Hi everyone! I hope you all had an excellent week. This one went by particularly fast for us. I’ve been doing the usual blogging things on top of some freelance writing, and I can’t believe how the time flies! It sure beats being in an office, watching the clock tick away. I even woke up earlier than usual one day, and didn’t feel any more productive. Crazy!
I think I need to take a look into some time management applications, or I need to set timers or myself for different tasks. I’ve never worked from home before, and even though I thought I had some good discipline, I’m clearly lacking in certain instances.
The biggest thing that had me being grateful this week was finally receiving my laptop on Tuesday. It is ten times faster than my computer (which is kind of sad, and goes to show you how outdated it is!), and has made blogging a lot easier. I’ve been enjoying being able to move around the apartment. Being sentenced to my desk in one position wasn’t really fun. We’re also thinking of rearranging furniture around a bit, as my desk is facing the wall, away from everything. I’d rather be facing a window!
I almost had a little fiasco with the DMV, which I was half expecting. Whenever you go there, something always seems to go wrong, or you don’t have the correct documentation.
Well, I triple checked all the documentation needed, and I made sure we had everything. Turns out, the problem was my name. Yep. My middle name was not written out on any documents I had, and apparently NC requires you to have your full name displayed on your license. Since they had no proof of my middle name, they couldn’t do anything for me.
So R went on to take the road sign and vision tests, and got his picture taken for his license, while I sat there annoyed for a bit. It was the silliest technicality in my mind, and I had no way of knowing this would happen. My NY license just has my middle initial, and considering NY is pretty strict on things, I didn’t anticipate having any issues.
There is a good outcome, though. After hours of searching, we finally found my birth certificate, which is good enough proof for them. So I am hoping to go back later today and get everything wrapped up. Thankfully, the office is only about five minutes away so it’s not a huge deal.
Also on another good note, I finally changed my address on my car insurance policy, and my premium went down to $184. Wow. I was not expecting that much of a drop. This means that R and I are paying less combined than he was paying in NY. I’d call that a win! I can also pay it in one shot and not have to worry about it for another six months.
I finally decided on a bank, after making a chart of all the details I needed to know to. I actually ended up looking at the banks that received the highest customer service satisfaction. Turns out, one of them is around the corner, and has Saturday hours. All good things to me! I’ll be bringing all the crap I took to the DMV with me just in case they’re stricter, but let’s hope not.
And lastly, I have thoroughly enjoyed having my cats back here. Something was definitely missing without them, even though the little one has a habit of being a terror at sporadic times during the day and night =). I’m just happy that it seems they have adjusted well.
They were spoiled at my parents house with treats and the opportunity to go outside and enjoy the sun, but it doesn’t seem like they miss it much. It’s as though they haven’t skipped a beat, and moved in with us originally. Strange how that happens. 90% of our furniture made the move, so I think they were comforted by familiar surroundings. It probably helps that I am home with them, too.
I am looking forward to next week, as my parents should be coming here to visit! R also received the news that he will be off for Memorial Day, which he wasn’t expecting. His days off last year comprised of Thanksgiving and Christmas, and he worked half days for other holidays. We’re not sure if we’ll be visiting my parents for an extended weekend or not – it depends on how busy it will get by them. Unfortunately, they live in an area that is very prone to tourism, and we don’t want to hit any traffic.
Like many others, I simply can’t believe we are already halfway through May. A month has officially passed since we moved into our apartment! I’m also happy to report that I’ve had a few writing gigs so I’m not going completely broke =). Expenses this month will look a bit high due to my laptop, but it’s something I’ve been saving up for, and I’m really happy with my purchase.
What are you grateful for this week? Have you made any big purchases recently?