Hello everyone! This week went by pretty fast considering it was shortened (for most of you!). I was a day behind all week, which was really messing me up. I kept thinking it was Tuesday when it was Wednesday. While I’m glad the weekend is here, R decided to go into work for some overtime, and I tagged along. I can definitely focus better there, since it is a “traditional” work environment! The only bad thing is, they recently had their wifi taken away, so it’s mostly a time for writing.
I have to say, I am mostly being grateful for the nice weekend we had. As I said last week, we were visiting my parents, and we had some gorgeous weather the whole time! Of course, it was also super hot, but I’ll take that over rain.
On Saturday, we celebrated the 26th anniversary of my parents by going out to eat for a $5 hamburger & fries special at a local sports bar. I wasn’t expecting much, but it actually wasn’t bad at all! As is tradition in the south, we all had sweet tea (yum) with our burgers. The total bill was around $26 for the 4 of us. Not bad for an early dinner!
On Sunday, my parents wanted to try this breakfast place out as their neighbors had recommended it. There was a pretty long wait (which might inspire a post at some point), and to be honest, I didn’t think it was worth it.
This restaurant also took us 25 minutes to get to. In light of that, I suggested we make a quick stop at the beach, which was only a 3 minute drive away. My mom agreed. We managed to find some parking, and set foot on the beach as a family for the first time in … possibly ever. My mom swears they took me when I was little, but I have no memory of that. It was nice, and I snapped some pictures for the occasion.
We actually then went back to the beach later on at night. The plan was to go Monday morning, and we wanted to scout out parking that was closer. It was almost impossible! Labor Day weekend + thousands of tourists = no parking, duh. We eventually found a spot, and enjoyed the view. I mostly enjoyed staring at this mansion, wondering how nice it must be to have beach front property like that. The sound of the waves was so calming!
We decided that Monday would be a lazy, go-with-the-flow type of day. I started checking traffic early on to see what the roads were like. Almost every time I checked, there was traffic due to an accident. Things weren’t looking too good for our trip home. It was only on the one highway we need to take out of town, but sitting in traffic is never fun!
I decided it would be best to leave later in the day. I assumed people would be checking out of their hotels around noon and then departing. So we headed for the pool thinking the beach would still be crowded, and got the whole thing to ourselves. Score!
We sat outside to snack a little on the patio before going back to the house. The community pool is situated on a cute little “beach,” and there was a really nice breeze.
My mom made her usual pasta dinner (it felt like Sunday!), and in the middle of eating, her neighbors came over to say hi to us. Yes, this is the couple whose mailbox got knocked down. I said they were sweet, didn’t I?! I was really grateful for a chance to see them, they really brighten everyone’s day.
After chatting for a bit, they left, and we were on our way shortly after that. I was mostly being grateful for the fact my “plan” to leave later worked out – we hit no traffic whatsoever!
There was a moment of panic, though. Because we left later, we were driving mostly in the dark, and out of nowhere, a guy on a bicycle decided to cross the street in front of us! There were no special lights on the bike, making it difficult to see. That was pretty scary.
Then right after that intersection, we spotted two cops doing their usual talking side-by-side thing. As soon as we passed, they pulled out onto the road. You’ve got to be kidding me!! Most of you read about how we got a ticket a few months ago, and I was really hoping it wasn’t about to happen again. We were the only car on the road, meaning I couldn’t think of any other reason they decided to pull out at that moment.
Thankfully, since our last incident, R has been going at or under the speed limit at all times, so we really didn’t think we deserved to get pulled over. R deliberately went under the speed limit in hopes the cops would get annoyed and pass us. I was beyond grateful when they finally did. I had seriously been tense, holding my breath the entire time, thinking they were trying to get us on something. Whew.
And lastly, I was grateful to get home and see the cats! They were equally happy to see us (though I think that’s because they knew they were getting treats).
That wraps it up for this week! I hope you’re all enjoying the weekend!
What are you being grateful for this week? How did you enjoy your Labor Day weekend?