I introduced a new character in my current book today. I didn't plan on adding any more characters anytime soon or at all, but there she was! That is three new characters in this book. I think she is the last, but at this rate, who knows? :p I had some of the yummy leftovers for today's lunch. I made myself a feast yesterday! I had ham, potatoes, green peas, mac and cheese, corn pudding, and King's Hawaiian rolls. Delicious and I didn't have to share with anyone! I still have leftovers today! I will finish them up tomorrow or Sunday at the latest. The ham was delicious and the corn pudding was amazing. It's been a lot of time since I made any. SO good and so easy! It was my favorite thing that I made.
Yes, that was me today! I walked and then came home and let myself rest for just a little bit and cool off before heading to the grocery store. I spent WAY too much there, but have a lot of good food in the house. I came home and put that away and then ate lunch. I relaxed a little bit and then headed back out. I went to Family Dollar to get my first of the month essentials and a few goodies. I got another one of the $5 candles. I still have some of my old one left but I wanted to get a new one so I'd have it ready to go! It smells so good!
I left Family Dollar and was going to get gas at a local station that is nearby. They were closed but the pumps are usually on so you can use them after hours. The pump I pulled up to said it was off, so I just headed out and went somewhere else to get gas. I did that and headed towards home. My car was starting to overheat a bit when I had to sit at stop lights, but it wasn't too bad ... well... until... I get back to the neighborhood and had to wait for a train to go by before I could go into the neighborhood. My car started to overheat and even went in the red. I couldn't move because of the train in front of me and the car behind me was so close I didn't have room to back up. I turned my heater on full blast. I finally was able to move and it went down some, but as I was trying to park it, it started again. I turned it off and got out of there! LOL!
I washed a huge load of clothes and I need to go get those out and put them away. I also washed a sink full of dishes. I bought some pork tenderloins at the store. I used to make my own frozen dinners with a piece of pork, some peas, and some potatoes. I made eight of those tonight. I have nice divided dishes with lids that are perfect for this. I grilled the pork chops two or three at a time in my George Foreman grill and then put them in with some peas and some potatoes. I used canned peas and I got a couple of packs of those already made potatoes you see in the meat case. It makes a tasty little meal and it's a lot better than regular frozen dinners.
I also got some ground beef and I will make it into patties tomorrow. I will probably freeze those until I'm ready to make them. I got sandwich meat (ham) but I forgot to get sliced cheese. D'oh! I like my ham sammich with some cheese. I'll get some tomorrow either when I walk, or I'll drive down there afterward and get some. I got several coupons from the store fro what I purchased, so I should be able to pick up the cheese for free.
I even sat down tonight and got three pen pal letters done! I still have about seven to go, but I got those done and I'll mail them tomorrow. I was glad to have all that done. Now, I'm going to get off of here and relax until bedtime. I want to play some Pocket Camp. The Halloween event is such fun. I love Halloween and I MUST have all the Halloween goodies! LOL!
I did not want to walk today as it was so extremely hot. I did though because I needed to get a few groceries to make it through for a few days. Since my brakes are shot, I certainly couldn't drive to the grocery store! I picked up several things and some of them were frozen. I carried a cold bag with me so they made it home safely. I got home and it took a while to cool off and get rested. I called a friend to see if she wanted to go eat. She is the one that usaually won't go anywhere. lol She said she needed to go to the grocery store for her mom and if I'd go with her to the store, she'd go with me to eat. Deal! We went to eat and then I went with her to the grocery store. I would have gotten my groceries while we were out, but she didn't go to my store. Oh well, I am okay for a few days like I said. Oh, we also went to the Starbucks drive thru. :p I got a caramel frappuccino instead of a latte today.
I helped her put away the groceries at her mom's and then she took me to Family Dollar so I could get a few things I needed. After that she dropped me home. I haven't done my workouts and I still need to do those. I may skip them, but I really shouldn't! It's cardio day, so I am going to be hot. lol I sat down and wrote out all my bills. I am broke and I haven't gotten my regular groceries. Oh well. Hopefully my Macbook Pro will come before August! I swear, I'm beginning to wonder! It still hasn't updated. It still says, "Info sent to FedEx." Expedited shipping MY ASS! UGH
Well, it usually is. I do my regular things and I wash my bed linen and my hair. I also had to make next week's weekly in my bullet journal. I also went to the grocery store today. I had gotten an offer from the store where you get money back loaded to your loyalty card. Mine expired because it was given to me too late. They were nice enough to send the amount on a gift card. I went and got some goodies today.
