Hello Weekend, Hello Fresh Notes, My Exercise Program, Alexa Pranks, Fish Oil, and Pet Search Notes

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Yay! It’s Friday and we are setting upon a 3 day weekend. I thought the picture above reminded me of relax time. I usually don’t hang out in bed with tea and reading but I do have coffee in my office and journaling or reading chair. Sometimes I read at night before bed if there is time to do so without getting too far off my schedule. If I read too late I cannot get up on time in the a.m.

Well, usually there is not much to share when I’ve been working for 5 days and not a lot of down time. But I’ll share what I know.

Hello Fresh, Flautas with crema and pica de Gallo. Beans with extra flauta mixture and Corn were added.

Hello Fresh. I really have enjoyed the meals. I think George has too – other than the not having many seconds and he is closely wanting to monitor the costs as compared to if we fixed it ourselves. My guess is if I like it he will find fault with it. He often will take the opposite stance, I have found. So it is to be expected. I want to continue doing it though and we can stop it the weeks that he wants to cook other things since we can suspend it. Therefore an immediate compromise can be made should he not want to do it every week. He is inserting hints of “we’ll see it how it goes” now that I have raved over it.

Sometimes I think men don’t like for women to make decisions. He is used to being in the kitchen so I get it. And it puts insult to him and infringes on his grounds so to speak if I have glorified Hello Fresh and raved about it. He is a good cook too but it’s nice to have some different flavors and different types of dishes. I cooked 2 of the 3 Hello Fresh meals this week. Just because I ordered it doesn’t mean that I want to do ALL the cooking of the Hello Fresh. But I think that may be what he has in mind. As he mentioned “Aren’t you going to cook your Hello Fresh?” as if it were just my thing. And yes I involved him in the ordering of it.

He cooked Hello Fresh last night instead of me as I was working on video editing, so he then made the comment of we will see how the cost goes. Maybe it is just a cost thing, and nothing more, but I figure if I like it he’ll take the opposite stance. Kinda how things have gone much of the last 30 years. If I say blue, he will say purple, just to be different, and claim stake to his own opinion. lol. At least it’s predictable, lol.

Good news is, I don’t mind sharing the cooking though but if I do I’ll not be able to watch as many shows on TV so there is a catch with all things. But yeah, I’m still loving the Hello Fresh and I plan to keep it. Also if I cook more, I can see a complete rearrange of the kitchen as it’s not set up the way I would want it exactly. I would also be getting rid of some dishes. I also don’t enjoy cooking on the becomingly very defunct stove and increasingly outdated kitchen counter tops. The more I am in it, the more I want the upgrades from 70’s and 80’s to today’s time. :-O One things leads to another and tit for tat, lol. So Hello Fresh could actually ignite a lot more than just good appetites, lol.

Hello Fresh panco chicken with diced potatoes and roasted green beans.

These meals have been excellent! And full of flavor. I loved the roasted green beans. Anyway for now it stays. I will stick my heels in the ground over it. I can be stubborn too. I learned from the best. 😉 and have lived with the next best. lol


So I ordered the Fish Oil to add to the supplements. I did some research first. George takes Salmon oil. But I read where the Fish Oil can be more effective as it can be better traced as to where it comes from and to use a reputable brand. I don’t eat enough fish so I think this may help some. I don’t plan to take but 1 pill a day instead of the two it recommends. I figure a boost will do me good anyway. I still eat tuna once a week. Now that we are not near Logan’s, I don’t get salmon very often. lol

My Exercise Videos

I promised I’d share about my exercise videos. Here is the channel I’m using:

YouTube Improved Health. <—–Link here to her You Tube channel

And here is an embed below of one that I recently did this week.

I’m doing the lower impact ones this week that are 10 to 15 minutes and I’ll increase as my stamina increases. But I can tell an improvement in my mobility in just a few days. She also has “seated” exercising for seniors if you need that. I don’t need that yet, but if I don’t do something now, I’ll be in that situation. A body in motion stays in motion. I heard that from a TV ad lol but I believe it to be true. A sedentary life will continue to be sedentary.


I wanted to share that I set up Alexa to tell you to get some water when you cough, as a routine. I also told her to play nature and birds singing when she hears the shower, lol. I think George finds it annoying. He is not fond of Alexa. As expected, they do not get along very well. Go figure. Perhaps if she were an Alex, they could bond? lol. I figure I’ll stop the routines or change them at some point. I really just wanted to surprise him. I think I did. This is my version of playing a prank I guess. Alexa and I will have to team up with her routines and see what else we can do, lol. There are suggested routines in her app. If you have an Alexa, check it out. They have made it easier to figure out.

