October 11, 2010

Sanity break

As I sit here typing, my children are still asleep. I am wavering between waking them up to begin the day and reveling in the silence. I know I am going to be irritated with myself for letting them be lazy when it is 3 0'clock and I am prodding them to please, for the love of all things holy, just finish your school work before I lose what little is left of my mind.

So this weekend I made a major Craig's list score. I bought this beauty:

OK. So it's beautiful in the way that newborns are only beautiful to their parents, to the rest of us they look like aliens. This twin sleeper sofa is beautiful on the inside, it has a great personality. I am going to give it a makeover and then she will be the belle of the ball.

We are in the process of turning our office/guestroom into a schoolroom/office/guestroom. The challenge is making it look cohesive. I also don't want it to look like a college dorm. Any suggestions? Who has done this in their home? How do you take a small space and make it usable, practical and multi-functional, while still looking like a magazine page? Therein lies my dilemma, I want to live in a magazine.

We also had the Dish man pay us a visit. I kept referring to him as the cable guy, but my husband told me that that term is offensive to the Dish man. According to my husband, calling the Dish man the cable guy is akin to calling a Marine a soldier. Is this true? Or have a been the victim of misinformation?

The guide on our TV was not populating. A very insignificant issue, I know, in light of the real problems of the world, but one that was plaguing us none the less. I tried to correct the problem on my own using my old standby trick of unplugging everything and then introducing power again. That works for the computer, it should work for the TV.

It did not work.

Since plugging and unplugging encompass the extent of my cable repair skills, and they were unsuccessful, I had to put in a service call. The Dish man came out, took one look at the guide and said, "Oh, is that all?"

Apparently someone, of the under 7 years of age variety, was pushing random buttons and locked the remote causing the guide to only populate our favorite channels. Well, I never set up the favorite channels button for two reasons.

1) I did not want to hurt the other channels' feelings.

2) I don't know how to set up the favorite channels.

He showed me how to rectify the situation and now the remote is fixed so I can get back to the very important business of seeing when House Hunters is on.

I hear the toilet lid lifting. That signals my departure.


FairfieldHouse said...


We have Direct TV (dish) because the cable stops ONE MILE up the road. It would cost over 25 k to run the cable to the house. I don't do much TV so I don't miss it. As long as I have dreamy Don on Sunday and can watch Weeds and The Tudors on DVD or online I am happy.

Your Craig List score is great. I look forward to seeing its transformation into Laney Loveliness. As far as suggestions with multi-purpose rooms get two sets of automatic closing dividers that will break your room into four sections. (Ha -- Remember those in gym?) How big is your space? I would make on wall storage with drop down desks/ workstations.
When not in use it is closed for safe keeping and out of sight.

Your Friend,

Laney said...

Thanks, Deborah.

The room is small, and oddly shaped. We have a big table in there right now, and that seems to be working as a desk area. I will post some photos later this week.:-)