Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dresser starved

We've been dresser-starved for many months now.

Matt's parents gave us a dresser years ago that had three columns of drawers and so we put all three children in them. (not actually the children, but their clothes;). Sophie was short-changed in the deal since she got the narrow drawers, so with Joshua's debut, we either needed more baskets to store stuff, or a new dresser, and move Wes' and Joshua's clothes together.

So I scoured ads, craigslist, and second hand stores.

Here were our options:

Real furniture store item = too pricey and sometimes not the best material throughout the piece.

Big Box dresser = pressed wood (and I'm tired of going that route).

Build our own = a real option, but we've got many other projects we're juggling.

Second-hand item = another real option, but once again, redoing the piece becomes a time issue and I haven't mastered the talent of seeing 'potential'. I get hung up on how an item looks in its current state.

It's easy to get overwhelmed by all the blogs out there who show you wonderful things you can do by re-purposing an item. I'm all for doing it, but I mostly catch myself saying, "where do these people find the time to do all this stuff?" I have a hard enough time keeping my house clean, laundry done, church callings, regular home maintenance, parenting, etc., etc. How to find balance? That's the magical question. And how to stop comparing ones self to others ... blah, blah, blah ... this is a whole other blog topic.

Continuing with the dresser:).

One day I stopped at a second-hand furniture shop and saw a really ugly dresser. But somehow I saw its potential. It was well-built (a must for Mr. Matt) and had a price tag of $45. I asked the man if he'd take $40 and he said, "I still have to pay tax, you know." So I said, "okay, $42". and he said, "okay, $40". ??? "I was confused at his logic, but didn't question him, and paid him $40 smackeroos.

Here's our subject (with the drawers removed, but you can see them in the background)...

Wes was immediately in love. I told him in an excited voice, "Dad and I are going to sand it down and paint it black."

He promptly had a meltdown. He thought I'd bought him a Lightning McQueen dresser.

I was shocked. And I've found I often do this. I assume someone is on my same brain wavelength and are just as excited about something as I am. Then I thought to myself ... if I were a (then) 5-year old boy and my mom brought me home something that looked like the theme of a children's movie, I'd be pretty upset if she said we were going to ruin it by painting it black".

I know this sounds horrible, but we did finally convince Wes that the decoration had to be removed, mainly because paint was chipping everywhere and the dresser was pretty banged up.

So Matt and I started to sand, strip paint, and sand some more. And after taking off three layers of red, blue and pink paint, this beautiful piece of furniture was revealed.

We decided to put the old drawer handles on it, just because, and yes, we painted it black. Whenever we ask for suggestions for colors, Kate always comes up with 'rainbow', so I think we'll stop asking, and they've pretty much accepted that I love black.

So there it is. Wes and Joshua's new clothing abode. And although this post makes it sound like I did a lot of work, it was really Matt who provided most of the elbow grease. I think he's growing tired of me bringing home 'my' projects that 'he' has to finish.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


(This is a post from my radio blog, thus the reason why my voice is a bit more formal and less familiar regarding my children... it's set to appear on tomorrow's entry).

Wednesday 11/16/11

I haven't taken the time yet to be an extreme couponer, but I'm just like everyone else and try to score a deal every once in a while. I was so excited to do that yesterday with something I've been eyeing for a while.

Remember the wall map that I ordered to put up in my son's room?


Well, I wanted something equally educational for decor in my daughters' room. So I've been eyeing this solar system decal set for a few weeks now.


Well as luck would have it, I got a $10 promotional gift card in the mail with no strings attached, EXCEPT that the item must be $10 or more, before sales tax. No Problem!

So I looked at the solar system online and SCORE!!! It was on sale this week.

Here's the break down ...

$22.99 regular price

$11.49 sale price

-$10.00 gift card

= $1.49 pre sales tax

WooHoo! Imagine me doing my happy dance/pump fist:).

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thought process of a 3-year old

Sophie's and my breakfast conversation this morning ...

Me: Sophie, do you want to eat your french toast?

Sophie: 'Cause, I want to eat a hotdog, cause there's no more apples."

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fog Delays

In Connecticut there were snow days for 1 or 2 inches of snow ... here there are fog delays. Most interesting.

We got a prerecorded phone call this morning at 5:15 a.m. stating that school would be delayed by one hour.

Believe me when I say I LOVE IT! I wish school started at 9 a.m. everyday.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Different Journal

My radio self is pretty much common knowledge to friends and family. But something I haven't shared, and wish I could somehow merge with this blog, is my blog on my radio page.

At the start of the year, my new boss (who is now my old boss) asked me to start blogging every day as another way to 'connect with my listeners'. So I started to do it, and I've loved it. I haven't been totally faithful to the every day suggestion, but have blogged fairly consistently.

It's very different from this blog (at least I think so), and has more 'daily doings' on it; projects I'm working on (or would like to work on), articles I find interesting, recipes I've tried and liked, blog links with ideas.

Now I'm realizing I really want to figure out a way to get what I'm writing over there, over here. I guess because it's a good personal journal for me (of sorts). But the problem is, habitually I'll put a start date and an archive/expiration date, so many of them are gone. I'll have to find out if they're gone gone, or saved somewhere out there in the internet blue yonder.

If you're interested, here it is. (Really have to get a new profile picture though:)).