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

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

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

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

3pm gummies 100, later followed by chocolate 150

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

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

1500.

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You are missed here! :)

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

No, no ulterior motive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

2100....


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1700..


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

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


 Errands today:

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2020:
:)


grannyannie on 12/15/2020:
Yummy veggies

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


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

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

Enjoy your family visit today (Tuesday)!

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



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

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

snack: rest of the cereal above, coffee 50.

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

Snacking chocolate and a non alcoholic beer 200

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

1950-2000. Perfect day 

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


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

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

Activities:

  • Walking
  • Upper body weights

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

you give good ideas.

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

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


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

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



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

 

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

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

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

gummy candy with sugar 80

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

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

1700....

 

 


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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

I'm 1982


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

 Happy Friday!

pumpkin filling & pb 300, kombucha 50

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

snacking while volunteering granola bar 120

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

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

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

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

2050.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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



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. 

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 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.



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