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Thursday, December 18, 2014

I have last night and tonight off of work and I don't have to go in until 8:45 tomorrow night. I'm glad to have the time off since I've worked everyday since starting there. I worked on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I do need the money but I also need the time off. I cannot begin to tell you how nice it is to have an income again and to have money to get what we need and want. I bought some stuff last night and mom didn't say anything. I bought calendars for 2015 to hang in my bedroom and the kitchen and one for mom for her office. Found them in the dollar section at Target last night. Found some ninja turtle stuff for Elijah for Christmas in the dollar section. Our Target has Starbucks and since I have the money I went ahead and got an extra special for me and Elijah. He was practically dragging me over to Starbucks. He was so happy to have an extra special. I took him to the truck stop after he got off the bus on Tuesday like I promised him I would. I was able to order pictures to be printed at Walgreens and get a book of stamps and get some new nail polish and get some face wash that I tried a sample of. Mom doesn't know about the face wash or the nail polish since her and Elijah sat in the car. I am going to see what I can get for her and Debbie probably at Walmart. I have an e-gift card from the savings catcher. Elijah is having a hard time with me going to work. We snuggled last night since I didn't have to go to work. Elijah's dad is going to be happy since I printed him out some pictures and got some stamps. I can send him the letter I've been working on and some pictures like he wants. He doesn't know that I have a job yet but he'll find out as soon as he gets the letter and the pictures. I'm going to work on a Christmas card for him and get it out today along with his letter. I'm going to make some good tips Friday and Saturday night with the bar rushes. I'll use that for like the holiday camp for Elijah for the next two weeks. I just need $75 for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for both weeks. I'm going to see when mom wants to go fill out the paper work for it.

On today's agenda is going to be shower, clean my room, do the dishes and work on mom's pine cone wreath and go to the fitness center. All before 1:25 when Elijah gets done. He has an early dismissal yesterday, today and tomorrow and then is off for two weeks. Something with the cooking and the cleaning has to change. All 3 of us now have jobs so that means I am not about to be cooking and cleaning everyday like I was when I wasn't working. Yes I am home during the day but guess what? I'll be sleeping during the day. Mom and Debbie have to step up. They probably won't knowing them. I'm better off living by myself if I'm going to be cooking and cleaning all the time.

I need to get back to the fitness center. I haven't gone since before I started work. I need to find a balance between work, exercising and eating right. The food at Waffle House isn't the best food to be eating. They don't have much of a healthy choice. Since I've started working I've been really hungry and nothing I eat stops the hunger. The only thing that does the trick is sleep. Monday night at work I was running on fumes. I woke up at 4:30 Monday morning and couldn't take a nap so I put up the Christmas tree by myself. Then I went to work from 8:45 to 2 and sat there from 2am to 5am until mom picked me up. By 7:50 I was in my bed all nice and comfy with the heat cranked up since I was cold. I'll be turning up the heat today as well since mom and Debbie are already at work. Elijah will be at school soon. Peace and quiet for me. I got on the scale this morning and I'm down another pound making it 26 pounds lost. I am 206 now and I haven't seen that number in years. I'm happy about it.

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COOP9002 12/18/2014 11:49AM

    Awesome job on your weight loss.

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WESTERNSAGE 12/18/2014 11:29AM

    Sounds as though all the walking on the job is helping with the weight loss. Great job! Congratulations on keeping an eye on the food choices - that's got to be tough. I'm really proud of you!

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NILLAPEPSI 12/18/2014 9:58AM

    emoticon on your weight loss!! emoticon

Glad you got some time off of work. Keep smiling! emoticon

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ROBBIEY 12/18/2014 8:26AM

  emoticon that is great down 26 lbs Awesome. I hope you get some time off soon.

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HMBROWN1 12/18/2014 8:21AM

    Congrats on the weight loss and the new job!