Pet Search.

We are expanding our pet search. The online adoption services are proving to be too impersonal “out of sight – out of mind”, we are number or a statistic. Whether I’m right or wrong, bottom line says it all – as good of pet parents as we have been the last 20 years, we’ve only been told no so far and have not even a meeting of a pet to show for our many hours of searches and inquiries. We work, we don’t have a fence, and who knows what else is wrong with us, lol. So we are going out there “knocking on doors” of the shelters and adoption days at Pet Stores and see what that brings. We are still wanting to rescue instead of buy. But we’ll see where this expanded search leads. It seems that most of the shelters feed into the Pet Finder. I don’t fault the app or program but just find that it is not working well for us and breaks my heart when I fall in love with one and then be told “no b/c I work” or “don’t have a fence”. We’ve been at this for several weeks now and not much to show for our labor of love. Maybe I’m just impatient but most of the world operates in a “now” time frame and so do we. Our hearts have been broken twice now.

But I am touched at those who have reached out to share a shelter, or pet up for adoption. We want a lap dog, a little dog, and one not too far away.

Well, my time is 15 minutes past what it should be, so I will have to stop here. I suppose I’ll be back on Sunday. I want to get the video uploaded tomorrow if I can. It likely will not make the 7 a.m. deadline lol but I will try. I have mani/pedi tonight and it takes so long to upload to YouTube. So if not I’ll likely just post sometime tomorrow or wait til 7 a.m. next week and schedule it. Whenever it is live on line, I’ll post it here.

So what you doing this weekend?

Colonoscopy and Prep: How I Made it Easy | And a Pineapple Non-Alcholic Refreshing Drink for After

Pineapple and 7 Up Ice Slushy

Friday afternoon here. I am back from the colonoscopy and pleased to say, no problems, and no more until ten years from now. The two days off have not been as pleasant as I’d hoped they would be but who else would expect to be productive during colonoscopy prep day and the day of? ha.

I was able to apply for a few adoption places. It may prove to be a waste in time but I felt while sitting here I should at least try, being that our disappointment was hanging over from the day before’s gain and then loss of Jasmin and Casper. I’ve accepted the “give and take back” situation and although heartbroken, all we can do is move forward in another direction. Perhaps it was a test from God to see if our faith would stand. I was shaken up by His allowance of this extreme emotional day of getting the dogs (tomorrow) and then it being taken away after we had began making plans. I most certainly had a talk with God over it. He wants us to be open and candid. I never lost faith, but I thought He would have guarded our hearts more. But I’ve decided to trust Him. I just don’t understand why it happened. We have not fully recovered but it is a “decision” to just move forward in your heart. What else can you do?

I also cannot believe it. But I have signed on for Hulu with Live TV and it comes with Disney Plus and ESPN channels. As Mom noted it did not have Hallmark channel. I noted that I had not seen The Weather Channel. But Mom is rarely here now and I don’t watch Hallmark. And to be honest, I only watched The Weather Channel when a hurricane approached the US, but now I follow storm chasers live and on YouTube which is far more exciting as they are right out there in it.

So now that we have LiveTV I feel comfortable pulling the plug on cable. I will do this one day next week. I want to give George a chance to make sure he’s happy with Hulu Live, but I think he will be. We set him up his own profile and I have mine so we can each have our own list. It has on there plenty of things (more things) that he wanted to see. I have it on my list to deal with the cable company next week.

So I at least accomplished those things yesterday.

Colonoscopy: Here’s how it went.

The prep started at 6 p.m. Thursday night. But the liquids started all day Thursday. I was allowed a light breakfast but I only about 4 bites of toast. There wasn’t anything here I really wanted. I would have had eggs but they were past the Best By date and when you have had food poisoning before you learn to be picky about dates. So a bit of toast then on to liquids. By liquids I mean: gatorade, chicken bone broth, pineapple jello, unsweet ice tea, water, coffee.

At 6 p.m. I began the first bottle of 12 SuTab pills. Wow, you take each pill with a sip of water and then finish the 16 ounces of water you started with over a 30 minute period. I could tolerate this better than the sugary drink they give you. After an hour you drank another round of 16 oz of water. A half hour after that another round of 16 oz of water. Of course during this, a series of “trips” to your nearest toiletry was in order! The pills were totally tolerable. I noted that about the time you started to feel a bit of nausea – a “trip” would then cause the feeling to subside. So the timing of the pills and water flow intake and the flow of the out take was spot on timing. I’ll take slight nausea in waves if the gag reflux and throwing up of the liquids are “a thing of the past”. I could not tolerate them and they made me ill ALWAYS during the 2nd batch. But this was doable for sure.

