Good morning Wednesday!

Man, I was so tired last night I didn’t even blog. Sorry about that. You all have read that I finished school. Now I am trying to get back into work mode.

Yesterday I took Miss Priss to run a few errands. We were only out for an hour and a half but she paid me twice as much as she should. She didn’t say it, but I guess that was my Christmas bonus from her. πŸ˜‚

As I was driving home, I got a phone call. I didn’t look at my phone, I just hit the button in the car to answer. So the call starts out like this:

Caller: Hey Julie! How are you?

Me: Who is this?

Caller: This is your ex lover.

Me: Huh? Who is this? (Note I did not look at my phone because I was driving)

Caller: You’re ex lover! The old Turkish man lover of yours!

Me: OOOH, my sugar daddy! Hey, what’s up?

I realized who he was when he said Turkish. I only know one Turkish guy. He is an old neighbor of mine that is constantly hitting on every girl. I call him Sugar Daddy because it always make him laugh and he is always trying to take care of people.

He needed a ride to go get his car that was towed. He didn’t say why it was towed but he would buy me lunch to take him (he drinks way too much so he probably left it at some bar and they towed it). Sure, why not? I was already off work and was just going to go home to work on my resume. I went to his place and went inside where I was accosted by the most beautiful German Shepard and a tiny dog. They were all over me and loving the attention I gave them. I haven’t seen Sugar Daddy in over a year. Now, just to let you know, I got back on Facebook (Julieh Cares) when I started my Gofundme so he has seen pictures but not me in person. He and his niece that lives with him were in shock over how I look now. She asked me if I had been sick and how I was doing and how did I drop the weight and I better not lose more (all standard things I have heard in the past few months).

Sugar Daddy and I left and went to have lunch. We went to this place he had heard of but I hadn’t. It wasn’t far from us either. So good too! I have already made plans to go back with 2 other people!

I ate on my donuts the rest of the day. I seriously did not eat anything else. I still had a total of 1600 calories for the day, just all junk. That is caramel sauce that came with them. I tried it, it was good, but didn’t want to go over my calories. His sandwich looked good too, it will be my next thing to try there. It was a Reuben sandwich with chicken tortilla soup. Their menu is great and for the 2 of us, including a mimosa, was only $20!

I took him to get his car and came back home. He also gave me $20 (for gas he said). I’m not complaining although I didn’t ask for that! Now you see why I call him Sugar Daddy!

I picked my child up at school and we couldn’t find the other kid I take home so we had to wait on him. His mom said to let him walk but I didn’t want to do that to him (walking alone is not a great idea in Houston) so when we finally got him, I snapped a photo of him in my back seat and sent it to his mom saying, I have your kid. πŸ˜‚ Doesn’t he look thrilled?

I was a bit lazy for a while but got up at 8pm and did my strength training arm exercises. I think I am going to up my reps to 3 sets of 15 instead of 12 as I don’t feel like I burned many calories and I feel stronger like I am not doing enough. I also did 10 squats between sets for a total of 100 squats. Especially when you eat junk, you have to exercise! I took Amber out for a last walk at 9pm and was asleep by 10.

I have no jobs today so I am going to work on my resume and do some research for a book I am thinking of writing. It’s how to lose weight, not have to cook, and eat for less than $10 a day. I know it is doable, I want to prove it to others. I guess I will have to do it and see if it works. I am finding a lot at the store that’s cheap and healthy. That’s my next step. I really don’t want to work for other people if you can’t tell. I may have to because funds are getting lower every day but it doesn’t mean I want to!

I changed it to $10 since I know people eat more than I do. Let me know what y’all think. And don’t steal my idea please! BFF and I are working together to write this. We will then try to figure out how to sell it. We have to write it first!

Today is BFF’s birthday. She is still young. She’s always saying how close she is to 50. She’s not! When I woke up I sent her a happy birthday picture and told her that I was sorry I couldn’t stay awake until midnight to tell her. Her 10 year old did though!!! She was not happy about that. He was supposed to be asleep but stayed up to wish her a happy birthday. Sweet, right? I do agree that he should have been asleep though. Silly kids.

I saw this funny picture on Instagram yesterday so had to share. Poor cat! Look how he looks! I don’t know the guy in the photo, I just wanted the look on the cats face.

I hope everyone has a great Hump Day!

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WeChat, WhatsApp, and Twitter are all Juliehcares or Julieh Cares. Look me up!

