30 Things I’m Grateful For in May

As I reflect back on this month, I feel like I got a lot of stuff that made me happy. Which I don’t think there’s anything wrong with, especially since now I’m an adult I’m much more responsible with my money than I was two years ago, so these purchases mean something to me. I got surprised when I received a mysterious KitchenAid mixer in the mail which is just hilarious, but wait until you read the story why my mom sent it to me.

  • My new Kitchenaid mixer
  • And Cheryl’s cookies also sent from my mom
  • Schitts Creek
  • Finding a vintage red stool on the side of the road for free
  • And my boyfriend for cleaning it up
  • After 2 months of living with a noisy refrigerator, finally getting it replaced
  • Moroccanoil hair treatment
  • Getting a new computer
  • Discounted Easter candy at CVS
  • The smell of freshly cut grass
  • Warmer weather
  • Banana chips
  • Going to Colorblends and catching up with my old friend Tim
  • Getting a new Colorblends tshirt
  • Starting to watercolor
  • Spending a Friday night at our annual Client Appreciation Party
  • Making this neat video for one of our listings
  • Olive Garden Italian dressing
  • Getting a new, free LifeProof phone case because of their awesome warranty
  • My new reversible tote bag from Target
  • Relax Riesling
  • Spending a Sunday adventuring around the countryside with Patrick
  • Eating breakfast outside at one of the cutest cafes
  • Checking out one of our favorite spots, Gillette Castle
  • Frozen lemonade from Dunkin Donuts
  • Getting Memorial Day Monday off work
  • Chip’s waffles for dinner
  • Spending an afternoon at Molto working behind the scenes for our new real estate venture
  • Short rib pizza from Molto
  • Spending the last night of May at Sasco Beach with my coworkers

How a KitchenAid Mixer Sparked My Disdain for Wedding Registries

Last month I was  talking complaining to my mom about all the weddings Patrick and I have to go to this summer and how much that’s going to cost us. Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually really excited to be going to a couple weddings this year. I haven’t been to a wedding in years! I am excited to dress up, spend a fun night with Patrick, eat some good food, watch the ceremony, and celebrate our friends. Yet you can’t help but have a nagging feeling in the back of your mind of how much it’s going to cost. Weddings are expensive, and not just for the happy couple.

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30 Things I’m Grateful for in April

April was an insanely busy month! I hit a milestone in my career – I’ve been working at Snyder & Pritchard Homes for two years, which may not seem like a long time in the grand scheme of things, but I’ve never held a job this long! I’ve always had short internships or jobs, so I’m really proud of this milestone.

  • Neutrogena Deep Moisture night cream
  • Living so close to work that I don’t need to take the highway home
  • Spending the first nice day of Spring at the Stafford Springs motorcycle swap meet
  • Finding some comfy sweatpants… (from Walmart!)
  • Getting a roll of quarters from the grocery store and not having to go to the bank
  • Attending my first Raveis event at Mohegan Sun
  • And an awards brunch at Blackstone’s
  • The lobster BLT at Tuscany
  • My dad and his tax guy figuring out my taxes
  • Sweetbitter and The Bold Type on TV
  • That when my cat stepped on my computer and it fell to the ground, it didn’t break
  • Checking out Mongers Market
  • And running into friends we haven’t seen in a while
  • Going on a walk through Camp Cedarcrest in Orange
  • A spontaneous dinner at the Cheesecake Factory
  • Comfy sweatshirts from Naketano
  • And a cat coffee mug from my friend Rose
  • Salads from The Pantry
  • Honey and milk and honey lotion from Jada Hill Farm
  • Stopping by Trader Joe’s and finding a ton of good deals
  • Trader Joe’s peanut butter cups
  • And kringle all the way from Wisconsin!
  • Working with an amazing watercolor artist to paint some homes for our clients
  • Getting a beautiful orchid for Administrative Professionals Day
  • Finally having time to read
  • Working at the restaurant on Easter, making good tips, and seeing a lot of coworkers I haven’t seen in a while
  • Getting an unexpected income tax refund…from 2017
  • Celebrating our intern’s last week with lunch at the Grey Goose
  • Bang bang shrimp at Local
  • Drawing and sharing my collection of Suzy Bishops

30 Things I’m Grateful For in March

March was a really good month for me! I’m all settled into my new place, I went out with my coworkers and friends a good amount, the weather has gotten nicer, I scored some awesome stuff to furnish my apartment, and I feel like I’m really successful at my office job and restaurant job. Really excited for warmer weather, upcoming weddings, events, and travels, and taking advantage of my new apartment and location!

