Just Getting To Ikea Is Part Of The Fun

sculpture near Ikea Sacramento, CA

Who doesn’t love Ikea, right?

Yesterday I trekked out to my local Ikea to grab some Billy Bookcases for my new walk-in Pantry.

Kate and Zay were with me.
For you who just tuned in—that’s my granddaughter and her 1 year old.

I can’t go to Ikea alone because I always get lost;)
I can see it from the highway, but I never can get to the other highway that has the Ikea exit.
Not alone anyway.

I encounter another space-time dimension when I get within a mile of it.
I’m like Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar.
That scene when he’s in that weird inside-out looking building and peaking through a bookcase into his daughter’s bedroom.

I can see Ikea, but I can’t quite get there.
So Kate and Zay came along to help navigate.
Mostly Zay ate cheddar puffs, but his Mom used her cell phone and got us safely to Family Parking.

One more reason to love a device that has consistently over-delivered.
Talking is about 10% of what I use my cell to do.
I can’t recall life without it, because I didn’t carry around a camera and if there’s no photo on FB or Instagram—well, how do I know something really happened without a photo?

PS I’ve now added Ikea’s address to my Maps app.
But—I still can’t load that crazy heavy stuff myself so I’m not going alone to Ikea even though I could if I was just getting—say, meatballs or a plastic drawer organizer insert.

I couldn’t believe the variety of people at Ikea.
Older than I expected, which means older than me!
Granted it was a week day, so there were none of the typical Saturday crowd of Office types with 2.4 kids in tow and trying to get a weekend project underway before Sunday.

We got the bookcases, after about 2 hours of walking up and down aisles ogling the cool edgy Scandinavian creations.

They must have a higher than average number of above average product designers because they have such cold winters.
I mean Sweden, not Ikea.
But the two are almost synonymous to Americans.

The Billy Bookcases are the only assemble it yourself items that have not made me want to scream or set the thing on fire.
Let’s see if I can keep that optimism going through 4 more bookcases.
Photos to follow.


Just so I know it really happened;)

Also, this is my Saturday post.
I still have a love-hate relationship with the ‘improved posting experience’.
It decided I was done writing and ready to post this immediately.

Does anyone remember HAL from 2001?
Could he be the brains behind the ‘new improved posting experience’ at WordPress?

12 thoughts on “Just Getting To Ikea Is Part Of The Fun”

  1. I think I am the only person on the planet that doesn’t like Ikea. 🙂 Be blessed.

    1. My first ever visit was in Berkeley on a busy Saturday afternoon. It was awful.

  2. Sounds like the kind of adventure I would have, Kelly. What I love about Ikea is the refreshment area. The whole excursion is akin to going to Disney Land, but usually far more economical. 🙂

    1. Haha. . .Disneyland. I think a moon flight is more economical now than a visit to Disneyland. Is the food good at Ikea? I just caught a whiff of cinnamon as I was trying to get that cart full of bookcases through the checkout 😉

  3. What in the world is a Ikea. Do I need to know? I am getting so old Kelly. I googled it. Mmmm! Shopping. Carolyn would have know lol.

    Joy to you

    1. Taking Carolyn to Ikea??? Take the truck my friend, take the truck.

  4. Now you have me imagining an Ikea based 2001 movie. “Give me the Allen wrench Hal” “I’m afraid I can’t do that Dave.” Sorry. Good luck with those bookcases.

  5. Hahaha! Well, I am praying for an IKEA where I live! I have only been once to the state next door when my college girl had a long list for her entire new apartment. Can you say, “Daddy, please put together nine (plus) pieces of furniture for me?” What a patient man and yes, we brought a truck! We were engulfed in there (on a Saturday) for five hours (no joking!). Toward the end of our shopping experience, since we were there to shop for my daughter’s things, as my husband and daughter moved to the warehouse pick it up part, I lingered. I just wanted to see the frames and shop a little bit for me. As they turned around and said, ” Are you coming?” I replied with a, “Don’t rush me.” It was then they instantly replied with a puzzled look, ” We’ve been in here for five hours!”

    It’s a dangerous place! Enjoy your new bookcases!

    1. I think it would be easy to spend 5 hours—if I had on my new Brooks running shoes. I’ll post some photos when I get my Billy bookcases assembled;)

  6. Not sure there is an Ikea in Vegas, never set foot in one. It seems some of us have been forced into the “new” admin panel, I have not. I tried it a couple times and it stinks. it’s bland and not as simple to use.

    So then, why do the powers that be at WP.com force this on us? After all, many of us have paid, upgraded accounts which apparently mean nothing to these folks. I have been looking for alternatives…

    Have a dandy weekend Kelly. 🙂

    1. I read somewhere that the ability to add the meta tag was a really big advantage, but I confess, I don’t get it. I thought all the SEO we needed was hardwired into WordPress. The problem is where else could you go? In just 11 years WordPress has rounded up about 20% of the total content on the web. That’s amazing when you realize that 70% of the websites in the world don’t use a CMS. The thing I really would miss is the great community of people here at WP. I don’t know if you can replicate it elsewhere. Here’s an article on the other options currently available.

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