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Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Sep 22, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

8:30am  Lighter breakfast: gummies 110, bar 210, coffee 50...400

Noon lunch: salad, small, with light oil 100, some of a burger 200, and leftover kasha with bow ties larger amount 300. 600. (fueling up before the farm...)

4:15pm coconut ice pop 200

5:30pm light meal/dinner blueberries 120, pb crackers 200 (didn't want to have dinner, trying to push to go out for a walk, but may stay home as this point and maybe just ride my indoor bike tonight, later), spiked seltzer 80

light butter popcorn 200

1800

 

 

 I think farm volunteering ends around end of October.  I still hope to keep doing it as long as I am available because it makes me very happy when i do this type of work.

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  • Apply for jobs on linkedin DONE!...will prob need to call companies to follow-up...in the days to come
  • Volunteer at farm 1-4pm (also this is good exercise) - going now...so i'll write DONE!
  • Apply for Citywide Paralegal Aide positions that will be available and i just learned today is the last day to apply by midnight tonight...doing this now...(tonight) will be DONE!..trying to do this and the server keeps crashing to only this site! all night! unbelievable!

TOMORROW / next few days

  • Tomorrow - 9am phone chat with French friend...this will be nice...cannot just not go out in society / communicate with friends while not working...
  • Write paralegal cover letter (or just do this one first since i have some notes in my textbook for writing one)..do this after the farm today. proabably tonight...
  • Write Asst project manager cover letter ... ?
  • look back at Indeed job postings..apply to a few....
  • make a plan for PMP exam studies (project management professional exam)

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Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2020:
Have fun at the farm...farming is Hard work!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/22/2020:
Thank you Bear, I'm excited for it bc it's a nice, sunny day. Not too cold and not too hot :)


grannyannie on 09/22/2020:
Enjoy the farm - and it is good exercise!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/22/2020:
looking forward :)

Horn_of_plenty on 09/22/2020:
also the fresh air and sunshine is so welcome into my life!


legcramps on 09/22/2020:
Have a great day today!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/22/2020:
thanks, Legs


innerpeace on 09/22/2020:
Enjoy your day on the farm. Do you take anything they grow or just help out? Applying for jobs is work in itself! Good luck!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/22/2020:
Yes...they sometimes have some produce that's not good enough to sell (or just extra) and I take the food either for myself or because i know that it's not great looking but good enough to feed the guniea pigs that i have so i don't have to buy much food for them at the supermarket!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/22/2020:
this time i also have eggplant that looks great which i'll cook for myself as well as good looking spinach probably for myself also!


Donkey on 09/23/2020:
Do you have any plans to step out for fresh air on Wednesday (today)?

I say apply for as many jobs as you can, go on as many interviews as you can get. Even if nothing comes from them, it's invaluable experience. And, if you apply for legal jobs, you'll get a nice perspective of the types of jobs and firms that are out there.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/23/2020:
yes, i do. and i read this and then decided to go for that walk sometime after i read your comment :) so thank you! the weather is good and I am going to start my days more often with walks since I will have finished the cover letters by tonight and there's no written work that needs to be done right now (directly in the mornings).

I have one job interview coming Friday...and I will see if I can get any more interviews for legal jobs.



Horn_of_plenty - Monday Sep 21, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Breakfast: oats 150, golden raisins 150, almond milk 50, coffee 50, kombucha 50...450

snack: at 1pm, still on workout, got caught up doing online stuff...bar (fruit/nut) 200

650...drink 100, bar ...200, chocolate 50

dinner: bun 160, half a big burger 250, ketchup 40 and other dips, apple 50, broccoli 50, salad with light oil 100...650-700?

cookies in evening 150

1850

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i am very much thinking to take a chance, leave the union that i was working under, and start in the legal field....i was contacted on linkedIn and i'm going to see the opportunities available...i am thinking just to jump out of my current field... i will lose pay but i will gain experience. i still will be able to pay my bills...so?...i will lose some things from the union, but, i'm single with not many things I absoutely will need...i plan to work for so many more years...maybe i will take a chance and learn from a first legal job :) keeping all updated...most legal jobs want experience, so if i'm lucky enough to get anything remotely close to a legal position, that'd be a success.

much of my time working at the union was at the bottom rungs. I didn't make a great salary for most of my time during the 9 years i was with my previous company.  I see the salaries online for other jobs and see that most jobs don't even pay what i made at the end of my time at the company (which was generous in the last 2.5 years).  So, I just think I should start over in terms of career (but with the experience of life and office work in my pocket). i have some transferable skills and need to learn the rest...seems this paralegal work could be a good start in terms of gaining experience for my next step in life / work.  

I have an interview scheduled for FRIDAY at 2:30pm...the salary is 40,000 (not much for NYC standards)...but it's a job...i think this is what i want right now.

