Oh me, oh my, it's been a long weekend!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I haven't blogged in the last couple of days because my arms have ached!

Friday was a big day around the old homestead. My son, who is 4 has outgrown his toddler bed and was ready for a regular bed. I wanted a quality piece of furniture that would last him through his teens, attractive and not require a second mortgage on the house to buy. So naturally I turned to Craigslist and found a GREAT deal on a super cool bunk bed, desk, chest of drawers thingy

This puppy retails for about $1200, and I paid $400 including 2 mattresses with the tags still on! Woo hoo! It weighs about two tons and was a b!tch to set up, but it's done now and my little guy is just thrilled with his little world.

Saturday, I pretty much earned my karmic get out of jail free card for the rest of all time! The SO's parents live on a beautiful 1.5 acre spread at the foot of the Blue Mountains. Over the years they've turned it into a landscaping paradise. It is absolutely lovely. Pops, as I call him, is desperately ill with a failing liver and is no longer able to manage the work required to maintain it so we drove up and spent HOURS weeding, cleaning out a shed, mowing, raking, powerwashing the deck and weed-whacking.

Being the only sensible (or sucker, the jury's still out) one to wear jeans, I was delegated the task of weed whacking. Now, I've never done this particular task before and I'm going to make it my life's work to never do it again if at all possible. How on earth people do this for a living EVERY day is beyond me!

I also was the only one who brought along flip flops, so I did the power washing. It's deceptive, while you're spraying a surface with water a high pressure you don't realize just how much strength it takes. By the time I was done with this and the weed whacking, my hands and arms were shaking so badly I literally couldn't hold a cup of water to drink it...I just set it on a table and used a straw, no worries, I was getting my water!

Needless to say I took today to recover. I went to the gym but only to use the steam room and hot tub. I'm not sure how I would have made it through grocery shopping without them. The miracles of hot water and ibuprofen cannot be appreciated more this day.
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    Wow Jess! You definitely get some serious good karma points for that :) And a nice place to maybe take Gryph to hang out?

    I'm jealous of G-man btw - I want his bunk bed!!! That's wayyyyy cooler than my air mattress! Awesome deal too! The Jew is strong with this one ;)
    3906 days ago
    Hopefully the time out in the fresh air will reap health benefits for days to come! Don't rest on your laurels too long!! Great deal from Craigs List, too!
    3907 days ago
    You got a great deal on the bed and it looks amazing! I bet your son loves it. It was nice of you to help out that day also, I am sure they appreciated it.
    3907 days ago
    '....includes soundproofed and lockable compartment for when mum needs a few hours of peace....'

    Cool bed/office/storage thing and is that a Mandolin and a bottle of JD in the picture, too?

    3907 days ago
    That's an awesome bed! Nice find! (I love CL).

    Also mighty nice of you to do all the gardening and stuff. I'm sure they loved you for all the help!
    3907 days ago
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