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 πŸ™„

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!!!

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!

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.

Fill me in

I still haven’t had a chance to catch up on reading. The past week, I have been doing nothing but hanging out with my son, working, and watching Netflix. So fill me in on what’s going on in your world or add me on Instagram juliehcares so I can see! And if you added me but I didn’t know it was you, send me a DM so I can add you!!!

I have to work all day today so after dropping my son off at church, I took Lucky to the dog park. After 30 minutes, he was done and stood by the gate to go home. Silly boy!

We are fish sitting this weekend. A beta fish. I am following directions exactly and as far as I can tell, he’s still alive. Thank goodness! The kid whose fish it is would be very upset with me if he didn’t make it.

My diet is crap lately but because of all the exercise I get at work, I haven’t gained anything. Thank God for small favors! I would love to weigh 140 but I am happy at 150. This morning I weighed in at 149. I am getting tired of people telling me I am too skinny. I know it’s most likely because they are unhappy with their own weight but it affects me. I’m not exactly where I want to be either and get told a LOT that I need to gain 10 pounds. Umm, no!

This coming week is finals for my son. He says he’s ready. I had to study like mad for finals and my child sat down and answered all the questions I threw at him in a few seconds each. I guess he is ready! So this afternoon he is going to his friends house to help him study. I told him he has to let his friend study, otherwise the parents will send him to my job to sit and be bored. I got an eye roll for that comment. Lol

By the way, I just want to tell you guys how wonderful you all are. You have watched me transform into the normal weight, non smoking person I am today. I appreciate all of your support and love. I truly do!!! I am here for y’all too. This is what I want to do for my livelihood. I want to help people reach their goals. In any way I can. Let me know if you need to talk or need recipes, or general help starting something up. I’m here for you!!!

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SO exciting!!!

Clients, work, school, studying, blah, blah, blah.

I have the BEST news!!! My son got into the top rated high school in Texas!!!! We just found out yesterday and I am thrilled beyond belief! We went to Taco Cabana to celebrate and he brought his latest BFF with him.

I also have bad news. Poor Lucky has whip worm which means I have to give him medicine for 5 days. No fun! At least I just mix it with food. I don’t have to trick him into taking a pill!

Short but sweet! I didn’t want to bore you with how at work today there was nobody in the gym so I got a workout in 24 minutes on the elliptical until a woman came in).

Fun Monday

I mean, I guess. More fun than a stick in the eye anyway.

School: We have an exam tomorrow so he gave us a study guide. We have to know all of the main muscles in the ENTIRE body. OMG. Anyone want to take this exam for me???

Came home, let the dogs out to pee, then off to work at 10. Working on the gym floor was fun again. I got to try out machines that I hadn’t tried. We have a treadmill that goes up to an incline of 30! That thing is HARD at more than one mile an hour!!! I think it would be good for mountain climbing practice though. I may have to use it more.

I worked until 4pm then came home to walk the dogs. My son got home shortly after so he took Lucky out. Whew! I was already tired.

I went to the grocery store at 5pm. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I really thought it would be very crowded and not easy to get around but it really wasn’t. Because we needed all the laundry, dishes, and bathroom stuff plus food, my bill was a lot higher than normal. Oh well. I got STARR snacks for my son.

In case you don’t know what that is, it is the standardized testing for kids these days. Back in my day, it was TAAS. Anyway, all the kids have to take it. If the parents don’t want them to take it (we have that option), those kids have to stay home on those days.

I caught Oliver in the dog crate checking it out last night. He’s funny.

BFF sent me a box. She even sent me a postcard from Dallas so that’s going in the collage! Plus she sent me another Cue since my secondary one decided to break open.

I also got a postcard from the lovely Jinjer!!! Thank you SO much!!! Y’all go follow her! And don’t forget to send me a card or postcard from where you are to be in the collage at the end of the year!

Juliehcares

PO Box 571472

Houston TX 77257

So good morning! I’m about to jump in the shower. I work 10-3 today at the front desk. I have Friday off and I am going to take it! I am so tired!!! I have worked every single day since LAST Monday. Plus I need to study for this crazy exam tomorrow! Have a great day!

I keep saying I am going to blog then I run out of hours in the day

Sorry about this absence. Okay, okay, not really sorry. I’m crazy busy so why should I be sorry for not updating my own blog? Anyway, updates!

Friday:

Took Styled to get her hair done and get groceries. Came home to study. Worked from 5-9pm closing the gym and actually had a good night with my coworkers. Good guys and I enjoyed closing!

