Being Grateful: Fourteenth Edition

Hi everyone! TGIF to those of you on normal schedules =). If you missed it last week, I had a “blogging” version of this post, where I gave some shout outs to those of you who have been so supportive these past months!

On another topic, the buzz around work is that there is a huge snow storm predicted for next week. I remember hearing about it a while ago as it’s close to my mom’s birthday. I am so over this snow! I remember how excited I used to get, back when I could get a snow day, college classes were canceled, etc. Oh how I long for those days, when I didn’t have to drive in it! In any case, I don’t put much stock into these predictions, especially when it’s over a week away. Hopefully nothing will come of it.

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Things I’m being grateful for this week and last:

  • Living so close to work, in regard to the snow. Since I live only five minutes away, and our workplace never closes (even in a state of emergency), I’m pretty much expected to get in. It makes sense, so I have no qualms with it. I’m just grateful I live so close that it’s not a treacherous drive. Getting home one day in the snow took me a half hour, but it took R an hour and a half as he normally has a 15 minute commute. My coworker, who lives maybe 20 minutes away, encountered 1.5 hour traffic getting in with only slush on the highway! being grateful
  • Random acts of kindness. A woman came into our job a few days ago with Dunkin Donuts coffee and donuts! It’s so nice when people show their appreciation. Over the holidays, someone who used to work here a long, long time ago bought us a huge box of chocolates (which were gone in two and a half days). And I’m continuously grateful for all the awesome people in our community that donate to the animals (I work in a shelter). So thoughtful!
  • My library system. This might seem counter to what I wrote about on Monday, but without the extensive system our library has, I wouldn’t be able to read half the books I’d like to. County wide, all the libraries connect up so that you can request books from any library, not just your own. This was really helpful in my quest to healthy eating – my own library barely had any of the titles I wanted, but others did. I have a lot of reading to do!
  • That my boyfriend couldn’t care less about sports. I hate to be a downer, but I am just not a football fan. R isn’t either, so I don’t have to suffer through the game =). I don’t mind a party atmosphere, and if I have to watch, you’ll mostly find me laughing at all the fights that break out, and the weird positions the players end up in. Is that horrible? being grateful
  • Last Saturday alone! Our boss deemed the new girl ready to work Saturday’s with me. She got lucky as she’s getting a three-day weekend out of it. Saturday’s tend to be one of our busier days, so I’m just feeling pretty relieved. Even though she’s not completely up to speed on everything, having her answer the phones will be a huge help.
  • It’s starting to warm up, I think. I’m not sure how long it will last, but it’s currently 32 degrees! I think most of us are getting sick of waking up to single digits and frost/snow on our cars. I’ve been using the cold as an excuse to not get outside as much, and I really can’t wait for it to be in the 40s again. In any case, at least sunlight is lasting longer! A week or so ago I noticed the sun wasn’t two minutes away from setting when I went to leave work. I don’t particularly like driving in the dark, and it leaves me a little more energized once I get home.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! To those of you going to parties, be safe and have lots of yummy food!



  1. Troy Bombardia February 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Lol you’re grateful that your bf doesn’t like sports? I’m just grateful that my gf loves sports! XD That’s kind of how all our dates go “hey, wanna go snowboarding this weekend?”

    1. E.M. February 1, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      I meant sports in the most “traditional” sense. I don’t have any issues with snowboarding or skiing, I just don’t really like to watch events on TV.

  2. Jon @ Our Fine Adventure February 1, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Living close to work is something I am really grateful for as well… I moved a couple years ago so that I am less than a 10 minute walk away, and it is awesome!! :)

    1. E.M. February 1, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Oh that’s great! I really lucked out considering we had moved before I got this job. Now that I know how convenient it is, I’d love to get as close as possible to both our workplaces if we ever move again.

  3. Alicia @ Financial Diffraction February 1, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    The short commute is key. I’ve never experienced the commutes some bigger metropolitan areas are used to, but I know I don’t want to either!

