Weekly update 10/28/19

First week of work went pretty well. I learned a ton and even started taking phone calls.

Weekend was nice. My son and I attended his friends QuinceaΓ±era on Saturday evening. I got dressed up. It was fun.

I worked at the gym on Sunday and then came home and did nothing. It was so nice! The only bad part about doing nothing is that I didn’t cook so I am eating sandwiches for my lunches this week. That’s fine with me. πŸ˜€

Lucky is so cute waiting to go for a walk! Don’t mind my mess, I wanted the photo and knew he would move if I tried to pick it up before taking it.

Today we had an all day training class with all the new people from all of the departments. We even had to take a test at the end of the day! The only good part was getting to leave early without losing any pay. The woman teaching today advised us it was a freebie and will probably never happen again. πŸ˜‚

Back to the phones tomorrow! I also joined my teams fall surprise buddies and the person I got likes Bang as well so that works out well! Now for the memes!

Yay!

Here’s the story.

I went on ZipRecruiter and applied for a job. This job calls me 2 days later and requested me to take online tests that are recorded and viewed. I take these tests and didn’t think I did very well (math and computer tests). A day later, they call me and ask me to come in for an interview. The next day, I go to the interview. I meet with the HR person and the manager for the job I applied for. The interview lasted 5 minutes! Of course with that short of time, I did not think I got the job. Cut to a week later and I am still applying for jobs online and my phone rings. It was the HR person of said company. They offered me the job!!!!

I start my new job on Monday. It’s 9:30-6 Monday through Friday. I will keep my job at the gym but only on Sunday’s. I will keep the 2 clients I have left and take them wherever on Saturday’s. So now I have 3 jobs and will not have to stress over buying groceries or paying off credit card debt I have accumulated in the past couple of years. I definitely want to stay working at the gym since I will be sitting at a computer all day and will need to exercise more than I currently do (I haven’t been because of being so tired after running around work).

I’m sure some of you will understand the relief I feel right now. I will be working in a call center talking to customers and vendors which is fine with me. I will have benefits starting in January so I won’t have to stress to find the $100 it costs me out of pocket to see a doctor or the $70 it costs to get an asthma inhaler without insurance.

The gym and client driving will be our spending money and my son said that sounds great. I am selling stuff on eBay right now to make grocery money. That’s how it’s been here the past few weeks. I wasn’t making much at the gym, just barely enough to get by, I was only scheduled 30 hours a week or less even working in multiple areas there. I joined a debt consolidation company back in June and was having to use my moms credit card for groceries and my sons therapist. Now her card is maxed out too (she spent the majority on it – not me). I am excited to be able to pay that down, get groceries, and pay my own bills.

This job was a godsend. I know that for sure. I am writing all this down to re-read it on those tough days when I don’t want to work a 9-5 job. πŸ˜‚

I got someone to take Lucky out for walks while I’m gone daily since I will get a 30 minute lunch which is not enough time to drive home, take him out, and get back. Amber is fine waiting all day for me. She used to when I worked in the travel industry anyway. My son will be at school and said he’s fine walking home daily which he mostly does now anyway. The only day we will have trouble is on Wednesday’s when he is supposed to be at church at 5 and his bus gets to his stop at 4:45 and is 2.5 miles away from the church. I told him that he can take an Uber if he needs to.

So everyone is set. I am excited to start this new adventure. The job already told me that there is a lot of opportunity to move up fast as well.

Note that I am not saying where or who I work for. Company policy (yep I read it) says that we are not allowed to say any details about our job or company online or in personal blogs. I don’t anyway. πŸ˜€

AND…I may have met someone. I’m not sure if he’s just being nice or is interested but I am going to give him my phone number and see what happens. He’s older than me, has a dad bod, runs his own business, exercises, and is just a really nice guy. So maybe???

Y’all have a great weekend, it’s my last full weekend at the gym!!! 😘

See ya!

Jules

Update 10/12/19

So first of all I have to say GO ASTROS!!!!

Crazy week like usual. Monday and Tuesday I didn’t have to go to work which was VERY nice. I watched Netflix, played games, relaxed, cooked, you know, what I used to do when I didn’t have a crazy job!

Taco meat, taco rice, mexican cornbread, this sausage rice veggie casserole recipe thing I found on allrecipes, hamburger helper, and brownies. I made these last Wednesday and am still eating on them.

I happened to walk in my patio and look in my garden box thinking I need to get it all cleaned out and start over and guess what??? All those dead plants from last year aren’t dead!!! Broccoli, carrots, and onions are growing. It’s amazing! How does that happen? I am excited that maybe I will actually get to eat some home grown foods this year!

Last night we had a staff meeting at work. It was about donating a percentage of our check to the company and other charities. Everyone that came got one raffle ticket. The more you donated, the more raffle tickets you got. Well, I got ONE. There were only 5 prizes and there’s about 100 people that work there so I figured my chances of winning were very slim but threw my ticket into the bag for a new slow cooker. There was also a spa package, a movie night package, a tv, and something else that I can’t remember.

I lent a coworker my slow cooker a few months back and never got it back from her. I was going to ask her to bring it to work this weekend so I can make chili when it is cold out. Well, I won! How that is possible I don’t know but karma was on my side last night! A spoon and food cake with the prize. So I told the coworker to keep my old slow cooker. Obviously I don’t need 2! No complaints from me!

It got cold last night. Down to 53. Yay!!!! The high here today was 70. Gorgeous day. I worked this morning, went to Costco for toilet paper and paper towels, came home, walked Lucky for a mile, and started baking. I made sugar cookies with and without sprinkles, peanut butter cookies, and double chocolate chip cookies.

I ate too many but oh well. Still at 150, I will just watch myself better tomorrow.

