June 16, 2017

Got my second aquatic massage today.

Now my foot is in this thing that they call a "Reflexology Foot Massager. Until it clamps down on your foot it's good. 😌

I had a long day today as in I didn't get breakfast or lunch...


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June 15, 2017

June 12, 2017

I have proof!

I now have documented proof that I'm loosing weight.

I came here a month ago and weighed 281. A month later and I'm down to 274! 😃

I'm not rushing to any goal at the moment, I just want to go down. And I'm doing it. 😊

In other news, I'm the employee of the month. ✌


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June 10, 2017

Stopped again

Getting the hearty veggie. Weill tell you about it later.

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Newly Opened.

Walking through the fashion district when we found this little surprise. Their stuff taste great. 😊

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I'm at N.Y. Cakes with my sister. I wasn't told that we were coming here until after we were on our way here.

We went out to get hair so she could braid mine, and then we were suppose to go to some bake or cook show thing down by the pier in Manhattan. Now I'm being told about hair bobble shopping. 😞


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Hello Again

I was suppose to send you pics of my latest shopping spree yesterday, but I was just so tired. I tried to go to Victoria Secret, but I walked in the wrong direction and ended up at Lane Bryant instead. I went in looking for a skirt and got two instead. While I mostly struggled to move my tired and aching body, I saw their little add in the stall for their bras. Which is why I was headed to Victoria Secret for in the first place. I so need new bras.

I haven't a clue how much the ones I have cost when they were first bought, but I do know that my sister pays a bit for her's. I ended up paying about $40 for two bras and they aren't even pretty ones. But they fit and support me. The two skirts came up to about $30 also. They were on clearance at true BOGO. So I was charged for the most expensive one and got the other one "free".

I've come to learn ab few things over the years about the true cost of things, so most of the times I've reasoned my way out of paying for things that I know shouldn't cost as much as they do. But I'm also aware that this isn't where it ends. Salaries and logistics and brick and mortar rent have to be paid too. So I sucked it up and bought my first bra in over 10 years that I can remember paying for myself. I no longer have that bra btw. The ones I currently have, which need replacing, were bought by my mom and my sister.

Anyway, after paying for the lot with someone other than the person that helped me, I was reminded to sign up to get their card to save $25 on the lot. since the total came up to more than I thought it would, I agreed. then I left the store. I walked over to the massage people to get the heated pad that is also one part aromatherapy. I didn't care about that part, but after sitting there for about 5 mins with two different sized ones on both my knees I gave him my card, I can't soak in hot water that much or for as long as I would like, so this was my compromise. I know, I could just have gotten it online, but I felt like getting it from them since I did go and buy the pulse massager on line.

He sold it to me for $30 and I got a 10 min aqua massage. It hurt on my legs, but I think it helped. it was a little odd in there. It's like this long clam shaped thing that you lay down. after you are in position, laying down on your front, it closes and jets of warm/hot water hit you from the other side of this plastic bag barrier as it slowly moves up and down your body. Like I said it hurt when it was pounding away at the back of my legs, but it just felt odd when it went over my butt and nothing really once it got to my back. That isn't to saw the force diminished, it didn't, but my back was fine. There was nothing there to work out, unkink or loosen up. But on the third pass, I figured it might be working on working out bits I couldn't feel yet.

It didn't seem that long, but I think I was starting to nod off too. When I tried to get up, he "attacked me" with a big messaging tool. I wasn't really sure what was going on for a few seconds, then I was just fighting the feeling until I heard, somehow, that I could tell him to stop. I really wanted him to put that thing on my legs. He can't seem to remember that my back is fine. Pain-free and all that.

but once I was done and actually leaving, I turned back and asked him about the aqua massage. This is when I found out it was only 10 mins long and had not a bad price of $16. I think I may go for that again after at least one of my shifts.

From there I had a small detour to the bathroom, then went to the bus stop and got there just as the 24B started boarding and without waiting, I got the 107 to take me up the side of the park when I wasn't even going to wait for it.

Now I'm typing with one hand because I hurt my finger tips again at work. Oh, almost forgot. Two things really. One, I'm employee of the month. For last month since this one just started. Instead of just saying that I was doing a good job in the fitting room, they read a survey that said how well they were taken of in the fitting room. From Memorial Day. I did work that day, but I did say because I was trying not to bust from blushing and having my face crack from smiling too much. I'm sure I didn't look that way to anyone else there, but they all clapped and the closest ones congratulated me. :) That was in the meeting just before we open the store. We have two meetings a day. Opening and closing. I think. very few times have I been there for closing.

The next thing is that I slipped in my shoes when I took a turn and bent down to pick up a hanger that someone had dropped outside a room. I feel forward and crashed into the wall really hard. I stood for a moment holding the side of my head as people asked me if I was ok. It hurt, but after a few seconds I told them that I was fine and went back to what I was doing. I'm pretty sure this happened before my lunch break.

Wednesday I just had a Jamba juice. On Thursday I had a Jamba juice with some veggie fried rice that had a lot of veggies in it, and yesterday I went to Applebee's and got my usual. Now with sweet potato fries. Now to get them to not put any salt on them.

Ok. Time for me to go. I'm getting braids. My sister is doing my hair later. Yep. spending more money.


June 04, 2017

Render, Render, Render...

I started rendering a fractal yesterday and it doesn't look like it's going to be finished until tomorrow sometime in the afternoon. I haven't had to give up my computer for such a long period of time, for a fractal, for a while.

But I want this one to be big enough to cover most items over at Society6. I did tell you about this Society6 thing, right?

Other than that, I've been soaked my legs in hot water and Epson salt twice. Tonight would be the third soaking, but a few things have come light. One, we can't depend on hot water coming out of the tap, and two, it's really hard for me to get up once I'm sitting down in the tub. My feet keep slipping and putting my weight on my knees is a very, very bad idea. So yeah, my knees still hurt and are stiff when I walk. But I'm still keeping my legs as warm as possible.

I was hoping that the pulse massage thing would be here today so I could use it before going to work, but I don't think it will be here until tomorrow at the earliest. Oh well. Tuesday I have off and I'll have to do the wash then. I was thinking of doing it today, but I wanted another day to rest up my knees. Even though at the same time I think I should be walking around a bit more.

I cooked today. The first time in a while. Cauliflower and broccoli rice. I tried to do a roast of sweet potato and christophine, but I didn't realize until I was done that I forgot to toss them with oil. That is what I get for not cooking for so long.

Got the weather report for tomorrow. Rain. Great. We will be busy at work tomorrow. We can only hope that because it's Monday, it won't be too bad. :) I honestly don't object to being busy. We stay busy, we stay open, we get to keep our jobs. Providing we do them well.

Oh, my hand is still tingles. The left one that is in the brace. My toes are still numb from before. I said that I now believe that I'm allergic to either all or one of the ingredients in Icyhot right? I still stand by what I told that nurse in the ER all those weeks ago.

"As bad as my leg is hurting me, It's the numbness that I can't stand."


June 03, 2017


Yeah, I was gone a bit longer than I intended.

So, where was I? Yeah, the massage people in the mall. It was during my 30 min break. I went and got a Jamba Juice and I was heading back to work to read when I realized that I should just go and see what they had that might help me and my knees. I know most of my issues are from muscles and ligaments being used without much rest or relief.

I already seemed to have proved to myself that the numbness that occurred from my Icey Hot incident could be due to some kind of reaction that I had to the chemicals and not the pulled muscle that just about crippled me for a day. Yeah, I was at work the next day after taking one day off for a pulled muscle/ligament. I told you no rest. I can still feel it now a month later if I stretch a certain way.