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TOM is here and has def caused a little discomfort this time around as well as bathroom issues. i'm glad to be home today and doing an upper body weights routine.

then, i will focus on doing some work: I have a plan for the next 2 days: writing TWO cover letters for two different fields of work (paralegal and assistant project manager).  the asst project manager letter will def be easier to write as paralegal writing is usually more criticized in writing style by potential employers.

Seems i'll also be visiting family today as sister asked if i'd come to play with her almost 2yr old...and that's good for me, too, as i could use a drive and the weather is nice outside for playing at a nearby park.

I'm a little bit unorganized right now...trying to use time wisely but sometimes the morning flies by...i'm working on this...the best thing i can see is to be active in the morning and then a lot of my exercise goals are done and i can do other work during other parts of the day without also thinking about exercising...

Anyways, if i have cover letters, some jobs are requiring them to apply...so then i can apply to all jobs and will no longer have a problem by not having a cover letter(s).

 

 MONDAY:

  • Upper body weights in AM - starting at 11:30am 12:30pm...DONE
  • visiting sister and family in afternoon, leaving my place around 2pm DONE
  • looking / deciding / reaching out on job opportunities DONE

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TUESDAY: 

  • Volunteer at farm 1-4pm (didn't think i'd still be free to volunteer during the week, but, since i am and I want to - I'm going!
  • planning for how to prepare for PMP exam (project manage. prof. test)
  • Write Asst project manager cover letter (first) TOMORROW
  • Write paralegal cover letter (or just do this one first since i have some notes in my textbook for writing one)..
  • make a plan for PMP exam studies (project management professional exam)

 

Wednesday:

 

Thursday:

 

Fri:

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/21/2020:
Have fun at the park with your sister and nephew! Sounds like you have things under control.....

Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2020:
sure will :) well, i am going to try to plan the use of my time better because a lot of it is becoming downtime / wasted...i'm not planning or being active in formalizing a plan...but it's starting to make sense with all the online listings of jobs, i think i can def manage a couple interviews soon!


grannyannie on 09/21/2020:
Good luck on the job interview!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2020:
thank you, might as well do it :)


Jacky82020 on 09/21/2020:
You worked for a union? Wouldn’t you no longer be a member if you’re not working for them or in job they represent? Guess I don’t understand. I was a member of a teacher’s union in California. Hated them. Protected the worst incompetents I’ve ever seen in my life. Encouraged them. They had a big strike and I was the only one at my school who crossed the picket line. The union rep called a few times and said I’d be shunned and later regret it. But no one ever held it against me. He was a weak spineless bastard himself.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2020:
yeah...in the northeast unions are still sorta a big deal.

i don't work for the union but in a union.

it's too much to get into, but you got the gist of it!


legcramps on 09/21/2020:
I think it’s a great time to take a risk right now, and if you decide to I wish you luck!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2020:
thank you so much, Legs


Donkey on 09/21/2020:
IDK... I'm very pro-union, and I know that being in your union has benefits that are invaluable (health care). Having said that...

I found my way into the legal field by volunteering, then by internship, which paid minimal but was a learning experience. I was hired by that firm, for a permanent job, but I didn't like the work I was doing, so I took a HUGE cut in pay and benefits, to work at the firm that I'm at now. And I worked my way up to the position I'm at now, but learning and being willing and excited to do as much as I could. I learned as much as I could so that I could cover other people's vacations.

If you are able to afford the pay cut, and think that this is where your heart lies, then go for it. A lot of the people I went to school with could not afford to leave their jobs to get into the legal field, unfortunately.

I think that having maturity and life skills, having legal knowledge but no experience can work to your advantage. A lot of firms out here want someone that they can mold into what THEY want, not someone who comes in with pre-conceived procedures.

I know you watch a lot of Judge Judy. Have you watched Court TV? That's more realistic as far as what goes on in a trial. And NO WAY is it like Law & Order -- don't even go there with me (lol)...

Horn_of_plenty on 09/22/2020:
Def looking into my options...

seems you have to take a pay cut if you want to learn something new.


Jacky82020 on 09/22/2020:
In the teacher’s unions they protect people unless they commit a crime such as child molestation, grand theft, etc, Crimes law enforcement prosecute. I knew one man who raped dozens of young boys and was shielded initially by the union. Unions have protected bad doctors and nurses too.

Used to watch Court TV all the time, but can’t get it anymore, I am an avid true crime (books) fan and loved it.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/22/2020:
Yes, there's bad and good that comes with unions.

The good is for the workers who feel much more secure in their positions.

There are bad apples in all professions, whether it's in a union or not, there are also people who choose to be in the wrong and make horrible decisions and do horrible acts whether union or not.

There are bad doctors, nurses, teachers, plumbers, lawyers, marketers, and the list goes on.

yeah i love the court tv shows. i should watch Court TV as Donkey recommends.


grannyannie on 09/22/2020:
I was in a union in Michigan - a very pro union state. I learned you never ever cross a picket line. And I still wouldn't.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/22/2020:
yes...as long as the union can provide you with a job...and right now the market is NOT that way. I don't have enough skills that I am highly important to companies that hire union...it's a strange situation to be in.

not like a teacher who usually cannot lose a job once working...my skills aren't a full package bc i drifted away from my college degree training and my union job i only learned thru experience which needs more time...

a union cannot help you if you cannot help the union..

Horn_of_plenty on 09/22/2020:
you may have lived near BCGG!


Jacky82020 on 09/22/2020:
I would cross that line a million times over. The lazy incompetents thought they deserved a raise. Salary should be merit based. All the dedicated new teachers working their asses off and the old union geezers not doing a damn thing.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/22/2020:
def sounds reasonable, I agree and disagree...every worker is different.

some teachers are great till the day they retire. some aren't...

but i totally 100% get where you are coming from!


Jacky82020 on 09/22/2020:
Gotcha! some are indeed forever great.



Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 20, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Big stomach upset / issues today only because of TOM...not a good month this time around and i'm glad i guess i didn't have to work (like go to work) today because my stomach / intestines have not been calm all day...

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 Good morning, it's 10:45am already here and i just finished breakfast. I slept in again, sleeping many hours. Woke up in the middle of the night and took some pain meds because TOM was just about starting and my thigh was in pain and sleep interrupted. that worked and i continued to sleep until practically 10am!

Around 10-11 hours sleep. Moving forward, this coming week, I will not be trying or wanting to sleep this much.  I will be working to get on an improved schedule compared to these 2 days which will include some cardio in the morning, even if it's light cardio.

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10:30am breakfast: leftover garlic knot 200?, oats 150, raisins 150, almond milk 50. 550.

2pm lunch: brisket little fatty 300, kasha/noodles 200, gummies 220. 720. also had some of a tonic soda drink 80.

5:45pm light snack: garlic knot (last one) 200, spiked juice drink which was very refreshing and only 3% alc 100. 

9pm 400 cal

2050..

 

 

 

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 I think i'm going to take today mostly as a "catch-up" day to prepare myself for the coming week. Laundry and exercise...cleaning up...but I also will apply for at least a few jobs online because that is easy.

In addition to applying for jobs, I will start to study for the PMP exam and will make a plan for that...the plan i will start to review and set into motion on Monday or Tuesday.  Studying for the PMP is secondary to finding a job, but, I realize i need to at least start it because I am the type who will need a lot of studying and time to pass the exam (if i even pass it).

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 SUNDAY

  •  apply to a few jobs on Linkedin / Indeed / Join monster DONE!
  • Do laundry / replace guinea fleeces DONE!
  • Do some cardio in AM, even if it's the indoor bike while watching TV 
  • Walk or Bike  DONE! 
  • Upper Body weights
  •  RELAX..yup!

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MONDAY:

  • looking / deciding / reaching out on job opportunities
  • make a plan for PMP studies

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TUESDAY: 

  • Volunteer at farm 1-4pm (didn't think i'd still be free to volunteer during the week, but, since i am and I want to - I'm going!

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/20/2020:
I did not comment on yesterday's post, but as you are listing goals for the week, I feel that I can mention my comment here, as it would still be relevant.

When my husband was out of work, and we were rather desperate, I found that job hunting can be a limited endeavor. That is to say, he would search in the morning, but if there was nothing he could apply for, then his day was done, leaving the afternoon hours rather empty.

You may have more opportunities for applications, which of course will take up more of your time. I'm not sure if you're at the point where you're applying for anything, or if you are going to be selective in your choices.

My point is to be prepared to have more free time, and I would suggest (?) that perhaps the available hours remaining, you could study for your national test. That is to say, to intentionally set aside 2 hours (for example) to study. Just a suggestion to help anchor your time during the day.

Of course, after finishing paralegal studies, you may just want a break from any kind of studying for a week or so: fun reading, more walking/bike riding, etc. I'm not sure how well you do with unstructured time.

Last thought: if the farm shuts down in the late fall, perhaps start looking for another volunteering opportunity? I know that you will probably be back to work, but I'm thinking, maybe looking for another opportunity might be interesting and productive as well.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2020:
Seems we are on the same page....we are thinking alike!!!!

you are right that i will have a lot of time...it's up to me if i'm going to waste it or use it... :)

funny how you wrote exactly what i wrote...but i will be re-reading your advice again...to see if i can use it to organize my days..


bearcountrygg on 09/20/2020:
Sounds like you made up for lost sleep...and you were relieved to be done with the class work.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2020:
yeah, you'd think i wouldn't be able to sleep so darn much!


grannyannie on 09/20/2020:
Good luck on finding a job! Spoil yourself for a while before you start a job.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2020:
i have been spoiling myself with so much sleep it's just nutz!



Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Sep 19, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

 Good Afternoon!  I will be catching up on everyone's diaries soon! :)

breakfast: oats 150, raisins 150, almond milk 50. 350

12:45 grapes 100, egg 100, butter 50, flatbread 200. tasted just gross to me! 450.

800...

some chocolate 200

1000

dinner meat 300?, potato 100, kashi 100, garlic bread 200, salad 100, green beans....dessert cake 400? 1200?

2200, good

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 I took this morning"off" to sleep in and have breakfast and sleep some more.  Not very eventful but i cannot say i regret it at all. ..

After working yesterday for several hours on the last assignment, i'm done. I finished it by my goal date of last night. 

Now I have to regain a different focus, to get a job.

There's also studying for the PMP (but that's on the backburner to getting a job which is much more important).

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SATURDAY:

  • Put all photos i picked on a disc for my sister for dad....yeah..must do this fast before i leave to drive over to see my family for the holiday!...doing it last minute DONE! 
  • leg exercises ??? DONE!
  • Celebrating the religious New Year with parents tonight starting 2pm ..to help mom in kitchen hopefully...she's doing the menu though, but hopefully there's things i can help her with. DONE!

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SUNDAY

  •  apply to a few jobs on Linkedin / Indeed / Join monster?

________________________________________________________

MONDAY:

  • looking / deciding / reaching out on job opportunities

_______________________________________________________

TUESDAY: 

  • Volunteer at farm 1-4pm (didn't think i'd still be free to volunteer during the week, but, since i am and I want to - I'm going!

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/19/2020:
Great job on finishing your course! You deserve a long sleep!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2020:
it was soooo nice...very lazy sleeping a LOT and felt better afterwards :)

back to get some cardio in tomorrow :)


bearcountrygg on 09/19/2020:
Happy New Year!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2020:
thank you very much xo



Horn_of_plenty - Friday Sep 18, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

 9am breakfast: raisins 150, oats 150, almond milk 50, some kombucha 50. 400

12:30-1pm lunch:smart sweets gummies 100, leftovers from yesterday's poke bowl of tofu/salmon 300? on a flatbread half 110, butter cookies 140, maybe an iced black coffee also. 550.

3pm cup of grapes, overflowing :) 100, seltzer with stevia, one more pack of smart sweets gummy worms since they just came in the mail...100...cravings galore as i do this homework...

took a late walk at 7pm to go to McDonalds for cheap and tasty takeout...chicken nuggets 200 and fries 300, along with some veggies of my own 50. 550.

2 packs gummy worms at 9:30pm and rest of the spked seltzer 200

2050 or so...

 

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 so not in the mood to do this Memo today, but, I realize this is not a time to play around. So, I don't even want to take a morning walk! 

I'll just start and finish the memo after a nice shower...time to get to work...not sure what to do first...log in here a bit later!

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FRIDAY:

  • With a goal to be practically, if not totally, done with this course by Friday evening or earlier..this will happen today!....DONE!!!
  • Call union about dropping off termination form...DONE! 
  • 30 min walk outside...all i could think about doing for that time...DONE!

 

  • Walk in morning...?  Leg exercises while watching tv - 4pm judge judy??! leg exercises tomorrow...

 

 

  • Put all photos i picked on a disc for my sister for dad...tomorrow.

 

 

  • Start/finish ***MEMO*** final research / writing assignment...not sure right now (thursday at 10pm) if i want to do this tomorrow like if i have the willpower....Started the memo at 3pm...before then my mind was raw, i was tired, and i wasn't thinking clearly...now i'm on track to do this!...still on it at almost 7pm not even halfway done....maybe take a food break and go on my indoor bike and watch some tv for a bit...took an hour and a half break...now back to work at 8:30pm...because i will finish this tonight :)...FINISHED...it's almost MIDNIGHT! DONE DONE DONE DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!wooohoooo!

 

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SATURDAY:

  • Celebrating the religious New Year with parents tonight but will be going there much earlier...to help mom in kitchen hopefully...she's doing the menu though, but hopefully there's things i can help her with.

_________________________________________________________________

SUNDAY

  •  apply to a few jobs on Linkedin / Indeed / Join monster?

________________________________________________________

MONDAY:

  • looking / deciding / reaching out on job opportunities

_______________________________________________________

TUESDAY: 

  • Volunteer at farm 1-4pm (didn't think i'd still be free to volunteer during the week, but, since i am and I want to - I'm going!

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/18/2020:
Good job getting that course work moving along.......so close!!! I bet you are excited to have it finished!!!


grannyannie on 09/18/2020:
Woohoo! Nearly done with course!


Maria7 on 09/18/2020:
You are a busy bee! Have a happy day.


legcramps on 09/18/2020:
You are almost done! You can do this, I bet if you get it done today you'll feel so much better for the weekend!


happy-1 on 09/18/2020:
Sounds excellent!


Donkey on 09/19/2020:
Oh BOY, I bet it felt GOOD to get that memo DONE! What a wonderful way to start your new year. Happy Rosh Shoshana indeed!!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2020:
thank you so much Donkey....

I have this "habit" of flaking off at the end of a course or losing all steam when i'm done with something...so i'm so grateful i'm done but a little "de-energized" this morning...i think i feel better now though, after resting all morning!



Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Sep 17, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

 breakfast oats 150, raisins 70, almond milk 30, small banana 100 ...350...kombucha 50, pb 50...450

noon lunch leftover chicken 200, noodles 100, butter cookies 150 450..coffee 50.

2:30  dessert bar...like dessert 300 in total, half  a soda 50

2 chocolates 50 before bike ride...

close to 7pm bigger dinner with dressing: poke bowl (another coupon) with some nice toppings on it and mix of tuna/salmon/tofu of which i have some extra fish/tofu now! ummm...500? and some spiked seltzer 600 total..

9pm getting hungry but will wait it out a little bit.

1950

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 THURSDAY: 

  • Talk on phone with French friend :) time: noon 9am 10am DONE!!!
  • Review new Chapter 2 in Statsky - shouldn't take long!? it is 100 pages!!!!  A long chapter discussing the variety of fields and types of positions paralegals can have.  It even lists the job specs for each type of paralegal...a good chapter to assist a paralegal into going into a specialization or when planning to specialize..or it just happens in real life............noon until 4pm with breaks.......... DONE!!! 

 

  • Upper body weighs - during judge judy 4pm - starting soon......DONE!!!
  • Bike Ride to pick up my dinner...very soon so...DONE!!!

 

  • Test **6** - Start & Finish: Begin at 7:15ish ...finished at 10:10pm ! DONE!!!!!
  • ***MEMO*** 

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FRIDAY:

  • With a goal to be practically, if not totally, done with this course by Friday evening or earlier
  • Walk in morning...

 

  • Put all photos i picked on a disc for my sister for dad...

 

  • Call union about dropping off termination form...

 

  • Start/finish ***MEMO*** final research / writing assignment...not sure right now (thursday at 10pm) if i want to do this tomorrow like if i have the willpower....

 

 

  • BB7 - (optional -  don't spend lots of time on it)

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SATURDAY:

  • Celebrating the religious New Year with parents tonight but will be going there much earlier...to help mom in kitchen hopefully...she's doing the menu though, but hopefully there's things i can help her with.

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SUNDAY

  •  apply to a few jobs on Linkedin / Indeed / Join monster?

________________________________________________________

MONDAY:

  • looking / deciding / reaching out on job opportunities

_______________________________________________________

TUESDAY: 

  • Volunteer at farm 1-4pm (didn't think i'd still be free to volunteer during the week, but, since i am and I want to - I'm going!

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/17/2020:
Working hard as usual!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2020:
thanks, Annie...i've been starting to have an even harder time concentrating on the work, glad it's ending.

time to get a job...


Donkey on 09/17/2020:
You may be able to finish the course by Friday's end, if you're able to crank out that memo. I know that legal writing, for me, could sometimes be quick, if I had a plan, or long if I had a mental block.

At any rate, it is nice to know that you will start next week completely finished.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2020:
so nice to know!

i will prob push myself hard to finish the memo tomorrow and early. i did some of the research already and that includes having 2 precedent cases ready and on-hand. I also have a clear write-up that doesn't need too many edits of my 2 legal issues for the memo... i really just need to write it in a most organized, MEMO template, fashion!

thanks for cheering me on.


bearcountrygg on 09/17/2020:
Wrapping it up must be exciting!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2020:
It feels great, Bear! now to get a job...


Maria7 on 09/17/2020:
Have fun at the farm...yes, I know it is hard labor work but it is very rewarding, too. Smile.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2020:
I'm excited for it! i was thinking i needed to skip this weekend but now i'm making up the weekend on Tuesday :)...so it isn't really a skip! :)


grannyannie on 09/18/2020:
So glad you are nearly done with your course!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2020:
it's a wonderful thing! today is the one of the largest assignments, but i did some planning already on it...hoping to get it done and fast! LOL



Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Sep 16, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

 350....kombucha 50...running low on cereal...

snack butter cookies and coffee 200

snack: tootsie roll pop as my lunch heats up 60..

1pm noodle soup, eggs leftovers 250

3:30 grapes 140, yogurt 200

6pm tiny amount pb, small banana 150

7:30 healthy dinner: salad with dressing (olive oil and dried herbs) 200, leftover chicken, some skin, 250, some chips 100.550. hopefully not too much more used a good amount of healthy oil on the salad. will have a little of a spiked drink, too.

2050.

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been feeling slightly under the weather for the past 2 days, just a little run down (not sure why)

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WEDNESDAY

  • Short walk  indoor stationary bike :) AM before starting work DONE!
  • Read short chapter 15 in Statsky on advocacy...starting at 10:45am (with a couple breaks until 2pm) DONE!
  • BB**6**...on advocacy...DONE! 
  • Walk to pick up Rx? - to clear my mind after finishing assignment! (going now at 2:30 before I lose my drive!) DONE!
  • MAYBE Leg strength exercises ? during Judge Judy  DONE! 
  • Read Chapter 14 in Statsky..starting close to 4pm  4:45pm hope to be done by...6pm....well, it's taking a long time..ended at 10pm including several breaks...DONE!
  • Start Test 6?

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THURSDAY: 

  • Review Chapter 2 in Statsky - already read this 1x so shouldn't take long!?
  • Test **6**
  • Talk on phone with French friend :) time: noon, possibly earlier
  • Put all photos i picked on a disc for my sister for dad
  • Upper body weighs - during judge judy 4pm 
  • Start? ***MEMO*** Final Research / Writing Assignment ?

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FRIDAY:

With a goal to be practically, if not totally, done with this course by Friday evening.

  • Start/finish ***MEMO*** final research / writing assignment
  • BB7 - (optional -  don't spend lots of time on it)

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SATURDAY:

  • Celebrating the religious New Year with parents tonight but will be going there much earlier...to help mom in kitchen hopefully...she's doing the menu though, but hopefully there's things i can help her with.

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SUNDAY

  •  

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MONDAY:

  • looking / deciding / reaching out on job opportunities

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TUESDAY: 

  • Volunteer at farm 1-4pm (didn't think i'd still be free to volunteer during the week, but, since i am and I want to - I'm going!
  •  

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/16/2020:
Have a nice walk today!!! Good idea to do that in the cooler part of the day!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/16/2020:
the whole days here on cooler, not really reaching 80F anymore :) so it's nice to walk even in the hottest parts of the days now :)

i hope you have a good day too!


grannyannie on 09/16/2020:
Very constructive. I wanted to walk today but the weather stayed yuck.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/16/2020:
I became uninterested in even stepping out of my apartment!...i just want to do my work...and it was cold so i said no to a bike ride and a walk sounded uninteresting (i was uninspired)...so tv show and my indoor bike worked great...i might do this tomorrow also!



Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Sep 15, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

 Good Morning :)

8:45am Breakfast: oats 150, craisins 100, almond milk 50..300 kombucha 50.

11:30am snack: butter cookies and iced coffee 200

1pm lunch: chicken with skin 300, some of a flatbread 120, 2 pickles 30. 450...2 more cookies 70

4pm - 5pm plum x2 100, pb on pretzel bites 200

dinner salad w dressing 200, soup 300

1900.

 

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It was a chilly 55F this AM...no wonder why i woke up a little chilled during the night!  i am evening wearing my warmer pajama pants. :) But not using heat in my apt bc i'd rather just dress warmly even if it means sweatpants. 

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TUESDAY:

Weeks 6&7 Reading Assignments: Today may be only the reading assignments, we'll see what i can accomplish!

  • Bike and/or walk - Supermarket in AM...get cookies and fruit DONE!
  • Read all PDF's and watch any instructor videos for week 6 DONE!
  • Read Chapter 1, 2, & 3 in PCD...took 1.5hrs DONE! 
  • 4pm Judge Judy - Lift Upper Body Weights..starting...DONE!
  • another walk, 1 hr DONE!
  • Read Chapter 18 in PCD..in progress now in evening....DONE!
  • finish Statsky reading tomorrow, ran out of time today.

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WEDNESDAY

  • Short walk  in AM before starting work
  • Read Chapters 14 & 15 in Statsky
  • Review Chapter 2 in Statsky
  • BB**6**

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THURSDAY: 

  • Walk in AM before starting work
  • Test **6**
  • put all photos i picked on a disc for my sister for dad
  • ***MEMO*** Final Research / Writing Assignment (I am waiting on teacher to reply to my email on research i've done so far to make sure i'm on the right track before doing any further work...)
  •  Talk on phone with French friend :) time TBD

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FRIDAY/SATURDAY:

  • BB7 - optional.

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SUNDAY

  • probably seeing parents / sister's bday...make sure to bring the disc and give to her...also bring small gifts for her/baby.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/15/2020:
Busy week. Hope you enjoy it.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/15/2020:
Thanks Annie...i'm exciting to complete the course! oh yeah!


bearcountrygg on 09/15/2020:
Looks like classes are nearing the end...are you happy to get them done?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/15/2020:
YES YES YES!

I have something else i have to delve into which will be a little HARDER...studying for the national Project Management Professional exam. I'm very nervous about it because I would say I am not really at the level that others are who choose to take it...this will be a hard task...and i still may not even pass it...but i will try. I will take it in either November or December and try it 2-3 times if I have to! it's $500 every time!


Maria7 on 09/15/2020:
It was wonderful here this morning...66 (cool for us)...felt like fall in the air, my favorite season! LOVE IT!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/15/2020:
yes, it felt so cool compared to the past few days! A first in terms of the cool temps and new lows we are reaching as we delve into Fall :)


Maria7 on 09/15/2020:
Looks like we will get some rain from Hurricane Sally later this week.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/15/2020:
yes, i've been hearing there's a number of storms out there coming thru!...i hope it's only rain!


Donkey on 09/15/2020:
You can do this, you're in the homestretch! Woot, woot!

The mornings have been cooler, but the days warm up. In fact, Monday-Wednesday (tomorrow, with tomorrow being the warmest) have been quite warm on my afternoon walks. However, after that, the high temperatures won't be so high. I think Wednesday will be the last high of 79F. After that, the highs are in the 60s, and I"m OK with that. Lows will be in the 40's, and it might be time to turn on the furnace. I try very hard to wait until October to do so.

I'm wearing my Springtime pajamas this week. I'll probably make the switch to winter on Friday.

horn_of_plenty on 09/15/2020:
It got so chilly sooo fast ! I ended up putting the heat on for the pigs and myself overnight (heat is included in rent and is a set amount no matter how much or little it’s used)



Horn_of_plenty - Monday Sep 14, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

9:30am breakfast: oats, dried cranberries, almond milk 300.

11-11:45A.snack after walk kombucha 50, tootsie roll pop

12pm lunch wrap 150, melted cheese 100, egg 100, light spread, pretzels 150. iced black coffee (x2) with some water added to big it last longer! sleepy! 500.

3:30-4pm plum, soft pretzel bites 150 with pb 150

6pm grapes 100

7pm dinner: chicken leftovers 200, rice 150, dressing 50, veggies, some roasted veggies 150..550...some potato chips 150 or less. 700. some of spiked seltzer...still doing the same assignment, Test 5, it is terribly difficult for me! just because it involves a lot of research and so far i have found one case and just need to find one more related case!

2050.

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Last evening i just couldn't get myself to Finish the Test 5 at all...so i'm doing it now, 12:30pm Monday, and my goal is def to finish it by around 1:30 today...(taking a long time, lots of analysis and research can't do it quickly as planned!)

My mom stopped by bc she had to come to the area for something else and I was able to take a half hour walk with her. ran into ricky with my mom - hadn't seen him / spoke to him since August 15! I just looked back to see...ONE MONTH ALREADY!  cheers to ending a relationship that wasn't working anymore.

Laundry was all done on the weekend including the fleeces for my guinnies. so happy about that! 

will be skipping weights today to get back on track with my work and also give my body a little rest and i'm not feeling energized today and prefer to wait to do weights tomorrow (unless i change my mind...)

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Monday:

  • VERY DIFFICULT, much research needed: Finish Part 2 of Test 5 Finish Monday...just didn't have the zeal to get it done on Sunday after the farm. was sleepy and not able to focus - starting around 12:30pm Monday. didn't work during the morning, but did get half hour walk in.had a couple interruptions of decent phone calls...but this project is taking well over 4 hours to do!...it's very important i get it right because this info will be used for my final memo project for this class!!!!.It took all day.....  DONE!
  • So really i just need to do my work today...and perhaps around 4pm watch Judge Judy and ride indoor bike           DONE! 

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TUESDAY:

Weeks 6&7 Reading Assignments:

  •        Bike and/or walk - Supermarket in AM...get cookies and fruit
  •  
  • Read Chapters 14 & 15 in Statsky
  • Read Chapter 18 in PCD
  • Read Chapter 1, 2, & 3 in PCD
  • Review Chapter 2 in Statsky
  • 4pm Judge Judy - Lift Upper Body Weights

WEDNESDAY

  • Bike Ride in AM before starting work
  • BB**6**
  • Test **6**
  •  
  •  

THURSDAY: 

  • put all photos i picked on a disc for my sister for dad
  • Walk in AM before starting work
  • ***MEMO*** Final Research / Writing Assignment
  •  
  •  

FRIDAY/SATURDAY:

  • BB7 - optional.

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SUNDAY

  • probably seeing parents / sister's bday...make sure to bring the disc and give to her...also bring small gifts for her/baby.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 09/14/2020:
What do you do at the farm? This sounds interesting.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/14/2020:
At the farm, we are mostly either picking fruit/veggies or weeding around them! Sometimes we also lay paper / fabric around the plants so weeds do not have a chance to grow!

Yesterday was a full 3 hours of lots of weeding! We weeded around pepper plants, scallions (green onions!), and broccoli. In all instances, the weeds had really fully grown around the plants and it was just a lot of pulling weeds out of the ground.

I always seem to get drained after...but i love being there and partaking in the experience VERY much!!!


bearcountrygg on 09/14/2020:
I love to hear that you are spending time with your Mom!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/14/2020:
was a nice walk...ended up accidentally running into Ricky! just waved but didn't stop to talk because i don't owe him any of my time after how he's treated me before we stopped talking around 4-6 weeks ago!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/14/2020:
a month! since August 15th...goes to show it's over :)


grannyannie on 09/15/2020:
You are doing great as usual!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/15/2020:
Thank you so much :)



Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 13, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

9am Breakfast: oats 150, blueberries (which i may eat the entire pint) 250, almond milk 50. 450. coffee 50. 

snack kombucha 50

Noon-ish - lunch before leaving to get to farm in time :) a lot of nachos and also leftover "pizza flavor" goldish 250, small bites of chicken 150?, roasted cauliflower, like a cup? 100? total here: 500. 

