Archive | March 2018

Bank Cards

Usually when guests come into the store and ask if they can get money back with their card, I wonder why they even need cash. Unless you’re going to the laundromat or buying stamps in our post office then I can’t really see why you need cash. Whatever you need to use cash for can be paid for with your bank card.

Well earlier this month, maybe around the 4th, I tried to dispute a charge on my bank card. On the 6th, the bank decided to freeze my account till they could figure it all out. So for the last 15 days I have not been able to use my card. The bank sent me a message saying that they reimbursed me the $45 that I disputed and will send me a new card. I’m glad to get the $45 back into my account but it always takes forever to get my mail from the bank… then when I sent message to bank to tell them that I have not received my new card, so they frozen that one also.

FYI: always keep your bank updated EVERYTIME you change your mailing address.

Well I guess that’s one way to save money. I am on the work schedule 6 days this week and that paycheck will just sit in the bank until I will be able to go grocery shopping again. Hmm, I will have quite a few paychecks just sitting in the bank. Wonder what I will do with all that, once I get to use it.

I snapped this picture of my coworkers, earlier this week. The customer is one of my housemates. She works in the new Starbucks. My work schedule is all screwed up this week.

Monday: 9:30-3:30 (6 hours)

Tuesday: off

Wednesday: 2:30-8:15 (5.75 hours)

Thursday: 3-10 (7 hours)

Friday: 1:30-8:30 (7 hours)

Saturday: 1:30-9 (7.5 hours)

Sunday: 1:30-8:30 (7 hours)

6 days for total of 40.25 hours

At least I have 2 days off on next week’s schedule. But without being able to use my debit card to go anywhere, all I can afford to do is work or sleep.


World Sleep Day

March 16th is not only my birthday, it’s World’s Sleep Day. But seeing as it’s a Friday, I will be working. I can guarantee that I won’t be sleeping in late that morning either. Did you know that this last Monday was National Nap Day? It seems that the Monday after most of us change the clocks ahead in the Spring is a day to take a nap. Course that day changes every year…and why is that now in early March? I can remember when I was a kid that it happened in April. Oh well, I am living in AZ now so I don’t have to change clocks. Even though I was surprised that the clock on my phone changed by itself while the one on my tablet did not.

I get email newsletters from the Mayo Clinic, and this week one article they sent me was titled “5 tips for a better sleep”. From their list, my biggest problem might be electronics. Meaning that I need to shut my phone and tablet off at the same time every night. Instead of staring at my screens, I need to just stare toward a blank wall in the dark until eventually I can stare at the insides of my eyelids.

One thing I have read about low-carb/ keto diet is that it helps you sleep better. A diet would have to perform a total miracle for that to happen with me. My sleep habits have been out-of-whack for many years. But even though I can normally spend 20 hours awake every day, doesn’t mean that I will be an energizing bunny all day at work. I have hardly ever been loaded with energy, no matter what kind of diet I was on.

Fatigue is, just basically, a lack of energy, and we get our energy from the food we eat. Our diets are largely dominated by carbohydrate – grains like rice and wheat, potatoes, root vegetables, fruit, sugar etc., and these are broken down into glucose.

It turns out there is another way to fuel your body, using fats.This pathway is largely switched off when your body has a regular supply of carbohydrate (ie. a standard western diet). Back in hunter-gatherer days, life was feast and famine – eat what you can while the going is good, then survive on your body fat reserves when food is harder to find. Nowadays we rarely give our bodies the chance to get truly hungry, often eating out of habit and want rather than need.

I laugh when people say 1. to only eat when you are hungry. 2. Don’t skip meals because your body will go into starvation mode. Oh Jesus christ people, make up your mind because you can’t have it both ways. If I only ate when hungry then I might eat once every few days.

Normally I have breakfast with my coffee in the morning. Mainly it’s a habit to eat then. Today breakfast was at 4am. It is now after 11:30pm and while I am waiting for the Tylenol PM to kick in and knock me into sleepy dreamland, I am munching on pork rinds dipped in Guacamole. No I ain’t hungry, just bored. I took the sleeping pill around 11pm and it usually takes about 2 hours afterwards to finally fall asleep. If I am lucky, I might sleep 5-6 hours.

Now if the wifi at home doesn’t let me post this tonight, then I will have to walk up to Starbucks and use their free public internet service tomorrow. Seeing as this is my weekend, I will also need to do laundry and finish organizing my closet but I just didn’t have enough energy or motivation to do it today.

And just to keep track of the weightloss: I am down to 172# today (Tuesday 3/13)

Pay Day

When so many companies pay every other week, you got to love a company that pays every week. There must of been a holiday that I forgot about last week because when I checked my bank account this morning I noticed my paycheck deposited more than I expected.

There are 5 paydays in the month of March, and a total of 12 paydays before I want to go on a mini vacation to attend a graduation in Nevada. That means I have 12 weeks to save money to get another car. I will need a car to attend graduation.

I am hoping 12 weeks should give me plenty of time to save enough money to get a nice SUV or mini-van. I want something that allows me to remove the back seats, giving me more space to camp-out in. I have already been checking out vehicles on Craigslist and some local car dealers online to see what they had available.

We got 4 new workers in the general store this week. 3 girls from Ecuador and 1 guy from Kingman, AZ. The girls will only be here for 2 months. I usually like working with the international kids, but it sometimes seems like it’s alot of hassle doing training and all the “Red tape” paperwork for someone who is only here for 2 months. I have been working here for 3 months now and there is stuff that I still don’t know how to do.

Hopefully my hours don’t get cut at work after the boss makes out next week’s schedule. We have 4 cash registers (only 3 work) and now have 6 cashiers. Maybe later some of them will be put onto the morning schedule instead of the closing schedule.

