Happy Friday! I am so happy that I have a 3-day weekend ahead of me! Here's what's currently on my mind these days!
Reading: The Purple Hibiscus by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie which is a book that I am reading to fulfill the "Book by an Author from Africa" category of the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. This book is so heavy and sad as it deals with issues of domestic violence and child abuse but it is so good. I am very surprised that it's classified by some as young adult, though, as I don't think I'd place it in the hands of a tween or teen.
Loving: that I live driving distance from my parents. Phil and I are driving up for the weekend tomorrow. My dad is going to introduce Phil to ice fishing so that should be interesting! He has fished in the summer so hopefully he'll like ice fishing. My parents have an ice house that is heated so it's not like he'll be roughing it out in the cold. :)
Thinking: about what I want to do for my upcoming birthday.
Frustrated: with my new employer's 401(k) match program. I knew I'd be eligible for the company match starting on January 1st so I assumed I'd start getting that match during the first pay period of 2015. Wrong! Instead they deposit the match in February of the following year so I won't see a match until February of 2016. I think that is an awful way to administer a benefit (you miss out on the opportunity for compounded earnings growth over the course of the year). I know a crappy approach to administering the match is better than no match at all, but I'm disappointed by how poorly they communicated their approach to matching (it's not explained in any of the benefit guidelines nor was it explained in the offer letter).
Feeling: really over-tired this week. It was a busy week as I've had social plans 3 nights this week that kept me out until after 9, so I am sure that is contributing to my tired feeling. But you'd think those feelings of being over tired would result in me being able to sleep past 4 am. Wrong. I suck at sleep. So much.
Anticipating: our trip to Santa Barbara - we leave in less than a month!
Watching: Parenthood (raise your hand if you sobbed through the episode that aired last week) and Top Chef. For the first time in as long as I can remember, I love all of the finalists on Top Chef so I am very sad when someone has to go home each week as they are all so very talented!
Sad: that today marks one year since Nora lost her mom. I got to know her mom well as I stayed in her parents' home a couple of times when I visited Nora in St. Louis. Her mom was this special, vibrant person who was so full of life. Her life ended far too soon and it's just so unfair. :(
Working: on my list of organization/purging projects. So far I have gotten through 2 out of 7 so I am making some progress! I get Monday off for MLK Day so I am hoping to tackle 1-2 projects that day.
Grateful: that the weather is warming up here. We had an awful cold stretch earlier this month so temperatures in the 30s feel SO GOOD. I hope those crazy subzero wind chills are behind us but that is probably wishful thinking.
Listening: to podcasts any time I am walking, driving, or have downtime. My favorites are Book Riot, Start-Up, This American Life and Dear Sugar.
Wishing: for more snow. Yes, I can be grateful for warmer weather and wish for more snow at the same time (it's actually been to cold lately for a significant snow fall). Now that I own cross country skis, I want to use them as much as possible but we need more snow as the trails are pretty bare right now.
What are you grateful for, loving, and reading?