Monday, September 22, 2008

IKEA Report

Before I even began the 2.5 hour trip to Cincinnati with 7 friends, I had an adventure in my driveway.

As I walked toward our minivan, (I actually just typed "mimivan," which is appropriate since I feel like "Grandma-Mimi" in it) my keen observation skills told me, "Hey, something's not right here." And my Sherlock Holmes acuity did not let me down, for upon close inspection, I discerned that the passenger window of our minivan had been shot out.

Yes, Watson, shot out. And once we had a pop-up camper stolen right off our driveway! Perhaps I should start calling my driveway, "the hood" and wearing a bandana around my thigh to show what gang I'm in. What gang that would be is not clear yet. Perhaps "The Ken Lee" gang. But that sort of sounds like a group of attorneys.

As much as I love a neighborhood mystery, I'm pretty sure the shooting was probably just the "prank" of some "sweet," "zany" teenagers with nothing to do but vandalize us on a Friday night, ultimately costing us "$200" that I could've used elsewhere, like Ikea. Either teenagers did this, or my boyfriend of 1978 is STILL sending the message that he's not OK with our break.

By the way, my daughter thought "Ikea" is the name of a car. That's a long way to drive just to see a Kia.

Anyway.

For those of you who have never visited Ikea, upon arrival, customers are given a yellow shopping bag, cart and map to navigate the store, which is roughly the size of Wyoming. So just picture Wyoming completely packed with home furnishings from the grass to the horizon, and you have a pretty good picture of what Ikea is like. Thrill! Then you go up the escalator to a pseudo-showroom where mock-ups of rooms exist for your drooling pleasure. The lower level has home accessories like linens, art, lamps, glassware and rugs, etc.

Most of the merchandise is Scandinavian in design, and much of it looks like dorm decor. But it's bold, vibrant, fun, and CHEAP, kinda like my personality.

(At least the personality I portray on this blog, not to be confused with my real personality:)










One decorating idea I'd never seen before was a panel hanging in front of a window. Picture this: you have the window plus blinds of some sort, then instead of curtains, you have a rod over the window with a panel of cloth a little narrower than the window hanging in front of the blind. It's like a strip of material hanging in front of the window. The panels looked like these at the right. Tres interessant. Or as they say in Scandinavia: "Uber Super Duper."

These lamps and silver tray below were some of my favorite things that I did not buy.









What did I buy?

A cloth apron (furthering my fantasy of being a real cooking wife/mom), dessert spoons (how does one manage without them?) a pasta strainer that sits in the pot while you boil the pasta, and then you just lift it out leaving the water in the pot (!), two mesh hanging closet organizers, and six demi-tasse green cups and saucers because they were so ca-yute!

I bet you'd like to know my total. So would my husband, so I won't be disclosing it here.

Tomorrow: A glossary of political jargon as viewed from the "mom perspective," --and-- my 100,000th visitor!

42 comments:

The Patterson 5 said...

Yikes! What a terrible AM surprize!

Once my back window was knocked out and my air bags were stolen- horrible feeling. And even worse as you are on your way somewhere and then realize you can not go.

Glad you had a sucessful Ikea trip.

Kim @ My Journey said...

Ok, somehow I had in my head you were in California.... which was why I was shocked to hear you were heading to Cincy for the weekend. Sorry, my brain clearly was frozen.

LOVE the cute cups and saucers! Too cute.

So sorry for you regarding the window!!! I hate spending money on something that just isn't fair.

Happy Monday....

Susan said...

I can't believe that happened to your window. In your driveway! I'd have been a little peeved. Anyway, I am still jealous about this little Ikea jaunt. I love love love that place. I am so excited because there's going to be one just an hour up the road from me really soon.

Hugs,

Susan

Tabi said...

Okay really going to have to go to this store now if not simply just for the pasta strainer!! How cool is that!! Yes, I am easily amused!

Edwina at The Picket Fence said...

Thanks for informing me about what IKEA is. I had no idea and now I want to go!!! Sorry about your car, I had my car stolen once and I know the feeling of invasion that goes over you. If you get a chance see what I had to face this weekend with The Naked Man.
Edwina

Smilingsal said...

Sorry about the bad neighborhood you are forced to live in. (lol)

We have an Ikea that opened about a year ago. I went once, ate the meatballs(good) and observed all of the stuff that I don't need or want. Yawn.

Beverlydru said...

I also wondered what in the workd IKEA meant - so thanks for the update. Sounds like a fun trip.