I am calculating my future paychecks from working a full 40/hour week. $10.50×40=$420/weekly -minus- taxes(about $32) & rent ($30). So my take home pay should be around $352 at the most. Course I never get exactly 40 hours a week..more like 35-39 hours. So as long as I see $300 or more on a paycheck, then I count it as a good week. Actually whatever amount I get over $300, I treat as an extra bonus…to go out to eat, or use as a gift for myself or someone else. The $300 every week is what I am hoping to save towards the next car. So $300×12=$3,600 plus the $1,500 that is already saved in the bank. $3,600+$1,500==$5,100 should get me a vehicle that will last longer then the last 2 cars I owned.

Today my bonus money will go for instant coffee, as I only have enough for a couple more cups. I am going to end this post and go have another cup of coffee now. Also I will go zap some more broccoli with cheese in the microwave. Ha, broccoli for breakfast…now if that ain’t proof that I ain’t normal then nothing else I do is either.

Coffee, Chocolate and Dieting

As I might have mentioned before, I started on a low-carb diet this year. The plan was to go on the “Keto” diet. I even joined a bunch of keto groups on facebook for ideas to see how other people handled this restricted way of eating in our modern world.

On the #Keto diet, you are allowed <20 grams of carbs daily. Well after months of being homeless in Georgia, and having about 80-90% of my #diet being #carbs, this diet was a shock into reality.

When I was a young kid, my dad had gardens every Summer and we always heard him say “You are what you eat. You eat junk, then you become junk”. Of course the veggies in his garden wasn’t junk, that was real food. We were allowed to eat as much “real food” as we wanted.

Now the Keto diet promotes the theory of eating real food also..real organic butter, real bacon, eggs, avocados, really good expensive cheese..without added fillers, and lots of veggies (except the starchy ones). Actually it’s a diet that my dad needs now, to fight all his medical issues.

My problem with such a diet (or any diet) is:

#1. I haven’t worn my top dentures for over a year and now they don’t fit anymore. Without teeth I can’t chew things like celery, nuts, most pickles, steak, pepperoni/salami and bacon (depending on how it’s cooked). Basically anything that you have to bite through, I would need to put into my new blender.

And yes, steak shakes are filling and yummy.

#2. I brought no kitchen supplies with me when I moved back to AZ. I still don’t even own a pan to boil water in, but the kitchen in my home came with a built-in microwave.

#3. I share a kitchen with 6 other people. There is not much space for me to store anything even if I wanted to. 1 refrigerator for 7 people is ridiculous. Imagine if we all wanted eggs, then that means 7 cartons of eggs in 1 refrigerator…imagine the same with milk…and etc.

#4. After traveling around so much, and time living in my car, I really am just used to the “grab-and-go” foods…course those are the types of food that are bad for you.

#5. With 7 people living in 1 house, everyone has different schedules. Some people hate to smell food while they are trying to sleep ( it’s 9:00am now and I think I am the only one awake).

#6. Lots of different diets advise you to only eat when you are hungry. Well I usually eat when I am bored/ stressed out.. enough so that I don’t really know what hungry feels like. Even though I don’t eat after 12noon (which is when I am getting ready for work). So my eating time is between 6am-noon on work days. So that leaves 18 hours every day where I don’t eat at all. Times may differ, depending on when I actually get out of bed in the morning.

#7. There is only 1 general store and 1 gas station in my tiny town to buy our own food. Both are expensive in my opinion. But when your brain still thinks like a homeless person, you want everything priced like the .99 stores that you can find in Phoenix or Las Vegas.

Well we do have restaurants if you want to pay over $20 for most meals. 1 hotel has a wonderful breakfast buffet that charges us local residents $10 for an all-you-can-eat breakfast. But I ain’t paying $70 a week just so I can have Omelets everyday.

This morning I am on my second cup of coffee. I added a quarter scoop of chocolate whey protein powder into each cup of hot coffee. The powder gets a bit clumpy and takes a minute to stir it up good to mix/dissolve all the chocolate. Protein powders were made to mix with cold liquid but does actually work well with hot coffee. Supposedly it is better for you then Swiss Miss hot chocolate. Not sure how much better, seeing as they both have a bunch of man-made chemicals. I honestly think I would be better off putting a steak in the blender every morning, except that would cost to much and take to much time.

Yesterday was a day off, so I walked over to the gas station to buy a newspaper and a bag of plain pork rinds. The plain bag has only 2 items listed as ingredients: fried pork skin and salt (and zero carbs). You can get a bag of hot, spicy pork rinds with a long list of man-made chemicals listed as ingredients. Good thing I don’t like hot spicy food. Sometimes I will dip the plain pork rinds in whipped cream cheese but mostly I just eat them straight out of the bag..because the bag is sitting near my bed and I am to lazy to walk back to kitchen and look for the cream cheese in a crowded refrigerator. While I was at the gas station I decided to try a bottle of those chilled Mocha coffee Frappuccino drinks…yes it has 47 grams of carbs…more then what’s allowed on any Keto diet for 2.5 days.

While I can’t seem to follow any diet exactly they way their rules are written. If I want to eat or drink something then I will. One of my housemates got back from a little vacation to England yesterday. She brought back a small box of chocolate for us all to try. I tried 2 different flavors this morning with my coffee. It’s not anything I will ever want/need to try again, but I can say that I have tried fancy English chocolate.

Even with all my chocolate and extra carbs that I had this last week, I still managed to lose 1.8 pounds. I am down to 175.4, soon I might have to buy new pants because I have a few pair now that I don’t even have to unzip or unbutton to get on. They start sliding down while I’m walking or sitting, so it’s a good thing that my jacket covers while out in public or I would be hearing plumber jokes all day.