Being Grateful – Ninth Edition

Oh how lovely it is for it to be the weekend already! This week went by fairly fast, which is good and bad. Good because it means we’re closer to the holidays, and only two more weeks until my parents get here; bad because that means less time to shop!

Things are about to get a little dicey at work. One of the ladies retired yesterday (after spending 27 years at this job!), which means it’s just myself and one other person. I’ve been getting more and more comfortable with things, but phone calls still trip me up once in a while. We get the strangest questions sometimes, and I don’t always know what to say. It seems like there’s a lot of grey areas and answers can change depending on the day. Next week, I will be working my first Saturday alone. All I can say is, I am definitely grateful that my mom has said she’ll be available for phone calls, and that I have the luxury of being able to ask her things! I’d still rather have one stressful day than have every day be stressful.

Besides that, this week was relatively calm. R and I have been recuperating from the trip by relaxing, and we even fell asleep at 9:30pm one night. This weekend we are planning on sprucing up the apartment in anticipation for my parents, and rearranging some furniture around. With the new couch in the living room, we had to put the futon in the bedroom, and it’s not working out as well as we had hoped. With some finagling things should fit and look presentable. Maybe we will get a tiny fake Christmas tree, too, though I am worried the cats will be knocking it over. Weird fact: I’m allergic to real Christmas trees.


being grateful

Being grateful has been easy this week, especially after spending time with family for Thanksgiving.

  • I am really grateful that R drove a good amount during our trip. While he complained about traffic and that his butt hurt, he was a good sport toward me and I really appreciated it. I’ve said it before, but I hate driving, especially at night!
  • I am grateful that we had a safe trip and that we ended up missing all the bad weather that was supposed to happen. Rain would have made traffic a million times worse than it was.
  • I am grateful that my grandma was willing to check in on the cats while we were away. It was nice knowing they had someone looking after them as I felt terrible about leaving them alone for four days. I know cats are solitary, but they like their routines/schedules, too.
  • I am grateful for free food (who doesn’t like free food?). The retirement party featured heroes, a cake, penne alla vodka (yum), dessert, macaroni and potato salad, chili, pulled pork…the list goes on. Everyone contributed a little something. I know my mom enjoyed her retirement party, so it’s nice to be able to do it again for someone who has been there for so long.
  • I am grateful that we have a shopping date with family members on Sunday, so I am very much hoping to knock some people off my gift list. Some ideas have been rolling in which makes me happy.
  • This is going to sound silly, but I am just grateful when R comes home safe and sound. I am such a worry-wart. On Wednesday he was only supposed to work until 5pm, but it was 6:30pm and I hadn’t heard from him since 11am. That’s not like him at all. I was pacing around the apartment getting ready to leave to go to his job when he texted me they were doing inventory. It was such a relief!
  • I am grateful for having a great family. While there have been slight periods of time where the peace was disrupted, overall, I am lucky not to have experienced much family drama. I’ve been reading some horrendous Christmas/holiday tales, and ours were always enjoyable as far as I remember. Maybe it’s because my family isn’t large and we all keep in touch…whatever it is, I hope it always stays this way! being grateful
  • I am glad that my pets are in good health. This sounds cliche, but honestly, when you work at an animal shelter and you witness people coming in to put their pets to rest, it’s heartbreaking. Three of my pets passed away within the span of a year and it killed me, to the point where I seriously contemplated not having any more pets. My baby has been gone for a year and some months now, and I still can’t remember her without tearing up, so I am just happy I have my two healthy, crazy cats right now.
  • Another silly one, but gift ideas for me have finally started making their way into my head. I like to ask for practical things that I will actually use, so Febreze refills on the plug-in things, candles, possibly new windshield wipers, a car charger for my phone, and pens are on the short list. It seems like I disappoint everyone when I tell them I don’t want anything for Christmas, so I’m grateful for anything I can think of at this point.

What’s on your Christmas list, or what have you been buying your loved ones? I need some ideas!



