I felt like a child ripping into my boxes. I ordered a LOT of stuff! I can't wait to get to use some of it and integrate it into what passes for decor in my home.
Remember last week I bought that Oreck orbiter and stuff to dry clean and spot clean the carpet? Good buy. Great timing.
I had all of those huge boxes, right? What could be more fun for two five-year-olds than a bunch of boxes and packing material??? While I was going through all of my purchases, they were playing in the living room and front entryway with the boxes. After about an hour, I walked over and almost cried! Evidentally, there was some kind of black ink all over the outside of some of the boxes, and it came off ALL OVER my carpet. I couldn't see the extent of it until I picked all of the boxes and materials up. There were huge black spots, some a full foot across, on our light beige carpet, the entry tile, and my entry rug.
Before cleaning the carpet, I wanted to clean the ink off of the kids so they wouldn't spread it. It was next to IMPOSSIBLE to get off.
Anyway, after I got off my last conference call this evening, I spent about an HOUR scrubbing the worst spots with cleaner, then using the dry cleaning solution to work the entire carpet, which was grey. It's amazing. If you didn't know it happened, you wouldn't be able to tell. I'm amazed. I love my orbiter.
And yes - I love my Southern Living at Home purchases *laugh* I need to just do a party once a year so I can get lots of stuff cheap. It also gets me out to deliver everyone else's puchases, so I get to socialize! YAY!
suewin! Let me know when you get back into town (aren't you out right now?) so we can set up for me to get your stuff and the clothes I forgot about over to you.