Happy weekend everyone! I hope you all had a great week.

I’ve been a little off with the days ever since coming down to visit my parents, as I’ve been here since last Friday. R had been able to take the day off and enjoy a three-day weekend with my family to celebrate Easter.

Last week, I was really grateful to see my grandma, cousin, and aunt, as they were visiting. We took them back to the airport early Wednesday and they had a good flight back.

It’s crazy to think I’ll be seeing them all in just another month and a half, but I’m happy as I barely saw my family after moving last year. I was already asking my grandma when she planned to visit again. =)

I just wish there was a better way for us to fly, because the airport we have to fly into to get Spirit’s low fares is an hour away from my family. (Not to mention LGA sucks.)

Anyway, let’s focus on the good.

The reasons I have for being grateful this week - includes spending time with family, going to the beach, and getting back to walking!

Being Grateful for the Beach

I’ve never been the biggest fan of the beach, mostly because I burn easily and I’m not interested in freezing cold water.

However, the beach here is a lot different from the ones back home. During the summer, the water feels like a sauna. The sand is smoother. And it’s much easier to get to!

My aunt and cousin love the beach, so we ended up going there last Friday. Sadly, it was absolutely freezing (at least to my grandma and I). It was around 80*, but the wind made it chilly.

R and I at least enjoyed the stereotypical long walk on the beach. We had taken two cars there – we parked in a different location, and ended up 10 blocks away from where everyone else had parked. Oops!

The tide was really low, so there was plenty of space to walk, and surprisingly, not too many people there. It was fun to walk around and take in the sights. (People watching at the beach!)

I brought my laptop with me as we didn’t know how long we’d be there for. I don’t work outside of the house often, so the whole location-independence thing really hit me there. How many people can say working at the beach is possible?

Working at the beach!
Working on the beach (yes, the glare kind of hindered things)

Then again, I’m sure going to the beach and enjoying it without working sounds more appealing, but I’ll take it.

Being Grateful for Knowing My Priorities

This could possibly be an entire post in itself (and one that may be written eventually), but I simply do not get turning to shopping when bored.

That’s probably due to not enjoying shopping in the first place, but seriously. I’m sure there are many other productive things you could be doing – shopping isn’t one of them.

Where’s this coming from? Last weekend, we didn’t have much to do, so my grandma, mom, aunt, and cousin all went to the mall. They came back with a bunch of stuff.

Pastel beach houses
Random, but aren’t these beach houses adorable? I love the colors!

My grandma is one of the worst offenders. While she is normally very frugal, shopping when bored (and getting a deal) is her weakness. She came back and couldn’t even remember what clothes were hers!

Anyway, the point is, as soon as they mentioned going shopping, I was able to say no thanks with ease. I’m all for spending time with family, but I didn’t want to be tempted to buy anything, and I had work to do. R agreed (he hates shopping) so he went running and relaxed afterward.

I’ve mentioned it a few times, but I haven’t actually gone on any sort of shopping spree in the last…two years, I’d say. I’ve purchased a few things here and there, but most of the clothes in my closet are not new. When you work from home, your wardrobe isn’t very important. ;)

Being Grateful for My Health

My poor cousin was miserable for half the trip because she had a sinus infection, and my aunt actually tried to change their flight to go home earlier, but it was too expensive.

That made us all reflect on the last time we were sick. Besides the never-ending stomach issues and allergies I have, I can’t remember!

Being grateful 63
I was also grateful for this amazing Malibu Bay Breeze I had…

Now, allergies aren’t fun at all, but they’re not as bad as hacking your lungs out, being completely bed-ridden, or feeling nauseous 24/7. Plus, I know when to expect them, so I can prepare in advance by trying to take pills that don’t work. =P

(Side note, this came back to bite me, as I was sneezing all day on Wednesday. My face and body ended up hurting, ha.)

Being Grateful for Walking

I’ve been saying I’d like to go walking for the past few weeks, and it’s sad to admit, but I just haven’t made the time for it. Work has been increasingly crazy.

However, the weather has been too nice to ignore. I made walking a priority last week. I’m starting off slowly, just walking around the apartment complex with R, but it’s been enjoyable so far.

I felt extra motivated last Saturday, and decided to try switching between running and walking (ala couch to 5k). I managed to run for 2 minutes each time, so that’s a start!

The beach we walked along. Beautiful!
The beach we walked along. Beautiful!

I know it’s cliche, but with summer on the way, my focus is back on my health. There was no reason to wait until now, but better late than never. I was even craving a salad over the weekend, and if you knew me 5 years ago, you wouldn’t believe that.

Now I’m just looking forward to going back home. Visiting my parents is nice, but I like being able to work from my home base. Plus, my best friend of 10 years is finally hauling his ass up (a measly two hours) to visit us, which means lots of shenanigans are going to happen.

Hope you all enjoy your weekend!

What have you been grateful for this past week? How was your Easter/Passover? 



  1. Kirsten April 11, 2015 at 4:37 AM

    Was Easter really this week? It feels like it was ages ago!!!

