Sunday, April 24, 2005

The $200 Garbage Can


The $200 Garbage Can

We went a little nuts yesterday.

We kept expecting Amex to call us and say "ok, you've gone insane, and you must stop".
Our first trip was to take Meeshka to the vet for her annual shots, which is always expensive. Then we measured the kitchen and took off for Ikea. Hubby was not a big Ikea fan, but then he started coming around to the wonders of Ikea when he noticed how nice some of the furniture is, and you just can't beat the price. So he started saying "we can get this until we can afford nicer furniture"... riiight.

So, we went to Ikea to get a kitchen table and chairs, because for 11 years in this house, we had a kitchen table (that the dogs peed on), but no chairs. For 11 years we ate, scrunched over the coffee table downstairs, while the dogs did their best to steal our food. It was not a pleasant eating experience. We also went to get me a computer desk, since I've been stuck at a fold up church table desk for 11 years, and wanted to move up to a real desk, up in the nook. There are more reasons, but I won't go into that now.

Hubby had seen some modular kitchen furniture, complete with wine racks, and he decided that we needed those (and we did), so we decided while we were there... why not. So we picked out the units we needed, and loaded two carts worth of junk. I won't go into the idiot that made his mother stand in the loading area, then nearly ran into hubby and his mother to get to the spot (morons).

Came home, and dragged everything in before the major thunderstorm, and spent hours putting everything together. The dogs were very helpful, of course. Tons of space on the shelves, and we realized that we'd only need (for now) one more shelf to get rid of the crappy plastic shelf, so... back to Ikea we go today.

We also realized that we had no place left for a trash container, or dog food bins, so off we went to Bed, Bath & Beyond (that evil succubus of household items), and ended up getting a table cloth, place settings (gee, if only we had the gingerbread man era stuff now), plastic glassware (a neccesity with huskies), rugs for the dogs (who can't eat without standing on a rug for some reason), and THE TWO HUNDRED DOLLAR TRASH CONTAINER.

It's a simplehuman brand (simplehuman is aptly named, because only a simple human would pay $200 for a trash container), with a pedal that opens two doors. But it was what we wanted, it would fit in the space we had... so we got it, after swallowing our tongues and gagging. Stopped off at the petstore for stackable dog food containers, then home to assemble our new "look".

We discovered that we need more rugs for the dogs, as they are too bunched up and ate their food like pretzels, so back to BB&B tomorrow for more rugs. Still have to put the computer table together, but by the time we got home, the Amex was smoking and we were exhausted.

We waved something simple to eat and sat at the table. The dogs were totally confused as to why we were eating on this tall thing that they couldn't reach, so they sat, dejected near the table. What a feeling, to be able to eat without fighting dogs off for my food.

I feel almost human now... a simple human, with my really cool, totally unbelievable, handy dandy $200 trash can.
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