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

9am oats, raisins, kombucha 350...

11am snack: chocolates 100

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

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

white chocolate 130



 saturday:  -

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

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

study using App only..

upper body weights in PM or do them Sunday AM.

 cook other meal on SundayOR Monday...?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

car inspection after dr, DONE

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

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

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



saturday:  -

errands in AM with cousin & his friend

 cook other meal


upper body weights in PM or do them Sunday AM.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

horn_of_plenty - Thursday Oct 01, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

9:30am oats 150, raisins 150, almond milk 50, kombucha 50-100, 

1pm small bowl chowder 300, gummy worms 100

3pm grapes 100

5pm white chocolate during weights 110

6pm pb on cracker 100

late 8pm dinner: one bbq rib from neighbor (GREAT change of pace!) 200, salad with olive oil 100, crackers 150, spiked drink 150.....600

1800, great.


slept in past alarm...lol... not working has me sleeping for AGES. literally. crazy!


biked slow while on phone with french friend over an hour! DONE

studying for an hour now...i keep falling asleep while studying....

lunch after, with leg strength exercises DONE 

4pm (maybe wait for judge judy to do upper body exercises.... DONE

take a look at my emails - organized my emails DONE, apply to some jobs, study

maybe bike outdors, short ride / walk ?..walked, DONE


friday - dr in AM, car inspection after, Parents in late morning, early afternoon.

saturday eve - errands in AM, cook other meal?

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

bearcountrygg on 10/01/2020:
How was the first meal?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2020:
chowder, from Home Chef, is great!

grannyannie on 10/01/2020:
You've had a busy and constructive day.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2020:
ty...i need to study more / get a job soon...bc i am sleeping for such a long time at night and easily falling asleep while studying during the day..

Donkey on 10/02/2020:
Whoa, why all the sleepiness lately? This seems to be more than usual.

Apparently, studying for big exams on a phone app is the thing to do. New Guy said that he did all of his prep for the bar exam through an app!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
i think the slow pace of my life...sitting on the couch when i study...it's just making me sleepy (dull, slow pace of life right now).

i cannot believe he also used an app...seems this is the thing to do! i bet even High School and College kids are using it, for tests like the SAT and others! how interesting how fast life is changing. Scary to me, but it is what it is ;)

Stay Happy, Stay Strong, take breaks when you need Donkey, and keep working. I support your mental strength. and you do have it, you do!

horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Sep 30, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

corn and scallop chowder:


Well! Good Morning!

9:15am started the day with grapes that accidentally have seeds (i guess more fiber for me!) 200...oats 150, raisins 150, almond milk 50..550.

Noon light snack butter cookies & pb 200

4pm early dinner tofu 100, cooked veggies 100, chips 150, mixed drink 150..500

more of a drink 100, small bowl of corn & scallop chowder at 8pm to taste! 300...450 tops



.... and fell asleep studying! ugh!.....

6:45pm: Deciding to cook now, cook one of the meals from the meal service, instead of walking...which i can do later...it's corn and scallop chowder!


I set my clock, but totally slept in today.  especially after yesterday's great day and farm volunteering. Now I'm def up and ready to get this day on the go. So a quick shower as i never showered after the farm yesterday (bc i didn't get sweaty and showered just before) and i'm all kinds of itchy on my arms from the plants....so let me do that....


So, today, it's about studying / reading.  I've decided no exercise as it's late enough right now in the morning, 10am, so it's a shower and reading / studying for the morning...didn't do a ton of studying, but i am "starting..."

After lunch i May take a walk outside,HOUR WALK, nice, felt like a workouta short one, half hour, or just exercise indoors on my bike which seems more efficient to save time...

Then study / use phone app...

I can walk outside tonight if I want to. nothing too much. even a half hour should do it! 

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

legcramps on 09/30/2020:
Nice day! Enjoy the middle of week, hope your weather has been nice enough for outside walks!

grannyannie on 09/30/2020:
Sounds like a good day. Enjoy your walk.

grannyannie on 10/01/2020:
Chowder looks yummy.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2020:
it is...it's such a strong taste though - i should freeze some before going to bed - so i don't have to finish it all this week!

