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Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Dec 10, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

 8am my light pumpkin pie filling 150, protein pb so nice 150, kombucha 50

11am some snacking: candy 60, iced coffee 50, 110 total

12pm  thick slice of chedder cheese 100, and a big half of a chiabatta roll 200

hour walk outside from around 1pm-2pm DONE :)

2PM- 6:30pm grapes 100, and these chocolate wafers i had bought and forgot about for awhile. yum!!!! 160...later more coffee 50....apple, gummies

6:30 dinner: some of the fried fish with some ketchup but it's hard for me to stomach it...so i didn't finish it 200, leftover cooked veggies not much oil 100. 350 tops, later a beer but not all of it 100. 450

1700...


 i am just now realizing that i should have been looking into ways to volunteer legally...now  that i have a paralegal certificate, that still is finding it's way in the mail to me...i was called to say it's going in the mail soon....


I applied to several jobs today, haven't done that in awhile.  Also, housing came and replaced my bedroom heating/cooling unit for a new one, with a temp setting. It should make it so that i do not wake up in the middle of the night either hot or cold and it should work really, really well. fingers crossed that it helps me keep the air temp more moderated in the bedroom. If so, i may not even need to use a heavy blanket this winter, if i can get the air temp to stay in the healthy 70's for sleeping...will keep you all updated.

I didn't tip the maintenance men because really my dad would have been mad. So i gave them each a bottle of the free coconut waters that i took for myself and gave it to them for their work. One was in a rush to leave and took it and the other, younger, man said he loved it and was thankful. haha. they make their regular salary as maintenance and i also need to make a check out for the holidays that gets split between the many maintenance men for the entire area i live in of many, many apt buildings. the checks get all sent into housing and then split evenly amongst the workings. I'll make out a $20 check. That's enough.  At least i'm able to give my main porter of my own building food and little things here and there these past few months :)


 I had emailed R that I wanted to give him back his guitar and binoculars (bc i live on the 9th floor he liked to look out at the views lol) that he left here. It's been FOUR months since we last parted. I wanted his guitar out of my place since it's just collecting dust in it's case in my living room.  He finally wrote me back a couple days later that i could drop it off to him today, i told him i'd be at his lobby entrance at 1pm and he could come downstairs to me to get them (i will not talk to him or give him any patience/sympathy when i see him). and i will not go upstairs to bring them to him. I'd asked what time to come, he said 1pm...so i'll be going there shortly. good to get his stuff out of my apt.  I'm a 5 min walk to his apt, so i'll walk there with the guitar and binoculars.  Maybe i'll stay out a hair longer just for the sun/some fresh air as well.  My feet are a little tired, as well as my legs, from yeseterday volunteering so i'm taking it easy today. 


  • 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!
  • 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!

Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
You and your pumpkin pie! I want some! Please share your recipe, you can leave out the crust part. Too much fat for me and doesn’t taste all that great anyway.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
I am still perfecting it...this is my healthy recipe and doesn't include any crust! I simply do not make a crust and the longer the filling is in the fridge in the tin, the more and more it hardens and tastes better and better like the top of the pumpkin pie, if you get me!?

Basically, what i do is substitute evaporated milk for condensed milk (but then i have to change the proportions as evaporated milk is much thinner, so i do not use as much. next, last time i used two eggs just like the old recipe but i think 3 eggs may be better. lastly, for sweetener, since i am not using the sugary condensed milk anymore, i use my own sugar substitutes. i have a few in my kitchen cabinet because i order a good amount of them two years ago and i'm still using them! i have chrystalized (like sugar chrystals, same consistency) monk fruit and other similar ones like allulose also. i have a variety still of these alternative low cal sweeteners. i have to also be careful on what i use and i see if it's a 1:1 proportion or not to figure out how much to use...i use a formula conversion of how much evap milk and sugar substitute work instead of condensed milk...

i just use a regular pumpkin pie recipe and substitute the condensed milk with evap milk and alternative sugar substitute and i believe an extra egg works better than the two eggs. and all the herbs/spices/vanilla.

i will post the recipe later. basically, it lowers the calories greatly, by at least 50% between a regular serving of pumpkin pie and my serving of crustless, healthier filling. like, 350 cal vs. approx 150 cal.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
similar size servings, but mine possibly a hair smaller, but filling due to the fiber in all the pumpkin.


grannyannie on 12/10/2020:
I love boiled pumpkin, but pie, no thanks. :)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
this is pumpkin filling only, that i made healthier than a pie...i haven't had boiled pumpkin but i've seen it added into curries! that's got to be nice, since pumpkin is so healthy and to eat it with the curry sauce, yum!


Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
I love whole wheat chiabatta rolls! A staple for years, topped with hot mustard & blue cheese. May be in my rear mirror. Too many carbs and cutting back on dairy.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
i think it was a chiabatta...it was quite large, very square, and extremely tough (esp after i put it in the fridge).


Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
Thanks! Will add those pie ingredients to my Walmart pickup list for tomorrow 10-11. So a nut milk like almond would be way too thin?

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
ummmm, let me think about it and get back to you. the evaporated milk is particularly thin...and very low calories compared to condensed milk....

it may mess up the taste too much to use almond...

let me think about it some more...

the milk may be better also bc it may work better with the eggs for the binding? i'm thinking almond could work actually, but you'll want to use an extra egg...otherwise, you are basically going to eat a canned pumpkin mix that tastes wayyy too healthy to be satisfying and you'll end up throwing it out.

i baked this one almost two weeks ago and it's tasting really good right now...got two pieces left and will probably finish them so i don't have to throw them out, by weekend or so. it's stayed extremely well in the fridge, i was impressed.

also, the evap milk is rather cheap. i found the cheapest can to be the parrot brand.

but since you should only use about half the can i think...go with almond i guess and just use what you have...i think the can is 10oz and i think you should use just half, around 5oz...so if you don't want to buy it at all, try your nut milk. but you need to get the alternative sweetener and you need the eggs (3). here's the easy recipe, but you must change the servings, i'll try to work it out for you approx later, but here's the regular recipe now without the changes:

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
RECIPE WITH BOTH THE REGULAR AND SUBSTITUTES IN PARENTHESIS:

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin 1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk....(FOR EACH CUP OF CONDENSED MILK, SUBSTITUTE 5 OUNCES OF EVAPORATED MILK (MLIK SUBSTITUTE) AND 3/4 CUP OF SUGAR SUBSTITUTE BASED ON THE SUGAR VS. SUGAR SUBSTITUTE RATIO IF IT'S THE SAME OR NOT...) 2 large eggs....USE THREE INSTEAD 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg ½ teaspoon salt

Step 1 Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake 15 minutes.

Step 2 Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.


Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
And what about egg beaters? I think fat and cholesterol free. Was on a eggbeater omelette (Walmart generic) kick for a long time. The eggs with fresh spinach and sometimes a little cheese. Good, just got tired of it.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
yes, egg beaters, with yoke, should work just as fine...i wouldn't use only egg whites as it would be a different taste?


Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
Thanks for the recipe! What did you say the calorie estimate is?


Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
I C&P’ed the recipe and emailed it to myself

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
enjoy it, it's pretty darn healthy...i will do the estimate again based on using the smaller size, regular size, can of mashed pumpkin in a little bit...it's a great estimate, you'll be happy.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
the reason i do not have the estimate right now is because i did it for double and a different amount of cuts that i made with it...i will do it later again, for both me and you to have.


Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
Thanks, love ya, HOP!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
np, i'll do the recipe estimate later, after i settle down a little...it's easy for me to do. i am a mathematical addict in terms of calories ;)


Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
Haha, I’m getting there


Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
I added fat free evaporated milk to the pickup list. 25 Cals vs 40 Cals per serving, which is only 2 Tablespoons But may divide recipe & try with almond milk since I have some in the fridge.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
that's right, the parrot can said each serving was 40 cal, i remember...still focused on things here...didn't forget about you hahahaha


Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
Yep, never met this parrot, just go by back of the container

What do you mean about volunteering legally? no comprendez.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
yeah, i figured it wasn't written well...

i want to do Legal Volunteer work...like Donkey does sometimes on the weekend at a Pro Bono Legal Clinic. Legal work, but for no $, to get my foot into the legal door as a paralegal. but it seems hard to get in touch with ANYONE....it will be a hard process for me...i should try to see it through, but i'm not making promises.


Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
Oh, hear lots about pro bono legal clinics. Heard much good done, but also a bunch of BS like ppl wanting to sue a neighbor or landlord for farting too loud in the elevator.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
lol, some pro-bono is specifically for the indigent who'd never afford a lawyer themselves..that's more the work im thinking of and what i think donkey did. not sure though with her.

but it seems i'll have to email all these nyc pro bono places and wait to hear responses...i'm not sure they'll all even be available to make a response bc of covid or old contacts...i will try. i doubt it will happen any time soon!

in law, it's pushed to do this "pro bono work" even for paralegals (a reason donkey probably does it - she knows it exists and enjoys to take part, stay current, give back, learn)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
you know i'm in Queens, so there's a LOT of poverty in these parts and with so many people, i'm sure there's ample pro bono. not all firms want paralegals...some prefer just law students and lawyers...bc law students will prob do just about any job for no pay and may have better abilities to do the work than paralegals, i would think. it also gives their resume a good start.


Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
Some physicians do pro bono, particularly plastic surgeons. Many have the ulterior motive of looking like good guys and attracting paying customers.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
didn't know that!


Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
Pretty funny, huh? My friend worked for a guy like that in San Diego. His office walls were covered with pics of poor kids he worked on for free

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
CRAZINESS!


Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
GREED!


Donkey on 12/11/2020:
The advantage a paralegal has over a law student is that law students will move on one they pass the bar. A paralegal is a more stable presence. But you're right - most pro-bono's want law students, lawyers waiting for bat exam results, and licensed attorneys.

Keep looking!



Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Dec 09, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

7:30am  Breakfast: leftovers of my healthy pumpkin pie 150, with that protein pb 150 (slightly over a serving), some kombucha 50

8:30-12:15 while volunteering: i didn't! just water, but was very hungry at times. in my car before driving home, i had a tiny mounds coconut chocolate candy. 100

1:15pm lunch back at home: half a banana 50, last of my ratatoille 150, mixed with other veggies 100.  some grapes too, they were great! 100. 

2:45pm dessert: two cookies 80, and i tried the iced coffee (already has milk added, nice!) very good...but has a "healthy" taste..not a typical coffee taste bc it has several thing added in. 70

4:30 snacky...an orange from two week's ago volunteering! time to eat them up and not waste them, they look ugly but taste wonderful! 100

6:30 dumb gummies 150 (dumb to snack on them at a dinner time), chicken 150, ketchup, wrap 150 

snacking 150

1,700.


The volunteering is going REALLY well.  I took a few extras for myself, more than l have previously taken.. (two LARGE iced coffee containers that are VERY expensive in the supermarket, probably more than $10 each because the coffees have 8 servings and have ingredients such as MCT oil! I also took myself a package of tasty seedless grapes.  also nabbed a couple small 1 serving bottles of coconut water, and 3 large onions. Oh, and i took the sandwich for lunch that they give out to volunteers to eat to have later.. It's fried fish, i don't love it, but, it's healthy, and free,..good to eat some fried fish later. 

This is the best place to volunteer at for that reason, that the goods are plentiful, but also it takes place OUTSIDE. also, it's very busy and the time goes by very quickly.  The people working there are very nice as well. 

i saw the very, VERY handsome Sabio (police officer) again....ohhh, he never, ever looks bad. so handsome. and i learned two more staff member's names that are majorly involved, Rosa and Parker (probably his last name).   This time i remembered to thank Sabio and also tell him I would take a few things, if he didn't mind. 

I also took 3 more packages of grapes, one package of apples, and another coconut water..and 3 large onions... to give away on my way home/at home.  I was hoping my friend Jen would be available so that i could drop off a cold container of iced coffee to her as well as grapes, but she didn't pick up...so that didn't happen.

So i'm driving home, and sometimes there's people that are begging on a couple of the busy roads i travel on.  They stand on the midway/broundry of the middle of the roadside. And, there did end up being someone begging, and the light was red, so I was able to reach out my window with the grapes and he took the package and was very thankful for them.  Next, I saw two asian women that were collecting the bottles that are set out to be recycled and not picked up yet...they go through the clear plastic large garbage bags left out on the road for pickup and they collect the bottles/recycleables so that they can take them to the supermarket for a few bucks. When i saw them i was almost home and it was easy to stop right next to them. I put a bag of grapes in an extra bag i had and gave it to them...they were very happy, indeed.

Next, i came home and brought a lot of what i brought from volunteering upstairs.  The porter (building cleaner) wasn't around and I had hoped to give him some things as well! He has a family and he is so nice. I brought some extra for him back from the volunteering!  I saw him later on, and gave him 1 small single serving of coconut water, a whole bag of small apples, a bag of grapes, and 3 large onions.  He is a great porter. I want to share the extras with him.  I wish i could have given my friend Jen who lives 10 minutes from where i volunteered something, but she didn't pick up her phone, oh well! Instead, like i wrote earlier, a couple people in need got some grapes.  It felt good to give to these people who are needy.  I live in Queens, so I see a LOT of things everyday. When i'm out, there are so many people, off to so many places, involved in so many things...and it's good to help the ones that need it..even if i can give only a little bit.  It makes me feel good.


 

  • Wed, Dec 9 Richmond Hill, NY, give out food for the River Fund - it's one of the best food banks and i sometimes take a couple things home, including some food, which is allowed;  8:30am-1pm, outdoor pantry, friend may stop by to pick up some things (she/family could use some help for sure!) (i drive and park near this one)
  • 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!
  • 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!

Jacky82020 on 12/09/2020:
Busy day! Glad it’s all going well. Marvelous of you to volunteer. I only volunteered for a year or so at Planned Parenthood. My job was to hold women’s hands during the procedure. Volunteered to enhance my medical school application, but never applied. Went the PhD research route instead & then quit that to write The Great American Novel. Didn’t work out, but made a living writing for several years.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2020:
well, that's a very interesting/emotional type of volunteering you did. I am sure those women were very thankful for you to be there.

it's nice you have a varied, high level of education. nothing will ever take that away from you (same for myself, though i just have a master's). it's wonderful you could use your gift of writing for a living.


grannyannie on 12/09/2020:
That is sad that there are people begging. And so many can't afford to feed their kids now!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2020:
Yes, certain roads are known to have people panhandling constantly. when the lights turn red, they walk between the vehicles waiting for someone to hold money out. some do not even wear masks now...which makes it more difficult for people to want to give them anything. i see this all the time, people out begging on the street.


Jacky82020 on 12/09/2020:
Mostly I wrote pulp fiction & other crap. Lack the skill set to do the type of writing I most admire: true crime. The best books are done by former law enforcement or investigative reporters. They have connections. I also lack appropriate interviewing skills. Began a local crime story involving the rape & murder of a 12 yr old girl. Spent a long time writing to the 3 incarcerated killers. Two brothers & a older third guy. One brother was a total moron. The other thought he was much smarter than he was. Still have all those letters. The DA didn’t want to talk to me and his assistant basically threw me out of the office. Felt uncomfortable calling the victim’s family. So not my forte.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2020:
LOL. not everyone is easy to work with or will want to work with you! especially former criminals! some do, some don't. i am sure that more don't.

i once delved into a book written by a former spy that was held hostage in a concentration camp. couldn't finish the book, it was too long...and it was very, very lengthy. perhaps closer to 1,000 pages? it was sometimes too in depth and a lot of the things that went on were repeptive. so after i read some, i returned it to the library. but like you were saying, it was an eye-witness account of a former spy held hostage. so he was rather smart. but i'm not sure i enjoyed his writing style.

makes sense that former writers are works that have lineage back to law enforcement or investigators. especially on the investigation end, that's usually several steps above a police officer. they i am sure have been parts of interesting investigations and i am sure many have a forte for writing.

you still have to to live out your writing passion. you have many years ahead of you, too. ;)

i love the romance crap. ..romance novels. there can never be enough!


