Does it ever?

So much has happened since I last posted. I don’t know where to begin. I’ll start with work. Sigh. I had a meeting with my manager on Tuesday. I’ve been there for almost 14 years. I’ve never had a problem until we got on the new system about a year ago. Anyway, the ‘big boss’ (never met her) is okay with me being fired!!! WTF? Yeah, Tuesday sucked. My manager says she’s been sticking up for me. I appreciate that…I could already have lost my job. I need to be at 100. I’m currently at 81. They keep raising what 100 should be, so I think I’m doing okay, but in reality, I’m not.

I’ve been applying for jobs. I joined Teachable and entered the 90-day course creator challenge. I am going to finish my course by August 31. Will it be for sale by then? Probably not. Because I need at least 5 people to take the course for free for feedback and testimonials. I want it for sale by September/October. I have set the price at $147. I want to go lower, but that’s the lowest price for an astrology course I’ve ever seen. Most courses at what I’m giving would cost at least $397. The point is that I’m counting on this course for income. I’ve been going live on Instagram, Facebook, etc. I need a better, more consistent plan, but that’s another story.

One job I applied for already rejected me. I don’t need a rejection letter for just sending in a resume, but thanks for the vote of confidence. 😉 I only expect to hear back if I have an interview. If my manager writes me up on June1 (which is better than being fired), I probably won’t be able to do overtime, so I will have more time for interviews and working on my course.

So that’s work. Now onto transcendental meditation. We have a total of 5 meetings. I had my first meeting last weekend. FUCK. It was a disaster. Small room and we were facing each other. I was staring at the table for 90 minutes. How freaking embarrassing! Ugh. Why were we facing each other?? I hate that.

I have 4 more meetings, and then I’m done for life unless I want to get a tune-up. Most people see results within 2 days, so I’m really hopeful and excited for the real meetings which start on June 1. It’s four days in a row. The good thing is that the first meeting is one on one. The other 3 sessions are in that damn room with that damn table. Don’t get me started on parking. LOL. I got lost and ended up walking to Whole Foods (and buying stuff) because I was walking the wrong way.

The meditation is for 40 minutes a day. Twenty minutes in the morning and twenty in the afternoon (not right before bed – the afternoon/evening). And you have to do it everyday…for life or it will stop working.

Food and diet – I ate like crap during my birthday week. I was too scared to try on my high rise skinny jeans. However, I noticed that my old jeans were falling down. I’m thinking, “I know I gain weight. Why are my pants falling down?” Well, I finally got brave and weighed myself. I gain .4 pounds! ROFL. I was 136 something before my birthday. And now I’m 136.8 pounds. Woohoo! No major weight gain. I consider myself really lucky.

I’m still on Nutrisystem even though I was going to cancel. I should cancel due to cost. I did lower the price by only being on Nutrisystem Monday through Friday. I’m currently doing Hello Fresh (affl. link – get a deal by clicking on the link). I have cooked two meals so far. I cooked rice for the first time!! LOL. I don’t even like white rice. I was going to give it to my mom, but I tried it with soy sauce, and it was so good. Why didn’t anyone tell me about soy sauce on rice? I know everyone knows about this but me. Anyway, the tilapia was so good even though I couldn’t wait for it to defrost thoroughly, so it broke up. Rice and tilapia will be a new go-to meal for me. But only with soy sauce. 🙂

Election 2020. Hmmm, not much to say. Marianne Williamson made it to 1% in 3 polls, so she technically is in the June debate, but unless 3-4 people drop out, she may still not make the debate. FWIW, I think Yang is going to make it. He is doing better than Marianne in the polls. Kamala is doing well, and so is Elizabeth Warren. Go, ladies! (Even though I won’t vote for Kamala in the primary). And I hope saying, “go ladies” is not sexist. Oh, one more thing: I don’t see anything wrong with doing the Fox townhalls. I haven’t watched them, but whatever. Either way is fine. Someone in the media called Kamala and Elizabeth ‘silly’ for not doing Fox. I don’t agree. Oh, and Buttigieg is too conservative for me. Is anyone in the midwest really liberal? I don’t hate him, but he isn’t in my top 3. Do I have a top 3? Hmmm, I guess it’s Williamson, Warren and maybe Stacey Abrams if she ran. I guess I have a top 2.