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. πŸ™„

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!

Half busy day

What is going on with me? I overslept yet again!

All those times waking up, maybe I have sleep apnea? When I was heavier, I would sleep so well and could get up after 6 hours with no problems all day. Now, I need more like 9? So weird. Thankfully my son got a ride to school with the neighbor and he didn’t even wake me up. My alarm didn’t either though. I am going to try to go to bed earlier tonight. I have to be up on time because I have to work in the morning.

At 10am, I picked my teen up at school and took him to the orthodontist. He had his braces tightened and asked for green rubber bands “for Christmas”. Okay. They look cute, he said he prefers the red.

I decided no makeup today so here I am sans makeup at the orthodontist office.

I received and charged the battery for my Ring doorbell. I wanted to superglue it to the front door but my superglue has dried up in one and the other, I can’t get the top off. Plus my mother wants a new front door so I may have to figure out how to install it next to the door where her original doorbell used to be. I tested the Ring though and I like the picture quality!

Once that was figured out (it’s still not on the door yet), I picked up my son at school and his friend. Then we came home and I felt like walking. Today would normally be strength training arm day but it has been raining off and on and tomorrow is supposed to be WET all day so I will do arms then.

My walk was great! Over 3 miles in 50 minutes. I was walking more than 4 miles per hour! 3 miles is 5 kilometers for those that live anywhere other than the states. I want to run but this damn skin.

Cranky’s son text that I should have taken this other appointment her doctor had available next week. I can’t go though because I have my math final at the same time! He decided his caregivers can take Cranky and call him from the office. I hope he shares what the doctor says! I want to be there. 😩

I looked at the math stuff for the first time this afternoon. It’s not looking good for me. I can’t remember half of what to do! So from tomorrow after work and getting my son at school until Monday morning, I will be doing nothing but math and exercise.

I got an email from my moms bank this morning that she had overdrawn her account. Her second account didn’t even have enough to cover the overdraft. I had to pull almost the last of my savings and put it in her account to help. She had paid her house taxes for the year and then had gone shopping and got us tickets to the symphony as well so it went WAY over. So I had to have a chat with her about not spending anything anymore unless necessary (like groceries, medications, etc). She is not happy about her daughter telling her what to do but I had to! I won’t be able to save her next time now.

It’s almost 7pm so I am going to play my phone game and try to be asleep before 10pm so I can be up at 6 like I’m supposed to be. Have a great night!!!

8:30 and already in bed

I’m still awake, but going to sleep pretty quick!

This morning I text Cranky’s son and caregiver for 3 hours. I also did laundry while calling Cranky’s doctor (3 times), another doctor for an appointment, the hospital to find out exactly what they ordered, and the therapy place that was coming. They won’t come until they get an order saying she can resume. The hospital said her PCP has to give the order. The doctor can’t see her for 2 weeks. πŸ™„ We don’t think waiting 2 weeks is a good idea. Her son sent the doctor an email so we will see what she says.

Left at 1pm and went to Cranky’s. Got her credit card and went to Walgreens for bed rails. After going to 2 different ones to find them, I came back and put one together. I told the caregiver how to tighten it under the bed. A few minutes ago, she text me saying the rails don’t work and they aren’t safe. Huh? She sent me a video she took. Well, they are not tight under the bed so of course they’re not safe! She said Cranky’s son said to return them. Really? So I text him asking if I should try tightening them first. He hasn’t replied.

I picked up my son at school after putting together the rails at 4pm and brought him home. He took off for karate at 5:30 and I was planning on going to work out. I started playing a game on my phone and lost track of time! I rushed out the door and to Starbucks for the drink my son likes and picked him up at 7. I did not work out.

I came home, walked the dog, came home to eat, and couldn’t find anything I wanted for dinner so I grabbed the easiest thing and it is definitely not keto!

Oh well. And now I am off to bed. I hope you guys had a good day!

Update at 9:45pm – I decided to dance for 30 minutes to get my exercise in! Whew! Never knew dancing around your bedroom can burn so much and raise the heart rate up! Maybe I need to go to the club πŸ˜‚

Nice chilly day here in South Texas

Woke up to 39 degrees and frost on the car.

I gave H her birthday present a few days early since I don’t have to go to school anymore except to take my final on December 10th. Woo hoo! We were in the library for this.

She really likes her new makeup brushes. And I got them for mega cheap (don’t tell her!).

