Long boring day

Wanna hear about all the boring? Okay, fine, I’ll tell you. You’re sure, right? πŸ˜‚

Started out with a great doctor visit. No fever when we got there of course. She told him as long as his fever stays gone, he can go to school. Thank God for that!!! He was at 98.2 last night so he’s there.

For about 2 hours after we got home yesterday, I piddled around the house and walked the dog a couple of times until my Mom left for some church birthday party at 1:45. Then I attacked her pantry which had everything BUT food in it. I took all of the tools and household items and put them in the correct closet. I took all of her paper plates, cups, plastic silverware, napkins, and the MANY napkin rings she owns and moved them all into a cabinet. I moved my baking stuff (all over the floor of the pantry since I moved in) into another cabinet. I’m not done with the pantry. She still has 2 rows of crap left in it but I am getting there! It is starting to look like a food pantry and not a catch-all finally! I think it will be very nice to have all the food and cooking stuff in one place instead of scattered wherever she felt like having it that day.

I talked to Mr. 95 year old around 3pm yesterday and he told me, “I’m not going tonight, I would be eating alone. My friends aren’t going.” so that took care of that. I didn’t want to be out in the cold (it’s back down in the 50’s!) and rain anyway. I got a package in the mail and yes, I am broke, but I ordered gym gloves and a phone arm holder so I don’t keep hurting my hands on the machines and I don’t have to hold or find somewhere for my phone to be. I have left my phone in other machines so many times already it’s not even funny how much I needed this.

I went to the gym and did all 16 weight machines that I use. 3 sets of 12 reps each. I was very happy with myself. I said hello to a few people I’m getting to know too. My moms friend saw me and grabbed me and told me to come get her when I’m going to the gym. Ummm, no thanks? πŸ˜‚

I also got a book from Alex Heyne (the Modern Health Monk) and I’m excited to start reading it. I was too tired to start it last night.

I came home from the gym and popped an Alaskan cod dinner and a salmon dinner in the oven for my Mom and I while she napped on the couch. When it was finished, I took it out and then walked Amber. While I was waiting for it to cook, I ate a couple of cheese crackers and drank a little lactose free 2% milk and started to feel sick when I came back from the walk. I told my Mom to go ahead and eat and then wrap up the leftovers and stick them in the fridge. I came upstairs to my room and got in bed. Asleep by 9. Not like me at all! I’m not allowed to get sick. Pray hard! The only 2 jobs I have left his week are today and tomorrow so I can’t get sick! I still don’t feel that great but not sick (yet).

My foot was killing me last night too and I only had 6500 steps for the day. It felt like I ran a marathon on it though. I go back to the podiatrist on Monday so he can look at it. Maybe there’s an issue with the inserts? Who knows. It doesn’t hurt this morning and today is cardio day so I guess I’ll use the bike again. I don’t want my feet to hurt.

I am taking the couple to their audiologist again today to get hearing aids fitted. The husband was joking at dinner Tuesday night how if he doesn’t want to listen to his caregiver, he will just turn it off. Wow dude. I know she thinks it’s her way or the highway but you’re just going to tune her out completely? Wow. People crack me up. My mom forgot to put hers on yesterday and every time I spoke to her, I had to yell.

I lost 2.6 pounds!!! I think I have my weight figured out. I weigh one amount. The next week I gain .2 to .4, the next week I gain another.2 to .4, then I drop over 2 pounds. Fun when you are trying to lose weight, let me tell you. πŸ™„ Today I am 209. Only 10 pounds until I am in what people call Onederland. That’s not far away hopefully! And 209 means I need to lose 34 more pounds total. How exciting!!!

I went over my calories by a few yesterday since I just popped a few cheese cubes instead of eating the fish I cooked.

It looks fine to me! What do you think of going over your goal by 16 calories?

That’s it for today. I may work on the pantry a bit more. Nothing much else! Have a good day. I’m sure I will when I get a free moment.

Doctor day

Well, my son is going to the doctor today. I think he’s pretty much better. Before bed, his temperature was 99.7 so almost normal. Yay! I hope he’s good this morning. We just need that silly doctors note for school so his absences are excused. I just hope his temperature is normal when he wakes up this morning. Then the doctor will say he can go to school today and I will have to remind them the school rules to have him go back tomorrow. Seeing these children die from the flu had me scared. My son is okay with me here though. I’ve been checking on him frequently and making sure he’s hydrated and fever not going up too high. I told him from now on, he needs to make sure he washes his hands when he leaves the gym no matter what as well as washing his hands after every other encounter with friends or adults. Not being able to get the flu shot (allergies) can be sucky but we can stay healthy!

Dinner with the couple: Well, they just rescheduled their doctors appointment so their daughter can go with them. Oookkkk. Then we headed out to dinner. We went to a French restaurant here that I had driven by dozens of times but had never noticed it. My Mom would love this place as they ha roosters everywhere as decoration .Escargot for the husband and some avocado appetizer for the wife.

