The last five days or so have been a blur.
Amber screwed up her courage and left Florida behind. She made it from her sister’s in Panama City all the way to Phoenix in two days. That’s about 14 hours of driving per day.
One of the best things about guests (other than their actual presence) is that they goad you into organization/cleaning.
The guest room and office were tidied up. Which mainly means that we stacked things more neatly and/or put more things in the closet. But the result is the same, visually.
We put up curtains in the guest room, a shower curtain and shower rod in the main bath and even got a wastebasket for the main bathroom.
It was a flurry of activity for the debit card, but we tried to minimize the damange.
Ideally, we would have gone to Joann’s for a curtain rod (love those 40% off coupons!) but there isn’t one very convenient to the house, and there was a lot to do.
Instead, we hit Big Lots for the shower rod ($11), curtain rod ($13) and a wastebasket $5.
When I was buying the faucet online at Lowe’s, I found a $10 shower curtain. With the extra 3% cash back through Mr. Rebates, that meant an end price of $9.70. So not bad.
Big Lots had a shower rod for $10, a curtain rod for $13 and a wastebasket for $5.
We already had some spare curtain panels around, which match the ones in the living room. (Tim wants to put curtains over the sliding glass door at some point, but for now they’re on duty in the guest room.)
And I even finally got around to putting on the new toilet seat ($3 at a yard sale back in October). The old seat was the padded kind, which isn’t so bad. Except that the vinyl covering was cracked and looked awful.
And now it’s all done (other than keeping up on cleaning) for when my mom comes to town.
Unfortunately, Amber could only stay for a couple of days, but it was great to see her.
I mainly tried to make her relax. She was antsy from the stress of the move and that many hours on the road two days in a row. So I had her sit still and, in my words, rot her brain with some TV. We also took some free movie passes and saw The Hunger Games.
She seemed a little less stressed by Sunday night, so I feel like I did my job. I was a little disappointed that she could only stay for two days, but I know her savings are diminishing by the day, so I didn’t press the issue.
All in all, a good visit, I think. And now the place is in pretty good shape for when my mom visits in April!