Wow, I can’t believe we are up to the 40’s already! I think it will be interesting to have a look back at all of these once a year has been completed.
The weekend is finally here, and I hope you’ve been enjoying it so far. It started last night with a bang – literally. Unexpected thunderstorms, yay. Other than that, R and I went out to eat last night, and the total came to $8.66. We had $10 left on our gift card, so that was free. I love gift cards!
Also, I feel the need to tell you all R is amazing as he’s cleaning the apartment right now. I am so lucky to have found someone to take up the tasks I hate ;). That means baking of some sort is in order, since that’s how we roll. He cleans, I bake! We both win.
I’m currently being grateful for getting to plan a little weekend getaway soon! I’ve heard one too many nice things about Asheville, NC, and seeing as it’s only 2 hours away, it’s actually a shorter distance than most weekend trips we take.
The only slight problem is that because of the beautiful fall foliage, hotels are either super expensive, or completely booked. We ran into this when trying to visit upstate, NY, too. I blame R, because his birthday is in the middle of October, and apparently that’s prime time for pretty mountain scenery.
Sadly, I took a look on Airbnb, and didn’t see a huge selection. Our other option could be Boone, NC. Recently, a neighbor of my parents went there, and she had a lot of fun (and she’s 85). It’s still set in the mountains, and it’s a little closer. Hopefully something works out!
I’m also being grateful that R has labor day off, so we’ll be visiting my parents again. Their anniversary is on the 3rd, so we’ll be taking them out to celebrate. Actually, my mom has had this $50 gift card for a restaurnt none of us like, and I told her we could possibly trade it for something else. I’ve seen websites mentioned on other blogs, but I can’t recall any. Do any of you have experience with swapping gift cards online?
It’s a small world
A few days ago, R received a text from an old college teammate of his, and what do you know – he just moved here! He’s actually been attending grad school down here. R recalled that he majored in business or accounting, and since Charlotte is a banking city, that makes sense.
Even more amusing, they eventually got around to talking about their other halves; his friend is actually engaged. So of course, R said we would be engaged, if not for the fact he has no clue how to propose. I have such a creative boyfriend…
Well, guess where his friend proposed? Asheville.
It’s obviously just another sign we need to go! His friend said it’s similar to upstate NY, where they went to college, which is the feeling I got from looking at pictures. It’s just so beautiful and unique. If you’re interested, there’s a few blogs dedicated to this must-see city. I really hope we can make it work, even if it means going at a later date.
My lovely readers
This week, the one thing that stands out to me the most is all of you! I decided to stop being anonymous on Thursday, and I was met with overwhelming support.
To be honest, I didn’t think many people would care at all, so it means a lot to me that you all stopped by to congratulate me and share your thoughts on anonymity.
I’d like to feature a few awesome tweets I received:
@journeytosaving P.S. I am loving your "reintroduction" photo and name! Actually, we look a lot alike :)!!
— Mrs. Frugalwoods (@FrugalWoods) August 22, 2014
To which I already responded, it’s because we’re awesome. It’s funny, as I originally thought our hair was very close in color, and we’re both on the paler side :P.
I LOVE the new photos, @journeytosaving! You're gorgeous. And think it's great that the world gets to put a face to a name!
— Kali Hawlk (@KaliHawlk) August 22, 2014
Kali is too sweet, as always!
— Impersonal Finance (@Mr_Roboto_IF) August 22, 2014
Quite a high honor!
Seriously, you all were making me blush.
— Melanie Lockert (@DearDebtBlog) August 21, 2014
Melanie, my main motivator, who’s been kicking ass at freelancing since she left her full-time job! I hope to follow in her footsteps.
And of course, I appreciate every single one of the comments that were left on the post itself!
It feels like I say this at least every other week, but I am so grateful for all of you! This little mini-journey of blogging has been more awesome than I ever thought it would be. The PF community is hands-down the most supportive out there, and I’m so glad to be a part of it.
I had a few of you ask me to give an update if I notice any differences blogging as a real person, as opposed to a picture of the ocean, and I’m happy to oblige if I do find a difference.
As a very small sidenote, I know a few of you have been experiencing a little difficulty with commenting. Just let me know if it continues. I’m not sure what happened as I haven’t changed anything on the back-end, but I just updated plugins in case that was the cause.
Anyway! What a way to end the week. I hope you all have an amazing weekend!
What are you being grateful for this week? Planning any fall vacations, or just getting ready to bundle up?