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

off apple picking for the afternoon in upper Westchester County, NY.  I have a friend who lives there - so i'm picking her up and we're going to apple pick!...it's a "most of the day" adventure...i'm leaving at noon to go to her...i will prob eat takeout on the way home for dinner, not sure....


9:30am breakfast: oats 150, raisins 150, kombucha 50...350

almost noon lunch: leftover small piece fried chicken 200, on an english muffin with ketchup 150. 350.

2 lg lollipops 150, small tastes of apples while picking 50, 1pickle, 1 smallish donut 250 at most , coffee 50..500

dinner lg apple 100, eng muffin with ketchup 150, leftover steak 300.550

snack small mounds bar yum! And spiked drink 150

1900, total :-) 


i did my legs, short, strength workout. i have to remind myself that it doesn't take long...and do it more often! lol.

did a small amount of reading of my arbritration soft cover textbook...i will read more tonight, time-permitting...

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

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
Sounds like an enjoyable day.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/11/2020:
good change, lots of driving, great to be back home!

bearcountrygg on 10/11/2020:
Apple picking sounds nice,...Have fun!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/11/2020:
was fun!

Jacky82020 on 10/11/2020:
My in laws lived in westchester county, Thornwood. Loved visiting them and taking the train into Manhattan. They moved there from the Bronx.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/11/2020:
i have never heard of Thornwood (i def don't know all the towns in Westchester) i'll have to look it up...Bronx is on the way up there, uh huh! and that is what happened, as the boroughs of the city changed, people left the bronx and went to westchester for a more suburban, quieter feel..as well as safety..

Jacky82020 on 10/12/2020:
Thornwood is a small “hamlet” in the town of Mount Pleasant. Very nice, at least when we visited. They had over an acre, very nice lot. Pretty lawn and trees.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2020:
i looked it up...yes, that's why i hadn't heard of it...a smaller area...it sounds very nice indeed.

Donkey on 10/12/2020:
That arbitration book - is that for paralegal or PMP?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2020:
no more PMP books, really only one book called "PMP" for short...and the app...

so yes, to answer your question to the point, it's a paralegal book that's on "Amicable Dispute Resolution" also called "Achievable Dispute Resoulution" mostly known as "Alternative Dispute Resolution" - anything out of court / litigation i believe...

the book is "short" in that it's soft cover and smaller than a textbook, but it IS 500 pages...and so far it is a tough read...lots of vocabulary...but i understand it well enough. i'm getting a head-start on the class which will start Oct. 19 - supposedly it's a 7 week course only (pretty sure on this - but i could be wrong) and it should be around 10 hours a week of work (way less than the other course i took - Paralegal Certificate Course)

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2020:
actually, it's not even a paralegal book...it's actually written more for lawyers i think...it's just on the Alternative Resolution processes, i am at the beginning still...and i don't think it's specific to paralegals..i'll let you know.

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

Breakfast oats 150, raisins 150 almond milk coffee 400

snack almond butter and taste of a granola bar from dad 200

big lunch 1:30- two bowls of mom's ratatouille with sauce 250?, pretzel and bite of potato 100, two smallish pieces bread 200, cheese 80, chicken slices 50...700 tops. Big meal. 

chocolate and coffee 100

meat 300, toast 100, cucumber salad 50, asparagus roasted 100..550 with parents 

spiked seltzer before bed 100



visiting with parents today - going to walk at a nearby preserve for the morning .....

will do leg strength exercises today tomorrow

also will study for PMP and read some of the arbitration textbook...

 Bad reaction to too many mosquito bites from Tuesday on the farm - going to pick up spray benedryl .....

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

Jacky82020 on 10/10/2020:
Wow! You need to wear sleeves! I even bought a net that goes over my hat. I am extremely sensitive to mosquito bites. I wear gloves to protect my hands, I cover everything, often with multiple layers.

horn_of_plenty on 10/10/2020:
Yeah I never had this ! I just picked up a benedryl spray and it seems to be working.....to decrease the horrible itch

Donkey on 10/10/2020:
Yikes, that's really bad. Have you tried calamine lotion too? You'll look like a leper but it's supposed to bring relief.

horn_of_plenty on 10/10/2020:
I may also pick that up later today - I was thinking about it - maybe good for nighttime relief ! It’s pretty uncomfortable....fingers crossed that it heals a bit in the next couple days.

