Why I stopped going to the gym

I stopped going to the Planet Fitness gym more than 2 years ago for various reasons. And… I’ve been paying for it all this time.

One reason is I have an overactive bladder. I would go to the bathroom before I even started exercising just so I wouldn’t have to run to the bathroom. I would get on a machine and in 5 minutes the overwhelming feeling to urinate would hit and I would have to literally run to the bathroom because I had to pee NOW. I’d go back and in 5 minutes it would come again. I would get on the treadmill and literally walking for 5 minutes and I had the urgent feeling to urinate again. It was too much.

I spoke with my doctor and she said it’s probably a urinary tract infection and to drink cranberry juice, which I absolutely hate, but I did it anyway and it didn’t do me any good.

At home I have to go to the bathroom at least 20 times in a day. That’s been going on for more than 2 years and nothing I have done has helped. Until now.

I started drinking water and the feeling to urinate has dramatically gone down. I’ve been drinking Crystal Light for many years instead of drinking soda to help with the weight loss, and I’m not positive it has helped, but I’m almost certain it has contributed to my overactive bladder and I say that because when I stopped drinking it, the problem went away.

Now that I don’t have to constantly urinate, I’m going to try going back to the gym to help me lose the weight I’m supposed to lose to get my surgery.

CPAP filters on Amazon

I got my CPAP machine from Apria Healthcare in 2019. They were sending me these filters that didn’t look like they were collecting any dust at all. When I removed the filter after two weeks it looked almost identical to the way it looked when I put it in.

I was having such a difficult time getting them to send me new supplies because they were telling me that they didn’t have the paperwork needed from my doctor. I got tired of waiting and using the same filter for almost a year because they weren’t sending me any supplies, so I went to Amazon and bought these new filters from RespLabs. I only paid $10 and it comes with 60 filters which will take me two and a half years to go through since they want me to change the filters once every two weeks.

You can see a used filter on the left side that came from Apria Healthcare, on the right side on the top is a brand new RespLabs filter and below that is after 2 weeks of using this new filter. You can tell there’s a significant difference in the amount of dust that these filters are collecting that is not going into your lungs. The filters that Apria Healthcare were sending me were just not working. Every night I could smell dust and dirt the whole night long. I don’t smell any dirt or dust with these new filters.

So if you have sleep apnea, do yourself a favor and buy these RespLab filters. Your lungs will thank you.

By the way, this filter belongs to the ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet, so if that’s what you have, then this filter is for you. If you have another CPAP or BiPap machine, I’m sure they have a filter for your make and model.

My 2020 Christmas Cards with Cricut and SVG Cuts

I love having a Cricut Explore Air 2 because I can make awesome cards for many occasions. Here are all of the cards I made for Christmas, and 1 for Hanukkah. I bought these card SVG files from SVGCuts.com. Of course I had to use a red velvet background for these pictures lol. I added embellishments that I made with polymer clay. These are mostly all box cards, so they stand up on their own and are literally a box that fold flat. With the exception of the Hanukkah card and the Cardinal Skating card.

I took a picture of both back and front of all of the cards, but I’m just showing the front here, except for the stocking card, because I guess I just forgot to take a picture of just the front. I think the reason was because it wasn’t standing on its own on the velvet, but it did stand on its own on the table. And yes, the rocking horse does rock.

Here’s a note. If you’re going to make the same cards every year, make a list of who you are giving each card to so the next year you don’t send them the same exact card by mistake. I made all of these cards last year, with the exception of the Hanukkah card, I sent out a different one last year, and the pick up truck card was new this year. I sent out all my cards, but I didn’t have a list, so if someone got the same card, all I can say is oops. You won’t get the same one next year because I now know which one I sent you this year lol. Although, if you got a different one from last year, there’s no guarantee 2021 won’t be the same as 2019 lol. And that’s why Santa makes a list, and checks it twice. If only I had heard that advice last year.

Week 11 Weigh In Day

It’s been one helluva week for me, so I honestly don’t even care that I didn’t lose weight this week, but instead I gained about 1.2lbs.