This week I…

Music of the week: Carly Rae Jepsen, Rachael Sage, Rachel Platten, Jussie Smollett, Pia Toscano, Rachel Kerr, Shawn Mendes, Britney Spears

TV of the week:  Survivor, RHOBH

Podcasts of the week:  True Crime Garage, Online Marketing Made Easy, So You Wanna Be a Witch

Books of the week: Now reading – 

I finished reading When Food Is Love: Exploring the Relationship Between Eating and Intimacy by Geneen Roth which is a quick read and surprisingly good. I never thought of myself as a person with intimacy issues. 😉

Weekend Plans: Long weekend my ass. HAHA. I’m gratefully working on Saturday and Monday. I’m only working half a day though both days. I’m working on my astrology course, which is confusing because I’m taking THREE astrology courses, and I’m creating one. I’m doing all the things astrology this weekend. Doing lots of business stuff because I want my class to sell. I’m not expecting huge numbers. I would DIE with 20 sales. I would love 5. So those are my dream numbers.

Not much is going on. I need to do some spring cleaning. Just trying to live life…and figure out what to post on Instagram. This selling shit is so not me and can get confusing, but whatevs. Oh, I’m also getting back into knitting. Expect some pics of scarves and then hopefully hats soon. I used to knit about 4 years ago, and now I remember next to nothing. I’ve been watching Craftsy classes. I have to start all over. Apparently, knitting is not like driving a car. I can’t say riding a bike because I never learned how to ride a bike and I still don’t know how.

I will spend time honoring our fallen soldiers. They made the ultimate sacrifice.

Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading. 🙂


I have to document this. I’ve been on Nutrisystem since December 31st. Today I cheated with food from Bob Evans (the restaurant). As long I don’t do it again, except on my birthday, it’s not a big deal. I used the excuse that I had a $10 off coupon so why not use it? LAME. :/

I have to work on part I of my astrology exam. Bye!

Almost gave it away

Eight weeks until my birthday beach vacation! 🙂

Moving on to TMI. I didn’t get my period!! Yes. I’ve been trying for 3 years to get rid of it. I hope it’s gone for good. Please, please, please? I tried Depo-Provera for almost a year. Didn’t work. Then after more than a year on Bilsovi Fe 1.5/30, I skipped a period. Woohoo!!!111 I needed something great to happen and it did.

Marianne Williamson came out for reparations for blacks FIRST (many years ago, btw) and now all of a sudden Bernie Sanders changes his mind. LOL. I said the words, “I like politics” to someone and I realize that I don’t like politicians. Who does? But I like politics in a sports kind of way. I like that someone wins and someone loses. I don’t know. I know that sounds horrible. I’m a sports fan so that is the only thing I can think of to compare it to.

Most politicians are professional liars. They get paid to lie. If you’ve been reading here for a while, you know I hate lying more than almost anything. I just think it is weird to love politics but hate liars. Maybe it’s just me.

I applied for a new job at my current company. I don’t really qualify. I have the degree needed (in psychology), but only nine months of experience. It probably would pay about $50K to me. Not sure. Since I’m already working for them, they would NOT offer me a competitive salary. Bummer, but I don’t think I’m going to get it. However, that still sucks. :/ Someone else would get paid probably about $65K. Whatever. I’m 98% sure I have no shot. Why did I apply? Because I needed to redo my resume desperately. So I used that job as motivation.

Is the death penalty gone for good in California? I hope so. I should probably read about it. What a concept! I wish it was abolished in all the states.

So much to talk about. I’m all over the place. I’m going to stick with my “business”. I’m starting from square one and see how it goes. I just have so much to do. I need to get organized. Right now, I should be working on my final exam paper for astrology. Oh, how cool is this? My final exam is on Robert Downey Jr.! Do you know how much I love him?! When I used to have crushes on movie stars, he was in my top 10 (on the male list).

I did start my paper. However, a lot of it is crossed out because it’s garbage. I kind of need an A on this paper, because I didn’t participate in the online discussion for the last few weeks. Discussion is 40% of our grade. And that is why I’m not continuing. I can’t fake that shit. So goodbye! I did learn a ton though. I hope I pass. If we don’t pass, we can take it again for FREE, but why would I want to with the same discussion rules AND the same teacher? That doesn’t make sense.

Back to my business. I’m going to stick with it for at least 6 more months. I have no structure. I’ve just been seeing what sticks and what doesn’t. I’m going to get serious and follow a business program and create a business plan. It won’t be a traditional business plan, but there will be a plan.

I have 250 business cards. They were so cheap, I had to buy them. BUT now my services have completely change. ROFL. I knew as soon as I ordered the cards, my offers would change. I only have 4 offers now. Soon I will probably only have 3. Who knows? I have to do a plan.

What else? I miss living near the park. I now live in a neighborhood. I walked my dog during my lunch break on Monday and Thursday. I will try to keep that schedule until the kids get out of school in June. It sucks for my dog, but I’m not going out into world with people all around. Kids. Teens. Nah.

