Being Grateful: Twenty-Third Edition

Hello everyone! I feel like I’ve missed out on so much after being MIA for a week. I feel terrible about not being able to read my usual blogs, but researching apartments and areas to live took up a lot more time than I thought it would. Thank you to all of you that stuck with me through the move and wished us luck!

A quick re-cap of my week:

Sunday: Slept at my parent’s after an eventful move that took us 22 hours. We were exhausted, but we left for the hotel in NC at around 8pm.

Monday: Woke up early to arrive at the storage unit. My parents drove the truck up, and we placed everything in storage. R went to work for a half day, I treated my parents to lunch, and then took a nap until R got back to the hotel. Unfortunately, we both had stomach aches from something, so we didn’t even get to go out and explore.

Tuesday: Looked at a few apartments based on R’s coworker’s recommendations. Continued to research as we didn’t want to jump on the first thing we viewed. Of course, the first apartment we saw was very nice!

Wednesday: Looked again at some apartments that I found on my searches. One happened to be running a special on 2-bedrooms, for $900. It was the last one we stopped at. This special was causing the apartments to go fast, so we decided to take it! being grateful

Thursday: Started the process of moving in. R met me at the apartment to get the keys, and my parents drove up yet again to help. We got the truck after R got out of work at 5, and it took us until about 11:40pm to move. Talk about exhausting! Oh yes, I didn’t mention that the apartment we got was on the third floor – with stairs being the only option. Thankfully, R has gotten really strong from his job and was able to haul most of our crap up the stairs!!

Friday: I had convinced my parents to spend the night as our first guests, so they stayed with us. R went to work, and I woke up to find my mom unpacking kitchen stuff already. Typical! I helped her until my dad woke up, and then we went out for breakfast. They left after that, I napped again, and then two hours after R came home, we left for my parents house. Yes, whirlwind week pretty much sums it up.

Saturday: We drove through horrible weather conditions (pouring rain and flooded roads) to arrive almost at midnight. R passed out right away, while I tossed and turned. In the morning, we went shopping with my mom at Costco to stock up on some stuff for the apartment. I requested Sunday pasta for dinner, which was yummy. I haven’t had my mom’s sauce in months!

being gratefulI have to admit, being grateful did not come easily at the beginning of this week. After my parents left on Monday, and R was at work, I felt pretty lonely. I don’t think I realized how much the presence of my cats comforted me, as silly as it might sound. With them around, I was never truly alone in the apartment. Add to that the unfamiliar city, and I kind of felt lost.

This fueled my endless research into apartments and the areas surrounding the city. It is so difficult to know where to look, as safety was a concern of mine. I was also going a little stir-crazy from being in the hotel room! The first few days were gloomy and surprisingly cold.

Obviously, Wednesday was probably the highlight of our week. We didn’t expect to agree to an apartment on the spot, but we both felt it was possibly too good to pass up. We both really liked it (confession: I fell in love with the kitchen), the price was within our budget, and it was in a great location. Truth be told, I think I was also just fatigued from looking.

I’m normally not one to make decisions in this fashion at all, but we went ahead with it. I don’t want to spoil too much more as I’m planning to blog about the apartment exclusively next week, as soon as we get internet!

What I am really grateful for is my parents, yet again. I can’t say enough about their efforts with this move, though. They made the trip up to help us with a day’s notice, and even though my dad’s knees aren’t the best, he braved the stairs up to our apartment to help with the heavier things. My mom put several hundred miles on her car, and didn’t expect anything in return. We at least covered a very late-night dinner for them afterward, but I don’t think I can pay them back enough for all they went through this past week.

being gratefulWith that said, I am grateful this process is almost complete. There’s a few loose ends to tie up with the apartment, but we can finally focus on settling down and relaxing. The biggest hurdle is over. The next biggest, finding a job, is next, but I’m trying not to worry too much. R is quite happy with his new position and co-workers, and there’s apparently no limit on overtime here, so he plans on trying to make a bit extra to ease us into this transition.

Lastly, I’m grateful our cats have been just dandy while away from us! It hurts not to have them with us, but they’ve really taken to my parents house. I’m making every effort to shower them with love and affection while we are here. Being that they’ve adjusted so well, we’re questioning whether or not it’s worth it to pull them away. Originally, our plan was to take them when the apartment is all squared away so they can settle in quickly.

That about wraps it up for this week! Again, my apologies for not being around so much. I hope to make up for it whenever our internet is up and running. I hope you all have a great weekend and holiday!

