Yes, yes, I'm still alive. And still procrastinating. Some things never change.
I've been concentrating a little more on getting the dining room to look like a dining room and not a college student's first apartment. For example, there are now a few items on the walls. And an old wood and metal "console" table that I had hiding in the basement is now holding a few decorative items. And the Sauder faux-wood bookshelf is on its way to the basement. Before too long, I also plan on having a new mission-style chandelier in there as well. Maybe even a new dining set, if I can find on at a good price. And a rug!
I just got sick of looking at it. Compared to the living room, the dining room was just a train wreck.
Oh, and at the recommendation of my grandmother, I finally bought a plant for the living room. It was supposed to be a fern, since "that's what everyone used to have in their living rooms," but I got a "spathiphyllum" (also known as a peace lily) instead. I'll get a fern to go in the corner next to my rocking chair, I think. Assuming I don't kill the peace lily, that is. House plants and I don't always get along...