Sunday, April 22, 2012

It's Sunday and I'm Grateful For...

...much more than I could ever list here, but these are the highlights for the week...

  1. Amazing feats of engineering.  We went to the Hoover Dam yesterday (one of the 30 goals) and I was stunned at what human beings can do when they put their mind to something.  Truly an amazing feat of engineering.
  2. Being able to achieve my goals.  First, I am fortunate to live in a country where so much is attainable for so many (this isn't the case in many countries).  Plus you know how personally lousy I am about achieving the goals I set but this week has really encouraged me to at least try and reach a month's worth of goals (p.s. the brownies in the picture above are for my "random act of kindness" goal and I will deliver them to the staff of a local hospital ER this afternoon).
  3. Nice people.  Every once in a while I run in to truly nice people, like the lady at the cemetery this week or a lady I met at the library (we were sitting at the same table and struck up a very nice conversation for like 45 minutes and I didn't even get her name), or a nice lady at the casino a few weeks back who chatted with me for an hour while our husbands were playing.  Nice people just make the world brighter.
  4. Being able to talk to the hubby about money.  Years ago we each had our own money and we each spent like maniacs and we never ever talked about money.  After we got on the Dave Ramsey bandwagon and started working as a team to conquer our bills, our relationship improved dramatically and now we easily talk about money and every other little thing.  This week our money talks have been around prioritizing.  You saw that huge wish list I posted yesterday?  Well some things we can easily afford, other things would need a minor miracle to fulfill, but most of the things we need end up being prioritized so that we pay for them with cash as we earn the money.  This week's discussion was about which was a higher priority, buying a clothes washer or getting the car air conditioning fixed (I voted for the car AC, hubby voted for the washer).  We haven't decided which will come first but at least we are easily able to talk about such things and work towards a common goal.
  5. Our offer to buy a house was accepted.  It took 14 tries and I still won't believe it until we are handed the keys but I am grateful we will finally have our own home soon!
  6. People who are generous with their times, skills, and/or money.  This week were were really blessed by my sister in law who gave us a wonderful lunch and a Vegas show for our birthdays.  I called up another friend because the code I was working on for a website was messed up and I couldn't figure it out. He FTPed the site to his computer, made some changes in all of two minutes, and "ta da" it was fixed!  I always appreciate when people are generous towards me so I try to be generous towards's a nice circle of good karma.
  7. The warm weather.  Actually the weather this week is very hot (like 99 degrees!), but I am very grateful that we didn't have to suffer through a cold, rainy, snowy winter in Seattle this past year.
  8. Paper and pens.  I am grateful someone invented notebooks and pens.  I always carry these two items with me because while I use the computer for mostly everything, I do my best thinking on paper and I am grateful that these two simple items were invented!
  9. Amazing bloggers.  It seems like the world has both expanded and contracted over the past few decades.  In Las Vegas I have very few friends but by visiting the many blogs that I read each day (sorry, I'm a little lazy about commenting!) I feel like I have "friends" all over the world which greatly expands my social circle (plus I love learning new things and I learn SO MUCH from what other people write about in their blogs).
  10. People coming to visit us.  We will pick up a friend who is coming to Las Vegas this afternoon at the airport.  We have truly never had as many people come and visit us as we have since we moved to Las Vegas (I'm thinking the destination is more the draw than us!) and it is wonderful to be able to have friends visit, act as a tour guide, and make people's vacations here a little easier if possible.
That's it for this week.  What are you grateful for?

1 comment:

  1. Nice!! I keep forgetting to put a notebook and pen in my car. I have to record my mileage whenever I go thrifting so I can deduct it on my Ebay expense list.