Different kind of day for me

Started out normal. Wake up at 5, shower at 5:30, wake kid up at 6, out the door by 7. He wanted donut holes so we left a few minutes early and went by Shipley’s. Then I took him to school and off I went to to get my blood drawn. Then to the doctor. Then home.

Now my plan WAS to go to work. That didn’t happen. I was asleep by 1pm and did not wake up until 3:30! My sons karate class is at 6 so I didn’t want to risk being across town so I didn’t work. Didn’t cook either.

While he was in karate, I decided to get off my arse and get a workout in. I ended up doing 45 minutes on the treadmill. I started with a plan of 30 minutes and then just kept going for 45.

I was a little red when I finished. I was sweating before I even started and have no clue what that’s about but I still did it!

Before I went to the gym, I looked in my mothers purse cabinet to find a small bag that I could put over my shoulder while I was working out and walking to and from the gym. What I found was even better! I found my dad’s fanny pack. I tried it on and it fit. I am so excited that I can wear something that small (my dad was pretty thin). I had my friend put it around her waist and I only need about 2-3 more inches to be her size! Woo hoo! Another non scale victory!

I also went through all of the keys that were hanging up in the kitchen. I tested every key on every lock and these are the ones that don’t fit a darn thing in our house.

We ended up with about 7 keys hanging up. And 2 are neighbors from where I used to live! I need to take those to them. Well, grandma (my friends grandmother that has told me to call her grandma) will probably tell me to keep hers.

My dinner was a little weird. 2 slices cheddar cheese, 2 slices Monterey Jack jalapeño cheese, a low carb tortilla with butter and Himalayan salt, and 2 peanut butter keto cookies.

That’s different, right? Lol I enjoyed every bite!

And my calories/macros were great too! It was a good day even though I made $0. There’s always today!

Today I will be driving for the company. I slept well and got exercise so I should be good to go!

Y’all have a great day!

Another busy day today!

Yesterday was good. I took Styled to her dentist, the husband of the couple to the grocery store, and the couple to dinner. I ate well although no veggies. I ate exactly my amount of calories.

I went to the gym and worked out for 30 minutes on the stationary bike between jobs. I text my neighbor that I was going earlier than I thought because of jobs. She said that was okay because she was working late anyway. So that worked out.

I just wanted to burn some calories but I guess I am really getting in shape because on a level 6, I didn’t burn too much! I would usually burn twice that! Maybe there’s something wrong with my watch? I have no clue.

At dinner while I waited on them to eat their Chinese food, I took this picture. There were so many birds in the parking lot!

BFF is vacationing in Missouri and took her kids to the celebrity car museum. It looks like they had a great time. She sent me a picture of Wayne’s World car too! So much fun!

Today I go back to the dentist and to the chiropractor. Then the CPA is coming to do my taxes. Then I have to take Mr. 95 year old to dinner. When he called me, he asked if I could take them. Umm, sure? I wonder who “them” will be? Miss Pride? Mr. Happy? I’ll take them all!

Y’all have a great day!

Got it done! ✅

Yesterday was a good day. I took Cranky to her doctor and we then went to lunch at Los Tios where we both had a taco. We were gone for 2 hours and whatever her caregiver was doing while we were gone, she didn’t get to finish. She thought we had gotten the food to go because we were back from the doctor visit (took 10 minutes total), lunch (45 minutes total), and the pharmacy (drive through) in 2 1/2 hours. I then talked to her son via text for a while and relaxed at home.

My son had scheduled a visit with the trainer at 4:30 and told me that he couldn’t remember what the guy looked like. 🙄 He asked me to go with him to point the trainer out. Well, I was going to the gym today anyway so sure! We walked in and I got them talking about my sons goals and off I went to do some cardio.

I started on the elliptical. After 10 minutes, I kept coughing so I finally got off and decided to go biking on the stationary bike (I swear Todd, my gym needs that really cool one you use with the biking trails). I did 15 minutes on the bike before I started coughing like crazy again!

