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!

Saturday and really should study

I didn’t wake up until 8:30am and that felt so nice (especially since I didn’t go to sleep until after 1am)! I was lazy for a bit. I finally got in the shower around 10. My sons friend got here at 11 (I LOVE being asked if a friend can come over about 10 minutes before they get here 🙄). We all packed in the car and went to therapy at noon. I went to speak with the psychologist first. I had him sign my copy of his book too.

I told him what’s been going on in my world. 1. I haven’t had a cigarette in over 3 weeks.

2. My mother is dating AND going to a grief group (pick one please 🙄). 3. My ex is afraid he’s going to jail because of non payment of child support (he was warned a year ago that if he missed payments he would be going 😬). 4. My sons grades went from mostly A’s with a B or 2 to mostly B’s with an A or 2. 5. I am looking for a regular job again.

Then my son talked to him. 1. He wants to get in the special high school so he is bringing his grades back up. 2. He has a girlfriend (how do 13 year olds actually date?). 3. He hates everyone but puts up with them so he’s not alone. 4. He is doing his chores like I ask and listening (which is amazing to me).

I took my son and his friend for ice cream after and ate some too. I got a small scoop of chocolate ice cream. My son got a huge cone and his friend got the big cup of blue ice cream. You see they both have their phones out. Kids these days!

When we got back home, I didn’t want to study yet so I went to the gym. I did 30 minutes on the treadmill walking and running, 30 minutes on the elliptical, and 15 minutes on the stationary bike. When I was completely worn out, I walked home.

Then it was study time, right? NOPE! 2 other friends of my child showed up so I ordered pizza for dinner for all of us. I ate my cheese pizza.

I talked to BFF for like an hour. Now I’m writing this. When am I going to get the 3 chapters that are due on Monday done? Umm…one tonight and 2 tomorrow? Maybe. Hopefully. Thank goodness I don’t have my other class work due this coming week!!!

The issue I have tomorrow is I have to grocery shop, cook, work out again (I DID eat pizza tonight), and get ready for the week doing laundry and dishes and stuff. So I should have done this today. Oh well. I have until 11:59pm on Monday. Maybe I will do one today, one tomorrow, and one Monday? LOL I just love Anatomy 🤣.

It’s 8:30pm so I better get going on the parts of a cell!

Last photo spread today

My dad from college age, to marrying my mom, to our last family Christmas. These are all on my Instagram page juliehcares too along with many other stories and funny pictures! I copied all of these photos from the huge poster I made for his memorial service. He was cremated and buried at the VA cemetery here with honors for his service in the US Navy.

Saturday and procrastinating

All I have been doing is working and studying. That’s why I haven’t really posted.

Last night, I got out my calendar and wrote every due date for every class in it. It’s not that bad except the one day in April when I have 3 exams on one day. That’s going to be killer!

Yesterday I had to go to 3 different campus bookstores to get the 2 books for my Anatomy class. And why do they want to use the much more expensive ones??? There was a book for $100 but of course that wasn’t for my class, mine was $200! And the lab book was $65! But I now have them and can study. Don’t you think they could give you a binder that fits all the papers from your book? Why do they give you the book like this? Thank goodness I have a kid in school so we have extra binders!

I also copy and pasted my nutrition text into word and then had to go through to make it look like it does on the screen (when you copy and paste, it puts it all together in one big 19 page paragraph). I did the first 3 chapters so I can study those as well this weekend.

I had 3 math things due already yesterday. On the Pre-test (stuff from college algebra), I got an 80. On the new homeworks , trying to do it by myself, I got a 29 and a 33. I called on my friends that love math and am working with them to help me so I don’t fail this class. I may have failed the first two homeworks but there are many more!

I ordered a Cue flavor from the Cue website (www.cuevapor.com). It’s called Orange Whip and it is so good!!! It tastes like orange creamsicle from back in the day.

I asked the smoke shop here if they have it and they hadn’t even heard of it. I told them I would come by with it this weekend so they can try it. I really like the employees at this place if you can’t tell. I may start ordering from the website though as they have discounts and a point system for freebies plus it’s a dollar cheaper per cartridge (although they do charge shipping). It’s been 2 weeks since I smoked an actual cigarette!!!

I still weigh 150 so I can’t complain about that. I went running the other day and was able to run faster as I mentioned in my last blog. I may go out today too, can you tell how much I am procrastinating from studying???

My mother is still dating this man she met a few weeks ago. They seem to be getting along great. I’m not sure if I should be happy for her or upset that it’s only been a little over a year and a half since my father passed away and she’s already saying how she could marry this guy. She is definitely smitten with him for sure! It’s the first guy she’s gone out with though! An she feels like she needs to tell me intimate details how she doesn’t want to do this or that and she’s having fun. I am just screaming inside my head all the time when she talks.

On the lighter side, here are a couple of jokes I found on Facebook and Instagram.

Oh! I went to put the Christmas ornaments in the garage and saw that all of the other Christmas boxes had fallen over and well, I have a huge cleanup job now!

So I definitely have something to do while I procrastinate!!!

Have a wonderful Saturday and let me know what you’re up to!

