Saturday, July 25, 2009

Out with the old, in with the new

Furniture, that is!

This week we took the plunge and bought a completely new bedroom set. It's something we've been wanting to do for a very long time, since all of the bedroom furniture we had, apart from the knock-off Tempurpedic space foam mattress and box spring we splurged on a few years ago, had been hand-me-downs from our families. We got a California king space foam mattress/box spring and a black furniture set--headboard and footboard, dresser/mirror combo, tall chest, and a "man's chest," whatever that is. The total price tag was $3200. Yikes, kind of--but considering that it was on sale, tax free, and no interest for a year at Mor Furniture, we decided to go for it. With the money we're saving not having to pay for utilities in base housing and the deposit we got back from the fail apartment, we'll be able to pay for it in no time.

I had planned to post a picture of the furniture, but it doesn't seem to be posted on the store Web site. I can show you the bedding we got at Target, though--also on sale! The furniture's getting delivered next Friday, so you'll have to wait until then to see it--once we get it all set up, I'm going to film my second Cribs episode. Trust me, this one will be so much better than the fail apartment episode.

In anticipation of the new furniture's arrival, we had to figure out how to get rid of the old stuff. We decided to keep our old queen bed and toss Jason's childhood twin bed, along with a couple of old dressers that originally belonged to the people who sold my mom the house we lived in when I was in high school and college. The base housing people told us they'd come haul it away for $80, so we set that up for yesterday... then they never came. Turns out there was a mix-up and they did come, but left because the furniture wasn't on the curb. Thanks, base housing people, for not telling us that we had to put it out there ourselves! So we hauled it out there in the evening and an office girl promised us someone would be by that night to get it, but nobody ever came. So when another sailor rang the doorbell to ask if he could have it, we were thrilled. I feel so much better knowing that all of that perfectly good furniture will be used by someone who needs it. We're getting our $80 back, too, so I'm chalking giving it away up to karma points for helping out a man in need and keeping all that stuff out of a landfill.

The unpacking is still in progress, but moving a lot faster now that we've been forced to get organized for the furniture delivery. I can't wait to put my clothes away in my new dresser! And hang up my pictures! I also got my work area set up in the spare room. Working from the couch is comfy, but kind of a pain in the butt. I love my desk! At some point in the next week we'll have to take apart our queen bed and transfer it to the spare room--I have my fingers crossed that everything will fit in there. It's going to be a tight squeeze, but I'm pretty sure we can puzzle-piece it so that there's enough room to walk around.

In other exciting, non-furniture news, I saw a Bunnicula ON BASE. I let out a squeal so ear-shattering that I probably cracked a few windows and made dogs howl. They're coming for me, people.

In kitty news, I've had Jasper in to the vet twice in the past couple of weeks for blood work and a check-up. The insulin injections are controlling his blood sugar fairly well, so that is good news. Unfortunately, he seems to be having circulatory problems in his legs--common for both diabetic cats and humans. It's not a big deal right now, as it only causes him to be somewhat clumsy, but it's something we need to watch to make sure it doesn't start to prevent him from moving around. Ah, the trials and tribulations of having cat-children. On the other hand, our veterinarian here is so much cheaper than it was in Massachusetts that paying the vet bill is almost a pleasure.

And finally, in ant news, we seem to have run them out of the house once and for all. They're still outside in crazy, swarming ant army proportions, but as long as they stay out there, I'll survive.


Jamie said...

New Furniture is exciting! I can't wait till we get to take the plunge. With the exception of the crappy futons we keep buying, our furniture is always hand me downs too. Which is cost-convenient, but I want to get to the point where it's -our- furniture, not something that lived with 2 other families before.

SO what do they do with circulatory problems in cats? Medication? do they have to wear those leg-warmer type things that they put on you in the hospital during long surgeries? Hmm.

Heidi Renée said...

Our vet mentioned upping his insulin dosage if it gets to be a problem, but since he's stabilized sugar-wise right now and the clumsiness isn't impeding his movement, we're just going to monitor him for now. The only trouble he really has is when he jumps. Sometimes he'll go to jump up on our bed and not make it all the way. He walks with his back legs turned out slightly, too, but that doesn't seem to cause him any discomfort. Of course, I can't get him to show the vet what I mean because he turns into jelly-cat the second I pull him out of the carrier and collapses into a blob on the table.

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