I went to bed around 8:30 and then up again at 1:00 to take BP Meds b/c it had to be done an hour before the 2nd prep. The second prep was at 2:00. It had to be so many hours before the procedure. I really didn’t have time to do it totally properly as I had to be completely through with water by 4 a.m. Nothing could be taken by mouth 4 hours before the surgery. So I had to rush the last glass of water and didn’t even get but half way through. I guess I should have started earlier but I miscalculated the time mainly because their instructions said to go with 5 to 8 hours before procedure and I chose 6. But honestly it didn’t give us enough time if I had to be finished by 4 with liquids, so I just rushed it a bit and I definitely think you get more nauseated doing it that way. But I made it.

I tried to catnap between “trips” and before I knew it, it was time to get up, shower, and head out. And before I knew it George was sitting next to me and a nurse was waking me up asking me what I wanted to drink. Coke. I already had pictured it.

Then George took me to Chic Fil A for a chicken biscuit (drive thru) and coffee. The coffee, as badly as I wanted it was pretty strong for my stomach at that moment and when I got home I had to switch to water and ice tea. And bed. I slept for a couple of hours.

These things helped me through the colonoscopy prep and procedure day:

  • Having planned a low key day on prep day. I could have worked and left early but I was already stressed and then had a busy weekend ahead so I took off so that I could “enjoy” my liquids day and pamper myself with doing things I wanted and liked to do.
  • Having a high protein meal, like steak and veggies with rice, the night before the liquids start. Red meat just gives me a little more life in these instances.
  • I used a cute whimsical coffee mug that I like to drink my drinks out of all day.
  • For the prep time I used a cute nautical 16oz insulated drink cup. It was flared at the top and skinny at the bottom so while it looked like I was half way thru most of it was gone. It was illusional and that worked out!
  • At prep time I played a YouTube rainy outside/fireplace inside sound scape vibe which helped ease my psyche and give me an atmosphere to appreciate.
  • I used my journal chair for the pill taking/water drinking spot as it is a positive comfort spot for me in the house.
  • I had everything ready to go for each next step so I could step right to it.
  • I prepared my schedule and set iPhone alarms for each thing I needed to do. That way when the time came I did not have to think. I noticed the ability to think dwindled a bit. So I was glad I had everything “thought through” before it all started.
  • My soft/comfy clothes were laid out already and my minimum of belongings ready to go along with address of the doc office for George so this morning would already be organized.
  • Having comfortable favorite throws nearby was a must. You get cold while the prep is working it’s way through your body.
  • Telling them you need a blanket when they ask you at the doc office if you are comfortable is so worth it, while they prep you, ask questions and get the IV set up.
  • Realizing that after the liquid diet, doing the prep, following instructions for all that, and getting yourself to the doc office, is all the hardest part. I told myself to just enjoy the sleep. Your IV starts to feel warm, it goes up to your elbow and you think “ok the meds are in me” and just when you wonder if you should be frightened or not, you are out. Only to be awoken in what seems like the next second, and told to fart and what drink would you like? lol lol lol
  • Knowing ahead what my first meal will be (usually fast food as you want it now) so the driver knows where to take you.

Today I thought I’d have been a little more productive. I did sort clothes for laundering this weekend and I made myself a mini pizza this afternoon and watched a couple of YouTube shows, but I’ve not felt like concentrating on anything or even thinking about anything. Honestly, doing this blog right now is a challenge. I just want to go lay down again. I’m sure it’s the meds clouding my mind along with the stuff they knock you out with. I hate to be Debbie Downer when George comes home but I believe he’ll find me in bed again. I had thought I might even cook dinner since I’m home but I’m tired, no appetite at the current moment, and can’t even fathom standing up and cooking right now. I don’t think I can wait til 8:30 for bedtime. I’ve just not caught up on sleep and my brain and body has not fully recharged or rid itself from the abuse, lol.

Tomorrow we get up and go watch my niece graduate. My sister says she is saving us seats which is very nice for her to do. I’m glad there will be three of us. I am never clever about parking in high traffic situations and then there is trying to get Mom up close and helping her and then parking too. I wasn’t sure I could handle it all. So I’m glad it’s the three of us going.