Please note that I am drinking water as well and would cough MORE when I did. So I went to the treadmill thinking walking would be easier for me.Nope! Coughing like crazy AGAIN after 15 minutes and purposely made myself walk one mile! Geez! So I quit and used the restroom and checked out the sauna but only had my tennis shoes so I couldn’t go in plus can you even take a phone in there? I’m not sure if that’s a good idea and I didn’t have anywhere to put it. If you know, please tell me! Then I checked on my son and the trainer and they were working hard so I decided to do 5 more minutes on the elliptical so I would have a total of 45 minutes of exercise today.

When I was done, I went to tell my son I was leaving but they were finished. My son started walking home and I talked to the trainer to let him know about my back. He took time to go with me to the mats and show me what stretching exercises will help the chiropractor and myself get me healed faster. He is awesome. We did that for about 15 minutes and then I walked home feeling happy.

I didn’t cook yesterday. I just didn’t feel like it. I have to take Styled to her dentist this morning. This afternoon the husband of the couple asked me to take him to the grocery store since I couldn’t last week. Umm, why didn’t you have one of your caregivers go for you??? That’s fine, I need the money. Then tomorrow evening I will be taking them to their regular Tuesday dinner. Busy day for me!

My neighbor also asked me to meet her at the gym to work out in the afternoon between groceries and dinner. I hope I have time! She’s really sweet! Her kids are with their dad for spring break so she is free other than work times so that’s good that she and I get to go hang out and do something we both like that doesn’t involve food.

Calories were good yesterday too! I can and will be the best that I can be!

I also looked at the past 2 weeks to see the difference between me being sick and not doing much and going to the gym. Remember I went over my calories at least one day a week because of having a cheat meal. Here is the difference between working out and being sick.

See how working out totally helps??? I love myfitnesspal for logging my food daily and so appreciate these charts weekly. And that’s on the free plan! I highly recommend it if calorie counting will help you get to your goals.

Anyway, that’s my day. I hope you had a good Monday and let’s make this Tuesday the best!

Well!

It’s 7am here in Texas today. It’s cold and windy and cloudy but no rain according to the weather report. The rain was yesterday.

My plan last night was to wake up, go to the gym, then go see Forgetful today. NOW, after phone calls and figuring out a schedule, my day is this.

Mr. 95 year old called to let me know that he is back at home and needs a ride to work this morning. Then I got another call asking me where the country club is that he goes to eat on Wednesday’s from another caregiver! Umm, I could have taken him. That kind of sucks that he didn’t ask me. So I’m taking him to work this morning over by the airport and driving back.

The couple called and asked me to take them to the pharmacy, the bank, the hair cutting place, and the grocery store. I figure that will take around 4 hours total. And probably too much time on my foot getting them in and out of their van. But I know they need help and they are good to me so I want to do this for them. Plus, you know, money is good when you have bills to pay!

Then I have to go see Forgetful! I guess I’ll go there for dinner. She likes me to eat with her there but it’s not good food, not to me. I’ll have to grab something while I’m at the store with the couple to take with me. I found a soda machine at the retirement home she’s at. And yes, I know I need to drink my water and I will, all day, promise! After working on a day like this, I like to sit down and have a coke and dinner.

The other night I ate with her there. I asked for 2 ounce of grilled chicken with 1 ounce of shredded cheese. I got 3 big overly cooked, dried out chicken breasts with about 3 grams of cheese cooked on top of each of them! Seriously??? So I took the cheese off 2 of the pieces of chicken and proceeded to cut (try to) and eat one of the pieces. My tummy didn’t even like them as I came home and promptly threw it all back up. Too dry maybe? I heard it is frozen chicken that they take out and throw on a grill, frozen. Really??? You don’t thaw it out first??? No wonder my tummy couldn’t handle it! Geez!

Back when I lived on my own in my condo, Christmas decorations came down the day after Christmas. My mother on the other hand doesn’t like to take them down until March. That doesn’t work for me. I asked her yesterday about taking down the tree. She starts complaining that she has to wait for her friend to come over to help her clean out her attic before she can do that. 🙄 Just do it, please! It’s a 7 foot tree and it takes up so much space in addition to all of my mothers other crap everywhere. She’s having a friend come redo her attic for her because she doesn’t want me throwing anything away. 😂 I think she has figured me out. I am more of a minimalist and she’s more of a packrat. It’s hard to live like this for me!