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Riding a Bike

Monday, December 15, 2014

Training started on Thursday with videos. Friday's training was washing the dishes. Saturday and Sundays training was basically me taking the tables by myself. Working at Waffle House is like riding a bike. The training wheels are off and the helmet is hanging on the handle bars. My trainer told my manager that I was ready. Normally they send people to another store for training and a class but I don't have to go because I'm officially done training and on my own! Starting tonight I get my own section. I work from 8:45pm to 2am. Going to wait for a few hours until the sun comes up or the bus gets to the bus stop at Walgreens across the street since mom and Debbie will both be sleeping at 2. I'll be making tips tonight. I'm working the same time tomorrow night. Since mom and I don't have the money to sign Elijah up for before and after school care then I'll be making every effort to get home as early as possible so mom can go to work. The sun starts to come up about 6:30 but if I can get the bus earlier than that then I'll be good. I"m excited to be skipping a step or two and to start getting tips. I'm hoping to make a decent amount so I can pay for at least before care for this week. Since I won't have the money for after care for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I'll be sleeping until about 1:30 all 3 days. The YMCA has a holiday camp that is $30 a day. It's expensive but I'll be able to do it if I'm working on Friday and Saturday nights. Plus next week I'm going to be dragging tonight at work. I woke up at 4:30 this morning and I couldn't fall asleep for a nap today. So I got out of bed and put up the Christmas tree by myself and put out a few other Christmas decorations. I may crash at the end of my shift later until about 5:30. When I was working at Waffle House in PA I would work 9pm to 7am like once a week and I would get a rush for a little while and then I'd clean the dishes and bleach the cups and mugs and coffee pots and filters and then clean up until about 3 and then sleep until about 6. The cook would sleep until I went to sleep. I would finish up my side work from 6 to 7.

Now that I have a job I have to find a balance between working, exercising and eating. Since starting work I haven't been exercising. While I'm at work it's a little difficult to eat. Thursday I didn't eat until about 1. Friday I was able to eat breakfast and lunch. Saturday and Sunday I was only able to eat breakfast. Today I'm going to see how night shift works and squeeze something in. I'm going to be stashing as much cash as I possibly can. I want to get a spark tracker so I can stop using the moves app on my phone and save the battery.

Mom has already spent my first paycheck. She says there are bills that need paid. No I don't mind paying bills but if I am ever going to get a car and get my own place I am going to have to pay off my credit cards. She doesn't even care about my credit cards at all and I'm not even asking for a dime from her from all of the charges she's put on my credit cards on the move down here. I am going to stash as much cash as I possibly can and get my credit cards paid off one at a time if I have too. I really don't care what she says about the credit cards and if she starts fussing about it then I'll start asking for money from her to help pay for what she's put on my credit cards. I've had two of my friends tell me that I'd be better off moving back to PA and that mom is only holding me back from bettering myself and moving out away from her. She's trying to talk me out of moving back to PA. Quite honestly it's not working. I'm not going to live my life in fear. She can if she wants to but I'm not. I'm basically done with my mom and my sister. Like my best friend said screw my mom. I just feel like I am taking 1 step forward with getting this job and taking 2 steps back. If it was up to my mom I'll never get ahead. Two of my friends have both said that my mom is using me. One of them said she's using me as a crutch. Agreed. If it wasn't for me getting food stamps we wouldn't have food or a place to live because mom can't afford both food and rent and Debbie is no help with food at all. All she does is pay the cell phones which is less than what I get in food stamps. Some things are about to change tho now that I'm working. I'm not about to be cooking and cleaning every single day after work. Mom and Debbie are going to have to start stepping up to do some of the cooking and putting away dinner.

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NILLAPEPSI 12/16/2014 7:57AM

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WESTERNSAGE 12/16/2014 2:51AM

    It sounds as though you have a good handle on the situation and have taken the first step to becoming independent. Keep on going - and keep up the good work.