innerpeace on 10/10/2020:

horn_of_plenty on 10/10/2020:
Yes sooo darn itchy !

grannyannie on 10/10/2020:
Yikes! I hate mosquitoes. Used to swell up when they bit me but since I'm on antihistamines I don't. Bendadryl cream works fairly well if you put it on right away.

horn_of_plenty on 10/10/2020:
I should have used something as soon as they started itching- I did try aloe which really didn’t work but nothing more. Also used alcohol to try to dry them out - didn’t work.

bearcountrygg on 10/10/2020:
They look miserable.......are they only on your arms...or all over?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/10/2020:
mostly this arm...happened tuesday and started treating it today...finally.

happy-1 on 10/10/2020:

thinkpositive on 10/11/2020:
Oh gosh! That’s a bad case of mosquito bites. Hope your medication helps. Your big meal- I think we need to do that occasionally.

Maria7 on 10/11/2020:
Oh, dear!!! You really got bitten a lot by mosquitoes. Maybe some otc antibiotic ointment.

horn_of_plenty on 10/11/2020:
I have been starting to treat them - hoping they are better with only OTC treatments around Tuesday! Dumb me should have bought products much sooner than yesterday !

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

Late 10am Breakfast oats 150 raisins 150 almond milk 50, gummies 100

i slept the mornign away, literallly...i don't regret it necessarily, but it's done. i will go out for bike riding in the afternoon - or - just walk around here. i will also be doing weights today (upper body).  it's a nice day, i really should go out in the sushine even if it's only for a half hour.

2pm lunch: small amount of chicken 150 on an english muffin 150, wiith some light spread (calories low)..followed by a clementine 50...and later iced coffee 50. 400.

snacks between 5-6:30 chocolate 120, pb 160...approx 300.

looking to get fried chicken for dinner and ride my indoor bike tonight as i watch tv. ..never went outside for a walk, but i did get my weights in.!

dinner: Arby's - fried chicken 350 (hopefully not much more), fries 300. 650.

Late snack - white chocolate 100

1900. Looking to eat a little healthier tomorrow. And be more active as well. No cardio today.


did my laundry, studied a little bit, ...

signed up for advanced paralegal certificate course that can be taken in 6 increments and I have up to ONE YEAR to finish it - VERY possible. I will take one course to start (you can take up to 3 in one shot), and also be continuing some PMP studying also...I should EASILY manage 6 short courses over the course of this year, i KNOW that..and those courses will add up to a final ADVANCED paralgeal certificate with 6 specialties that i have studied...

i know i wasn't going to take any courses while studying for PMP exam, but, turns out I feel i have enough time for both and especially bc i am not sure when i'm starting work / getting a job...even if i DO get a job...i will just do the courses...it's as easy as taking ONLY ONE course per session...these courses are easier (10 hours per week?) than when i took the first paralegal course this past Summer/Fall. still waiting for my grades.

the advanced paralegal gives me training in 6 specialties of my choice such as: bankruptcy law, matrimony (i think?), trusts and estates, immigration law, etc...it could be great to add to my resume to show i DO in fact have some training...because now i do not have ANY training in the specialties - that's right, none. so, it's not costly and i will use some of the money i had originally wanted to use for signing up for the Advanced Dispute Course (which i will still take - but as part of the Advanced Certifiicate instead of on it's own....this certificate could be VERY helpful for me...i'm not done thinking about paralegal, even if i enter bACK to the union (most probably), I dream a future in the NYS courts as my last and preferable career path.


mom made this yesterday - chicken thighs and lemon potatoes - a Mediterranean/ Greek recipe and it was great! Also spinach and roasted asparagus ;)


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

grannyannie on 10/09/2020:
Have an awesome day!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2020:
you too!

Maria7 on 10/09/2020:
How did your Dad's bd go yesterday? I hope you all had a nice time together.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2020:
it was great, he loved my gift...we walked on the beach boardwalk bc it was sunny.

i wish my family argued less though! ha!

bearcountrygg on 10/09/2020:
Those oats....you make me want them every time I read them on your diary....I could eat oatmeal anytime during the day...hot or cold...even plain.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2020:
haha, i'm glad my entries have a positive effect on you - i never eat oats at work, but since i am home for now, i love them!

