Being Grateful – Seventh Edition

Happy Friday! It feels weird to say that considering I’ll be working every Saturday from now on. Friday will no longer hold the same meaning. I think it’s going to take some time to get used to that.

I had mentioned earlier this week that R dropped about $1,100 on dental work. Yep, it was his turn on Monday! He had chipped a tooth a few months ago, but didn’t have insurance at the time. Also in typical R fashion, he just didn’t want to get it taken care of. He hasn’t been to the doctor since we’ve been dating (I’ve tried).

However, since we were heading to the dentist’s office for me two weeks ago, I told him to ask them if they take his insurance. So while he was there with me, they checked, and confirmed they do take it. He promptly (gasp) made an appointment for the following Monday.

All in all it was a four hour ordeal (I was quite restless at the end) – one root canal, two fillings and $1,100 later, he is feeling fine. So unfair! He had absolutely no pain. Of course, I am grateful for that, but my root canal hurt a lot. In any case, it was a lot of money to spend at once, especially when neither of us were expecting it. My root canal cost nothing three years ago when I had it done, and he was told by the billing department that his insurance was “great.” Jeez, I’d hate to see what not-so-great insurance rates would have been.

This was a double reminder to both of us that we need to start taking better care of our health and well-being. Even though I’ve been nagging R to get better with his dental hygiene, he would never listen (we all know how well nagging works), and now he is paying the price. I’m glad to report he’s been flossing nightly and has established a new bed time routine. I am getting there, as my teeth have still been in pain.

Unfortunately, R had received news that he has 2 impacted wisdom teeth that eventually need to be surgically removed, and he still needs another root canal. Joy! We are both hoping that he might be able to hold off on it until we move, as prices may be cheaper, but obviously if he starts feeling any pain, he will get it taken care off. Hopefully his bank account will have recovered by then.

being grateful

Nothing too out of the ordinary happened this week, besides starting my new job, so being grateful wasn’t difficult, I just had to think about things that had happened.

  • First, I’m grateful that there were no complications with R’s root canal. I was ready to baby him, and actually purchased a lot of soft foods afterward in preparation of pain (we had to go food shopping anyway). He was fine though!
  • My new coworkers have all been welcoming, nice and patient with me. They’ve been offering encouragement, which gives me some hope. There’s a lot of little things to learn and as with any new job/task, it’s a tad overwhelming. I know training can be tiresome, so I’m trying my hardest not to be a bother, while still asking pertinent questions.
  • I’m also grateful for the reputation my mom left behind. It seems that everyone has been transferring their positive feelings about her to me, and I plan to make sure their feelings stay that way.
  • This is a silly one, but I am grateful for having tons of blankets in the apartment. It was very chilly at the beginning of the week, and while it got a little warmer, it’s still cold. I’m still determined to stay in the challenge of not using heat, so I’ve been bundling up with layers of clothes, and sleeping with 5 blankets (excluding a comforter).
  • Last week I had said I was grateful that the robbers were staying away from us. Our landlord told me yesterday that their truck was broken into, the house next to us was broken into, and two houses nearby had attempted robberies, but their windows were locked, so the burglars were unable to enter. Scary stuff! I really don’t want to be home alone now. I’m not sure when anything happened, but I am very much hoping that they’re done with our block for now. It would be foolish to come back and strike twice, but who knows. So for now, again, I’m grateful, because it could have been our cars or our apartment.
  • On a lighter note, I am grateful for my short commute to work. I can get there and back in 5-6 minutes. Of course, I wrote this before last night, when I actually hit traffic. SO silly. Just goes to show you…
  • I am also grateful for my hour lunch. It’s been a while since I have had one, and forgot how much more time it seems I have! Seriously, on my first day it went by extra slowly. I’ve been trying to use this time to comment, write, and generally get ahead with blogging.

I hope all of you have a great weekend!



  1. Budget and the Beach November 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    ugh dental work and the cost is the worst. My root canal hurt like hell during the procedure, but was fine after that except for some jaw pain. My dad was a dentist so good oral hygiene is something that I take pretty seriously. Glad nothing happened to your house! We’ve had a lot of break-ins in my area too…and I live alone which kind of scares me.

