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!

Stuff to do on a Monday off

I don’t think I’ve done enough yet today.

It’s 1:30pm. I leave at 3:15 to pick up the boys at school (it’s a beautiful day, I wish I could talk them into walking but one of the kids parents doesn’t like their kid walking so I will pick them up).

So far I have done:

Took the teen to school (today is the first day of finals). I sent him with a package of double stuf Oreos to give his friends from me for luck plus I wished them luck on Snapchat. I asked my son why all of his friends follow me on there and he said it’s because all of his friends love me and think I’m the best mom out of all of them. Umm, wow. Thank you.

4 loads of laundry (2 of my moms and 2 of ours). My mom is going to market with her job tomorrow through Thursday and needed to wash her clothes for her trip. She doesn’t want to go up and down the stairs though so guess who gets stuck doing her laundry? 🙄 Plus I had towels from the past 3 weeks to wash and mine and my sons few clothes that made up a load together. Laundry will always be there!

Returned some gift bags that my mother bought (24 of them – why does one person need 24 tiny gift bags???) I got her refund on her card. I’m sure it will be spent again as soon as she gets it. She is going on a work shopping trip.

Went to the gym to renew my discounted membership. I wouldn’t be able to afford my gym otherwise. Plus my son hates karate so we must keep the membership to make him keep going!

Dishes – do dishes ever stop? If it wasn’t so earth unfriendly, I would seriously just start using paper and plastic everything so I wouldn’t have dishes anymore.

Threw away my papers from school – I forgot what a good feeling it is to throw that stuff away! And my room seems cleaner without all those papers everywhere.

Took out the trash (5 bags total from the entire house). My room, my sons room, all 3 bathrooms, kitchen, plus my moms room. We hadn’t taken it out for a week so yeah.

30 minutes of strength training arm exercises – I had to get my exercise in!

Walked the dog twice – once before taking son to school and again after I ate lunch.

Ate (breakfast and lunch) – not very healthy as I was getting rid of snack foods from my trip but very tasty!

Now I am going to attempt to make some bread that I promised a couple of people I would make. Honestly, I hadn’t done it because I have to whip the eggs until completely frothy and it seems to take forever to do that. Plus I want to make more cheese crackers.

I may have to wait until I get home from picking up the boys so I don’t leave with the bread in the oven though! So I am going to try to get that done today, no guarantees!

Y’all have a great Monday!!!

Been on a holiday

I took 24 hours and took myself on a trip. I drove 4 hours to Fredericksburg TX and met BFF there to have a kid free day/night and celebrate her birthday and Christmas. I decided to leave home at 7:30am Saturday.

But before I tell you about my trip, Friday evening was family night at the Houston Symphony. They were showing Home Alone on their big screen and playing the music from the movie live.

My son wasn’t happy about having his picture taken but I got a couple anyway.

We had dinner at Hard Rock Cafe and I knew I was going to eat whatever I wanted on my trip so I was good and had grilled chicken and broccoli while my son had a burger and fries plus a shake. After dinner, we walked to the Symphony and met my mother. We all had different seats because when my mother bought them, they were almost sold out. What kills me is that the seats next to my mother stayed empty so we could have sat together.

I was in bed by 11 Friday night and wide awake at 5:30am Saturday morning. I needed my trip! Boy am I glad I showered before I went to. We stayed at this tiny motel called Sunset Inn and Suites.

It looks cute, right? We had 2 queen beds in the room. I forgot to snap a photo of our room so I got a stock one off yelp.

We had different blankets but otherwise it’s the same. Tiny bathroom but that’s expected at a motel. What I didn’t expect was the drain to be half out of the tub and brown water almost to the top of the tub drain. Eww!!! We checked for bedbugs and other bugs but none were to be found and it was just one night so we sucked it up, put our stuff down, and went back out to Main St.

It was so cute! FULL of tourists, so crowded, but very quaint town. I walked 11,000 steps going store to store and looking. Once BFF arrived and we went back, we stopped at a ton of stores and I probably spent too much but I am done holiday shopping!

I got my mom:

Fredericksburg sticker and Texas sticker

Texas Christmas ornament

Texas socks

Red Hots (her favorite)

Cinnamon butter

I got my son:

2 t-shirts

Fudge covered Oreo

Cherry butter

Harry Potter chocolate (saving that for when we see Harry Potter in February)

I got Amber:

Bow tie for her collar

New toy

I got myself:

Chiweenie socks

Pecan Praline butter

White chocolate pecan clusters

Clothes and a jacket

Backpack for school since my other one busted

On my way home today, I stopped at Bucee’s (because Bucee’s is the best store in Texas) and got a thing of fudge and a No Sleep Til Bucee’s t-shirt. My son already took the shirt (I don’t think he gets the Beastie Boys reference of “No Sleep Til Brooklyn”) and I didn’t get a photo but oh well.

