Saturday was Eric’s company’s softball tournament. I was on the winning team. No, really…our team’s name was Winning! and our T-shirts had a picture of Charlie Sheen on them.
Besides bringing my awesome softball skillz, I decided to bring cookies!
When I saw this recipe for sunflower butter cookies featuring chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, I figured it was the perfect dugout food. I mean, we could snack on plain old sunflower seeds….or we could snack on sunflower seeds and get chocolate, brown sugar, and a stick of butter involved. Um…easy decision there. There isn’t a Trader Joe’s in Houston, so I ordered chocolate-covered sunflower seeds from Amazon and made the cookies on Friday night. Saturday morning I was up bright and early in my stirrup socks so we could head to the game.
The cookies were a hit. Another hit? The single I knocked right into center field during the game. I also had a really good play at second base, so I was proud of that. I hadn’t played since last August and I was happy I could jump back in.
After the game, Eric and I went to finish our entertainment center quest. Our living room wasn’t going to be complete until we found a TV stand of some sort to match the furniture we’d already picked out (the couch and love seat that were comfortable, affordable, and not hideous but were proving difficult to match to anything). After last weekend’s shopping trip, this had the potential to go horribly wrong and we weren’t feeling optimistic about Rooms to Go. (Note to RTG: your cheesy sign isn’t doing you any favors!) But I think since we got all of our bad energy out of our system last weekend, we we went into this shopping trip with much better attitudes…and Rooms to Go had tons of entertainment centers we liked!
After about 45 minutes of circling the store and debating the pros and cons of each, we chose our entertainment center. Once we had a winner, Eric flopped down on a couch near it…and ended up falling in love with the couch! It had a huge ottoman in front, which we both love, and one end of it had a built-in ottoman that made the whole thing perfect for lounging. The color was right and it was really comfortable…but it was more than we had planned to spend.
I was trying to figure out what Rooms to Go’s selling point was. I mean, don’t most furniture stores have cheesy sales every weekend? It’s the stuff late-night local commercials are made of! Then I realized that their thing is to to get you to buy the whole room. If you buy a couch with an entertainment center and other furniture, it’s way cheaper — and they were throwing in a 50-inch screen TV. I did the math and realized that with the discounted prices on the whole room and the free gift with purchase TV, we could get this majorly upgraded, all coordinating, one-stop-shop living room for the same price we were going to pay buying everything (couch, loveseat, entertainment center, side table, lamp, TV) alone. Once we realized that, it seemed silly not to upgrade.
The only downside was that the couch and ottoman is on back order until May 18, and we can’t get our TV until after the last item is delivered, so for the next month, our living room will be a little empty. But we loved the couch so much, it’s worth the wait.
As we took care of the paperwork to buy everything, it felt a little surreal. While we know there is nothing wrong with being 26 years old and wanting more than a futon in your living room, it was just a very adult moment. Of all the big Living in Sin milestones (the joint bank account, the “OMG, we’re co-owning animals?! Is that a bigger declaration of commitment than Save the Dates?!” moment I had last month) this one definitely made me feel most like a grown-up.
Lately I’ve found myself doing more and more things that I had always thought were the things of adults and not me. Before now, I could read decor blogs and furniture catalogs and daydream about picking out “real” furniture some day and it was fun and harmless because it seemed like something no one would ever actually let me do. With things like this, I think you automatically hear resistance (“I don’t need something like that,” “I can’t afford that,” “Maybe I’ll have that when I’m older and married or something”) but I’m realizing more each day that “Maybe when I’m older” isn’t really a reason anymore.
When I went to the grocery store on Sunday night, I didn’t want to buy much. I only have a couple days left in my place (the official moving day is Saturday but I’ll be at Eric’s on Tuesday and Thursday and Austin on Wednesday for work) and most of my food is packed now. I needed a dinner that was fast, cheap, and required minimal cooking. Keeping with the softball theme, I decided to go with a ballpark favorite: hot dogs.
I think the first phase of Living in Sin, the part in which we make two styles and lifestyles work in one apartment, is coming to an end, and I know this week will go fast. We have errands to do pretty much every day/evening. From getting our cable set up to getting our table set up, it’s going to be a lot of running around and to-do lists. But the thing is, even though I hate packing and hate moving, I’ve never been more excited about it. Normally, the week before moving is filled with anxiety and stress. And even when I moved to Texas last summer, I couldn’t be 100 percent excited because I was sad about leaving my home and my family. But with this move, I don’t feel like I’m leaving anyone or anything behind.