Hello everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying a lovely long weekend (if you’re in the US), and that you had a Happy Thanksgiving.
I know, I posted my little one-year anniversary edition of this series on Wednesday, but since that was more of a reflection upon how the last year has gone, I figured I’d post a little on what I’m currently being grateful for.
I promise I’ll be back next week with personal finance posts (namely, my budget!). I already have the posts drafted. =)
Free Food and Leftovers
When I went to my parents house last week for our little Thanksgiving celebration, my mom made lasagna and chicken soup.
My grandma used to make chicken soup all the time in the winter, and I’d always take some home and have it for lunch. Needless to say, I’m pretty happy my mom is continuing with this!
I know I could make it myself, but it’s just not the same.
So we came home with about 6 slices of lasagna, and a whole container of broth. While I know lasagna is not the healthiest thing to be eating, we’ve been eating it here and there, and that’s what we decided to have for our actual Thanksgiving dinner. (Because I was too lazy to cook.)
I’m always grateful that my mom is still willing to cook for us after all these years, and I do realize she spends a little more on groceries when we visit. Thankfully, she still stayed within her budget for November!
Since we’ll be staying there for Christmas, I think I’ll be getting her a gift card to Kroger. =) Some people think gift cards are being lazy, but we all need to go grocery shopping, why not essentially give someone free food? I know I appreciate it.
Is there a theme here with free stuff? (Yes.) While I was at my parents, I needed to download Photoshop for a few things. That’s the one bad thing about being reliant on a program that’s only installed on my home PC.
I got a free version of CS2 months and months ago when it was still being offered – before I had my laptop. It appears the offer is no longer. =(
However, Adobe offers a free 30-day trial for their products, so that came to the rescue! Besides that, I was actually interested in seeing what had changed. CS2 is probably about 10 years old by now, if not more.
Short story – a lot has changed, and I’m really impressed! You can actually completely erase objects in a photo, or move them around. I was watching a few video tutorials and was blown away, so I had to try it for myself. It’s like magic! Take a look (you might want to click the images to make them bigger):
Of course, my mind got to racing on how I could turn this into something profitable, but photo editing seems to go hand-in-hand with photography, and let’s just say my interest in graphic design and photo editing has always surpassed my interest in actually taking photos.
While I would love to eventually dabble in photography, I know my limits, and right now it’s not something I can dedicate the time to learning.
Who knows, though. I could always try editing unprofessional photos that people take themselves.
I had mentioned a little while ago that I was thinking of upgrading and paying $10/month to have the current version of Photoshop, and this has slightly pushed me in that direction. (Downside to free trials, right?) It runs a lot smoother on my computer, which is also a bonus.
Melissa kindly pointed out to me that I had forgotten to mention “getting engaged” on the list of things that had changed this past year.
Um, that’s a pretty big “oops”, right?
Thanks Melissa. =)
Of course, I am grateful for that – as I said in my response to her, it still hasn’t quite sunk in yet, and I think that’s mostly due to the fact that we’re not in planning mode.
This is probably not typical for most women, but thoughts of the actual wedding have not been crossing my mind at all.
That doesn’t mean I’m not continuously grateful for R! It just means we have other priorities right now.
Regardless, we heard some news about one of our friends’ siblings – they’re possibly getting a divorce after only a year of being married.
It really kills me to hear these things, but I guess it shouldn’t be surprising given the divorce rates that are reported. There are too many people who don’t take marriage seriously, and only focus on their fairytale of a wedding. They simply hope it will end happily ever after.
I think most of us here are smart enough to know that the reality is much different. Relationships take a LOT of work and commitment.
Getting married doesn’t make it any easier. It doesn’t magically erase any problems that existed beforehand. And it means you’re in it for the long haul. You can’t just get divorced by sending a break-up text (let’s not get into how tacky that is).
It would be foolish to go about planning a wedding when you’re not 100% invested in the relationship. I know circumstances and people can change, but one year is such a short amount of time. I’m not trying to cast judgment, but I felt the need to do a little PSA on the subject. Rant over. :P
So with that said, I’m grateful to be in a relationship with someone who has taken it seriously from day one. R and I have had lots of ups and downs, but we both realize the gravity of getting married, and we also appreciate just how expensive it can be not just for us, but for others involved.
Today is actually our “monthly anniversary” that we don’t really celebrate anymore, but it’s been three years and two months, and time has flown by!
What are you being grateful for this week? What’s the last free trial you tried out? Have you had a free meal recently?