I went outside today just to take my dog outside around 4 PM and I was laughed at by teens (?). It reminds me so much of high school. Not that adults have never laughed at me. But kids laugh more. So people suck. I don’t want to walk around here, but I know my dog wants to go for a walk so….I might make myself go twice a week even when the kids are out of school. I doubt it. I have to figure out when I want to drive to the park.

I now weigh 140 pounds. Thanks to Nutrisystem. 😉 I know I should quit due to the price, but I LOVE the structure. I was so close to ordering out twice this week. Thank god it passed. Can I stay 140 without Nutrisystem? I know it’s possible. But it’s so hard when I’m really stressed. I like carry out/delivery when I’m stressed or happy. Sigh.

This week I…

Music of the week: Solange, Maggie Rogers, India.Arie, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews Band, Rachel Platten, Rozzi

TV of the week: The Bachelor, basketball

Podcasts of the week: True Crime Garage, So You Wanna Be a Witch, rise up! good witch podcast, Tarot for the Wild Soul, Why is This Happening, Pod Save America, Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations, The Astrology Podcast

Books of the week: Now reading – 

Weekend Plans: Hopefully, I will be able to work on my paper. I’m waiting on a book from Amazon. Tracking says it was delivered today. Guess what? It’s not here. I’m not reporting it to Amazon until tomorrow. If someone else got the package, I’m sure they will be amused to get a book called “Traditional Astrology”. How fun! 😉 Either way, I have to work on the paper.

I might drop my taxes off. I’m definitely going to the grocery store. Next week, I’m going to book a study room at the library.

Random, but I finally opened my Etsy shop. I started it about 8 years ago. LOL. I just never listed anything there. I listed 7 things. None of them are related to tarot. I should probably list my tarot stuff there. Is that a horrible idea? I don’t think anyone will buy because my prices won’t be cheap and I don’t have reviews. I might post one for fun tonight and then I’m going to bed.

More random: I’m so sick of people sending me DMs on Instagram. Annoying. Now people are trying to sell me coaching stuff. No thank you, I have enough programs and sending the same DM to everyone isn’t good practice. Before people were hitting on me. That’s when I had less than 100 followers. Now people see I’m a tarot reader and blah, blah, blah.

I’m going to list my shit on Etsy tonight. Maybe I’ll get a sale. Maybe not. I might end up taking it down when I come to my senses tomorrow morning. Oh yeah, I told Facebook and Twitter about my Patreon. No sign ups. I 100% expected that. I’m not going to post on Instagram about it until I’m sure I’m staying around. That will probably be in 2-3 months.

Have a great weekend! Thanks so much for reading!

Won’t stop grooving

My quarter one goals are pretty much doomed. Once I started astrology class and Nutrisystem, well everything changed. Good news: I started NS on December 31, and I’ve lost 5 pounds! (as of yesterday morning) I could’ve lost at least 10 pounds if I exercised more. But I don’t exercise during the winter. I just don’t.

I hope to stay on NS for a year. Can I stand the dinners for a year, though? LOL. Seriously, the real issue is: do I want to pay for it for that long? It is more expensive than my usual groceries, BUT I did waste money on eating out, so it isn’t that much more. Hmmm. All I know is that as long as I don’t cheat (not counting my birthday vacay week), I would like to stay on it. If I cheat, than staying on NS is a waste of money and I’ll just quit.

Still celebrating my first online tarot reading sale! Okay, not really. But it was pretty exciting. She did not email me back. YAY! I hope she didn’t hate it. At least I didn’t have to deal with an upset customer. I spent 2 hours (not counting taking pics and other stuff) on her reading. That is way too long. I have to be quicker.

I need to advertise my astrology offers more on IG stories. I’m not offering anything in depth when it comes to astrology because I’m a beginner when it comes to that. When it comes to tarot, I feel like I’ve been doing it for so long. I don’t feel like a beginner and that is why I’m raising my prices on January 21 – The Full Moon (and MLK day).

Astrology class. I’m scared to jump into the discussion. I’m posting tonight. I’m SHOCKED there are so many Taureans there. I have to introduce myself. That’s sort of easy. But responding isn’t. I’m probably going to say something like “Hey, I’m a Taurus too”. I think there are at least 4 other Taureans so far and everyone is surprised there are so many of us. LOL. 18 people are in the class. I guess Taureans are not known to be astrologers.

Orientation went okay. I’ve been watching webinars by my teacher so seeing/hearing her live was kind of nice. I’m a geek. My main concerns are participation, how hard the class will be*, and how much homework we have to do. I can do school and work. Been there, done that. However, doing school, work, and trying to get an online business off the ground??? HELP! I have a free reading to do this weekend. I have a new strategy and goal. I will not spend over an hour on a free reading.

