Thonet, okay!

With all the emotional chaos that has been going on with my mom I’ve been dealing by focusing A LOT on the house. And by focusing on the house I don’t mean cleaning it like a maniac for once. I’m actually creating a lot of work as far as cleaning goes but that’s not really much to talk about except to say I have A LOT of cleaning to catch up on. Or re-organizing and putting things away.

What I’ve been doing is adding and updating furniture. I’ve been called a hoarder by Aidan, Regina and even Marshal (over the phone). I’m not hoarding though, they are teasing me. But if I don’t stop soon I might be considered a hoarder, lol. Just kidding.

Anyway. I’ve been having really, super awesome luck on craigslist and have found quite a few deals of a lifetime. Seriously. I don’t know when exactly it all started. It was either with the coffee table I inherited from my parents that turned the switch on or seeing a gorgeous mid-century modern bookshelf on a random blog that I HAD to have. Which came first? I do not know.

Anyhow — after seeing the bookshelf I started searching craigslist for one and came upon item after glorious item of things that I needed. Ha! I’ve been a long time looker on cl but never actually used it to buy or sell anything. Now I’m a full blown addict.

I like to think I have a good eye. I say this because I have found deals on items that can be found selling for thousands.

Case one:

Thonet bentwood lounge chairs

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When I first saw the picture of these chairs my heart skipped a beat. Not because I knew their worth, but because I thought they were just so awesome to look at. The way the armrest curves and the back legs poke out.. Oh my, I fell in love. I had never even heard of Thonet before but really really wanted one of these chairs.

I did a little research and found that these chairs as a pair sell for a pretty penny. On not just one site, but two. A supplier for designers sells them to clients and 1st dibs, a site for high quality vintage furniture (probably other stuff also) each had one set of two of the same exact chair selling for $3,000+. Seriously. My love grew deeper.

So I obsessed for a few days, talked to everyone in the world about the chairs and finally decided to contact the seller. She turned out to be a really nice lady!

Regina and I took the boys on a little road trip to pick out a chair that made my heart pitter patter. When I got there I talked to the seller for a little bit while picking out the chair I wanted.

And then guess what happened?!

She said I could have two of them for the price of one! She could see how much I loved them and it was obvious I wasn’t a flipper. Also she wanted to free up space! Seriously, I almost hugged her. For real. Would that have been weird? Probably. So I didn’t. But I wanted to.

Before I left I told her that I had never CL’d before and she replied by saying “It’s the best!” Man oh man was she right! This is just my first story of six!

These chairs make me smile every time I see them.

People who know the story ask me why I don’t resell them. The truth is.. I LOVE them.

Eventually we will get them refinished with some nice leather and have the wood restored when we know where they will sit in our new home. Am I going to lessen the value? I don’t know, they are considered vintage not antique. The lines are just fantastic so I plan on keeping them anyway. Having them updated by a professional will increase the value for us, so that’s what matters in the end.

Well that’s the story of how I got hooked on craigslist furniture and there are some more super awesome scores to write about another day.

Have you ever bought/sold on craigslist and felt like a total winner? Spill the beans :)

 

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We are girls and we love to shop. Together. :)

Good morning and happy Wednesday! I hope this week has been going by smooth and quick for you all. It’s been pretty good over here so far and that is always a wonderful thing :)

Last night Regina and I cashed in the rain check for our shopping date that was put to a stop because of the truck battery not working. It seems to have worked out for the better though because we had an awesome time (well, I did and I think she had fun too!)

Honestly I didn’t even feel like going but the little ones were under my skin and I knew a break would be nice. When Aidan got home from work I hopped in the shower and we headed out shortly after.

Ugly sweaters for all..

We got some really super awesome gifts for really great deals. We also had a blast picking out “ugly” Christmas sweaters for everyone in the house. Regina and Marshal have an Ugly Christmas sweater day at school next week and Regina picked one out a few weeks ago but I wanted to get Marshal one, too. I hope he will get a kick out of it.

Last year Aidan’s family wore ugly sweaters on Christmas day but we didn’t know about it until a couple of days ahead of time so we were left out. Not this year! Our sweaters are the ugliest! Watch them not do it again this year.. We are still wearing them.

Regina and I decided that we want to get a picture of the six of us (and the cats!) in front of our humongous tree and send it out as a Christmas card. It would be hilarious! The only thing is finding someone to take the picture.

I’ve never once sent out Christmas cards. How funny would it be that the year I finally send them we are all wearing the most ridiculous sweaters ever? I really hope it works out.

