I am doing well!

Past few days have been good.

I got my first 2 postcards in my mailbox! I am so excited and can’t wait to get more!

I took my exam and I got an 80! Woo hoo! I am SO thankful that I did not fail like I thought I was going to.

My son fell in love for the first time. I wasn’t looking for a family edition but, well, he fell in love!

This dog is part lab, part yorkie, and part chihuahua. It is SO cute!!! I just hope my son will take care of it and train it like he says. I don’t have time or money for a second dog but I will love it!!!

We went to a birthday party on Saturday in Katy TX (nowhere near me) and while the kids played, I went shopping because there is no way I am driving back and forth twice. I finally found a new zip up hoodie at Katy Mills Mall and I got a new pair of tennis shoes. I forgot how awesome Reebok’s are! I am really happy with my shoes.

I am on season 3 of Friends. This is a great show! I’m having too much fun. Not enough sleep but loving the show! Lol I made a rule to keep me on track with school. I have to study an hour for each class and THEN I can watch some episodes. I am starting tonight turning off electronics at 9:30pm because I want to go to sleep at 10 each night. I need sleep! I studied all four classes today. I feel great about that.

I had brunch with my friend Maria on Sunday before my exam. One of my other friends kindly delivered Girl Scout cookies today.

I am going to go watch Friends. Have a good night!

Exams…EEK

I had my first Anatomy lab exam this morning.

53 total questions. 10 were multiple choice. 40 (!!!) were fill in the blank. 3 were looking into a microscope to see which phase of mitosis the cell was in.

These are all of the fill in the blank things.

I think I did pretty well but guess I’ll find out next week!

This afternoon I have a job taking a woman to her doctor. I have driven her before but not to doctors offices. I hope that goes well.

I have another exam from my Anatomy lecture class on Friday. I’m on chapter 4 of 5 to prepare for that. I also have a chapter in Kinesiology due Friday and a discussion thing due in nutrition on Friday.

The next few days are going to be nonstop school but I think I have figured out a good way to study. I study for an hour and then take a 30 minute break. Last night I watched an episode of Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix between each one hour study session. And I felt prepared today! Let’s see if this works with my lecture exam.

I have to get groceries today. I have been putting it off as I had lots of snacks to munch on. Too much sugar and too many carbs later, I am done. I have to get back on track. I don’t have any clothes if I gain weight!!! This morning I was 151. Nope. Not gaining any more! Obviously I don’t have much time to meal prep today and tomorrow but after I am done on Friday, I am cooking up a storm! I want to already have the food here waiting to be cooked which is why I’m going to the store today.

List of what I want to make:

Keto friendly gumbo (I’m allergic to shrimp but can put any other kind of meat in it)

Kids lasagna (for my son)

Zucchini fritters

Keto biscuits

Keto cheese crackers

Cookies for my son and keto ones

Can you tell I’m going back to keto? I am not trying to get under 150 so I will have to eat more calories. I felt healthier when I was not having all the carbs so I’m going back.

Any other ideas would be great. Any helpful study tips too. Comment please!

Just another Tuesday

I say that although it’s Chinese New Years! Year of the pig. I was born in the year of the Ox but pigs are cute, can I switch? We have numerous New Years celebrations here today but I can’t go. 😫

Only one job today at noon. I don’t want to work (who does) but that’s how I make money at the moment. I would much rather go to a celebration!!! 🎉

I have my first exam tomorrow and the 2nd on Friday. Both are for Anatomy. I’m not ready, not studying, and don’t really care right now. That’s horrible, isn’t it! Some days I just want to quit school again and go to the local grocery store for a job. If only they hired older people to do the menial jobs (all I ever see there are teens). Oh well. I’ll get in the mood to study at some point today. I must keep going. 📚

I am doing badly on my healthy eating regimen. Yesterday I got on track for breakfast but it went downhill after that and I ended up eating like 2500 calories. I’m not doing any better today so far either as I ate Oreos for breakfast. Oreos are now all gone so hopefully I will do better from here on out.

My nonsmoker BFF (she was never really a big smoker but it’s been MANY years since she smoked) got a Cue after I tried and love mine. The past few days she has been looking for cartridges as the one she had got pepper in it (pepper package exploded in her pocket with the Cue and went all in the cartridge). I joined with her calling a BUNCH of stores near her in North Texas and between the 2 of us calling like 15 places, could NOT find anyone that carried them!!! I got frustrated and went to my smoke shop and bought and then mailed her 3 different flavors. Well, it will take at least 2 days to get to her so she persevered and finally found a place last night that actually carried some. They are also going to order her what she wants so now she has a place to go. Woo hoo!

Amber decided this morning that I shouldn’t be in bed and stole my pillows. I think she loves my bed as much as I do. Speaking of, I have been trying to decide if I should sell this bed and get a daybed instead to have more space in my room. I looked online but do not want a bed made from particle board and I want storage. Right now, I have boxes under this bed.

I have rediscovered Tumblr and Twitter. I am Juliehcares on mostly everything. Or Julieh Cares if all one word doesn’t work. I still have my gofundme which is not doing well but I am keeping it on because at some point, I need the skin removed. It’s definitely hurting me. I know, so is my diet sometimes.

https://www.gofundme.com/ef9x9v-excess-skin-removal-surgery?pc=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=09472a3860be4fe59658e12440643692

I gotta get up and ready for work now so I hope y’all have a good day and a prosperous New Year!