Jacky82020 on 10/09/2020:
Yum yum! Looks delish

Horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2020:
and those were the leftovers...it was really healthy and tasty...i could have done without dessert! at least it was decent calories even with dessert and not a "big loss" of a day like i used to have! :)

Jacky82020 on 10/09/2020:
I can cook me up a Greek dish once in a while,

Horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2020:
haha...i have to work on my "lemon potatoes and chicken!"

Donkey on 10/09/2020:
Oh my, that dish looks so yummy!!

I think it's a good idea to take the next level of paralegal education. I would be interested in hearing which 6 areas you choose!

horn_of_plenty on 10/10/2020:
I will be sharing - thanks for reading - your support means a lot - not sure if you realized it !

grannyannie on 10/10/2020:
That looks delicious!

horn_of_plenty on 10/10/2020:
Anything mom makes is generally delish !!

thinkpositive on 10/10/2020:
Your courses sound like a good addition . Smart of you to use your time for your next career move.

horn_of_plenty on 10/10/2020:
I hope it helps me for the future :-)

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

 Cereal 150 raisins 200 almond milk 50 kombucha 59

Lunch eng muffin 150, spread 50, chicken 200 chips 150 550

candies 100

5pm Apple 100

dinner chicken 250, potatoes 200, spinach 100, roasted asparagus 100, very rich chocolate cake 400-500....1150?

2350. all about that cake.


more dad's bday so I can't wait to give him his presents and eating dinner with family and we walked at boardwalk about half hour ride away. I was a little late to parents at 2pm and not 1pm so mom not happy ugh . 

little walk in AM adding again more money to laundry card

then hour walk at beach boardwalk 

dad's bday and dinner with family tonight

glad that I did legs and upper body exercises yesterday 

tomorrow I'm home and studying and should make an effort to get a good bike ride in as well as do my laundry tomorrow....

Sunday even if it rains, I'm volunteering. Tuesday also.

hoping I can get a paralegal job ....Still applying 

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

grannyannie on 10/08/2020:
Have an amazing day!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/08/2020:
it was!!!!

...maybe i will def be on time to parents next time ;)

Jacky82020 on 10/08/2020:
Dad’s gonna love those presents!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/08/2020:
he def did!!!!!! :)

Donkey on 10/08/2020:
I'm so glad that your dad liked his presents! Sorry you were late and upset mom. (ooops)

Keep applying for as many paralegal jobs as you can that you think will be good for you. That's part of the learning process too. You got nothing to lose.

horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2020:
Thank you....

grannyannie on 10/09/2020:
Good luck on your job hunt.

Sounds like a nice day with your family.

horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2020:
Yes ;)

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

8:30am breakfast - indulged more - oats 150, banana 150, raisins 150, gummies 100...550. 

Snack on 100

picked up masks and shirts for dad, kept them in my car for his bday tomorrow...

then, a 45 min walk with dad - very nice

lunch- by dad - canned good chicken soup with extra chicken added 450. Slice pizza small 200

 3:30pm back at home fell asleep studying until  4:15pm!

4:15pm cookies, too many 300...pb on cheese crackers and also two last butter cookies...also going to have some veggies - ratatouillle 100

been having some less healthy eating days lately...

back to some studing followed by weights later today...

5:45pm grapes, greek yogurt with stevia & instant coffee grinds mixed in before weghts/legs workout 200

7:30pm chocolate 50, almonds 100..

Atkins choc coconut bar 200

2250...rough day in terms of eating right..

went to pick up the mask/shirts for dad and it was surprisingly 5 minutes away from where my parents live! Just a coincidence since it was the next town over and could have been slightly farther. So I drove to parents and dad walked with me outside and I'll have lunch with my parents. Was supposed to have a recruiter phone call at 11:30 but now it's 11:50 and nothing....I'll go back home later for studying / weights ....all done. ..recruiter called later and it went relatively well. We'll see if it leads anywhere. It was for a firm dealing with asbestos cases on the plaintiff side.


doing the activities i listed yesterday...cooked the ratatouille and it came out well!

need to make sure i have a bday card for my dad for tomorrow..later today i'll check..have it!

and upper body weights-maybe do some lower body strength too.both done !!


