School for 1st grade and up started August 11 and August 18th for pre-k and kindergarten and it's almost the end of November so you would think that there would be a routine set in place on getting the kids to the bus stop on time. Not with a certain few parents. There are several parents who have 2 or 3 kids. One parent has 3 kids and walks to the bus stop every morning and is rarely, if ever, late. There is another lady who has 3 kids but drives her kids to the bus stop. Again rarely, if ever late. Then there are 2 parents who have 3 kids each who usually drive their kids to the bus stop and if the one parent doesn't drive they walk and they get there just as the bus is getting there if not slightly after the kids who are already there are on the bus. Today the one parent was late and ended up missing the bus completely. She got there after the bus drove away. If the lady who has 3 kids that walks to the bus can make it on time to the bus stop there is no excuse for the parents who drive their kids to the bus stop to be late. Yes I know it's difficult to get 1 kid out the door on time and I can't imagine having 3 kids to get out the door but the two ladies who have 3 kids that are at the bus stop on time every morning shows that it's possible to get out the door on time. The parents/kids who are late are constantly late. It's not a once in a while thing it's nearly every day. It's on rare occasion that they are actually there before the bus gets there. Which is sad especially since the one drives her kids everyday. My friend Tammy and I just laughed at this lady who made her kids miss the bus because she can't get them out the door on time. Get up an extra 10-15 minutes if you can't get up 30 minutes earlier. I know it's hard getting up in the morning. I get Elijah up by 6:30 if he's not up already. I'll let him watch TV until 7 and then get him dressed and by 7:15-7:20 we are walking out the door. We have 45-50 minutes for him to wake up, eat if he's hungry and get dressed and it takes less than 10 minutes to walk to the front to catch the bus. We are usually up front by 7:30. Elijah gets a few minutes to run around with the other kids. This routine has been going on since the first day of school. It's not always easy but a routine is established.
I love these little cartoon quotes. I found a few on Pinterest here and there but yesterday I found a whole bunch of them and I saved as many as I could with the time I had. I am home alone and loving it again today. Debbie worked at 6 again today. Mom left by 6:30. Elijah was on the bus at 7:40. I was out of the shower by 8:15. Had my smoothie by 8:30. I used vanilla almond milk instead of the dark chocolate. There isn't that much of the dark chocolate so I might end up drinking the rest of it at some point in time today or tomorrow. I was talking to my older half sister yesterday (same dad, different mom) and she works from home and was in the same situation as I am with not having a car. She gave me some names of companies. I'm going to check them out today and see which one works for me the best and hopefully I can get started with that soon. She asked about working from home and I told her I've been looking for years and what I've found always want an arm and a leg to start. That's when she gave me some legit ones to work from. It'll take a while to get a routine down with that one but it'll be an income and I could get my credit cards paid off, get a car and eventually get my own place. Working from home would be a start since I'm home all the time and it'll be easier now that Elijah's in school. I could work a little bit after he goes to bed. That's what my older sister does. She says she likes it. I found a few pins on Pinterest to help with scheduling. Eventually I'll be able to get a new computer. That's a smaller goal I could work towards. One of the things I am going to do is get a bunch of ink and card stock paper and print out some of my favorites I've saved and put them up on some cork board and use it as a motivational thing in my room and then expand it once I get my own place.
I did the candle stick video on Tuesday and spent yesterday sore. It's been a while since I've done that video. Love it tho. I've done the candle stick dipper move 4 minutes on each side. Feel the burn. Love the burn. Not sure if I'm going to the fitness center today or not. I took two walks yesterday since it was 60s. Today is supposed to be 70 so I may be walking later. I'm pretty excited that The Biggest Loser is on tonight! It's not on next week because of Thanksgiving. Not sure when the next episode is going to be on. I'll miss it next week for sure.
