Being Grateful – Fourth Edition

Happy Friday everyone! This week has been slightly crazy. First of all, the weather starts off cold, then gets warm, and ends up super chilly! I felt unprepared when I walked outside this morning. I think I am going to have to start wearing a heavier jacket. I can’t believe R is still walking around in just long sleeves. Brr! I love the 60 degree weather, but only when bundled up appropriately =). I love hoodies, though I’ve barely worn them since getting an office job, as they’re obviously not appropriate for business casual. We’re not even allowed to wear them on Friday.

That will all change soon enough, though, as I got a new job! Yes! I’m so excited. I will be sharing more details next week, but for now let’s just say it’s been a bit of a whirlwind process. You may remember I had been thinking about looking, but ultimately I decided that I would stay as things seemed promising. Giving your 2 weeks is never fun, and I do feel as though I kind of blindsided my bosses. I felt very guilty, but the one coworker I told has been really supportive, and I’m really being grateful for that this week. It can be easy to be selfish and think of all the work she’s going to have to do, but instead she’s happy for me. Her birthday is right around the corner, and I am glad I’ll be able to stay to make her some brownies to celebrate. It’s our office tradition to get ice cream cake and some of us are so sick of it – including her. She doesn’t want a cake at all, and I figured it’ll be a sort of good-bye present as well.


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I have a lot to be grateful for this week.

  • Final update – my parents went to visit their neighbor who seems to be making a great recovery. Everyone in the community has given her soup apparently; she joked about having a gallon of it between the fridge and freezer. I’m glad she’s finally in the clear!
  • My bosses taking the news as well as they could. Again, it’s not the greatest timing at all, but I was so worried about what they would think.
  • The possibility that plans to visit my parents for Thanksgiving may work out after all. It’s still up in the air, as it is a 12 hour drive, and that’s a lot to do for just 4 days, but it could (hopefully) be fun. 
  • Work being a bit on the slow side the first two days of the week. Finally getting some time to breathe was nice, but we spoke too soon as it got very busy later on Wednesday.
  • My grandma, as usual! I had switched my clothes around, but when I took my winter clothes out, they all smelled like smoke from being in the old house. My parents are smokers, and pretty much everything I brought over smelled like smoke. I really didn’t want to bring smelly clothes into my closet, so my grandma washed everything. For some reason, my clothes always shrink, so most of them cannot go in the dryer. She air dried them in her garage and then ironed them all, which she didn’t have to do at all. I don’t know what I’d do without her! (Spend lots on washing clothes…)
  • Amazon. This sounds a bit on the trivial side, but my grandma rarely lets anyone know when she needs something. So when she does, I always check out alternatives for her. I was able to find filters for her humidifier for about $6 less than what she would have paid at Sears. Plus it saved her a trip and gas. She was pleased, and they arrived in 2 business days without Prime! I always feel good when I am able to help her out, even in a small way.

    I don't know how she sleeps like this. She's very disgruntled looking.
    I don’t know how she sleeps like this. She’s very disgruntled looking.
  • Craigslist, for my dad. He had thrown out a radial arm saw while making the move (it wouldn’t fit), and he was able to score one for $100. It turns out this particular model had a recall on it, so he ordered the recall kit which was free, and he basically received a bunch of new parts for it. For those of you not familiar with this stuff (like me), apparently new ones can run over $1,000. My dad was really disappointed that this piece was missing from his little shop, so I’m glad he was able to get a good deal on it.
  • My cats, for providing me with endless entertainment. As much of a nuisance the kitten can be sometimes (she’s been jumping on everything), she is so spastic it’s hilarious. She’ll run all over the place, hopping on things as she goes, and it’s quite amazing to watch. It’s as if she makes her own obstacle course to run.
  • Tissues. Something really simple (and sadly wasteful) to help with my damn allergies. Ugh!! They’ve been getting worse each day this week as it’s been windy out.

That’s it for this week! Anyone have anything fun planned for the weekend? R is working this Saturday, so I think I’ll be catching up on some reading and cleaning. I am hoping to take a “practice walk” to my new job, as it is conveniently 1.4 miles away. I’d love to be able to walk on nice days, and want to see how long it will take me.

What are you grateful for this week?



  1. Budget and the Beach October 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Great things to be grateful for. Your grandma sounds really awesome! I wish mine was still around. And my cat provides me hours of entertainment as well. Have a great weekend, and I hope somehow you can make it home for thanksgiving!

    1. E.M. October 26, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      I am really thankful for my grandma in general. One of her close friends just passed and it makes me realize how precious time is with grandparents. She’s the only one I’ve had.