*Astrology 101, hard? Hell, yes. ROFL. I thought it wouldn’t get hard until 102. Geez. We have to start reading charts in week 3 or 4! WTF? I can read my own chart. Barely. I really want to dissect Hillary Clinton’s chart for class, but I don’t think we get a choice. They chose Clint Eastwood for week one. Ugh! I haven’t even glanced at his chart yet. I guess I should put that on my to-do list…if I want to pass the class.

Just found out my dad is going back overseas on Sunday. That is excellent news for my dog. He’ll have more freedom. I’ll have more freedom too, but it also means my mom will go back to being loud. :/ I have to accept that people can be jerks because of their own issues. It’s not about me! I can’t take it personally. I’ve been taking it personally for years. What a waste of time and a life.

I have to keep repeating that to myself when people are being mean. It’s that person and their issues. And when I’m making a face, for example, while my dog is outside, IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU. It was cold and I wanted him to use the bathroom. Don’t get offended and think shit is about you when it isn’t. I hate that too. My god. People are really something. They think everything is about them.

I don’t really have time to get into it, but I’m over Beto O’Rourke. I don’t trust him. I tried to give him a break because he’s from Texas, but some things are inexcusable. I’m okay with Elizabeth Warren. I would like to hear more from Kamala Harris. I don’t want Biden to run (he’s horrible on criminal justice). Not sure on Sanders. I’m not a big fan but was willing to give him a chance this time around. However, his answer to the sexual harassment issue was horrid. I think he is out of touch when it comes to some issues. I really want people to give Marianne Williamson a chance. I know this is irrational, but I’m so annoyed with the media for not even mentioning her. She started an exploratory committee BEFORE Elizabeth Warren. She went to Iowa way before Warren. Whatever.

This week I…

Music of the week (my top 8 most listened to): Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Alessia Cara, Rachel Platten, Brandi Carlile, MaMuse, Rachel Kerr, Camila Cabello

I’m making a playlist of Taylor Swift songs called “The only Taylor Swift songs I really like”. 🙂 I have about 30 songs on it and I’m not near finished. If it weren’t for school, I would have finished this by now because music is my life. Anyway, her best album hands down is her 2010 album Speak Now. She never has to make another album and I would appreciate her for that forever. She hasn’t topped that album, but she doesn’t have to.

TV of the week:  The Innocent Man, Nashville

I’ve been bad about watching basketball recently. I need to keep my TV off the news and remember to watch sports. I always have my TV muted and 95% of the time it’s on MSNBC.

Movie of the week: None

Podcasts of the week: True Crime Garage, Pod Save America

Books of the week: Now reading:

Planner Spread for the week: I started a bullet journal! I never thought I would. Why spend time creating a planner, when you can buy one? It does take time, but I love mine. I will probably post my spreads here weekly if I take a pic for Insta. Here’s my weekly spread from last week –

Plans for the Weekend: Busy weekend. I’m working overtime tomorrow. I have to finish my eBook this weekend. It is 80% done. I just want to rework some things and I might add a few pages. I’m releasing it on January 17th. I’m NOT doing an eBook next month even though I promised a book every month. I’m just going to do a blog instead. I can’t do work, school, and business.

Tonight I’m going to do one of the online discussion assignments for class – the introduction. Then I’m going to work more on school work. I have a free tarot reading to do by Sunday. I feel like I have to keep doing free readings or I’ll stop forever. I’ll be ‘too busy.’ Of course, if my biz were doing great, I wouldn’t do free readings.

I hope it doesn’t snow. We might get 6 inches. :/ I have to go work on astrology class. I’m so nervous about posting. Wish me luck. 😉 Thanks for reading. Have an excellent weekend! 🙂

Does anyone have a map?

I don’t know why I’m advertising this because it’s going to sell out fast. It always does. Hopefully, it will still be open by the time I post this. Here goes…

bank boost

As some of you may know, I am in heavy debt due to some things beyond my control like Abilify and some things 100% in my control. So in 2017, I spent $35 on an online class that billed itself as “a no-deprivation-required approach to spending less, earning extra, and not hating your life while doing it.” 

It seemed sort of …. too good to be true? But for $35 I figured, why not?! I spend more than that on monthly subscriptions that don’t always fulfill me.  

Long story short, it WASN’T too good to be true. In six weeks I managed to come up with wonderful ideas for making extra money.

And the class is live! It’s not one of those self-paced things you buy and then forget about. There are live Q & As, weekly emails, and a super active Facebook group full of people who are cheering you on and sharing their insights. FOR 35 EVER-LOVING DOLLARS. 

Anyway. Bank Boost is open for enrollment now (IT WILL SELL OUT SOON!) and I thought you should know about it. It’s fun, super effective, and unlike anything else you’ve tried when it comes to money. You can sign up here >>

Full disclosure, I *am* an affiliate for the course, but that’s because I really, really believe in it.

