Update 10/12/19

So first of all I have to say GO ASTROS!!!!

Crazy week like usual. Monday and Tuesday I didn’t have to go to work which was VERY nice. I watched Netflix, played games, relaxed, cooked, you know, what I used to do when I didn’t have a crazy job!

Taco meat, taco rice, mexican cornbread, this sausage rice veggie casserole recipe thing I found on allrecipes, hamburger helper, and brownies. I made these last Wednesday and am still eating on them.

I happened to walk in my patio and look in my garden box thinking I need to get it all cleaned out and start over and guess what??? All those dead plants from last year aren’t dead!!! Broccoli, carrots, and onions are growing. It’s amazing! How does that happen? I am excited that maybe I will actually get to eat some home grown foods this year!

Last night we had a staff meeting at work. It was about donating a percentage of our check to the company and other charities. Everyone that came got one raffle ticket. The more you donated, the more raffle tickets you got. Well, I got ONE. There were only 5 prizes and there’s about 100 people that work there so I figured my chances of winning were very slim but threw my ticket into the bag for a new slow cooker. There was also a spa package, a movie night package, a tv, and something else that I can’t remember.

I lent a coworker my slow cooker a few months back and never got it back from her. I was going to ask her to bring it to work this weekend so I can make chili when it is cold out. Well, I won! How that is possible I don’t know but karma was on my side last night! A spoon and food cake with the prize. So I told the coworker to keep my old slow cooker. Obviously I don’t need 2! No complaints from me!

It got cold last night. Down to 53. Yay!!!! The high here today was 70. Gorgeous day. I worked this morning, went to Costco for toilet paper and paper towels, came home, walked Lucky for a mile, and started baking. I made sugar cookies with and without sprinkles, peanut butter cookies, and double chocolate chip cookies.

I ate too many but oh well. Still at 150, I will just watch myself better tomorrow.

Enjoy some memes from this week and I’ll chat with y’all later!

Happy Sunday!

I suck. Really. I did full keto yesterday and then this morning ate an ice cream bar and a protein bar. Wth is wrong with me? Actually today is most likely because I got 5 hours of sleep last night. I only had 1200 some odd calories yesterday and 16 net carbs. I know I won’t do that today considering I’ve already had 36 carbs at 10:30 in the morning! I was going to go out running but it’s nasty wet outside and a cold front is coming through so it’s getting cold as well. Maybe the gym though! I did my plank challenge as well but that’s only 30 seconds of the day today.

I have been reading y’all’s blogs all morning and I am so sorry I missed so much! Thanks for sticking by me while I try to do everything. It’s you guys, my readers/friends, that help keep me going.

I took yesterday as a rest day even though I didn’t mean to. I didn’t do anything. I didn’t even watch Netflix! I chatted with BFF, I drove my son to his friends house, played on my phone, and that’s about it!

This coming Saturday, my son and I will be flying out of town for a 4 day much needed vacation. I am seriously broke but thankful that my mom said she will pay for my rental car and I paid for our flights months ago. No spoilers on where we are going! Only 2 people know and that’s because they live there (other than my besties and family). I need this. Badly. I have been so stressed here lately! Have you ever felt the stress you have in your neck and shoulders (teeth and gums too)? It’s painful!

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Yesterday also had all 3 pets in my room. Eliza mostly stood outside my room just looking in.

Oliver made himself at home in my school work basket where I keep my backpack and my study material.

Amber and I played fetch and tug of war after she got used to the cat being in here.

That’s all that’s happening here. I hope you guys have a relaxing Sunday! I have an exam on Friday and need to be studying but can’t get into study mode. 😳

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Should be studying

I swear I can find SO much else to do other than study for this final exam! It’s on Monday, you would think I would be in full study mode. Nope! I had to exercise, I had to catch up on blogs, I need to write (I forgot last night)!

Amber isn’t helping either:

Yesterday, Friday: I took Styled to get her hair and nails done. I got mine done as well. I can’t complain about an $8 nail color change!