Cue day one and regular Friday stuff

After one day I want to tell you what I think.

I like the Cue. I like the strawberry flavor. I didn’t like the menthol at all and as you know (Or not), that’s what I smoked.

The battery lasted about 24 hours which I guess is normal.

Yesterday I had 12 cigarettes and only tried this a couple of times. Today, I had a smoke when I woke up at 7am, one around 2pm, and one just now at 7:45pm, that’s it. The cigarette I just had burned my throat and made me realize that going to a vape was a great idea. I am out of cigarettes and I am going to just vape tomorrow and see how I do. I think I’ll be fine. I smelled a cigarette this afternoon and it stank!

I went by the store and picked up more flavors so I have enough juice for a week or two.

I’ll keep you filled in about this tomorrow evening. Everything I have heard from people is how this help them quit and get off stinky cigarettes. Yay! Still caffeine free too!

I took Styled to get her hair and nails done today. I had been craving Popeyes chicken since last night so I went by there and got a thigh. It totally filled that craving!

I took my son to the movie theater to meet his friends and see some horror movie. After the show, they hung out with a couple of girls and finally called me to pick them up. His friend is staying over which is fine with me.

His friend 2.0 (that’s what they call him) asked me if I had ever had bubble tea. I love bubble tea! He googled it and found out there is a place at the Galleria so off we went. Driving to the mall in 5pm traffic is usually a nightmare but it wasn’t bad today. While we were there, we decided to get pizza for dinner. There goes my calories for today but it’s only one day!

We got back home and my mother had gone and gotten herself a steak. She gave the bone to Amber and all I have heard since is her ripping the meat off the bone. She won’t eat the actual bone but she will make sure it’s completely clean of meat! She even held it in her mouth and brought it upstairs because Oliver kept creeping around. 🤣

One of my nephews messaged me on Facebook today. I haven’t seen him since he was 10 years old and he’s 19! He remembers my son as a toddler that wouldn’t leave him alone. 😂 He told me he’s been in some trouble in the past couple of years but he learned from it and he’s doing better. He’s engaged and says she will kick his butt if he does anything stupid so good for her! He turned out to be a cutie.

I told him as long as he learned from his mistakes, he will be fine. I also told him that I will be happy to talk to him if he needs me to since his family (his words here) all hate him. He and his sisters had a crappy childhood so if I can talk to him if he needs to, I’m okay with that! I wish I had this old photo I took when he was little. I’ll have to see if I can find it later.

That’s my day in a nutshell. I hope you all had a good day as well!

Hello! 👋

The past 2 days have been a bit busy.

Thursday:

Still a bit dizzy but not enough to keep me from working. I took Cranky to her doctor and the doctor said she was doing much better and doesn’t need oxygen anymore. Yay for that! Then we drove through the pharmacy for her prescriptions, went by her favorite burger place, and then went to the grocery store. Her caregiver went in while Cranky and I stayed in the car. I kept asking her to drink some water and finally got a glare about after the 3rd time I asked her. I got them home and drove myself home.

I left the house again at 5pm to pick up Ms. 96 year old. She is such a sweet lady and is still doing really well at her age although she cannot walk anymore at all. When I first met her, she walked around while her caregiver followed with a wheelchair. Now poor thing is always having to be in one. She had asked me to take and accompany her to a party for her great niece and nephew who are both getting married so it was a double party. She asked me to pick her up at 5:30pm. I didn’t realize the party started at 7pm and was only 3 miles away. I sat with her for over an hour just chatting before we left. She was a town belle in her youth and was in her local paper (she showed me the articles). She wants me to come to her retirement home and have dinner with her and go to some talk they are having there. So finally I drive to the party. We pull up right behind the couple’s son (the ones I used to drive that the husband passed away in April). So I open my door and say “Hi!” Good thing I did, he got the valet guys to let me park up by the house doors instead of trying to wheel my friend in the dark from the street. Yes, this party had valet!

I walk in and the place was packed. With everyone I know in that family. The couple has 5 kids and each kid has at least 3 kids. Plus the people giving the party (like 7 families) so there were tons of people. There was a mariachi band and Mexican food catered with a taco truck. There was an entire room filled with tapas and desserts too. They had servers and since I was sitting with the 2 elderly people, I got served with them. I tried a bite of each tapa and a bite of each cookie as well as had some rice and beans from the taco truck and I can’t forget the cute margarita with the names of both bride and grooms. I wish I could remember the name of the caterers, that food was AWESOME!!!

First photo shows the wife of the couple at the bottom. The funny thing at this party was everyone that saw me asked who I was. When I would start talking, they said “Julie? OMG you look great!” Yep, my voice gave me away. It was funny that they didn’t recognize me at first though! Ms. 96 year old wanted to go home once it was so full in there you couldn’t hear a word so we left at 8:20pm and she was home by 8:30 and I was home by 9.

I’m glad because I had to get up early today to take Styled to get her hair dyed and cut. Problem last night is that I couldn’t sleep so of course I overslept this morning but I still made it on time to pick her up. No exercise yesterday as I am still recovering from whatever made me crazy dizzy.