Jacky82020 on 12/09/2020:
Oh, no! Usually the criminals, at least the long timers, love writers! They are bored & lonely & try to play you to put money on their books. They also mailed lists of approved items they can receive in prison, mailed from vetted vendors. They have sob stories about needing to buy Xmas gifts for their orphaned children. Ok, more later The husband came in to help me connect the POGO to Bluetooth


Jacky82020 on 12/09/2020:
So we can’t get the damn POGO to connect to the iPad.

Anyways, these long termers crave attention and the possibility of getting a few bucks. Never met the killers. They put me on their visiting list, but it was a long trip & I was losing interest. They love getting out of the cell to talk to writers who almost always buy them food from the vending machines.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2020:
i see. that all makes perfect sense, yeah. Prison isn't exactly a happy place to have to spend a long time in...

i hope you can work out the POGO!

I have heard / watched stories & movies, where a writer / investigator comes and meets with a prisoner, usually also bringing them food and things they've been wanting.


Jacky82020 on 12/09/2020:
Yeah, a lot depends on the prison. Some only allow items purchased from the vending machines, so writers bring money. At these guys prison, you couldn’t bring anything. Everything had to ordered from approved vendors and they search everything. Never bought them anything. Did send a few money orders to the prison so they could buy “Stationary and stamps.” A common excuse. These ****s thought they had me convinced of their innocence. Their DNA was all over the dead kid.


Donkey on 12/10/2020:
Well done on your volunteering! I hope the outing on Saturday will work out - we're expecting rain/snow here too.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
fingers crossed :)



Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Dec 08, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Piece of my homebaked (still have leftovers) healthy pumpkin pie filling 150, with pb on top 150. 300..will follow with a coffee! 50

snack: almond joy bar small 100

3pm nice lunch: leftovers of my ratatouille very good 200, and a very large bagel that i didn't exactly finish yet, 400 cal, with cream cheese 150, and butter 100. 850 total.

6pm before a nice shower...half banana 60. and just chilling at home and relaxing. no i did my leg workout tonight, i do not think. reading my new book (it is based on 50 short stories of Woodstock personal experiences)

1900 total after a good, very tasty and late dinner..got an error message, so i'm not about to write it all out again!


At the salvation army which was not the operation i had pictured it as, but a nice and welcome place, we were giving out HUGE bags of bagels, around at least 15 bagels of assorted flavors per bag, soup that was cooked in their kitchen (ministrone), and small half cups of peaches in light syrup (the small snack size ones you find in a 6pack at the supermarket).  I took one of the large bags of assorted bagels as well as 4 mini cups of sweet peaches. there were so many peach snacks, i was giving out up to as many as 15 small containers per person.

On my way home, there was a sleeping homeless guy that i didn't approach on the subway bc he was sleeping...and then later i saw a homeless man very disheveled and carrying a large bag beside him as he sat waiting at a bus stop as i was walking to my car. I had the bag of bagels already opened inside my canvas bag so that i could give one or two if i saw someone that was needy. he was very happy to accept a bagel, so i reached in and gave him one more :) and continued on my way to my car.

homeless people are rarely violent in any way.  they are suffering and many have mental disabilities.  i have met homeless people, particularly during my stint when i had to be in a hospital (enough said) last fall and i had to spend some days with people of need.  my mind was changed about the less fortunate then.  if i wasn't from priveledge and my own upbringing, i can imagine much more hardship in my life.  It is EASY to not have a lot, and easy to find yourself homeless depending on the events of one's life! anyways, it feels good to reach out and give them something to eat, if i can.  they're harmless.  they need help.


 TOTALLY overslepped depite setting an alarm..will now have to set both my phone and alarm clock because this has now happened 2 days in a row!

Was supposed to volunteer at 10, but since i woke up at 9:45, that is not possible. Luckily, this is the day and place that has a FIVE hour volunteer session and i emailed the leader saying i'd come for only three hours...therefore, i can show up 12-3pm and i will tell him something came up in the morning, so i decided i'd come the later 3 hours instead...it's fine, i'll still do the 3 hours i told him i'd do.

other than that, i need to let maintenance/housing know about the other heater that i want replaced.  i'm waiting because i do not want them coming in here when i'm not home.  sometimes, they come the next morning as soon as they receive the request and i'm not to be home until thursday morning. so, i may request it late Wednesday for the heater replacement.

glad i did weights last night. if i'm feeling up to it, later, i'll do leg exercises TONIGHT.

other than volunteering today from 12-3, i'll be home relaxing and reading. :)

At some point, prob wed or most prob thurs, i've decided i will cook a thai curry.


 

  • Tuesday, Dec 8, Astoria, Queens, NY 12-3pm 10am-1pm, volunteer at Salvation Army location..i am excited, my first time going here...i will take the subway since i do not think parking will be good over there and the subway is very close...so i will drive sorta close to the subway by me and then take it to Astoria as a couple of the lines that are at my stop go to Astoria without too much of a hassle. 
  • Wed, Dec 9 Richmond Hill, NY, give out food for the River Fund - it's one of the best food banks and i sometimes take a couple things home, including some food, which is allowed;  8:30am-1pm, outdoor pantry, friend may stop by to pick up some things (she/family could use some help for sure!) (i drive and park near this one)
  • Friday, Dec 11 - Prep the pantry at the River Fund, Richmond Hill, Queens (i drive and park here) 8:30-12:30/1pm 
  • Monday, Dec 14 - Volunteer at 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!
  • 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)
  • 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!

Maria7 on 12/08/2020:
Wow, you are amazing! So much volunteering, helping so many!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2020:
ty lady maria! of course my parents are still giving me a hard time bc it's covid and they don't want me sick or spreading it to them!

hope you are well, cannot comment on your entry bc it is too old!


grannyannie on 12/08/2020:
Well done!!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2020:
:)


innerpeace on 12/08/2020:
wow...that's so much! No wonder you can't get up in the mornings!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2020:
why because of 5 hours volunteering?

turns out they do not do it for 5 hours! when i went today, at noon, they were done by 2pm. so, now i know just to go early...and that it's not 5 hours, which is too much!


Donkey on 12/09/2020:
Wow, your experience at the SA sounds incredible! What an awesome day, even if you got a late start (lol).

I also admire your discipline with your weight workouts. This would be the opposite of me right now, ha ha.

Your book sounds enjoyable! So it's not fiction, correct?

PS I hadn't commented on this, but I understand how it feels not to get any responses to your applications. I'm sure you know it's not personal, logically, although I know that's of little comfort on an emotional level. I'm guessing it's because of the number of applicants is overwhelming. Also, it's a sign of the times these days, unfortunately.

Don't give up! Keep on applying!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2020:
Yes, and sometimes i get automated responses that the companies went with another candidate, sent out to everyone who applied. it's ok. i do understand the application process.

i have been applying, but not steadily and many days i do not...bc i have my senses set that something will work out for me in the field i was before eventually. however, i have tomorrow off and i'm relaxing now, so tonight i'll do more job applications online.

yeah, the book is non fiction i guess! it's 50 people's accounts of their own experiences at Woodstock. it's good. and sometimes i learn more about history through their stories. many had friends or siblings fighting abroad in the Vietnam war. and the year was 1969. some things i am reading will easily remain in my mind to give me more of an understanding of life at that time.


