Hello everyone, hope your weekend is off to a fantastic start! First off, I have to say I’m grateful for a mostly snow-free week! (Gasp.) We got the tiniest dusting on Monday, but other than that, nothing fell from the sky. No rain, either. In fact, it’s supposed to be nice weather all the way through Wednesday! I am really hoping to get some walks in. Is it weird that I’ve been craving going walking? I guess this is how some people view running. I don’t know, lately I’ve just been instilled with an urge to be active. Not a bad thing!
Being grateful this past week actually wasn’t difficult, even though it felt like the week dragged on.
- Sunday: As usual, R and I spent part of the day at my grandma’s house. Last week, I mentioned how we put together a little storage unit piece in her bathroom. She had said she wanted to go back and get an over-the-toilet one when it goes on sale again. Well, it went on sale, and she had gift cards from her birthday, so I decided to go with her to get it. R left a little before that to attend a family birthday party, but he had forgotten to get cards beforehand, so he had to stop for those. What do you know, we ran into him at the store! The box ended up being pretty heavy, and even though my grandma and I were able to put it in the cart, it really helped that R was able to lift it into her trunk. I had no idea he was stopping at that particular store, but when I felt a tap on my shoulder, I figured it was him (or else that would have been weird). We plan on putting it together for her this weekend, as a surprise, since she will be away.
- Monday: I am always grateful for the times we are able to sleep in, and we took advantage of that Monday morning! R and I spent the first half of the day being lazy, aka relaxing, and then went shopping. The cats needed food and litter, and the library happened to be on the way, so we dropped two books off in our travels. After the pet store, we went to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. I had been on a quest to find organic frozen spinach, and I was grateful that Whole Foods had it. Why organic? Spinach is on the dirty dozen list (useful reference!). After shopping, we were both tired, and it ended up being way later than we had anticipated, so we made a trip to Olive Garden. Thankfully, we still had enough gift cards to cover it completely, so I didn’t feel guilty about starting off the month eating out.
- Tuesday: I hate to admit it, but the dishes had started piling up. Or should I say, they were really just sitting there in a pile for a while. R and I had no motivation to clean them, but it was getting slightly ridiculous. We had planned on doing some spring cleaning on Monday, but never actually got around to it with the shopping, so R decided to go into cleaning-mode after work. I am so grateful to have a boyfriend that cares more about the state of our apartment than I do, haha! He cleaned the bathroom and did the dishes after, while I made dinner.
- Wednesday: I was grateful for the soup that my grandma had given us. It’s just chicken soup with pasta, but my grandma’s is the best. Even my mom couldn’t make it as well. My grandma makes the broth from the chicken, not with the commercial broths, and I think that makes a big difference. So instead of having the omelette I kept eating for lunch last week, I got to change it up and have some warm soup. It helped with the bitter cold weather!
- Thursday: Thursday was just a really good day, plain and simple. Things went well, I wasn’t tired for no reason, work was okay, I came home and made dinner right away so that it was ready when R came home, and then we went out to the store. Generally, I wait until he gets home to make dinner, but I had a quickish meal planned, so I just started making it once he told me he was leaving work. This way, I didn’t get lazy and elect not to make dinner.
- Friday: Taking stock of the freezer and fridge, I realize we’ve been doing pretty well this week. Our fallback frozen meals haven’t really been consumed because we’ve had leftovers that R has taken to work, I’ve been taking things out in the morning to defrost and be ready at night, and I just find myself being glad that we seem to have another week’s worth of food in there. I really don’t want to go out to eat for another week since we just went.
- Saturday: Well, technically it hasn’t happened yet (I try to publish these for Saturday), but one of our good friends asked to hang out with us, so we agreed. I haven’t seen our friends in a long time, generally because they’re out “yoloing” and we can’t afford it at this point. They’ve been going to bars, restaurants, and on trips and R and I would honestly rather save our money. I know this sounds horrible, and often it is kind of lonely, but our friends are all still living with their parents. Some of them are still attending college. We’re just kind of at different stages of our lives (with R and I also being the only couple in the group). That said, I am looking forward to a frugal time with a movie from Redbox. The original plan consisted of a movie (almost $30 for the two of us) and dinner (at least $20).
What plans do you have for the weekend? How does your fridge/freezer look right now? What are you being grateful for this week?