So I’m going to get off of here and hopefully back to my normal self and I’ll just push all these to do list items for another day as I rest. Most of them were fun things like working on the video or reading or puzzling or doing photography lessons, but my brain is not in the mood to be creative, or to learn, or to even be entertained. So off to bed I go. I am leaving you with these two things.

  1. I discovered this today by accident. Frozen pineapple, ice chips and 7-up, mixed in blender. Save a bit of 7-up to pour over the slush mix. This was a slice of refreshment from heaven. I think most fruits would be good like this.

2) You have to listen to what I told Alexa after the colonoscopy. It’s only 12 seconds. But yeah, you might want to make sure you are prepared in THIS way too for your prep day. So add that to your prep list, lol.

And YES, I actually video’d me talking about the prep and colonoscopy. I did not take the cameras with me through everything though, but I recorded me as I went through each step. It’ll be an upcoming video. My goal is to inch toward getting videos out once every two weeks instead of once every three or once a month. But that is really really hard. I don’t want to keep getting behind. And my videos will eventually morph into a difference style of vlogging (with more of me in them) as we go about our week or happenings. See I’m starting to get motivated already, but I think I will still go to bed, lol.

Scheduling Time for Exercise | How I’m Doing it

When I told you I didn’t have time for exercise, I truly meant it. For me to exercise, work, have a hobby or two, and be involved in care giving, get at least 7.5 hours of sleep – it’s usually the first thing to get booted out. But what if it is scheduled first thing in the morning? Well, that means something else gets booted out right? Yeah.

I’ve been doing the “rob Peter to pay Paul” with time in a circle for some time now. And even with this schedule, I’m sure that will continue some as I “rotate” pockets of time that I find around a plate that is way too full. But when I am determined to do something, I will be resilient until it is done.

So I have sketched out my “model week”. Oh, don’t be fooled by the word “model”. It’s nothing to model. It’s very tiring. But it’s the only way I try to do what I’m trying to do, so “model” is relative, lol.

Sorry, I just noticed that the times are cut off to the left, but really it’s unimportant here for you to see that but you can see the items. And that is what is important on your end.

Must Haves in the Schedule

  • Enough Sleep. I kicked the 8 hours out the window. Most of us sleep in 1.5 hour cycles. I do. And 8 only makes me grumpy waking up in the middle of a REM stage in my sleep. So it has to be either 7.5 or 9 and I’ll do 7.5 during the week and 9 on the weekends as a treat.
  • Work must have 40+ hours each week, of course. I added the plus because I’m salary and we all know how that goes. One has to do her dues. There is no overtime and even though vacation is allotted of an extra week – we all know that we end up working over on other days to cover it. And we get our disability insurance for free. Least a company can do to cover you for all the stress illnesses, lol. Note: I’m being my humorous and sarcastic self here. But it seems others have thought this through. At some point I expect to see laws protecting salaried individuals from being worked to death. In my opinion there is a bell curve of salaried hours. The new ones who are learning and new on the front end and those climbing the ladder giving their life to the cause in the middle and those like me who are nearing retirement and needing to step back a bit.
  • Quality Time for Family/Family needs
  • Self-Care/Time for Self – Hobbies
  • Adequate commute time of course

Where do You Pull the Extra Time From

Yes it is true we only have 24 hours a day and can’t add anymore to it. The clock goes round and round in a hurry. But in MY SCHEDULE, nearly everything is having to cough up some time for me to be able to exercise, self-care, and have some time to myself each day so that I can continue to live and even possibly thrive, and to be ABLE to continue to work and care-give and do all the things we need and are called to do. So where does the time come from really:

  • Sleep – I’m quitting the 8 hour thing. I started this week going with 7.5 and it suits me well. The groggy feeling is over with me trying to wake up during a REM cycle. So the alarm goes off so that I get to sleep in 1.5 hour cycles.
  • Work – I’m going to leave on time instead of giving more to the cause. It’s just that simple. This schedule won’t work during quarter end months. So four months of the year – maybe even five b/c Feb is pretty busy too, I will be living there while I check off quarter end boxes. So if I need to have a doc appt that gives me a shorter week during the other months, it’ll all work itself out in a QE month, so I’m going to QUIT trying to work it out in the week itself! I’m the only one that worries about it and I’m driving myself crazy worrying that someone doesn’t think I’m pulling my weight, but I will write my time to come and go on my planner in case anyone ever asks and I’m going to quit worrying about it.
  • Afterwork – I will be more focused in the afterwork mode. I normally come in, get a glass of wine, read any mail, open any packages, check to see what I’ve missed as far as news, alerts, or messages, check on Mom, do housework leftover from the weekends, and sometimes watch a personal show, or work on video. So those other things will have to scoot out the window or to some other time slot. Often I already don’t open packages til the weekend. Might have to talk to Mom on the ride home, avoid the news until Alexa the next morning and so forth. I should have about an hour in the afternoon.
  • Being more focused and efficient with my time. In other words when I get home get straight to the blog, video, or reading. Not being a feather in the wind.

