Being Grateful: Third Edition

Hi everyone! It’s been a slow week as far as blogging goes, but as a lot of you are at FinCon, I figured I would take a little break. I had written some drafts last weekend that I wasn’t too happy with, and it was disappointing. After putting in all that work, I didn’t want to publish any of it. I’m sure that happens to a lot of bloggers, but I just couldn’t find the motivation to re-write them all. I always welcome suggestions on post topics, so don’t be shy! Knowing what your readers want more of is a good thing, too.

That being said, I am taking the weekend to mostly relax. My coworker was out yesterday (it was planned months ago), but it was a bit of a whirlwind in the morning. I hadn’t really done her job since the beginning of the year, and as it’s more important than mine, I was nervous about doing something incorrectly.

R and I really wanted to get up to the mountains this weekend, but when I started looking at hotels earlier this week, we were met with “no rooms available on selected dates” on basically every selection. I was really disappointed, though R kept telling me at this time of the year, tons of people are going to enjoy the foliage, so we should have planned earlier. Live and learn! As R works every other Saturday, and the next Saturday he has off we have a birthday party to attend, I’m not sure if we’ll get up there. It could be done as a day trip, but we would have to contend with traffic from the city, and tolls, which are not fun at all. I guess we will just have to see!

being grateful

I am really enjoying seeing everyone’s responses to this series. I didn’t think it would really be “popular” as it’s something I’m kind of writing just to keep myself in check, but I am so happy some of you have found inspiration from it. Being grateful is something we don’t do often enough, usually for the tiny things in life that just pass us by. While I try to focus on the bigger things, it’s always worth noting that we could simply be grateful for waking up today. Perspective is key!

  • Most of us hate traffic, right? Well, yesterday I hit some on my way home. It was R’s birthday, and he had already left work. I wanted to get home to make him some cheesecake as a surprise, but nothing was going according to plan. I stuck to the right hand lane, and soon enough we were picking up speed, while the middle lane wasn’t moving at all. Odd. I was tempted to get in the middle lane early on, but I am grateful I didn’t – for some reason there was a car stopped in that lane, which is why it stopped moving when we picked up. Along with that, I am grateful for my car, because it’s reliable!
  • On the same note, while traffic sucks, that moment when it breaks is glorious. The road opens up ahead and you can sail away!
  • I am grateful that R’s shoes got shipped in time for his birthday. We went to the store on Monday, but they were out of his size. He couldn’t hide his disappointment. We ordered them from the store and they said it would be 3-5 days. In this case, it worked out to 3 days! Perfect timing.
  • I am grateful to have people on my side. There may be some hope for me on the job front, but until things are certain, I’m not saying anything. There’s been some red tape involved from the get-go, and I don’t want to get my hopes up.
  • As for an update from the previous week – my mom’s neighbor returned home today! Last week, she came home, only to go back to the hospital two days later because it was painful to eat. I really hope she continues to recover.
  • I am grateful for my baking skills. This sounds funny, but I love baking things for people. A brownie brings simple joy to my office some days. I was able to bake that cheesecake for R last night, which is his favorite dessert ever, thanks to a really easy recipe from my mom.
  • I am grateful for the time I get to spend with R. We spent the first half of the day today just cuddling on the couch, watching movies. It’s a cloudy day out, but I think some fresh air might be a good idea. Our apartment gets so stuffy!

Thank you to DC for sharing my post on wondering if parenting is the right thing for us. While it’s still really early (R and I aren’t even married), I think it’s always a good thing to think over. It’s an important decision that you and your S.O. should be in agreement on before you even think about marriage. I really loved everyone’s comments; they were all so thoughtful, and I am really relieved to know I’m not alone in my thoughts about kids.

I hope you all have a great weekend, and if you’re at FinCon, I hope you’re enjoying it!




  1. October 19, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Haha – its the best feeling in the world when the road opens up. The same applies for tolls when there is a massive queue. I remember when we were in France and we were waiting at a toll booth for around 3 hours (due to a strike as is usually the case). The feeling when we got out the other side was immense!

    Its always good to see the positives in every situation, however bad it seems at the time.

    1. E.M. October 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      Three hours?! That’s insane. I think the most I’ve waited at toll booths is around an hour to an hour and a half. I don’t travel too much, or I’d probably invest in an ezpass, as going anywhere out of the city, we pass at least 3-4 toll booths.