I started Nutrisystem on Monday. It’s going okay. I’m eating about 1,200 calories a day. I’ll post if I lose any weight during my first week later on. NS is definitely not necessary to lose weight. Everyone knows that. But I like the structure.

The only problem I have with NS is that the dinner options aren’t great. Well, I had the turkey sausage pizza tonight. It was pretty good even though I microwaved it instead of using the oven like most people do. It is a little better in the oven, but I don’t have time for that ish.

The lunch, breakfast, and snack options are GREAT. The tuna salad and hamburger for lunch are to die for. I can’t even name all the great breakfast options because I love so many of them. The best dinner option (minus the pizzas) is the chicken breast stuffed with broccoli. I love those, but I can’t eat them day after day. They are okay 3 times a week. I could probably eat pizza for dinner every day. 😉

I’m still waiting for my password for my astrology course. Orientation for the class is on Sunday. I keep checking my email and nothing.

Gotta go. Bye! Be back on Friday or Saturday.

Done jumping through hoops

What have I done? That is the question of my life. Let’s see. I signed up for an online Astrology School. It’s the best one out there so it isn’t as cheap as I would like. I think I still have a couple of days to get a refund. But I doubt I do that. I’m only taking one class because that’s what is recommended and it is expensive. I’m not sure whether I’m going to get a certificate (3 courses) or a Professional Diploma (at least 12 courses – minimum of 3 years to finish).

Orientation is January 6. And then we have 11 or 12 weekly classes on Sunday afternoon. It is a webinar like class. They want us to have a webcam, but I’m using my camera on my Mac. I think it is good enough. I may reconsider. I did buy a headset from Amazon. It is highly rated, noise canceling etc.

I’m nervous because participation will be part of my grade. I’ve already decided that I HAVE TO participate online. I’m not sure about participating during class time. If I’m called on, of course, I will participate. However, if they expect us to just um, talk. Oooh. I don’t know about that. That’s scary shit!

So if this class goes well, I might take more classes. I’m not going during the summer semester. I might go during the Fall. I would like to IF I like the first class. Even if I don’t like the first class, I know I will learn something. I will probably learn a lot. I tried learning this stuff on my own, but sigh. Astrology is so hard. I love it but…hard.

Oh, I also signed up for Nutrisystem. Haha! I was on NS about 3-4 years ago. It worked. I hope to stay on it for at least a year. I just want to lose about 20-30 pounds and then maintain it. 20 pounds is probably more realistic since I’m on a shitload of medicine that causes weight gain. During the winter, I always gain weight because I go into hibernation.

I would go off NS for money reasons OR because I still eat out and don’t follow the diet. I wanted to start on Monday, Dec 31 but I don’t think my food will be here by then. So I will probably plan to start January 6 or 7. I’m going grocery shopping on Sunday. I will try to buy as little food as possible.

Oh! The most important issue. My dog:

His second lab result came back fine. I was ecstatic for about 4 days. But on Wednesday night, he had kidney issues. I think. He couldn’t hold his urine, but everything seems fine now. I will take him to the vet if necessary. I’m not sure what’s going on since the vet just said everything was fine. UPDATE: Well, since Wednesday night everything seems fine. I’m typing this on Friday night.

Woohoo! I just found out my unfrozen food is coming tomorrow! WOW. That’s fast. I usually order more frozen food than unfrozen, but this time I didn’t. So I have a lot of food coming tomorrow. Since I have to take my mom out to eat for her birthday on Sunday, I won’t start Nutrisystem until Monday, December 31. The frozen food should be here by next Friday.

We’re going to O’Charley’s (her choice) for her bday. I was going to order salmon, but nah. I’m eating my last burger for a while. Should be fun. 😉 My last restaurant until my birthday in May?? I hope so. I have to talk about my birthday plans. My main concern is how expensive it’s going to be since I’m taking my dog. (Only the expensive hotels with suites allow dogs. Why is that?) I’m also worried the 3 out of 15 hotels that accept dogs will sell out before I can book. I hope not. I haven’t had a real beach vacation in years. I used to go every year. LOL. I just typed out – every week. I wish I could go to the beach every week.

This week I…

Music of the week (my top 8 most listened to): Ellie Goulding, Ariana Grande, Rachel Platten, Rachel Kerr, Alessia Cara, Coldplay, Kelsea Ballerini

TV of the week:  basketball, The Haunting of Hill House, The Innocent Man

I finished The Haunting of Hill House. I would give it a B-. I lost interest during the last 3 episodes, so I don’t really know what happened…but I watched it.