Sorry to hear about the vandalism.
We love so far in the boonies that those kinds of driveway occurrences are history.

PJ said...

My sympathy on the shot-out window in your hood. And I'm jealous of YOUR Ikea...ours does not have those fascinating yellow-bag-holding cart-rack things to put stuff in...nope. Our carts are of the boring grocery-story-type! Sheesh!! And I HEART Ikea -- especially at Christmas time. They have THE coolest stuff. (And your prize is finally on they way. Should be there tomorrow!!)

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

Sorry about your vandalism...and I totally think you should wear that bandanda ;)

LOVE LOVE LOVE the green coffee cups and saucers, how cute!!

Susanne said...

That happened to us one time when we were at my mom's. Really freaky feeling. *Shiver*

Isn't Ikea wild? They need to sell foot soakers right at the checkouts. I bet they'd be a hot item.

You didn't talk about the pancakes. What about the pancakes?

Kim said...

I have never ever been to IKEA!! The horror!! But I bet I could make a day of it and go to CINCY for IKEA and Jungle Jims!!!! :) I'm giddy with excitement!! (I know...doesn't take much.)

UGH on the shot out window! I was in your little corner of the world yesterday, but I PROMISE, it wasn't me! ;)

truth said...

Sorry to hear about your window. We received news last week that IKEA is coming to our state next year. I am VERY excited.

Oh and I like mimivan, maybe I should think about getting one, lol.

Cyndy said...

I.Love.IKEA.

I'm so glad you got to experience it, because it is not just shopping, it is an experience.

Get this....my husband even likes to go there....
but that may have something to do with the fact he is Swedish and I usually bribe him with a Swedish meatball lunch when we are there.

Sorry to hear about your window. That sort of thing creeps me out. I once had my tail lights stolen off my 71 VW Bug. GRRRR!

Kelley said...

Very cute cups! I have never been to IKEA, perhaps it should be our next "destination vacation". After all the football weekends and kids events mom should get to pick the next adventure!

Oh, and I love the Sound of Music picture. If you ever want to borrow my 7 kids they would make great Von Trap children!

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

IKEA may be cheap but it lasts forever. I should know. Hubs had IKEA hand-me-downs from college when we married. It took nearly 10 years for me to slowly get rid of it. It looked beat up from wear and tear but it still held together.

New Stuff? I could go for that. Fun trip!

April in CT said...

Wow...that stinks about your window! My father in law had two tires stolen off his car right in the driveway one night. The seedy criminals left one red brick holding up that side of the car though..so thoughtful.

When I found out we were moving to CT I was kind of bummed until I found out there was an Ikea! W00t! It's only 15 minutes away and DANGEROUS.

Chatty Kelly said...

Glad it was fun.

Laurie Ann said...

Yikes! I'm sorry your window was shocked. I've never been to IKEA, so I loved hearing it described. And I Ken Lee your pasta strainer thingy deal. I have got to get one!

Tammy said...

OK...I feel so dumb but I am still a bit hazy on this whole Ikea thing...is it just a really, really cool store? Anyway, despite my brain fog that I'm trying to work on with my morning coffee, this was so fun to read!
Except for your car window!!! Ugh! Hmmm...you really broke that old boyfriend's heart, Linda!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

From what I hear, I would guess you didn't spend TOO much. I've been told they have nice stuff but at good prices. My Bible study friends and I were supposed to go in July but it was post poned since many lacked any funds. We have a fall Saturday trip planned but not sure if we will make it to IKEA or not. It's actually fairly close to us only about 90 minutes.
I bet the strainer in the pot is just grand!!!

Debbie said...

The window at my house wouldn't have been a surprise, just a poor aiming hunter and a luck deer no doubt - but at your house???

Hope I can go check out Ikea soon, sounds like it was a fun trip!

I love the lamps you didn't buy and am interested to hear how the pasta strainer works out.

Mrs. Who said...

OK, I am now planning a trip to IKEA. Because I must have that pasta strainer. And I LOVE things that are cheap. And also cute.

Greg C said...

Wow you do live in the hood. That IKEA sounds like a wild place full of things that I really don't need to I doubt if I will be making the trip. I like the window hangings.

samurai said...

