I didn’t know what to make for dinner so I bought a bookcase.

02 May

We have a lot of DVDs. For many years we have kept them in front-folding shelf cabinet thingees that look like this:



I used to like them because they kept the DVDs out of sight and more importantly, we could lock them so the kids couldn’t take out the movies without permission. Now that the kids are teenagers, that particular feature is no longer necessary. The cases have taken quite a beating over the years; most of the baseboards have broken so they are propped up by bricks. We used to have four of these cupboards but sold a bunch of DVDs the last time we moved and put all the kids’ movies upstairs in their rooms, so now we only have two cabinets. I used to love them, but now I hate them.

So today at work I was trying to think of what to have for dinner (stay with me guys, I swear I will come back to the DVDs) but I was feeling too indecisive to pick something. As I often do when I am feeling lazy and/or indecisive, I asked Facebook to tell me what to do. My friends made a few suggestions, including tacos, pasta, and stir fry. At the store I was still feeling indecisive, so I bought ingredients to make both tacos and stir-fry, figuring I could ask the kids which they’d rather have.

On the way home I realized I forgot salsa. You can’t have tacos without salsa–that is just ridiculous. Since I had already left the store and was halfway home, it was actually more convenient to go to a different grocery store for salsa. On the way there, I passed a garage sale sign. Having grown up in the Midwest, I’m pretty sure I am physically unable to pass a garage sale sign without following it. I mean, you have to at least drive by and see if they have anything interesting. They might just have that-thing-you-have-been-looking-for-everywhere, or something-you-didn’t-even-know-you-needed-until-you-see-it. So as I was coasting past the garage sale, I saw a bookcase. Considering my problem with the DVD cabinets (I told you I’d come back to it), I had to stop and see if this bookcase would work for me. It was just your typical composite wood with fake wood-grain veneer, but it was in pretty decent shape, AND it was only $5! Which, as it happens, was almost exactly the amount of cash I had with me. Sure there was a crack in the backer board, but you would never be able to see that once there was stuff of the shelf.

Obviously I bought it. I stuffed the bookcase into the back of my Ford Escort station wagon, but it was about 4 inches too long so I couldn’t close the back door. I only had to drive about 3 blocks to get home, so I wasn’t too worried about it… but just to be on the safe side, I thought I should probably try to tie it shut. Fortunately I have a length of rope which I keep in the back of the wagon for exactly this kind of situation, so I made use of the knot-tying skills I learned at vet tech school (I guess that college education turned out to be good for something after all). One square knot, a couple half-hitches, and a halter-tie later, I was on my way.

When I got home I realized I completely forgot to go to the other grocery store for the salsa, which turned out to be fine because the stir-fry was delicious. AND now I have this nice-ish bookcase which has almost a full shelf worth of extra space so it can hold all of our DVDs.


Oh who am I kidding? That’s only about half of our DVDs; the other half are still in the other cabinet. And upstairs in the kids’ rooms. And on the shelf in our bedroom.

Good thing I still have all summer to cruise by garage sales looking for more bookcases. Maybe next time I’ll remember to get the salsa first.


Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Life in General



4 responses to “I didn’t know what to make for dinner so I bought a bookcase.

  1. Carrie Waldrop

    May 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I Love your line – “I used to love them, but now I hate them.” Sounds like me with some furniture items or clothing purchases…

  2. Princess Judy

    May 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Let me second, or I guess third the used to love them, but now I hate them scenario. I would love to spontaneously buy a bookcase but I have other bookcases in my way that I used to love but don’t really love them anymore. I’m not at the hate part yet. They are 4 very old 4-foot bookcases that stack nicely on top of each other to make 8-foot bookcases. They look nice flanking the fireplace in the living room with the 10-foot ceilings. And maybe I still love those, maybe the ones NEXT those on either side that don’t match the 4 or each other are the ones I don’t love. Maybe I hate them all. See, I can relate to this indecisiveness. Anyway, the problem with so many bookcases is then you stuff every single shelf full of stuff. That’s way too much stuff. And I like the idea of stir fry for dinner but I’m too lazy to stop at the grocery store. Grocery stores need a drive thru, like you order your stuff on-line and swing by and pick ’em up. I could do that.

  3. Jonathan

    May 9, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Love the title of this post. Reminds me of myself – always being diverted and distracted šŸ™‚

  4. Jen

    May 11, 2013 at 11:04 am

    My mother-in-law goes into fits when we pass garage sale signs. I always tell her it was just a “For Sale” sign and she must be mistaken. BEEEEAaaaAuuutiful bookcase!


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