Spring!

At the risk of jinxing everything, I have to say that it truly feels like spring here! Most of the snow is gone and the sun is shining. While I have little doubt that we still have some snow in store for us this season, I feel like we’re going to make it! And Daylight Savings Time has started, which is the best thing in the universe.

Because I’ve felt bottled up and stuffy, I got an early start on spring cleaning this weekend. The windows were open and the vacuum cleaner was purring. Actually, it was more grumbling because it was forced to work triple duty. As most of you know, I’m a fairly clean person (except when it comes to showering, which I won’t go into). I vacuum at least weekly — it’s a must when combining Kate’s pathetic allergies with Gracie’s intense need to leave her fur everywhere — dust every weekend and clean the bathroom multiple times per week. I can get messy, but I try very hard not to be dirty. Well, I got a serious bee in my bonnet over the last week about my bed. I bought it over two years ago when we were going through the pumpkin. I had gotten the mattress; Ben had gotten the box spring and our old bed. I bought it online from some super cheap place. I think that the bed, along with the two end tables and shipping, came to about $500. Needless to say, it’s rather a piece of junk. A billion pieces of uber-heavy particle board. It took me hours to install. Literally. I liked it at first because it was cheap but looked kinda nice — it was a platform bed with clean lines. But as time wore on, I realized I kinda hated it. I hated the way the headboard slanted backward so you could never sit up straight. I hated the way that the veneer on the end tables started to wear away and get bubbly-looking from having too many wine or water glasses on them. And I really started to hate how I felt that it was trapping dust behind and underneath it — spots that were nearly impossible to get to because of how heavy the bed was and because of the design. So, on Saturday I ordered a new bed from CB2, new end tables and new lamps. Holy cow. I know. When I get that bee in that bonnet o’ mine, you’d better not be in my way. The times they are a-changin’. So, even though the bed won’t be here for awhile, on Sunday morning I woke up knowing I couldn’t take it any more. Old craptastic bed had to go. And it had to go that day. I set to work. It took awhile — a screwdriver and tons of brute force — but that crappy bed broke apart, broke down, and went into the recycling bin (thanks to Aaron for that part). A few of the pieces of particle board have been put up on the beams in the garage to create a place for extra storage. See, the bed was worth something after all.  Back in the bedroom, though, my worst fears had been confirmed.

And I wonder why my asthma is so bad. That was the little treat waiting for me, and my vacuum, behind the headboard.

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8 Responses to “Spring!”


  1. 1 Raoser March 15, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I’m so excited for your new bed! And end tables and lamps! Hooray for change that comes from bees in your bonnet. I’m sorry about that “treat” though. I despise what awaits under furniture. I also dislike vacuuming, though, so you can see where my apartment is a disaster waiting to be revealed. Hmm… On that note, I should probably go vacuum.

  2. 2 gwendolyngarden March 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    That right there is why I broke down and purchased the vaccuum. When we had our bookcases installed, they pulled out the bed and asked me to vaccuum and I didn’t have one. Yikes.

    I’m so excited for your new bed- hope this one is easier to put together.

  3. 3 Jane March 16, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Way to go. I just love acting on those bees. As for vacuuming, I dread seeing what is under the refrigerator and the stove. I can probably come up with fur going back to Ginger! Wow, a new kitchen and now new bedroom furniture! I can hardly wait to get to Madison and see all the changes.

  4. 4 Sara H March 16, 2010 at 7:57 am

    New bed and tables, awesome! I really need to get new bedside tables. BTW, do you have finished kitchen pics??? Did I miss it somewhere?

    Gotta love that dog hair all over. Now you’re making me wonder what would happen if I decide to clean under and behind our bed. Yikes.

  5. 5 gracieandkate March 16, 2010 at 9:18 am

    No pics yet because I’m waiting til it’s done done. All that remains to do is the backsplash and I was hoping it’d be done by now. Speaking of which, they haven’t called with their bid yet and they came to measure last Wednesday. I think someone’s getting a phone call.

  6. 6 gracieandkate March 16, 2010 at 10:23 am

    UPDATE! I have splurged ($14.95/year) to change the blog address to the more manageable kateandgracie.com. You can still access it with the wordpress in there, but this is cleaner. The only thing I’m worried about is that there is this restaurant in Alma, WI called Kate & Gracie’s and their web address is kateandgracies.com. I don’t want them to get angry with me. We’ll see what happens, I guess.

  7. 7 Raoser March 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    They better not get angry with you. They’re lucky if they get associated with such a great blog. It’s good press… even if it has nothing to do with their restaurant whatsoever.

    Hooray! kateandgracie.com!

    Also, in addition to my earlier comment on this blog, I hate how cheap furniture can be so cute but then fall apart so quickly. I mean, I realize that’s practically the definition of cheap, it’s just an annoying lesson to learn. My cute orange sofa from Urban has not held up well at all, and I’m beginning to think the low price had something to do with the poor quality. Humph.

  8. 8 gwendolyngarden March 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Great tip on http://www.gwendolyngarden.com by the way. It didn’t work for me when I tried it in January of 09, but it works fine now– so welcome to the new domain world!


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