Being Grateful: Twelfth Edition

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful week. It still feels a little weird to be working on Saturday. Everyone kept talking about how they were so glad it was the weekend, and I kept thinking I still have one more day to go!

R has to work this Monday since one of his coworkers decided to take a trip to Seattle for the football game, so unfortunately that means we will only have Sunday together, plus he got home from work at 8pm yesterday. Sometimes his schedule sucks!

I’m trying to look on the bright side, though. I have to admit, I have been slacking with writing posts ahead of time. I used to use the two Saturday’s he worked as “blog-time,” but since we both have Sunday and Monday off now, I haven’t really been able to dedicate that time to the blog. I feel bad leaving R hanging. This Monday, I really hope to get some posts written!

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This week went by really fast, and I feel like I don’t even remember half of what happened!

  • For one, I am grateful that we hired a new person to help us in the office. Eventually, when she is ready, she will be joining me on Saturday so that I’m not alone. While I’m really happy about that, I feel bad as the other girl in the office was alone all these years when she worked on Saturday, and now she will be alone on Monday. Then again, if it gets seriously busy, there’s an opportunity for double time for me, so that’s awesome.
  • I realize I say I’m grateful for my grandma a lot, but I want to specifically mention how great she is with feeding everyone. You will never leave her house hungry. While one free dinner a week doesn’t seem like a big deal, it’s one less thing I have to worry about. Financially, and planning-wise. being grateful
  • I am grateful for all the amazing resources that are out there on the internet. Seriously, it’s crazy how much you can research things without ever leaving the comfort of your home (chair/couch). Ever since Erika from Newlyweds On A Budget posted about how she’s been eating paleo, I’ve been on a kick to find as many recipes as possible. I have to give a shout out to Jefferson as well, as I know he has experienced a lot of success with this, too. I was excited (and grateful) to find that my library had updated its e-book offerings on paleo books since last year. It turns out that Primal Cravings (cookbook; not affiliate) is on there, and I am itching to dig in…literally. It had come out around my birthday last year, but I decided not to ask for it for some reason. Kind of glad I waited!
  • Along with amazing resources, I’ve been trying to read more about blogging and freelancing to ready myself for the possible switch when we move. I know a lot of people say to just jump in and get experience, but I’d like to go about it the right way (as much as possible) the first few times around. It’s really exciting to read success stories, as well as hear others talk about the struggles they faced. I am strongly thinking about joining a few communities to network more.
  • I am grateful that R had a good December at work and will be receiving a decent bonus check soon. He always gets kind of bummed when he doesn’t hit a top tier in sales, and apparently they just re-structured it so that you need to sell more to get bonuses now. His primary job doesn’t always involve selling, so it can be difficult to reach quota at times, but when he does, I can tell his confidence goes up a smidge, and it’s kind of cute. being grateful
  • I am grateful for my parents, of course, but my mom is so silly sometimes. Apparently, she forgot the first present she bought for me since it was “so long ago,” and had to ship it up here. I told her not to worry about it, because I didn’t really want presents in the first place (!!), and I could always get it when I see them next. I guess it couldn’t wait, so now I have something to look forward to this weekend.
  • I am grateful for all the inspirational goals a lot of you have been posting. I personally don’t believe in resolutions for the New Year, mostly because no one I know is into them. I will still continue setting my monthly goals, but there are a lot of bigger things I’m hoping to accomplish this year which will be ongoing projects.
  • One of which is to make a plan for my student loans, and R’s. We have these big numbers we are tossing money at monthly, but when will those big numbers be little, more manageable numbers? A lot of you have tentative debt payoff dates set, and I’m a little ashamed to say I haven’t thought that far. With the move being up in the air this year, so much could change (hopefully for the better), so I can’t really know what our cash flow will look like six months from now, but I can guess, so I will! I think it will give me the extra motivation I need to either try and earn more or somehow cut back.

What are you being grateful for this week? Any plans for the weekend?



  1. Dee @ Color Me Frugal January 10, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Don’t beat yourself up too much over not having a debt payoff date set. I think it’s hard to set when things in your life are changing. We have a tentative date of getting our student loans paid off two years from now, but there are most definitely things on the horizon for us that may change it somewhat, such as us hopefully adopting a child. I think you just have to base things off your circumstances, and if you are in a place where you can map things out pretty well and set a date, then more power to you. If not, that’s ok too.

    1. E.M. January 11, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      It does make it rather difficult to commit when things are up in the air. I think I’m just jealous of others that have a firm plan in place, as I’d love to have a date to look forward to. Adoption is a great reason to have some things sidetracked! It’s important not to let debt hold us back from important choices like that.

  2. SarahN January 10, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Love these posts, so I can remember to be grateful too!

    Re: yours – Grandmas rock – mine does cook herself anymore, sorta sad. She made the best shortbread! Parcels, esp unknown gifts are great – I have one coming this week too, seeing my friend incorrectly addresses it first time and sent me the photo. To think it’s her B’day this past week, and she has something for us!?

