Time has been flying since Elijah started schools. My days definitely do not drag like they used before he started school. There were days when it was like only 9 or 10 in the morning and it felt like it should be 3 or 4 in the afternoon. I think part of the reason for that was because I was bored and wasn't able to have the quietness I have now. I can't believe that it is halfway thru Elijah's second full week of school. His good days didn't come until last Thursday and Friday. Monday and yesterday weren't so good for him. I am hoping that today and the rest of the week will be good days. I've been using the treadmill everyday. Not always at the same time everyday but I go. Next week I may or may not have a buddy to go to. My sister is moving down here. She's leaving Saturday morning and will be here sometime on Sunday or Monday. She's been exercising since like April or something and has lost a bunch of weight. She works and doesn't have any kids so she is able to exercise more when she's not at work. Mom hasn't been going to the fitness center because she was put on an antibiotic. My neighbor hasn't been exercising since I canceled the one night we were talking about going because I was really tired because of the medication. I knew she wouldn't go if I don't go with her. I don't know how much my upstairs neighbor goes to the fitness center since I started going earlier in the day. I am not responsible for other people's exercise habits and when they go. I am responsible for my fitness habits and when I go to the fitness center.
It took me a few tries to finally get songs from CDs to iTunes on my computer to iTunes on my phone. Now I know how to do it. The Imagination Movers had a new CD out on iTunes and mom got the CD and was able to put it on her iTunes and from there a blank CD. So last night I was looking for a computer program and I found 2 blank CDs still with the plastic wrap on the cases and I was like I am going to attempt to put some of my favorite songs from iTunes on the CDs. After Elijah went to bed I got on my computer and got on iTunes and created a new playlist and ended up with 30 songs on the playlist and then I put the playlist on both of the CDs. I put the CDs in my CD player last night and guess what?! IT WORKS! Both CDs work! First try at it too. Go me! I am proud of myself. Technology and I don't always get along so this is a happy dance type moment. I've been playing a few of my favorite songs very loudly in my bedroom while Elijah is at school and at the end of the one song I was playing a cop car pulls up in front of my window. Not entirely sure why the cop was there but I decided not to play any more music after that. Don't want any trouble at all. I love my music! I even started playing my flute and oboe again after over a year and a half of not playing. I have definitely missed playing. I emailed the preacher and told him not to get to excited but I have been playing my instruments and if I get a hymn list from him, his wife or the music director then I'll start playing in church again since I am able to practice the hymns that I don't know during the day.
I am loving the peace and quiet in the apartment every day and the fact that I can clean it and it stays clean and quiet until Elijah comes home. I've been spending a lot of time in my room since school started. I love being in my room. Always have and I always will. It's a little space all of my own. That is, of course, until I get my own place and then the place will be my own with Elijah. The TV isn't on all day every day like it used to be. I'll watch a little bit of TV if it's something that I like to watch. I am enjoying the ability to watch my shows without somebody getting into something or whining and crying because it's not his shows. Elijah doesn't watch much TV during the day either since he's at school.
Elijah had a wonderful day yesterday and since he was in the purple he was able to go to the centers. I hope he has another good day today. I packed him a lunch today because beef and bean burrito is on the menu as well as cor, baked beans, cabbage salad and peach slices. The only thing he'll eat is the peaches. The peaches are good but not enough for lunch. I packed him a peanut butter sandwich, cheese, and grapes and I put some milk in his lunch box. His lunch box is insulated so a few ice cubes in his milk should be good until 10:40 when he eats lunch. I put some carrots in his bag for a snack. I feel bad for him because he's been crying on the bus because he misses me. I told him that everything will be alright and that I'll be waiting for him at the end of the day when he gets off the bus. I am so hoping that he has a good day again like he did yesterday. We walked and talked again this morning and he had a bowl of cereal and some cheese for breakfast. The walk and talk worked yesterday. So if that helps him we'll keep doing it as long as possible. He might have some troubles after my sister gets here. He doesn't do well with change.