I went to see Cranky yesterday since her son was here visiting. His twins are almost a year old and I thought I was going to see them. NOPE! He said they were napping and he was the one that had told me what time to come. What does that say to me? That he wanted me to come at that particular time so I wouldn’t get to see them. I could be wrong, it’s a feeling. Whatever. I’ve known this man since I was young and that made me feel like I was the help and not a friend. I’ve had this feeling with him before so I shouldn’t be surprised. It just hurt my feelings a bit.

My child spent the night at the neighbors again too. I was in bed by 9 and asleep by 11. His last present of a new hoodie finally came yesterday so I walked down to the neighbors house to give it to him since it’s in the 40’s and he went over there in a short sleeved shirt and no jacket! He immediately put it on and said cool and no thank you. He knew it was coming because I was mad at Hot Topic for making it late when I paid for expedited shipping to be here before Christmas and told him that it would be a late gift. So I ended up doing pretty well considering that I didn’t do much on my feet for exercise.

My dog just woke up and is now looking at me like, is it time to go out for a walk Mommy? I guess I have to get out of bed and take her. Y’all have a great day!

Halloween!!!

This is my FAVORITE holiday of the year. It’s too bad the kids have to go to school today.

I got a few pictures from Google to share with you all on my favorite day. My son said he does not want to go trick or treating but he wants to hand out candy if anyone shows up. I think he just wants to give out the candy he doesn’t like so he will get the rest of what he does like. Crazy kid!

I told the couple that we need to go to the store tomorrow and they agree with me. Half off candy, here we come!

No jobs today other than stopping by to see Forgetful. I need to go to Costco today for my son’s hotdogs but I am going to try to see if my mom wants to go too. I’m not sure she’s ever been. They have tons of stuff so I thought I would be nice and ask.

I walked the dog this morning and met a couple of elderly men walking their dogs around the park. It’s interesting to meet neighbors and I don’t have to see them all the time like I did my old neighbors since we are in a much bigger neighborhood so it’s great!

Feeling better today. Finally got my HEPA filter in the mail yesterday at 9:30pm (UPS was LATE!) so I set that up. It helped so much that we overslept this morning! My son likes to leave for school at 7am. We woke up at 6:53! So we left at 7:09am. He still got there a bit early and I made him get something to eat before we left so he’s fine. Thank goodness he showers at night. I don’t want to send a stinky kid to school.

So I have a cute doggy sitting in my lap wanting attention. Have a great day you guys!

Rainy Friday

I woke up this morning about 2 seconds before my alarm to the sounds of thunder. Not what you want to hear when you are trying to finish moving! Argh!

Speaking of moving, I had a thought because my son said something. He told me he wanted to take one last shower in our awesome shower before we move. It’s only an awesome shower because I have the best shower head ever! Why not switch them out? The person buying this place is probably going to gut and redo everything anyway and I love my shower head here! I got it at Home Depot and I just took a screenshot of it because it’s easier than trying to get a good shot in my shower. 😂

So yeah. I need to remember to take that with me. I was also going to take my wind chimes today but now they’ve been in the rain all morning and are wet. AND, the weather guy said it was supposed to rain off and on all weekend! Eek!

Yesterday was good. 2 jobs. Between them, I got everything already at my moms moved upstairs and put away to make room for everything else. I moved all our clothes, shoes, books, yeah, just about everything. My friend asked me what the rush was to move. I’m not really rushing, I’m just tired of living in 2 places and want it to be done. I am giving my neighbors my wine and liquor that’s here because my Mom has way too much already. You’ve never seen anybody so happy either! My neighbor that wants the wine isn’t even in town this weekend and she text me to say I better keep it in the house and come by to let her in to get it on Sunday. 😂 Every time I need to write a check, make an invoice for a client, get a piece of paper for a note, get an address, etc, I have to go to the other house. I’m just done. So I’m moving.