I got two packages of fresh strawberries, an orange, some frozen dinners that I'm particularly fond of, and some other things I needed. I also got a new kind of bar that I saw on the cereal aisle. It was something with almonds and something else. I can't remember right off and it's in the kitchen! It looked good so I got some. I also got some apple juice. They have their store brand for .95. I love their apple juice. It tastes just as good as the national brands. I'm trying to have more healthy things in the house!
After the grocery store, I came home and put that stuff away and did a few things I needed to do. I was tempted to go get fast food, but I didn't! I did have a bit of a snack though. ^^; They had Stacy's pita chips on sale and I love those things. They are so good. I call them, "crack in a bag". lol
So, today, I got up and got in my regular walk. I was hoping my friend would want to walk again, but he didn't. I went to Target and got some money! How you ask? Well, the Fitbit that I bought earlier went on sale and was $30 less. I got the difference. I had to go twice because I thought they would just be able to do the price difference, and I didn't take the box. I only took the receipts. I had to come home and get the box and go back. This was stressful as my car is acting up horribly. I got it done though. Good thing too, today was the last day to get the difference! Twenty of that will go to bill for this Fitbit. The other ten was for fun! I have been eating very well lately and I'm seeing progress. I decided to treat myself to some comfort food. I went to McDonald's. I shouldn't have gotten it, but it was so delicious! :P
I ate in the park and PoGo'd while I was there. I had almost hatched a 10k egg on today's walk and I finished the rest in the park. I got a Snorlax. :D It's been a loooong time since I have gotten one! I also hit a few Pokestops. There were some people that took over a Valor gym. They were Instinct and I was tempted to go take it for Mystic, but I was nice and didn't. :p
We had local elections today so I went to vote. I got an I voted sticker. It is already in my bullet journal. ^_^ I meant to ask the ladies at Target for a Spot the dog sticker but didn't. I know they give them out to kids, but I wanted one myself. lol I'm such a silly!
After all the Target stuff and before McDonald's, I went out and mowed the front lawn. It was starting to look shabby again. The back is okay. I did a big portion of it a few days ago. The other part should be okay for a few days.
So, yeah, it's Friday and a brand new month too. I walked today and then came home and went to the gas station. I got gas and then went to Family Dollar to get a few essentials. I then went to Food Lion and bought way too many groceries. :p I do have plenty of goodies though. The granola bars I usually buy were on sale AND they started stocking the store brand version of them! I got some of the regular ones and got some of the store brand ones. If they are just as good, I'll get those. They were 1.50. Not bad at all! I just hope they taste the same or close.
I just now did my stretching. I wasn't really putting it off, I just have been so busy. After groceries, I came home and fixed lunch after putting away all those groceries. My store had water on sale, but they didn't have any. I went to another location of this grocery store and they didn't have any on the shelf either. I asked, and they had some! They brought out a pallet of them and I got five. They were 24 packs for 1.99. BUT They were the special 28 bottle packs. So, I got twenty extra bottles of water by buying five cases. Yay! While I waited for them to bring some out, I saw that their brand apple juice was on sale for .95. I got two of those, too! I love apple juice. It's one of those things I love to have in the house but never think of when I'm in the store.
After leaving there, I ran over to Office Max to get way expensive printer ink! I also picked up a box of their brand blue ball point pens. I got a box some time ago and I absolutely LOVE these pens. I figured while I was there, I'd grab another box They write so nicely. I left there and was really close to Starbucks, but I didn't go. I just came on home! I did some things here and then it was time for dinner. I ordered Chinese and went to CVS on the way. I got some holiday cards and a few other things and then picked up my food. I loooove tofu so that is what I got. They fix it so delicious there! I've been wanting some of their food for awhile
I wrote out and paid all my bills. After those and getting the things I needed, I'm totally broke. Oh well. I have plenty of groceries and I've had my one eat out meal for this month. I'm good! I also ordered my journal for 2018. Every year I get a Moleskine for my journal for the year. I get a daily one that I use and it's Peanuts. This will be my fifth one. The first year was a small one, the last three were the larger ones that are daily. The first one was white, then there was another white one, the year after that was blue, this years is yellow and next years is orange/reddish. I don't know why they keep changing the colors. Oh well. They are cute and I love Snoopy. ^_^
I'm not sleeping well at all lately, so I'm hoping to sleep well tonight. Fingers crossed!
