And one of these things is most definitely Ikea. On the love side of the love/hate spectrum, Ikea is nearby and incredibly cheap and has frozen yogurt and lots of really cute things for the home, such as:
among many other things. But Ikea can be soul-crushing. You enter the maze that it is and follow all the brightly-colored arrows through the entire store until you can no longer see straight. Should you choose to purchase furniture, you have to lift the incredibly heavy, disassembled, boxed pieces yourself, schlep them to your car (into which they might not fit), and then carry them into your house.
Yesterday afternoon, Eric and I took a trip to Ikea in an attempt to make his apartment more . . . habitable. We came armed with a list, which fooled me into thinking we could get out of there in a reasonable amount of time, but let's just say that didn't happen and we were ready to wring each others' necks by the end of the experience. We bought a huge entertainment center, a desk, desk chair, and bookshelf, and lots of little household things. Pretty sure Eric was more excited about the candles and vase he bought than any of the bigger, more practical stuff.
More than two whole hours after entering the neon labyrinth, we pushed our carts to his car and loaded it up, me nearly in tears from hunger and exhaustion and frustration (okay, fine, I was literally in tears, not just "nearly"--ha!). Thankfully, Eric had the sense to take me to dinner immediately after, where I had broccoli lo mein and two lemondrop martinis. My happiness meter skyrocketed.
That is, until we had to drag all the million-pound boxes up to Eric's second floor apartment, resulting in my back being nearly broken (I wore a back brace and flats to work today: seriously). The good news is, we built some furniture while rockin' out to a pretty amazing playlist, that resembled this:
1. Unknown Legend--Neil Young
2. If I Laugh--Cat Stevens
3. No Woman No Cry--Bob Marley
4. The Only Living Boy in New York--Paul Simon
5. Blue Sky--Allman Brothers
6. Angel from Montgomery--Bonnie Raitt
7. Gypsy--Fleetwood Mac
8. Drift Away--Doobie Brothers
9. Who'll Stop the Rain--CCR
10. Running on Faith--Eric Clapton
11. Ready or Not--Jackson Browne
12. Out on the Weekend--Neil Young
Make yourself a copy of that pronto--I promise, it will work wonders. ;)