The only job I have today is to go check on Forgetful and I can do that at any time today. I was thinking after lunch to make sure she is doing well. Her step daughter in law told me last night that she doesn’t know what to do about Forgetful packing her suitcase daily and being so unhappy. I don’t know what to tell her either. She can be straight with Forgetful but she will forget soon after what she was told. What I do daily is tell her that she has to get better and can’t go home quite yet. It’s worked so far!

I am meeting The Godfather at my Mom’s at 8 to put up my blinds and change my electrical outlets in my room. Then the ex boyfriend will be there at 10 to finish my closet. I’m going to tell him he has to clean up after himself too. No more mess. I’m moving in and shouldn’t have to clean up after him. Then sending him home and staying away from him. He just drives me batty! Yesterday he accidentally text me saying Awesome. Then he sent me not one or two, but 3 messages telling me he meant it for someone else. ONE would have been sufficient!

So this rainy weekend will be busy but it’s almost over. Then I guess I will have to go back to exercising and quitting smoking so I have stuff to write! Just kidding, maybe. 😉 I’ll also start cooking again once I’ve settled and I’m sure new recipes will come since my mother is diabetic (even though she won’t admit it).

Hugs! Have a great Friday!

Getting closer!

I am moving in only 4 days. I am getting nervous about moving now. With 4 days to go! What if my allergies can’t take her cats? What if I start fighting with my mother like I did most of my teenage years? What if my son ends up hating it? What will I do then? What if, what if, what if!!! As I lay here in bed after waking up at 4:45am (I don’t usually wake up until 5:30 or 6), I am plagued with what ifs. I have a nice warm doggy against my back and it is actually a cool 55 degrees Fahrenheit outside. That is normally my favorite way to wake up!

Yesterday, I went to see Indecisive and reset her Google because it wasn’t working properly. She called me at 9pm last night saying none of the links she put on her desktop are going where they were supposed to, they are all going to google. That doesn’t sound right. Resetting google shouldn’t take away what you have saved to your desktop, right? I hope someone here can give me an idea so I can go back to her place today and fix it.

And OMG, I went to my lunch with Forgetful, another lady in the home, and my German neighbor. So my neighbor and I get there early and they did not reserve us a table. So I had to ask for that. Then, they didn’t want to accept cash for my meal, they wanted to charge it to my client. Umm, NO! Then I couldn’t find Forgetful anywhere! I had 3 people looking for her too! Someone finally told me that she was getting her hair done so I had to leave the other 2 ladies and go upstairs to get her and bring her down. So she was about 45 minutes late to the luncheon I had very carefully planned out! It ended up being okay. My neighbor likes the other German woman at the home and said she would go back to visit her on her own which was why I introduced them, they are both from Berlin. Forgetful ate and then went off with a caregiver to her next activity. I was a bit stressed though!

Today are the same people plus I have to meet the exterminator at my Mom’s to respray for fleas (just in case) and ask him to spray all the ants in the patio and carport. So I thought I would do my day like this:

8-9 breakfast with Forgetful and her niece

Go by the house to grab stuff to take to my moms.

10-11 or 12 Exterminator

Make another trip of stuff to my moms

1-2 Indecisive to fix computer

After 2 – Sell my freezer that I just got a couple months ago (because I won’t need it at my moms) on Facebook marketplace (the only reason I still keep my account – once I have completely moved, I’ll probably cancel it)

Go pick up my son

Cook

Rest

Sound like a plan?

Smoking: yeah right, I haven’t quit yet although I am still only smoking about half a pack a day

Exercising: Nope! Too busy but I will get back to it. I think lifting and hauling things up the stairs at my moms is enough for now

Quitting soda: Not yet!

Son’s grades: He got 5 A’s and 3 B’s – am I a bad mom for telling him that’s great but he needs to study more and make all A’s?

So yeah. I guess I’m a bit stressed but everything will go back to normal soon. Right? Please tell me it will!!!

An easy day

We got a lot done yesterday. My son and I went to the 2 story Barnes and Noble in River Oaks yesterday morning where he was able to buy 4 new manga books and I got 2 new Bookshots by James Patterson. I also ate breakfast there at their Starbucks. I still can’t believe they have quiche!

