Thursday, August 29, 2013

I've Gone Too Far

Well, crap. I've gone too far this time with the whole making shift thing. I'm an enthusiastic follower of the free section of the Austin Craigslist. And somehow I thought it might be okay to get a free mattress (I know, I know). A full-sized pillowtop mattress: clean (supposedly), located in a fancy neighborhood (promising), and posted on Craigslist by someone who knew how to read and write properly (a plus).

I'm holding my breath.

What I ended up with was a full-sized disaster that smells like a cat lady's house. It doesn't smell like cats themselves, or even cat pee, but it smells like a cat house. Like cat litter perfume and cheap pet food. I'm gagging a little just thinking about it. Why did I not take one whiff and say "thanks but no thanks"? Well, when I got to the house the guy opened the door holding the mattress. No chit chat or let's have a look or anything. It was all business, and very quick business. Before I knew it I was driving home in a cloud of cat smell. By the time I arrived home I had all the windows down and then I yanked the damn thing from the back of the van quickly and left it in the carport. No way was that thing going inside.

So now I have two options. I put it back on the free list. Or I wait until a friend who lives within the city limits has bulky trash pick up in their neighborhood and is nice enough to let me put a cat mattress on the curb in front of their house. (That may be one sign of a true friend.)

Lesson learned. There are some things you just shouldn't get for free off of Craigslist. For all the good stuff I've scavenged I do occasionally end up with a dud. (Although this is my largest yet.) Now you see why I call Mr. Chanclas my long-suffering husband. He didn't even bat an eye at the strange mattress leaning against his weight bench. Sigh.

Anybody want a free mattress? For their cats?

P.S. I have added a new label called "failures".


  1. I would have been in allergy hell - bummer!!

  2. Well, that's just grody.

    I have trouble saying "no", as well. It's definitely a skill set I'm working on!

    But don't you look all hot and shit when your van smells like old lady cat house!

    1. I'm working on that skill, too. I'm making progress! I actually hesitated to write this post because it potentially makes me look like an even bigger weirdo than I actually am. But I decided to go for it. I hope I didn't lose any friends as a result of it...


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