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?

Here’s where I am today

I’m feeling good. According to my quit app, I have got 4 goals plus 3 days of no smoking. If I wasn’t using the vape, the nicotine would be out of my system too.

I still haven’t exercised since last Wednesday. I will get back to it, I just haven’t felt like it, which I saw in my quit smoking app that my energy levels should return in the next 3 days. I am still at 150 pounds (68 kg) so I’m doing good there too.

Boy is my smell better! I walked in my room and it stank like crazy! It was the dog food I was smelling. I didn’t realize it stunk so bad! Crazy!!! And cool too that I can smell so well!

On the caffeine front, I have allowed myself to have one Dr. Pepper each day the past couple of days. I also found caffeine free Bang and so glad I did and it’s cheaper than regular Bang too. I’m not doing the Dr. Pepper anymore because today it made me feel funny. I also found out that Diet Pepsi has switched to using aspertame again even in the caffeine free ones so no more of that for me. Aspertame and I do not get along. I read that Diet Rite is sugar free (they use sucralose), caffeine free, and even sodium free. So why not try and see how it is? Better than Dr. Pepper for me.

I watched a lot of Netflix yesterday and today. Watching Black Mirror now. I love this show! It’s really good. I love the first episode where you make the choices of what the character does. I took my smoker client to a doctor earlier today. I had her try my vape but she didn’t like it and that’s okay. It will take more than one time for her to make the switch. I know it would be better for her and her son is all for it. Maybe if she watches me for a while and how much happier I am, it will work better getting her to switch but at 77 years old, she may not. Who knows. I will see her again on Friday afternoon too. So more jobs this week. Yay!

Here’s the bad news. The excess skin doctor told me I can’t come in for an appointment until I have the money to get the surgery. Since I’ve made a whopping $29 with my gofundme, I’m not sure what to do. I canceled my appointment with the psychologist because I don’t feel like I need to spend $140 for nothing, I’m doing great. The good news is, I saved $240 by not having appointments this week. Plus making a little more than usual this week so that’s good too.

Today was the first day back at school for my son and he enjoyed seeing his friends but not the learning.

That’s it. I hope you had a good Monday as well.

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!

The New Year’s Eve celebration

I totally forgot to tell you guys about New Year’s Eve!

I go to the retirement home and sign in. I go up to Ms. 96 year olds room and of course was early. She loves that I am always early, she says it shows that I care about my clients. We chat for a little bit and she says she is ready to go down.

She is all dressed up and looking very nice and I am as usual in my workout gear but put on nice shoes and a sweater so it looked like I was wearing black pants and a nice shirt (if you read my post a few days ago you saw what I was wearing).

We go downstairs and there is no party. It’s just this lame guy singing softly to the oldies on his karaoke player. Seriously! It was so sad. They could have done much more. The paper they handed out made it seem like they were doing a buffet (she showed it to me) and there would be singing and dancing. I was pretty disappointed with the place! They had Chardonnay but I am not a big wine person so I just sipped it and drank mostly water.

So we ate the “special” for the day which was sweet and sour chicken (hard little pieces) with over cooked vegetables and over salted soup as well as this half “egg roll” that was mushy. The Rice was pretty much the only edible thing on the plate but they were hard, like they hadn’t been cooked throughly. She apologized to me for the food even! I told her it was fine and I thanked her for the invitation because it was very sweet of her to think of me. I did tell her that next time we just need to go out somewhere and actually have fun. She seemed to like the idea as well so maybe I will take her out to dinner one night (or lunch).

I came home and had a little champagne with my mom before going upstairs to watch Netflix.

My glass is from taking my son on a hot air balloon ride in South Park Colorado when he was 6. I need to find the video of that, it was awesome!

Y’all have a good night. It’s 11pm and I have to work in the morning so I need to get to sleep.

As the year ends

So I made my post of 2019 goals as I promised I would. Now to tell you about yesterday and today.

I went grocery shopping for the next week and to get ready to help my mom be keto.

I printed out all the stuff I need for 2019 and Oliver stalked the printer the entire time. I had to sit there with a squirt bottle so he wouldn’t stick his paw in it and jam up the printing.

I bought nail polish to save money and do my own nails instead of getting them done at the salon.

I got sugar free candy and mints to help get me and my mother off sugar (again for me – a first for my mother).

And you already saw my caffeine free soda.

I took Amber to get her treats but they were out so they let her try a different kind of freeze dried treat (beef flavor) and she loved them. Plus they are SO much cheaper than what I’ve been giving her, I may have to switch for good!

Everything is on the closet wall and ready now. I took all of my credit cards out of my wallet and put them away where I can’t use them. As I pay off each one, I will cancel them. That way I won’t have the temptation to use them again. I don’t need credit anyway. I need to only buy what I can afford.

Tonight, I have been invited to a New Years Eve celebration at a retirement home with Miss 96 year old. It starts at 5:30 but she wants me there “a little before 5”. I’m sure she just invited me because she knows that I will wheel her down to the party, stay near her and get whatever she wants, and then wheel her back upstairs when she’s tired but you know what? That party sounds pretty good to me. I don’t usually go out on new year eve because of all the crazy people. Spending time with the elderly and getting home early sounds really nice. So I am going. Maybe I will remember to take pictures!

She asked me to bring a bill from the other day with me but I don’t want to charge her. How should I tell her?

Have a great evening and if it’s already 2019 where you are, HAPOY NEW YEARS!

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: