Being Grateful: Sixteenth Edition

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great week. This one went by pretty fast for me, not sure why. The last week of February is upon us, and I’m hopeful warmer weather will somehow make its way toward us as well.

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Let’s try out this new daily format.

  • On Sunday, I was grateful for being able to go over my grandma’s house and get laundry and some shopping done. I like to run several errands when we go out, this way we (hopefully) have less to do during the week. I was also grateful that we fixed my car, which resulted in the check engine light turning off.
  • On Monday my uncle made me an appointment at his mechanic to get my car checked, just in case. My regular mechanic is about a half hour away now, and I didn’t want to chance my car breaking down, so I was grateful that my relatives knew someone close by. It was okay, but he did a transmission fluid flush for $135, which I wasn’t expecting.
  • On Tuesday, I was grateful that work was manageable. One of our coworkers had taken the day off, so it was just myself and the newer person working.
  • On Wednesday, I was, as usual, grateful for it being the day my boss is off. Wednesday is our “chill out and relax” day, which makes things less stressful for everyone. It’s also our slowest day for some reason. I was also grateful that I was able to get through the last of the library books that were due, as they weren’t eligible for renewal! I also got to pick up two more that arrived from other libraries.
  • On Thursday, R and I managed to finally catch up on some TV shows that we had been neglecting. It felt nice to just relax together. I had gotten blog-related things taken care of before he got home, which doesn’t happen too often! It was also gorgeous outside. I actually cracked the car window open!
  • On Friday, I felt grateful for people! Yet again, a repeat customer came back and gave us two boxes of donuts this time. I had initially helped her out, and what do you know, she came back to look at a kitten we had up for adoption. She fell in love and was able to take her home. I love when this happens! Ironically, I was grateful for the flash storm we had, since it both lifted the fog and got rid of a significant amount of lingering snow on the ground. It was quite freaky for the two minutes that it lasted, but had a good impact!
  • Saturday hasn’t played out yet (I’m writing this Friday night), but I received some exciting news a few days ago! My cousins decided to come down to surprise my grandma, as it’s her birthday on Sunday. This means I get to see my cousin’s baby again! I’m sure my grandma will be thrilled as well, so it will be nice to have something to look forward to after work.

A few other little things:

  • R actually made dinner one night! Gasp. He fully admits to being a horrible cook, and he’s rather insecure when it comes to what little skill he has. I’ve been going for simple but healthy, so I decided to have him cut up some turkey breast, spinach and mushrooms, and toss it all in a skillet with some coconut oil. It ended up coming out fine! He’s so silly for worrying.
  • R has also been taking care of some cleaning items in the apartment. I don’t know what it was, but this week I felt kind of blah. In any case, he has been awesome with cleaning out my tea mug and pans every night. I’ve been making tea every morning to take to work, along with eggs for breakfast or lunch, so they’re kind of needed on a daily basis. I’m telling you, it’s the little things that count!

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    Sorry teeth, not feeling the love…
  • After finishing a few of my health-related books, I’m feeling pretty grateful for all the information I learned. There is so much science behind how everything in our body works, and it’s a bit overwhelming. Needless to say, I have a decent idea of what I need to do in March to get my eating habits on track. It’s just going to involve a lot of willpower.

I don’t want to necessarily end on a bad note, but unfortunately my check engine light is stubborn and decided to reappear today. My car feels like it’s driving normally, but with a five minute commute, I don’t have a chance to properly test it out.

On top of that, I’ve had yet another toothache, so Monday is looking like a double whammy for appointments. Just how I wanted to spend my weekend! Ah well, I know things could always be worse, but I would love it if I could just be done with car and tooth issues. It feels like they’ve been plaguing me!

Actually, things could be worse. I will be covered by insurance this time (with the dentist), so hopefully it’s cheaper. The only downside is I need to find a new dentist as the one I used last time is not on my plan. So, I am very grateful that I have dental insurance now!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and that yours doesn’t involve trips to the mechanic or dentist.

What are you being grateful for this week? Anyone else having similar problems? 

Photo Credit: Tooth Love by Walknboston


  1. Laurie @thefrugalfarmer February 22, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Just love these posts, EM. I am grateful, after another huge chunk of snow, for a working snow plow, snow blower, and for a warm house and working vehicles. Have a great weekend!