  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
  • Dropping some books off at Stratford’s Little Free Library
  • Drinks with my new friend at the Sitting Duck and Local
  • SGX NYC Dry Shampoo
  • Comics by Nathan W Pyle
  • My girlfriend who did my hair for me (I’m back to being blonde!)
  • Lunch at the Spotted Horse
  • And happy hour at Old Post Tavern with coworkers
  • That I don’t live in a big city and don’t have to pay for parking
  • Being the right amount of busy
  • Getting a new apartment care package from my best friend filled with cat dish towels, cat socks and Cats of Instagram (I like cats)
  • That my boss at the restaurant let me out early one Saturday
  • Going to a St Patrick’s Day party in Stamford and seeing friends I haven’t seen in a while
  • Corned beef and cabbage at my boyfriend’s mom’s house
  • Getting an awesome breakfast table and chairs from some nice people on Craigslist
  • And my boyfriend for helping me move it
  • Getting chocolates, a dress and souvenirs from my parents when they went to New Zealand
  • That my cabinets are soft close
  • And that I have a built-in heater in my bathroom
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  • Jack Johnson Pandora
  • Publishing a tour of my old apartment
  • That I know Photoshop
  • 7 Days Out on Netflix and The Act on Hulu
  • When people are nice and understanding
  • Getting a bunch of coupons from changing my address on USPS
  • And scoring this awesome Wayfair rug on sale
  • Being part of an awesome team that ranked top 5% of the company in 2018
  • Breakfast at Riley’s in Lordship
  • Going on a photoshoot by the water and showing off my boyfriend’s super cool sweatshirts and t-shirts


Apartment Tour: Tour a Small, Sunny Studio

I moved apartments this month and of course had to commemorate it with another apartment tour of my old place! (to see the tour of my first apartment in Connecticut, click here!) I now live in Fairfield, which is pretty neat and a lot closer to work.

I didn’t say it in my first apartment tour blog post, but I moved from one end of the building to the other end. For the first three and a half years of living in Connecticut, I lived in the same building in Stratford. The two apartments couldn’t be more different! My first one had dropped ceilings, orange walls, and a small kitchen. The second one had a huge kitchen, vaulted ceilings, and white walls. And now, I live in a new apartment complex with curved walls and noisy appliances.

There were a lot of great moments in this apartment, and here are things I don’t want to forget:

  • Batcat got stuck behind the washing machine one morning and wouldn’t get out. She can be such a little brat sometimes! I spent the morning shimmying the machine out and then running the vacuum cleaner at one end so she would get scared and run out. Please don’t report me to animal services.
  • Banjo recently caught his first mouse, which Batcat did a couple of times in my first apartment. A mouse must have snuck in through the gap under the door and we woke up to the sound of Banjo FLYING around the room chasing this little mouse. He even had it in his mouth at one point! We finally caught up to them and swept the little guy out the front door with a broom. I hope he’s not too traumatized.
  • Batcat found her favorite spot above the refrigerator. She would climb from the counter by the stove to the top of the refrigerator to the shelf above that – far away from everyone. We put a bed up there and if there was a time we couldn’t find her, there was a high chance she was hiding up there. Banjo was too little to jump up there which I think she appreciated.
  • I have a lot of memories of sitting at the breakfast bar counter drawing and blasting records on my record player. I loved that I didn’t have neighbors.
  • Right before I moved into this place, Patrick and I took a trip to IKEA hoping to find a wardrobe since my bedroom didn’t have any closets. We scored the black wardrobe for like $100 and he put it all together while the cats and I supervised.
  • In my first apartment, I had carpet everywhere, so having fake hardwood floor was a new experience for the cats. We spent many hours throwing toys in the kitchen and watching them slide all around. They didn’t have their sea legs apparently haha.

