How much is reasonable to spend on an 8 x 10 rug? I really agonize over every home purchase I make. The thing is, furniture is expensive. To date, we’ve mostly decorated our house with Target and other discount merchandise. Our kitchen table was bought at a garage sale for $50 with two chairs included. (We bought a couple more cheap on Amazon.) We did splurge on a $600 crib, but our changing table was an inexpensive Amazon special. The side table in our living room was Target, and our couch was bought on sale at Macy’s furniture for around $700. Our shelves are a mix of inexpensive Amazon, Ikea, and one nice set that my Dad actually made for me years ago.
Lately, I’ve been buying a few things from Pottery Barn – curtains, some shelves. I generally wait for everything to go on sale and create a new e-mail so I can get the 15% off new subscriber discount, but it’s still pricey relative to Amazon, Target and Ikea. Pottery Barn is not exactly fine furniture, but it is a step up over what we had been buying. The thing is, we can afford to pay a bit more for furniture, but should we? I mean, at what point is it silly to spend thousands on decorating when you could put that money aside for retirement or the college fund?
Home decorating aside, we are still struggling along over here. B has been continuing to sleep poorly. She was running a low fever last night, but in general, I’m kind of mystified. Most nights over the last couple weeks, she ends up in bed with me, and H is in the spare bedroom. She is really not a very good sleeping companion. She is constantly crawling all over the bed, invading my space, occasionally demanding attention. It’s really not ideal. She is still working on some molars, so that definitely could be a factor. I’m coming down with a cold and feeling kind of lousy; maybe she is too. Who knows.
We bought this clock that lights up when it’s time to wake up, and ever since, L has been on a streak of great sleeping. She’s only woken up once at night since we got it a couple weeks ago. It’s really quite wonderful. I expect the clock effect will wear off eventually, but for now, it’s much appreciated.
This morning I took the kids swimming at the Y, then dropped them off at the daycare there and went for a 2-mile treadmill run. I’d like to do this once a week, but wow, taking those kids swimming is not exactly leisurely. By the time I’m done wrangling them out of their swimsuits and back into their clothes, a run is the last thing I’m interested in. Still, I haven’t been exercising much since I went back to work, and I really need to get back on the horse.