Being Grateful: Seventeenth Edition

Hi everyone! Welcome to the end of the week, finally! I’m not sure why, but this week seemed to drag out. Sunday feels like forever ago. I should probably start recording events as they happen, since I can’t even remember what happened on certain days. It’s horrible!

I am really looking forward to March. We’re getting closer to spring, day by day. Of course, we’re slated to get snow again on Monday, and it randomly started snowing twice this week. At this point I’m trying to laugh it off, because this much snow is ridiculous. This is the worst winter we have had in a while. The good news is, none of it stuck to the ground, so driving was fine. That is definitely something to be grateful for.

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Without further ado, here are the reasons I have for being grateful this week!

  • Sunday: R and I spent the day with my grandma, on her actual birthday. As a “bonus present” to her, R and I assembled this little bathroom storage unit she bought for herself. We didn’t think it would be that hard, but it got a little messy at times (as you can see). I don’t think it turned out badly, though! being grateful
    • Sunday was also the warmest day we’ve had in a while. It was gorgeous, and I missed walking so much that I insisted that R and I take a walk around while we were at my grandma’s. We got to see some amazing homes that I wasn’t aware of. It’s fun to explore other neighborhoods!
  • Monday: I was mostly grateful for the opportunity to unwind. We had gone to my aunt’s house right after work on Saturday, went to my grandma’s Sunday, and we just wanted a day to relax and bum around. Even though I always complain when we do this, I’m glad we did, since everyone needs some relaxation every now and then.
  • Tuesday: I walked into work and my boss had called out sick. We all rejoiced. This sounds so mean, but things are so much calmer when she’s not there. I felt bad that she was sick, of course, but she never takes a day off (besides her normal ones), so it was nice to have a chill day at work as well. Plus, she’s off on Wednesday’s, so it was extra nice! being grateful
  • Wednesday: This is going to sound really silly, but lately I have been making myself little omelette’s for lunch when I come home on my break. They only take about 7 minutes all together. Well, I had the genius idea to use Muenster cheese instead of regular American, and oh my god, it was awesome! I’ve been making it every day since then.
  • Thursday: Another silly one, but sometimes R and I get into play fights if we’re both feeling spontaneous. R loves to tickle me, until I accidentally clock him in the head. I can’t be held responsible for natural reflexes. This can also be somewhat of a workout, at least for me. I am pretty weak, so trying to fight R off is difficult. I think it’s good practice in case I ever get randomly accosted on the street.
  • Friday: I am grateful for music, and free podcasts. I used to listen to my favorite songs during the commute to work, but now that the car ride takes me 10 minutes tops, I have been neglecting my iPod. I decided to update iTunes on Thursday, and I’m already chair dancing to tunes again. In case you’re wondering, my favorite podcast is Group Therapy Radio by Above & Beyond. Most of the time, you can easily dance or workout to the songs. R started using it for running when I introduced him to it. being grateful
  • Saturday: Well, Saturday didn’t happen yet, so I am just going to take a guess. I’m hoping R and I will be able to catch up on some TV shows after work, and that some kitties and doggies get adopted! Nothing makes my work-day better than seeing an ecstatic new dog/cat owner freaking out about taking something home. It’s equally as exciting for us!

Being (stubbornly) grateful about my car

Okay, so a little update for all of you that have left me comments regarding the issues I’ve been having with my car. Sidenote: was February the month for car issues? I saw a lot of other bloggers posting/commenting about car repairs, too. Good riddance!

On Thursday my boss was back at work, and asked me if my check engine light had come back on. I said yes, and she called around the corner (literally 2 minutes away) to her mechanic. He was nice enough to let me go down there and have it checked out for free. I guess it also helped that my boss told him I was poor? Ha. I had only told her I wasn’t really prepared to hand over the cash just yet. I had wanted to clean the wires and everything myself over the weekend (when it was actually light outside).

I went there and he read the code, which was the same one my coworker’s OBDII reader got. He lifted the hood, started the car, revved it a bit, and said if I wanted to leave it with him, he would clean it, no charge. I was thrilled, and told him I would leave it there.

Mechanics always have a habit of forgetting to call, though, so unfortunately I went without lunch since I hadn’t been planning on not having my car (I go home on my lunch break since I live so close to my job). Oh well, small price to pay, considering he managed to turn the light off with a bit of cleaning. My boss ended up calling, and the mechanic said he had already told me my car was ready, even though I never spoke to him. Interesting.

