Hi everyone! I am posting this today, as I’ll be at my parents all weekend again. This isn’t going to be the norm, only because it’s about a 3-4 hour trip, and it takes a whole tank of gas. Not ideal, but at least I’m not really driving right now. We spent so much on gas this month that I honestly don’t even want to look at the end numbers. Of course, I’ll have to face the music next week when I compile our budget review, but until then…
The reason we are going back is because the community my parents live in is having a garage sale, and I am hoping we can find some furniture on the cheap. We could use bar stools for the island, a computer chair, and a little outside patio set for our balcony. I wouldn’t mind finding some kitchen equipment either!
I don’t plan on going overboard, but I definitely need a chair. The one I am currently sitting on is horribly uncomfortable and has been in the family since I’ve been alive. I threw our old computer chairs out because the cats made them into scratching posts. Jerks. I obviously can’t have nice things as they’ll make it their mission to destroy them!
First off, I have to say I was being grateful that we finally got the internet working in here! Hallelujah. It turns out the modem was hiding inside a little door in our closet. We totally would have thought to look there, right? Most awkward position ever. So in attempting to connect, we had my computer on the floor, the router connected into an outlet in the bathroom, and the ethernet cable crossing the bedroom, bathroom and closet. What a mess. At least it’s resolved, and we now have both wired and wireless connections. Woo! I felt less lonely throughout the days being able to harass you all with comments.
Secondly, I have to thank R again for being awesome with all these moving shenanigans. I am super lazy and if it were up to me, boxes would be sitting there unpacked for weeks (not a good sign, we have useless stuff). R said the apartment didn’t feel like home because everything was still in boxes, so he started unpacking and we’ve slowly been doing that throughout the week, when we haven’t been running errands. We now have about four boxes left!
I am grateful that R is a hard worker. At his old location, work hours were being limited because the manager was trying to scrimp on the budget. His normal workweek is 48 hours, but more overtime never hurt anyone! R was getting really frustrated that their hours were being micromanaged. Thankfully, this location is the complete opposite. Some people get there at 5:30am and stay until 5pm, so R has been trying to get there for around 6:30am. As I am currently jobless, every little bit extra counts. I’m going to have to dip into my savings with rent and other bills, but I am happy that R actually wants to work more. He’s a keeper.
I am also grateful that we found this apartment. Old news now, but I still can’t believe it’s ours. I guess we got used to living in a basement, and not being able to afford much better where we use to live, that this seems like a dream. To be perfectly honest, I was becoming doubtful that we would even be able to afford a two bedroom here. Prices were all over the place depending on the location, and we really wanted something convenient for R. His job is about 12-15 minutes away from here, and there’s a useful little back road he can take to avoid the congested interstate.
We have a Super Target just down the road (which I much prefer over WalMart), and two other grocery stores within 5 minutes. Well, I half expected that because Food Lion seems to be absolutely everywhere down here. It’s almost a game to see how many we can spot on the way to my parents.
I was grateful to have a Waffle House nearby as well, especially on Monday. It got late really fast and before we knew it, we were headed to Target at 9pm to go grocery shopping. Fail! Waffle House was the only thing familiar to me that I knew would be cheap, and I was really craving a waffle (does anyone else have this problem?). Our dining out category is going to be awful this month, too.
Somewhat silly: I am grateful that the spider I saw on Tuesday has not resurfaced…yet. Ugh! It appeared out of nowhere on a wall in the living room, because I was sure it wasn’t there when I opened the blinds that morning. Since it was the first full day with the internet, and I was feeling productive, I didn’t want to leave, so I kept an eye on it. It wasn’t really moving, so I thought it was okay. Wrong! It completely disappeared somehow. We don’t have much stuff in here, so it’s not like it has many places to hide…I hope. I’m still tip-toeing out of the bedroom every morning and looking over all the walls.
Lastly, it’s very easy to be grateful for all the natural light here. We actually only have three windows – one huge one in the living room, one in the master, and one in the guest room. You wouldn’t know it, though. The living room is humongous and the window does a great job of lighting it up. I hardly ever use other lights during the day (I’m also trying to save on electric). The guest room window is across from the doorway to the hall, so that helps brighten the other half of the apartment. It’s just nice being able to wake up to sunlight.
I hope everyone has a great weekend! What are you looking forward to as Spring seems to finally have arrived? Anyone else’s allergies killing them slowly?