One way or another

It’s funny how a simple interest can grow into a near obsession.

No, I’m not talking about my relationship with the song “Call Me Maybe.” Although it’s true in that case also.

SIDE NOTE! As I mentioned, there were several local bands and DJs set up along the course during my recent half marathon. It was really nice because you had music to listen to while you ran. (I don’t like wearing headphones because a) I like to be aware of my surroundings and b) most headphones don’t fit my ears and are uncomfortable and fall out a lot and drive me crazy and I was trying to focus. So I appreciated the bands and DJs. But the best part was that there was a radio station set up at like, mile 1.5, and the song that started playing as I approached? Ms. Carly Rae Jepsen herself. I almost wished it would have happened on mile 9 or something (you know, when I would really need the boost), but I would be lying if I said that wasn’t the greatest way to start a race ever.

Anyway. As I was saying. Obsessions.

I’m sure most people who work on computers have a few sites that they always start their day with. Facebook. The Times. Twitter. Maybe even certain blogs. (Ahem. Feel free to add mine to your list.)

But lately I don’t hit 8:45 a.m. without having stopped by Craigslist.

As you know, I have been searching for a trunk/storage coffee table and a desk that I can turn into a vanity table. You also know that I actually FOUND the trunk/coffee table I wanted, but it had been sold. What you don’t know is that I’ve since found it two more times, and found one that was a little different, but that I could have painted and loved forever.


It’s just. Ugh. I tend to fall fast for things. One second, I’m curiously clicking a promising sounding link. The next, I’m imagining the two of us growing old together, storing blankets and odds and ends in my lovingly cared for coffee table.

The vanity options are even worse. Every day, I email at least two sellers about potential options and get zero responses.

Um, excuse me? This isn’t a job application. (You know, which I expect to not hear back from BECAUSE EVERYONE IS TERRIBLY RUDE.) You want to sell this item. I want to buy this item. If anything, I’m the answer to your prayers. And if you’ve already sold it, take the dang post down! You cheap teases.

I’ve started tweaking my response emails to try to elicit a reply. I’ll usually ask if it’s still available (unless they have stated in the post that they will take the ad down when it’s sold), then mention I could pick it up right away, then maybe haggle with the price a little.

I realize the haggling could hold me back in the end, but if I can get a desk/vanity for $50 instead of $75, I’m going to go for it.

So anyway. The search goes on.

It would be so much easier to shop if Craigslist had an image search function. I know there are sites that are supposed to do this for you, but I haven’t found one that works well. Anyone have a service they use with success? What are your early morning ritual sites?