Saturday:

Worked from 8am-12pm. Got off late since somebody else was late getting to work. Got to go to the other part of the gym and get on their schedule for today. They have set schedules so I like it! Plus, more hours!

Came home, took my son to the movies with his friends (they saw Shazam – whatever that is), then came home and studied. Picked the kids up 4 hours later, studied more until I passed out.

Today:

Woke up, went to take my Anatomy exam at 10am across town. Probably failed because I don’t think I studied enough. Came home after stopping at the bakery we love and started my new position on the gym floor from 12-6pm. I love it! I got to walk around, show people how to use the gym equipment, and not be tied to a desk. I work there tomorrow as well. Then I go back to the front desk on Tuesday.

When I got home today, my son and his friends were at our neighborhood pool. It was freezing cold in there too so they’re insane (they are teenage boys). I ordered pizza for all of them (5 kids total) and myself. I was starving!

Now I am in bed at 9:30pm because I have school at 8am and work from 10-4. I also have to get groceries and cook food. PLUS I have another exam on Wednesday. It’s another crazy week in the life of Julie.

Lucky decided that he wanted more attention from me and jumped up into my bed. Like not even a running jump, just “Boop” right up here (my bed is about 4 feet off the ground). He’s so silly too!

Astros won today against the A’s. So excited that I got to watch it AT WORK! I had a bunch of people ask me to turn on the game so I did. Hehehe This picture is when we were behind but we came back and won 9-8 so Go Astros!!!

My son and his friends came up to the gym and decided to play racketball and let me take a couple of silly photos of them.

All in all, a great day! I hope yours was as well!

Oh crap it’s Thursday night already???

Wednesday:

Hectic morning. We woke up at 6. I usually leave for school by 7:15 at the latest. My son overslept again and took Lucky out but came right back which means I had to walk him. 30 minutes later, at 7:30, he still hadn’t pooped. πŸ™„ I put him in his crate and took off.

Traffic was a nightmare. I turned around and tried to go a different way. I remembered I needed my book for class so I raced back home. I looked in my room but it wasn’t there! OMG, it was in my damn trunk! Left again and didn’t get to school until 8:20am. Oops!

I was thankful for my professor yesterday. He was going over the nerve which I suck at. He finished up and told the class to work on their book. He called me up to his desk, said he counted me present for Monday, and asked for my book. He saw it was complete and told me to go ahead and go for the day. Yay!

I left class at 8:45am. I came home, walked both dogs, and Lucky FINALLY did his thing. At 9:40, I drove to the wife of the couple (if you don’t remember, the husband passed last April). I haven’t driven her in over a year! She asked me to drop her at her church function and come back to get her. Sounds good to me!

I dropped her off and went home to study. I read a chapter and a half in my Anatomy book and then went back to pick her up. I would have read more but my mother was here and kept coming in my room to chat with me or ask me questions (like I could even answer them).

I picked her up and took her home. I came back home to read a bit more. I had to be at work for a CPR/First Aid class at 5. I got there and just my luck, the big boss was in class with me and I got to be his partner. 😳 It was scheduled to be a 4 hour class but was only 2.5 hours so that was nice. Came home and played games until I went to sleep at 11:30pm.

Today:

I bet you can guess I woke up at 6 again. I don’t know how to get myself on a waking up at 5am schedule but I am still trying! When taking my son to school, as we are pulling up to the school, he says he left some girls present at home and can we go back? NO! I dropped him at school and came home.

I ended up having to walk both dogs again before going to work at 10am. Since it was raining, I drove the one minute to my job. It worked out well though. For my 15 minute break, I sat in my car, ate my snack I had brought, refilled my water, and used my Cue. No complaints today because nobody can see me parked facing a wall in a dark parking garage!

I left at 3 and came home to walk the dogs. I went back to work at 4:45 to cover a coworker that had to go get her car fixed. Umm, ok. Sure, I missed an hour and a half from the training the night before so I wanted to make it up anyhow. It went well, even during the crazy times of SO many people coming in.

Well, 6pm rolls up when I am supposed to leave and there’s nobody to cover me! Finally at 6:10, one of the high schoolers gets there and I ask him to come over. I got out of there as fast as I could!

It’s 9pm, I keep telling myself to study and have only read one nutrition chapter. I have to take a quiz tonight and the exam tomorrow. Tomorrow I also have Styled for her normal hair thing plus I have to work tomorrow night. I cannot WAIT until Sunday! Sunday morning I will go take my Anatomy exam and then I am free the rest of the day! Maybe I can clean my poor kitchen and actually cook something!

TTYL my friends!

