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Social norms… ponderment

So on my way to work the other day, on the radio they were discussing how much time should you wait until you ‘like’ a comment or someone’s photos on Facebook and even said something to the effect of there is a time limit even.

Ok, wait a minute!? There is a time to do this and even a limit!?!?? So really I like these things on my time not others, if it happens while Im looking and I like it I’m going to ‘like’ it. If I don’t happen to see it at first and later, I’m going to ‘like’ it then. And if I happen to come across someone new and check out the photos that were posted in the past, I will ‘like’ them then.

Since when is there policing of when something posted for attention has a time or time limit on when to ‘like’ it? Yea I’m gonna ‘like’ things at my convenience not anyone else’s!

What do you think? Do you think there are these ‘understood’ time frames?

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Lifestyle change …

To start…..

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Ok so that is now out of the way!

I’ve been gaining weight, as we all do as we get older, but moreso however it has happened even more since November. I’ve been diagnosed with more and more ailments as well, a few due to weight gain in general, fatty liver disease is the major one. And even hubby has been diagnosed with things in recent, diabetes and hypertension, so major lifestyle change has come around.

We have been doing low carb, very low but not keto. Im impressed with how low carb is easier than it was years past and actually is pretty tasty!

Tonight was low carb copycat Chick-fil-A…. it was pretty good.

Today’s lunch was low carb wrap with lavish. Ham, avocado, greens, havarti cheese….

Monday was low carb meatloaf and mashed cauliflower.

This was when I did prep and froze it.

Low carb shrimp stir fry and cauliflower rice….was good but the ‘rice’ not popular.

Hamburger wrap another night.

Some breakfast….

Low carb banana and banana/blueberry muffins.

We got what is called carbquick… like bisquick but made with carbulose which is less on carbs.

Theae are a work in progress, 1st ones were bland. These 2nd ones were better but not quite.

Working on other and better things!

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Shawl…. ❤️

Like I said before I was home sick and when I could I was working on a shawl. I am in love with this pattern that I might make another in another yarn, cotton.

The lace breaks make it for me. I just love the look.

It is a paid pattern but I am a slow knitter and this one is working up very quickly!

Waiting For Rain shawl pattern

I thought the 2 skeins I had would be enough, I was mistaken…. had to order one more! The picture below is the yarn I am currently using.

Frustrating yarn, it sheds fuzz everywhere! Alot of times, esp when I don’t pay attention I stick my needle in between the strand, due to it changing in thickness. But it is so pretty….

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Stuff… in and out

I later heard about the awesome job, 😞 sadly I didn’t get it. I so wanted that one since I would actually be using my degree. Oh well I sort of use my degree in everything if you look at it right…. talking and listening and then responding correctly is an art and when you know more about psychology it helps talking to people and keeping the peace and harmony while keeping everyone happy. So to keep me up in spirit I decided to make a positive and think that way about it.

I started my great job last week, it so far seems great. Everyone seems to be nice, snarky and sarcastic…. like me! 😝

So while I waited for my start date, I kept struggling with getting the crap my daughter spread to my hubby and me. We had to put off going to Houston for a week, to see family since we were so bad. Last week we did go, I still wasn’t 100%, but we had a great time.

A lady in my in-laws neighborhood does and annual thing to raise money for her church in Mexico, she makes wonderful 🥘 food! We had gorditas, handmade and so yummy 🤤.

One of my hubby’s friends picked us up to go to a Jeep event. Jeep owners that were nearby came together to spell out Jeep with their Jeeps! There were so many that came to the event they made two lines underneath the word! Someone took pictures and video with a drone, looked really cool.

Isn’t that cool?!?

My hubby has a Challenger, so we love car events and shows, he competes when we do go to them.

We came home and I started my new job on Wednesday (was supposed to in Tuesday but my boss had to push it another day), and I was still feeling blah and coughing.

It was a nice week at work, people are nice, snarky and sarcastic… my kinds of peoples! Lol. I apparently am doing well at learning, since I am already doing their chat function… hubby said, ‘you are a smart cookie!’

I thought I posted this almost 2 weeks ago! 3rd week of work… I was home sick! I ended up having a serious sinus infection that caused me to be dizzy, be nauseous and more. But my anxiety played into it too… 😑

While home I worked, when up to it, on a knit shawl.

It is coming out beautifully!

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My latest

Since I have been between jobs, training for a new one to do at home, still interviewing for something more permanent. I finally got an interview for a great job as well as an awesome one that has to use my degree background. The great job, I got… the awesome one, still no word. 🤔

So while I wait on the start date of the great job, and waiting on some word as promised by the awesome one, I have been crocheting 🧶.

The 1st one was coming out so beautiful I had to make one for myself in colors I love. I followed a YouTube video to make… Grandma’s German Shells Blanket

My husband kept telling me I needed to make his mom a headband thingy to keep her ears warm, especially at work, since she gets cold easily. So I whipped this one out, one of the stitches was a real pain for me since my hook kept getting snagged on the yarn. But all in all it came out very pretty.