Donkey on 12/09/2020:
Have fun at today's volunteering event! I hope you will write about it :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2020:
yes, please read my entry for today on how it went today...and after it finished, it started to flurry and then it got a little bad outside..but that was after volunteering ended, thankfully! it was so great today.!!!

and the other day, at the SA, i met a ballerina haha. After all, i was volunteering in Astoria which is a very unique area that has undergone a huge change with many new constructions of new apartments in an area that used to be run down. Astoria is a mix of the new with the old. She and her bf were from Astoria, volunteering in Astoria. she lost her dancing job bc of covid but was already starting to go back to school since most dancers retire in their 30s. she was 27. her bf works from home...so they do some volunteering / leaders for New York Cares.



Horn_of_plenty - Monday Dec 07, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

I wanted to mention to you all some emotions that came to me yesterday, after volunteering at that park in Brooklyn.  It was a decent area with a very lovely park.  If I had walked to the top of the park (that's for another day), where the reservoir used to be before it was filled in, I learned there are sweeping views of the Atlantic ocean and the entire surrounding city because it's up on a very high hill. Anyway, my point is that when the volunteerig ended close to 2pm, i realized i could walk thru the area for exercise before driving home, since my appetite wasn't strong at all...

As i was walking, very deep and towards the end of an hour walk, an unsettling thought came to me. It was that at 38 years old, I have hardly any more understanding about how to get into a career as I did when i was 22..and i am just as lost...due to my own doing and leaving my original career, but, it's just not the first time or the last in my life that i've had to apply online only to hear silence back from the receiving end of my applications. I find the world to be cruel, in terms of possibilities, from my own experiences and I have felt that way in the past as well as now.

i'm not looking for advice on how to get a job or what i should or shouldn't be doing now...it's just that a career path has never been MY (oops, sorry for the typo earlier!) forte and for a long time i was able to ignore it, while i had my previous job of 9 years...but now i remember how it felt back when i wasn't able to score a job around 10 years ago. this will pass. and yesterday  i pushed the feelings away, as there's little i can do at the moment. 

___________________________________________

 9:15am breakfast: last 1/4 of the sweet potato pie, 400, and some coffee 50

1pm: was hungry and ended up eating all three varieties of seaweed snacks i bought that had some olive oil and sea salt and one had spices (not as good!)...300 cal. and sugar gummy candy 3 servings in cola flavor which was surprisingly fresh and good hense the 3 servings (yes a bit much!) 350...some kombucha and reading and i'll do weights later around 4pm or so...this day is going to be easy and pass quickly. i'll be going to bed early again. 50

4/5pm small apple / leftover beer 100

6:30 as i begin my upper body workout, pb 100, some of this purple haze beer 150

dinner: not sure, but i need some veggies really soon! LOL leftovers of heavily oiled and roasted cauliflower 200 from mom, warned wrap with 2 sliced melted monster cheese, garlic and pepper 300

2000.


at first, i thought i was still signed up to volunteer at 9:30 today and i had slept thru my alarm, and gobbled an 1/8 of the pie ready to put on clothes and run out the door...but then i decided to write an email of apology for skipping...and upon looking at my volunteer signups, i had luckily deregistered days ago. LOL. so i had another 1/8 of a pie and some coffee and will enjoy the day mostly at home.

I will be donating a few older coats / jackets that i do not need...my closet was TOO FULL...and these don't really fit me that well, another reason to donate. I have 3 coats to donate and 2 light weight jackets that i threw into the bag...maybe they'll be able to just give them to someone (the lightweights) beause they are really just doing coats. ..and now i can actually take coats out of my coat closet without everything getting stuck and not even knowing what is in there! :)the donation area is very close to home, maybe just 10 minutes away. that's why i chose this particular place to go to...ha...it was practically under a 5min drive, so very close! DONE!

i've decided i wil do my weights today...was thinking maybe i'd take the week totally off, but i changed my mind :) DONE!

i also found another good book to start on...someone gave it to  me, as well.  and the person that gave it to me helped write one of the chapters...he'll be so happy that i actually read the book!..an older man i know from my days playing the French horn YEARS ago, not a dating prospect LOL.  This past spring, I paid him a visit and that's when he gave me the book, recently. I told him i was taking classes so i couldn't read it right away and now is the perfect time...in progress, not sure i'll finish it..

I will also leave an online note to housing about the lousier heater in my bedroom in hopes to get a new one just like the one they gave me last year for my living room, which has a thermostat that actually shows what temp i'm setting it to, that works accurately compared to the old-school one in my bedroom....so i'm not waking up from it either being too hot or cold in the middle of the night...tomorrow....


 

  • Tuesday, Dec 8, Astoria, Queens, NY 10am-1pm, volunteer at Salvation Army location..i am excited, my first time going here...i will take the subway since i do not think parking will be good over there and the subway is very close...so i will drive sorta close to the subway by me and then take it to Astoria as a couple of the lines that are at my stop go to Astoria without too much of a hassle. 
  • Wed, Dec 9 Richmond Hill, NY, give out food for the River Fund - it's one of the best food banks and i sometimes take a couple things home, including some food, which is allowed;  8:30am-1pm, outdoor pantry, friend may stop by to pick up some things (she/family could use some help for sure!) (i drive and park near this one)
  • Friday, Dec 11 - Prep the pantry at the River Fund, Richmond Hill, Queens (i drive and park here)
  • 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)
  • 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 12/07/2020:
I understand the need to volunteer instead of just sitting at home. Very satisfying.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2020:
yes, it is! that's the reason i'm doing it exactly. :)


Jacky82020 on 12/07/2020:
Did you mean to say “my forte?” A shame employers lack the common decency to respond to applications one way or the other. Maybe it’s a good thing not to settle in one career if it’s not working. Better to try others than muse about what could have been. And 38 is young, kiddo! You will find the best match.

That walk and the view sounds awesome!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2020:
first career path was a music teacher. i taught band for 3 years, before being a reading asst teacher, before leaving the field. lol...i have not stayed put and....teaching is in the past. i have no desire to think about returning...

yes, totally meant MY forte! thanks for the fix!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2020:
some do reply back...by silence i mean more that nothing trencends after my application ;) thank you!!


grannyannie on 12/07/2020:
You've still got plenty of time to figure out where you belong.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2020:
thank you!


Jacky82020 on 12/07/2020:
Gotcha. The husband’s father was a fine musician. He played the bass fiddle and some horn (forget what) on Broadway for many years, the big musicals.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2020:
some friends of mine, not many, have performed on broadway, some still do (well, not now obviously)...i had the priviledge to actaully meet some very fine musicians in my late teens/very early college years.


Jacky82020 on 12/07/2020:
Awesome! The husband’s dad attended Juilliard

Horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2020:
oh, wow!


Donkey on 12/07/2020:
That is so cool that you get to meet all of these really interesting people through your volunteering efforts! Hmm... I think I need to be meeting new people too. Maybe not now, but maybe for 2021. I'm going to remember we had this "conversation" (lol) :-)

So you meet all these people that seem so neat, but please do not compare where they are at with where you're at. Also, relating to Bear's story, do NOT feel any obligation to have a career. It's OK to have a job (which you will, soon) that pays the bills, and you find your passion elsewhere.

My boss, who is a lawyer, was a prosecutor, was state's attorney at one point -- so you would think that his "career" is a lawyer, and maybe it IS, but even HE was saying to me about what kind of job he'd like to have, if he wasn't doing what he's doing now. He wants to be a venture capitalist when he grows up. He's 70, but was also a business man before he became a lawyer, and then also while he was a lawyer, he and his wife ran a couple of shops in town. I couldn't believe that he too dreams of doing something different!

I've found in my life, that having a career is fine, but we are expendable at any job and can be fired and replaced at any time, even professionals like lawyers, doctors, architects, nurses, etc. I would be very cautious about putting too much of myself into a career or profession, as I feel it would just break my heart in the end.

