Kansas weekend

I left early Saturday morning and flew to Kansas to see one of my best friends and my cousin. It was my cousins birthday and he invited me to see the Astros kick the Royals butt! AND no kid!!! He stayed home with my mom while I did a weekend getaway. 😀

Saturday I went to lunch with my friends family. It was so nice to see everyone!

I didn’t get a pic with Dad but that’s okay. He’s not much of a picture person anyway.

We then drove to meet my cousins at this Tiki Bar called Tikicat. It’s in downtown KC. It’s in the basement of another restaurant called HopCat and it’s like a speakeasy or something. It was really cool. I didn’t take any photos because it didn’t seem like I was supposed to. We met my cousins and one of their friends there and had weird drinks. They all tasted pretty good though! This is from their website.

Then my friends boyfriend dropped us off at the hotel to meet my cousins and go to the game. We had great seats and drank a lot while having a great time!

That last photo is my cousin having a great birthday!

My friend and I went back to her place and passed out after walking to her friends house after the game and going to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings at 1am. We woke up the next day and met my cousins for brunch. Biscuits made out of what I think was filo dough? Yes please! It was called The Distrikt Biskuit House and it was sooooo good!

My friend and I then went shopping and walked around downtown. We took a photo at the fountain where we had taken one before 5 years ago. Check out how we have changed!

Then I went to the airport and flew home Sunday evening. My flight home was packed with Astros fans and was a great flight. Southwest is still my favorite airline!!! The next day I wore my KC shirt to work.

That’s my weekend!

Hugs to all!!!

Wow

I haven’t had a day to myself in SO long!!!

I dropped my son off for fish camp this morning and I’m off work as well. So I have alone time, no kid, and no work. What a great day!!! I am watching Aquaman on HBO and thought I would drop you guys a note saying hello.

I am still at the weight of 150, I am doing so well. Lucky graduated from Advanced training last weekend and I’m planning a 2nd birthday party for him next month.

Lucky and Amber seem to really get along and even play with each other!

My coworker invited me to her 25th birthday celebration and we had fun.

I got a new vape and I am enjoying trying out new flavors with a monthly subscription box called Zamplebox. I haven’t had a cigarette in 7 and a half months and I’m so excited about that!

I work at the gym about 30 hours a week and with clients about 10 hours a week. I feel good although tired a lot even when I’m able to get 7-8 hours of sleep. I haven’t been dieting, just sticking to my daily calories to keep from gaining weight back. It works for me!

I hope y’all had a good summer. My son starts school on Monday and will be a freshman in high school (note the fish camp). I can’t believe my little baby is in high school. I will turn 50 years old when he graduates in 4 years. So I guess life really does start at 50!

I was not able to afford classes this semester but that’s okay. I’ll go back in the spring and take my 2nd Anatomy class.

That’s all I got today. Nice to catch y’all up! Hugs!

Been a minute

Since May 19th to be exact! I’ve been working and driving and staying at home. A bit boring which is why I haven’t written anything.

First off, we started Lucky’s training last Saturday. I think he was trained before and we just didn’t know the right commands. He’s doing really well! Too adorable. I have to give him a bath tonight which I am not looking forward to but it has to be done!

So here’s the latest from yesterday. My original client, Cranky, passed away after a long time of being off and on ill. She’s had pneumonia like 4 times in the past couple of years. Last night she just went by stopping breathing. It was very sad. Her caregiver called me very upset when I was closing at work so I finally spoke with her and rushed over as soon as I could get out. I called 911 not knowing that I didn’t have to. She had hospice care and they came and took care of everything after the police left.

I left after the funeral home took her away at 9:30pm. On my way home, I noticed that the gates at work had not been shut after closing so I drove in and locked the gates. I let my manager know so if they saw me on camera that late that they wouldn’t ask me what the hell I had been doing there. The funeral is on Thursday when we are busy which I’m sad about. I have asked my manager if I can come in an hour late so I can go to the viewing though. Still waiting on an answer.

I couldn’t sleep last night (makes sense I’m sure) and got to sleep at 2am. I had to be up at 5:30 and be at work at 7 so I didn’t get much sleep. After work today, I met a coworker at the grocery store and drove her home after shopping for us, coming by my house to put our stuff away, and walking Lucky. She’s a sweet kid and doesn’t drive so shopping and getting it all home has to be difficult!