I am a happy camper right about now. Debbie left for work before I got up this morning. Starting yesterday she works at 6am everyday she works between yesterday and Christmas. Sucks being at work at that time, I know because for the last year and a half or so at Bob Evans I had to be at work at 6:30 every day. Debbie doesn't get a day off until Thanksgiving and then she works 4 days after that. That sucks but at the same time she volunteered to pick up extra days/hours and it'll make a nice pay check. Mom left at 6:30. Then Elijah got on the bus at 7:40. So here I am sitting happily at my desk with my pumpkin pie smoothie. Debbie says she'll probably work until 3 or 4 every day. She got home after 3 yesterday. I'm not sure who will be home first Debbie or Elijah. I'm good either way as long as it's about 3 or later when somebody gets home first. I LOVE having the apartment to myself. I don't have to walk into a dark living room. Another reason I'm happy is because the status of my unclaimed property moved to the last step on the 17th and that means the money should be here this week. I'm hoping it'll be here today or tomorrow so I can walk down to the bank and cash it and get some quarters and then get a book of stamps at Walgreens. It's supposed to be in the 60s today. I am loving the weather and how it's getting a little bit warmer. Supposed to be 60s and 70s the rest of this week and all of next week. I'll take that over what we've been having. I'll be in this good mood all day today. I don't have to wait for a shower between now and Christmas since mom and Debbie both leave before 6:30. Elijah is home all next week for Thanksgiving and since Debbie will only be home on Thursday I don't have to hear her complain about him. She doesn't like him and she's the reason why I want to move out and get Elijah away from her. I know she's his aunt but she creates a toxic environment with her attitude and the way she thinks. She's so much like my mom's recent ex husband it's not even funny. I feel bad for Elijah because he tries and she's just nasty to him and I can't do anything about it. No he's not perfect and contrary to what she thinks neither is she. My sister and I will never be as close as my wants us to be, nor do I want to be close to her and she doesn't want to be close to me. My neighbor is an idiot. She wants to crochet a blanket that is big enough for her and her husband to use at night without fighting over it. I told her she has to measure it. She starts another chain that's 3 feet too long for a queen size bed and she wants me to do the first 5 rows. I started on it and I thought it looked to big. So I measured it this morning and had to undo the first row and take off about 3 feet. Seriously woman measure it. So I'll be working on the first 5 rows here and there today. Not going to spend too much time on it because it's 5 rows. I'll work on it tonight while I'm watching Law and Order: SVU and Chicago PD. I'm a bit upset that I had to take some of it off but I should have measured it before I started working on it. I used my mom's bed since she has a queen size bed.
Yesterday I did a few of Cassie Ho's videos on YouTube and I went for a walk. It wasn't as chilly yesterday as it was the day before. I don't like being outside in the cold much less being cold. I sleep with a ton of blankets on my bed every night. I feel naked without them. Today I'm probably going to go to the fitness center and use the elliptical and lift some weights. I'll go for a walk around the complex this afternoon when it warms up. I like 60s and 70s and 80s and sunny. That's my kind of weather. If I could have it my way it would only rain at night when we aren't outside. Love listening to the rain as I am laying in bed. Sunday or Monday night it was raining and we had tornado warnings and one of the boys who live in the apartment next door decided to sit in his car and listen to his music. It was raining heavily and I had my radio on and I can still hear the words of the song and his car was parked about 100 feet away from my window. Seriously? If I can hear it with all the other stuff going on it's entirely way too loud. So after like 20-30 minutes there were still no signs of him turning it down or turning it off so I asked my mom if I should call the cops and she said I should. So I did. I stood in her room so he nobody would know it was me because a few months ago he was one of the people involved in a fight next door and he had a gun. So like 2 minutes after I called the cops his mother comes out and the music either gets turned down or off. Not sure if the cops came or not or what they did. There is no need to have music on that loud let alone at 9 or 10 at night. Most of the people my age and younger have no respect for others. I'm moving into a house when I move out. A house that doesn't have neighbors so close together. I hate living in an apartment complex.