Donkey on 10/01/2020:
That chowder looks amazing! Did it taste as good as the picture looks?

I cannot imagine having to study using a phone app. Is that where we're at now? I see myself falling so far behind in technology... *sigh*

Is it difficult to find motivation to study right now?

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2020:
yes, it's great chowder!

yes, having some trouble studying !

Jacky82020 on 10/01/2020:
Looks good, HoP! Ima drooling

horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Sep 29, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Hi all! :)

9:45am breakast: oats 150, almond milk 50, raisins 150. 350. kombucha 5. 400.

upper body workout - DONE, which feels wonderful to have a workout completed so early in the day, no studying in AM (couldn't fit it in as i slept in after going to bed late). 

noon lunch:  1/2 flatbread 100, egg 100, butter 20...chips 200...450.

chocolates 200 after farm

dinner: lots of veggies, extra, 300 with light sauce, crackers 250, small strawberry margarita 8oz can 200 (higher sugar than the spiked seltzers). 750







10am - weights workout quick during tv show....

studying what i can / reading...

1pm-4pm farm...friend jen may WILL come !!!...we shall see ;)


then, picking up some INSTANT coffee (cheaper and does the same thing as starbucks iced coffee!) , at the store..maybe also dried fruit for cereal, but reallly not much more than that...? running low on kombucha but thinking to do something different - hot water with stevia / lemon for a few days (cheaper alternative...)...

 studying. - i'm on chapter 1 - fundamentals of PM...will need to check out and start using the PMP study apps on my phone, TONIGHT.


 as far as yesterday, i did get some studying done, but not as much as i could have. i drifted on facebook and the web a bit too much...but i'll be working more today to get MORE done. and i will...especially tonight, after the farm.



Last night I was out very late. After seeing my family, i drove to my former coworker's home to pick up my disk that should have been finished. But it wasn't fniished downloading bc her computer shut down while data was transfering. So, I tried to get it done while I visited her, but there were a few more complications and I didn't want to stay past 10:30pm (there since close to 9pm). plus, she has work today and her father is flying in from Colombia (the country!).  so she's pretty busy. I tried again to get it done. I will stop by again in a week or less to hopefully pick up the finished thumb drive. :) I also have something to get from my family that i forgot as well as drop something off at another friend's house out on the island so it will be good to do all these things the next time I take the drive.... 

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

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Busy day! You still have studying to do?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
Yes. there's an INTERNATIONAL Project Manager Professional exam. I learned about it thru the proj man. classes i was taking and review sessions.

It looks excellent on a resume. 30% of applicants pass it the first time. it is hard. I may not pass. I will try my best and put studying in.

now that i am home, it'd be great to take a stab at the test. If i cannot pass it, I will move forward without it. I'm giving myself until end of december. the test is online, similar to an SAT or other hard test that takes 4 hours.

in January, the test is being altered greatly and a lot of the studying / prep will not be relevant anymore.

so that's why now is the time to study, while unemployed, to try to pass that and get it on my resume as it is a great asset if i can pass it, but give up after i try if i do not pass because the test is changing greatly in the new year. i have 3 chances to pass, i believe.

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Have you ever tried mixed seeds and raisins on cereal?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
i really should upgrade what's been a really sweet, sugary, breakfast soon. i was loving it while home lol.

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
You still did do a lot yesterday!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:

legcramps on 09/29/2020:
Sounds like you set yourself up for a great week!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
i do think so xoxo

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Exam sounds like a great idea. Good luck with it!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
thank you, Annie..

Donkey on 09/30/2020:
Oh my, so you could do all that prep, take the test in December, and if you don't pass, you'd have to prep all over again because the test will be completely different? UGH!

Well, IF I am understanding that correctly, then there's your motivation to study now.

