Hello everyone! This week was an absolute whirlwind. I feel like I’ve been on the go since we left to come up to NY, and it has definitely gotten the better of me. It doesn’t help that this week has felt like a roller coaster, either.
In case you haven’t noticed, I really like to plan things out ahead of time. I’m not really a fan of when things are completely out of my control, but obviously, life has curveballs, and when you’re staying with others, you kind of have to play things by ear.
As a result, I didn’t have nearly as much time to dedicate to work as I had hoped, and I’m now trying to rush around to make up for it as we leave tomorrow in the middle of the day.
Regardless, I had to be grateful for the fact that my flight was free, so I’m focusing on everything good that happened outside of my main purpose of being here, as it was great to see my friends.
Grateful for Friends
I know I always say this when I visit NY, but my friends just make me feel like I’m back at home. They aren’t fans of doing anything out of the ordinary, so when we hang out at people’s houses, it feels just like old times.
I was able to spend both Friday nights with my friends, and both were done very frugally.
Most of our hang outs consist of watching shows on Netflix together, playing board games, and pitching in for food. That’s enough to keep us entertained for hours (especially as the games we play can last a while).
Then on Tuesday, I went to their routine trivia night at a bar that has free pizza. We actually won, though the other teams didn’t seem to be taking it “seriously.”
Yesterday, I hung out with another set of awesome people that I met last time I was up here. It was for a surprise party, and the surprise was pulled off really well. There were tears, smiles, and lots of food.
That also made for my first trip into Queens. We went to the Queensbridge Park. While small, it has a gorgeous river view, and it was really cool to have the bridge spanning over the park.
Again, it was a low-key event. The biggest expense was, of course, the food. Even though people brought things, a Costco run was made for burgers and hot dogs. But we played a board game, tossed a frisbee and football around, and just talked and caught up.
It was a lovely time and I’m so happy my visit happened to coincide with the party. I won’t get to see this group until August when I go to that convention I’m volunteering for, but at least it’s only around 50 days away!
Grateful for Medicine
This might sound a little weird, but let me give you the story.
I have horrible outdoor allergies. I must be allergic to everything in the air. It sucks, because right when it starts getting nice out, I can’t go for walks otherwise I end up sneezing every few seconds.
Well, that happened when I was in the park yesterday. I was okay half the day, but around 7pm my body had had enough. My nose wouldn’t stop running, my throat started hurting, and my eyes were watering.
By the time I got home I was an exhausted mess. Unfortunately, I woke up feeling even worse.
My mom put her foot down and went out to get me medicine. Most OTC allergy medications don’t work for me, but I felt so miserable I was willing to give it a try.
She said she saw an advertisement for Nasacort, one of those nasal sprays, and picked it up for me. Oh my gosh, within an hour of using it, I began to feel slightly better.
Even though I’m still stuffed up and my throat is sore, I definitely noticed some relief. I will take it! So I’m grateful for my mom, and grateful this stuff is actually working. Allergies are a nightmare.
Grateful for NY Food
Of course, I have to say I checked off eating pizza and bagels while here (along with having an allergy attack). I am honestly pizza’d out. I didn’t expect to have it so many times, but it’s okay, as I don’t really eat it down south.
And bagels, forget it. We can’t even get proper Italian bread, so I’m grateful for that too. Lots of yummy stuff was consumed while here.
Grateful for Experience Babysitting
My little cousin is an absolute doll. She is so well-behaved and smart, I was spoiled. I don’t have anything to compare it to, but she told us what she wanted to eat, when she was full, when she wanted to nap, and what she wanted to do. Apparently not all 21 month year olds are like that.
Considering she was an angel, this might surprise you, but my experience actually further solidified my desire to remain childless. I was hoping for some insight after this, and I got it.
I failed to realize just how difficult it is to take care of a baby. I knew they were messy and fussy, but not until it played out in front of me did I realize to what extent! I always give mom’s credit, but they get even more now. I couldn’t deal with that while working from home.
I also realized I just really like having my own schedule. When you have a kid, you have to be on their schedule. I like my flexibility a little too much for that.
Writing Around the Web
Is There a Right Time to Pop the Question? – On Frugal Rules, I discuss if there’s a right or wrong time to get engaged, and what financial considerations should be made beforehand.
10 Awesome Father’s Day Gift Ideas on a Budget – On Wherewithal, I list out 10 unique Father’s Day gift ideas that don’t involve pricey gadgets or tools. If you’re tired of giving your dad the same old thing because he’s hard to shop for, this should give you some more ideas. (My aunt got my uncle golf lessons, which I thought was cute.)
How to Handle Relationships and Debt – On Young Adult Money, I take a critical look at how couples can manage debt in any stage of their relationship. You can’t (and shouldn’t) keep debt a secret from your partner. We all know communication is crucial to relationship success, and that includes finances.
What are you being grateful for this week? What are your plans for Father’s Day?