This month I wanted to get more fruits and veggies. Succeeded slightly with that in that I got a big bag of oranges and carrots at Sam's Club. We normally get the carrots at Sam's Club. I got broccoli at Sam's Club and some yellow cherry tomatoes. I wanted to get some spinach but unfortunately that didn't happen. Albertson's has a sale on Ken's salad dressing. It's buy one, get one free. Ken's makes the Asian salad dressing that I like. Unfortunately Albertson's didn't have that kind. I think I got the Asian salad dressing at Winn Dixie. I can't find it at Walmart. When we got home on Friday from Sam's Club I grabbed an orange and ate it. I ate an orange for breakfast yesterday and today. I'll continue to eat oranges for breakfast until they are gone. I got Elijah a bag of apples at Walmart. I love oranges and Elijah loves apples. Yesterday morning before Debbie left for work she saw the salmon in the fridge and she's like so Deanna whatcha making for dinner and I'm like mac n cheese with lots of peppers and hotdogs and she's you're a horrible person. She likes when I make the salmon with the honey, soy sauce and minced garlic marinade. I got the recipe from SparkPeople and tweaked it a little bit. More honey than soy sauce. I diced up a few potatoes and sliced up an onion and cooked them in a little bit of butter and minced garlic. I asked Elijah if he knew what potato chips were made of and he said potatoes and I told him what these were and asked him if he wanted to try it and he said he did so I gave him a little bite and he's like I love it and I asked him if he wanted a slice of potato and he said yes so I gave him one and he's like I love real potatoes. I was like potato chips are made with real potatoes. I'm glad he was willing to try it and he liked it. Not sure if he'll eat it again or not. He's like you're the best cook ever. I try. Some things turn out better than others.
Last night I couldn't fall asleep. I borrowed my first book from the library's overdrive app and began reading it while Elijah was watching his movie until my battery on my tablet went down to like 20%. After I put Elijah to bed I went into my sister's room where her and mom were for a little while and then went into my room and read some more. At 9:30 I put the tablet down and turned out the light and attempted to sleep. I had to go to the bathroom and I can't go to sleep until I go. So I went and then laid back down. So after 11 I'm still awake so I get up and get a drink and go to the bathroom again and read for a little while and laid back down. After midnight I was nearly asleep and Elijah came into my room. He sleep walks. So he went to the bathroom and I changed his pants and underwear and leave his room and I go to the bathroom again. So finally after midnight I get to sleep. Then my 5am alarm rings. I needed to get up early because Debbie has to work today but doesn't know what time and her manager didn't give her a starting time. I lay in bed until a little after my 5:30 alarm goes off and after I got up I got my coffee and then got my shower. While I was putting lotion on I hear somebody in the bathroom. It was Elijah. He was up before 6:30 today. Mom was up after 11 last night so I'm not entirely sure if we are going to church today. Mom's not up yet and I'm not planning on being her alarm clock any time soon.
For this challenge my goal was to lose 10.5 pounds and I lost 1 pound this challenge. Started off at 210 and finished at 209. When I first started losing weight it took me about 10 months to get out of the 220s and stay below the 220 so I'm thinking that it's going to take me a while to get below 209 and stay below 209. The challenge goal was left unmet. The goal to stay under $100 at Sam's Club was also unmet. I figured that since I am getting meat at the meat store I could get away with not spending so much. The expensive things we bought were a bag of oranges, salmon, cheese, and chicken.This is going to be a learning tool. I am going to sit down and figure out what exactly I bought and adjust it for next month. I had a few recipes planned out that I'm not going to be able to make because of the trip to Sam's Club. I definitely wanted some oranges. I figured mom would be mad because I went to the gas station while I was waiting for Elijah to get off the bus and got me and him each a bag of chips and a drink. He stayed home on Monday. He had 3 good days at school out of 4 so it was my little treat for him. I like to be able to do something nice for him. Plus I have no idea when I am going to be getting the unclaimed property check or how much it's going to be. I have an idea of what it's going to be and I hope that it's that amount. Waiting on it is irritating the snot out of me. I didn't have to wait this long when I lived in PA waiting on unclaimed property from PA. I could get the check in December which isn't going to help when I want to get something for Elijah the week of Thanksgiving when he's home all week.