Friday (today):

Still a tiny bit dizzy and now have some weird pain on the side of my knee like I pulled a muscle. I picked up Styled at 8:15am and took her to her hair woman. I got her credit card once she was safely in the chair and went to the grocery store for her and bought some stuff on sale (Christmas candy) for myself (at least I thought). I went back and waited for her to be done and we discussed current affairs going on. She mentioned something about Harry’s wife being pregnant and fighting with William’s wife? I don’t watch the news and mostly hear about things from you guys so I had no idea what she was talking about. Maybe y’all can fill me in?

I got her home and started driving home. On my way, there are many “homeless” people on street corners. I decided that I didn’t need all this Russell Stover’s chocolate marshmallow candies so if I had a red light, I gave one to the person on the corner. This one man asked me if I was sure because Russell Stover is expensive and I told him about the sale and his face lit up. $.30 each??? I could get a box full right now! Hopefully I made his day. The guy on my street corner that I have given many a sweet treat to looks at it and asked if I ever carry cash on me. NOPE I said as I drove off.

Got home and took my son to his psychologist. I met with him first because I wanted him to know how good my son has been lately. Well, that’s not the only reason. I wanted to discuss my 2019 goals with someone and he’s not one of those therapists that asks you silly questions, he actually gives good advice and helps you. So I have a plan in place and I will be having my own meeting with him in 2 weeks to see how it goes. I’ll tell y’all more about my goals on New Year’s Eve. Jack, you already know one and BFF, you obviously already know!

We then came home and I played on my phone for a while, chatted with my mom and BFF, and then made fried fish for dinner. My mom has agreed to go keto for 2019! I am so excited for her. So now I will have to be keto as well to keep her on track (she does NOT like not eating carbs and I had to explain exactly what a carb is to her). Since she’s diabetic, this will be great for her too. Her doctor told her about keto way after I had been doing it and now she’s dating so she wants to lose some weight. I’m happy about this. So I will help. I love keto so it won’t be hard for me.

I believe I have bored you enough for one day. Have a great weekend and remember, 2019 is literally 3 days away!!!

And a joke to leave you on:

Christmas 2018

What a day! I ate nothing but carbs today. It was so good too.

Woke up at 7am. Went downstairs and made waffles. My son came down and decided he wanted eggs so I made eggs for him instead. All morning I was in my Christmas pajamas.

After we ate breakfast, we opened our gifts. My mom got socks and a Starbucks gift card from me as well as cinnamon butter.

My son loved his gifts. A little cash, shirts, cherry butter, candy, and a Nintendo card for his switch. The picture where he is on his phone is when his father called and they chatted for a few minutes. Both cats had their picture taken behind him too.

Amber loves her bone and new toy. She only left her bone once it was safe in my room away from the cats. She barked like crazy every time a cat came near it while we were downstairs. The bow looks so cute on her too!

I’m pretty simple to shop for. Money and candy? Yes please!

So after all that was done and Amber got a good walk, I showered and got dressed for our Christmas lunch. Thanks to BFF, I now know how to set a timer on my phone and take a selfie that way.

I love these pants! We went and ate at Saltgrass Steakhouse. I was not impressed. At all.

We sat down and nobody came by for 10 minutes. My mom grabbed somebody walking by to get drinks. That woman told the manager and he came to apologize. Another woman finally brought our drinks another 10 minutes later. I saw the manager and told him that nobody had still come by. He asked the woman that brought our drinks to be our waitress so we would have one. Problem was, she had her own tables in another part of the restaurant. We finally got our food 45 minutes after we arrived. It was nothing special. My mom got a steak, I got a baked potato, and my son got mac and cheese. We never even had our waters refilled! The manager gave my mom a free dessert and so we all decided to get dessert. We should have all gotten free ones but whatever. I had chocolate cake, my son had a caramel brownie alamode, and my mom had this pecan pie bread pudding. I will not be going back.

There was this elderly man sitting alone at another table. I felt bad for him being alone so I paid his bill. He sat there for a long time before anyone even told him that it was taken care of too. Thankfully I stayed anonymous because I wasn’t trying to chat with him. My son said, “What if he thinks it was Mama?” We all laughed and started joking that she could go out with him. He was at least 10 years older than her and a lot more frail. It was funny though!

Even though the service was crap, it wasn’t the girls fault, so I gave her a tip. I did put the entire story on Yelp with one star. I guess I shouldn’t have expected more from a Landry’s restaurant. I’m not a fan of the owner, Tillman Fertitta. He didn’t pay for the Landry name until after Mr. Landry had already passed and his first bank loan, they had to take him to court twice to get their money. And now my school has named their new basketball arena after him? 🙄

Okay, back home and decided I needed to go walk off my lunch and dessert (plus I was bored in the house). I set out and ended up walking almost an hour and 3.5 miles (a little over 3 km). That last half mile ruined my numbers because I slowed down. Oh well, I still burned off half the calories from that cake.

Now I am back home and watching a new Netflix show called Wanted. It’s based in Australia and the first episode was very good!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and does not have to go back to work tomorrow. Chat later!