This week has gone by so fast. I have gotten so much done this week in the cleaning department. I like a clean and quiet apartment. This weekend me and Elijah will be spending some time together. We'll probably watch some Netflix on my TV in my room. I like Netflix. I haven't watched anything on Netflix while Elijah's at school. I did watch a DVD yesterday in the living room and worked on some of the latch hook project. I have 2 more DVDs that I am going to watch today in the living room and I'll be working on my latch hook project again. I'll get a dent in the project and I'll get to enjoy the DVDs. I might get an early start on them. I don't know if I should do Elijah's laundry today or wait until Monday. He has two uniforms so I could get away with waiting until Monday. I really don't want to carry the clothes down to the fitness center to dry them today. I may wait until tomorrow so that way all of his clothes are cleaned.
I got on the treadmill and did 30 minutes this morning after Elijah was on the bus. I came home and made myself some tea before going to the fitness center. It was a nice workout. I didn't lift weights this morning. I might pop in a DVD here in a little while. I love working out in the mornings. Me and Elijah went on a little walk this morning before he got on the bus. We talked about things while on our walk. Him being at school is the longest we have been apart in almost 3 years and school is a big change for him. Elijah doesn't handle change very well and it takes him a while to get used to things. I told him that I wouldn't send him any where that wasn't safe. He told me he misses me and I told him that I missed him all day. He asked if I thought about him and I told him all day. I sent Elijah's a teacher an email last night asking if his behavior was an all day thing or if it was in the morning or in the afternoon. Kindergarten eats lunch at 10:40 in the morning and don't eat until the kids get home. That is a long time for a 5 year old to go without a snack. His teacher said his behavior was all day and that if hunger is the issue then I could him with a snack for in the afternoon. I told her that I was going to start doing that starting tomorrow and I told her that he'll be bringing a lunch since he's not going to eat what's on the menu for the next 3 days of school. I asked if he could still have milk and she said she would talk to the cafeteria because he's been drinking pink milk every day. Why he picks pink milk over chocolate or white milk is beyond me. I don't ask on some things. Here it's not milk, it's white milk or chocolate milk. Mom printed out the menu for the school year so we know what he's eating and to pack a lunch if we know it's not something he's going to eat. Most of the stuff he'll eat but not all of it. I am going to be working on cutting up carrots into carrot sticks so he can have that for a snack. We're going to start getting snacks for school and things for lunches that he'll eat.
I've noticed that yesterday and today that I've been hungrier than usual. I'm not sure if it's because I'm working out in the mornings now or what. One of my favorite go to meals is an egg in an avocado. I found it on Pinterest and it's an avocado cut in half and an egg where the seed is and add some seasonings to it and put it in the oven at 350 until the egg is cooked to your liking. It tastes so yummy. I love it. It's delicious and nutritious. I love Pinterest. I have pinned a few things about lunch ideas for kids. I am going to look at the pins and see what I could do for Elijah and snack ideas as well. I know he likes apples and carrots and peanut butter. Peanut butter would be better on a sandwich to take to school so that's a lunch idea. I am going to get him some lunch meat and do like lunchables. He loves lunchables. Always asks for one when we go to the store. Walmart now has this savings catcher. Since we shop at Walmart then I used it for the last time we shopped there and so far I have $1.98. I'm not sure how far back in time it goes but I'm going to look into it and grab some of mom's receipts since for what ever reason her phone doesn't want to scan.
So Monday and today I have cleaned some more but this time it was in my bedroom. I got papers picked up. Trash picked up. My carpet got vacuumed and cleaned. I took everything out of my bedroom that I could. I have a loft bed and like last week or the week before my remote fell behind my bed and I didn't feel like moving everything to get my remote and I knew I'd be cleaning and moving stuff while Elijah was at school. So I finally got my remote yesterday. Today I dusted a bit and picked up stuff off my closet floor. I really didn't feel like moving stuff out. At some point I'll get my closet cleaned. I have the TV guide app on my phone and I saw that 19 Kids and Counting was coming on today and this week so I've set my alarm so for a couple of hours the next few days I'll be watching the show. It's the first time that I have watched TV while Elijah is at school.