Me beloved and I refer to Ikea as Scandinavian for "heavy". ;-)

Wow - what a trip about the window... :/

skoots1mom said...

my daughter's room is done in ikea linens...no window panels, though, she's got blinds.

sorry about your window...last year we had just gotten new mailboxes in our neighborhood, and it took all of 1 week before my mailbox was crunched by a bat hanging out a rider's side window as they went zooming out of the neighborhood...mine is the last before the open road. Unfortunately, they got all of us who lived on the right side of the street all the way back to our pool...about 10 homes. What the hey, it's only $125, right??!! (Did I mention this is our 5th new mailbox...and we have neigborhood watch and very visible police visits)

You're gonna love your strainer!!
Glad you made it out alive and that we didn't have to send someone in to find you in the maze of household goods...

Regina said...

Wow, I bet you wish you had that $200 for IKEA instead of using it to fix the window. That was a pretty messed up good morning surprise.
I've never been to Ikea but one day...

Susan said...

Yikes! What is up with the guns here? Anyway, LOVE IKEA. It is funny, the Americans run to IKEA and think it is cool. Like me! I am thrilled they are going to open one in Denver (just for in case I move back to Colorado). But the Germans are embarassed that people know they went to IKEA. It is like saying go to Walmart to shop for your wardrobe. Not me, I am quite impressed by the place.

sara said...

we came out once and our car and been "shot up" by a paint ball gun! Much easier to deal with than an actual bullet!

I so love IKEA and I have to admit that i was a wee bit jealous that you were getting to go..with SEVEN friends no less!! That is my kind of road trip!

Lynn said...

Okay, Linda... You are killin' me here. I was rolling on the floor cackling about the yawning. You are anthing but boring.

Love your posts as always. I want those lamps too. Hugs.

annie's eyes said...

Ikea must have gotten their land purchase from the Wyoming agreement. A map is a necessity. Glad you fared well--very cute demi cups!

annie's eyes said...

Ikea must have gotten their land purchase from the Wyoming agreement. A map is a necessity. Glad you fared well--very cute demi cups!

Joanna said...

(slides off chair from laughter) That was funny!

But I'm sorry about your window. Go gansta on the hood. If you get enough street creds they'll leave you alone.

Becky said...

I have to get myself to an Ikea. Is it true they have a play area and will watch your kids for you?!? Sounds like a date night to me LOL! I love that platter you didn't buy. Sorry about your mimivan window but at least you still got to go.

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

I just got back from IKEA. My big score was a black chair for $13 in the clearance area, a pink desk chair for Cassie, a strainer for $1.99, and a curtain. (Plus a few more things; also not sharing my total.)

We currently have TWO pop-up campers sitting in our driveway. Please send your friends down my way to take the junky one away.

Marina said...

Ikea never been to one, I don't think we have them in Tx's I may be wrong.
love the cups.

sorry about your window , our office got broke into I know the feeling, marina

Merrie said...

What FUN! When we were in Atlanta a few weeks ago we drove by a huge IKEA store... I drooled and dreamed that we were actually pulling in to go shopping... however, we were just lost and my loving husband was simply turning around... very much to my dismay and following discourse!

Eve said...

Yikes! That was a litte bit too much drama for one day. We had someone steal a riding lawn mower right out of our side yard one night. I felt nervous after that for weeks.
I love their stuff. I've never been to the store but I buy from eBay all the time. The last thing I bought was these tiny, little mirrors in a set of nine.
I think you made a good choice. : )

Edie said...

Oh my goodness I'm so sorry about your window. I hope they catch the villians!

Thanks for the shopping trip. I just have ta have that pasta strainer!

Jen said...

I love Ikea. I used to basically furnish my house with all things Ikea when I lived in CA; this past summer when I discovered that I could hit the new Cincy Ikea whilst going from Mom's house to the NACC in Cincy, I was beside myself. I think it's the kitchen stuff that gets me. I always stock up on glasses while I'm there; it never fails that somebody has broken at least 3 of the last 8 I purchased -- anyway, glad you had a good time, and can't wait until I get up there again!
xox

Mommy, the Human Napkin said...

Okay, I'm just amazed that you can drive for 2.5 hours and be in a different state. I could drive that far in any direction and STILL be in Texas.

Can I be in the "Ken Lee" gang? Is there a secret handshake? (Although I guess the whole secret handshake thing might make it less like a gang and more like a club. Minor details...)

mommaof4wife2r said...

i love ikea...it's one of those things you don't know your are missing, until you go. then you are instantly addicted to the store and all the fab stuff.

Fran said...

You know I've never been in an IKEA. I know. Its tragic. But, we don't have one around here...not that I know of anyway.
So...maybe one day. Maybe one day.

Hugs,
Fran