Monday, March 23, 2009

What I did this weekend

Saturday morning we woke up and got out of the house by 9:00 AM.
I'm pretty impressed with myself. I guess if I have something fun to do in the morning I can be very enthused about waking up, eating, makeup done and getting the toddler ready for the day. AND the husband out the door. I didn't want to be late. Luckily it only took us 30 mintues to get to IKEA. So I "thought" we were doing fine, "We've got thirty minutes, we're good." But then we see the front door. BIG HUGE line streaming out the front door. I calmed myself thinking oh no... it's okay... they're here for the free breakfast. And I ate so the lure of free bacon only tempted me for a second. But when we finally got inside we discovered that there were several long lines going on. It felt like Black Friday. Day after Thanksgiving mania. But lo and behold the brilliant folks at IKEA are smarter than the WAL-MART folks. No massive crowd surrounding teeny tiny pallets of portable DVD players. No one rushed the poor clerk and tore open the packaging before the correct time and ran off with five DVD players that they only grabbed because of the feeding frenzy behind them.

Shake it off... it's March. We're months away from even thinking about that horrible day. Or perhaps you'll be like me and never ever go again. No digital picture frame is worth that. Save up your money and buy early. Sleep in on that lovely Friday. It's good to have Christmas done early. (I think I'm dreaming of a fantasy world here.)

And we're done... back to IKEA!
No here at the haven that is IKEA, they handed a special piece of paper to every one who stood in line and there were several clerks keeping the order. No line skipping, no grabbing from the pallet and running. Every one got their turn. And they split the lines up. If you wanted the $10 pot, you stood in one line. If you wanted the 99 cent jars you stood in another. At the end of the line which was way behind me they ran out of papers and those folks didn't get jars... but at least you knew you weren't going to have to stand in line and you could buy something else (or leave).

I could almost, maybe, do it again. They made the chaos bearable. But I don't handle lines very well. That's why my family only goes to the movies in Ogden. When you can go to a movie the first day it comes out and know with out a doubt that the tickets you bought will provide seats that you picked out so you can all sit next to eachother. HEAVEN! We'll see about the IKEA thing.

The jars are lovely... and the fact that I paid 99 cents per jar makes me smile when I look at them.

And this little ice cube tray doesn't hurt either. Starfish shaped soaps... they are gonna be cute.

Sunday I made these.

They get better.

Yes I used my finger to scrape this bit of caramel out of the pan and promptly ate it.

Now if you thought they were good before... now they either get better or inedible.

Half of my family will eat them, and the other half will decide that they'll order pizza. Too bad, more for me.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

In desperate need

You know when you are wandering about shopping and you see that THING... the thing that you are absolutely sure that if you don't have it you'll be miserable. So you pick it up and put it in your cart and walk around and pretend you own it until it's time to leave the store and you sigh and realize that you really don't need it and that you really can't afford it. So you put it back and really try to make yourself believe that you don't need it. That is the way I feel about these salt and pepper shakers.

But I've only seen them online. (Thanks to Bed Bath and Beyond's emails)
So I've pulled up the web page and I look at them every time I pass the computer in my small front room. Perhaps I'll get sick of them... and perhaps I'll just have to go to the store this weekend and put them in my cart and pretend I own them for a few minutes.

It's the same with these containers from IKEA

perhaps if I buy those containers... I'll probably have to make these soaps to fill one of them to put in my bathroom.

I think I can afford 99 cent containers.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Anonymous lurker request

My anonymous lurker requested more pics. So I decided to give them some. I guess I just needed to be asked. I'm such a lazy bum.

Working on the square foot garden

Using daddy's tools

making sushi (sorry, I couldn't rotate the pic)


The boy got loose

We've got another egg smashing, tool wielding, cookie eating little boy on the way!!!