I was happy to read about your upper body workout!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2020:
yeah, that's how it is! :)

I will only study these couple months and see how it goes...after that, I will prob move on, i think.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2020:
i think i can take up to 3 tests in around the same time frame. so, i have the opportunity to take the test 3x before ending my attempts. I'll work on this...

horn_of_plenty - Monday Sep 28, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

very late, 10:30am Breakfast: oats 150, almond milk 50, raisins 150, craisins also 150. 500. wanted sweet. 

snacking kombucha 100

2:45pm Lunch:  light butter popcorn 150, egg 100 250.

4pm black coffee, chocolate 150

6:30pm dinner: 2 pieces of a larger, tasty slice of bread 250, soup chicken 200, broth 50, veggies 50, noodles 250, fruit 100, 900 prob less.

spiked drink 50

1950 tops


I will "break the fast" i'm personally not fasting, tonight with parents. My mom cooked a chicken soup and it should be AMAZING (with veggies). I was going to fast and spend the day with parents, but, i decided that I could attempt being more productive here at home. I'll do an edit later today/tonight on what i was able to review for the PMP (this is how i'll be refering to the Proj. Management Professional test)


I got another totally 100% free trial for another meal service (a good one) called HOME CHEF. i ordered two meals that i would never in a million years think to cook myself at home. I'll post photos when i cook them. Seems i'm going to have LOTS of food at home these next couple weeks because I'm sure my mom will give me some chicken soup, then i have these two meals of 2-3 servings each, and i have some thai veggies that i haven't even eaten yet. so much food. nice to not have to think about needing anymore! Plus, with volunteering at the farm, I've been lucky lately and have received some greens when i go (spinach / kale) and really I do not need to shop for the guinea pigs either right now. I've been saving some, definitely...maybe as much as $15 per week the past couple weeks? plus the farm is fun!  and the free meals would have probably been around $65 at least. so, these couple weeks there's a savings of approx $100, at least! :)


Today is usually a very special (holy) day of fasting / atonement. but i am not fasting because i didn't feel I would be productive that way (and since i haven't been studying for the past couple days, i didn't want to prolong that anymore), so i'm eating, but slept in, and getting down to some review. :)


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

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
Sounds like you will be well fed for a long time!!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
yes i do think so!!!! :)

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
and the food will be of such high quality...lucky me :) I can't wait to share what i cook up...and i will do the cooking soon...!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
and prob freeze what my mom gives me (the soup!).

grannyannie on 09/28/2020:
Mmm....mom's homemade chicken soup!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
I cannot wait :)

innerpeace on 09/28/2020:
Free food is the best and it always tastes better too! Have fun working on the farm. Study hard!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
can't agree more on the food...thank u for the reminder to study harder.

Donkey on 09/29/2020:
Let us know your reviews of the new food service! That sounds exciting!

I hope you had a good Yom Kippur. You have a lot of possibilities ahead of you.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
I will def review the food...i have so much food now (from leftover thai veggies)...i will just have to cook these dishes so that the veggies that came with them do not spoil :)

horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 27, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

let's see if I can remember, this morning was basicallly a quick shower and out the door ;)

Breakfast: pb cheese crackers (kelloggs) 200, kombucha 100...on  ride to former coworker (friend's) house 300.

snack: couple cookies at friend's house 150 (stayed there a couple hours, so, did what i needed in order to feel decent after a sorta rushed (but not stressed) morning. 150

lunch: was supposed to come home between friend and farm, but the time spead up and i ended up NOT coming home to change for farm....so i went to mcdonalds for a fast takeout and enjoyed it for 20 minutes or so in my car before going to farm. diet coke, small fries 300, 4 nuggets 200. 500.

during farm: few chocolates 50 (small)

(had a couple leftover crackers from the morning in car while deciding what to get for dinner (with another awesome coupon - $10 off of $15! these delivery services love when i choose that i will "pickup" my order and are giving TONS of coupons especially to the restaurants i have gone to in the past. awesome!)

dinner: thai shrimp lemongrass soup (was spicy!) 300 lots of veggies in there and health. also i added a bit of white rice to it 250. 550. very satisfying.

