Being Grateful: Tenth Edition

Hello everyone, Happy Friday! I know I skipped out on one of these last week, and I wanted to make sure I got around to it this week.

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  • I am grateful that we finished Christmas shopping, for the most part. I still need to purchase cards for everyone, but I’m mostly done with buying presents. I think I did okay; R was kind enough to split most of it with me when it came to my relatives, and we ended up getting each other little things that we needed.
  • Getting most of our wrapping completed. Bags have been sitting on our table for the past week, ever since we started shopping, and it’s been bothering me! That, and I need to clear it off for when my parents visit, so that was extra motivation. I love wrapping presents, but this year isn’t the same since we don’t really have a tree to put them under.
  • Which leads me to my next point. This might sound cheesy to some people, but since my parents are staying at my grandma’s for the first part of next week, we figured we would have a “big” sleepover at her house on Christmas Eve, so that we could all spend Christmas morning together. My grandma has been alone my whole life (my grandpa died a year before I was born), and I always feel bad about it. This makes sense, as we can also put all of our gifts under her tree and open them there instead.
  • This one is double sided. Being grateful for being called into work on Monday was difficult, I’m not going to lie. I had a lot of things planned that we didn’t get to on Sunday. I also wanted to do some writing for the blog (and I’ve felt behind all week). I was asked to come in to help out at work, and it ended up being dead. I was upset since I had so much to do and I could have easily been doing it! Apparently it was busy in the morning and people panicked. The good thing that came out of it, is that I get paid double time whenever I have to work on a Monday, and I can use any extra cash I can get this time of year! Now that it’s in the past, and I accomplished most of what I had to do, I’m able to shrug it off. I’m just hoping it doesn’t happen for the rest of the month. being grateful
  • I’m also grateful that it’s been quiet at work this week. My coworker has been dealing with some health issues and took a few hours off between two days for appointments, leaving only me. I’m still not 100% on everything, so I’m glad that nothing crazy has been happening. A new person is slated to start next Monday, and we’re all anxiously waiting since my boss’s boss hired her. No one has seen or met with her yet (it was done a little backwards).
  • Still work related, I am so grateful for days off! I’m normally off on Mondays, but then we have Tuesday and Wednesday off for Christmas Eve and Christmas. We also work half a day on New Years Eve and have off for New Years. I’ll basically have two half weeks. Yay!
  • Finally, I’m grateful that there’s only one day left until I see my parents again! It’s hard to believe it’s only been three weeks since we left their house and got stuck in a boatload of traffic. The parents of a coworker live near them, and it took them quite a while to make it up here, but they left at 9am. My parents are planning on leaving at 3am, so hopefully they avoid traffic. I plan on making the most of their time here, as I have no idea when I’ll be seeing them next. My mom has to come up in July (coincidentally around my birthday) for a wedding, but that’s seven months from now! We are still hopeful we won’t be here that late into the year, but we’ll see.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and for those of you who haven’t finished Christmas shopping yet, I hope you’re able to! No one likes the stress of being a last minute shopper or the craziness of the stores.



  1. Tonya@Budget and the Beach December 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    I think it’s really sweet you want to do that for your Grandma. My Christmas morning will be like any other day since I’m not doing anything and don’t live with anyone, so I can understand how special that will make your Grandma feel!

    1. E.M. December 21, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      I hope so! She’s having Christmas at her house this year, so we’ll be able to help her out. She has a habit of being too good of a host and running herself ragged trying to make food.

  2. Kali @ CommonSenseMillennial December 20, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    I’m grateful for paid time off, too! Whenever I get frustrated with my 9-5, I try to remember that there are some serious perks – like PTO – that I’ll miss if I ever switch to self-employment. Hope you guys have a great weekend and enjoy the time with your parents! :)

    1. E.M. December 21, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      At my last job we only got five paid holidays, so this is certainly a welcome change. Even when they decided to close the office on random holidays, we wouldn’t get paid, and it was kind of a bummer. I would miss paid vacations, too!

  3. Done by Forty December 20, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    I am working most of next week, too, which I am totally grateful for. I am happy I’ll get to save and roll over some of my vacation time to next year, and maybe will get to use it to spend some time with Mrs. DB40.

    So, I’ll be trudging along with you on Monday, too!

    Thanks for the regular reminders for gratitude, EM. They really help my mood while the missus is away. Focusing on the good things is the best we can do!

    1. E.M. December 21, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      I am glad I can help you feel a bit better. That’s great that you’ll be able to roll over vacation time, I hope it will allow you to see the wife again, and soon!

  4. lyle @ The Joy of Simple December 20, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Hey E.M.,

    I LOVE the sleepover at Grandma’s idea and think she’ll love it to :)

    I am grateful that I work for myself and so, I can take as much time of as I want to!! Which reminds me, I need to give myself a raise!!

    Take care and have a wonderful time over the holidays with all your loved ones close by.

    All the best.


    1. E.M. December 21, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      A raise is a nice present to receive from yourself =). Happy Holidays to you as well!

  5. Alicia @ Financial Diffraction December 20, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I’m heading to work on Monday, but then am done until January 2nd. Back for the 2nd and 3rd to ease into the new year, and then another weekend. So glad for paid time off that doesn’t count as my vacation days!

    1. E.M. December 21, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      That’s a nice long stretch of time off, I hope you enjoy it!

  6. charles@gettingarichlife December 21, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    I’m grateful I have a job that lets me have weekends off. Now I’ve got like a week and a half of vacation. Woo hoo.

    1. E.M. December 23, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      Nice! I hope you enjoy the vacation.

  7. Jen @ Frugal Rules December 22, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    It is nice to know that you are the kind of person who can be grateful for even the smallest things. The part about being called to work when you did not feel like it for the moment for some reasons was quite understandable. We are only humans.

    1. E.M. December 23, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      I really did make the effort to try and look on the bright side. As it is, my other coworker has been working 6 days a week training me, so when I think of it that way, I don’t have much room to complain.

  8. KK @ Student Debt Survivor December 22, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    I’m totally a sucker for anything that involves grandparents and making them happy :-) I still have a little bit of shopping and wrapping to do and will likely do it tomorrow with my mom.

    1. E.M. December 23, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      Things kind of got rushed here yesterday so I have maybe one or two things left, and still some wrapping to accomplish. I hope you get yours done!

  9. DC @ Young Adult Money December 23, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    I am heading to work in just a few minutes here! I hope you have some good time off and I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas!

    1. E.M. December 23, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      Thanks DC, Merry Christmas!

  10. Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans December 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    A quiet work week is a great one! Hope you had a Merry Christmas, EM!

    1. E.M. December 30, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      Thanks, I hope you did as well!


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