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Swimming & Diving

Did you know that I am a swimmer & a diver!

Those of you who know me personally (not virtually) will know that neither of these are true. However, there was apparently some misunderstanding while at a party shortly after we moved here when I was explaining that I almost drowned at an Auburn University Intramural Swim Meet. Apparently the words… DROWNED & INTRAMURAL weren’t heard and a friend has been telling others that I swam for Auburn. It actually makes me laugh pretty hard.

While I can do neither in the water with any skill whatsoever; I can do both in the trash with some agility. Wednesday is curb-side pick up day in our town and you can always find a treasure or 4. These I can’t take complete credit for… but I do have a dear friend (who’s husband is a doctor & was a tad too intimidated to be seen scrounging through her neighbors trash) who called to inform me that her neighbor was throwing out some really great wicker chairs I needed to come look. So, me in my pregnant state with her help (thankfully she’s not too good to be “seen” with a “diver”) loaded up all we could fit in the car and off I went! Here’s what I found… and I hope to “clean ’em up” soon. While they’re not in “mint” condition, I can certainly get at least 3 or 4 more years out of ’em. Unfortunately my husband isn’t near as thrilled about my find as I am… men, can’t they get excited about a little trash!? Now what would he have thought if I had actually spent our money on them!? Then he’d be excited that they were free. I should have first told him I paid $50 a piece for them… then maybe he would have been more excited! 🙂

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  • erika
    April 30, 2008 at 1:27 pm


  • Carly & Garrett
    April 30, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    With a little spray paint, those will be as good as new! Like you, I love a good find!


  • Tara McClendon
    April 30, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    You can fix those up in no time flat! A little paint and some cute seat cushions and they’ll be as good as new! I’m jealous I didn’t find them in MY neighbor’s trash!!

  • Shan
    April 30, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Darby, I had to come out on this post! I have been a lurker for a few months now and you have inspired me to drive around on trash pick up day!! See what an inspiration you are!!! Shan

  • Nancy Hood
    April 30, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Yep, I would’ve stopped and picked them up, too 🙂

  • Ashley
    April 30, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    The swimming story is hilarious! I remember you were a trooper to join that intramural swim team! I remember I was in charge of getting people to do it, and I needed another person, so you said okay! Then, you almost died in the pool! So glad you made it! 🙂 Wish we had that on camera! I’d add it to my blog!
    Can’t wait to see the after shot of those chairs!

  • Beth G.
    April 30, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Those are great!!! A WONDERFUL FIND!

  • Haydee
    April 30, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Sweet deal! now you’ll have show us pics of the finished product…

  • Jess
    May 1, 2008 at 6:46 am

    I wish my neighbors had trash as good as that!!
    I know you will make those super cute!!

    May 1, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Hoping to get to see them in person real soon, Darby! 🙂
    You’re hilarious!

  • The Nebrigs
    May 1, 2008 at 8:26 am

    i wish my neighbor’s had some trash like that!! you are going to make them look great!!

  • Dena
    May 1, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Spray paint and pillows – PERFECT! Pink is a good color – I have a feeling your hubby would LOVE IT!

  • The LaBouffs
    May 1, 2008 at 10:02 am

    That’s awesome! I know we’d get along so well if we lived near each other! Just a couple of weeks ago (on trash day) my mom and I were driving in my neighborhood and saw a BRAND NEW mirror all bubble wrapped sitting on the curb! What a find! NOTHING was wrong with it! Can you imagine my excitment?! I definitely see the potential in those wicker chairs! What a great find!

  • Natalie McGough
    May 2, 2008 at 8:25 am

    What a great find. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  • duchess
    May 2, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    How are those chairs coming along? We’re dying to see them.
    Hope y’all have a great weekend.