When I got home, my mom text me to have me bring her lunch from this restaurant that was $15 for a cup of soup and a sandwich. This is one day after she and I discussed her bank account situation. πŸ™„

It started raining and I went to pick up the kids at school. The one I usually bring home with my son had gotten sick and his mom picked him up early. 2 others got in the car but then one of their dads text that he was there so they got back out. No kids to drop off was a weird feeling!

I tried mat Pilates using a YouTube video. I was not happy with it and I didn’t burn many calories. So I did my strength training arm exercises as well. I also was invited to an Apple Watch challenge by a friend in Kansas so I felt like really showing how much I enjoy trying exercises. I am throughly kicking her butt in the challenge so far but it’s only been 2 days so she could come back and cream me. We shall see!

I couldn’t get to sleep until after midnight so thankfully I had nowhere to be early today!

Today:

It’s cold and wet. Yuck. I didn’t want to do anything but I knew I had to. My son had a karate belt test today at the gym. He told me specifically that he didn’t want me watching because it made him nervous. Umm, okay. So I went into the workout area and ran/walked for an hour.

Came home and my son told me that he was asked to help the higher belts test so I think he passed but we won’t find out until the 19th. I started going through my math stuff (finally, right?) but after the first 2 chapters, decided to go meet H for dinner.

We went to a place in the Montrose area that I haven’t tried yet called The Burger Joint.

My burger was really good (I still have half left for tomorrow) and I tried one of her French fries which tastes like every other fry I have…like oil and salt (this is why I don’t eat fries). I also got a St. Arnold’s root beer float. Yes, I am totally lactose intolerant but really wanted to try this! I’m paying for it now but I have to tell you – it was DELICIOUS!!!! I would drink those all the time if I could! I raced home to use the potty after dinner and parking down in that area sucks but I enjoyed it. Good friends and good food always works out well!

Came back home and got through the 3rd math chapter (there are 6 total) so I can get ready for bed and go through the other 3 chapters tomorrow. Not sure if I will be ready on Monday but I will do my very best to get ready and will make a good grade!

Hope everyone is having a good weekend, stay warm and safe!

Hugs and chat later!

Exam Day

I rewrote my notes for all 7 lectures last night. I took practice tests. I read. I talked to other kids in my class. I’m also nervous that everything I did will be for nothing and I will fail. I hate tests! It’s required though so I will do it. I took the extra credit assignment as well. It’s worth 2.5 points added to my grade and I will do every single one of those I can find to help!

I will read my notes again this morning and take another practice exam before I take the test. Y’all pray with me that I get an A or a B! Hopefully I will find out after I take the test. I’ll let you know later or tomorrow!

My son does not take care of his teeth and therefore the orthodontist would not put the metal bars across his braces yesterday. She gave him 6 weeks to start brushing his teeth and taking better care of them. He also has to have a teeth cleaning before she will see him again. So we will do both things in 6 weeks. I told him that I guess I have to stand there and watch him like I did when he was little and how sad that is. I guess I do because I was busy last night studying and didn’t remind him or watch him and I doubt he brushed.

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I made my dinner last night and it was so good, I think I will make it again this morning before I leave for school. It was an egg, bacon, sausage, and cheese in a bowl.

I also made muffins for my teen yesterday. It’s a package thing that you just add milk. Chocolate chip mini muffins.

I replanted my veggies into the planter as well as carrots, broccoli, celery, and onions. Let’s see how my lettuce goes after the replanting. I’m so afraid I killed the tiny plants!

No exercise to speak of yesterday. Tuesday I of course hit my 10,000 steps because, you know, school. I probably will again today too. I opened my window this morning and it felt SO nice! Like really fall temperatures this early morning! I can’t wait until it sticks around. The temperature right now is 74 and our high will be 85. This weekend it will be back up to 90. Yuck. There supposed to be a tropical depression coming tomorrow. I guess we shall see. I don’t want to cancel on my client but if I have to, so be it! Plus I want to go out with my friend that’s visiting dammit! I want to go eat and hopefully take her to my favorite bar and see if the guy that used to be there every night is there still. And have a beer after all this stress over the exam!

I guess I better get up and moving. Gotta take the kid to school, study more, then go to school for my exam and math class. Y’all have a great day!

