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 🙄

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!!!

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!!!

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. 🙄 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. 😀

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!

Vacation

Hey you guys. I was working every day the past few weeks before I went on vacation. I took my son to Boulder, CO to visit his close friend that just moved there at the beginning of July.

First, the view outside their house is so amazing!

I went hiking for 3 hours.

I also took a Lyft to the Coors Brewing Company, stood in line for an hour to get in.

I finally got to go inside and found it’s a self guided tour with headphones. I finally got to go have my samples and they didn’t even have Coors Extra Gold. So sad!!!

When I got back to their house, I took the boys to downtown Denver.

I wanted to take them to 16th street mall to people watch and find my son a hoodie but it started raining and the buses weren’t running correctly because it was a Sunday so we ended up just going to get dinner at a restaurant near the Rockies stadium where the boys both had cheeseburgers with pepper jack cheese and then ordering a Lyft back to Boulder. I think I spent $100 on Lyft rides alone but better than renting a car for $120 a day!

I ended up walking over 10 miles on Sunday!!! So Monday we didn’t do much other than go to downtown Boulder and went shopping. We found my son his hoodie at the North Face store so he was happy.

We had to leave and go back home today and I really wasn’t ready but knew it was time. We got home, picked up the dogs from the neighbors, unpacked, and now I’m in bed.

I hope you guys have been well. I’m sorry I’m a bad friend that doesn’t log on much anymore. This working 32 hours a week at a job and driving clients as well as taking my son to his appointments and Japanese tutoring has me very busy! Chat soon!!!

My birthday

I left my house at 8am and didn’t get home until 9pm. It was a busy and fun day!

I picked up my oldest friend and her turtle and took them to her vet. The turtle has a shell infection and she’s treating it. Then she and I went to Denny’s for my free grand slam and Dunkin’ Donuts for my free beverage, and kolache factory for my free kolache.

I took her back and picked up my coworker and she and I went a BUNCH of other places! There are so many free things for a birthday. You just sign up for emails and they send you free coupons for food!

My list of places we went:

Kolache Factory

Dunkin Donuts

Denny’s

Einstein Bagels

Ben and Jerry’s

Baskin Robbins

The Chocolate Bar

Hooters

La Madeleine

Taco Cabana

Jack in the Box

Smoothie King

Godiva chocolates

Honey Baked Ham

Firehouse Subs

Great American Cookies

I got a bunch more but ran out of time! I had to meet my friends at Taco Cabana for dinner (if I had known I would have saved my free taco coupon for that).

My son’s best friend moved. We saw them off the day after we had dinner. It was very sad and my son cried and so did his friend.

My friend came over last night and gave me a lavender bath bomb and a sweet card. She’s so sweet!

I hit 6 months of no smoking too! And if I can stay away from cigarettes when I was in Vegas, I can stay away forever!

Today Lucky graduated basic training at his training school.

That’s the latest and greatest on my end! How have you been?

The month of June

This has been a crazy month with my client passing away, my child having his own problems, his birthday and party, my birthday, and a concert. I have been working as much as possible and still broke between his birthday and bills and food.

His birthday was a huge success. He invited 8 kids, 4 boys and 4 girls. I made fajitas, cake, and we all went to see MIB International. My thoughts on the movie? Eh! Why would they make Thor a man in black? Thor of all people! I think Chris Helmsworth is a good actor, don’t get me wrong. I do not agree that an alien in one series of movies does well as an alien protector and killer in another series. I agree with my friend that Liam Nielsen made a good choice though. Even the kids agreed with me!

Lucky has been driving me mad. He chews EVERYTHING. Even my $300 inhaler.

I am about to purchase an electric shock collar at this point. I just don’t know how to get him to stop! We have been going to training, he can sit, go in his crate, and get off of us. That’s about it so far. Maybe I just don’t have patience? Probably. He’s adorable and I wouldn’t give him up, I’m just frustrated with him and it’s showing when I talk to people so I haven’t been talking to anyone except at work and my family.

BFF had surgery to remove a mass on her kidney. Thankfully she is fine. I have been so crazy these past few days, I haven’t gotten a chance to talk to her. Maybe tonight? I guess it depends on if I am not still running around like mad and being frustrated with everyone in my house (including the animals). I wish I could have gone there for her! She seems like she’s doing well though.

I have joined a debt consolidation place to get out of debt in the next 4 years. That will be perfect timing for when my son graduates high school so I can get back into debt sending him to college. Just kidding. I’m praying that his grades will get him scholarships! I want to be done with everything at this point so I can move on and start my life again. I feel stuck. I hate this feeling.

My son went to see Twenty One Pilots in concert for his birthday last night with his best friend. They had a lot of fun. My birthday present is to go see Harry Potter (the 5th movie) in concert with the Houston Symphony next month. Yes, I will be 46 this week. I’m not looking forward to it and I plan on watching Netflix all day on Thursday.

Doesn’t seem like much but it’s been a hell of a month. I hope things go better in July!

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.