Q: What’s cheap and Swedish and worth driving two hours for?
A: No, not me. Because I’m only half Swedish.
I’m taking about the blue and yellow monster, of course. Ikea. Of which there is no Raleigh location. Which provoked me to take a road trip to Charlotte today, 150 miles each way. For cheap-ass furniture. I feel like I’ve gone mad.
The challenge: I needed a desk. A really small, really simple desk. No drawers or adornments or keyboard trays. Just a plank of wood attached to four legs. Should be simple to find, right?
But I’d searched every single furniture store in Raleigh. No dice. Hell, I even tried to make my own. (Yes – I rolled out of Home Depot with a hunk of particleboard, some 2X4s and a handful of wood screws. Do I even need to tell you how long that project lasted? About fourteen seconds.)
I knew Ikea would have what I needed. I had seen the exact desk I needed on their website. For $25. The only problem? Shipping was $75. And I’ll be damned if I’m paying three times the cost of a product for its transport! (Hello, fuzzy math! I realize that I should have looked at the all-in cost and that this still would have been pretty inexpensive. But I just couldn’t do it.)
So this morning I got in my car and drove my ass over to Charlotte and retrieved the cheap desk of my dreams. Along with a file cabinet and a shelf and some other stuff. After hauling it all into the apartment, I spent most of the afternoon poring over illustrated assembly booklets, inserting wooden pegs and spinning allen wrenches.
And now – well, step in to my office!
It’s just a corner of the dining room and yes – it’s very red. (Red was on sale.) But kind of cheerful, no? I am very excited to have a dedicated work space! Because the couch is really not very conducive to getting shit done.
I also picked up a couple of these:
They were a bitch to put together! Like 18 screws! My hand is calloused, Ikea.
Also – impulse buy! – a new duvet and shams!
Twenty bucks. Take that, Pottery Barn.
I’m off to haul some boxes down to the recycling bin and rest my tired fingers on a glass of wine. Nighty night, party people!
Today’s EAT: Here’s a fun idea for using up leftover squash soup: make it in to a pasta sauce!
With tofu and Parmesan cheese, and a side salad, this was a delicious and filling dinner. Much better than eating plain old soup by itself!
Today’s DRINK: Trader Joe’s has a ton of these Novella wines and I have a tough time keeping them straight.
I knew I’d had a couple of Novella whites before and didn’t remember them being anything special. But for some reason I decided to give the Zinfandel chance, and I’m glad I did! For a $6 bottle, this Zin is well worth drinking. It’s not bitter or overly drying and has a nice cherry-ish flavor.
Today’s RUN: Between the driving and the hauling and the assembling…I have to admit that Ikea kicked my ass. So I took an unplanned rest day today. No biggie!
Congrats to everyone who successfully registered for Boston today! I missed all of the drama, as I was busy rocking out to random Charlotte country stations and eating meatballs. I’m curious about what will happen in 2012 with the qual standards. And I wonder how many charity runners will get loogies spit at them this year.
Today’s QUESTION: Random but – I have two pumpkins to butcher for Halloween and want to carve something funny in to them. Any ideas?