So, this one time, we carried a couch through New York City. Not exactly the entire city – just out of one apartment, down the street about 800 yards and back into another apartment. But it was quite an event and I thought it was absolutely hilarious and found myself laughing the entire time.
Last week I received a text message from my friend Laura, asking if I wanted a free couch. Um, free couch? Well, her host family is in the process of remodeling and wanted the couch out by the end of the weekend. It was either give it to someone who would take it (so yes, that isn’t even a question. I would LOVE a free couch) or leave it on the curb for trash pickup.
I sent this picture to my sister, she asked if I had just picked random people on the side of the road to help out. Since I can be pretty independent or self-sufficient but knew that trying to drag a couch across the street solo would not work out. We wrangled up a few of our guy friends and made the deal sweeter by treating them to Belgian waffles. Everyone in the picture was known before hand and was fully aware of what they were getting themselves into. Well, maybe not completely aware but that element made it that much funnier.
Because every Sunday should be celebrated with strawberries and waffles
As you can see, we were able to fit it out of the doorway and into the elevator. Although, there were many moments where I didn’t think it would work out. But then I thought, “they had to move it in somehow, so there has to be a possibility”. That along with the fact that I will not give up and that was too nice of a couch to just leave on the side of the road.
So, to keep the theme of Marvelous in My Monday, I can definitely say marvelous being a proud owner of a legitimate couch (eons better than our <$150 Amazon Prime futon). Oh, and its price tag of $0? Yes, that makes life even better.
Other notable moments from the weekend included celebrating Laura’s birthday with a comedy show, divine Mexican dinner in Brooklyn, and dancing the night away at the Beauty Bar. Fun, no? I even made a flourless chocolate cake (recipe to be shared soon) and toted it along to dinner and then continued to carry the cake pan as we went out. I mean, isn’t that the latest trend? Carry your baking supplies through the bar?
Saturday was spent with a gorgeous run along the east river and some last-minute babysitting where I spent a solid hour or more discussing actors, actresses, movies, and televisions shows with a highly intelligent 9-year old.
Sunday started with some blog reading, Pinterest, preparation of soft pretzel dough, and a cup of coffee at Starbucks. It was nice to catch up on blogs since I barely get a chance to read my emails during the week.
After moving the couch, Laura and I went for a run in the sun along the east river, around Battery Park, and into SOHO. We splurged and had an afternoon snack at Chobani and then found ourselves wrapped up in the JCrew sale. Of course the afternoon was perfect since running + JCrew were the superficial reasons we bonded in the first place.
Not so marvelous would be trying on clothes in those goodness awful dressing rooms. I despise the lightening of those mirrors and I swear JCrew (along with most clothing companies) like to change the style and sizing of their clothes. I know running is great but that paired with genetics make for not-enjoyable clothes shopping. But even with the moans and groans and frustrations, I came out with some tank tops, a couple pairs of shorts, and anticipation of the spring weather.
After our afternoon’s interesting turn of events, we hopped on the subway back to the apartments, I iced my legs, took a quick shower, and finally made the soft pretzels.