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Called Back

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Last week I had 2 interviews for Waffle House and at the second interview the guy said they would call me back either that afternoon or the next day. Well I got a call back. It was just like a week later. I have everything but the black shoes. Well I have black shoes but they are in the form of nice black boots that are comfortable but not enough to work in all day and I'm not wearing my nice black boots to work at Waffle House until I get the black shoes. The lady said to call her back when I got my shoes and we will talk about a start date. I called mom and she said that she didn't have the money until after the first of the year. She asked if my neighbor still owed me money and I said she did and mom asked if she was going to pay me and she said she wouldn't have the money until after the first of the year. Great. So then I texted my sister and she said that she'll look at her bank account and see if she can get me shoes. It turns out she can but she can't do much more than $20 which works for me. So I'm guessing at some point me and her are going to go take a trip to Walmart to get me a pair of cheap black shoes. Next thing on the list is to figure out what to do with Elijah in the mornings since I'll more than likely be working until 7am. So between the time I start this job and get a better one with better hours I'll be able to stash some cash in my lock box since I'll be getting cash tips on a daily basis and cash paychecks on a weekly basis. I'll be able to get something nice for Elijah for his birthday. Plus the sooner I'll start then I won't have to watch my neighbor's whiny brat daughter since she's off an extra week from school. Makes me happy if I don't have to watch her. I'm probably going to be getting the 9pm to 7am shift which is alright with me because I'll still be able to spend the evenings with Elijah and get him off the bus. I'm hoping to bring home at least $50-$75 if not more every night I work since it's a 10 hour shift. I'm not sure how many I'll be working with. When I worked that shift it was just me as server and a grill cook except on Friday and Saturday nights. There were 2 servers and a grill cook because of the bars closing at 2.

Yesterday I took a rest day. I'll be going to the fitness center when my sister gets home. She forgot her keys here and I really don't want to give her mine if she leaves before me and she ends up going somewhere. I don't want to be locked outside until she gets home. It's only a little after 11:30 so I have time if I want to. I'll be able to go earlier in the mornings if I work the 9pm to 7am shift since we'll probably put Elijah in a before and after care program which will more than likely be at the YMCA since I'll be able to pick him up after school. We go grocery shopping on Sunday after church. I am going to look at the sales ads that came in the mail yesterday. Walmart has the savings catcher. Our coffee is on sale somewhere so I'll get the difference on mom's coffee and my coffee. I'm going to get 2 for me so that way I have enough to last me until next month and mom will get 1. Love the savings catcher. That will help with a better pair of shoes from Walmart or something else.

I wondered that for over two hours this morning before crawling out of bed at 4am. I've missed getting up that early but I don't like my bladder being a wake up call. My bed was comfy and the blankets were so warm and I really didn't want to get out of bed this morning to pee. So I laid there for over 2 hours. By the time I got up at 4 my bladder was hurting really badly and I couldn't sleep any longer.I'm starting to feel tired now. Not entirely sure if I am going to watch Law and Order: SVU and Chicago PD tonight or wait to watch it on the app on my phone tomorrow so I can go to sleep earlier. They don't start until 8 and 9. I'll wait and see how tired I am by then.

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COOP9002 12/11/2014 8:07PM

    Hope the job helps you get to where you want to be.

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    So glad for you that you got the job. emoticon

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WESTERNSAGE 12/10/2014 4:11PM

    Congratulations on getting work! I'm sure this will work out for you - cash now, experience and exposure for a better job later.

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DEEKELLYE 12/10/2014 3:23PM

    Thanks y'all! I got the shoes today thanks to my sister and I go in tomorrow morning to do paperwork and to watch a video.

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NILLAPEPSI 12/10/2014 2:15PM

    Best wishes!! emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/10/2014 2:13PM

    Good luck, I hope you enjoy your new job!

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WESAPHILLIPS 12/10/2014 1:31PM

  Good luck with your new job!

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Dirty Dishes

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

I was planning on doing the dishes yesterday but never got around to doing them. So they are not so nicely stacked on the counter above the dishwasher until I get around to doing them. Debbie is off today but I highly doubt that she'll be doing dishes since she rarely does them. She barely cooks as it is. I really don't expect her to come out of her room much but then again I'll barely be going out of my room much today since she's home. Yesterday I was able to get a lot of Elijah's blanket for Christmas done. I got the center of it done yesterday and I started on the sides of it last night. I'm not sure if I have enough of the yarn but we shall wait and see. I'm hoping to be done with it by the end of this week if not next week before I do Elijah's clothes so I can wash and dry it. Elijah doesn't have a blanket for in the living room when he's cold and mom doesn't like him to mess with the blankets on the back of the couch. I have a blanket that I made on the back of the chair for in the living room. His blanket is going to be in shades of blue. It'll be long enough for him but I'm hoping it'll be wide enough as well. I may have to go back to Hobby Lobby and get another skein of the Castle Rock yarn. I have 2 skeins of it. One for each side. Once I get it done I'll post a picture of it. Elijah and I are going to make mom a pine cone wreath for Christmas. We've been collecting pine cones for it. All we have to do now is get the hot glue gun and glue sticks out and put it together. We'll get some more pine cones this week and next week and the following week we'll put it together while he's off of school. We have large pine cones and small pine cones. The pine cones are different shades. Some are grey and some are brown. I'll post a picture of that as well. My neighbor gave me this picture frame wall hanging thing. It has a plaque that says family and it has 8 4x6 picture frames and a 5x7 frame. So I'm thinking that in the 5x7 putting a picture of the 4 us and then putting a picture of Debbie's cat next to it and then on either side putting a picture of both sets of grandparents. On the top I'm going to get a picture of me, mom, Debbie and Elijah and a quote about family and give that to Debbie for Christmas. The pictures won't cost very much to print out from Walgreens or Walmart. I talked to mom about it and she thought it was a good idea and is going to look for a picture of the grandparents.

