I haven't really updated because there hasn't been much to talk about. But today, Brad, his dad, and two of his brothers accomplished a HUGE task - they put down flooring in our walk-in attic! We have probably 300 square feet of storage space in our attic now. Remember way back when our house was being built and we wanted them to move the furnace over to the right of the attic instead of in the dead center of it? It was quite a battle, but we won and they moved it. It's a good thing, because otherwise we would not have a third of the great storage space we now have. Woo hoo! The guys started early (before 8 am), worked through lunch, and finished up around 3 or so. It looks amazing! And no one fell through the ceiling, and no one had to go to the emergency room, so it was definitely a successful project!
In other news, I found bar stools yesterday! Nothing I ever do is easy, though. I was at Target yesterday afternoon when I ran across these bar stools on clearance.
The store only had the 25" seat height, which is too short, so I got online after dinner last night and discovered that there was a 31" seat height. I didn't check while online to see what stores had them. No, I drove to a different Target, the one closer to our house, and they didn't have any of the 31" stools. So when I got back home, I looked up the stool again and clicked on the option to locate the product in a store. The Target way down by where I used to work had them listed as, "Available," where the closer Targets either said, "Out of Stock," or "Limited Availability."
SOOOOOOOOOO...after I picked N up from Grandma Coni's this morning, we headed down to that Target. I was actually heading that way to pick up some clothing for a friend of mine, expecting that N would fall asleep in the car, but since I was going right by that Target, and since N was wide awake at that point, I opted to stop in and see if they had them. I had had the foresight to take Brad's car, but really should have taken his brother's rental truck instead.
I was delighted to see that they had the 31" stools, that they were both on clearance, and that one of them was even marked at $49.98 instead of the $69.98 price tag that was on the other three stools in the store. I made sure I grabbed the $49.98 stool, after locating a Target team member to get one of their heavy cargo carts for me. The cashier was really confused about the price tags and charged me $69.98 for both, so I just went over to guest services after checking out and they did a price adjustment and refunded me $43! I got the two bar stools for what one would have cost me, so I am pretty excited. I wasn't really looking forward to dropping $200+ on two bar stools.
SOOOOOOOOO...a Target team member, N, and I all head back out to the car where we start trying to put the bar stools into Brad's trunk. His car is SO fired for carrying things like this! :-) The round foot rest part of the stool was too big to fit into the trunk all the way. After MUCH fanagling, which included me having to move the car seat base over to the other side of the car (thank goodness the seat fold down is a 67/33 split!) we finally got the stools wedged into the car safely enough for me to get them home. BUT...one stool was hanging out a little bit so I couldn't close the trunk. And there was no rope in Brad's car. I was going to just leave it and drive home REALLY slowly, but as I was getting into the car I spotted my pink Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack diaper bag. I realized that the shoulder strap would make an excellent tie-down for the trunk, since it's actually made out of seat belt material and has heavy duty clips on either end. I attached it to the trunk and it worked beautifully - I was quite proud of my innovation!
I took a lesser-traveled road to get home, and what would have been a 20-minute trip on a highway took me over 45 minutes, but that's ok. We got home safely and now our new bar stools are standing proud at our bar just outside the kitchen.
I'll get photos of all of this new stuff in the next day or so! Stay tuned!