It’s a gloomy day in Houston

Well, it’s supposed to be anyway. We have 100% chance of rain today and tomorrow due to some storm coming in from the Gulf of Mexico. It looks just fine right now so who knows. The weather people aren’t perfect but they try to keep people safe. Most don’t listen, I do! I cancelled my doctors appointment this morning because I don’t take chances with my car and possible street flooding.

Yesterday went well. I had to say goodbye to my son which was SO hard! I came home and cooked. I made cupcakes and biscuits. While I waited on the cupcakes, I guess Oliver knew I needed some love because he came and sat in my lap and purred like crazy.

Remember how my tv was on the floor? Well, my ex boyfriend came over and put everything up on the wall and it looks SO nice! Not perfect but I don’t have to have perfect, I just wanted it done! I paid him $80 for the job. It took him about 4 hours to do but that’s okay. He told me about the girl he likes now. I know her from my past unfortunately. I wished him luck. I did tell him that I tell everyone that he’s a good guy (true if you’ve read my blog for the past year) and that I truly want the best for him. In my opinion, she’s not, but that’s his choice.

I have been checking my son’s Snapchat and the church’s Instagram for updates on their trip. I actually messaged my son when I saw his snap about his dinner of chocolate muffins asking if there wasn’t real food or he just didn’t want it and he replied that it wasn’t my problem this week so I told him to watch his mouth because I can take away stuff while he’s gone. He changed his attitude real quick. Lol

He hasn’t snapped since then either but I’m sure he will! This storm is affecting the entire Gulf Coast so they may have rain there too which would suck when you’re on a trip to hang out on the beach! As long as they are safe, right? When the buses left the church yesterday, one had a small accident and nobody was hurt (not my son’s bus). They turned around to change out the bus and then all got there safely.

I cleaned my son’s room yesterday and of course forgot to take before pictures! Here’s the clean room and closet though.

I sent these to my son and he just said okay. No thank you, no wow, just ok. πŸ™„ Crazy child! I didn’t even throw anything away, he should be happy!

I’ve been resting and not exercising too much the past 2 days. My leg feels fine until I start walking a lot. It’s still healing I guess. I have been closing my watch rings though. I did arms last night and aerobic exercises the night before. I need to heal so I’m taking it easy with my exercise.

I’m going to walk Amber before the rain starts so have a great day and I hope everyone is safe wherever you are!

What a great day

Wednesday started out pretty normal. Took my son to school complaining the entire 1.5 mile trip that his fever was 99.1 and he should be in bed still. That’s not a fever I tell him and he is not happy. I get back home, shower, get dressed, and head on down to the dentist. It took him 4 tries to get my teeth to not hurt me in about 30 minutes. The whole drive down there I was thinking to myself that I should go to the beach like I wanted to last weekend. I would be halfway there anyway so why not, right?

I start driving south from the dentist. Almost immediately I get stuck in traffic. This continues for a mile and then all the traffic just dissipates. What was the problem??? Oh well. I keep going. I get to Galveston and was hungry! It was 11am so I decided to get something to eat. I wanted fish so I went in search for a fish place on the beach (makes perfect sense to me). I found one very close on the seawall. I had hush puppies and fried fish fillet. It was Cajun flavored and very good. I only ate 2 hush puppies and half of a piece of fish before I was stuffed and that’s okay with me. Great view of the water as well.

I got back in the car and drive to East Beach. As I got close, I saw that they were charging $10 just to drive onto the beach. Crazy! They had an area to park in for free way far away from the water and walk in. I can do that. Fine. I’m not paying to park just to walk around.

I set my watch for outdoor walk and took off down the beach. I walked a mile and a half one way and then turned around to walk back. I ended up walking 3.1 miles or 5km. I did not take my phone with me on my walk. I just wanted to hear the ocean and get my exercise while I was relaxed from just being there. After my walk, I went to my car to get my phone and walked back down to the water to take pictures. I didn’t want to leave! Now I’m planning on going back down there one day next week to do it again. We’ll see if I can get away to do it.

I stopped for Smartwater on my drive back and there was no traffic so I got back too quick. I wasn’t ready! It started to rain once I got back to Houston as well. I’m really glad it didn’t rain on me down there. Can you imagine being a mile away from your car and it starts pouring? Me either. I was very blessed.