Also, yesterday at work, I spoke with my friend that is a registered dietician. We worked out together a bit and then talked about our personal goals. She weighed me and then told me not to lose any more weight but to tone and work on muscle only. She told me that cardio will help keep me in shape to go do the mountain climbing I want to do once my son is grown but I just have excess skin and need to build muscle underneath to not have it look like fat. I love this woman! She’s awesome! I still weigh in at 148-150 which is perfect for me. She thinks she is 60 pounds overweight (she’s not) but I told her I’ll help her since she helps me.

My coworker thinks a guy that comes in like me. He’s a good looking man too. He showed me how to do pull-ups his way and told me to keep working at it and I will be able to do what he did. He put chains around his neck, lifted himself up, brought his legs up, and did 10 pull-ups like that! I don’t think I could ever do that!!! When I walked in near him with my friend he walked away though so I doubt he “likes” me but that’s fine too.

We had a meeting last weekend at work and I made a cake for everyone. I didn’t know how many people would be there though and that cake went fast!!!

My son graduated 8th grade on Honor Roll but we decided not to attend graduation. High school graduation is much more important! I am very proud of him. I can’t wait for him to start high school!!!

I watched the latest season of Nailed It, Riverdale, and The Flash, and now on the new season of Supergirl. All on Netflix so I know I’m behind regular television. My son has watched the Southpark seasons he has on dvd and loved Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I’m so glad he likes the classics!

I hope you guys are all doing well. Sorry it’s been so long.

Fill me in

I still haven’t had a chance to catch up on reading. The past week, I have been doing nothing but hanging out with my son, working, and watching Netflix. So fill me in on what’s going on in your world or add me on Instagram juliehcares so I can see! And if you added me but I didn’t know it was you, send me a DM so I can add you!!!

I have to work all day today so after dropping my son off at church, I took Lucky to the dog park. After 30 minutes, he was done and stood by the gate to go home. Silly boy!

We are fish sitting this weekend. A beta fish. I am following directions exactly and as far as I can tell, he’s still alive. Thank goodness! The kid whose fish it is would be very upset with me if he didn’t make it.

My diet is crap lately but because of all the exercise I get at work, I haven’t gained anything. Thank God for small favors! I would love to weigh 140 but I am happy at 150. This morning I weighed in at 149. I am getting tired of people telling me I am too skinny. I know it’s most likely because they are unhappy with their own weight but it affects me. I’m not exactly where I want to be either and get told a LOT that I need to gain 10 pounds. Umm, no!

This coming week is finals for my son. He says he’s ready. I had to study like mad for finals and my child sat down and answered all the questions I threw at him in a few seconds each. I guess he is ready! So this afternoon he is going to his friends house to help him study. I told him he has to let his friend study, otherwise the parents will send him to my job to sit and be bored. I got an eye roll for that comment. Lol

By the way, I just want to tell you guys how wonderful you all are. You have watched me transform into the normal weight, non smoking person I am today. I appreciate all of your support and love. I truly do!!! I am here for y’all too. This is what I want to do for my livelihood. I want to help people reach their goals. In any way I can. Let me know if you need to talk or need recipes, or general help starting something up. I’m here for you!!!

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OMG…guys!!!

I got a B in my Anatomy class!!! Woo hoo!!!

I am so excited to finish this semester with 2 A’s and 2 B’s! And thank goodness that’s over!!!

So I am supposed to be at a funeral in 10 minutes. I haven’t even taken a shower yet. I cooked this morning and have errands to run. It’s not that I didn’t love my cousin. He was 91 and has been sick a long time. He was a good man. He was a surgeon and actually put my leg in a cast all 3 times I broke it growing up. I just don’t like funerals. I want to go celebrate his life, not wallow in misery with family I never see otherwise. My mother said I should go to “represent” our family. Umm, no. They didn’t even come to my fathers memorial and I only went to it because it was my father. I just don’t like funerals! What would I do, Instagram the whole thing? That would be rude! And I have to act like I am sad that he’s gone. No! I am so happy for him that all the pain he has endured over the past few years is over and he went to a much better place (wherever your beliefs say that is). So I am at home still.

So there’s this new dessert bar that is unicorn themed here. It’s quite a far drive just for a dessert so I thought I would check out reviews before I went. Boy am I glad I did! Only 4 tables, smells like the toilet is backed up, nobody cleans tables, staff is rude, ice cream not flavorful, food tastes like they just got it out of a freezer in a grocery store, etc, etc. Wow!!! I won’t be going there! There were some reviews that said it was good, don’t get me wrong. The bad reviews WAY outnumbered the good ones though! If I decide to eat dessert, I will just make it myself. That way I know what’s in it and it will be keto or low carb.

