28 May 2007

It's a Little Thing, Really...

...but it's kind of a big thing to me.

I think most people have some sort of table next to their bed. I'm told that some people even have a lamp on their table so they can to read in bed. For the longest time, we had no side tables next to our bed. The clock and phone were on the floor. Trust me: This is not convenient.

Somewhere between then and now, we acquired two round particle board tables that I covered with tablecloths made for this purpose. I really wanted antique tables to match our bed, but these are (of course) cost prohibitive. So although the particle board tables were too floral and billowy (read: downright ugly), they were functional enough to hold the phone on one side of the bed and my clock radio on the other. And we all know that space for the clock radio is critical since it enables me to listen to NPR at all hours of the night.

Enter Lily, and those round tables began to be not just ugly but quite problematic. The tablecloths provide the perfect secret place to hide, but somehow little feet get caught in the fabric and the tables tumble. Nor do the tables hold up well to high-speed Lily Launches or Lily Landings. And when the tables tip over (often in the middle of the night), everything falls onto the floor. Last time, a tipping table flew into a large nearby plant, tipping that (and the dirt) as well.

At first I was amused by the table antics. "What a silly kitty!" thought I. But after 11 months, I don't want to play this little game anymore. I am tired of righting the tables in the middle of the night, cleaning up spilled dirt, and calming the swearing husband.

On one of my numerous trips to Target this weekend, I found this little side table and determined that this would be a good replacement for the tippy round tables. It's not a perfect match for our antique bed, but it is close enough. And cheap enough that I actually bought two. But most importantly, the table is sturdy enough to hold up to Lily.

It's a little thing, but kind of big for me. I'm going out on a limb here, but I might even get a lamp.


Maureen said...

nice looking tables

Jill said...

Congrats on the new tables! Isn't it funny how you live without a convenience for so long & then when you finally get it, you wonder how you waited? My nightstand problem is that I have more stuff on top that plugs in than I have outlets.

Maureen said...

Hah! The first thing I thought of when I saw the photo of your new table was "what a nice shelf for Lily". Then I read about your old tables and had to LOL... I had the same awful ones, covered in fabric and absolutely horrible. I found some iron and wicker ones that are much better. You're right, a small change, but a big change at the same time.