    1. E.M. November 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      I wish I had a relative in the dental industry. I imagine it provides for a good influence! I would be really scared if I was alone, too. As it is, I don’t like it when our landlords aren’t here and R isn’t here. Ugh! I hope they stay away from your place.

  2. Andrew@LivingRichCheaply November 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    The dentist took R’s insurance and it still cost $1,100? Dental work is so expensive! Your landlord doesn’t cover heat? Oddly my apartment is too hot and I’d prefer that they lower the heat, but I guess most tenants like it hot! Burglaries are scary…we had a couple in our building last year but they installed cameras after many petitions to the property management. At first their response to the tenants who were burglarized was “do you have renter’s insurance?”

    1. E.M. November 15, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      Our rent does include utilities, we just don’t know how to turn the heat on. Rather than ask right away, I’m interested to see how long we can go without it. I’m weird! Yikes, I would feel more unsafe if robberies occurred in one apartment building. Renters insurance has been on my mind with all this happening.

  3. anna November 15, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Oh my goodness, that’s pretty scary with the robbers!! Hopefully you won’t get affected by it, and hopefully your neighbors are able to recover their belongings (and peace of mind). I had my car momentarily stolen one time (they took it on a joy ride like a half mile away) and it’s such a vulnerable feeling once it occurs (umm, sorry, not meant to frighten you… I did obtain peace of mind over time!).

    1. E.M. November 15, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      Wow, if my car were ever stolen I don’t think I’d be able to recover quickly. I’d probably develop a habit of looking inside before getting in! I do hope they catch these people soon, as it’s been going on for three weeks now. It’s not a large area to cover; police patrols should be ramped up but I’ve yet to see one of their cars.

  4. Done by Forty November 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Man, that crime stuff sounds not great but thank goodness you weren’t impacted. I know dental work can be expensive but it’s been my experience that dealing with it early is the best option. You can definitely shop around a bit, too, if you’re not dealing with anything too pressing.

    1. E.M. November 15, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      I think we might do that next time around if possible. Unfortunately for me I had to take what I could get. It’s a shame because both dentists we dealt with seem superb, maybe their pricing reflects that. I had a bad experience with another office I went to years ago, and wouldn’t want to go back even if they were cheaper.

  5. Ashley November 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Holy cow, robbers being so close is super scary. You’re right, they prob wouldn’t come back to the same area twice! but be safe!!

    Glad to hear that your new job is going well!! Don’t feel bad about asking tons of questions. When I was training my replacement, I loooooved when she asked questions. It was so hard for me to remember everything I needed to teach her, so her questions really helped jog my memory and I feel like I was able to train her better because of it. I bet your coworkers see it the same way :)

    1. E.M. November 15, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      I wasn’t sure what to think when my landlord told me that. I feel out of the loop as I’m only renting and we don’t talk to the neighbors. I probably wouldn’t have known had I not seen her in passing.

      I agree, when people ask questions it means that they care and want to learn as much as possible. I just hate it when I have someone on the phone and can’t give them an answer right away. I’d rather put them on hold than give them incorrect information.

  6. This Life On Purpose November 15, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    I am also postponing turning the heat on…. We live on the top floor of a condo though so we get a lot of heat rising from below, and we are insulated on 3 out of 4 sides so it doesn’t ever get downright cold.

    1. E.M. November 15, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      Nice! I think our basement apartment is well insulated, but basements are generally cool so we have that going against us.

  7. Cash Cow Couple November 15, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Dental work is so expensive, and insurance often isn’t so great! Hope the teeth get to feeling better.
    That’s crazy about those break-ins. We don’t see much in our area but I know how frustrating it can be.
    We really enjoy reading your posts about being thankful. Continue writing them. They are excellent!

    1. E.M. November 15, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Thanks Jacob! I’ve never had to worry about break ins before either, so this is new for me. I definitely don’t like being home alone, but we’ve always locked everything including our cars so hopefully things stay safe.