Friday was a meat lovers day. I grabbed a package of pork chops out of the freezer and cooked them. There was only 3 in the package and it was the last package. Nobody was home either. So I cooked up all 3 pieces of pork chops on the griddle and put some garlic powder, salt and pepper on both sides. Man they were tasty. I had 2 for breakfast and 1 for lunch. Dinnertime I had some chicken and peas. After dinner I had a carrot and something else. It was a low calorie day but I didn't feel hungry. I'm thinking about getting 5 pounds of pork chops and putting 2 in a package and then just eating them. I feel no shame in guilt in eating an entire package of pork chops and not telling anybody about it. I got on the scale on Saturday morning and I lost 3 of the 4 pounds I gained from the week of Thanksgiving. I cleaned out the fridge on Friday and I threw out a lot of left overs. That right there is one of the biggest reasons why I don't like cooking for the family because I end up throwing a lot away and that's wasting food and money. Pasta is one of the things that don't last very long. It barely lasts til the next day. I made some T-bone steaks for dinner last night and I ended up eating most of it and finishing up the broccoli. Mom doesn't like it reheated unless it's with eggs. Debbie didn't eat very much of it. Once I get a job and some money I'm going to buy a bunch of pork chops from like Sam's Club and have them slice it up thinly. Debbie gave me the idea of it. That worked for her for losing weight.

I made it to the fitness center yesterday and did 30 minutes on the elliptical. At first I didn't like the elliptical but then I wasn't able to walk on the treadmill as much anymore after twisting my ankle and I don't always feel like using the bike because I'm tired of sitting. I burn up a sweat on the elliptical. It's kinda gross but on the other hand it's not. I am so glad that my mom got me an iTunes gift card for my birthday last year. Since then my iTunes playlist has grown. I borrow CDs from the library and I'm able to put those songs on iTunes. The library is where I get most of my songs. I even got one of my new favorite songs from the library. I requested the library purchase Wow Hits 2014 and 2015 and when I found them in the system on the website I put holds on both. Just waiting for them to be ready to be picked up. For years mom used to get me the Wow Hits CDs for Christmas but since we moved I haven't gotten any and I'm thankful for the library. I've put some of my own CDs onto iTunes. Haven't put them all since I have a lot of CDs. I either need a phone with bigger storage or one of those music players like an iPod or something so I can get more songs. I have a ton on my computer. I just don't have enough space on my phone. I need one of those things that has room for at least 1000 songs or more. I'm probably close to like 500 by now. It's nice to work out with a long list and 30 minutes flies by. I'll probably be dragging Elijah to the fitness center with me the 2 weeks that he's home. My neighbor's daughter is home from school from December 22 to January 9. I'm hoping it's a misprint because she wants me to watch her daughter the third week and Elijah's in school that week and I really don't feel like watching her all week especially since Elijah's at school and she's a whiny little brat. I watched her on Saturday and I can honestly say that in the 3-4 hours that I was over there I have never heard my name being called so often. It's like shut up. If I have to watch her I'll be dragging her to the fitness center that week. I'm hoping to make some kind of deal with her parents so that I can get at least Monday and Friday to myself. Maybe take her to her grandparents house those two days. Those two days are laundry days. I do mine on Monday and Elijah's and the towels on Friday. I'll be going to the fitness center in a little while and possibly be doing some videos on YouTube. Love YouTube. It's great.

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DEEKELLYE 12/10/2014 7:11AM

    Lets do it!