I picked my son and his friends up at school and then dropped them off at one of the boys home. I then went home to walk Amber. My son got home pretty soon after and when I asked him why, he said he got bored so he came home. Umm, ok.

My evening was spent on Netflix as usual because Mr. 95 year old called me when I was leaving Galveston to tell me that because of weather, they weren’t going to dinner. Better Call Saul Season 3 came out so I tuned in for that. It’s a good show. It didn’t really need Breaking Bad to start it out, it would have held well on its own before that show (although that was a great show!).

Calories were almost exactly what they are supposed to be. Now that’s close! I didn’t want to go over so I didn’t even snack while watching Netflix.

Depending on weather out there today, I am supposed to take the couples car to get inspected and take the husband to the grocery if he needs it. I am also supposed to start the foot treatment this morning. I have to have injections (he didn’t tell me about that) and the neuropathy electrodes treatment. He said I have tarsal tunnel syndrome and bad circulation. That doesn’t sound good. I asked the success rate for this and was told that this has a good success rate but some people have surgery after. I can’t afford both. This better work! Cranky’s caregiver will have to take her to the dentist to have her partial adjusted. I hope the address will work well enough to get her there. It’s not hard so I’m sure they will be fine.

In some ways, I am hoping for bad weather so I don’t have to go anywhere. In other ways, I need the money! I’m not ready to get out of bed yet and check. Lol

Y’all have a great day!

Such a busy Tuesday!

Oh man yesterday was crazy!

I didn’t wake up until 8:30am, that was nice. I can’t wait until summer with no 5:30am alarm clock for school!

My CPA came at 10:15 and I had to pay him 😩 but he got me a refund so that makes me happy. I signed and mailed off my return right after he left so I can’t wait for that to come. That is how I am paying for all my foot stuff!

The clock repair guy came at 12pm and my beautiful grandfather clock is fixed and running again! It looked so sad empty.

My son was sick all day and stayed in bed. His temperature in the morning was 101.7 and last night it was normal so I’m sending him to school today.

I went to the gym and did 30 minutes on the stationary bike and boy was I sweating. I went to walk on the treadmill after the bike but after 3 minutes I had to stop because my stomach hurt so bad! I walked home and almost ran to the bathroom and yep, his stomach bug got me. So I made some rice for dinner and stayed in bed other than walking Amber.

Calories were under again. I just haven’t been hungry much lately. I’m sure that will change and I will get back up to what I’m supposed to eat.

I watched a few episodes of ZNation season 4 which and is actually better than season 3 in my opinion. I was in bed by 10 but played games on my phone until midnight and up at 5:30. I know, I know, I need more sleep. I need to sleep more and eat more.

Today I have to go to the dentist and call Cranky’s dentist for a follow up for her too. I hope I don’t get anyone sick, I feel MUCH better today. I didn’t even have bathroom issues last night so maybe I just had stomach cramps. I canceled on the couple for dinner last night just in case. I can’t let them get sick! I just hope I don’t have to cancel on Mr. 95 year old tonight. I enjoy driving him. He may cancel on me if our weather is as crazy as predicted though which would be okay, I don’t like driving in rain.

Have a great Wednesday!

Nice Sunday

A nice beautiful day.

I did not do the foot reflexology. I want to ask my doctor first since I’m having foot issues. Plus I still haven’t heard back from them about the treatment or my insoles and it’s been over a week!

I made half a brisket yesterday. This picture is after I cut it up and had already packaged up half.

I took half to Cranky and decided to work out while I was at her place. She lives in a high rise and they have a nice little gym next to a beautiful pool area.

I then came home and watched Netflix.

I stayed within my calories.

I have to say. These protein bars help me SO much! Why didn’t I find these sooner? It gives me the sweet fix I like without much sugar (1-2 grams in each), fills me up, and has tons of fiber and protein. I like them a lot. So much in fact that I went to the Vitamin Shoppe and because they were having a sale, I bought out their peanut butter protein crisps (1 box) and a box of vanilla marshmallow protein crisps. It’s like I get to eat this huge Rice Krispie treat every day. It tastes like one too which is amazing. I tried the Gatorade brand of them and literally threw it away after a couple of bites. The BSN brand is my favorite. I also got a couple of quest cookies in case I had that cookie craving. I could eat these all day (I don’t but I could)!

