After we left the plumbing store last week, we all headed over to the lighting showroom. I remember picking out lights the last time we built a house. I went in and left with about nine catalogs the size of the JC Penney Christmas catalogs we used to get in the mail when I was little.
Man I loved getting those. I would look at them for days and days. I was always fascinated by the page with the ventriloquist dummies. My personal favorite was Charlie McCarthy. I never asked for one because my child brain thought they were expensive, but you better believe I practiced talking without opening my mouth. Try it. Say, "Why hello there, friend. You sure do look wonderful today."
You did it didn't you!?!?! Now snap it to your bestie. You know you took a video!!!
Our kids don't have catalogs like that. Shame. Take a walk with me.
Memory Lane...how sweet it is.
Now let's get back on topic. Lights. So Matt and I went to the light place. Now, in the plumbing store I would rate my decision making ability as a 6/10. I needed to do better. 6/10 is just average and I am not ok with that. Mediocrity is an epidemic. (No worries- I won't get stuck on that. That is another blog post entirely and belongs at www.chamietellsthetruth.com. Yes, I do have that domain. No, there is nothing there yet.) I was determined. I had looked at lights! I was going to rock this meeting. Lunch was fast approaching and no one needs to pick out lights on an empty stomach. In fact, there is not one thing I can think of that needs to be done on an empty stomach.
If you have ever been in a lighting showroom before you know they have about 500 lights on display and the other 200,000 options are in catalogs. This can be problematic, but I had faith in myself.
The first thing the saleslady asked for was the plan. She glanced at it and started asking me a LOT of questions.
Do you want a pendant on the front porch? Or a light by the door? Do you want one light? Or two? What finish do you want? What size do you need? What is your budget? Are you doing can lights? Or the new LED lights? How are you going to put can lights in here? Do you see anything you like?
Hold your horses, Mrs. Lite Brite. (names have been changed to protect the innocent) These are important decisions I have to make here! We are only on the front porch and you are stressing me out. Slow your roll while I contact my backup.
"Taylor. I need you now. Can you come to the light store?"
"I'll be there in 10-15."
Phew! Surely I could handle ten minutes with Lite Brite on my own.
Negative. After ten minutes the place looked like this. Dear mercy.
And I looked like this. It wasn't my best moment.
And Mrs. Lite Brite was just a flipping through those catalogs. I'll just say- we weren't on the same wavelength. (I couldn't resist! I am a science teacher.)
Mrs. Lite Brite...ha! Remember these? And on the commercial the little girl wrote a sweet note to her mom to surprise her when she came in the room. Well I tried that once. It wasn't as simple as it looked. I also tried to make that chicken on the box. Fail. The only thing I was successful at was spilling the 500 colored plastic pieces all over the floor. You think legos are bad? Ha!
Anyway... I was able to make a few decisions before my hero for the day arrived.
He was like-
"Nope. Not that. You need this. These lights are expensive. What about this?"
Thank you, Lord, for letting Taylor be able to come help me. Without him I would've blown a fuse before it was all said and done.
And yes, I did just make another light joke.
So you want to see some of my lights, right?
First up, the dining room/ living area/ kitchen (because it is all in one room)...
(picture of octopus chandelier from Pinterest)
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I crack myself up. Just kidding. And if you have this light in your house, no offense. (But send me a message and I will give you Taylor's number.)
I am going to post a few of my favorite lights I picked that day! Let me know if you have any recommendations as I am still s(light)ly confused about what I will pick in the end!
Front Porch/ Back Porch/ Garage Front
BUT- no joke- while I was working on this, I received my bid for my lights and this fixture is almost $700, so... it probably isn't gonna happen even though this was my favorite light. Oh well.
Kitchen Sink/ Over Dining Area
So there you have it! I was allowed to use gold on the lights because they are easier to change than faucets. You win some, you lose some. Overall, I scored a 3/10 on light picking, but I am not going to let it get me down. After all, I have a BRIGHT future ahead of me!!!
I am Chamie, wife to Matt; mom to Callan (14), Cooper (11), and