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09:01 am: Spending time spending money
This weekend I got quite a bit accomplished, though not entirely what I expected.

First, I got this || close to catching up on washing all my dishes. (Three pans, a mixing bowl, and a cheese grater were all that remained of my backlog.) But then I cooked again, and everything piled back up. <sigh>

Friday morning I decided to go on a shopping trip to a bathroom showroom in search of new towel racks that would fit better with my Asian design scheme than the ones I have now. Sadly, although they had plenty of drawer pulls that would be perfect if they were bigger, the towel rack selection was rather sparse. I did get a few printouts of information about possibilities, but nothing too exciting. However, as I was just about to walk out the door, I spotted a vanity with bamboo on the front that would be exactly perfect.

When I asked for information about it, I was told that they were in fact selling that floor display for 60% off. I went home to think about it, because at 3' in length, it's far too big to fit in either one of my bathrooms. I am planning a future remodel of the master bath (to add a shower), and if I am going to enlarge the bathroom anyway, I could incorporate a larger vanity into the design. After sleeping on it, I decided that it looked so perfect, I couldn't pass up the opportunity, so I drove my parents' minivan back to the store and bought it. (Interesting note: It took two guys to carry the vanity from the shop to put it in the trunk, whereas I managed to get it from the trunk to my master bedroom by myself. Girl power!) I also splurged and ordered the matching mirror, since a mirror is useful even if it's not in a bathroom.

Eventually I'll have to pick a vessel for it, since that wasn't included. I'm considering either stone to mimic a Japanese garden or bamboo to continue the theme. For the time being, though, it's just going to act as a dresser.

The rest of the weekend was mostly spent on yard work: weeding, mulching, watering, and re-potting plants. There's no shortage of tasks. I'm really happy with the way my tomatoes are growing; they're starting to blossom in earnest, so it shouldn't be long before I start seeing fruit. I'm also beginning to get seeds on the buckwheat, so that's exciting, and the potatoes should be ready to harvest in a couple weeks.

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From:mangaroo
Date:June 19th, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
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Vessel not-sinks look so awesome. I've always had...whatever embedded-in-countertop sinks are called. Probably "sinks." Hey, I've learned a little something about etymology here. And congratulations on a great find for your future bathroom remodel.

First, I got this || close to catching up on washing all my dishes.

Okay, I have to brag here even though I am forcing myself to wait 'til July to officially record it in my own journal as a new habit: I've finally achieved daily dish maintenance mode. For about a week and a half. I'm going to need to switch to a concentrated foaming dish soap because I am wasting using so much of the liquid type, but otherwise, I am overjoyed. (Clearly, or I wouldn't be announcing it.)
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:June 19th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations!! A new habit is an awesome thing. Hang in there.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 19th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
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I've always had...whatever embedded-in-countertop sinks are called.

<g> The technical term is "undermount."

I've finally achieved daily dish maintenance mode.

Hooray! You're way ahead of me.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:June 20th, 2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
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Yay for dish maintenance! Good luck keeping up with the habit!
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:June 19th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
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That vanity is GORGEOUS. I'm impressed that you were willing to invest in a future remodel item. Using it as a dresser in the meantime is a great idea.

(I've been talking about replacing my bathroom vanity for ten years. It's so ugly, it was supposed to be the first thing I replaced after I moved in, but there's always been something else to focus on. Unfortunately, my bathroom is quite small and there's no prospect of enlarging it, so that limits my choices.)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 20th, 2012 12:22 pm (UTC)
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I'm impressed that you were willing to invest in a future remodel item.

Well, I'm sure I'll get around to it eventually, even if it takes several years. (The kitchen remodel has to come first.) Decorating my own house to suit my tastes has been a dream for a long time.

Unfortunately, my bathroom is quite small and there's no prospect of enlarging it, so that limits my choices.

There are a lot of small models that are quite attractive. Have you tried walking through a showroom just to see what's available?
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:June 20th, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC)
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That is a gorgeous vanity! (Not that you solicited opinions [or that it will matter for some years], but I like the stone vessel with it, personally.) Agree that it's a smart idea to use it as a dresser in the meantime, because I was wondering where you would put it.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 21st, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! And it definitely will take years. I'm hoping that I can get the kitchen renovation done next summer, but that will only happen if I can have it done for $20K or less. (It's a small kitchen, but I need structural work...) After that plus the Japan trip, my savings will be pretty low, so it will take a while to accumulate enough for another big project.
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