My sister has a Master's in some kind of biology, but she has never attached too much of herself to any job she's held. She does a job for a few years, and then, when it's boring or no longer fun, she starts looking for a new job. Life is too short to be chained to a job, she says. Fundamentally, she's right.


Donkey on 12/07/2020:
And it's GOOD that you took that walk and felt those feelings. It's OK to feel frustrated and aimless -- I don't know if that's the right word. I meant like floating along. "Lost" is too harsh and depressing.

I'm 50 years old and I still haven't figured it out, except that I have figured out, for myself, that my passion and my job are most likely going to be separate things in life -- and that's OK!


grannyannie on 12/08/2020:
I've known people who love what they do, but more who don't. I've known people who changed careers at 50. My husband loved his career, my brother loves his. I never found a job I loved but I hated some less than others. I went to college as a divorced mother of two at the age of 29 and became a lab tech. Hated it when I got a job so spent 3 1/2 years in college and 18 months doing the job.

My 15 year old granddaughter seems stressed that she has yet to figure out what she wants to do. I told her to figure out what she would love to do everyday and that keeps her from being poor, but she has plenty of time to figure that out.



Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Dec 06, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

 9am sweet potato pie 200, pb 200, coffee 50....gotta get ready fast and make sure i dress warmly!

snacking during volunteer session, just to keep blood sugar in check when i start to get tired/hungry: 2 chocolates, large, they were giving out, seltzer 150

late 4pm lunch back at home: leftover ratatoille (figured i should eat some veggies) 200, then 6 piece nuggets 300, and small fries 300..bc that hits that spot when you are HUNGRY and super filling with the veggies. 850 tops...dinner should be lighter.

7pm piece of sweet potato pie, some beer but it's not sweet enough so i might trash the rest. 300 and later a vanilla yogurt greek 150

1900.

dinner should be lighter, i plan to skip weights today and do them tomorrow afternoon. since i'm doing a short volunteer session tomorrow, i'll prob take advantage of the time and go to bed nice and early.

since i have no "work/study" to do at home, i'm ramping up my volunteering a bit, as DONKEY SAID, purposely to add structure as well as some exercise...and also it will involve driving or commuting to new areas.


 Notes on today: the experience was INCREDIBLE. i dressed appropriately so wasn't freezing even though it was 40F.  and we were in the sun, i think my face got some color and i don't think i was using SPF for those 4 hours. but it was wonderful.  the volunteers were, again, AMAZING.

  • Sunday, Dec 6 Highland Park, located in Cypress Hills (not familiar), Brooklyn, 10am-2pm, volunteering to plant flowers (tulip bulbs) at a park in Brooklyn...and i am not sure of the meeting spot at that park...
  • Tuesday, Dec 8, 10am-1pm, volunteer at Salvation Army location, Astoria, Queens, NY
  • Wed, Dec 9 Richmond Hill, NY, give out food for the River Fund - it's one of the best food banks and i sometimes take a couple things home, including some food, which is allowed;  8:30am-1pm, outdoor pantry, friend may stop by to pick up some things (she/family could use some help for sure!)
  • Friday, Dec 11 - Prep the pantry at the River Fund, Richmond Hill, Queens
  • Saturday, Dec 12, George Walker Jr. Park cleanup (not familiar), Jamaica Ave, Brooklyn 10-12pm, Park Cleanup
  • 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

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

Jacky82020 on 12/06/2020:
Don’t you ever worry about all those exposures? Would scare the crap outta me!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/06/2020:
I do. but i do keep masks on and keep my fingers crossed.

I should be working, not home like this. And i need to get out in the community like this, making it like I am working and doing my part. It's exercise and a chance to assimilate with good people and good programs.

It would be a disservice to myself to not do what i can...to drive to these locations...it is good for me. I cannot stay home 24/7.


grannyannie on 12/06/2020:
Would scare me too even with masks and distancing.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/06/2020:
i do wear masks, but many of the activities are outdoors. i enjoy playing my role of volunteer in these events. they are also fitness. i need this!


grannyannie on 12/06/2020:
Mmm...I'd like some sweet potato pie.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/06/2020:
SO SO SO good. storebought and they tend to be on sale or at a decent price because this is the season for these pies!


Donkey on 12/06/2020:
Thank you for helping out with food banks. Here where I live, the desperation is a little more cloaked. I know in NYC, there are a LOT of people hurting right now.

Do you find that folks are social distanced properly on these outdoor activities? I think my comfort level would definitely be higher with outdoor activities versus indoor activities. Still, I find your food bank work the be highly admirable.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/06/2020:
i am enjoying the volunteering so much. even though i sometimes have problems waking up in the morning, because i do sleep quite late, it feels so good to finally be in the car and driving to my destination...

we don't "socially distance" very well especially when a whole line of people is coming thru to pick up their food and i'm handing it directly out to them...BUT, i am always wearing my mask, except if i go to drink some water or have a snack. i do not take off my mask except when it's sorta necessary, like i said earlier in this paragraph. i also come home and wash my hands, etc. i try my best to stay safe. the best is the outdoor pantry and park stuff. even the indoor pantries are ok, except some where people do take masks off to eat...and they remain in your general area...but most places are very safe...i haven't yet gone back to pantries were i didn't feel it was safe enough from covid.


Jacky82020 on 12/06/2020:
Ones I saw on TV were handing bags of food to the drivers. Up pretty close!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/06/2020:
yes i've heard of drive-thrus though that is not what i am doing in Queens. really needy people will not own cars. some do, but a lot of the people, especially the seniors coming thru and more needy families prob do not have cars. and too much congestion for a drive-thru in queens...not enough parking lots, etc...


Jacky82020 on 12/06/2020:
Not having major problems staying home. Have a terrific husband, 3 dogs, 2 dogs, 2 parrots and a dove. Work the stock market everyday. Enables me to make generous donations to multiple animal rescue groups.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/06/2020:
that's wonderful....i need more structure outside the home. i tend to have problems when i stay home too much...i wish i had all those lovely pets. but it's not meant for me at the moment...need a job...it will come.


Jacky82020 on 12/06/2020:
Yes, it will come!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/06/2020:
:-D glad you support me on my thoughts. time keeps ticking, it moves on, events change, opportunities come and go :)



Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Dec 05, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

pie, some coffee, some kombucha 450

light lunch: 2 slices cheese on a wrap 300, some kombucha 50

 3:45pm snack: very spreadable and extra protein peanut butter by skippy...very good! on a cookie. and extra spoon of pb. 250

pretzels and non alcoholic beer 200

1250

6:30 dinner with parents roasted cauliflower 100? roasted chicken 200sautéed spinach 150, home baked blueberry muffin 300 750. Too much with the muffin lol 

2000.

 


Will visit parents later this afternoon.

Before then, will try to at least get in a srength session for my legs and some cardio on either the stepper or bike or a mix.


leg strength exercises: done

some cardio on bike: leisurely as always, done

maybe a little, little bit of stepper tonight or tomorrow...or more bike tonight at home, not sure, depending when i get home



  • Sunday, Dec 6 Highland Park, located in Cypress Hills (not familiar), Brooklyn, 10am-2pm, volunteering to plant flowers (tulip bulbs) at a park in Brooklyn...and i am not sure of the meeting spot at that park...
  • Tuesday, Dec 8, 10am-1pm, volunteer at Salvation Army location, Astoria, Queens, NY
  • Wed, Dec 9 Richmond Hill, NY, give out food for the River Fund - it's one of the best food banks and i sometimes take a couple things home, including some food, which is allowed;  8:30am-1pm, outdoor pantry, friend may stop by to pick up some things (she/family could use some help for sure!)
  • Friday, Dec 11 - Prep the pantry at the River Fund, Richmond Hill, Queens
  • Saturday, Dec 12, George Walker Jr. Park cleanup (not familiar), Jamaica Ave, Brooklyn 10-12pm, Park Cleanup
  • 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

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

grannyannie on 12/05/2020:
Love all your volunteering!!

horn_of_plenty on 12/05/2020:
Me too, me too!


