First of all, thank you for all the feedback about the living room! We're still torn about the colour for the table, but Chris is going to try to doctor that picture using GIMP, and see how the table would look in different colours. But I'm leaning towards a dark-coloured table as an anchor for the room, with a colourful tablecloth. For the time being (read: because I will probably be too lazy to deal with the futon cover until after comps), I think we're also going to get a bunch of colourful cushions for the couch. Also, there's normally a tree in the room (but it's getting re-potted), which should help. I'll have to think about adding other plants (plants tend to live in our windowsill rather than in our tiny, dark living room).
But now I'm taking it easy, because I sliced the tip of my thumb nearly off! Just like last time, it's my left hand and I cut it while cutting up food. (Last time: cheese, this time: oranges) This time, I really don't think it needs any kind of stitch, because it's mostly the skin along the tip. But ouch! I bandaged my thumb up tightly and have been keeping it elevated for hours.
Fun fact about me: this was enough to send me into shock. I'm still really light-headed, four hours later. I tried leaving a message on Brandy's machine and couldn't get the words "tip" and "thumb" right. I kept mixing them up.
And so I think I'm going to take some time for myself today.