This week I bought 10 days worth of meals from Albertson’s because they were on sale for $1.69 each, but they aren’t the Lean Cuisine or Weight Watchers Smart Ones, they are Signature Select which is a generic store brand. They taste good, and that’s really all that matters.

This week I also found my paternal father’s family and I found my brother, which I blogged about, so I’ve been celebrating and I have eaten things I shouldn’t have eaten, and honestly I just don’t care because I’m so happy right now.

The stress of trying to find someone is just unbelievable. But, I have closure now, so I don’t need to worry about being stressed out over trying to find my father. Right now my focus is getting to know my big brother. The weight will continue dropping as I continue eating healthy and continue going to the gym.

Yesterday at the gym I just felt like I was starving to death for some reason. I had to get off the treadmill after 35 minutes and I was going to go to Barnes & Noble next door to buy a croissant from the Starbucks, but then I noticed Planet Fitness had this big display with cookies that they were selling for $3. I didn’t care that it was that expensive, I just needed some food in my belly. I also didn’t care that it was 200 calories for just half of the cookie. I ate the whole damn thing. Deal with it lol. I also bought a box of generic organic nilla wafers and they were good, deal with that too lol.

Dell SupportAssist Frozen (SOLVED)

If you’re in a rush, scroll down for the solution.

I had to buy a new computer this year because Microsoft released an update that basically killed my other computer. I don’t know if it was a hardware issue, but it wouldn’t load Windows properly, so I was basically forced to get a new one. I mean in all fairness, my last computer was built around 2007, so I was due for a new computer anyway.

So I bought a Dell Inspiron 3668 from Office Depot. This has a program on it called Dell SupportAssist that updates your hardware drivers, scans hardware for issues and fixes them, cleans up the crap and tunes performance.

I don’t know what happened, but for the last week it has been telling me there is an update and every time I load the Dell SupportAssist program, it freezes up on me. I thought I had to close programs for it to load, and it nearly did load a couple of times, but then it didn’t. I uninstalled software that I wanted to have installed, but I hardly ever used them  because I thought that might help, but it didn’t.

Ok so I’m sure you’re like get to the point, how do I fix this? Well this is what I found on a Dell support forum.

SOLUTION:

2018-06-21

This fixed my problem. I went to that location and found that file and just simply removed “-small” and it fixed it. It loads now. It is that simple.

So I hope this helped you if you were having this problem.

Crocheted C2C Graphigans on Etsy

​I have these wonderful crocheted graphigan blankets ready to make, if you can wait 4-6 weeks for delivery. I brought the price of the blankets down as well as the price of shipping. I’ve already made a Betty Boop blanket and it came out beautifully and it gave me the experience I needed to make and sell them on Etsy.

DC & Marvel – https://www.etsy.com/listing/494818922/handmade-dc-marvel-character-queen-size

Disney – https://www.etsy.com/listing/495024252/handmade-disney-character-queen-size

Christian Praying Hands – https://www.etsy.com/listing/495024918/handmade-christian-queen-size-crocheted

Trailer, Rainbow Heart and Betty Boop – https://www.etsy.com/listing/495173314/handmade-trailer-rainbow-heart-betty

I’m not sorry…

I’m a lifelong Democrat, and my life partner of going on 23 years is a lifelong Republican. I guess that’s something that we just didn’t discuss for the first couple years of our relationship. I mean I knew he hated Bill Clinton, I didn’t know it was because he had to as a requirement to remain a Republican.

For the last 8 years of our relationship I’ve had to hear him talk trash about Barack Obama over the phone to all his friends and family, and trust me when I say it was for at least 3 or 4 phone calls daily for 8 long years. Not to mention having to hear him bash Obama to complete strangers standing in line at restaurants, concerts, movies, or even at the bank. Anywhere! Everywhere! We had a friend who was a movie star who basically cut ties with us because he was sending her emails bashing Obama.

I’m going to miss Obama, but I’m not going to miss the Obama bashing, and believe me when I say it’s still going strong because he can’t bash Donald Trump, so who else can he bash? There aren’t any other democrats in the news. Trump is the only thing in the news that I’m aware of.

So tonight was the Grammy awards and I told him it was on and he said “I’m not watching it because they’re all being mean to Trump.”

Awww! Does someone have butt hurt feelings?

