My birthday

I left my house at 8am and didn’t get home until 9pm. It was a busy and fun day!

I picked up my oldest friend and her turtle and took them to her vet. The turtle has a shell infection and she’s treating it. Then she and I went to Denny’s for my free grand slam and Dunkin’ Donuts for my free beverage, and kolache factory for my free kolache.

I took her back and picked up my coworker and she and I went a BUNCH of other places! There are so many free things for a birthday. You just sign up for emails and they send you free coupons for food!

My list of places we went:

Kolache Factory

Dunkin Donuts

Denny’s

Einstein Bagels

Ben and Jerry’s

Baskin Robbins

The Chocolate Bar

Hooters

La Madeleine

Taco Cabana

Jack in the Box

Smoothie King

Godiva chocolates

Honey Baked Ham

Firehouse Subs

Great American Cookies

I got a bunch more but ran out of time! I had to meet my friends at Taco Cabana for dinner (if I had known I would have saved my free taco coupon for that).

My son’s best friend moved. We saw them off the day after we had dinner. It was very sad and my son cried and so did his friend.

My friend came over last night and gave me a lavender bath bomb and a sweet card. She’s so sweet!

I hit 6 months of no smoking too! And if I can stay away from cigarettes when I was in Vegas, I can stay away forever!

Today Lucky graduated basic training at his training school.

That’s the latest and greatest on my end! How have you been?

The month of June

This has been a crazy month with my client passing away, my child having his own problems, his birthday and party, my birthday, and a concert. I have been working as much as possible and still broke between his birthday and bills and food.

His birthday was a huge success. He invited 8 kids, 4 boys and 4 girls. I made fajitas, cake, and we all went to see MIB International. My thoughts on the movie? Eh! Why would they make Thor a man in black? Thor of all people! I think Chris Helmsworth is a good actor, don’t get me wrong. I do not agree that an alien in one series of movies does well as an alien protector and killer in another series. I agree with my friend that Liam Nielsen made a good choice though. Even the kids agreed with me!

Lucky has been driving me mad. He chews EVERYTHING. Even my $300 inhaler.

I am about to purchase an electric shock collar at this point. I just don’t know how to get him to stop! We have been going to training, he can sit, go in his crate, and get off of us. That’s about it so far. Maybe I just don’t have patience? Probably. He’s adorable and I wouldn’t give him up, I’m just frustrated with him and it’s showing when I talk to people so I haven’t been talking to anyone except at work and my family.

BFF had surgery to remove a mass on her kidney. Thankfully she is fine. I have been so crazy these past few days, I haven’t gotten a chance to talk to her. Maybe tonight? I guess it depends on if I am not still running around like mad and being frustrated with everyone in my house (including the animals). I wish I could have gone there for her! She seems like she’s doing well though.

I have joined a debt consolidation place to get out of debt in the next 4 years. That will be perfect timing for when my son graduates high school so I can get back into debt sending him to college. Just kidding. I’m praying that his grades will get him scholarships! I want to be done with everything at this point so I can move on and start my life again. I feel stuck. I hate this feeling.

My son went to see Twenty One Pilots in concert for his birthday last night with his best friend. They had a lot of fun. My birthday present is to go see Harry Potter (the 5th movie) in concert with the Houston Symphony next month. Yes, I will be 46 this week. I’m not looking forward to it and I plan on watching Netflix all day on Thursday.

Doesn’t seem like much but it’s been a hell of a month. I hope things go better in July!

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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OMG…guys!!!

I got a B in my Anatomy class!!! Woo hoo!!!

I am so excited to finish this semester with 2 A’s and 2 B’s! And thank goodness that’s over!!!

So I am supposed to be at a funeral in 10 minutes. I haven’t even taken a shower yet. I cooked this morning and have errands to run. It’s not that I didn’t love my cousin. He was 91 and has been sick a long time. He was a good man. He was a surgeon and actually put my leg in a cast all 3 times I broke it growing up. I just don’t like funerals. I want to go celebrate his life, not wallow in misery with family I never see otherwise. My mother said I should go to “represent” our family. Umm, no. They didn’t even come to my fathers memorial and I only went to it because it was my father. I just don’t like funerals! What would I do, Instagram the whole thing? That would be rude! And I have to act like I am sad that he’s gone. No! I am so happy for him that all the pain he has endured over the past few years is over and he went to a much better place (wherever your beliefs say that is). So I am at home still.

So there’s this new dessert bar that is unicorn themed here. It’s quite a far drive just for a dessert so I thought I would check out reviews before I went. Boy am I glad I did! Only 4 tables, smells like the toilet is backed up, nobody cleans tables, staff is rude, ice cream not flavorful, food tastes like they just got it out of a freezer in a grocery store, etc, etc. Wow!!! I won’t be going there! There were some reviews that said it was good, don’t get me wrong. The bad reviews WAY outnumbered the good ones though! If I decide to eat dessert, I will just make it myself. That way I know what’s in it and it will be keto or low carb.

Lucky HAS to be trained. He got a hold of my vape and ate it. No cartridge thankfully but the machine. And he was caught chewing on my remote. And socks! What’s going on with this doggo??? So I am trying to take him out more and have more things for him to chew on that are for him. But that gets expensive!!! So I will be watching YouTube this afternoon.

I am enjoying my few days off. My son is taking STAAR testing at school this week. My mom is doing her thing. We are all busy but that’s a good thing! I took photos of my excess skin on my arms and legs today. It’s crazy how much there is!

I was going to take my stomach too but haven’t figured out how to do it by myself.

I made a new friend. He’s 30, from Jersey, and he’s a personal trainer who can literally bench press me. He’s very opinionated but nice. And my son likes working out with him. He comes by after work and walks the dogs with me so we can chat. And no, I would never date him. My mother asked if we were dating and I’m like “NO!” Geez! I make a friend and people think I’m dating the guy! We have similar interests in being healthy so we get along. He likes Asian women and I like tall and thin white men which he’s not. πŸ˜‚

Okay, it’s 12:10 so I need to get up and moving. I hope you’ve enjoyed what’s going on here! Hahaha

It’s finally over

School is done for the semester!!!

Kinesiology: A

Anatomy lab class: A

Nutrition: B-

Anatomy class: no grade yet

Woo hoo!!!

Working 35 hours a week at the gym and 10-15 hours a week driving clients. I am tired y’all. Family issues that I will not discuss and the 2 dogs.

At least last night for Mother’s Day was good. I worked 8 hours straight and then picked up my son at his friends house and met my mom at a restaurant for dinner. It was nice. We had a good time and a good dinner.

I worked this morning and have to go back to work this afternoon again. In between, I am napping (only got 4 hours sleep) and watching this Netflix show called The Society. It’s about a class of seniors that went on a school trip and were brought back because of a road closure and everybody had disappeared so they are completely on their own. It’s pretty good.

Anyway, I wanted to say hello before I fell asleep. Y’all have a good day!

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).

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!