Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been doing well.
I know, these weekend posts have been the only thing I’ve been able to crank out lately. At least that’s consistent?
Being on “vacation” and juggling freelance work has been a bit more challenging than I thought.
As much as I tried to get ahead before I left, little things kept popping up here and there. I’ve been completely off any sort of routine as I bounce back and forth between hanging out with friends and my grandma’s house.
When I haven’t been hanging out with people, I’ve been working. I feel like a yo-yo!
But enough complaining. There’s always a bright side to things – that’s what the point of these posts are. So let’s take a look at them.
Hanging Out with Friends
I am so very grateful to have awesome friends. I think I mentioned this when we first booked our flights, but our one friend (who is basically the “leader” of our group – all friend circles have one, right?) made plans for almost every single day this week, in light of our visit.
So I’ve been able to see almost everyone I was close with in college (and after). It’s been a great time, and it honestly feels like we never left. Our friends have always been accepting, but it’s really nice to feel at home after almost a year of not seeing everyone.
Let’s see if I can recap…
On Saturday, after my last post, we hung out at our friend’s house and went to Applebees afterward. It was just like old times in college.
On Monday, we had a little “farewell” lunch because R was leaving, so we went to Friendly’s with two other friends as we don’t have any near us (not that I missed it…). We then came back to our friend’s house, played a few matches of Super Smash Brothers, and proceeded to take R to the airport.
On Tuesday, we went to trivia night at a local bar. R and I had gone once, right before we moved, and it was a lot of fun. It’s free, and you get an entire pizza for your team.
On Thursday we drove an hour away to get lunch at a supposedly amazing place. I got a chicken sandwich, and it didn’t disappoint. I also got a delicious coffee cake muffin. We came back to eat at our friend’s house, played more Super Smash Brothers, and then watched episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which seemed pretty funny.
My friend also had to deal with 4 of us girls craving chocolate, so we forced him to make brownies (well one of us helped). They ended up coming out like cake, but chocolate is chocolate, so we ate it.
After that, we played some Jackbox! This is an online game I was recently introduced to, and it’s a great way to include people whether or not they’re physically there. I believe it’s $25 and can be purchased on the PS4, Xbox One, or Steam.
Only one person needs to buy it. That person can then start games and people can join the games with a room code. The games are all party-friendly and really hilarious. If you like Cards Against Humanity, you’ll probably like these.
On Friday my friend hosted a potluck which was scrumptious. We had meatballs, sweet potatoes, pesto chicken and pasta, cheesey garlic bread, baked potato soup, empanadas, and brownies. I’m writing this after eating it all and fighting a food coma very badly.
After dinner, we decided to play Jackbox again. It’s fun as R can jump in on the fun. I’m looking forward to being able to “spend time” with our friends by playing games with them once I get back.
My plans for Saturday consisted of meeting some new people that I met via the other community I’ve been participating in. Due to the weather, our meet up actually turned into a sleep over, and needless to say, it was pretty fun!
Everyone was super nice and welcoming, and I’m very grateful for their kindness. Plus, we went to a diner in the morning, and I miss NY diners.
All in all, I’ve been grateful to have spent time with my friends again. I do have to say – it makes me sad we didn’t spend as much time with them when we did live here.
After R and I moved in together, around the time I started blogging, we were focused on saving as much money as possible. That meant cutting back on nights out with friends.
As you can see, our friends are fans of frugal activities, but they do go out to eat often. That’s not that hard to avoid, though. Lesson learned.
My financial priorities have changed a decent amount from last year, but I don’t necessarily think it’s for the worse as long as I’m still being mindful of how I spend.
Lastly, I’m actually grateful to be returning home (and grateful my grandma has put up with me for this long). Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed my stay (as you can tell), but there’s only so much time I can live without access to a car or my own bed. And I miss my cats!
Well, since I thought I published this and didn’t, I’ll add that I finally got home around 11pm. My flight was delayed three times and we were never given a reason why. (6:40 pushed to taking off at 9.)
However, instead of getting upset about it, I decided not to. Simple as that. It was something out of my control and not worth worrying over. Thankfully we finally got out (because getting a ride back would have been a nightmare), AND I got an entire row to myself. I like to think that’s a good sign.
What are you being grateful for this week? When’s the last time you met up with friends?