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I Declare This Couch Open For Napping

Another 30 Before 30 task is officially crossed off the list…the new “big girl” couch is in the house and the too small love seat is officially outta here!  Booyah!  Well…technically the too small love seat has been relocated to Colby’s shop aka man cave in the basement.

Without further ado, I introduce you to our new, grey sectional with a chaise.

But before you can REALLY appreciate the new couch, step into our old world for a moment.  A world where one could not read in peace lounged on the couch while husband watches tv and dog watches squirrels.  Maybe all those Goose butts in the face are what finally pushed us over the edge to get a new couch?  Naw…it was my feet in Colby’s face I’m sure!

When we bought our couch a few weeks ago from the American Mattress and Furniture Gallery in Bangor, we sprung for the delivery service instead of trying to move it ourselves.  Best $30 we ever spent!  So on delivery day, we were anxious.  So anxious that we properly cleaned out the living room and mopped the floor…twice.  That’s the cleanest the floor has ever been.

And then the couch came, in all its gloriousness, and thankfully in two pieces for movability’s sake.

How’s that for a sneaky, “I’m not taking pics of you from the second floor window” snapshot?!  Anyway, the delivery guys were pros.  They moved that couch into our living room with ease and were out of our house in no time flat.  They even assembled the couch AND fluffed the throw pillows that came with the couch.  I wonder if Pillow Fluffing 101 is a course in furniture delivery school?!

Speaking of the throw pillows, as I was taking these pics, Colby and I looked at each other and were like, “WTF?!  I didn’t know the couch came with four pillows?!  There were only two on it in the showroom!”

Then I took this pic and Colby said, “We must be the last stop and got all the pillows that they forgot to deliver during the day.”

Then the delivery guys came knocking on our day, actually they never got to knock since our Goose alarm was too busy howling at them, and asked for the florally pillows back.  They belonged to the house they had just come from.  Whoops!  So we gave them back.  Thankfully I wasn’t terribly attached to them (not really my style).  Then we lounged…much improved.

I love that we can both sprawl out on the couch with ease.  Which is generally not an easy task since I’m all of 5’9″ and Colby a whopping 6’5….yeah our kids are gonna be tall!  But with this couch, we have no problems with synchronized sprawling.  Our only problem is fighting over who gets the chaise section.  So far I’m winning at a score of seven to five but Colby is closing in on me thanks to an early evening nap.  We both love the chaise!  After a brief nap and a few chapters read in my latest book, it was time to move back in the other furniture including a storage ottoman and Goose’s chair.

I even added a pair of orange/white throw pillows that I picked up at Target for $14 each.  I love that the orange in the pillows plays off the orange lamps in the room.  I also flipped the freebie pillows to show their backside (scandalous) since I wasn’t really digging the pattern on them.  The backside is the same material as the couch so it’s a little too matchy matchy right now.  But I have big plans of covering them in the near future.

As for the other furniture including the second Goose chair, side table and lamp, they got moved into the parlor for now.  I’m not convinced they’ll stay there but it’s working out for now.

We’re loving our new couch and have already logged some serious hours on it.  There may have been a few naps, a round of Space Balls movie watching, and a book and a half read this weekend thanks to couch time.  Can we say lazy, rainy weekend?!  AND I’m loving the couch’s color!  I was a little skeptical that the tone on tone grey would look a little hokie but I’m loving it!  I can’t wait to play out the neutral greys with more pops of color in the room.

So it’s back to lounging on the couch with a sad, sulky Goose looking on from “his” chair.  Goose isn’t allowed on the new couch.  We’re not quite ready for him to destroy this guy yet.  He ate our old full size couch and ripped the cushions apart on the love seat, thus his new couch privileges have been revoked.  And it hasn’t been going so well.  He’s been more than a little bit sulky.  But he’ll get over it.

So now let’s look at that updated 30 Before 30 list and officially cross off “purchase a big girl couch” off of it:

  1. Get Married (August 10, 2012)
  2. Go see the Timber Tina Lumberjack show in Bar Harbor
  3. Consider having children
  4. Join Colby for a romantic date night out
  5. Learn how to use the video function on my Nikon DSLR
  6. Purchase a big girl couch (September 3, 2012)
  7. Try surfing
  8. Track down the world’s most amazing Sangria recipe
  9. Travel somewhere outside the continental US
  10. Run the Beach to Beacon road race
  11. Hike Cadillac Mountain
  12. Finish a quarter of the books on “The List”
  13. Go on a picnic
  14. Learn to sew
  15. Bake Colby a birthday cake (August 19, 2012)
  16. Learn to knit
  17. Dig for mussels on the Maine coast
  18. Finish the yearly photo books
  19. Make my own Christmas cards
  20. Spend a weekend in Southern Maine  (July 20 – 22, 2012)
  21. Go to an auction
  22. Send my mom flowers
  23. Watch all 10 seasons of Friends start to finish
  24. Explore Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  25. Cook through my recipe idea files
  26. Attend the infamous Brimfield antique show
  27. Become a mug club member at a local bar
  28. Organize the house
  29. Conquer Julia Child’s Le Boeuf Bourguignon
  30. Host a yard sale (September 1, 2012)

Only 25 more to go!

Pssst…Anyone else purchase a new couch lately?  Did it change your life?!  I’m pretty sure ours did.


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