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!

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!

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Easy day

So the guy that wanted to look at my dad’s car yesterday. My ex got here at 10am to go with me. I sent the car guy pictures of the interior and he messaged me back that his wife was having a baby so he wasn’t coming. Okay. That’s definitely more important than a car! He asked if he could get back in touch with me in a few days. Sure! I just wish that I hadn’t had my ex come for no reason.

Okay, not NO reason. He fell asleep in my sons room from 10am until 1pm. They spent some time together and even took a few silly pictures which he posted online. Here’s one of them.

So that was good. My son then went to a pool party at that girls house (mostly girls there – I really do think she likes him). I went grocery shopping while he was there. I got a brisket too! Yummy! I can’t wait to marinate it and cook it up and eat it. It was HUGE and it was only $14! I also got some NY strip steak and cube steak on sale at the store. I love sales and I love steak!

I picked my son up at 8pm and was asleep before 10. The only thing I did was attempt to do yesterday was some math. My sons godmother came by to talk to my mom and she said when they get back from California next week, she will help me with it. Thank God for that! The first problem I saw I was all confused! You guys are probably way better than I am at this stuff. You’ll probably know the answer right away. Not me! I’m still lost!

log(x2-x-56) – log(x-8) the x2 is x squared

That’s one of the easier ones to write which is why I picked it but what is log? And there’s function questions and graph questions and this is just the first test! Eek!!!!! Here’s one of the graph ones.

Ok, I take that back, math isn’t the only thing I did. I actually started reading Stephen King’s The Outsider too. I got about 1/2 way through it. It’s really good so far! I would like to finish it today before school starts so I won’t be looking at it longingly while I study.

Today, my son is having friends over to play. He wanted to let a few spend the night. I just look at him and he says, “It’s not like we have school tomorrow!” So my reply is…I DO! He says “OOHHH. I forgot. We’ll be quiet, I swear!” Uh huh, he’s not even quiet when he’s on his own! I don’t have Anatomy class until Tuesday but I will be at the school tomorrow in the tutoring lab for math help. So I definitely need my sleep so I can concentrate.

Diet:

I’ve been doing keto since April. I love it, don’t get me wrong. I just have moments that I don’t care and want my carbs. Last night, I still had 300 calories left after dinner so I ate some deli butter crackers as a bedtime snack. 11 carbs for 3 crackers and I ate 9! Oops! I still stayed under my total calorie count, I just had way too many carbs. Oh well! I fully admit I ate them and even tracked them in myfitnesspal. I don’t lie to you guys or myself, that is counterproductive and pointless.

The thing I love about keto is that I can get right back on it, get back into ketosis in a couple of days, and be back on track. So I had a few crackers. Oh well. I will be doing my brisket today and eat well all week.

I think I have rambled enough. Have a great Sunday!

Way too early

Yesterday was a blast! For all of you guys that wanted pictures, here you go!

I did not count exactly how many kids showed up but there were plenty! 2 girls and the rest boys. It was so damn hot though! I started out in the morning picking up all of the food, drinks, and cupcakes at the store. Then I came home, cleaned out the cooler (it took me about 10 paper towels and a quarter bottle of cleaner), and put everything in it. My son’s father showed up when I was cleaning the cooler and didn’t help with any preparation stuff! If you are on my Instagram, you may have seen that I called him out on it too. πŸ˜‚

The kids started arriving at 2:30pm. The game truck arrived at 2:45 and started their setup. I was outside from 2pm until 6pm. I almost got heat stroke and had to go inside at one point because every time I moved my head, I got very dizzy and thought I was going to pass out. Mostly I was outside, thankfully I wore sunscreen so I didn’t have to worry about being burned on top of sunstroke. The last kid didn’t get picked up until around 6pm by his not too friendly mom in her bright red Mercedes. I had to yell at the remaining boys to pick up all the trash in the park because I am not going to get in trouble for not cleaning outside after the party. People at the pool complained that we were too loud. I’m like, “it’s 3pm on a Saturday and the noise is in a game truck. OMG deal with it!” It’s for 2 hours and we are celebrating a birthday!

