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!

Been lazy

I got better on Wednesday. I was lazy about blogging because I had a quiz yesterday in Nutrition. That is followed by an exam this weekend.

The Anatomy exam I ended up with the following grades which worked out to an average of 88. 80,75,80,100,90. My Anatomy Lab first exam I got a 101!!! Woo hoo! So I feel like I am doing pretty well. Let’s hope that I do okay on the nutrition exam.

While I was sick, I started watching Friends on Netflix. I like it! Now I can’t stop watching. I am almost done with Season 1 and there are 10 seasons! I’ll be watching this for a long time. It’s good though.

I have worked. Wednesday and today. Miss Priss and I ran errands for 3 hours. I had her sit in the back seat and kept my window cracked to make sure I didn’t pass anything to her. We went to a grocery store, vitamin shop, dry cleaners, and even Walmart. I did some people watching while she was shopping after I went to get her Chick-fil-A. Crazy people that go into her Walmart!!!

I took Styled to get her hair dyed this morning and set an appointment to get mine dyed before I go on vacation. I went grocery shopping for her while I waited and then went back and did some Anatomy homework. I had emailed my professor on Wednesday to let him know that I was sick and would be back on Monday and he finally emailed me back today telling me that we don’t have school on Monday but he would see me Wednesday. Yay!

For Valentines Day, I decided to get my Costco membership back. Then I went and got new pillows and some toilet paper. I hadn’t gotten new pillows in quite a while and since we both just got over the flu, I thought now was a good time to replace them. I also washed all of our bed linens. I also decided to move my sons bed into the corner (it was a couple of inches away from the wall). When I saw all the trash under his bed, I left the mattress off until he cleaned and vacuumed it.

It’s all clean now and he has a friend over.

This afternoon, some old neighbors cane by to pick up a few board games and hang out. I also got them to take 3 Christmas boxes of stuff! They helped me pick up the fallen boxes in the garage and I have bad news for anyone that was hoping I would send them a Santa. The box of Santa’s fell and most broke. Well, good news for me as I wanted to get rid of them. I am excited to be cleaning all this stuff out. It’s so nice when things are clean and organized and minimal crap. It was nice to see them!

I got a new award for not smoking. I love my Cue! And the guy on the right vapes as well so we had a blast today.

See you guys later!

This isn’t good

This morning, I picked up Styled and was taking her to her hair appointment when my son called. He said he was sick and wanted to come home. He was coughing this morning so it didn’t surprise me.

I couldn’t go get him since I was working so I called The Godfather. He was happy to help and picked him up and let him off at home. I got home a little before noon and he was asleep. He woke up at 4pm asking for water. I took him water and took his temp. 104! Oh my goodness. He’s not ever very sick so that scares me. The last time he had 104 fever, he developed pneumonia, so I tend to freak out. He downed 2 bottles of water and has gone back to sleep.

I will check his temp in another 20 minutes and if it hasn’t gone down, I am taking him to urgent care. I have my exam tomorrow too so I am going to have an interesting weekend!

While he slept, I made keto jambalaya. I baked the chicken, grilled the sausage, chopped up and sautéed the veggies plus microwaved the cauliflower rice, then threw everything into the slow cooker with all the spices. I tasted it and it’s a bit spicy but it tastes SO good!!!

My son was supposed to video his project with some classmates after school and needed buzzers. I looked everywhere online for stores here that would have any but the only place I found any was Amazon so I did the Amazon Prime Now and had it delivered. He wanted hand held ones but I told him he was lucky to get any. He’s so sick he doesn’t care right now.

On the plus side, I stayed up until midnight last night to do the following. 2 homework’s in Anatomy, reading a chapter in kinesiology and doing 3 quizzes on it, plus a discussion question of 500 words in that same class. I got a lot done and got 100’s so it’s great!

Y’all have a good weekend.

Update 7pm: Kid has the flu. He was given tamiflu, steroids, an inhaler, and cough syrup. This awesome doctor at the urgent care said he should be fine by Monday. Whew! She was great and I wish she could be his regular doctor!!!

Exams…EEK

I had my first Anatomy lab exam this morning.

53 total questions. 10 were multiple choice. 40 (!!!) were fill in the blank. 3 were looking into a microscope to see which phase of mitosis the cell was in.

These are all of the fill in the blank things.

I think I did pretty well but guess I’ll find out next week!

This afternoon I have a job taking a woman to her doctor. I have driven her before but not to doctors offices. I hope that goes well.

I have another exam from my Anatomy lecture class on Friday. I’m on chapter 4 of 5 to prepare for that. I also have a chapter in Kinesiology due Friday and a discussion thing due in nutrition on Friday.

The next few days are going to be nonstop school but I think I have figured out a good way to study. I study for an hour and then take a 30 minute break. Last night I watched an episode of Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix between each one hour study session. And I felt prepared today! Let’s see if this works with my lecture exam.

I have to get groceries today. I have been putting it off as I had lots of snacks to munch on. Too much sugar and too many carbs later, I am done. I have to get back on track. I don’t have any clothes if I gain weight!!! This morning I was 151. Nope. Not gaining any more! Obviously I don’t have much time to meal prep today and tomorrow but after I am done on Friday, I am cooking up a storm! I want to already have the food here waiting to be cooked which is why I’m going to the store today.