I gave in to my cravings today and ate too much. :( I'm never going to get to my goal weight or my previous weight at this rate. I really need to be more proactive with my health. I keep telling myself I will and then I just don't. I suck! :( I need to quit wanting the wrong kinds of food. I have a lot of frozen fruit. I need to start making smoothies. I could substitute one of those when I want a snack or something bad for me. I really need to do that. I remember at one time, I saw a site that had 'premade' smoothie bags. You put your ingredients (that you use for a smoothie) in a freezer bag and then when you want a smoothie, you just toss the contents in the blender. I need to do that! I forget how much I love them. I always have unsweetened almond milk in the house, so I have something to blend the fruit with. I just need to get my butt to doing that. If I do make a smoothie 'make ahead pack' I'll take pictures! :P
Today was stretch day on the calendar. I love stretch day. I still can't do a split. I'm beginning to think I never will. :( I just don't think my body is made to do it. I can do Pigeon pose all damn day, but no splits. Oh well, I'll keep trying!
It was sunny this morning and then it got cloudy. It began raining this afternoon and it's rained on and off since then. I got my workouts in this afternoon and then had lunch. A friend called and wanted me to run an errand with him so I did. I was good and didn't get a shake at Cook out! He got a peach shake at Cook out and asked if I wanted one. I passed. I love their orange push up shakes. So good! I decided I didn't need it. If he'd offered Dairy Queen, I might not have been as good. lol
I went out to sit on my porch a bit. While I was out there, it started to rain again. It was light at first and then it started coming down hard. The wind was blowing too. It was actually pretty nice out there. I stayed quite a while and then came back in. I'm going to re-heat my last two pieces of leftover pizza from yesterday. It's going to be yummy!
Well, technically I've been having car troubles for over two years now. They are just worse today. I had to run to the grocery store to pick up a few items that I needed. It took awhile, but I finally got my car to start. It's acting up worse than usual, so it didn't want to drive down to the grocery store. I got it there, though. I debated on leaving it running, but I was afraid it would overheat. I turned it off and went in and got my groceries. In line, I was freaking out beaause my keys weren't in my purse. I thought I was going to have to call a friend to come get me, carry me home to get my spare keys and come back. Scratch that. The spare key was in my car as I had thought about leaving it running! Luckily for me, I put my keys in the hand basket I was using so I was able to check out and got out to my car with no issues. It started up fine and I was able to get home with no issues. I was so happy! I need to sit down and write pen pal lettters as I'm behind because of my beach trip. I hope to get those done today and somehow get to the post office tomorrow to mail them and check my box for any new ones. I might type up this batch. I hate to send typed letters, but sometimes it's the easiest when I'm so behind! Plus, I want to get them done so I can get them out. :)
OH! I have been using my Macbook since the beach trip and I noticed that my zero key doesn't work. Luckily there is a work around. I can pull up an on screen keyboard and get it that way. Thank you Google! :D
One more thing. Did I mention that I got BACON at the store? I love me some bacon. Bacon is life, bacon is good. lol
Today I got in my workouts and I went for a walk. That was nice. Afterward, my friend decided to go to dinner at Western Sizzlin. We went and I overate, but it was good! I considered it my cheat meal because I haven't had one in a while. The meal itself wasn't that bad. Grilled chicken and a baked potato.l It was the extras that did me in! They have this cheesy bread things that are amazing. I had too many of those, I also had a small cone of ice cream and a roll. Oh! Also, three chocolate chip cookies. LOL! Yeah, totally overdid it, but a cheat meal IS a cheat meal! It was good. Did I mention that I had sour cream, cheese, and bacon bits on my potato?
Anyway! The workouts today were mainly abs. That wasn't too bad, but at the same time it was! Tomorrow is a new month and the calendar is way different that usual. That will be interesting, but I think I'll like it. We'll see! I can't believe that April is over and May is finally almost here. The end of May is another beach trip! :D We go at the end of May and come back in early June. I can't wait!
Okay, so on Thursday morning, I got up at 6:30. Our plan was to be on the road by 7. My friend was running behind so it was about 8:30 when we finally got going. We had breakfast from Hardee's. He picked it up on the way and we ate in the car at my house before heading out.