Maria7 on 12/05/2020:
Tulips are so beautiful! Sounds like fun to plant some!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/05/2020:
and great exercise, it's from 10am-2pm~


Donkey on 12/06/2020:
I hope you had a nice visit with your folks! Food sounds delicious!

Your volunteering opportunity sounds wonderful - outdoors, planting, nature. Love it!



Horn_of_plenty - Friday Dec 04, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

 breakfast: lol, gummies 250, kombucha 50...

lunch: leftover chicken, not too much, 150, on a wrap 150..apple cider alcoholic 100. 400

2pm snack: goldfish crackers 150

3:30 a bit much snacking..sour low sugar gummies 100

6pm dinner: 2 slices of munster cheese (bought cheese at supermarket) 120, and some of my ratatoille that i might have to freeze to keep fresh soon.200. followed by an 1/8 slice of store bought sweet potato pie 200, bc i never had a sweet potato pie (of course it's good). 

8pm: another 1/4 slice of sweet potato pie 200(from supermarket, gave in)

1700.


Did weights some in late morning, some in afternoon between a phone call, weekly call with French friend. (upper body weights)..the next time i do upper body should be MONDAY.

May walk outside to supermarket to return plastic bottles to get the 5cents per bottle for recycling. queens stinks with recycling, the machines many time are broken or there's a line to use them...but today i'll take my chances. i'm not working, so it's easier to be patient with the obstacles of recycling my bottles. usually, i just drop them downstairs in my apt in that recycling area to be sorted out and therefore i do not collect my 5cents per bottle. i'll also pick up peanut butter if i go to the supermarket bc i used mine up! :)

other than that, i'm throroughly enjoying this new romance novel...it's very, very good! LOL...i guess the author who wrote "Fifty Shades of Gray" is a great author indeed! I never read that one, might at some point.  but i have my books at home to finish before needing to borrow, buy, or search.


  • Saturday, Dec 5 Recheduled bc of rain Sunday, Dec 6 Highland Park, located in Cypress Hills (not familiar), Brooklyn, 10am-2pm?, volunteering to plant flowers (tulip bulbs) at a park in Brooklyn...and i am not sure of the meeting spot at that park...
  •  TBD, to be rescheduled bc of both my schedule and friend's changing work schedule; plans made today with good friend and her teenage daughter for a spontaneous road trip to New Hope, PA. it's a historic, artsy, touristy town which will prob not appear anything like those things when we go...but have always wanted to go. We'll walk around the town and the Delaware River / possibly over a bridge also from that town into the connecting town on the other side of the river! :) 
  • Tuesday, Dec 8, PA TRIP to New Hope, PA 10am-LATE with friend and her daughter
  • Wed, Dec 9 Richmond Hill, NY, give out food for the River Fund - it's one of the best food banks and i sometimes take a couple things home, including some food, which is allowed;  8:30am-1pm, outdoor pantry, 
  • Saturday, Dec 12, George Walker Jr. Park cleanup (not familiar), Jamaica Ave, Brooklyn 10-12pm, Park Cleanup
  • 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

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

Jacky82020 on 12/04/2020:
Our recyclable cans, glass & cardboard are picked up by the city with the regular trash on Friday. Some people go to recycling plants and sell them, but too much of a hassle for me to pick up a few bucks. Not much aluminum in our waste & think it pays the most.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/04/2020:
same here, it's usually a hassle...but i figure in these last weeks or so that i'm not working, i'll do it as an errand!


Jacky82020 on 12/04/2020:
You’ll be working in a few weeks?

Horn_of_plenty on 12/04/2020:
that's why i wrote "in these last weekssss"...your guess is as good as mine at the moment...

also, in regards to your last comment on my previous day's entry, about cops having a high turnover or not - my guess is NO. It's one of those highly coveted government type jobs. good benefits. good pension. who wants to give that up! it's a long waiting period to take the tests when they come out, go thru the whole process, wait to be chosen for the academy. they only reasons i could see a cop not staying his full years in the service is disability / injury on the job or off the job. it's one of the jobs people dream to get (even though many are scared sh*tless to become a cop and many fear that type of job, there are many people who would covet it still).

Horn_of_plenty on 12/04/2020:
i hope that weeks aren't about to turn to months. i feel it's sooner rather than later (job situation). but no, i don't have any details at all.


Jacky82020 on 12/04/2020:
Oh, misunderstood. To my way of thinking last weeks means a job on the horizon, like 2-3 weeks away.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/04/2020:
it usually does to me, too. this time it means an endless amount of weeks but hopefully not.


grannyannie on 12/05/2020:
My sister in Michigan has always take bottles and cans to supermarket but don't know what she is doing now. She hasn't gone inside a supermarket.

Unfortunately they never implemented deposits on bottles and cans here though they talked about it. We get all our recycle stuff picked up here except bottles-different truck and day from rubbish. I take the bottles to recycle bins on the way into town when I shop.


Donkey on 12/05/2020:
I think it's great that you have lined up a series of activities to partake in, so that you have something to look forward to, and keep your week structured.

A good book is such a blessing. I'll comment more about what I'm reading in my own entry. I have a harder time with fiction, but isn't it nice to just get lost in a story? :-)



Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Dec 03, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

10am breakfast: oats flavored 170 with almond milk 30, raisins, 150, kombucha 50...later on jelly beans 70..470....

1:45pm healthy lunch rataouille 150, leftover indian rice not much 50?, leftover indian black beans/sauces 200. 400. cookies 120, coffee 30.

4:30pm pm few jelly beans 70

6pm dinner: half a large roll 200, some deli chicken 100 (free food from pantry to all who work there), my pumpkin pie healthy filling 150 with pb on top 150...600, good, healthy.

1720-1750....

it's been a really, really relaxed day...reading this new romance novel which is quite good...and very risque. the novel was set to take place in the UK in 2019 or something. very modern.  It's called "The Mister," by the same author who wrote Fifty Shades of Gray (which i might have to get around to reading now!)...the author is EL James


 Did stepper in early evening for 45 minutes (was on phone for a lot of it so the time passed faster).

i should do weights tonight but might just lay around and do them tomorrow morning, YES, will most probably be the case but i may change my mind once i digest my dinner, LOL.


 

Because I am not as worried about the job as i should be (because i feel it is going to work out eventually), I have a few other plans I have made for this month.  If you look closely, most events are on the weekends, aside from a few activities next week.  I only sign up for weekday activities once I can see that I will prob not be working yet...but i can always cancel volunteering activities during the week if i have to!

  • Saturday, Dec 5 10am-2pm? (but probably will not attend due to rain): volunteering to plant flowers (tulip bulbs) at a park in Brooklyn...and i am not sure of the meeting spot at that park...will maybe  need to email them tomorrow about if i'm even attending (based on weather).  I am not going to volunteer in the rain & cold.
  • Sunday, Dec 6 plans made today with good friend and her teenage daughter for a spontaneous road trip to New Hope, PA. it's a historic, artsy, touristy town which will prob not appear anything like those things when we go...but have always wanted to go. We'll walk around the town and the Delaware River / possibly over a bridge also from that town into the connecting town on the other side of the river! :) 
  • Tuesday, Dec 8, 10am-3pm (but will prob not stay the whole 5 hours because that's a bit much for me), Astoria, NY, Volunteer at Pantry organized at Salvation Army
  • Wed, Dec 9, 8:30am-1pm, outdoor pantry, Richmond Hill, NY, give out food for the River Fund
  • Saturday, Dec 12, 10-12pm, Park Cleanup in Brooklyn, NY
  • Saturday, Dec 19, 10:30am-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!

 

 

 

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

Maria7 on 12/03/2020:
Lookin' good!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
Thanks, it's been nice and i slept in after yesterday's good exercise volunteering. slept like a log last night!


