I love Ikea. Enough so that I was willing to drive 3 hours to the one in Houston on several occasions before they built one a mere 1 and a half hours away. I even drove there with my crazy old neighbor once, but that's a different post.
Since I was going to a party relatively near Ikea today I just had to stop by.
I pull into the parking lot and it is packed. No problem I tell myself. I mean really Ikea is a huge store. We park fairly quickly and head for a cart. Little man is still too small for their small town kids area so I put him in the cart.
I step inside the store and literally cannot walk. There are people everywhere. I love too people watch and if you read my last post you know that I can hear what others are thinking so this surely would be fun for me. I started walking and suddenly felt like I was stuck in a rip tide. I had to keep walking at the right speed. Too fast and I hit the man in front of me. He was obviously dragged there with his wife and was thinking save me from this torture. I slowed down a little to check out a TV stand and the lady behind me looked at me like I had just beat her child. Quickly I got out of the way and hid by some chairs for protection.
Eventually the crowd cleared and I continued on my way. There were lost of couples designing and arguing over their dream rooms. Most of the men were trying to find a chair in every area. My favorite was all of the soon to be college students with their parents.
One mom and daughter were trying to figure out if a 12 inch platter was supposed to be a regular plate.
Mom: Oh look at this plate. (holds it up)
Daughter: That's glass.
Mom: No it's plastic.
Daughter: That's a huge plate. You want me to get fat?
Mom: I don't think it's a plate but it's cute.
Daughter: Mom, it's a plate and I'm NOT getting fat in college.
Mom: You won't get fat and it's not a plate.
Daughter: ugh, mom. ugh. (storms off)
By the way, it was a tray and plastic. I saw them a few minute later while the mom was trying to convince her daughter that she would need a toilet brush for her toilet.
I love people.
We headed towards the kids room area and little man got out of the cart to play. He loved the slide but $149 is way too much for me. Many couples were trying to decide which room set would "grow" with their child. One pregnant couple decided that a princess theme would be best because a girl will always want to be a princess. I have a feeling they will end up with a tomboy. ;)
Next was food. Kids eat free at Ikea this month and I love Swedish meatballs so this was perfect. It was packed but since it was $3 something for the two of us I didn't care. We ended up sitting in the kids area which meant I sat in a wobbly kids chair about 1 foot off the ground. There was a man doing it so I figured the chair would hold me. Surprisingly I didn't fall. I ate quick, put little man's leftovers in a box for him to eat in the cart and continued on my way. We finished shopping and left with little incident.
I love Ikea buy there was way too many people. I highly recommend NOT going on Saturday. I love people but it was even a little much for me. Not nearly as fun and relaxing as most of my trips.