What pissed me off: My son invited 3 friends to stay overnight at the hotel with us. One said he couldn’t stay and so then my son invites another friend who invited another friend. When the parents of the first friend show up with his bag to stay overnight, I told my son that he can’t have that many kids stay and he shouldn’t have invited the other kid. Well, this upset the kid that was invited last minute so he called his daddy. Well, this spoiled child has his daddy get him a room at the hotel for the 2 extra kids and doesn’t stay with them because he has a 6 year old at home so basically leaves me being responsible for 6 kids which is what I didn’t want!!! I was so angry at this point but there was nothing I could do. Stupid rich people with spoiled ass kids. So they are in another room down the hall. They didn’t sleep at all which I’m sure isn’t going to go over well with the parents but you know what? It’s not my fault so screw it!

Then, my ex husband (the guy in the picture grilling above), says he will come to the hotel to hang out for a bit with his son. That was fine, I could use the help since I was so tired. Then after an hour here he told me that he’s going to stay the night too. HUH? Seriously? Why??? I made him take the boys to the hotel pool (all 6 of them) and it looks like they had a blast.

I didn’t get to relax much. I didn’t go to sleep until after 11, my son woke me up being loud at 1am, and then my ex’s phone goes off at 4:45am and wakes me up. Needless to say, I am so ready to send all these kids home and go home myself! My son and the 2 friends that stayed in our room are sound asleep as well as my ex who just turned off his phone and passed back out. I’m not comfortable enough sleeping on this loveseat to go back to sleep so I am awake typing all this on my phone.

Today, I am taking my son and one of his friends to church at 11am (the other parents will come pick up their kids by 10:30am – I pray they are not late). Then I will take that friend home and go back to my house where I will hopefully get to take a nap after I do the clean up from yesterday. After the party, I pretty much just dragged everything inside and left it there. I’m sure my mother wasn’t too happy but I was too tired to get it all done right then! I put the food away and made sure all the trash was gone, I just didn’t put anything else away.

Good things: The game truck was awesome! They come as a truck with a trailer (I was expecting a bus but that’s okay), set up all 6 TVs with games, and have a little a/c going in the trailer so it wasn’t COOL in there but it was better than outside and it was fun!

My ex grilled all the food and everybody enjoyed it. I started with 16 hotdogs and 24 burgers, I have 6 burgers and 2 hotdogs left. I do appreciate that he helped and that there’s not too much leftover meat.

I got a 12 pack of Mountain Dew, Coke, and Dr. Pepper as well as 48 mini water bottles and had NO drinks left over! I also got a 12 pack of Coors Light and there are only 2 left of those. So I think I did well on how many drinks I needed.

My son got spoiled by his friends. He got gift cards from Amazon, the comic book store, and plain cash. He also got PokΓ©mon cards and a laser tag setup from our next door neighbor which he is ready to play tonight in the park. I actually want to play with that! It looks so cool! He already opened the box and I have no clue what he did with the stuff but as long as it comes home, I’m fine!

His 2 friends that stayed in our hotel room are old friends that don’t go to his school anymore but my son remained friends with them. They are really good kids.

My diet yesterday was atrocious. I had already planned on eating a cupcake but didn’t think I would drink 4 beers and eat crackers for dinner!

These stats from yesterday are my old way of eating (minus 100 carbs probably). I am paying for it today. I have a headache and I’m tired and I didn’t sleep well. Now I see how eating keto helps! Wow. I’m right back on it today. The hotel has a hot breakfast so I am going to get some bacon and eggs with butter (and hopefully cheese)! There’s no way I would keep eating all that sugar and carbs. I don’t like it. This was my first day that I went off my eating plan in 2 months. Yuck! I know better now! I should have planned more to come to the hotel.

I hope everyone has a good holiday weekend. Tomorrow I will be remembering my father and grandfather as they both fought for our country. I will try to get groceries today for the week since most places will be closed for the holiday too. I just need to figure out what to cook! My keto friend sent me a cookie recipe that I need to try, she said it tastes good so yay! Have a great Sunday!

Such a horrible act

I’m still in shock over the 17 year old here in Santa Fe. It’s too close to home. My biological brother and his family were just living there a year ago so I’ve been there many times. It’s only 40 minutes from my house to his old place which was 2 miles from the high school there.

A small town of 13,000 people. A 17 year old that decided to steal his fathers weapons and use them against innocent children. What is going on with our youth???