I am going to start my oboe lessons again now that Elijah is in school. I have the oboe, the lesson books and the CDs that go along with the books but I haven't been able to play in the last year or two because Elijah was getting up early and not taking his naps. My instruments have been sitting in my closet collecting dust with the exception of my keyboard which I was able to play after Elijah and mom went to bed because it has a place to plug in headphones. I miss playing my instruments during the day. I hope that one day Elijah will play at least one instrument.
I am going to start going to the fitness center after Elijah gets on the bus tomorrow morning. I haven't been going because I've been cleaning the apartment. I've been loving the clean and quiet apartment. I'm going to do some DVDs as well. I almost didn't get up on time this morning. I got up at 6:30 this morning. I couldn't get up this morning. Not sure why. I'm not waking up coughing the last couple of nights like I was last week. It turns out that me, mom, Elijah and my sister all have bronchitis. Not sure how my sister got it since she lives 1100 miles away. Elijah was the first to get sick. Then me. Then mom and then my sister. My theory is that since mom and my sister talk a bunch on the phone my mom gave it to her thru the phone. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
So today was Elijah's first day of school. Him and mom left at like 7:30 this morning and got home just before 3 today. I spent the entire day cleaning. The only time I wasn't cleaning was when I was using the treadmill at the fitness center while my clothes were drying. I didn't get everything done like I wanted to. I got the bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room and Elijah's bedroom cleaned. I spent about 2 hours cleaning the kitchen. Most of that time was spent cleaning out the cabinets and drawers and behind the fridge and stove. I didn't use the carpet cleaner today or clean my room. I also didn't clean out the coat closet or the pantry either. Today went by really super fast and I barely sat down. I sat down for the last 10 minutes my clothes were drying and while I was folding them and to eat lunch. This is the first time I've been on my computer. Elijah said his day was good but didn't say anything about what he did. He has homework. Just writing his name. Elijah must be tired. He has barely said anything since he's gotten home and he's normally a chatterbox and singing all day. His quietness means he's either tired or into something. Today he's tired. Elijah watched TV this morning while he ate breakfast and then when he left it went off and stayed off until he got home. Today went by really quickly. The apartment is clean and smells good. I can't wait to clean my room on Monday.
Since our dryer is broken we have to take our clothes to be dried at the laundry area at the fitness center. I am doing a load of towels now. I decided to wait until later in the day to wash them so I could get everything washed. I was hoping to have Elijah's laundry and the towels washed and dried by the time he got home but I was cleaning and wanted to wait until after I was done cleaning to do them. I am proud of Elijah. He is wearing the same clothes I put him in this morning and didn't need his extra clothes. I am going to take the towels to the fitness center with me tomorrow morning and wash them and then get on the treadmill while I am there. I'll get up early. I am going to skip the fitness center tonight with my neighbor because I didn't sleep well last night. It was after midnight when I went to sleep. I was awake at 4:30 but didn't get out of bed. My 5:30 alarm went off and I was really tired and ended up falling back asleep until 6:40. Oh crap. I had time to get Elijah up and dressed and fed before him and mom left. I'm going to have attempt to fall asleep earlier on Sunday. I think I am going to drink some sleepy time tea tonight. I love hot tea.
My neighbor said I'd be crying within an hour after Elijah left for school. I was busy cleaning today and I didn't cry. My friend from PA called me crying because I sent her a picture of Elijah in his uniform, with his back pack and the selfie he took. She cried because she hasn't been able to do anything with him in the last two and a half years. Neither one of us had the money to visit the other. The last time she saw Elijah was the week of his 3rd birthday and he was still in diapers and now he's in kindergarten. Me and her haven't talked very much in the last two and a half years after her last visit. We spent nearly two hours on the phone today. It was nice talking to her. Elijah doesn't remember her. That made her sad as well. She knows that I'm home all day every day and could have called, texted, or skyped at any time.