Elijah picked out a chapter book called Wolf and we've been slowly reading a chapter before bed. Sometimes it's two chapters sometimes it one chapter but some nights we don't read a chapter. We are close to finishing. We are half way thru chapter 18 and we have 1 more chapter after that and it is a short one. I told him it didn't have any pictures and asked him if he still wanted it and he said yes. I wasn't sure if he would sit and listen but he does. Some nights he sits better than others. I have a few books that are going back to the library unread because I just don't feel like reading them but some of the unread I've already read before. I have a few on hold ready to be picked up already. Two will be held until Friday so I am going to see if mom will pick them up on Monday. I'll return the ones in the bag when we go the next time.
Today is the last day of week 8 of the 5% challenge and tomorrow is the last weigh in. This challenge has gone fast. It was the first challenge I was in that Elijah was at school and I could walk whenever I wanted and spend more time at the fitness center and go to the fitness center earlier during the day. How ever old habits die hard. I've been walking, not so much now that it's colder outside and I have yet to go to the fitness center this week. I'm not going to make it to my 5% goal this time around. If I would have watched was I was eating better then I might be closer. I'm not going to give up. Since it is getting colder then I'm going to start using the fitness center more. I don't exactly like being inside all the time but it's also getting colder. I don't like being cold. I checked the 10 day forecast on weather.com and there are more days in the 50s than there are in the 60s and the are some days in the 40s. 40s and 50s may not seem cold to some people but here it's cold. Yesterday it didn't get out of the 40s and the one lady who works in the office had her hood up and pulled the strings so there's only a small opening in the hood. I had a hat and scarf on. It felt colder on Wednesday because of the rain. It's supposed to be 51 and sunny today so that'll be a nice afternoon walk. The grey clouds kinda bum me out a bit.
So I got some new recipes this week. Some from Pinterest and some from this guy who commented on a friends picture. I got everything printed out and found my mom's 3 hole puncher and punched in holes for the recipes I printed out yesterday and the ones I've printed out before and stuck them all in my recipe binder and I grabbed the binder that I use for the grocery list and sat down at the kitchen table and looked thru everything. I had started a list and a weekly meal plan but I know we aren't going to stick with it so I picked a few things. 3 recipes are for the crock pot and 3 are not. I made a list of the ingredients that we have and a list for the ingredients we don't have. So I am going to sit down today and look at Elijah's lunch menu and see what days he'll be eating at school and what days he'll be bringing a lunch. I'll be using the list of the stuff we need and seeing what store we are getting the stuff at. The meat special we are getting includes 2 pounds of round steak and one of the recipes calls for 1 pound of the round steak. I'll be using SparkPeople for recipes on some of the meat as well as Pinterest or another recipe site.
I woke up just before 4:15 this morning because nobody turned off the light in the kitchen above the stove. At first I thought it might be Debbie who's up or maybe Elijah turned on his bedroom light or something. I waited until 4:15 to get up to see what the source of the light was and everybody but the cat was sleeping in their respective beds. I was already annoyed and couldn't go back to sleep so I just got up and got my coffee and came into my room. Today I am going to have to clean off ledge at the bottom of my window and put down something to help block the cold air. I'd put up plastic around my window but I wouldn't be able to open or close my blinds. Last year I put down the top sheet of the one sheet set that I have and don't like to use because it's uncomfortable and it's hard to make and I really don't like the pattern. I don't have a piece of fabric big enough to stretch across the entire window so the sheet works. All of the plants from outside are located in my bedroom. Tuesday while mom was home we cleaned off the back patio. Debbie was off as well but Elijah had school. I decided to combine the 3 spider plants that were on the patio and the spider plant I had hanging in my bedroom into one of the big pots and bring it into my bedroom. I had 2 tomato plants outside. One wasn't doing so well and the other was doing a little better and I noticed a yellow flower so that one came into my bedroom. We left the ivy outside until Wednesday. I was going to keep it in the living room but if the cat ate it the cat would die so now it's hanging up where the spider plant was. The three plants will be in my room until it warms up in like March. No I don't mind. Especially the tomato plant because I want to see the tomatoes grow and eat the tomatoes. Hopefully by having the plants in my room I'll regain some of my green thumb that seems to be popping in and out of life.