My Mom ate half the brisket I had kept for us for dinner last night. That’s my fault. I keep forgetting that I don’t eat like a normal person and most people eat much bigger servings than I do. So I probably should have cooked the whole brisket instead of just half. Cranky didn’t like it but her caregiver told me that I’m a good cook and it was great. That was sweet. My son wouldn’t try the brisket but wants to try bacon (finally). He’s always turned his nose up at bacon before but yesterday decided he wants to try it. Now, do I make it crunchy like I like it or a bit floppy like my mother likes it? I’m just glad he’s willing to finally have some!

I couldn’t go to sleep last night. I was in bed at 10 and couldn’t go to sleep until 12:30. I’m up at 5:30 though! I have one job of taking the wife of the couple to her dentist today and that’s it. So plenty of time to go by the grocery store, go to the gym, and watch Netflix. I hope it’s another good day. The weather is nice here now, cool in the mornings and in the 80’s in the afternoons. If only it stayed like this.

I hope y’all have a great Monday. Motivational Monday coming later too!

Stressful yesterday, good morning!

Yesterday I took Styled to get her hair cut at 8:10am. I waited 2 hours for her and then took her to her doctor. I told the doctor how she has an unclean odor about her, how her walking has gotten much worse, and how she’s not eating. Then she mentioned that she’s having headaches. So the doctor says she needs to get a MRI so I have to take her to the grocery store and to get the test. I called the couple to let them know that there was no way I would have time to take them. He said he would have his caregiver go over the weekend. So I have not been paid for this past Tuesday but I will get it next Tuesday. It was only for an hour and a half anyway.

I was with Styled for 8 total hours and introduced her to protein bars because we were at the grocery store and I didn’t want crap food so I grabbed one so she wanted to try it. After she did, she said it was really good and tasted like candy (she had Quest white chocolate raspberry bar). I dropped her off at 4:10pm after that long stressful day and went home.

Since I didn’t have much of a chance to eat at all, I definitely stayed in my calories.

This morning I got on the scale like I do every Saturday and I just may keep my Saturday weigh ins.

Holy crap. Can that be right??? I actually didn’t believe it and did it 3 times. Every time said the same thing. Wow! Wasn’t I just complaining that it would take me a while to get here? I’m in shock! I didn’t even exercise yesterday! I walked around a bit but not true exercise where I’m sweating and feel it like at the gym. I keep having plans to do more exercise and then don’t get the chance or am too tired or some other excuse. But that’s not all that happened!

Once I got home, I got a message on Facebook from an old neighbor. She said the woman that bought my dad’s car last July had moved out and left the car key taped to the car. Really? Just moved and left the car there? Well, I’m not having the city come after my mom for towing fees to have it hauled off and stored. It is a great little car. A 2001 Hyundai Accent. It’s a standard transmission too. I called the president of the board over there and he has given me permission to come get the car since she basically abandoned it. He told me I have to leave a note on her front door that she has 30 days to contact me and come pick it up. If she doesn’t do that, the car reverts back into my parents name. I will have to apply for a lost title but that’s doable. No, she never changed the title! I can’t believe this! I will do that and let my mom resell the car to carmax or Texas auto direct. I’m glad I had sold it to someone where I know people so I am able to get it back. Somebody told me I should just keep it for my sons first car. The only problem I see with that is that is still a few years away and storing it until that time is just not feasible. Unless one of my friends on here wants to come pick it up for themselves or their kids! Southwest is having their annual sale, right? πŸ˜‚ I’ll post a picture later. I am waiting for my mom to wake up and she said she will drop me off at my old complex to get it.

So today I wanted to go to the beach Galveston because the high will be 85 and it’s not rainy. My son on the other hand doesn’t want to go. I don’t want to force him. I do not want to go alone though. I haven’t decided if I want to drive down there alone just to go. Probably not. Maybe one of these weekends soon. I’m more of a mountain person but I was thinking how awesome walking in the sand is for exercise! I want to try it. My son has therapy at 1pm so I was going to go after that. I may still do that. I don’t know yet. I guess y’all will find out tomorrow! πŸ˜‚

So I should probably go get showered so I am ready when my mom wakes up. I hope you guys have a fantastical day!