Boring but crazy Tuesday!!

This has to be quick because I need to get moving, I overslept this morning by an hour so I have 30 minutes to get ready for today.

Walking Amber last night, we saw a possum and it stood still while I snapped its picture!

Yesterday I woke up, took my dog out (Amber), and got my kid to school. I came home and listened to all of the lectures for my nutrition class exam that’s this Friday. Both dogs rode with me to take my son to school and this was on the way home. He looks so sad!

At 11am, I took Amber out and then Lucky. Why won’t Lucky poop for my son??? He poops for me! Because it took Lucky so long, I was running late for work.

I stopped at a tree and got some kumquats for my coworkers and clocked in 5 minutes early at 11:55am. Whew!

I took a break around 2:45pm. When I came back, my boss pulls me aside and says somebody called her that I was smoking outside. What?!? I did use my Cue OFF property but I haven’t smoked in 3 months!!! I take 3 puffs off my vape on my break off their property and my boss gets a call? Come to find out it’s because I had on my uniform. I have to cover it or take it off if I do that.

That upset me the rest of the day. I was off work at 5pm and came home to walk Amber. I told my son to walk his dog too. I had to be back up at work for a meeting from 6-8pm. So I raced back up there and we had our meeting.

My eating was awful yesterday as I was not prepared. I was so busy trying to do all my stuff that I didn’t prepare snacks or lunch. It’s my fault. Thankfully I won’t gain many pounds in one day so I will just be back on track today and it will be fine. No true exercise either although I did get 20 minutes on my watch and almost 600 move minutes!

Another great busy day today as well so I will chat at y’all later!

Oh man what a long day!!!

Let me tell you. I am just now having dinner 12 hours after my day began. Thank goodness I had packed Atkins bars in my purse for lunch!

I started this morning by waking up at 5am. I didn’t actually get moving until 6 (it takes me a while to get going).

Once I was up, I showered and washed my hair. I then went downstairs to walk my dog. Thankfully I had time to brown my ground beef and I had chopped up my veggies last night because I threw everything in my slow cooker right before heading out the door at 7:15am to go to school.

My professor had us doing homework AGAIN during class and watching a couple of YouTube videos. OMG going to this class is so pointless on most days! I left class early (at 8:40) and came home to walk both dogs before heading out to work.

I started my job today! I was there 5 minutes early but she didn’t teach me how to clock in until exactly 10am. Okay. I got a 15 minute break around 1pm and was able to leave at 3:04pm. It seems like an easy job but I have to work on confronting people that have balances on their account when they sign in. I am so not good at confrontation! Plus I am slow obviously and I know that just takes time to get faster at getting people checked in.

When I got home and walked into our carport area, I noticed this huge leak on the ground.

Since my mom parks there, I called her. She tells me, “No wonder it was smoking when I stopped.” OMG… And she just went on to work??? So after walking the dogs again (it had been 5 hours), I drive over to her job and took her vehicle to the mechanic where she just got her oil changed last week. They showed me this horrible mess of an antifreeze hose. I can’t say they rigged it but I have a feeling. So for over $400, they are ordering her a new hose and will install it tomorrow. The hose for her vehicle is a 3-in-one thing that’s all connected so you have to replace them all. It’s stupid and makes me not like this place. We aren’t going there any more either. I’m sure nobody reading this blames me either!

I got a ride with one of the mechanics back to her work to get my car back and it reeked of marijuana. I played it off by saying his car smelled good and they should legalize it here (I really do think that) but I didn’t really need to be put in that. I should have just walked back to her work (only about half a mile).

Since my mom doesn’t have a car, I had to go pick her up at work at 7 when she got off. Since my child was at karate, I walked both dogs at once before I left. That was probably a funny site! Lucky in front of me pulling on me and Amber behind me trying to keep up. When we got back to the house and before I left, we all sat on or near the couch for some cuddles.

When Lucky got into the window after Amber basically yelled at him for trying to be on the couch with us, Eliza had a surprised look on her face like, “Hey! That’s MY spot!”

For dinner, I made this 2 minute keto English muffin to go along with my slow cooker keto chili. It’s all delicious and only 9 carbs for dinner. https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/two-minute-toasted-english-muffin/ and @ketomovement1 from Instagram have the original recipes.

As for exercise, I haven’t been. I finished up the plank challenge yesterday and am SO glad that’s over and done with! It’s 8pm here and I went over all of my Apple Watch goals today. I guess working at a gym pays off. LOL

Just finished eating (picture is missing half the bread) and need to get ready for tomorrow. I work 8 hours including a staff meeting!!!