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horn_of_plenty - Saturday Sep 26, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

edit: time went by faster than lightning today. didn't get a lot done, at all. a neighbor in the bldg stopped by to talk (he is having problems with wife - he's over 60 though and was ONLY coming to chat and get a new face mask i said i could give him...he's due for extensive difficult surgery in a few days and he actually cried with tears in front of me)...so, that took around half hour. but somehow, the whole day passed me by...it wasn't a productive day by any means. 

I am thinking to skip weights, but, i'll get them in tonight somehow (didn't get them done while laundry was going on...the time flew...and i really don't know wth happened. oops.


 Slept in. Very late breakfast at 10:30am: slice of frozen pie i bought - oreo flavor. was OK. 260+100 and kombucha 40. 300.

3pm very late lunch cheese (not good, just a hard piece of parmesean i had in the fridge) 100, two small croissants 200, grapes 150. 450.

5pm the other oreo pie 260 + 100 - doesn't have me feeling great and i don't think the calories are right...

8pm dinner: i have a LOT of tasty corned beef that i froze last year in it's broth - it's good - so it's going to pop up prob 1-3x a week or so going forward... :) 200 small portion..and salad (small) 100... 300...and later a beer that i accidentally sweeteneed with stevia overboard not good will prob not finish 100

10pm small croissant 100 with pb 100. 200.


Plan is to get laundry over with early this AM  DONE

lift weights while laundry is being done :)....XXX

maybe a short walk outside after lunch....XXX

After that, I'm going to look at the PMP study materials...and start studying for at least 1hr.XXX

after that, i'm going to look online at jobs and such...somewhat DONE

after that, i may watch tv while on bike  while doing later, nighttime weights DONE..what i watched on tv was excellent...all kinds of music stars but not pop stars :) really nice. lots of genres. just amazing.

then, will be relaxing tonight..?!?! done all day...not the best of days for being productive. no cardio either. relaxed day.


more PMP - with the PMP, i have a plan i am following. i'm starting with the things that need to be reviewed for only 1-2 hours and will begin studying the longer stuff LATER. my attention span right now isn't for the longer materials, i just don't have it in me right now...so i'm going to start with the easier topics right now. i have it all spelled out, what to study, and i'm beginning now...6pm... - try again tomorrow/monday -  not very successful today

1- PMP - pm framework...that's the first area of study i'll be doing. - pgs 80, 151?..ok skipping this...not clear on where to start...maybe this is book part 2 ch.1...will start here. - try again tomorrow / Monday

2- starting instead of Initiating, book part 2 chp 2..try again tomorrow / Monday


tomorrow i have an early day...and fun day...going to see my former project manager to get some things / give some things to/from her. hang out a little. also the farm is tomorrow from 1-4pm.



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

Donkey on 09/26/2020:
Sorry, Horn, but I find it hard to believe that the Oreo pie was only "OK" - ha ha ha! (I'm laughing at myself and my own gluttony.)

This sounds like a nice day! And tomorrow sounds even better. What is your former project manager doing during COVID?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2020:
i will look up the brand of the pie...i had it straight from the freezer so it took a little longer to eat than if it was just light as whipped cream...still had a little ice on it...i'll let you know the brand, not like store bought or homemade!

also, she has retained her job completely,but, it's even shifted a bit for her since the project is literally going to end in this next year...she has gone back to estimating and is learning the programs better since she didn't need to use them at a high level after becoming a project manager around 5 years ago (and all years on the same project...big project). all in all, they kept her. she's outrageous and a great worker, i have to say :). they did cut her salary to 4 days for some of the time during covid though. so maybe it's tougher than i think it is right now in the industry, idk, i'm not sure.

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2020:
YEAHHHHHH...WHAT DONKEY SAID ABOUT THE PIE!!!!!...Personally I have NEVER had a piece of pie in my life that was just OK......At first I was thinking what kind of fruit pie was it...THEN>>>>>I see it's an OREO PIE...OMG!!! Please tell me you are not throwing the rest of the pie away! I'm afraid I would not be able to think about anything else all day other than that pie. :)

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2020:
it wasn't a fresh pie...it was frozen in slice form...i have to write more about it...but lately sweets don't have the same effect on me as they used to...but once again, it was frozen...lol

grannyannie on 09/26/2020:
Anything involving Oreos is never just OK!!