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NILLAPEPSI 12/9/2014 7:39PM

    Girl, you just give me a call & I'll be in that fort with you in a heartbeat.

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Hint of Sarcasm

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The first interview yesterday went better than the first one because with the first interview a lady did it and the second a guy did it and for what ever unknown reason when I get interview by guys I get thrown off. So the guy asked me about transportation and I was like if my mom and sister can't take me then I'll walk since I live on the other side of the underpass for the interstate. Then he's like what if it's raining? I was like I will roll up my pants and get an umbrella. I said that in a straight face. When I told my sister about it she burst out laughing. Seriously I'm not going to melt because I'm not made of sugar and I'm not really that sweet. Maybe I'll grow a little taller with the rain kinda like plants do when they get watered. What kind of question was that? He said they would call sometime yesterday afternoon if not today.

Last night my neighbor calls me and wants me to come over and see something. I get there and her daughter's room is actually clean. The only reason why it's clean is because she's getting a new bed today. She said she was going to probably give me a little more money since I did 4 loads of laundry instead of 3. I'm not complaining since I do need the money for Christmas for Elijah and I'm not entirely sure about the job at Waffle House with my hint of sarcasm about the pants and umbrella in the rain. She did do another load or two of laundry and there is dirty clothes in a basket at the end of the hallway. I may just go over and finish up the laundry. Her husband doesn't know that I did the laundry. He thinks I'm getting money for helping clean his daughter's room. She said that he doesn't need to know that I did the laundry. She says she wants me to come over every other week and clean their apartment and she'll pay me for it. I can seriously have it clean by the time the first load is done in the dryer. She gave me a set of keys to her apartment and I was thinking about saving my quarters and using their dryer but it sucks. The third load of clothes that I did for them took over 2 hours to dry. I can stick enough quarts in to dry two loads of clothes in one dryer for an hour and it'll be dry. I'll stick with what I'm doing. Even if I get the job at Waffle House I can clean before going home and taking a shower or on my day off during the week if I get a day off during the week. I wasn't planning on staying very long. I went over about 8 and didn't leave until 10. We sat and talked after she put her daughter to bed. I'm really tired because I was up a lot during the night coughing. I think my bronchitis might be back. That's how it was last time. I'm going to be changing my health insurance here at some point so I can actually go see the doctor as well as the girly type doctor. There's one option that gives gift cards for weight loss and gives other stuff. So I might be going with that one. I think it might include dental as well. I need some wisdom teeth pulled out.

I some how got over an hour worth of walking in yesterday. Not entirely sure how that happened since I had the two interviews, and didn't take a walk or two around the complex. I did go to Hobby Lobby yesterday to get some more yarn for Elijah's blankets. I'll take it. It's over 6000 steps. The day before I got over 2 hours worth of walking time and over 12000 steps. At some point I need to sit down and track all of the fitness minutes and steps I've taken since the challenge ended a couple of weeks ago. It shouldn't take much more than 15-20 minutes to do. I've slacked off on that. I got my moves app on my phone so that's going to make it easier. I'll be going to the fitness center in a little while and using the elliptical. I hope there's no one in there when I go. I love having the fitness center to myself. No TV. No people. Just me and my head phones and my music.

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THROOPER62 12/8/2014 6:53AM

    emoticon Love the answer to what if it is raining

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MALIAN1 12/5/2014 10:25AM

    Good luck with the job - sounds like things are starting to go your way. Woohoo!

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MPETERSON23111 12/4/2014 4:28PM

    I hope the job comes- and way to go on the walking!

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DEEKELLYE 12/4/2014 3:37PM

    Thanks y'all!

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NILLAPEPSI 12/4/2014 3:02PM

    Best wishes! I love your answer to "what if it's raining?" You go girl!! emoticon

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COOP9002 12/4/2014 11:31AM

    Blessings on your job.

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WESTERNSAGE 12/4/2014 10:54AM

    Good luck with the job. Actually it is inappropriate, bordering on illegal in some cases, to ask about your specific transportation plans. Do you have a plan for getting to work is a legitimate question; how you get to work is your own business. You can volunteer the information, but he shouldn't ask. Still, this job could be a stepping stone to something better. Hope you get it.

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JUNA89 12/4/2014 10:32AM

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