I posted earlier about the antique store we visited today but I didn't say anything about the specific finds that were there. I can't remember exact prices now but at the time I thought they were good. An example of comparison is the doilies they have, one of which I almost bought; they were only $2. Now I'm pretty sure at any other antique store they would be more like $5 and sometimes more--because in general, antique store prices (at least around here) are outrageous! The only reason I almost bought one was because the other day I was cleaning off the kitchen table and looking for a doilie or something to put under the table stuff. I never found any that weren't already in use. But at the same time, I don't really need a doilie on my kitchen table, it's fine without anything.
However, there were a few pieces of big furniture there that I found very appealing. One was a wooden highchair with a cute little padded seat and back attached. I don't remember it being too crazily expensive. Another thing was a large, double-doored china cupboard. It was $200-something. Unless you'd be keeping it's distressed look, it needs refinishing, but the doors still have the original glass and you can tell because it is all wobbily. I really liked it. Another thing I saw was a cute little sofa/loveseat that I called my mom to go down and check out. It looks worn but I think it's cute. I don't know how to describe it though. Lots of little tables and shelves there too, all for pretty decent prices. I mean, as far as down here goes. I'm not sure that I would label them "steal of a deal" or anything like that, but except for Goodwill (and even they are getting rather pricey these days) there's not much thrift to be found in the thrift stores around here.
On to other subjects: HOW DO YOU SET A GOOD ROUTINE?!? Every time the day starts out wonderfully and Anja naps well at good times I think I've finally got it. But then it's never right. either she doesn't take naps all day, goes to sleep cranky and sleeps all night, or she takes decent naps and doesn't go to sleep EVER. It's almost 11:00 at night. She took AWESOME naps today. She was happy all day long. I put her to sleep this evening at 7:30 because she fell asleep... and then she woke up at 8:30, wide awake and perfectly happy. She's been awake ever since. I've tried to nurse her to sleep, we tried driving her around... she isn't the least bit upset, she's just perfectly awake and shows no signs of fatigue.
I can't wait to go back to that antique store. Without telling Martin I'd been to the antique store, I asked him if he'd rather we just get an easily obtained plastic highchair from Target or would he rather have wooden one? In his "duh" voice he said, "wooden one" and then I told him all about the cute one I'd seen.
The other find of the night is of a puppy! After dinner we looked on the North Central Indiana Spay & Neuter website at their adoptable pets and found "Dexter," a Black Lab/English Setter mix. He's really cute, and furrier than a lab, which is what I'd prefer. He's 5 months old, and I looked up English Setters in the dog bible and it says they generally get along with everyone including children! We wrote them an email tonight requesting more information. Maybe we'll get a chance to go up and take a look at him sometime next week. We shall see.