The move into my new apartment has been slow because I don’t have much furniture, except a bed. I’m still not fully in.
Sunday, my grandma took me shopping.
First we went to Crate & Barrel. She got me the Klyne chair-and-a-half and ottoman-and-a-half (in the color “dolphin” (gray), to be delivered next month), plus some throw pillows, a can opener, and a floor lamp.
We dropped off the lamp, pillows, and can opener at my place. She had also brought towels, extra utensils, a new coffeemaker and toaster, liquid soap, and kettlecorn for me, too. You know, the essentials.
Back in the car, heading south.
She told me that “Kate” (I’m supposed to know that’s Middleton) likes Jimmy Choo, but most of the styles are kind of strange-looking. She’s excited that “brown” is in for Fall. She doesn’t like Kim Kardashian’s hair when it’s pulled back, and she is done with The Bachelor—she says the people must only be doing the show for publicity because they never get married. HA! Kinda true.
THEN (my idea), we went to a place called IKEA.
My first trip there was the night before with my friends Cheryl and John. They were looking at something there, and I accompanied. But I’d never seen the warehousey part What a sight!
She had to comment on how many people were there.
She had to ask—very seriously—regarding a bookcase, “What holds it together, glue?”
We had to get these carts. We were each pushing one, and she said (again) very seriously, “Sometimes it’s better to pay for service.”
There was an IKEA guy talking us through the delivery process, since we got held up at the idea of lifting a box onto the cart (aisle 6, bin 13). He said we’d still have to stand in line at checkout.
She told him she thought the service at IKEA was terrible. He said, “Those darn Swedish!” She said, also trying to be light, “Yes, why are you like that?” Me: “No, he’s not Swedish!”
Then, as we’re driving out:
Grandma: “I’ll have Uncle Boyd [her handy son-in-law] assemble everything on Monday.”
Me: “What if he doesn’t want to put together my furniture?”
Grandma: “Then he can do it on Tuesday!”
Oh, man! My poor family! I’ve been loving having the help of family, but I bet they’re so happy I stayed away for so long!!!