You know those Friday’s when you just can’t wait to get home because you have a whole weekend of productivity planned? Then everything falls apart and Sunday night you stand brushing your teeth looking in the mirror asking yourself if you accomplished anything over those 48 hours.  Sometimes not punching a wall is accomplishment enough, right?

The couple we bought our house from left us some awesome stuff including tools, fans, a chest freezer, some wooden desks and barstools.  Some of those things needed to be moved around a bit though so we could get the most use out of them.  For example, the deep freeze is in the storage shed at the back of our carport, and it was hard to reach more than the right 3rd of it because it was blocked by the wall. Our basement is huge and has a nice space in the unfinished area where the freezer would fit perfectly and then we could reach everything inside, as well as create a space in the shed for my bike to live.

I got home from work on Friday and Montana told me that he and David had a little more trouble moving the freezer than had anticipated. In fact they had to take it apart and still accidently knocked off the temperature regulator on the way down the basement stairs.  So now our incredibly heavy freezer was in the basement and broken. Nice. Oh well, these things happen.

Saturday I woke up planning to run a few errands and have the afternoon for cleaning and unpacking the house.  Two years ago my friend Jess gave us her papasan chair, which we decided to put in the basement where we needed 2 chairs(it’s the boy’s playroom).  It’s perfect because it’s easy to move around and super comfortable.   We had a cream cushion for it but after using it on the balcony at the condo it got moldy and we had to throw it away.  Easy enough, I figured I’d just buy another cushion for it from Pier 1. I found another papasan chair with a cream cushion like I wanted on craigslist for $60.  Not an amazing price, since they are about $150-$200 new, but they seemed to go pretty fast on craigslist and so I was just happy to be the first person to email about one. I was supposed to be in DC sometime after 1030 to pick up the chair.

As I was grabbing my coffee to leave, the tree service that we had briefly talked to the weekend we were moving in (they were doing work in our neighbor’s yard) stopped by to talk to us about the trees we wanted removed.  We spent about a half an hour with the woman talking about what we wanted removed and she gave us an estimate that was significant to say the least.  I knew it would be a lot but it was a few thousand more than the “alot” that I was already figuring it was going to cost.  Kind of a bummer.

As we finally were saying goodbye to her Sleep Number showed up with our new mattress. Yay! I left them with Montana to set it up and headed to get the chair. (More on this to come.)

Now normally I am a research, research, research person before I buy anything.   After I picked up our “new” old papasan with the cream cushion, I found out that neither Pier 1 or World Market, or anyone that I can find sells them anymore in cream canvas. Major Fail. (Apparently you can special order the cushions online for $99. boo)  All I could find in a store was fuzzy bright colors. Hello! It’s SUMMER. Who wants to buy a fuzzy cushion? This is still something I haven’t quite solved. Mom, if you’re reading this you might be getting a request soon to sew me a cover for a cushion. 🙂

When I got home to unload the chair and pick up extra uhaul boxes to return, Montana informed me that our printer wasn’t working and he needed to print stuff for school before Monday.  I troubleshot it for a few minutes before giving up and just telling him I would go buy a new one since spending time on a printer wasn’t high on my priority list.

The first uhaul I went to was apparently a dealer not a “center” so they didn’t take back boxes. Lame. I had to drive another 7 miles away (that’s really far when it’s through town) to find the only “center” in our area. Then I realized that the only office supply store (we prefer Staples) was all the way in Springfield unless I wanted to backtrack to the house and a few miles past again. UGH!!!!  Thankfully the new printer I picked out, an Epson Artisan 837, was on sale. After I finally got home and we had some dinner Montana realized he needed batteries for his graphing calculator.  Lets just say that I spent WAY more time in my car than I wanted to on Saturday.

Sunday, Montana thought he had halfway solved the problem with our old printer so I spent 6 hours trying to get it to work. After I finally gave up again Montana spent an hour trying to hook it up through his computer. (He has this theory that PC does everything better than Apple. LOL. I have the opposite theory.)  By 9pm Sunday we still couldn’t get it to work so I plugged in the new printer.  When you consider the value of our time we paid for the more than twice the “cost” of the new printer. Bollocks.

Samson had a bummer weekend too because it rained all day Sunday and he had to stay inside. Sad puppy.

Sad Samson

Don’t worry! It’s not all doom and gloom around here. Things were looking up this week with some exciting new additions to the house! More on that soon!


  1. Love the blog Anne! Your adventure is just starting. I look forward to following your progress.

    p.s. After you buy a new printer, don’t troubleshoot the old one! NTF?

  2. Love this Anne! 🙂

  3. glad you are getting use out of the papasan! but wow…your weekends sound long and BUSY! excited to see the place when you are ready to show it off! 😉

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