Jacky82020 on 12/03/2020:
The husband has oatmeal 5 days a week, Then on the weekends he cooks 1 measly egg and microwaves 1 pancake. His only indulgence is some good maple syrup. We gave up big breakfasts at IHOP and the like years ago. Still miss the apricot syrup!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
i see that hubby doesn't have a big appetite in the mornings compared to his evening indulgences!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
IHOP and all their CRAZY syrups...yes. i remember those syrups and have been there only a couple times! both as a kid!


grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
Nice plans!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
i thought so too!


grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
I have porridge (oatmeal) every morning, even when we are in Thailand.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
it is nice and filling...very tasty and you can change up the ingredients.


Jacky82020 on 12/03/2020:
How’s the unemployment situation there, HOP?. Not following the stimulus deal, but someone said $300 may be added to state unemployment. The husband did ok when he was laid off earlier this year. The state paid $600 and the feds another $600, so he pretty much made his take home pay. He pays big taxes & puts the max in the 401K. He was hoping they’d extend the furlough, but didn’t happen.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
my unemployment situation is pretty cruddy...a lot of my friends have jobs that are quite "essential" compared to mine...i have a few high-end nurse friends who have moved thru the ranks to pretty specialized positions, i also have a few friends working in IT, former friends are mostly teachers (they do NOT lose their jobs after a few years they lock them in)...and other people that are my friends have been sorta lucky. seems i'm in the crowd of the few that haven't been as lucky. still, many are suffering much more than me in nyc. it's not a good situation here...we'll see what happens comes January. i was thinking that unemployment will have to be continued with so many still not working overall...


Jacky82020 on 12/03/2020:
The NYT had an awesome walking tour of the city’s Chinatown. Reminded me of the one in SF. Also clicked on a previously published tour of Jackson Heights in Queens. It looked kinda rundown & schlocky

Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
yeah, i wouldn't be very interested in a walking tour of jackson heights. there's nothing of class there and it is not a place i'd go, especially now during quarantine...it's packed like sardines there with no parking. apts are prob crowded in some areas with large families under one roof. it's a big spanish/black area now and the place is known as having a large subway stop that is very busy as it's a hub for many people who live there as essential for their daily travel. it's not a particularly historical place, and i would love to see what they are actually taking people to see. people are hustling and bustling and on the go...i wonder what there is to see over there!?

Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
i'm not to far from there, my station (subway) is about 10-15 min by train to jackson heights...they are closer to the city than i am.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
*too far....my typos are ridiculous!


Jacky82020 on 12/03/2020:
No idea why the Times selected that area for the “ walking tour.” They really embed nice videos and photos in the newspaper stories. The one on Chinatown included pics of the same scenes from days gone by

Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
Chinatown is a much better destination and very popular for tourists. they restaurants have lost TONS of business due to covid, especially in Chinatown area. it was on the news several months ago, i remember.

there could be some historial areas of jackson heights or a park or so...but it's not known as a touristy place, at all.


Jacky82020 on 12/03/2020:
I know nurses and cops who are really making the big bucks

Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
YES. they are. always had for a LONG time. they do deserve it. :)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
and, as far as my nurse friends go, i think they are wonderful people, to boot! they are good at what they do and highly knowlegable. i think so highly of them! (i'm lucky, i have great friends that are nurses what can i say!)


Jacky82020 on 12/04/2020:
Many RNs in my family. Only one cop, works in SF. This is my nephew, wanted to be a firefighter, but job highly competitive in California & he didn’t want to relocate. Last I heard this kid was making 167k a year, including OT. Young guy! In his 30s

Horn_of_plenty on 12/04/2020:
yes, i'm sure most of that extra salary is due to OT...yes, all those jobs are ultra competitive, lots of (especially men) wanting them as preference to an office job! plus, once they attain the jobs, they do not usually lose them easily if they can get thru the training! :) thats great for your nephew :)


legcramps on 12/04/2020:
Outdoor walking tour sounds like fun! I hope you are able to make it.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/04/2020:
i hope so too! and the tulip planting has been rescheduled to sunday instead of saturday due to rain....so glad they rescheduled it!


Jacky82020 on 12/04/2020:
Hey, HOP, I once read that NYPD cops are the fattest in the nation! That they have no physical standards after hiring. Heard of ones porking up to 300+ and going out on disability. One story featured a 250 pd very short female cop, maybe as short as us, who waddled about. Would they give cops like that special assignments? I watch a lot of true crime TV and the detectives all over the country are often obese. Then again the US is the fattest nation in the world now.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/04/2020:
well, cops that are injured on job and other situations could indeed get "desk assignments." ...

i would say there are some standards after hiring, but, perhaps 15yrs+ into the job, they must still be lax...

i see the cops...many of them do look quite fit still...many of them still exercising, even if they have a few pounds.

i also see some that are quite heavy, but more often they look OK to me...and they all look good after the 6mo (i believe it's 6 months?) academy training.

i once wanted to be a cop, didn't pass the pre-test that was a simulation of the physical test so i'm done with it. i always wanted a physical job, injuries got in my way later in my 20's when i wanted to pursue those goals. that's why i have an appreciation for most cops...i saw the test is not a simple breeze to pass, but if you are heavier, it will help you on the test because you can use your strength to help pull/push things which are parts of the test. when you weigh 115lbs, you don't have much extra weight/force to push and pull things. so that was extra challenging to me, amongst all the other obstacle course challenges! ha. men def have an advantage on the test...and if you are woman, you need to be pretty darn athletic...thick boned and a "hearty woman" to push thru the obstacle course. and you need a little speed to your run.


Jacky82020 on 12/04/2020:
I always thought being a detective would be cool, skip the cop part. I could never pass the physical! 105-108 in my younger days.

Rare for me to see a fit cop, but then I see very few. The ones on Dateline are older men & fat.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/04/2020:
Tons and Tons of young cops in NYC...many look younger than us!!!!!!!!!!


Jacky82020 on 12/04/2020:
Do they have a high turnover rate?



Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Dec 02, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

8am quick breakfast sweetened oats and raisins 320, almond milk 30..350

11am snack granola bar 100 during volunteering which was very cold, but GOOD for me!!!!, but i was dressed pretty well and brought some of my handwarmers to insert in my gloves!  There's a man that works there of Indian / South Asian decent (i don't know exactly his cultural background), but i guessed RIGHT today that he's also a NYC cop! he goes:"how'd you know!?"...i told him he looks like one (extremely FIT!) and that he acts like one (based on how he reacted / treated me the past few times i've volunteered there!)....haha, i was right! that was cool that i guessed right on his occupation based on his actions/mannerisms! Jackie just knows! lol so as far as the cop there, he must work nights or other off-hours on his police work...and this pantry thing is just something else he's part of...he's very busy and you can tell by his physique that he move around a LOT! His legs are like pure muscle....i saw them in the warmer part of early fall! hahaha..he's very, very handsome just for looking at! (nothing else!)

1pm lunch: mc donalds 2 for $3 combo: small fries, around 300, 6 nuggets 300, bbq sauce, half a pumpkin filling slice 70 plus part of a drink (caffeine) 30. food was cold by the time i got home, how sad! but still tasted good...i'm just freezing...shower to warm up soon, i think! 700...and then deciding i will read once i am warmer and cozy! lol.

3:30 low sugar gummies 100, iced coffee at home, kombucha 50

6:30pmdinner: sips of a drink 50, threw the rest out as it was opened and lost its flavor days ago, half a naan bread 150, rice 150, small amount chicken tikka masala in some sauce 350 tops 700. Healthy.

9pm gummies regular 100

2100


i just want to tell all of you - i am very thankful for all of your support during the time i haven't been working, as well as all the other times i have posted here.  it's special to have this site and people that support me...it's a special group of friends that are completely unique and wonderful to have in addition to the friends i have off the 'net! So Thankful for all of you!


 exercise other than volunteering: leg exercises. only takes me around 20 min or so. 