So I brought my son home around 11 and went straight to my Mom’s. She had to talk to me for a while and then went to work. My ex boyfriend and I got to work around 1:30pm. I had already started my 2 loads of laundry and picked nails off the floor in my room as well as taken a few things of mine upstairs. He and I broke down the desk that’s been sitting in the patio for weeks to be taken away by the trash men, took a bunch more stuff upstairs, almost finished my closet (he had put too much mud on and has to sand it down – his hair was white when he finished most of it yesterday), moved the bookcase in my room where I want it, put doors on my mothers armoire, and talked about when he would come finish. We also got a ton of stuff ready for the Salvation Army to come on Wednesday. We did a few other things I’m sure, he was there for 3 hours. I finally gave him the extra keys and the title to the car and he was happy about that!

Since I worked hard yesterday, today is nice because all I have is a lunch with a neighbor and 2 ladies in a retirement home and then going over to see Indecisive for the first time in a LONG time. She called me yesterday morning while I was busy planning with my mother to ask me to come by. Since she just talks and asks me to fix her computer, I’m happy to just go be quiet for a while and let her talk to me. That’s it for today! Sounds good to me! I think I will just relax this morning before my lunch.

It’s weird how it works out. I really needed extra time to myself this week to be able to move the last of my stuff over and be ready for the movers and I am pretty slow this week work wise. The last 2 weeks of working my butt off helps too since I already have the money to pay for the movers and can take a slow week.

My home has been on the market for 17 days. 5 people have come to look at it. That’s it! That’s barely one every 3 days. I need this place sold. My son lost another baby tooth last night. He was complaining that his tooth hurt. He showed me his mouth and I told him, if you pull out the baby tooth, you’ll feel better since your adult tooth is already halfway out! Crazy child. He saw blood when he pulled it and said he couldn’t do the other two he has like that because he doesn’t want his mouth bleeding that much. 🙄

Oh! And it’s actually cool outside!!! 65 degrees! Woo hoo!!! The high today is supposed to be 78 so probably 80 but the past few days have had a high of 90-93 so I’m happy!!!! A good Monday!

Have a good day you guys!

Yay for sleep!

I passed out around 9:45pm last night and actually slept until my alarm went off at 5:30! I am so happy! I’m eating leftover Mac and cheese for breakfast.

I got the Harmless Cigarette in the mail yesterday at 3:50pm and tried each one of the 4 different flavors and have decided that I like the cool mint and the oxygen. So here is yesterday afternoon/evening of smoking.

i have 14 cigarettes in the open pack I have. I smoked at 3:30pm. My first cigarette after that was at 6:55pm. My only cigarette after that yesterday was at 8:30pm. That’s it! This morning, I used the oxygen one instead of going out first thing so I just had my first cigarette at 6. I’ll let you know tomorrow how I did all day. I want to still have cigarettes left in this pack when I wake up tomorrow!

I only have 2 jobs today (for once this week). The first one is not until 10:45 with the couple so I have time to clean up at my house. It seems like my dog threw up overnight on my rug and floor (she probably ate grass). So that’s what I’m doing this morning. The first job may take 4-5 hours so I am thankful for this new cigarette I got. Then to go see Ms. S. Yesterday when I went to see her, the retirement home was doing a wine and cheese social along with a sing a long so I didn’t have to actually interact much. She did ask me who I was and what my job was. Yeah, she has definite memory issues!

My son was NOT happy that someone wanted to come look at our place last night. He said never let that happen again. I told him I can’t promise that since we have to sell this place. He had to stay at my Mom’s until 8:15pm. We weren’t supposed to be here until 8:30. She left a business card but it got trashed. She also took them to my neighbors place that is for sale too and left a card there too.

Y’all have a good day! I need to get dressed enough to take my son to school!

The soon to be NOT neighbors

This is my official 100th post!

I don’t know ALL of my neighbors but I’ve been here 15 years and there are lots that have been here longer.

Here are my favorite worst ones:

The German Lady:

She can’t keep a secret. She walks around with her dog (3 dogs she’s had since she was young she said, all the same name) and spies on everybody. She can tell you when someone leaves every day, when they come home, when they eat, etc. Nosy!

