So David (and I) are moving up in the world now and we have a whopping 200 sq ft office with $1k to FAB this place out! TINYhr is a fledgling company with still many biz goals to achieve, so I couldn’t really complain about our $1k budget.
This is it!
This is the place, and we’ve never been so eggcited! It’s like renting your very first place when you graduated from college and found that studio apartment for $500 bucks! Ahhh…how it brings back memories…
After a 2 year hiatus from design projects, it’s all coming back to me. I was running around King County like a chicken with my head cut off to look at the latest furniture designs for sofas, lighting, flooring, accessories, and after two days of pounding the pavement I finally came to one conclusion – I don’t have enough money. But conquer this enemy, I must. So here we go…
Craigslist, eBay and the AS-IS section at Ikea is my friend.
I’ve been shamelessly lowballing offers on Craigslist and got some awesome $40 chairs for $13.30 each and found a Boconcept sofa for $450. I also picked up this table from IKEAs AS-IS section. Man, this is a lot of manual labor… the staging is all coming back to me now.
Free is the best price
In a city full of startups and changing companies (for better or for worse), there’s always office furniture people want to get rid of. We got a few hand-me-downs desks and chairs from some friends.
I ordered some lighting today off eBay and have to bid on some posters in a few days.
lunch table – $109
6 chairs – $80
sofa – $450
bookcase storage – $70
lighting sconces – $80
lighting chandelier – $160
desks and chairs – Free
coffee table – free
labor and design – priceless
subtotal is $949 and I didn’t even pay tax on most of this 2nd hand stuff.
I have yet to buy art and small accessories… I’ll be searching through goodwill and grabbing things from our home. aiya!
When I was on my careercation, my friend, Joe Heitzeberg, knew I liked to do races (1/2 marathons, marathons, and Olympic distance triathlons), and hit me up to sign up for the Seattle Tough Mudder. I believe I was in Sydney at the time and shrugged, “why not?” I thought it would be a good goal to train for and to get back in shape after six-months of traveling.
Unfortunately, I got really sick on my trip and then just let myself go eating yummy food and not exercising. But when I saw the videos for Tough Mudder – I was shocked (knowing that I would be literally shocked)! I knew I had to get my butt in gear. I didn’t know what a burpee was and those monkey bars that kids fly by…I felt like my shoulder was going to get wrenched out! Not to mention the even more challenging rings. Continue reading
October 17, 2012 – Keira takes a bigger interest in drawing with her “biiiiiii” as she would say. She’s also saying “Kai peese” = translation “open please”
Why do all kids stick out their tongue when they’re concentrating on drawing?
Our beach outing today. I’m a true Chinese mother that bundles up her kid to the point that she’s probably hot. Oops!
October 16, 2012 – Keira and her buddy enjoy a ride in the school wagon. They were having a good time poking at each others shoes. So cute!
October 15, 2012 – Our family membership at the Seattle Children’s Museum was the best deal since we got back into town! The rain is back and instead of heading to the Sculpture Park (which we’ll miss dearly until it snows), indoors at Seattle Center is where we’ll be.
The museum just happened to have a hand painting class this morning and Keira was apparently an eager participant. Here’s the fruits of her labor.
October 13, 2012 – we were trying to find a pumpkin patch, but there were no pumpkins yet! Weird because there’s only 2 more weeks until Halloween. Here’s Keira Niu and Po Po enjoy a morning stroll along a random lake in Bellevue. Everyone told me it was going to pour, but I was optimistic and it was all worth it to get some great shots of Keira and Po Po. We found a banana slug and Keira poked it a bit with a stick. It really made an impression on here and she was saying “buh bah sluh…buh bah sluh…” all the way home.
Today we had a little family surprise bday dinner at Maneki’s for David.
Momsie is leaving tomorrow. Total bummer but I guess a short visit is better than nothing!
Here’s Keira winding up for a jump.
October 11, 2012 – Keira’s school had pictures ready for us today. She has the funniest laugh. I didn’t order this photo but it’s fun anyways for everyone to check out!
October 10, 2012 – Keira Niu spoon feeding herself oatmeal and bananas. She cheated a bit and used her fingers too.
Anyone who knows me knows that I fixate on both GREAT and POOR customer service. I did a previous post on the great customer service I received from Samsonite after our new suitcase tore on 1st use, which left us sad and depressed until they went above our expectations to wow us with service.
On a trip like ours…
For anyone who has been following our careercation, you’d think that we’d been stuck in the Shinsegae Department Store in Seoul since we haven’t posted since April. But no, since Seoul, we hit up Shanghai, Saigon (David only due to an outbreak of hand foot mouth disease), Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Tainan, Taipei, San Francisco, and Dallas. We made it back to Seattle on Monday, July 16, 2012. We left on February 9th, which is about 6 months of traveling with little Keira and our travel au pair, Kayla.
Keira and Daddy with packed car on start of adventure on February 9, 2012