We didn't stop until we got to Rockingham North Carolina. There is a Shell gas station there that also has a convenience store. We always stop here to get gas, use the restroom, and get a snack. I got a water and a Reese's. Yum! We headed on and got to our hotel at North Myrtle Beach around 1 pm. We were able to check it immediately and went to our room. I was a nice little room on the fifth floor. We unpacked and then decided to order pizza. An hour later, no pizza. We called and then said, "It was just coming out of the oven." After several other excuses. We cancelled it and ordered from somewhere else. That actually came and we ate. I had mine on the balcony so I could enjoy the ocean while eating.
That evening, we went to Dollar Tree. I was able to get three packs of mini washi. :) Also, there was a Starbucks across the street from the shopping center we were at, so I got myself a caramel macchiato. :D We also went to a Goodwill and I got a really cool package of stickers and rub ons. There were a LOT of them in there and I paid 6.99 for them. There was some great stuff in there. I'll do a picture post tomorrow and show all the goodies.
We walked on the beach for a bit that night and then crashed not long after. Friday morning, we got a late start and we wanted breakfast, so we went to a restaurant called Eggs Up Grill. It was pretty good! We went and got some snacks for the room at a Dollar General and then went back to the room. We took ourselves out to the beach and set up an umbrella on the beach. We spent about two hours on the beach. I took a lot of pictures!
That evening, we went to go to a Sonic that we had enjoyed last year. Unfortunately it was closed. Torn completely down and a car wash was in it's place! We then decided to check out Red Robin but they were packed. Golden Corral was the same way, so we looked up another Sonic on the GPS and went there. We ordered and about 45 minutes later, we had no food! We tracked down one of the car hops and she went to check. It was 'wrong' and they had to re-make part of it but the other part had been sitting. We asked to just cancel the order and get a refund. They came out with the refund and the food. They had re-made everything fresh. We ate and then went to the Dairy Queen at Myrtle to get some ice cream. We got that and then headed back to the room for the night. We walked on the beach too.
Saturday, we got up in time to make it to Golden Corral while they still had breakfast out. It was right at the time they were switching to lunch, but I was still able to get eggs, bacon, and hash browns. Yay! I also had a couple of their delicious yeast rolls and some cotton candy. LOL! What a combo, eh? After breakfast, we went by the Goodwill again. I was able to get a nice water bottle (stainless and insulated!) for .99! We got back to the room and I decided to walk. My friend stayed at the room as he planned to go on the beach.
I walked out to 17 and walked across the highway to a Bargain Beachwear. I got a shirt, a key chain, a shell bracelet and a little present for my friend back home. I walked down 17 and went into a Tuesday Morning. I got a lot of discounted Smash journal stuff for less than $10! I'll include that in tomorrow's picture post. I then walked on to the Dollar Tree and got three more packs of that thin washi. I also got a water. I was going to get Starbucks, but I decided to just head back to the room.
I went back onto Ocean Boulevard and walked back to the hotel that way. I spent balcony time and relaxed a bit. When my friend was ready to go to dinner, we headed out and decided on King's Famous pizza. We've eaten here on a previous trip. The food and the service were terrific! He got spaghetti and I got my own little pepperoni pizza. Dinner was delicious. We drove up 17 all the way to Little River and then headed back. We got some ice cream at the Sonic at NMB and then went to the room.
I walked on the beach by myself. I didn't stay out long though as I was really tired from my walk earlier and I wanted to get most everything packed up since we would be leaving the next day.
Sunday started with me waking up way too early! I finished my packing and then waited for my friend to get going. We finally got checked out and then went to Bojangles for breakfast. We stopped once more before leaving the beach. We stopped at a gas station in Myrtle that we usually hit going out. After filling up, we went in to use the restroom and he got a soda and a candy bar. I got a coffee and a candy bar.
Speaking of coffee! The hotel didn't have a coffee maker in the room, but luckily, the lobby had a nice coffee maker and fresh coffee brewed all the time. I had some delicious coffee at the beach! I also got to play Pokemon Go every day, too!
We stopped in Rockingham on the way home at the Sandwich Hut. He got more gas, snacks, and took a bathroom break. We then headed home. It was too short of a trip, but it was nice. I'll do a picture post of some of my goodies tomorrow!
I'm looking online for inspiration for weekly layouts for my new bujo. I want to do a two page spread of two weeks. I have been doing a two page, one week spread. I want this bujo to last a long time as I've spent a lot of time setting it up so far. I've found several different layouts that I like. I just have to choose one and use it! I have a couple that I'm going back and forth between. I might do one for one side and the other for the other. That way I can see them side by side and see how they work for me.
