The Big DumpTruck

Throwing Little Thought Pebbles at Your Windshield Since 1996

Two Go In, How Many Come Out?

Mr Dump and Junior are painting the downstairs bathroom right now. I wonder who will be alive at the end of the day?

The reason for the painting? Well, it’s tied to the living room, if you can believe it. We bought a couch yesterday (what, you didn’t spend black Friday looking for a couch?) and the color they are painting the bathroom is the test for the color we eventually want to paint the living room and this is sort of a test of the color. That room needed painting anyway (the whole house does) so this is a good test. It’s a kind of almond color – I think this means I get to go shopping for new curtains, don’t you think?

We got a couch because the old one is just beat to hell. The arm is broken, the cushions have lost their cush, and the whole thing is just starting to look ratty. It is 9 years old – we bought it when Junior turned one, and we decided to just get something relatively inexpensive given that a toddler would be destroying it. And it lived through Phantom’s puppy years, too. I think we’re lucky it lasted as long as it did, to be honest.

So anyway, we have not put up the tree yet because the guys deliver the couch on Tuesday and that will be one less thing they have to work around. In the meantime, we are trying to clean the hell out of the downstairs, which should take the rest of the weekend given my complete disinterest in cleaning right now. In fact, to avoid having to clean the downstairs, I actually was cleaning upstairs. I have two garbage bags full of clothes to donate the Ginny’s, a garbage bag of clothes to throw away, and I put away all my shorts and summer pants. And that is just my stuff. I will maybe think about doing Junior’s stuff in the next few days or weeks. It’s not like his stuff will fit next summer anyway. I probably need to locate all the shoes he’s outgrown too.

Oh, so as for Black Friday, I was very proud of myself. We did not leave the house until almost noon. We went and grabbed a bite to eat and then went to Target to buy stuff we needed. I got some new socks, replenished my vitamin collection, got mouthwash, and bought a big snowflake to hang on the front door (I need to figure out the best way to plug it in, and then I’ll take a photo for you). I think the only impulse buy, other than the snowflake which wasn’t completely an impulse buy) was a small sewing machine. I have never owned one. I don’t know if that’s because I don’t need one, or if I think I don’t need one because I don’t own one. But this was one of those “hey, if you need to sew a quick hem, you can do it” kind of sewing machine, and it was on sale for $10. I think for ten dollars I will attempt to sew something with it. I am wearing a pair of my new socks right now and they are delightful. For the record, ladies, if you have trouble finding socks that don’t cut off the circulation because your lower legs aren’t stick thin, Target has a whole line of very cool socks that fit wonderfully. I will try to take a photo of those, too, so that you will know what kind of socks I’m talking about. I love them.

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  1. Anonymous

     /  November 26, 2007

    Congrats on not being hooked on black friday.. I felt bad when I heard rt 495 had an 11 mile backup at 1:30am for Wrenthem mall that opened at midnight. I did talk to one fellow who got on line a 4am for Circuit City and got a GPS at half price. The line went around the building and almost back to the old orange entrance. CU Jerry

  2. Anonymous

     /  November 26, 2007

    A friend of ours has found a great way to beat the problem of waiting in long lines on Black Fridays. She waits until the line stretches all the way to the back of a store before taking her place at the end, has a friend with her, and they take turns holding their place in line while the other runs to either side to shop bargains to load into the 2 baskets as the line moves up toward the check-out.

  3. Jody

     /  November 27, 2007

    I found an even better way. Do all your shopping online. But be prepared to get your mailman a lovely Christmas gift. 🙂