Hello everyone! Whew, this week was a fast one. Again, it seems like just yesterday that I had arrived at my grandma’s. Craziness. I’m not used to traveling like that, but it wasn’t a surprise that it went by so fast.
I have a lot of things to be grateful for this week!
First off, I got to see my cousins and their baby for my birthday! That was probably the best present I could have asked for. She has grown so much since I last saw her (before Christmas). She is absolutely adorable. My cousins admitted that they lucked out with her; she is such a happy baby. If we could be guaranteed to have a baby like that, I don’t think I’d be as hesitant about kids.
I also got to see two of my friends for my birthday, which was great. I had sort of told them on short notice, so I’m glad they were able to make time to see me. They actually treated me to lunch. It was nice being able to catch up, but I hate not knowing when I’ll see everyone again.
Our flight, round two
We left on Tuesday, and the weather was forecasted to be pretty bad. Well, it didn’t disappoint. Our flight was delayed four times! We were supposed to leave at 6:30pm, then 8, then 9:20, then 9:40, and finally, 9:54. I kept refreshing the page to see if it would change again!
My mom and my grandma were really frustrated by this, but I wasn’t bothered. It didn’t really matter when we left, but I’m also a night owl. I just didn’t see the point in complaining about something that was out of our control. And if you know me at all, you’d be very, very surprised by this! I have a bad habit of getting frustrated when things don’t quite pan out as I expected. I think seeing them overreact made me react in the opposite direction…that made sense, right?
In any case, when we finally made it to the airport, we breezed through security. Hardly anyone was there, which was so nice, because I hate being rushed there. We had to wait another two hours before we boarded, but we made it in an hour and a half, and arrived exactly at midnight.
So I was grateful that my increased efforts to be more relaxed paid off, and that our flight was pretty smooth!
Suffice to say, I really missed R after a week and a half of being away. We Skyped every day except Tuesday due to the flight mess-up, and while it was better than nothing, seeing him in person was certainly preferable!
As I was typing this up, R actually arrived at my parents house. My mom heard a car so I ran outside and jumped in my car before R even got out =). Then when we finally got to hug I started tearing up. I’m such a sap sometimes! Either way, in that moment, I was being grateful that he got here safely and that we have no plans to be apart for the rest of the year!
(As a side note, I have been in long distance relationships before, and I realize that a week and a half is really nothing to whine about, but I swore them off for a reason!)
Now, I can’t wait to see my cats!! We’ll be driving back on Sunday.
No, not for us, but for my grandma. Yes, we think we might have gotten her pretty warmed up to the idea of moving! We obviously don’t want to force her into anything, but she did come around and admit she’s actually been trying to talk her best friend into moving as well.
For now, my grandma has decided to look at homes in the community here. She does like it, and she recognizes that it’s a great value. Or maybe she just misses us. Either way, I’m also excited simply because I really like house hunting. I have no clue why, but I find it really fun to look at other houses. It’s different when you don’t personally care about buying!
And as luck would have it, one of my mom’s childhood friends just became a licensed real estate agent here (she also moved a few years ago), so she’ll be able to show us all the homes.
I’m grateful that everything seems to be coming together with this. It would be awesome if my grandma ultimately decides to move here. It feels like no time has passed since we last saw her in April, but I know it will feel longer come next year.
Lastly, I am grateful that being happy with less has truly taken hold. My mom and grandma went up to this flea market, all excited about the prospects of things to buy! I politely declined to go along with them because 1) flea markets just seem kind of “blah” to me, and 2) I had no desire to spend my money there.
Sure enough, they came back with quite a few things. I’m not trying to judge here, but the purchases didn’t seem very well thought out, and it pains me to see them spend money on such things. A flea market is one of those places you can easily get carried away in, and I think that’s what happened. They seemed happy with their purchases though, which is what counts.
But I’ve been noticing a pattern with my grandma, and to a lesser extent, my mom. I might make a separate post on this at some point, but they have a habit of buying things on sale just because they’re on sale. A sale, or a good deal, does you no good if you don’t really need whatever you’re buying!!
And as a result, we have 10 choices for dessert now, which I find slightly ridiculous, and everyone is relying on R to eat it all. Oye. I’m just grateful I know better and can restrain myself, especially when it comes to food, because this is one reason food goes to waste.
What are you grateful for this week? Have you seen any old friends or caught up with family recently? What’s the last thing you decided not to spend money on?