    I miss the beach so much. When I moved to Florida, I didn’t think the beach would be much of a draw for me, but I found that it was a very relaxing way to spend time. If I still lived near the beach, me and the girls would be there every nice weekend. Instead, I am navigating icy puddles and hoping the last of the snow will melt…

    I’m grateful that the baby’s surgery went well and that it’s behind us :-)

    1. Erin M. April 11, 2015 at 10:21 AM

      I know, this week has felt so weird! I can take or leave the beach, but if I’m nearby, it’s definitely a nice way to relax. It’s such a great place to take kids!

      Aw, I’m glad to hear that!

  2. Tre April 11, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    I can’t wait until it’s warm enough to walk on the beach again! Maybe if you get a beach umbrella you can sit on the beach & work?

    1. Erin M. April 11, 2015 at 10:20 AM

      Hopefully it’ll be nice enough in a month or so! We actually had an umbrella, but they needed R to set it up, and since we had gotten separated they didn’t bother with it. I’ll have to try it for next time!

  3. Tonya@Budget and the Beach April 11, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    I’m always trying to be grateful for my health. Without that life is pretty hard I think. Sounds like a nice week. 80 is freezing? :)

    1. Erin M. April 11, 2015 at 10:19 AM

      It wasn’t away from the beach, but with the wind blowing, it was! Then again, I’m always cold – I usually bring a hoodie with me to the beach, haha.

  4. Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank April 11, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    It’s summer here so I, my wife, and my two kids went to the beach as well. It’s really great because of the water activities, crystal clear, and the white sand. Kids also had their parasailing experience. We had fun and quality time, and this is something to be grateful, Erin.

    1. Erin M. April 11, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      Sounds like you all had a lot of fun! The beach is definitely a great spot for quality family time.

  5. Mrs. Frugalwoods April 12, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Love the beach photos! Sounds like a great visit with your family :). I’m with you on not understanding shopping for fun/out of boredom. I just do not enjoy the process of shopping, nor do I want to be tempted to spend money on stuff I don’t need. You were smart to stay away ;)!

    1. Erin M. April 13, 2015 at 3:39 PM

      Thanks! I don’t enjoy the process of shopping, either. It doesn’t help that it’s difficult to find things that fit me properly, so I end up spending hours in the dressing room. No thanks!

  6. Alexis April 12, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Great beach photos-it must’ve been very relaxing and a great way to center yourself! It sounds like you had a lovely visit with your family (sorry to hear about your cousins illness-that’s not fun). I’m good with not buying when I’m bored-instead I enjoy window shopping and dreaming of things to save up for and treat myself with :)

    1. Erin M. April 13, 2015 at 3:38 PM

      Thanks! I hope for more beach trips in the future. Thankfully, my cousin’s medication kicked in around 2 days before they left, but there were a few sleepless nights had.

      I like going for walks down Main St and window shopping, but the days of going to the mall and wandering around are over!

  7. Andrew@LivingRichCheaply April 13, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Being location dependent is awesome! I really wish I could get rid of my commute…it adds over 2 hours to my day and gas/maintenance for the car is expensive. I’m grateful the weather is finally feeling like spring here. It’s been a long winter.

    1. Erin M. April 13, 2015 at 3:37 PM

      I don’t think I could ever do a long commute. I wasn’t even keen on the idea of taking the train into the city!

      Glad to hear the weather is warming up! When my family went back it was about 20* cooler there. They weren’t looking forward to it. ;)

  8. Shannon @ Financially Blonde April 13, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    I love going to the beach especially in the early morning or early evening time because most of the other time in the day I sunburn. :-) This past week I was thankful to attend my college friend’s wedding. She has been hoping to marry since I met her 18 years ago and has always been unlucky in love until she met her now husband. It was wonderful to celebrate her happiness with her.

    1. Erin M. April 14, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      I never manage to get to the beach early, but I love going while the sun is setting! Tends to be emptier then, too. =) That’s so sweet about your friend!

  9. Anum April 13, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Ahh yes the weather these days have been way too nice to ignore. I moved to a new neighborhood back in January, and it was always too cold for me to wander and explore the area. I just took a walk around my complex and found this adorable little cafe that I never even knew existed! Strolls are great.

    1. Erin M. April 13, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      That sounds lovely! We really haven’t explored much around here since moving, which is a shame. I’d like to go into the city more, although that requires paying for parking (it’s still a distance away). Thankfully there are plenty of nice trails nearby.

  10. Melanie @ Dear Debt April 15, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Ohh that beach looks lovely! I can’t wait to experience some of that soon! I hope you are doing well my dear. Sending hugs!

    1. Erin M. April 17, 2015 at 9:42 PM

      I’m sure the beach you’ll be at will be a lot nicer. ;) Thanks, I hope you are as well!

  11. Done by Forty April 20, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Couch to 5k is rad. The zombie setting is our favorite…dude cracks me up.

    Thanks for the dose of positivity.

    1. Erin M. April 21, 2015 at 3:47 PM

      You’re welcome! I don’t think I ever got past the beginner track…a zombie setting sounds interesting.


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