Anyway, my knees needed help and I didn't want to hear how it could be fluid from spinal disks that could have gotten damaged over 15 years ago. So I went looking for a massager. I was first shown this big one, at $145 or so. He went through the whole sales pitch in one fluid and fast motion with demonstrations on my body that showed he has been at this job so long that he doesn't bother preparing a customer for the assault of jiggles from the device. I had on a slightly shorter skirt today and he crouched down there running it over my knee and having me place my foot on the unit, to help show how it helped tired feet. It happened so quickly, that I didn't realize until hours later that I did nothing to make sure he didn't see up my skirt.

I didn't have and didn't want to spend $145, no matter how good it might have felt. So I asked if he had anything else. He then showed me one of those electrode pulse things that were attached to something as small as an iPod. He put two of them on around my knee and left me to play with it for a few mins. Then he swooped down on me and wrapped this soft heated thing around my knee. He didn't try to lift my skirt so I had to hold it in place.

I was liking this setup. He was even going to reduce the price for me since I worked at the mall to $115 for the pulse thing. That was still about $60 more than I wanted or even could spend. So I told him that I'll have to think about since it was time for me to go back to work. What really bugged me was how he produced a chart that showed where to place the electrodes to help with what ales you, and I can see how having this is needed for someone doing it at home on their own, but the words he used rubbed me the wrong way.

So I get up to leave and that knee did indeed feel better, so much so that I was only feeling pain from my other knee that hadn't really been bugging me at all for the day. Like now that the worst pain in my body has been quieted, I can now hear the other 'squeaky wheels'. :)

I was very surprised and pleased and it made me now really consider getting it. But as I walked the pain started to come back a little, but since I only had it on for like 5-10 mins, I shouldn't have expected it to cure me, but it did lessen the pain overall. Even when I ended my last post to get off the bus to go buy some somethings at Stop & Shop, that knee was fine. I stood up almost normally and stepping down and out of the bus hurt my other knee instead.

So after getting an Uber pool to get me home since I wasn't walking up a hill with groceries and finding that my knees didn't bend the other way that well, and wishing that I had it to 'treat' the back of my knee now that I was home. I looked up how much they were going for online.

Yes, I got one online. The price is $39 and it will be here in 3-5 days. That is the only setback. No instant use. But for a savings of about $100, I'll take it.

Did I tell you that I was wearing my hand brace again? Yep. It's such a pain to type. With or without it on.

Don't know what else to say, so I guess this post is over. :)


June 01, 2017

I just left work...

I was there over 30 mins longer than I should have been. Most of the day was slow with pockets of high traffic. Like the one that rolled in on me as I was suppose to be leaving, which is one of the reasons why I ended up leaving later than I should.

The second being the person who was suppose to take over for me called out. So that left the other girl there all by herself. I told her not to worry about the clothes on the table. If it gets really slow she could fold some, but almost every time I try to even walk towards the table, people show up.

It's official. I live in the fitting room. My boss likes me there. A lot. Last week he had me help in training others to do things the way I do. I liked them, even if I question how they form sentences. But they were getting it and everyone says it differently.

Let me explain. In our fitting rooms, you do not just walk into a room on your own. There should be two people there. One to greet you, count your items and place you in a room with other "instructions", while the other folds and maybe helps with placing customers in the fitting rooms closest to them. When I say we "place you", I mean we open a fitting room for you because the rooms are all locked.

I don't know who else does this, but this was the first time I had ever come across such a thing. So a lot of the time, we are just trying to let everyone know that they have to be seen to, to get a room.

That caused a little issue today with a boy that just took over a room before I could clean and clear it. I had him step out of the room. I checked and cleaned it, then I explained to the boy why I had him step out of the room. Well, I was trying to, when this lady just about rushed me and said that he was just a child and asking me what I was telling him. At the same time.

I didn't get what all that was about and told her that I was just explaining to him why I had him step out of the room. He was already back inside at this point. I know I didn't do anything wrong and I think she kinda did know that too, but didn't back down and said that he is just a kid and that I should have been talking to her instead. She wasn't there. At least not in eyesight, so even if I felt inclined to tell her, I didn't know she was there.

Other than work. I went by the massage people to see what they might have...brb.

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Had to hobble run to catch the 59 and the bus lady tells me may is up when I showed her my bus pass. Good thing I got this month's pass already.

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May 29, 2017

What is sad?

By being in a bar on your lunch hour drinking water. ... in Applebee's really, but sitting at the bar no less because they are so full.

Well maybe not that sad, but I'm starting to burn out.

A pic somewhere in this post shows how many days and hours I have been working straight. The next pic shows that my eighth day was taken away, and I now have a three day break.

If I can make it there. I felt tired yesterday day, but today is so much worst. It's memorial day and the weather is bad. Cold and raining. I had to ask security to give me a lift from the bus stop to the building so I could get to work on time and dry because I didn't want to turn back to get my umbrella and the upside to that, is that I caught the bus almost right away.

I actually looked at the line today, outside the fitting room. It cut right through the men's department. So long. We need more rooms. But to get more, we would have to buy the space next door and remodel. 😁


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May 28, 2017

I got a bus

Yesterday, I had to give in and get an uber to get to work on time.

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May 27, 2017

There is a festival in the park

It 10:40 and I'm waiting for the bust to take me 3 long blocks to give my feet a short rest before climbing the hill home. My feet hurt so much and it's just the second day of my 8 day run. (See next for photo of upcoming shifts.)

I asked about them and she said that I shouldn't have that many days in a row. But I don't really expect it to change. I expect to get a call from on ny second to last day telling me not to come in the next day because I would go over 40 hours.

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May 23, 2017


My egg sandwich. Not. I wanted to give them a chance and nit just think right away that they couldn't do it, but in the end they didn't.

I said that I wanted and egg sandwich without cheese and without butter with home fries. Just explaining home fries was something I didn't expect in any degree.

Right after me someone else showed up to what on the inside looked like some kind of remote outpost, and I think he ordered his usual. The "chef" at the time was making another order for someone. I'm not sure who. It looked like cream of wheat to me, but now thinking back and the fact that she placed eggs and bacon on it has me believing it was grits. I think I tried them once and that was more than enough for me. Porridge is much better.

Well, I can see how my order was mixed up, but I said it twice to make sure since I didn't think I had any lactose pills on me. No cheese, no butter, no bacon. Egg sandwich with lettuce and tomato with home fries.

But really, I knew I was in trouble when she asked if I waned a roll or wheat bread, which was slice bread, like toast. I got the wheat toss because I knew it was better for me than the roll.

The egg was put in a container, the home fries next to it and the toast was buttered. I didn't see it being buttered, I tasted it when I got to work and tried to take a bite

They handed it me and the toast was by itself outside the container wrapped in waxed paper. I was puzzled. Laughed even before taking it out to out in the container where upon I realize I didn't get a sandwich and there was no lettuce and tomato. For that I had to pay 50 cents more.

So as they are putting these things in the container, I look up to see my bus going by. So I didn't try to get a good taste until I got to work and I spit that out into the trash when I tasted and felt cold butter in my mouth.

Ok, phone is dying. Later.

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Radio silence


I didn't mean to go dark for so long. I told you about the blackout last week right?

After that I haven't even turned on my computer. I have only been on my iPad and this aging phone of mine.