    1. E.M. February 23, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      I can’t believe there’s 4 feet of snow on your property! I really hope the weather calms down for you, I know we’re supposed to be getting snow on Tuesday. It feels like winter will never end. Hopefully you managed to have a nice weekend despite the cold!

  2. Tonya@Budget and the Beach February 22, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    You sound like you have such a close knit family. I’m really envois of that! Something to be VERY grateful for!

    1. E.M. February 23, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      We celebrate birthdays and holidays together, but especially since my parents moved, I don’t see everyone as much as I used to. My aunt and uncle are constantly spending weekends upstate to see the baby now, so there’s less random family dinners at my grandma’s house. I do enjoy the memories I have from those days though!

  3. Erin @ My Alternate Life February 22, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    I love this! This week I am grateful because I was able to switch from Comcast to a cheaper provider. I am grateful that I finally cleaned and organized my closets and they look so much better. I am grateful because Steve and I double-teamed the closets so it took half the time. I am grateful for the leftover chili in my fridge and the fact that we actually meal planned this week. More than anything, I am grateful that myself and my loved ones are healthy and happy :)

    1. E.M. February 23, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      Switching to another provider also gets you away from Comcast, which is a good thing from what I’ve heard! I really like cleaning with your significant other, it makes it so much more bearable. Great things to be grateful for.

  4. Fig @ Figuring Money Out February 22, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Love this! There is always something to be grateful for no matter how bad things seem. This week I’m grateful for all my friends who spent a ton of time with me and made me feel super loved.

    1. E.M. February 23, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      Aw, that’s great! Not much beats having a good time with friends.

  5. Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life February 22, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    I’m grateful to my friends. I have been through more ups and downs in the past week than I’d like, but my support system is my constant.

    1. E.M. February 23, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      Supportive friends and family are always an amazing thing to have!

  6. Jamie V February 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Hi! I made a simple paleo dinner last week (which I think I’ll try again for lunch, as it seems to be more of a lunch type meal) and I thought of you, so I thought I’d share what I did. I’m a terrible cook, so it was pretty easy. I had some sliced Boars Head maple honey ham (Boars head is very good, having no gluten, no fillers, nor added anything – it’s just the meat, therefore I think one of the best deli meat options out there) and I cut avocado into thin slices (I got maybe 4-5 per half) and rolled one or two slices into a piece of ham. I made four of those, so I had two or three left over avocado slices. I put those onto my plate to eat plain. I also had huge globe grapes that were seeded, which I cut into halves and de-seeded (In my opinion, they taste better than altered de-seeded grapes so it’s worth my effort). I used the leftover avocado as a sort of dip for them which actually tasted rather good. This meal filled me up and was very good, easy to make, and very paleo. We are struggling, too, with eating healthier but so far it’s given us some good results. Good luck!

    1. E.M. February 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Thanks for sharing! Have you heard of Applegate? Apparently they make pretty good deli meats, and it’s the brand I come across most often on blogs. My mom always bought Boar’s Head so it’s pretty much the only brand I’ll eat. That sounds like a good, easy idea though. I’ll have to tell the boyfriend as he’s been on an avocado kick.

  7. Done by Forty February 23, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Did the scan of your engine’s check engine code yield any results? I know it’s always worrisome when that comes on, but sometimes it’s pretty innocuous. Once, it turned out my wife’s Jeep just needed a new gas cap. Twenty bucks later, we were back on track. I’ve got my fingers crossed that it’s something small, EM!

    1. E.M. February 24, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      When the light initially came on, it yielded 2 codes. I focused on the one that had the more definitive solution, fixed it, and the light went off. The coworker that has an OBD2 reader was on vacation last week, and frankly I didn’t feel like taking another trip to AutoZone since it’s not particularly close. Thankfully the light turned off again, so I’m thinking it’s something trivial if it keeps going back and forth. I love when it’s an easy, inexpensive fix though!

  8. SarahN February 23, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Aww I’m so glad R is stepping up to the plate. It’s like something clicks with our boys and suddenly they are gems! MY BF cooked me dinner last night, by the exacting diet recipe, and then a whole other dinner for himself, and all this whilst in pain from the gym :( And he randomly bought me flowers on Wednesday night!! They are beautiful too (same ones I love, but he saw that they looked super healthy, bought some, and put them nicely in a vase for when I got home). We had a great relaxing weekend too (though we did blow off a house warming/birthday, opps) but it’s nice to have unrushed together time, esp seeing he’ll be away this week.