Her partner in crime:

If German doesn’t see you, this lady will! She sits in her apartment all day smoking and watching out her window. If she’s outside, she’s with German.

Thief:

Yep. We have one! This woman offered to walk people’s dogs while they worked. She would snoop around your house and take whatever she wanted. This one girl was doing laundry when the thief walked in the laundry room. The thief asked how the girls day was going and swiped her credit card right off the washer! It was cancelled within 5 minutes and guess what? 2 days later she saunters into the girls bank and said she “found” the card. Really?

The girl from the last story:

Fake bleach blonde that has survived cancer and is still surviving living here. She’s pretty nice but a bit too nosy. She’s a singer in a band plus works a full time job but whenever she sees someone she knows, she bogs them down chatting forever!

Crazy dog lady:

When I first started my business, I was willing to pretty much do anything to make money. I would walk this woman’s dog 3 times a day while she was at work. Her dog was very old and had health conditions and finally passed away (when she was at home – not with me). She never paid me for the last month of dog walks. Cut to a year later. She asked me if I would be willing to drive her to appointments and whatever. I told her, “Sure. As soon as you pay me what was owed (a whopping $75), I will be happy to drive you.” Her reply – I really am quoting, “That dog is dead. I’m not paying you for a dead dog!” Umm, wow.

Crazy lady PERIOD:

This woman has issues. I’m not sure exactly what but I do know she drinks a bottle of wine a day or more and has snorted coke right in front of me like it was no big deal. One day a few months ago, she ran out of her condo NAKED screaming that someone was after her and they put bugs in her clothes. Some neighbor wrapped her up and I contacted our management company to call her sister since her sister is actually the owner of the condo. Now she only comes out at night and is always drunk. 3 years ago, she had scabies. She thought getting into our community pool was a good way of getting rid of them. Please note I read they can live on top of water for 3 days in a pool. Well now you know why I’ve been swimming at my moms for years now and NEVER going to the pool here!

South American great grandma:

I had my little dog outside on the lawn to pee before bed (with no leash – OH NO!). She goes to take her trash out and yells at me – if there’s dog poop, I know who did it! Really? With the umpteen dogs we have here just HOW will you know? Some days she very friendly and gives us good Spanish cooking, some days she’s a damn tyrant! I don’t know how to tell her mood so I usually just avoid her if I can.

Pothead:

Gee I wonder why he and I aren’t the best of friends? I don’t give a rats ass if you smoke pot but when it is coming through your closed window and seeping through my living room walls where my kid can smell it, I have an issue. He’s a nice guy, he just doesn’t know how to respect the fact that other people might not want that in their house.

Now for the best:

Grandma:

I really do call her grandma. I’ve known her family for 30 years and even babysat her grandson that I’m friends with now. She’s very upset that I’m moving. I promised I will only be a mile away and I’m still going to be the closest person in case of emergency and I can come right over. Her kids told me that since I’m moving, they are going to have her to Alabama and Arkansas for the next few months so she won’t think about it. 😫

The Indian married to Thai:

Great couple. When they got married, Grandma and I went in together and got them a cutting board carved with their names and the marriage date. They invited me to their second wedding in Tennessee. Their first one was in India and they knew I couldn’t make that one. I will miss them.

Cat lady:

This is a cute bubbly girl that lives across from me with 2 cats. She also found my Mom’s second kitten for her. She and her boyfriend are both very sweet.

Skinny grandma:

Not as close to this one but she is really sweet too. She is not well but still walks 2 neighbors dogs all the time for them. She says it gives her and then some sun and exercise. When I don’t see her for a while, I really worry!

White and Hispanic couple:

These 2 guys are so sweet. They are both teachers, have 2 dogs and a cat, and one is a great artist! I have phone numbers to keep in touch thankfully. I will definitely miss them!

Costa Rican girl and Columbian girl:

2 different neighbors but they are the best of friends and very nice. One always brings me a bottle of wine when she goes home even though I don’t drink wine. The other teaches Spanish to high schoolers and drinks the wine 🍷. 😂

There are more neighbors that I know but they aren’t special enough to make my list of haters or adored neighbors. Let’s hope none of these people ever see this, they would figure out who I’m talking about quick!