21 hours

March 8, 2010


I went to IKEA on Saturday.

I’ve complained about March already, so I won’t go into the downer side of life right now, but I can tell you that on Tuesday I had a glimmer of an idea – “I could drive to IKEA this weekend. It’s the only weekend where nothing is going on.” That little glimmer kept me going all week. I had a similar glimmer* in early February, but it fell through due to one of our many snowstorms.

I went alone. I LOVE being alone! I could listen to whatever I liked, have the temperature at what I liked, stop to pee whenever I wanted, sleep when I was tired, and best of all – not talk. It was a hermit’s dream come true. Sorry, Lloyd. (He was really broken up, I could tell.)

I left at 6:20 a.m., stopped every couple of hours to snooze a little, and got there around 2:45. I napped in the parking lot first (after learning my lesson last time). Well-rested, I gleefully burst inside to see all the Swedish-inspired glory…… and they were remodeling. They had fewer ‘vingettes’ than usual, and so many tarps swathed across work zones that it felt like being in a creepy hospital movie. I wanted to take more pictures, but there were too many people around.

Where is all the coolness?

Looking at the stuff restored my soul, though. It is window shopping at its finest! I even bought some things. They had the chair I wanted (so Brad doesn’t have to go through the bother of shipping), a lamp for Beth, and some cool knick-knacks for school. Three hours and I was done. ‘Bye, Minneapolis. Maybe someday I’ll come and go to the Mall of America, which is right across the street.

I hear they have a few stores in there.

Freezing rain was forecasted for the area, so I left early. The trip back was uneventful. I wanted to see if I could do a trip that involved sleeping in the car instead of renting a hotel room, and while that was partially successful, I’ll leave that for tomorrow’s post.

I was home by 3 a.m.

Zip, zip – done. Worth it.

My stomach felt much better when I hung it up.

*That’s a lot of times to say glimmer. Glimmer glimmer glimmer.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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8 Responses to “21 hours”

  1. Amy Said on:

    Woo!! that looks awesome!! : )


  2. Brad Said on:

    Yay! You found a white chair! I’m glad you got one. I was a little worried about how much it would cost to send a washing machine box.


  3. Beth Said on:

    I’m going to do that trip this summer sometime.

    Because I’m a copycat. But I’ll take a friend, because I’m an extrovert.


  4. Kristi Said on:

    Up and back in LESS than a day. You are incredible!

    Cool chair!


  5. Peggy Said on:

    I can’t believe you travel that far for a store…IKEA needs to know about this!

    Glad you had a fun trip & that your stomach is feeling better. AND I love the swing too! Is it fun? Is it a ‘teacher only’ chair?


  6. Rae Said on:

    I have been trying to plan a family summer vacation for weeks now, with no success. Maybe we will just travel to IKEA. The kids would love that!


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