I like read my Kindle while I'm on the exercise bike.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2020:
well, it wasn't fresh that the scone / baked treat you are eating today....i will get back to you all on the pie...take a photo next time because i have one more.

grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
Listening to your neighbour's problems was worth your time. So you did get a lot done.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2020:
thank you for that xo

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
It's nice that you were there for your neighbor...sounds like he needed someone to talk too.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2020:
i felt thankful to lend an ear (that's what he needed most)

Donkey on 09/27/2020:
I was going to suggest that you take a day off on Saturday and do nothing relating to studying. Same goes for today as well, although it sounds like it's not in your plans (for today) anyways.

You've done a lot of intense studying for the past few weeks, plus the interview and job searching, and I think a couple of days off might do you well.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2020:
with the studying that i haven't really delved into after the classes ended for PMP, since i'm at the very beginning of this study "plan," i'm not used to it and have done what i've done in the past which was procrastinate most of Saturday. i'm not proud but i sometimes STILL resort to this method on certain things i'm not accustomed to doing.

it would be great if i passed the exam (this is a long shot right now), because it would indeed be GREAT on my resume...

since i'm not going back to school any time in the near future (last resort is to go back to school fully - i have a master's so...yeah)...it would be good to prove to myself that passing the PMP is possible.

and it may be...and it may not be. but truth is, i should try to take it, and try to pass, and give myself up to 3 tries before leaving it in the dust.

horn_of_plenty - Friday Sep 25, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

 Breakfast: 1/8 cup raisins 80, small banana 120, oats 150, almond milk 50, some kombucha 50...450...

lunch: egg 100, butter 20 (not much), some bread 130...and popcorn 150. 400

snack: 2 clementines 100, half a spiked seltzer before going out to take a walk :) 50

Veggies sauteed 250, salad with dressing 50...300...white chocolate 200

gummies before bed 100



 Deciding to do weights TOMORROW, not tonight :)



  • I admit to sleeping in till 9am the past couple days
  • Doing some cardio (half hour) in late morning (11am) indoor stepper, 20 min, and bike for 10min DONE
  • Friday at 2:30 I have a legal secretary interview around 40-45min away from me (very decent commute) by car...it went well, but they may choose to take someone that lives at home and has no rent as who they hire...i should hear from them next week. The employer would pay me 40k if I were to get the job. we shall see. I'd have to pay my own health insurance (seems common in the law industry for paralegals - as Donkey mentioned). DONE!
  • Pay rent bill at housing office during my walk when i'll call my friend Christine...DONE
  • Do video for my sister for something she's putting together (must do this today) DONE
  • look back at Indeed job postings / Linked in..apply to a few....and see if any are progressing towards anything...
  • follow the instructor's PMP plan and spend a half hour studying...not sure if I will start this today, tomorrow or later in the week. I really just need the cover letters to be done for now...
  • Saturday is a free day - I will do my laundry, yes, and will also get some good cardio in.  but besides that, I will spend some time looking more closely at the PMP study plan...will also be doing upper body weights...pretty busy day i'd say...i can make it good if I study.

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

innerpeace on 09/25/2020:
Good luck on your interview!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2020:

legcramps on 09/25/2020:
Yes, best of luck with your interview!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2020:

bearcountrygg on 09/25/2020:
Good luck with the interview.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2020:

grannyannie on 09/25/2020:
Good luck, you'll do great!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2020:

Donkey on 09/25/2020:
Glad to hear the interview went well! What makes you think they want someone who doesn't have to pay rent/mortgage?

Fingers crossed! Keep applying, keep interviewing!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2020:
i think this attorney/owner/lawyer wants the cheapest work he can pay for. and that would be paying under 40,000 if he can to someone living at home with their parents straight out of college that has debt from college (he mentions making deals with some of them to help pay off their college loans). like instead of paying health insurance, he pays their loans, etc., he said. like a perk.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2020:
he doesn't pay health insurance.

Donkey on 09/26/2020:
^ I see... Well, I'm not sure that's the right employer for you. Large corporate firms usually offer benefits, but then you have to be able to deal with working in that kind of environment. Also, municipal jobs, like Court Administration, offer benefits.