Lucky HAS to be trained. He got a hold of my vape and ate it. No cartridge thankfully but the machine. And he was caught chewing on my remote. And socks! What’s going on with this doggo??? So I am trying to take him out more and have more things for him to chew on that are for him. But that gets expensive!!! So I will be watching YouTube this afternoon.

I am enjoying my few days off. My son is taking STAAR testing at school this week. My mom is doing her thing. We are all busy but that’s a good thing! I took photos of my excess skin on my arms and legs today. It’s crazy how much there is!

I was going to take my stomach too but haven’t figured out how to do it by myself.

I made a new friend. He’s 30, from Jersey, and he’s a personal trainer who can literally bench press me. He’s very opinionated but nice. And my son likes working out with him. He comes by after work and walks the dogs with me so we can chat. And no, I would never date him. My mother asked if we were dating and I’m like “NO!” Geez! I make a friend and people think I’m dating the guy! We have similar interests in being healthy so we get along. He likes Asian women and I like tall and thin white men which he’s not. 😂

Okay, it’s 12:10 so I need to get up and moving. I hope you’ve enjoyed what’s going on here! Hahaha

Happy to be home

Our flight took 4 hours. That’s an hour longer than it was supposed to. The entire ride was awful with turbulence. I did get frisked again by TSA but this time I got to see what they saw. All of my excess skin shows up as yellow on their screen. My entire stomach area, legs, and arms. It’s absolutely crazy looking! I told them as I got in the machine that I had all the skin so I only got felt around my legs, they were much nicer than in Houston. It sucks that I will have to deal with this every time, but I have to stay positive that it’s just skin and they are just doing their job. A woman I follow on Instagram said she still has issues with TSA because she has scar tissue where she had her excess skin removed. How crazy is that???

I was sitting at the airport waiting for our flight and I see this guy. At first I thought he went to our church. I looked at him a bit more and it hit me. This is a guy I had known for 20 years in the travel industry! I went on Facebook to be sure I had the right person and then walked up to him. I was right! We got all caught up. He’s working at my last travel job which I found amusing. I told him what I do now and he said that’s a great idea and probably better that I got out of travel when I did. I saved him a seat on the plane and we sat with each other. It was so nice to chat!

Oliver decided to stay in my room last night since I couldn’t pick Amber up until this morning. It took him all night but he finally got into Amber’s treat bag and woke me up at 5:15am munching on them. Crazy cat. So I got around 4 and a half hours of sleep. Whatever. Hopefully I will sleep better tonight.

I only gained 2 pounds on vacation. Whew! I was worried but I guess we were walking around enough to help a little. I am back to keto today. I am not going to gain anymore! I also got a new keto snack in the mail while I was gone so I will be checking it out later. I’m going to try and get my mom to do a review with me. It will get posted to Instagram. They are snack cakes with very few carbs.

We raced home last night because one, we were so late, and two, because there was supposed to be a letter from the school in the mail telling my son where he got into high school. We checked the mail and it wasn’t there. He was so upset! I hope it’s there today. All of his friends were waitlisted to get into the school they wanted but it was a lottery system so who knows what my son got!

I also got 2 calls at the airport. I have 3 interviews set up over the next week! 2 at my gym and one at a nearby Vitamin Shoppe. All part time and all worthy of my time. I’ll keep y’all posted on those!

More later. I am hoping I have postcards in my mail too! If you haven’t sent me one, please do!

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Meeting fellow bloggers

Such a great time here!

Dinner with Hunida and her boyfriend last night was great!

We went to a place called Ichizo and my son got to eat Japanese food for the first time ever. We got a bunch of plates and tried them all. He said he liked them but when I offered to take him to another place today he declined. 🤣

Hunida can probably tell you guys what we ordered. I have no clue what anything is called but the pictures are great and the food was awesome other than our ramen which was SO salty! I had a Japanese beer called Kirin which was pretty damn good!!!

We then went to Circus Circus and went to the Midway. We all spent too much and had a blast. I tried to pay them back since my son decided everything was for him but they wouldn’t accept (so nice when he was being a greedy teen)!!!

Tonight I got to meet Authoress51 too! We met at MGM Grand, had dinner at their food court, and spent a couple bucks on .50 slots (well, I spent a dollar and she gave me another one). It was so nice to hang out with her! My son decided to stay in our room to use the facilities and shower but that just gave me more time to get to know her. I had so much fun!

I am sad to go home tomorrow but it must be done. One of my clients called while we were at dinner with Hunida to take her shopping, plus I got a call today for an interview so I must go home and hopefully, prayerfully, get a job!!!!

I hope you guys had a good Monday. Pray I do not have to go through the airport crap tomorrow!!!