Friday, March 27, 2009

Awesome day!!!

Today was a professional development day for CPS schools. Last month, I was sent a letter from the Early Childhood Dept. letting me know that there was a kindergarten-specific workshop scheduled for today. Naturally, I called immediately and signed up for a spot. All my Bloggy Buddies already know what that means - FREE DAY! I dropped Stud Muffin off at school, then drove into the city, fought the morning rush hour, parked in the college parking lot, walked into the building, up to the assigned room, signed in (and OUT!), then repeated the whole process in reverse. I actually drove back home in about 1/4 of the time, since I was going the opposite way, which made it all the better!

Obviously, I knew for a while that I'd be enjoying this FREE DAY, so I had a long list of things to do. I didn't actually go straight home, because I had to take care of the first errand on my list. I drove straight to the DMV (I know, gasp!) to purchase my renewal sticker for my license plate. After standing in the wrong line (!) for 10 minutes, I got in the right line, and was back out to my car in less than 15 minutes. Miraculous, right?

From there, I went to the furniture store because I decided today would be the day that I finally purchase furniture for the basement. I've been looking for the perfect furniture for about 3 1/2 years. I thought I found it back in October, but then it didn't work out. Long story short, they couldn't get it in my house. OK, so I've spent the past 6 months looking for what I want. Wednesday, I found it! I received a sale paper from a local furniture store, and right there on page 2 was what I've been looking for. Oh happy day! So from the DMV, I went straight to Harlem Furniture to check it out. I really liked it, but I just couldn't let myself commit to such a large purchase without another person's opinion.

I called my sister, she was busy. I called my mom, she wasn't dressed yet. She then told me about another furniture store that was having a sale, and said we should go check it out. I told her to call me when she was dressed, and I went home. About a half hour later, she called, we met at the store and of course, she didn't really care for the furniture. I agreed to go to the other store. But first, she wanted to go literally across the street to yet another store. It was the store where I purchased the furniture back in October. I've since gone there at least 3 times, only to be disappointed because they never had anything new. But, my mother was relentless, so I gave in and we went. This story is already wwaaaayyyyy too long, so let me just say, I FOUND MY FURNITURE!!! It's a done deal. The only 'bad' part is that they did not have it in stock, so I have to wait nearly 2 months for delivery. But, that's ok, because it gives me time to look for an area rug that goes with the furniture.

This was the furniture grouping I had purchased that wouldn't fit in the house. I really like it, especially the chair! Oh well...
This is what I bought today! It's EXACTLY what I wanted! It's a 5-piece sectional, each of which is small enough to fit down my dumb-ass basement stairs. I love the color (well, duh, it's the color of chocolate!!) and the fact that it's leather. The set I saw first this morning was exactly the same except it had microfiber cushions, which I was afraid were going to be a magnet for dog hair. This is sooo much better! Thanks, Mom!!

Wow, is anyone still out there? After buying my beautiful new furniture, and doing a happy dance, I came home and made another splurge purchase! I'll spare you the details (you're welcome) and just say that I recently received another Barnes and Noble gift card, which brought my total in gift cards to $150. I used it to buy myself a Wii!!! I've been wanting one for the longest time! I was able to get it for $100 out-of-pocket. PLUS, it's going to be shipped in one day! I plan to get the Wii Fit package, and maybe finally work on getting this fat ass into some kind of shape other than round!!
My plans for my basement finally seem to be coming to fruition. Hopefully, Stud's friends will be hanging out, sitting on my new furniture and challenging each other to Wii games very soon. Just thinking about it makes me smile.


Pissed Off said...

Reading the first line got me nervous--I thought you were actually going to enjoy staff development.

Glad you enjoyed your day. I'm always too chicken to do what you did.

ChiTown Girl said...

PO, you mean you're too honest!!

jlo said...

We so cannot ditch our staff developments. You are such a luck out!
Great couch. Love it!

Persnickety Ticker said...

Love the couch! Glad you had a great day!

C said...

i love the chocolate leather but of course you will have to provide rules for the boys.... right?
heres a few to get ya started...
1. no farting on the new furniture...

2. no eating on the new furniture.

c. no wipin boogies under the new furniture.

4. if girls come over, no sex on the new furniture... not even hand holding. the new furniture is a virgin and we mustn't taint it.

5. no farting on the new furniture. [yes i know i already dais that but with guys, you always have to repeat cuz you KNOW they werent listening the first time.]

there cheech. those should get ya started.


M said...

Okay I had to laugh at the comments above!! If you have boys, all of that is gonna happen!!

I really like your new furniture! I do like the chair in the other but I think I like this couch better...and yes, chocolate! Sorry about the wait- but what the've already had to wait!

....and where can I sign up for an inservice day like that...we always have the one size K-8 days that don't fit all!

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

WOW! Sounds like an awesome day! I still have DREAMS about having a finished basement (instead of the "dump-and-run" storage dungeon it is right now!). But I really, REALLY like that furniture! How exciting for you! And how cool for your son to have a "teen suite" he can hang out in!

Pissed Off said...

Not honest--chicken!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I LOVE the couch that you purchased...looks so comfy and similar to the one in our family room. (nap material for sure)
WII??? I hope you enjoy it kids love theirs and I am sure you will too. (you are a kid also)
Thanks for helping to stimulate the economy!!!!