  2. SarahN October 19, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    See there’s upsides of leaving for work at 6.30am! The traffic is usually pretty good at moving! Even though there is traffic, we all know what where doing, and where we are going (and no one seems to break down!).

    I’m thankful I found a park that isn’t regulated on Thursday night (seeing I had Friday off and I can’t use the work car on my days off).

    I’m grateful that it’s less than a week til HOLIDAYS! yay!

    I’m pleased to have made a new friend after my run on the weekend – a friend of a friend. We seem so similar.

    As always, I’m happy to see a Friday peak in my views. Such a nerd :p

    Thanks for these posts, since I’ve started to forget to add them to the end of my posts… Commenting on your posts helps me remember the good.

    1. E.M. October 20, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      R rarely ever hits traffic as he leaves around 6:30 most days, too. With every passing day on the road I become more and more convinced that we have some of the worst drivers in the US, even though we all like to make fun of Florida and NJ.

      What holidays are coming up for you guys? Making new friends is always fun; I need to get out more to do that. I’m so shy though! I barely ever look at how many views I get. I’m still so small I know it doesn’t quite matter. I’d rather be happy with what I have than hoping for more, which seems to be a dilemma a lot of bloggers find themselves in.

      You’re welcome! I am glad someone finds them useful =)

      1. SarahN October 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        I’m just taking a week off to go to Vietnam. I’m not shy at all, but it is hard to make new friends – the easiest way is through other friends I find. I’m pretty small too, don’t worry!

  3. Micro October 20, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Are their any campsites available to you? Might not be the most comfy way to sleep during the night but you would still get a trip in at the mountains.

    1. E.M. October 20, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      I’m not sure actually. I’ve never been camping before, so it wasn’t something I thought about! Last year when we went, we tried to go on the trails, but all the parks were at full capacity so we didn’t get to do that. We did a walkway over the Hudson River though, which was nice and scenic. Lots of dogs and one cat in a stroller, too!

  4. Tara @ October 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    I hate traffic too but I rarely drive so it’s basically only when I’m driving out of town. I’m picking up my husband at 6pm in lower Manhattan this Friday to drive three hours out to Western NY state and I’m sure it’ll take 4 with the traffic we’ll hit from all the workers trying to get through one of the three exits off Manhattan island. But you realize that everyone is hitting that traffic with you and for the most part no one can cut in front of you so you just know you’ll eventually get out!

    I really like these grateful posts so keep them coming!

    1. E.M. October 20, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      I hope you make it through okay! City traffic is why, if we ever take trips, we either leave late at night or super early in the morning. It’s such a pain to get off the island. There was a motorcycle riding the shoulder cutting in front of everyone the other day. Sometimes I wish I had one! Thanks for the encouragement =)

  5. Ashley October 20, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I like posts like this! It makes me stop and think about the little things that make me happy. Today, I’m grateful for: being able to explore a new city, having an awesome sushi dinner, hanging out with Mike’s family yesterday, and hot cups of tea.

    I’m excited to hear about your job developments! Hope you had a relaxing weekend :)

    1. E.M. October 20, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      That all sounds great! Exploring a new city and family time is always fun. I’ve stopped drinking tea lately; my mom used to make it every night, but since living on my own I get a little lazy!

      Thanks, I hope your weekend went well too!

  6. DC @ Young Adult Money October 21, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    No problem for the share, it was a good post! One thing I’m grateful for this weekend was modern medicine. My wife got her wisdom teeth out and it’s a fairly routine procedure. It’s amazing that in a half hour four teeth can be taken out and the incisions sealed up. I’m sure she is thankful for vicodin as well ;)

    1. E.M. October 21, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Glad it went well for her, dental work is never fun. Pain relievers can be such a lifesaver! I had a surgery done by a robot once, medicine has definitely come a long way.

  7. Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans October 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Commuting to and from San Francisco every day is no fun – the traffic is ridiculous! So I know what you mean when you say that you’re grateful for the moment the traffic breaks – it’s like a breath of fresh air!

    Mmm talking about baking is getting me hungry – I love cheesecake! I wish they were healthy… haha

    1. E.M. October 22, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      Cheesecake is so filling. The one I make only uses cream cheese, vanilla extract, sugar and eggs, so it’s fairly simple. Still not healthy, but worth it as long as it’s a small slice!


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