Enjoy some memes from this week and I’ll chat with y’all later!

Been crazy here

Texas is still hot. And floods all the time. Thank you tropical storm Imelda. Sad thing is, I know a girl named Imelda and she is a good person, stupid storm. No, I didn’t get flooded. A LOT of our city did. 90 degrees daily and rain in the afternoons to make it muggy and mosquito infested. Welcome to Houston!

Since I came home from Kansas, I have worked each and every day. Last week, I opened every single morning Monday through Friday. I had to be at work at 4:45am and off at 10. Not too bad, right? No. The issue is that I still had to work in the evenings on Monday and Tuesday! So by Friday, my body was done and I got sick. I could barely get out of bed Friday morning. I actually drove the 2 blocks to work. My coworker, god bless him, told me to go rest. I went into our bosses office and passed out. I woke up at 7am (an hour and a half after he told me to do that) and felt a bit better. I thankfully was told at 8 to go home when another coworker came in for her shift. I also did not go in last night and hopefully my boss expected that when I left early yesterday morning.

Last night I still felt bad so text a bunch of people I work with to see if anyone could open for me today. Nope! Nobody willing to help. I had to go in again this morning from 7-10. Tomorrow I work from 12-5. They expect us to clean our whole shift on Sunday but I am still not feeling a-ok so I will refuse. The girl I work with tomorrow will probably call our boss on me. Oh well! They should have helped me find someone to cover! These are the days I hate working there. I will have a day off on Tuesday and I can’t wait.

FYI, I still vape. If you follow the news, you may have seen how people have died from vaping. Yes, although! Those people were vaping THC pods bought off the black market illegally. Yes, all of them. The CDC finally put out their findings on it. Will I ever go back to smoking? No way. I will vape, even if it’s 0% nicotine. If they ban flavors, I will start making my own. I use fruity flavors, I do not want to have tobacco flavor. I am not smoking, I am vaping. Government πŸ™„

Okay, off my soap box on that. I work my ass off for so little pay, I was using my mother’s credit card for my son’s therapy and groceries. Well, it’s maxed out. How you ask? My mother uses it more than I do. So yes, I am really, seriously, broke. I would love to keep doing keto but for now will be watching my calories and eating like I did when I first moved out and all the times I had no money, cheaply. Cereal for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, and cook something for dinner. That’s just to give you the basics. My son and I went to the store today and spent $50 on food for the week. We have milk, bread, peanut butter, salami (that’s what he likes for lunch), ground beef, chicken winglets, hot dogs, cereal, and water plus what we already have in the house. I told him we are going to not spend more than $50 a week for a few weeks and see how we do. He said he’s fine with that. I guess I’ll find out how he handles it when all he’s left with is peanut butter which he says he hates. Wish me luck! We have food, the bills are paid, we have water and electricity, so therefore I should be happy. I know, first world problems, right?

My dryer broke and I guess I complained enough because the appliance company is coming Monday and fixing it at no cost. It’s the 3rd time they’ve had to fix it in 3 months. It’s a different problem every single time too which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. I told them that we have paid them enough to buy a new stackable already and they agreed to replace the motor for free. Let’s just pray this is the last time I have to call them! I will buy a new set if it breaks again. It’s 10 years old anyway. We just really can’t afford it so I keep praying it will keep working.

We can only get rid of so much but I wish for more to sell. I wish my mother would let me sell some of her furniture pieces but alas, she won’t. Oh well. She seems to think everything will work out. My son wants a job already. Too bad he has to wait 2 more years. He wants to work where I work or at Starbucks because he can walk there. Not a bad idea. If I could get him to ride a bike, he would like it better. I don’t think Houston is a safe place to ride a bike on the streets but it’s faster than walking which is what he does.

My son is also failing English at school as well as almost failing human geography and algebra. God help me. He has to do better! He joined clubs at school called the Shrek meme club where they make and discuss memes and the horror club where they watch horror movies. Umm, whatever floats your boat and as long as you get your grades up!

I will end all my complaining with some memes found this week.

Until next time!!!

Got caught up

Well, a little bit! I miss you guys, y’all are like my internet family. I enjoy meeting you guys and can’t wait to be able to go overseas and meet more!

I had an unexpected day off today. I requested Monday mornings off to be able to take my son to school and even though it’s a holiday, I don’t have to work this morning. This afternoon the gym closes early so I have no reason to go. It’s nice to have a day to myself to catch up on stuff.

I’m watching the Netflix show Dark (weird and creepy but good). My son is doing pretty good at school so far, no problems anyway. I baked muffins yesterday and shared them with coworkers who ate them up! I made blueberry and chocolate (the chocolate ones for my son and they are already gone).

I saw this funny meme and had to share because it’s so true!

Also a joke for vapers like myself. It’s almost been 8 months since I smoked a cigarette. I miss it sometimes so I vape more and then don’t need one!

One more…a gym joke.

SO…I haven’t exercised in QUITE a while. I avoid my place of work since members seem to want to come bother me even though I’m not in uniform and wearing headphones. πŸ™„ I am going to try to get some weights in today. My usual 30 minutes of arm exercises to start. And since I redid my bedroom, I have room to do yoga now so I may do that too, we shall see!

I still weigh 150 and I am NOT complaining! I am going to Kansas in a couple of weeks and would like to weigh less when I go so I am watching my calories like crazy but nighttime is a killer for me. I eat dinner at 7pm and by 10pm, I want snacks. Late night eating is how I gain weight so I HAVE to stop that! Now the question is how. I guess it just takes me not putting things in my mouth!

I hope you guys have a great Labor Day here in the Americas and just a wonderful day everywhere else in the world. πŸ˜€