Movie of the week: None

Podcasts of the week:  Pod Save America, Septic, The Astrology Podcast, The Lively Show, True Crime Garage

Books of the week: Now reading:

Speaking of books, I got my two textbooks for my astrology class. I have started reading one. The other is a little too advanced for me to get right now. I will probably list them in this section once class starts because I won’t have time to read much else.

Plans for the Weekend: I’m working overtime tomorrow morning. On Sunday, I’m going on a quick grocery store trip and then taking my mom out to eat. I’m not working on New Year’s. I didn’t get to work on Xmas. I tried, but they wouldn’t let me. :/

This will be a busy weekend because it’s my last free weekend before school starts. I finished all but one of my blog posts for January (on my tarot/astrology website). I have a tarot reading to do. I would love to get that done on Saturday. I have a ton of pics to take for Instagram. I have to work on my eBook. I want to release that on January 17th. I have about 15% done. Ick. I eventually want to turn this eBook into a webinar which is really scary. But that won’t happen until April or May or maybe summer. LOL. Who knows?

Have an excellent weekend. Thanks so much for checking in! 🙂

used to cry bout some crazy shit

I got my first week of Nutrisystem food. The first week is the hardest. NO SNACKS. None. I’m used to snacking. NS started me with the whole it’s okay to snack thing and now I can’t for seven days. Then after that, I get dessert (mostly ice cream for me)  and other snacks (like crackers and almonds).

My official starting weight is 129.6. I’ll just say I’m starting at 130 pounds. I want to get down to 120. But will I maintain that? I know I can maintain 125 without NS because I’ve done it before, but 120??! I feel like I need to start thinking differently if I want to maintain 120. I have to be serious.

Anyway, today was my first day back on NS. I don’t think I’m supposed to exercise the first week since I’m eating so little, but I got on the treadmill for a little while and plan to do that for the remainder of the week. I’m feeling dizzy. I forgot how much the first week sucks. I WANT SNACKS. 🙂 I can see myself breaking before seven days like I did last time. I was feeling dizzy from lack of food today. That happened last time too. The first week sucks.

Edited to add: I broke and had a night time snack. I had biscotti. It is only about 130 calories so not a horrible snack option. I will probably have a snack for the remainder of the week.


Mom took some pics of me using her new camera. What do you think? I hate having my picture taken, but mom used the zoom, so it didn’t feel as intrusive. I hate that she posts these pics all over the internet. What about my privacy? But you have to admit; I look pretty handsome.


I went ahead and did it. I ordered my first Erin Condren Life Planner on launch day! Well, I did buy one semi-used off of eBay a while ago. But that doesn’t count. It was used.

I got the fancy purple Luxe vegan cover. Yes, it cost quite a bit ($80), but Erin Condren ain’t cheap. I will have pics of it very soon. The planner starts in July. I have already gotten rid of my personal planner. I’m replacing my personal with Erin Condren. All I have in my personal sized planner is note paper. I will probably add some budget pages, but I’m over planning in it.

Guess what will be back? Weekly planner layouts in this blog. I know no one cares about this, but I will post it here every week. I stopped using Instagram months ago so I won’t post there. I hate how cliquey it is and how the people with DSLRs ruined it for normal Nancies like me.

I will be unboxing all that and more on Snapchat. (kat3x5) Had to get that in. In fact, I just unboxed the best. thing. ever. Move over Erin Condren. I used my Amazon points to buy this jewelry organizer:


I hate jewelry boxes, so I was looking for something else I could do with my jewelry. I found this jewelry organizer dress on Amazon for about $14. It is the. best. thing. EVER. I love it. They even send the dress with a cute velvet hanger. OMG. **dies**. I don’t know if the picture does it justice. It is very dark in the room, and I used the flash for the first time on my camera. Anyway, now I can finally see all my jewelry. Yay.

This week I…

Music of the week: Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding, Fifth Harmony, Vanessa Carlton, Prince, Little Mix, Beyonce, Niykee Heaton

I love reading good reviews of Ellie Goulding in the US. Some crowds and critics do get her. I can’t wait to see her live on June 10!

TV of the week:  Bloodline, Pretty Little Liars, basketball

Movie of the week: I’m hoping to catch the remake of Roots this weekend. They will repeat it, right? I know cable usually repeats things. I couldn’t watch it when it first aired because a LIVE basketball game is more important than a movie (to me).

Books of the week:  I finished  Until I Say Good-Bye: A Book About Living by Susan Spencer-Wendel. It is a true story about a woman living with ALS. I didn’t like it. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. I expected something different. I thought it was going to be more about teaching others how to live, and it wasn’t. It was more about how she traveled during her last years alive and found things out about her family.

Now reading  The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte (page 44) and Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic-Depressive Illness by Patty Duke (page 35).