Thanks to my daughter who brought such a delightful sickness into our lives, of course she had it during her spring break and incubated it and then gave it to me and the hubby at the end of that week and all of last week, and we are still sick now. 😧. We have been trying to keep out of public and such.

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Our Homemade Pizza

We have now decided, after making it a few times (like 5 in the last month and a half), that homemade pizza is best!

So good that I didn’t get pics of when they were finished….except when my daughter decided to make a stromboli this last time.

My hubby likes pepperoni (sausage give him heartburn) and the kids and I like sausage (pepperoni give me heartburn). We use breakfast sausage, jimmy dean type, and the sauce we use is Prego (I grew up using and still use).

I brown all meats, except for the pepperoni, and for me I sauté an onion in alittle butter, to top mine.

We use pilsbury pizza dough, we have even used Walmart’s brand too. I pop the container and put the dough on a silicone mat, rolling it out to desired thickness. I like a thicker crust while the hubby likes a very thin and crispy crust. We brush a thin layer of olive oil and prebake it….my son 10 minutes, my daughter and me 12-13 minutes and my husband until almost burnt (a joke in our house….he likes it very crispy!)

Then after prebaking, we let it cool about 10 minutes, that way the sauce doesn’t make the crust soggy. After that we assemble as we wish, I make everyone do their own so Im not to blame about too much or not enough toppings. And then bake atleast 10 more minutes, depending on the person.

This is my hubby’s after final bake, my opinion its burnt.

My daughter decided last time to make stomboli, no prebaking. She said it was great!

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Orzotto with Peas

We had what we call ‘whatever night’ at our house tonight. I’ve been wanting to make this for awhile but half my family doesn’t share the love of peas. I made this with adding shrimp sautéed in garlic butter and cut them up in little pieces.

Its very tasty.

Here is the recipe …

Orzotto with Peas

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Stressed out

Since I moved here to Tx I have been trying to find stable employment, especially that is more in my field. I have been working from my home and despite many of advantages there have been more detrimental cons to them/it. I just cannot work for a company who has bad values and does not follow through fully.

For example, a client I worked with had military discount, but to ONLY things at the store on the shelf currently …. anything that had to be ordered in any capacity would not qualify. For one, their major competitor gave it to their customers no matter as long as you shop with their store in some capacity; and two our military does not get paid what they are worth and they have sacrificed their lives as well as their families have as well….. and you can’t extend that discount to anything and everything you sell no matter how you do so?

(And just to let you know if you didn’t know already… I am an Army brat and now Army wife twice! I have spent, with the exception of about 2 years or so, all of my life associated with the military! I have dealt with my family being split for many months to years apart!)

I have, apparently, been pigeon holed into a specific type of employment and cannot seem to get, due not being experienced, a job that will be complementary by my Bachelors degree. And the caveat to that is how am I to get experience when I can’t get a job?

I just had another interview today, which is in another town just about or alittle over an hour away. And yep yet again it was not a fair for either of us. I put on the ‘application’, right before the interview to the question, ‘What do expect from us?’ 1st honesty, 2nd consistency, and 3rd decent pay.

Well to start, I don’t think they were honest when posting the job for customer service….it was about events, standing in high traffic areas raising money or making their cause/business known.

Uhm thats not the definition of a customer service job. And then we discussed both the consistency and pay…..the ‘events’ could be 2-6 hours, maybe 4-6 a week and depending on how much raised is how much you make. I don’t see any consistency in hours or pay and I am not going to stand somewhere, supposedly getting paid, for $30 (on average for the event).

And this is not the 1st time going on interviews that there was some kind of miscommunication and I drove all this time, spent money on gas and a snack or lunch….that I really don’t have to be doing and I could have had something at home.

And the worst part, I have applied with several, over 6, different staffing agencies! One agency sent me on two interviews …. one I think I was turned down due to my religion…. since they were a christian college they could get away with it. But I still think it’s wrong.

I am almost feeling that the jobs I am qualified for and want that I may be in the category of ageism may be why I am not getting hired….

So with all that being said, I really aggravated in the fact of finding a job of some kind has gotten me so anxious and depressed more so than I already am, which is not helping my health.

Good luck to those in similar situations.

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Decided

After many discussions with doctors, my hubby and friends who are medical professionals (having knowledge both medical and personal about this disease) and lastly….gaining about 15 lbs in the last 3 months or so, I have made a decision. Gaining weight due to avoiding the foods that are supposed to keep flares from happening but are helpful in keeping or losing weight. Im done!

The two visits with the surgeon were disappointing….my GI and many other doctors agree surgery would benefit my life, all the surgeon talks about is the 1-3% of failure of the surgery. He is like obsessed and won’t shut up about it.

I was also diagnosed with fatty liver disease (thanks to being somewhat overweight) and arthritis….all which having weight issues is a major problem. Oh and my sleeping issues, I am now on a CPAP machine….which is helping but I am depressed, anxious and freaking tired as all get out.

I declared to my hubby I am going to eat to good foods, which may cause another flare but I will be able to finally get a different surgeon (mine is getting deployed) and get the surgery and be happier in the long run!