So, for the last almost ten years, we have had pretty crappy furniture. And really, there isn't anything wrong with the free couch you get from the neighbor that is getting rid of it, or table you picked up at a yard sale. The only reason we have a matching couch and love seat is because my husband found them before we left Germany, used, and wanted them because both sides of both recline. And the big couch has a heating or massage thing in it. (which we have never used in the four years we have had them). These poor pieces of furniture have been moved several times, been taken apart and put back together, and been used mercilessly by two small children. And they are starting to show it. You know it is bad when someone comes to your house, sits on your couch, and asks for a pillow because they can feel the metal bars in your couch. Yeah. (no, I wasn't offended. I have been feeling them myself for a while.)
We are to the point, at least I feel that we are, where we need some real furniture. Adult furniture. Furniture that looks nice, but also is functional and serves our needs. (ok, we really do not NEED new furniture. it is absolutely a want.) I have been looking on craigslist for a long time for other pieces of needed furniture in our house, and came across this lovely thing:
I love it. I love the color, I love how it looks. I love that both of us like it. And the best part is that it also comes with this option:
Because we always live far away from friends and family, we often have visitors. And while the extra-long-twin-mattresses-that-go-together-make-a-cal-king-on-the-floor work quite well, sometimes we need more than that. (not to mention a better place to store the darn mattresses. at least my kids get some use out of them my using them as an inside trampoline. heaven knows they need them with this crappy weather we have here.) The only thing left to do is go look at the showroom where this baby is at and see if it is comfy. See if it can stand up to kids and moving. See if it is really worth spending part of our tax return on.
There is also another reason I want to do this. My husband and I have this agreement. When we accomplish something fairly big, or are apart for a while, we get to do something or get something for ourselves. For example, after he finished his first year of Physicians Assistant school (by far much more difficult and harder than the second year) he got us a new TV. One that he can watch his sports in HD with. Or play video games with. This time my husband got himself a new bike as his deployment gift to himself. A very nice, expensive bike, that cost more than what we used to make in a month as E4's. We even got it on sale. This furniture is my gift to myself for this deployment. (and believe it or not, his bike cost about the same as what this furniture will. I know, a BIKE!!!) There is another set at the same location that I also want to look at, although it does not have a sleeper in it. But that set breaks up into pieces so that it doesn't always have to be a sectional. And since we move so often, having a versatile piece of furniture like that could be pretty awesome.
So, I am excited. Excited that we are at a point that we can do this. Excited for how it will look.
I just might turn out to know how to make my house look nice after all. Well, after I get all my little clutter piles picked up.
A Man By Any Other Name
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