one day. Have a great weekend and remember, 2019 is literally 3 days away!!!

And a joke to leave you on: