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

10am muffin 200, pb 100, kombucha 50....

12:30pm lunch last of my Chinese flavored broccoli 50, fried eggplant 150 in a wrap 100, grapes 100, half an alcoholic beverage mixed with seltzer 100...500, coffee 50

3:30 chocolate filled wafers 160

5:30pm, early dinner, from volunteering several weeks ago, i THOUGHT i had many frozen large veggie burgers...NOPE! upon further look at the labels, they are frozen naan (flatbread) with a filling. well, that's not so bad, as they are handmade and quite delightful with lots of seasonings!  They aren't cheaply made.  The naan has two very thin layers of a top and bottom and a very thin layer of a potato spiced mix and then lightly pan fried is my guess. not the healthiest, but not so bad either! maybe like 300 cal for it, a good size. i had a full fat greek yogurt to follow sweetened with stevia. 150. 450.

7:45 snack lower sugar gummies 100

1650-1700

bed early, never did any cooking. That's for tomorrow.


Sunday 

Planning a shower before anything lol...last time i showered lol was the night before yesterday - now shower yesterday bc i didn't necessarily sweat and just wasn't it for it when i got home...i just changed out of my clothes...lol...so i need a shower...LOL...haha...DONE!

Laundry going on :)...full loads of darks, lights, and guinea pig fleeces <3 for my sweet piggies. DONE!

Rest day, planning to cook up more veggies that I have in my fridge...brussel sprouts...and maybe some collard greens,

Maybe use my electronic foot massager ....

reading some of the Woodstock short stories while holding my guinea pigs :)

going to bring my shovel back to my garage outside and see if any snow needs to be shoveled from directly in front of my garage. May bring up a few waters fromThe pack in my garage as well. ...someone was really nice and shoveled the front of my garage (most of the other garages weren't shoveled, so someone did me a favor! i think it's the person on the other side of the garage wall...i'lll have to ask/thank her when i see her!) 

will take out a bag of frozen cranberries to make my easy cranberry sauce that I eat - have frozen cranberries from last winter maybe like 2-4 bags in the freezer to use. Would go well with my Greek yogurt maybe tonight or tomorrow.  I used to make also a cranberry jell, but i'm only in the mood for the sauce right now, no extra volume...the jell was even more low cal, and bigger volume which i'm not interested in.

selling a few boots/footwear/ hamster food for very cheap on Facebook and deciding if I should go ahead and purchase brand new warm office ankle boots for myself, would rather bot, so will look on eBay more. Money will not be "rolling in" like it did in my prior employment where I prob made 20G more than I will now. I'll still be fine but will not have as much extra if I want to save it for my future as well! So I'm determined to learn to be quite a bit more thrifty with my cash in the new year. 


Monday, Dec 21st, Composting at Queens Botanical Garden, Weather permitting...9:30-12:30pm - check if they have parking...and also in my head i'm wondering if this is still happening on Monday???...

Refill laundry card & drop of stockholder form to housing


Wed, Dec. 23rd, Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Pantry 8:30-12:30pm


 Tuesday,Dec 29th volunteer again at Senior Center in Corona; just 2 hours, 9:30-11:30 - take the 2 buses again most probably - too much snow taking up parking spots right now...


Saturday, Jan 2 Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Pantry Giving Out for the 1st time on their VERY BUSY distribution day...8:30-1pm  (may cancel volunteering because i'm doing the rescheduled nature walk at Alley Pond Park, but weather permitting...so waiting for a closer weather forecast before i remove the volunteering for sure!)


1/4/21 (tbd work position ) - cannot disuss.

Long term future goal: volunteer on weekends at a law firm / pro bono...to get that experience ON MY RESUME for the FUTURE. Goal is to be able to say i have 1 year of volunteer experience in legal work. This will happen.  Like, I live in NYC! so if this can happen anywhere, it's here.

 

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

grannyannie on 12/20/2020:
Ohhh foot massager sounds nice. What do you do with the cooked veggies? Just microwave them later?

Horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2020:
yes microwave....and also many times i eat them straight from the fridge...i microwave when i'm cold or feel like a warm meal only.


Donkey on 12/20/2020:
A day of rest is probably a very good idea, especially if you were on your feet for most of the day yesterday. And being out in the cold - both can tax a body, although you are younger than I am, so maybe not so much.

I would be curious to know if the composting event is on for tomorrow too. I thought once the snow came, it was kind of over for that.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2020:
yeah, it taxed me a bit being out in the cold, my ankle is a little sore but nothing too bad and feet a little tired, it's nice to just rest today since tomorrow is just volunteering (composting) and it's just 3 hours max and then i'm home...not like i need to function fully all day for work just yet! then, i would prob not have volunteered all day yesterday.


Jacky82020 on 12/20/2020:
How long does unemployment last in NY? Are they extending it due to covid? Looks like the Feds will be adding $300 a week. Unemployment lasts 6 months here, never followed any possible extensions, but heard they were under discussion.

What are office ankle boots? Sound all nice & toasty.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2020:
Unemployment i believe is usually 6months. it has been extended once already, ending by January. to be extended again (i believe the federal government is in charge of extensions, not NYS)...and it will be lengthened by 4 more months to start with the initiation of the new bill that's coming out of the senate to include $600 stimulus checks...

yes, there was no extra money the last couple months, but seems $300 will be added to the next rounds when the new bill is finalized for 2021 unemployment extensions.

i wanted some sort of ankle boot that has some warmth to it...i'm used to freezing my a$$$ off at the office...and my only pair of "nice" boots has no warmth at all..and the other boots are pretty old, so i'm trying to sell them on facebook for like $5 or free even and just charge to drive them to the person...i have just found a pair of clarks boots with a leather/velour? mix that aren't necessarily very warm but prob more comfortable than the clarks i have that are only leather. found them on ebay, will be approx $35 with shipping, used pair. good enough.

i'm going to start being really thrifty bc my income will be sorta low for many years, i am thinking. i will save as i can, and care a bit less about fashion now that i have many staples in clothes/shoes i shouldn't need to keep buying every year for things that don't change much...

Horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2020:
leather/suede mix.


Donkey on 12/20/2020:
PS Excellent goal to volunteer at a legal clinic, for ideally a year. I think even if you could "shadow" at an intake desk or something indirect like that, to get started...

Horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2020:
yes, i just need to get into it, like you say, no matter what the position...could be a good start.

i haven't done more researching yet. i could have today. would be a good goal for me, for tomorrow, to start looking again to at least make a list and save it of places i could volunteer at. i'm still at the very beginning of my research and using copy/paste it should be easy for me to make a list on word or excel.



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

 I volunteered the whole day 8:30-3:30 wow didn't know I would and just stayed .....

7:00am breakfast muffin and pb and drink 50

10:30am snack bar and hot choc/coffee mix 200

no lunch...skipped it bc I wasn't real hungry and saw others still working! Crazy day!..there was catering but i decided i'd have it later, which didn't happen haha. no biggie...feels good when you are moving / working. unlike any office job where it's particularly hard for me to work thru any hunger! LOL.

home around 4:45pm...

 4:45pm-5pm sweet snacks: took off clothes that were outside, wiped down my phone...baked apple leftovers with raisins 150, cupcake 200, wine cooler 100 (wouldn't you just want carbs after physical activity?!) any real meal can come later or tomorrow!...450

8pm dinner leftover fried chicken 300, wrap 100, high calorie alcoholic margarita beverage 200

1600....goodnight :)


  • nature walk cancelled and rescheduled...so, instead: 

I will volunteer at the River Fund again, Saturday - may also take busses there, parking around there is not good now - snow is taking up parking spots...but i'd rather volunteer at a closer place to home....where i'd only need one bus to get to in half the time...eh, i've never been to the River Fund on a Saturday, so i'll just go there and check it out...should be crazy busy since around 2000 people come on Saturdays for food!...


 Sunday, planning to cook up more veggies that I have in my fridge...brussel sprouts...and maybe some collard greens.


  • Monday, Dec 21st, Composting at Queens Botanical Garden, Weather permitting...9:30-12:30pm - check if they have parking...and also in my head i'm wondering if this is still happening on Monday???
  • Wed, Dec. 23rd, Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Pantry 8:30-12:30pm

 

  • Tuesday,Dec 29th volunteer again at Senior Center in Corona; just 2 hours, 9:30-11:30 - take the 2 buses again most probably - too much snow taking up parking spots right now...
  • Saturday, Jan 2 Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Pantry Giving Out for the 1st time on their VERY BUSY distribution day...8:30-1pm  (may cancel volunteering because i'm doing the rescheduled nature walk at Alley Pond Park, but weather permitting...so waiting for a closer weather forecast before i remove the volunteering for sure!)


  • 1/4/21 (tbd work position ) - will not discuss or say more.
  • Long term future goal: volunteer on weekends at a law firm / pro bono...to get that experience ON MY RESUME for the FUTURE. Goal is to be able to say i have 1 year of volunteer experience in legal work. This will happen.  Like, I live in NYC! so if this can happen anywhere, it's here.

 

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

bearcountrygg on 12/19/2020:
You are getting to meet a lot of new people, that must be fun.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2020:
yes, even met someone yesterday during a slower point !


Donkey on 12/19/2020:
Wow, you stayed the whole time! Great! What you said about working straight through and not really having lunch - no way this would happen in an office job. (I'm agreeing with you.) Even on days when I'm very busy, I don't forget to eat. That's one thing that makes these "slower" days a little more difficult.

And you're right that working does make it more difficult to volunteer. I'm so glad that you have brought this up, because while I do have ambitions to do more volunteering, when we're really busy at work, I **NEED** that time off to just be at home and do nothing but take care of myself and my home. I really don't like that. And I told Male Co-Worker that one thing I hate about the job is that you can't ever really leave the job. Even if you have coverage, you come back to a million mistakes.


Donkey on 12/20/2020:
^ Sorry, my comments are more about me, than addressed to you :-(



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

Edit: So, for approx 9 out of 12 months of this year, I have been free from actual employment.  I have had the time to sleep ample amounts, schedule my days basically however I wanted...study what i wanted, volunteer how much and wherever I wanted. Met amazing people.  Went to the beach with my parents.  Pet lots of animals and had fun harvesting and weeding on a farm...got physical exercise doing so many great things. These 9 months have been, basically, one of the freest times ever of my life.  I will never forget this experience because I had more freedom than i have ever had.  Very thankful for this, not covid, but the rest of the good that came from it!  I had good times cooking in the Spring and lots of fun short day-trips and in the Spring and Summer.  Life continues on, and most importantly, i hope to use some of the "skills?" i have learned while volunteering.  Perhaps the biggest one is to keep my eyes open, look to always help someone, and be kind!?  Honestly, that is basically the gist of what I learned. Also I learned how much it is physically harder for some people just to get around, without a car, with their physical jobs...how grueling it is.  Beyond these things, it's just little things. This is the majority of what I learned. Be kind, try to help others, and try to work harder for whatever it is that I want.


 

 Good Morning...i somehow got up on time even though i forgot to set an alarm...and since i was volunteering rather locally, the commute using two busses was still under an hour which is typical for commuting with the busses to a somewhat local but farther part of Queens, if that makes sense...lol.

8am Breakfast: cupcake 200, pb, 100, drink 50. 350.

12:30 snacking once at home: gummy bears, finished a package with two servings left. 200; tonic soda (diet) 0

1:30-2:30pm lunch: leftovers of from sauteed cabbage/onion/peppers/tomato 200, chips 200, larged baked apple from mom 150, small iced coffee 50...def not craving any meat or fish at this very moment...will have something later for dinner with some protein in it.

5:30  dinner: fried chicken, not too much, 300, on half a hamburger bun bc the rest was covered in too much sauce for my liking (free food from Wednesday) 100. 400, and went over the edge and grabbed 4 wafer cookies...200. 

8:30 during arms/legs full body strength workout gummies small amount 70, 30

 

1850...

 

  •  Will do my weights (upper body) workout later and also a lower body workout with squats....it's starting now to get late, almost 6pm, so i should get on with this..., just starting, in progress, may skip lower body and just sit on bike, not sure...FULL BODY IN PROGRESS...
  • working now on contacting a few of the last firms i applied to work for - ones that i was emailed from job postings that i should follow up...hmmm...we'll see if that helps..later decided just to do one, because something else has possibly come up...so, that leaves me to reading and getting to the exercise later...pretty much skipped this activity bc i think i have something that will work out in the very near future, but cannot discuss more at all...

 


 

Friday, Dec 18Corona, Queens, 9:30-11:30am - just something sorta close and a short period of time...to stay busy and give back without a full/longer day of work, just a short morning standing up, Volunteer to pack small meals for seniors at a senior center...

I will take public transportation bc of the snowy local roads / parking lot maybe not cleared at the senior center...and to practice a commute in messy weather since it's only two hours of volunteering which gives me the time to take public transportation and still get home with reasonable time to do other things the rest of the day!  :)


  •  saturday or sunday, planning to cook up more veggies that I have in my fridge...brussel sprouts...and maybe some collard greens.
  • nature walk cancelled and rescheduled...so, instead: 

I will volunteer at the River Fund again, Saturday - may also take busses there, parking around there is not good now - snow is taking up parking spots...but i'd rather volunteer at a closer place to home....where i'd only need one bus to get to in half the time...eh, i've never been to the River Fund on a Saturday, so i'll just go there and check it out...should be crazy busy since around 2000 people come on Saturdays for food!...


 

  • Monday, Dec 21st, Composting at Queens Botanical Garden, Weather permitting...9:30-12:30pm - check if they have parking...and also in my head i'm wondering if this is still happening on Monday???
  • Wed, Dec. 23rd, Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Pantry 8:30-12:30pm

 

  • Tuesday,Dec 29th volunteer again at Senior Center in Corona; just 2 hours, 9:30-11:30 - take the 2 buses again most probably - too much snow taking up parking spots right now...
  • Saturday, Jan 2 - Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Pantry Giving Out for the 1st time on their VERY BUSY distribution day...8:30-1pm  (may cancel volunteering because i'm doing the rescheduled nature walk at Alley Pond Park, but weather permitting...so waiting for a closer weather forecast before i remove the volunteering for sure!)


  • 1/4/21 (tbd work position ) - will not discuss or say more.
  • Long term future goal: volunteer on weekends at a law firm / pro bono...to get that experience ON MY RESUME for the FUTURE. Goal is to be able to say i have 1 year of volunteer experience in legal work. This will happen.  Like, I live in NYC! so if this can happen anywhere, it's here.

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

bearcountrygg on 12/18/2020:
I wonder how far a bus can go in an hour...with all of the stops

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2020:
NOT VERY. hahaha...the bus does go fast, rather, but not FAR. but this area i was volunteering requires a highway that the bus did fly along...just stopped everywhere else. one is such a local bus, it stops every other block when it got to my area...so i got off the closest possible stop bc it's just cold and snow's all over the place ;) i used to always get up with some time for walking...not this time!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2020:
within the hour, it probably only went around...6 miles?


Jacky82020 on 12/18/2020:
All the volunteerism is so admirable! I say we clone HOP!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2020:
LOL...HOP is ALSO on unemployment benefits right now...HOP has a poor track record with employment...so don't clone her! hahahaha

i'm having a lot of fun staying active though, volunteering. IT WILL WORK OUT :)

THANK YOU for the kind words, JACKY!


bearcountrygg on 12/18/2020:
I kind of figured it didn't make too much distance...when we went to NYC we took busses and I don't think we really got to far but we had parked the truck in the port Authority and that is where it stayed...When D saw they way they drive there he didn't want any part of it...and he was used to Detroit....LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2020:
yeah, Queens / city drivers are NO MATCH for out of state folks! hahaha....i do understand.

also, with no parking in the actual city...best to commute by bus and train unless there's some private spot or spot designated to you in a building garage.!!! totally with you !!


Jacky82020 on 12/18/2020:
HOP shall overcome!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2020:
WOOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! better believe it!


Jacky82020 on 12/18/2020:
2000! Do they drive through in cars? I’d wear goggles, gloves, and 2 masks. Actually I’ve done that. The 2 masks are uncomfortable, the top one squishes the lower into your lips & nose. Saw ppl on TV doing that so tried it. once

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2020:
They actually walk thru...with their carts. The go thru one side of a house, thru the backyard where all the pantry items are set up, and out thru the other side of the house backyard...will show photos...but not new photos, old ones i have, because AS YOU KNOW, i'm not gonna be seen by cop Sabio with my carmera...! haha..will wear one mask only..but take another one with me to change into for the ride home so i can feel a little cleaner and warmer instead of wearing the used, snotty one!


Jacky82020 on 12/18/2020:
lol. Always thought it was easy to sneak pics with cells. Not that I tried, but so I’ve heard.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2020:
it is...i do sneak pics most places...but i'm not even trying with him....he catches me every time...he's got this eye for the the "bad guys" and i don't want him to fully change his mind about me!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2020:
but i can say...i can't wait to see him tomorrow! hahahaha


Jacky82020 on 12/18/2020:
Smart not to risk it! He’d probably get suspicious if you knew someone else there who could do it. No pics if you google his name?

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2020:
HARDLY...there is one, but i'll share it with you another time if you are interested...they are really cruddy pics of him in a weird suit..he looks better in his volunteer/street geer..and work boots, i'll tell you that.

he hates photos and i only saw him in like 2 photos online, for some kind of event i think related to the pantry. other than that, nothing. he's not on fb, obviously, since he hates photos.


Jacky82020 on 12/18/2020:
Not a fan of photos myself, of me that is Love cute animals and political editorials cartoons


Donkey on 12/19/2020:
You may look back at this time and realize that you were given a unique gift in this time, to step back and re-evaluate. You've done so much in this time, and I think you've learned a lot about yourself and your place in the universe. If nothing else, think of all the new people you've met and lives you touched through your volunteering! You may not have had this opportunity, if things had just moved forward with the usual ho-hum.

I remain hopeful and positive for your job situation - whatever may come, whatever may be, I'm sending positive vibes your way.

PS Also, perhaps, look into LGBQ legal clinics for pro-bono types of volunteering. I came across that in looking for low-income clinics.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/19/2020:
good way to think about it...the volunteering ;)

also, i WILL look into what you are advising - LGBQ...i'll see what i can find...in the next week or so i think i'm going to try to see what kind of contacts i can make online for volunteering for future.



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

10am late breakfast: leftover part of a corn muffin, 200, with butter 50, and sweetened hot cereal 170, almond milk 30, raisins too 150 (bigger, indulgent breakfast since i got up late anyways)...600.

kombucha 50

2pm lunch melted cheese 120, with garlic and pepper, on whole wheat wrap 100. 220, chips 150, apple 100

5:30pm eating more veggies, Jacky!, since they are cooked, trying to be a little bit healthier as of late!, cooked squash not much 50, cooked broccoli in a very light asian sauce 100. 150..., cider drink 100

8pm tried a muffin I made 200, left me so thirsty 

1600....

 


It's been snowing since around 4pm yesterday and it will be ending in a couple hours :) I'll update on the total we got...i think it may be less than they predicted? ...7-8 inches.


  • Friday, Dec 18Corona, Queens, 9:30-11:30am - just something sorta close and a short period of time...to stay busy and give back without a fuller day of work, just a short morning standing up, Volunteer to pack small meals for seniors at a senior center, I'll drive here, find a spot somewhat close ;)...may take public transportation bc of the snowy local roads / parking lot maybe not cleared at the senior center...and to practice a commute in messy weather since it's only two hours of volunteering which gives me the time to take public transportation and still get home with reasonable time to do other things the rest of the day!
  • Saturday, Dec 19, Alley Pond Park, in Queens, not a volunteer activity for me, WALKING TOUR- close to me10:30am-11:45am, organized outdoors tour / walk thru a beautiful wooded park in the area that's best to go thru as a group, my friend and her daughter will also attend! (there's a large parking lot for for me park at, right where we meet!)

(If Saturday walk is cancelled, HIGH CHANCES after the snowstorm from today into Thursday, I will volunteer at the River Fund again, Saturday) 


  • Monday, Dec 21st, Composting at Queens Botanical Garden, Weather permitting...9:30-12:30pm - check if they have parking...
  • Wed, Dec. 23rd, Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Pantry 8:30-12:30pm

  • Saturday, Jan 2 - Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Pantry Giving Out for the 1st time on their VERY BUSY distribution day...8:30-1pm
  • Wed, Jan 6th, River Fund Pantry  :)

  • Friday, Jan 8th (if not yet working...?)...Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Prep for Saturday's Pantry ;)...8:30-1pm-ish..

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

grannyannie on 12/17/2020:
Very satisfying work!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/17/2020:
Thank you...tomorrow i'm only going because i already signed up...and it's only two hours, so i can practice commuting by bus / train and not have to work very long hours after a snowstorm :)


bearcountrygg on 12/17/2020:
Snow days are a great time for hot cereal.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/17/2020:
I agree!


Donkey on 12/18/2020:
A salty cake usually indicates too much baking powder. I can't say that would stop me from eating it. Maybe pair it with a sweet buttercream frosting so that the sweet plays off the salty? Or just check the batch in the bin.

Hope you are able to volunteer today!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2020:
it was a premade mix...i'll check the percentage of salt on the nutrition facts...i might have just been thirsty last night bc i wasn't drink much water before the cake either...i guess it needed something sweet on it, yes. it was a rather boring, just the cake part, of a cake. ha.

i think you meant, CHUCK the batch in the bin? i'll try to eat it as breakfasts when i'm home...it's good for now, when i'm not working.



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

7:45am  breakast / snacking kombucha 50, corn muffin 300, pb 100. 450...

...no snacking, just water, while volunteering...how i love to write this! ...only right now while volunteering. when it's very busy, i'm able to work thru hunger but not something i'd do with a desk job / any real job....

2pm snacking before EARLY dinner later: some of the kombucha, above, few bites left of corn muffin, above...coffee which just made me MUCH hungier ugh! 50.

3pm gummies 100, later followed by chocolate 150

5:30-7:30 bigger dinner, pretty full now, hot veggies sauteed 250,full fat yogurt 100, cider alcoholic 100.., rest of the full fat yogurt with stevia 100, grapes 100, diet tonic 

10pm before reading a very short story (3 pages or so), a late night snack sugar jelly beans 100

1500.

exercise was tons of lifting at volunteering. just wonderful :)


volunteering was great, on way home i gave another package of grapes out the window to some needy young girl who happened to be on the road median today, begging, typical begging spots again. .. and i did take myself relatively few things, like a corn muffin mix and a cake mix (shouldn't have taken it, now i need to bake a (small) cake!? (i like corn muffins, but didn't need a cake, lol), and couple bottles of coconut water really to give to someone as a thank you if i need to...lol...and of course i took the fried chicken sandwich made by Rosa for the workers and volunteers :) I seriously have TONS of cooked veggies and food now to eat for DAYS ;)..and it's good food, to be enjoyed, so i have no need or want to spend any money on fast food or any food. Honestly, i can probably get thru until the Friday after this one without going to a supermarket (which would be SMART).

For my porter, i was able to take two packages of split peas for a soup, a quart of milk, quart of orange juice, grapes, two packages - small - cooked chicken, and that's it i think.

I wanted to get a photo of the guy i think is hot, Sabio, but he said he hates pictures and said "Are you Crazy!?"....so i will NOT be trying that again! :(


  • Wednesday, Dec 16 Richmond Hill, Queens, I drive there, - Pantry volunteer for River Fund 8:30-12:30...looking very forward since i'm not volunteering much this week, i know i'll be rested for Wednesday :)
  • Friday, Dec 18Corona, Queens, 9:30-11:30am - just something sorta close and a short period of time...to stay busy and give back without a fuller day of work, just a short morning standing up, Volunteer to pack small meals for seniors at a senior center, I'll drive here, find a spot somewhat close ;)
  • Saturday, Dec 19, Alley Pond Park, in Queens, not a volunteer activity for me, WALKING TOUR- close to me10:30am-11:45am, organized outdoors tour / walk thru a beautiful wooded park in the area that's best to go thru as a group, my friend and her daughter will also attend! (there's a large parking lot for for me park at, right where we meet!)
  • If Saturday walk is cancelled, HIGH CHANCES after the snowstorm from today into Thursday, I will volunteer at the River Fund again, Saturday.

  • Monday, Dec 21st, Composting at Queens Botanical Garden, Weather permitting...9:30-12:30pm - check if they have parking...
  • Wed, Dec. 23rd, Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Pantry 8:30-12:30pm

  • Saturday, Jan 2 - Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Pantry Giving Out for the 1st time on their VERY BUSY distribution day...8:30-1pm

  • Friday, Jan 8th (if not yet working...?)...Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Prep for Saturday's Pantry ;)...8:30-1pm-ish..

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

bearcountrygg on 12/16/2020:
The food you are passing out is making other peoples day.....I'm sure they appreciate it.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2020:
THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND WORDS!

You are missed here! :)

...and the Porter has to sleep over tonight, he's decided, because we are having a big snow storm. so he will have extra snacks as well...he will sleep in the downstairs event room which is a smallish party room / extra meeting room next to the lobby...so he doesn't get stuck in the storm tonight or tomorrow morning to come back to work. he's smart to sleep here and not need to travel in it.


bearcountrygg on 12/16/2020:
Thank you...sometimes I just need to unplug...I didn't grow up with computers.....but boy have they taken over my life....LOL....sometimes I just need to get back to my roots for awhile. I'm sure the food will make the porter a lot more comfortable tonight.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2020:
i totally understand you.

my mom hates that i use my phone and last night she and my sister gave me h*ll when i was trying to log in my food that i had for dinner with them on here....LOL. they were asking what i "NEEDED" to do on my phone at that moment. ha.


Jacky82020 on 12/16/2020:
Come on, HOP Be clever. Sneak a pic of Sabio for us You can do it!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2020:
i want to...but he was really not happy....he literally said "What are you, crazy!?"...and he's a cop...i can't try it on him again...i can't risk seriously annoying the cr*p out of him....but i really wanted a photo too!


Jacky82020 on 12/16/2020:
Wow, I wouldn’t risk it either! What if he cuffs & fr

Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2020:
Should i tell Sabio ...that i was telling my friend about the hot cop and wanted a photo to show her!?!?!? or do i risk further permanently ruining my reputation with Sabio by doing this?????


Jacky82020 on 12/16/2020:
frisks Dog knocked into my elbow and sent the post above

Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2020:
lol...and please read above question...i was seriously attempting to tell him that he's "hot" and that i wanted to show my friend...HAHA. what do you think. bad idea, funny idea...or crazy idea?


Jacky82020 on 12/16/2020:
I wouldn’t risk it! Maybe you’re braver than me. lol

Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2020:
I don't want to be brave if it causes more problems for myself!?


Jacky82020 on 12/16/2020:
Are you saying this cop was a volunteer at a food pantry? What’s up with that? You’d think he’d be busy enough, Does he have an ulterior motive? Like when I volunteered at Planned Parenthood? I was after a better resume on my medical school application. Never applied, but they consider extracurricular activities & everyone did similar things.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2020:
Well, the cop probably grew up knowing the owner of the pantry organization or a friend..not sure.

the cop is of Indian heritage and has an accent so I think he was born in India. He's prob close to 45-50 now and i'm sure has been working as a cop at least 15-20 years. by now..

No, no ulterior motive.

I'm guessing with all his working, that he may not have a family or kids. (not sure, afraid to ask!)

he does get his own free food here and there by working there...

he is very fit from all the work he does...

he has extra energy. one of those people who thrives on DOING. he prob doesn't go on the computer much at home or sit around watching tv...

like i was saying about him being first generation here, or is it no generation yet?, i think he is very used to working a bit harder than most people for what he wants / success / what makes him happy.

can i tell him that he's good looking? will he think it's nice? i can do it nonchalantly? ha.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2020:
and he's working in the community of his people, it's an Indian community. he's simply an image of success giving back to "his own people."


Jacky82020 on 12/16/2020:
That’s wonderful! Sounds like a great guy! I volunteered because one needs more than A’s in biochemistry to get into medical school. But I did the job well. Many a woman said it would have been impossible had I not held their hand & comforted them. It was a good experience all around.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2020:
sounds like your role was very important <3


Jacky82020 on 12/16/2020:
I wouldn’t tell a guy he’s good looking unless there were some context. I’d praise his work ethic & say how much I admire cops & how they get bad raps. Etc. And how admirable his community service is, Oh yeah, And say: looks like you have a mighty fine weapon concealed down there. I have a permit to handle pistols myself, officer.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2020:
HAHAHAHA...HILAROUS final words until i'm send out of the organization and back to my car to go home! hhahahahahahahahaha

but i could go with the work ethic and cop part ;)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2020:
i don't think there is a permit available in this entire world to handle THAT PISTOL. yum.


Jacky82020 on 12/17/2020:
Hah! Anything goes in the Big Apple!


Donkey on 12/17/2020:
^^JACKY - HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!


Donkey on 12/17/2020:
I'm so glad that volunteering has brought you such joy! Your endeavors are quite admirable!

Reading your stories have prompted me to look into other volunteering activities, especially if I do step away from the legal clinic. BUT you've got me re-thinking that too.



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

9:30 indulgent breakfast: my choc covered greens bar that i had a bite of in the middlle of the night, sorta uncomfortable sleep, but in the end slept really well! 280, gummies, too many, 220, some kombucha 50...550, fine...(a bit much sugar...thinking i want to bake up some kind of breakfast treat to eat the next few days, thinking a low sugar cheesecake!)

11am snack: small amount pb, some of a coffee 100 total / 11:30am Heading into a weights routine now...jelly beans 50, 20.

1pm still in workout, small lunch: leftover small fried fish in a wrap 350..needed something small / dense to balance all the sugar today...veggies are later...and i'm bloated from TOM and need no extra veggies right now (before dinner, i mean!)...pieces of muffin 30+

 6pm Chinese food with family yay: wanton soup with a semi large pork wanton 200, fried rice 200?, one large spare rib 250, veggies in a sauce and some tofu 250, and wondering if I am skipping something ? Oranges 100...1000

2100....