Today I got to work late because I wanted breakfast. I'm not  even talking about sitting in my home and eating some good oatmeal. Nope. I wanted an egg sandwich with home fries. I didn't even know I wanted the home fries until I got to the bus stop for the 24B in Elizabeth. Then as I'm watching them cut the tomato for my eggs, I look up to see my bus go buy. Then I had wait 40 mins for the next one to show up. And what did it do? Take a different way to work. So much so that all of us at the bus stop had to run to the other one to catch it. Then it just sat there for some reason.

By the time it hit about 15 till I called work to tell them that I was being held hostage on a bus that was an hour late and that I was going to be about 5-10 mins late. I ended up walking in about 15 past and I'm in the fitting room again.

My boss loves me in there. He said as much today.

Well I had my hour lunch at Applebee's, my usual, now I'm heading back. I'll rant about my eggs later.


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May 19, 2017

Got this too

From the Gap. Now headed home wearing it. I sweated so much in the other top.

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Shoe shopping

Shopping for shoes worked ended at 4 today for me. It might be their way if giving me a break before4 days of 9 hour shifts back to back. I'll take it.

I think I'll take this one.

Now for some closed toes options. 😊

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May 16, 2017


I have the whole bus to myself. 😁 I got the express. It was right behind a 24B.

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May 13, 2017

Celebrating Early

Part of my training is to actually ring up customers, today, on a rainy day, on Mother's Day weekend.

Amazingly it's not that bad. It's a little annoying to log back into the system after every transaction, but that is just how it is.

I've learned to ask them for their coupon before anything so it's in my head to scan it before I hit total, if they have one.

I have to learn how to fold better, faster, and to split big purchases better among the bags. I know two went out a bit heavy, but it's how I adjust my own bags after other people pack them lightly.

So, the celebrating part. I'm at Applebee's.  I just gave my order, and it's 12:25 already. I have to be back at 1:10. I think. Maybe I should change that to 1:05 to be very safe.

Now I'm thinking of getting something to go. If so, I can just get it after I work since I get off at 5. I'll see.

I forgot to ask for lettuce and tomato.


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There is rain

I'm awake, dressed and in the back of an Uber on my way to work.

Did I tell you that my 8 am shift was for register training? We just had to turn back because I forgot my glasses. My sister ordered the Uber for me as I was finishing up. As I was quickly grabbing things to leave, I knew I was forgetting something. And today of all days I needed them.

Almost there. It's almost a laugh how fast I can get here by car vs. the bus.


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May 12, 2017

I clothes shopped and it cost me $81!

Lucky me, I saw the other price of $162 before it adjusted for my employee's discount, or I would have put something back.

I haven't spent that much on clothes in one go, since my mom insisted that I needed new clothes for school when I was 17. I normally buy one item now, another one later if not two and then I get something again next week.

The only reason why I bout so much today is because I do need some new stuff for work, and the only reason I got so much today is because all of the women department was 50% off for Mothers Day, and we get a 50% employee's discount. So yeah.

And all that shopping and trying on stuff, along with check out took an hour after I already stayed till 5pm, so the guy who was there wouldn't be on his own for 30 mins.

I'm now on the 24B headed home, so I can eat the sorbet that I bought Wednesday.

Oh, I have to be at work at 8 am tomorrow so I can be trained on the register. I dread and look forward to it at the same time.

I know I won't go to sleep early enough tonight to catch the bus to be there that early. Tho is one of the reasons why we have Uber. 😊


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Long day and not because of work.

Yesterday was my day off. But I had an appointment with charity care to help pay for my trip to the emergency room and may my new primary doctor who is also from the same hospital.

The appointment was for 11 am, but the day I bet on the bus just showing up when I get to the bus stop, didn't happen.  So I didn't get a bus until about 30 mins later.

Then I get there and I tried to recall the lady 's Nam who I was to meet with. Of course I got it wrong. But I got it so wrong that they sent me to another building. When I got there and told them everything, they said that I didn't even have to give a man. Just tell them that I had an appointment with charity care.

So that is what I did. And they didn't recognize me. They same lady that sent me to the other place told me I was late. I was there 10 mins earlier.

Anyway, I had everything but the printout for my Paycard. I ran out of time to go back yesterday, so I dropped it off this morning at 8:30.

Hence the start of my day.

Later. My break is up.

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May 08, 2017

I own one!

I have now paid for, and own my own monthly bus pass for Two zones. I should have bought it at the start of the month, but my last pay went mostly to covering rent and a credit card payment.

The pass cost me $78. It sounds like a lot, but if I bus bought two zones ticked it adds up fast and i will still have to pay a $1 for transfers. Now I done have to worry about any of that. I can flash this and get on any bus I need to. 😊

It's 15 till 10pm and on the 39 headed home now. I worked almost 30 mins past the end of my shift. I was told to take care of some put backs from the fitting room so I finished that up before looking for a manager so I could leave.

Had to wait a while to catch a bus because as I was walking to the bus stop I saw the 24B leave. That left me catching the next one which was the 24A. By the time I got to town it was 9.

I hate getting home this late to wake up for a 10am shift. And that is what I have tomorrow. 10am till 7pm.


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:breathe out:

Over all my day is going well, which might be why Robin came and asked me for a favor. She said that I could turn it down, but for some reason I didn't.

The favor? A fellow associate of mine isn't coming to work that well dressed and she gave me the compliment that I always am dressed well. So she thought that it would be better to have another associate talk to her rather than management.

So I go to see who she wants me to talk to since I am still learning names. She tells me that she in men shop 3 wearing a floral dress. And the one person that I didn't  want it to be, is who it turned out to be. My luck. I get along with her. In fact I think I get well with everyone.

So I have to have this chat with her, and it's not going to be as easy as I thought it was. Not that I thought it was going to be very easy to start with. I'm about to clock back in an see if I can start something before going back to my shop.

Oh, the shop thing. I don't thing i ever got around to explaining that yet.

Well we have departments. Women, Men, and Children. The woman and men departments are cut up into 3 sections or "Shops" and one or two or three people could be assigned to a shop depending on how big is.

On one hand we aren't supposed to leave our shop or at least no longer than it would take to drop off something in another department /shop. But on the other hand you can be moved from shop to shop to shop for most of the day.

Ok. Later.

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May 07, 2017

Worked till midnight

As you can see, I was given the shift hours of 5 till 11pm. The store closed at 9, so I already knew I wasn't going home at 11. It's just a given.

I left at midnight. And about 20 mins later I got the 24A home. I'm sure that was the last bus leaving the mall.

As I sat on that bus I wished that the driver would turn off the lights, but I know it wasn't happening. I got home about 1:10 which isn't bad since I took my time walking up from the bus stop. I almost gave up a dollar for a transfer so I could take the 107 or 37, up to Elizabeth Ave.

But before I did, as I was getting ready to get off the bus, I realized that I didn't know if the other buses were still running. And by the time I reached Elizabeth Ave on my own, no buses had passed me.

The day started off pretty well. I rubbed my foot through the pain from just touching it and it helped. Half my foot felt normal again. I was surprised and happy.

But of course I slowly undid all that as I stood and walked for the next 8 or so hours. Now my massaging doesn't seem to do anything.

Well I'm off today and I just helped my sister separate and bag everything in the house to be washed. The apt looks like when we first moved in. She took the curtains. All of them. So much light.

We took so long to do all that she didn't realize until she got to the laundromat that we didn't pack anything to wash them with. 😳

She went to Costco yesterday to buy all that stuff so she could do the wash today. Oh well.

In about 30 mins I'll be sweeping the floor and breaking down the boxes that are taking up too much space in the kitchen.


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May 02, 2017

My Walk Home From The Bus Stop

I tried to upload this to youtube via my Picasa software, but that link seems to have been cut. The same for loading pics to blogger. I shouldn't be that surprised, but I hoped that they were still working. 

Oh well. :) BTW, there is no sound so you can play your own music over it and I suggest going to youtube to see it better. :)


Very Low Dosage

They work on the doctor, but I don't feel anything from the muscle relaxers. I don't expect all the stiffness and pain to go away, but I would like to feel something. 

It's called cyclobenzaprine in10mg tablets. I hoped it would lessen how tight the muscle was pulling on everything so I could have a little less numbness and go to sleep without tiring myself out from massaging my leg. 

If anything, I think I might have massaged my thighs into a good place which now makes me very aware of how much my calf hurts. It's harder to do that part since I have to bend my leg and that spikes the pain my thigh again.

Just took that hot shower. Can I say that I'm clean, I washed my hair again, but my calf/leg feels no different? I'm sure it all comes down to my weight which gives me a higher tolerance for meds and normal measures. 

I'm tempted to double up on the muscle relaxers, but I kinda feel that door opens up to something I don't want. 

I was suppose to go back to the hospital complex to get a primary doctor and also to go down to board street to get Medicare. But I'm very aware that I'm off work to let my leg rest, and give the pills a chance to do something. Relaxing isn't that easy since my leg hurts when I lay down, walk, or sit. Where is an anti-gravity room when you need one? But I'm sure that even that, with my luck, won't help me and cause more problems to boot. 

So while I bounce and roll my foot while massaging my leg as I sit here in pain, I'll try and post some pics that I got for here. 

See you soon. 

May 01, 2017


As far as my attending doc is concerned the simple explanation of my strained muscles is what is causing my foot to be numb, but he can't just fix either.

So I'm at the hospital pharmacy getting muscle relaxers and a higher dosage of ibuprofen. I think it will be like the ones I get from my sister, but ran out of. At least I did that part right. In a day or two, when I don't have a trace of aspirin in my system, I may try the icy hot again. He said I couldn't use it, but did touch on the aspirin thing.

As for the muscle relaxers, I take them before bed because they are supposed to make me sleepy. So I can't take any untill tonight.

I called in to work and called out for tomorrow, so I can give it a day and perhaps get rid of some of the numbness before working for days straight.  So instead of three days, I'm doing two.  I still think that I'll go downtown to try and get Medicare. I have to kook for a doc too. You know a primary one. I heard I could get one here at the hospital. Another call I have to make.

I'm next to information in the hospital, so maybe they can help me. I'll see.

Despite my attending telling me the numbness will ease with my muscles getting better, the pain continues to worry me. I should stop though. My skin is fine, for me, there is no swelling or anything else that caused any alarm for him to go off, so I should stop thinking that I'm going loose my leg or foot.

At least he said it should be fine in a week with hot showers, stretching and the muscle relaxers. That would be nice. I took a month and effort to get this way, I should be grateful it won't take as long to fix it. But with having work it may take a bit longer. But I won't care if I see progress. And that is all anyone wants to see with anything. Progress. The good kind. 😊

Back to pacing. I'm saving my sitting pain for the ride home.  I think I'll G stand in the shower for a bit when I get home.

Oh, he said I could take Tylenol too. I almost got some the others day when I picked up the other things. Oh well.


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I was just registerd

It seems my visit will cost me about $230. Not bad, but I'm sure it will change if I need a scan of some kind.

Flipping pain.

I hope they can actually fix the numbness and the muscle pain today or reduce it enough that I can go to work tomorrow.

We shall see. But I will settle for just having the numbness fixed.

I'm in my "own room" now. So it shouldn't be too much longer.

That pic is something I saw when I came into the room. That is something nice to know.


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That is a hospital bracelet. I'm in the emergency room. I remember someone saying that I could get free heath insurance at the hospital.

Last night I couldn't sleep even after getting home after 10pm. I went to Penn and everything. Anyway, I was trying to massage my leg and foot, bit it didn't seem to be helping so i started to stretch and I thought it was kinda working, and even thought i tired myself out enough to fall asleep, I ended up aggregating my muscles again, so now I'm back to where I was two days ago with a numb leg.

That is really why I went to the emergency room. I asked about the free health insurance and I was sent to another building. It wasn't a busy place, could have been the time of day,  but the one person that I saw there told me to call a number to make an appointment. It was a voice mail.


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April 30, 2017

It's all cold now

Last night I plugged in my fan and tonight I'm cold. It's a good thing I grabbed my coat.

Headed to Penn to get bus tickets. And tomorrow I work on Medicare. I think that is what it is called. Depending on how early I get that done, I may be seeing a doc after, but I have a feeling, I have to wait, be approved, and then notified.

If that is true, and I haven't caused myself serious hard, my body would have healed itself by that time. I can only hope. I sound far more calm than I really am about my foot.

Bits of me go to sleep or get numb from sitting wrong or something like that all the time, but I'm freakin out that it's staying that way all day.

Well, night.

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Numb still

Hey. I somehow made it to lunch time, and where as the pain in my thigh isn't that bad until I sit, my foot has been constantly numb.

We have been busy today, and I have mostly been at the door, but I try to move  around my shop as much as I can since I wasn't given greeting duty.

As much as I was looking forward to sitting, this could be more painful than when I was standing. I have to fix this numbness in my foot.

I was actually going to once again say that now it's cold again we are being swamped and it was very clear when I came to Applebee's. This place is full and there was a line.

Ok, lunch is here. Later.

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Got a lift

My brother showed up at 1 this morning waking me up, but he ended up giving me a lift, so it worked out.

As fir my left leg. Still in pain an now my whole foot is annoying and possibly numb. What gives?! My right leg and foot is completely fine.

I asked my brother about it since he works out and had gone through drills and training and such. At first I willing to believe that I actually tore something, like my muscles, but where was the numbing coming from?

So I pinched another nerve? Great! So I can't put I off any longer. I have to go get Medicare so I can see someone about my leg. Right now I'm just hoping to survive the day. Then tomorrow I ho to the health department to apply.

I took my one aspirin, Advil and ibuprofen  but my hopes aren't that high that they will help much today.

I have just over an hour before my shift starts, so I'm going to the second floor for half an hour. I don't want anyone putting me to work be for my time.


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April 29, 2017

Day of pain

I didn't even work today and I was in agony. Maybe that was why I was in so much pain.

I tried to detox from the pills I was taking, but it got so bad I had to take something. I tried out the icy hot roll on that I got last night, but I think I might have done something bad when I put a pain patch over that.

Three or so hours ago I realized that my left leg was in pain and than an hour or so ago I realized that my whole leg was numb and at the same time felt like something was wrong with my bones in my leg. I also broke out in a cold sweat and almost vomited. I then dragged myself into the show even as I felt like laying down in the bottom of the tub.

I pulled off the two patches and took a shower to wash off the icy hot. I saw myself throwing up as my sister called my job. As much as I would like a day off, I didn't want it that way.

While I was in there I decided to wash my hair. It's not a great job, but it will do for a day and I can try again on Monday. My next day off.

Thinking that I decided to check my hours for Sunday. I'm there all day. 11am till 8pm. My legs and I aren't that happy about it, but at least I get an hour lunch break. I'll have that burger and fries from Applebee's again.

I tried to order some take out to take in with me to work, but I seem to have been mistaken about... Now I remember. I knew I had $5 but when I was placing my order and the lady on the phone said what I ordered was over the $20 I had, I couldn't find the $5. I just remembered that I gave it to my sister when we went to Manhattan last weekend. Well, that mystery is solved.

Back to my leg. It almost felt worst when I got out, but now that think about, there was a little less pain, but the over all numbness of my whole leg was not something that set my mind at ease.

I thought that perhaps sitting would help since laying down, like I've done for most of the day, may help my leg. And wonders of wonders, the numbness went away within 10mons I think and it actually felt good. Now an hour later the pain is coming back. Maybe the aspirins I took after my shower helped with the numbness, but can't work on the pain. I only took two baby aspirins.

I know I have bad circulation and with the numbness I thought it would help somehow.

On a bit more pleasant news, it's very warm right now so I'm thinking of plugging in my little fan and I don't know what I'll wear to work yet. I need to wash my jean skirt. Heck, I need a new jean skirt, or two.

I was thinking of getting some new shoes with my current pay, but my sister needed  $60 to cover rent. There goes my shoe shopping and clothes shopping money.

Maybe I'll be able to get something cheep so I could stop wearing my rain "combat" boots and be able to wear shorter skirts.

I wonder what I'll wear tomorrow, not to mention do with my hair since I'm washing it again in another day and it's not that clean now?


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April 28, 2017

Surprise 🎊

I get an hour for lunch today. I'll take it and a Jamba Juice with the lunch I brought. 😃

Later. Going to eat and read. 😊

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April 27, 2017


In case you think that I'm being held upright by that massage, it's so not true. I takes pills when I go to sleep so I can get up later without crying out in pain from the agony of my back or pelvic cradle.

I take pills at the start of my shift and after my lunch for the rest of my trip and to kinda get home. I take about three pills. One Advil, one aspirin, and one ibuprofen.

When I go to sleep I take a little extra. Maybe one more Advil. I need to restock so I'm not in a rush to use them all up now.

Almost home and the bus is so full.


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It kinda worked

You remember yesterday when I said rain made people shop. It seemed to happen yesterday.

For some reason they tell us everyday what they expect the shop to make and how much we made the day before.

I don't mind being told what we made, but telling us how much they expect to be  spent is... a waste of breath in my opinion.  If 99 people show up, then the store can only sell so much.

Anyway, the day is good so far. I thought I  might be here till 5 but it's till 6. Still not bad. Spent like 30 mins this morning rubbing my legs to get rid of the muscle ache. It might have worked. I don't feel any worst at least.😊

Ok, back to lunch. I have 15 mins left.


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April 26, 2017

The day is done...

... And I stayed back an extra 40 mins. I didn't mean to. I was putting up, or back some stuff slowing in between trying to help people when one of the managers came and gave me something to do. Fix and fill in the boy's underwear. No big really. Other than breaking off one of the hooks.

When I was done the girl who was replacing me, since I was the only one in kids now, was there, so I was helping to put up some of the clothes and now is when people started asking for my help.

Robin even came and asked me how come I hadn't clocked out yet. I told her that I was hanging up some pants when I was asked to help. She then to just let her know when I was leaving since we have to be checked before leaving the store.

So, I'm done helping people, We put up and away all but 2 things, so I was taking the box of left over underwear inside and talk to the manager about the hook breaking. When she made it sound like I was staying, I told her that I should have clocked out 40 mins ago.

She told me to have someone bring the cage out with the underwear and such for kids, but I couldn't find anyone so I took it out to her myself. Or at least I tried to. This is when Robin found me again.

We talked a little and I left the cart next to the underwear with the help of someone else and I clocked out.

I didn't have to wait long for the bus, but it's all warm now. The one time I could use some cool breeze. 😊

Around half way home now. Going to see what I can cook for dinner/lunch for tomorrow.


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I was praised. 😁

Everyone wants to be told that they are doing a good job, and I just was.

He said that he was told that I was doing good in kids and that he always like my level of customer service.

So yeah for me. 😊

On a thirty min break today because I clock out at 5. Good thing o bright lunch. That and I didn't get breakfast.


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Already at work

I wish that I could work every other day, but that won't be happening tho week or the next.

Anyway, left the house about 15 past, and somehow made it to the bus stop by half past I think, just in time to get the express. Yeah.

I wanted to use the bathroom, but I knew I had to hold it in until I got here and I got here at the top of the hour.

So now I'm trying to convince my body to do what I wanted 45 mins ago.

I was slightly surprised that I made such good time to the bus stop without ripping out a lung. My legs and hips still hurt, but I think they will continue to hurt for weeks yet.

It's raining outside, but they said that I should stop soon, but we will have fog for most of the day. You think that would keep people home, but according to Antony, people with cars and money come out to shop on such bad weather days because they can't go to the parks and such.

We shall see.

I work from 10 till 5 today and I work for the next two days. All about the same time. 10 or 11 till 5 or 6 something.

Oh, I bright lunch with me today. I somehow spent over $120 in two-ish days, so I have $13 left. 😞

Oh well. I'm going to see about making much for us again and stop buying things so often.


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April 24, 2017

Not 40 looking?

On Friday the first person I told my aha to, still doesn't want to believe that I'm 40. I would older than him and his mother.

His mom started young.

I think I look good today. I tried to take a pic in the bathroom like the rest of humanity, but I only have an hour for lunch and I hadn't ordered yet. I'm at Applebee's again. I asked for a veggie burger with fries.

That shouldn't take too long right? And as I type that it comes out, but with butter on the bun. So back it went to get new buns.

It is now getting close to 30 mins. I rather have my lunch hour from 2 till 3. Oh well. Later. It's back now.

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A new week with new pains awaits me, and my hips still hurt like I've been having sex all weekend.

How do I know about such things? I was 23 once. 😉

Today is 10 till 6. Later.

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April 23, 2017

Having dumplings in little Korea with my sister

The ramen 🍜 just got here.

Huge. 😃  that is $10. Needed the two bowls.

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April 22, 2017

Quick update before going to read something and sleep...

Hello. :)

Now, first off. What 'shop' was I talking about before?

At work, they have split up each department into sections or 'shops'. Some are larger than some and some are manned by one or two people at a time.

We are highly discouraged from leaving our shops just to keep people from walking off with stuff. Today I got a talking to because I was given 'put backs' to put back where they came from the fitting room, but I made the mistake of actually finding their place within my department instead of just handing them off to the person in that shop.

I currently think it's the only thing I have to stop myself from doing. Going into other shops and staying there. I can walk over, drop something for them, then hurry back or call them over to take care of a customer that needs something from their 'shop'.

So. I have worked every day since Saturday and on Wednesday gave up my day to come in from 3pm until 10pm, but then they changed it to 11pm without telling me until I was half way through my shift. So I ended up leaving after 1am. One other new worker, the same guy who waited with me at the same forsaken bus stop on the first day of my interview, lives a few-ish blocks from me, so he gave me a lift on his Uber ride.

Yes, we still use Uber. I use Uber. My sister uses Uber. And some people from work use Uber. They are far cheaper than the local taxis that are parked outside the Mall during normal hours.

Now because I gave up that day, I'm 2 hours away from entering real over time territory, so I was told to not come in for my Sunday shift. Yeah. I get a real weekend. That was one of a few good things that happened today.

I did miss my bus by like 30 seconds, but the I did get a bus like 10 mins later and we even caught up with the bus that missed and got to work almost an hour early. Wonders of wonders it was short ride today. I went upstairs, near Tommy's and sat down to read the book I started on the bus. I came down, went to Jamba Juice and it was going to be my breakfast, but I had to put it away and finish it during my break at 2pm.

