After some finagling, it was arranged that instead of merely replacing the old, yucky carpet with new, soon-to-get-yucky carpet, we would replace the old, yucky carpet with laminate wood.
Which is much, MUCH prettier than carpet.
The second bedroom/office
We also got new floors in the bathrooms, but I'll show you those tomorrow.
In order to cover the cost of the upgrade from carpet to fake wood, we had to cut some corners, including packing and moving everything from the house ourselves (instead of letting the nice men do it for us). Of course, because Freddy and I are brilliant, we put this off until June... so we were hauling furniture and boxes out into the U-Haul in our driveway in the beautiful Texas summer heat. But we survived.
We both dreaded the packing (which is why we put it off so long), because we own so much CRAP. The second bedroom, which was supposed to be an office, had become a black hole for all hte CRAP we couldn't figure out where else to stash. It was at the point where you couldn't walk in here anymore, unless you had a map of the strategic square-inch areas where you could place your foot from the doorway to the printer. After many trips to Goodwill and Half-Price Books, the place actually looks like an office/guestroom (or it will, as soon as I get my happy little self to Ikea and buy a bookshelf for the boxes of books currently stacked on the futon...)
I should show you more photos, but I'm too lazy to take them. So here's Gus, enjoying the new living room floor.
You should see him play with his mousies now, on the new (slick) floors. He hasn't slid into a wall yet, but he has had some close calls.