Elijah was up before 6:20 this morning and for like the first 20 or so minutes I was out of bed he did not stop talking. While I was getting my coffee I kept telling him to sit down and be quiet and watch his show. He had some trouble doing that. Now that the power rangers are on he is being quiet for the most part. Don't know where he gets the excessive talking from. It drives me nuts sometimes. Glad he talks so well, better than the neighbor boy who went to daycare for years and his sister who is in daycare. Their parents don't work with them on talking and apparently the daycare isn't either. The boy is in pre-k and he's gotten a little bit better.
Mom just paid that for gas. What are gas prices where every body is at? I think that price was at Sam's Club. She usually gets it there. I'm glad to see gas prices are going down. Shortly after moving down here it was $1.99. When gas prices are high I'm glad I don't have a car.
I saw the avocado in the picture and my mouth watered. This would be a tasty breakfast. I haven't had breakfast yet. I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. Mom and Debbie are both off tomorrow as is Elijah. Debbie went out on Monday and said she was getting candy and asked if she could get me some. She got me some good and plenty. One of my favorites. My grandparents used to get me some when I would go over to their house. They used to get Debbie gobstoppers. Elijah likes the good and plenty as well.
Last night I was having this dream where I was at a hotel. I think I was at the end of the stay because my mom was there for me and Elijah. I was talking to a guy I know who was staying at the hotel. I was avoiding mom so I could talk to him. Elijah ended up at a ball pit of sorts and I was by the pool. I couldn't finish the dream because Elijah comes into my room and wakes me up because he couldn't put his underwear on. He had an accident last night. His comforter and afghan got wet so I got out his two fleece blankets and put them on him to keep him warm. I went back to bed and once you wake up from a dream that dream doesn't come back. I really wanted to finish the dream. My sister was supposed to be at work at 6 this morning but it's 6:15 and she's still in bed. I didn't wake her because she gets mad when Elijah wakes her up and I'm not anybody's alarm clock. Let mom wake her up and her be mad at mom. Debbie was off yesterday because she kept falling asleep at work. I was disappointed that she stayed home but she left at 11 to go out with her friend from work and came back about 2 to go to the bathroom and then her and her friend left again. It was like 6 or so when she got back home. I still got to spend some alone time with Elijah. Mom says she works at 8 today. Works for me. I don't have to listen to her yell at Elijah. She doesn't like Elijah. I think it's sad that on Sunday Elijah asked if she was at work and I said she was and he's like yay! I was like why are you so excited that she's at work and he's like because she's mean to me. He's only 5 and he's excited that somebody isn't home. I can't say that I don't blame him for getting excited about her going to work because I get excited she goes to work. We just don't get along. We won't ever be close like mom wants us to be. When she is home and Elijah's at school I go in my room and shut the door to avoid her. She's in her room. For a girl who claims to hate watching TV she spends a lot of time watching videos on YouTube and shows on Netflix on her tablet. When she's home she's got something playing on her tablet usually from the time she wakes up to the time she goes to bed and mom said something to her about it and she's like it's not the same. Like crap it's not. Mom's upset and trying to scare me out of moving back to PA because of her ex husband. We were talking about it on Sunday on the way home from church. I've been wanting to go back for years now. Debbie wants to go back. Mom's like if you go back to PA he's going to sue you for visitation of Elijah because he's that ugly. Let him because as soon as I get the money I am going to have the adoption voided or overturned or whatever I can to get his name off of my birth certificate and my biological father's name back on and I'm going with my biological father's last name and I'm changing my middle name back. I'm doing this the first chance I get after I get the money for it. Mom's like I can't believe you want to be in the same state as him. I will politely tell him he's not allowed at my place and if he comes back I'll call the cops on him for trespassing and if he doesn't leave then I'll call the cops. There's no way I'm going to let fear rule my life. I don't want to play the what if game. Okay so what if he doesn't come to my place and what if he doesn't sue me for visitation? Mom's living her life in fear of him. Yes he's crazy but that doesn't mean he'll kill her if she goes to PA on a visit or moves back to PA. He's got a girlfriend. He's moved on. He realizes that I want nothing to do with him and don't want him in my life or Elijah's life. I told mom I'm not afraid to move back.
Elijah's home from school all week because of Thanksgiving. I told him he doesn't have to get up early this week because of no school. What time does he get up yesterday? 6:20. I wasn't even out of bed yet. It's 6:30 and he just got up. Why this kid cannot sleep til at least 8 is beyond me. So much for getting my shower and doing a video before he gets up. Going to have to wait until after my sister leaves for work to get my shower and I'm going to have to wait until Monday to do a video and go to the fitness center. At least I got about 30 minutes to myself this morning. Love when he's at school and mom and Debbie are at work.
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.