In other news, I went for a walk tonight. I just got home a few minutes ago. My friend needed to run by a store and I went with him. Then he wanted to eat dinner, and it was time for my dinner! We went to Cici's. I probably ate a little more than I should have, but it was good! I am now home and relaxing. I'm going to put those two spreads in my bujo and see which one I like the best. I'll be sure to share them soon. :)
Good grief! It has been a really long day! Last night I bought some room darkening blinds. I put them up and then noticed when I got up today that they didn't really block that much light. I didn't see keeping them, so after breakfast, I headed out and returned them. I put the old ones back up.
After that, I went to Office Max to look at the Tul notebooks. I know some people use them for bullet journaling. I didn't really care for them, but I did find a cute little plastic envelope that was teal and had polka dots. I got that and then headed out. After leaving there, I went to the park for a bit to hit a few Pokestops. I then headed home. I did my stretches and then went to a friend's house. I ended up going with them to pick up pizza. I ate too much pizza! I also rode with them later to Gamestop and then to Starbucks. Yes, I got a Cascara latte. :P I stayed at their house a bit after we got back and then I headed home. I have been working at my desk ever since..... Oh wait! I did run back out in my own car to Taco bell and got some bean burritos.
I am now ready to get in my bed and relax until bedtime. I still have to take a picture for Insta for the #stretchrevolution project I'm doing. I'll get that picture taken and then crash on my bed to post to Insta. Then I'm just going to relax. I way over ate today and I'm feeling it. BLEAH!
I am posting to my blog again. I hope to keep up this daily blogging. Today has been pretty good so far. I did my workouts. It was leg day and then I did the pose for the #stretchrevolution. I really did not think I would be able to do the pose, but I did! :D I was so proud of myself. It was not easy, but I did it. I actually got a decent picture too. Yay! Doing the picture challenges is always a challenge for me because I have to take them myself. I've learned the easiest thing to do is to make a video on my cell phone and then use a video editor to take a snap of the portion I need. Works great!
As I was fixing my lunch, a friend texted that he was bringing me a burger. I haven't had one in a while, so that was a nice treat. I was going to save it for dinner, but it disappeared before I could. Oops. Yeah, I ate it! LOL! It's okay though. It fits in my calories for the day. It was a nice surprise. Yum!
I gave up soda for good in early February. I did a reset in January and didn't have soda for 28 days. I drank a lot of water. In February, I finally decided to give soda a go. I drank a few sips and it just didn't taste right to me anymore. This was HUGE. I have been drinking soda since I was a small child! I never thought I'd be able to give up, "The nectar of the Gods" as I was known to call Coca Cola! Well, after drinking that little bit, I felt all out of sorts and bloated. I don't have that when I drink water! I knew right then that I didn't need soda. I was a bit worried about water with certain foods. (PIZZA!) I had pizza and drank water and it was just fine. I'm a happy camper! I don't need soda. It's just empty calories and it's not good for me! I do need my caffeine though! Caffeine withdrawal is NOT a nice thing. I already love coffee and Starbucks, so coffee is my go to.
I have a Keurig (I love that thing!) and I make myself a fresh cup everyday. Sometimes two cups. It is so good and so much better for me than soda! Plus, it's a hell of a lot less calories. I use a creamer that is 10 calories per little cup. I use that and honey. I am trying to cut out added sugar completely. I really like my coffee with honey. It's perfectly sweet and it's good! I wish more places had honey instead of sugar or those nasty artificial sweeteners.
A friend needed me to ride with her to the hospital in Lynchburg Virginia. About an hour and a half trip. I usually have my coffee with lunch everyday and it wasn't lunch time yet, but I wanted coffee! lol She stopped at the Pilot gas station to fill up and we went in and I looked to see if they had honey. They did! Actually, they had a really nice coffee station. They had plenty of different kinds of creamers too! I had my coffee and was in a much better mood. :P We drove all the way up there. We get out of her car and head into the hospital and she gets a text on her phone. The person we are there to see is now home. ~_~; I was laughing so hard in the parking lot I almost fell down. We drove back through Lynchburg and ate lunch at O'Charley's. The food was great, but the service was not! My friend treated me to lunch for going with her. We ended up stopping by the person's house on the way home.
Anyway, this got on a weird tangent and I started out talking about coffee! Yeah, this blog is aptly named. What the Junk?! INDEED! :p