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

Donkey on 10/07/2020:
Hope you have a fabulous day!

horn_of_plenty on 10/07/2020:
You too :-)

bearcountrygg on 10/07/2020:
If indulging means happiness...then so be it....because what do we have if we don't have happiness?

horn_of_plenty on 10/07/2020:
These gummies are so good but cause excess gas....maybe I will have to lay off those ;) otherwise you are right ;)

Maria7 on 10/07/2020:
How sweet that you and your Dad had a walk together. Treasure the memories. Happy bd to him, too. My Dad was killed in a car wreck when I was 9, so I never did really get to know him but I loved him. He was a good person.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/07/2020:
that was so young of you to lose your dad! so sorry to hear that.

I do treasure my dad a lot, although we (the whole family) tends to bicker and argue a lot over little things...

grannyannie on 10/07/2020:
Hope you are having a great day!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/07/2020:
yes, just need better nutrition lately!

Donkey on 10/08/2020:
The ratatouille sounds delicious!

So nice that you got a walk with dad!

horn_of_plenty on 10/08/2020:
It’s very good and I added a bit of spices (dried from pantry) in. I made sure the carrots / squash cooked enough - will try to make it more often or similar cooked veggie dishes - very healthy

legcramps on 10/08/2020:
Sounds like a lovely day! Keep at it girl!

horn_of_plenty on 10/08/2020:
Things are going pretty well - I just have to push myself to do more each day ;)

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

9am breakfast: oats, 150, big banana 150...i'm not even sure i drank anything..just ran out the door to get to the farm for Tuesday morning Volunteering for a couple hours. Was WONDERFUL.  Saw some regulars that come on Tuesday mornings...such nice people that I met earlier in the Summer. 300.

11am-12pm snacking at farm/on way home from farm: small reeces cups 200 total. 

1pm healthy lunch: small amount of baked chicken (SO GOOD!) 200, on an english muffin with some spread 200., coffee 50. 450.

3:30 carbs / snack: crackers... 350...sour gummies 120...other gummies 100

1520.. today might be slightly higher calorie....

ratatoulle cooked by...me! was good! 200, spiked seltzer 50



Today - Tuesday:

Farm volunteering (picking sungold small tomatoes & beans!) 10-12pm - DONE

i have an interview in a little while later today for a Matrimonial Paralegal job...sounds very intriguing (especially if they offer medical insurance...i have to ask) DONE

I have been applying to some jobs online...will apply to a few more today...mostly DONE

I plan on weights today...i will be home most of the rest of today (1pm onwards)..

dyed my small amount of gray roots!!! :) ... found a good product that i may even be able to reuse the leftovers for next month or 2!!! DONE!

I also plan to study PMP using only the app on my phone


Tomorrow - Wednesday:

I go out early to pick up my dad's bday present from former High School friend who works to design masks and shirts...i pick it up from her house which is on the close side to where i live (half hour without traffic)

And make sure I have a card for my dad as well. He turns 68 Thursday and he just retired a week ago also.

After going to pick up dad's gifts, I will be coming back home to study a bit

I will also get good cardio in tomorrow (either bike or walking)...maybe do the walk i have been doing a couple times already...in a different direction that still feels new and unique.

i want to cook ratatoille (veggie dish) ...i have a ton of great ingredients from it - mostly from the farm!..free.


Later in Week:

Dad's Bday is Thursday...i will prob visit him on that day and/or the weekend also...

On weekend may go apple picking upstate (Sunday?) wtih friend who lives halfway upstate....i drive to her and we go together the rest of the way :)

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

grannyannie on 10/06/2020:
How does the job market look?

Happy birthday to your dad!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2020:
i just had an interview for a spot to be a paralegal for a law firm in NYC that would be relatively simple to go to...we'll see if that could work out for me, it'd be a good idea to take the chance to move over to a slightly diff career now.

the job market is still a challenge, but, i guess the more resumes i put out, the better my chances.

i haven't heard anything from the electrical union for jobs...thinking it is very slim pickings right now....

it'd be good for me to pick up some skills as a paralegal...maybe use them to move into the New York State courts / New York City courts..

bearcountrygg on 10/06/2020:
Good news that you are getting called in for interviews...that's a good sign.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2020:
yes, it's a start!

grannyannie on 10/06/2020:
Good luck on the interview! Sounds good. All your studying would pay off.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2020:
Yes, and that would feel good too.

