Hello everyone! I know I’m always saying this, but I can’t believe it’s May, and sadly, a month somehow passed by since I’ve last updated. It feels like every week is flying past quicker than the last.
Not too many interesting things have happened. I’ve been busy working for the most part. Of course, I’m still grateful for the everyday things, and I guess in a way, I’m grateful that things have been rather uneventful. I have a feeling the next few months will more than make up for that.
What Have I Been Grateful For?
Well, that’s still the purpose of this post, so I’ll provide an update.
I had mentioned getting over splurging on a new computer last month, but in true Erin fashion, it took me about the entire month to finally bite the bullet.
I had wanted to buy things piece by piece as they came on sale, but since all the parts kind of need to go together, and I didn’t know what was compatible with what, I fell behind on that.
My computer started going slowly on start-up and that’s when I knew I had to give in. My dad ordered everything and had it shipped there. It came to around $750, so I still managed to stay within my budget.
My parents were nice enough to come up here this past week so my dad could get everything together. I’m so grateful. I know putting together a computer is fairly easy, and probably very doable with a video, but my dad is a pro at it, so I left it to him.
Of course, there were still hiccups along the way. It’s technology. I even managed to get a tiny virus within 5 minutes of being on my computer. Don’t ask me how.
All I can say is why didn’t I do this sooner?! My computer boots up before the Windows animation is even done with. It runs smoother than ever. I had at least 10 tabs in Firefox open earlier, along with 7 Photoshop files, and it was still running like a champ.
I’m so thankful and very much looking forward to working now. I can finally “multi-task” efficiently. I put quotes around that as I don’t really multi-task since I think focusing on one or two things is better, but you know. I need all those tabs open for research.
I don’t think I realized just how much my computer going slowly was stressing me out. There were many times something took me 10 minutes to complete because it decided to freeze up. Things that normally take maybe a minute or two. I don’t have a lot of patience, so it was taking a toll on me.
That probably sounds silly, I know – first world problems and all. But yesterday I seriously found myself being happy that my computer was running properly. It’s the little things.
When my parents came up to visit, I decided to make this the time they’d finally see the city of Charlotte.
My parents aren’t big city people. They lived on Long Island most of their lives, and I think I went into the city with them less than 7 times.
However, Charlotte is nothing like NYC, so I was able to convince them to walk around.
Parking was $7, though I had leftover dollar coins from the last time we parked there. The parking was actually good until the next morning, and I was a little upset there wasn’t a shorter option.
Anyway, we passed by a possible fight within 2 minutes of walking…thankfully nothing came of that.
A few more blocks and we were at a nice place to relax – a big fountain with tables surrounding it. It kind of felt like a pool in the middle of the city.
We wandered around trying to find a place that served coffee, but somehow, at 8-8:30pm, most places were closed. I had a similar experience in DC years ago. It struck me as odd that even chain stores were closed already!
In our quest to find coffee, we stumbled upon a few other fountains and mini-parks. And I also spotted this:
Is it too early for FinCon hype? Nope.
In Case You Missed It…
Since I’ve been sorely neglecting my own blog, but still writing for others, I figured I would do a little roundup for those who might miss my writing. Here are a few popular posts I wrote recently:
My Decision to Not Have Kids: If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might remember this super old
(and poorly written) post about my thoughts on having children. Not much has changed, and I further reflect on that over at Frugal Rules. I was surprised the post was well-received, and it gives me hope that the stigma around not having kids is slowly fading.
How Getting Financially Real Empowered Me: I was so happy to be a part of the Financial Literacy Carnival put together by Shannon from The Heavy Purse. This one was for Frugal Rules as well, and I basically documented how getting real about money and paying off my student loans led me to where I am now.
How to Celebrate Mother’s Day on a Budget: I know it’s tomorrow, but you can really use these ideas to show just about anyone you appreciate them. This one was written for Wherewithal. Most of these ideas are free, they’re easy to do, and they’re still meaningful! I love getting creative with gifts.
What Does Financial Independence Look Like?: This is a popular topic among personal finance bloggers, and as you can tell from the comments, everyone has a different definition of financial independence. It doesn’t look the same for everyone. I explore the paths we can choose to take if we’re aiming for financial independence in this post for YAM.
5 Experiences Worth Spending Money On: There’s a lot of evidence that suggests spending on experiences brings us greater happiness than spending on material things, and my experience has shown this to be true. I highlight 5 experiences you should think about spending on, and more people share their opinions in the comments! Also for YAM.
That’s all I have for today! I hope you mom’s out there get to enjoy Mother’s Day, and the rest of you enjoy your weekend!
What are you being grateful for right now? What have you all been up to?