I hope you’re all enjoying the weekend so far! This week went by so fast, but I think being on vacation makes the days go by quicker. It feels like we just got here! It doesn’t help that we’ve all been confused with what day it is, since we normally visit my parents on Friday. At least it does feel like the weekend today.
It seems like a decent amount of people took vacation around the same time as we did, so if you did, I hope you enjoyed it!
We have a winner…
R told me a week or so ago that prizes are raffled off at this particular company outing. I didn’t really think much of it; neither of us knew how many people would be there, or the prizes offered.
But I ended up getting a text from R: Holy sh!t, I just won a 40″ TV!!!
I went through a lot of reactions here. At first, I was thinking no way!, then I squealed, I turned around and told my parents, and then texted him back: !!!!!! (Great text, right? I thought it appropriately conveyed my excitement.)
A part of me is conflicted and thinks we don’t need another TV. We’re two people. One TV is enough – we’re lucky that we enjoy the same shows. This also goes against my less is more mentality. But at the end of the day, it was free, R was happy, and we have space for it in the guest room.
The outing – free food!
I actually got to go to part of the company outing! I hadn’t been planning on going since it was an exclusive company outing (and involved golfing), but news came the day before that it was fine to bring me to the “socializing” part, which involved going to a restaurant and getting free food.
The entire time, I couldn’t help but think how cool it was that the company had organized this. Really, they had gotten sponsors to pay for it, but still. I think that when company outings are done correctly, they can provide a huge boost to morale and a much needed break from the norm.
Everyone was really laid back and I enjoyed putting faces to the names of R’s coworkers. It was clear that they were all thrilled to be there as opposed to at work! Hard not to be, when they basically enjoyed free beer all day.
This was pretty amusing to me. I’ve been asking R to try and cut my hair for a few weeks, but he keeps saying he’s too afraid of messing something up.
I was going to ask my dad, as he actually has prior experience cutting hair, but due to an incident back in 6th grade where he gave me a haircut I didn’t like, he refused. (In his defense, he gave me the cut I asked for, I just didn’t like how it looked!)
So my mom stepped in without hesitation. Go figure. She’s cut my dad’s hair before, and at this point, I didn’t really care all too much how it turned out. I just wanted a trim! And that’s what she did. I had to fix it up a little, but overall, it came out well enough to hold off on getting it styled differently. A less expensive month, perhaps?
I’ll also be cutting R’s hair either today or tomorrow. I’m seriously jealous of the rate at which his hair grows. He needs it cut at least once a month. It grows at least 2″ in-between cuts.
There’s a few parts to this. First, I’m being grateful that I’m even able to do this right now. If I was working at a traditional job, chances are I wouldn’t have been able to take three days off after just starting. Having this kind of flexibility is really nice right now.
Second, in a way, I’m grateful my parents chose such a good spot to retire in! While it’s heavily populated by tourists in the summer, their community is private and on a secluded road, so it’s very peaceful here. But if you want a taste of the beach, it’s 15 minutes away. Best of both worlds.
Third, I know R is grateful for the time off and break from work. He hasn’t taken a day off in a little over a year, since he started working with his current company. He still has a few more days to use, so we’ll probably be making a few extended weekend getaways.
Lastly, I was really nervous about bringing the cats back here, but I’m so glad they pretty much adjusted and are enjoying it! Our orange one is “back home,” loving the outdoors in her little basket. The kitten, not so much, but she has a special perch here, which cracks me up (yes, she’s on top of the cabinets in the kitchen).
They did resist getting into their carriers at first, and the kitten was quite noisy throughout the first hour of the trip, but thankfully she settled down after that. So if we ever have to go away for more than a weekend, we know we can bring them along, which is a relief.
Our plans for the rest of the weekend include relaxing, hoping that it doesn’t rain too much, and possibly baking some yummy cookies.
What are you being grateful for this week? Have you ever been to a company sponsored event? Have you received a frugal haircut recently? Do you bring your pets on trips when possible?