Maria7 on 10/06/2020:
I know you enjoyed your farm job.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2020:
i enjoy it soooo soooo much! you are right. plus it burns calories...and the weather has been very warm still so it feels good to be outside.

Donkey on 10/06/2020:
How did the interview go?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2020:
pretty good, he sounded confident i could pick up the tasks...

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

10am breakfast:  plum 50, toaster streudels 400 (not great), iced coffee 50...500 

1:30pm snack - Cliff Bar choc chip banana 260

choc during walk 100

850... 5pm early dinner lots of these funyuns (at the entire small/med bag of mult servings chips)450, most of a piece of chicken breast 250?, some sauce 50?, veggies 100...850

part of a spiked drink, not much 50, cookies 100



Received a phone call from a general construction company...not sure they want me for the job because they'd have to train me. though, i asked for significantly lower salary because of it.

i also have an interview tomorrow afternoon for a matrimonial law firm :)

Still trying to study for the exam - only using my phone app....

walked maybe 1.5 hours

got a hair trim in back

did absentee voting, dropped it off at post office

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

grannyannie on 10/05/2020:
Have a great day!

bearcountrygg on 10/05/2020:
Not liking toaster strudels????? We love the fruit ones...but the breakfast egg types are totally a salt situation and we don't like those)

Horn_of_plenty on 10/05/2020:
they just taste really fake - cream cheese flavor

Maria7 on 10/05/2020:
Good breakfast!

grannyannie on 10/06/2020:
Good luck choosing the job you want!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2020:

Donkey on 10/06/2020:
Yes, go on as many interviews as possible. Good luck! I'll be thinking of you.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2020:
I appreciate it so much <3

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

photos from walk around my parents' community a few days ago:

Mushrooms ! 

Bunny rabbit 

10am breakfast  oats, golden raisins, almond milk, kombucha, coffee 400

snack 2 chocolates 100

healthy lunch: just baked chicken small amount 150, on english muffin with some spread 200. 350.

Chocolate snacks after volunteering and before deciding to walk at nearby park 300

dinner: poke bowl (coupon for $5 off $10) fish 300, dressing light 50, over salad, mix-ins 150 tops, rest of a coffee from earlier, gummy worms 100. 600...time for a shower after working hard at the farm and an extra 1.5mi walk after :)

1750...and a granola bar 

1900 total good. 


Finalized my own gift to my dad...personalized mask & shirt..for his bday and retirement...with former High School classmate that does this and advertises on facebook...if it all works out, i'll be picking them up from here early this coming week!, in time for dad's bday on October 8! amazing. DONE...

going to farm from 1-4pm for volunteering, leaving SOON. DONE

did leg exercises this AM. DONE

cooked my other meal, chicken is soooo moist, before going to farm also. DONE

farm was great, saw my sister who came with her baby and husband! ...then i walked for 1.5 extra miles for the day at a park on the way home. glad to get some extra walking in and not rush home tonight. DONE

studying in PM.....GETTING THERE.....


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

Maria7 on 10/04/2020:
Happy birthday and retirement to your Dad. My Hubby's bd is in Oct. also, and he retired the same month.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/04/2020:
seems they think alike, these men :) xo

grannyannie on 10/04/2020:
Happy birthday and retirement to your dad. Retirement is awesome!

You're doing well as usual. :)

Horn_of_plenty on 10/04/2020:
i'm really excited for him...no work, finally, and a birthday.

he's prob stressing TONS with me not working though.

bearcountrygg on 10/04/2020:
Nice birthday and retirements gifts for your Dad HOP.....You are making me crave oatmeal!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/04/2020:
i'm glad you crave it...i eat so many sweet things these days!

Donkey on 10/04/2020:
Great birthday idea for your dad! (This reminds me, I must send out birthday cards for newphews' b-day on Oct 12 - I am late every year.)

I hope you had a lovely time on the farm!

Enjoy your studying! If I opt to read this evening, I will think of you, too, reading.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/04/2020:
thank you for the warm thoughts for tonight xoxo

the farm was AMAZING.

thinkpositive on 10/05/2020:
Nice idea for your father. What do you do for your volunteer work on the farm?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/05/2020:
at the farm, i was picking veggies earlier in the summer...now it's mostly lots of weeding.