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!

Hard to stop

I am still just trying to get stuff done schoolwise and cleaning out this house.

I was looking for puzzles my mother used to have the other day and she told me to look under the dining room seat. I open it up to find SO many more dishes! Why does a person need 7-10 sets of dishes???

I am trying to do my school stuff but today I just can’t. It would have been my dad’s 77 birthday today. I started crying when I pulled up my son’s Snapchat and saw what he posted this morning.

My son may be a pain to me and my mother sometimes but he loved his PaPa.

Last night I was cleaning out a box in my closet and cannot for the life of me remember who gave these to me or why I have kept them for who knows how long.

So they are up for grabs! I bought the cutest socks for .99 from LootVault and they came in the mail so of course I am wearing them today.

Yes, along with my only pair of sweatpants that are from VSPink. They are really comfy!

I worked out the other day dancing and I am hitting my watch goals daily.

I have been having a tough time getting in to talk to somebody at school about what I can do for a career. I finally spoke with an advisor yesterday and they sent me to the career center to take a strange aptitude test. This year said I would be a good teacher (oh hell no), a good medical care person, or good in human resources. It suggested I get a masters in psychology and manage a care center. Really??? Hmm, I guess I have more thinking to do now. I am supposed to email my current resume to the career person and they will call to have me come meet with them about finding me a job and seeing about keeping me in school for a new career. We shall see if that goes okay.

I say hard to stop because I have to keep going. I want to just sit here with a pint of Halo Top and cry and watch sad cheesy movies but I have stuff to do.

I miss my Dad. Like crazy. Have a good day.

No exercise today although I should have

I was SO stressed out today! First day of school. I am taking Anatomy and Physiology PLUS the lab for that class, Precalculus, Nutrition, and a Kinesiology class. Basically 5 classes and today was my first day. All but the lab are online so I had to sign into each class, download and read the syllabus, and in 3 of them, take a first day quiz.

I did NOT smoke although I had major cravings! I didn’t do so well though because I ate. 2600 calories y’all. Seriously. Ice cream, chocolate, pudding, cereal, cheese, all of my comfort foods! I did stay away from the sugary soda so that’s good. So I’ve got my friend Arizona working on a plan to help keep me from eating during stress. He’s going to chat with me tomorrow about it. He’s a personal trainer in Arizona so I’m guessing he has heard it all. And I don’t eat carrots or celery so you won’t see me munching on that. What I think would help me is if I went back to keto. I could eat (within reason) and I wouldn’t feel hungry all the time. I will have to do it. I was never hungry on it! Eating regularly I am really crazy hungry like 3 days a week!

As for school, I keep telling myself, “it’s only 4 months. You can do this”. Well, I paid for it so I better! Well, I am waiting for my school financial aid refund to get the books for my last couple of classes because they are over $500 for both classes! Crazy, right?

Amber, my chunky monkey, was laying at my side so I had to take a picture of her.

I also looked at my stats for the past 7 days and I have to say, WOW.

This just proves that I can do it every week.

How was your Monday?

Exercise and Netflix day

Oh man. I had a tough morning and a relaxing afternoon/evening.

After dropping my son off at school, I drove to school. I had to meet with financial aid to find out what’s going on. This woman was so very short with me, I left very upset. I am out of federal financial aid available for an undergrad degree and can only get more if I change and go for my masters. I met with my advisor and she suggested I meet with a masters degree advisor so I went. This twig of a woman made me feel like an imbecile. Since my GPA is 2.77 and my BS degree is in psychology, I do not qualify for the nutrition masters program unless I finish my undergrad degree first. She seemed like she was trying to not roll her eyes at me while I was talking to her. I was ready to cry when I walked out. I didn’t so I’m proud of myself but this may be my last semester of going back to school which is very upsetting. I had a plan and I guess the world doesn’t want me to.

I was so upset after the first appointment with financial aid that I drove to the Mexican bakery and got my son a couple of things he likes and donut for me.

After my advisor appointment, I called my friend at UH H. She is back from home for the semester so I picked her up and we went to the park to walk. She is shorter than me and is not as in shape as I am but I walked at her pace so my watch didn’t give me the credit for exercising but I did it. I have almost walked 13,000 steps today too!

We then came back to my house and I made some food for us. She went through my moms Christmas stuff and packed a box, we ate, then I took her back home. She forgot her headphones so we chatted while we walked which was nice. It was nice to hang out with her again! I introduced her to Diet Rite and she liked it too!

When I picked up the boys at school, I told my son I didn’t feel like driving all the way out to this swim meet he wanted to go to (a 45 minute drive away) and he said that was fine with him because he could be lazy. So I didn’t have to get in the car again and drive out there twice (once to take him and once picking him up when it was over).

I hit another non smoking goal today.

I watched a couple hours of this show on Netflix called Fit for Fashion. It’s crazy but interesting. I am going to go back to this Korean cooking show next because it’s funny and everything made so far looks amazing. Authoress51, thanks for telling me about it!

I hope you had a good hump day!