Well I have been meaning to write for awhile… not deep or insightful just life but it’s writing, right?
November 10th, 2020
Aww look how great it looks! I say dripping with sweat and tears at the now two day process to get a new headboard setup! After sleeping with our mattress on the floor for well over a month I had saved enough from my makeup sales to finally purchase a bed frame. It felt so great, I was so excited! So yesterday I went out to the Brick to see options – well it turns out most items you need to preorder and WAIT – both which I am not good at!
I saw the headboard and fell in LOVE! They were just putting it together but I begged the store clerk to sell me the floor model! Happy Dance! Oh shit I need a frame! I had an ikea bed before with frame but it went to D’s room in the renovation as it was WAY to squeaky 😊🥰🤣! The store clerk set me up with a frame and even threw in two pillows! I load it all into my SUV with a smile. Everything was pretty flat so fit good with all the seats down. One of my traits would be poor sense of dimension and what will actually fit in my vehicle so I was very happy when everything fit nice. After school Declan helped me drag the headboard, frame and two pillows up the 37 stairs in our home. I was exhausted! Who knew getting a headboard could make you so tired! Needless to say after dinner with the 5 kids, zoom karate and bedtime routine I was fast asleep by 8:00pm last night.
I woke up refreshed this morning sooo excited to finally put my bed together after the boys went to school. After struggle for 30 minutes and a phone call to Jay I finally watched a YouTube of putting frames together. Turns out I was putting the locking part into the wrong hole. Mild sweats and a couple swear words but I did it! I allen-keyed the 20 bolts onto legs and headboard and then to the frame and finally I am ready to put the mattress on and relax!
At this point I am wondering why I ever thought the high top mattress was a good idea, it’s so awkward and heavy! I drag my 100+ lbs mattress to the frame put it on and what the !$&@!!! Turns out I also need a box spring! Ugggg! So I call around to a few places but nowhere had any you can just pick up same day! Ok ikea here I come! Oh wait a box spring will not fit in my vehicle! Ring Ring! Hello dearest brother, what are you and your truck doing today? I am so lucky to have such a great brother! So off we go after picking up my niece from school to come along as she had fell on a branch waiting for the bus that morning and somehow was feeling the effects after an hour at school. So here we go big family trip to ikea. I joke with my brother, “Does this not feel like the million of times you moved me in my 20s!” he laughs “Don’t remind me!”
While we drive I messaged a few people on marketplace hoping to find a better deal. Like is there really a big difference in box springs? I actually had a matching box spring to my bed when I first moved but sold it because my ikea frame did not need it! This is what I repeated numerous time through the day! Well we obviously can’t go to Ikea hungry so we stop for lunch at Kelsey’s. It was really nice having time with my niece and brother although he did make me pay for driving, well and I offered! It did turn out good though because Just as we sat down I received a message that the 50$ Queen box spring was still available!!! Sweet! I say. “Whoa whoa” says my brother “Where are they located?” I message back… Trainyards… My brother the bargain hunter “Tell her 40$ because of the distance” ok I laugh and shake my head but do as instructed. DEAL! We continue our lunch with my brother informing me the tricks and trades of marketplace shopping. Something I am not too familiar with at all! We finish lunch and head back to the mission of getting my box spring!
My brother exits to a road I am all too familiar with and prayed I would never have to be on again. Getting off at Riverside floods me with emotions but I am able to brush off the tears forming in my eyes and finally we arrived at a building. The lady meets us outside and we followed her up 4 flights of narrow stairs. Yeah I am not in the best of shape, I can be the first to admit, as I huff and puff and my thighs start to slightly burn reaching the top.
A quick exam and the box spring looks good. Back down the stairs awkwardly flipping and turning the box spring to make it fit the narrow hall and finally to the truck. The ride home is quick, my niece introduces me to TickToc and tries to convince me that I need a tickToc channel as well! I have 3 Facebook Pages, 1 Facebook Group, 1 Personal Facebook page and 2 Instagram accounts I think I am good!
Finally home it is now 2:30 in the afternoon! Up the 37 stairs to our bedroom and flip the box spring to frame! Step 1 complete! Flip the Mattress onto Box Spring! Step 2 complete! Make bed and Relax! Step 3 Finally complete! Ok nap time here I come till I get bombarded with the 5 kids and dinner and routine but until then I am pretty content on a mission completed! And I have never felt so high off the floor!!! PS. Moving the pictures to centre above the bed is a project for another day!
Aidens passing has been incredibly difficult but a lot less difficult because of the love and support we have receive from family, friend and community. Thank you to everyone who has sent meals, condolences, and donations so I can take this time I need now to grieve and take care of myself and beautiful blended family. I am so incredible grateful for the support we have received.
Stephanie (aka MamaOutpost)