Could you keep your union membership active while working as a paralegal?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2020:
I will be looking into your question when i speak to my dad further into the weekend / Monday. :)

it would be "smart" to continue in the union if at all possible, for now.

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Sep 24, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

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

noon lunch egg 100, flatbread 100, butter 30, soda 120 350

4:30 pm snack: white chocolate 200...and gummies 100


 dinner thai food soup with tofu 200, more thai veggies sauteed 150, 2 small fried spring rolls 200. 550 tops. half a spiked seltzer 50.

1650-1700 total today. light day :)


 Today basically was errands during most of the afternoon hours to get certain tasks done that needed to be done within the next couple weeks. so now they are done all at once.  It was good to get out but i'm glad it's all done & paid for and that I can go on a job interview tomorrow as well as continue to look for employment in the coming days / enjoy the outdoors as well.

I will bike ride on my indoor bike and watch some TV before I have dinner and perhaps apply to a few more jobs or look at my PMP notes and see what I should do next in terms of starting studying for the PMP test.



  • do leg exercises after morning shower (while hair dries a little before going outside)..doing now - DONE
  • visit a walk-in clinic for more stye / eye medication (rx) ...(get this while i am home so that i have it readily available since i tend to get a stye 1x a year at least) DONE
  • get a flu shot at nearby cvs / rite aid (do it now while i have time) scheduled for 2pm...DONE
  • pick up some thumb drives and larger software external hard drive at nearby electronics store...(do it today - i need these on Sunday when i go to visit former coworker to save many files) DONE
  • picked up Thai takeout bc i had another really good coupon ($10 off of $15) DONE

I did go on linkedIn, but, didn't do these activities, yet...will be working on them though!...

  • look back at Indeed job postings / Linked in..apply to a few....and see if any are progressing towards anything...
  • follow the instructor's PMP plan and spend a half hour studying...not sure if I will start this today, tomorrow or later in the week. I really just need the cover letters to be done for now...
  • Friday at 2:30 I have a legal secretary interview around 40-45min away from me (very decent commute) by car.

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

grannyannie on 09/24/2020:
Hope you get rid of that annoying stye.

We're getting our flu jabs Oct 21st.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2020:
got my shot and good new medicine for the stye that should last awhile, thankfully. i even got the doctor to give me a refill :) wonderful! (all the medicine should last me thru the next 2-3 years! and I can throw out my expired medication finally!)

bearcountrygg on 09/24/2020:
No flu shots for me...My Mom died 19 hours after getting a flu shot almost 6 years ago.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2020:
Sorry to hear that BCGG! She lived a long life! How old was she when she passed away?

Jacky82020 on 09/24/2020:
Wow! Didn’t know they could be fatal. I have had 2 in the last 20 years. Will get one this year. May offer some protection against covid.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2020:
I had to pay a copay when i thought it was free! It cost me $33 but it's worth it for extra protection in my opinion :)

Jacky82020 on 09/24/2020:
You’ll do great on the interview, HoP!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2020:
thank you, Jacky! I was thinking to see where this interview takes me and see if I am presented with an opportunity to work for this firm...we shall see.

The firm doesn't require any previous training, which is nice!

Jacky82020 on 09/24/2020:
Get the experience.

Was the eye med expensive? I order some meds from Progressive RX in India, owned by a guy in Seattle. Great prices, usually. They will accept the info from the box/vial in lieu of a RX. Very convenient. Have a lifetime supply of antibiotics here.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2020:
no, it wasn't too expensive bc i do have health insurance at the moment. it was around $13 or so if i recall...not more than $15.

the med should last me a long time (i hope over a year). it shouldn't run out too quickly.

happy-1 on 09/24/2020:
Mindset of a champion. Go get ‘em tiger.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2020:

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Sep 23, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

 Breakfast: cereal oats 150, raisins 150, almond milk 50, kombucha 50. 400

10:30am snack: pb cheese crackers 200, later some sparkling tonic water 50

11:15am half hour walk :) around neighborhood bc i went on a close errand to fill my laundry card and figured i might as well walk a bit to get in some cardio, glad i did that and it's done.

1pm butter cookies 150 and the rest of the tonic water mixed with seltzer and stevia. yum.