List of what I want to make:

Keto friendly gumbo (I’m allergic to shrimp but can put any other kind of meat in it)

Kids lasagna (for my son)

Zucchini fritters

Keto biscuits

Keto cheese crackers

Cookies for my son and keto ones

Can you tell I’m going back to keto? I am not trying to get under 150 so I will have to eat more calories. I felt healthier when I was not having all the carbs so I’m going back.

Any other ideas would be great. Any helpful study tips too. Comment please!

Just another Tuesday

I say that although it’s Chinese New Years! Year of the pig. I was born in the year of the Ox but pigs are cute, can I switch? We have numerous New Years celebrations here today but I can’t go. 😫

Only one job today at noon. I don’t want to work (who does) but that’s how I make money at the moment. I would much rather go to a celebration!!! 🎉

I have my first exam tomorrow and the 2nd on Friday. Both are for Anatomy. I’m not ready, not studying, and don’t really care right now. That’s horrible, isn’t it! Some days I just want to quit school again and go to the local grocery store for a job. If only they hired older people to do the menial jobs (all I ever see there are teens). Oh well. I’ll get in the mood to study at some point today. I must keep going. 📚

I am doing badly on my healthy eating regimen. Yesterday I got on track for breakfast but it went downhill after that and I ended up eating like 2500 calories. I’m not doing any better today so far either as I ate Oreos for breakfast. Oreos are now all gone so hopefully I will do better from here on out.

My nonsmoker BFF (she was never really a big smoker but it’s been MANY years since she smoked) got a Cue after I tried and love mine. The past few days she has been looking for cartridges as the one she had got pepper in it (pepper package exploded in her pocket with the Cue and went all in the cartridge). I joined with her calling a BUNCH of stores near her in North Texas and between the 2 of us calling like 15 places, could NOT find anyone that carried them!!! I got frustrated and went to my smoke shop and bought and then mailed her 3 different flavors. Well, it will take at least 2 days to get to her so she persevered and finally found a place last night that actually carried some. They are also going to order her what she wants so now she has a place to go. Woo hoo!

Amber decided this morning that I shouldn’t be in bed and stole my pillows. I think she loves my bed as much as I do. Speaking of, I have been trying to decide if I should sell this bed and get a daybed instead to have more space in my room. I looked online but do not want a bed made from particle board and I want storage. Right now, I have boxes under this bed.

I have rediscovered Tumblr and Twitter. I am Juliehcares on mostly everything. Or Julieh Cares if all one word doesn’t work. I still have my gofundme which is not doing well but I am keeping it on because at some point, I need the skin removed. It’s definitely hurting me. I know, so is my diet sometimes.

https://www.gofundme.com/ef9x9v-excess-skin-removal-surgery?pc=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=09472a3860be4fe59658e12440643692

I gotta get up and ready for work now so I hope y’all have a good day and a prosperous New Year!

Another Sunday

It’s super bowl Sunday. I am not a football fan. I guess I will study. Maybe. Hopefully. I do have a test this week. Actually 2! 😬

I haven’t posted in a few days and for that I apologize. I can say I’ve been busy, I just needed to do more.

1. I got sick last week. I was sick on Wednesday and Thursday. It sucked. I had to cancel on Cranky and stayed in bed. I was so hot I had my windows open and my son even said it was freezing in my room. So that was not a fun 2 days.

2. I hit 4 weeks of not smoking. Woo hoo!

Some days the urges are strong as hell, some days I don’t really have them. I got more cartridges from Cue Vapor so I am set for at least a month. I signed up for automatic shipments each month too so I know I won’t go back to smoking cigarettes!

3. Studying is always fun with animals. Oliver really enjoys sitting on my school stuff and trying to get whatever I am printing. Silly kitty. Eliza has started sniffing around the printer more too. Please don’t let her start up with that!

4. I went to lunch on Friday with my friend Julia. She and I met at this Filipino restaurant that used to be a food truck. The food is amazing! It was very nice to hang out with her. We used to be neighbors but have both moved away and her kid went off to high school so our kids are not at the same school so it has been harder to hang out with her.

5. Yesterday my family went to see Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire at the Houston Symphony. My mom actually said hello to my Instagram followers when I made a story! If you don’t know me on there, it’s juliehcares. I let my son take a friend. He has decided this kid is his new best friend as his old best friend started dating a girl/friend of his and only wants to suck face with her all the time (their words). After the Symphony last night, he asked me if I would go pick her up at the mall as she was stuck there with him with no way home. So I picked her up and drove her home. In the car, she said I was chill and she appreciated the ride. I took that opportunity to tell all of them that if they are ever in a situation where they are not comfortable, I will pick them up. We dropped her off and I took my son and his friend to our church Lock In for the night. Now he’s texting me asking me to pick him up 2 hours early because he didn’t sleep. 🤣

I got the new Loot Crate and this month I am VERY happy with but that’s for another post. I have not gained anything nor lost any more weight but people keep telling me I look skinnier. So now I just say that the weight is redistributing in my body because I am still at 150. I know this because I check daily right now to make sure I stay at this weight! I fluctuate between 148 and 151. I am not complaining!

I hope y’all have a good week!

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!