Are y’all okay?

We are doing well even though I was possibly exposed at work. I hope all of my friends on WordPress are safe too. I say exposed because someone in my office came down with it. I say possibly because I wasn’t within 6 feet of them. I am working at home since Monday and not really going anywhere. My mom on the other hand seems like she doesn’t care what happens to any of us because she is shopping like a madwoman!

Nothing interesting has been going on lately in my life and I just haven’t been writing. Working 50 hours a week will do that to you!

I have a story for today though. I had to share.

Amazon can be stupid sometimes and deliver a package to a wrong address. Same house number but completely different street.

This thing actually happened. A package was delivered here, wet and falling apart. I opened it because we ordered packages as well. Umm, we did not order 500 paper plates. I check the box to see if my mother did (she seems to be prepping us like it the end of the world). Nope! It was supposed to be delivered to same house number but different street. Totally different street, like almost half a mile away different street.

I google the address and it shows where I live. At least now I know why it was dropped here. So I go into Waze and do walking directions to the correct box address. I grab my dog who is always happy to go out and start walking. We get to the address, across from the gym, and use their call button system and found the name that I found in google. I probably freak this woman out because she answered the gate box like “hello?” (Like she wasn’t expecting anyone which I’m sure she wasn’t).

I tell her who I am and why I’m there and she was so nice. She says she will be right out. She drives out in her Porsche Cayenne and I tell her where I live. Granted, I am walking with my dog! I give her directions and start walking back. She passes my street so I beat her to it. I guess she turned around at some point because she found me again and came back.

My son brought the plates out and put them in her car and we spoke for a minute and she went back home. Now, I probably look like I’m wanting the credit here for fixing Amazons mistakes. Honestly. I am a bit (duh) but I mean really? Is it that hard to look at street names? It took me all of a minute to search and find them. That’s it. It took longer to walk to their home than it did to find them.

It also worries me that the stuff I just ordered may never find its way to me. I finally broke down and ordered the bed I have been wanting for months. Pray hard it comes safely!

Okay, is it eerily quiet where y’all live right now? This whole stay at home thing seems to be working a bit. A lot of people are staying at home and the sirens that drive by seem much louder than they used to.

Also, I added my mom to my Costco membership because they have a seniors hour right now. I was joking about her buying toilet paper and she took me seriously and actually brought us Scott tissue from a hardware store she went to. 🤦‍♀️

Anyway, I hope y’all are doing okay. For those that I am in contact with, hit me up and let me know you’re okay. I am bad at text because I’m always working (although the gym is now shut down but who knows what will happen). Smooches!!!

Would love a day off

I have tomorrow off work, paid. It’s good, right? NOPE!!!!

I have the following to do:

1. Doctor 9:15am – time for the yearly woman’s physical. No fun, especially when they told me that I also have to get bloodwork done. So I can’t have caffeine or breakfast in the morning either. This is gonna suck!

2. Cook meat pie and whatever else to eat this week. It is a keto meat pie and it is so good! A ton of calories per slice but calories aren’t supposed to matter too much with keto. As long as you don’t have carbs. Okay, even I don’t believe that but I still eat this, just a slice at a time. And after the doctor, I will be starving!

3. Costco for toilet paper, razors, hot dogs, and chips. Razors only if they have the 24 pack of the ones I like. If not, I’ll buy one or 2 at the grocery store until Costco has mine. My son likes their hotdogs and I like buying chips there since it’s cheaper in bulk.

4. Mail game controllers back to Amazon because they didn’t work right. My sons Nintendo Switch controller broke (the switch is almost 2 years old so I’m not mad) and he needs a replacement. Well damn. I tried to save money and get an off brand. Should have known better. I already ordered the Nintendo ones. We shouldn’t have any issues with those, they just cost $20 more.

5. Mail Kansas friends birthday box and check PO Box. Actually, her box has the Christmas card that got sent back to me, a t-shirt for her birthday that just passed, and this for Valentines Day. She’s been with man for years so I thought she might want a new one. 🤣

6. Hair 1:15pm for getting my hair dyed (it’s been like 3 months since I got it done.

I need my blond back!

7. Do taxes. I got all the required tax forms from my jobs so I will do my taxes now so I don’t lose the papers. I’m not expecting a refund since I got a 1099 from one of my clients that passed away last year (well, her son). That’s screwing me. Oh well. Guess I won’t get the twin size bed I have been looking at or get rid of my old nasty carpet.

Storage!

8. Put letters and $200 for my mechanic in his mailbox at their house. I have to pay him before he will fix my car so this is the first half, plus he got a letter for one of his kids at my house. Why the school doesn’t update to their new address, I have no idea.

9. Cut nails – yes, I have to remind myself to do this as well as shave legs and pluck eyebrows. I am bad about remembering to do things for myself. Especially now that I am so crazy busy all the time!

So that’s my list. A lot to do on my only day off. I wish I could just hang out at home and watch Netflix while getting paid for a day but I can’t see that ever happening with having so much to do. Maybe one day I will be able to take a day off and do absolutely nothing.

Keto day

I had a keto day today.

I have had 19 carbs today. I’m not hungry either. Woo hoo! Yes, I still have dinner left but I will be having more brisket. I made it so I will eat it.

Here’s the key for staying away from keto flu. DRINK YOUR WATER! It will keep you from feeling sick on day 3 to 5. Now if you don’t drink water, yes, you may feel like crap. And if you do, it will pass, I promise. You’re not really sick, it just feels like it.

