Hello everyone! Another week has come to an end. Somehow this one in particular flew by; I feel like I was just at my parents house, and now we’re going back again.
This month has been kind of hectic “travel” wise, as this will be our third trip. Thankfully, gas is still pretty cheap here. By my parents, it’s around $3.28, and my mom has Kroger points where she usually gets 20 cents off. Here, gas is around $3.54. Oh well! That’s why we fill up once we cross the state line =).
So, why all the trips? Well, the first one wasn’t really planned, but we had nothing going on for the weekend so we decided to visit. Last weekend was for Father’s Day, and this weekend my aunt and uncle are coming down for vacation!! I know we’ve only been here for two months, but it still feels like forever since I’ve seen my family.
Speaking of, I’m definitely being grateful that my grandma seems to be on the mend. I had mentioned a few weeks ago that she hadn’t been feeling well, and then she went and landed herself in the hospital. I told her she wasn’t allowed to do that again =). Her sodium levels are still low, though, so she’s been going back and forth to the doctor.
Being grateful for…waffles?
Well, lets rewind to Father’s Day, as we did absolutely nothing! As my dad said, “Mom is happy when we take her out to eat, so that’s what we do for Mother’s Day. Dad is happy when he gets to relax and read.” (I had gotten him a book as a gift.)
My dad has always been a fan of waffles, and still is. But his trusty old waffle maker had died two years ago. Sunday waffles were like a staple in our house, mostly because I share my dad’s fondness for them. To think that wouldn’t happen again because my dad couldn’t find the perfect waffle maker was unacceptable to me. He’s picky – the two replacements we tried, he didn’t like, and I got one as a result.
A quick look on Amazon, and I found his old Black & Decker waffle maker (affiliate). That didn’t take much effort! My parents were both excited, so I ordered it and had it delivered to their place.
They tried it out as soon as they could, and my dad was happy with the results. So of course I had waffles both days I was there =). Yum! They tasted as good as ever.
My dad doesn’t do a lot of cooking, so I know it might sound silly, but it was important for me to get this little tradition back. The only other dish I’ve seen him make is the fettuccine recipe I shared a while ago, and I know my mom likes not having to make breakfast!
Blogging odds and ends & goal update
I’m grateful for all the new bloggers out there that seem to be popping up! I know I got a few new visitors this week, and that was exciting. Even after a year of blogging, the best thing about it is responding to comments and “meeting” all of you. If anyone ever wants to reach out to me, feel free! Especially if you don’t see yourself on the blogroll – I can’t keep up with all the new sites out there!
I’ve been doing a lot of research on blogging lately, trying to figure out what I want to focus on with freelancing. I’ve pretty much determined that my site needs to be redesigned, mostly because the theme I am using seems to be clunky. I’m not a fan of my site loading slowly, and I noticed another blog that uses the same theme was having a similar issue.
I think I might go for more of a minimalist look anyway. Does anyone have any recommendations? I know the Genesis framework is extremely popular, but I’m not sure I want to pay so much if there are less expensive alternatives out there. But if Genesis is truly worth it, I’ll be looking into it. I’d be grateful for some advice!
I’m no stranger to coding, but I also don’t want to spend hours being confused on options. For those that do use the Genesis framework, was it easy to set up? I don’t want to hire out for something I can do myself.
Not on a blogging note, but I’m sad to say I haven’t really made any headway in establishing a routine yet, and the month is almost over. Ugh! I’m not sure why, but I have still been waking up with awful headaches, and I’d rather bury myself in pillows than get up (see picture). I can’t imagine what I would do if I actually had to be somewhere. I’m not a fan of taking pills every day, so I’m just grateful when they finally subside…except they keep coming back. I am grateful they’re at least happening now, as I am lucky to not have crazy obligations.
The only day I’ve succeeded in waking up early was yesterday, mostly because R was late for work! Oops. I woke up around 4 and couldn’t get back to sleep, but when I finally checked my phone, I realized it was 6:40. Normally, R is at work by then. His iPod’s volume was silenced. So I got up to pack him lunch while he got ready. The day went by, I was tired a few times, but when it came to going to sleep? Wide awake. I think I’m starting to expect to be awake, and some internal force is fighting sleepiness =(. Oh and don’t worry, R’s place is really lax, so no one cared that he was late. He just stayed later to make up for the hour.
What are you grateful for this week? Have you ever missed your alarm for work? Any themes you can recommend?