May 20, 2007: Furniture Shopping

Today was mostly a relaxing day for me. Dominica had a bit of homework that she had to do so she did not get the opportunity to relax as much as I did. Today is my day off from the gym. I am only working out six days a week and giving my body Sunday to rest although we ended up doing some walking today that is a lot more than we would do on a normal day.

We decided today that we really need to get a love seat for the apartment. We don’t have much space but as it is we have almost no where to sit and there is no way for Dominica and I to use the living room at the same time without someone laying on the futon or something else awkward that becomes very uncomfortable after a very short time.

So we looked around and could not find anywhere to buy furniture in the area. Raymour and Flannigan do not deliver to Newark even though they have a store nearby so that did us no good. We couldn’t find anyone else in the region that was a major chain. We finally decided just to walk down to Market Street where there are a number of independent furniture stores and try our luck down there even though the area is scary.

We ended up at Newark Furniture which seemed very nice once we stepped inside.  It seemed quite strange stepping into a nice, pleasant furniture store after standing on Market Street which is totally out of control.  We had a nice shopping experience and got a not very expensive reclining love seat with microfiber cover that should be delivered later this week.  It ended up being just $499 which is a lot less than we had been planning on spending anywhere else.  It is an interesting design where it is a double seat love seat like normal but it is a single reclining mechanism where both sides are connected so you both recline or neither.  Kind of weird but it means that there is no separation in the middle which is nice.  Our sales person was born in Paris but his parents were from Cape Verde.  Very interesting guy.

We came home and relaxed for a while.  Then Dominica had to spend the evening working on her homework.  I went down and hung out in the lobby for a few hours just visiting with people.

We finished watching the second season of Arrested Development today.  We really like that show.  Then it was time for bed.

Josh is coming tomorrow and staying until Tuesday.  I am working in Manhattan on Tuesday so that I can meet with a coworker from Belfast who is in for the week.  Sometime later in the week I have to stay home to take delivery of the love seat – we hope.  And then either Friday night or Saturday morning Dominica and I are driving up to dad’s house where we will be spending the long Memorial Day weekend.  We will be returning to Newark on Monday night.

Weight Lost So Far: 11lbs

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