Planner update:  Coming in July! hahaha. I crack myself up.

Plans for the weekend: As of right now, I’m going to a hair salon for the first time in years. I’m just getting my hair washed and maybe trimmed. There is still a chance I may cancel, but I doubt it. Other than that I will be attempting to stay on Nutrisystem. I have to clean my living room. My life is so exciting!

May was pretty good. I took a lot of time away from work during May, and it felt great. During the summer, I don’t have as much time off.  I’m taking a 3-day vacay in October. Yes, I have to wait until October. LOL. But this is normal for me. I don’t mind working during the summer when everyone else is at the beach, and everything is overcrowded. I like empty places during spring and fall. Not that I have plans for the fall. I’m 99% sure I’m not going anywhere, but anything could happen.

Have an awesome weekend!

I got zero chill in me

It looks like my North Carolina plans have changed. Now I’m going with my mom and my dog. We are spending one night there. As of right now, we are staying in a hotel near Duke University even though the Ellie Goulding concert is in Raleigh.  I love Duke. I’ve been there once.

My dog is only coming because I don’t want to board him again. After Asheville, he acted out BIG TIME. He trashed my dining room. He ate my chocolate bars. I know dogs aren’t supposed to eat chocolate, but I also didn’t know he could reach my chocolate bars. I’ve had the bars in the same spot BEFORE I adopted him. I’m talking more than a year ago. Anyhow, I hope this works out. I’m a little nervous about having my dog in a rental car. I don’t want to think about what could go wrong.

So we are going to walk around Duke University, and that’s about it. Thankfully dogs are welcomed to walk around the campus. Unfortunately, he can’t go inside the buildings, so I’ll be going in buildings solo like I did last time.

Since my dog is coming, I wish we could stay in a house. I found one, but they want a $500 refundable deposit. OUCH! I know it’s refundable…Staying in a house for two nights would be so much more fun, but a hotel is fine. Plus it is hard to find a house on short notice.

Random note: I really should be working on learning how to use my camera before June 10. I’ve been slacking. I’m not that excited about learning how to use it since I know the quality won’t be as good as my previous camera.

Edited to add: I’ve been working on taking nice pics today and I will probably post some in my next entry.  So far all of the pics are pics of my dog. He is so cute. 😉

I did something dumb. NEWSFLASH! What a shocker! Right? I signed up for Nutrisystem again. LOL. I like their food, and I’m disciplined on Nutrisystem, so I signed up. I weigh about 129. I’m going to get my exact weight when I officially start NS again. (Just waiting for the food to be delivered).  I know 129 doesn’t sound like a lot and I’m about 5’6″, but I have an apple shaped body. That is the WORST shape to have, for me. I only feel good under 125.

To lose weight, all I had to do was stop having cheat days more than once a week. And what did I do? Something dramatic and impulsive. Oh well. I’m only planning on staying on the plan for two months, but I might go 3.  I have a feeling I will be going back on NS anytime I want to lose a few pounds. That is the easiest thing for me, and I like easy. Have I mentioned how much I like the food even though it has way too much sodium in it?

To give background, I signed up for NS about a year ago. I lost about 20 pounds in 3 or 4 months.  So it worked. Then I did fine for months without NS food, but I’ve been slacking recently and gained about 5 pounds back. 😦 Bummer. Too much ordering in. I love food, but I hate cooking.

The only cheat day I have planned is June 10 (the Ellie Goulding concert). I won’t go crazy or anything. I might even stay on NS while there. It’s possible, but not the easiest thing to do when the other person is eating REAL food.

Let’s talk planners. Well, I will only talk about one planner because only one planner worked ALL of last year. I use an academic year planner, so my year starts in July. I just received The Day Designer (Blue Sky version) for 2016/2017. I bought it because the one from last year worked so well for me. I used it for work and personal things. I use it daily. I can’t say the same for any other planner I’ve used.

I just wanted to mention The Day Designer because I’ve gone through several planners while blogging and I never talked about this one that much and I use it every single day! How weird. I guess this is kind of a recommendation? LOL. I have no idea. I’m just excited to use my new one. I will keep the one from last year because I have a lot of info in it.

People talk about planner peace, and while I love The Day Designer, it doesn’t bring me planner peace because I still need something I can carry around. I still use a personal planner for that reason. The Day Designer is too big (8 x 10) to carry around. I will probably blog about my personal planner in January of 2017. I plan on using Sew Much Crafting inserts. I hope to have planner peace while using that and The Day Designer.

I wish I could just use one planner for everything. #FirstWorldProblems But I need the room of the daily planner and I need something to carry with me everywhere so I will probably always have two planners.