2pm lunch: half a burger 200, part of a flatbread 130 warmed up, grapes 100,

one serving of an amino powder for workout 20. 450. small banana and pb 200

cookies 100

7pm dinner: half burger 200, whole flatbread 230 430..blueberries 120.550






I have another stye infection in my eye bc i touch my eyes too much - bad habit. but i have some stuff here at home and don't really need to go to the doctor.  I also ordered baby shampoo so i can wash my eyes more frequently since i'm prone to getting styes.


  • 9am Noon - short phone chat with French friend...this will be nice...cannot just not go out in society / communicate with friends while not working...it may be canceled bc french friend may be getting a new job and is involved with several more phone calls than me today :) DONE!
  • Half hour walk for some cardio...feeling much better and able to work now!..DONE!
  • 1pm start - Write paralegal cover letter - I will use my textbook to help me...with a sample in the textbook that i will use as a good template..DONE!
  • Upper Body Weights Workout during Judge Judy...starting soon :)...DONE!
  •  some riding on indoor bike, half hour :) DONE!
  • Write Asst project manager cover letter ... ?  DONE!

Things for the next few days:

  • look back at Indeed job postings / Linked in..apply to a few....and see if any are progressing towards anything...
  • pick up some thumb drives and larger software external hard drive at nearby electronics store...(do this Saturday, not tomorrow)
  • follow the instructor's PMP plan and spend a half hour studying...not sure if I will start this today, tomorrow or later in the week. I really just need the cover letters to be done for now...

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

grannyannie on 09/23/2020:
Ouch, hope you get rid of the stye soon.

I hope you find a job you really like!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/23/2020:
Thank you so very much...the styes stink!

innerpeace on 09/23/2020:
I have frequent eye issues too, baby shampoo is the best for eye cleaning. I am dealing with a alien sized pimple on the side of my nose - loving my mask right now!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/23/2020:
thanks for seconding the baby shampoo...pimples in general suck....i'm glad the mask is covering yours!!

bearcountrygg on 09/23/2020:
I hear styes are painful.....hope the shampoo helps.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/23/2020:
styes are from too much touching the eye with unclean hands...i hope the shampoo keep my eye cleaner..

legcramps on 09/23/2020:
Sorry about the stye!

How are all the job applications going?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/23/2020:
job applications have no success yet, but i do have an interview friday for a semi-paralegal job which i am excited for but also unsure how good this company is...and if i would get enough experience there. but it's worth a shot and better to get off unemployment already.

jacky82020 on 09/23/2020:
Sucks, HoP. Hope it goes away soon

Horn_of_plenty on 09/23/2020:
Me too...usually takes a few days. I'm soooo prone to them because i guess i touch my face too much!

Donkey on 09/23/2020:
My problem is pink eye! I have some antibiotic ointment that I got as a sample that I keep handy. First sign of an itch and I put a little dab in.

If you apply for a paralegal job that wants a writing sample, keep in mind that a business letter also works. It doesn't have to be motion or complaint.

So you have a ready-made plan (from the class) on how to prepare & study for the PMP certification?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/23/2020:
I do...I am not sure I can comply with this PMP study plan though. I will review it and try...but i am not sure I will be able to memorize the type of information that is on the test and/or do well on the test...

I will try...

I am working towards coming up with a plan in general and feel that my days at home may end soon..

happy-1 on 09/23/2020:
Hugs. Good strong, positive mindset.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2020:
happy! you are missed around here!

Donkey on 09/24/2020:
I think I know what you are saying about studying for the PMP, and being able to retain the information for the test. I know you will try, and that's all you can do.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/24/2020:
thank you :)

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

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

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

4:15pm coconut ice pop 200

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

light butter popcorn 200




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



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

TOMORROW / next few days

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Horn_of_plenty on 09/22/2020:
thanks, Legs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

cookies in evening 150



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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



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










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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

9pm 400 cal






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

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



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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


some chocolate 200


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

2200, good


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

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

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

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



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



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



  • looking / deciding / reaching out on job opportunities



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

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

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

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

back to get some cardio in tomorrow :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2050 or so...



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

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



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


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



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



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




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



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



  • looking / deciding / reaching out on job opportunities



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 chocolates 50 before bike ride...

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

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




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


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


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



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


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


  • Call union about dropping off termination form...


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



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



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



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



  • looking / deciding / reaching out on job opportunities



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

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

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

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

time to get a job...

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

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

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

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

thanks for cheering me on.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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