1.11.2010

Playing house.

Yesterday, we finally joined the ranks of so many Louisvillians lured into Ohio by their sparkly new Ikea. Kentucky isn't exactly a booming commercial hot spot, but I guess if there were a nearby oasis for inexpensive Swedish things, it would be Cincinnati. H&M (Florence) and an Ikea. Wowie!

We really had no business in an Ikea, except to satisfy our curiosities. We live in a teeny condo and we are trying, wishing, hoping to sell it - Buying more stuff would only exacerbate our genius no-move moving strategy to toss all of our crumby possessions into a dumpster and start all over. Naturally, we did what anyone else would do without intentions to shop. First and foremost, we ordered the $4 plate of Swedish meatballs. And then we played house.

See how creepily giddy we look? The look on my face is only 20% irony. 80% real.











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The snow has been keeping us out of the parks and the forests, but Ikea made for a fun indoor adventure. I'm a little relieved I was not in the market for new things - All of the neat, multi-functional, organizational, clever, cheap furniture left my mind reeling. With this loudly buzzing brain, eating a meatball and wandering aimlessly was the most I could manage.

I'm looking forward to one day soon, when we are ready to play house for real, in a house that we love and have chosen together. Soon, soon, soon!

15 comments:

  1. Jon and I took his Mom to Ikea a few months ago. Being her first time there, we spent hours & hours carefully looking at everything. She went to just to go, but ended up spending $500 or so. She couldn't stop talking about it for weeks.

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  2. I love ikea. I also love that there is one NOWHERE near us anymore. Goodbye many multiples of ridiculous purchases. *laugh*
    Goodbye. *sigh* So sad. xo

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  4. We just went to IKEA in Charlotte (about 2 hrs away from us) last weekend! We had been planning and saving for the trip for months, rented a truck and everything. It was kind of madness but also SO MUCH fun. I love that store, and at the same time it totally overwhelms me! I'll post about the stuff we got sometime soon.

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  5. So you bought nothing? Really nothing, as in no thing? I am impressed!

    We haven't been yet, but once we get moved? Yeah, it could be epic.

    xox,
    Susan

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  6. Stacey - Man, I can only imagine how Kurt's Mom would behave in an Ikea. With her bargain radar and tendency to acquire LOTS of random things, I have a feeling she would come out like Jon's Mom too!

    Miel - So sad, I agree. But maybe bittersweet? Now that I know what I could be capable of in an Ikea, I may need to be restrained when the time comes to buy things. Or even seek rehab in an Ikea-less place like your town.

    Dayna - I can't wait to see what you got! Did you have a battle plan, or did you just wander around picking out things. I think I'd have to have a serious list, otherwise I'd get off track, spend hours there, and eventually die of consumer anxiety. Have you seen that Ikea hack site? Neat.

    Susan - I am impressed with myself too! Although I did buy a bottle of lingonerry concentrate and one of those Daim bars (like a Heath bar. Yum!) When we move, I will go wild. Kurt bought this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/birdsonawire/4268280479/

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  7. Playing house at Ikea is one of my favorite things to do, too, and those meatballs are always a temptation.

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  8. Those meatballs were the chronic. Unbeatable deal, for sure.

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  9. We did have a battle plan...we had been using hand-me-down furniture from college for a long while in our dining room and living room. And our guest room had no bed, just box springs and a mattress on the floor. Classy! So we had certain things on the list, and we combed through the website in advance and decided on our first and second choices. They have a "shopping list" function and you can print it out, with the item #s and everything.

    However! It turned out that when we saw it in person, we didn't like about 80% of what we picked out, so we totally changed our minds! We ended up spending 6 hours there. That's kind of embarassing! haha.

    I would recommend going during the week if you can for a serious furniture purchase. It is SO SO crowded on the weekends, and I got a little panicky and freaked out, being surrounded by pushy loud yuppies and screaming toddlers. There's a lot of decision-making to do and it can be overwhelming.

    Perhaps I'll write a how-to-shop IKEA post one day soon! Uh, obviously I have a lot to say on the subject. hehehe

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  10. Prawn cheese spread? I have to know: how does it taste?

    xox,
    Susan

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  11. I thought it was tasty. Johanna didn't seem to be real keen on it. For breakfast today I had it on a wasa cracker with sprouts that we grew.

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  12. Dayna - You should do an Ikea post! Especially for people like me who have to drive a bit to find one.

    Susan - Prawn spread is a NO GO. I was brave enough to try it, despite my gut reaction to turn around and run. Kind of like a combination of feet and fish, only it resembles toothpaste. Kurt likes it, but I just can't hang.

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  13. FIshy feet toothpaste. I'll pass.

    xox,
    Susan

    and as a p.s.: my "secret word" to prove I'm not a robot and am, therefore, allowed to post a comment is, I swear, "prans." Which is close enough to "prawns" to be interesting, considering. Or maybe not...

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  14. Dayna - You should do an Ikea post! Especially for people like me who have to drive a bit to find one.

    Susan - Prawn spread is a NO GO. I was brave enough to try it, despite my gut reaction to turn around and run. Kind of like a combination of feet and fish, only it resembles toothpaste. Kurt likes it, but I just can't hang.

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