Yes, I have cheat meals!

I was so good last week and didn’t go over my calories on any day.

So what do I do? I eat Girl Scout cookies. I ate an entire sleeve of Thin Mints (17 cookies). And a cup of milk. And 3 chocolates. But I got right back on track. That’s the key. Yes, you will have a day or a time where you eat something unhealthy. Just get back to it. I did a 30 minute exercise video from YouTube for my exercise for the day. https://youtu.be/lBP3DOCX72Y

That didn’t make up for the hundreds of calories I ate and I wouldn’t expect it to. I did do something to counteract my extra calories though and that’s what counts. Healthy people eat bad things sometimes. It’s a part of life! You can’t get down on yourself or say you’re fat or bloated or ruined your diet over one thing, meal, or day. Okay? So you missed the gym all of last week? Who cares? Just go back! You ate half a chocolate cake in one sitting? That’s okay, just get right back to eating healthier foods. We got this! Until your perception changes and you don’t beat yourself up over excess calories, you can’t win and we are going to win!

I went to the dentist yesterday and was fine until I left (of course), stupid teeth. Now I have to go back later this week if I can find the time. I also went to Discount Tire to get the stupid low tire sensor fixed and since I go there too much and know the manager (not really but I am a good pretender), he gave it to me for $35 instead of $60. I’ll take it! I was happy to not have that little light on constantly so maybe I will actually know when my tires are low again. I went to Costco and bought food and paper stuff for the month. I think I shocked my Mom when I walked in with Costco bag of toilet paper and paper towels. There are definitely a lot in the house now. Like so many we don’t know where to put it. She’ll find a place I’m sure. I then came home and watched 2 series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords on Netflix instead of cooking or going to the gym. I love this show! It’s also telling me where not to stay when I eventually go there. πŸ˜‚ It was a good day for a Monday.

Today I take Miss Priss on her errands and also take the couple to dinner. I also have to exercise and eat much better today, stay in my calories. I have to stay perfect the rest of the week but I’m not stressing if I don’t. That would be the old way of thinking. I am thinking of changing my weigh day to Thursday as it seems that Thursday is my lowest weight day of the week and that’s always a good thing! πŸ˜€ I felt a bit lazy yesterday and I don’t want to stop my progress so I am at it!

I didn’t go to sleep until midnight last night. Not good when you’re supposed to get up at 5:30am! This morning, I turned off that alarm and the 6am alarm and overslept until 6:45! My son was still asleep too so I open his door, tell him the time, hear him say oh shit, and I run out to the car to warm it up. We are supposed to leave by 7 for whatever it is that he and his friends do until school starts at 7:40. For some reason, it’s 55 degrees out there this morning so I was a bit chilly in my boxers and sleeping shirt to drive him. I let the heater warm up and when he gets in the car at 6:59, he says, “geez Mom, it’s hot in here!” Well, too bad, I was cold! On the way to school, I have my regular oldies station on and Queen comes on. He asks what’s this song (this is when it is first starting). I tell him after a few beats that it’s Another One Bites the Dust. He turns it up and starts singing along! Yep, my work here on music is done. My 12 year old likes Queen. {drops mic}.

Speaking of, I have to say, I am loving this new generation. At least my son and his friends. They like 70’s and 80’s music, video games, and don’t feel the need to be out all night. Now, I know that could change, don’t get me wrong! I hope not! He wants to stay up all night playing games with his friends. He started his own religion called the meme religion and of course, it’s all about memes. I’m not allowed to join because their favorite meme is a RickRoll and every time they start it up, I start singing the song – Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley. Yeah, so I’m not allowed to join. Darn it! That was going to be my new way of life! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ https://youtu.be/oHg5SJYRHA0 This link is to the song, not the meme.

I hope you all have a good day. I can’t wait to be home after running errands with Miss Priss to go to the gym and after the couples dinner to get more sleep!

I forgot to mention the cats. Yesterday they decided they wanted on the kitchen window shelf and threw done all of my moms crap off of them. Yay for cats!