I made Sydney's bed on Saturday.
I really made it. Not just the sheets and blanket, but I put it all together.
Our neighborhood had a big garage sale on Saturday. We had other plans, so I didn't plan to do any shopping, but on our way home from dance class, I found a bed for Sydney.
When I brought it home, it was just a big pile of metal tubing, nuts, screws and a few fake wood boards. Nathan would probably cringe at the fake wood-ness, but he's not here, and this bed it totally cool - I think he'll like it.
All my big helpers were out for the day, so Emily and John helped me carry all the pieces upstairs to Sydney's room. Then we started balancing pieces and trying out hex? screwdriver thing-a-ma-jigs. I had no directions and lots of pieces. It was amazing how it all worked out. And no left over bits!
After a little trial and error, the loft bed was complete and the desk underneath was all assembled, including the sliding keyboard drawer. The most dangerous part of the adventure was getting the mattress all the way up over the rails. I almost broke out the bedroom window, and my neck make a scary creaky sound, but somehow I managed to teeter-totter it up over my head onto the bed. Whew!
The bed is about the height of the top bunk of a regular bunkbed, but instead of a bed underneath, there is a desk and some storage. Kind of like this. The perfect place to do some homework or build a fort. Sydney (and John) loves it!
Dinner goal update - You guys are the best! Thanks for all the great ideas and motivation. I made a list today and went to the commisary, something I've been avoiding for a while, but better today than tomorrow (payday.)
At 4pm I got up off the couch where I was enjoying reading A Cure for Dreams (thank you for the book ideas, too) and started some rice in the rice cooker and some chicken breasts in the oven. Just before 5pm I stir-fried some veggies with some olive oil and Shoyu (thank you Heather). I bought a bottle of garlic ginger sauce (thank you Nikko) and added a tablespoon or so in with the veggies. It turned out really yummy. I kept the chicken separate from the veggies for my picky ones, but mixed it all together for me and Hannah.
It was a good dinner. It felt good to have a plan and follow through. on to tomorrow...