While this is mostly for me so I can remember one of my favorite apartments, I hope you enjoy the tour!

Location: Stratford, CT
Years lived in: 1 year, renting
Size: 450 square feet

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30 Things I’m Grateful For in February

The shortest month, but so many things happened in February! First… Banjo caught his first mouse. We woke up at 5am one morning to him chasing around a little gray mouse in my apartment! Baby cat’s growing up so fast. This month was also filled with a motorcycle show in Jersey, good food, and tons of moving boxes because as of March 3 I’ll be in a new apartment!

I’m very thankful for my bosses, coworker and the affordable housing act for helping me rent an apartment for less than $950/month. That’s crazy cheap in this area. Since my income is less than $50,000/year, I’m eligible for the more affordable rent. And no, I’m not afraid or embarrassed to talk about how much money I make (thank you, The Financial Diet). Sometimes it pays to be paid less than average.

I’ve lived in the same building in the same city for three and a half years. I’m so excited for a change of scenery, to find new restaurants to check out, to be closer to work, and to decorate my new apartment. Pictures to come but for now here is what I’m grateful for in February.

  • Going to the Cheap Thrills Show with Patrick
  • Making friends with the girl at the booth next to us and her giving me some much needed handwarmers
  • And scoring some cool artwork from Derwood Paint Co and Offshore Artwork
  • Watching the Super Bowl (but mostly for the commercials)
  • That my parents made it to New Zealand safely
  • Celebrating Chinese new year at Patrick’s moms house
  • Working on a cat puzzle with my cats
  • Russian Doll on Netflix
  • Peets coffee and Iron coffee
  • That my new phone has a long battery life
  • A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
  • CVS coupons
  • Free prescriptions
  • That I grew up in the Midwest and not on the East Coast
  • Talking to my sister’s boyfriend over Snapchat
  • L’oreal eye defense cream
  • Surprising my boyfriend with burgers and fries from Prime 16
  • And getting a funny picture from him for Valentine’s Day
  • That my bosses let me leave work early because of bad weather
  • Working on fun videos at work
  • Donating clothes, blankets and housewares to Plato’s Closet and Goodwill
  • Mr Clean magic erasers
  • Patrick for giving me boxes and helping me move
  • Cheap renters insurance
  • Black Cat Moto Coffee for making our cat Insta famous!
  • A fun team dinner at my boss’s house
  • Moscato
  • Taking pictures of my apartment and creating my next house tour blog post
  • That I had a week to move into my new place
  • And that it’s totally brand new, bigger than the one I have now, that it’s a corner apartment, and that it’s closer to work

30 Things I’m Grateful For in January

January flew by! I can tell it’s going to be such a busy year, but I have a lot of things to look forward to this year. I was so busy this month I barely took pictures of my life, but I do have about 500 pictures of my cats. When does one become a cat lady? Asking for a friend.

  • Watching the NYE ball drop… and immediately falling asleep after
  • My new fuzzy black coat from Kohl’s (for free! Thanks mom for the Kohl’s cash)
  • You on Netflix
  • Having a few Friday nights off from working at the restaurant
  • Geronimos with the girls
  • And a lovely night filled with good food and wine at my friend Paula’s parents house
  • The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanghara
  • Cannoli cake
  • Getting good sleep
  • Watching (but mostly making fun of) The Bachelor
  • That my best friend got to meet my boyfriend’s mom and sister randomly in Colorado
  • Avocado toast
  • For once, that I don’t live in the Midwest, where it was -30 degrees for a few days
  • Getting some Target gift cards from my mom
  • Using my salt lamp (my cat likes it too)
  • When my cat lays in the bathroom sink
  • Getting unexpected tips when I work at the restaurant
  • Watching some good movies like A Simple Favor and Fyre
  • My boyfriend for bringing over ice cream
  • Working with my new intern
  • Grilled cheeses
  • Rewatching Broad City to get ready for the final season
  • Being organized
  • Rediscovering my love for The Avett Brothers
  • Working on a new tattoo idea
  • Hanging out with my restaurant coworkers at our work party
  • Getting over a cold quickly
  • Parks and Recreation on TV
  • Getting an awesome early Valentine’s Day package in the mail from my best friend
  • And starting this “one line a day” journal