Monday, April 23, 2012

Almost there...

The IKEA bed saga continues...

Remember this thrift store find???

Oh yes.  The "OMG, I only spent 35 dollars on a new bed!" find.

And then after researching a bit online, I found that this same bed would have cost me around 200 buckaroos new.  Only problem?  It came with NO hardware...and was found to be missing a couple of important connector pieces of sorts.  Yes, Andy has already discussed with me that a deal does not always make a smart purchase.

Well, we trucked along with the idea of making the bed work, and even went as far as to reupholster it several weeks ago...assuming putting the bed together wouldn't be all that bad.  We were very wrong.

Andy worked ALL day on Saturday to "rig" this bed (for lack of a better term), since we had none of the original IKEA hardware to work with.  I helped here and there, but Andy was truly the mastermind.  He has this weird way of looking at something and somehow figuring out how to make it work.  I will spare you the ins and outs of what he was actually able to do to make the bed stand, if you don't mind.  What would I do without him?

I still need to stain the legs, and I need to touch up a couple of places with the staple gun, but it at least appears to look like a bed now.  And I have the Mister to thank for that.  Now I am actually attempting to move forward with decorating this room!  I've just thrown the above bedding and pillows on the bed for now, but I'd like to spice it up with some new pillows or something.  I actually had purchased a coverlet from Target that has already been returned because it wasn't quite right.  We'll see what strikes my fancy next!

The things I know for sure:
1.  The bed will be centered-ish on the wall as you see it.
2.  The new paneled nightstands Andy is making will flank either side of the bed.
3.  I want to go with a soft gray on the walls.
4.  We will need some sort of dresser for the wall across from the bed (Craigslist?).
5.  I need to make a seat cushion for the window (the reason I LOVE this room!).

Hopefully I will have something to report soon!


Before I go, a small shout-out (he wouldn't want a shout-out at all--trust me--I may pay for this) to Andy for being promoted a week or so ago.  We had to keep it under wraps until it was formally announced in his department, but needless to say, we were thrilled.  Andy is not the type to EVER toot his own horn (well, figuratively speaking, anyway), which I absolutely love about him.  But that's where I come in.  He works his tail off, he's honest, he does a good job--and it has paid off.  God continues to bless Andy in the workplace and we are thankful for it.  I'm proud of you, Boze!

We celebrated with a night out at Olive Garden.  He got a wee-little dessert to commemorate the day.  So exciting!

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Our last day in the Windy City involved a cemetery and baseball.  Weird combination, huh?  But it was right up our alley...

We started at Graceland Cemetery...just a little jaunt from Wrigley Field.  Some of Chicago's famous architects and "big wigs" are buried here.

This Parthenon-ish mausoleum was built for the Palmer family...we stayed in the Palmer House Hotel.  It all made sense as to why this was so big and impressive!

Celtic cross...pretty.

This one reminded me of Little House on the Prairie.  Tucked into the side of a hill.

Um, you know the Armour company that makes Vienna Sausages?  Yep, this is the family who started it all.

I made Andy take the picture of this creepy statue.  Apparently, if you look into the statue's eyes, you will see the way that you will die.  I'm a chicken, what can I say.

Leaving the cemetery...

And on to Wrigley Field for a Cubs game.

Andy in front of Wrigley Field...his first Cubs game here!

If you look just past me, you can see the field.

These little old men were so cute--playing tunes outside of the field.

I loved how old and quaint the field was.  Really small and intimate.

Go Cubs!  Not really, we are Braves fans.

So that was our final day in Chi-cargo.  Of course, there were meals and shopping deals not mentioned in these posts, but you get the picture all the same.  It was a fun trip, and I can check another city off my to-visit list!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Chicago Trip: Day Three

On Friday, we decided to have a museum day.  The Museum of Science and Industry had been highly recommended, so we decided to give it a try...on Good Friday...when LOTS of local kids were out of school.  Just what every teacher of small children wants on a break--to spend time in a museum with hundreds of kids.  But we survived all the same--without Excedrin!

The front of the museum.  Fun Fact:  This is one of the only remaining structures from the 1893 World's Fair.
(Disclaimer:  This fact was deemed "fun" by Andy, and I was specifically asked to include it.  NERD ALERT!!!)

As soon as we came up the escalator, I spotted this place.  Bring back any memories, fellow Lipscomb attendees?  In case you missed the Jazzman's experience (ahem, little brother), it was like the red-headed stepchild version of Starbucks (prior to Lipscomb joining the 21st century and getting a Starbucks).  And no, I didn't order anything.

Andy became the captain of an "old, old wooden ship" while we were there.  I believe it was called "Diversity."  If this means nothing to you...stop what you're doing and go find a copy of Anchorman...STAT.

This reminded me of the old Tin Lizzies ride at Opryland.  Again, some of you may be too young for that reference. :)

The museum has a submarine that the US captured from the Germans in the Atlantic.  They actually built this portion of the museum around it.  Andy, the little history buff that he is, was loving this part.

Kid in a candy shop, I tell you.

There was an agricultural section...thus, the cow.

Boy, did we need a camera tripod or a buddy to take pictures for us.

There was also an AMAZING train set that ran through a model-sized version of Chicago.

So cool!

There was also an incubator of sorts where baby chicks were hatching!!!

We waited and waited...and elbowed small children out of the way...and still didn't manage to see any hatch.  Insert sad face here.

The museum was super fun...but SUPER crowded.  Note to self--go on a weekday other than a holiday weekday.

We also tried a Chicago treat we were told we just had to have...

Garrett's Popcorn!!!

We tried the Chicago mix...cheddar and caramel.  Weird, I know.  But it was actually really good.  A little bit of salty with a little bit of sweet.

It was delicious, and I am wishing at this very moment we had brought some home with us.

One more day of sight-seeing to come!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Chicago Trip: Day Two

I almost forgot to mention one of the greatest parts about day one on the trip...I had my first deep dish pizza encounter!  It didn't disappoint.

Moving on...

On day two of the trip we got into some shopping...can you guess who's idea this was???

I am Meghan.  I have an addiction to TJ Maxx.  There I said it.

Best Home Goods I've ever been to...ever.  It was new-ish and huge and fabulous.  And Marshalls was just downstairs.  C'mon, Nashville--get on this bandwagon.  Can we consolidate and put all of these together in one area?  Let's stop the charade.  You are all versions of the same store.

  Anywho, Andy is usually a bit more open-minded about shopping on vacation.  I really tried to soak it up.

Along the way we got to see a lot of the downtown area.

  I loved the architecture and the SIZE of the buildings.  So neat.

We also walked to Navy Pier to see what there was to see...

We got a great view of the downtown area...

And these fun mirrors weren't too shabby either.  Look how dumpy we are!

Could I please have one of these for our bedroom?  My legs look fabulous--I'll take it!

I need one of these in my classroom!

Last picture at Navy Pier!  We were fah-reezing. :)

We ended the day with a night on the town...

More to come!