So far this morning, I mowed my back yard, colored in my coloring book and it is only 10 AM. WTF am I suppose to do with the rest of the day? haha. I’m going to chill outside and get more reading done and maybe hop on the treadmill.  Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic-Depressive Illness by Patty Duke is fascinating, and I just started. Tomorrow I’m going to the ’empty’ mall and walk around. I’m not buying anything.

Prior to me using clothing rental services, I NEVER voluntarily went to the mall, but now I do it if I have an extra day off.  I have to wear these clothes before June 8, and I’m not going anywhere before then so….I call this mall empty because they only have a Forever 21, Sears, and Dillards. Yeah, nothing to see there (even though I now love Dillards). But it is great for walking, and that is what people use it for. The mall will probably be closed in less than 2 years.

Btw, I unboxed a ton of stuff on Snapchat (kat3x5) yesterday. Still up as of this post. I know people are probably tired of me mentioning Snapchat. rofl. I mostly do unboxings and show videos or pics of my dog.

I gotta go and do more um, stuff. Right now, I’m dancing around the house to Ariana Grande.  I just thought of something I could do. I need 18  CEUs by the end of the year to keep my license. I could do that. BORING, but that’s the plan. I’m going to hit ‘publish’ on this post. Bye.

Life after Nutrisystem *Update

The following is what I eat after being on Nutrisystem. I started at 142 pounds in May of 2015. I currently weigh 125. I stopped eating NS food around mid-September. Thoughts on cheat days are at the bottom of the post.

Breakfast (each bullet point is a different option)

  • 3 slices of turkey bacon and a boiled egg
  • 2 slices of Aunt Jemima french toast and a boiled egg
  • 1 piece of  Nonni’s biscotti and a boiled egg

Morning snack

  • 100 calorie bag of mixed walnuts and almonds


Afternoon snack

  • Fiber one cinnamon coffee cake (90 calories)
  • Special K or Kashi crackers


  • chicken with broccoli or cabbage


  • 1 Pepperidge Farm cookie


As you can see, I still need to find a dinner alternative. I just haven’t gotten around to it. Plus, chicken is so easy to cook. I can bake enough chicken for about two weeks, and I’m done with dinner.

Overall, I’m pleased with my menu. Although, I wish I could come up with more lunch alternatives,  I can’t find much I like that would fit. On some days, I’m not in the mood for a bar, but I eat it anyway.

Re: cheat days

Where do I begin? Cheat days started out fine when it was only once a month, but Thanksgiving time destroyed me. I used not to get hungry eating the above diet. Now I crave ‘bad’ food. I’m currently working on that. I’m just trying to ignore my cravings and stick to my plan.

I won’t have random cheat days planned. My mom’s birthday is in January. I’m taking her out to eat. That will be a cheat day. My birthday will probably also be a cheat day. And any vacations* might include cheat days. That’s about it. So in a year, I plan on having less than seven cheat days.

*I try not to go on vacations where I have to eat out. Besides, I don’t go on a lot of vacations. In May, I’m going to a cabin with a full kitchen (in state or North Carolina) so I can bring my food. No excuse for a bunch of cheat days.

Life after Nutrisystem

I lost 18-19 pounds on Nutrisystem. I started in mid-May weighing 142.  I weigh about 124 pounds. Success! 🙂 But it’s over and now I have to go back to regular food. I’m going to have cheat days once a month. On those days, I will most likely eat out or order in. My next cheat day is October 9 or 10. I’m ordering my favorite non-Italian food (meatball sub, cheese fries, and red velvet cake) from a local Italian restaurant. Can’t wait.

Anyway, here is my diet after NS. Each bullet is a different option.


  • 2 slices of turkey bacon, 1 boiled egg, fiber one brownie
  • 2 slices of french toast

Morning Snack

  • almonds
  • turkey sausages
  • tuna ranch 80 calories packet


  • bar with yogurt
  • tuna salad w/crackers
  • mini cheeseburger with yogurt

Afternoon snack

  • whole grain crackers (Kashi or Kellogg)
  • fruit (most likely a banana or pear)


  • chicken with 2-4 servings of broccoli or cabbage


That doesn’t seem like a weight loss diet to me. But it is low calorie. I think it is around 1,500 calories. Yeah, I could use some options for dinner, but I won’t be having the same kind of chicken every day. I may have fish on some days. Or turkey burgers. I haven’t looked up the calories of those things so I don’t know if they will fit. I love my new menu. Not a lot of cooking. 😉 Thanks to Nutrisystem for teaching me how and when to eat.

I should be studying for my certification test instead of ‘blogging’. Oh well, I’m the queen of procrastination. This was a quick post to type. I just copied the menu from my planner. Gotta go. Instead of studying, I think I’ll read. #Fail