The cheapest thing on the menu was chicken so that’s what I had, it was $21! And it wasn’t that great in my opinion although the green beans were divine. The husband had veal – and the wife had duck. They both enjoyed theirs. No dessert and no bottle of wine, they both just had a glass of Pinot noir.

When I dropped them back home, I changed my clothes there thinking I would go straight to the gym. Never goes according to plan. I had to stop by my house to drop my food off to my mom and grab a bottle of water. And of course Amber begged me to take her out so I did that too. My mom liked the food so that’s good.

Off to do cardio at the gym! I ended up riding the stationary bike for 30 minutes and something in my side started to hurt which is why I stopped. I thought it was gone but when I sat down on my low commode this morning, it hurt again. I will skip my abdominal machines today to give myself time to heal.

My heart rate was good and I burned a good amount of calories in those 30 minutes as well. I only went over my calories by 2 so I am happy about those numbers yet again.

Today is strength training day again. I am starting to look forward to these days. Also, the gym was pretty empty last night. I got a parking space by the door and nobody was using the bikes. I may wait to go tonight until after I take Mr. 95 year old to dinner. I enjoyed that immensely.

It’s about 7am and my mother is starting her laundry right outside my bedroom so I guess it’s time for me to get up and moving. Have a great hump day!

It’s only 8am???

My alarm went off at 5:30. Cue turning it off and rolling over. My 2nd alarm went off at 6. Okay, fine. I’ll get up. Took son to school at 7 and came home. Took Amber on a long walk. Came home and ordered my moms coffee and a protein box from Starbucks and she has gone to pick that up. After I placed the order, I pulled up YouTube and picked a beginners morning yoga. 30 minutes later, I am stretched out, sweating my butt off, and crawling back in bed. Not to sleep mind you, I just need to get my heart rate back down before I go take a shower and get ready for work. Here’s the link to what I did this morning. Please feel free to try it out and see if you sweat as much as I did!

I’m still waiting on my mom to get home. My protein box has a hard boiled egg, peanut butter, and cheese. It’s my favorite one from there and I have been wanting a hard boiled egg for a while now but am out of eggs at home. Hence the Starbucks box.

I have to be at the couple’s house at 9:30. They have a haircut appointment at 10. Then they have a hearing test appointment at 12. Then they need groceries and probably the bank. So it’s going to be a long day. Plus the 2.5 hours I was with them Tuesday evening. I did not call to check on the husband yesterday so I am hoping he’s okay today. I’m sure I would have heard if he isn’t, right?

I am going to the gym later to do the weight machines. I didn’t do much yesterday. I walked a bit, did a nighttime yoga thing on YouTube, and my lunch with B will be another post.

Yay, she’s back! Breakfast! Have a great day guys!

Today is…

Rainy and cold. Yesterday was 76 degrees and today will be 60. Gotta love Houston weather!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you may remember my friend that got offended and pretty much stopped talking to me. Now she has deleted me from social media. Wow. Just wow. Whatever girl. It’s your issue, not mine. https://juliehcares.com/2017/11/10/help-me-please/

My morning client canceled because of the weather which is fine. It gives me the chance to go to the gym early. I have started wearing a wedding band when I go because I’m not there to be hit on or picked up on. There have been some men lately that I catch staring at every woman in there including me. So hence the wedding band. It helps too. I saw some guy that I used to know and his eyes got big when he saw it so it helped me avoid an awkward conversation. Honestly I don’t even remember his name! See why it would be awkward? πŸ˜‚

The new shoes worked well at the gym. Today they feel a bit, what’s the word, painful (?) on the top of my foot. I think that’s just them getting worn in though. I hope so!

The couple took me to an Indian restaurant last night called Indiko. It is in the Montrose area here. If you like Indian food, this is a great place. I even asked my friend M from India and he said he’s been there and it was “pretty good”.

I had the Tikka Chicken Marsala which was spicy but very good. The wife of the couple had quail and then mango chutney chicken and the husband had pork loin. We were all happy with our choices. They were not impressed with dessert. They chose to split a chocolate bread pudding. I did not have dessert.

Speaking of, I was WAY too far under my calories yesterday. I only ate about 1200 calories! I will try to be closer today to my goal of 1800 calories. I do not want my body to think I’m starving it and start keeping the fat stored. I will go exercise though. It’s leg day! Woo hoo!

I believe I am driving Mr. 95 year old tonight. I plan on it anyway. I just hope he doesn’t have Miss Priss with him again. If he does, fine. I enjoy talking to the men though. I have learned so much about the 1920’s when they were little kids.

