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My mother got me $100 to Ikea for my birthday. This is at the same time the most amazing gift and very frustrating!

How on earth can I decide how to use such a sum at such a great place?

A few weeks ago I came across this Ikea hack that shows one how to make an awesomely upholstered bed frame from a really cheap basic one at Ikea.

There’s a lot more detail here. It looks totally doable to me, and looking through Ikea’s site, I could easily get all the materials I would need from their store with the gift card.

The problem though, comes in when I remember that I would probably want to upgrade to a queen instead of the full that I’m currently in if I were to invest money in a bed at this point, and that would cost a lot more than what I’ve got to work with.

Also, looking at the instructions again, that is not really a project that I can get into at this point in the semester. Definitely something to do after finals in the winter or sometime during the summer!

Since the bed doesn’t make much sense at the moment, I’ll move on to a different option!

My roommate and I have been looking for better storage options for our kitchen for a while. It’s a tiny space with no decent options for storage. I’ve had my dad build me a counter which helped quite a bit, and when I get him to add another shelf to it, it will be even better! Even so, the small amount of cabinet space that we have is not working for our pots and pans.

Enter the Grundtal shelf from Ikea!

This shelf will be able to hold our pots and pans on hooks, and the lids for them standing between the bars. I really hope that we can secure it to the wall well enough to hold what we need!

You know the crazy thing about this though? Everything that we need for this is going to cost less than $30!

I will still have so much more to spend! I think I might look at some things desk organization, as I will be spending a lot of time here this semester. I guess wish me luck that I don’t get too distracted by trying to figure this all out!

Or better yet, suggest things for me to spend the other $70 on!

Birthday float

The float down the river yesterday was a lot of fun. The sun burn (okay guys, I admit it, I was sunburned) is not going to be fun as it peels, but the parts that don’t peel are gong to be a pretty killer tan!

I don’t think I’ll find/make the time to go again this year, but next year it would be nice to do again with a little bit of protection.

I’d been worried about the cost, but since an awesome friend had an extra inner tube to lend me, it wasn’t an issue. I will probably consider getting one myself next year, though there is an appeal to the raft that was entirely out of the water and seemed more defensible against the attacks from other rafts.

The raft also seemed much sturdier in the one actual rapid part that we went through. I got lucky that my foot caught the rope that tied the tubes to the raft, if I hadn’t ended up pretty much stepping on that, I would definitely have ended up under the raft, and badly beaten up on the rocks underneath.

After floating my roommate and I invited everyone back to our place once showers and naps were had. I didn’t feel 100%, so I ended up laying on my bed for most of the night. It was kind of awesome to hear everyone having fun though. Kept me from moping and wallowing, even if I wasn’t there to partake.

All in all, not my ideal birthday, but not a bad one either.

It’s my birthday!

I’m doing some firsts today. The morning started off rough, but I have an awesome mom and a roommate who gives great hugs and puts on the Glee Pandora station.

There’s been a song or two that I’ve had to skip because I love it, but it is not the message I need to hear on a day that will be without tears!

The following songs were on and were very inspiring, so I thought I’d share. I hope that if you’re having a rough day you can listen and they can help you too!

If I were Annie I would sing

Tomorrow is my birthday!

I am normally a huge fan of any day that can be all about me. Something about this year though, I just wasn’t really feeling it. Just over two weeks ago I finally figured out what I wanted to do. A night of dinner and swing dancing with just my boy and I.

Seriously, this sounded like the most perfect birthday I could ever imagine. Unfortunately, that’s not at all how it’s going to work out.

Later in the same week that I figured out that I wanted to go dancing with my boy, it was decided that he is no longer my boy. It’s been very hard and frustrating, and even though I don’t at all agree with his decision I must have some level of respect for it and him.

So now I’m back to square one with birthday plans. All of the dodgeball folk know how much I can enjoy the spotlight because last year there was a party at my house and it was all about me and I loved it. This of course is leaving them wondering why I am not planning something huge.

It just so happens that a friend is planning a float down the river tomorrow, and I’m going to take advantage of that for my birthday. I was hesitant at first because I didn’t know how much it would cost, but a different friend offered me her extra tube for the occasion, so now I only have to figure out my own booze. I think I’ll be going with some Roy Rogers with Rum so I can pretend that I am a pirate.

