Big Enough Lego Table

This grownup multi height table works well for Legos
This grownup multi height table works well for Legos

3-12-16  There are so many cute little tables for preschool age grandchildren that cost about fifty to one hundred dollars and would break if my grand kids ever decided to sit on them.  It is just a little more expensive to buy some sturdy school worthy tables and chairs.  Costco has a Lifetime brand 6 foot Adjustable Table with multiple heights. It is more expensive but will work with homework projects in sixth grade, and studying outside in high school, and as a beverage counter at the kid’s graduation party.  It will really last a Lifetime.  Set on a short height, this table works perfect with small chairs, especially the Costco Lifetime nursery school chairs .  Online you can only buy these chairs by the hundredfold, for your preschool franchise or school district.  In August and September, these chairs appear in the local store and can be found in many bright colors beside white.  White blends well in the adult space this kid work-space shares. What a Lego collection and what great stuff  busy tall boys are able to build, and care for responsibly. Walmart has a lighter 4 foot Folding Adjustable Folding in Half Table for less than 40 dollars online.  (Fifty bucks is free shipping for Walmart.)  I am not sure this will last through high school, but it is much
Walmart’s Lifetime 4′ Fold-In-Half Adjustable Table, White Granite

cheaper, and lighter and easier to store or drive away. It surfaced on a family camping trip. Walmart has too many chairs online for kids, but none I saw that were a bargain. They were expensive but made poorly.  Most would tip a heavy  or taller child, or not last.  A young child needs a chair that will take awkward tipping as they are just learning to sit still and stay in those chairs.  The older kids sit in crazy ways, so a cheap chair is not only frustrating but will be thrown out after the cuts, bruises and maybe stitches. Remember you want to buy a fairly large chair for a taller toddler, because he or she will soon be a tall preschooler.    A nursery school teacher can help recommend the height of a chair, but as a Grandma I say go for the bigger height.  A few years ago I bought a great stacking plastic chairs from Walmart with a wide base that wouldn’t tip for less than six dollars a chair.  They had a lot of use and stack well.  A real asset when grandma is trying to feed her young guests around the coffee table.  Walmart no longer has such an inexpensive wonder chair in their large lineup of kid junk furniture anymore. When I find it, or a replacement, I will recommend it to you but not one of the dozens of chairs they sell are worth it at this time.

FÄRGGLAD Children's chair IKEA Stackable.  Saves space when not in use.
Ikea’s Fargglad Child Chair has possibilites at $15

Ikea chairs are mostly kind of small for the kids I love, this Fargglad chair has possibilities. — HONORAH

Measuring Up

2-23-16   When you wake up scared at 5 am that is too much anxiety.  Would I fit the seat?  Doing web  research I had plenty to fear.  If you don’t fit a seat , you are bumped or forced to buy a new seat at expensive last minute prices.  One woman said the whole thing is a big bait and switch game that airlines are pulling on the many large butt passengers that fly. She may have a point. Finally today I talked to Spirit. There is so little information previous to boarding. No help and it will likely be a fee. So I went to a nearby auditorium that I knew had seats that were sometimes really tight on me and I brought my measuring tape. People with small behinds do not know how long people of size remember terrible evenings of discomfort in good clothing. Most of the seats in this uncomfortable auditorium are 18 1/2 inches wide which is the size of the large big butt seat on Spirit Airlines. Trust me these seats are not so great for the students who usually have lectures here. They are not comfy for most and this is the generous measure. Almost all seats were at least 17 1/2 inches and but one was still the painful 16 1/2 inches I recalled. I could squeeze into it, uncomfortably.  It literally hurt but I guess I will be taking pain pills for knees anyway. They are going to have to pry me out of my seat in Florida. Our trip is a go,  but it might be terrible and uncomfortable. My dear husband and I will be snuggling so I hope we are in a good mood. Intimacy with him is one thing but someone tall no doubt reserved the aisle seat. For this I am spending most of my discretionary income for the next couple months!  Oh well.

The truth is our freedom!
The truth is our freedom!

Up, up and away

Sunsets and warm weather, Florida flight!

2-22-16  Okay, I am scared.  I want to be all positive and happy about who I am and how it is to be large but I am anxious exactly about fitting.  Last week my husband and I decided to go visit someone we love in Florida.  He has a new job and not a lot of time to be away.  I booked two round-trips at pretty much the last minute as cheaply as I could.  Been terrified ever since.

They are Spirit Airline, and the airline is not very specific about things like how to get help with maybe a wheelchair to the gate, MOSTLY because I do not want to stand in line an hour at TSA check.  They are not specific about the width of the seat, though I finally found great and scarily specific information on the website. This link is from 2013 so there is a chance it is not current, though it says it is updated.  There was no information on how to get a seat belt extension which I am pretty sure I will need,  on the Spirit website or elsewhere. What size is this extension?  Will it work for me? Why do they not make this plain and simple on a website?   By the way the webpage had a great term to describe the people is written for, “People of Size.” From this webpage, but not from the airline, I learned that Spirit seats are 17.8 inches and the extra size seats are 18.5 inches but seem to be separated apart a bit.  I already have purchased the seats with ten inches in front of them, knowing we would need this space. This will cost us 72 bucks extra.   I am now trying to manufacture a box of 17.5 inches to see if I can sit in that chair space.  I already am aware that 16 inch wide seat would cause bone rubbing pain, because I am unable to sit on a stool ladder of 16 inches so I know it will be an issue. I so wish I ordered my flight from an agency prepared to hel me as a customer. However seats this late are hard to buy.

This is kind of stuff people of normal size cannot even fathom.  There were amazing comments on the above website, rude people saying things like “just lose the weight fatty”.  (Should I tell them to just grow taller, shorty?) The thing is being a certain weight MAKES NO DIFFERENCE when bones are large, hips spread, whatever. I am quite sure that should I magically remove the 100 lbs I hope to from my frame, I will be MORE comfortable fitting but still not quite fit.  I will never be small.  I am not even a dude with big shoulders and a frame that is more than 6’6″.   I am not one of the athletic and slim young ladies at the gym who are at least as tall as my 6’3″ husband. However, I have the same inseam length as my 6’3″ husband, and a inches of padding in the rear he doesn’t have, so I actually need more legroom back to toe, always have and always will.  I wonder how these ladies fit without amputating their legs? Every ten pounds lost makes things blessedly easier, but weight loss, after a lifetime of dieting, is tough.  It takes me two months to lose ten pounds, and about five days to gain fifteen; permanent loss and permanent gain.  That is my life and that is how it has always been and that is likely how it will always be. Going to Florida is part of getting healthy for me.  I will do this flying thing even if I am considered oversize like a too heavy suitcase.  I will let you know how it goes.