And…I am seriously thinking about getting a real part time job because I am not making what I need to live on. I want something flexible so I can still drive my clients and easy to do. What do you think I should do? As I have mentioned before, I was a travel agent for 26 years and I definitely do not want to go back to that. I love kids but hate the daycare system. I refuse to work at Starbucks or the grocery store down the street since I would know too many people that come in. Maybe a customer service or work at home job? I don’t need to make much. I just need a supplement until my business picks up again.

Let me know your thoughts!


You guys. Y’all are the best. Who would have thought when I started my daily blog back in July 2017 that I would hit 500 followers this fast?

All I can say is THANK YOU to everyone that made this happen. For the most part, I just blog about my daily trials and tribulations. Some good, some bad. Yesterday was BAD! Today should be good.

Thank you thank you thank you dear friends for reading about my day and commenting and letting me read about yours! Now on to the daily rant:

I am not allowed to roll down my window or get it tinted again for 2 days. That’s a pain. It kind of freaks me out to have all the windows tinted but one. Stuff outside the passenger side window catches my eye all the time now. Oy.

Today I will take Cranky to her pulmonologist that I adore. He’s so great, he will talk to you on the phone himself! No going through 50 million other people for him. I told my caregiver to just take that time as a break so she is. When all this tax stuff is done (I need to check my numbers and that’s it), I have to start looking for an apartment for Cranky too. I have this morning to get my tax stuff done since everyone’s 1099’s have to be mailed out today.

Then I will take Mr. 95 year old to his country club for dinner. He called me while I was with the couple at dinner last night. We went to this down home restaurant place near them. No pictures and I’ve been there so many times it’s crazy. I ordered their chicken fried steak forgetting how big it is. The husband got a burger and the wife an Asian salad. None of us could finish! I packed up my food and brought it home. My mom came home shortly after and I told her about the steak and she jumped on it. I think she loves Tuesday nights now since the couple takes me to a bunch of different places. She always eats my leftovers. I’m waiting for her to just say, “Why don’t I drive the couple?” LOL Don’t put it past her!

That’s the plan for today. Not much is going on. This CPA guy is awesome and so helpful! I’m so glad I hired him. He’s taking care of my 1099’s today.

Yesterday I did 30 minutes on the bike and legs. I was in a time crunch between finally being finished with the car mess and going to my job but I did go work out! I also didn’t eat much because I was so stressed so I only hit 1600 calories. I hope I don’t overdo it today.

I will have to hopefully have time between jobs today to go too. The training session that I paid for in December is going to be used by my son as I’m pretty sure the podiatrist is going to give me shots in my other foot when I go next. That will be good for him.

Y’all have a great day. It’s almost 6:40am and I haven’t even gotten out of bed!

A bit late in the day

Oops! I woke up late this morning so I didn’t post although I did read everyone else’s blog!

Yep, I usually wake up at 5:30 and didn’t wake up until 6:45. I was supposed to be somewhere at 7, I was only 15 minutes late so to me, that’s pretty good! This morning at 7:15am, I had to help my caregiver put Cranky’s cat in his carrier to go home with the caregiver. 30 minutes later, I was huffing and puffing, the cat was hissing and biting, and we could NOT get him off the top shelf of the closet! I had to race back home to walk my poor dog and then get to my next gig. She finally called maintenance and a guy came up with gloves and got him out and into his carrier so he’s off to his new home with the caregiver. Cranky is VERY unhappy about this. She told me all about it after I went shopping at Costco for her. I told her that it is for her safety and she said “Poo”. I told her that she can blame me but she had agreed to do it yesterday and of course she replies, “I did NO such thing!” “Okay, whatever”. Yes, I did say that to her although I don’t think she heard me thankfully.

My mom started to go through things in our living room from the attic and garage this morning so of course there is a HUGE mess.

This is how she left it when she went to work. So I ha to cancel on my CPA coming over today. There’s nowhere for him to sit and work! Then off to work for me.

I picked up Styled and took her to get her hair done. Then we went to the nail place that we both love.

I got mine done too. I hadn’t since that Christmas color so it was definitely time! I blame Hunida for getting hers done so I wanted mine done. πŸ˜‚

After that, I decided last minute to go do my monthly Costco trip. I got chicken, beef, fish, coke, and coffee for Cranky. I got my son hotdogs and buns, gummy snacks, chocolate milk, and soda for me. I know! I spent $180 and only got one thing! Well, Cranky’s son will pay me back for hers but still! When I came home to put my food away, I packed up my small George Foreman grill (after I cleaned it – I don’t think my parents ever did!) and a cookie sheet to go with her food. One pound of the beef I mixed up my ingredients for burgers because she loves when I make them and bring her one. At Costco, you are buying in bulk so I actually bought 6 pounds of beef. I made each pound into a bag by itself and flattened them in the bag before I sealed it. It takes up much less room that way and it’s pretty easy to cut into 4ths for burgers and easy to thaw. I only took a total of 3 pounds to Cranky and have 3 for us. I took them over to her with my dog in tow to try and help ease her anger over her cat. It didn’t work but I tried!