Off (much) LATER to visit my 'rents and sister and her baby today...she stays with my parents during the weekdays because the two year old goes to a school that's by my parents!

I want to do a weights workout today...maybe bike too?...maybe legs? legs are still a little sore from my volunteering experience this past Sunday.

Cooked a store-bought quick, small, corn bread mix that I got from volunteering.  I have one more box at home and i'll save it for another time.  I made 4 large muffins out of it, just added almond milk and an egg. simple and i had the ingredients ;)  I may bring one muffin to my dad, along with the other veggies i'm bringing him for lunch he can eat tomorrow or so...


  • Wednesday, Dec 16 Richmond Hill, Queens, I drive there, - Pantry volunteer for River Fund 8:30-12:30...looking very forward since i'm not volunteering much this week, i know i'll be rested for Wednesday :)
  • Friday, Dec 18Corona, Queens, 9:30-11:30am - just something sorta close and a short period of time...to stay busy and give back without a fuller day of work, just a short morning standing up, Volunteer to pack small meals for seniors at a senior center, I'll drive here, find a spot somewhat close ;)
  • Saturday, Dec 19, Alley Pond Park, in Queens, not a volunteer activity for me, WALKING TOUR- close to me10:30am-11:45am, organized outdoors tour / walk thru a beautiful wooded park in the area that's best to go thru as a group, my friend and her daughter will also attend! (there's a large parking lot for for me park at, right where we meet!)

  • Monday, Dec 21st, Composting at Queens Botanical Garden, Weather permitting...9:30-12:30pm - check if they have parking...
  • Wed, Dec. 23rd, Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Pantry 8:30-12:30pm

  • Saturday, Jan 2 - Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Pantry Giving Out for the 1st time on their VERY BUSY distribution day...8:30-1pm

  • Friday, Jan 8th (if not yet working...?)...Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Prep for Saturday's Pantry ;)...8:30-1pm-ish..

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

innerpeace on 12/15/2020:
I also like walking tours - we have a few around my area and also guided hikes through our metroparks. Enjoy your visit.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/15/2020:
i'm nervous it may be canceled if we get too much snow on wednesday into thursday!!!! oh no!

glad you get the tours too. i love them very much...there's a lot of learn and see!


Jacky82020 on 12/15/2020:
Pray tell, HOP, what Is a choc covered greens bar? Assorted chocolates with holiday garland?

Horn_of_plenty on 12/15/2020:
hahaha, you'd hate it, has a lot of sugar, but, it's AMAZING....just AMAZING...will send a link to you soon...it's seriously a greens bar that has a little protein i belive but a seriously thick milk chocolate coating! crazy!!!!!! i tried it and it's soo good i pick them up here and there when i see them at this ONE special market by me (only place i see them.) they charge a lot too....

here's a link: https://www.amazon.com/Organic-Greens-Protein-Natural-Factors/dp/B00OACO4OC/ref=sr_1_13?dchild=1&gclid=Cj0KCQiA2uH-BRCCARIsAEeef3muTSI4lZRUNQr3fL0TJh1M0YfRdMhgW0KzSeuR3WmlO0XDVOUGaRIaAjvkEALw_wcB&hvadid=241919578538&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9004390&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=15013072057980018863&hvtargid=kwd-6852492573&hydadcr=24634_10399777&keywords=green+chocolate+bar&qid=1608049662&sr=8-13&tag=googhydr-20


grannyannie on 12/15/2020:
I love guided walking tours as well.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/15/2020:
i'm nervous it may be canceled if we get too much snow on wednesday into thursday!!!! oh no!

glad you get the tours too. i love them very much...there's a lot of learn and see!


Jacky82020 on 12/15/2020:
HOP, see top of my feed. Don’t know how to insert pic here. You’re correct, doesn’t appeal to me. How’s the taste?

Horn_of_plenty on 12/15/2020:
Will comment on your entry and everyone's later...i'm such a procrastinator right now....in process of a weights routine and STILL on here....

Yes, that's the bar. When i buy it, it's listed as 275 cals, lol, that's practically same as what's listed on your screen. and yes, again, that's the bar.

tastes delicious. doesn't at all have a "healthy taste" about it. i love the ingredients. it's very dense and delicous as a dessert sorta thing. or if i ate a lot of veggies, i'd follow up with it...or just by itself with a drink. it's heavy, so i don't buy it often, but sometimes buy a few at a time. very pricey bar. delicious.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/15/2020:
nothing like any traditional protein bar, it's GREAT.


Jacky82020 on 12/15/2020:
Sounds like a good one!


grannyannie on 12/15/2020:
There are lots of historial sites you can visit on your own but if you get a tour guide they make it come alive!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/15/2020:
Truest thing! yes! couldn't agree more. tour guides have always been so outstanding.


Jacky82020 on 12/15/2020:
Yes!!!!!


Donkey on 12/16/2020:
Chinese with family- oh that sounds lovely!

I hope the big snow won't interfere with your plans, especially the tour in Saturday. That sounds like a lot of fun.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2020:
this Chinese place is the best chinese food restaurant i have EVER eaten at. they don't load the food with crazy amounts of sauce and the sauce is actually delightful. the quality is great. it's a restaurant that has been in operation for decades. and one that is well known, in the next town over from my parents. it is called "So Far So Good" and it is!

I'm thinking Saturday may be cancelled as the tour is thru a park that is hilly with stairs...and snow will not be removed easily there...i'm sure it will be cancelled, and if so, I'll go to volunteer in Richmond Hill maybe...but will have to take a bus if i go to volunteer as the streets will prob be a mess from the snow....



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

tonight I cooked up some of the veggies I had both that I bought and mostly from the pantry bc they were giving them out to the workers and volunteers as I mentioned last week:

Breakfast: very, very dense noodle and ricotta pudding with fruit, my mom made it, and I took a couple slices home though not sure I want to have it again - it's good but very high cal and i really don't know the cal, have to guess. 550. and a coffee 50. 600...

12:20 decided only to snack for now..smart sweets lower sugar twizzler type treats 110.., special choc/fat organic health bar 230. 350 or so, fine :)

...planning to cook and eat plenty of veggies later....craving some veggies :)..possibly a cabbage/onion dish like jacky has been cooking but with a few more veggies added in, or just make a few veggie dishes...

jelly beans 70-100, 2 white wafer and chocolate filling cookies 100.

 Time to prepare some veggies so i can eat right ;)....DONE!

 Dinner: i had some roasted butternut squash that i didn't overload with oil, but used just enough, 150 cal?, then i really enjoyed a huge helping of broccoli in a chinese flavored sauce (oil in the pan to cook - i used toasted sesame oil, then there's a mix of garlic/soy/broth that is added after 4-5 minutes of the broccoli cooking with only oil. tastes just like chinese broccoli, but no sticky sauce). had a lot. 150? ...300, and a yogurt that was getting really old 150, and some of a drink cider alcoholic drink 100. 550.

1700..


Slept in until around 9am. Felt nice since i've been running around a bit lately. I was going to visit family, again, today, like i did yesterday but I told them it's better I go tomorrow. My sister and her baby are coming today which is why my dad wanted me to come.  But they'll be there all week until Friday so no problems..

I want a day to catch up on some errands without a rush (after all, I am not working, so how could there be a rush! LOL)...also, luckily no "pms" this month, just some pain now during the first day of TOM...so i'm also glad not to see parents / nephew today...would rather be here, home, and running errands.


