Saturday, January 28, 2012

Things to be Thankful for on a Saturday

I haven't done a thankful post in awhile, and frankly I just feel like I need to do it because the anticipatory stress of moving is starting to physically manifest itself and I need some positivity.

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:

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1. Martini on our date night!
2. Probably my favorite Rob/Cypress snuggle picture ever.
3. Cypress at the vet.
4. Nachos!
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).


  1. Way to stay positive lady!
    And yum, your foods all look so delicious!

  2. Too many people (especially we young folks) take good health for granted. It's SOOO important!

  3. man, every single night that i go to sleep i am thankful for the health of me and my family. that one is a biggie for me!

  4. I love this post! Those are some good things to be thankful for.

  5. Oh my goodness. That picture of Rob & the beast is Adorable!! And love the positivity in this post!

  6. Those are some great things to be thankful for. I was just composing a post complaining about my housekeeper and then popped over here and now feel stupid. I still may post it tomorrow because it is funny.

    One of my good friends works part time and her husband owns his own company. Her son had a medical condition that is healed but she is still in the top tier of insurance until it has been five years. She pays $2400 a month for insurance for her family of four! I don't know how she does it. So it is good to be grateful for insurance.

    I'd be thankful for that date night martini too if I were you (just kidding)

    Have a good weekend.

  7. I would really like to hear about your issues with money. I have them, too, and it's nice to know I'm not alone but I would ESPECIALLY like to hear about how you deal with it. :)

  8. Such a good exercise! It is way to easy to forget what we all have going for us, and remembering to be thankful is sooooo important!

  9. A lot of people I know still have this old fashioned view that it's embarrassing to talk about money, but I think it's so important to be open and honest about it. Great list. :)

  10. Lovely post, lady! It's nice to see that you really appreciate all those little things in life that can be much more difficult for other people to come by. Puts a whole lot of things in perspective, that's for sure :)

    PS can't wait to see pictures of your tattoo!!

  11. Caitlin - This post is great. We so often overlook the simple little things in our life. Here you are appreciating everything. It's wonderful and congrats with his job :)


  12. good things to be thankful for my friend. number one is hard. it breaks my heart that some aren't a fortunate. i'm also glad rob found a job he likes. jon was actually an engineer for awhile and just couldn't do the desk job thing so that's when he went back for restaurant management.

    and is that a cosmo? it looks fab ;)

  13. oh god. the quinoa vegetable medley photo is making me hungry. thanks for providing the recipe... i know what's for dinner tomorrow night.

    it's really funny that i stumbled across this because i had just picked up a pound of quinoa at the organic market because it was on a SUPER sale & then realized i had no idea what i was going to do with it.


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