    1. E.M. February 24, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      Aw, so cute! R really does a lot around the apartment when I don’t exactly feel up to it. We have an agreement that I cook and he cleans, but sometimes I think doing the dishes is worse! I totally know what you mean about having an unrushed weekend together. Saturday after work we had my grandma’s party, then Sunday we spent the latter half of the day at her house, and today all I want to do is be a bum.

  9. DC @ Young Adult Money February 24, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    Yep my check engine light is still on as well, and the other lights come on too (heck, even my security light comes on sometimes). My sensors are all messed up, but my car is on it’s last leg.

    I really like the new daily format and I may try to do something similar, at least in my own mind. It’s good to think of one thing a day you’re thankful for and to focus on the positives in life. I’m really thankful for an amazing vet that was so caring and understanding of us when we had to bring our cat in on Saturday morning to be put down. Not an easy thing to do but thankful she isn’t suffering anymore.

    1. E.M. February 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      I figure as long as the car is running okay it should hopefully be fine. There was a difference in performance last time it was on.

      Oh no, I am so sorry to hear about your cat. It was, and still is, the hardest decision I ever made when I had mine put down a year ago. It’s the worst part about owning a pet, but I hope you and your wife are doing okay.

  10. Ashley February 24, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Bah- mechanic and dentist in the same day?! That’s a rough one. I’m sending you good vibes!!!! :)

    1. E.M. February 24, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      Well, my check engine light decided to turn off again for the time being, so I’m holding out on the mechanic for now. My tooth has been hurting less but I probably shouldn’t put that off :/.

  11. Andrew@LivingRichCheaply February 24, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    My co-workers go to a mechanic in Bay Shore who they trust if you need one. I’m grateful that we had some lovely weather this weekend. We deserve it after the crazy weather we’ve been having. Too bad it’s not going to last. Oh and I remember you mentioning red light cameras in a previous post. I just got one in the mail…argh! I didn’t know it was $80 out in Suffolk…or maybe it’s gone up since the last time I got one which was $50. I wonder if there’s a website listing where all the red light camera locations are…

    1. E.M. February 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      That would be great! Thankfully, the silly light turned off again, but R will probably need work done at some point with the way his car is going, haha.

      What?! I believe mine was $50, but that was…three years ago by now. Unless it depends on the intersection and how “dangerous” it is. I think I heard about an app that tells you where they are. I just googled it and came up with this at least –

  12. lyle @ the Joy of Simple February 24, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Hey EM and thanks for sharing what made you grateful this past week :)

    I think it’s important to reflect on those moments when we are not in the moment so that we can look back on how those moments influenced other moments. I know…I used the word moments a lot…:)

    Take care and all the best for the coming week of gratitude.


    1. E.M. February 24, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      That was a great sentence! It’s true, though. I like to think things happen for a reason, and it’s nice to reflect back.

  13. Hayley @ A Disease Called Debt February 25, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    Hope your toothache is all sorted now E.M. and also your car engine light gets fixed again very soon!

    I really enjoy these grateful posts. Last week I was grateful for less rain which meant I could walk my dog without getting drowned in the process! I was also very grateful as always for my little girl who makes my life brighter every day.

    1. E.M. February 25, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      Thanks! I still have to make appointments, sadly. My check engine light turned off, then back on. I was holding out hope!

      I really enjoyed the nice weekend of weather we had. Instead of rain we’ve been getting snow, so I kind of feel your pain.

  14. KK @ Student Debt Survivor February 25, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Sorry to hear about the toothache, but I’m glad the insurance will pick up the costs this time. Just thinking…hmm how do I get the bf to make dinner? His “making” dinner usually involves ordering takeout (which I’m grateful after a long day).

    1. E.M. February 26, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      R’s first instinct is to go out and get food, too. I just haven’t been feeling it lately! Pizza, Chinese and fast food have just not been appealing, which is good in a way, but then we’re stuck with trying to come up with a meal!

  15. Marissa@Thirtysixmonths February 27, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Love the kind of family that you have. It seems you’re so close with each other. I felt jealous though.

    1. E.M. February 28, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      There’s no need to feel that way, everyone’s family functions differently! Honestly, I’m only really close with my grandma. I see my cousins maybe five or six times a year.


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