Coffee&Calories on 10/05/2020:
Happy Birthday to your dad <3 The farm sounds so nice.

legcramps on 10/05/2020:
What a neat idea for a gift for Dad!

Jacky82020 on 10/05/2020:
Cool mushrooms! Never saw any like that.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/05/2020:
neither did I!

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

9am oats, raisins, kombucha 350...

11am snack: chocolates 100

1:30pm lunch back at home: tofu 100, cooked veggies with very light sauce (from mom) 150 - so good, i should cook this..., crackers 250...500, small coffee and cookies 150

7:15pm dinner some of a drink 100, veggies in broth 150, last of the bbq ribs from neighbor 200. 450.

white chocolate 130



 saturday:  -

errands in AM with cousin & his friend..from 9:30am-1pm...DONE 

I got some walking in while cousin / friend ordered his bike...i prob walked at least half an hour, actuallly.

study using App only..

upper body weights in PM or do them Sunday AM.

 cook other meal on SundayOR Monday...?

Sunday / soon - dye my hair on my own (for practice and to cover relatively few grays)...but it's cheap product ($5) and i want to see if it's a good, reliable product to get more of as well.

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

bearcountrygg on 10/03/2020:
Is your cousin getting a new bike or another one to redo?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/03/2020:
he is getting a trike so he doesn't have to balance on a regular bike anymore :) he was beginning to have balance issues on his regular bike which is why he got rid of the two of his bicycles. the trike is for him to enjoy.

coffee&calories on 10/04/2020:
You are always so productive! I admire that. What is your calorie range for maintenance?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/04/2020:
ty... around +-2000!

grannyannie on 10/04/2020:
I started dyeing my hair at 14 when it turned from blonde to boring. I stopped about 5 or 6 years and now am mostly grey. But I'm fine with that.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/04/2020:
yeah....i'm too young to be gray for now! lol

Donkey on 10/04/2020:
Once I am completely gray, I hope to start dying my hair really funky colors, like purple or blue!

A trike is a good idea! I wouldn't mind having one of those for myself, actually! There is a guy that has a recumbent trike. He has a long loop driveway. One day on my work walk, I passed him doing loops in his driveway, out to the street, and back into the driveway's other entrance. I thought that was a great idea, actually.

I need to dye my hair again soon, too. It is starting to wash out and the gray in front is coming back. Last time, the box I picked said "lightest brown" but it was way too dark for what I wanted. Now, as the weather gets cooler and the days get darker, I like to have a lighter hair color. Being the procrastinating Donkey that I am, I'll probably have to think about this for 3 more weeks before taking any action.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/04/2020:
same here, i constantly put off doing things like doing hair, nails...beauty routine things for the most part!

i love your hair, whenever you dye it...i'm trying to find some basics now that i can rely on to keep my hair looking "fresh" that aren't expensive. the one i have now was only like $5 on Amazon. I want to see if it's good enough to rely on whenever i want to dye my hair.

yes, i see some people on Trikes. it will be really healthy for him to use, good exercise can be done riding one!

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

Few sips of kombucha...then left and forgot to take it with me for the morning ;) (which was a good idea bc there was nowhere to use a bathroom for most of the morning!)

10:30am tea and dark choc espresso beans while doing errands 300

12:30 lunch tofu 100, rest of the small amount of corn chowder that i saved for myself 200(gave some to neighbor and she gave me 2 bbq ribs!) , ...chocolate 100

a sweet sugary fig bar at parents' house 200
soup 100, veggies 150, noodles 150, chicken 250, salad with dressing 150...800





Dermatologist 9AM, (waited for this appt over a month, glad i still have health insurance for at least 2 more months before anything happens - hoping to stay working in the union) DONE

car inspection after dr, DONE

I decided to do all laundry, (including bath mats which i almost never do, bed sheets also, guinea pig fleeces...it was surprisingly busy in the laundry room!...but now i'm happy bc it's done and i don't need to think about doing it on the weekend which lately involves an extremely busy laundry room!) almost DONE

Parents in late morning, early afternoon (around 2-3pm arrival there) - for a visit (i'm lonely), for a leisurely walk perhaps since the weather is improving, for dinner, maybe watch a movie (some kinda of legal movie my dad suggested bc he knew i was studying) with them after dinner...then home :)

Drive to former coworker tonight to get my disk which should be finished transferring :)



saturday:  -

errands in AM with cousin & his friend

 cook other meal


upper body weights in PM or do them Sunday AM.