I took my doggie to pick up her antibiotics at the vet and came home around 3:15. I wish I could say I was lazy and took a nap but no, not me! I walked the dog, changed clothes, and took myself to the gym. I was pretty stupid at the gym yesterday and hurt my foot more. I just had to try this leg machine where you lift your ankles up and push up with your shoulders on pads. Then I got on a treadmill for 10 minutes! What was I thinking??? I LOVE the treadmill there though! It has the VR of trails like you are actually outside walking around national parks! It was really cool! I had already done the bike for 30 minutes and the leg machines.

Today, I rode the bike for 30 minutes and did arms. That’s it. I’m not going to hurt myself out of being able to work out completely! Now I’m at home about to change back into my work clothes and go to the couples to take them to dinner. So it’s been a long day but I got everything done that I wanted and needed to.

have a quick question for all of my friends that work out. Are you noticing that your heart rate takes much longer to get up where you need it and you have to do more? It's driving me nuts!

Have a great night (or morning if you are reading this then) and I'll talk to you tomorrow!

Wednesday and Thursday

What a crazy Wednesday I had yesterday!

Since my son didn’t have to go to school, I slept in until 6:30am. I jumped up to blog and get ready to go. I made it to the car wash place at 8:02. It took them about an hour to get the paint off my car and I got home around 9:15. My car looks amazing now! No more paint and they even washed it again so it’s all pretty. I walked the dog and woke up my son. We left at 9:45 to go to the orthodontist.

My son is NOT happy about the device she put in his mouth. He says he can’t talk or eat. I told him numerous times that he just has to get used to it. He finally told me at bedtime that he’s tired of hearing that. I didn’t say back that I’m tired of him complaining. πŸ˜‚ I had to practice with the doctor how to turn the device daily. We go back on March 7th to get his braces put on. She said this thing will stay in his mouth for at least 6months to widen his jaw. Poor kid. At least I only have to turn it once a day for 20 days!

I got him back home at 1:15pm. I had to get to the couple for groceries by 2. My moms friend was here again and they did a LOT in the garage. There is so much trash that I should probably call a hauling company. No, really, there is a TON! I still can’t park in there but it’s getting close. I’m so happy that it’s getting cleaned out! Even the manager here where we live saw them and said she’s happy. That’s pretty bad when the manager of the complex notices how much crap you have shoved in your garage! So my mom and her friend talked to me, asked me a bunch of stuff about getting rid of those paint cans (I called and will take them to the recycling center). So we talked until 1:40pm and so I really was rushing to my next job.

Also in the few minutes I spent at home, Mr. 95 year old called me about taking him to the country club for dinner last night. Yay! I’ve missed him so much! So I rush off to the couples house and and get there by 2pm. I take the husband to the bank and the grocery store which is where he said he needed to go. They have company coming in for the weekend so they needed food. He paid me for the night before and yesterday and I came back home arriving at 4:30. He also asked me to drive Friday night. Woo hoo, more money! I had to pick up Mr. 95 year old at 6pm so I came home.

Yes, I had an hour and a half between jobs. No, I didn’t feel like changing clothes, going to the gym, coming home to change again, and leave for work with no shower. So no gym yesterday. 😒 I was so busy that it’s okay. If I was this busy every day, i don’t know how I would work out!

I took Mr. 95 year old to the club and all the lights were out on the golf course. That’s not normal! I walked up to the building after parking and talked to the Valet guy. Ends up he had a stroke while I haven’t been coming the past couple of months and had to tell me all about it. He also told me that the person that brought my client last time was not good and Mr. 95 year old was screaming at her when he got out of the car. This man has never screamed at me so I can’t even imagine! He also said that the lights still weren’t fixed since the hurricane but I don’t believe that because I remember guys out there since then. Whatever, right?

I got home at 8:30pm. I got my son showered and in bed by 9. The gym closes at 10pm. I’m not sorry that I was in bed myself at 9:30! It was a VERY busy day! I was asleep by 9:45 too. I wasn’t tired at all, right?

I’m noticing I have nighttime anxiety lately. I’m not sure why. I may need my own session with the psychologist! It started up when my son went to bed. I took a bunch of deep breaths and turned on my thunderstorms to go to sleep. I refuse to go back on medicine because it made me forget things which is scary. It may just be I’m still afraid for my son. I really don’t know but I’m working through it.

Today, I have a meeting with another assisted living facility. I also need to take Cranky to the doctor. That’s it so I will have plenty of time to get a workout in. I’m looking forward to it too. I really missed going yesterday. I guess we all need a day off though. Mine just was NOT intentional!

I hope everyone has a great Thursday and the weekend is only a day or so away! Hugs πŸ€—