Separate from the sweaters I lucked out 2 weeks ago and found the little boys adorable outfits that  match to wear to the family party. I looked on a few sites butt had the best luck at Target. I had a gift card for $10 there and they had free shipping so for the two outfits it cost me $20. Yeah baby! They are adorable too complete with red ties featuring penguins! I can’t wait to see them in them!

Enough soaps, lotions and sprays for a year..

We also took advantage of using the coupons we had for Bath and Body works. We used three to get a total of 2 free items and $10 off. We also made use of the buy 3 get 2 free sale. All together we walked out with a combo of 9 body washes, lotions and sprays for like $40. Nice! I had also gone there on black Friday and used some coupons and got a ton of stuff, including a gift bag Regina had wanted. That trip was more expensive but I ended up with 2 candles, the bag and something like 8 washes, lotions and sprays.

Then in Victoria’s Secret they had buy one gift get one free. We had to take advantage of the coupons I had there in order to get a bra and a bag for free so we bought night gowns for each of us and a gift set of lotions. Then we got the other gift set, a bra and bag for “free” it cost $80 but I knew it would if I wanted to get the bag.

So.. We are stocked on smells goods and can give a set to each of my nieces. :)

Other really awesome deals..

I can’t divulge the other fantastic (really the best ones of the day) sale I took advantage of because it is for Aidan and he occasionally reads my blog. I know that’s why you finally started getting the painting done, dear — I love you! In any case I will try to talk about that after Christmas though it won’t do anyone any good. I’m just excited and I hope he will love what we got for him!

Okie doke (yes I really do say that) have a great day!

 

Still Dealing with Pain

This pain sucks. It’s an awful, terrible thing when you aren’t able to move the way you want. Walking, bending, reaching, standing.. They are all movements that are beginning to really become unbearable. Have I been over-doing it? Maybe. Do I have an infection? Possibly. Are my stitches ripped? Unlikely. Is there too much gas in my system? I don’t know. Is it the fibro flaring? Could be. These are all the questions I’ve asked myself since the pain has been increasing and I’m getting to the point that I think it’s time to call the doctor.

I don’t want to call because they will just tell me to go to triage, which I’d rather not do because I’ll have to spend a whole day there and probably end up finding out that nothing is wrong. This pain though is really becoming unmanageable and no amount of Advil, Tylenol or Motrin has helped. I’ve been popping it like candy every 4 hours and it barely scratches the surface.

I’m giving it til the end of the day and then I’ll call if it isn’t better. This stinks, I just want to get on with my life.

Love Me Tender

I don’t imagine that I’ll have a lot of time to write this morning. I wasted 40 precious minutes doing I don’t even know what besides making coffee and now it’s almost time to wake Regina up for work. After she gets done we are supposed to go get free manicures at a new salon that she was given coupons for. I hope it works out.

I haven’t been to a nail salon in about 5 years — when my sister was pregnant with her 4 and a half year-old. I used to go to the nail salon quite often, not habitually, but frequently and I kinda miss those days. Now I don’t have the time and it takes a free coupon for a $10 service to get me interested in going. God, I’m lame.

I took a funny picture of real Henry the other day and it reminded me so much of a picture I had taken of blog Henry when he was around the same age. I searched through my photos until I found the one I was thinking of and sure enough, they are very similar:

The similarities are funny right? I mean look at those expressions! These are pictures of newborns here so there wasn’t any planning or bribing involved. They are just brothers. With each other. And maybe Elvis.

Finding the picture of blog Henry was the highlight of my day yesterday. The rest of the day was pretty boring and lame. A lot of nursing and a lot of my feelings being hurt by blog Henry wiping my kisses away and telling me “No kisses, wipe!” Sigh. He used to love me. Now he just hates me because of real Henry constantly being attached to my boob. He’ll get over it. We’ll all get through this.

I read last night that the first 6-8 weeks is the hardest when there is a newborn in the house. I hope that’s true. I hope by the time 8 weeks rolls around:

  • I’ll be healed and everything will be merry and cheery and all the kids will get along (mostly with me.)
  • My house will be clean and the kitchen will see nightly action.
  • The big kids will love school and homework and each other.
  • We will all get great sleep and have regular bowel movements.
  • Everything will be sorted and organized and lovely.

Bwah ha ha. Funniest. joke. ever.

Maybe I’ll win the lottery, too. Actually I should play because I’d probably have a better chance at winning that than all of my hopes above falling into place ;)

Happy Saturday, I hope it’s a great weekend for you!

Miscellaneous Topics

To be honest I don’t know what to write about this morning. Usually I will get a few ideas rolling in my head on what I want to focus on while I’m making my coffee but today my brain is kinda empty. Not there isn’t stuff I want to talk about but nothing really feels like it’s enough to be a full topic so I’ll just do a random brain dump if you don’t mind.