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

grannyannie on 12/02/2020:
Ohhh a handsome man is always a good thing!

My husband has some cycling gloves that have batteries to keep them warm.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2020:
VERY VERY interesting on those gloves! i may have to look into that / keep it in mind for future endeavors once i'm back to working those would be GREAT to have for commuting / walks.

next, a handsome man - this handsome man - is gorgeous to look at...he still wears a mask but his body...lower body...is incredible...even in pants you can see that he's extremely fit. so i'll enjoy going there to sneak some looks at him! haha


grannyannie on 12/02/2020:
Yea, hubby had some really good gloves for early morning cycling but they weren't quite warm enough. Brand name is Snow Deer.

horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2020:
Lol 6 times you tell me ?!?! ;). ;)

Thank you, I’m def keeping this in mind as I am one of those people who gets VERY cold and easily. Poor circulation, but not enough to be worried. Also, did he have anything to warm his feet? Or just wool socks or something ?


Jacky82020 on 12/02/2020:
HOP, I once had adventures with the NYPD. I wrote a novel for harlequin romances. This was not the skimpy kind. It was a special line of longer books & they asked me to do it. My first shorter novel for them focused on marine biologists because it’s what the husband & I did, so no background research on that one.

Since I’ve always been a huge true crime fan, I chose cops & detectives for the big book. I had others set in SF & LA and decided upon NYC. Read all the nonfiction I could find on the NYPD. Wrote to former cops and detective and journalists who did the books. Many, but not all, replied. We had fun. Later sent books to those who requested one. Some of the guys said: I’m the hero with the big throbbing manhood. Lol

horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2020:
Hahahahaha uhhhh, can you tell me what book?! I always liked it hose fun, romantic stories ! I have a history of reading them ;)

That is also really awesome. I have a secret love and admiration for law enforcement and those related uniformed men!


Jacky82020 on 12/02/2020:
Lol, Bear, good question. But I do hear tell some sneaky bastards remove them.

horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2020:
I think this guys hear and mind are made of gold and that he’s a loyal one if he were married ....oh.... I just realized we all wear gloves ! I may not be able to check! We are outside wearing warm gloves now ! Ugh ! I’ll try my best hahaha to see! And he did show me his badge ! I couldn’t see his bday or anything bc I was just in shock that he was a cop after all and his medal badge was shining in the sun!


Donkey on 12/02/2020:
Sounds like volunteering did you some good today - in more ways than one!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day :-)

horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2020:
Hahahaha who doesn’t like looking at a handsome, successful, fit man?!?!


Jacky82020 on 12/02/2020:
Can’t identify book, HOP. I’m a very private person on social media.

horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2020:
So hard for me then ?! Haha I guess I’ll just have to read the books I have at home for now ;) I have a few books at home that haven’t been read - either that people left in the laundry room (specifically to give away) or friends or my mom....I’m starting a new semi-romance now - ill take a photo tomorrow or so for my entry


Jacky82020 on 12/02/2020:
There’s tons of far better books than mine!

Never read fiction, only the classics in college. Read the romance book ones for research.

Read nonfiction now. Mostly free ebooks from the Brooklyn Library

horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2020:
Why not your local library ? I am guessing Brooklyn has a much better and wider range of books. I forgot what you had told me


Jacky82020 on 12/02/2020:
Yes! Far better collection at Brooklyn. Have to pay $50 out of state fee but well worth it. So glad I heard about this in newspaper story on popularity of ebooks. Brooklyn can get up to 50 copies of a bestseller, so the wait time is never long. Same book could take months to get locally.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2020:
Yes, Brooklyn has the capabilities to serve so many more people than a local town library! and as you are an avid reader / writer, Brooklyn makes sense!


grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
Weird that my post had the hiccups!


grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
Hubby doesn't get cold feet but you can get battery warmed socks.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
now i see my options are endless if i want to stay warm, outdoors, for long periods of time! excellent to know about for future purchases, for sure, assuming i'm back to work, which i will be eventually.


Jacky82020 on 12/03/2020:
My husband sometimes gets cold hands while he’s working at the computer. He has a battery operated warmer, looks like, a mouse. (Computer). This probably has to do with his athleticism: heart rate at 50 or below and low pulse.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
thank you for sharing on the options for warmers!

like your hubby, my pulse and heart rate are regularly quite low. i was in the hospital for a surgery last year and they would constantly check and recheck my pulse because of that...and it's why i'm constantly cold too.


Maria7 on 12/03/2020:
Yes, I agree with you, HOP, that this is a blessing, to be able to come here and talk and know you are loved and cared about. This month makes 20 years I've been posting off and on here and I am thankful to the Lord for this site and also to the DD webmaster, who keeps up the site, as well. And I thank you everyone here for their support to you, me, and all the others here. Have a blessed day, HOP.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
enjoy your day too!



Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Dec 01, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

10am Breakfast healthy pump pie filling 150, pb 200, 50...400

11:30am gummies 200

noon-2pm snacking some kombucha 20?, can of cider 100, part of an atkins coconut bar just not good 90...210

2pm lunch: wrap 150, with leftover brisket, not too much..200? 350-400. 

4:45pm blueberries 220

6:45 light dinner: pumpkin pie filling, healthier version - def needs another egg when i make it again! - 1.5 pieces so 220 cal and a coconut chobani blended yogurt 140. 360.

1780....


today I will find a book to read - I have a few I haven't read in my apt :-) 

I'll also apply to a few iobs

cardio outdoors - driving to a very local park...to walk in the sun, as it's mostly open without forestry there...sorta up on a hill, sometimes windy. but the sun is out and that makes it all bearable!

upper body weights - tonight...


sounds like a plan :-)

Tomorrow i'm signed up to volunteer and hopefully i can take a few of the goods home, as i do not have a large income now and it's nice to receive what we are giving out as a volunteering thank you...it's good for me to get up early and volunteer for the entire morning, just need to dress warmly. i'll bring some hand warmers and take a shower tonight so i can just get up and go relatively easily tomorrow morning. 

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

grannyannie on 12/01/2020:
Do you have a job interview today?

Good plans for the day.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/01/2020:
i was going to, but it's non-union construction and i was talked out of it by dad...which is fine, believe me...


legcramps on 12/01/2020:
Sounds like a great day to me! Enjoy!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/01/2020:
thanks, Legs, I plan to...


Jacky82020 on 12/01/2020:
Those Atkins coconut bars are what doomed my attempt at Keto. Ate the whole box in a day!

HOP, just got terrific ebook from Brooklyn Library. Sylvia Plath bio.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/01/2020:
you must have had severe issues with digestion after eating all those sugar alcohols in one sitting!?...UGH.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/01/2020:
i forget...is she a long-lifer...will look at that tonight, i'll google her...


Jacky82020 on 12/01/2020:
Snowed all day here, HOP. No park walks for me,

Horn_of_plenty on 12/01/2020:
SO SORRY for all my DD friends with snow...that surely shuts down most plans for anything outside ! even driving, if you don't have to!


Donkey on 12/01/2020:
Sounds like you had a really good day! And volunteering tomorrow is excellent!

I bet you feel quite relieved today. I'm proud of you for taking the test. That in itself is an accomplishment. I'm also glad that it helped you make some decisions, and that in itself is quite valuable.


Jacky82020 on 12/02/2020:
HOP, Sylvia Plath is one of the most famous poets of the 20th Century. She wrote The Bell Jar, a novel. She married a famous British poet. She killed herself, think she was 32, maybe a little older. The estate gave her biographer access to all her psychiatric records and letters, so it’s a meaty bio. Plus she interviewed hundreds. Plath turned on the gas and stuck her head in the oven.


Jacky82020 on 12/02/2020:
Love the snow on my giant trees! It’s starting to to look a lot like Christmas.



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