 Errands today:

  • washing guinea pig fleeces and also a load of my own laundry that built up a bit...DONE
  • write out at least 3 cards ? (christine/alisa/renee) (think if i should send any others out?) to friends for the holiday season (one friend needed to really be done earlier this week, but i put it off because i was so distracted by the volunteering...eesh)..i have to make sure i thank them for their card and say how i hope they always send me holiday cards in the future ;)...they'd like that a lot :)..DONE
  • drop off cards at a nearby post office so they are delivered a little faster...DONE 
  • drop off gratuity for apt/building porters for housing...DONE 
  • pick up my rx (i'll run out of it by tomorrow, so it's a must-do) DONE
  • pick up some bottles of seltzer as i like to have it in addition to water DONE 
  • by a package of bottled waters (from convenience/pharmacy store) that i bring iwth me when i'm doing activities outside - and i've finally almost run out...DONE 
  • pick up any ingredients needed to make a corn bread (i have a box of the mix) FORGOT TO CHECK WHAT I NEED SKIP THIS DONT NEED TO MAKE CORNBREAD, got other bread, etc 
  • cook up some of my fresh vegetables, decide later which ones...cooked up 3 different recipes for now! DONE!
  • I may take today off of any exercise at all, feeling a bit low energy, so going to relax mostly, maybe go on indoor bike later...exercise break . Done.
  • feeling like i've forgotten to list something i need to do...?...send my dad the phone number for someone in my building that wants my dad to call him about something he has a question about...through it out accidentally, may need to ask for his numbers again ugh! DONE

 

  • Wednesday, Dec 16 Richmond Hill, Queens, I drive there, - Pantry volunteer for River Fund 8:30-12:30...looking very forward since i'm not volunteering much this week, i know i'll be rested for Wednesday :)
  • Friday, Dec 18Corona, Queens, 9:30-11:30am - just something sorta close and a short period of time...to stay busy and give back without a fuller day of work, just a short morning standing up, Volunteer to pack small meals for seniors at a senior center, I'll drive here, find a spot somewhat close ;)
  • Saturday, Dec 19, Alley Pond Park, in Queens, not a volunteer activity for me, WALKING TOUR- close to me10:30am-11:45am, organized outdoors tour / walk thru a beautiful wooded park in the area that's best to go thru as a group, my friend and her daughter will also attend! (there's a large parking lot for for me park at, right where we meet!)

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

grannyannie on 12/14/2020:
The walk sounds lovely.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2020:
Thank you so much Annie, I'm hoping my friend doesn't cancel and keeps her promise to come, she paid for both herself and her daughter to come, and that the weather works out :) should be an amazing walk. much safer to go as a group.


Jacky82020 on 12/14/2020:
I made some pumpkin pie for you. See my feed. A keto twist to dull the carbs. lol

horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2020:
Yes yes yes !!!! I really loved eating that pumpkin pie I was making in the mornings ! It was sweet but not too sweet! I already miss it, since I ate it up, but not ready to make another just yet !!


Jacky82020 on 12/14/2020:
Your Veggies look similar to my onion&cabbage stir fry with the Normandy Blend. Yum. Add soybeans & hot sauce

Horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2020:
Yep, i thought of you while preparing it!


Jacky82020 on 12/14/2020:
Awe..... You’re so sweet

Horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2020:
:)


grannyannie on 12/15/2020:
Yummy veggies

Horn_of_plenty on 12/15/2020:
will bring some to my dad to eat tomorrow or so.


Donkey on 12/15/2020:
Those vegetables look so delicious!

You had a very productive day. I realize that even though I went to work, I didn't accomplish nearly as much as you did.

Enjoy your family visit today (Tuesday)!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/15/2020:
trust me, you did accomplish a lot. all my errands were near each other. i ended up on the couch relaxing a lot yesterday too ;)



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

breakfast: hot sweetened cereal 170, almond milk 30, yellow raisins 150..350, kombucha 50. 400.

snack: rest of the cereal above, coffee 50.

 Lunch / snacks - candy 70 and wrap, total 430...500?

Snacking chocolate and a non alcoholic beer 200

dinner with parents large salad and olive oil 200, seasonings, fried fish but didn't eat all, took some home for tomorrow, 300?, toast with butter 150, orange 50. 700-750.

1950-2000. Perfect day 

over an hour walk with mom today and legs, hamstrings, got more sore over the course of today because of some movements I was doing yesterday...I will prob be most sore tomorrow but soreness I can handle- it's injury which is not ok!


I got up early but decided to enjoy breakfast and relax on the couch for most of the morning.  Now, around 11am, i'm going to attempt a quick upper body weights routine before I drive out to parents around 12:30pm...mom wants me at her house by 1pm...so if i want to do a weights routine today, this is the time to do it... 

 i'm quite sore on the back of my upper legs from squatting down yesterday, raking up leaves...lol and holding bags open, etc...so, it's not a bad thing, hopefully will not interfere much with going walking with my mom.

Activities:

  • Walking
  • Upper body weights

Soon, I'll have accumulated over 50+ hours volunteering (once i do Wednesday's workthat is upcoming) for New York Cares since approximately November!  New york cares automatically adds up my hours...so this was what was shown.

I will add up the hours I volunteered at the farm, also..i'll try to add that up...approx 34 hours...

Plus, I also volunteered with NYC H20 a couple more times, after the first time I did with New York Cares...so that's a few hours...I think it's 6+ more hours here.

 So, added up, I've done approx 90 hours of volunteering since July...I think i'll keep a running tally on this! :)


  • Monday, Dec 14 - Queens Botanical Gardens, will prob take bus, to do composting from 9:30-12:30...this is VERY close by and if i take a bus i do not have to worry about parking...but i think they have mentioned we can park in their lot...will review! weather says rain...
  • Wednesday, Dec 16 Richmond Hill, Queens, I drive there, - Pantry volunteer for River Fund 8:30-12:30
  • Friday, Dec 18, Corona, Queens, 9:30-11:30am Volunteer to pack small meals for seniors at a senior center, I'll drive here, find a spot somewhat close ;)
  • Saturday, Dec 19, Alley Pond Park, in Queens, WALKING TOUR- close to me10:30am-11:45am, organized outdoors tour / walk thru a beautiful wooded park in the area that's best to go thru as a group, my friend and her daughter will also attend! (there's a large parking lot for for me park at, right where we meet!)

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

Donkey on 12/13/2020:
I commented on yesterday's post. I wasn't sure if I should comment here, but then I thought, This is a new day, a new week. Let's move forward.

I really hope it doesn't rain for tomorrow's event. That sounds like something very rewarding.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/13/2020:
wrote you back on my yesterday's entry....i'm also looking towards a productive week ;)

I'll share some things with you regarding my comments yesterday back to you...


Jacky82020 on 12/13/2020:
How is your Dad’s back, HOP? My most severe episodes of similar pain were always triggered by over exertion of back muscles. It’s the spasms that do you in. Muscle relaxants helped me immensely. Hope your father’s doing better.

horn_of_plenty on 12/13/2020:
He’s doing only a little better with his sciatica that is nothing him greatly on one side of his body throughout the whole leg. Yeah I also think it’s his back where the main issue lies compressing a nerve - hopefully he’ll be able to understand what’s going on whenever he gets his mri. Thanks for asking and catch up with you soon!


grannyannie on 12/13/2020:
Good job on the volunteering! If you want some heavy duty volunteering how about Africa for a year or two? If you have a current teaching certification you could teach! It's exciting!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/13/2020:
hmmmm...that sounds intriguing. perhaps i'll see what's out there...not sure i could last day in and day out in Africa though...but, it sounds intriguing Annie, no doubt.

i was thinking i'd sign up for one of those 3 week adventures / habitat for humanity opportunities with vacation time at a future job...especially if i'm working for the courts.

you give good ideas.

my legs are now very sore...not sure, seriously, i could do a year...

but, i'll be looking into it a little bit...just for curiousity's sake. THANK YOU.