I have unpacked and Amber is so happy I’m home that she won’t leave me alone. You have no idea how many corrections I’ve had to make because she keeps head butting my hand to pet her. This was an awesome weekend and I hated to come back to reality but I had no choice.

Having a good day?

I think I did. The Godfather came over this morning to put in a deadbolt on my outside gate but my drill wasn’t charged so he’s coming back tomorrow. Nice to chat with him for a little while though!

Miss Priss called me at 8:30 and asked if I could drive her today. Well sure! I took her to deliver a Christmas present to her doctors office and to pick up a pair of sunglasses at her eye doctor and to the grocery store. 2 hours there.

I grabbed Taco Bell crispy taco for lunch and drove to Cranky’s. The rails have not been removed yet and the new ones were laying on the floor not put together so I told her son that I put the receipt on the fridge and if he wanted me to come by tomorrow afternoon to return those I would.

I came home around 1:30 and was looking at my phone. I set an alarm for 3pm (15 minutes before I need to leave to pick up the boys) and I am SO glad I did! I passed out around 2 and woke up to the alarm thinking I was late. Whew! I never nap! I know why though. Last night we had this huge storm roll through and at 3am, there was this HUGE bang and loud thunder after. Poor Amber was freaking out and between the car alarm outside my window, the dog jumping on me, and that loud boom, I was awake. At 3 fricking AM. Amber wouldn’t let me go back to sleep and when I went to use the bathroom, even Oliver the big boy cat was freaking out! I had to cuddle with each of them separately (Amber will growl if Oliver comes in my room). Eliza, the cute, tiny cat, was nowhere around. I guess she was snuggled up with my mother.

I got the boys, came home, cooked baked chicken and stuffing for dinner.

I ate and then decided that since my son had gone with the neighbors to the school band performance, I would get my arm workout in and do laundry. After 30 minutes of arm exercises (3 sets 15 reps of each exercise) and 100 squats and dancing in between, I walked Amber while still listening to Spotify. Here is my workout and the songs I listened to while working out.

I like all kinds of music but while exercising, I want upbeat, make you want to dance music. So that’s what I had.

My mother also got Amber a Christmas sweater.

Now I am so tired that I am writing you guys and then going to sleep. Have a good night! Laugh before bed:

Half busy day

What is going on with me? I overslept yet again!

All those times waking up, maybe I have sleep apnea? When I was heavier, I would sleep so well and could get up after 6 hours with no problems all day. Now, I need more like 9? So weird. Thankfully my son got a ride to school with the neighbor and he didn’t even wake me up. My alarm didn’t either though. I am going to try to go to bed earlier tonight. I have to be up on time because I have to work in the morning.

At 10am, I picked my teen up at school and took him to the orthodontist. He had his braces tightened and asked for green rubber bands “for Christmas”. Okay. They look cute, he said he prefers the red.

I decided no makeup today so here I am sans makeup at the orthodontist office.

I received and charged the battery for my Ring doorbell. I wanted to superglue it to the front door but my superglue has dried up in one and the other, I can’t get the top off. Plus my mother wants a new front door so I may have to figure out how to install it next to the door where her original doorbell used to be. I tested the Ring though and I like the picture quality!

Once that was figured out (it’s still not on the door yet), I picked up my son at school and his friend. Then we came home and I felt like walking. Today would normally be strength training arm day but it has been raining off and on and tomorrow is supposed to be WET all day so I will do arms then.

My walk was great! Over 3 miles in 50 minutes. I was walking more than 4 miles per hour! 3 miles is 5 kilometers for those that live anywhere other than the states. I want to run but this damn skin.

Cranky’s son text that I should have taken this other appointment her doctor had available next week. I can’t go though because I have my math final at the same time! He decided his caregivers can take Cranky and call him from the office. I hope he shares what the doctor says! I want to be there. 😩

I looked at the math stuff for the first time this afternoon. It’s not looking good for me. I can’t remember half of what to do! So from tomorrow after work and getting my son at school until Monday morning, I will be doing nothing but math and exercise.

I got an email from my moms bank this morning that she had overdrawn her account. Her second account didn’t even have enough to cover the overdraft. I had to pull almost the last of my savings and put it in her account to help. She had paid her house taxes for the year and then had gone shopping and got us tickets to the symphony as well so it went WAY over. So I had to have a chat with her about not spending anything anymore unless necessary (like groceries, medications, etc). She is not happy about her daughter telling her what to do but I had to! I won’t be able to save her next time now.

It’s almost 7pm so I am going to play my phone game and try to be asleep before 10pm so I can be up at 6 like I’m supposed to be. Have a great night!!!