Quickest 30 pounds I ever lost

The scale has been my very best friend for the past few weeks. Altogether I’ve lost 28 pounds (as of Sunday) and my belly is just looking chubby not pregnant any more. I know it will take another month (or 6) for my uterus to get back to being small and where it needs to be so I am feeling pretty great about all that. I haven’t lost all the baby weight so quickly since having my first when I was only 20 years old. I hadn’t even done anything different this time around, the weight just came off and I won’t complain about it.

Once again — ignore the mess in the background, I really need to re-organize their room! Oh, also ignore my fancy clothes :)

C-Section Recovery

My cut sight still really hurts though and even though it is supposed to be “healed” after 2 weeks the recovery time for full healing is 6-8 weeks, which I think they should just say flat out so people like me don’t get their hopes up. Like, it still really hurts and Advil just doesn’t help. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely feels much better than it did in the beginning, I can lie on my sides now and before I couldn’t. It’s easier to move now but I hurt myself more often because I’m not as guarded. It stinks, but it will get better in the next month apparently.

Have any of you had c-sections? How long was recovery for you, meaning how long did it take until you could go about life and not be stopped because of sharp pains or feeling your uterus being sore?

Post-partum Depression or Baby Blues?

I was feeling great for the first two weeks after Henry arrived. Cheery, happy and not all that stressed or anxious. It felt good to get the baby out and see the numbers on the scale getting smaller. My mood though has been changing this week and last night I started debating on whether to set up an appointment at the psychiatrist to get on anti-depressants. Just in the past few days I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed and stressed and want to cry about everything. Surprisingly, I never had post-partum depression but I have suffered from major depressive order for most of my life. It just feels like it’s coming on but maybe it’s just the baby blues? I stopped taking meds when I found out I was pregnant with blog Henry almost 3 years ago and felt well enough to function without them. Of course there where a lot of up’s and down’s but I was handling it all quite well.

Right now I just feel really bad and I am actually afraid that I am going to spiral downwards if I don’t address it soon enough. If it is depression of any sort it’s not a biggie and can be resolved but I do wish I felt better in general and didn’t need any help like I’ve been doing. Such is life, right? I’m gonna give it another day or two and see if my mood improves or worsens then go from there. The good thing is that I’ve noticed right away and didn’t deny that something might be off like I had done for so many years in the past.

Hand-me-downs, all around but no where for us to put them!

Last week when my sister came to see the baby she brought 3 boxes of clothes that her 4 year old had out grown. I am really grateful because clothes are expensive and with fall around the corner it sure makes life easier to not have to shop! All of the clothes are in great shape and I had worked for a couple of days sorting, washing and putting them away. I finished that up yesterday and then went through blog Henry’s drawers and put away the stuff he doesn’t really wear anymore. I also got down all the rest of his old baby newborn and 3 month clothes and washed them for real Henry. He can wear blue now :) Those still need to be folded and put away but I am running out of drawer space!

We are talking about ordering 2 dressers that are bigger then the ones we have now but haven’t ordered anything just yet. Do we go with the usual Pottery Barn or somewhere else to save some money like IKEA? If we do IKEA we need to screw them into the wall because of the big recall they announced, which would be a mega pain with the plaster walls but it could save soo much money! I want big drawers tho so I might look at CB2 also just to see what they have. We will be putting a new big kid bed in that small room around Christmas too so we have to measure it all up and make a floor plan that will work. Decisions, decisions. I like these kinds of projects though so maybe it will cheer me up.

 

He eats all the cookies, all the time

 

Blog Henry in a hand me down cookie monster costume, over top his new favorite Buzz Lightyear hand me down pj’s :) He’s in heaven and I’m happy to not spend money lol

Well, I hope you all will have a great day, thanks for listening to my randomness :)

Push and Push and Then Get Cut Open Present

It’s usually a given that after you have a baby the other parent of said baby buys the delivering mother a little something for all the torture and pain she went through to bring the darling little thing into the world. The gift could be in the form of flowers, balloons, something delicious to eat, or more recently something extravagant.

Poor Aidan was clueless after blog Henry was born and didn’t bring me a dang thing. This was very upsetting to me as I watched him scarf down a value meal from Burger King right in front of me after laboring for 26 hours. I still wasn’t allowed to eat and was exhausted so some flowers or a whopper waiting on the sidelines would have been very appropriate at the time. I didn’t let it go but didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to sound like a whiny brat. That is until he brought up the fact that his best friend was shopping for a Push Present for his wife was expecting. Then of course I let the flood gates go and I told him rather passionately how hurt I was that he didn’t buy me flowers after Henry was born.