I have a doctors appointment next Tuesday so I really need to drop these 5 pounds I’ve gained. I don’t want a lecture about “well, you’ve gained a few pounds, you may want to watch that.” So I am totally watching everything that goes in my mouth for a week so I will keep this up and I really do like keto and should keep doing it because it’s a lot healthier for me and my neuropathy.

So this is the plan for at least the next week. I had kind of went off and was eating a TON of sugar. That’s what made me gain. Keto is no sugar so this is good!!!

Y’all have a good night. I’m about to take my shower and go to bed early after dinner.

Fun end to Saturday

I worked from 8-2. I went grocery shopping. I came home and did 2 loads of laundry. Then I decided to cook.

I made croissants for my son. 🥐

Then I made burgers for my mom.

While they were cooking, I started marinating a brisket to cook while I’m at work tomorrow.

Then I made bacon. I ate 2 pieces and put the rest in a bag.

The horrible part is when I came back inside late tonight and my mom ate ALL the rest of the bacon, 12 pieces! 😳 I guess I don’t get anymore. 😫

Then I made brownies.

My friend came over and he and I walked Lucky and played with him outside.

That’s his Instagram post. He adores my dog. We went for a walk around the block and threw a tennis ball for Lucky in the park and had a good time. It was when we came inside that I saw my mom was eating all the bacon. I guess she was really hungry!

My friend and I hung out for a while and I showed him my penny collection from all over.

Authoress51 sent my son and I one from the Bonnie and Clyde thing in Nevada and it is so cool! I totally forgot to get any pennies in Vegas and was so excited to get that! So thanks again my friend!!!

So a nice end to my Saturday. I have worked 12 overtime hours on this pay check so my car will finally be fixed (I need a water pump and cv joints on my rear axle on both sides). I am happy about that too. No more clicking noises when I’m turning or making sure I have enough water. Whew! Now any more overtime I work will go towards actually taking a vacation this summer and letting my son go visit his friend in Colorado.

I turned in my 2 weeks notice to the gym so I work tomorrow and next Sunday and then no more. It’s fine since I’m working on Saturday’s for my full time job. I make more that way so it’s worth it to me. But if I ever needed to, I can go back to the gym. I like having a fall back option.

Haven’t heard back from the old friend and I am glad. I guess he figured out that I wasn’t interested in chatting with him.

That’s all that’s going on here. How about you?

Old friends

So I met this guy in 6th grade. He picked on me and I had a crush on him. He moved in 7th grade. We kept in touch though.

Met up again in high school when he had surgery and I was invited to come visit and I was driving by then so I went. We became best friends. He always picked on me but I was overweight and felt the need for a friend so I just laughed it off.

Over the years, we stayed friends. We worked together in 2003, I got him in trouble (I do not remember how), and he didn’t speak to me for almost 3 years.

After my son was born and I was dealing with my ex, I reached out to him again because I was going through my divorce and really needed a friend and we got close again.

We would fight and not talk for a while but always became friends again.

Cut to my birthday 2 years ago in 2018. I was into a size large for the first time since junior high and invited him to join my son and his friend for a weekend at the beach.

Over that weekend, he made fun of my son and was angry and rude towards me when I fought for my child. After that, I did not speak to him again.

Today, he reached out to me. His original text:

I always have you on my mind and always wonder how you are doing. I miss you so much Julie. I do wish the very best for you.

Seems very nice, right? After dealing with years of him making fun of me and then turning his bullying towards my child, I am not interested in becoming friends again.

Don’t get me wrong, I was polite in my reply. I told him how we are and didn’t expect a reply as I was polite but not overly friendly. He replied with this LONG reply of his medical issues and his vehicle was totaled, etc etc.

So my reply to all that, I replied I’m sorry to hear all that and I hope things get better for you.

Okay! I do not want to talk to him. I have no love in my heart for someone who bullies a child. I hope he just leaves me alone.

That’s all. Just how I’m feeling right now. I am talking to BFF and even she agrees with me.

In happier times:

Christmas Eve

I’m not in the Christmas mood this year. All I want to do is veg out and watch Netflix. Although Criminal Minds makes me wonder why I am on social media at all. That’s scary stuff to think about! It’s why I don’t say names.

It’s 73 degrees here in Texas. It’s my 3rd Christmas without my dad. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I lost my weight so I don’t eat much junk, what do I have left to pull back these feelings? My own mother isn’t even in the spirit. We just don’t care this year.

This is what’s keeping me sane. Well, this and taking care of my neighbors cats. Nothing else to do.

I hope y’all are having a better holiday.

Guess not!

Since I got so many comments on my last post, I decided not to work more (I got none – I’m being sarcastic). I already can’t sleep so if I work more, god help me.

My garden is growing! Carrots, broccoli, lettuce, dill, and parsley are all growing well. I can’t wait until spring to see what is actually edible!

Doggie watch. I love these babies of mine!

I made ugly sweater cookies for a work meeting at the gym. They went over really well too!

I babysat guinea pigs. Very cute but omg they poop SO much!

Couple of memes for you guys.

I love my little owl that a friend sent to me from Vegas! My other Vegas friend sent a card but I haven’t gotten it yet.

We’ve had ONE day of ice on my windshield this year. I love the cold!

And finally the trip and matching mood rings that BFF and I got on our weekend. Not sure if I posted about our overnight trip but it was needed and I miss her so really enjoyed seeing her and spending time with her!

Anyway, hope y’all are having a good weekend!

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 Quinceañera 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. 😀

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. 😂

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. 😂

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. 😀

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