Anyway, I got there, the light was off, and my car is running fine, for the most part. It still feels a little shaky/bumpy to me, but for now, everything is okay. I just hope it lasts this time! Otherwise, apparently Honda makes their cars weirdly, and instead of just having to replace the throttle position sensor, I’ll need to replace the entire throttle body. My dad called Honda for the cost, as it’s another dealer-only part. They wanted around $700 for labor and the part. Insane!

I am really hoping it doesn’t come down to that, but in any case, I’ve actually seen the part listed for less on other websites, and getting the repair done elsewhere might bring the cost down to $500. Still not a great amount, but I will take what I can get. I am really grateful for the connections that my coworkers have, and I made sure to thank the mechanic profusely upon leaving.

What are you grateful for this week?



  1. Alicia @ Financial Diffraction March 1, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    I have the same flail response when D tickles me. One time, he found a new ticklish spot, and I ended up head butting him :) his fault for tickling me, right?

    Awesome to hear the car got dealt with… For free no less :)

    1. E.M. March 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      Haha, that’s great! I pretty much did the same thing to R, and I totally blamed him. They should know better!

    1. E.M. March 1, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      I haven’t been sick in a while, which is unusual, but when I am I’m always reminded of how good we have it when we’re functioning at 100%. I hope you’re feeling better!

  2. Dear Debt March 1, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    My boss was also sick. It’s going around! Stay well. I am grateful for my health, grateful for work, my partner, my family and friends.

    Your omelet looks bomb! Yum. Hope you have a relaxing weekend.

    1. E.M. March 1, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Thanks! About a week or two ago, I think almost half the staff was sick. I’m surprised I didn’t catch anything (knocking on wood).

      You should try it, it’s super easy to make. Unfortunately I haven’t had as much success with a 12″ skillet, as flipping the omelette over can be kind of tricky there, but it’s perfect for one. I hope you’re having a great weekend as well – more relaxing than last!

  3. DC @ Young Adult Money March 1, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Glad you were able to get the bill down, and it’s nice you were able to do something for R’s grandma. I really need to call mine or visit her sometime soon. Isn’t it sad when work is more stressful when your boss is there? Mine was in Mexico the past week and it’s always much quieter and more relaxing, and I get more done.

    1. E.M. March 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      Well, we sadly don’t get more done, but that’s mostly because strangely, work is slower when she isn’t there. However, that was definitely the case at my last job. Since I had three bosses, it was rare they were all out at the same time, but when they were it was great!

  4. Tonya@Budget and the Beach March 1, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    I love exploring other neighborhoods too, especially if they are old and established. I’m really glad that he was able to fix the car for now. I’ll keep my fingers crossed it still keeps running for a long time. Just get AAA if you don’t have it so you don’t get stranded! I’m grateful for my good friend who really helped me out this week, and the wine I’m currently drinking. :)

    1. E.M. March 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      When we went exploring this past summer/fall down by the water, we saw some really extravagant houses. It’s fun to “ooh and aah” at them. We have a few older spots nearby, but nothing with a real historic feel to it.

      Haha, good wine is always nice to have! Along with some dark chocolate…

  5. Done by Forty March 3, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    I’m hoping that quick fix ends up doing the trick! If you end up needing to replace the part, maybe it’s worthwhile for you two to see if there are any youtube videos of that repair? The diagnosis is sometimes the hardest bit. Once you know what’s wrong and what needs to be replaced, maybe it’s something you could DIY.

    1. E.M. March 3, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      I was looking around, but I think the only thing I saw was how to clean it. I can always try that again, just to make sure the mechanic got everything. R is pretty hesitant to try another DIY fix after nearly not being able to complete the other. I can’t really blame him.

  6. KK @ Student Debt Survivor March 3, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    I love it that you helped your grandma put together that cabinet, it looks great. This week I’m grateful for old friends. Tonight I’m going out to dinner with an old friend that I haven’t seen in over 8 years!

    1. E.M. March 3, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Aw, that’s amazing! It’s sad to say, but I haven’t really spoken to anyone from high school or college in a while. It’s important to reconnect once in a while.

  7. Ryan @ Impersonal Finance March 4, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    LOL tickling my wife is a sure fire way to get her upset. She’ll laugh once, but if I keep at it, she doesn’t find it so cute anymore, and has been known to involuntarily injure me with her uncontrolled reflexes. But awesome news about your car EM! I’m glad he was able to get it fixed, for free no less! Here’s hoping it stays fixed.

    1. E.M. March 4, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Haha, we sound alike then. I’ll be giggling for two seconds and then boom! I have no idea when I became so ticklish, either, as I wasn’t always this bad.

      Thanks, I hope the same every time I start my car up. So far so good *knocks on wood.*


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