BTW, it was a Green n' Ginger. 

I've had three of them so far. Size small. :) But I didn't realize that it had lemon juice in it until today. But I think I'll mix it up next week. :) I may get the Orange Carrot Karma Smoothie next. :)

Also, I thought I was working until 6:30, but I was told that my shift was until 5:30. Cool. Still didn't leave the building until after 6 due to a number of reasons. 

One, I went to get Haagen dDz for me and my sister. Then when I'm getting cold outside waiting for the bus, my sister calls and asks me to get her candied nuts or dried fruit for a cake she was going to make. So I had to walk the length of the parking lot and almost the full length of the mall to find this one place that two kinds of butter toffee nuts. Two of them, for her at $3.49 1/4 lb. I got her almost half a pound of the two nuts combined.

I normally fall asleep on the way home one the bus, but I did fall asleep really early last night, so I wasn't that sleepy. Tired feet yes, and aching bones, but not really sleepy, so I went back to reading my story. 

Which is what I'm going to be doing now. :)


April 17, 2017


I was given men's shop 3 to take care of with one other person today.

I don't think that shop should have less than 3 people in it for how big it is and we have shoes and underwear back in a corner that l am told is shoplifting prone.

But I never got that other person. She was pulled to do something else so it's just me and I am in the weeds. I stop yo help one person and my tables look like a tornado hit it and as I'm helping someone people are popping up telling me to fix places.

So it is a vicious game of catch up and you know that you can't win because when you have one table back the way it should, you see the others you did are back to how they were before and you are being asked for help.

They came and told me that I got 30 mins break, and I laughed. Not for the length of the break, but for the fact that I was being told to leave the floor, but they said that I had to take it so I left like 10 mins after I was suppose to, do fix one or two things.

I only left when I felt like I was taking too long. I told you how one of the managers got short with me for just putting back some bags.

So I have some veggie chips and water. I'm out of here at 5:30, but I don't have my watch today, so I have to wait for someone to tell me it's time to leave.


P.s. I'll explain about the shop thing later. Like Wednesday or Thursday. 😊

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April 14, 2017

A Snack?

I like these, but it only had three little squares.

Oh, the numbers on the tear is 180.

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Work - Sunday 16th - 11am-4:30pm

I hate Phillys. I had this entered from the week before when I clocked in the first time with my code, but by the time I check again, it had been taken out, but I didn’t realize it until Robin called me asking me to come into work tomorrow. I told her I couldn’t because I was going out with my sister. But I also told her that I did have work this Sunday because she had said that I wasn't down for any work this weekend. 

I tell my sister this after I check my calendar, which I did after I talked with Robin and she said that I should have said yes. It’s not her bones that are aching, but she said that in the least I should let Robin know that I have time set aside to come in for work, but it was no longer true. So what happens? She, Robin, extends those hours from 4:30 till 8pm. Then while I’m writing this, someone else calls me back and asks why I’m not coming in for Saturday when I said I would.

I do not remember this at all, and it goes back and forth a little bit until Robin comes in and sets things straight. I seemingly agreed to work this Saturday from 12 till closing around 7 or so and the Sunday. So I got more work on Saturday and the new Sunday hours still stand. In addition to that, I have Monday and Tuesday work. I get two days off, and I’m back again on Friday. And all of them are from 10 or 11 am till 5:30, 6:00 and 6:30pm.

Great… I knew that I was going to work my way up to about 5 days a week if not more, but I was enjoying the now of fewer hours just to get my body into going to work and moving so much again. It still hurts to just sit that I know I’ll be pain come tomorrow.

I started off hating Phillys, but now I’m just back to being sore about being sore. 


I'm at the laundromat. I had this odd fear hit me that I didn't have enough clean socks for work, so here I am. 😆 Of course I'm washing more than just my socks.

I'm texting a friend while I'm here and he told me that he wasn't at the library and how they would be closed Monday too.

That would be why there aren't any kids in the schools I passed. And I kinda timed my outing for when they would be in class.

Swarms of kids and the cars coming to pick them up is something I hate walking through. It's not right next to my house but I have to walk pass there to get here.

Oddest thing just happed with the dryers.

One machine took the card ok, and gave me 10 mins for 40cents, then I had to fight with the next one and it gave me 12 mins for 40 cents then the last one that displayed the information nicely I think gave me 40 mins for 40 cents but I'm not sure, so when I put the card back in to just check, it seemed so, but when I pulled it out it told me to pick a cycle, so I picked the one I did before and it gave me ten more mins. And that was my smallest load.


I'm also leaving here heavier then when I arrived. I went to family dollar to get a few things and get cash back to do the wash. The card charged me $1.50 for that. 😞 Yeah, it's not much, but it also cost me $3 to move money from there to bank account.

Oh, you may not know what I'm talking about. The job gives us our pay through this pay card that they issue us.

I think that they were trying to do right by the kids they employ who didn't have bank accounts. But for the rest of us it isn't that convenient. At least I don't have to mess with checks. 😊

And on my way back him I'm picking up some cooked rice to go with some veggie  chicken dishes that my sister brought home last night.


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April 11, 2017



It is edible. But some help was needed. My sister brought home Chinese food / Chinese chicken with mixed veggies. 😊 I assumed that the pineapple one was for me, since the other one was missing come. That one had, I think, garlic chicken with veggies. I say thing, but at the same time I think I'm wrong. My sister has always liked the sweet stuff. Oh well. She can kill me later if she wanted the pineapple one. 😃


Oh, at least I now know what will happen to rice when left in a slow cooker for over 7 hours. I'm sure it was at least 8 with another 4 at least in warming mode. I'm pretty sure she stirred it when she got home too. Not so sure if she ate any, but I think she at least tasted it. I'll ask her tomorrow… well today when we are both awake.


Oh, the rice is much. Porridge even. Gruel if you want to be unkind.


There is also Popeye chicken on the counter too. At least I don't have to worry about what to eat tomorrow/today too much. 😊


This shift wiped me. I had two helpings. Now I'm going to lay in bed and watch The Magicians on, On Demand until I fall asleep. Right after I'm able to stand to get my plate and glass into the kitchen. 😊 The Slow cooker bit is too hot to put up right now, but the other stuff can be.




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April 10, 2017


I'm. Starting to think that what I set up to cook won't be edible.

I'm seeing it very under salted and the chicken not cooked through because I put in a block of frozen chicken parts.

I will report with pics when I get home. Nope. At 11:19pm and I'm not home yet.

We had a lot of clothes to fold, and they had to folded before I could leave. I left just before 10:30. I got the bus from work right away, but now I'm waiting for the 37. Where I pick it up is the end of its route, so they are resting now.

I don't mind the wait, I have a bench here. 😊 But I could do without the car fumes, but it can't be helped. It's right next to a highway and the airport.


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The Day Drags On

I actually got here in good time today. Maybe it just seemed that long to me the first time because it was the first time.

So, I was placed in the fitting rooms today. First time. And there is a mountain of clothes to refold and send back to the floor. I'm sure I will be here after 9 helping to get rid of it.

By the time I asked someone what time it was the first time, I was dismayed when I was told it was just past one.

I'm very sure that most of, if not all the costumers are repeat visitors, but they just walk into rooms without waiting to be assigned a room. So I ended up walking in on a woman who was in a room without a count number on the handle. In fact, it wasn't the only time. But I messed up on my own with walking in on one person. I forgot how that happened, but I know I did.

