Feng shui, our way

Holy moly, yesterday evening was busy! We didn't sit down for dinner until almost 10 o'clock (which was a shame because dinner was scrumptious!), and that also just happened to be the first time I physically sat down since leaving work. I love being busy, but not when it takes up my entire night at home with the hubs!

For the past several months, (heck, maybe since we moved into our apartment last October) Clay and I have tossed around the idea of adding a bed or a couch or some kind of sitting apparatus to our second bedroom. We considered lugging his old twin bed over from his parents' house, but the more I thought about it, the more I didn't want our guest room to be cluttered with excess stuff. That second bedroom has become my personal gym and workout haven, and I've selfishly grown accustomed to having the entire room to myself for sweat sessions. I didn't want it to become cramped and crowded or, goodness forbid, cause me to have to fold up my beloved treadmill when I wasn't using it.

But as time passed, Clay and I came to the conclusion that it made much more sense to have a second sitting area to watch TV (it's a rare occasion when he and I can both agree on watching the same program) and more importantly, we could provide accommodations for out-of-town guests. Again, we didn't want a giant bed taking up the entire room, so we settled on purchasing a futon.

Did you know that futons are expensive? Like, wicked expensive? We perused almost every furniture store imaginable and the most affordable futon we found (that wasn't completely heinous) was at Wal-Mart for more than $200. After several weeks of debating, we finally agreed that we would purchase the futon after our next pay day.

Now in walks fate.

As we were driving to our cousin's graduation party on Sunday, I got a text message from a friend letting me know that she was planning a garage sale and was debating selling a futon. She thought she remembered me mentioning something about needing one, and was I interested?

Hot, diggity dog! I knew exactly what futon she was talking about because I watched movies with her on that thing back in the day before any of us were married. It's a solid wood futon in excellent shape and yes, we would be delighted to have it. I made her an offer, she accepted, and Clay and I spent the better part of last night assembling it.

I pride Clayton and I on our ability to construct furniture without fighting. We've moved together a couple times, and each time I had worry in the pit of my stomach that the stress of lugging heavy objects around would cause us to bitch at each other. But it never does! Even when we moved completely by ourselves into our current townhouse, we handle the stress like champs and put together numerous pieces of furniture without getting short tempered with one another. It's remarkable.

The futon wasn't too much of a struggle, it was just really big to maneuver and while we hauled the frame up the stairs, I had flashbacks of Clay and Mitch trying to drag our 300-pound treadmill to the guest room all those months ago. We have a nasty habit of wanting to put our heaviest furniture upstairs. I'm actually surprised we don't have a car parked up there.

So in less than an hour we had the futon put together. And I of course had to be a woman about it and rushed out to the store to buy throw pillows and a sheet to make it look pretty.

We had to rearrange the furniture to accommodate the beast of a futon, but the room feeling slightly more crowded was to be expected. We found a new location for the treadmill, and I think the room has been sufficiently feng shuied. I even purchased and hung frames for our college diplomas. The room is finally completed ... 9 months after moving in.

Immediately after the futon was assembled, I rushed out the door to run hill repeats before I rushed right back home to finish preparing dinner. The weather was considerably less desert-like yesterday, and I was going to take full advantage of being able to run outside without the risk of heat stroke. The hills I ran were ridiculous, but I was in such a hurry to get home and feed my hubby that I actually ran much faster than I normally do outside. Except for my 5k races, my Garmin registered my fastest outdoor time to date and considering 1.5 miles of that was uphill, I was kind of impressed with myself.

I came home to find that Clayton had finished cooking the meat, and I took the liberty of putting the garnishes on our hamburgers. Clay and I have been in a food rut and we're making it a point to add new, exciting dishes to our weekly menu. I found this recipe for garden burgers in my sister-in-law's latest copy of Food Network Magazine and even though Clayton detests half of what's on these burgers, I decided to give them a go anyway.

... And he LOVED it! He even had a second burger! I was shocked that the man who hates sprouts had a double helping of them!

Garden burgers are a cinch!

After thoroughly cooking your seasoned and/or marinated lean ground beef, top the burgers with Green Goddess dressing (see recipe below or if you're pressed for time, Kraft makes a bottle of Green Goddess salad dressing!), a handful of sprouts, and sliced avocado. Place burgers on kaiser rolls and enjoy! We ate our burgers with steamed carrots and it was a perfect meal.

Green Goddess Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Puree the yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, chives, basil, and salt and pepper to taste in a blender. Transfer to a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


  1. Hey the second room looks great! Still looks like you have a decent amount of room. I love that you framed the diplomas. I want to do that to mine, but I always put it off.

    Burgers look awesome! Much better than the oven pizza I made for dinner...

    1. Thanks! I'm actually sitting on it right now! It made the room so cozy despite having a bulky treadmill in the corner.

      I would love to get the fancy Indiana Univeristy official frames for our diplomas, but these were $5! Haha!

      You and Miss Leia should come test out the futon sometime soon!

  2. LOVE the futon set-up!!

    Ummmmm.........I may come to your house and steal those pictures of Audrey & James off the wall, though. Just sayin'..........

    1. Haha! I love my Audrey poster! Clayton bought it for me and I insisted he get something to match it. He chose James and these hung on the living room wall in our first apartment together. :)

    2. LOVE. I'm scouring the good ol' Internet (mostly Amazon b/c I'm cheap) for an awesome poster of Grace Kelly, actually. I WANT TO BE HER. Is that weird? No? Ok, good.

      She's from Philly, ya know. We have a major road named after her family and everything. Kelly Drive.

      Did I mention I love Grace Kelly? In case I didn't - I love her.

      Haha :)


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