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

bearcountrygg on 10/02/2020:
Busy day for you too!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
busy with "errands" but not with "work" :)

i'm glad not to be home all day today. it was getting to be a little dull.. although i should study, i cannot study all day.

grannyannie on 10/02/2020:
I love tofu properly cooked.

Were you eating chocolate covered coffee beans? Love those! I could eat so many of those I wouldn't be able to sleep for a week.

horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
Yes that’s what I was eating from Starbucks. I had some money left in my account now no more :) was nice while running errands

Donkey on 10/02/2020:
Oh I've had those beans from Starbucks - those are delicious!

New Guy told me that he studied 8-10 hours a day for the Bar exam. He'd pack his meals and go to the library to study. He come home to shower and sleep.

You've spent a lot of time studying for paralegal. So I'm wondering, are you burnt out on studying? Or maybe just not that motivated on the subject matter?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
this test is not for the proj man. PMP.

and i'm not burned out, but, i just don't want to study many hours at a time. I think it's because i have a notion that it's not fully for me? it'd be good to pass, but, i am not sure i could pull off the position at a job..although, i like being an ASSISTANT PM.

anyways, in the back of my head, i do still want to work for either NYC or NYS in the legal field, in the future.

as of now, just studying a little bit, seeing if i can do better on the app...

will not be studying as much as your new colleague. i do not have that kind of attention span or ability to withhold that much knowledge in my brain per day - that will not work for me.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
lately i'm a little pissed off at my former choices to drop teaching (REALLY NOT going back into that field now, still hard to get back in / my degrees also are prob not up to date with continuing educaiton and i don't think it'd be healthy for me to re-enter the field ever again).

but i'm still annoyed at myself for going as far as getting a masters degree never to use it again. Teachers make good money here. After 10-15 years, they make 100G. $100,000.- minimum! in most public schools in my area.

i just effed up, to put it mildly. but i do not need to make the money they do...i need to make enough to be happy in my own right. even having a job that mostly pays $50G could be enough for single me. I just need to get that, for LIFE. not for a few years, but continuing on with some kind of certainty so i don't need to be in this predicament AGAIN of no job / not strong enough skills.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
i know it's no need to keep anger or bad feelings inside about myself, but it's really showing now how when you do not get into a career path, how your friends start to succeed more as my own path becomes more of a struggle.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
ooh, i meant this test IS FOR PMP.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
not using my music certification is sickening to think about the waste of schooling / education ... i just never really understood what i was throwing away. but now, it's been far too long to go back. i have forgotten a lot and i admit it's not something i want to do.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
and it's hard for me to see all the types of people around me with jobs and just wonder: "how are they all keeping their jobs....why can't i hold a job?"...but the skills part is the big issue. i just didn't take the right path for me. and i guess i didn't grow up fast enough to see how important study / work is when i was younger.

eh. sorry so many comments. i also realize i still have a shot, STILL!, with the nyc / nys (city and state) legal positions.

Donkey on 10/03/2020:
Would having the PMP certificate impair your ability to be an Assistant PM? Would having that certification make you overqualified, or a threat to some PM who is hiring for an Assistant?

IDK, it seemed from here that your heart was really into the paralegal stuff, so you got it done, but there's something holding you back for studying for the PMP test, and this could be completely on a subconscious level. Just make sure it's not fear that's holding you back.

I'm glad you vented about your frustration with choices you've made in the past. It's good to get that all out and said. Try not to carry that with you too much. I've had similar regrets in my life as well.

You may look back and wish you had taken other paths, but who knows how that would have ended up for you? You could have stayed in teaching and been a complete mental wreck, for example.

It *is* difficult to see your peers succeeding while you feel like you're flailing and floating around. I try not to focus on that too much. Facebook makes this so painfully obvious, though, seeing what people I went to school with are doing with their lives, and where I've failed miserably in mine.

Donkey on 10/03/2020:
Oh PS, I didn't mean to imply that I was comparing your situation to New Guy's studying for the Bar exam! I just threw that out there to show the extremes that some folks go. And his situation is not unique. I've had to take a state certification test for loan originator, and yes, I studied, but not like THAT.

Maria7 on 10/03/2020:
Always makes one feel good to have their laundry caught up.

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