Some of you smarties have already found my reviews blog, which is so new it doesn't even have any reviews in it yet. I will not blame you one bit if you don't read it ever at all---I read VERY FEW review blogs myself. (I do read Live Well Spend Well because WHO CAN RESIST?)
I had SUCH a productive weekend. Yesterday I bought Elizabeth a bed frame I'd been considering for a few weeks at a consignment shop. It's painted white, and I think it's very OLD, and it was $82 which seemed like a lot of money until I went to a few furniture stores to look at new twin bed frames and HOLY CRAP, so this weekend I went and bought it and brought it home.
I needed it because we're rearranging the kids. Right now it's William and Edward (bunk beds) and Henry (crib) in the biggest bedroom, and Elizabeth and Rob each in one of the two smallest bedrooms. But Rob doesn't want to sleep by himself, and we were going to need to rearrange anyway when Henry went into a Big Kid Bed, so now Edward will be in a bunk bed with Rob and William will be in a bunk bed with Henry. But---Elizabeth's bed is really one of a set of bunk beds, so to reclaim it we had to buy a new single bed, and we also needed to buy a mattress because Henry will be in a twin bed instead of a crib. Are you following all this?
So yesterday I bought the frame I'd been dithering about. And today I went out and bought a mattress, and I did it with very little fuss: went in, listened dutifully to the nice salesperson, bought the mattress that cost what I'd had in mind. I can go pick it up on Tuesday.
That went so well, I stopped on the way home at the consignment shop again, to look again at a little phone chair (a combination chair and endtable) I'd seen when I bought the bed frame. I had thought of it several times and thought I would buy it, but when I went back and tried it out, it was so uncomfortable there was no way. But while I was there, why not do a little browsing? And that's how I came home with two bureaus.
Then I did my Tidying Task for the weekend, which was going through our Massive Collection of children's books. I bought a lot of these when Rob was a toddler and wanted a lot of books read to him and I felt I would GO MAD if I didn't have new material. I bought most of them at library book sales, where the books are 50c each or 3/$1 and the librarians seem to have very poor counting skills because they've known me since I was 8.
Until recently, I was thinking, "If I like the book, or if any of the kids like it, I should keep it." But today I was thinking, "We get fresh books from the library every week anyway, so why are we storing so many books HERE?" Still, this was a first sweep: if I had any doubt, I kept the book. Here are my results in the four---FOUR---areas of the house where we keep children's books:
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