    I so don’t get football. And because I don’t have cable, I actually didn’t know it was the Super Bowl this weekend until I was at the grocery store and everything was football-themed.

    1. E.M. February 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      My commutes have always been pretty short compared to some people. My longest was maybe 15-20 minutes, but there are lots of people that sit in traffic for an hour or so during rush hour. No thanks!

  4. SarahN February 1, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    1. Totally also love my BF isn’t into sports – haven’t been subjected to any tennis this year, and next to no cricket (it’s on at my parent’s/brother’s house).
    2. Such awesome birthday presents – an album of photos of me from babyhood; Harbour bridge climb voucher, a heart rate monitor for my new fitness program (starting tomorrow ekk!)
    3. Having a money goals conversation with the BF last night – sure we were both tipsy, but now I have an idea of his goals and timelines, and how I might fit with those.
    4. Seeing the twins (almost 3) at church, and giving a listening ear to their mother, who desperately needs it!
    5. A week acting as the boss of my section (and five more to go) will mean more $$ which will help me reach my goals and cover my recent expenses!
    6. A lovely birthday meal by the BF!

    I’ll leave it there – thanks for the post again, as always!!

    1. E.M. February 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      My parents actually like to watch tennis, or they used to. I always laugh at how noisy they are! It’s always a good idea to discuss financial goals with your significant other. R and I are on basic terms since we both just want to pay our student loans off, but it’s good practice for the future.

      More money is always great! Sounds like you had some good things to be grateful for this week.

  5. DC @ Young Adult Money February 3, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Football is one of my favorite sports to watch and thankfully my wife enjoys it as well! As far as snow, I hate it. We had about 6 inches of snow dump on us last week on Thursday morning and it took me 2 hours – yes, TWO hours to get to work! Insane. It should only take me about 35-40 minutes tops but it was terrible timing. With that being said, I’m thankful for a job, a working car, and a warm house at night.

    1. E.M. February 3, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      Seriously, the snow needs to stop! It’s currently still snowing here. I really hope we don’t get another storm next week. I’m very grateful for all the blankets I’ve somehow acquired throughout the years, as my boyfriend is somehow warm at night with just one.

  6. Matt Becker February 3, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    It was 55 degrees here yesterday! Unfortunately I think it was short-lived and today it’s actually supposed to snow. We took advantage of it though and spent some time at the park, which was a really nice change of pace. Hope your week is starting off well!

    1. E.M. February 3, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      It was really nice out yesterday! We got hit with snow as well today. I don’t get how the weather changes so fast. Here is to a hopefully warmer week =).

  7. KK @ Student Debt Survivor February 4, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Yay for random acts of Dunkin :-) I thought it was warming up a little but I guess we’re supposed to get a big snowstorm tonight.

    1. E.M. February 5, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      Yeah, very annoying! It’s at least changed to rain now, but I keep hearing we are supposed to get 23 inches or something on Sunday!

  8. Andrew@LivingRichCheaply February 5, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    I wish I lived closer to work…I miss take the subway a few stops. Now I’m driving about an hour at least! I stayed home last Monday because of the snow, but came in a little later today. I’m hearing that there might be a “monster storm” next Sunday/Monday. I’m not looking forward to it. I’m pretty tired of Winter and snow as well. Enough already! And February just started.

    1. E.M. February 5, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      Ugh I know. A lot of my friends commute to the city to teach, and many of them have been staying home even though the schools have been open. It’s crazy! I really hope this storm misses us. I was slipping and sliding all over the place today with all the slush.

  9. Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans February 6, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    5 minute commute?! That is definitely something to be grateful for! Usually, my commute is about an hour or so each way. But today it took me 3.5 hours to get to work because of a crazy accident, ugh!

    1. E.M. February 7, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Oh wow, I don’t think I could take driving an hour to work at all. Accidents and subsequent traffic are always horrible. Everyone loves to stop and look!


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