- I learned something valuable from a classmate.
- It was considerably shorter.
The big excitement of the day was a trip to Ikea. The course was in College Park quite near the College Park Ikea—so as soon as class was over, off I went.
I have a love-hate relationship with Ikea. Most of my new furniture is from Ikea yet I find the process of shopping there maddening and overwhelming. I’m crazy about the food but I could do without the serpentine layout and annoying crowds.
Turns out a mid-week afternoon is the perfect time to shop. The place was empty! How awesome for me. I slowly toured around but found myself feeling dizzy and light-headed. I’d eaten a decent lunch so I didn’t know why I was feeling ill but I stopped for Ikea early dinner anyway. Ah, then I felt much better.
I started to get overwhelmed as I shopped for the main items that brought me there: table lamps. My bedroom lamp is broken and I needed a spot or work light to use with my new light box. In the end, I bought three lamps—I got an extra “mood lighting” lamp for the bedroom. Even though my bedroom is more a place for yarn, clothing and book storage, I haven’t given up all hope that someday I may want to create a “mood” in there. The sum total for all three lamps was about $38, which is a damn good price, especially since I think these lamps will stand the test of time.
However, my total Ikea bill (not including dinner) was about $150. I mean, it’s not really worth the trouble of trekking out there unless you anticipate spending at least $100—but what else did I buy?
- Good, framed full-length mirror (I had none!)
- Hanging pocket thing for toys—I will use for yarn
- Frozen swedish meatballs (I had something else for Ikea dinner)
- Cream sauce for meatballs
- Chocolate bar
- Ikea bag (only 59 cents!)
- Espresso maker (total impulse buy)
- Plastic containers for food (only semi-necessary)
- Eco-friendly light bulbs for lamps
Grateful for: Ikea.
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