....prob going to enjoy some kind of snack at home after the soup ;)...and bed early would prob good as i'm getting up REALLY late these past few days and waking up even later as well because of it...i want to get back to waking up and out of bed by 8am which i do not do at all lately. it's become 9am which isn't early in the least in terms of waking up.

snack: tonic soda mixed with half a hard seltzer :) 150 oh and gummmies 100


 exercise: farm work and sweat :) really nice. plus almost a mile walk after that :)

tomorrow I could do weights, but, I will skip them until Tuesday and do them prior to going back to the farm.

For tomorrow, my goal is to make a study plan...or just start studying for that matter.


I wrote the below (very bottom last piece of my entry) as a comment back to Donkey, but these are my thoughts on an exam I hadn't even heard of until I took a couple Project Management courses this year in 2020.  I'm glad I took them and one required quite a bit of work from me, though we did a LOT of the work during class, but I also spent some time on it on my own. ..anyways, the courses I took, provided free thru the Union i'm in!, were good and I just wanted to take the courses as I've been in the union 9+ years and i thought it would be "good" and "insightful" to take them. Well, then I learned about a certain test that the courses can motivate and help sometime to prepare for. The Project Management Professional, national, exam. It actually might be international, I have to check. 

anyways, it's something i never thought or knew about. and now i do. and since i'm not "going back to school" for another career degree any time soon, and while I may still rely on the union for future work, my best bet is to TRY. To TRY and STUDY for this exam. and see if i can pass it in November / DECEMBER. it's a $500 test.  I have money saved, that isn't the problem right now. The problem is I don't do well on these types of "scenario" exams or long-winded exams. I am an average student...so this test might be a leap for me in terms of passing. I'll try. Since i'm not working, I may try extra hard to study for this exam and actually not be looking "very" hard for jobs as I feel I might be able to count on the union, still, to get another job at another union company. I have that chance due to some connections, let's say...It's been a long 9 years in the union so far, lots of ups & downs. Lots of stress at times and also sliding at other times when things were just swell (literally, good)...so...let's see what then next 2-3 years look like. I can't really imagine them right now.


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.


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

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
Lots of possibilities to think about there.......

Horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2020:
oh yeah.

i wish i stuck to teaching / got a different masters to teach special ed...or interviewed with the city. I have lost out on this and it costs both money and time to go back to school for time...in some ways it is not worth it...especially since i cannot guarantee myself a job in anything just by going back to school.

i hope to work for the city or state in the future. we'll see what happens in the next few years as people finally all go back to work, hopefully corona is in the past, and i can see what the future holds for state / city jobs that are available to me based on my education and skills (without spending any $ for further education) as the problem is getting the job...not spending more. i hope this scenario works out for me.

Donkey on 09/28/2020:
What a lovely, busy day! I'm so glad that you have this opportunity to work on the farm! How rewarding that must feel at the end of the day.

I completely agree that you should try at least once for the PMP test. I did not see taking Saturday off as procrastination, but you know yourself. I did think there was some hesitation in getting started - overwhelming task, perhaps? - which is why I suggested a day off or 2 before starting up again.

Don't spend too much time planning. Studying is like weight loss: you can plan all you want, but you have to actually DO it for results.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
i totally agree about the "planning" i am with my head in now, starting up again today, studying for the test. thank you. excellent advice and i appreciate you taking the time to give me this advice about studying.

Donkey on 09/28/2020:
Also, I agree, let's see what happens after this darn virus is under control.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
and yes, it was overwhelming for me to start the PMP study.

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
I totally agree with Donkey about doing a lot of planning.....plans often fall through...but goals remain...and working towards a goal leaves possibilities open....and allow us to bend to fit the outcomes.....

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
I totally appreciate your input here. i am getting my head into the study. and will do as advised from BOTH of you.

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:

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