Donkey on 12/14/2020:
Glad you were able to visit with your folks and walk with your mom. I hope your legs aren't hurting too much today. Is that why you canceled the botanical garden today?

Horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2020:
too much rain predicted 90%-100%...that's the main reason i cancelled it....it's alright, been doing a lot...if i'm still not working next week, and Monday is ok weather, i'll try to go there again :)...seems the composting is on Mondays.



Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Dec 12, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

 

8:30 breakfast coffee 50, puumpkin filling last piece, small, 120, pb 150, 2 cookies 80...400. 

snacks: none :)...this month or 2 has been a long time coming of working to try to work thru a snack in the mornings...only when i'm volunteering/working hard will this work...and it's just something i am doing lately and it will prob not hold for the future. just right now here and there....if i am at a desk job, not sure i could do work without a snack.

1:30pm snacking once back at home: chocolate 1/3 of some kind of no sugar added bar and some kombucha...up to 220 cal.

gummy candy with sugar 80

large wrap 450 filled with "thanksgiving stuffing, with cranberries/seeds, the neftushel or however you spell it cheese" (another trader joe's half a huge wrap)

6pm dinner cheese 120, grapes 100, cider 100....350, goldfish crackers up to 200

1700....

 

 


 today's volunteering, as usual, was amazing.  it was only two hours and I def got some movement, exercise, and sweating on! Found a good spot, additionally, thank gosh!  I knew i would.  Many people came on public transportation because they don't drive or are students. Such nice people, all around! Great morning!!

Another possibly great major i could have done in college: environmental studies...another good one....and then i'd be able to apply to all the NYC DEP (department of environmental protection) jobs...

I am still considering options for future work, trust me, and options for possible future studies.

it's hard for me to spend more money on a lot of school / degrees because i feel i have done that already...

that's why i like he courts thing, because it doesn't require any more studies than i have....but i have to say, working for the parks or NYC DEP sounds good at the moment...as long as i have heated gloves and socks ;)


 

  • Saturday, Dec 12, George Walker Jr. Park cleanup (not familiar), Jamaica Ave, Brooklyn 10-12pm, Park Cleanup  (probably will drive here, and will find spots because it's a saturday early morning, hopeful for spots near the park)....
  • Monday, Dec 14 - Queens Botanical Gardens, will prob take bus, to do composting from 9:30-12:30...this is VERY close by and if i take a bus i do not have to worry about parking...but i think they have mentioned we can park in their lot...will review! weather says rain...
  • Wednesday, Dec 16 - Pantry volunteer for River Fund 8:30-12:30
  • Saturday, Dec 19, Alley Pond Park, in Queens, close to me10:30am-11:45am, organized outdoor tour / walk thru a beautiful wooded park in the area that's best to go thru as a group, my friend and her daughter will also attend! (there's a large parking lot for for me park at, right where we meet!)

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

grannyannie on 12/12/2020:
Busy, busy!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/12/2020:
And now home, RELAXING for now... ;)

being busy keeps my mind off of everything...like a drug, but healthier!


Donkey on 12/12/2020:
I hope you are able to get in the Park Clean-Up before any rain starts. (Not sure if you're getting rain today -- I only caught the temperature map on the Today Show, which said you're getting warmer temperatures.) Great exercise and you see immediate results of your efforts!

On some days, I walk past a nursing home that faces a busy street. I often find trash (from passing cars) on the grassy easement. A couple of times, I've gone back (the next day) with a plastic grocery bag and picked up the garbage. If my loved one lived there, I would want them to look out to a clean lawn. Maybe that wouldn't make them happy, but I can tell you that looking onto a trashy area is quite depressing.

THINK of the beauty you are bringing to this particular neighborhood!!! JOY!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/12/2020:
a little tired, so i'll just say, the rain held off and it was another great day for 2+ hours of exercise and movement. and meeting amazing people. always.


Donkey on 12/12/2020:
I meant to mention: I hope that you are keeping a list of the volunteering events you're doing, sort of a resume of civic duty activities during the pandemic.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/12/2020:
I am...and i'll write more to you later. After taking the time to be involved in the community, i have come to the realization how stupid i was to go to college straight after high school...i have learned what makes me really happy...UGH...


Jacky82020 on 12/12/2020:
Why did you give up teaching? I loved it! Only taught 13 years & then moved to Pennsylvania where I focused on trading stocks & abortive writing projects. I was at an alternative school, last stop between regular schools and juvenile hall. How I loved those kids! And they me. Gave me perfect class control. So I could teach. The PhD put me at the top of the pay scale (not counting seniority) so I started at 6K a year higher than the BA ppl. Get a tidy little pension for life too. Regret not getting into education sooner.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/12/2020:
I didn't know you taught too...was difficult in my first four years and didn't secure any "tenure" roles at all and i got very disenvisioned / upset the way things were going...and i DIDN"T REALIZE just how important a teaching degree is and the money it makes you as a teacher. i didn't realize how terrible my decision was, at 25, to step out of teaching until it was too late.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/12/2020:
One of several mistakes i have made in life.


Jacky82020 on 12/12/2020:
In most school districts in California, you get tenure in 2 years if all goes well. I quit research biology to write. Sold 4 of 20 novels, many short pieces. Got discouraged and taught. Some truth in those who can’t do teach. Many career regrets too, but as a wise man once said:

The moving finger writes; and having writ, Moves on Nor all thy piety or wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a line Nor all thy tears wash out a word of it

So let’s do other things, Girl! Onwards & upwards!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/12/2020:
yeah, ours is usually 3 years (on long island, NY). i didn't have positions that turn into tenure, they were leave positions for teachers having surgeries, babies, or also a catholic school type of thing that also didn't pay well like you are talking about below.


Jacky82020 on 12/12/2020:
I started without a teaching credential too, got one at night school. They hired at full pay but required the credential within 2 years. I had enough coursework to get credentials in Math, Life Science, Chemistry and English. Most grades 7-12. The husband’s mother taught at a Lutheran school in NYC, forget exactly where. ****ty pay and benefits, but she liked it & her husband made good money playing on Broadway. They later retired to Florida.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/12/2020:
yeah, as long as one partner makes the big bucks, the other can do as they like...ha.

what year were you born? you've got to be a few years older than me with all your credentials?

I'm 1982


Jacky82020 on 12/13/2020:
I’m about 10 years older than you, 50 in a few years. Think you’re the youngest regular poster here? I believe most have mentioned adult children & grandkids.

Seems like you were a long term sub? I had better prospects because of the math/science credentials. These are based upon college coursework. Most are credentialed in their undergrad major, but I had numerous grad school coursework, enough for the chemistry and English credentials. Took all my electives in English, you know, forever the aspiring writer & avid reader, so easy A’s.

Then & now, there’s a shortage of math/science ppl. Special Ed is another area that’s always hiring.

I won’t say anything to the sanctimonious Holy Roller next door. Her holier than thou tone & all that preaching is actually comical. The husband is porking the young widow at the end of the block and I used to see some dude coming and going from her house when he worked weeks in NYC. Their house is next to my big side yard where I keep several bird feeders, so often see the house while observing birds. Have an online relationship with some physical therapist who inherited his house from his parents & has lived there all his life. Nice guy who knows all the juicy gossip. lol.


Donkey on 12/13/2020:
Thank you for saying that in retrospect, perhaps you should not have gone straight to college out of high school. My daughter has chosen this route, and Husband and I have been worried about that, but I can see right now that she is completely unmotivated to go back to school. Especially with COVID, she doesn't do well with remote learning at all.

I'm going to recommend Environmental Studies to her though, as that's something that she may be interesting in pursuing in the future.

