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A place to eat

You know, I did manage to get that document done. Thing is, I had to wake up at 4 in the morning just to get it done. No matter. In the end I still got it to the meeting for review, and that’s all that matters. I actually participated in that meeting from the comfort of my sofa via Skype. Good thing: since the conference bridge is toll free it didn’t eat into my Skype credits.

So why was I working from home? I was here because I had to wait for a delivery to come in. Finally, after two months of waiting I finally received my dining table. Back when I purchased my furniture, I spotted the dining table and kind of knew that that was the one I wanted. The only issue was that it was out of stock at the time. The salesperson told me that the computers said that it’d be in stock within weeks. So, because of my patient nature I decided to just go with it. Well, the weeks stretched out. I briefly considered that I might want to cancel the order, but I think deep down I knew that I was willing to wait. I mean, I was sort of content eating at the breakfast bar. Gosh, people who knew I was waiting must have thought I was insane to wait so long. Last week, I finally got a call from the salesperson saying that the table and chairs were finally in stock, and that I should arrange delivery. And…here it is.

The new dining table

I think it looks great. It coordinates really well with my living room items: particularly the sofa and the Ikea Expedit tables. It actually provides a decent transition from the living room to the kitchen. As well, my current tableware should match well with the shape of the table. It just works! I need to head to the stores this weekend to find some good place mats and heat pads. Something to put under the peace lily would be great too.

At this moment, the only thing that’s sort of egregiously out of place is the TV stand. I have some idea what I want to replace my current piece with, but it’s not as high of a priority right now. I’m kind of content at the moment. That’s a very good thing.

The comfortable couch

Not that it’s a bad thing, but more and more I’ve been finding myself sleeping on the couch. Sometimes it’s not intentional. For example, sometimes I’d just be typing something and for whatever reason I’d just tilt until I’m horizontal. Next thing you know I open my eyes and an hour or two has passed. It’s a bit of an annoyance, but I suppose I should just be glad that I seem to have picked a couch that’s actually quite comfortable. The flip side to all of this is that I wonder if I’m getting enough rest.

Ugh, right now it’s freaking 2 a.m. I just woke up after being awake at 1 a.m. This is getting ridiculous.

Not enough hours in the day

It’s been a long day. It’s becoming frequent now that I’m getting that feeling of not having enough hours in the day to deal with all of the stuff I want and need to do. Is that a factor of having a more adult life? Perhaps, right? I have relatives visiting tomorrow so I need to spend a few hours getting things organized and a bit more presentable. However…with work and all, where am I going to find time for that? Argh!

Anyway, in the meantime, I’m posting some pictures of the current state of my living room. This is with the Expedit items and the Årstid lamp. Yes, it’s a little bit heavy looking, but once I add accessories and cushions the look should balance out. As for the bookcase, it does seem a bit big, doesn’t it? It’s all right though, I seem to need the space to store all of my things. I put some of my hardhats in there as part of makeshift decor. Don’t mind the TV stand. Yeah, it stands out, but for the moment it gets the job done.

How I chose the couch

Just a few words on the couch. Back when I signed the contract and paid out my first chunk of the down payment, my mind immediately started churning out ideas with regard to how I wanted the place to look. For a couch, my mind immediately gravitated toward having a sectional sofa. I even wrote about wanting one about two years ago. Why did I want one? The plain and simple reason was that I enjoyed the idea of having a corner of sorts to curl up in when I wanted a nap. A lot of people kind of scoffed at the idea saying that I basically wouldn’t have the room for it. So, ultimately I just put the thought on the back burner for a long time.

Fast forward now to August 2009. I ventured into Leon’s just with the intent of looking around to see if there was anything that caught my eye. I was helped out by this friendly sales lady who really seemed to have a decent handle on what all the trends are for today’s youth (yeah, I fall under that category, I guess). I told her that I was interested in having a sectional so she showed me the fabric options. They were all kind of large, and really I wasn’t feeling entirely enthused about any of the options. That’s when she convinced me that a sofa would probably be more appropriate. So, we started looking around at those options, but again I didn’t feel that any of the sofas really fit what I had in mind. That’s when I asked to see leather options.

Now, I wasn’t planning on going the leather route at all. When I thought of leather furniture, I always imagined the big puffy things that you tend to sink into. I also imagined that on sweaty days I’d have to peel myself off the couch. Was all kind of gross if you asked me. Well, when she took me over she showed me a nice mini chocolate brown sofa. Well, I sat on it but wasn’t completely sold on it. Then again, compared to all of the fabric couches that one was leaps ahead of the others. I eventually decided to go with that one.

So, afterwards the sales lady started taking me to other parts of the store to see what else she could show me. Just as a matter of circumstance, we ended up in one of the back areas of the store where the decor seemed to be very sleek and contemporary. I ended up seeing a black leather sectional and immediately fell in love with it. It was low slung, relaxing, and taut. It pretty much shattered any conceptions I had about leather furniture; the darn thing was just really comfortable! It just so happened too that its dimensions just fit nicely into the scheme of things. I asked about it and the sales lady said that she was going to show it to me but thought that it might cost a bit more than what I was looking for. Fine. This couch was probably $1000+ over the chocolate brown sofa. I replied, “yeah…I’m not made of money.”

And that was that. Or, at least, that would have been the end of it. As we kept going around the store I kept thinking about the couch. I knew that I’d be taking advantage of the 18 month promotion that they had anyway. Eventually I decided that this would be my splurge item so I made the switch. And that’s that.

As I type this, I’m reclined on the couch tapping away at the laptop. I took a picture of the couch the other day. I’m posting it here in this entry. Please ignore the socks in the picture. Despite how it looks, the couch isn’t a behemoth at all. It really is just enough for a guy like me, you know. I’m happy with this piece of furniture. Yes, I am.

The couch

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