    So my list?
    1. So much food in the fridge – lots of leftovers, and healthy food! Whilst i might not be doing great at a 1200 calorie diet daily, I am getting way more fresh fruit and vege into me, and that should be a win. To think I’m having salad and tuna for lunch would have been unheard of for me a week + ago, and I CHOSE this willingly!
    2. Dinner out with my parents – such a rare treat, and without my brothers, so I sorta feel special :)
    3. Sick days, so I could have Wed off to sleep and recover from some weird lingering tiredness lurgy which is sometimes a sore throat or sniffly nose
    4. Stuffed up pay from a week ago resulted in extra pay this week – always a bonus!
    5. Great stats at work – when I left on Fri arvo, I had about 13 outstanding tasks, when months ago, this same list was well over 200. A testament to my work!
    6. Walking every weekday cept Wed. I thought I’d miss out yest (Fri) but the lunch with colleagues saw us walk there and back, which initially I didn’t like the idea of (hot!), but in the end, I’m happy I did it!
    7. Having a great TV show to watch with BF each night (Person of Interest)
    8. Maybe TMI, but after months, I think my libido is back to normal.

    So there ends it

    1. E.M. January 11, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      That is cute your friend is sending you the gift again. Awesome job on eating healthy! I wish I could say the same. I need to get rid of all the junk in the apartment first. That’s mostly R’s job =).

      I’m sorry that you were sick. Seems like it’s a common occurrence with everyone lately. Glad you’re getting down to business at work; it’s always good to find a groove. I think I’m getting there with my new job as well!

      My parents watch Person of Interest and love it. It seems interesting, but for some reason R doesn’t like the idea of it. Maybe I’ll see if we can watch an episode or two to trial it out. Thanks for sharing your list!

  3. Amanda @ Passionately Simple Life January 11, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    It’s great being able to have a delicious meal with family! My mom loves cooking for me whenever I come to visit her. She won’t even let me help!

    The bf and I have the same issue with scheduling. There are days we will see each other for one or two hours before we head off to work. I find that waking up an hour early some days, so he can get some much needed rest helps me catch up on blogging stuff.

    There’s a few things I’m grateful for including how much the people at my work value me and think highly of me after being there such a short time. Good wine and great food on a cold January night and arts and crafts projects!

    1. E.M. January 11, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      My grandma likes to do things on her own, too. Her kitchen, her rules. I definitely enjoyed visiting my parents back in September as I got to eat all my favorite meals again!

      I am hoping that I will one day be able to wake up with my boyfriend. I don’t need to be at work until 8:30, so waking up at 5:30 seems so daunting!

      I’d love to get into arts and crafts projects again. I used to do a lot when I was younger. Sadly my cats always pounce on unfinished things laying around (like puzzles) so that might have to wait until I have a separate room to complete them in.

  4. Ashley January 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Now that I’m older and wiser (aka out on my own) I appreciate home cooked meals from family SO MUCH. You’re so right, it takes away the financial and planning burden, even for one night!

    Speaking of family… this week, I’m grateful for my brothers. One of them texted me in response to my post yesterday, and it was so sweet because I didn’t even know that he really kept up with my blog!

    1. E.M. January 11, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      I am really gaining a lot more appreciation for all those times my mom cooked after a rough day at work.

      Aw that is cute! Only my parents know I have a blog, but I’ve never given them the name of it. I don’t think the rest of my family knows what a blog is.

  5. KK @ Student Debt Survivor January 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Great things to be thankful for. I’ve heard a lot about paleo eating and it’s something I want to research more. This week was a rough week for me because I’ve been fighting off some sort of illness that my MD can’t diagnose. So this weekend I’m just staying home, laying low, drinking fluids and taking antibiotics. I’m hoping by Monday I’ll feel a little better.

    1. E.M. January 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      There is a lot of reading to be done on the subject. I recommend starting with Mark’s Daily Apple (he has a book – The Primal Blueprint) and Robb Wolf (The Paleo Solution). Chris Kresser also has a wealth of information on his website that I’ve found useful in relation to my acid reflux.

      I hope you feel better ASAP! I really hate it when doctors can’t offer you an answer as to what’s wrong.

  6. jefferson @See Debt Run January 12, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    I love that you keep posting these.. It’s so useful to express gratitude on a regular basis to remind you of the good things in your life. We try to have a meeting with our kids a couple of times each week to try and help keep them grounded.

    1. E.M. January 13, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Thanks Jefferson! I’m glad people are enjoying it. I think discussing gratitude with kids is great – hopefully it will help them down the road. I know I could have used this practice years ago.

  7. Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans January 16, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    My grandma was the same way! The very first thing she would say to us once my brother and I got home from school was, “You eat now.” She never failed to cook us some delicious meals. Which reminds me, I need to learn how to cook for myself soon!

    1. E.M. January 16, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Learning how to cook has been easy and difficult. Easy because I started watching my mom and asking her questions before she moved, but getting the actual motivation to cook after coming home from work is hard!


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