(she never mentions the weird child labor in the picture, what's up with that?)

I've been in a bad mood. I'm not entirely sure why, but part of it has to do with the fact that we don't have a couch. Let me back up-- we got rid of our couch.


One day our remote control fell into the middle hollow center of the sofa (this sofa I speak of was not of the highest quality, obviously, what with its hollow center and all) and when I reached in to get it out, I came back with a swelling itchy face and unstoppable sneezing. We had been having allergy symptoms for a couple months and had not been able to pinpoint where they were coming from. The whole inside of the couch was... I don't know. I don't know exactly what. But it made my eyes swell up. So we got rid of it.

I can't control very much in life, but gosh darn it-- I can usually control my living room. It's the room that is almost always clean and my brain just works best in a clean room.

Without that couch I am feeling incomplete! Lost! Disorganized!

Also, it hurts to watch movies when you have to sit on the floor.

We have a budget of $0 and the sofa I want is a floor model regularly priced $2200 and on clearance for $1500... $1500! A steal! Totally worth wasting my time thinking about!

Praying my trusty Salvation Army Super Family Center Deluxe will turn up something cheap and clean and cute enough to get us through for awhile.

And I'm taking any other suggestions. Or free sofas.


  1. oooh, girl, i hear that. i too need a clean living room to function. bedrooms? i don't like when they're messy, but i don't have anxiety attacks from visual clutter the way i do in my, i mean, our, living room.

    also. that couch? worth saving for. and if it makes you feel any better, our couch is the time out couch because it's upholstery is that awful 50's scratchy burlap-ish stuff that will you give whatever exposed skin is near it rug burn. it seems to make those 3 minutes in time out extra painful.

    and (lastly) i kept looking and looking in your picture for you or someone giving birth. i can't believe how long it took me to realize that "child labor" meant just that.

  2. We once had to go without a couch for about a week and could not function. Truly. It was like we forgot how to get through a day. We couldn't figure out how to do anything without a couch to sit on.

    And child labor is good. All of my parent friends say that's one of the reasons to have kids - so you don't have to clean the house. I think it teaches them responsibility. =^)

  3. I feel your sofa pain

    When we moved into our place last fall the best place for the TV was a weird niche nowhere near where our couch has to be. We have two dog beds placed on top of each other as our viewing area/faux love seat.
    (SYTYCD = instant sciatica)

    Also, please send the kids. Our floor is a mess.

  4. Have you tried freecycle? Sometimes you can get great $0 things that way. I love that photo.


  5. On now that's so sad about your couch. Have you looked on Craigslist? I am not sure where you live but I live in a Chicago suburb and there are tons of free and cheap furniture pieces on there. All you do is pick what city you are in or nearest too. Also see if there's any good outlets by you, pottery barn, crate and barrel, they usually have sofa's under $1000. Hope you find a sofa soon.

  6. Oh, you better believe we totally institute child labor around here. Unfortunately, Levi is scared of the vacuum cleaner when it turns on. Otherwise, he'd totally be my new cleaning fella.
    So sorry about the couch. That is truly rotten. Hope the good ole Salvation Army pulls through for you.
    And, I so get the clean living room. If it gets out of hand, I sort of feel like my world has gone spinning out of control.

  7. Your title totally cracked me up.

    Somehow I think if we went out to lunch, we would talk and talk - and I would laugh a lot.

    You are hilarious. Really. And you make me smile.

    P.S. My 2-year-old loves to vacuum too.

  8. I think I live close to a PB outlet...hint hint...

  9. I totally sympathize with you, doll. We haven't had a couch since we moved from the east coast to back to the west coast. And that was way back in November... :O(

    I'm so happy for you that you figured out your allergy problem, though!


  10. oh, my brain totally only works in a clean room. and the couch thing would totally throw me off, too. hope you find one soon!!

    title = hilarious

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