  8. Rebecca November 15, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Dental costs are awful. I had my first cavity filling 4 months ago and lckily found a wonderful dentist to do it. Still, even with insurance the cost hurt (I’ll be honest, my insurance pays half, but still). That’s great your new coworkers are great and making the environment positive for you. My school is the same way :)

    1. E.M. November 15, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      Dental insurance can be tricky, too, with their 80/20 rules and whatnot. If you need major work done, covering half can still be expensive. It’s always nice to be surrounded by welcoming people!

  9. jefferson @See Debt Run November 16, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    we actually recently booked dental appointments for the whole family.. we’re trying to get them in before the end of the year, as our insurance isn’t going to be quite as good next year.

    but oh yeah, those treatments can be expensive.

    1. E.M. November 17, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      Good to hear! The good thing about my boyfriend’s ordeal is that it happened now, and not at the beginning of the year, otherwise the costs for the next procedure probably wouldn’t have been covered.

  10. kelly @stayingonbudget November 16, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Blankets are a great thing to be grateful for! I love curling up with a book and a blanket in the winter!

    1. E.M. November 17, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      I do, too. It’s great to snuggle under the covers and read before bed.

  11. SarahN November 17, 2013 at 5:28 AM

    Not nagging can be so hard, I totally get that! I try to be super dooper thankful when he does stuff I like, so he gets positive reinforcement – like he washed up everything whilst i was in church – even taking apart the blender jug and getting more clean than I’ve ever done!

    That dental story is just insane, that’s so much money, how totally annoying!

    What am I thankful for?
    – greatly reduced eating out, meaning we both have more money for other things… like maybe a trip in Feb (totally spur of the moment, to achieve a bucket list item!)
    – naps both day of the weekend
    – making yummy food for my bro’s farewell (and enjoying all the other yummy food!)
    – remembering to buy pork shoulder this shopping week, and making pulled pork for dinner tonight – yummo!
    – getting the groceries done early Saturday morning – so less stressful doing it without the crowds, even if I did go alone and spend more than the past two weeks combined
    – getting a slideshow done within 4 days of being asked, only two works day (I can’t STAND ppt)
    – a lovely BF who drove me to church TWICE today as it was raining both times!
    – sushi for lunch only costing $11 which seems super reasonable compared to sometimes.
    Thanks for these posts, helps me gather my gratitude thoughts!

    1. E.M. November 17, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      I do the same – whenever R vacuums or washes the dishes, I always thank him. It seems lame, as it’s beneficial to both of us and it’s our apartment, but I still appreciate what he does.

      I am so jealous of all your trips! That would be awesome if you could book it. I always tell myself I need to get up early to go shopping on the weekends, but it never happens, and I end up kicking myself for it. I hate how crowded stores get, which is usually why we go at night on a weekday.

      I’m kind of in between on Powerpoint. Sometimes it’s fun, other times it’s a pain. You should totally share your recipes on your blog! I’ve been interested in trying pulled pork. I’m attempting to research recipes this week as I’m getting bored of making the same things over and over.

  12. Tara @ Streets Ahead Living November 18, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    my husband is actually good about caring for himself and he was the one who scheduled my doctor’s appointments so I love him for that. :)

    we both have not been the best with dental hygiene though (we’re not frequent flossers) so we’re trying to work on that as we both need to go to the dentist!

    1. E.M. November 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Aw, that’s so cute he scheduled the appointment for you! For some reason all the males I’ve ever known are super stubborn about going to any sort of doctor. It can be really frustrating, since you care about them but they don’t care enough about themselves to go get something checked out…

      I really need to get less lazy about flossing. I dislike how time consuming my bedtime routine can be, and adding flossing on top of that only delays going to bed more!

  13. Lisa E. November 19, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Wow, a pain free root canal?! Crazy! I remember getting a root canal when I was younger and let me tell ya – it was not fun!

    1. E.M. November 20, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      I know! Very unfair, though I am glad he didn’t really have to go through much. We will see how his next one goes ;)


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