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Now it’s Time

For so long … But we’ll sing just one more song!  Thanks for doing your part – you sure are smart!

Actually it’s time to say so long, good and faithful servant.  My chair finally died today.  I am sad.  We picked it up back in 2005, when I was expecting my daughter.  I had severe tailbone issues and needed something comfortable to sit in that didn’t put pressure on my tailbone.  Plus, the chair was wider than average which was awesome for after the baby was born and I was a nursing mom.  Room enough for both of us!  I labored in that chair.  Not for long, it was a short labor, but still.  I live in my chair.  I’m only half joking when I call it my throne.  ;)

Last year, after Darc got his back diagnosis, we went out and picked up 2 new chairs.  I was going to retire my old one and use the new one.  It was super comfy in the store.  But when we got it home, not so much.  It didn’t lower as much as my old one so the cushion placed a lot of pressure on the backs of my legs, causing my legs to go to sleep.  I tried putting on super high heels to raise my legs some, but who wants to do that?  It wasn’t as wide as my old chair, I lost a good 2 inches, and even though it had lumbar support, it just wasn’t as comfy as my old one. 

So I set that new chair aside and went back to my old one, since we’d passed the return date.  They only gave us 2 weeks, and I thought we had 30 days.  I called them on day 16 and found out that bit of information.  Anyway, the new chair sat in the corner, the kids used it when they wanted to sit near me or daddy while we did computer stuff but for the most part, it’s been kind of a dust collector. 

Until today.

Last night I leaned over to pick something up and the chair leaned waaaaay over.  Too far.  I thought perhaps it was just that I’d lost my balance a little, but today it happened again.  Even worse.  I realized the newly christened Tippy would have to go.  *sad sigh*

Thankfully, I have a basically new chair ready to go.  It does have my name on it, I just don’t have its name on me.  Perhaps in time it’ll get all nice and broken in and comfy.  And I can keep my high heels under the desk next to my slippers, I suppose.  I am so grateful that I have it, and don’t have to resort to one of the plastic chairs on the patio. 

Goodbye chair.  And thanks for all the support through the years!

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Sunrise for the 12th of February.  At least, I think there’s a sunrise behind those clouds. 

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Chair Follies

The goal, initially, was for both Darc and me to get new computer chairs this year.  Him, because we thought it would help with his back problems.  Me, because I’ve had back problems in the past, tailbone issues actually that seem to be healed now thank the Lord, but my chair is 7 years old and it’s time for a new one.  My chair tilts funny (to the left, horrors!  Winking smile  ) because I tried to compensate for the tailbone problems I had when I got it. 

So, happy little wannabe chair buyers we are, we hit the office store with the intent of bringing home some back relief for Darc.  He found a chair, felt profound relief on his back while sitting in the chair in the store, so we wanted to take it home.  But they didn’t have any in stock, so we ordered one to have delivered a few days later.  The pain relief would have to wait!

Tuesday came and the man dropped off a huge box, which I promptly opened and spent the following hour or so putting the chair together.  I really wanted my husband to be able to come home from work and just relaxxxxxx.  But we had errands to run that night so he didn’t get to test drive it until Wed.  He came home from work that night, sat in his chair, and … cried out in pain. 

Ummm, that wasn’t quite the reaction I was hoping for.

I went to the store’s website and discovered that their chairs were on a deep discount, which we didn’t get, and then I came to the conclusion that we’d been sent the wrong chair.  Darc sat in several at the store that night and it was probably just an honest mistake the salesguy made when he grabbed the ticket off the chair to check the stock.  Could have happened to anyone, right?  We wanted the 3rd one down the row, he grabbed the ticket off the 2nd one down.  Crap happens.

So we decided to return the chair we had and see if the right chair was still available.

Which meant I had to disassemble the chair.

[Do you still have flashbacks of that robot yelling “No disassemble!” whenever you hear that word, or is it just me?]

Anyway, I figured it would be a piece of cake.  Easy together, easy apart, right? 

Not so much! 

The store told us we’d have to put the chair back in the box and when I tried to take the metal base off the wheel setting, it wouldn’t budge!  I huffed and puffed, did the ol’ thing where you brace your feet on one part and then pull, but those pieces were doggone fused together! 

Well, fury doesn’t begin to describe how I felt but we won’t go there!  Suffice it to say my kids will have some hilarious memories to laugh about one day.  Out of my hearing.   :roll:

We took the chair back anyway, in pieces, and exchanged it for the one we felt was the one we were supposed to get in the first place.  Since it was on sale for an awesome price, I decided I’d get one for me too, because the 2 chairs together were hardly more than the other chair was by itself.  I mean, score a deal when you can, right?

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Somehow we managed to get both chair boxes into our vehicle and got them home and the next day I put them together.  Really, putting them together is the easiest part of the whole thing. 

I sat in mine and … you know, it’s a lot higher than it was in the store, even with the pneumatic thing all the way down.  My feet won’t even touch the ground.  I actually had to go get an old pair of platform sandals I have and wear those just to keep the seat front from cutting off the circulation in my legs where it presses against my thighs. 

Hmm.

You know, that really wasn’t part of my chair plans.

And then, despite the platform shoes, my back started getting twitchy and twingy, even after I put the lumbar support all the down.  It was just pressing against the wrong spot on my back and hurting more than helping.

When Darc got home and sat down, he had about 5 minutes of relief and then his back started screaming.  *heavy sigh*  He spent almost the entire weekend playing musical chairs between his new chair, my old chair, and the couch, trying to find relief.  Oddly enough, after a couple days of this, his back did seem to settle down a bit in the new chair but at this point, I don’t know if he should keep trying to get his back to develop an acquired taste for the new chair or take the chair back and try again someplace else. 

I’ve gone back to my old chair.  I tried to tighten some of the screws and that seems to have helped a bit, but for me, I’m thinking I’ll just wait on the new chair thing.  Really, I wouldn’t even be in the market for a new chair if not for the tilt on the old one, but I can live with a little tilt.  Heck, I’ve been living with it for years now anyway, what’s a few more months until I can find one I really, really, really like that fits me as well as this one does, right? 

So, how’s by you?

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Thursday Thankfulness

image I asked my kids what they thought might be something around the house that we use pretty much every day, but don’t really think about, that we could be thankful for.  “Chairs!” quipped my son.

Chairs are a good thing, don’t you think?  I know from experience that trying to get down on the floor at my age pretty much sucks.  I like my creature comforts and a hard floor just isn’t one of them. 

The kids sit on the floor when they play their video games.  I remember those days from when I was a kid too, stretching out with chin on palm, elbows on the floor, craning my neck to watch The Addams Family and whatever else came on the “kids channel,” after school.  I didn’t like it then either, now that I think about it.  It was just what we did. 

Chairs seem like a “civilized” sort of thing, far removed from the days when people hung out in tents and sat on rugs and pillows on the ground.  Chairs can be so comfy.  All nice and cushiony.  Ahhh.  :)

If I had to pick a favorite, I’d probably pick some style of La-Z-Boy.  That seems like the perfect chair.  Oh how I wish I had one! 

Of course, it’s a bit hard to pull up to the table.  ;)

What are you thankful for this week?

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