Friday, March 05, 2010

I miss the comfort of my mother and the weight of the world

After receiving our new Tempur-Pedic Cloud Supreme, we discovered — much to our shock and dismay — that the slats in our bedframe were horribly curved, and some were cracked and disheveled. Many of the legs holding up the slats didn't even properly touch the floor! There was no way we could keep the slats and have our Tempur-Pedic warranty be valid. So Darren put his carpentry cap on and went to Lowe's to get some nice, medium-grade wood and a bunch of supplies and tools (including a handsaw, probably one of the last things he needs to complete his toolset, which I'm sure will actually never be complete) to build a new platform. The "slats" he got weren't really slats, because they're much thicker in width. He even got some wood cut to make legs and got some other items to make studs to go in the legs. He devised a plan — a very clever one, I might add — to put varying numbers of washers in the legs, so he could vary their length based on where they would fit under the platform, since our floor is so obviously uneven, as evidenced by the legs from the old slats.

It took him all of last weekend — including the Friday he had off from work — to finish the platform. For one night, we had to sleep with the mattress just on the floor amid a pile of sawdust, wood and tools, but it was so great to see the finished product on Sunday afternoon. We documented this little "adventure" by taking a few pictures. I'm especially proud of Darren's work, because the new platform really came out great, and I'm glad I got to help, too. It feels especially sturdy, and it might even help to further reposition our backs to their proper alignment. I think I've adopted pretty poor posture sitting at work all day, and I've been getting backaches, so I really hope this will help.

This past week, in my spare time I've been scrounging around Craigslist and other sites looking for freelance work as a typist/transcriber. I've gotten a couple responses from places where I've applied, and I might have a gig transcribing one guy's audio journals. I really hope it works out — it sounds like a really interesting job! I figure it's a nice way to do something from home that I enjoy (which appears strange to lots of people, who absolutely loathe transcribing!) while making a little extra money on the side.

It's FRIDAY! It's supposed to be a really nice weekend, and warm, so I think we'll do some shopping and maybe something outdoorsy like jogging, playing tennis or getting our bikes out for the first time this year. It looks like spring is finally around the corner! I can't wait until it's finally here!

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At 4:29 PM , Anonymous Elyse said...

Hey Liz! Your new bed sounds great. Mike built our bed too and it turned out awesome--and way cheaper than buying one from a fancy store. I hope your back feels better with the new mattress. =)

At 4:33 PM , Anonymous mom said...

I miss holding my daughter

At 5:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, I must have missed a few of your postings! My sincere apologies, as I have been quite busy lately.

It sounds like Darrin is a man's man! How good of him to build new "slats" for that wonderful Tempur-Pedic mattress. I, too, have had problems with my slats before and what a wonderful thing to have a man to repair them! I'm quite certain they will function just as well, if not better, than the originals!

I wish you only the best of luck in your search for a part-time job. In times like these we can all use some help in making ends meet. I do hope you realize how lucky you are to be employed, there are so many others who are not so fortunate, and I pray for them every day.

I believe you're correct--the beautiful sights and sounds of spring are just around the corner! I am anxiously awaiting the time when I can commence my annual flower planting--I've got such good plans for my flower beds this year! I hope you, too, have some green space where you can enjoy the amazing flora God has provided us with.

As always, God Bless!

At 9:24 AM , Blogger Liz said...

Don't worry, Mom, you will next week! :)


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