I never said one thing about Bush for 8 years. I sat there listening to all his lies about weapons of mass destruction and I didn’t say one word. I had to listen to how much hatred you had for Obama for 8 years and I didn’t say one word. Trump is going to make a lot of mistakes and you are so butt hurt that you don’t want to hear one word from me, and I’ll try to keep my mouth shut, but don’t ask for my sympathy when you didn’t show me one ounce of sympathy for what you did to me.

Michael’s “Knit Quick” knitting machine

I’ve been crocheting since I basically taught myself with leaflets in 1988 when I turned 18. I prefer to crochet because knitting never clicked with me. I’ve wanted to learn, but instead I bought round knitting looms to make hats and scarves.

My Aunt gave me a $100 gift card for Christmas, and I’ve been watching videos from Margaret Olander “Sheepishly Sharing” on YouTube about the Addi Express knitting machine. She did a review of this knitting machine and she gave it 2 thumbs up, meaning it was a good machine. So I used my gift card to buy it with a 50% of coupon.

Unfortunatly, not all yarn is compatible. It will drop tons of stitches with red heart yarn. The yarn has to be soft like the Caron Simply Soft. Margaret says she prefers Vanna’s Choice. I would love to try Caron Cakes to make a scarf.

Another unfortunate thing is that it doesn’t make very big hats. Depending on the length, you can make preemie, newborn and baby hats. Here are some preemie hats I made with and without pom poms.

Scarves are a good width, you can make them any length you want. Here is a scarf I made.

Anyway, my plan was to use all the yarn I have to make hats for the homeless, but I’m guessing there aren’t too many homeless babies out there, so I’ll just make scarves since they only take an hour and 30 minutes to make, then I guess I’ll just make the hats with actual knitting needles.

Teddy bear C2C crochet baby blanket

My previous post was about a Betty Boop blanket I crocheted for my aunt, this it’s a baby blanket I made for My cousins son who is 5 years old. I honestly didn’t think he would use it for anything but like sleeping, so My mind wasn’t anywhere like a Linus blanket.

So he opened it on Christmas and he said “Oh, it’s a blanket.”  My aunt warned me that he’s 5 and he already has a blanket that he carries everywhere and nothing will ever replace it. That’s not what I was hoping for. I just wanted to make him a blanket, that’s all.

So later that night he was playing with his new video game in his parents room and I brought his blanket to him and he paused the game and said “I like your blanket, but I already have a mommy blanket that I use so I will probably use your blanket when I sleep in bed.”

LMAO I looked at him like hey no problem. My intention wasn’t to give him a Linus blanket, I just wanted to make him a blanket. How he uses it is really up to him, and it was cute and funny how he explained to me that he was basically going to use, but only on his terms.

I think he’s the cutest little thing and I hope to be able to watch him grow up, which it’s nearly impossible since I live so far away, but I’ll try.

Betty Boop C2C crochet blanket

In September and October I was crocheting a blanket made out of squares with many colors each with a black background. I was making this for my aunt for Christmas.

I was watching a video on YouTube and came across one from The Crochet Crowd that was teaching how to make C2C crochet, which stands for corner to corner. I thought it seemed interesting because you could make a blanket with pictures. I then thought hmmm… I wonder if they have a Betty Boop pattern, and I found one from http://www.TwoMagicPixels.com.

I started making this blanket right away. I had some white, but not enough, then found out the new yarn isn’t the same shade of white or texture, and I had trouble finding the right shade of skin for Betty, so I made a piece up to a certain point, then when I bought white I just started over fresh, and it took me a month to make this blanket.

I had to buy different brands because one brand didn’t have the same color for the skin, so the skin and the black, white and red are all different textures.

My Aunt loved it. I was hoping to make her a couch blanket because she takes a daily nap on the couch, like a ritual, but it’s way too big and heavy for a couch nap lol. It would probably be way too warm and she’s probably have to take it off after 5 minutes lol. Her bed is king size, the blanket is queen size, so that’s not good, but hey, I tried right?

Anyway, so yeah I learned a new pattern and gave an awesome gift.

Here is an example of how it’s crocheted along with the pattern next to it. It’s literally worked from corner to corner.