1. I'm thankful that Rob and I have enough money to buy groceries and pay our bills, and have some left over for fun stuff. At the store the other day we were in line behind a woman who thought she had $197 in her bank account, but it was actually only $97, and her bill was pretty high. So the cashiers had to help her put back $100 worth of merchandise. I could tell she was so embarrassed but happily no one in line pitched a fit or called her out. One thing I love about living in a small town. We also saw a couple that was meticulously counting how much they had in their cart because they couldn't go over a certain amount, and they still had to buy gluten-free stuff which is expensive on any budget. You see that kind of thing a lot around here, but still, it was a good reminder for both of us to appreciate what we have. I'm thinking of writing some sort of post about my issues with money so stay tuned.
2. I am thankful that Rob and I both have reliable health insurance. Rob was around a lot of stuff in Iraq that could eventually lead to cancer, which terrifies me, but I know that if something happens (like he's out of a job or randomly loses benefits) he'll always be able to go to a VA hospital because of his Purple Heart. VA hospitals may not be the best of the best, but it's nice to know we have a backup should something happen. One of my biggest fears coming out of college was not having health insurance, which I think is absolutely unconscionable in a country as rich as ours but I won't get too far into that.
3. Along those same lines, I'm thankful that Rob and I are both healthy. We eat (mostly) healthy foods and try to exercise as much as possible (Rob more than I).
4. I'm very thankful that Rob got this job in Santa Fe. Since he got out of the Army I worried (what? I never do that!) about him finding a job that provided him fulfillment and made him happy. I knew working at a desk would drive him insane and I knew learning to work within a typical office hierarchy would be difficult, to say the least. I'm glad he found a job that will allow him to physically and mentally challenge himself.
5. I'm thankful we have a place to live (and that we can afford a much more expensive place to live in Santa Fe), gluten-free food in the cupboards, and above all, each other.
And finally, here are some photos of our week:
1. Martini on our date night!
2. Probably my favorite Rob/Cypress snuggle picture ever.
3. Cypress at the vet.
5. This is how I look when I'm in the car wash. F'ing hate it.
6. Lazy belly scratches. Like my socks?
7. Quinoa vegetable medley made from this recipe (we added basil & parsley).