Slowly but Surely

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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How awesome are weekends?!? They make me so happy! Just sayin. πŸ˜‰

Once we got ourselves together, Mal and I drove about 30 minutes away to check out a coffee table that we saw on Craigslist. Before we moved, we sold/donated a lot of our furniture, so now we’re trying to piece together our new house with stuff from our parents, the Goodwill, yard sales, and Craigslist. It’s actually a lot of fun. I like the thrill of the hunt! πŸ˜‰


The coffee table was priced fairly and in great shape.


So into the car it went! πŸ˜€


It was a done deal!


On the ride home, Mal and I made a pit-stop at Dunkin’ Donuts and put our new gift cards to work. I ordered a “light-on-the-pumpkin-spice” iced coffee with milk.


I was wide awake ( 😯 ) after drinking my third coffee of the day, but the car ride made the pug very sleepy.


Once home, we tested out our new coffee table with our living room decor.





I love it!!! :mrgreen:

Now, we just need a TV stand, dining room table with chairs, and a bed for the guest room. Our house is getting there, slowly but surely.


With our brand new coffee table in place, Mal and I set out for a long walk with the pug. Before I left the house, I grabbed an apple to snack on.


We walked with the pug for well over an hour while exploring the nearby “downtown” area. I miss our old neighborhood, but I’m really starting to like the new one. Slowly, but surely.






Currently, our kitchen is pretty pathetic in terms of food, so I made use of the Hickory Farms gift box for dinner once again tonight. I mean, cheese isn’t a terrible option, right? πŸ˜‰


I spread Sweet Hot Mustard on a whole grain Dunkin’ Donuts bagel (leftover from this morning) and melted Creamy Swiss Blend cheese on top. Mmm! Awesome flavor combo!


Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a photo of my bagel deliciousness, but, trust me, it was a good one!


After dinner, I dug into a couple ofΒ Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls,Β and now I am enjoying a beer on the couch with M & m.


Looks like tonight is going to be another early bedtime. I’m pooped!

G’night! πŸ˜€



  1. Love the new table, it definitely brightens up the room!! Weekends are the best for adventures and home renovations πŸ™‚ Enjoy your evening and beer+Murph πŸ™‚

  2. I love that the coffee table has a drawer for your remote. Good to keep the table clean and good to not tempt Murph, although he would never eat a remote control.

  3. Oh my, where did you get the butterbeer mug?! Or maybe you told us in today’s earlier posts… I should stop readin them in reverse order πŸ˜›

  4. Coffee table looks good, and great a drawer to hide away remote controls,deck of cards etc πŸ˜‰

    just in case, don’t buy any used bedding or upholstery items with the bed bug situation sweeping North America !ugh!

    I used to enjoy staying in hotels,but no longer -eeek!(I have heard of some of the finest hotels as well as clothing stores and furniture stores having the creatures….

  5. Nice coffee table. Looks like pine wood which is one of my favorite types of finishes. I agree that making a house your ‘home’ is so much fun. I love watching the transformation and knowing that it’s the fruit of your labor.

  6. Aren’t home improvement weekends THE BEST??? I am currently buried in overhauling my living room and dining room. My honey is so grumpy about it, but unlike him, I am lovin’ life. It’s not work to me to breath new life into things. Great table! Such a simple little thing that will bring you happy feelings for months.

  7. I am so with you on the “light on the pumpkin spice” idea! I try to make chai tea with almond milk at home as much as I can but sometimes I am really craving good ol Starbucks and their pumpkin spice lattes – decaf of course! But they put soooo much flavor in if you don’t ask them not to. That’s so key to remember!!! P.S. I love your dog.

  8. I have to share with you Cesar’s “PUG” story. The minute I saw it I thought of you. LOL

    The link is long because I took it out of my email but honest it’s to Cesar’s site & harmless. I’m on my way out the door but I’d copy and repaste it with the “normal” url otherwise! I knew I’d forget though if I didn’t share now!!!!! ENJOY!

  9. Those leaves are gorgeous!

    I wish the seasons really changed in San Francisco the way they do in other parts of the country. Here, there really aren’t smooth beautiful transitions. It’s one of the only things I dislike about living here.

  10. We bought the same rug this weekend! At the store it looked like it would go perfectly with our bedroom decor, but I wasn’t sure. My husband said for $20 we can find somewhere else to put it if it doesn’t. Fortunately it matched our duvet cover perfectly. <3 Ikea.

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