It was a busy weekend for me while the hubby worked, taking advantage of breaks in the rainy and windy weather to finish up some work in the yard, transplanting the orange lilies from our parking strip to the divider between ours and the neighbor’s driveways, along with pruning back the roses as the colder nights are starting to occur. Indoors, it was about trying out some new recipes and getting our new & improved living room figured out, yayyyy!
It was finally time to sell my way-too-big-for-the-room (and post-divorce present to myself when I left my ex) leather sofa & chair. We looked all over for a truly eco-friendly sofa but our search didn’t go far – Craigslist had a pretty dumpy selection, consignment stores were shockingly way above our price point, and the “eco” sofas at retailers cost a minimum of a couple of mortgage payments. Detesting the apathetic “service” and thinly veiled Walmart-ishness of Ikea, we found a nice charcoal gray chaise/sofa and chair (above) at World Market. While it was (ugh) made in China, they do have a pretty great social compliance policy and with the 25% off furniture sale making the set around $700, this was the best deal and a good investment!
Enjoyed a long lazy lunch with my friend (who sold me my house and is now who I affectionately consider an auntie, I just adore her) who gifted me with 101 Things To Do With a Pickle. Great recipes in here to try out!!
We hadn’t seen a movie in forever so we went to see Gone Girl for a bit of a date night. Man, was that movie a disappointment. Starts out great but then has so many plot holes and a stupid ending that we just rolled our eyes. Who cares what the reviews say, we want our $25 back. (image credit)
Every month, I give a percentage of my pre-tax income to a deserving nonprofit. October’s goes to Oregon’s Sexual Assault Resource Center was founded by two sexual assault survivors in 1977, and its mission is to “promote social justice by eliminating sexual violence in our community through education, support and advocacy.”
And finally, I decided to go dark brown which I’ve not done in many years. After a lot of years going from light brown to reddish brown to RED-red as well as a few experiments in between (including but not limited to the blond front piece a la mid-1990’s, going all black in the fall of 2000 where I learned how quickly roots appear, and of course the super fun of stripping it out later), I knew I needed a change as we transition through fall and approach winter. Budget didn’t allow for a pro-color, so I picked an ammonia-free option and made a fierce mess of the bathroom. I haven’t quite come to terms with the grays that pop along the hairline, so feel good to have those gone, and hey – the husband digs it, too 🙂