Why Make These Changes?

  • I currently weigh more than I have ever weighed in my life.
  • I feel horrible.
  • I am miserable and angry most of the time.
  • I need to get some stress and weight off of my psyche and my body
  • I want to live to see my Grandson grow up
  • There’s a lot left I want to do with my life
  • I’m driving me and everyone else crazy
  • This is the BiGGEST gift I can give myself and it will help others too
  • Having it scheduled leaves out the guesswork and makes it more real

The Downside to Maintaining a Schedule

  • Life happens. It won’t be followed perfectly as things will come up to get in the way.
  • There are doc appointments, nights where I do the cooking, grocery stops, someone screws up your payroll day schedule and you have to work over, hair cuts, nail days, dinner with friends, and Mom’s needs.
  • Something will still go out the window each week. And that’ll have to be ok.
  • Scheduling it is half the battle.

Bottom Line: The Impact

  • The exercise is coming at the beginning of the day and won’t be put off. It will include some days of cardio, yoga, and stretching, and even dancing on the weekend.
  • Apps and YouTube and my own den area will be available at that time.
  • George may hear it before his alarm goes off but I’ve decided that is ok. I endure his loud TV at night when I go to bed. He can turn his noisemaker on more loudly like I do.
  • Blogging/videoing/reading/puzzling (Hobby Time) will take its seat either in the early a.m. or afternoon and will be done at whatever tugs at my heart the most, and whatever time slot fits in the most.
  • Blogging during the week could be shorter. Or there is this possibility of getting some of my blog entries done ahead so that you always have a regular post. This will help. No worries I’ll still have my “regular updates on life” content. (I thank you for being interested in reading about our lives here and sharing ideas on how to best live it).
  • I should lose weight
  • I should be happier
  • I should be more focused
  • Maybe I’ll quit fussing about time
  • Everything “gets a spot” (ideally – but understood many spots will be replaced as real life happens).

I just chose not to include Mom time on there, or our doc appts, time with friends – these pop up at random times, other than church on Sunday and is hard to schedule. It’s been really tempting to pull back on going to church on Sundays and it’s not to say that I won’t sometimes when I’m at the bottom of a pit and need time to myself, but I’m trying not to let that impact a Sunday and push through for the most part.

Push through…we have DONE! We have gone almost 30 days I think without a full day at home. It’s back to the days of having a kid. Gone every day, and lately….gone all weekend. And my psyche needs down time to recharge and rejuvenate if I’m going to continue to be a person that is effective. So I’ve had to take tomorrow off as a PTO day. In looking at the days ahead with Colonoscopy on Friday and a trip out of town going to a graduation on Saturday, church on Sunday (we may actually choose this Sunday to do online church to be home so I can be ready for the work week and get strength back from colonoscopy and running for 30 days straight).

The liquids start tomorrow and I didn’t think I could deal with working all day and the prep starts at some point tomorrow anyway. I have not yet heard from the doc office but suppose they will call today to let me know what time prep starts (elimination pills). So I was going to have to leave work early anyway to be near the bathroom. I just took the day off tomorrow as I needed a day anyway. I feel like I’m at the end of a whiplash. Remember skating and how the person on the end of a whiplash is just battered and scattered and rushed around knocking into everyone and everything? That is me!

So tomorrow I have scheduled myself to do a lot of things that involve sitting and or light duty chores or fun: pet website, getting set up on Hulu Live, dropping Comcast cable, reading, puzzling, videoing, blogging. It will be a good day even though much of it will be liquid dieting and near the toilet by day’s end.

I’ll likely blog tomorrow since I’ll be here. But I think I’m making the right decision by doing the exercise first and then everything else will shake out by day’s end. It may end up that I work on videos each morning and blog in the afternoon. It’s easier to stop videoing than to stop blogging as I’m determined to get my ideas across in the mornings and then have to rush to get ready. So I’m thinking if I blog in the mornings, I have to get ready first. It’ll all shake out. Next week will be the trial run. Didn’t want to start til this colonoscopy is done. I am guessing I can do physical activity by next week. If not I’ll move it to stretches or something or just start the week after. We’ll see.

I’m curious what you think about my new plans/new schedule?