What are you being grateful for this week? Have you ever had to give up a pet before?

Erin M.

Erin is a personal finance writer and virtual assistant who loves talking about money and how to use it as a tool to get what you want out of life. When she's not obsessing over numbers or working (which is rare), she can be found messing around in Photoshop, laughing at her cat, watching YouTube videos, playing video games, chair dancing, or any random combination of the above.

27 thoughts on “Being Grateful: Twenty-Third Edition

  1. You sound like you have the most amazingly supportive parents in the world! Glad you found a place. Be patient with settling in. There will probably be moments of loneliness but it will pass! I’m grateful my producer wasn’t breathing down my neck this past week! I’m also grateful that I have a free membership at an awesome gym. Well, sort of free. I’m supposed to be doing video work but so far she hasn’t given me anything. :)
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    1. Indeed. My parents get mentioned a lot on here for good reason! I’m glad your producer backed off a bit this week, I know that’s been stressing you out :/. I would totally be taking advantage of the gym with no work yet. Great deal so far for you!

  2. After having “witnessed” the ups and downs, the woes and blues of your moving, I can’t help but be in awe of your admirable parents. I wonder how it feels like to have a dad in times he’s needed and he can be around like when your dad was there for you all the way of the move. My dad died in a car accident while my mom was 8 months pregnant with me and since then, I love reading stories where dads play a great roles. I envy you for having great parents. My mom is great too but she is now a very frail and sickly 80-year-old grandmother of 6 and we love her dearly. :)
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    1. I’m so sorry to hear that, Jen. R’s father passed away when he was two and I can’t imagine how difficult that is to go through. Your mom sounds like she’s very cherished!

    1. The kitchen is right there when you walk in, so it was hard to get over that first impression! I hope it will make cooking more appealing =).

      My heart broke every time someone would call the animal shelter I worked at with a story like that. So many people had to move and couldn’t take their pets with them. It’s very kind of you to take ownership as your friend will know her dog is with a great family.

    1. I’ve told my parents about my blog, but not the exact address. My parents have always been in debt, since I was born, so I guess I didn’t feel too weird discussing my student loans with them. I think you’re making great choices based on your blog, but it’s up to every individual to decide who they tell and when. No one should feel pressured into it.

    1. They really do make a difference! We came home last night and part of me expected to see the cats waiting for us, even though they’re obviously still at my parents house. I’ve had cats for the past eight years so it’s hard not having them around.

  3. YAY so glad you found an apartment that you love! I am a very not impulsive person in general, but every housing location I’ve ever had, I have absolutely fallen in love with and made the decision on the spot! I can’t wait to read all about the new place!!!
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    1. I’m glad I’m not alone in making quick housing decisions then! It was a toss up between here and the first place, but the location and fancier appliances were nice bonuses.

    1. I’m looking forward to the exercise we will be getting, haha. We also got vaulted ceilings in the living room, so we don’t feel cramped. Our ceiling height was around 6’8″ in the basement, now it’s 9′. I’m very much enjoying the natural light from the windows!

    1. I can’t wait to start making this space “ours.” Even if we can’t quite customize an apartment the way you can a house, I’m still excited to have such a place. My parents are definitely awesome.

  4. Ah, I love the kitchen. Especially the island. That’s my goal… To one day have a kitchen with an island. Big dreams :)

    I totally know what you mean about the cats. Mine are so friendly and affectionate that hanging out at home is generally some kind of cuddle-fest. Or at least them laying on the back of the couch while I work nearby. It’s a proximity comfort. I’m sure they feel they same way.

    I echo that your parents seem awesome. A lot like mine actually. Super helpful, and just so considerate. We are both lucky ladies :)
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    1. You never know! I was not expecting to get an apartment with an island in the kitchen. I would have been happy as long as it wasn’t galley-style. The island is pretty much where we have to eat though, as there’s no dedicated space for a table.

      Yes, exactly! Whenever I was at the computer, my one cat would be either on top of my chair or on top of my actual computer tower, while the other was in my lap.

      We are very lucky =). I’m still trying to figure out what I can do for my mom for Mother’s Day.

    1. We’ve all been pretty exhausted with all the driving the past two weeks. I am hoping we can finish unpacking today and just relax the rest of the week. Then it’s off to my parents’ again for the weekend!

    1. An elevator would have been amazing to have. If we had found a complex that had them it would have likely been an instant win. That is our kitchen! We plan on buying some cheap wine to fill the racks. Still getting used to the fact that it’s sold in grocery stores here.

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