Happy weekend everyone! I hope you all had a great week.
I’ve been a little off with the days ever since coming down to visit my parents, as I’ve been here since last Friday. R had been able to take the day off and enjoy a three-day weekend with my family to celebrate Easter.
Last week, I was really grateful to see my grandma, cousin, and aunt, as they were visiting. We took them back to the airport early Wednesday and they had a good flight back.
It’s crazy to think I’ll be seeing them all in just another month and a half, but I’m happy as I barely saw my family after moving last year. I was already asking my grandma when she planned to visit again. =)
I just wish there was a better way for us to fly, because the airport we have to fly into to get Spirit’s low fares is an hour away from my family. (Not to mention LGA sucks.)
Anyway, let’s focus on the good.
Being Grateful for the Beach
I’ve never been the biggest fan of the beach, mostly because I burn easily and I’m not interested in freezing cold water.
However, the beach here is a lot different from the ones back home. During the summer, the water feels like a sauna. The sand is smoother. And it’s much easier to get to!
My aunt and cousin love the beach, so we ended up going there last Friday. Sadly, it was absolutely freezing (at least to my grandma and I). It was around 80*, but the wind made it chilly.
R and I at least enjoyed the stereotypical long walk on the beach. We had taken two cars there – we parked in a different location, and ended up 10 blocks away from where everyone else had parked. Oops!
The tide was really low, so there was plenty of space to walk, and surprisingly, not too many people there. It was fun to walk around and take in the sights. (People watching at the beach!)
I brought my laptop with me as we didn’t know how long we’d be there for. I don’t work outside of the house often, so the whole location-independence thing really hit me there. How many people can say working at the beach is possible?
Then again, I’m sure going to the beach and enjoying it without working sounds more appealing, but I’ll take it.
Being Grateful for Knowing My Priorities
This could possibly be an entire post in itself (and one that may be written eventually), but I simply do not get turning to shopping when bored.
That’s probably due to not enjoying shopping in the first place, but seriously. I’m sure there are many other productive things you could be doing – shopping isn’t one of them.
Where’s this coming from? Last weekend, we didn’t have much to do, so my grandma, mom, aunt, and cousin all went to the mall. They came back with a bunch of stuff.
My grandma is one of the worst offenders. While she is normally very frugal, shopping when bored (and getting a deal) is her weakness. She came back and couldn’t even remember what clothes were hers!
Anyway, the point is, as soon as they mentioned going shopping, I was able to say no thanks with ease. I’m all for spending time with family, but I didn’t want to be tempted to buy anything, and I had work to do. R agreed (he hates shopping) so he went running and relaxed afterward.
I’ve mentioned it a few times, but I haven’t actually gone on any sort of shopping spree in the last…two years, I’d say. I’ve purchased a few things here and there, but most of the clothes in my closet are not new. When you work from home, your wardrobe isn’t very important. ;)
Being Grateful for My Health
My poor cousin was miserable for half the trip because she had a sinus infection, and my aunt actually tried to change their flight to go home earlier, but it was too expensive.
That made us all reflect on the last time we were sick. Besides the never-ending stomach issues and allergies I have, I can’t remember!
Now, allergies aren’t fun at all, but they’re not as bad as hacking your lungs out, being completely bed-ridden, or feeling nauseous 24/7. Plus, I know when to expect them, so I can prepare in advance
by trying to take pills that don’t work. =P
(Side note, this came back to bite me, as I was sneezing all day on Wednesday. My face and body ended up hurting, ha.)
Being Grateful for Walking
I’ve been saying I’d like to go walking for the past few weeks, and it’s sad to admit, but I just haven’t made the time for it. Work has been increasingly crazy.
However, the weather has been too nice to ignore. I made walking a priority last week. I’m starting off slowly, just walking around the apartment complex with R, but it’s been enjoyable so far.
I felt extra motivated last Saturday, and decided to try switching between running and walking (ala couch to 5k). I managed to run for 2 minutes each time, so that’s a start!
I know it’s cliche, but with summer on the way, my focus is back on my health. There was no reason to wait until now, but better late than never. I was even craving a salad over the weekend, and if you knew me 5 years ago, you wouldn’t believe that.
Now I’m just looking forward to going back home. Visiting my parents is nice, but I like being able to work from my home base. Plus, my best friend of 10 years is finally hauling his ass up (a measly two hours) to visit us, which means lots of shenanigans are going to happen.
Hope you all enjoy your weekend!
What have you been grateful for this past week? How was your Easter/Passover?