Normally I get a work out without knowing it, but today I do. I'm bending over to check under benches and reaching around mirrors and checking picture frames to see if anyone got any of the security tags off. Now I wish I hadn't worn my sweater. I expected to be on the floor. This would have been fine for out there.

If I am ever sent to the fitting room again I will not be folding. As much of work out and how frustrating it can be at times, folding is twice as bad because they have to fold and still help out with customers. They should have more than 2 people working back here. Heck, I think there should be no less than 3 people there. At least one dedicated to folding and moving the clothes. One dedicated to seeing to the rooms and the customers and a floater to help where ever/do a little of both.

Due to my long shift today, I'm on an hour break. So once I was told to go on break, I took some bags to the floor and tried to put this other bag back in its place, but the lady got short with me for not already being on break.

I was just trying to clear up that area a little now that I was no longer tied to that spot.

So, I went to the food court looking for something decent to eat. I ended up paying over $5 for a small fruit salad.

Ok. Times up. Later.

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I set up the slow cooker so Phillys would find something to eat when she got home because I'm covering for a girl who has finales today.

Her shift is from noon till 9pm. I don't know why I took so long to say I would. She came over and asked me, she even said my name but I'm sure some told her to ask me.

Anyway, I had nothing for week except that Sunday and like I said I needed to start saving again. So slow cocker is on and setting that up had me leaving the house about 10-13 past 10 am. I was suppose to leave the latest at 10 itself since I'm trying to give myself 2 hours of active traveling time. Get out and I walk down the hill, then doe the side of the park to get to the 24 bus that ends at the mall. The only thing is, this bus takes the longest to get there that I have taken yet. Almost an hour.

I arrive at the bus stop at 27 past which I thought was good. I was going to use this text number to check when the next bus would be, but they didn't have one. So I waited and waited until about 10 till. And when I finally saw it there were 3 of them one after another in a nice line.

The time is currently 11:03am. Just passed the post office in Elizabeth and some check person came on and asked for proof that I paid to enter another zone. That is the first time that has happened, but now I know what those old transfer slips of paper are for. I just paid $1 to continue my ride, but now I'm out of dollars. I got a water yesterday. I'll have to break the $5 I have on me or I won't be coming home easily tonight.

Well later. 😊

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April 05, 2017

It's Odd Part Time

I've been off for two days. One was of my own choosing. I was called yesterday and ask if I could come in that day, but I couldn't, so I said I couldn't. Then today I expected another call. I waited until about 4:30 before I went out for a walk and take some pics since I had none left to post.

My foot was still hurting me, so I didn't go far, but I found a new trail or two if not three to slowly wonder along before I came back home. I might have only been gone an hour, but I walked slowly, due to my foot.

I came home, took off my pics and checked something that I thought would tell me when I had work, but it didn't. I get that information from another program that I can't touch until tomorrow. I'm not even sure when tomorrow. I was just told not to try setting it up until Thursday.

But the first site did remind me that I'm a part time worker and then I remembered what one of the managers said in at the start of my Saturday shift. This new software that they are using to set up work hours for the staff has its own way of staffing the store and it would help us to get more hours of work if we able to be there for morning hours. I have my available hours set at 10 am to 10 pm.

It takes me two hours to get from home to there. I will have to be up an hour and a half before that to just get up, get ready, and get something to eat. So to be there for 10, I would have to wake up at 6:30. I can't get up much earlier than that and not consistently. Then I have to stand for all of my shift. Which doesn't bug me that much. I remember when I worked for Uncommon Goods. That did a number of my feet. I had to stand in one spot for 8 hours with an hour break for lunch I think. Then it was in the dead of winter and I had to walk uphill for like three long blocks after all that standing. I'm surprised my feet didn't bleed some days. It felt like they should have been.

But here and now, it's just my big toe on my left foot that feels odd and like it's trying to take the rest of my foot with it. It has this numb pain going on with it, I massaged it a lot yesterday and a little today, but I think I hurt my nail before I went for that walk. It feels a little better than before, but not normal.

I do like greeting at the store, but no one else does, so unless they are told to swap with me, it's me for the whole shift. That happened on Saturday and Sunday past. All the while I was still getting over my cold and coughing. Luckily, I didn't cough at anyone or that much, but the whole thing did a number on my throat. I was able to rest up my voice these two days.

Other odd bits related or not to work.

I have to wash or find a white shirt to wear to work on Sunday the 9th for a meeting. I'm expecting to get work that day and I possibly the next day. When I ask for work, I seem to get it so far. The guy that hired me wants to keep me, so if he's there I'm sure I'll get work and as far as I know, everyone has to come in for this meeting. It's mandatory.

On my way past a window on my walk today, I think I look a little smaller. So I may have lost some weight. Actually fat, water or muscle I don't know.

My bank account is down to $17 after paying our cell phone bill for the month. So that Jamba Juice that I got Monday before work is the last thing I'm paying for until I get paid this Friday. Time for me to start dusting off my saving skills again. I know, I've managed to save money all this time, but I haven't really put a dime towards my saving account, but I did stop myself from moving what I had there over to my checking account.

I'm thinking of canceling my Slacker Radio subscription because the app isn't working on my phone and that is why I have to pay for it. I have a Windows phone and for the app to work on my Windows phone I have to pay for it.

I think that's mostly it.


March 24, 2017

I have a ... job?

Yeah. I had two interviews with the same place and I was already told that I had a job after the first one. The second one was to see if I wanted a management position that they had open. Of course, I said yes. Better to try at something and fail than not to try right?

So why didn't I say something before? I didn't wany to say something and then have to take it back. It's not like I've had that great of a record of getting work that I applied for. I'll be working for Tommy Hilfiger at the Jersy Garden Mall by the way. My orientation is Friday at 5 pm.

I haven't been nervous in a long time, so when I was asked if I dealt with stress well, I said yes, but now I feel like it was almost a lie. It doesn't help that this all started on the same day as my cycle. Now I have a headache and all those other nauseous feelings are there too. How much is from being nervous? Half? Maybe?

Breathe... I'm telling myself to breathe. Even if I mess up or don't get the management position, I still get a floor job. The only part of that I'm not interested in is making sure people aren't stealing things. I'm not liking have to learn about fashion, but at least it's contained to just what is sold in the store.

I'm learning how to get there by bus, but the fact that one driver drove past me making me late for my second interview doesn't endear me to the #40 bus at the moment. I was stuck outside in the cold for over an hour and over two hours when combined with the long wait I had to catch the #107 to that stop to begin with. It was like 32 degrees and windy.

I managed to pry my cold fingers apart to call and let them know what happened and somehow I got there without anyone being upset with me and kinda finding out that the person who we were having the meeting with was busy himself until just after I got there. But I still apologized to the other person who was there for the same interview as I, since I first thought that they were made to wait for me to show up.

BTW, we weren't there for the same job. We had a combined interview because he didn't have enough time to have two interviews.

I had my second interview the day after I had my first one. That first interview was a group interview also, but it was widdled down from about 13 to 10 to 9 people I think. And get this. About 5 of us that remained were under 18. This was pointed out in my second interview, that a good deal of their staff is currently made up of teenagers.

Some of what was said did calm down some of my nervousness as in, "I get that bit," it's not going to be all new to me and there will be training. I asked that question. I said I didn't want to be set up to fail. So in the end, he once again assured us that we had a job there either way and thanked us for showing up.

I then went to see a movie. I wanted to see Kong because my sister didn't want to see it with me, but the time was off. The only one that was going to start playing then, was Logan. Such a sad movie. My only great takeaway is that we really get to see him use his claws to kill people.

