Being Grateful: Nineteenth Edition

Hi everyone! This week went by pretty fast for me. Unfortunately I’ve been plagued with headaches for most of it. Anyone else having the same experience? I’m not sure if it’s because the temperature has been changing dramatically or what, but I haven’t gotten headaches in months and was really hoping I was rid of the worse ones.

This post is supposed to be positive, though, so I’m going to stop complaining!

being gratefulThe reasons I have for being grateful this week are:

Sunday: Once again, R and I headed to my grandma’s house to do laundry and go for a walk. I prefer going for walks around her area, mostly because where we live, we’re kind of blocked in. We’re in a rather small residential area, but to our east is a busy main road, to the south is a highway, and to the west is another slightly busy road. I like quiet walks! In any case, R didn’t start working on her storage unit until maybe 7, and it took him a lot longer than expected to finish it, so we had to go back Monday. Even though I would rather go to my grandma’s just to go and visit her, I am still grateful she’s letting us use her washer and dryer. It beats going to a laundry mat, and it’s free.

being gratefulMonday: The week before, my coworker had informed me that there is a cookie factory right down the block! How did I not know this? I was really sad, so of course I had to head over there as soon as I could. They’re actually only open M-F 9-5, and being that we are off on Monday’s, we decided to check it out. We walked there (well really, we’re going to be eating a lot of cookies, so we had to!), and while the selection was a lot smaller than I thought it would be, the prices are great. As you can see from the pictures, they basically just sell cookies in a container, so you can make your own platter if you want to. Most of the cookies were $2.50 which is great, and the little dinosaur ones were on sale for a dollar. Score! We will definitely be going back. I just wish I had known about this earlier, with all the birthdays and holidays that just passed.

Tuesday: On Tuesday, R learned that he has yet another work-related event to attend on the 31st. That just so happens to be the same Monday I need to go into work, as my coworker will be off and they need coverage. He is leaving Sunday night, though, so I’ll have to spend the night alone, but at least I’ll have work to keep me busy! I was really happy that it ended up being that day.

Wednesday: I was Skyping with my mom, who was amused by the fact that my one cat wanted to lay on me. She’s been getting really cuddly lately, which makes this cat owner feel special =). My last cat, who passed away, was extremely affectionate, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss waking up to her being on my head. My current older cat (the orange one), was insanely crazy in her earlier years. You couldn’t pet her for more than five seconds before she decided to back away and be entertained with the leaves swirling around outside. I guess now that she is older, she is settling down and becoming affectionate. It’s really funny how she’s mimicking my last cat. I can only hope our kitten follows suit, since she’s the craziest one I’ve had! being grateful

Thursday: My boss had mentioned that she would like for me to learn how to do the monthly reports that my coworker does. I had already taken the initiative and helped her out with last month, but I wanted to learn more. It turns out, my mom was tasked with a really difficult/confusing task, and the coworker that took over that has been really frustrated with it. I decided to talk about it with my mom, who tried her best to explain the process, this way I could help out more. Plus, I like challenges, and I knew it would keep me busy. I spent all day plus Friday going through things and teaching myself what to do. This is what I thrive on in a working environment, and it’s been far too long since I’ve had a challenge at this job.

Friday: There was some potentially exciting news from R that two positions opened up in our desired locations. As he is getting closer to completing his training, we were starting to worry that we would have to wait a while for our ideal locations to pop up on the list. Most of the positions thare are open are in the NE area, where we already are, and have no interest in staying. Obviously, nothing is guaranteed, but it gives me a little hope that maybe it was meant to be. The timing is great!

Saturday: I think I am just grateful that we managed to go an entire week without seriously food shopping. I did this intentionally, because I have a habit of going either Thursday or Friday to cash my check, as my bank is in the store (yes, I’ve been lazy and haven’t set up direct deposit because I don’t have any checks, they cost too much), and then we wander around and buy stuff. I do go with a list, but that doesn’t make it any better. There’s still food left in the apartment that could be eaten. We usually shop Thursday and then again on Sunday or Monday when we’re off. It’s just silly. We did buy a few things on Monday, but I’d like to go shopping one day and be done with it.