  1. Ashley December 7, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Allergic to christmas trees?! That is so crazy! Fake ones are easier (and cheaper) anyway :) I just came up with my list for my family’s secret santa. I had stuff like gloves, candles, tea, and a 2014 planner- not the most exciting items but ones that I’d definitely enjoy!

    1. E.M. December 8, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      Yep, my parents kept wondering why I was getting sick every single Christmas. My doctor came up with the answer, and we’ve had a fake tree ever since.

      They are all useful presents, which is key, I think! It’s so hard for me to come up with practical gifts that people don’t have already. I’ve seen a lot of hat & glove sets exchanges throughout the years, and my grandma practically stockpiles tea.

  2. Budget and the Beach December 7, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    I’m going to be a total basket case when I lose my cat. He’s almost 14 and he still seems to young to me. In some ways “we’ve” been though so many things together. Maybe that’s a weird way of looking at it but I think almost all pet owners will understand.

    1. E.M. December 8, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      Of course! Having a pet for so long, they really become part of the family. You get used to them being there, and they get used to your routine. Pets can also really help you get through the rough times – I find they’re pretty therapeutic. All of my pets passed so suddenly, and I think that’s what got to me. I hadn’t even been expecting it, so I just treasure the moments I have with mine now.

  3. Alicia @ Financial Diffraction December 8, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    I thought you were going to say you were allergic to cats, not the trees. I had hoped you were another person who tortured themselves for cat love, haha (I am allergic, and have multiple cats). Also, your tabby is adorable – looks similar to one of mine. :)

    1. E.M. December 8, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Honestly, if I were allergic to cats, I would most likely still keep them. There have been some occasions where I’ve spent more time than usual petting them, and I feel a bit worse after, so I might be slightly allergic. I don’t think anything would really stop me from having pets, unless I was homeless or couldn’t really take care of them. They’re too much fun!

  4. Done by Forty December 8, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    I bought my sister and her boyfriend two headsets for their computers, so they can make free calls through their computer when at home, and change over to a cheap cell phone carrier. They’ve heard what we do for our plans and they want to make a switch (to Ting, I think).

    Thanks for these regular reminders to be thankful!

    1. E.M. December 8, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      I only really call my parents and my grandma, and I use Skype to call my parents whenever I can. I used to call my mom on my breaks, but now that I come home I can Skype her. It’s a useful way to avoid using minutes, though my current plan has 450 I think. I’ve heard Google Voice is also a decent workaround.

  5. SarahN December 8, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Thanks for reminding me to be grateful again this week
    1. Grateful to get a 1hr walk in on Sunday (at 6kms!), making up for a slow walk with BF on Sat
    2. Happy to wake up before my alarm today, get a good paced walk in!
    3. To have a friend help me build my first ever gingerbread house! And it’s still up
    4. A nice beach trip with the BF on Sunday, including a lovely nap in the car on the way home. I didn’t even get sunburnt – woo!
    5. A three day weekend, and no real ‘have to do’ things for the Friday day off!
    6. Getting my compost bin emptied, and the other one to mum’s (I hate how heavy they are, so it’s great to have mum drop off one, and pick up the other).
    7. BF cooking dinner last night when I wanted to nap (more!), and then cleaning it all up too. Bless him!

    That’s all I can think of for now. Nice work on starting the Christmas shopping, and compiling a list for yourself.

    1. E.M. December 8, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Wow, a one hour walk is great! I don’t think I’ve been on a long walk since this summer. I really wanted to build a gingerbread house this season, they’re so yummy. I’ve only made one for a culinary class in high school. Yay for no sunburn! I burn easily so that’s always nice when you can walk away unscathed.

  6. Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans December 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    I think it’s so great that your mom is willing to help you at your job! Definitely something to be grateful for!

    Hope you’re having a great week, EM!

    1. E.M. December 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      I would be ten times more lost without her advice and background to help me out.

      Thanks, I hope you are as well!


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