I then took the #40 bus all the way to Penn Station to get bus tickets so I could go back when they called to tell me about the orientation, which I got when I got off the bus. As you already know, it's today. Friday at 5 pm. We don't have a uniform, but we do have a dress code. I may end up buying some tights to wear under my one or two pairs of paints that match what they want us to wear. They said that you could wear jeans, but wouldn't you know it, I don't own any? I have a jean skirt that I've had for like 12 years. :) No jean pants here.

So I'm wearing my black slacks. I should have another one in my wardrobe, but for some reason, I think it needs a button and I need tights or stockings under that to keep my thighs from bunching up the inside of the pants. I know, loose weight. But everyone says I have and I when I try to do more, my back starts to act up again.

Anyway. By the time I make it home on Wednesday, I'm just about done cooking with my sister walks into the house and we had baking to do because she was hired to cater for a birthday party this Saturday. Now due to the orientation, I may not be of much help to her. I was told that we were going to put in a few hours of work on the floor too so I may not get home until after 11 pm for all I know. They close at 9 pm every day but Sunday when the whole place closes at 7 pm.

Well, I should get out of this now. It's 3 am now. I spent some time redesigning my Jem's Pages blog. I was told when I logged in that they, Blogger, had some new themes. I hadn't touched my layout there for a while, so I tried out a few. I didn't like them in the end and used a simpler and older template that I modded.

So that's it. Not as detailed as I would have liked, but I don't want to sit here typing up for the next hour or two.

So, I'll let you how the orientation goes. At least it will be about 10 degrees warmer when I'll be going out.

Take care people. Later. 

March 12, 2017

Up and about today.

I got about 4-ish hours of sleep but when I got up this morning I just stayed up. Then I got ready to go with my brother to the Magic The Gathering Tournament for the last day just to see something of it.

There isn't much stuff to buy outside of the cards, which makes sense. But every booth but two artist booths did nothing but buy, sell and trade cards. Some cards were being sold as cheaply as $1 or $2 and as expensive as $500.

I posted a pic of my brother loosing over on my facebook. I know, I should have sent it here,
Sorry, but it wasn't much.

Then I got home and I saw that I got a note from this one person over in DA. She liked an old piece of mine and then shared it on Twitter. Great. :) I thanked her and posted it on my facebook :)

Now I'm falling asleep at my desk.


March 11, 2017

Back and a lot of updates.

But I won't be able to go into all now. So perhaps highlights? :) I also have a question, but I know no will answer me so I'm just going to share a problem I'm currently having at the end of this.

Firstly, my sister and her glasses come to a head or end today. Saturday. She went back last week like I told you and they found out that the axis was off. It was the right prescription but the axis, or where your eyes should be looking through the lens was off. So today she goes to pick them up. And I'm going with her to go to the movies afterwards. :D

Two, upstairs is moving back to Brooklyn today. Yep. She told me on Thursday. Two weeks notice my foot. But in all honesty, she did tell me a week or so back, but she also hedged it like it might not happen. Well, it's happening now. She gave the landlord notice. She signed the papers at her new place. And today she was suppose to be changing the girl's school. Just when she wasn't a bother to me anymore and was starting to pay attention. I hope she keeps it up. Today might be last time I see her for a long time.

Three, my brother and his friend showed up at 2am Friday morning. :) They will be here for 3 nights. 2 down 1 to go. It was also on short notice and still not exactly. Last month he told my sister that he was coming down this month, around the 23rd if he got permission for the weekend. She said "Sure, just let us know when you are coming, if you are coming." He said fine. So he calls her when he's in Brooklyn getting ready to come over to NJ. His friend is cute and tall, but he smokes. Oh, they are here for a Magic The Gathering Tournament here in NJ.

Four, I found myself in a story and I'm already 6 chapters in because I have made myself write a chapter almost every day. All of them over 1100 words. :) This is where my problem comes up. I wanted to know how sailors/captains knew when a storm might be coming when they still had decent weather. Oddly it just hit me that they would be out there and see the storm coming, but I feel like still using some of what I found since I spent so much time looking this up. I was originally looking for some kind of sailor's almanac, but I couldn't find one and that lead me to Weather Glass and Storm Glass. Pics below respectfully.

I've seen the last one, the storm glass, in tubes and I'm thinking of using this one since no one knows how long it has been in use, but it created it to the captain of the USS Beagle. The ship that Darwin was on when it mapped the coastline of South America and had that 'breakthrough' on the Galapagos Islands. :) His name is Fitzroy. So you may find examples of storm glass with the name Fitzroy's Storm Glass. But he didn't make it, he popularized it in two ways. One, he wrote down what happen to in certain conditions, like you see above, but in pics, and then he started weather forecasting in Great Britain.

I'll double check those facts for you and confirm them in my next post.

So yeah, and interesting set of days. :) And I haven't even talked about the onion that I found growing in the bag and is now trying to grow hydroponically because when I found it, the temp outside was 60, but the next day it was 23 and snowing. A good real inch or more. :)

Oh, and I may be handing out my resume while I'm at the mall today. I saw a few 'We Are Hiring' signs when I was there last time. I'm almost positive that any resume that I may try to hand in will be given back to me with the words, "Please Apply On Line". I will try because I should start trying again.

So I'm going to try and write past 1000 words before I go to sleep and it's already 5:02 am.


March 07, 2017

Waking Up with Sam Harris #12 — Leaving the Church: A Conversation with ...

Would you believe that I didn't really know anything about Westboro Baptist Church other than their name? Amazingly, they, this podcast, not only have insights on this church for ISIS as well. I think it might be worth your time. I didn't consider my time wasted playing this.

March 04, 2017

Just... one thing...

I'm drowning in mind blogging acts that Trump has either committed or set in motion... I'm not going there. I didn't come on here to talk about him, and I even try to not say anything about him here.

So, why am I here? Glasses. Yep. Remember my sister and her issue? Well, it didn't go the way I expected or told you. She went to work and talked to one of her co-workers and they were upset on her behalf that she paid $100 for glasses that she can't use, that caused me and my little $100 every two week pay from babysitting to buy her a bus pass for the month and cover her payment to Bestbuy for the month along with paying the few bills I was covering.

So, her friend/co-worker even called up the eye place at the mall and railed enough that she's going there tonight to have the eye exam done again and get the correct prescription for her glasses. In fact, she just left.

I'm not that sure on how she will get to the mall. She has 25cents or so, in her bank account, so she's not getting there via Uber. I do know that she has one of my clean credit cards. I was paying off three due to some twist of fate and failed promises to help me pay for my associate degree. Some of the money I got from my mom's pension and such has helped me to pay two of them off and I've kept one as emergency funds and the other... is what my sister just walked out of here with.

Other than that, I made waffles today with homemade vegan 'fudge' and blueberries. I had found this recipe for vegan fudge and I picked one but it came out more like unsweetened chocolate that melts very, very quickly.

Believe it or not, I don't really like chocolate. I'll eat it to get to nuts, which is why I like snickers. 😁

But I am aware that chocolate is of some health benefit to me, so I had a little half the waffles. I don't think I really saw it.

I guess that is more than one thing. Sorry.


March 01, 2017

Society6 20% off Sale!

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Please use the link below to get Free Worldwide Shipping on Everything + 20% Off Apparel, Totes, Pouches and Phone Cases when you order from my Society6 Store. Please note that this promotion is NOT automatically available on my Store, the promotion is only available once you click on this link.


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I will repost this each time there is sale and delete the old one once it's over so there will only be one post on my blog about it. :)