I rearranged the furniture in my living room for a fourth time since moving in last night. That's right, four times. It's pretty much back to how it was originally. I'm much happier with this set up than any of the others I've tried so far. I think I'll stick with this.
I swear, this apartment has the hardest walls EVAR. Push-pins and thumbtacks just don't work. I tried to hang my calendar with one, and the tack bent rather than go into the wall. Last night, I was hanging a tapestry type thing in the bedroom, and I had to use a nail to make a guide hole then use my power drill on the highest setting to get the darn screw in the wall. Seriously! Fortunately, that was the only thing that has to be screwed in, unless I decided to hang my curtains in the bedroom. Oh decorating decisions, how I love thee. I think I'll feel a lot better about this apartment once I get it decorated. Bare walls make it feel so blah and depressing.
I scored a free queen size mattress set today. I drove Dan to work in Irvine, and parked in a close spot when I got home because I felt like it. I got out of my can and voila! Mattress! Dan and I have been wanting a larger mattress for some time now, but we just haven't had the money to buy a new or used one, and it's very rare for someone to post a free large mattress on Craigslist. Two people on a single twin mattress every night actually doesn't work so great. We know; we've tried for years. I kept an eye on it for awhile, but nobody else came near it except to wonder why it was there or to get in their cars. Claudian, one of the managers here came to check it out with a lady, but they weren't interested in it. I said I was, and Claudian told me to "go for it" -- it would save him the trouble of moving it to the dumpster. Then he walked away. Didn't even offer to help me, a tiny 5'1", 120 pound girl, move it to my apartment. Chivalry is dead. I grabbed one of the two boxsprings and toted it upstairs to my apartment, then I got the other one. I went back down for the mattress, but that thing is huge. And heavy. Very heavy. I tried "rolling" it. No dice. I tried lifting it and balancing it on my head to carry, which is what I would do for a twin mattress. No way was that working. My arms couldn't touch both sides at the same time. I found some cheap homemade dolley-thing half hidden in the bushes at the base of the stairs, so I thought maybe I could at least move it over to the stairs and worry about getting it up them later. Just getting it on the dolley was an adventure. I figured I could get the bottom side on the dolley, then push the dolley towards the wall that the mattress was propped against to make the mattress fall the rest of the way on. Nope. Once on, the mattress tried to push the dolley the other way. I had to half stand on the dolley and stretch and heave as hard as I could to get the mattress on. But of course, the mattress ended up laying flat on the dolley instead of resting against the handle. Great. Whatever. As I was pushing the dolley towards the stairs, the same lady who was looking at the mattress with Claudian earlier was going out to the car. She saw me struggling with the massive thing and offered to help me get it upstairs to my apartment. Yay! She grabbed one end and I the other, and together we managed to negotiate the stairs and walkways to my apartment. I now have two box springs sitting in my bedroom and a great big queen mattress chillin' in the middle of my living room floor. I've decided that we're going to test this sucker out before we go to the trouble of setting it up, only to find out that it's super uncomfortable or lumpy or weird smelling.
(I just checked Craigslist, and someone posted an ad for a free queen mattress in this area. I suspect it's the same one.)