What are you grateful for this week? How many times a week do you go food shopping? Any of you taking on new tasks at work?




  1. Alicia @ Financial Diffraction March 15, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    I have a huge soft spot for orange cats – and cuddly ones at that! I really hope everything works our for you and R with the transfer.

    My week was a little draining, but I am thankful I have some downtime with the kitties and my fiancé. Next week will also be hectic, but then maybe I’ll take a couple days off :) I am thankful for my taxes being assessed – LOL!

    1. E.M. March 16, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      I always wanted an orange cat, too, so when she popped up at the shelter I was thrilled. I hope things work out, too. He’s making me wait until Tuesday (when he goes back to work), since he didn’t get a chance to apply for the positions yet, but at least he spoke with the recruiting person and let her know.

      I would be thankful for getting my taxes done, too, if I were you!

  2. Shannon @ Financially Blonde March 15, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    I was grateful for a visit from a friend that I have not seen in ages. I also had an amazing meeting with a client. I love it when I feel as though I am making a positive influence in their lives. And one of my 2014 financial goals is lower food shopping bills, so we limit it to one trip a week and keep it under $100. This week we did it for $50! Yay!

    1. E.M. March 16, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      $50 is amazing! Lowering the grocery shopping bill is probably always going to be a goal of mine, it seems like it’s been on a steady increase since last year, even if it’s not by a huge amount.

      Seeing friends that you haven’t seen in a while is always fun. I’m sure positively influencing clients is the best part of your job! It’s a great feeling to know you’re making a difference in people’s lives.

  3. Traci March 15, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    I try to go food shopping once every week, but sometimes it only takes five days to need more fresh produce, that sort of thing. I love gratitude lists!

    1. E.M. March 16, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      My mom used to go every Friday, and then here and there to pick up bread or milk if we were running low. I need to get better at that! You’re right about the produce, though.

  4. Erin @ My Alternate Life March 15, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    I am grateful for a nice chunk of debt reduction that I’ll write about soon! For now, it’s a secret, but everything was worked out this past week :)

    I am also grateful for beautiful weather, an uptick of work (and income), and the yummy macarons I had for breakfast this morning!

    1. E.M. March 16, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      That’s awesome! Looking forward to reading about it. I’m jealous, macarons are delicious, and I’ve only had them once…I should change that.

  5. DC @ Young Adult Money March 16, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    I’m glad you are being challenged in your job. I have had times where the things I’m doing at work really aren’t all that challenging and, like you, I thrive when taking on a new complicated task.

    My wife suffered some bad headaches in the past and she went on some medicine that helped. Unfortunately she can’t take those meds with birth control so she had to stop when she started that. Not sure how she figured this out, but she gets headaches when she eats beef or pork, mainly because they are packed with preservatives. She hasn’t ate either for a couple years now and she gets headaches far less often. We eat a lot of chicken now and sometimes turkey. For sandwich meat she can’t eat the stuff that’s packed with preservatives and has to get something that’s more organic. Probably not the issue in your case but maybe something to look into.

    1. E.M. March 17, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      Yes! Work has gotten a little stagnant lately, so I was all for taking on something new.

      I love turkey and chicken more than pork or beef, so that’s good! I have heard that it’s a common issue – eating certain cuts can cause people to react, especially with getting headaches. Getting grass-fed beef is next on the list when we can afford it. I really need to keep a little food journal.

  6. Ryan @ Impersonal Finance March 18, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    You had me at “cookie factory.” There was a bread factory right across the street from my old gym (seriously, like 50 yards away) and it was just terrible. It smelled so delicious I wanted to do nothing more than work out and go eat bread. That cat is adorable btw. I think this week I’m grateful to have made it through a visit from my in-laws.

    1. E.M. March 20, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      As we were walking up to it I definitely said, “It smells so good!” I actually used to work above a bakery and it was absolute torture. It smelled like pastries and coffee all the time. I’m glad you survived your encounter with your in-laws!


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