Being Grateful – Sixth Edition

This week I really do have a lot to be grateful for, as opposed to last week, where being grateful didn’t come easily.

I had let you all know I had a wisdom tooth pulled out Tuesday night – without insurance. That was my own stupidity, but I had said in my post that I was really grateful it didn’t end up costing more than it did. I also know that things could have turned out a lot worse.

I think that experience really brought home the fact that I need to take care of myself, because no one else is going to do it for me. Ever since I started working full time, I have never taken a full sick day. There were only two times I took a half day for a doctor visit. I had explained in a previous post that I’ve only worked for small companies (around 15-20 people) and it can be really difficult to be away from work. I think I have learned my lesson now! Unfortunately, it’s not that easy asking about flexibility in an interview. I would never want a potential employer to think I plan on abusing sick days or anything.

For now, though, I have the peace of mind that I’ll be able to take care of things on Monday’s, and hopefully they will not interfere with the rest of the week. Plus, I get out of work an hour earlier, so I might be able to squeeze in an appointment here and there.


being grateful

  • The biggest thing I am grateful for this week is the quick recovery I experienced after my tooth was pulled. While I’m still experiencing some slight discomfort, the second day was by far the worst, and it still wasn’t as much pain as I was expecting. No one could tell I had a tooth pulled as there was no swelling.
  • I’m also grateful that the dentist I happened to see was great! Obviously he did a good job, and it was honestly a crap shoot as I didn’t know any dentists in the area. The website had good reviews on it, they were able to take me right away, and I didn’t think I had much time to look elsewhere.
  • I am grateful for how well my coworkers received the news of my departure. Yesterday was tough. It was very bittersweet at the end, but I did promise them I’d come back and visit next month. As much as the job was stressful, and my bosses could be “blah,” they were all like family. Everyone wished me good luck and I hope the same for them.
  • My grandma comes through again – this time making me yummy soup for dinner. I wasn’t really up to eating solids yet, and it’s been kind of cold, so it hit the spot. It’s a very simple recipe – broth, shredded chicken, pasta, carrots and onion, but it’s so comforting!
  • I am grateful for the possible “freebie” opportunities from my grandma’s friend. I feel horrible about it, as her husband just passed away last week, but as she is moving down south to live in assisted living (closer to her daughter), she isn’t taking anything with her. The family has already claimed what they are taking, but she is offering us her couch. It’s just a matter of planning how to get it down here. She’s been my grandma’s friend for at least 50+ years, so again, it’s bittersweet as they don’t know when they’ll be seeing each other again.
  • I got the news yesterday that there have been a string of break ins around the neighborhood. Not anything super close by (like up the block), but close enough to have me worried. They’ve been doing it during the daytime, too. Of course, I find myself here alone today as R is working and the landlord’s are never home on Saturdays. Hopefully they are only operating during the week. So I’m just grateful nothing has been hit over here yet.

I tried to catch up on commenting this week – I’ve been so exhausted since the tooth extraction it’s a little silly. I had no idea how taxing it is on the body. It didn’t help that I couldn’t wait for it to be the weekend. I decided yesterday that my final day at work would be then, instead of Monday. R and my family told me I was being silly for caring about one day of pay, but it really came down to being so tired. I want to start my new job at full capacity, and I think I need the one day of rest to do that. Plus R is off, so we get a bonus day together.

Favorite Posts this Week

  • KK | Student Debt Survivor posted about how she’s currently undergoing a “no heat” challenge. I am, too, but more or less because we can’t figure out how to turn the heat on, haha. I am interested to see how long we can last, though. Last night was freezing because the dehumidifier was full, which I didn’t realize. Apparently it’s like our own little heater. While our utilities are included in rent, I’m viewing it as a challenge for our future when we do have to pay them.
  • Matt | Mom and Dad Money posted yet another great informational piece on investing: how to invest from scratch. His post includes tons of useful links – and it’s only part one!
  • Tonya | Budget and the Beach had a rather inspirational post about doing the best you can. Such a great reminder to focus on our own success, instead of thinking we should be doing better relative to other people’s success. I’ve gotten caught up in that a bit lately, but I know I’m doing the best I can for myself in a lot of areas right now. That’s all that matters.
  • Kali | Common Sense Millennial had another inspirational post about how to stay motivated to reach your goals. I especially liked the bit about the quotes. I’ve fallen by the wayside in keeping up a collection of them, but I do think they help! She also has some awesome concrete goals for the future.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend, and if you have off on Monday, enjoy the three days! Anyone have any nice plans?