4:30-6:30 snacks after volunteering - pickles 50 that i bought at the farm's festival, homemade pretzel bites that i bought at the farm's festival (they were quite large bites) 250? 300..other veggies 150 roasted (SO TIRED after farm...spiked setlzer 50 - not helping or coffee 50!

8:45pm snack: grapes, 50...I GET REALLY TIRED AFTER FARM...LOL...and today i really couldn't get myself to do this work...but trying...it's 8:45pm and i could try for 45min more...

1650-1700...

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 I have ANOTHER $5 off $10 coupon so i might be ordering more takeout today for another early dinner...gotta use these deals since they really are great deals!

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 Sunday

  • Review "Legal Analysis Skills: Briefing an Opinion" on Pgs. 346-350 in Statsky ...doing now... DONE!
  • START Test 5 - started at 11am-12pm finished one half (easier half)...DONE!
  • Volunteer at farm in afternoon 1-4pm :-) love this!DONE!
  • pick up vase (marketplace, 5min from farm, $5)..DONE!
  • maybe start reading below, if time permits (prob not!)

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Next couple days...

  • Finish Part 2 of Test 5 -  Finish Monday...just didn't have the zeal to get it done on Sunday after the farm. was sleepy and not able to focus.

Weeks 6&7 Reading Assignments: THE FINAL PART!...

  • Read Chapters 14 & 15 in Statsky
  • Read Chapter 18 in PCD
  • Read Chapter 1, 2, & 3 in PCD
  • Review Chapter 2 in Statsky
  • BB**6**
  • Test **6**
  • DO the ***MEMO*** final writing assignment
  • BB7 - optional.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/13/2020:
It was an oatmeal kind of morning for me too!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/13/2020:
i'm STILL eating mine cold! hahaha...no cooking of the oats! i just like to be able to chew them a bit more ... weird preference thing i started during COVID. hard to explain but i like it that way (for now) while it's not cold out here yet.


Donkey on 09/13/2020:
Oatmeal works for me during the week, so on weekends, I switch it up (usually).

Remind me again - what is "BB"? Is that a book or a type of assignment? Is BB extra credit?

It's so exciting to see you coming into the homestretch with your paralegal studies! I'm so amazed at what you've been able to accomplish and maintain during COVID.

Have fun at the farm!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/13/2020:
oh..!

"BB" just means "Bulletin Board" and the Instructor has us call the assignments "BB#" for whatever week it's for. we have to "post them" as replies to his original post...kind of like we all reply here actually! they are also not as long (usually) as the tests and they are not worth as much towards our final grades which upsets me when i spend LOTS of time on them! haha! no, it's not extra credit. there's a few different types of activities we have to do for grades and BB assignments are one of them, along with Tests, Research projects on Westlaw & one main writing memo this half of the course.

It's amazing to be finishing up!

i was going to take another paralegal type of course starting when this is done but now i see i have to study first for the national project management test...so, i will not think about taking anymore courses this year after i finish this paralegal course and just be studying (a LOT!) i may not even pass the first time...but i will be trying the national exam. it requires a LOT of studying of things that don't come naturally to me as they do to people who can memorize a little better than me lol. oh well!


Jacky82020 on 09/13/2020:
When will you be done, HoP?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/13/2020:
as of now...I'm in the same boat as you and don't EXACTLY know!

however, there's something else of HIGHER! importance!!! ...it's coming around the corner and I will start it when paralegal is DONE!

hahaha, loved this comment of yours!


Jacky82020 on 09/13/2020:
Higher? Are you going to become a nun?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/13/2020:
hahahaha.....NEVER EVER...i feel i'd lose all of MY PERSONAL freedom in that type of position LOL. it's good for others, but not me.


Jacky82020 on 09/13/2020:
Right there behind you! I am Native American and not into Christianity . But each to their own.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/13/2020:
sure thing :)


Maria7 on 09/13/2020:
Coupons help a lot.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/13/2020:
yes!!! and i am soooo tempted with these to just get takeout! :)

Horn_of_plenty on 09/13/2020:
today instead of takeout, i indulged on some of the products being sold at the farm festival: pickles and hot pretzel bites!


Jacky82020 on 09/13/2020:
Love coupons! Well, for fast food anyway. Others not often useful because they are for brandnames that cost too much

Horn_of_plenty on 09/13/2020:
agreed! here, i'm getting the "seamless" food service $5 off coupon if i order food that i am going to pick up! so it's great because my food is between $5-$15! that's big savings!


grannyannie on 09/14/2020:
You're just a bundle of energy!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/14/2020:
not last night after the farm...i was totally useless the rest of the day! ha!



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