I’m a Terrible Shopper
Did anyone ever ask you the Age Old Question: If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
My honest answer has always been; Nothing.
Over the years of my life I’ve learned I’m supposed to state something outrageous, some long held gaudy fantasy so something. I really don’t have one. So I say that I would pay off what’s left on the house, give my kids some money, and take a vacation. There, I managed to spend maybe $100,000.00 out of $1,000,000.00. Sucks, huh?
I don’t enjoy shopping at all, not online, not in malls, not in box stores. I hate it. I don’t like to go clothes shopping, shoe shopping, or jewelry shopping. Nope. I sure as hell don’t like to go car shopping, which is what we’ve been doing for the last month or so. Online cruising constantly. Meet people. Go to dealerships. Look at…cars….take test drives…do research…do it all over again. The worst part about it was that we had $10,000.00 to spend on a car and the dealers looked at us though we were poor. I don’t know about you but the most I ever spent on a car was $3,000.00 so $10,000.00 is a lot of money to me.
After much searching and hair tearing out and me finally turning to hubby in exasperation to say; Will you just buy a fucking car? I don’t care which one just buy a fucking car!
We brought this one home
It’s a Nissan Pathfinder, our very first foreign car. He’s always had foreign bike but never a car.
I guess the State of Connecticut has upped the Lemon Law price to $10,000.00 (which is why we were getting those eye rolls from salesmen). This car was $9,020.00 and we had to spend an extra $1,500.00 to get a 12 year/12,000 mile warranty. Oh yeah and…did you know dealerships charge you $500.00 just for selling you the car! Geez. Conveyance Tax they called it. Ya know, I helped close deals on houses that the Conveyance Tax Fee came to about the same price. Weird, huh?
Then after winning the Car Battle we were on to the Couch Battle.
Somebody shoot me! Please?
The last two weeks we’ve been looking for a couch. We even drew up a diagram of the living room using the exact dimensions and placing all of the furniture around the room. Pretty cool. Pretty time-consuming. Pretty much a PITA. But we did it. We discovered that we do not have enough space for a sectional.😦
The sectionals that we can find that will fit (what few there are) have no features at all. No recliner. No chaise. Nothing. I don’t want that. The kids are grown and gone, we can have a nice piece of furniture again.
At least not the most popular types in the most popular sizes. Looking at them in the showrooms I’d swear they’d fit just fine in the living room but looks can be deceiving. Just ask the lady who bought this sectional and had to return it. Bummer.
For the low low price of $1,500.00 believe me I tried my hardest and so did hubby to figure out some way…any freakin’ way…we could get it to fit. I felt bad for the original buyer as the same thing happened to me years ago at the same place, as a matter of fact. I couch shopped for weeks with my mother and we finally found a couch she agreed to buy. It was so nice! They delivered it and….it wouldn’t fit through the door. Nope. No go. No matter what. I was heartbroken.
Then, years ago when we moved into this house, we splurged on some nice new furniture….I actually plunked down $1,500.00 on a couch. Me. Well, that was about 20 years ago. AND I bought the matching love seat, altogether grand total with tax and delivery $2,300.00. We had it for ages and it was the most comfortable thing we ever owned. I would like to do that again.
Anyway, by the time the nice lady at Gorin’s Furniture finished with us today I was whooped. Again. I couldn’t even hardly see straight let along keep all of the prices, fabrics, cushion-types, and dimensions straight. I told hubby if I had any idea buying a stupid couch involved so much math I would have paid better attention in math class!
All I want is a freakin’ couch. I don’t have to worry about it breaking down on the side of the road or anything. Just that my butt gets along with it. That’s it. Can’t find one. Yes, sticker shock is a small problem but we have the money this time. No need to worry there. Still, I look at some of them and then the price and go; Seriously?
Well not this one. I’d knock out a wall to have two of these in the living room.
Yep, it sits up and it reclines all the way back to make a bed. All I need a tray table attached to the arm and I’d never ever have to move again. For $800.00/each I’d consider it a bargain. But…no. Too big.
but not too bad. I believe I’ve finally settled on these which I knew when I sat in them I should have just jumped up and said; I’ll take them! When can you have them in my living room?
They look like a sofa and love seat but they’re actually four power recliners. The sofa’s two recliners are ‘cuddle recliners’ just the perfect size for two. I want them. Maybe an end table or two. I’d love to have the matching chair but there isn’t enough room for it. I’d love to have the chair the salesman showed me, it was perfect for me. A Goldilocks Chair for sure. These couches above…my feet don’t touch the ground on any of them, nope, they just dangle in the breeze. But he showed me this little power recliner that somebody build just for me. I’m still trying to scheme how to bring that home. Maybe I could put it upstairs and instead of a Game Room we could have a Sitting Room…a Magick Room! Oooooo. I like that idea.🙂
So tomorrow I will call Bob’s Furniture, ask for Johnny the nice salesman who helped us while we were there, and buy the two piece set over the phone. Hopefully it’ll be here by the middle of the week because that old couch has got to GO! It hurts my butt. There’s no ‘deep couch sitting’ with that thing. No way.
Once this is done and now that the case is closed, hubby is back to work, the car is bought, the sidewalk is nearly done, and hubby is home healthy and sound…perhaps in a week or two the inkling to write will return. It’s been one long year. I haven’t written much of anything at all and it’s starting to wear on me.
I think I’ll sit on the deck tonight and gaze at the full blood moon. Perhaps that will help recharge me.
That and four power recliners. Should do the trick.