I started studying for my nutrition exam tomorrow but didn’t get too far. I do not have a choice but to study all day tomorrow and take the exam in the evening. That’s okay. It’s the last one. And the final for that class is on Saturday so I will just keep studying. πŸ˜‚

My diet hasn’t been all that great lately but I haven’t gained anything. I think it’s because I am getting exercise again. Thank goodness for that!

My mother is angry at my son for not speaking when he gets home from school and has decided that she is not participating in Christmas this year. Umm, huh??? He’s a teenager! He’s in therapy for anger! If she doesn’t want to buy him anything, that’s fine. He knows the true meaning of Christmas and it’s not presents. But really? πŸ™„

School was good. I told my math teacher I wouldn’t be there on Thursday because my son is taking an aptitude test for high school. He just said okay. I don’t think he cares. I just wanted to let him know. And my classmates – I said goodbye to all of my newfound friends in math. They all said they were going to bug me over the holidays anyway. That’s fine. I’ll chat!

The only plans I have over the holidays are to go with BFF to see Christmas lights in a cute little town in central Texas. It will be right after her birthday and before Christmas so when that happens, I will post the photos. She told me about a huge maze in Arlington too. When I asked my son about it, he said, “Nope!” Well, I guess he doesn’t like that idea! So I won’t go up there. Oh well.

What are your plans?

Also, don’t forget I am still trying to raise money on gofundme to get excess skin removal surgery. I am meeting with the doctor in January and haven’t raised anywhere near enough!

https://www.gofundme.com/ef9x9v-excess-skin-removal-surgery?pc=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=c86a6cfc2fdf47ae8e1f8ee7d618ff23

Chat soon!

Can’t sleep, may as well blog!

Hey y’all! It’s officially Sunday here. And I can’t sleep. Oh well.

I had the best Friday! Here is my family in no particular order. 1. My sister A2 that has 3 kids and one is pregnant. This is her son (duh). 2. Her son watching tv. 3. My friend/sister A1 says she loves her truck. 4. A1 second son who is the sweetest kid ever! It was really a great day!

It was very nice to see my sisters and their kids. I gave my niece her baby present and she loved it (I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of that!) Then today, her boyfriend proposed! I’m very happy for her. She’s a wonderful kid.

On my way home (I drove 300 total miles on Friday) I saw some funky clouds that reminded me of the movie Independence Day and a flock of birds sitting on the wires at a stoplight.

OH! I’ve been working out more. I did weights 3 times this week and today I ran. Okay fine, my running is slower than my walking BUT my heart rate was 160 in the middle of my run and I did it so I don’t care. 😝 maybe somebody can tell me what cadence means though. Does it show how slow I was? HAHAHAHA

Tomorrow I am going to try to cook. I probably would have today except for the fact that I literally slept half the day. I went to bed around 11:30pm last night (Friday night) and didn’t get up until 11am today. This is probably why I can’t sleep. It’s okay though. I will set 3 alarms for the morning to get my son to church and me to the store.

My mom is off tomorrow, she usually works Sunday afternoons. I’m glad though because she worked Friday and today, 7 hours each day. She likes her job though so I won’t say anything! Not much else is going on. I’m happy πŸ˜ƒ and doing my exercise again so I’m pretty sure the endorphins are the why.

Have a great Sunday!

Wednesday study day

Y’all should know what I do when I don’t have school or jobs…I study!

I did nutrition for 2.5 hours this morning and anatomy for 3 hours tonight.

I also had to keep going downstairs to check on the guys from Home Depot because they were here installing a new tile backsplash that my mother got. This first picture is the old wallpaper she had on the walls.

Starts with the before pictures all the way to when they had put in the grout and put her new plug coverings on. It took them about 4 hours to do the whole kitchen so my mom is very happy!

I didn’t work out yesterday or today. I did go to the doctor yesterday and I didn’t really like her. She told me to go eat a cookie if I want to stop losing weight. πŸ˜³πŸ™„

She also prescribed an antibiotic for my red belly button. It’s because of rubbing skin, not an infection. Needless to say, the red is almost gone after 2 days of doing NOTHING. No pills, I don’t want that! So it cost me $20 for her to tell me to see a nutritionist and take pills. Oh well. I had to try since it’s so cheap through school! (And I did eat a cookie at lunch yesterday).

Anyway, it’s 10pm and I have to get to sleep. 4:30 comes really fast!