  1. Matt Becker November 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Thanks for the shout out! And I love the gratitude list. I’ve started doing one every morning and it’s really helpful. It sounds kind of silly but I generally just feel happier because of it. Most of us really have a lot to be thankful for and it’s important not to lost sight of that. Hope you have a great (and safe) weekend!

    1. E.M. November 9, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      You’re welcome! It’s awesome to see so many people getting into the daily habit of gratitude. It really does wonders to boost happiness. Have a great weekend!

  2. Dear Debt November 9, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    I really liked how you outlined everything you are grateful for! Great series. It’s good to keep things in perspective. I don’t have a lot of plans this weekend, and I’m really happy about it :)

    1. E.M. November 9, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Thank you! It really does help to keep everything in perspective, especially when one is prone to focusing on the negative. I needed to start bringing out the positive. I am with you on having a relaxing weekend after the crazy week it has been.

  3. Kali @ CommonSenseMillennial November 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Thanks for including me here! That made my day :) Hope you start feeling back to 100% soon, having a tooth pulled sounds really rough and I’m so sorry you had to deal with that. Hopefully your extra day off and a little extra time with R will have you in tip-top shape for your new job!

    Stay safe and keep your doors locked – hate to hear about those break ins, but hopefully they won’t wander your way. Hope your weekend is great (and restful!)

    1. E.M. November 9, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      You’re welcome! Thank you – I hope so. I spent all day today relaxing, so tomorrow I have to run some errands. R also told me I’m being silly wanting to run a second day in a row, so that has to wait!

      I was really surprised to hear about it, as our neighborhood is relatively nice. We only have 1 door, so I am making sure all our tiny basement windows are shut tight. Hopefully they catch the criminals soon.

      Also, I’ve definitely posted pictures of my two cats on here before., Half the pictures on my phone are of them!

  4. Budget and the Beach November 10, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Your grandma just sounds like an amazing lady! I wish my grandparents were still alive. I regret not talking to them more. Sorry about your tooth but glad it wasn’t too bad. Thanks for mentioning my article!

    1. E.M. November 10, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      You’re welcome! I am glad to have my grandma, but I feel bad that she is alone. My grandpa died one year before I was born, and from the stories I hear, he was a terrific person.

  5. KK @ Student Debt Survivor November 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Sorry to hear about the break-ins, I’m pretty nervous about stuff like that. Thankfully we have a very mean shih tzu wow guards our house ;-) Your grandma sounds just like mine (we’re 8 hours apart and I miss her so much). Neither boyfriend nor I have tomorrow off, so it’s just a regular weekend for us. But we did both take off Wednesday just to have a day together.

    1. E.M. November 10, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      I am nervous about break ins, too – my boyfriend used to live in a crummier area and his house was actually broken into. I didn’t really think that would happen here, but just goes to show you. I’m not sure if my crazy cats would be a deterrent!

      I am really not looking forward to moving away from my grandma at all. That’s cute you two took off to spend a day together!

  6. Tara @ November 10, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Even when you have to pay something, when you have to experience something like surgery, the ability to be able to pay for it is definitely something to be grateful for! I think it’s so easy for us all to wish for things we don’t have but it’s so important to count our blessings daily as things could always be worse.

    Hope the heat thing gets figured out soon. :)

    1. E.M. November 10, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      I was definitely grateful to have my emergency fund. I would have been ten times more nervous going into the procedure without it.

      Thanks! Our dehumidifier is helping for now.

  7. SarahN November 13, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    I’m thankful I got so much achieved at work today, despite forward thinking otherwise due to an off site meeting.
    I’m grateful for a night at home (two nights in a row at long meetings) with the BF.
    I’m so pleased the heavy rain has stopped.
    I’m pleased for strong pageview stats already today.
    I’m thankful the remortgage process started and ended in less then 24 hours.
    I’m glad I keep good records, virtually and some hard copies, so that I can easily do things like remortgage.
    I’m thankful for being paid, on time, like every week, and having more than enough for all my obligations and savings.

    1. E.M. November 13, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      All great thinks to be grateful for! Glad everything seems to be going well for you. If and when I own a home, I need to make sure to keep documentation for everything. That was smart! I am glad the rain stopped for you, too. It was cloudy for the better part of last week, and that’s never fun.

  8. Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans November 14, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    I remember getting my wisdom teeth pulled out and my cheeks puffed out like a chipmunk! You’re lucky to have no swelling :) Glad recover went well, EM!

    1. E.M. November 14, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      Yikes. I guess a bit of pain is better than puffy cheeks!

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