      Cats are really great for entertainment purposes, except when you’re trying to sleep! Have a great weekend =)

  2. Justin @ RootofGood October 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    That’s a good practice – reflecting on the positives and what you have to be thankful for. You didn’t actually increase your net worth or what you have, you just took time to appreciate the positives. Getting an early start on Thanksgiving? :)

    1. E.M. October 26, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      Haha, it was actually the idea of some other bloggers, and I thought it was a good way to keep myself in check. Sadly, I can be very pessimistic and negativity isn’t good for anyone, so I decided that I need to start realizing all the good things happening in my life.

  3. Ashley October 25, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    CONGRATS on the new job! That is so exciting! Having an understanding coworker makes it soooo much easier to leave. I felt the same way when I left– feeling bad about pushing all my work off to the rest of my team. But surprisingly they were SO supportive and happy for me, which made me feel much better. You gotta do what’s best for you!

    Also- 1.4 mi walk is glorious! I bet that’s 25-30 mins? awesome way to get exercise and save gas money!

    Can’t wait to hear more about the job next week. Hooray!

    1. E.M. October 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      Thank you! It does make it a lot easier. She is the only one that knows right now, but I was so relieved after she said she was happy I was moving on. She’s always been great, so I wasn’t too worried, but it doesn’t mean I feel any better making her busier in the short-term with handling more.

      I was thrilled about the proximity. I read so much about people walking to work and knew I could never do that – my current job is all highway. Of course it’s right as it gets chilly out, but I will see how the practice walk goes tomorrow. As it is, my car is great on gas, but we use my boyfriend’s car for errands. If I’m not using it for work, we may as well use it for that to balance things out.

  4. Done by Forty October 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Congratulations on the new job, and I’m so happy that you have established a habit of expressing gratitude. I think that’s a great routine to insert in your life. I might steal it. :)

    1. E.M. October 26, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Thanks! I’d have no problem with that – it would be nice to see other people doing it. Plus, it’s a bit more on the personal side of things, and I’m all for getting to know other bloggers better.

  5. anna October 25, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Oh my gosh, CONGRATS on the new job!!! Can’t wait to hear about the details and I’m glad your office took it as well as they could. That is so adorable of your grandma to wash all your clothes and take care of them, as well!! So happy for you, E.M., you deserve this!! Cute cat pic, as well ;)

    1. E.M. October 26, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Thank you!! Yes, my grandma is forever amazing. She keeps joking I’m going to have to start paying for her laundry services. I wish there was more I could do, but she’s just one of those people who has everything she needs/wants as she’s simple. I’ve been trying to keep track of little things she’s mentioned for Christmas gifts at least.

  6. Andrew@LivingRichCheaply October 25, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Congrats on the new job! Can’t wait to hear about it. Leaving a job is never easy. But you have to do what is best for you. And as you’ve mentioned, your bosses knew that your department was busy but didn’t find someone to help out…so don’t feel too guilty.

    1. E.M. October 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Thanks! Yes, that is basically what my coworker said. They had tons of time to find someone and chose not to. She brought up a good point that one of us could have had an emergency out of the blue for a week – what then? My one boss said they had been “looking, but it’s tough to hire.” In this job market I’m not sure how that’s possible!

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  8. Micro October 26, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    That picture of your cat reminds me of my little dog Shiva. She will lay down and cock her head back so it makes a 90 degree angle with her spine. I have no earthly idea how that is comfortable for her but she doesn’t seem to mind it.

    1. E.M. October 26, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      I really have no idea how she stays comfortable, either. She’s prone to laying in all sorts of weird positions that I’ve never seen cats do before. It’s really amusing.

  9. DC @ Young Adult Money October 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Congrats on the new job! That’s a lot of updates. You’re pretty lucky that your grandma did all that washing/drying/ironing for you. I’m grateful for my job, as three people were told that their positions would be eliminated end of April. One of them is in my former position, so I’m grateful I switched to a different position when I had the opportunity. I’m happy they are giving them such long notice, though, as they have plenty of time to interview and look for what’s next.

    1. E.M. October 26, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      Thanks! I had told my grandma I would come over one weekend to do it all, but she didn’t feel like waiting. Yikes, being told you’re going to be out of work is never fun, but you’re right that they at least have a head start in looking. Glad you switched to another position, too!

  10. Jen @ Frugal Rules October 28, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Your post made me realize that being grateful doesn’t apply only to big sizes because we can be grateful for the smallest things, too. I am simply grateful for weekends when the family is complete and we can spend quality time together even if it’s just a game of scrabble. We tend to spend hours on it, you know?

    1. E.M. October 28, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      I always wish we had a family game night. For some reason my parents couldn’t get into board games, no matter how much I begged them to play. It seems like a nice activity!

  11. Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans October 29, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Wow, congrats on the new job EM!! Can’t wait to hear more about it!

    1. E.M. October 29, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Thanks! I hope you have good news to report soon, too =).

  12. SavvyFinancialLatina October 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Congrats on the new job! I know you were thinking of looking elsewhere and I’m glad an opportunity came by.

    1. E.M. October 29, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Thank you!


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