I spoke with my son when we both got home today. He told me that he’s not stupid and knows what to do in case of a shooter. He said you don’t run through the school, you stop and hide the first place you find. What kills me is that the school doesn’t even have lockers and the classrooms walls are all glass so where is a kid supposed to hide?

I am not for gun control. If you stop following me for that, I understand. Gun control is not going to help anything. If somebody really wants a firearm, they will get it. There needs to be more background on buying weapons. I can walk into an Academy store right now and walk out with a rifle. Yes, rifles are harder to use since they need to be reloaded but, they can be used to shoot up a school too.

I’m off to bed, I just wanted y’all to know my feelings on this horrible thing that happened. I hope you sleep well (if you’re in America) and have a great day if you’re just waking up!

Sitting at the medical center

I was up at 4am. I took my shower at 5am. I was rushing to make my breakfast and get out the door at 5:44am. Yep. I brought a client to the medical center bright and early this morning. She just went back so now is my waiting time. πŸ˜• My son wanted to walk to school but it’s raining so his grandma took him. I feel bad because there are people all around me waiting to have surgeries and haven’t eaten all night and I’m sitting here eating my breakfast. 😐

Yesterday was just stupid crazy. The girl that had my dad’s car actually had the audacity to text and want the car back to sell it. Then my ex came to visit his child and parked his huge flat bed tow truck outside my house. I had eaten all the carbs I was allowed by 10am so I had to be very careful what I put in my mouth. I ended up having 22 for the day. Not bad! I had to figure out my week in food and go to the grocery store. I saw the most strange candy and I wanted to try it so bad. It was miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups stuffed with Reese’s pieces! OMG that sounded like heaven in my mouth but I didn’t buy it. My mom’s cousin wanted me to come program her tv remote. I didn’t do that. I told her I will come by this afternoon before I pick up my son at school.

Motivational Monday will be later. I took a few pictures yesterday so I am sharing those with you guys. Have a great Monday!

In order, the male cat was grooming the female cat, it was freezing in my house yesterday (what is up with the weather???), I did yoga last night to make sure I got my exercise in. My son walked in when I was doing it and I was lying on the floor and he screamed like I was dead – poor kiddo, and he was not happy with me. I told him he shouldn’t just walk into peoples rooms and if he had knocked, he would know I’m fine. He spent Saturday night at a friend’s house and this was at the park before they left. Good kids!

Great end to the week

Well crap. My son is sick again. 100.3 temperature last night. We are going to his doctor today. Thank God they are open on a Sunday!

So I went to the gym yesterday again like I said I would. I was not excited that I barely burned 200 calories on the elliptical in 30 minutes. I was on level 6 too.I guess I am in better shape than I feel like! Then 20 minutes on the stationary bike. I was planning on doing 30 minutes on each but my back started to hurt so I quit for the day. I don’t want to be hurt all the time. I plan to go back today too. I may just run a bit on the treadmill or do the bike. In order to not be stuck at the same weight next week, I am going to try my best to be on point all week. Not sure yet what I am going to do for exercise but I definitely want to go!I am out of cooked food from the week (we didn’t eat the chicken and the meatloaf muffins were too delicious to pass up all week). My Mom went out and got Popeye’s chicken for dinner so that was a great treat. One of the reasons I appreciate my stomach surgery is that I can’t eat much so one chicken thigh and I’m done. 280 calories for dinner? Yes please! I don’t know what to make this week. I’ve asked my mom and my son and they both say they don’t know either. πŸ™„

Calories were on point too.

So I looked at where I started at in November of 2017 and I’m so excited to have come so far! I know that I will continue to do my new health/life plan and will have my weight where I want it by the time this year is over.

I watched Emily Owens MD on Netflix yesterday. It was a cute show. I wonder what I will watch next!

I talked to my sick child this evening about our vacation this year. I think I want to take him to New York this summer. I haven’t been since I was 14 and obviously he’s never been. His friends in his school band are going this week and will be performing at Carnegie Hall. I’m so happy for them! He’s a bit jealous but I think that we will have a better time doing what we want and not on a schedule with 100 other kids.

Today shall be interesting. It’s already 80 degrees here and hot upstairs in our house. I think I am going to have the a/c guys check on why it’s freezing downstairs and hot as fire upstairs when they come next month. Have a wonderful relaxing Sunday.