Try not to be too hard on yourself. We've all made mistakes in our lives, moments that we wish we could take back - some more serious than others. From what I can see and from what I know, you're actually in a good position to come out of this pandemic with some good ideas for your future.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/13/2020:
There's a special school in NYS for Environmental Studies, it offers an associates / and then online bachelors...it's a very special school...and THE PLACE to go if you want to be a park ranger. it's superior. Not all schools offer the environmental studies and related fields...very select kind of programs. highly recommend...there's also some other programs what would offer her the ability to get all the public works jobs that require the environmental degrees...i'll share with you in the days to come. i don't think it's for me, it's too late for me to do this and they require fitness tests (i'm sure far easier than cop test)...but i'm not to keen on any more fitness tests...i'll share soon.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/13/2020:
park rangers start at 60K.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/13/2020:
or they make around that...something like that, read it yesterday. it's a high amount bc they need to have specific knowledge to start doing the job.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/13/2020:
i'll be sharing some things i learned about it with you...and the other degrees/associates programs that are allowed in for these types of jobs.



Horn_of_plenty - Friday Dec 11, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

 Happy Friday!

pumpkin filling & pb 300, kombucha 50

well....this has been an interesting day...almost like a dream bc it really doesn't seem real at all!

snacking while volunteering granola bar 120

2:30pm late meal after volunteering - tuna in a wrap with some cheese (wrap was donated from Trader Joe's supermarkets amongst many other things...) 400? coffee 50...500 tops.

snacks: cider mixed with remainder of a beer 250, lots of blackberries, 200 tops. 

dinner: other half of the way-too-large tuna wrap which seems to have had a thin slice of cheese in it as well. 450 (like i said, it was way too big and that's the calories for half!)...so it's good i cut it in half and made two good meals out of it. !!! :)

dessert - some grapes, and a few cookies 200..felt like having an indulgence.

2050.


 Crazy day. in a good way. I'll try to sum it up fast as i'm not in a mood to write the longer version. basically wasn't home until around 2:30pm or so. very extroidinary stuff going on and stayed at the pantry extra too.

Went to volunteer, had to park farther than normal, couldn't find a spot! prob parked around 1/4 mile away.

well, after volunteering, we were told they were waiting on more deliveries...and we decided to stay (me and this girl and most everyone else).

turns out part of the deliveries were special "odds and ends" from Trader Joes...such as sandwiches of those huge wraps you may find at a supermarket like trader joes where the wraps are double portions filled with meats and cheeses or tuna salad, brussel sprouts still on their stalks, parsnips, cans of soups, butternut squash already in chunks, all sorts of apples, all sorts of berries, bags of cabbage, bags of salad, fresh collard greens, salads already made with the works in them (but looking like they might be ready to spoil, fresh cherry tomatoes, boxed vegetable soup, vegetarian baked beans...i know i'm forgetting a lot...even tonic water, sparkling. haha. sweet potatoes, leaks...parsnips....oh, they had hummus and dips...everything. i gave a hummus to my friend.

So, with those above items, there were smaller quantities and not specific to the larger palets of food to be given away tomorrow.

So when they came, around noon, we were OFFERED TO TAKE WHATEVER WE WANTED of those items!!!!!!!!!

I took a lot...then i also took just as much for my friend, Jen, who lives around 10-15 min from where i was volunteering. 

I drove one girl home who doesn't drive since she also decided to take a lot once i had offered her a ride ;)

So i went to get my car after i decided i wasn't walking anymore with all our packages...and the girl i was driving home waited like 5-10 min for me to get my car...we drove and i dropped 4 bags of food off to my friend Jen, I drove the girl home and she was thankful and enjoyed the drive bc it wasn't the same as her bus route bc busses do not go on all the roads that cars do so  it was nice for her for me to drive her thru a park part of the commute, then i came home, gave my porter/building cleaner a few things, and went upstairs to put all my food away :)

All in all, I prob took at least $150 worth of food for myself, Jen, and just a little for the porter (mostly potatoes and green peppers) and strawberries...that i hope are still good...the food isn't always at it's peak...but it's something..berries just go bad very quickly. 1/4 of my blackberries were spoiled but it was a large container! :)

it was a crazy day...everyone was taking everything...the only rule was to help clean up after, breaking down boxes, organizing for Saturday and not leaving a mess for the rest of the team ;) ......and you know i made sure i did my part.  i'm telling you, this pantry is ONE OF A KIND.

 


 

  • Friday, Dec 11 - Prep the pantry at the River Fund, Richmond Hill, Queens (i drive and park near here) 8:30-12:30/1pm 
  • Saturday, Dec 12, George Walker Jr. Park cleanup (not familiar), Jamaica Ave, Brooklyn 10-12pm, Park Cleanup  (probably will drive here, and will find spots because it's a saturday early morning, hopeful for spots near the park)....if it's raining, i will skip this...my weather phone app says rain possibly :(
  • Monday, Dec 14 - Queens Botanical Gardens, will prob take bus, to do composting from 9:30-12:30...this is VERY close by and if i take a bus i do not have to worry about parking...but i think they have mentioned we can park in their lot...will review! weather says rain...
  • Wednesday, Dec 16 - Pantry volunteer for River Fund 8:30-12:30
  • Saturday, Dec 19, Alley Pond Park, in Queens, close to me10:30am-11:45am, organized outdoor tour / walk thru a beautiful wooded park in the area that's best to go thru as a group, my friend and her daughter will also attend! (there's a large parking lot for for me park at, right where we meet!)

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

Donkey on 12/11/2020:
Happy Friday! Have fun at the food pantry!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/11/2020:
OH my, was it!


grannyannie on 12/11/2020:
Enjoy your volunteering and your tour!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/11/2020:
yes, a great day!!!!


grannyannie on 12/11/2020:
Your going to turn into a pumpkin! :O

Horn_of_plenty on 12/11/2020:
if i don't say so myself! it's just so satisfying to have in the morning. and is very thick now. not at all like a pudding, but really tasty and indulgent (in my mind!)


Jacky82020 on 12/11/2020:
Lol. I will try the pumpkin pie later.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/11/2020:
Good...it "gets better with age"...overnight in the fridge will help it set.


Jacky82020 on 12/11/2020:
Matt, the husband , says it sounds like crap, what with no crust and real sugar. He plans to try it slathered with whip cream. Fine with me if he doesn’t like it! All the more for me! He puts whip cream on almost all of his desserts, always have a can or two in the fridge.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/11/2020:
should be marvelous with whipped cream. i have made my own, i learned from Donkey on here and another person i think, so easy. you simply WHIP a small container of cream. must be the full fat stuff or it will not whip well. VERY good. very high calorie.


Jacky82020 on 12/11/2020:
Making whipped cream is simple. Used to do it often. Especially fast & simple with my Kitchenaid mixer. Purchased a refurbished professional grade one like 20 years ago. Very powerful motor. Largest bowl than the commonly sold ones. Poor red thing mostly sits around looking pretty. Used to knead dough with it too & make terrific sour dough bread. Also cinnamon rolls. Those were the days!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/11/2020:
oh my, sounds very delicious. when i last made the whipped cream, i actually threw some away at the end bc i hadn't finished it and i wasn't going to chance it....it's so hard to waste so many calories just eating it. but was good with certain things. would be good with my pumpkin...i'm eager to bake something new soon.


Jacky82020 on 12/11/2020:
Yeah, only made whipped cream for a cake and used it all. Never tried keeping in fridge to top their desserts or coffee. The canned stuff is pretty good.

horn_of_plenty on 12/11/2020:
I used to buy the sf tub of cool whip. Used to eat it almost like ice cream!


Jacky82020 on 12/11/2020:
Other desserts....



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