While that will be kind of an all-day event, there will be lots of time in the evening to figure out what else I want to do, if anything. I have no intention of making plans until that time comes. I have a thing or two that I would like to do, but still no plans, going to see what the day brings me!

Today happens to be my dear friend Mallory’s birthday. It was also her last day at a job before starting what will hopefully be a super awesome one on Monday! Good luck Mallory! I hope you have an awesome birthday weekend!

18 Days left!!

I think I may have mentioned recently that I like the month of August. The biggest reason that like the month comes a little late in its span of 31 days, but that just means that there’s time to anticipate and prepare for it. The great day of which I speak is of course the anniversary of the day of my birth!

I enjoy my birthday, as it allows for me to be the center of attention without having to work very hard for it, or be seen as an attention whore because of it! One aspect of my birthday can be a let down though, and that is the opening of gifts.

I am not an easy person to shop for. I don’t really want just something random that I would like because it will probably sit around and take up space. Instead I’d prefer something awesome that I love and is also functional so I can remember the giver fondly when using their gift!

When something like that isn’t an option I like to remind people that cash fits the description of being both awesome and functional.

If cash as a gift isn’t really your thing, but you’d still like to get me something, I have come up with a small list of things that would delight me to (probably) no end.

Personal Library Kit

This would be awesome for not only books, but movies! I could be comfortable lending out my stuff to people knowing exactly who has what, and who to call to get it back!

Pretty External Hard Drive

Thanks to a friend’s knowledge of the product, the above external hard drive is no longer the specific one that I would like, but it does seem that I need one since the computer that I’m currently using has as much memory as my iPod does. I like the fact that I can get so much memory for (what seems to me) such a deal.

I’m being a princess on this one though, and I do want it to be pretty, so unless I post another one that I like, please just give me the mula to find my own rather than pick one for me!

Quilting tools!!!!

If you’ve been reading, you know that I’m going to start on a t-shirt quilt as soon as you all get me some funds to buy the supplies! A slightly quicker way to do that would be to buy me the supplies directly!

Book Money!!!

The only big problem I’ve found with the job that I like is the way that it tempts me to spend money that I don’t really have. So give me some to spend while I’m working!!!

Maybe on something like this…!

A Nook!

Even with all of my hesitations about the Nook for myself, I have no doubt that if I were to get an eReader, it would be the Nook. I actually really wish that I had it last semester for my bajillion novels I had to read in just 16 weeks!

Ok, I think that this 5 item list is a great start, perhaps I will add more in the coming weeks.

Fair Finds

I went to the fair this weekend. I had two free tickets courtesy of Jake, and I wanted to go, but I didn’t want to spend much money. So I invited someone I knew would be down to see the art and county exhibits, and walk around the vendors, but would share my desire to spend money on food alone. My dad!

This is where I post a picture of my dad and I at the fair. I suck and we took no pictures at the fair.

Just as I expected, my dad was totally down to see all the great stuff that was done by surprisingly young Californians. We had fun seeing some really amazing stuff, and then looking at the ages and being totally blown away. There was one kid in high school who made some amazing benches. We thought the first was pretty awesome, and then when his name was on another that was similar, but had very different aspects as well, we were really impressed.

We sat down for a cooking demonstration of waterless cooking, which was pretty cool. The kind of money they were asking for the sets there was way beyond my budget for cookware will be anytime in the next decade, but thanks to Google my dad and I were able to find some relatively affordable sets online. We were kind of impressed by the way that the guy mentioned that we can’t get their stuff online, but didn’t specifically say that there is no other waterless cookware online.

When we were walking through the vendors we came across something that we decided to get my brother for Christmas. We realized that my brother is very easy to shop for. He’s got relatively specific interests, and when you come across something that he would like, it practically screams at you to buy it for him!

This also reminded me of just how difficult I am to buy for. With my birthday coming up in just 19 days I figured I’d help you all out with that! Look out tomorrow for my birthday list!

Make it Work!

Happy Birthday to me!

Less than half an hour until it’s officially my birthday, though I was actually born at 11:34PM, so that will really be the magic moment tomorrow night!

Lots of things to do tomorrow, and I’m starting tonight, so let’s hope for a better post tomorrow!

Oh, and thank you Lifetime for the birthday gift of Project Runway starting tonight!