As you know my pregnancy with real Henry was miserable and during one of my major complaint sessions to Aidan I told him he better buy me diamond earrings, one for each baby, to make up for the fact that he was so insensitive the first time and to make up for the torture I was going through at the time. I was joking of course, I am not that bratty, but apparently my whining stuck with him.

After real Henry was born he placed this on my lap..

IMG_1802I was really confused but seriously excited when I saw that little blue box! Nothing bad comes from Tiffany’s! When I opened it up, lo and behold Aidan remembered me busting his chops and had bought diamond earrings, one for each baby I brought into the world!

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I wasn’t kidding before when I said how great this man is and how he would do anything to make me happy. I couldn’t believe it and put those beauties right in my ears! He is the sweetest guy ever and really surprised me with the way he made up for not buying me flowers after blog Henry was born.

Note to guys (or partners): buy flowers when your lady delivers or else!

I have been wearing these every day since I received them and now that my engagement ring fits back on my finger I feel so happy and grateful to have such beautiful gifts from such a great man.

Please don’t think I am bragging, it’s just that things like this have never happened for me up until recently and I am still very excited to have some one who cares about me so much!

Getting My Write On

The other day I was being too hopeful in saying I’d write again the next day! And it figures now that I finally sat down to write I’d get a pop up that my computer needs to be updated and will be done automatically in XX amount of time. So annoying! I think I may have changed a setting correctly though so hopefully this thing wont just shut down on me mid-sentence.

Anyway– things here have been pretty freaking awesome in terms of the baby. He’s adjusted to the house well and everyone seems to adjusted to him. He is sleeping so awesome and I don’t want to jinx it at all so I’ll say it’s probably a fluke but he’s only woken up twice in he past two nights. Holy shit. For real, that happened. Twice :)

Henry (blog Henry — I still need to figure that out) has been a little jealous or a lot jealous but he’s doing okay. He has been stomping his feet more and yelling “I’m mad!” quite a bit but that’s to be expected. We are careful to spend extra time with him one on one but are cautious not to overdo it because a) it’s not realistic b) I don’t want him getting any ideas that he should get all the attention all the time

*computer restarting* grrrrrrr

Okay, I just logged onto the desktop! I always forget I have this thing!

Where was I? Oh yeah, Henry is being jealous but he does like his brother enough to give him lots of kisses and want to hold him at least once or twice a day and I think that’s a great start. The big kids aren’t jealous or at least they aren’t acting out this week like I thought maybe they would. They’ve been calm and out of trouble since the house party night (as they should be) but I guess I was expecting the worst as that’s all I’ve been getting from them for the better part of the past two years.

Regina is starting a Cosmetology course at the local vocational school in the fall and I received a bill for the kit she needs. Over $400. Ugh. I am now trying to figure out how to pay for that. She’s not Aidan’s daughter so I don’t want to ask him for that although I know he’d pay it, but I want to figure it out on my own. Also her Senior portrait proofs came in and need to be ordered and they are running over $250+ for packages and that’s the smallest sized packages. This year is going to be expensive. Sigh.

Aidan has been so great about doing stuff around the house. He’s been the main cook and cleaner for almost a month now and I know it’s probably getting to him. I clean what I can and Marshal actually helped me the other day, but in the kitchen all I can really do is load up the dishwasher because my belly used to get in the way of the sink and now that it’s gone there are stitches in it’s place. In another week I should be in good shape though so I’m looking forward to getting back into life.

As far as my body healing and stuff goes, I feel great. My energy levels are pretty much what they used to be but my body is sore. Engorged breasts, stitches, aches and pains, swelling. They will all pass soon and as each day goes by I am feeling better than the last :) Hooray for not being preggo anymore, my body just hated that!

I weighed myself yesterday for the first time since leaving the hospital and I have already lost 16 of the 18 pounds I had gained since my first OB appointment in December. That made me feel AWESOME! Of course that first appointment didn’t take into account the 10 or so pounds I gained during the first 2 months being pregnant but holy cow, I still think it’s awesome for a weeks worth of time!

Please ignore the messes in the background of the photos — as well as my super awesome outfits

So I’m feeling pretty dang good, emotionally and physically and that’s way more than I ever expected. I would like to write everyday again, but I’m just going to do the best I can. If it’s every day then awesome, if it’s not I know I’ll get to that place again someday soon :)

I hope you all are having a great day! It’s crazy hot here and if you are also dealing with a heat wave I hope you are at least staying indoors with the AC blasting!